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Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Rodriguez's return restores Red Sox rotation to full strength  —  BOSTON — Two days before the All-Star break began and again the day after it ended, Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski killed the buzz of armchair general managers throughout New England by announcing …
Discussion: Over the Monster
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Jeff Jacobs / Hartford Courant:
Incense And A Prayer Just What Doctor Ordered For Red Sox  —  With the Red Sox struggling for runs, David Price was lighting incense in the locker room before he started Game 2 against the Yankees.  It might have helped as the Sox pulled out the nightcap, 3-0.
Jake Becker / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Aaron Judge shows ‘RE2PECT’ for Jackie Bradley Jr.'s home run-stealing catch  —  Aaron Judge made no objection to the notion that Jackie Bradley Jr.'s home run-robbing catch Sunday night is worthy of respect.  —  Or, as the Yankees' star rookie put it on Twitter using a GIF of Derek Jeter's nephew Jalen, “RE2PECT.”
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Slumping Aaron Judge finds no luck in Boston as Yankees star has big homer taken away in loss to Red Sox  —  BOSTON -These certainly weren't the finest — or the luckiest — three days for the next new face of baseball.  —  A dreary 1-for-18 showing with six strikeouts by Aaron Judge during …
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia help save Yankees' bullpen
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:   Yankees get shut out for first time this season in 3-0 loss to Red Sox
Gethin Coolbaugh / UPI:   Boston Red Sox blank New York Yankees to earn doubleheader split
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Red Sox following through with protest to prevent future issues
John Healy / New York Daily News:
VIDEO: Jackie Bradley Jr. robs Aaron Judge of two-run home run
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
David Price rises to the occasion for Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
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.
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Sarah Trotto / UPI:
Seattle Mariners complete sweep of Chicago White Sox with 10-inning win  —  CHICAGO — The Seattle Mariners have started the second half of the season on a roll.  Now they'll see where they'll go.  —  Nelson Cruz homered in the 10th inning and the Mariners held off the Chicago White Sox 7-6 …
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)
Pat James / The Charlotte Observer:   Is replacement for Jose Quintana in White Sox rotation this dominant Knights righty?
Paul Skrbina / Chicago Tribune:   Melky Cabrera seems to be flying under trade-deadline radar
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
With roles scrambled, Cards' bullpen blows another game in 9th  —  PITTSBURGH  • The trouble with the bullpen roulette the Cardinals are spinning these days is that if any reliever could be used in any role, then there really are no roles at all.  —  In the past week …
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Sierra quickly earns ‘regular playing time’  —  St. Louis Cardinals' Magneuris Sierra (left) reacts after being called out on strikes by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg to end the game after 13 innings during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
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.
Fox Sports:   Mets, Cardinals clash in pivotal four-game set (Jul 17, 2017)
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
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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 …
Rotoworld.com:   Daily Dose: Dazzling Debut
ESPN:
Billy Beane: A's in ‘full rebuild,’ hope to keep stars with new stadium
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
Return of the King: A Mariners turnaround hinges on Hernandez  —  Could the Seattle Mariners still make us “experts” look good?  It's becoming less possible by the week as we creep closer to the trade deadline, and hopes for a sudden turnaround might depend on the impossible-to-read near future of King Felix Hernandez.
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Fox Sports:   Astros look to improve with Mariners up next (Jul 17, 2017)
Associated Press:   Fiers strikes out 11 as Astros beat Twins 5-3
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.
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Fox Sports:
Marlins host Phillies looking for first win of homestand (Jul 17, 2017)  —  MIAMI — One week ago, Miami had the eyes of the baseball world as Marlins Park hosted the Home Run Derby and then the All-Star Game.  —  One week later, relatively few will be focused on the Magic City as the dreary Miami Marlins …
Genaro C. Armas / MLB on Yahoo! Sports:
Nick Williams' 1st career slam lifts Phils over Brewers 5-2
Discussion: The Good Phight and Brew Crew Ball
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 …
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Associated Press:   Sanchez, Spangenberg hit 3-run homers in Padres' 7-1 win
Jerry Beach / UPI:   DJ LeMahieu, Mark Reynolds lead Colorado Rockies past New York Mets
Jeff Sanders / sandiegouniontribune.com:
Cahill again looking good as Padres win
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.
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Fox Sports:   Tigers, Royals open four-game series (Jul 17, 2017)
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers' defense lost in the sun with sweep on the line
Detroit Free Press:
Tigers minors: Steven Moya homers twice for Erie; West Michigan wins  —  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  —  Triple-A: Columbus 3, Toledo 0
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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.
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Bob Keisser / UPI:   C.J. Cron's homer helps Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay Rays
 
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