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7hEddie Matz

Is Manny Machado becoming a better investment than Bryce Harper?

The way Manny Machado has carried the Orioles, it may not be a surprise when teams break the bank and prioritize him over Bryce Harper in free agency.

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Are Yankees getting too excited over Gary Sanchez? (0:53)
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9hDan Szymborski

Ranking the best (and worst) at the 'intangible' tools

Speed, baserunning, raw power, plate discipline ... all important skills, but tough to measure. That's just what Dan Szymborski does, and ranks the best of the best in the various categories.

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Kepler shows huge effort for great catch (0:23)
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Ortiz's final season 'stunning' (0:52)
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Is White Sox new field name their biggest hiccup this season? (1:37)
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Darvish's first career HR increases Rangers' lead (0:24)
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Kemp takes out anger on poor defenseless bat (0:23)
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Trout's solo shot puts Angels on the board (0:21)
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Bruce doesn't consider calf injury 'serious' (0:53)
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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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Should another team take a chance on Hamilton? (2:14)
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Griffey doesn't get the HOF treatment anymore (1:44)
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1dLee Singer & Jacob Nitzberg, ESPN Stats & Information

Mike Trout isn't the first great player on a bad team

Mike Trout is having another great season on a not-so-great team. A look at other historically great seasons by players on bad teams.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Close friends A. J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw shed a tear together after Ellis was traded Thursday from the Dodgers to the Phillies. Said Ellis: "To know that, in almost all likelihood, I will never get to catch (Kershaw) again is definitely the most devastating thing I'm feeling right now."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, on his trade Thursday to the Phillies: It's a really, really sad day for me and a really sad day for my family. One of the things I was most proud of was being a Dodger for my entire career."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

zep-CHIN-ski. That's how you pronounce the last name of reliever Marc Rzepczynski, whom the Nats acquired from the A's today in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock. The 30-year old southpaw joins a Washington pen whose 3.28 ERA leads the NL, but lacks lefty options with vet Oliver Perez struggling and rookie Sammy Solis sidelined (shoulder). In 56 games with Oakland, zep-CHIN-ski posted a 3.00 ERA, but his 14.2% walk rate was the highest among AL relievers (min. 30 IP).

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Fascinating trade involving the Phillies and Dodgers. Carlos Ruiz goes to the Dodgers for C AJ Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later. Wonder if Ruiz becomes Clayton Kershaw's personal catcher when Kershaw returns

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

If you've never seen Glenn Donnellan play his Electric Slugger - an amped violin that he custom-crafted out of a bat - you're missing out. If you've never seen Nats pitching coach Mike Maddux play the Electric Slugger...well, you're probably OK. Here's Maddux fiddling around after Donnellan's national anthem soundcheck at Nats Park.

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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Gomez makes his Texas Rangers debut playing left field and hitting seventh.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins believes there's merit giving Jacob deGrom extra rest before his next start. "To me it looks like he's getting run down," Collins said about deGrom, who has allowed a combined 13 runs and 25 hits in 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Collins said he will have to convene in New York with Sandy Alderson before making any decision.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce has some tightness with his right calf while pushing off, but suggested he has made progress since departing Wednesday's game. He aims to return to the lineup Friday.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cardinals lineup for Thursday's 7:15 p.m. ET series finale against the Mets at Busch Stadium:

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Thursday's 7:15 p.m. ET rubber game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the lineup.