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4hDavid Schoenfield

Grading the MLB playoff races from the wild-card frenzy to an NL Central snoozer

Which playoff races are the best? With teams battling for division leads and wild-card spots, there should be plenty of excitement down the stretch.

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Stephen A. is steaming about Tebow comparisons to Jeter and Harper (2:14)
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What happens to Puig if Dodgers don't make a trade? (1:58)
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Rob Zastryzny needs a nickname (1:12)
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Who are the top X-factor players in MLB? (2:35)
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Stark: We've been down this road before with Kershaw (1:27)
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Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
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McAllister makes hacky sack-esque catch (0:30)
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Is Davis' bat snap better than Bo's bat snap? (0:35)
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Odor's two-run homer powers Rangers' victory (0:53)
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Tebow mashes a homer (0:17)
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Tebow shows off his glove (0:18)
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Who's the best shortstop in the game? (2:57)
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4hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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1dKeith Law

Why September call-ups are no longer a big deal

Let's face it: The quality of September call-ups these days just isn't what it used to be. Keith Law explains why -- and how -- times have changed.

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Orioles slug past Blue Jays (1:01)
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Tebow knows... just about everything (0:36)
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Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
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4hBuster Olney

Players who are pivotal to playoff races

Buster Olney highlights players such as Yoenis Cespedes who will play key roles in their teams' playoff chances, and explains why they're so crucial.

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Stephen A. Smith cannot contain himself

Smith is insulted by the idea of people comparing Tim Tebow's baseball tryouts to greats like Derek Jeter and Bryce Harper.

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Tebow: Workout not about getting publicity

Tim Tebow joined Scott Van Pelt to make clear that his baseball workout was about pursuing what he's "passionate about."

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Man honors Big Papi ... with a corn maze

Because how else would you honor everyone's favorite DH?

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers will not be trading Puig after being claimed on trade waivers at least until the off-season. The claiming team had more interest in blocking than making an earnest attempt to trade for him according to source

The most homer-happy month ever

Heading into the final day of the month, there have been 1,015 home runs in August. If there are 55 home runs today, it will set a record for the most homers in ANY calendar month in MLB history.

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David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.8 million on baseball in July, the largest win on baseball in a single month ever, according to gaming control.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Safe to say John Farrell is VERY bullish on the idea of Yoan Moncada as a September call-up. Decision hasn't been made yet, but Farrell compared possible Moncada addition to the impact made by Ellsbury in '07 and Bogaerts in '13.

Rougned Odor crushes walk-off homer

Odor erased a 7-6 deficit for the Rangers in the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run home run ... and oh did he admire it.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is out today vs. CWS with a flare-up of surgically-repaired ankle. Has been something that has given him trouble since Minnesota. Manager Brad Ausmus said he thinks it will be something he may have to stay on top of rest of career. Apparently issue worsens in bad weather because of air pressure. Tigers hope to have him, and injured CF Cameron Maybin (thumb) back in lineup on Friday vs. KC

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Cubs: 47-19 at home--best home record in MLB; they've won 6 straight & 18 of 21 games at Wrigley. Will have home field until World Series

A barehanded catch you need to see

Toledo Mud Hens shortstop Dixon Machado made a spectacular barehanded catch on a looping fly ball.

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Brian Dozier (MIN): 12th HR this August, most by a Twins player in any month since Harmon Killebrew had 12 in July 1969. Both 5'11"

David Ortiz in LEGO form

Facing the real Big Papi is daunting. But facing a LEGO version? Even more so.

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Indians pitcher records mind-blowing out

Zach McAllister managed to snare this liner despite kicking -- yes, kicking -- it first.

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

In Mike Trout's 4 MLB season he has 1 MVP and 3 2nd place MVP finishes. This year he could be 1 or 2 again. Career high OPS so far.