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5:10 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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Yankees top Red Sox 4-1 in 16th; Boston plays under protest  —  BOSTON (AP) — Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning and the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the bitter rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.
Brian Manzullo / Detroit Free Press:
Alex Rodriguez floats an idea: Miguel Cabrera to the Boston Red Sox?
Discussion: and
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees beat Red Sox 4-1 in 16-inning showdown after tying it in the 9th
Fox Sports:
Yankees, Red Sox end weekend series with doubleheader (Jul 16, 2017)
Discussion: Over the Monster
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
Walter Villa / UPI:
Cody Bellinger becomes first rookie in Los Angeles Dodgers history to hit for cycle
Discussion: Beyond the Box Score
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  —  The team with the worst bullpen in baseball improved Sunday when the Washington Nationals traded with the Oakland Athletics for two relief pitchers.  —  Washington acquired left-hander Sean Doolittle and righty Ryan Madson …
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
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
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:   The Cubs' Jose Quintana debut plan: Let him take control
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 …
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
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
Rick Renteria tossed again in White Sox's 4-3 loss to Mariners
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)
Associated Press:
Angels designate Danny Espinosa for assignment  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have designated second baseman Danny Espinosa for assignment Sunday.  —  Espinosa was hitting .162 with just 14 extra-base hits and 19 RBI in 77 games for the Angels this season …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment
Jay Paris / UPI:
Madison Bumgarner returns, but San Diego Padres prevail over San Francisco Giants  —  SAN DIEGO — Hector Sanchez knows the drill of being a backup catcher.  —  “It's not an easy job,” he said, “but I have to be ready every single day.”  —  Sanchez got a rare chance to play Saturday …
Associated Press:
Padres spoil Madison Bumgarner's return with 5-3 walk-off win
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Acuna wowing everyone now like he impressed Chipper 16 months ago  —  Ronald Acuna had two doubles Saturday night for his second multi-hit performance in three games since the Braves promoted the 19-year-old outfielder from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett last week …
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
John Wilmhoff / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Could Giants reunite with Pablo Sandoval?  —  Pablo Sandoval's time with the Boston Red Sox effectively ended when he was designated for assignment on Friday.  Speculation has since ensued that the Kung Fu Panda could return to the San Francisco Giants, where he was a member of the 2010 …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
AL Central Notes: Santana, Kinzler, Perkins, Mejia, Tigers  —  Though the Twins have received trade interest in both ace Ervin Santana and closer Brandon Kintzler, it would be “very difficult to justify selling” either hurler with the team still in the pennant race, MLB Network's Jon Morosi tweets.
Discussion: Twin Cities
Fox Sports:
Lynn shuts down Pirates as Cardinals cruise 4-0 (Jul 15, 2017)  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) Lance Lynn worked 6 1/3 innings and added a rare run-scoring double at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Saturday night.  —  Lynn (8-6) allowed eight hits and struck …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Judge vs. Betts the new rivalry within Red Sox-Yankees rivalry  —  BOSTON — Within the rivalry, there have always been rivalries.  They are the mini-dramas that help sustain this nearly century-old play known as Yankees-Red Sox.  Even when the teams don't finish 1-2 in the standings …
Fox Sports:
Disciplined Astros hitters prepare for series finale vs. Twins (Jul 16, 2017)  —  HOUSTON — Even in defeat, the Houston Astros continued their season-long trend of avoiding strikeouts, a stunning turnaround that has helped fuel their incredible success heading into Sunday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
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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
Eric Gilmore / UPI:
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Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Fox Sports:
Archer, Rays up against Angels in series finale (Jul 16, 2017)
Nick Ostiller / ESPN:
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MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Morrison homers to help Cobb, Rays beat Angels 6-3
Discussion: DRaysBay
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Associated Press:
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