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Jayson Werth: Division is Nats to lose

The Mets might be first in the NL East at the moment, but Washington's Werth isn't worried: "We're a great second-half team. ... Half our team has been hurt all year. That's the reality of it. When we all get back, we're right there, in first place." (via Washington Post)

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Nelson Cruz homers in 5th straight game

It's his second 5-game homer streak this season. making him the 5th player in MLB history to homer in five straight games twice in one season, joining Chase Utley, Barry Bonds, and Hall-of-Famers Frank Thomas and Harmon Killebrew. (via Elias)

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Tulo makes Toronto a threat

The Blue Jays are 6-1 since Troy Tulowitzki's first game on July 29. He and Josh Donaldson have formed a dynamic duo at the top of the lineup -- since Tulo's arrival, Blue Jays' 1-2 hitters lead the AL in OPS and lead MLB in HRs.

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

John Olerud turns 47 today. ... Kurtis Horne is 19. ... Chasen Bradford is 26. ... Craig Missigman is 22.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The best run differentials in MLB: 1. Toronto +112 2. St. Louis +109 3. Houston +82 4. Yankees +70 5. Dodgers, Royals +63.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Padres are 3-2 since the trade deadline, and are 7 games back in the race for the second wildcard; 55 games to play.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

HR in 5 straight games 2x in season via ELIAS Harmon Killebrew (1970) Frank Thomas (1994) Barry Bonds (2001) Chase Utley (2008) Nelson Cruz

Goofy play leads to Franco grand slam

After Dodgers LHP Alex Wood appeared to forget how to throw a baseball -- it was called a balk -- he walked Odubel Herrera to load the bases. And then Maikel Franco's grand slam happened.


Wilmer Flores, master of slides

We're not sure how the Mets 2B avoided this tag at the plate, but he made it look easy. So sneaky.