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Life after Jeter looking good for Yanks

Didi Gregorius doesn't have to be vintage Derek Jeter; he just has to be better than last year's version. He has been, and that's one reason the Yanks are firmly in first.

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AL wild-card predictions (1:07)
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Mets rolling behind Cespedes (1:09)
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The weird season of the Athletics (2:18)
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How MLB deflated potential equipment scandal

Remember The Great Glove Grapple of 1990? Probably not, because unlike the NFL with Deflategate, MLB took the air out of rampant mitt growth without creating controversy, Steve Wulf writes.

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Mets fans deserve standing ovation

It was largely the passion of Mets fans -- their declared frustration, their anger -- that drove their team's front office to make changes in Queens.

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What's gone wrong with the Angels? (2:23)
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Possum takes in Orioles-Athletics game (0:28)
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Waiver trade deadline candidates (2:31)
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Wilmer Flores' redemption (0:56)
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Inciarte fires rocket to second for out

Diamondbacks RF Ender Inciarte caught Yunel Escobar like a deer in headlights between first and second base and got him out with a barehanded grab and throw. Escobar didn't stand a chance.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

This is latest into a season that Mets & Yankees have each been in sole possession of 1st place in their division since end of 2006 season

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Rays (Chris Archer) at White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 ET. Sale, Archer are 2nd, 4th respectively in MLB in strikeouts (1: Kershaw, 3: Kluber).

Nationals reeling since start of July

Earlier this season, the Nats ranked in the top 10 in several key areas. But since?

  • Runs per game: Had been 8th; now, 28th
  • BA: Had been 9th; now, last
  • RBIs: Had been 9th; now, last

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New York state of mind in the standings

This is the latest into a season that the Mets and Yankees have each been in sole possession of 1st place in their divisions since the end of the 2006 season.

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Remembering the Ryan-Ventura fight

Nolan Ryan's famous fight with Robin Ventura happened 22 years ago today. Did you know that the 46-year-old wasn't ejected for throwing these punches? Other fight facts

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Are the Nationals in trouble?

Jayson Stark discusses the struggles for Washington, which is now in second place in the NL East: "When you look at what the Mets have become; are the Nationals better than the Mets right now? I'm not sure they are."

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The resurgent Mets

Pedro Gomez describes the domino effect that has overtaken the Mets with the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.

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Dads: North or south of the border?

Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy missed a flight to be with his wife but was on FaceTime during the birth of his daughter. But, if he had been present, he told Mike & Mike he would have been "south of the border" to catch his fourth child.

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Pete Rose hopeful for HOF eligibility

"I'm the one who made the mistake. If I'm ever given a second chance, I'll be the happiest guy in the world," Rose told a crowd during a radio appearance with the Carmen & Jurko Show on ESPN 1000 yesterday afternoon.

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What do Pirates fans do in rain delays?

Simple. They dance to "Gangnam Style." And after two rain delays, the Pirates-Cubs game was postponed with the later date not yet determined.

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Marchand: Gregorius has Yankees in 1st

Is Didi Gregorius better than Derek Jeter? No, but he's an upgrade over the '14 version, when Jeter collected more gifts and good wishes than extra-base hits. Hot-hitting Gregorius

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Forecasting AL wild-card race

Eight teams are within 3.5 games of the playoffs, but Pedro Gomez likes the Orioles and Rangers to break through. "[Texas] adding Cole Hamels, that is a major, major move."

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SportsCenter @sportscenter

#PhotoOfTheNight: Adrian Beltre is doused in water after hitting the third cycle of his career in the Rangers 12-9 win over the Astros.

Mike Hessman, Real-life Crash Davis

The Tigers' Triple-A player slugged his minor league record 433rd HR Monday night. Hessman, 37, has played 109 games in the majors, but none since 2010. He also won the bronze in the 2008 Olympics. His big night

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Cespedes helps Mets bash Marlins

With 4 RBIs, newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes helped the Mets' offense stay hot in a big win over Miami.

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John Buccigross @Buccigross

Mets have now scored double-digit runs in 2 games since the All-Star Break. They had 2 such games in THE ENTIRE 1st half this year

Mets moving up in NL East

New York is 4-0 since acquiring Yoenis Céspedes and sits in sole possession of 1st place in the NL East this late in the season for the first time since Sept. 19, 2008. The Nationals, who were 3½ games up on the Mets entering July, are 11-16 since July 1st.