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3:10 AM ET, July 28, 2017


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Arizona Republic:
Martinez's grand slam puts D-Backs in front  —  New Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez connected for a two-strike, opposite-field grand slam in the fourth inning on Thursday, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.  —  Behind in the count 1-2, Martinez hit …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Mitchell Forde / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Weaver surrenders grand slam, Cardinals trail 4-0  —  In his first Cardinals start of the season, Luke Weaver's first trip through the Diamondbacks' lineup went smoothly.  Weaver had allowed just one hit and no runs through three innings.  —  The second time around wasn't quite as successful.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Pace of play remains a big issue  —  With the span of 72 hours, only some of which seemed far longer than others, the Cardinals played in two games that captured baseball's struggle with the clock.  —  On Monday, the Cardinals and Colorado Rockies experimented with shorter breaks between innings …
Associated Press:30 minutes ago
Martinez's grand slam lifts Diamondbacks past Cardinals 4-0  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Arizona outfielder J.D. Martinez is beginning to endear himself to the Diamondbacks' fan base.  —  Martinez hit a grand slam and Zack Godley pitched seven innings as the Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Thursday night.
Arizona Republic:
Now comes their moment of truth.  —  Starting with Thursday's game in St. Louis, they will play 20 games in 21 days, including a 10-day road trip; six games against the reigning World Series champions; and seven games against two teams that entered the day a combined 73 games over.500.
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Fox Sports:
Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2 (Jul 27, 2017)  —  WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals staged their own version of the Home Run Derby, with Michael Blazek serving as the unwilling batting practice pitcher.  —  Washington tied a franchise record with eight homers and matched …
Kevin Santo / USA Today:
Nationals slug eight home runs in 15-2 rout over Brewers  —  WASHINGTON - If Max Scherzer needed a birthday present on Thursday, the Washington Nationals gave him one in the form of plenty of run support - homering eight times against the Milwaukee Brewers and cruising to a 15-2 victory.
Associated Press:   Nationals place Strasburg on 10-day DL with elbow injury
Nationals homer five times in third inning vs. Brewers
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Kevin Santo / USA Today:   Nationals slug eight home runs, including four straight, off Brewers
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Year removed from rookie ball, Aaron Bummer joins bare White Sox bullpen  —  White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer on being promoted from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  (Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Aaron Bummer said he was wearing a dumbfounded smile …
Dave Clark /   Todd Frazier's first New York Yankees homer kept by fan
Associated Press:
Sprained thumb lands White Sox OF Avisail Garcia on DL
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Tampa Bay Rays acquire LHP Dan Jennings from Chicago White Sox
Fox Sports:   Rays acquire LHP Dan Jennings from White Sox
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs offense is starting to perk up, meet manager Joe Maddon's standards  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon weighs in on players scoreboard watching on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Manager Joe Maddon is fond of praising his Cubs offense for adding “jug” runs late in games.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jose Quintana excited about facing Brewers in playoff-like atmosphere  —  Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana reacts to the video tribute in his honor during Wednesday's game at Guaranteed Rate Field and discusses the White Sox's rebuild on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs, Jon Lester aim to take City Series from White Sox
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Andrew Joseph / USA Today:
Curtis Granderson tried to physically stop Lucas Duda from leaving the clubhouse after trade  —  The New York Mets are obvious sellers at the trade deadline, and the team has already started to make some moves ... even if Curtis Granderson tried to stop it.  —  The Mets traded Lucas Duda …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball and MLB Daily Dish
Rays closing on trade with Mets for left-handed slugger Lucas Duda
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda from Mets for minor league pitcher
Alex Tekip / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Rays making progress in Lucas Duda deal, Yankees and Mariners interested?
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Column Note to Dodgers: It's OK to trade prospects to give your team a chance to win it all  —  Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish walks by catcher Jonathan Lucroy after giving up a bases-clearing triple to the Miami Marlins' Marcell Ozuna July 26.  (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press Photo)
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Dodgers in curious Sonny Gray spot with Yankees waiting
Associated Press:   Dodgers turn to Wood as dominant lefty in Kershaw's absence
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Contending teams thrive off MLB trade deadline deals  —  ST. LOUIS — The sound of the showers hitting the tile floor in the Colorado Rockies' visiting clubhouse at Busch Stadium was deafening.  —  The Rockies, one of baseball's most surprising teams with their kiddie corps rotation …
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
Kevin Santo / USA Today:   Thanks to trade, Travis Shaw thriving with Brewers
Fox Sports:
Rangers' Adrian Beltre on the brink of 3,000th career hit  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre just wanted to work hard, be consistent and earn respect in the game.  As a young player, he never even thought about historical numbers like 3,000 hits.  —  “Never in my mind …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Adrian Beltre is on the brink of a Hall of Fame milestone. Here's why
Teddy Bailey /
Pitcher Tom Eshelman will remain on the disabled list for the IronPigs  —  Lehigh Valley IronPigs righthander Tom Eshelman threw a side session on Tuesday but felt discomfort as he battles back from a strained right hip flexor.  Lehigh Valley manager Dusty Wathem said Eshelman will remain on the disabled list and skip his next start.
Teddy Bailey /
J.P. Crawford continues July surge with grand slam
Fox Sports:
Indians top Angels 2-1; Bauer, Lindor key 7th straight win (Jul 27, 2017)  —  CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer pitched a season-high eight innings, Francisco Lindor singled to break a tie in the seventh and the Cleveland Indians won their seventh straight game Thursday with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Walter Villa / UPI:
MLB: Derek Dietrich's 3 RBIs lead Miami Marlins over Cincinnati Reds  —  MIAMI — Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer and drove in three runs, and rookie left-hander Chris O'Grady pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Miami Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night at Marlins Park.
Jerry Beach / UPI:
MLB: Different eras to come together at Hall of Fame induction  —  There will be plenty of reminders, even some imperfect ones, of baseball's ability to connect different eras on Sunday afternoon, when a quintet of men — former players Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers call up catcher Kyle Farmer  —  Catcher Kyle Farmer, left, warms up with other Dodgers players at the start of spring training on Feb. 22.  Farmer has been called up from triple A.  (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)  —  This has been quite a year for Alex Wood.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals linked to Toronto's Francisco Liriano as trade deadline looms  —  On Tuesday evening, a pair of relievers skipped down a long flight of stairs and appeared inside the first-base dugout at Comerica Park.  In their first moments as Royals, as the bottom of the second against the Detroit Tigers played …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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