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8hJim Bowden

Collins among MLB managers on the hot seat

Jim Bowden identifies which managers could be let go after the season (or sooner) and what variables may factor into the decisions.

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Scherzer heating up at right time (1:16)
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Rangers hoping Gomez can provide a spark (0:51)
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Ellis trade 'somewhat risky' for Dodgers (1:37)
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Kipnis prefers to keep his distance from Odor (0:17)
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Cardinals' offense keeping team afloat (1:14)
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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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Freeman takes scary fall into stands (0:35)
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McCutchen's RBI single gives Pirates a win in 10 innings (0:23)
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Are Yankees getting too excited over Gary Sanchez? (0:53)
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1dDan 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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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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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

This Day In 1989: Chris Drury gives up only five hits & drives in two, leading Trumbull, Conn., to the Little League title

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Mets lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Phillies at Citi Field. Jay Bruce returns from calf tightness. Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Neil Walker - 2B Wilmer Flores - 1B Jay Bruce - RF Justin Ruggiano - CF Travis d'Arnaud - C Bartolo Colon - RHP

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz will return to a bullpen role for the Red Sox, but manager John Farrell said it will be an enhanced responsibility, likely involving an opportunity to pitch the eighth inning. Sox are still seeking a primary setup man, with Farrell preferring to use Brad Ziegler mostly against right-handed hitters.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi could play again before the end of the regular season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Benintendi doesn't have structural damage to his left knee, a diagnosis confirmed Friday after the Red Sox rookie left fielder underwent another MRI, an X-ray and a CT scan. "This could've been much, much worse," Farrell said.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets manager Terry Collins said he hadn't talked to GM Sandy Alderson yet but said "there's a pretty good chance" that Jacob deGrom will skip his next start. DeGrom has had rough outings against both the Giants and Cardinals in his last two starts. Alderson said the Mets studied TrackMan data and found some of DeGrom's pitches are lacking the movement they typically have. "When he's had time off, he's bounced back and been dominant," Collins said.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Seen in Tigers clubhouse: Boxes upon boxes of Hostess snacks delivered to Tigers CF Cameron Maybin today. Asked him if he's ever expressed an interest in the multitude of Twinkies, Donettes and Sno Balls he received. He seemed as perplexed as everyone else about their arrival. He is planning on donating to a local homeless shelter.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Phillies lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Mets at Citi Field. Hernandez, 2B Altherr, LF Franco, 3B Howard, 1B Rupp, C Herrera, CF Galvis, SS Bourjos, RF Morgan, LHP

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Update on Tigers SS Jose Iglesias: he will be activated off the disabled list (hamstring) and in the Tigers lineup tomorrow vs. the Angels. Spoke to him today and he said he is good to go, ready to play whenever he gets the green light from manager

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texas Rangers have placed relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress on the Major League Baseball restricted list for Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Jeffress, who has a 4.00 ERA in nine appearances after being acquired at the trade deadline, was arrested this morning and charged with driving while intoxicated. That incident has prevented Jeffress from attending Friday night's game and fulfilling his contract. "The Rangers are certainly disappointed in Jeremy's actions of early this morning," said President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. "We have been in touch with Jeremy's representatives and Major League Baseball, and are continuing to work through this situation and gather more information."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian McCann out of the Yankees lineup tonight against Yovani Gallardo, a right-hander for tonight's opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Here's the Yankees lineup: Gardner lf, Ellsbury cf, Sanchez c, Teixeira 1b, Gregorius ss, Castro 2b, Headley DH, Judge rf, Torreyes 3b, Cessa p

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Upon entering the Phillies locker room today, players were greeted with a message on the dry-erase board that read "I will miss all you guys. Good luck the rest of the season. Love you all, Chooch!" Ruiz departed for Los Angeles to join his new team, the Dodgers, after being traded on Thursday.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

My favorite story about Carlos Ruiz's leadership qualities: Roy Halladay told me he was pitching one night, gave up a couple of hits late in the game and out came Charlie Manuel. Next thing he knew, Ruiz was running to the mound because he clearly wanted to get there before the manager. "He said, `Don't let him take you out of this game. We need you in this game,'" Halladay said. "So I said to Charlie, `I want to stay in.' He looked at me. He looked at Chooch. Then he looked at Chase (Utley), who was standing behind me. And he knew he was pretty much outnumbered." So of course he stayed in the game. By Carlos Ruiz's decree.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Picture day isn't just for Little Leaguers. Here, the Nats get ready for their annual close-up. The presidents don't look happy about not being included.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis and optioned right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala to Memphis following last night's game.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets farmhands Champ Stuart and Blake Taylor will represent Great Britain and Ty Kelly, Tyler Herron and Josh Zeid will represent Israel in a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament at Brooklyn's MCU Park Sept. 22-25. Ex-Mets Ike Davis and Josh Satin also will play for Israel. Brazil and Pakistan also are involved in the four-team tournament.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Rivera has returned to Las Vegas with the activation of Neil Walker from paternity leave. Walker's wife Niki gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Nora Vail, on Tuesday morning.