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Martinez tries to pitch his way to Midsummer Classic

There's no doubt Carlos Martinez has had a breakout season, but has he been All-Star worthy? The Cardinals right-hander has a chance to strengthen his case Saturday.

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Bird preys on Rays' Kiermaier (0:26)
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Doc Jacobs overcoming all odds (3:48)
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Athletes as fans: Giancarlo Stanton (0:31)
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GM's Office: Joe Maddon is players' choice (6:27)
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Lou Gehrig: Fact vs. Fiction

The speech that Gary Cooper gave as Lou Gehrig in "The Pride of the Yankees" is actually different than the one that The Iron Horse gave at Yankee Stadium 76 years ago today. Compare the two

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July 4, 1939: Lou Gehrig's speech

On this date 76 years ago, the Yankees held Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day. It's when he gave his famous unscripted speech, saying, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," despite suffering from ALS.

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Yankees give Pineda an early lead

Michael Pineda has 5 strikeouts in the first 3 innings as the Yankees lead 2-0. He's needed 45 pitches to get through three innings, so he's on pace to need some help from his bullpen to finish this game. Follow live

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This bat proves it has star power

Bryce Harper and his American-flag style bat is 2-for-3 with a home run, double and 2 RBIs. Madison Bumgarner also avoided the power of the bat by walking the Nationals star in the fifth. Nats are up 7-1. Follow live

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Out of their league

Almost exactly halfway through the season. the National League has pretty much gone to script, as all three preseason favorites lead their divisions. In the AL, no current division leader was projected to finish better than 3rd before the season started.

Miggy out for six weeks

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says that Miguel Cabrera has a Grade 3 calf strain and is expected to miss six weeks. He's leading the American League with a .350 batting average and .456 on-base percentage.

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Founding Fathers face the race

The Nationals are ahead of the Giants. It's Independence Day. It's a perfect time to bring back our favorite moments of Washington's presidents races over the years.

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Rare mistake by MadBum

The HR that Madison Bumgarner allowed to Bryce Harper in the 1st inning today was the first he allowed to a left-handed batter in his past 47 starts. He had faced 241 left-handed batters and thrown 923 pitches to lefties without allowing a HR before Harper took him deep.

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Michael Pineda perfect game watch

Each of the last two times Nathan Karns pitched for the Rays, his opponent had a perfect game through at least 6 innings. Monday, Cody Anderson had his perfect game broken up in the 7th inning and on June 24, Marco Estrada had his bid broken up in the 8th. Follow Live

Strasburg leaves early

Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals-Giants game with two outs in the fourth with an apparent injury. Washington has a 3-0 lead. Follow live

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Harper keeps up record pace

Only seven players have hit at least 25 home runs at the halfway point of a season while 22 years old or younger. Five are in the Hall of Fame (Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Harmon Killebrew, Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott) and the others are Alex Rodriguez and Bryce Harper. Follow Giants/Nats live

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