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Major challenge ahead for Cubs

The Cubs have been struggling offensively, which is not good when headed to St. Louis, where the Cardinals' staff is pitching at a historic level.

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Olney: Retaliatory beanball tradition must end

Buster Olney offers his firsthand take on the beanballs the Yankees and Red Sox exchanged Sunday night, voices his displeasure on the matter and more.

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6hRob Arthur

Yadier Molina forgot how to frame a pitch

FiveThirtyEight finds that Yadier Molina's pitch framing has declined dramatically over the past two years - something that could affect the Cardinals overall more than might be expected.

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Casting MLB stars for 'Star Wars' (2:01)

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Are Mets falling back to earth after hot streak? (2:13)
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5hTommy Rancel

Updated top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015

Noah Syndergaard jumps to the top of Tommy Rancel's updated top 10 fantasy prospects for 2015, which also includes a couple of Blue Jays rookies who were demoted last week.

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Nationals blank Mets (0:51)

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9hEric Karabell

Gauging Jake Marisnick's value

Eric Karabell reflects on a big baseball weekend, and gauges Jake Marisnick's breakout.

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Martinez turns in rare rocky start

This is only the second time in his career that Carlos Martinez has allowed a run in the first inning of a start (13 starts). The previous time was July 13, 2014. (via ESPN Stats & Info) Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Big 1st inning for Chicago! @Cubs bat around & score 5 runs off Carlos Martinez. Travis Wood with a hit & RBI before he takes the mound.

Carlos Martinez off to rocky start

The Cardinals allowed 4 runs in their previous 3 games. They've allowed 5 in the top of the 1st to the Cubs. (via ESPN Stats & Info) Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

And now Travis Wood with an RBI hit. 5-0 Top 1 Still one out. 3 walks followed by 4 hits (Rizzo flew out in between)

Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Ok, now they've matched the Pirates with run No.4. Denorfia base hit. Everything up the middle. 3 walks, 3 hits. 4-0 Top 1

Hanley Ramirez suffers shoulder sprain

Boston's LF will be reevaluated tomorrow after running into the wall at Fenway Park tonight. Ramirez leads the team with 10 HRs and 22 RBIs. The Red Sox trail the Rays 4-1 in the 3rd. Follow live

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Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Sox saying Hanley has left shoulder sprain. Sprain means he tore some ligaments in there Bad news for Hanley, Sox

Rangers at Astros, 8:10 p.m. ET

The Astros are the biggest story in baseball, winners of 10 straight which is one win shy of tying the Mets for the longest streak this season. Houston is 5-0 in Dallas Keuchel’s starts this year. Follow live

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