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13hJeff Sullivan

In poor second half, the Giants are missing their first-half fortune

Jeff Sullivan examines why the San Francisco Giants, who had the majors' best record in the first half of the season, have stumbled in the second half.

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11hLee 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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13hMatt 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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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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12hSteve 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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18hJesse 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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Gooden hurt by Strawberry's junkie comments (1:56)
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Games, $5M investment on tap for Puerto Rico

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said "Puerto Rico's outstanding baseball tradition has produced great major league players and fans of our game."

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Jose Fernandez halts Royals' win streak

This Fernandez strikeout of Alex Gordon made him the Marlins' single-season strikeout king -- it also helped Miami end Kansas City's win streak at 9 games.

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Cubs are 18-4 this month, .818 win pct. They haven't played .818 baseball in a calendar month of at least 10 games since 23-3 in Sept 1935

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Yu Darvish joined a cool group tonight: Jake Arrieta, Adam Wainwright, Drew Pomeranz, Matt Cain. ... The 5 pitchers to HR vs Reds this year!

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Sellout crowd of 39,100 in DC to watch Nats/Orioles. That's about 50% more than there were at Camden Yards on Tuesday. The eye test (way more orange tonight than red yesterday) says that O's fans take this geographic rivalry way more seriously than Nats fans.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trea Turner just tallied his 8th straight hit, tying a Nationals record. Not bad for a rookie.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Tuesday: Chase Utley has a sore foot. Wednesday: Chase Utley is batting leadoff and is at second base. Life with the Dodgers these days.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Marlins acquiring Jeff Francoeur, it's worth noting this about the Mets: Team officials are not expecting to make any acquisitions the remainder of this month. They did put in a claim on a reliever earlier this month, but did not win the claim. You may recall the Mets acquired Addison Reed in August 2015.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Ángel Pagán's bat and glove are emblazoned with the nickname given to him by his teammates in 2012, "Pag-Man", in honor of his favorite boxer, Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Bruce departed Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in the second inning with a cramp in the right calf, the Mets announced. He was replaced by Alejandro De Aza.

Yu Darvish cracks first MLB home run

Darvish went deep to straightaway center in the top of the fifth, his first MLB homer in just 15 plate appearances. The Rangers starter has his squad leading the Reds 5-3 after 5. Follow live

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Billy Hamilton month-to-month on-base percentage in 2016, April through August: .283, .294, .319, .299, .407.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

After the All-Star break, Joey Votto is second in MLB in hits (56) and tied for first in walks (29), a seemingly impossible combination.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bipartisan Nats/O's crowd chanting "U-S-A" as first pitch thrower (and DC native) Katie Ledecky is shown on the Nats Park jumbotron in between innings.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Mookie Betts in hitters' counts of 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 or 3-1 this season: 56-for-109 (.514), 13 doubles, 2 triples, 13 homers.