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'Just have fun!': Current MLB stars offer advice to Little Leaguers

From favorite memories to what they learned, we asked Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts and others to talk about growing up playing baseball. The one common piece of advice to younger players: Enjoy playing the game.

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Before they were famous: Pros who played in the LLWS

They may be household names now, but some athletes were first in the spotlight as kids on the baseball fields of the Little League World Series.

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Olson barrels up walk-off dinger

Matt Olson completes the Athletics' comeback with a clutch homer in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over the Astros.


Machado belts a pair of homers

Manny Machado takes the first pitch in the fourth inning out to left field, then parks a two-run shot in the seventh.


Martinez sets career high in RBIs

J.D. Martinez drives in a run with a single to give him 105 RBIs on the season, a new career-high.


Stanton belts 431-foot homer

Giancarlo Stanton's 31st home run reaches the seats above the bullpen in the Yankees' win over the Blue Jays.


Playoff Race

Who's indispensable for contenders down the stretch?

For the MLB teams that aren't already locks for the playoffs, there's nobody more important than these key players to their postseason odds.

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Ten secrets to the success of playoff contenders

There's more to winning baseball games than meets the eye, so we took a deeper look for hidden reasons why the best teams are so good.

Revisiting Chris Archer Trade

Law: Does addition of Shane Baz tip scales in Chris Archer trade?

What the inclusion of a highly touted player to be named later means for the Pirates-Rays deadline blockbuster. Plus, scouting notes from around the minors.

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Rays get Pirates' Baz to complete Archer deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent highly touted right-hander Shane Baz to the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named later in the Chris Archer trade.

Law: Pirates place a bet on Chris Archer coming into his own

For what the Pirates appear to have given up, they gained a starter who could break out in Pittsburgh.

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