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9hJeff Sullivan

What do the Rangers see in Carlos Gomez?

Jeff Sullivan searches for something -- anything -- the AL West-leading Texas Rangers could have seen in Carlos Gomez to give him the opportunity he's getting, and doesn't find much.

Carlos Beltran did what to his hair? (1:41)
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10hEddie Matz

The 35 days of September: Race to the AL East title

The Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles should provide a supremely entertaining stretch run that will ultimately determine the division champion -- and possibly more.

Hosmer gets splashed on SportsCenter (0:43)
Kid is ecstatic after receiving signed ball from Trout (0:20)
Elias Stein

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Will the stretch run bring any drama to Wrigley Field, or will the ride into -- and through -- October be a breezy one in the Windy City? Vote now!

Machado doing Machado things (0:32)
Maddon on loss to Dodgers: 'We blinked and they win' (0:57)
Ortiz moves into tie with Jimmie Foxx on HR list (0:27)
23hRoger Rubin, Special to ESPN.com

Ailing Mets fall back to uncertain reality

Despite rattling off six wins in seven games, the Mets' 5-1 loss to Philadelphia renewed concerns about the team's health for the rest of the season.

New York wins first LLWS since 1964 (0:28)
Panik hits two homers on way to crushing Braves (0:52)
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1dMichael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information

David Ortiz's best moments on Sunday Night Baseball

The Red Sox slugger could be playing his final game under the Sunday Night lights. Stats & Info looks at his success on that stage.

Olney will remember Ortiz's passion for hitting (0:45)
Ortiz: My mind is telling me it's time to go (1:36)
Best web gems from LLWS (2:09)
Back-to-back homers lead Rockies over Nats (0:40)
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1dDanny Knobler, Special to ESPN.com

Gary Sanchez giving Yankees postseason optimism

Powered by Gary Sanchez, who homered again in Saturday's win, the Yankees pulled to within 2 1/2 games of the Orioles for the second AL wild-card spot.

Strawberry is just being a good friend to Doc Gooden (0:51)


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw will pitch in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and manager Dave Roberts was jokingly asked if Tim Tebow will be there to hit. "I don't know if Tebow will be a part of that," Roberts said. "I know there's some strength behind his swing. I saw a little video. Great athlete. I just don't know if he's ready for the Clayton Kershaw slider, though."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

In case you'd forgotten all the ways Bryce Harper can find to beat you, he just sent out a reminder. By scoring from first on a single!

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Jayson Werth loves to remind the Phillies he used to play in Philly. His HR tonight makes 7 in his last 15 games at Citizen Bank Park. No curtain calls for him, though!

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

CC Sabathia had some interesting things to say about the Colin Kaepernick situation before tonight's with the Royals: "It's his right as a citizen. There's a lot of stuff going on that's not right; it's just something that he chose to do. It's his right. I think it's a good, non-violent way to try to get some change." Although Sabathia said his brother-in-law is in the military and has served in Iraq, he did not consider Kaepernick's protest as a slap at the military. "I'm kind of indifferent on it; it's weird," he said. "I understand where he's coming from. Obviously being an African-American, raising two African-American boys, it's scary. It's something that's going on and something we need to change. Like I said, it's his way, his opinion of trying to non-violently – not hurt cops or anything like that or hurt anybody – way of getting his point across." Carmelo said a couple months ago that athletes need to come together "I think people have. With what went on with D-Wade and his cousin, him being at the thing in Chicago, or was thinking about going to the town hall meeting they had on ESPN, I think it's a good way to hopefully get some change."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Tarp is coming off at Wrigley Field, about an hour before game time. No announcement of a delay so we should be ready for an on-time first pitch.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

If you haven't watched Trea Turner play yet, you're missing something special. All he's done in August is: 42 hits, 27 runs scored, 10 steals & a .959 OPS. He's changed the whole vibe of the Nationals.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Saw John Lackey headed out of the clubhouse to throw a side session during pregame access, but no word on how it went as Cubs manager Joe Maddon hadn't spoken to him before meeting with the media. We'll update that after the game. Suspicion here is that he "got after it".

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Want to know Cubs manager Joe Maddon's philosophy on the rust-or-rest dichotomy when making out his lineups this time of the year? Can't say whether it holds up syllogistically, but here it is.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that rookies Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver will remain regular parts of the Cardinals rotation now that Mike Leake is on the 15-day disabled list with shingles:


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Monday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Marlins as Neil Walker (back) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) sit: Jose Reyes – SS Alejandro De Aza – CF Yoenis Cespedes – LF Kelly Johnson – 3B Curtis Granderson – RF Wilmer Flores – 2B James Loney – 1B Travis d'Arnaud – C Rafael Montero – RHP

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Theo Epstein talking about what's happening with the Cubs' roster with Sept. 1 roster expansion looming this week.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rest day for Addison Russell, who is 1 for 17 over his last four games. Javier Baez will start at short for the Cubs tonight against the Pirates.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Orioles CF Adam Jones (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays. It's the third straight game Jones hasn't started. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop will bat leadoff in Jones' place, his first career start in the 1-hole.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Depending on what happens in bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday, Koji Uehara could be reinstated from the disabled list by early next week, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Uehara hasn't pitched since July 19 because of a strained right pectoral muscle.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers CF Cameron Maybin, who replaces Ian Kinsler as the leadoff man tonight vs CHI, said his approach will not change batting first. Said he is open to hitting wherever he is penciled into the lineup and will try to give Ian Kinsler a "breather."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The skies over Wrigley Field have darkened and the grounds crew has brought out the tarp with rain in the area. You may also be to spot the wear and tear out in center field from the concerts held at the ballpark while the Cubs were on the road.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked about the Colin Kaepernick situation from this weekend, his reaction. He said he understood that the QB was trying to bring light to an issue he cared about, but wasn't sure he'd opt for the same format. Said if it were one of his players, he wouldn't have a problem about that but would prefer a heads-up beforehand.