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Cubs extend lead in Pittsburgh

A Starlin Castro RBI double and David Ross RBI single in the third put the Cubs up 3-0 over the Pirates. The Cubs are looking for their sixth straight win as they battle for an NL wild card spot. Follow live

Tanaka Tuesday bad news so far for Sawx

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka has limited the visiting Red Sox to just one hit through four innings. Mark Teixeira's RBI single in the first stands as the game's lone run. Follow live


Nationals jump out to quick lead in 1st

Yunel Escobar led off the game with a HR, and Washington added 2 more runs on RBIs from Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth for an early 3-0 lead over the Diamondbacks. They could have had more runs but Max Scherzer made the last out with the bases loaded. Follow live

Perez has Justin Verlander's number

Salvador Perez is 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs after hitting his team-high 16th HR this season in the fourth to put the Royals up 3-0 against the Tigers. He's now 17-37 (.459) with 13 RBI against Verlander in his career. That's his highest BA, RBIs and hits against any pitcher with at least 10 PA. Follow live

Donaldson, Tulo go deep for Blue Jays

First 3B Josh Donaldon's solo shot to left made it 1-0 in the first, then SS Troy Tulowitzki's solo homer made it 2-0 in the third vs. the Twins. Toronto is looking for its third straight win. Follow live

Kang drills Russell at home to save run

Cubs LF Chris Denorfia doubled to center in the second, and 2B Addison Russell tried to score on the hit -- but Andrew McCutchen slid to stop the ball and threw to SS Jung Ho Kang, who launched a perfect bouncing throw home to end the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0. Follow live

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Yunel Escobar with leadoff bomb to straightaway CF. Crowd: "N-A-T-S...Nats, Nats, Nats...whoo!!!" Nats 1, Dbacks 0

Rollins gets standing ovation in return

Jimmy Rollins led off the game for the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, but not before the former Phillie was given a lengthy ovation by the fans and his former teammates. Rollins, who struck out, spent the first 15 years of his career in Philadelphia. Follow live


Reds race out to early lead over Cards

Cincinnati got RBI hits from Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd and Eugenio Suarez off John Lackey to open up a 3-0 edge over St. Louis in the first inning. Lackey hadn't allowed as many as 3 ERs in his previous 9 starts. Follow live

OTD: Watch Ryan pummel Ventura

On Aug. 4, 1993, Nolan Ryan showed why, even at 46 years old, it was never smart to test the flamethrower. Just ask then 26-year-old Robin Ventura.


Baseball's rain delay shenanigans

Human bowling. Giant slip and slides. Bill Murray running across the tarp. If you can dream it, it can be done during a rain delay.


Eddie Matz @ESPNeddiematz

Strange but true: In 9 starts after Nats loss, Max Scherzer is 2-5 w/3.90 ERA. In other 12 starts, he's 9-3 with a 1.17. He goes tonight.

Happy 54th birthday, POTUS!

And may the White Sox beat the Rays tonight as a gift.

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Mason Williams to have shoulder surgery

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the rookie OF's surgery is scheduled for Aug. 7. Williams went on the DL on June 21 after hurting his right shoulder diving back into first. He hit .286 in eight games in the big leagues.

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