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8:45 PM ET, July 16, 2017


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Dana Gauruder / UPI:
Bases-loaded walk in 11th inning lifts Detroit Tigers over Toronto Blue Jays  —  DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers took the phrase “walk-off win” in a literal sense on Sunday.  —  Miguel Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 11th inning, giving the Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park.
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:
Tigers should (carefully) consider trading All-Star pitcher Michael Fulmer  —  A rebuild for the Tigers will be a tough process, and dealing their budding ace could give the restart a needed boost  —  Michael Fulmer shut down the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday night at Comerica Park.
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.
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers to call up Boyd for Tuesday, give Norris rehab start in Toledo
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Detroit Tigers show pulse, rally for walk-off win in extras over Jays
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 …
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:   Despite adding experience to a depleted bullpen, Nationals may not be done dealing
New York Daily News:
Nationals get Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle from A's for Blake Treinen, prospects
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:   Billy Beane: A's in ‘full rebuild,’ hope to keep stars with new stadium
Alex Butler / UPI:   Washington Nationals get two pitchers in trade with Oakland Athletics
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 …
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.
Discussion: WCVB
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:   CC Sabathia comes through for Yankees at a time when they needed him the most
Associated Press:
Justin Turner homers to help Dodgers beat Marlins for ninth consecutive win  —  MIAMI (AP) — Justin Turner homered and singled to increase his batting average to .374, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games Sunday by beating the Miami Marlins 3-2.
Walter Villa / UPI:   Justin Turner remains hot as Los Angeles Dodgers edge Miami Marlins
Associated Press:   Stanton loses glove over wall on triple by Dodgers' Taylor
Alex Butler / UPI:
San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals interested in Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton
Discussion: Yardbarker and MLB Daily Dish
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.
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers' defense lost in the sun with sweep on the line  —  KANSAS CITY, MO.  —  The Texas Rangers' defense, which had been outstanding the first two games against the Kansas City Royals, abandoned them Sunday afternoon.  —  The Royals prevented a sweep, scoring the game-winning run …
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:   Royals' Salvador Perez getting more rest in effort to avoid second-half fade at plate
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Houston Astros beat Minnesota Twins behind Mike Fiers' strong start  —  HOUSTON — It has become commonplace to assess Mike Fiers' performances based on the number of home runs he allows in an outing, even in those instances where he pitches exceptionally well through the dingers.  —  Appearances like Sunday.
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)
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Frustration builds for Mets' Steven Matz after worst start of career  —  Terry Collins was left searching for answers Sunday afternoon after the worst start of Steven Matz's young career, so the Mets manager turned to Dan Warthen in the second inning of an eventual 13-4 loss to the Rockies …
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Steven Matz's rough outing sinks Mets in 13-4 loss to Rockies
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Fox Sports:   Desmond returns from DL, sparks Rockies to 13-4 rout of Mets (Jul 16, 2017)
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?
Discussion: Associated Press
John Wilmhoff / ESPN:   Rumor Central: Braves open to offers for Julio Teheran
Associated Press:
Frazier's 9th-inning single gives Pirates 4-3 win over Cards  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates closed their series against the St. Louis Cardinals the same way they began it: with a walkoff win.  —  Adam Frazier's game-ending single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory Sunday.
Shelly Anderson / UPI:   Adam Frazier's 9th-inning RBI sends Pittsburgh Pirates past St. Louis Cardinals
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.
Greg Swatek / UPI:   New pitcher Jose Quintana sparkles in Chicago Cubs' debut, beats Baltimore 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
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: The Good Phight and Brew Crew Ball
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John Wilmhoff / ESPN:
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Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:
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