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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Brewers, who are trying desperately to turn things around, are actively exploring both starter and relief options. As ESPN's Buster Olney reported, they've also talked to Detroit about second baseman Ian Kinsler. But this appears to be more a case of Detroit trying to link Kinsler with reliever Justin Wilson and move a veteran salary. The Brewers would love to have Kinsler, but pitching is their main priority at the moment. Kinsler has a $10 million club option for 2018 with a $5 million buyout. If the Brewers were to assume that financial obligation, it could lessen the player package Detroit receives for Wilson.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Best Team Win Pct in Pitcher's Starts Clayton Kershaw .905 LAD Stephen Strasburg .750 WAS Carlos Carrasco .737 CLE Jason Vargas .737 KC

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

When the Red Sox players hear Eck's sometimes obtuse bluntness, they should know: That's how he has always self-assessed, as well.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The good thing that might come out of the Price/Eckersley confrontation: I hope Red Sox players get to know Eck. A man of zero malice.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs returned to first place for the first time since June 6 with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. They're 8-1 since the all star break with catcher Willson Contreras leading the way. His sixth inning home run broke a 3-3 tie making a winner out of Jose Quintana. He's 2-0 as a Cub while Contreras has seven home runs in July.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jose Quintana discuss the Cubs 5-3 win over St. Louis on Sunday night. He threw a quality start in his home debut as the Cubs moved into first place.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss his HR which vaulted the Cubs into first place on Sunday night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo react to the Cubs being in first place.

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This dinger from Willson Contreras secured a 5-3 win over the Cards & moved the Cubs into first place in NL Central. es.pn/2tSqDtH

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was asked if this pitching staff has enough to sustain a prolonged absence from Clayton Kershaw. Here's what he said ...

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on Kershaw: "Obviously what he means to our ballclub, how he's been throwing, and his history -- yeah, there's some pause. We have to do the scans, let the medical guys do their thing and gather information. ... From what I understand, it's more muscular. That sharpness that he felt last year, the herniation-type thing, that's not what he felt today. The scans can prove different, but that all I've got right now."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw seemed really down when talking about his back injury. The quote that stood out: "A lot of frustration. I've done just countless, countless hours of back maintenance and rehab and everything, just trying to stay healthy. I felt really, really good up to this point. So, yeah, there's definitely some frustration."