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4hDavid Schoenfield

Cole Hamels and the future standards for Hall of Fame pitchers

Cole Hamels might not seem like a future Hall of Famer. But as the role of starting pitchers changes, the Rangers lefty could earn a Cooperstown nod.

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5hLee 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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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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12hJesse Rogers

Jake Arrieta stakes his claim for Cy Young

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won his NL-leading 16th game on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon kept October in mind and held his ace to just 99 pitches.

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Should another team take a chance on Hamilton? (2:14)
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Betts' power arm shocks Kiermaier at third (0:37)
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Griffey doesn't get the HOF treatment anymore (1:44)
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Ruggiano destroys baseball for Tuesday's longest homer (0:21)
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14hMark Saxon

Cardinals' home woes persist

The St. Louis Cardinals remain at just 28 home wins after dropping a game to the wild-card contending New York Mets.

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Polanco bashes two home runs in win over Astros (0:26)
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Pudge breaks down wild LLWS double play (1:43)
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Benintendi's catch the latest in a line of recent web gems (1:25)
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Gooden hurt by Strawberry's junkie comments (1:56)
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1dJayson Stark

Trivia Tuesday: Don'tcha know Robinson Cano?

This week, in a shocking format change, Robinson Cano himself is now one of the possible choices in all of Jayson Stark's questions. So take the quiz!

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As a lymphoma survivor, I have to say this is pretty cool: Nats star Bryce Harper talking about the New Era cap he designed to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources say Ryan Howard & Carlos Ruiz both cleared waivers. Heard of 2 teams mulling Ruiz. Howard virtually certain to stay in Philly.

Tommy Rancel

Tommy Rancel provides an update to his fantasy prospect rankings, focusing on the players who could make a big impact as September call-ups. High-impact potential September call-ups

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The secret to baseball's best bullpen? Bonding. Here's Nationals relievers Mark Melancon, Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit, and Oliver Perez (along with catcher Jose Lobaton) getting their soccer sweat on five hours before tonight's Nats/Orioles game in DC. Washington's pen has a 3.19 ERA this season, lowest in the majors.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo has the day off on Wednesday as Cubs manager Joe Maddon promised rest for his stars down the stretch. Kris Bryant will play first, Javier Baez third against the Padres.

Tristan H. Cockcroft

Who's No. 5? Tristan H. Cockcroft discusses the race to be the fifth-ranked SP in fantasy baseball. Plus, updated top 250 rest-of-season rankings, including positional ranks. Updated top 250 fantasy baseball rankings

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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young

Tim Kurkjian breaks down how Cubs P Jake Arrieta has managed to put himself back in the Cy Young conversation.

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Adam Amin ESPN College Football 

Clayton Kershaw last pitched June 26 in a Dodgers loss to Pittsburgh. The Giants were 49-28 with an 8-game lead over the 41-36 Dodgers. Since then, without Kershaw, the Dodgers have gone 29-19, the Giants have gone 19-29, and the Dodgers are in first place by 2 games. Dodgers and Giants tonight on ESPN at 10 E.T.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Rob Segedin hit a home run Tuesday, and the he really hit one out of the park later, upon the arrival of his first child. Rob and Robin Segedin welcomed son Robinson into the world at 11:36 p.m., roughly 50 minutes after the last out was recorded in a 9-5 victory over the Giants.

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Royals bullpen has not allowed a run in its last 32 innings pitched, the longest such streak in franchise history

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Jake Arrieta: 1st NL pitcher to 16 wins; 4-0, 1.98 ERA in 4 August starts...Russell: 5 HR through 5 games on current 9-game road trip

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Giants: MLB-worst 11-24 since the All-Star Break..Madison Bumgarner: lost 4 straight decisions to Dodgers