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Ace Arrieta, Cubs battle Dodgers in L.A.

While many around baseball rave about Jake Arrieta's stuff, the right-hander said gaining control of his pitches has made him a Cy Young candidate.

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Kahrl: Rangers' romp a sign of things to come

The takeaway from Texas' sweep of Baltimore, on the back of Derek Holland's Sunday gem? These are not April's Rangers, or July's. This is a team with the talent to beat anybody in a short series.

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Rubin: Cuddyer, surging since DL stint, boosts Mets

Michael Cuddyer, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, is healthy at last -- and finally making his mark on the Mets' offense.

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David Ortiz leaves his mark on the Mets

David Ortiz's two-run home run off Noah Syndergaard ended an impressive display of power this weekend against the Mets.

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Cardinals continue to fly high

The Cardinals still own baseball's best record as they padded their lead in the NL Central and finished off a successful 10-game road trip with a 7-5 win in San Francisco.

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Mittler: Nothing wrong with the two-wild-card format

Doug Mittler takes aim at critics of MLB's current playoff format, determining that their primary argument -- that mediocre teams can qualify for it -- is really nothing new in MLB.

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Encarnacion staying hot (1:34)
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Wade Miley with filthy grab on the mound

The Red Sox LHP made a behind-the-back, no-look grab vs. the Mets today for an out. We bet he practices that in his spare time.

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Kris Bryant drills home run to left field

The Cubs 3B smashed a line drive into the bleachers to put his team up 2-0 in the top of the first vs. the Dodgers -- a lead that still stands in the top of the second on ESPN.

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Jesse Chavez gets a hit, fails on basepath

The 32-year-old A's pitcher recorded his first career hit, but then it all went downhill after he tripped over second base.

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Alex Wood has the shadows working him theoretically, but so far, just one swing-and-miss from the Cubs so far.

Kris Bryant gives Jake Arrieta early lead

The Cubs rookie took Dodgers LHP Alex Wood deep to left to put the Cubs up 2-0 in the first. Arrieta -- who's 5-0 in August -- takes the mound for Chicago in the bottom of the first. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Getting ready to start … Cubs at Dodgers… Kyle Schwarber just took out the lineup card for the Cubs. Can't remember seeing a rookie do that.

Cards take down Giants, take series

Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all homered in the Cardinals' 7-5 win over the Giants.

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Watch: Dodgers looking to sweep Cubs

Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (9-8, 3.70) is facing a Cubs team that's lost four straight, but he's up against Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta, who's won all five of his August starts while giving up just 2 ER. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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White Sox walk off against Mariners

Tyler Saladino's 11th-inning single scored Alexei Ramirez, giving Chicago the 6-5 win over Seattle as they split the four-game series.

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Cardinals win rubber match vs. Giants

Yadier Molina went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the Cards' 7-5 win as they hold a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central. With the Giants' loss, they fall to four games back of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. Box score

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Holland throws gem against Orioles

Derek Holland tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in Texas' 6-0 win over Baltimore to complete a three-game sweep.

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Santana shines, Twins hold off Astros

Ervin Santana fanned 10 batters over seven scoreless innings, while Minnesota survived a five-run ninth inning from Houston to win 7-5.

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A moment of silence for deceased fan

Before the start of the Yankees-Braves game, there was a moment of silence at Turner Field for fan Greg Murrey, who passed away Saturday after falling from the upper deck. The Yankees went on to defeat the Braves 20-6.

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