• 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

  • Mookie will closely monitor Harper's free agency

    WEEI Boston "Mookie Betts still has another couple of rounds of arbitration before hitting the free agent market. But that doesn't mean he is downplaying the importance of what will unfold this coming offseason. The Red Sox outfielder admitted during the media session at the All-Star..." July 16

  • Machado open to playing 3B if he's traded: 'I've got no say'

    The Score "As a free agent at season's end, Manny Machado will have the leverage to decide what position he plays moving forward. However, the current shortstop and former third baseman knows he lacks that advantage right now as the Baltimore Orioles attempt to find a trade suitor for his..." July 16

  • Alex Rodriguez: Bryce Harper ‘pissing off’ a lot of people over hustle

    Larry Brown Sports "Alex Rodriguez says that Bryce Harper is “pissing off” a lot of people over his lack of hustle. A-Rod joined “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Monday and talked about Harper, who is in the spotlight this week because his Washington Nationals are hosting the..." July 16

  • Yadier Molina: Player-manager role with Cardinals 'would be a dream'

    ESPN "Longtime Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he'd "welcome the opportunity" if he had a chance to be player-manager during his last contract year with St. Louis in 2020. "For any player, that would be a dream to be considered for such a role," Molina told..." July 16

  • Angels reportedly not interested in trading top starters Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs

    Yardbarker "Don’t expect the Los Angeles Angels to part ways with pitchers Andrew Heaney or Tyler Skaggs too easily. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Monday that the Angels are not interested in trading either player. Rosenthal says they want to keep both pitchers in..." July 16

  • Astros are baseball's most dominant force — and they're having more fun than you

    USA Today "They are the envy of baseball, with a World Series championship last fall, another division champion in the pipeline and a six-pack of All-Stars here for the 89th All-Star Game.  Little wonder, then, that the Houston Astros have all the fun, too.  Alex Bregman took..." July 16

  • Mark McGwire is candidate for Cardinals manager

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals’ search to replace fired manager Mike Matheny could be leading them back to a familiar face. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday that former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is among the potential candidates for their managerial..." July 16

  • J.A. Happ faces same all-star trade talk Roy Halladay did 9 years ago

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays all-star stood there amid the revelry and answered wave after wave of questions about the speculation that surrounded him as the trade deadline approached. Are you looking forward to playing for a contender? Who would you rather pitch for? Any concerns about..." July 16

  • Mariners Sign Cameron Rupp

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have inked backstop Cameron Rupp to a minors deal, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page. He’ll head to Triple-A Tacoma. Rupp has yet to earn a chance at the majors this season after spending the last three years as a frequently utilized member of..." July 16

  • Verlander wants baseball to dump the designated hitter

    USA Today "Houston Astros All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander has never been shy of sharing his opinion, no matter who it might upset, and Monday said that it’s time for Major League Baseball to dump the designated hitter. In a time when offense is down to historic levels, Verlander..." July 16

  • Jacob deGrom’s agent goes off on Mets: Pay him or trade him

    New York Post "Maybe the Mets will be forced to put Jacob deGrom on the trade block after all. The agent for the team’s ace seemed to be expressing frustration with the lack of progress in an extension for the dominant right-hander on Monday, shortly after it was announced Max Scherzer will..." July 16

  • All-Star Zack Greinke bashes ‘boring’ Home Run Derby

    Larry Brown Sports "Zack Grienke is not known as a guy who minces words, and that was true when he talked about the Home Run Derby on Monday. The Arizona Diamondbacks ace made his feelings quite clear about the event, and said he wasn’t all that interested in staying for the..." July 16

  • The small adjustment that turned Rays lefty Blake Snell into an All-Star

    CBS Sports "One of the most egregious All-Star snubs in recent memory turned out to not be a snub at all. Rays southpaw Blake Snell, who led the American League in ERA on the day the All-Star rosters were announced, was named to the All-Star team as a replacement last week. Thank goodness for that. He..." July 16

  • Chris Sale, Max Scherzer Named AL, NL Starting Pitchers for MLB All-Star Game

    Bleacher Report "The starting pitchers for the 2018 All-Star Game were announced Monday and the battle should have fans salivating.  For the second straight year, Boston Red Sox star Chris Sale will represent the American League while Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals takes the ball for..." July 16

  • Bobby Bonilla Praises Agent for Legendary Contract

    TMZ "Here's Bobby Bonilla ... with a big ol' smile on his face -- because he just got his annual $1 MILLION check from the NY Mets! You've probably heard of "Bobby Bonilla Day" -- every July 1, Bobby gets $1.19 million stemming from a contract he signed back..." July 16

  • Report: Manny Machado expected to be traded during All-Star break

    The Score "It sounds like Manny Machado might have played his last game in a Baltimore Oriolesuniform. The shortstop, who's been at the center of rampant trade speculation with the deadline approaching, is expected to be dealt before the regular season resumes following the..." July 16

  • Maybe Yankees are offering top prospects for Manny Machado

    New York Post "One day after a person with knowledge of the Manny Machado situation told The Post the Yankees aren’t interested in dealing any of their high-end prospects, another voice chimed in Sunday, saying the Yankees have offered players from their top-10 prospect list. As of..." July 16

  • Cole Hamels is focused on the Rangers, but a trade to Phillies would be a 'blessing'

    Philly.com "Cole Hamels stays in touch with enough of his former teammates to know that the Phillies will honor the 2008 World Series champions before the Aug. 5 game at Citizens Bank Park. He also knows there’s only one way he would be able to attend the ceremony. And don’t think for..." July 16

  • David Ortiz: Shifts are making baseball less fun

    Larry Brown Sports "It may not surprise you to learn that David Ortiz doesn’t like defensive shifts. The Boston Red Sox icon weighed in on the increasingly common practice on Sunday, and he thinks it took 500 hits away from him. It’s enough to make him feel for some of the lefty hitters who..." July 16

  • Red Sox reportedly interested in trading for Royals 3B Mike Moustakas

    WEEI Boston "It seems the Red Sox have been connected to Mike Moustakas for the last several years and as the trade deadline approaches, here we go again. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Red Sox and Braves are both interested in the Royals third baseman via trade. The report also..." July 16

  • Marcus Stroman Clarifies Comment Calling Blue Jays 'F--king Terrible' After Loss

    Bleacher Report "Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman allowed three earned runs and took the loss in his team's 5-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday and wasn't pleased after the contest. According to Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun, Stroman..." July 16

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