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4hDavid Schoenfield

Have the Tigers handled Michael Fulmer with proper care?

Rookie Michael Fulmer has been one of Detroit's most reliable starters, and it has managed his workload well but might need more to make a run.

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6dWright Thompson

Inside Theo Epstein's master mind

Theo Epstein walks to and from Wrigley, eats lunch in the empty bleachers and wants Chicago to see the ivy turn red in October. The Cubs president may be nearing middle age, but his love of the game is shining through more than ever.

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Marlins players see Jose Fernandez off one final time (2:05)
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The healing power of sports (1:30)
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The legend of Tebow grows with first-pitch homer (0:53)
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Tim Tebow reacts to homering in first at-bat (2:04)
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Ortiz goes undercover driving Bostonians around (2:18)
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Andrus says 2015 season was an eye opener (1:12)
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12hDoug 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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Fernandez's joy reminds us why we love baseball (1:41)
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What's better than a grand slam? How about four? (0:49)
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The science behind Utley's amazing play (2:08)
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Pederson impresses with diving, rolling catch (0:32)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs say Chris Coghlan suffered a mild left ankle sprain.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After a generous call by the official scorer Pirates infielder John Jaso was credited with a triple and hence the cycle as the Pirates lead the Cubs 8-4. It looked like Jaso had stopped at second and then continued on to third base after an errant throw. It's the first cycle in PNC park history.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pick your poison. Yankees picked Betts over Ortiz, and Mookie delivers two-run double. Red Sox lead, 2-0, six outs from AL East crown.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left elbow. The Dodgers say Ryu will be ready for the 2017 season.

VOTE: How far will Tebow go in baseball?

He homered on the first pitch he faced in his instructional league debut. Will the former football star make it to the higher levels of the minors? To MLB? Vote!

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Ian Kinsler breaks tie with 2-run homer

Kinsler's home run in the bottom of the third inning gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead over the Indians. A Tigers win and an Orioles loss would move the teams into a tie for the second AL wild card spot.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In his final regular season start Jake Arrieta has given up a season high 10 hits to the Pirates who lead 7-1.

Jays lead O's in wild card leaders matchup

In what could be a preview of the AL wild-card game, Toronto leads Baltimore 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. If the score holds, and the Tigers beat the Indians (game is currently delayed on ESPN), then Detroit would tie the O's for the second wild card. Follow live

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan left Wednesday's game with an apparent left leg injury after crashing into the wall in left field chasing down a fly ball. He walked off under his own power while Albert Almora Jr took his place in the game.

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#Tigers Jordan Zimmermann is set to pitch Friday night in what would be his first start in nearly three weeks (neck issues).

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Line at least 100 deep for Dwight Gooden autograph signing tonight in New Jersey

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts won't say if Clayton Kershaw or Rich Hill will be used on short rest in the playoffs, but recent DL stints for both make it unlikely. Maybe Roberts is leaving the door open in case the Dodgers are facing elimination in Game 4 of the NLDS, at which point he might go to Kershaw.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Julio Urias will most likely be on the playoff roster. Added that Jose De Leon has not been ruled out, but the odds of having both available in the NLDS seem slim.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Lucas Duda was scratched from the game on Wednesday night. The Mets will provide more information later.