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9hMatt Buschmann

Matt Buschmann: The day I got 'the call'

Longtime minor league pitcher Matt Buschmann, Buster Olney's latest guest columnist, describes the buildup and his reaction to getting the news that he's getting called up to the big leagues.

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8hLee 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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Billy Hamilton has blazing game-changing speed (1:23)
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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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Dinosaurs running amok in Oakland (0:17)
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Dodgers benefiting from balanced offensive attack (0:54)
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Should another team take a chance on Hamilton? (2:14)
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Betts' power arm shocks Kiermaier at third (0:37)
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8hSteve 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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15hJesse Rogers

Jake Arrieta stakes his claim for Cy Young

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won his NL-leading 16th game on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon kept October in mind and held his ace to just 99 pitches.

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Griffey doesn't get the HOF treatment anymore (1:44)
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Ruggiano destroys baseball for Tuesday's longest homer (0:21)
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Polanco bashes two home runs in win over Astros (0:26)
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Pudge breaks down wild LLWS double play (1:43)
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Benintendi's catch the latest in a line of recent web gems (1:25)
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Gooden hurt by Strawberry's junkie comments (1:56)
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Addiction's power over athletes (4:06)
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ESPN reacts to Tebow's baseball transition (1:48)

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Gary Sanchez homers again

The Yankees rookie hit his ninth home run on Wednesday against the Mariners. That moves him up the list of homers hit by big league newcomers.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes said his intention is to remain with the Mets for the full three years, but that has not been resolved and he'll leave it to his agents at the end of the season.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After giving up 2 runs over 6 innings Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has gone 17 straight starts giving up 3 or fewer runs. That's the longest streak in baseball and tied for second longest since the beginning of last year. Only teammate Jake Arrieta had a longer stretch. (29 starts).

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Yoenis Cespedes said he may have appeared gimpy during Tuesday's game because of a heel issue that comes and goes ever since his days in Cuba. His quadriceps is fine, he said.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny discussed moving Matt Carpenter back to his customary leadoff spot, where he has produced far better numbers (.880 career OPS vs. .663 OPS) than as a No. 3 hitter:

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Niese is expected to have surgery for his left knee injury, according to Terry Collins. Niese landed on the disabled list. Robert Gsellman will start on Sunday against the Phillies.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins confirmed that Neil Walker will remain on paternity leave for the entire Cardinals series. Walker plans to rejoin the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. He welcomed a newborn daughter on Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cardinals lineup for Wednesday's 8:15 p.m. ET game against the Mets.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Wednesday's 8:15 ET game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

The Tigers are planning to send a scout to watch Tim Tebow's workout, slated to take place next week in Los Angeles. Like many of the teams attending, the Tigers view this as doing their due diligence, though genuine interest is believed to be minimal. Asked three different (non-Tigers) scouts what they thought of the former Heisman Trophy winner's chances at a legitimate MLB bid. All three seemed extremely skeptical he was capable of playing at big-league level.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As a lymphoma survivor, I have to say this is pretty cool: Nats star Bryce Harper talking about the New Era cap he designed to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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