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1:10 PM ET, August 10, 2018


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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
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:
Mariners jump on Verlander early in 8-6 win over Astros  —  Justin Verlander (11-7) was ejected for arguing a balk call after setting a season high for runs allowed.  He failed hard in his bid for his 200th career victory.  —  HOUSTON - Mitch Haniger homered while Seattle jumped …
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.
Associated Press:
Nationals top Braves 6-3, Gio Gonzalez ends personal skid
Discussion: Federal Baseball
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Bryce Harper as a Cub is a $300 million fantasy the team cannot afford
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Associated Press:   MLB: Nationals' Bryce Harper scratched with right knee soreness
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
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 …
Discussion: Twinkie Town
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
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge behind schedule — though Aaron Boone is optimistic — as Yankees in need of right-handed power  —  Thursday afternoon, Aaron Judge walked over to home plate at Yankee Stadium and pretended to hit before sprinting out of the box.  It was just a running drill for Judge …
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
Kirk Meyer / New York Daily News:   Struggling since return from DL, Yankees' Gleyber Torres gets needed day off
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:
Cleveland Indians top Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Michael Brantley's single in 9th  —  The Tribe wins in walk-off fashion for the second straight game  —  CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley's ninth-inning single gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over Minnesota on Thursday, their second straight walk-off victory against the Twins.
In Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, the Cleveland Indians have 2 MVP candidates
Discussion: ESPN
Ben Axelrod / WKYC-TV:
Cleveland Indians place OF Leonys Martin on DL with non-baseball condition, recall Greg Allen
Justin Verlander details how Kate Upton pulled him out of depression  —  The pitcher opened up to Bleacher Report saying after one of his worst seasons in 2014, the supermodel saved his career, and possibly even his life.  —  Author: CBS Sports  —  Athletes opening up about their mental health is becoming more and more common.
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
Kerry Crowley / Mercury News:
Giants' elephant in the room: Must Madison Bumgarner go to spark rebuild?
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  —  The questions for Corey Knebel were many.  —  The answers were few.  —  Addressing reporters in the wake of the Milwaukee Brewers' soul-crushing, 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres at Miller Park on Thursday afternoon, the right-hander seemed as though he was still trying …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Next Slide  —  After playing maybe their worst game of the season …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
Yankees hurler Happ anonymously rides the No. 4 train after win No. 2 in pinstripes  —  Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ hopes winning is contagious — and the subway is not.  —  Happ, recently recovered from a bout of hand, foot and mouth disease, boarded the rolling petri dish known …
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
Teddy Greenstein / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs sign reliever Jorge De La Rosa, send Randy Rosario to minors  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs have signed left-handed reliever Jorge De La Rosa and optioned Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa.  —  De La Rosa, who most recently pitched for the Diamondbacks, will join the club for Friday's game against the Nationals.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
DRAFT MLB Strategy: Friday  —  Building a team on DRAFT's DFS platform is an excellent way to make the action even more exciting than just following your favorite team.  If you aren't familiar with DRAFT's DFS platform, it's an innovative daily fantasy game with a live draft feature …
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Mark Kiszla / Denver Post:
He's not Chuck Nazty any more.  Would move from center field help Charlie Blackmon get his groove back?
Discussion: Purple Row and Rox Pile
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Pat Neshek believes in the young Phillies because he lived through similar success with the Astros
Discussion: and The Good Phight
Arizona Republic:
Next Slide  —  Clay Buchholz didn't even know if he was going to pitch this year.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Pedro Strop is flashy, but he has a parental side that his Cubs teammates value
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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