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Matthews: Severino shines on dark night in Atlanta

In a game marred by tragedy, Luis Severino shut down the Braves in the Yankees' 3-1 win as New York kept pace with Toronto in the AL East race.

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Top 5: Rising Rangers ready for stretch run?

Who's hot in August? Texas, because by beating Baltimore thanks to some unlikely heroes, the Rangers could have the late-game assets to win more tight games down the stretch.

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Encarnacion staying hot (1:34)
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White Sox mum on a Carlos Rodon innings limit

The White Sox want lefty Carlos Rodon to get more experience this season, but not at the expense of putting a lot of mileage on his arm.

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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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Can the Rangers sustain their success?

"They can," ESPN's Buster Olney told SportsCenter. Texas leads the 2nd wild card spot after going 25-14 since the All-Star break. They are "gathering momentum as we head down the stretch," Olney said.

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Terry Collins said Juan Uribe doesn't like to play first base, and wanted to get him at the lineup.

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Juan Uribe started one game with Atlanta this season at 2B. Otherwise, he had not played there since 2011. 193 career starts there.

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This week’s Top 10: 1. St. Louis 2. Kansas City 3. Pittsburgh 4. Toronto 5. Houston 6. Dodgers 7. Cubs 8. Mets 9. Yankees 10. TEX Fire away.

ICYMI: Fans celebrate HR hat trick

Edwin Encarnacion capped a 3-HR, 9-RBI afternoon with a grand slam in the seventh inning, and fans tossed their caps onto the field to celebrate.

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Cubs' to add another young bat

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon expects Javier Baez to get a Sept. 1 call-up. "There's a lot of things he can do to help you win now," Maddon said. Baez has hit .316 with 13 HRs at Triple-A this season

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Final: Dodgers 5, Cubs 2

Jose Peraza matched Chicago's run total himself and drove in a run in Los Angeles' fifth straight win. Box score

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Votto helps Reds snap 4-game slide

Joey Votto's go-ahead homer in the 9th sparked a 4-run inning that lifted Cincinnati to a 12-9 win.

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Lester's day done after allowing 3 in 7th

The first four Dodgers batters got a hit to start the 7th inning, with Jose Peraza and Andre Ethier tallying RBI knocks to give L.A. a 4-2 lead. Jon Lester, who was unable to get an out in the frame, surrendered eight hits and struck out seven on the night. Follow live

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Pirates: 21-4 vs NL West teams this season Mark Melancon: 43rd save. Only Pirates P with more in season- Mike Williams, 46 in 2002

Ramirez's three-run shot fuels Pirates

Aramis Ramirez homered at PNC Park as a member of the Pirates for the first time since July 2003 to help Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over Colorado. The Pirates are 14-3 over their last 17 games.

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Gomes slams Indians over Angels

Yan Gomes' grand slam in the 8th was part of a 5-run inning that sent Cleveland to its 4th win in a row.

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Vogt leads A's past Diamondbacks

Stephen Vogt splashed a homer into the Chase Field pool and drove in all three of Oakland’s runs to fuel a 3-2 win.

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Fiers follows no-hitter with another win

Mike Fiers surrendered three hits over six innings to guide the Astros past the Twins 4-1.

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Robinson Cano: 3rd game with at least 4 hits this season (had 2 such games all of last season) ... all 3 games have come in July/August

Rangers win third straight

Bobby Wilson's double in the 7th inning scored Elvis Andrus for the winning run in Texas' 4-3 win over Baltimore, giving the Rangers a 1.5-game lead for the second wild card.