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Stark: Blue Jays added Tulo, Price ... and 'aura'

Toronto's tremendous transformation since the trade deadline is about talent, sure. But as Jays slugger Jose Bautista says, there's something else at play, too.

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Grantland: A Dayton with destiny

Few thought the 2015 Royals could replicate last season's Cinderella run, but K.C. has made a mockery of the doubters on its way to the AL's best record.

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Schoenfield: Three future stars in AL rookie race

All the rookie buzz this season seems to have centered on the young sluggers in the National League. But Miguel Sano, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor are making noise, too.

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Saxon: Kershaw's gem completes Giant sweep

Clayton Kershaw carved up the rival Giants, striking out 15 in a complete-game victory that stretched the Dodgers' NL West lead to a stunning 6 1/2 games.

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Zimmerman's blasts drive Nats past Cards

Ryan Zimmerman clubbed two home runs and a go-ahead RBI double as the Nationals prevailed in St. Louis. Max Scherzer struck out 10 through six innings.

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Mets to give Harvey, Syndergaard extra rest

Wary of rising innings counts, the New York Mets committed Wednesday to skipping right-handers Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard at least once apiece in September.

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Saxon: Dodgers pad lead behind Greinke, bullpen

Zack Greinke outdueled Madison Bumgarner in a battle of aces to help the Dodgers stretch their NL West lead to 5 1/2 games over the Giants. The unsung heroes on Tuesday? The surging L.A. bullpen.

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Greinke's historic season continues

Zack Greinke outdueled Madison Bumgarner in what could be a rare matchup of the prior season's World Series MVP and a current season's Cy Young.

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10 things you have to know for September

Can the Indians make a comeback? Will the Cubs and Mets finish off Cinderella seasons? Those are just two things to watch in the season's final month.

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Schoenfield: Should Royals be worried about Cueto?

After coming to K.C. at the trade deadline, Johnny Cueto initially looked like the No. 1 starter the Royals needed. But are his recent struggles -- capped by Tuesday's loss to the Tigers -- cause for concern?

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Schilling off ESPN for rest of season

ESPN released a statement on analyst Curt Schilling, saying: "At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt's actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game."

Lincecum out for remainder of season

Giants GM Bobby Evans announced on Thursday that pitcher Tim Lincecum would undergo hip surgery. "He won't be able to come back this season. That's evident," Evans told KNBR radio in San Francisco. Free agent next season

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White Sox claw back to avoid sweep

Twins RF Eddie Rosario hit a grand slam in the third, but Sox PH J.B. Shuck's triple in the 7th took the lead back to help the White Sox avoid the sweep and win 6-4.

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Bryce Harper back in lineup tonight

The Nationals OF left Wednesday's game vs. the Cardinals in the fourth inning with tight glutes, but he's back in the lineup and playing center in tonight's game vs. the Braves.

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White Sox closing the gap

Eddie Rosario's first career grand slam gave the Twins a 4-1 lead in the 3rd, but the White Sox have been inching closer ever since. Avisail Garcia's sac fly was the latest play to plate a run and Chicago is only down by 1 in the 6th. Follow live

ICYMI: Justin Turner pulls off ninja slide

Turner shouldn't have had a chance of being safe on this steal in Wednesday's game, but he was saved by his unique set of skills.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

That grand slam allowed by Jeff Samardzija was the 9th homer he's surrendered since start of Aug. 4-1, Twins.

White Sox leading Twins

Jeff Samardzija has two walks and 0 K's, but he's also got a 0 where it matters: Earned runs. The White Sox have a 1-0 lead in the third inning over the Twins, who are a game back of the second AL wild card. Follow live

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Minnesota Twins @Twins

The #MNTwins are 10-2 in their last 12 games and have won four series in a row. They're hoping for a sweep of the White Sox this afternoon.

Kershaw's most dominant start yet?

Clayton Kershaw induced 35 swings-and-misses, the most by any pitcher in a game in the past 10 seasons. Eleven of his 15 strikeouts were swinging, and his career-high 251 strikeouts on the season are the most by a Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1966.

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Brown flips over wall on inside-the-park HR

A for effort, Domonic Brown. But your flip over the fence allowed the Mets' Ruben Tejada score an inside-the-parker.

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