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Lockered and loaded: Roark gets prime spot in Nats' clubhouse -- and their rotation

Nationals righty Tanner Roark loves to outduel aces. Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto are already on his list. But perhaps the No. 1 sign he's arrived? The location of his locker.

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10hLee Singer & Jacob Nitzberg, ESPN Stats & Information

Mike Trout isn't the first great player on a bad team

Mike Trout is having another great season on a not-so-great team. A look at other historically great seasons by players on bad teams.

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Matt Buschmann: The day I got 'the call'

Longtime minor league pitcher Matt Buschmann, Buster Olney's latest guest columnist, describes the buildup and his reaction to getting the news that he's getting called up to the big leagues.

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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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Games, $5M investment on tap for Puerto Rico

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said "Puerto Rico's outstanding baseball tradition has produced great major league players and fans of our game."

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Dinosaurs running amok in Oakland (0:17)
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Dodgers benefiting from balanced offensive attack (0:54)
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Should another team take a chance on Hamilton? (2:14)
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11hSteve Wulf

The New York town that baseball left behind

From 1879 to '82, the Trojans made Troy, N.Y., a major league town. Steve Wulf conjures the team's ghosts with the help of a monument to the city's baseball heritage and a vivid imagination.

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17hJesse Rogers

Jake Arrieta stakes his claim for Cy Young

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won his NL-leading 16th game on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon kept October in mind and held his ace to just 99 pitches.

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Griffey doesn't get the HOF treatment anymore (1:44)
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Benintendi's catch the latest in a line of recent web gems (1:25)
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Gooden hurt by Strawberry's junkie comments (1:56)
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Addiction's power over athletes (4:06)
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ESPN reacts to Tebow's baseball transition (1:48)

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Yu Darvish cracks first MLB home run

Darvish went deep to straightaway center in the top of the fifth, his first MLB homer in just 15 plate appearances. The Rangers starter has his squad leading the Reds 5-3 after 5. Follow live

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Billy Hamilton month-to-month on-base percentage in 2016, April through August: .283, .294, .319, .299, .407.

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After the All-Star break, Joey Votto is second in MLB in hits (56) and tied for first in walks (29), a seemingly impossible combination.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bipartisan Nats/O's crowd chanting "U-S-A" as first pitch thrower (and DC native) Katie Ledecky is shown on the Nats Park jumbotron in between innings.

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Mookie Betts in hitters' counts of 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 or 3-1 this season: 56-for-109 (.514), 13 doubles, 2 triples, 13 homers.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game in the top of the second inning with the escort of a trainer. Bruce had legged out a double and was removed for a pinch runner later in the frame. The Mets did not immediately announce the nature of the injury.

AJ Mass ESPN Staff Writer 

Never a good sign when a player self-reports an injury to get pulled -- which is what Jay Bruce just did.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Mark Teixeira wasn't surprised the Mariners intentionally walked Gary Sanchez twice to get to him. Teixeira pointed out he is hitting .197 and that Sanchez is hitting everything a mile. "Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him you intentionally walk him," Teixeira said. "I mean he is as hot as any player I have played with in my entire career. You just don't see guys doing what he is doing. I don't care how old he is."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher Willson Contreras discuss catching the Cubs rotation as well as hitting an opposite field home run against the Padres in the Cubs 6-3 win on Wednesday.

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Watch Hendricks here.

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Machado sparks Orioles early

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second, as the Orioles have raced out to an early 5-1 lead over the Nationals. Follow live

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks discuss his outing on Wednesday against the Padres where he allowed the lead off man to reach in each of the first four innings. He worked out of trouble only giving up two runs over six innings. The Cubs won 6-3 sweeping the series.

Here, Bryce, hold these

Olympic swimming star Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch before Wednesday's Orioles-Nationals game. But before that, she had reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper hold all the medals she won in Rio.

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Gary Sanchez continues red-hot start

The Yankees' rookie catcher hit his ninth homer in his 21st career game in the first inning of the team's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

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Gary Sanchez homers again

The Yankees rookie hit his ninth home run on Wednesday against the Mariners. That moves him up the list of homers hit by big league newcomers.

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