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12hJeff 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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Beltran's towering blast puts Rangers ahead (0:24)
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Blue Jays take down Orioles for fourth straight win (0:51)
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Donaldson sends homer into the bleachers (0:24)
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Carlos Beltran did what to his hair? (1:41)
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13hEddie 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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12hESPN.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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1dRoger 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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2dMichael 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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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 

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the eight, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasts a two-run shot to right centerfielder to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Had just one home run in the last 20 games heading into Monday's contest against the Chicago White Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox win their kind of game, taking an early lead and playing comfortably from ahead thanks to good enough starting pitching. In this case, Rick Porcello gives up three runs in seven innings and notches his 18th win in a 9-4 victory over the Rays. Boston remains two games off Toronto's pace in the AL East.

Donaldson sends homer into bleachers

One night after the first three-homer game of his career, the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits another home run, his 34th of the season.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite seven strong from Wade Miley (5 H, 3 ER, 9 K), the Orioles fell 5-1 to the Blue Jays in the opener of a crucial three-game set between division rivals. The loss drops the O's to four games back in the AL East, their largest deficit of the season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Asdrubal Cabrera's left knee was not feeling well enough to start, but he did pinch hit on Monday. Cabrera struck out in the seventh against Marlins reliever Kyle Barraclough. Cabrera, the reigning NL Player of the Week, had departed Sunday's game in the first inning with knee discomfort. He recently spent three weeks on the DL with a strained patellar tendon in that knee.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Considering the pain Cameron Maybin was already playing through, a distressing sign for the Tigers to see the CF exit the game with what appeared to be an aggravation of his left thumb injury. Attempted to steal second, got up while grimacing over left hand. Maybin has been an offensive catalyst for Tigers, but has also battled injuries throughout season. DET has to be hoping this one won't be a significant one.

ESPN Stats and Information  

St. Louis Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez has struck out a career-high 13 against the Brewers. All 18 of his outs through 6 innings came via either strikeout or ground ball, Martínez is the 3rd pitcher to strike out at least 11 hitters against the same team twice this season. The others are Jake Arrieta (Pirates) and Jon Gray (Padres)

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

How much better a pitcher would Michael Pjneda be if all games started in the second inning? About a half-run better. Pineda, who allowed three first inning runs to the Kansas City Royals Monday night, has now allowed 22 earned runs in 26 first innings for a 6.84 ERA. Take that away and Pineda's overall ERA drops from 5.14 to 4.43. Start the game in the third inning and Pineda gets even better. Without the 17 runs he's allowed in 26 second innings (5.88) and Pineda's ERA plummets to a respectable 4.01.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers are undecided if they are going to bring up Yasiel Puig on Sept 1 or later in Sept so he can get more consistent at-bats at AAA for his development. However, their tentative plan is for him to be back with Dodgers this year. It is also unlikely that Puig clears waivers and even more unlikely he's traded, at least until the off-season. According to a league source the Dodgers put close to 20 players on waivers this past weekend like almost every other club does this time of year.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Montero tossed five scoreless innings in his first major league start since April 28, 2015. Of course, in addition to allowing two hits against the Marlins, Montero also walked six batters on Monday. With his pitch count soaring, Montero faced a jam in the fifth, with runners on first and second and one out. But on pitch No. 100, Montero completed his outing by coaxing a double-play grounder from Marcell Ozuna. The six walks issued by Montero were the most by a Mets pitcher since Zack Wheeler also walked six on May 13, 2014 against the Yankees. It was the most walks in a scoreless start since Jeurys Familia, now the closer, issued six walks in four innings against the Marlins on Oct. 1, 2012.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets had a short bench on Monday, with infielder T.J. Rivera demoted to make room for spot starter Rafael Montero and with Neil Walker (back) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) nursing injuries. In fact, only Jay Bruce and backup catcher Rene Rivera were available to pinch hit. So whom did Terry Collins call upon to pinch hit in the fifth inning for Montero in a scoreless game? Jacob deGrom, whose start had been skipped because of suspected fatigue. DeGrom grounded out to first base against Jose Fernandez.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Rangers DH Carlos Beltrán hit his 25th home run on Monday, giving him 25 in a season for the first time since 2012. Beltrán has 417 career home runs. He's the sixth switch-hitter to have eight 25-homer seasons. Eddie Murray has the most, 12.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals may have tapped into a hidden power source when they acquired Jedd Gyorko for Jon Jay last December. Gyorko's career high for home runs, 23, came in his rookie season. He had 525 plate appearances that year. Gyorko hit his 23rd of the season off Zach Davies Monday night and this time it took him just 327 plate appearances.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Dexter Fowler having a good time on deck. Measured up ball Arrieta fouled off screen and took a fake whack at it when it bounced near him.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ichiro Suzuki delivered his 3,010th career hit with a fourth-inning single against Rafael Montero on Monday. That tied him with Wade Boggs for 27th on the all-time list.

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Rick Porcello: 12-0 at home. Seeking to be just 5th pitcher since 1900 to win first 13 home decisions in a season. @RedSox lead 4-2 in 4th

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather is calling for a 34-percent chance of rain at first pitch in Denver for Dodgers-Rockies, going up to a 40-percent chance later in the evening. The radar, though, shows heavy storm cells heading toward downtown Denver from the north.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Pirates starter Steven Brault has some impressive wing span. Looked like a helicopter winging that DP comebacker into center field.