Pirates-A's preview (The Associated Press)

Sonny Gray still remembers the first time he faced the Pittsburgh Pirates as if it happened yesterday, not three seasons ago when he was a rookie. The Oakland A's right-hander made his major league debut at PNC Park on July 10, 2013, and he pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in a 5-0 loss to the Pirates. Gray will face Pittsburgh again on Friday, only this time he will start for the A's in the opener of a three-game interleague series at the Oakland Coliseum.

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Baseball standings (Reuters)

July 1 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Thursday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Baltimore 47 31 .603 - 2. Boston 42 36 .538 5 3. Toronto 43 38 .531 5 1/2 4. NY Yankees 39 39 .500 8 5. Tampa Bay 33 45 .423 14 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 48 30 .615 - 2. Kansas City 42 36 .538 6 3. Detroit 41 38 .519 7 1/2 4. Chicago White Sox 40 39 .506 8 1/2 5. Minnesota 25 53 .321 23 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Texas 51 29 .638 - 2. Houston 42 37 .532 8 1/2 3. Seattle 40 39 .506 10 1/2 4. Oakland 35 44 .443 15 1/2 5. LA Angels 32 47 . ...

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Mets come back to beat Cubs, come away with much-needed win (Big League Stew)

The Chicago Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Kris Bryant in the first inning and Javier Baez made it 3-0 with solo blast in the sixth. It looked like the Cubs were in control and would stroll to an easy win and hand the Mets, who had just been swept by the Nationals, another loss. Yoenis Cespedes launched a towering shot in the bottom of the sixth off Cubs starter John Lackey to put New York on the board, but it was in the seventh when they really pounced.

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Marlins-Braves preview (The Associated Press)

First baseman Freddie Freeman and pitcher Julio Teheran are the only core players left after the Atlanta Braves' two-year teardown and rebuild for the future. Teheran has virtually gained the same status. The Braves could sell high on Teheran, but general manager John Coppolella has been adamant recently that the team plans to hold on to the 25-year-old staff ace despite continuing trade rumors.

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Cubs-Mets preview (The Associated Press)

Thanks to a surprising comeback win Thursday night, the New York Mets snapped a four-game losing streak, but the result didn't change their approach as they try to work their way through an extended offensive drought. "This is how we have to grind right now," Mets second baseman Neil Walker said late Thursday night following a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. The Mets will host the Cubs again Friday night in the second game of a four-game series.

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Rockies-Dodgers preview (The Associated Press)

Los Angeles confronts the National League's most potent offense without the major leagues' best pitcher Friday night when the Dodgers begin a three-game series at home against the Colorado Rockies. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, scheduled to start Friday, instead went on the disabled list with a herniated disk. Kershaw, who lost his last start Sunday in Pittsburgh, complained of back stiffness after the game.

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Mets rally, hold off Cubs 4-3 to stop skid in NLCS rematch (The Associated Press)

A streak or two of celebration whipped cream was still stuck in Brandon Nimmo's hairline as he peeled off his baseball socks in the clubhouse Thursday night. Plenty of time to clean up, the Mets rookie figured. Yoenis Cespedes socked a colossal home run , Jeurys Familia pitched out of a huge jam in the ninth inning and Nimmo keyed a three-run rally in the seventh that sent New York past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in their first meeting since last year's NL Championship Series.

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Baseball results (Reuters)

July 1 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) NY YANKEES 2 Texas 1 LA Dodgers 8 MILWAUKEE 1 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 Minnesota 5 WASHINGTON 13 Cincinnati 4 Cleveland 4 TORONTO 1 NY METS 4 Chicago Cubs 3 Detroit 10 TAMPA BAY 7 ATLANTA 8 Miami 5 Kansas City 4 ST. LOUIS 2 San Francisco 12 OAKLAND 6 SEATTLE 5 Baltimore 3

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LEADING OFF: Hammel vs deGrom, Rangers need relief (The Associated Press)

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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Podcast: Lenny Dykstra on steroids, jail and his new tell-all book (Big League Stew)

Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies out fielder Lenny Dykstra has lived an … uh … interesting life. At some point, he realized this and decided to put all his stories together in one place. Dykstra appeared on this week’s StewPod to discuss some of those subjects and promote his new book. Anyone who followed Dykstra during his career, or is interested in some of the things he’s said thus far on his media tour won’t want to miss this edition of the StewPod. Former Met and Phillie Lenny Dykstra has written a tell-all book about his life.

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