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Spratt: Why Buster Posey is the NL MVP

Scott Spratt of Baseball Info Solutions believes Buster Posey should be the leading candidate for the NL MVP award after measuring the Giants catcher's overall contributions.

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Kurkjian: Kershaw's the best pitcher in baseball (1:00)
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Kershaw's gem speaks louder than words

The Dodgers have won four straight since ace Clayton Kershaw -- who fanned 14 in a victory over the Cubs on Friday -- told the media it was panic time for the underperforming NL West leaders.

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12hJesse Rogers

'School' is in session for Cubs hitters

The Cubs took their lumps in facing Clayton Kershaw, but hope the experience will pay dividends if they make the postseason.

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Hamels pitching well at key time for Rangers (0:57)
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Kimmel announces Scully's return (0:22)
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Cameraman hit by home run (0:20)
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1dJayson Stark

Stark: Why protecting fans is complicated

MLB is investigating how it might safeguard fans from flying balls and bats, but the solution is more difficult than just extending a net in every ballpark.

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22hDavid Schoenfield

Showdown weekend: Five big series to watch

Examining five series and some key things to look for in Royals-Rays, Orioles-Rangers, Astros-Twins, Dodgers-Cubs and Cardinals-Giants

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Let's Do This: Mashing Mets (0:55)
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Best pitching duel in the NLCS? (0:52)
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Bumgarner hitting away competition (1:42)

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Minnesota Twins @twins

Fun afternoon with @OfficialBuck103 and @SanoMiguel at the #MinnesotaStateFair. #MNTwins

Encarnacion keeps on hitting

Edwin Encarnacion's first-inning HR today extended his hitting streak to 24, the longest in the majors this year, and just four off the team record.

Cole Hamels pitching well at key time

Tim Kurkjian breaks down why Hamels is crucial to the Rangers' playoff hopes: "They acquired him so he can pitch them into the playoffs this year. And so far, at least the last two starts, he looks like the Cole Hamels who can do just that."

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Blue Jays' Goins scores from 2B on sac fly

Toronto added to its lead when Ryan Goins scored from second base on a Josh Donaldson fly ball when Detroit CF Anthony Gose lost track of how many outs there were. The Blue Jays lead 6-1 heading into the fifth. Follow live

Catwalk leaves Kevin Kiermaier hanging

The Rays CF had no chance on this Kendrys Morales blast, so he decided to strike a pose instead.

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David Wright out of lineup

The Mets 3B is dealing with shoulder stiffness after playing two straight extra-inning games. Juan Uribe will play third this afternoon against the Red Sox.

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Cameraman hit by home run

Rangers C Chris Gimenez crushed a home run to center field -- directly off the cameraman. No worries, he shrugged it off and kept right on filming.

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Encarnacion gets Jays off to fast start

Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a 3-run HR, his 27th of the season, in the first inning to give Toronto the early 3-0 lead over Detroit. The Blue Jays enter today's game having won 8 of their last 10 and hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. Follow live

Vin Scully returning for 67th season

The legendary Dodgers broadcast made the announcement Friday, and got some help telling Dodgers fans from Jimmy Kimmel.

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Olney: Mariners in pretty bad shape

Buster Olney has a piece of advice as Seattle looks for a new GM: "If anyone walks in the door and speaks glowingly about the core in place and the opportunity for a quick and easy turnaround ... [be] suspicious. ... The baseball operations department needs a makeover, not one or two holes patched at the big league level." Far from contending (Insider)

Conger turns two with quick reflexes

Astros catcher Hank Conger showed off his impressive skills behind the dish, bare-handing Byron Buxton's bunt in mid-air, then throwing to first base to get a double play.

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With no DH, A-Rod to get rest this week

The only action Alex Rodriguez has had in the field since May 23 is "catch with [his] daughter," and that isn't likely to change in the Yankees' series against Atlanta. A-Rod hopes the break can snap his monthlong slump: "You can talk about swing mechanics, but it comes down to having a fresh body."

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Goldschmidt sends one deep in D-backs win

With his 470-foot homer in Arizona's 6-4 win over the A's, Paul Goldschmidt has hit the two longest homers by a Diamondback this season in the past four days.

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Kershaw matches season high in K's

Clayton Kershaw had 14 strikeouts in Friday's win. It was his 11th game this season with at least 10 K's, tied for third-most by a Dodgers pitcher since 1900, according to Elias. Only Sandy Koufax (21 in 1965, 15 in 1966) had more.

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Swihart's inside-the-park HR

Blake Swihart produced an inside-the-park homer against Carlos Torres in the 10th inning, sparking a 3-run inning that powered the Red Sox to a win over the Mets.

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