• Dodgers officially acquire Machado for 5 prospects

    CBS Sports "For the past day, the Baltimore Orioles trading shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a prospect package has felt like a fait accompli. The only thing that could stop the deal from happening before the regular season resumed was, well, an act of God -- or, the joke went,..." July 18

  • Angels fire back at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, call Mike Trout ' exceptional ambassador'

    USA Today "In a startling rebuke of Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday issued a vigorous defense of All-Star outfielder Mike Trout, touting his commitment to promoting the game and his work in the community.  The Angels' statement, which..." July 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred 'hopes' MLB expands to 32 teams, names potential markets

    CBS Sports "One of Rob Manfred's goals as Major League Baseball's commissioner has been to spread the sport beyond its current demographic. For instance, the league under Manfred has taken a more aggressive approach to hosting games internationally. It only makes sense then that Manfred..." July 18

  • Report: Dodgers and Orioles Hit Potential 'Snag' in Manny Machado Trade

    12 Up "?It was reported on Tuesday that Baltimore Orioles shortstop ?Manny Machado was ?going to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Well, here we are, so why hasn't this deal been finalized? According to Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio, there might..." July 18

  • Mike Trout as recognizable to Americans as NBA’s Kenneth Faried

    Hardball Talk "On Monday, the Washington Post cited Q Scores, a firm that measures consumer appeal of personalities, with regard to Angels outfielder Mike Trout. According to Q Scores, Trout is as recognized to Americans as NBA forward Kenneth Faried, who has spent seven seasons with the Denver Nuggets and is..." July 18

  • Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes plays 1B during rehab game

    ESPN "Yoenis Cespedes played first base for the first time in his career Wednesday in a rehab game for the New York Mets' Rookie League club. Cespedes played all nine innings and went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. The 32-year-old outfielder has been out since May 15 with hip..." July 18

  • Cal Ripken Jr.: MLB should supplement the Home Run Derby with a skills challenge

    Washington Post "Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. has some thoughts on how to spice up baseball’s All-Star Game, and they include Major League Baseball borrowing a page from the NBA and NHL. “I always liked the skills challenge concept and idea,” said Ripken, who played in 19 Midsummer..." July 18

  • Josh Hader To Undergo Sensitivity Training For Offensive Tweets

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it will require Brewers pitcher Josh Hader to undergo sensitivity training and to participate in the league’s “diversity and inclusion initiatives.” The determination came down quickly, after it emerged last night — in..." July 18

  • Why Yankees match up best with Mets for Jacob deGrom

    Newark Star-Ledger "From the best of the best to the worst of the worst. That's life in a nutshell for Mets ace Jacob deGrom. After pitching one inning in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game (and giving up a solo home run to Angels outfielder Mike Trout), deGrom returns to the..." July 18

  • Cardinals' Yadier Molina says he is open to serving as player-manager: 'It would be a dream'

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny. A day later, we examined 10 potential candidates to replace him on a permanent basis. One of those was current backstop Yadier Molina, who we jokingly suggested could serve as a player-manager. Molina..." July 18

  • Jon Lester: David Price 'will figure out Yankees at some point'

    NBC Sports Boston "David Price's seemingly never-ending struggles vs the Yankees are bound to end at some point, at least according to one former Red Sox ace. Following his most recent loss on July 1 to the Bronx Bombers, whom he has an 8.43 ERA against (44 earned runs, 47 innings) in nine..." July 18

  • Johnny Bench says Ken Griffey Jr. was a legendary clubhouse thief as a kid

    USA Today "Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench told a hilarious story about a young Ken Griffey Jr. on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, and recalled why he always had to make sure his locker was cleared out when Griffey was around. Ken Griffey Sr. played for the Reds from 1973 to 1981, and Griffey..." July 18

  • Pedro Martinez says he asked Expos to trade him to Yankees three times

    WEEI Boston "Pedro Martinez won a World Series and two Cy Young Awards with the Red Sox. Before he knew how magical his Hall of Fame run in Boston would be, he had very different ideas about where he might make his name. Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, Martinez said that he grew up a Yankees..." July 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants A’s ballpark plan ‘sooner rather than later’

    San Francisco Gate "Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he remains committed to Oakland as a major-league market despite the A’s continued failed attempts to secure a ballpark site. The A’s were rejected in December in their latest bid to find a new home, this one near Laney College, and..." July 18

  • Mike Trout: Angels not reaching postseason has been ‘frustrating’

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Trout has done just about everything a player can as an individual. He’s won Rookie of the Year, AL MVP, and he’s been named to seven straight All-Star teams. But one thing he hasn’t done much of is playing in the postseason. And he says that is..." July 18

  • Trade Interest In Zach Britton Has “Picked Up Steam”

    MLB Trade Rumors "If and when the reported trade sending Manny Machado to the Dodgers is formally announced by the teams, the O’s could be quick to turn around and move longtime closer Zach Britton in a separate deal, reports MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli (via Twitter)...." July 18

