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Gordon Edes / ESPN:
Source: Red Sox get Castillo on 7-year deal  —  The Boston Red Sox landed the services of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, agreeing to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, a team source told's Gordon Edes on Friday.  —  Castillo, 27, will join the team this season, the source added.
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
RED SOX PROVING THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE, YOU MAY AS WELL LOSE BIG  —  Would you believe that the Red Sox have won fewer games than the Royals since the start of the 2012 season?  —  It's true — the Royals lead the Sox in victories during that time, 228-222.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
Mariners rally to score 5 in 9th, send Red Sox to sixth straight loss  —  BOSTON — Austin Jackson's bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight loss, 5-3 on Friday night.
Discussion: ESPN and Lookout Landing
Jason Beck /
Dombrowski: No options elsewhere outside of roster  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski's assessment of their August trade market might well have doubled as a message for his struggling hitters: If Detroit's offense is going to turn around, it's going to have to come from the guys they have now.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Red Sox near agreement on 7-year deal with Rusney Castillo
Jesse Sanchez /   Red Sox could soon sign Cuban star Castillo
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox To Sign Rusney Castillo
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Rusney Castillo Agrees To Sign With Red Sox
Associated Press:
Arrieta holds O's to 4 hits, beats former team  —  Recap  —  Box Score  —  Play-By-Play  —  Photos  —  Conversation  —  Jake Arrieta goes 7 innings to lead Cubs past Orioles  —  CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta shut down his former team, holding Baltimore to four hits in seven innings …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Manny Machado Likely Out For Season  —  Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is likely out for the rest of the season, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports tweets.  He will have knee surgery at some point within the next week.  The Orioles announced last week that Machado had a right knee ligament sprain …
Discussion: Camden Chat and HardballTalk
Brittany Ghiroli /
Surging Orioles set for challenges of stretch run
Discussion: Camden Chat
Game recap: Dodgers 6 — Mets 2  —  Result: The Mets dropped their series opener against the Dodgers on Friday night, 6-2, at Dodger Stadium.  —  Need to Know: Curtis Granderson started the game with a bang, crushing a home run to right field off Dan Haren to put the Mets up, 1-0.
Associated Press:
Drew Smyly throws 2-hitter as Evan Longoria, Rays crush Jays  —  TORONTO — Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Friday night.
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and DRaysBay
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Notes: Carlos, Quesada, Castillo, Wheeler, Niese  —  The Mets have long been on the lookout for a shortstop, but while many have speculated on the possibility of a trade with the Cubs or D'Backs, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the team will take a look at an under-the-radar Cuban shortstop in the coming days.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:   Zack Wheeler hopes to continue to grow with Mets
Canadian Press:
Collmenter strikes out eight as Diamondbacks top Padres  —  PHOENIX — Josh Collmenter came two outs away from a complete game, holding the San Diego Padres without an earned run on four hits over 8 1-3 innings in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-1 win Friday night.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Canadian Press:
Nats' ten-game win streak ends with Giants' rookie's HR  —  WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals' winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games Friday night when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-3 romp.
Associated Press:
Ozuna's Slam Helps Marlins Beat Rockies 13-5  —  DENVER — Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam for his third homer in as many games, Giancarlo Stanton had three hits and three RBIs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Friday night.  —  Henderson Alvarez (10-5) …
Discussion: Fish Stripes
Canadian Press:
Harrison homers and drives in five as Pirates beat Brewers  —  MILWAUKEE — Josh Harrison homered, doubled, singled and drove in a career-high five runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Friday night.  —  Andrew McCutchen also homered for Pittsburgh …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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