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11:05 PM ET, August 12, 2017


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Source: Brewers finalizing trade for Mets 2B Neil Walker  —  PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets scratched second baseman Neil Walker from the starting lineup Saturday night as they worked to finalize a trade to send the veteran second baseman to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets only muster up three hits in 3-1 loss to Phillies  —  While off-the-field the Mets' front office continued to go full speed ahead into their rebuild for 2018 with a deal during the game to send Neil Walker to Milwaukee, on the field Steven Matz showed there are still a lot of question about the core of that foundation.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom still expected to make his next start for Mets after taking a line drive off of his arm  —  PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom threw his regularly scheduled bullpen Saturday and said he plans to throw his second on Sunday.  The righthander is on track to make his next start after taking …
Tom Haudricourt / USA Today:   Brewers acquire Neil Walker from Mets with hopes of providing a boost at second base
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers To Acquire Neil Walker
John Harper / New York Daily News:   Enough with the Subway Squabbles: Mets need to put Yankee non-deals behind them and focus on 2018
John Harper / New York Daily News:
Yankees' blowout loss to Red Sox a summary of entire up-and-down season  —  It was only one game but it felt like a summation of the state of the AL East race the Red Sox have grabbed by the throat over the last two weeks, to the point where suddenly it looks as if they might run away with the division title.
Associated Press:   Benintendi 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, Red Sox rout Severino, Yanks 10-5
Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on DL with shoulder inflammation
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and MLB Daily Dish
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:   Luis Severino implodes as Yankees are blown out by Red Sox in 10-5 loss
Kevin Santo / USA Today:
Yankees' comeback against Red Sox may prove to be a turning point
Associated Press:   Yankees put RHP Tanaka on DL with shoulder inflammation
Associated Press:
Upton's HR caps comeback for Tigers in 12-11 win over Twins  —  DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Matt Belisle in the ninth inning, giving Detroit a 12-11 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night after the Tigers wasted a five-run lead and then overcame a five-run deficit.
Sporting News:
Watch: Tigers' Justin Upton walks it off in back-and-forth battle with Twins  —  While the Tigers gave up on their season a long time ago, they still have talent and power.  Justin Upton showed off some of that power Saturday with a walk-off two-run homer to give the Tigers a 12-11 win over the Twins.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:   Nick Castellanos open to moving from third base to right field for Detroit Tigers
Dan Bickley / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks need to shut out the noise, start playing like a playoff team … CONNECT  —  Chase Field has been a source of contention in 2017.  The stadium has spawned court battles over repair bills, hand-wringing over bipartisan crowds, and heavy-handed threats from Major League Baseball.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo sticking to his process despite recent missteps … CONNECT  —  Thinking back on the moves that haven't gone his way in recent games, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo quoted one of his managing mentors, Sparky Anderson, when answering questions from reporters on Saturday.
Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:   Column Diamondbacks have snaked their way into contention this season
Associated Press:
West Point grad Rowley wins ML debut, Jays beat Pirates 7-2  —  TORONTO (AP) — Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Saturday.  —  A former first lieutenant in the United States Army …
Dean Iampietro / WPXI-TV:
Polanco leaves Pirates game with hamstring injury
Discussion: FanRag Sports and Bucs Dugout
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Place Russell Martin On DL, Designate Chris Coghlan & Chris Smith
ESPN:   Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin goes on DL with oblique strain
Mitchell Forde / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals tie game on Grichuk's solo homer in second  —  On August 1, two Carlos Martinez starts ago, Martinez gave up three runs in the first inning to the Brewers and the Cardinals could never overcome the deficit.  —  Saturday, the Braves scored two runs in the top of the first …
Discussion: Talking Chop
Mitchell Forde / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Cardinals will back Martinez with same lineup as Friday
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal  —  The Rockies announced that they have agreed to a minor league contract with first baseman Ryan Howard.  —  This is the second time this year the longtime Phillie has taken a minors pact.  Howard signed one with the Braves back in April …
Discussion: Purple Row, MLB Daily Dish and Rox Pile
Associated Press:   Ryan Howard agrees to minor league deal with Rockies
Rustin Dodd / Kansas City Star:
Melky Cabrera turns heel as Royals snap losing streak in Chicago  —  They sought a complete performance on Saturday night.  A solid performance from a starter.  A clean night from the bullpen.  Enough offense to snap a five-game losing streak.  —  There was some of that here at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Steve Nesius / Associated Press:
Indians beat Rays 3-0 behind Mike Clevinger, Jay Bruce  —  Cleveland's Francisco Lindor beats Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer to the plate.  —  An 11-day break between starts proved to be just what Mike Clevinger needed.  That and a start against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners Sign Jeanmar Gomez To Minor League Deal  —  The Mariners have signed reliever Jeanmar Gomez to a minor league contract, as Triple-A Tacoma broadcaster Mike Curto reports that the Rainiers added the right-hander to their roster on Saturday (Twitter link).
Matt Breen /
Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter could move into starting rotation  —  Mark Leiter Jr. returned from the minor leagues in late June as a different pitcher than the one who was sent to triple A just four weeks earlier.  —  The righthander came back relaxed, knowing what to expect from the month …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Claim Phil Gosselin From Pirates  —  The Rangers have claimed utilityman Phil Gosselin from the Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.  They've also outrighted infielder Tyler Smith to Round Rock.  —  The Pirates acquired Gosselin in a minor trade this spring after the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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