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    Real or not? The Pirates are actually a playoff contender


    Don't look now, but the Pirates are on a nine-game win streak after sweeping Cincinnati. Should Pittsburgh be buyers at the trade...

    Don't look now, but the Pirates are on a nine-game win streak after sweeping Cincinnati. Should Pittsburgh be buyers at the trade deadline?

    Mets' Ricco: Surgery 'a last resort' for Cespedes


    Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Yoenis Cespedes' recent revelation about his heels was the first time surgery had ever been brought up as a...

    Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Yoenis Cespedes' recent revelation about his heels was the first time surgery had ever been brought up as a consideration.

    Bell: Even worse news could be coming for Yoenis Cespedes


    The Mets' outfielder might be back from the disabled list for the moment, but he could be back on the shelf and out for a long time to...

    The Mets' outfielder might be back from the disabled list for the moment, but he could be back on the shelf and out for a long time to come.

    Cards to recall righty year after brain surgery


    Daniel Poncedeleon, the 26-year-old right-hander whose life and career were put in jeopardy last May after he took a line drive to the temple, will be called up to start for the Cardinals on...

    Daniel Poncedeleon, the 26-year-old right-hander whose life and career were put in jeopardy last May after he took a line drive to the temple, will be called up to start for the Cardinals on Monday.

    Syndergaard to DL for hand, foot, mouth disease


    Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is going on the 10-day disabled list after recently exhibiting symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease, a viral illness that normally affects children under 5 years of...

    Mets starter Noah Syndergaard is going on the 10-day disabled list after recently exhibiting symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease, a viral illness that normally affects children under 5 years of age.

    Carpenter HR streak ends as Cards fall to Cubs


    Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings, keeping Matt Carpenter in the ballpark and helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on...

    Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings, keeping Matt Carpenter in the ballpark and helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday.

    Mariners' Paxton to return from DL on Tuesday


    James Paxton will return from the disabled list to start for the Mariners on Tuesday, manager Scott Servais announced...

    James Paxton will return from the disabled list to start for the Mariners on Tuesday, manager Scott Servais announced Sunday.

    Twins' Santana set for 2018 debut Wednesday


    Veteran right-hander Ervin Santana will make his season debut on Wednesday, manager Paul Molitor announced...

    Veteran right-hander Ervin Santana will make his season debut on Wednesday, manager Paul Molitor announced Sunday.

    265 or bust! Yankees eye home run history in second half


    It has been 21 years since Seattle set the all-time team HR mark of 264. This year's Yanks? They're on pace for 274. Let the countdown...

    It has been 21 years since Seattle set the all-time team HR mark of 264. This year's Yanks? They're on pace for 274. Let the countdown begin.

    Olney: Can the union achieve its goals in the social media era?


    Keeping hundreds of players on message might be tough as the players' association tries to bring back the big free-agency paydays of the...

    Keeping hundreds of players on message might be tough as the players' association tries to bring back the big free-agency paydays of the past.

    Fans prove Mike Trout is everything that's great about baseball


    When MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Mike Trout is not "actively engaged," social media responded by showing him...

    When MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Mike Trout is not "actively engaged," social media responded by showing him otherwise.

    Sean Doolittle's All-Star diary: Go behind the ropes in D.C.


    From the Home Run Derby to the red carpet, the Nats closer gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the All-Star atmosphere of his home...

    From the Home Run Derby to the red carpet, the Nats closer gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the All-Star atmosphere of his home park.

    Roundtable: All-Stars on the best stories in baseball and more


    At the Midsummer Classic, we asked MLB's brightest stars what has them jazzed about the sport and its future -- and what they'd...

    At the Midsummer Classic, we asked MLB's brightest stars what has them jazzed about the sport and its future -- and what they'd change.

    Ranking all six division races entering the second half


    The least compelling is an easy call -- sorry, AL Central fans -- but other divisions will have you rushing to check the standings well into the...

    The least compelling is an easy call -- sorry, AL Central fans -- but other divisions will have you rushing to check the standings well into the fall.

    The most common trade deadline mistake and MLB's next big thing


    Why regression is the one word every baseball fan -- and front-office member -- should know this time of year. Plus, weighing in on hot-button issues and the dangerous Dodgers...

    Why regression is the one word every baseball fan -- and front-office member -- should know this time of year. Plus, weighing in on hot-button issues and the dangerous Dodgers lineup.

    Addition of Jesse Chavez might just be the start for Cubs


    With the Cubs' history of making moves, the acquisition of Chavez could be the smallest deal they seal this season as the July 31 trade deadline...

    With the Cubs' history of making moves, the acquisition of Chavez could be the smallest deal they seal this season as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

    What it means to be in first coming out of the All-Star break


    As the second half begins, we examine what history tells us about division leaders' chances of holding on down the...

    As the second half begins, we examine what history tells us about division leaders' chances of holding on down the stretch.

    Machado blockbuster makes Dodgers the NL's team to beat


    With a move to Hollywood in the Dodgers' latest deadline splash, rental extraordinaire Manny Machado's stay in L.A. is likely to last deep into...

    With a move to Hollywood in the Dodgers' latest deadline splash, rental extraordinaire Manny Machado's stay in L.A. is likely to last deep into October.

    Winning isn't the only thing: Realistic goals for all 30 teams


    Is your favorite team down for the count? Probably. But there's still something for it to accomplish coming out of the All-Star...

    Is your favorite team down for the count? Probably. But there's still something for it to accomplish coming out of the All-Star break.

    A tiny oral history: The day we all met The Freeze


    By now, you've probably seen The Freeze race fans at Braves home games. But every superhero has an origin story that must be told, and this is how The Freeze became a viral...

    By now, you've probably seen The Freeze race fans at Braves home games. But every superhero has an origin story that must be told, and this is how The Freeze became a viral phenomenon.

    How crazy would it be to consider trading Bryce Harper?


    The Nationals have underachieved and their star slugger could leave at the end of the year. So is there any chance they could follow the Orioles' lead by moving their pending free...

    The Nationals have underachieved and their star slugger could leave at the end of the year. So is there any chance they could follow the Orioles' lead by moving their pending free agent?

    Power Rankings: Which of AL's three superteams is No. 1?


    The Yankees, Red Sox and Astros reached the break looking like 100-plus-win powerhouses, but even among the best, not all are...

    The Yankees, Red Sox and Astros reached the break looking like 100-plus-win powerhouses, but even among the best, not all are equal.

    Burned by social media: It's a long, long list


    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader is far from the first person to face consequences for missteps on social...

    Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader is far from the first person to face consequences for missteps on social media.