Major League Baseball

With a deep and talented roster, manager Dave Roberts has mixed-and-matched L.A. into first place, with his players all buying in.

Dodgers' recent success built on sacrifice

With a deep and talented roster, manager Dave Roberts has mixed-and-matched L.A. into first place, with his players all buying in. [http://www.espn.com]

Hitting for the cycle twice in a season is one thing, but the Brewers' Christian Yelich has been as hot as anyone since the All-Star break.

Real or not? Yelich's second-half surge screams MVP

Hitting for the cycle twice in a season is one thing, but the Brewers' Christian Yelich has been as hot as anyone since the All-Star break. [http://www.espn.com]

Production from Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo plus a dominant outing by Kyle Hendricks adds up to a high-quality win for the Cubs.

Cubs show off playoff formula -- and it's pretty impressive

Production from Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo plus a dominant outing by Kyle Hendricks adds up to a high-quality win for the Cubs. [http://www.espn.com]

World Series MVP when the Cubs won in 2016 and now a crucial veteran, Zobrist goes deep on the differences between '16 and '18, adjusting to his new role and what his future holds.

A conversation with Ben Zobrist

World Series MVP when the Cubs won in 2016 and now a crucial veteran, Zobrist goes deep on the differences between '16 and '18, adjusting to his new role and what his future holds. [http://www.espn.com]

A quartet of young stars is helping the Red Sox romp through the record books under their rookie skipper. Next up: October.

Boston's 'Cora Four' has the stuff dynasties are made of

A quartet of young stars is helping the Red Sox romp through the record books under their rookie skipper. Next up: October. [http://www.espn.com]

Washington state's King County Council has approved $135 million in public funding for improvements at Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners play.

Council OKs $135M in funding for Safeco Field

Washington state's King County Council has approved $135 million in public funding for improvements at Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners play. [http://www.espn.com]

Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is disappointed that his younger brother, Kean, didn't get called up by the Rays this season, calling Tampa Bay a

Cards' Wong irked Rays didn't call up brother

Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong is disappointed that his younger brother, Kean, didn't get called up by the Rays this season, calling Tampa Bay a "bad organization which doesn't give chances to guys who deserve chances." [http://www.espn.com]

One day after calling out his catcher for not running hard out of the batter's box, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the criticism directed toward Willson Contreras is

Maddon: Criticism of Contreras is 'over the top'

One day after calling out his catcher for not running hard out of the batter's box, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the criticism directed toward Willson Contreras is "over the top." [http://www.espn.com]

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story left Monday night's game in the middle of a fourth-inning at-bat with right elbow soreness and will be reevaluated Tuesday.

Rockies SS Story leaves with elbow soreness

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story left Monday night's game in the middle of a fourth-inning at-bat with right elbow soreness and will be reevaluated Tuesday. [http://www.espn.com]

The Baltimore Orioles lost their 107th game, tied for most in a season since their arrival in 1954, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Monday night.

O's tie 1988 team with 107th loss: 'Is not OK'

The Baltimore Orioles lost their 107th game, tied for most in a season since their arrival in 1954, falling to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Monday night. [http://www.espn.com]