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Rogers: Arrieta nearing elite status

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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Cardinals continue to fly high

The Cardinals continue to own baseball's best record as they look to pad their lead in the NL Central and finish off a successful 10-game road trip.

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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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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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Kurkjian: Kershaw's the best pitcher in baseball (1:00)
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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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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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Bombers blow out Braves 20-6 in Atlanta

The Yankees scored 20 runs on 21 hits to sweep the Braves and became the third team since 2000 to score 20-plus runs twice in the same season. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered and drove in four to help the Yanks maintain their standing in the wild card and AL East. Box score

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Matt Kemp crushes homer in Padres' win

Matt Kemp hit his 16th home run of the season and drove in two in San Diego's 9-4 win over Philadelphia, which still won the series.

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Brewers beat Reds to take series

Ryan Braun hit his 24th home run of the season, and Jonathan Lucroy drove in two runs in the Brewers' 4-1 win.

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Nationals rally to beat Marlins

The Nats scored five unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win 7-4. Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

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David Ortiz was highly complimentary of Mets pitching, but slightly whiffed on Noah Syndergaard's nickname, referring to him as "Thork."

Bucs fall 5-0 to last-place Rockies

The Rockies scored three runs in the fourth inning -- including a two-run triple from Ben Paulsen -- en route to beating the Pirates 5-0.

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Blue Jays cruise past Tigers

Josh Donaldson launched his 36th HR of the season, and Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin also went deep in the Blue Jays' 9-2 win to complete the three-game sweep.

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Rays use long ball to avoid sweep

Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier both hit solo home runs in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over Kansas City.

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Nats score five unanswered, top Marlins

Stephen Strasburg tossed only four innings, but the Nationals offense came alive to score three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth en route to a 7-4 win vs. the Marlins. The good news: The Nats won the series. The bad news: The Mets also won and still hold a 5 1/2 game lead in the NL East. Box score

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Almonte's slam leads Indians past Angels

CF Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam in the fifth inning to solidify the Indians' 9-2 win over the Angels.

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Rockies blank Pirates 5-0 to avoid sweep

LHP Jorge De La Rosa struck out seven and walked just one over six innings of work. Pittsburgh falls to four games back of the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central but maintains a 5.5-game lead for the first NL wild-card spot. Box score

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Yanks offense comes out of hiding

The Yankees exploded for eight runs in the seventh on four singles and a pair of doubles. Seven straight Yankees hitters reached base safely with two outs in the frame. New York leads Atlanta 17-5. Follow live

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Terry Collins on Addison Reed trade: "Hopefully he's that seventh-inning guy we've been looking for."

Cardinals jump out to early lead

Matt Carpenter led off the game with a home run to center, and a Jason Heyward RBI triple and a Yadier Molina RBI single have the Cards up 3-0 over the Giants after a half inning in the rubber match. Follow live

Mets avoid sweep vs. Red Sox

Noah Syndergaard didn't have his best stuff at Citi Field, but the Mets' bats came through to salvage the series finale with a 5-4 win against the Red Sox. Jeurys Familia had runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth but fanned Mookie Betts to pick up his 35th save. Box score

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Rays top Royals 3-2 in series finale

Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead HR in the sixth, and the Rays held on to avoid a sweep and snap a two-game slide vs. the Royals. Kansas City's three-game win streak ended, but it still holds a large lead in the AL Central. Box score

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