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Sarah Trotto / UPI:
Seattle Mariners complete sweep of Chicago White Sox with 10-inning win  —  CHICAGO — The Seattle Mariners have started the second half of the season on a roll.  Now they'll see where they'll go.  —  Nelson Cruz homered in the 10th inning and the Mariners held off the Chicago White Sox 7-6 …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
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Alex Butler / UPI:
Study shows affordability of attending games in every MLB city  —  A new study shows the affordability of a Major League Baseball outing in every city, revealing the Chicago Cubs as the most expensive ticket in baseball.  —  ValuePenguin found that the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks …
ESPN:
Olney: Players who will be traded before the deadline  —  Justin Verlander has been mentioned in trade talks, and it's possible that market moons and stars will align and the future Hall of Famer switches teams.  But any Verlander deal would be incredibly complicated for the Tigers to pull off …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Fox Sports:
Pirates get chance to make up ground on Brewers (Jul 17, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH — If the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to keep their playoff hopes alive, the next four days are critical.  —  The Pirates (44-48), fourth in the National League Central, play host to the first-place Milwaukee Brewers …
Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
The MLB Team on a Mission to Hoard All of the League's Future Superstars
Fox Sports:
Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles 8-0 (Jul 16, 2017)
Greg Swatek / UPI:   New pitcher Jose Quintana sparkles in Chicago Cubs' debut, beats Baltimore Orioles
Pat James / The Charlotte Observer:   Is replacement for Jose Quintana in White Sox rotation this dominant Knights righty?
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Rodriguez's return restores Red Sox rotation to full strength  —  BOSTON — Two days before the All-Star break began and again the day after it ended, Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski killed the buzz of armchair general managers throughout New England by announcing …
Discussion: Over the Monster
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Several names emerge in Red Sox' quest for third baseman  —  Besides finding another reliever, third base is a need — offensively speaking only — that the Red Sox appear set in filling in the two weeks remaining before the trading deadline.  —  Todd Frazier of the White Sox …
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:   Slumping Aaron Judge finds no luck in Boston as Yankees star has big homer taken away in loss to Red Sox
Jeff Jacobs / Hartford Courant:   Incense And A Prayer Just What Doctor Ordered For Red Sox
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia help save Yankees' bullpen
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Gethin Coolbaugh / UPI:   Boston Red Sox blank New York Yankees to earn doubleheader split
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
David Price rises to the occasion for Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
Doug Mittler / ESPN:
Rumor Central: A's not looking to deal Blake Treinen?  —  The Oakland Athletics are not looking to flip Blake Treinen after acquiring the veteran reliever in Sunday's deal with the Washington Nationals.  —  A's executive vice president Billy Beane told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle …
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Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
Despite adding experience to a depleted bullpen, Nationals may not be done dealing
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Rotoworld.com:   Daily Dose: Dazzling Debut
Michael Wagaman / miamiherald:
Bauer gets just 2 outs; A's top Indians 7-3 for 3-game sweep
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
With roles scrambled, Cards' bullpen blows another game in 9th  —  PITTSBURGH  • The trouble with the bullpen roulette the Cardinals are spinning these days is that if any reliever could be used in any role, then there really are no roles at all.  —  In the past week …
Discussion: 101Sports.com and Viva El Birdos
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Fox Sports:
Mets, Cardinals clash in pivotal four-game set (Jul 17, 2017)  —  NEW YORK — The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals are both trying to convince themselves they are still in the playoff race.  By Thursday night, the task likely will have become much harder for at least one of the teams.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Sierra quickly earns ‘regular playing time’
Alex Butler / UPI:
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton helps man propose to girlfriend … Baseball's stolen base leader Billy Hamilton helped a couple get engaged this weekend in Cincinnati by presenting the ring at an autograph session.  —  The Cincinnati Reds' centerfielder was taking part in a meet-and-greet Saturday …
Discussion: Red Reporter
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Zach Buchanan / Cincinnati.com:
Nationals' Ryan Raburn: I was surprised Reds released me  —  Ryan Raburn was as surprised as anyone when the Cincinnati Reds released him in the final days of spring training.  —  The Reds had signed him to a minor-league deal after camp began with the hopes of shoring up their bench.
