17hDoug Padilla

Dodgers confident after striking back against Cubs

Fighting for a playoff spot and coming off an ugly ending on Friday, the Dodgers are recharged by staying strong against the NL Central leaders.

Donaldson has first three-homer game of career (1:33)
Machado doing Machado things (0:32)
Olney will remember Ortiz's passion for hitting (0:45)
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8hMichael 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.

Ortiz: My mind is telling me it's time to go (1:36)
Kid is ecstatic after receiving signed ball from Trout (0:20)
Vogt's three-run homer extends A's lead (0:16)
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7hDanny 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.

Back-to-back homers lead Rockies over Nats (0:40)
Best web gems from LLWS (2:09)
Strawberry is just being a good friend to Doc Gooden (0:51)
Rangers blank Indians (0:40)
Kemp's three-run shot goes 427 feet (0:38)
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1dMark Simon

Jay Bruce not bummed out by brief benching

New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce was out of the lineup Saturday after an 0-for-4, four-strikeout night, but he seemed confident he would rebound.

Trumbo belts MLB-leading 39th homer (0:22)
Blue Jays take lead on horrific Twins miscue (0:50)
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1dESPN Stats & Information

Meet the 2016 Little Big Leaguers

Ever marvel at how young some major leaguers look? We celebrate them here with a look at those whose facial appearance most resemble Little Leaguers.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Twelve days after having surgery on his left ankle, Red Sox catcher/left fielder Blake Swihart rolled (literally, with the aid of a scooter) into the clubhouse before the game. While he expects to be ready for spring training, the majority of his offseason will be spent rehabbing. He's unlikely to be able to play winter ball to make up for lost at-bats after getting injured in early June.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward might be coming out of his season long slump. He was 5 for his last 5 before lining out hard (102.6 mph) to the end the sixth with the lead run at third base against the Dodgers. Heyward has had at least one hit in every game since getting four straight days off. The Cubs and Dodgers have yet to score a run through 6 innings.

Donaldson has first three-homer game of career

Josh Donaldson hit three home runs in the Blue Jays' 9-6 victory over the Twins.


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia, who is away from the Red Sox tonight to attend family funeral services, will rejoin the team early Monday evening. Pedroia won't start Monday night's game, but will be available off the bench. In fact, manager John Farrell said Pedroia texted that he plans on getting a walkoff hit in the bottom of the ninth.

Machado doing Machado things

Manny Machado makes a diving stop on a scorcher down the third base line, then fires to first from his knees for the out.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In his final reg season game at Dodgers stadium David Ross commits his career high ninth error on an errant pickoff throw advancing a runner from first to third base but Jon Lester struck out the side stranding him there. No score top 2.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Matz will actually pitch Thursday, not Wednesday, according to Terry Collins. That makes a ton of sense, since rosters expand Thursday and it will spare a roster move.