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MLB Awards Watch — NL MVP, both Cy Young races going down to the wire

[ad_1] 6:53 AM ETBradford DoolittleCloseESPN Staff WriterSports reporter, Kansas City Star, 2002-09 Writer, Baseball, Baseball Prospectus Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus Member, Baseball Writers Association of America Member, Professional Basketball Writers AssociationDavid SchoenfieldCloseESPN Senior WriterSenior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995As we head down the homestretch of the season now that it's September, the races for the 2019 awards are coming
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The Pedro Game turns 20. Yes, THAT Pedro Game

[ad_1] 9:00 AM ETSam MillerESPN.com CloseESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work"Pedro Martinez was, from 1997 through 2003, the greatest pitcher in major league history. Other pitchers had better careers -- longer careers -- but nobody was better for a sustained period of time than Martinez was in those years.But who was the greatest Pedro Martinez in Pedro Martinez history
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Big Papi surprises fans with 1st pitch at Fenway

[ad_1] David Ortiz made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park Monday night for the first time since he was shot in a botched assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic in June.Ortiz, a beloved figure among the Boston Red Sox faithful, got a standing ovation before throwing out the first pitch before the game against the New York Yankees.Ortiz, introduced on the loudspeaker as a symbol of "resilience, strength, triumph,
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Big Papi to throw out first pitch at Fenway Mon.

[ad_1] David Ortiz is returning to Fenway Park Monday night for the first time since he was shot in a botched assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic in June.Ortiz, a beloved figure among the Boston Red Sox faithful, will throw out the first pitch before Monday night's game against the New York Yankees.Ortiz, 43, was shot in the back by a gunman while sitting and talking with a friend
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Power Rankings — With time running out, wild-card races heat up

[ad_1] With three weeks to go, we might see the Dodgers clinch the National League West at any moment; and the other division races are beginning to look like they're virtually settled, as well, with the Cardinals' 4½-game lead in the NL Central being the narrowest of six not-very-narrow margins. Which means the drama from here on out might belong to the wild-card races. Thanks to the Cubs' stumble and
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Red Sox fire Dombrowski one season after title

[ad_1] 12:07 AM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"The Boston Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Sunday and plan to elevate assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O'Halloran and Zack Scott to jointly lead their baseball-operations department for the rest of the season.Dombrowski, 63, was the architect behind the Red Sox's 2018 World
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Red Sox prospect K’s minors-record 12 straight

[ad_1] Yusniel Padron-Artiles was a 22nd-round pick of the Boston Red Sox and isn't ranked anywhere on the ballclub's top-prospects list.But Thursday, the 21-year-old right-hander put together the type of performance that certainly will garner some attention.Padron-Artiles came on in relief for the Class A Lowell Spinners and struck out 14 batters -- including a record 12 straight -- in six innings of a 2-1 win over Batavia in a
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MLB Weekend Watch — Braves or Nats — who would be tougher out in playoffs?

[ad_1] All but one of the division races are looking settled, but that doesn't mean there aren't storylines that capture the imagination around baseball. Here's what has our attention this weekend:The two National League teams with the best chance of knocking off the Dodgers right now seem to be the Braves and Nationals, who opened a four-game series Thursday. Who would be a tougher playoff foe for L.A. -- Atlanta
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25 things we’re watching in final 25 days of MLB regular season

[ad_1] I love September, with those perfect late-summer afternoons and cool, pleasant evenings. The leaves beginning to turn. The final month of baseball's playoff drive before the drama and magic of October begins. My one pet peeve: Halloween displays in stores. Can we at least finish the regular season before we start getting Halloween shoved down our throats?As a reminder that the regular season still has plenty of important things
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What’s at stake in September? Our experts answer biggest final-month questions

[ad_1] Labor Day weekend might have meant one last chance to savor summer for many, but across baseball, it signals that the home stretch has officially arrived, and it is go time for those chasing a spot in the postseason field.With that in mind, we asked ESPN's Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller, Buster Olney and Jeff Passan to take a look at the standings and let us know what stands out