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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 …
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 … DENVER — Carlos Gonzalez hit two homers, starter German Marquez also went deep for one of Colorado's five home runs as the Rockies routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 19-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Gonzalez drove in six runs in Colorado's big offensive night that pounded Arizona's staff.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies
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 …
Donald Duench / Toronto Sun:
ON DECK: Blue Jays at Red Sox
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:   Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo's streak by not using him to hit late?
Scott Lauber /
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 …
Associated Press:
Phillies' Aaron Nola to start Saturday in order to be available for All-Star Game
Discussion: The Good Phight
Jeff Seidel / UPI:   Phillies make quick detour to visit Orioles
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.
Jesus Aguilar / WKYC-TV:
Home Run Derby field set: Cleveland Indians 3B Jose Ramirez opts not to participate  —  The Home Run Derby will be televised on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET.  —  Author: USA Today  —  Washington Nationals outfielder and All-Star Game ambassador Bryce Harper will headline this year's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington.
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto, Cleveland Indians Trevor Bauer share smiles, laughs in at-bats
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Dave Clark /
2018 Home Run Derby: Middletown's Kyle Schwarber among National League participants
Discussion: The Good Phight
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” …
Discussion: and Phillies Nation
Pete Caldera / Daily Record:   Manny Machado, Yankees trade rumors looming ahead of trade deadline
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  —  This is becoming absurd.  In Jeff McNeil the Mets have a 26-year-old infielder — hardly a kid — who has been crushing everything in sight in Triple-A, hitting .393 …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Chris Iseman /   Brandon Nimmo delivers walk-off home run to lift NY Mets past Phillies
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 …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Aguilar drives in 3 but Brewers lose to Marlins 5-4 in 12
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.”
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):
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 …
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)
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.
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: McCovey Chronicles
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: Federal Baseball and Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
MLB: Astros demote reliever Giles  —  Reliever Ken Giles was optioned to triple A on Wednesday by the Houston Astros, a day after he appeared to curse at manager A.J. Hinch when lifted from a game against the Oakland Athletics.  —  The Astros said the move wasn't related to the incident.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
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