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A-Rod on par with Bonds, Aaron

With a homer on his 40th birthday Monday, Alex Rodriguez is on pace for 40 HRs. The only players to hit 40 HRs in a season at 39 years old or older are Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron.


Clippard on Nats: 'They're beatable'

New Mets reliever Tyler Clippard isn't ready to crown the Nats division champs just yet: "There's no perfect team in baseball right now. Everybody can go on skids. ... Obviously they've battled the injury bug this year. I think they're getting a couple of guys back today (Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman). But you never know."

Pujols sits one HR away from 30, history

Albert Pujols is on the verge of his 13th career 30-HR season (and first since 2012). Once Pujols hits his 30th, he'll be tied for the fourth-most 30-homer seasons in MLB history.

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Reds examining offers for Aroldis Chapman. No sense yet of whether they're devoted to finishing a deal the way they did with Cueto.

Nats' lineup gets a boost

Ryan Zimmerman (15-day DL) and Jayson Werth (60-day DL) will make their return tonight against the Marlins. To make room, the Nationals optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse and outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A Syracuse.

Marlins activate Dee Gordon from DL

Miami's 2B, who had been sidelined since July 11 with a thumb injury, will bat leadoff against the Nationals on Tuesday. Gordon is batting .338 this season with 33 stolen bases.

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The renaissance of Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod's 24 home runs this season are already the most he's had since 2010, and his slugging percentage is his best since 2008.

Hall of Fame alters voting eligibility

Baseball's HOF is cutting the number of voters in its annual election by eliminating writers who have not been active for more than 10 years. Story

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Tulo the fix to Jays' playoff woes?

The Blue Jays are hoping Troy Tulowitzki will help them go to the playoffs for the first time since winning the 1993 World Series. Toronto enters the Tuesday 7 games back in the AL East.

CarGo staying in Colorado?

Colorado is more likely to trade Carlos Gonzalez this winter rather than this week, citing a belief that the Rockies will want more than the current trade market will yield, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

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Royals land Ben Zobrist from A's

Kansas City has acquired Zobrist for pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks. Zobrist is hitting .268 with 6 HRs in 67 games this season.

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Tigers not sellers at the deadline

With Miguel Cabrera due back in the next three weeks, the Tigers are now actively shopping to add pitching, but that plan could change depending on how their next 3 games go, according to Jayson Stark. Dodgers could add 2 starters

How much does Troy Tulowitzki help?

"After two decades of playoff-less baseball, the Blue Jays needed to push ahead when the opportunity to play October baseball presented itself. It has and they did," Dan Szymborski writes. Jays still need starter (Insider)

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Clay Buchholz placed on 60-day DL

Buchholz was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for the Red Sox claiming RHP Jean Machi off waivers from the Giants. Buchholz was placed on the 15-day DL on July 11 with a right elbow strain.

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