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7hDavid Schoenfield

They're in what place?! The players who have made (and unmade) their team's 2016 hopes

David Schoenfield looks at the overachievers (Daniel Murphy for MVP!?) and underachievers (Sorry, Alex Gordon) who have helped turn their teams into contenders or pretenders.

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Carlos Beltran did what to his hair? (1:41)
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7hEddie Matz

The 35 days of September: Race to the AL East title

The Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles should provide a supremely entertaining stretch run that will ultimately determine the division champion -- and possibly more.

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6hJeff Sullivan

What do the Rangers see in Carlos Gomez?

Jeff Sullivan searches for something -- anything -- the AL West-leading Texas Rangers could have seen in Carlos Gomez to give him the opportunity he's getting, and doesn't find much.

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6hESPN.com

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Will the stretch run bring any drama to Wrigley Field, or will the ride into -- and through -- October be a breezy one in the Windy City? Vote now!

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Machado doing Machado things (0:32)
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Maddon on loss to Dodgers: 'We blinked and they win' (0:57)
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Ortiz moves into tie with Jimmie Foxx on HR list (0:27)
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20hRoger 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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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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1dMichael 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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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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1dDanny 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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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was asked about the Colin Kaepernick situation from this weekend, his reaction. He said he understood that the QB was trying to bring light to an issue he cared about, but wasn't sure he'd opt for the same format. Said if it were one of his players, he wouldn't have a problem about that but would prefer a heads-up beforehand.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The expectation is Robert Gsellman will move to the bullpen once he recovers from Sunday's start. Assuming Steven Matz starts without difficulty on Thursday, it would seem Seth Lugo would remain in the rotation to join Matz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said the presumption was all three banged up position players would be ready on Monday, so that's why the Mets were comfortable demoting T.J. Rivera. Collins only learned about 10 minutes ago that Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker would not be ready.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacob deGrom will return to the rotation on Friday with four extra days of rest. Noah Syndergaard will pitch after deGrom, on Saturday against the Nationals.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes returns to the lineup on Monday, but Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) and Neil Walker (back) remain sidelined.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals put pitcher Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of shingles and recalled left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis. Leake was replaced by the Cardinals' top prospect, Alex Reyes, in the Cardinals' rotation on Friday. Reyes, who is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings, likely will continue to pitch in Leake's spot while he is out.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Marlins lineup for Monday's 7:10 p.m. ET opener against the Mets at Citi Field:

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Rivera has been demoted to clear the roster spot for Rafael Montero's spot start on Monday against the Marlins. Las Vegas' season ends next Monday, so at a maximum the demotion should last a week.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer has known about Tim Tebow's plans to give baseball a shot for a while, and not surprisingly, he continues to believe his former QB at Florida can accomplish what he sets his mind to doing. "Incredible, incredible baseball player," Meyer said reflecting on watching him in high school. " ... I'm very biased and everybody knows that, but don't count him out."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Asdrubal Cabrera is the National League Player of the Week. He hit .545 for the week, plus had three homers in a two-game span. Cabrera departed Sunday's game in the first inning with a recurrence of left knee discomfort. Gary Sanchez of the Yankees won the AL award.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced today a four-year extension of their agreement with Single-A Myrtle Beach, S.C., that will run through the 2020 baseball season. The Pelicans will be making their sixth straight postseason appearance next month.

Derek Carty

The elite pitchers have tricky matchups Monday, meaning that you should spend big on bats in DFS. Derek Carty identifies the right ones to choose. Spend big on bats for Monday's daily fantasy slate

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AJ Mass

Can't keep up with all of the fantasy-relevant news around the MLB? AJ Mass gets you caught up on Gerardo Parra's new position, John Lackey's health and more in the Fantasy 30. Fantasy 30: Lackey's return, Parra's opporunity

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MLB Week 21 Power Rankings: Rangers AL's top team

Very little changed in the top five of this week's rankings, but the Rangers managed to move past the Blue Jays as the American League's top team. Movin' on up

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Beltran did what to his hair?

Outfielder Carlos Beltran was seen on the Rangers' bench with hair dye that looked eerily similar to what Carlos Boozer pulled with the Bulls once upon a time.

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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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