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5:15 PM ET, July 17, 2017

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Associated Press:
A 125-win pace?  Dodgers believe surge is sustainable  —  MIAMI (AP) — Clayton Kershaw's notion that the past five extraordinary weeks are the new norm for the Los Angeles Dodgers seems to be taking hold.  —  Going into the All-Star break, Kershaw suggested the Dodgers' surge might not be a surge at all, but a sustainable pace.
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Adam Kilgore / Chicago Tribune:
The Los Angeles Dodgers have become baseball's version of the Golden State Warriors  —  The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner celebrate after Bellinger drew a bases loaded walk-off walk in the 10th inning against the Royals at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 2017.  —  The Washington Post
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
Bob Nightengale / Tallahassee Democrat:   MLB trade deadline: Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block
Alex Butler / UPI:   Study shows affordability of attending games in every MLB city
Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
The MLB Team on a Mission to Hoard All of the League's Future Superstars
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
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
Discussion: Over the Monster
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
David Price rises to the occasion for Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia help save Yankees' bullpen
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Rotoworld.com:   Daily Dose: Dazzling Debut
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
Vito Chirco / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers' next foe: Kansas City Royals in downward spiral
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Talkin' Tigers podcast: Al Avila missed boat on firing Brad Ausmus
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 and Federal Baseball
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Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds recap: Washington Nationals complete sweep with 6-1 win  —  The Washington Nationals are going, going, gone from Great American Ball Park, hitting three more home runs in Monday's 6-1 victory over the Reds to complete the series sweep.  Washington outscored the Reds 61-26 in seven games.
Zach Buchanan / Cincinnati.com:   Nationals' Ryan Raburn: I was surprised Reds released me
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Sierra goes for 10 straight against Mets  —  NEW YORK  • Magneuris Sierra, whose record nine-game hitting streak at the start of his Cardinals career has lasted since early May, is back in the lineup Monday night as the Cardinals play the first of four games here against the Mets.
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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’
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 …
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Fox Sports:
Astros look to improve with Mariners up next (Jul 17, 2017)
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:   Return of the King: A Mariners turnaround hinges on Hernandez
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: Purple Row and Let's Go Tribe
Fox Sports:   Rockies kick off homestand vs. Padres (Jul 17, 2017)
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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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Why lefty closer Justin Wilson is Detroit Tigers' biggest trade bait
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Designate Lucas Harrell For Assignment  —  The Blue Jays announced that they've recalled right-hander Dominic Leone from Triple-A Buffalo and designated fellow righty Lucas Harrell for assignment in order to clear a spot on the roster.  —  Signed to a minor league pact this offseason …
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals demote Jorge Soler to Omaha, recall Billy Burns to fill roster spot  —  Jorge Soler's turbulent first season with the Royals has continued with another demotion to the minor leagues.  —  The Royals sent Soler, a 25-year-old outfielder, back to Class AAA Omaha on Monday afternoon …
Discussion: Royals Review
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.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
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 …
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: Viva El Birdos and 101Sports.com
ESPN:
Braves activate infielder Sean Rodriguez 5 months after surgery  —  The Atlanta Braves activated utilityman Sean Rodriguez from the disabled list on Tuesday, five months after undergoing shoulder surgery that was seen at the time as potentially season-ending.
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 …
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 …
ESPN:
Phils activate Cesar Hernandez, put Aaron Altherr on DL  —  The Philadelphia Phillies activated second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the disabled list on Tuesday and placed outfielder Aaron Altherr on the 10-day DL with a strained right hamstring.  —  Hernandez last played on June 9 …
 
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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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Jake Becker / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Aaron Judge shows ‘RE2PECT’ for Jackie Bradley Jr.'s home run-stealing catch
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Fox Sports:
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Pirates get chance to make up ground on Brewers (Jul 17, 2017)
Associated Press:
Cron's pinch-hit home run in 8th sends Angels over Rays 4-3
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