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2hDavid Schoenfield

Trading A.J. Ellis for Carlos Ruiz actually makes perfect sense

A.J. Ellis is a "glue guy" with strong ties to the Dodgers and their ace, Clayton Kershaw, but Carlos Ruiz quite simply is the better option.

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Scherzer goes reverse five-hole to field grounder (0:29)
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Donaldson obliterates baseball in massive home run (0:29)
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14hDan Szymborski

Ranking the best (and worst) at the 'intangible' tools

Speed, baserunning, raw power, plate discipline ... all important skills, but tough to measure. That's just what Dan Szymborski does, and ranks the best of the best in the various categories.

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Kipnis prefers to keep his distance from Odor (0:17)
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Are Yankees getting too excited over Gary Sanchez? (0:53)
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Kepler shows huge effort for great catch (0:23)
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Ortiz's final season 'stunning' (0:52)
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Is White Sox new field name their biggest hiccup this season? (1:37)
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Darvish's first career HR increases Rangers' lead (0:24)
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Kemp takes out anger on poor defenseless bat (0:23)
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Trout's solo shot puts Angels on the board (0:21)
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Bruce doesn't consider calf injury 'serious' (0:53)
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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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14hKeith Law

Best tools: 2016 fielding and throwing ranks

Keith Law continues his "best scouting tools" package with a look at fielding tools: the best gloves and arms at catcher, the infield and the outfield.

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14hKeith Law

Best tools: 2016 fielding and throwing ranks

Keith Law continues his "best scouting tools" package with a look at fielding tools: the best gloves and arms at catcher, the infield and the outfield.

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De Aza shines in Mets' win over Cardinals

Alejandro De Aza drove in five runs and made a home run-saving catch in the outfield to pace the Mets in a 10-6 victory over the Cardinals.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Cleveland's lead in the AL Central is down to 4.5 games after another starter struggled. This time it was Josh Tomlin, as Carlos Gomez tagged him for a three-run homer in his Rangers debut in a 9-0 shutout. The vaunted Indians rotation ranks 26th in the majors in August with a 6.13 ERA.

Frazier the walk-off hero for White Sox

Todd Frazier rips a single to the left field corner to score Adam Eaton and give the White Sox a 7-6 walk-off win over the Mariners.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Seth Lugo says his leg cramp is no concern and reacts to his first major league win.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Tough three days for the Mariners as they lose two at home to the Yankees and blow a 6-3 lead tonight against the White Sox on the road. The bullpen just isn't good enough. They're now 51-11 when leading after six innings (.836), below the MLB average of .868. But they're 5-11 when tied after six.

Kipnis keeps his distance from Odor

After Rougned Odor takes out Jason Kipnis on a slide at second base, Kipnis jokingly keeps his distance from Odor, much to the amusement of the Rangers' bench.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright was still outwardly upset hours after his rough outing in a 10-6 loss to the New York Mets Thursday night. "It's a tough year for me," he said. "Just another game we lose that I start and the offense scored some runs. It's frustrating. I don't know what more to say."

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Alejandro De Aza reacts to his five-RBI game that also included a catch at the wall in the first inning.

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Dyson makes his case for catch of the year

Jarrod Dyson races back to the outfield wall and makes the athletic leap to rob Christian Yelich of a home run and leave his pitcher speechless.

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Scherzer pitches gem against Orioles

Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters and surrendered only two hits over eight scoreless innings as Washington beat Baltimore 4-0.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

A man of the people, A.J. Ellis even thanked the media before departing the Dodgers for his new gig with the Phillies: "You have treated me so fair," he said. "The members of the media have made me look and sound better than I really am. I'm really thankful for you guys. You guys deserve to be the voice to the fans. Hopefully more people, more future players, remember what you guys do so thank you all very much." Now that's some analysis.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

After losing two games to the Orioles in the wild-card race the past two days, the Mariners need a win tonight, especially with the O's losing. But an error by Ketel Marte led to three unearned runs for the White Sox in the seventh as the Mariners have blown a 6-3 lead. You can't lose these leads and expect to make the playoffs.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer stopped the Nats' four-game losing streak, stopped a hot-hitting Orioles team (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 10 K), and stopped fans from panicking with Strasburg on the DL. He even stopped a ground ball between his legs - backwards. Pretty sure that makes him a stopper.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Triple-A Las Vegas beat up Tim Lincecum on Thursday night, tagging the ex-Giant for eight runs (five earned) in four innings. Brandon Nimmo had a two-run single and Kevin Plawecki had a two-run double against Lincecum and Salt Lake.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Everyone is up in arms over why thd Dodgers would trade A.J. Ellis, Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher and best buddy. It's simple though: Ellis ranks 347th out of 351 batters with at least 150 PAs in wOBA. They needed a better option available in case Yasmani Grandal gets injured.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Seth Lugo departed the game with what was labeled a right calf cramp.

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Carlos Gómez made his debut with the Rangers in a big way. In his first at-bat with the team, he hit a 3-run home run to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. The homer was his first in MLB since July 17.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

Carlos Gómez pego jonrón de tres Carreras en su primer turno al bate con el uniforme de los Rangers, que ganan 3-0 en la segunda entrada a los Cleveland Indians

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Gomez hits a three-run homer in his first at-bat for the Rangers, giving Texas 3-0 lead against Cleveland. Gomez, released by Houston earlier this month, was called up today after playing three games in Triple-A.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You know it's your night when you field a comebacker in between your legs with your back to home plate, like Max Scherzer just did. And when your line looks like this so far: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.