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3:35 PM ET, July 17, 2017

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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 …
Alex Butler / UPI:   Study shows affordability of attending games in every MLB city
Jeff Jacobs / Hartford Courant:   Incense And A Prayer Just What Doctor Ordered For Red 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
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
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: Royals Review and Bless You Boys
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Detroit News:
Mensching: Tigers must keep Fulmer, try to deal JV  —  So, what's one MVP award, one Cy Young Award, and two Cy Young runner-up finishes get you these days?  A pat on the back, old man.  A pat on the back.  —  In a vacuum Justin Verlander seems like he should be one of the hottest commodities …
Vito Chirco / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' next foe: Kansas City Royals in downward spiral  —  Up next: Kansas City Royals  —  Monday-Thursday at Kauffman Stadium in K.C. (all 8:15 p.m.)  —  Pitchers: Monday — RH Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 5.87 ERA) vs. LH Jason Vargas (12-3, 2.62); Tuesday — LH Matt Boyd (2-5 …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Why lefty closer Justin Wilson is Detroit Tigers' biggest trade bait  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson is a popular person right now.  —  And though his name continues to surface in trade rumors, there is nothing close on the trade front at this point …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Talkin' Tigers podcast: Al Avila missed boat on firing Brad Ausmus
Bob Nightengale / Tallahassee Democrat:
MLB trade deadline: Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block  —  With the all-star break in the rearview mirror, it's time for second half of the MLB season to get underway.  Here are the story lines that will shape the rest of the season.  USA TODAY Sports  —  CONNECT
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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
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
Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
The MLB Team on a Mission to Hoard All of the League's Future Superstars
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)
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
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
Michael Wagaman / miamiherald:
Bauer gets just 2 outs; A's top Indians 7-3 for 3-game sweep
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Associated Press:
Sanchez, Spangenberg hit 3-run homers in Padres' 7-1 win  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — After backup catcher Hector Sanchez hit another big home run for the San Diego Padres, a Wally Pipp joke began making the rounds in the dugout, aimed at Austin Hedges.  —  Hedges isn't in danger of losing his job …
Discussion: Purple Row and Let's Go Tribe
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Doug Mittler / ESPN:   Rumor Central: Plenty of interest in Padres relievers?
Fox Sports:   Rockies kick off homestand vs. Padres (Jul 17, 2017)
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees' Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Pineda's career in pinstripes may be over as the righthander will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, the Yankees announced on Monday afternoon.  —  Pineda received the initial recommendation …
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia help save Yankees' bullpen
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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)
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
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
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets should let a Jacob deGrom trade offer blow them away  —  MORE FROM: … You own a house.  You love the house.  It is the keeper, the one you bought with the plan to raise a family there.  —  But you also paid attention in Economics 101 the day the professor mentioned that when supply is low and demand is high, prices soar.
Aj MassEspn / ESPN:
Trade buzz heating up in Miami, Detroit and Chicago  —  Even when you're a fan of one specific major league baseball team, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the news that surrounds your favorite club on a daily basis.  —  However, when you're a fantasy baseball owner …
 
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Rays Discussing Justin Wilson, Tony Watson
Doug Mittler / ESPN:
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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
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Pirates get chance to make up ground on Brewers (Jul 17, 2017)
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Nolan Ryan vs. Yu Darvish: Rangers aces compared and contrasted
Associated Press:
Cron's pinch-hit home run in 8th sends Angels over Rays 4-3
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