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Julian McWilliams /
David Price nabs 150th victory, Red Sox cap sweep  —  DETROIT — It depends on the day.  Depends on the batter.  —  David Price has been at this for a while, so he's used to adjusting on the fly.  He can manipulate each of his pitches at different speeds better than most.
Peter Abraham /
Red Sox will savor break, but know crunch time awaits
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays shortstop prospect Wander Franco at the center of attention at Futures Game  —  Franco has risen fast to become game's top prospect at 18, now aiming for a 2020 major-league debut.  —  CLEVELAND - Wander Franco knew getting selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game …
Angels' Lucroy carted off after collision at plate  —  HOUSTON — Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy was carted off the field in the eighth inning after a collision at the plate with the Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick.  —  The Angels said Lucroy was taken to the hospital for a CT scan …
Discussion: New York Post
Kristie Rieken / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Angels' Lucroy carted off, hospitalized after collision  —  Angels Astros Baseball  —  Jonathan Lucroy was carted off the field Sunday after a violent collision at the plate with Houston's  —  Jake Marisnick, and manager Brad Ausmus thinks the league should consider suspending the Astros outfielder.
Sarah Valenzuela / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler, Mets bullpen spell trouble for Mets on eve of All-Star break  —  Zack Wheeler was hardly his sharpest, but he said there might be more to it.  —  In the first inning alone, the right-handed pitcher was charged with four earned runs off five hits in the Mets 8-3 loss to the Phillies on Sunday at Citi Field.
Ben Walker / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nola's pitching, Bruce's power lead Phillies over Mets 8-3
Discussion: New York Post and Phillies Nation
Yelich pulls out of HR Derby with back issue  —  Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has pulled out of Monday's Home Run Derby because of a back injury, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.  —  He will be replaced by the Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman.
Discussion: Talking Chop and Twinkie Town
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Claim AJ Reed  —  The White Sox announced that they've claimed first baseman/designated hitter AJ Reed off waivers from the Astros.  Injured pitcher Ryan Burr was transferred to the 60-day IL to open a spot on the 40-man roster.  Reed, who was designated for assignment by Houston last week …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB's steroid question: David Segui wonders why players still are demonized for PEDs  —  CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball maintains it's illegal and wants it completely eradicated from the game, but former big league slugger David Segui insists that stance is grossly hypocritical.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Andy McCullough / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would like a White House invitation to decline  —  Dave Roberts learned he had drawn the ire of the president of the United States in the most public of settings, sitting at a postgame news conference, broadcast to millions, as he sifted through the wreckage of Game 4 of the 2018 World Series.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
New York Times:
Tony Clark's Second Chance  —  He was unexpectedly thrust into the position of leading the players' union.  Now, as owners have seemingly gained an advantage, can he fix the sport's labor landscape?  —  When Tony Clark turned 30 years old, he was coming off an All-Star season and earning $5 million …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Among Teams Interested In David Peralta  —  If the Diamondbacks decide to move some of their veteran talent at the deadline, the Cubs are one of multiple teams who would have interest in outfielder David Peralta, Ken Rosenthal reports in his latest video link for FOX Sports.
La Velle E. Neal III / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Twins Insider: Team seeking pitching depth inside and outside the organization  —  It's notable that both Adalberto Mejia and Zack Littell returned to the club in the past week.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Class AAA Rochester has been a popular spot for scouts lately, as the Diamondbacks, Padres …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and
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Terry Koshan / Toronto Sun:
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