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Morales puts on power show in Royals' win

Royals DH Kendrys Morales had two homers and all five RBIs against the Cardinals in a Show-Me State series opener featuring the best two records in baseball.

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Bowden: The 20 players most likely to be dealt

Jim Bowden lays out the 20 players most likely to be dealt by July 31, including a trade likeliness rating, interested teams and best fit for each guy.

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BBTN Minute: The top five surprising teams (3:24)

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Harper smacks 16th homer in win (0:49)

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2hAdam Rubin

Noah Syndergaard 'glad to stay here'

Despite losing to the Pirates, Noah Syndergaard will stay in the Mets' rotation, saying he's looking forward to his next start.

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Has Bumgarner passed Kershaw? (2:10)
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Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.

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#TBT: When Babe Ruth hit right-handed

According to nationalpastime.com, Babe Ruth decided to bat right-handed in the ninth inning on May 21, 1930 -- a game in which he hit three homers.

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Flores: Loria, Samson still running Marlins' show (1:10)
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2dBuster Olney

Trade market not close to materializing

Buster Olney checks in on how MLB teams view the current trade market, identifies one aspect in which the Twins have improved and more.

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2dBen Lindbergh

Becoming the boomstick

How Nelson Cruz beat the aging curve to become one of the best hitters in baseball.

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Goldschmidt comes through in clutch

The Cubs were 1 out away from a 10-inning win over the Diamondbacks, but Paul Goldschmidt's 11th home run of the year gave Arizona a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 10th. Follow live

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Paul Goldschmidt's game-tying, 10th-inning HR was his 2nd career extra-inning HR. His other was a walkoff on Aug. 13, 2013 vs the Orioles.

Pederson plays the hero for Dodgers

Joc Pederson's 11th homer of his rookie season lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Padres. Los Angeles broke a 35-inning scoreless streak and 3-game losing streak with the win. Box score

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Joc Pederson gave Dodgers 2-1 lead with go-ahead HR in bottom of the 8th. It's his 1st career go-ahead HR in the 8th inning or later.

Pederson goes deep in Los Angeles

The Padres have allowed 60 home runs this season, the latest an offering to Joc Pederson that put the Dodgers up 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning. Follow live

Free baseball in Arizona

Neither the Diamondbacks nor Cubs have scored since the 5th inning, and we're headed to the 10th all tied up at 2-2. Addison Reed is on to pitch for Arizona. Follow live

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Escobar has the Royals flipping out

For most of us, lying flat on our stomachs means it's nap time. If you're Kansas City SS Alcides Escobar, however, that's the perfect position to throw a runner out at second.

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Morales blasts Royals to league lead

Kendrys Morales' 2-run blast gave Kansas City a 5-0 win over St. Louis. More importantly, this is the first time the Royals have had baseball's best record at least 40 games into a season since Sept. 9th, 1980. (via Elias)

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Giants split Rockies open in 9th

Brandon Belt's 3rd hit of the night was a double to center, then Hunter Pence followed with a double of his own. Brandon Crawford couldn't keep up, but his RBI single tacked one on all the same as the Giants topped off the 9th with a Matt Duffy 2-run blast to end a 4-run 9th. Follow live

Final: Angels 12, Red Sox 5

Chris Iannetta hit a 3-run blast in the 5th, part of a 9-run Angels inning, to help L.A. move within 4.5 of division-leading Houston. David Freese collected 2 RBIs to give him a team-leading 27 on the season. Box score

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D-backs grind back in the 5th

Nick Ahmed just collected his first career home run, a left field shot off an 87 mph Jon Lester fastball to tie the game at 2. Follow live