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Hey, why not: Put A-Rod on the All-Star team!

Coming off a yearlong suspension, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez leads designated hitters in home runs, RBIs and walks. Oh, and drama.

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Thursday's power rankings

Among Thursday's highlights: Jose Fernandez wins in his first start 13 months after Tommy John surgery, and Scott Kazmir stifles Seattle.

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Rancel: Miguel Sano brings 80 power to Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins have called up one of baseball's top power prospects in Miguel Sano. Nobody questions the power, but can he hit for enough average to stay in the lineup?

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How did Justin Turner get this good?

The Dodgers have chosen Justin Turner, a journeyman up until now, as their No. 3 hitter, the spot typically held for a team's best pure hitter.

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Month in review: June home runs

We highlight the most notable home run achievements from the month of June.

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Even the wall can't stop this Lough catch

Orioles left fielder David Lough runs a long way to make an outstanding catch on the warning track in left field before colliding with the fence.

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Pollock powers D-backs past Rockies

A.J. Pollock hits his 10th home run of the season in Arizona's 8-1 win over Colorado.

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Kazmir shuts down Mariners

Scott Kazmir retired 21 of the first 22 batters he faced, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7 over 8 innings. Josh Phegley had a 2-run single to help Oakland to its 4-0 win.

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Jeremy Hellickson pitches lights out

The Diamondbacks starter went seven innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts. Arizona crushed Colorado 8-1. Box score

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2015 Body Issue: Bryce Harper

"I take a lot of pride in working out. ... Your lower half, your core -- those are the biggest things you need in baseball."

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Scott Kazmir may also have earned himself an All-Star berth tonight. Now 5-5 but with a 2.56 ERA, solid peripherals. Reserves named Monday.

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Opposing right-handed hitters were 1-45 vs Max Scherzer in his last 3 starts entering Thursday. Braves RHB went 5-for-14 vs him Thursday

Venable snaps Padres' 3-game losing skid

Will Venable's home run in the top of the 11th helped the Padres beat the Cardinals 5-3. St. Louis dropped its 3rd straight game following a 9-game win streak.

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Twins take win in Sano's debut

Miguel Sano records his first major league hit in Minnesota's 2-0 win over Kansas City.

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Venable lifts Padres past Cardinals

The Cardinals lost 3 home games in a row for the first time this season as Will Venable's 2-run homer in the 11th gave the Padres a 5-3 win in St. Louis. Box score

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Gibson dominates Royals

Kyle Gibson was remarkable against the Royals, tossing 8 innings allowing four hits and four walks but no runs as the Twins toppled Kansas City 2-0. Box score

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Brewers outlast Phillies 8-7 in 11 innings

Adam Lind’s RBI single in the top of the 11th sent the Brewers to their 5th straight win with a sweep of the Phillies. It was Lind's 5th career go-ahead RBI in extra innings.

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David Schoenfield @dschoenfield

I didn't have Yovano Gallardo on my AL All-Star team, but he probably solidified a spot tonight with 6 scoreless IP. ERA down to 2.56.

Red Sox beat Jays with 1st-inning barrage

Boston knocked Matt Boyd out of the game before the starting pitcher could record an out. The 7 runs on 6 hits (2 homers) the Red Sox got off of Boyd were enough for the win in Toronto. Box score

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Blue Jays' bats get going in ninth

Russell Martin and Danny Valencia smacked back-to-back home runs in the 9th. Kevin Pillar followed it up with a double to deep center. Boston has a 12-6 lead. Follow live

More extra innings for Cardinals

Tied 3-3 with San Diego, St. Louis is headed to extra innings for the 11th time this season. Only the Cubs (13) have played free baseball more. Follow live