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Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Yankees should only consider trading Justus Sheffield for top starter, not Manny Machado  —  BALTIMORE — Look, I get the Orioles wanting Justus Sheffield in any deal for Manny Machado.  Dan Duquette wouldn't be doing his job right if he didn't ask.  —  But there's no way the Yankees …
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Manny Machado, Yankees trade rumors looming ahead of trade deadline
Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
Trade chatter: A Machado alternative, an intriguing starter and more
Discussion:, WEEI and Fish Stripes
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Yankees' pitching needs mean Manny Machado must wait 'til winter for his pinstripes
Discussion: KNBR-AM
Associated Press:
Phillies' Aaron Nola to start Saturday in order to be available for All-Star Game  —  NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Phillies have adjusted their rotation for this weekend's series against the Miami Marlins to allow ace Aaron Nola to pitch in the All-Star Game.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
Yahoo Sports / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Jesús Aguilar, Jean Segura headed to MLB All-Star Game after winning Final Vote  —  Meet the two newest additions to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.  After three continuous days of voting, baseball fans have decided that Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar …
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's official: Mikolas to pitch for Cards Sunday but not in All-Star Game  —  CHICAGO  •The Cardinals officially announced 10-game winner Miles Mikolas as their pitcher Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.  The game will be the final one before the All-Star break …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Donald Duench / Toronto Sun:
ON DECK: Blue Jays at Red Sox  —  LHP J.A Happ (10-5, 4.44 ERA) vs. LHP David Price (9-6, 4.44 ERA)  —  Price tied an MLB record on Saturday when he hit three batters in one inning.  Before that inning, he had hit only two batters all season.  June stats: 4-1, 2.90 ERA.  July stats: 0-1, 13.50 ERA.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo's streak by not using him to hit late?  —  BOSTON  —  The time has come to publicly air a grievance that burdens those travelers who rely on hotel gyms to offset all the poor eating and other extra calories that might be consumed during and after work on the road.
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
MLB's Home Run Derby: Five players we'd like to see in the event
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds end up on wrong side of history in lopsided loss to Cleveland Indians  —  CLEVELAND - Since the start of the live-ball era, which began in 1920, only three National League teams have trailed by 17 runs during the fourth inning.  —  On Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians …
Associated Press:   Indians manager Terry Francona apologizes to team for bullpen blunder   Check out the scorecard from last night's Reds vs. Indians game
Alex Butler / UPI:
Reds score 7 runs in 9th inning to beat Indians
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies … DENVER - Manager Torey Lovullo said the Diamondbacks received good news this week on outfielder Jarrod Dyson, whose recent injury apparently was not a recurrence of the core injury that required surgery last season.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies … DENVER - Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller left his start after one ugly inning, likely due to an injury.  —  After being staked to an early 1-0 lead, Miller gave up five runs in the bottom of the first against the Colorado Rockies …
Associated Press:
Peralta's blast lifts Diamondbacks over Rockies, 5-3
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto, Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer share smiles, laughs in at-bats  —  CLEVELAND - In a matchup between two All-Stars, Joey Votto and Trevor Bauer shared some lighthearted moments when they faced each other Tuesday.  —  In Votto's first at-bat, the Cincinnati Reds …
Dave Clark /   2018 Home Run Derby: Middletown's Kyle Schwarber among National League participants
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians allow 7 in 9th, lose to Cincinnati Reds 7-4 after Trevor Bauer's gem
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Associated Press:
Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday.  —  Marte homered to center field …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Alan Saunders / WTAE:
Hellickson bounces back in Nationals' 5-1 win over Pirates
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Bucs Dugout
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs' Kris Bryant homers in first game back, says ‘mission was accomplished’ on rehab assignment  —  Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant discusses his return to the lineup after joining the team following a brief rehab stint on Wednesday, June 11, 2018.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Javier Baez says 'I'll bat 12th' with Kris Bryant's expected return
ESPN:   Cubs activate Kris Bryant from DL after shoulder issue
Associated Press:
Phillies activate RHP Vince Velasquez from DL  —  NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Phillies have activated right-hander Vince Velasquez from the 10-day disabled list.  —  Velasquez had been sidelined by a bruised right forearm.  He is slated to start Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
Toronto Sun:   Velasquez makes return as Phillies face Mets
Matt Ehalt /
Mets fall to Phillies, now have to worry about Philadelphia's future success
Discussion: The Good Phight
Vinnie Duber / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Shoulder surgery likely ends Miguel Gonzalez's second stint with White Sox  —  White Sox uniform has come to an end.  —  The team announced that the veteran starting pitcher had shoulder surgery Wednesday and that his expected recovery time is nine to 12 months.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Designate Bruce Rondon, Select Jeanmar Gomez
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene has been given the green light to return after throwing off a mound for three days in a row,  —  Greene will be activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the Houston Astros, the team announced Wednesday.
Kristie Rieken / Pueblo Chiefton:
Astros beat A's 6-5 on bizarre play in 11th inning  —  Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin argues with home plate umpire David Rackley during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Houston.  Melvin was ejected.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jim Reineking / USA Today:
Houston Astros get wild walk-off win against Oakland Athletics
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Release Marcos Molina  —  The Mets have released right-hander Marcos Molina in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster for the previously announced selection of outfielder Matt den Dekker, tweets Tim Britton of The Athletic.  He'd recently been placed on the disabled list in Double-A …
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Astros Option Ken Giles To Triple-A  —  The Astros have optioned righty Ken Giles to Triple-A, per a club announcement.  Southpaw Cionel Perez will take his place on the active roster.  —  Giles, 27, was originally acquired to be the Astros' closer in a 2016 blockbuster that sent Vince Velasquez …
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs bullpen rotation: Steve Cishek won't pitch Wednesday, Brandon Morrow available again
Royals starter Ian Kennedy to DL with oblique strain
Jill Painter Lopez / Associated Press:
Angels overcome injury to Richards, beat Mariners 9-3
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Bernie Wilson / Toronto Sun:
Rookie Lauer leads Padres to 4-1 win against Dodgers

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