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9hEddie 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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11hDan 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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Are Yankees getting too excited over Gary Sanchez? (0:53)
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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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11hKeith Law

Best tools: 2016 fielding and throwing ranks

Keith Law continues his "best scouting tools" package with a look at fielding tools: the best gloves and arms at catcher, the infield and the outfield.

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11hKeith Law

Best tools: 2016 fielding and throwing ranks

Keith Law continues his "best scouting tools" package with a look at fielding tools: the best gloves and arms at catcher, the infield and the outfield.

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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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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

You know it's your night when you field a comebacker in between your legs with your back to home plate, like Max Scherzer just did. And when your line looks like this so far: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.

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Alcides Escobar is certainly not known for his power. Tonight, he hit his 2nd HR in August (23 games). He hit just 1 homer in April, May, June and July combined (104 games).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trivia time: At Nats Park, Bryce Harper just stole his 18th base of the season. That's A) three times more than he had last year, B) tied for his career-high, C) good enough for 11th in the NL, D) all of the above, E) none of above.

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Christian Yelich hit a deep fly ball to center field in the first inning Thursday that nearly left the playing field. The reason it didn't? Jarrod Dyson, who robbed the possible home run from Yelich. It was the first robbed home run in Marlins Park history.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, on essentially swapping well-liked catcher A.J. Ellis for Carlos Ruiz. "I can go on and on about A.J. and his attributes, and what he brings to a team, and if Carlos didn't possess similar things, we wouldn't have made the move."

Another day, another gold medalist

Wrestler Helen Maroulis, who captured gold in Rio, was honored before Thursday's Orioles-Nationals game, one day after Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch. However, Gio Gonzalez didn't have to hold Maroulis' medal for her.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny discussed what will happen when Matt Adams returns from the disabled list in a matter of days, now that Matt Carpenter appears to have settled in at first base:

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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.