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4:20 AM ET, July 17, 2017


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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.
Gethin Coolbaugh / UPI:
Boston Red Sox blank New York Yankees to earn doubleheader split  —  BOSTON — David Price's scoreless outing Sunday night was nearly undone by one well-hit ball by New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.  —  Jackie Bradley Jr. made sure the Boston Red Sox's shutout remained intact.
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Red Sox following through with protest to prevent future issues
Fox Sports:   Red Sox manager Farrell says Boston will file formal protest
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees get shut out for first time this season in 3-0 loss to Red Sox
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia help save Yankees' bullpen
Jorge L. Ortiz / USA Today:
Despite adding experience to a depleted bullpen, Nationals may not be done dealing  —  There's more than one way to build a bullpen.  In the case of the Washington Nationals, any arrangement was better than what they had.  —  Manager Dusty Baker's pleas for relief help were finally answered Sunday …
Michael Wagaman / miamiherald:
Bauer gets just 2 outs; A's top Indians 7-3 for 3-game sweep  —  Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona expected more out of his ballclub coming out of the All-Star break — a lot more.  —  What Francona saw instead was a frustrating three games in Oakland that ended with the Indians …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe   Daily Dose: Dazzling Debut
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Melky Cabrera seems to be flying under trade-deadline radar
Fox Sports:
Rockies kick off homestand vs. Padres (Jul 17, 2017)  —  DENVER — Coming off a much-needed road win over the New York Mets, the Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series Monday against the San Diego Padres, the start of a seven-game homestand.  —  The Rockies were outscored 23-5 while losing …
Fox Sports:   Mets, Cardinals clash in pivotal four-game set (Jul 17, 2017)
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Steven Matz's rough outing sinks Mets in 13-4 loss to Rockies
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Jerry Beach / UPI:   DJ LeMahieu, Mark Reynolds lead Colorado Rockies past New York Mets
Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Frustration builds for Mets' Steven Matz after worst start of career
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Fox Sports:
Astros look to improve with Mariners up next (Jul 17, 2017)  —  HOUSTON — For all their offensive might, the Houston Astros remain a team capable of improvement in terms of manufacturing runs.  —  The Astros (62-30) showcased a glimpse of that underutilized aspect of their offense …
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.
Sarah Trotto / UPI:   Seattle Mariners complete sweep of Chicago White Sox with 10-inning win
MoiseKapenda Bower / UPI:
Houston Astros beat Minnesota Twins behind Mike Fiers' strong start
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Associated Press:   Stanton loses glove over wall on triple by Dodgers' Taylor
Walter Villa / UPI:
Justin Turner remains hot as Los Angeles Dodgers edge Miami Marlins
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Fox Sports:
Tigers, Royals open four-game series (Jul 17, 2017)  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A losing streak temporarily doused Kansas City's postseason aspirations and dropped the Royals one game below .500.  —  However, all is sunny for the Royals as they prepare for a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers that begins Monday.
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers' defense lost in the sun with sweep on the line
Greg Swatek / UPI:
New pitcher Jose Quintana sparkles in Chicago Cubs' debut, beats Baltimore Orioles  —  BALTIMORE — Three days after the Chicago Cubs paid a steep price to their crosstown rival for another front-line starting pitcher, Jose Quintana showed why it may have been worth it.
Fox Sports:   Orioles look to turn it around vs. Rangers (Jul 17, 2017)
Fox Sports:
Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles 8-0 (Jul 16, 2017)
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
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.
Dana Gauruder / UPI:   Bases-loaded walk in 11th inning lifts Detroit Tigers over Toronto Blue Jays
Shawn Windsor / Detroit Free Press:   Tigers should (carefully) consider trading All-Star pitcher Michael Fulmer
Associated Press:
Cron's pinch-hit home run in 8th sends Angels over Rays 4-3  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron isn't necessarily happy about his reduced role with the Los Angeles Angels this season.  But when playing time does come, he's determined to make the most of it.
Bob Keisser / UPI:   C.J. Cron's homer helps Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay Rays
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
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
Fox Sports:   Pirates get chance to make up ground on Brewers (Jul 17, 2017)
Jeff Sanders /
Cahill again looking good as Padres win  —  San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (38) pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports ** Usable by SD ONLY ** (Jake Roth / USA Today Sports)
Associated Press:   Sanchez, Spangenberg hit 3-run homers in Padres' 7-1 win
Top 10 Prospects: July 17  —  Here's a look at the updated top 10 prospects for the 2017 season.  —  2017 stats: 77 G, .287/.382/.457, 56 R, 9 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 48 BB, 100 K, 17 SB at Triple-A Charlotte.  —  Moncada was able to raise his average this week, but much of that has to do with inflated BABIP luck.
Fox Sports:
Cubs' Lester looks to rebound at Atlanta (Jul 17, 2017)  —  ATLANTA — Pitching in a city where he always has success and is near his offseason home would appear to be the perfect situation for Jon Lester to get back on track.  —  The Atlanta Braves, though, have a new ballpark …
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