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A-Rod marks birthday with HR as Yanks lead

Celebrating his 40th birthday, Alex Rodriguez hit an opposite-field homer in the sixth to keep the Yankees ahead of the Rangers (live on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Cards break ground, hire female coaching intern

The Cardinals hired Jen Welter as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers. She is believed to be the first female coach in the NFL.

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American Pharoah might be the only personality that could outdraw Bruce Springsteen at the Jersey Shore this weekend. Monmouth Park prepares for a record crowd to come out to see the Triple Crown champ.

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Source: Ex-Dolphins OT Martin (back) to retire

Panthers offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, the player that was at the center of the Richie Incognito bullying scandal in Miami, plans to retire from the NFL, according a source.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who counts Troy Aikman, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers among his pupils, believes Teddy Bridgewater has the tools to be a "topflight" QB.

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A-Rod hits homer on 40th birthday

Alex Rodriguez became the 6th player in big league history to homer on his 40th birthday, and also set the record with 6 career HRs on his birthday.


A-Rod sets birthday HR record

Alex Rodriguez is celebrating his 40th birthday in style, as he hit a shot into right field for his 24th HR of the season to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead over the Rangers. He now has 6 career HRs on his birthday, most all time. Follow live


Johnson blows save, O's force extras

Braves closer Jim Johnson allowed back-to-back singles, and J.J. Hardy scored Adam Jones on a sac fly to tie the ballgame in the ninth inning. There's free baseball in Baltimore. Follow live

Wong's slam gives Cardinals lead

Kolten Wong clubbed his second career grand slam in the bottom of the 4th to give St. Louis a 4-1 lead over the Reds. Wong's other grand slam came on his first career HR last year. Follow live


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J.J. Hardy sac fly to left plates Adam Jones. A round of "Seven Nation Army" on the house. Tie ballgame.

Cubs roar back against Rockies

After going down in order in the first 3 innings, Chicago has batted around in the 4th, putting up 6 runs to take a 6-4 lead and knocking out Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa. Follow live

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The "Charge" trumpet just petered out in mid-blast. O's don't seem to care. Jones single, then Wieters single. Runners at corners, 0 out.

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Adonis Garcia goes oppo off Britton to give Braves 1-0 lead in 9th - to the delight of a surprising number of Braves fans here in B'more.

Braves break scoreless tie in ninth

Adonis Garcia got hold of a 1-0 pitch and sent it to the right-field seats for the game's first score to give the Braves a 1-0 lead over the Orioles in the 9th. It was only the second HR Zach Britton has allowed this season (he hadn't allowed a HR in 25 appearances, covering 25 2/3 IP). Follow live

Tigers get one back on Rays

Yoenis Cespedes hit his 16th HR of the season in 7th to put Detroit on the board but couldn't scratch out any more runs. Tampa Bay leads 3-1 in the 7th. Follow live


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David Ortiz has 14 straight 20-HR seasons Only longer streaks Hank Aaron 20 Babe Ruth 16 A-Rod 15 Barry Bonds 15 Willie Mays 15

Bethe Correia has shot against Rousey

Chael Sonnen says Bethe Correia has earned her shot by beating Ronda Rousey's friends: "She can outstrike Ronda if she can get inside, especially when it comes to body shots."


Scoreless through 8 at Camden Yards

The Braves have six hits and the O's have three heading to the ninth in tonight's series opener. Orioles starter Kevin Gausman allowed six hits and fanned five over a career high 7 2/3 IP, while Braves starter Alex Wood struck out seven over 7 1/3 IP. First team to score wins? Follow live


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Braves' RHP Frasor walking Chris Davis with 2 outs, runner on 2nd. To get to Machado. This. Should. Be. Interesting.

Larkin responds to Jackson's jab

In Part 5 of The Phil Files, Phil Jackson said of then-Knicks PG Shane Larkin: "Unfortunately, Shane hasn't grown any since the start of the season." Larkin responded on Twitter: "couldn't grow in an offense I wasn't comfortable in. All good. No shade. Glad I'm across the river now. Wish them luck." The Phil Files

Cardinals hire first woman coach

Jen Welter will be part of Arizona's coaching staff during the preseason, working with inside linebackers. She previously both coached and played linebacker and special teams for the Texas Revolution in the men's Indoor Football League. Welter also played LB for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Football Alliance, winning four titles.

Didi goes deep

Didi Gregorius ties the score with a 2-run HR, part of a 3-run 3rd-inning rally to give the Yankees the lead over the Rangers.


CarGo gives Rockies early lead over Cubs

Carlos Gonzalez put Colorado on the board first with a 2-run HR in the 3rd inning off Kyle Hendricks. Gonzalez now has five HRs in his past four games. Follow live