Dave Clark / Cincinnati.com:
Watch: REDzilla debuts at GABP
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rays Discussing Justin Wilson, Tony Watson  —  11:44am: Rosenthal tweets that Tampa Bay is also discussing Pirates lefty Tony Watson.  The 32-year-old Watson is earning a bit more than twice Wilson's salary ($5.6MM) and is a free agent at season's end.  He's also having a down year …
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Associated Press:
Cron's pinch-hit home run in 8th sends Angels over Rays 4-3  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron isn't necessarily happy about his reduced role with the Los Angeles Angels this season.  But when playing time does come, he's determined to make the most of it.
Discussion: DRaysBay
Bob Keisser / UPI:   C.J. Cron's homer helps Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay Rays
Doug Mittler / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Plenty of interest in Padres relievers?  —  The San Diego Padres rank 24th in the major leagues with a bullpen ERA of 4.49.  Don't tell that to general manager A.J. Preller, who says there is plenty of trade interest in his relievers.  —  Preller tells AJ Cassavell of MLB.com that …
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Associated Press:
Sanchez, Spangenberg hit 3-run homers in Padres' 7-1 win
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Fox Sports:   Rockies kick off homestand vs. Padres (Jul 17, 2017)
Jake Becker / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Aaron Judge shows ‘RE2PECT’ for Jackie Bradley Jr.'s home run-stealing catch  —  Aaron Judge made no objection to the notion that Jackie Bradley Jr.'s home run-robbing catch Sunday night is worthy of respect.  —  Or, as the Yankees' star rookie put it on Twitter using a GIF of Derek Jeter's nephew Jalen, “RE2PECT.”
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John Healy / New York Daily News:
VIDEO: Jackie Bradley Jr. robs Aaron Judge of two-run home run
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees get shut out for first time this season in 3-0 loss to Red Sox
Fox Sports:
Tigers, Royals open four-game series (Jul 17, 2017)  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A losing streak temporarily doused Kansas City's postseason aspirations and dropped the Royals one game below .500.  —  However, all is sunny for the Royals as they prepare for a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers that begins Monday.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals beat Rangers 4-3 on walk-off single in the sun
Fox Sports:
Marlins host Phillies looking for first win of homestand (Jul 17, 2017)  —  MIAMI — One week ago, Miami had the eyes of the baseball world as Marlins Park hosted the Home Run Derby and then the All-Star Game.  —  One week later, relatively few will be focused on the Magic City as the dreary Miami Marlins …
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Associated Press:   Justin Turner homers to help Dodgers beat Marlins for ninth consecutive win
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Return of the King: A Mariners turnaround hinges on Hernandez  —  Could the Seattle Mariners still make us “experts” look good?  It's becoming less possible by the week as we creep closer to the trade deadline, and hopes for a sudden turnaround might depend on the impossible-to-read near future of King Felix Hernandez.
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Fox Sports:   Astros look to improve with Mariners up next (Jul 17, 2017)
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Talkin' Tigers podcast: Al Avila missed boat on firing Brad Ausmus  —  Are you subscribed to our “Talkin' Tigers” podcast?  If not, you should be: Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play now.  —  On this July 17 episode of the “Talkin' Tigers” podcast, Free Press sports writers Anthony Fenech …
 
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Doug Mittler / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Braves shopping Jaime Garcia?
Jorge Castillo / Washington Post:
The Nationals made a trade to improve their bullpen. But who will close?
Zach Braziller / New York Post:
Quincy Enunwa sees the Jets' tanking evidence, too
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Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Yoenis Cespedes sits out in Mets loss, but expects to play vs. Cardinals
Discussion: Sporting News
Rotoworld.com:
Top 10 Prospects: July 17
Fox Sports:
Cubs' Lester looks to rebound at Atlanta (Jul 17, 2017)
 Earlier Picks: 
Fox Sports:
Orioles look to turn it around vs. Rangers (Jul 17, 2017)
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Nolan Ryan vs. Yu Darvish: Rangers aces compared and contrasted
Ed Barkowitz / Philly.com:
Phillies' Cesar Hernandez walks 6 times in rehab game
Sporting News:
Watch: Abraham Almonte's 13th career homer somehow travels 505 feet
Detroit Free Press:
Tigers minors: Steven Moya homers twice for Erie; West Michigan wins
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
 

 
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