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Hanley Ramirez done playing in outfield

"I think with how the young kids have been doing in the outfield, I think we want to give them the time there that they deserve," interim manager Torey Luvullo said of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo. "The timing of Hanley's injury is pushing him back a little bit. ... Maybe in a week, he might come back and could be ready to play first base."

Who's making the MLB playoffs?

For the most part, ESPN experts are unified on predicting the postseason field. However, debate remains on the AL's second wild card and the NL West winner. Who's in? Who's out?

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The Angels must be glad to see August end. They were 9 under .500 during August (10-19) after being 8 over .500 when the month started.

Royals players diagnosed with chickenpox

RHP Kelvin Herrera and RF Alex Rios will likely miss a couple of weeks as the season wraps up after experiencing symptoms over the weekend. This raises concerns that others on the division leading team may have been exposed. Story

Nationals recall Dan Uggla

Second baseman Dan Uggla returns after a 22-game absence due to back spasms, he had several rehab starts in the minors. Uggla was hitting .191 before being put on the disabled list.

Who caught it better: Kiermaier or Trout?

Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping grab at the wall, reminiscent of Angels CF Mike Trout's catch from the same area at Camden Yards in 2012.


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Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke are 1-2 among P in Hits & HR. They are only 2 P (min. 15 AB) not to allow a hit to a pitcher this season

Another Orioles player is the new Iron Man

Baltimore's Manny Machado has a long, long way to go to catch Cal Ripken Jr.'s record of 2,632 straight games played. But his 131 games played in a row is the current MLB record (via Elias). Machado, who can't break Ripken's record until 2031, is the only MLBer to play every game this season.

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Iron Man: 'Hard to believe' it's been 20 years

The Orioles will honor the 20-year anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record tonight. Ripken Jr. discussed what it means on SportsCenter.


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Dodgers pitching over the last week: 6-1 with a 1.46 ERA. Opponents batting .216, 71 strikeouts, 22 walks

MadBum-Greinke matchup huge for Giants

The Cubs and Pirates running away with the NL wild cards leaves a "level of desperation in tonight's [Giants-Dodgers] game" writes ESPN's Buster Olney. SF needs it more (Insider)

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'I tried to give him the abracadabra'

That's the way Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon described his nifty slide after Monday's walk-off win. "I knew I was going to be dead out," Blackmon said, so he simply pulled his leg back. "And it worked. I was very surprised.”

The good and ugly slides of the Rockies

The Rockies experienced the highs and lows of stealing second base in their walk-off win vs. the D-backs. Charlie Blackmon gets style points for his tricky steal, while Brandon Barnes got a a face full of dirt.


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Jordan Spieth will throw out another first pitch tonight, this time at Fenway. It's the playoffs. Even young arms don't have a pitch count.

Josh Hamilton to be limited rest of season

The Rangers OF has been fighting a left knee injury, and will be relegated to pinch hit duty for the remainder of the year. Said GM Jon Daniels: "With the number of outfield options we have and with the number of runners we can have, we can run for him and then play somebody in the outfield. We will take whatever he can contribute."

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Giants tie it up

RF Marlon Byrd doubled to right to score Matt Duffy and give him 15 RBIs in 10 games with the Giants. The late rally put the Giants in a position to compete neck-to-neck with the Dodgers. The two are tied 4-4 at the bottom of the ninth. Follow live

Bartolo Colon makes Mets history

With the 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon is now the oldest pitcher in Mets history to have an outing of 8-plus IP and 0 runs allowed. 40-year-old Miguel Batista threw a two-hit shutout vs. the Reds in the last game of 2011.


Rockies score four in ninth to walk it off

Ben Paulsen hit a two-run, pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Rockies past the Diamondbacks 5-4 in the series opener.