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Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies … CONNECT  —  DENVER - Right-hander Shelby Miller entered the visitors' dugout at the end of the first inning and walked briskly toward the tunnel.  When Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo saw this - and saw pitching coach Mike Butcher following …
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Jack Etkin / UPI:
D-backs aim to rebound after nasty loss to Rockies  —  DENVER — Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray hopes the step forward he took in a bullpen session Tuesday will carry over to his start Thursday in the rubber game between the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
Michael Kelly / Associated Press:
Rockies erupt against Diamondbacks
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Bless You Boys
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
Jerry Beach / UPI:
Mets brace for Scherzer, Nationals  —  NEW YORK — New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he thinks his ace pitcher, Jacob deGrom, should start for the National League in next week's All-Star Game.  —  But Callaway and the Mets are almost surely going to see the NL's starter Thursday night …
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Chris Iseman / NorthJersey.com:
Brandon Nimmo delivers walk-off home run to lift NY Mets past Phillies  —  Chris Iseman, Staff Writer, @chrisiseman  —  NEW YORK — Brandon Nimmo was still wearing his full uniform, including his blue and white batting gloves, as he stood in front of his locker talking to a group …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Phillies Nation
USA Today:
2018 MLB All-Star Game: Starters, reserves for the Midsummer Classic  —  Complete rosters for the American and National League All-Star Game.  —  The 89th Midsummer Classic will be played Tuesday in Washington on Fox at 7:30 p.m. ET.  (Rosters as of Thursday, noon):
Scott Lauber / Philly.com:
Phillies ace Aaron Nola's devastating offspeed pitches put him in the fast lane to the All-Star Game  —  They began trickling into Baton Rouge, La., in the spring of 2012.  By 2014, the trickle had become a tsunami.  But while almost all the scouts who watched Aaron Nola in college agreed …
Discussion: Philly.com
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Associated Press:
MLB: Astros demote reliever Giles
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Associated Press:
Phillies' Aaron Nola to start Saturday in order to be available for All-Star Game
Discussion: The Good Phight
Dan Arritt / UPI:
Mariners' Paxton gets his shot at Angels  —  Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton will finally get a chance to stare down the Los Angeles Angels.  —  After missing the Angels in their nine games in Seattle earlier this season, Paxton is scheduled to start Thursday night in the series finale at Angel Stadium.
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Jerry CrasnickESPN Senior / ESPN:
Minor-league extra-innings rule has helped shorten games  —  On the second day of the Major League Baseball season, the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 in 17 innings.  The teams combined to use 14 pitchers, and the game took 5 hours, 18 minutes to complete.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
ESPN:
Dustin Pedroia: Will know more in 4-5 weeks, 'can't risk it'  —  Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has doubts about whether he'll be able to return this season as he continues to recover from major reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason.  —  Pedroia, 34, returned to the lineup …
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.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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Donald Duench / Toronto Sun:
ON DECK: Blue Jays at Red Sox
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
DL Placements: Logan Morrison, Rafael Devers, Shelby Miller  —  With the All-Star break at hand, we may well continue to see more disabled list placements than usual as teams attempt to get players extended rest, with a minimal number of actual games missed, to address minor ailments.
Matthew DeFranks / Orlando Sentinel:
Marlins beat Brewers in 12 innings in front of record-low crowd  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel  —  The Marlins are getting used to working overtime.  They're getting used to winning extra-inning games, too.  —  Miami again dipped into the night with another extra-inning game on Wednesday night …
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MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Aguilar drives in 3 but Brewers lose to Marlins 5-4 in 12
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Javier Baez blossoms into a star on Kris Bryant's level  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The friendly debate started in 2014, with raw talent Javier Baez hitting majestic home runs and executing dazzling defensive plays while the decorated and steady Kris Bryant displayed his array of tools that delighted new-age evaluators.
Chicago Tribune:
How and why Cubs and White Sox hitters choose bats  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Major League Baseball's rule 3.02 is simple: “The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2.61 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length.  The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.”
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Manny Machado ‘likes’ image of himself wearing Yankee uniform on Instagram as Bombers reportedly make offer for Orioles slugger  —  BALTIMORE - The Manny Machado race is in full swing - and apparently No. 13 thinks he'd look good in a Yankee uniform.  —  On Wednesday, Machado “liked” …
Phil Rogers / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox catchers Kevan Smith and Omar Narvaez step up with Welington Castillo suspended  —  Photos from the White Sox-Cardinals game at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Who needs Welington Castillo, anyway?  —  The White Sox were left with a void …
Shelly Anderson / UPI:
Pirates, Brewers open five-game series  —  The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates open a five-games series Thursday at PNC Park with National League Central implications that are very different.  —  The series will carry the clubs into the All-Star break, and the games will help shape …
Martin Fennelly / Tampa Bay Times:
The question Rays manager Kevin Cash will be asked at the All-Star Game  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Rays manager Kevin Cash was sitting at the desk in his Tropicana Field office Wednesday afternoon after his ever exciting — and ever changing — club came from behind to beat the Tigers to complete a three-game sweep.
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Operating on Danny Farquhar's brain didn't change what was in White Sox pitcher's heart  —  White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar, recovering at home in Temecula, Ca., from a brain hemmorage on April 20, 2018, has begun his long journey back to the major leagues.  (Sandy Huffaker / Chicago Tribune)
 
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John Harper / New York Daily News:
Jose Reyes is still starting for Mets while Jeff McNeil is hitting .393 in Triple-A, and it's just downright absurd
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Jeff Seidel / UPI:
Phillies make quick detour to visit Orioles
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Jesus Aguilar / WKYC-TV:
Home Run Derby field set: Cleveland Indians 3B Jose Ramirez opts not to participate
Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds end up on wrong side of history in lopsided loss to Cleveland Indians
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Vinnie Duber / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Shoulder surgery likely ends Miguel Gonzalez's second stint with White Sox
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's official: Mikolas to pitch for Cards Sunday but not in All-Star Game
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Detroit Free Press:
Next Slide  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Detroit Tigers closer …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Release Marcos Molina
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto, Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer share smiles, laughs in at-bats
Associated Press:
Phillies activate RHP Vince Velasquez from DL
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Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals
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