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3hTim Keown

Tim Tebow steers himself into hands of his critics, but why?

Tim Tebow's motivation for abruptly changing course and risking humiliation by pursuing a goal where failure could be the likely outcome can't be answered in one workout.

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Tebow pursuing what he's 'passionate about' (1:22)
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What happens to Puig if Dodgers don't make a trade? (1:58)
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Who are the top X-factor players in MLB? (2:35)
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Odor's two-run homer powers Rangers' victory (0:53)
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Is Davis' bat snap better than Bo's bat snap? (0:35)
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7hESPN.com

Inside Tebow's baseball showcase

Tim Tebow worked out for teams across Major League Baseball on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Here's what unfolded during the former NFL quarterback's baseball showcase.

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8hJerry Crasnick

How Tim Tebow's MLB plan came into focus

Tim Tebow's day in front of the scouts arrived Tuesday. How did we get here, and what chance does he have of making the leap to baseball? Well, that depends on who you ask.

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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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On this date: Happy birthday, Frank Robinson! (0:25)
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Minor leaguer makes ridiculous barehanded catch (0:24)
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19hKeith 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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Tebow knows... just about everything (0:36)
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19hEno Sarris

Three MLB pitchers making better use of their fastballs

When a pitcher improves, the collective wisdom is that he has mastered a new pitch. Eno Sarris looks at three pitchers who have turned things around with the most basic of pitches: the fastball.

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Monday a night of walk-off wins around MLB (0:46)
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Mets' offense has finally come to life (0:51)
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Sport Science: Benintendi, Dyson flash good leather (1:54)
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19hDavid Schoenfield

Players who have affected 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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2dEddie 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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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees win a four-hours-plus nail-biter, 5-4, on an infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury in the 10th inning. Chasen Shreve with the save, getting a strikeout and a fly out with the bases loaded

Machado crushes 100th career homer

Manny Machado smacks a two-run homer 445 feet to center field for his 32nd long ball of the season and 100th of his career.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets' call-ups on Thursday when rosters expand will include Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly, Gabriel Ynoa and Kevin Plawecki, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Another wave is expected after the 51s' season ends Monday.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

This has to come as a big relief for the Tigers: MRI results returned revealing no structural damage to Cameron Maybin's left thumb. The 29-year-old CF is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. CWS. With upcoming off day Thursday, team would like him to take a few days to heal.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright said he changed everything in an effort to change his luck, from his between-starts work to how he wore his pants to how he made his pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The most important change was what he called a "more aggressive delivery." He held the Brewers to one run in seven innings.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the first time since Aug. 14 on Tuesday, then joined the Kyle Hendricks love-fest after the game.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's red-hot Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks talking about the keys to his string of successes.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Rangers do it again! Amazing. Rougned Odor wins it by golfing a 2-2 pitch from Edwin Diaz over the center field fence for a dramatic two-run walk-off homer and a dagger in the heart of Seattle's season. The Rangers are now 30-8 in one-run games. Amazing. Hey, I just said that! 30-8

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny gushed about Adam Wainwright tonight

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon days we should quit looking at the radar gun when marveling over the success of Kyle Hendricks.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Mariners brought in Edwin Diaz for a six-out save and while he fanned Carlos Beltran with two on to escape the eighth, he threw 24 pitches. He's back out for the ninth against the meat of the Texas order. The Rangers are fine kings of the one-run victory ... and sure enough, Adrian Beltre leads off with a single.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

The rain added an hour of time to the Yankees-Royals game and robbed it of Masahiro Tanaka, who did not return for the sixth. Adam Warren now pitching for the Yankees, who lead 4-2

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals beat the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings to take a 2 1/2-game lead for the second wild card

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers and Rockies were postponed because of rain Tuesday. There will be a split doubleheader Wednesday.

Fan goes nuts after catching foul ball

An Indians fan catches a foul ball and celebrates as if he caught a home run by running around and giving out high fives.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

When Ken Giles started out 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in April, that big trade with the Phillies looked worse than the Astros just giving up a lot of young talent to get him. Giles has recovered from that terrible start, has taken over as closer and has dominated the past two months with 39 K's in 19.1 innings. He closed out Tuesday's 3-1 win.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers' JaCoby Jones described the experience of getting his first MLB hit as "simply amazing." Best part of it? That his parents got to be there and enjoy the moment "for all the years they put up with me."