  • Manny Machado reportedly traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "This has been the worst kept secret all day, but Ken Rosenthal has now reported that, yes, Manny Machado has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The full return is not yet known, but Rosenthal says that outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz — who starred in the Futures..." July 18

  • Report: Giants 'going all in' on Bryce Harper

    Sportsnaut "As Bryce Harper and his Washington Nationals host the 2018 All-Star game, the star outfielder is preparing for what will be the most lucrative free agency in professional sports history. Unlikely to sign an extension with Washington prior to the start of free agency this winter, the..." July 18

  • Astros' Bregman named All-Star Game MVP

    The Score "In his first Midsummer Classic, Alex Bregman was the biggest star of all. The Houston Astros third baseman won the 2018 All-Star Game Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award after hitting a key 10th-inning home run to help lift the American League to an 8-6..." July 18

  • Red Sox willing to pay highest luxury tax, weighing need for starting pitcher

    NBC Sports Boston "As Chris Sale gets ready for his third consecutive All-Star start, his bosses are contemplating the need to add to the rotation behind him. With the best record in baseball (68-30) and 64 games remaining, the Red Sox have a willingness to cross baseball’s highest luxury tax..." July 18

  • Josh Hader apologizes for old, offensive tweets

    Larry Brown Sports "Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader apologized on Tuesday night after old tweets of his began to surface. The tweets from Hader mostly came from 2011-12 and included him quoting offensive rap lyrics, as well as a few homophobic quotes, such as “gay people freak..." July 18

  • Dave Martinez addresses Bryce Harper's impending free agency

    The Sports Daily "Bryce Harper just recently won the 2018 Home Run Derby, and did so in epic fashion, catching fire late in the final round to surpass Kyle Schwarber. Not only that, he did so at the friendly confines of Nationals Park, in front of many fans that cheer for him on a routine..." July 17

  • Manfred: No plan to change playoff format despite Yankees, Red Sox historic pace

    Boston Globe "Commissioner Rob Manfred knows he’s going to get some pushback if and when the Yankees or Red Sox have to play a one-game sudden death playoff and one of them loses after they’ve won more than 100 games. But for Manfred, it won’t mean he’ll redesign his playoff format...." July 17

  • Manfred defends MLB’s domestic violence policy in wake of Osuna case

    Sportsnet "Rob Manfred described the possibility of Roberto Osuna pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays before the assault charge against him is resolved as something he “can live with” because it’s the product of baseball’s joint domestic violence policy. Osuna’s next..." July 17

  • MLBPA's Clark: Idea of universal DH is 'gaining momentum'

    The Score "It may not be too long before the designated hitter is used in both leagues. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball Players' Association executive Tony Clark met with members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and discussed the possible implementation of a universal..." July 17

  • Nolan Arenado fuels speculation about future by wearing California hat

    Larry Brown Sports "Nolan Arenado can’t become a free agent until after the 2019 season, but some are already getting a head start on the hysteria. The Colorado Rockies third baseman wore a “California Republic” hat to All-Star festivities on Tuesday, leading to a bit of speculation..." July 17

  • Stephen Strasburg to return Friday for Nationals' second-half opener

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals will get a key piece back coming out of the All-Star break. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who's been on the disabled list since June 10 with right shoulder inflammation, will be activated Friday ahead of a start that night against the Atlanta Braves in..." July 17

  • There are Home Run Derby truthers accusing Bryce Harper's dad of cheating

    CBS Sports "Nationals superstar Bryce Harper on Monday night won the 2018 Home Run Derby in his home ballpark and in front of tens of thousands of adoring Nats fans. Making it all the more dramatic is that Harper prevailed over Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber in a hotly contested final round. And that's..." July 17

  • Indians Interested In Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are among the clubs with interest in Padres closer Brad Hand, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The Yankees and Cubs are among the other teams that have been previously linked to Hand in recent days. Cleveland’s interest in Hand comes as little surprise. The..." July 17

  • Red Sox unlikely to make any mid-season changes

    Yardbarker "While the focus this time of year is obviously on trade possibilities, the All-Star break also provides reporters an opportunity to ask players about their own long-term preferences. It’s not surprising, then, that we’ve seen a run of stories on players who won’t be traded..." July 17

  • Orioles say they will trade Manny Machado Wednesday

    Sportsnaut "It appears Tuesday’s All-Star Game will be the last time Manny Machado suits up in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. The All-Star shortstop, who is starting in the All-Star Game, is about to be traded. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles have told teams it..." July 17

  • MLBPA head says players' free agency rights are under attack

    Yardbarker "While MLB’s current collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association can’t be terminated until 2021, it appears both sides will be at odds in the coming years. After one of the worst offseason in years for MLB free agents that saw them have to wait nearly..." July 17

  • 2018 MLB All-Star Game weather: Afternoon showers expected to clear out before first pitch

    CBS Sports "It will not be a picture perfect day for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. According to CBS Washington, heavy showers are expected Tuesday afternoon in Washington DC, though the weather is expected to clear up before the All-Star Game begins. First pitch is scheduled for..." July 17

