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3hScott Lauber

Red Sox must find solutions for struggling bullpen

The offense is hitting, and the starting pitching is all right, but the bullpen is a mess. How will Boston fix it before it brings the team down?

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Hosmer gets splashed on SportsCenter (0:43)
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Maddon on loss to Dodgers: 'We blinked and they win' (0:57)
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Machado doing Machado things (0:32)
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10hRoger 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.

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Ortiz moves into tie with Jimmie Foxx on HR list (0:27)
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New York wins first LLWS since 1964 (0:28)
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Panik hits two homers on way to crushing Braves (0:52)
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20hMichael 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.

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Olney will remember Ortiz's passion for hitting (0:45)
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Ortiz: My mind is telling me it's time to go (1:36)
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Best web gems from LLWS (2:09)
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Back-to-back homers lead Rockies over Nats (0:40)
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Kid is ecstatic after receiving signed ball from Trout (0:20)
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19hDanny 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.

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Strawberry is just being a good friend to Doc Gooden (0:51)
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Trumbo belts MLB-leading 39th homer (0:22)

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What we learned: Donaldson has a day

Josh Donaldson's three homer game on Sunday padded Toronto's lead in the AL East as the Blue Jays enter a stretch of games against their division rivals. Call it a hat trick

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Cubs travel in style, head home in onesies

The Cubs didn't have much reason to celebrate after losing to the Dodgers on Sunday, but they were comfortable as they headed home. Photos

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Hosmer gets splashed on SportsCenter

While being interviewed after the Royals' 10-4 win over the Red Sox, Eric Hosmer gets doused with ice cold water by teammate Salvador Perez.

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Royals use big sixth inning to top Red Sox

Kansas City scored eight runs in the sixth inning en route to a 10-4 win over Boston on Sunday.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

An eight-run implosion in the sixth inning dooms the Red Sox to a 10-4 loss to the surging Royals on Sunday Night Baseball. Boston is two games behind Toronto in the AL East and one ahead of Baltimore for the first AL wild-card berth. Kansas City, meanwhile, has won 17 of its last 21.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

August ERAs for relievers who began the month as high-leverage options for Red Sox manager John Farrell: Matt Barnes (11.17 in 11 appearances), Fernando Abad (5.63 in 10 appearances), Junichi Tazawa (11.25 in nine appearances entering the ninth inning tonight). If Boston doesn't win the AL East or misses the playoffs entirely, the bullpen will be an enormous reason.

Raul Mondesi hits bases-clearing triple

Raul Mondesi smacks a bases-clearing, stand-up triple in an eight-run sixth inning for the Royals.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

According to Baseball Prospectus, the Royals started the day with a 6.3% of making the postseason -- but they seem more dangerous than that.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Matt Strahm just started throwing in the bullpen, but Ned Yost says he warms up fairly quickly. Bogaerts hit and Boston leads 4-2.

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Never seen anyone play more shallow in right than Lorenzo Cain. It's 13 year old up in Babe Ruth Baseball shallow.

Ortiz moves into tie with Foxx on HR list

David Ortiz hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, moving him into a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time HR list.

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