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7:45 AM ET, July 21, 2018


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Associated Press:
Manny Machado finally joins Dodgers following months of trade speculation  —  It's a whole new beginning for Manny Machado after months of uncertainty.  Perfect time for a new number, too.  —  One with an LA story and a Baltimore past.  —  Machado joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Manny Machado has impressive Los Angeles Dodgers debut in win over Milwaukee Brewers  —  MILWAUKEE — The horde of reporters stood in in the middle of the visiting clubhouse Friday night, waiting for the man of the hour to arrive to his corner locker, when Los Angeles Dodgers …
Jay Cohen / Toronto Sun:   Machado shines in Dodger debut as LA beats Brewers 6-4
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
More whiffs than hits, plus a division-by-division look at the season
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Bill Shaikin / Baltimore Sun:   Manny Machado makes his Dodgers debut in 6-4 win over Brewers
Associated Press:
Texas heat: Hottest home game for Rangers in 25 seasons  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mother Nature is bringing the heat at the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers.  —  The temperature was 107 degrees for the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Friday, when the Rangers played the Cleveland Indians in their first game after the All-Star break.
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians win in 11th at Texas after debuting new relievers  —  Jose Ramirez hit his MLB-leading 30th homer of the season to help power the Tribe to a win.  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland to a 9-8 victory …
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers Reaction: Choo, Gallo firmly planted in Calhoun's way
Encarnacion's 11th inning single pushes Indians past Rangers
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Stephen Hawkins / The Charlotte Observer:
Indians get a Hand when new relievers join them after break
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Yankees option rookie pitcher Domingo German to Triple-A after loss to Mets  —  NEW YORK — Another night has passed, and the New York Yankees have slipped yet another game deeper into the American League East standings.  —  The combination Friday of New York's 7-5 loss to the crosstown-rival …
Ronald Blum / Toronto Sun:   Cespedes returns, Familia may depart and Mets beat Yanks 7-5
Christian Red / New York Daily News:   Brian Cashman must make ‘Boss’ trade before deadline for Yankees to have best chance at World Series
John Healy / New York Daily News:   Gary Sanchez aims to avoid prolonged slumps as Yankees slugger returns to lineup for Subway Series against Mets
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Clint Frazier's latest concussion comes with plenty of unknownsNEW!
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Subway Series pitching preview: Mets, Yankees square off again
Greg Beacham / Associated Press:
Keuchel takes no-hitter into 7th, Astros top Angels 3-1  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Dallas Keuchel took a no-hitter into the seventh and finished with 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball in the Houston Astros' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Alden GonzalezESPN / ESPN:
Mike Scioscia: Shohei Ohtani expected to pitch again this year  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — At around 5 p.m. PT on Friday, while most of his teammates were taking part in pregame batting practice, Shohei Ohtani stood about 60 feet away from the left-field line, acted out his pitching motion and repeatedly tossed baseballs overhand.
Greg Beacham / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Keuchel's no-hit bid ends in 7th on nearly-caught liner
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks' 20th anniversary team … CONNECT  —  When a fan asked about the state of starting pitcher's roles in the modern game during the announcement of the 20th anniversary team, Diamondbacks great Randy Johnson did not hold back.  —  He was adamant that pitchers today …
John Marshall / Associated Press:
Tapia's grand slam leads Rockies over Diamondbacks 11-10
Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks' 20th anniversary team
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Carpenter has historic game at the plate in 18-5 blowout win against the Cubs at Wrigley  —  • There were stretches during the days of having a subterranean batting average that Matt Carpenter didn't recognize the statistics staring back at him from the scoreboard.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Dodgers' big move puts ball in Theo Epstein's court to shore up Cubs pitching
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Carpenter has historic game at the plate in 18-5 blowout win against the Cubs at Wrigley
Associated Press:
LeBlanc, relievers shut down White Sox in Mariners' win  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Wade LeBlanc got the Mariners off to a strong start to the second half of their season.  —  The left-hander and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Seattle beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday night.
Benjamin Standig / Associated Press:
Nats' Strasburg loses, beefs with Scherzer; Braves win 8-5  —  WASHINGTON (AP) Families fight, even on special occasions.  Birthday boy Stephen Strasburg and Nationals ace Max Scherzer are leaving it at that.  —  Strasburg was batted around by the Atlanta Braves, then engaged in a heated spat …
Harvey Valentine / UPI:
Nationals hope Strasburg's return a difference vs. Braves
Genaro C. Armas / Associated Press:
Brewers' Josh Hader apologizes to teammates for racist tweets  —  Brewers reliever Josh Hader addresses reporters after past racist, sexist and homophobic tweets were uncovered during the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.  (Paul Sullivan/Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Josh Hader faces long journey to redemption, forgiveness after apologizing to teammates
Diaz's fourth hit sends Jays past O's in 10th  —  Aledmys Diaz had four hits, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 8-7 on Friday night.  —  After the Orioles tied the game with a three-run ninth …
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Tom Krasovic / The Charlotte Observer:
Padres have bought low, sold high with relievers  —  SAN DIEGO  —  When the Padres made a big trade this week, non-contender to contender once again, as sure as there's a bridge to Coronado, it involved relief pitching.  —  For a while now, at least 20 years, the Pads haven't been so hot …
Associated Press:
Mariners GM: Don't be surprised to see Cano at first  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday that Robinson Cano will be used at a few positions when he returns from his suspension next month, including first base.  —  Where Cano ends up defensively …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom's teammates have his back amid ace's demands to Mets front office: ‘He has every right to say that’  —  Jacob deGrom's demands at the All-Star Game completely blindsided the Mets' front office, but in the clubhouse, it did not surprise anyone who had been paying attention.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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