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11hMarly Rivera

Finally healthy, Yadier Molina helping fuel Cardinals' offense

After a sluggish start to his 2016 season, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina feels as healthy as he has all season, and he and the Cardinals are back in the thick of the postseason mix.

Urias strong in Dodgers' win over Cubs (0:52)
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Gary Sanchez giving Yankees postseason optimism

Powered by Gary Sanchez, who homered again in Saturday's win, the Yankees pulled to within 2 1/2 games of the Orioles for the second AL wild-card spot.

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3hMark Simon

Jay Bruce not bummed out by brief benching

New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce was out of the lineup Saturday after an 0-for-4, four-strikeout night, but he seemed confident he would rebound.

Harper's antics lead to ejection (0:39)
Trumbo belts MLB-leading 39th homer (0:22)
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Meet the 2016 Little Big Leaguers

Ever marvel at how young some major leaguers look? We celebrate them here with a look at those whose facial appearance most resemble Little Leaguers.

Blue Jays take lead on horrific Twins miscue (0:50)
Scherzer heating up at right time (1:16)
Ellis trade 'somewhat risky' for Dodgers (1:37)
Ortiz's final season 'stunning' (0:52)


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Overshadowed in the Tigers ejection pandemonium: rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer struggles in abbreviated outing Saturday vs. Angels. Asked earlier today about whether extra rest could upset rhythm, but manager Brad Ausmus cited Fulmer's numbers as evidence against this theory. Fulmer entered tonight's game with an ERA of 1.61 when pitching on 5+ days rest.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tonight's home plate umpire Mike Everitt has very quickly become persona non grata at Comerica Park after first ejecting Tigers DH Victor Martinez in the third and then tossing both hitting coach Wally Joyner and Brad Ausmus in the fifth. Safe to say, his strike zone has not been well received within the Tigers dugout. Bench coach Gene Lamont is now serving as the manager for tonight's game. Crowd at Comerica Park letting Everitt have it.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Make it 10 straight at-bats with a hit and 11 consecutive plate appearances on base for Dustin Pedroia, who is locked in like it's 2008.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

More on Dustin Pedroia's on-base streak, up to 10 consecutive plate appearances: His career-high for reaching base safely is 11 plate appearances in 2008, his MVP season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last Red Sox player to reach in 10 straight PAs: David Ortiz in 2013. Kevin Youkilis reached in 13 straight in 2009.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny discuss his move to the bullpen after throwing 3.2 innings of one hit ball on Saturday against the Dodgers.


Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Asdrubal Cabrera is valued at 0.9 Wins Above Replacement, but his recent production has been irreplaceable. Cabrera's third homer in two games gave the Mets a third-inning lead over the Phillies. The Mets are 57-48 when Cabrera starts this season, 8-15 when he doesn't. Cabrera's 16 home runs are his most in a season since he hit that many with the 2012 Indians.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia has tied his career-best streak with a hit in nine consecutive at-bats, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN Stats & Info). He also did that in August 2008, his MVP season. Pedroia also has reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances, including his fourth-inning walk Friday night.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday including his decision to bunt Ben Zobrist in the first inning with 2 on and no outs.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Wow. That was something. A very animated Victor Martinez practically dragged off field by manager Brad Ausmus after being tossed by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. Martinez just tossed his helmet onto the field from dugout, Everitt taking notes. Tyler Collins in as DH. That's Martinez' fourth career ejection and it is fair to to say he got his money's worth...

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Lorenzo Cain did not look comfortable after that swing against David Price. Dropped to a knee, walked around a bit.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says he called for the first inning bunt by Ben Zobrist though he was looking to catch the Dodgers off guard so was hoping it was a bunt for a hit situation. It turned out to be the first sac bunt by a cleanup hitter in the first inning all season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Hammel discuss being pulled in the third inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. He and manager Joe Maddon had to have a discussion after the game about the situation.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel and Joe Maddon had a one on one conversation after the manager pulled the pitcher after just 39 pitches on Saturday. Hammel declined to discuss the particulars while Maddon had no problem with the pitcher being upset. Similar situations popped up last year between the two. The Cubs lost 3-2 to the Dodgers.

Blue Jays capitalize on horrific Twins miscue

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Trumbo smashes MLB-leading 39th homer

Mark Trumbo with another one.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Xander Bogaerts is figuring out that good things can happen when he pulls the ball, too. He gets a middle-in 97-mph heater from Royals starter Danny Duffy and launches it over Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Bogaerts loves taking the ball the other way to right field, a la his idol Derek Jeter. But all 16 of his homers have been pulled.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lose 3-2. Key storylines involve quick hook for Jason Hammel who was ineffective for the 2nd start in a row and Rob Zastryzny coming through against the lefty dominated lineup of the Dodgers. The Cubs also broke a string of scoring 3 or more runs in 24 consecutive games.