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Bryzzo Watch: Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo for NL MVP?

With the Cubs perched atop the standings, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant have emerged as top candidates for NL MVP honors. Which is more deserving? We compare the two sluggers and let you vote.

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Are Yankees getting too excited over Gary Sanchez? (0:53)
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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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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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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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1dSteve Wulf

The New York town that baseball left behind

From 1879 to '82, the Trojans made Troy, N.Y., a major league town. Steve Wulf conjures the team's ghosts with the help of a monument to the city's baseball heritage and a vivid imagination.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball vs. the Royals at Fenway Park. Rodriguez just threw a bullpen session in Tampa and came away telling reporters that he felt no issues with his hamstring. He missed his most recent start last Sunday in Detroit after leaving an Aug. 16 start in Baltimore in the fifth inning despite not allowing a hit.

Ortiz's final season 'stunning'

Tim Kurkjian describes the historical greatness being displayed by David Ortiz in his final season for the Red Sox.

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Are Yankees getting too excited over Sanchez?

Tim Kurkjian says you cannot help but be impressed by how well Yankees C Gary Sanchez has performed.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after twisting his left knee awkwardly as he dove into second base. Benintendi underwent an MRI exam Thursday, and manager John Farrell told reporters that it's too soon to know whether the injury is season-ending. Benintendi, the Red Sox's 22-year-old outfield prospect, was batting .324 since getting called up earlier this month. In his absence, veteran outfielder Chris Young will get the majority of the at-bats in left field, with utilityman Brock Holt filling in against tough right-handed pitching.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Great note from the Elias Sports Bureau. The Cardinals got multihit games yesterday from their Nos. 2-thru-9 hitters - for the first time since 1930!

Bryant, Rizzo making their MVP cases

Cubs teammates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are both having great seasons. Take a look at some of their best moments.

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This MLB field is named what?

The White Sox have had a very eventful season so far, but Mike & Mike believe that renaming their park 'Guaranteed Rate Field' is the biggest mistake so far.

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Cardinals rough up deGrom in 8-1 win

St. Louis slugged three homers off New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom en route to their seventh win in nine games.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen not only recorded his 37th save, he notched his 604th strikeout, tied with Jim Brewer for most from a Dodgers reliever.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers 1, Giants 0, Final. Dodgers now lead the NL West over the Giants by a season-high three games.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Barring any last-minute heroics, Ángel Pagán's hitting streak will end at 19-games. It was the longest active streak in the Majors and one shy of matching his career-best 20 game hitting streak, which he accomplished from April 14-May 6, 2012.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Randal Grichuk, who has 12 extra-base hits in the 11 games since he got back from Triple-A, discussed his recent stretch:

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Closer Kenley Jansen looking for his 37th save of the season (in 42 opportunities); ranks record in the National League. The Dodgers have a 58-2 record when leading after 8 innings.

Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11

Luke Maile scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning on an error from Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory.

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Orioles hold off Nationals in ninth

Washington scored five runs in the final inning, but it was not enough as Baltimore hung on for a 10-8 victory.

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Cueto ditches his gum after homer

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner knocked a solo home run over the wall to give L.A. a 1-0 lead over San Francisco in the fourth inning, which caused Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto to throw his gum in frustration.

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