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Jason Kipnis enjoying home cooking

He enters tonight's game riding a 29-game home hitting streak, the longest by an Indians player since 1936 (via Elias). The Indians host the Astros at 7:10 ET. Follow live

Yanks plan stealth campaign for Gardner

Brett Gardner has a chance to be the "Final Man" on the AL All-Star team but don't expect the team to be making a lot of noise. Unlike in 2010 (when the club sent interns to photobomb the "Today Show" on behalf of Nick Swisher) or 2013 (when they campaigned around #HighScocksForVotes for David Robertson) this will be a "toned-down" campaign. Girardi: 'Very refreshing'

Player picks for Tuesday night's games

Cynthia Frelund says Corey Kluber is a lock to last more than five innings tonight and should pile up the strikeouts against the Astros.


Highlight: Royals walk off in grand style

Paulo Orlando's grand slam gave the Royals a 9-5 win over the Rays. He's the 5th player since 1990 with a walk-off grand slam within his first 2 career HRs.


Denard Span has MRI on back

The Nationals CF continues to have nagging back spasms, and he had an MRI this morning. Said Span: "A little anxiety waiting to see what's going to happen, but just gotta wait. I want to know what the root of the problem is so we can take the correct course of action."


Pujols will make his return to HR Derby

Albert Pujols, who leads the American League in homers, said he'll enter the contest for the first time since 2009. This will be his fourth time entering and he reached the semifinal in 2003, 2007 and 2009 (but hasn't won).

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Lineup analysis for tonight: Go A-Rod

“If there's a Yankee to consider rostering in this one against Sonny Gray, think Alex Rodriguez. He is one of the team's hottest hitters over the past week (5-for-19 with a home run and four walks), and has 13 homers and a .912 OPS vs. righties this season.” More lineups

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KC's last 3 wins have been walk-offs

Paulo Orlando's grand slam gave the Royals their third straight win via a walk-off. They didn't have any walk-off wins in their first 44 wins this season.


Marlins deemed market efficient

According to a study by NerdWallet, Miami is "the most financially efficient baseball team in our study [using payroll data since 2000]." The Marlins are currently 35-48.

Royals walk-off in stlye

Paulo Orlando hit a walk-off HR in his first MLB game since May 29. He was called up from Triple-A on Monday. It was his first career walk-off hit of any kind -- in his first career plate appearance with the bases loaded. Box score


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Paulo Orlando with walk-off grand slam. Royals win 9-5. It was 3rd walk-off GS this season: Derek Norris on May 29 Todd Frazier on June 17

Royals sweating in the 9th

Greg Holland gave up a leadoff triple to Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier in he 9th inning nursing a one-run lead but the play went under review. The stoppage took over four minutes but the call stood. Follow live

Final: Cubs 7, Cardinals 4

Chicago snapped St. Louis' 3-game win streak behind 12 hits and a big Anthony Rizzo HR. Its deficit behind the Cardinals in the NL Central is down to 8.5 games. Box score


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Kiermaier with a tremendous jump from first on a single to center; Rays have first and third, one out in the seventh. 4-4 with KC.

Wheels coming off for Cardinals

Six straight Cubs have reached base in the eighth, including a 2-run HR by Anthony Rizzo and an RBI single by Chris Denorfia. The Cubs lead 7-2, after scoring 5 totals runs in their last 5 games vs. Cards. Follow live