• 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

  • Report: Phillies, Giants interested in Jeurys Familia

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Phillies and Giants are among the teams interested in Mets closer Jeurys Familia. Olney adds that the Phillies may prefer to wait to see what happens on the Manny Machado and Zach Britton fronts before moving on to..." July 16

  • Cubs Interested In Zach Britton, Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have been in contact with the Orioles about closer Zach Britton, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports.  Padres closer Brad Hand is also on the Cubs’ “wish list” for potential bullpen upgrades. At first glance, the relief corps..." July 16

  • Rockies trade deadline shopping list

    CBS Sports "The Colorado Rockies are in an awkward position. They're close enough in the standings to entertain making a push for the playoffs, but not so close as to guarantee it. As such, general manager Jeff Bridich could choose to sit out the trade deadline, or perhaps even flip the..." July 16

  • After taking Giants’ series, A’s charge into break in position to add players

    San Francisco Gate "Oakland wrapped up a sensational first half Sunday with a 6-2 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park, putting the A’s a season-high 13 games over .500. Over the past month, they have the majors’ best record at 21-6, and now they’re poised to be buyers at the trade..." July 16

  • Highly touted prospect Jo Adell could help make Angels' 2020 season special

    Los Angeles Times "In Mike Trout, the Angels have the best player in baseball. In Shohei Ohtani, they have the most intriguing player in baseball. And, in Jo Adell, they just might have the most dynamic prospect in baseball. That could make the 2020 season a special one in Anaheim, and a..." July 16

  • Yankees close to decision time on biggest annual dilemma

    New York Post "It’s less a problem and more a dilemma. And for a third straight year, it’s one the Yankees are thankful to have. Between August and December 2016, the Yankees traded outfielder Ben Gamel and relievers James Pazos and Nick Goody. Last year, it was shipping off intriguing,..." July 16

  • Pablo Sandoval could play all nine positions in a game for Giants

    Larry Brown Sports "With the San Francisco Giants struggling to stay above water in a loaded NL West, they may be pivoting towards entertainment value before long. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Saturday that he spoke to third baseman Pablo Sandoval after the team was eliminated from the playoff hunt..." July 16

  • Manny Machado and Orioles Aren't Hiding From the Inevitable

    12 Up "Well Baltimore, the Manny Machado era is nearing its end. The superstar shortstop has been heavily linked to multiple teams across the league, as the 2018 MLB Trade Deadline is inching closer every day. Now, it seems it is only a matter of time before a..." July 16

  • What Yankees' Aaron Boone expects from front office

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's no secret. The Yankees' front office, led by general manager Brian Cashman, has been hard at work trying to bolster a club it believes can win a World Series. Owner Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman each have talked about adding another starting..." July 16

  • Eduardo Rodriguez has 'serious damage' in right ankle

    WEEI Boston "Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right ankle sprain, but the way manager Alex Cora spoke after the game, it will be longer than that. “There’s some serious damage in the ankle," Cora said. "No surgery..." July 16

  • Andres Gimenez, Mets' top prospect, continues to improve as he prepares for inevitable promotion

    New York Daily News "Andres Gimenez had goals coming into this season. The Mets’ top prospect wanted to try and make the most of his speed. He looked to hit more line drives into the gap and run hard to get the extra base. He wanted to try and become more of a threat on the base paths. And, he..." July 16

  • Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Heyman: Nationals could "revisit" Realmuto, include a top prospect

    Fancred Sports "The Nationals, long interested in Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, could “revisit” that pursuit, league sources said. The development comes a week after the Nats appeared to shift their focus on shoring up the catcher position to former National turned Rays All-Star..." July 15

  • Mets manager Mickey Callaway almost certain to return next year

    SNY TV "At the All-Star break of a lost season for the Mets, uncertainty about the future is everywhere. But at least one big question appears settled: Mickey Callaway is almost certain to return as manager next season, according to major league sources. Mets officials are well aware that..." July 15

  • Giants Place Jeff Samardzija On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have placed right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the disabled with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to report. Infielder Kelby Tomlinson is up from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding..." July 15

  • Matheny takes high road, accepts blame for Cardinals' disappointing season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Deposed Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took the high road Sunday. He threw no daggers at anyone in the organization for his abrupt dismissal after Saturday’s come-from-ahead 8-2 loss to Cincinnati. “I’ve got nothing but gratitude,” Matheny said, "and this..." July 15

  • Cardinals plan to let interim manager finish out season

    Yardbarker "Even as rumors fly about more established managers being brought in, St. Louis Cardinals president John Mozeliak says the team will not hire a permanent manager until season’s end. Mozeliak said Sunday that interim manager Mike Shildt is expected to be allowed to finish out the..." July 15

  • Report: Phillies could try to sign both Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that are trying to trade for Manny Machado as the July 31 deadline nears, and they will likely try to sign the star shortstop this winter even if they can’t acquire him sooner. Believe it or not, signing Machado to a long-term deal may not..." July 15

  • Revisiting the Cardinals' decision to hire Mike Matheny over current Indians manager Terry Francona in 2012

    CBS Sports "On Saturday night, the Cardinals dismissed longtime manager Mike Matheny. This, then, is as good of a time as any to remember that the Cardinals chose Matheny over current Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona. In fact, the Cardinals were so set on Matheny that..." July 15

  • Fulmer, McCann fume over tiny strike zone in Tigers' loss

    Detroit News "Michael Fulmer typically is more diplomatic, but he could not contain his frustration Saturday, after he was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning in the Tigers' 9-1 loss to the Astros.  "The guy was god-awful today," he said, speaking of home-plate umpire Pat..." July 15

  • Report: Yankees scouting Angels pitching

    The Score "The New York Yankees appear poised to pounce if the Los Angeles Angels choose to sell before the non-waiver trade deadline. With Los Angeles sitting 14 games back in the American League West and 10 out of the second wild-card spot, the Yankees have scouted their..." July 15

  • Injury-plagued Brewers put Jonathan Villar on DL with thumb injury, recall Brett Phillips

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Beyond needing the all-star break to catch their breath after 20 consecutive days of action, the Brewers need it because of a growing casualty list. Yet another player landed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday when second baseman Jonathan Villar was placed there with a right thumb..." July 15

  • Kevin Pillar Expected To Miss 4-6 Weeks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced that they’ve placed center fielder Kevin Pillar on the 10-day disabled list with a right sternoclavicular joint sprain. They also sent infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to the seven-day concussion DL and activated a pair of pitchers –..." July 15

  • Report: Dodgers Still Firmly in the Race to Land Manny Machado

    12 Up "?The rumors surrounding Manny Machado continue to swirl, and it seems that every team with playoff aspirations is somewhat interested in the four-time All-Star. This includes the ?Los Angeles Dodgers, who are looking for a player to separate them from the rest of the pack in..." July 15

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