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16mKevin Seifert

Why the Vikings must go quarterback shopping next year

With no guarantee that Teddy Bridgewater will be ready for the 2017 season, GM Rick Spielman and the Vikings have no choice but to plan for the worst.

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Chris Davis blames his struggles on his bat (0:18)
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Wednesday NFL preview for all 32 teams

NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Wednesday, including the Vikings' plan at quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and a torn ACL on Wednesday.

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Hope Solo lashes out after contract terminated (0:16)
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8hESPN.com

Biggest strength, weakness for all 32 NFL teams

Any team that has A.J. Green has potency in its passing attack, but Cincinnati's biggest flaw is the roster depth behind Green. NFL Nation narrows down each team's area of strength and weakness.

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Indians fan happiest man alive after catching foul ball (0:19)
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Dinich and McGee get animated about college football's Week 1 (1:56)
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Nasty NBA crossovers (0:47)
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16hKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright said he changed everything in an effort to change his luck, from his between-starts work to how he wore his pants to how he made his pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The most important change was what he called a "more aggressive delivery." He held the Brewers to one run in seven innings.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's red-hot Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks talking about the keys to his string of successes.

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Rougned Odor crushes walk-off homer
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Odor erased a 7-6 deficit for the Rangers in the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run home run ... and oh did he admire it.

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Grichuk provides go-ahead single in 10th
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Cardinals centerfielder Randal Grichuk slaps a single to right to score Jeremy Hazelbaker in the 10th inning to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead over Milwaukee.

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Vikes get injury news they feared with Bridgewater
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Adam Schefter assesses the injury suffered by Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (torn ACL, other damage to knee) during practice on Tuesday and lists players that Minnesota could look to acquire via trade.

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Rasmus goes deep against Oakland
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Houston's Colby Rasmus hits a solo home run to right field to get the Astros on the board in the second inning against the Athletics. It's Rasmus' 13th dinger of the season.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Rangers do it again! Amazing. Rougned Odor wins it by golfing a 2-2 pitch from Edwin Diaz over the center field fence for a dramatic two-run walk-off homer and a dagger in the heart of Seattle's season. The Rangers are now 30-8 in one-run games. Amazing. Hey, I just said that! 30-8

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers' JaCoby Jones described the experience of getting his first MLB hit as "simply amazing." Best part of it? That his parents got to be there and enjoy the moment "for all the years they put up with me."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers and Rockies were postponed because of rain Tuesday. There will be a split doubleheader Wednesday.

Jones records two RBIs in victorious debut
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In his major league debut, Tigers third baseman JaCoby Jones records the go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning in an 8-4 win over the White Sox.

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Chris Davis pulls a Bo Jackson on his bat
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After striking out in the eighth inning, Davis took his frustrations out on his bat by snapping it in half.

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Fan goes nuts after catching foul ball
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An Indians fan catches a foul ball and celebrates as if he caught a home run by running around and giving out high fives.

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Indians pitcher records mind-blowing out
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Zach McAllister managed to snare this liner despite kicking -- yes, kicking -- it first.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Bullpen burns the Red Sox again, ninth-inning rally comes up short in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. Boston misses a chance to gain a game on the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, who maintain a two-game lead in the AL East. Second-place Sox are one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks departs for a pinch-hitter after seven shutout innings against the Pirates. He's allowed two runs or fewer in six straight starts, three or fewer in 18 straight, and no more than four all season. His 2.09 ERA now leads San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner by 0.40 for the MLB lead.

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The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Orioles are the fourth team to have three players hit 10 HR in the same month. The other teams to do it: NY Giants (July 1947 - Marshall, Mize, Thomson), Rockies (August 1996 - Castilla, Burks, Galarraga), Blue Jays (August 2015 - Bautista, Encarnación, Donaldson)

Cole Hamels disappoints versus Mariners

The AL Cy Young candidate didn't last five innings and surrendered six runs to wild-card-hunting Seattle. The six runs matched a season-high for Hamels, whose ERA increased to 2.91. Follow live

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Machado crushes 100th career homer
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Manny Machado smacks a two-run homer 445 feet to center field for his 32nd long ball of the season and 100th of his career.

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer now has 12 10-strikeout games this season, most in MLB ahead of Clayton Kershaw (9), and Stephen Strasburg (8). His 12 10-K games are the second-most for a single season in Nationals/Expos history behind Pedro Martínez (18).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles beat the Blue Jays in a battle of Cy Young contenders - kind of. J.A Happ and Zach Britton were never in the game at the same time, but Happ started for Toronto (6.1 IP, 3 ER, ND) and Britton finished for Baltimore, collecting his 39th save in 39 tries as the Birds won 5-3 to move within three games of the Jays.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson on Tuesday became the third player in franchise history to homer twice in a game he did not start. The others: Hawk Taylor in 1964 against the Phillies and Scott Hairston against the Nationals in 2011. Granderson pinch hit for Seth Lugo in the sixth and went deep in consecutive innings.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since joining the Blue Jays three months ago, Jason Grilli hadn't allowed multiple earned runs in an outing - until now. Grilli just served up a mammoth two-run blast Matt Wieters to give the Orioles a 5-3 eighth inning lead.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

First major-league hit for JaCoby Jones turns out to be impactful. An RBI double in the bottom of the sixth gives the Tigers a 4-3 lead and leaves his mom practically in tears as TV cameras pan to her in the stands. Big moment in his MLB debut.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

First, Hanley Ramirez ties the game by wrapping a 324-foot homer around Pesky's Pole. Then, he hits a popup to shallow right field that falls in for an RBI single. Sometimes, being lucky is half the battle. 3-1, Red Sox.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes is 4-for-4 for the Mets on Tuesday night. It's actually his second such performance this month. He also went 4-for-4 against the Giants on Aug. 19. Reyes is hitting .361 in August.