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16hJeff Sullivan

In poor second half, the Giants are missing their first-half fortune

Jeff Sullivan examines why the San Francisco Giants, who had the majors' best record in the first half of the season, have stumbled in the second half.

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Turner's home run causes Cueto to ditch his gum (0:37)
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Ortiz hits 30th home run (0:25)
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Darvish's first career HR increases Rangers' lead (0:24)
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16hMatt Buschmann

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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Santana's gaffe lets two runs score (0:27)
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Trout's solo shot puts Angels on the board (0:21)
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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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14hLee 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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Should another team take a chance on Hamilton? (2:14)
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15hSteve 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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Griffey doesn't get the HOF treatment anymore (1:44)
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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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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Closer Kenley Jansen looking for his 37th save of the season (in 42 opportunities); ranks record in the National League. The Dodgers have a 58-2 record when leading after 8 innings.

Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11

Luke Maile scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning on an error from Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory.

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Orioles hold off Nationals in ninth

Washington scored five runs in the final inning, but it was not enough as Baltimore hung on for a 10-8 victory.

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Cueto ditches his gum after homer

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner knocked a solo home run over the wall to give L.A. a 1-0 lead over San Francisco in the fourth inning, which caused Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto to throw his gum in frustration.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill went six scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut. He did it in just 81 pitches after not taking the mound in over a month because of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets will promote Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas to have a fresh arm on Thursday. Erik Goeddel is returning to the Pacific Coast League.

Benintendi injures knee, leaves game

Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi sprained his left knee returning to second in the top of the seventh inning against the Rays and had to be helped off the field.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Rich Hill's debut for the Dodgers is actually something resembling efficiency. Hill has thrown 81 pitches over six scoreless innings as the Dodgers lead 1-0.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Coming into tonight, Johnny Cueto had posted a 1.63 ERA (5 ER / 27.2 IP) and a .190 opponents average in his last four starts at Dodger Stadium. He has given up 1 ER over 5 IP (Justin Turner's 24th home run of the season).

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce says his calf injury stems from fouling a ball off the leg in San Francisco. He hopes to play Thursday, but regardless does not believe the injury is serious.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom said he's at a loss for why his pitches are too frequently going down the middle and hittable. He insisted he does not have fatigue and would not benefit from getting skipped.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols both had four-hit games tonight. They're second and third in the majors in four-hit games since Pujols debuted in 2001. The leader? No surprise, it's Ichiro with 53. Cabrera has 44 and Pujols 42. Pujols' 584th home run also means he broke a tie with Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time list.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 17 games with a fourth-inning single. He entered Wednesday in the top 10 in the NL in a number of offensive categories for August, including batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs and RBI.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins expects another roster move to bring up a bullpen arm. He does not expect a move as far as an outfielder because Jay Bruce's injury is just a bruise.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Jay Bruce's calf "knotted up" when he took right field in the first inning. The leg tightened after his double and was swollen. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes twisted his right ankle during the game. As for Jacob deGrom's recent struggles, Collins said: "At this stage of the season the first thing you look at is fatigue."

Britton allowed first earned run since April

Orioles closer Zach Britton allowed his first earned run since April 30 in the ninth inning of Baltimore's 10-8 win over the Nationals Wednesday. It was the longest streak of appearances without an earned run since 1920.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Turner's 24th home run for the Dodgers was also his 20th in his last 61 games, going back to June 10. The blast gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Giants.

Ortiz hits 30th home run of the season

With a two-run homer in the top of the first, David Ortiz reached 30 home runs and 100 RBIs for the 10th time in his career. He now has the most HR in a single season in MLB history for a player 40 years old or older.

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Here Bryce, hold these

Before U.S. swimming star Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch at Wednesday's Orioles-Nationals game, she handed Bryce Harper the five medals she won in Rio to hold.

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