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Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper, calls anonymous exec ‘chicken’ and ‘gutless’  —  Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has been a lightening rod for criticism since the day he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009 and was touted as 'Baseball's Chosen One' at age of 16.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
With Donald Trump in his corner, Diamondbacks' Clay Buchholz back to his old ways  —  PHOENIX — Clay Buchholz, talking quietly about his friend in the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse, slowly raises his index finger to his mouth, and in a soft whisper, says, “Shhh!”
Discussion: NESN.com
Jeff Seidel / UPI:
Boston Red Sox look to complete sweep of Baltimore Orioles  —  BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox will try to complete a three-game sweep of the slumping Baltimore Orioles when the two teams meet for a Wednesday matinee at Oriole Park.  —  Boston (46-22) won the first two games of the series, including Tuesday's 6-4 victory.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates … After the pitch crossed the plate, right-hander Zack Greinke sort of froze.  So did catcher Jeff Mathis.  Both wanted the call.  They didn't get it.  Later, in the aftermath of a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon …
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Katherine Fitzgerald / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates … Right fielder Steven Souza Jr. started a throwing program Wednesday, playing catch for five minutes at a distance of 45 feet, according to Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.  —  Souza has been on the disabled list since May after a right pectoral strain …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Mercer, Taillon help Pirates top D-backs, 5-4
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
Trout hits 2 HRs again, Mariners belt 4 in win vs Angels  —  SEATTLE (AP) - Mitch Haniger and Ryon Healy each homered twice as the first-place Seattle Mariners shook off two homers by Mike Trout for the second consecutive night, beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Tuesday.
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Gene Warnick / UPI:
Los Angeles Angels' hot Mike Trout tries to prevent sweep by Seattle Mariners  —  Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout entered his team's three-game series in Seattle mired in a 2-for-19 slump with no extra-base hits, no RBIs and seven strikeouts in his previous five games.  —  Consider that mini-slump a thing of the past.
Alex Butler / UPI:   Mike Trout: Angels star robs Nelson Cruz, hits two bombs
Collin Whitchurch / Baseball Prospectus:
What You Need To Know: Who's In First?  —  Tuesday Takeaway
Discussion: The Comeback and DRaysBay
Justin Tasch / New York Daily News:
Gleyber Torres continues to bat ninth for Yankees despite excellent offensive production  —  Wednesday marked Gleyber Torres' 43rd start as a major-leaguer and the 35th time he was slotted in the No. 9 spot in the Yankees' batting order.  —  The 21-year-old rookie continues to hit last despite …
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Coley HarveyESPN / ESPN:
Will taking a seat bust Gary Sanchez's slump?
Discussion: Associated Press
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   The state of the Yankees after their win over Nationals
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Donaldson may have Buffalo rehab stint before returning to Jays  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — He is taking batting practice with the big boys, will soon be running the bases, but before he rejoins the Blue Jays it appears as though Josh Donaldson may pay first pay a visit to Buffalo.
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Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:   Jays considering ‘all of our alternatives’ ahead of trade deadline
Dana Gauruder / UPI:
Detroit Tigers move on without Miguel Cabrera vs. Minnesota Twins  —  Miguel Cabrera's season is over.  The Detroit Tigers will have to try to get through the next 94 games without their veteran slugger, starting on Wednesday.  —  Cabrera suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon while taking …
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Detroit Free Press:   Next Slide
George Sipple / USA Today:
Miguel Cabrera will miss rest of season with biceps tendon rupture
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
Baltimore bar offering free shots when slumping Chris Davis records a hit  —  Looking to drink those sorrows away Orioles fans?  —  At 19-47 — the worst record in baseball — a bar in Baltimore is offering free shots for whenever Chris Davis gets a hit.  —  Now before fans begin flocking …
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Edward Lee / Baltimore Sun:
Drink your Orioles pain away: This Baltimore bar is offering free shots every time Chris Davis gets a hit
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Game Day: Arizona Diamondbacks play host to New York Mets  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks welcome the New York Mets to Chase Field for a weekend series.  Follow this page for scoring updates, pitching updates, news and notes.  —  READ MORE:  —  Thursday's game  —  Mets at Diamondbacks
David SchoenfieldESPN Senior / ESPN:
He's on pace to do what!?  Big surprises on MLB leaderboards  —  MLB leaderboards are a fascinating thing this time of year.  It's too late to completely write off anything surprising as a small-sample-size fluke, but also too early to believe something will hold up just because it's happening now.
Associated Press:
Gattis drives in 5 as Astros beat A's for 6th straight win  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After Houston fell into a quick one-run hole, Evan Gattis appreciated how the Astros came right back swinging.  —  Fences-clearing swings.  —  “It's like let 'em know we're here, you know?” he said.
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Baltimore Sun:   A.J. Hinch adds former Oriole, retired Astros first base coach Rich Dauer to AL All-Star staff
ESPN:
Star-studded roundtable: Revisiting award predictions and more  —  The first All-Star voting results came out this week, and we've got just about a month to go before the game's brightest stars shine at the Midsummer Classic, so it's a great time to focus on the individual achievements of the season to date.
Toronto Sun:
Dodgers aim to continue hot streak against Rangers  —  LOS ANGELES — Once unable to win a series no matter what they did, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a game away from taking seven of their last eight series.  —  And regardless of what happens Wednesday, in the second game of a brief …
Discussion: True Blue LA
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Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers place rookie Walker Buehler on disabled list with microfractured rib
Discussion: DodgerBlue.com
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Claim Chris Beck  —  The Mets have claimed righty Chris Beck off waivers from the White Sox, per club announcements.  The 27-year-old had been designated for assignment by the Chicago organization.  —  Beck came up as a starter but has mostly worked in a relief role in recent years.
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
NY Met's Noah Syndergaard will remain sidelined while right index finger strain  —  Mets manager Mickey Callaway provides an about about Noah Syndergaard Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt  —  ATLANTA — There is no timetable for when Noah Syndergaard may return from the disabled list …
Matt Breen / Philly.com:
A frustrated Odubel Herrera isn't sure what's wrong  —  Gabe Kapler has watched each of Odubel Herrera's at-bats this season from his dugout perch just 30 feet from home plate and is pretty sure he knows why Herrera has fallen into a month-long slump.  —  “I'm very confident it's a timing thing,” Kapler said.
 
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Braves rookie Soroka handcuffs Mets
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Tony Andracki / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
There's no way the Cubs can take Mike Montgomery out of the rotation
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Place Nate Jones On 10-Day DL
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Rangers to promote Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez
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Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves' draft marks first step in replenishing post-penalized farm system
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Bucky Dent / UPI:
San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals face off with struggling pitchers
Steve Rosenbloom / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Tyler Chatwood shows the Cubs a whole new side of bad baseball
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Designate Luke Jackson
Discussion: Talking Chop
Matt Ehalt / Daily Record:
Mets need reliever Paul Sewald to return to form— quickly
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