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5mKeith Law

I was wrong about Kyle Hendricks, and he's not the only one

Sometimes you have to admit that a player has completely exceeded your expectations for him. Which players have silenced the naysayers?

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The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)
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David Ortiz's first Yankee Stadium HR (0:35)
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Vin Scully calls Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter (0:31)
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Orioles rally late to top Blue Jays (0:52)
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Marlins players see Jose Fernandez off one final time (2:05)
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Trout hit by Axford's pitch (0:18)
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Rockies' Chatwood strikes out nine in eight scoreless innings (0:25)
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Cabrera blasts go-ahead HR (0:30)
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Cano's three-run blast jump starts Mariners early (0:25)
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How sports help us heal (1:30)
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On this date: Mays makes 'The Catch' (0:20)
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Tim Tebow reacts to homering in first at-bat (2:04)
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Beltre having a blast playing patty-cake at second base (0:23)
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Ortiz goes undercover driving Bostonians around (2:18)
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1dDoug Mittler

Young pitchers proving helpful in speeding up pace of play

As commissioner Rob Manfred ponders bold measures for shortening game times, a nice trend has surfaced from within. Young pitchers are moving the game along quicker than their older counterparts.

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The Phillie Phanatic relives silliest encounters (1:59)
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What's better than a grand slam? How about four? (0:49)

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

A bridge named after David Ortiz? Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the state House and Senate have put forth a joint proposal to rename the Brookline Avenue bridge between Lansdowne Street and Newbury Street, spanning the Mass Pike. Under the plan, the Mass. Dept. of Transportation would place a marker on the bridge, declaring it the "David Ortiz (Big Papi) Bridge."

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Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games, the longest streak in the majors this season.

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Mark Teixeira's 408 career HR were most in MLB history by a player without regular-season walk-off HR. Most now Norm Cash, with 377 #elias

Greeny: Epstein is 'dramatically underpaid'

Based on the value that Theo Epstein has brought to the Cubs' organization, as well as his history with the Red Sox, Mike Greenberg feels he's worth more than $50M.

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OTD: Babe Ruth hits 58th and 59th homers

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season to tie the HR record he set in 1921, in a 15-4 rout of the Washington Senators. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Wednesday's Postseason implications

  • Red Sox clinch AL East title
  • Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
  • Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss

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Mets hold on to top wild-card spot

James Loney and Jay Bruce each hit home runs to help the Mets beat the Marlins and hold on to the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Padres 6, Dodgers 5, Final. Dodgers fail to gain ground on the Nationals for home field in the NLDS. They remain two back with four to play.

John Jaso hits for cycle in Pirates' win

Jaso drives in five runs and hits the first cycle in PNC Park history in the Pirates' 8-4 victory over the Cubs.

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Tigers top Indians in rain-shortened game

Miguel Cabrera's three-run blast in the fifth inning is the difference in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the Indians.

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Kim hits pinch-hit game-winning homer

Hyun Soo Kim pinch hits in the top of the ninth and belts a two-run home run to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays and make the Red Sox American League East champions.

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Freeman extends hit streak to 30 games

Freddie Freeman owns the longest hitting streak of the season after a sixth-inning single in the Braves' 12-2 win over the Phillies stretched his streak to 30 games. Freeman passed Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. (29 games).

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Teixeira's grand slam gives Yankees walk-off win

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded, Mark Teixeira hits a grand slam into the right-field seats to lift the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox.

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