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8mTim Keown

Tim Tebow steers himself into hands of his critics, but why?

Tim Tebow's motivation for abruptly changing course and risking humiliation by pursuing a goal where failure could be the likely outcome can't be answered in one workout.

Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
Hendricks strong as Cubs blank Pirates (1:06)
Machado crushes 100th career homer (0:19)
Longoria crushes go-ahead homer to Lansdowne Street (0:19)
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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.

Tebow mashes a homer (0:17)
4hJerry 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.

Tebow shows off his glove (0:18)
Minor leaguer makes ridiculous barehanded catch (0:24)
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15hKeith 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.

Tebow knows... just about everything (0:36)
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15hEno 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.

Monday a night of walk-off wins around MLB (0:46)
Mets' offense has finally come to life (0:51)
Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
On this date: Happy birthday, Ted Williams! (0:18)
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15hDavid 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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The Mariners brought in Edwin Diaz for a six-out save and while he fanned Carlos Beltran with two on to escape the eighth, he threw 24 pitches. He's back out for the ninth against the meat of the Texas order. The Rangers are fine kings of the one-run victory ... and sure enough, Adrian Beltre leads off with a single.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The rain added an hour of time to the Yankees-Royals game and robbed it of Masahiro Tanaka, who did not return for the sixth. Adam Warren now pitching for the Yankees, who lead 4-2

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals beat the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings to take a 2 1/2-game lead for the second wild card

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Fan goes nuts after catching foul ball

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


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

When Ken Giles started out 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in April, that big trade with the Phillies looked worse than the Astros just giving up a lot of young talent to get him. Giles has recovered from that terrible start, has taken over as closer and has dominated the past two months with 39 K's in 19.1 innings. He closed out Tuesday's 3-1 win.

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."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes reacts after a 4-for-5 night helped lift the Mets to a 7-4 win against the Marlins on Tuesday.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Curtis Granderson discusses how the Mets have gotten back into postseason contention despite the mounting injuries.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Asdrubal Cabrera acknowledged his knee is still cranky and that's why he was pulled from game. But he vowed to remain in the lineup. Cabrera felt the knee bark leaping for a line drive.


Katie Strang ESPN.com 

About as memorable debut as JaCoby Jones could have asked for; Tigers prospect delivers with huge RBI double that helped spark team in 8-4 win. Tigers take this series against White Sox, will try to sweep with win tomorrow

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.

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


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.


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.