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2:40 PM ET, July 15, 2018


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Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Cards move on from Matheny, skidding Braves  —  A look at what's happening around the majors today:  —  ST. LOUIS STUNNER  —  The Cardinals will play their first game under interim manager Mike Shildt after firing Mike Matheny late Saturday night.
Guy Curtright / UPI:
Diamondbacks face Braves, aim to roll into break  —  ATLANTA — Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin is headed to his second All-Star Game.  Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran is stuck on two selections and needs more consistency to make it back in the future.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves
Discussion: Talking Chop
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
On firing Matheny, Cardinals chairman DeWitt says ‘it was time for a fresh voice’  —  ST. LOUIS  • Seeking what he referred to multiple times as a “fresh start” and a “new start,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said the firing of manager Mike Matheny late Saturday night was a response …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
With Mike Matheny fired, could Cardinals turn to Joe Girardi?  Mark McGwire?  —  There were loud rumblings this week that the St. Louis Cardinals would fire manager Mike Matheny if they struggled against the woeful Cincinnati Reds in their final series of the first half at Busch Stadium.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny after another ugly loss
Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Yanks' manager Aaron Boone has noticed Red Sox winning  —  CLEVELAND — As the Boston Red Sox keep piling up wins entering the All-Star Break, one of their rivals has been paying attention.  —  Although New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone hasn't been on the hunt for daily updates …
Mike Shalin / UPI:   Red Sox hope to enter break with another win
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Place Eduardo Rodriguez On DL
Discussion: Over the Monster
Michael Wagaman / Associated Press:
A's rally on Canha's pinch-hit home run to beat Giants 4-3  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pinch-hitter Mark Canha hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics continued their late-game success, rallying to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Toronto Sun:   Improved A's, Giants look for series win
Steve Kroner / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's cut reliever Santiago Casilla amid several moves
Toronto Sun:
Rockies' Gray hopes to make himself at home vs. Mariners  —  DENVER — After being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque and making two starts there, Jon Gray will return to the Colorado Rockies' rotation on Saturday and face the Seattle Mariners.  —  Gray (7-7, 5.77 ERA) will be opposed …
Associated Press:   Gray's strong outing leads Rockies past Mariners, 4-1
Jim Ingraham / UPI:
Indians, Yankees conclude competitive season series  —  CLEVELAND — The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will play for the seventh and final time in the regular season Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field.  —  It is a season series that has been dominated by the Yankees …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Tyler Carey / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians recall top prospect Francisco Mejia, will start him tonight
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Associated Press:
Slow start by All-Star Nola as Phillies lose to Marlins 2-0  —  MIAMI (AP) - All-Star Aaron Nola gave up two runs in the first inning and the punchless Philadelphia Phillies never recovered, losing Saturday to the Miami Marlins 2-0.  —  The NL East-leading Phillies have scored only 24 runs in their past nine games.
Matt Breen /   Phillies place Zach Eflin on the disabled list with a blister
Jeff Arnold / UPI:
Royals aim for series win over White Sox before break  —  CHICAGO — Burch Smith had hoped to go deeper into his first major league start of the season and his first in five years when he took the mound earlier this week.  —  But considering the arm issues that have hampered …
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:   From the hospital to the mound, new father Reynaldo Lopez stays in control
Marly RiveraESPN / ESPN:
How Jose Ramirez went from too small to star to an artist at the plate  —  Heading into the All-Star break, there are four hitters in baseball with an OPS over 1.000.  All four are in the American League, and all four will be starting in the All-Star Game.  Mike Trout, you've heard of him.
George A. King III / New York Post:
Yankees unwilling to trade these youngsters for Manny Machado  —  CLEVELAND — According to a person with knowledge of the Manny Machado trade situation, the Yankees aren't willing to part with any of their top 10 prospects to pry the All-Star shortstop away from Baltimore.
Buster OlneyESPN Senior / ESPN:
Orioles make progress in Manny Machado trade talks, sources say
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
This is how a Star is born  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Blake Snell didn't know where he was headed at this time last year.  —  Having made a couple of unimpressive starts after rejoining the Rays following a six-week demotion to Triple A he earned with a brutal beginning to what was supposed …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Kyle Downing / MLB Trade Rumors:
Wilson Ramos Has Hamstring Injury, Expects To Hit DL
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Wes Crosby / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Marte, Polanco go back-to-back again as Pirates top Brewers  —  Gregory Polanco hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the  —  Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the  —  Milwaukee Brewers.  —  With the Pirates leading 3-0 in the eighth …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball and Bucs Dugout
Charles O'Brien / Associated Press:
Wheeler finally wins, Mets beat Washington 7-4  —  NEW YORK (AP) If this was indeed his final start as a member of the New York Mets, Zack Wheeler finally did something he hadn't done since May 20, 2017: win a game at Citi Field.  —  The subject of trade talk, Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning …
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Todd Karpovich / UPI:
Rangers, Orioles seek positive sign entering break  —  BALTIMORE — After splitting their opening two games, the last-place Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles look to enter the All-Star break on a high note entering their series finale Sunday at Camden Yards.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Patrick Carr / Standard-Examiner:
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jake Dahle enjoys the ride for Bear River hoops, baseball  —  Jake Dahle was sitting in the car as his family was driving from Tremonton to Nephi to visit his grandparents.  —  It was Christmas Break, but Dahle was pounding the keyboard on his computer trying to finish an assignment for a Utah State english class.
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
So much for Nuke LaLoosh ... White Sox prospect Michael Kopech dazzles in Durham  —  Photos of the White Sox pitcher and the No. 10-ranked prospect by Baseball America.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  This was the night Nuke LaLoosh looked more like Roger Clemens.
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