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Katie Strang 

Strong start for Tigers ace Justin Verlander. He has recorded four strikeouts in six batters faced through first two innings. Just fanned White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier on a 95-mph shoulder-high fastball.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson is not optimistic about a trade materializing at Wednesday's deadline, but he continues to look for a reliever. Alderson said the recent production from the Mets' young pitching has lessened the urgency to make an acquisition.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson indicated that Steven Matz will get another medical opinion on Wednesday, but there are no plans to shut him down for the season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Neil Walker has a herniated disk that is causing limited weakness in a foot -- similar to in 2012 with the Pirates. The initial medical opinion suggested he can play through the issue, but a second opinion is being sought to ease Walker's mind. Sandy Alderson said any report of Walker's issue being career-threatening would be inaccurate, and the Mets believe he could be back in the lineup shortly.

Stephen A. Smith cannot contain himself

Smith is insulted by the idea of people comparing Tim Tebow's baseball tryouts to greats like Derek Jeter and Bryce Harper.


Tebow: Workout not about getting publicity

Tim Tebow joined Scott Van Pelt to make clear that his baseball workout was about pursuing what he's "passionate about."


Man honors Big Papi ... with a corn maze

Because how else would you honor everyone's favorite DH?


Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Dodgers will not be trading Puig after being claimed on trade waivers at least until the off-season. The claiming team had more interest in blocking than making an earnest attempt to trade for him according to source

The most homer-happy month ever

Heading into the final day of the month, there have been 1,015 home runs in August. If there are 55 home runs today, it will set a record for the most homers in ANY calendar month in MLB history.

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David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Nevada sportsbooks won $11.8 million on baseball in July, the largest win on baseball in a single month ever, according to gaming control.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Safe to say John Farrell is VERY bullish on the idea of Yoan Moncada as a September call-up. Decision hasn't been made yet, but Farrell compared possible Moncada addition to the impact made by Ellsbury in '07 and Bogaerts in '13.

Rougned Odor crushes walk-off homer

Odor erased a 7-6 deficit for the Rangers in the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run home run ... and oh did he admire it.


Katie Strang 

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is out today vs. CWS with a flare-up of surgically-repaired ankle. Has been something that has given him trouble since Minnesota. Manager Brad Ausmus said he thinks it will be something he may have to stay on top of rest of career. Apparently issue worsens in bad weather because of air pressure. Tigers hope to have him, and injured CF Cameron Maybin (thumb) back in lineup on Friday vs. KC

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Cubs: 47-19 at home--best home record in MLB; they've won 6 straight & 18 of 21 games at Wrigley. Will have home field until World Series

A barehanded catch you need to see

Toledo Mud Hens shortstop Dixon Machado made a spectacular barehanded catch on a looping fly ball.


Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Brian Dozier (MIN): 12th HR this August, most by a Twins player in any month since Harmon Killebrew had 12 in July 1969. Both 5'11"