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6:00 PM ET, July 16, 2017


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Fox Sports:
Red Sox manager Farrell says Boston will file formal protest  —  BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager John Farrell says Boston will move forward with a formal protest over the lack of an interference call in a 4-1, 16-inning loss to the New York Yankees.  —  Holliday walked leading of the 11th Saturday …
Fox Sports:
Sabathia pitches Yanks over Red Sox 3-0 in DH opener (Jul 16, 2017)  —  BOSTON (AP) CC Sabathia allowed two hits over six innings, Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Red Sox following through with protest to prevent future issues  —  BOSTON — One day later, the Boston Red Sox are pressing forward with their protest of Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.  —  It isn't so much that Matt Holliday's bizarre slide back into first base in the 11th inning cost …
Brian Manzullo / Detroit Free Press:
Alex Rodriguez floats an idea: Miguel Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox?
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Nationals Acquire Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson  —  The Nationals made their long-awaited strike for bullpen help, acquiring relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Right-hander Blake Treinen, minor league left-hander Jesus Luzardo …
New York Daily News:
Nationals get Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle from A's for Blake Treinen, prospects  —  CINCINNATI — Looking to fortify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, the Washington Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics …
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Alex Butler / UPI:   Washington Nationals get two pitchers in trade with Oakland Athletics
Nationals find relief in A's deal, but not a true closer
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Fox Sports:
Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles 8-0 (Jul 16, 2017)  —  BALTIMORE (AP) Jose Quintana dazzled in his debut for the Chicago Cubs, striking out a season-high 12 in seven sharp innings to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Jose Quintana set for Cubs debut Sunday at Orioles  —  Starting pitcher Jose Quintana discusses joining the Cubs after being traded from the White Sox.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The hype and preparation is nearly over as Jose Quintana will make his Cubs debut Sunday …
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
Associated Press:
LEADING OFF: Quintana debuts for Cubs, Yanks-Bosox play late
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Steven Matz's rough outing sinks Mets in 13-4 loss to Rockies  —  Lazy Sunday has taken on a new meaning at Citi Field.  —  For the sixth time this season, the Mets dropped a Sunday series finale at their home ballpark, falling to the Rockies, 13-4.  The Mets missed a chance …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Fox Sports:
Desmond returns from DL, sparks Rockies to 13-4 rout of Mets (Jul 16, 2017)  —  NEW YORK (AP) Ian Desmond provided an instant spark for the slumping Rockies in his return from the disabled list, and Nolan Arenado hit one of Colorado's three homers Sunday during a 13-4 rout of Steven Matz and the New York Mets.
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Yoenis Cespedes leaves Mets-Rockies game with an apparent hip injury
Olney: What would switching to robot umps look — or sound — like?  —  Some team executives talk about the electronic strike zone as if it's an inevitability, and the same is true with some players.  Technology has improved pitching, hitting and player evaluation, and the thinking goes …
John Wilmhoff / ESPN:   Rumor Central: Angels seek more controllable pieces?
John Wilmhoff / ESPN:   Rumor Central: Braves open to offers for Julio Teheran
Alex Butler / UPI:
San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals interested in Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton  —  A no-trade clause hasn't stopped teams from asking the Miami Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton's availability.  —  Sources told SiriusXM radio that teams are “calling the Marlins on Stanton.”
Discussion: Yardbarker and MLB Daily Dish
John Wilmhoff / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Could Giants reunite with Pablo Sandoval?
Jay Paris / UPI:   Madison Bumgarner returns, but San Diego Padres prevail over San Francisco Giants
Associated Press:
Stanton loses glove over wall on triple by Dodgers' Taylor  —  MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton lost his glove over the wall Sunday while trying unsuccessfully to catch a triple by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor.  —  When Stanton made a running leap …
Fox Sports:
Red-hot Dodgers try for sweep of Marlins (Jul 16, 2017)
Discussion: True Blue LA
Fox Sports:
Puig confronts Marlins pitcher after nearly being hit
Associated Press:
Fiers strikes out 11 as Astros beat Twins 5-3  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Fiers struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBIs to help the Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Sunday.  —  The AL West leaders took two of three from the Twins coming out of the All-Star break.
Fox Sports:
Disciplined Astros hitters prepare for series finale vs. Twins (Jul 16, 2017)
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Willing To Trade Britton, Brach, O'Day, Smith  —  As long as Orioles ownership approves, executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette has told other teams that he is open to trading three of his top relievers (Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Darren O'Day) as well as outfielder Seth Smith …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment  —  The Angels have designated second baseman Danny Espinosa for assignment, the team announced on Twitter.  Right-hander Parker Bridwell was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.  —  [Updated Angels depth chart at Roster Resource]
Associated Press:   Angels designate Danny Espinosa for assignment
Arizona Republic:
Delgado lands on DL with elbow inflammation  —  The Diamondbacks placed right-hander Randall Delgado on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow inflammation, a potentially significant blow for a team that has leaned heavily on Delgado throughout the season for his versatility.
Fox Sports:
Diamondbacks look for Godley help against Braves (Jul 16, 2017)
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays “Highly Unlikely” To Trade J.A. Happ  —  The Blue Jays are receiving interest from the Brewers and other teams in left-hander J.A. Happ, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links), though it is “highly unlikely” that the Jays will trade the southpaw since Toronto plans to compete in 2018.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Mariners lead White Sox 6-5  —  Photos from the White Sox-Mariners game on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Guaranteed Rate Field.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Avisail Garcia and Omar Narvaez each hit a home run during the White Sox's three-run second inning Sunday in the series finale against the Mariners.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs look forward to first series at new Atlanta ballpark  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Cubs manager Joe Maddon received a positive review on new SunTrust Park from Marlins manager Don Mattingly.  —  But Jason Heyward will have earned the distinction of visiting all three of the Atlanta ballparks …
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
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Discussion: Twin Cities
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Kela throws off mound, Diekman set to do same on Thursday
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Royals' Salvador Perez getting more rest in effort to avoid second-half fade at plate
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
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Associated Press:
Rockies activate Ian Desmond, put Tyler Chatwood on DL
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
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Fox Sports:
Archer, Rays up against Angels in series finale (Jul 16, 2017)
MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Morrison homers to help Cobb, Rays beat Angels 6-3
Discussion: DRaysBay
Associated Press:
Choo drives in go-ahead run in 8th as Texas beats Royals 1-0
Fox Sports:
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