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15hBradford Doolittle

Don't call Heyward a bust: No reason to think Cubs blew it with big-money signing

Jason Heyward, a $184 million mistake? Hardly. Bradford Doolittle explains why it is far too soon to discount the outfielder's worth to the Cubs.

Russell lays out making spectacular catch (0:20)
Ozuna dives, rolls three times for the catch (0:31)
Werth launches tape-measure shot (0:31)
Hanley's grand slam clears the monster (0:31)
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4hWallace Matthews

Which new Yankees will we see Thursday?

With baseball rosters expanding Thursday as the calendar hits September, Rob Refsnyder and Luis Severino are among players the Yankees could bring up.

Hernandez flies into the wall to rob Goldschmidt (0:29)
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14hChristopher Crawford

September call-ups preview: Prospects to watch

Christopher Crawford looks at prospects who could get called up after rosters expand in September and make an impact at the big league level, such as Dodgers pitcher Jose De Leon.

Bautista, Martin go yard early in Blue Jays' win (0:43)
Gomez's grand slam gives the Rangers a big lead (0:34)
Stephen A. is steaming about Tebow comparisons to Jeter and Harper (2:14)
Rob Zastryzny needs a nickname (1:12)
Who are the top X-factor players in MLB? (2:35)
Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
Stark: We've been down this road before with Kershaw (1:27)
Is Davis' bat snap better than Bo's bat snap? (0:35)
Tebow mashes a homer (0:17)
Tebow shows off his glove (0:18)
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2dKeith 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.

Who's the best shortstop in the game? (2:57)
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15hBuster 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.


Toles' slam caps Dodgers' comeback

Los Angeles scored eight unanswered runs, including Andrew Toles' go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning, for the 10-8 victory over Colorado.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 10, Rockies 8, Final, Game 2. Andrew Toles' grand slam capped an improbable five-run ninth inning and the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and a doubleheader sweep to move 1.5 games up on the Giants in the NL West.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After a couple of rough outings Cubs starter Jason Hammel rebounded with a nice effort on Wednesday holding the Pirates to one run over six innings. His biggest moment came in striking out Andrew McCutchen with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to end a threat. Hammel is in a dogfight to start a playoff game though there's plenty of time left before decisions have to be made. Joe Maddon said as much before the game.

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The Cubs benched Jason Heyward during their series at Colorado (August 19-21) to give him a break. Since then, he has hit .333 with a .851 OPS in 9 games, including 2-of-3 with a walk tonight. He had a .617 OPS through play on August 18, 4th lowest in MLB.

Russell's spectacular grab keeps Cubs ahead

With the bases loaded in the seventh, Addison Russell raced into the outfield for a diving catch to end the inning and keep the Cubs ahead of the Pirates.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Thanks to a three-run homer from old friend Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Wednesday. That allowed the Mets to move within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot. In recent days the Mets have leapfrogged the Marlins and Pirates. So there are no longer any teams between the Mets and the current wild-card-spot occupants.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals got shut down by Matt Garza and Milwaukee's suspect bullpen in a 3-1 loss at Miller Park Wednesday night. Rookie pitcher Luke Weaver was masterful, striking out 10 batters, but he had one bad inning, yielding a three-run home run to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the third inning. The Cardinals lead the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been placed on the 60-day disabled list to clear the 40-man roster spot for the acquisition of right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the Angels. That ends Ruggiano's season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets acquire RHP Fernando Salas from the Angels for minor league RHP Erik Manoah, who had been with Brooklyn.

Mets rally to stay alive in wild-card race

Kelly Johnson broke an eighth inning tie with a bases-clearing double to give the Mets a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeurys Familia reacts to setting the franchise's single-season saves record on Wednesday with No. 44. "I'm so happy right now," Familia said.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Bartolo Colon says the arrival of Jose Reyes and getting Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera back from injuries has turned around the season.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays 5-3 in the deciding game of their AL East showdown. The loss drops Baltimore four back of Toronto in the division, and puts them into a tie with Detroit for the second AL wild card spot. Total attendance for the series at Camden Yards was 45,791.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce Yoan Moncada will be called up from Double-A Portland on Friday.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Joey Votto went 1-for-4 against Ricky Nolasco on Wednesday to fall just short of becoming the first Reds player since 1900 to hit .400 in consecutive months of the same season. After hitting .413 in July, Votto batted .394 in August. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers was the last MLB player to achieve the feat. He hit .454 in June and .418 of July 2010 en route to winning the American League MVP award.