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7:00 PM ET, July 16, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
CC Sabathia comes through for Yankees at a time when they needed him the most  —  BOSTON — The Yankees initially didn't even expect to use him this weekend, so CC Sabathia was omitted from Joe Girardi's original rotation to open the second half here in a four-game showdown against the Red Sox.
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 …
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 …
Billy Beane: A's in ‘full rebuild,’ hope to keep stars with new stadium  —  Oakland Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane said Sunday he's committed to a full rebuild of the team with an eye on being competitive when the franchise has a new ballpark.
New York Daily News:
Nationals get Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle from A's for Blake Treinen, prospects
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Nationals find relief in A's deal, but not a true closer
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Alex Butler / UPI:   Washington Nationals get two pitchers in trade with Oakland Athletics
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)
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Yoenis Cespedes leaves Mets-Rockies game with an apparent hip injury
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)
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals beat Rangers 4-3 on walk-off single in the sun  —  The following statement is either a source of true hope or genuine frustration, depending on your perspective: The Royals entered Sunday afternoon just three games out of first place and 2 1/2 back in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Royals' Salvador Perez getting more rest in effort to avoid second-half fade at plate
Associated Press:
Choo drives in go-ahead run in 8th as Texas beats Royals 1-0
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
Zach Buchanan /
Nationals power past Reds, 14-4  —  The Cincinnati Reds doomed themselves to a series defeat, falling 14-4 to the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.  Here are the main storylines.  —  Homer Bailey backslid.  After closing the first half of the season …
Zach Buchanan /   Bailey: Rust not an excuse for struggles
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
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 …
Genaro C. Armas / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Nick Williams' 1st career slam lifts Phils over Brewers 5-2 … Nick Williams hit his first career grand slam before the  —  Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen escaped two late-game jams for a 5-2 win over the  —  Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.  —  Williams hit the first pitch …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
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 …
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: South Side Sox and Chicago Tribune
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers to call up Boyd for Tuesday, give Norris rehab start in Toledo  —  Norris will get a rehab start with the Mud Hens while Boyd will bet the ball for the Tigers Tuesday in Kansas City.  —  CONNECT  —  The Detroit Tigers have named a Tuesday starter.
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 and Al's Ramblings
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers show pulse, rally for walk-off win in extras over Jays  —  This year's Tigers had their worst first half since that infamous group, led by Alan Trammell, 14 seasons ago.  A (brief) look back.  Video by Ryan Ford/DFP Wochit  —  CONNECT  —  On Friday night, a blowout loss.
Tre'vell Anderson / Los Angeles Times:
George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ creator, dies at 77  —  Legendary horror movie director George A. Romero, pictured here in 2008, died Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)  —  Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking …
Discussion: WTOP and Mashable
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
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 …
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 …
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Jon Heyman / FanRag Sports:
Chris Carter likely to land with either Rangers or Athletics
John Wilmhoff / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Angels seek more controllable pieces?
Discussion: Associated Press
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Acuna wowing everyone now like he impressed Chipper 16 months ago
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
AL Central Notes: Santana, Kinzler, Perkins, Mejia, Tigers
Discussion: and Twin Cities
Arizona Republic:
Delgado lands on DL with elbow inflammation
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Kela throws off mound, Diekman set to do same on Thursday
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers expected rotation making second run with Cashner and Ross
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Associated Press:
Rockies activate Ian Desmond, put Tyler Chatwood on DL
Eric Gilmore / UPI:
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
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