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4:10 PM ET, July 17, 2017


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Bob Nightengale / Tallahassee Democrat:
MLB trade deadline: Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block  —  With the all-star break in the rearview mirror, it's time for second half of the MLB season to get underway.  Here are the story lines that will shape the rest of the season.  USA TODAY Sports  —  CONNECT
Olney: Players who will be traded before the deadline  —  Justin Verlander has been mentioned in trade talks, and it's possible that market moons and stars will align and the future Hall of Famer switches teams.  But any Verlander deal would be incredibly complicated for the Tigers to pull off …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
Rodriguez's return restores Red Sox rotation to full strength
Discussion: Over the Monster
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Several names emerge in Red Sox' quest for third baseman
Alex Butler / UPI:   Study shows affordability of attending games in every MLB city
Jeff Jacobs / Hartford Courant:   Incense And A Prayer Just What Doctor Ordered For Red Sox
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
Gethin Coolbaugh / UPI:   Boston Red Sox blank New York Yankees to earn doubleheader split   Daily Dose: Dazzling Debut
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.
Discussion: Royals Review and Bless You Boys
Detroit News:
Mensching: Tigers must keep Fulmer, try to deal JV  —  So, what's one MVP award, one Cy Young Award, and two Cy Young runner-up finishes get you these days?  A pat on the back, old man.  A pat on the back.  —  In a vacuum Justin Verlander seems like he should be one of the hottest commodities …
Vito Chirco / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Tigers' next foe: Kansas City Royals in downward spiral  —  Up next: Kansas City Royals  —  Monday-Thursday at Kauffman Stadium in K.C. (all 8:15 p.m.)  —  Pitchers: Monday — RH Jordan Zimmermann (5-7, 5.87 ERA) vs. LH Jason Vargas (12-3, 2.62); Tuesday — LH Matt Boyd (2-5 …
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Why lefty closer Justin Wilson is Detroit Tigers' biggest trade bait  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson is a popular person right now.  —  And though his name continues to surface in trade rumors, there is nothing close on the trade front at this point …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:   Talkin' Tigers podcast: Al Avila missed boat on firing Brad Ausmus
Cincinnati Reds recap: Washington Nationals complete sweep with 6-1 win  —  The Washington Nationals are going, going, gone from Great American Ball Park, hitting three more home runs in Monday's 6-1 victory over the Reds to complete the series sweep.  Washington outscored the Reds 61-26 in seven games.
Alex Butler / UPI:
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton helps man propose to girlfriend … Baseball's stolen base leader Billy Hamilton helped a couple get engaged this weekend in Cincinnati by presenting the ring at an autograph session.  —  The Cincinnati Reds' centerfielder was taking part in a meet-and-greet Saturday …
Discussion: Red Reporter and Federal Baseball
Zach Buchanan /   Nationals' Ryan Raburn: I was surprised Reds released me
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: and Viva El Birdos
Fox Sports:   Mets, Cardinals clash in pivotal four-game set (Jul 17, 2017)
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Sierra quickly earns ‘regular playing time’
Adam Kilgore / Chicago Tribune:
The Los Angeles Dodgers have become baseball's version of the Golden State Warriors  —  The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner celebrate after Bellinger drew a bases loaded walk-off walk in the 10th inning against the Royals at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 2017.  —  The Washington Post
Fox Sports:   Marlins host Phillies looking for first win of homestand (Jul 17, 2017)
Associated Press:   Justin Turner homers to help Dodgers beat Marlins for ninth consecutive win
Doug Mittler / ESPN:
Rumor Central: Plenty of interest in Padres relievers?  —  The San Diego Padres rank 24th in the major leagues with a bullpen ERA of 4.49.  Don't tell that to general manager A.J. Preller, who says there is plenty of trade interest in his relievers.  —  Preller tells AJ Cassavell of that …
Associated Press:
Sanchez, Spangenberg hit 3-run homers in Padres' 7-1 win
Discussion: Purple Row and Let's Go Tribe
Fox Sports:   Rockies kick off homestand vs. Padres (Jul 17, 2017)
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.”
Scott LauberESPN / ESPN:
David Price rises to the occasion for Red Sox
Discussion: Over the Monster
John Healy / New York Daily News:
VIDEO: Jackie Bradley Jr. robs Aaron Judge of two-run home run
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees' Michael Pineda will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Pineda's career in pinstripes may be over as the righthander will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, the Yankees announced on Monday afternoon.  —  Pineda received the initial recommendation …
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia help save Yankees' bullpen
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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 …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Zachary D. Rymer / Bleacher Report:
The MLB Team on a Mission to Hoard All of the League's Future Superstars
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets should let a Jacob deGrom trade offer blow them away  —  MORE FROM: … You own a house.  You love the house.  It is the keeper, the one you bought with the plan to raise a family there.  —  But you also paid attention in Economics 101 the day the professor mentioned that when supply is low and demand is high, prices soar.
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Royals demote Jorge Soler to Omaha, recall Billy Burns to fill roster spot  —  Jorge Soler's turbulent first season with the Royals has continued with another demotion to the minor leagues.  —  The Royals sent Soler, a 25-year-old outfielder, back to Class AAA Omaha on Monday afternoon …
Discussion: Royals Review
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.
Fox Sports:   Astros look to improve with Mariners up next (Jul 17, 2017)
Aj MassEspn / ESPN:
Trade buzz heating up in Miami, Detroit and Chicago  —  Even when you're a fan of one specific major league baseball team, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the news that surrounds your favorite club on a daily basis.  —  However, when you're a fantasy baseball owner …
Doug Mittler / ESPN:
Rumor Central: A's not looking to deal Blake Treinen?  —  The Oakland Athletics are not looking to flip Blake Treinen after acquiring the veteran reliever in Sunday's deal with the Washington Nationals.  —  A's executive vice president Billy Beane told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle …
Phils activate Cesar Hernandez, put Aaron Altherr on DL  —  The Philadelphia Phillies activated second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the disabled list on Tuesday and placed outfielder Aaron Altherr on the 10-day DL with a strained right hamstring.  —  Hernandez last played on June 9 …
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Zach Braziller / New York Post:
Quincy Enunwa sees the Jets' tanking evidence, too
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Daniel Popper / New York Daily News:
Yoenis Cespedes sits out in Mets loss, but expects to play vs. Cardinals
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