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Peavy gives up long ball, lead to Dodgers

Giants starter Jake Peavy was solid through five innings but gave up a two-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez in the sixth.

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Cubs make good depth pickup in Austin Jackson

The Cubs acquired center fielder Austin Jackson from Seattle on Monday in one of those deals that has the chance to pay dividends in October.

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How MLB walk-up music became a designated hit

The batter's box has become a jukebox, as each player strides to the plate accompanied by his own anthem. How did walk-up tunes become baseball's soundtrack? And does the music make a difference?

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How bad baserunning has hurt the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have scored far fewer runs that their batting statistics suggest they should, and bad baserunning is a big reason why.

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Power Rankings: Cards, Jays all about quality

While the beat goes on for the Cardinals as they own the top spot in our rankings for the 14th consecutive week, the red-hot Blue Jays have quickly become a force.

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What do the Rockies do with Jose Reyes?

Jose Reyes is a liability defensively at shortstop, so the Colorado Rockies probably will look to deal him in the offseason if they can find a taker.

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Rogers: Arrieta's first no-hitter just the start

Sunday was a night to let loose, celebrating a no-hitter against the Dodgers then a postgame pajama party for the flight home. But no one works harder than Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, and if you've watched him pitch, you know there are more special games ahead.

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Rancel: Twins' Berrios top prospect

With Major League Baseball rosters expanding to 40 players Sept. 1., Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios headlines this week's list of top 10 prospects.

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Kahrl: Whose pen is mightier?

Which contending team's bullpen is the best? We break down the relief corps of the 10 clubs -- five in each league -- currently leading in this season's hunt for October.

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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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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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1dDoug Kern

Kernels: It was one grand week

Grand slams were in vogue the last seven days. Our weekly review of interesting and unusual stats focuses heavily on the four-run home run

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12hDoug Mittler

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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Cards rally past Nats, win third straight

Jason Heyward's two-run double in a five-run seventh inning gave St. Louis the lead to good in an 8-5 win over Washington.

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Hole in the wall halts A's-Angels game

Angels LF Shane Victorino hit the wall in pursuit of a Danny Valencia double and knocked a portion of the wall out. After a slight stadium delay at O.co Coliseum, play has resumed in the fifth. The A's lead 6-3. Follow live

Reds rough up Cubs in first game of series

Already in the lead, the Reds scored six unearned runs in the ninth and rolled past the Cubs 13-6. Starlin Castro had three errors in the loss for his 14th career multi-error game.

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Dallas Keuchel improves to 12-0 at home

The Astros LHP gave up one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts in Houston's 8-3 win over Seattle.

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Reds plate 6 late, beat Cubs 13-6

Cincinnati put together a 6-run ninth, but with Starlin Castro's second and third errors of the game, all six runs were unearned. Since the start of 2009, the Cubs have had four games where a player commits three errors -- three of them came from Castro. Box score

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Wasted opportunities doom Yankees

David Ortiz hit his 495th home run of his career as the Red Sox held on to beat the Yankees -- who ended an inning with the bags loaded multiple times -- 4-3.

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Reds puts up huge, 6-run 9th inning

The Reds scored six runs on just two hits after Cubs 2B Starlin Castro committed two errors in the inning. Cincinnati leads 13-5 as Chicago will try to put together a rally in the bottom of the frame. Follow live

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Some thing don't change: Yankees-Red Sox just went 3 hours, 44 minutes for a 4-3 game. But 58 minutes of that was the bottom of the 9th.

Gomes going to Kansas City in trade

Braves OF Jonny Gomes has been traded to the Royals, according to FOX Sports. Gomes is batting .221 with 7 HRs and 22 RBIs this season.

Bartolo Colon makes Mets history

With the 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon is now the oldest pitcher in Mets history to have an outing of 8-plus IP and 0 runs allowed. 40-year-old Miguel Batista threw a two-hit shutout vs. the Reds in the last game of 2011.

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Red Sox escape scare in ninth vs. Yankees

The Yankees had the bases loaded in the ninth, but Didi Gregorius' five-hit bid fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox as Jean Machi survived a 33-pitch save in Boston. David Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead for good with his 495th career HR. Box score

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Braves lose sixth straight

Cole Gillespie's solo shot in the second was all the Marlins needed, but they made it a 4-0 win over the Braves in the series opener.

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Archer on KK's catch: "it was going to be out by 5 feet. It was the best I've seen, yes. I was glad to be the recipient of that catch."

Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout?

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping grab at the wall, reminiscent of Angels CF Mike Trout's catch from the same area at Camden Yards in 2012.

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