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13hJesse Rogers

From high school underdog to surprising ERA leader -- the rise of Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks didn't even have the best stuff on his high school staff, but MLB's ERA leader never let his lack of a head-turning fastball slow him.

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Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
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Machado crushes 100th career homer (0:19)
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1hESPN.com

Inside Tebow's baseball showcase

Tim Tebow worked out for teams across Major League Baseball on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Here's what unfolded during the former NFL quarterback's baseball showcase.

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2hJerry Crasnick

How Tim Tebow's MLB plan came into focus

Tim Tebow's day in front of the scouts arrived Tuesday. How did we get here, and what chance does he have of making the leap to baseball? Well, that depends on who you ask.

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14hKeith 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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Tebow knows... just about everything (0:36)
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13hEno Sarris

Three MLB pitchers making better use of their fastballs

When a pitcher improves, the collective wisdom is that he has mastered a new pitch. Eno Sarris looks at three pitchers who have turned things around with the most basic of pitches: the fastball.

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Monday a night of walk-off wins around MLB (0:46)
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Mets' offense has finally come to life (0:51)
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Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
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Inside Leonys Martin's web gem (0:27)
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On this date: Happy birthday, Ted Williams! (0:18)
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13hDavid Schoenfield

Players who have affected team's 2016 hopes

David Schoenfield looks at the overachievers (Daniel Murphy for MVP!?) and underachievers (Sorry, Alex Gordon) who have helped turn their teams into contenders or pretenders.

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2dEddie Matz

The 35 days of September: Race to the AL East title

The Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles should provide a supremely entertaining stretch run that will ultimately determine the division champion -- and possibly more.

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Why yes, it does seem strange the umpires are waiting for someone sitting in a room somewhere to tell them the replay outcome while the players watch it on the scoreboard and know what the call ultimately will be.

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.

Machado crushes 100th career homer

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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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Two great plays by Brett Gardner saved Masahiro Tanaka some potential damage in the fifth. First he gunned down the Royals' Alcides Escobar trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double, and then robbed the very next hitter, Christian Colon, of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch at the left-field fence to preserve the Yankees 4-2 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)

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Of Curtis Granderson's 22 homers this season, his seventh-inning shot against the Marlins on Tuesday was only his third with a man on base. It's crazy to have 22 homers and 38 RBIs, no?

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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).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell, from earlier today, on using longtime starter Clay Buchholz as a setup man: "I want Clay to feel like that's his place in this bullpen right now." A few hours later, in his first truly high-leverage opportunity as a setup man, Clay Buchholz gives up a tie-breaking solo homer to Evan Longoria that clears everything in left field.

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.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather radar showing a rain cell over Denver that only seems to be growing and not moving. It's pouring again as Dodgers and Rockies are delayed.

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.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

At his current pace, Adrian Beltre will finish the year with 29 homers, 105 RBI, and 83 runs. Career: Closing in on 600 doubles, 450 homers.

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.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright is pitching on his 35th birthday tonight. It is the third time in his career he has pitched on the anniversary of his birth. For his 25th birthday, he threw two scoreless innings of relief against the Florida Marlins and for his 28th birthday he pitched six innings, allowing a run on three hits against the Washington Nationals in a 2-1 Cardinals win.

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.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Seth Lugo is a keeper. He tossed five scoreless frames to complete his outing against the Marlins on Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 2.60. Lugo allowed only a two-run homer to Christian Yelich in the opening frame of his six-inning, 89-pitch outing. He next starts on Sunday against the Nationals and should remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future.