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7:05 PM ET, August 10, 2018


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Bradford DoolittleESPN / ESPN:
MLB's next big thing: Red Sox vs. 116 and more races to watch  —  Baseball is a story, one that never ends and one that never follows any pat formula.  Each season is a chapter in the longest novel ever written.  The chapters achieve closure; the novel does not.  We just have to keep reading.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Kristie Rieken / Associated Press:
M's jump on Verlander early in 8-6 win over Astros  —  HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander got pushed around by the Seattle Mariners early Thursday night, and then umpire Nic Lentz sent him off for an early shower.  —  Certainly not what the former Cy Young and MVP Award winner had in mind for his first shot at career win No. 200.
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Kristie Rieken / Associated Press:   Mariners jump on Verlander early in 8-6 win over Astros
Jon Meoli / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles call up outfield prospect Cedric Mullins  —  Orioles' Cedric Mullins hits a sacrifice fly to score teammate Austin Hays during spring training.  (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)  —  Orioles outfield prospect Cedric Mullins earned his first major league call-up Friday, the team has announced …
Orioles moving Adam Jones to right field as Cedric Mullins set to debut  —  Adam Jones declined to be traded by the Baltimore Orioles last month.  Now his decadelong run as the team's center fielder appears to be ending.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS  —  A touted New York pitcher disappointed …
Toronto Sun:
First-place Red Sox face last-place Orioles  —  BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles sit at opposite ends of the spectrum in the world of Major League Baseball.  Boston might be the best team while the Orioles could be the worst.  —  But when the teams start a weekend series …
Associated Press:
Stunner: Mariners demote ace Felix Hernandez to bullpen  —  HOUSTON (AP) — Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has lost his spot in the rotation in the wake of his latest terrible start in a season filled with struggles.  —  The right-hander, who threw a perfect game in 2012 …
Mariners demote Hernandez to bullpen
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Phillies Acquire Justin Bour  —  2:15PM: The Marlins will receive left-hander McKenzie Mills, Fancred's Jon Heyman reports (Twitter link).  Mills was an 18th-round pick for the Nationals in the 2014 draft, and the 22-year-old has a 3.51 ERA, 2.58 K/BB rate, and an 8.5 K/9 over 89 2/3 IP …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:   Phillies Designate Jake Thompson
Jesse RogersESPN / ESPN:
It's time to talk about Bryce Harper and the Cubs again  —  CHICAGO - Let the hype begin anew.  —  Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper will make his final appearance at Wrigley Field this weekend — barring a playoff matchup — before hitting free agency this winter.
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Dan Martin / New York Post:
Aaron Judge isn't pain-free and still can't swing a bat yet  —  The Yankees have been without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez since late July and although Sanchez seems to be getting closer to a return, Judge admitted he still is in pain from the chip fracture in his right wrist and he won't be able to swing until it is gone.
Discussion: Sporting News
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge behind schedule — though Aaron Boone is optimistic — as Yankees in need of right-handed power
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Kirk Meyer / New York Daily News:   J.A. Happ gives Yankees six strong innings after return from hand, foot and mouth disease
Daily Record:
A's bolster deep bullpen by acquiring Twins closer Fernando Rodney  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics, who are a potential wild card opponent of the Yankees, have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins.  —  The A's sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers …
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's add Fernando Rodney to already packed bullpen
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Fernando Rodney latest reliever acquired by Athletics
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Angels OF Mike Trout lands on DL with right wrist inflammation  —  Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right wrist inflammation, the team announced.  —  Trout hasn't played since Aug. 1, when he hurt his wrist during a feet-first slide into third base in Tampa Bay.
Wackiest stat of the season for every MLB team  —  Baseball's numbers may not necessarily lie, but they don't always make a lot of sense.  —  Consider that a pitcher traded at the deadline made a leap not seen in 104 years, a leadoff hitter has more than three times as many home runs as steals …
Bobby Nightengale /
Injured Cincinnati Reds outfielder Scott Schebler (shoulder) hopes to return next week  —  Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer  —  Nine days after halting a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, injured Reds outfielder Scott Schebler was at Great American Ball Park working on his throwing motion with a towel.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks notes: Torey Lovullo giving Paul Goldschmidt red light on steal attempts  —  CINCINNATI - Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said last month that his decline in stolen bases has to do with opposing teams paying more attention to him.  Manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged …
Kerry Crowley / Mercury News:
Giants fall further back in NL West after blowout loss to Pirates  —  SAN FRANCISCO-As the Giants' highest-ranking executives looked back on the 2017 season last October, they termed it an “aberration” and felt convinced every break that could have gone in their favor instead went the other way.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Bob Brookover /
Freddy Galvis was Phillies' best option at shortstop this season |  Bob Brookover  —  It's too soon to grade the trade.  We do not know what Enyel De Los Santos, the player the Phillies acquired for shortstop Freddy Galvis, is going to become.  He pitched well enough in his first season …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Pat Graham / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Taylor, Dozier homer in ninth as Dodgers beat Rockies 8-5  —  Chris Taylor and Brian Dozier homered off closer  —  Wade Davis in the ninth inning and the  —  Los Angeles Dodgers exploited Colorado's shaky bullpen to beat the Rockies 8-5 on Thursday night.
Discussion: True Blue LA and Purple Row
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  After playing maybe their worst game of the season in the series opener against the San Diego Padres two nights earlier, the Milwaukee Brewers somehow managed to top that performance Thursday afternoon.  —  Corey Knebel failed to retire any of the four batters he faced …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  The questions for Corey Knebel were many.
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Mike Puma / New York Post:
Cardinals executive on radar in Mets' GM search
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs sign reliever Jorge De La Rosa, send Randy Rosario to minors
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Mark Kiszla / Denver Post:
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Discussion: Purple Row and Rox Pile
Associated Press:
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