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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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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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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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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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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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FINAL: Blue Jays 9, Tigers 2

Four more Toronto HRs powered the Jays to a 3-game sweep of the Tigers. Toronto hit 11 HRs in the series, as 6 different players hit dingers. Edwin Encarnacion followed his 3-homer Saturday with another HR Sunday. Box score

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FINAL: Indians 9, Angels 2

The Indians swept the Angels, behind Josh Tomlin's strong outing (7 IP, 2 ER, 8 K). Carlos Santana and Abraham Almonte combined to go 5-of-8 with 7 RBI. L.A.'s Mike Trout went 4-for-4, missing a HR for the cycle. Box score

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Robinson rips homer to right

Clint Robinson's first career pinch-hit home run put the Nationals on top 7-4 against the Marlins. It's the the fifth pinch-hit homer this season for the Nat, who have scored five unanswered runs. Follow live

Red Sox knot score in the seventh

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pinch-hit, RBI ground rule double and Mookie Betts followed with his eighth triple this season to pull the Red Sox even with the Mets at 4. Follow live

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Strasburg done after 60 pitches. Not particularly sharp today, but conspicuous yank. Especially with P's spot due up 2nd next inning. #Nats

Stephen Strasburg lasts only 4 innings

The Nationals SP's difficult season continues as the Marlins roughed him up for four runs and seven hits. Strasburg's velocity was down today and he was pulled for Doug Fister despite throwing just 60 pitches. Follow live

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Juan Uribe comes up clutch for Mets

Uribe received a start at second base today for only the second time since 2011 and he's making it count. Uribe drove in the go ahead runs during the Mets' three-run 7th. They lead the Red Sox 4-2. Follow live

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David Ortiz hit 494th career HR, now in sole possession of 27th all-time in Major League history (breaks tie w/ Lou Gehrig & Fred McGriff)

Big Papi spoils it for Syndergaard

Mets SP Noah Syndergaard was so close to making it through six shutout innings. Enter David Ortiz. The Red Sox DH turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with a two-run HR. If Boston can hold on, it will sweep the NL East leaders. Follow live

Yanks having a homer party in Atlanta

Chase Headley and Stephen Drew collected two-run HRs in the third inning, increasing the Yankees' lead to 7-0. Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run shot in the previous frame for New York, who will need plenty of long balls if they hope to catch the red-hot Blue Jays in the AL East. Follow live

How good are the Blue Jays?

ESPN's Buster Olney said: "When I talk to general managers now about the Toronto Blue Jays, they say the Blue Jays are the most complete team in baseball."

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Mets-Red Sox belongs to Syndergaard

There's really not much to talk about in this game other than Mets SP Noah Syndergaard. He just completed the his fifth shutout frame with just two hits allowed and New York leads on his RBI single. Follow live

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Russell Martin gets in on HR fest

Martin hit Toronto's 4th HR of the game, of the 2-run variety, to give the Blue Jays a 6-0 lead over the Tigers. Toronto has 6 hits on the day, 4 being HRs. Martin is the 6th different Blue Jay to hit a home run (for 11 HRs total) in the 3-game series. Follow live

Ellsbury finishing August on power trip

Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury slugged HR No. 7 of the season in the second inning, a three-run shot to give New York a 3-0 lead over the Braves. Four of Ellsbury's seven home runs this season have come in August. Follow live

Early home lead for Cleveland

The Indians' Michael Brantley doubled to deep right to score Jason Kipnis in the first. Brantley later scored when Carlos Santana doubled to deep center and Brantley just beat the throw home. Follow live

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Home run parade in Toronto

Josh Donaldson opened things up with the first home run in the 1st inning. Edwin Encarnacion added another solo dinger -- hitting in his 25th straight game with his 4th HR in his last 2 games. And Kevin Pillar went yard with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning. Toronto now is up 4-0 on Detroit in the third.