  • Orioles Working Through Medicals On Machado Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are “going through the medicals/paperwork” in an effort to finalize an agreement with an unknown team, per ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). While the “structure of a deal [is] in place,” Olney also stresses that “this in [sic] not..." July 17

  • Dodgers reportedly include top prospect Yusniel Diaz in Manny Machado trade offer

    Sportsnaut "There’s a good chance that the last time we see shortstop Manny Machado in a Baltimore Orioles uniform will be during Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star game in Washington. Machado, 26, has long been bandied about as a trade possibility. Now that the July 31 deadline is exactly..." July 17

  • Luis Severino: I Learned English From 'Friends'

    TMZ "Aaron Boone owes Matt LeBlanc some tickets ... 'cause the "Friends" star is the reason the Yankees manager can now speak to his ace pitcher without an English-speaking translator. And, we're dead serious. NY stud Luis Severino went on "The Jim Rome..." July 17

  • Tony Clark thinks front offices have too much of an impact on baseball

    Washington Post "The head of baseball’s players’ union has strong concerns about the way the sport is being managed from ownership to the dugout, concerns he expects to be a part of the conversation with Major League Baseball during a period of increasing tension between players and..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper’s HR Derby win yields $1 tickets for Nationals fans

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper put on quite a show for the home fans in D.C. by winning the Home Run Derby on Monday night at Nationals Park in thrilling fashion. Ahead of Harper’s power display, the Nationals announced a promotion where select tickets potentially would see significant discounts..." July 17

  • Joe Girardi confirms he wants to manage again

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Girardi has been mentioned as a candidate for multiple managerial jobs that are either already vacant or expected to be in a matter of months, but the former New York Yankees skipper has not commented on any of them. He did, however, confirm he is not done managing. In a text..." July 17

  • Joey Votto trying to make things right with Canadian baseball fans

    Sportsnet "In the two months since Joey Votto’s controversial comments about Canadian baseball and the apology tour that followed, the Toronto native representing the Cincinnati Reds at this summer’s all-star game has tried his best to leave the mess behind. As for how his apology..." July 17

  • Twins closer Fernando Rodney leaves game early to finalize U.S. citizenship

    USA Today "The Minnesota Twins raised some eyebrows Sunday when they brought Fernando Rodney into the game in the fifth inning, an unconventional spot for a closer who had not pitched that early in a game in more than a dozen years. Then, in an Instagram post Monday, Rodney revealed the reason..." July 17

  • Dodgers “Appear To Be The Leading Contender” For Machado

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers “appear to be the leading contender” to acquire Orioles infielder Manny Machado, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred (Twitter link). That said, there’s still no deal in place and Heyman adds that “the situation is fluid.” As we’ve traced..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper may have saved his free agency with brilliant night

    New York Post "Did Bryce Harper just wipe out three months of disappointment with one night of show-stopping elation? How could any ownership watch what transpired here at Nationals Park on Monday night and not want some of that for its franchise? Harper didn’t just win the Home Run..." July 17

  • Why C-Flap helmet add-ons are causing safety flap on youth league diamonds

    USA Today "Mike Trout wears a C-flap. Bryce Harper does, too. They’re among 10 players in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game who wear attachments to their batting helmets that are designed to protect a batter’s cheek and jaw. But your Little Leaguer likely can’t wear one —..." July 17

  • Phillies Considering Attempt To Acquire J.A. Happ

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are at least internally weighing pursuit of Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. The southpaw has emerged as one of the best rental starters available on this summer’s trade market. Of course, there are also a few other..." July 17

  • Jose Canseco Lends Support to Andre Dawson

    The Sports Daily "Andre Dawson played more than 20,000 innings in the field during his 21-year Major League career…all in the outfield. Sunday, during the annual Legends and Celebrity Softball Game (it aired Monday night on ESPN), the sure-handed, eight-time Gold Glove Award winner showed why,..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper wins Home Run Derby

    wtop.com "Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper has won the Home Run Derby at Nats Park Monday night. Harper defeated Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber 19-18 in the finals. Harper gave an uppercut fist pump after matching Kyle Schwarber’s 18 homers in the championship round..." July 16

  • Orioles 'very close' to trading Machado, not going to Yankees

    The Score "Months of speculation as to where Manny Machado will end up could soon be resolved. The Baltimore Orioles are "very close" to a trade involving their shortstop, though he won't be dealt prior to Tuesday's All-Star Game, sources told Jon Heyman of..." July 16

  • Harper acknowledges he might not be with Nats much longer

    Yardbarker "Bryce Harper warned reporters prior to the season that he is not going to answer any questions about his contract situation or impending free agency, but he made a very brief exception in advance of the Home Run Derby on Monday. When asked if he believes there is a possibility he..." July 16

  • This will be Bryce Harper's last Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Take a good last look at Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper in the Home Run Derby Monday night because he plans to join Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton as a mere spectator in the future events. “This will probably be the last time I do it,’’ Harper..." July 16

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