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How injury-filled season has left Dodgers' rotation fresh for postseason

Early injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill have turned into benefit for the Dodgers as their top two pitchers are healthy heading into October.

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Cubs, Pirates play to MLB's first tie since 2005

With no postseason implications, the Cubs-Pirates game on Thursday was declared a tie after a rain delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes in the sixth inning, the first tie in the majors since June 2005.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz said book of letters from past/present Yankees "blew my mind." He also was touched by the presence of Mariano Rivera, who he referred to as "one of my idols."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Yadier Molina said about the crazy final play of Thursday night's 4-3 Cardinals win.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Of all parting gifts David Ortiz got, Red Sox teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. was most impressed by book of letters from past/present Yankees. Bradley: "You could really tell that they put a lot of thought into that. I mean this in the most respectful way: It might not have been the most expensive gift he's gotten, but I felt like it meant the most. From my standpoint, there couldn't have been a more special gift than that. All those people that was in that book, and we only saw a few of the pages, I can only imagine."

Rain forces Cubs-Pirates into tie

After a lengthy rain delay, the Cubs-Pirates game is called in the middle of the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1, resulting in the first tie in MLB since 2005.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz on getting a mostly standing ovation at Yankee Stadium: "It seems like everybody was happy that I'm leaving."

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The suspended Cubs-Pirates game has been declared a 1-1 tie by MLB. The ViewFromVegas is a straight bet is official after 5 innings (4.5 if home team leading), so money-line bets on both teams are refunds. The run line (where the favorite is -1.5 runs and the underdog is +1.5) and over/unders must go 9 innings (8.5 if home team leading) to be official for betting purposes, so those are no-action and also refunded. There was a 5-inning line on the game and that was also tied 1-1, so that's another refund, BUT the 5-inning over/under of 4 runs ended up being the only valid game wager as the under cashes.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Red Sox skipper John Farrell said the Yankees' gift to David Ortiz -- a leather-bound book full of personal notes -- "might be the most meaningful" of the year. "A touch of class."

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Crazy ending in St. Louis. With Matt Carpenter on first base, Yadier Molina hits what appeared to be a ground-rule double, but Carpenter beats the throw home. By the time Reds manager Bryan Price decides to protest -- was he asleep? -- the umpires have left the field and the game is over. Terrible, terrible job there by Price.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Yadier Molina came up with a two-out double in the ninth inning to drive in Matt Carpenter from first base to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. That kept the Cardinals postseason hopes alive. They trail the Giants by a half-game for the second wild card pending tonight's game in San Francisco.

David Ortiz's farewell to Yankee Stadium

Ortiz received numerous standing ovations from the Yankee Stadium crowd, including when he was removed from the game after drawing a walk in his final at-bat in the Bronx.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox lose 5-1, swept in three-game series at Yankee Stadium, head home for final three regular-season games with 92-67 record, tied in the loss column with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) in race for home-field advantage in best-of-five Division Series. Xander Bogaerts homer is lone Red Sox highlight.

Jimenez leads O's to tie atop wild card

Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out five in 6.2 scoreless innings in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Blue Jays. Baltimore and Toronto are now tied atop the AL wild-card race.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

That that, doubters! Big win for the Orioles to draw even with the Blue Jays for the two wild-card spots. Ubaldo Jimenez continues in one of his good streaks and has a 2.45 ERA over his past seven starts. The Blue Jays still won the season series so the O's will have to finish with the better record to host the wild-card game.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Another aspect for CC Sabathia to celebrate: He didn't hurt his shoulder this season, which means his $25 million vests for 2017.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Ubaldo Jimenez since the Orioles reworked his delivery in mid-August: 7 GS, 2.45 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 5 quality starts, team 5-2 in his starts

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

CC Sabathia ends a very good comeback season. A year ago at this time, Sabthia was entering alcohol rehab and his spot in the rotation was in doubt. After barely beating out Ivan Nova for the fifth starter spot in spring training, Sabathia will finish the year with a 3.91 ERA after his 7 1/3 innings, one run, four-hit, eight strikeout and two-walk performance.