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Lester gets first career hit, but falls behind

Lefty Jon Lester recorded his first major league hit against the Cardinals, but he left trailing 2-0. Once a rain delay ends, can the Cus rally?

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Mittler: Relevant midseason MLB stat trends

Laying out some of the more interesting and relevant statistical trends around MLB at the midseason point, including a decrease in walks and sacrifice bunts and an increase in shifts.

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Blue Jays should trade for Jeff Samardzija

There might be bigger names out there, perhaps more effective starters, too, but the White Sox right-hander could be a solid option at the right price.

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Rancel: Top prospects from 2014 Futures Game

Tommy Rancel looks back at the 2014 MLB Futures Game and breaks down the top prospects still yet to reach the major leagues. He leads with Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.

Peter Hapak

The Body Issue

It's time for ESPN The Magazine's seventh annual celebration of athletes' bodies, where we admire the potential of the human form and stand in awe of those who push their physiques to profound frontiers.


Span, Escobar exit in Nats' 3-2 loss

CF Denard Span left in the second inning with a back spasm and 3B Yunel Escobar exited in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. Both will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Phillies knot score at Dodger Stadium

The Phillies answered the Dodgers' two-run first with a two-run shot in the second from Freddy Galvis, who has three HRs on the season. Follow live

Tigers strike first in Seattle

Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos hit his 5th HR of the year to left off Hisashi Iwakuma to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the 2nd. Follow live

Reds snap 3-game slide in opener

Eugenio Suarez's go-ahead solo shot in the eighth stood as the difference in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Nationals in D.C. Suarez finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Box score


Astros add a half game to AL West lead

The Astros posted a four-run first and rolled to a 9-4 win over the Indians in their opener. Houston snapped a two-game skid, while sending Cleveland to a third straight defeat. Box score


Pedro Alvarez delivers walk-off single

A.J. Burnett limited the Padres to one run over 7 2/3 innings, and the Pirates' bats did the rest, coming through with a walk-off hit in the ninth to win their third straight, 2-1, in the series opener. Box score


Cardinals-Cubs in rain delay

Rain finally delayed this game at Wrigley Field with St. Louis leading 2-0 in the middle of the 8th. Chicago LHP Jon Lester took a no-hit bid into the 7th, but the Cards' offense finally got to him. If the game is called, John Lackey would get the win.


Sale goes distance to quiet Blue Jays

All-Star Chris Sale struck out 6, ending his run of 8 straight games with at least 10 K's, but allowed just 2 runs over 9 innings. The White Sox gave him the necessary run support with 3 unearned runs off Mark Buehrle in the 8th, capped by a 2-run double from Melky Cabrera.


Watch: Quick turn of events in Chicago

Jon Lester went into the 7th with a no-hitter, and now he's down 2-0 thanks to a Yadier Molina RBI sac fly and a Kolten Wong RBI single as the rain still falls at Wrigley. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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A sac fly cuts the #Astros' lead to 9-4 game but Neshek gets a ground ball to retire the side. We head to the 8th inning in Cleveland.

Watch: Jon Lester gives up hit in 7th

The Cardinals got their first hit from All-Star Jhonny Peralta's solid one-hopper to fellow All-Star Kris Bryant, who couldn't handle it. It's 0-0 in the 7th, but the Cardinals are threatening. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Ned Yost only had option to add 2 position players, plus Teixeira as replacement for Miggy. Took Martin as 3rd C & Holt as only #Redsox rep

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Cubs pitcher hasn't thrown a no-hitter at Wrigley Field since 1972 (Milt Pappas). Jon Lester takes his bid into 7th inning vs STL (ESPN)

Watch: Cubs miss huge chance

All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant started off the bottom of the 6th with back-to-back singles off Cards RHP John Lackey, but after Miguel Montero struck out, Starlin Castro hit into a DP to end the inning. It's scoreless through 6. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Sale likely not reaching double-digit K's

White Sox SP Chris Sale has struck out 5 batters through 8 IP and is trailing 2-1 to the Blue Jays after giving up homers to Chris Colabello and Josh Donaldson. He'll need a lot of help if he's to get his record 9th straight game with at least 10 K's. Follow live