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Meet the most clutch hitter in baseball: Jose Ramirez

Game-tying singles. Walk-off hits. Go-ahead homers. In 2016, when Cleveland has needed a big hit in a clutch situation, third baseman Jose Ramirez has provided it.

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The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)
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David Ortiz's first Yankee Stadium HR (0:35)
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Vin Scully calls Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter (0:31)
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Orioles rally late to top Blue Jays (0:52)
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Marlins players see Jose Fernandez off one final time (2:05)
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Trout hit by Axford's pitch (0:18)
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Rockies' Chatwood strikes out nine in eight scoreless innings (0:25)
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Cabrera blasts go-ahead HR (0:30)
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Cano's three-run blast jump starts Mariners early (0:25)
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How sports help us heal (1:30)
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On this date: Mays makes 'The Catch' (0:20)
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Tim Tebow reacts to homering in first at-bat (2:04)
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Beltre having a blast playing patty-cake at second base (0:23)
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Ortiz goes undercover driving Bostonians around (2:18)
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Young pitchers proving helpful in speeding up pace of play

As commissioner Rob Manfred ponders bold measures for shortening game times, a nice trend has surfaced from within. Young pitchers are moving the game along quicker than their older counterparts.

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The Phillie Phanatic relives silliest encounters (1:59)

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With Outside the Lines planning to air at 1 p.m. today on ESPN (likely switch from ESPN2 because of rain at MLB game between Cleveland & Detroit) our report on the 1993 boating accident that took the lives of Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin, we remember their families. Their widows, Patti Olin and Laurie Crews, each raised three children whose fathers had died. Laurie said today, "Patti and I both made it through because of our kids." The Olins and Crewses have had to relive tragic memories since Jose Fernandez died on Sunday and both expressed their condolences and sorrow for the Fernandez family.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A bridge named after David Ortiz? Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the state House and Senate have put forth a joint proposal to rename the Brookline Avenue bridge between Lansdowne Street and Newbury Street, spanning the Mass Pike. Under the plan, the Mass. Dept. of Transportation would place a marker on the bridge, declaring it the "David Ortiz (Big Papi) Bridge."

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Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games, the longest streak in the majors this season.

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Mark Teixeira's 408 career HR were most in MLB history by a player without regular-season walk-off HR. Most now Norm Cash, with 377 #elias

Greeny: Epstein is 'dramatically underpaid'

Based on the value that Theo Epstein has brought to the Cubs' organization, as well as his history with the Red Sox, Mike Greenberg feels he's worth more than $50M.

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OTD: Babe Ruth hits 58th and 59th homers

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season to tie the HR record he set in 1921, in a 15-4 rout of the Washington Senators. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Wednesday's Postseason implications

  • Red Sox clinch AL East title
  • Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
  • Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss

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