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3:25 PM ET, July 8, 2019


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Alex Pavlovic / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Top Giants prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos to play in MLB Futures Game  —  Top Giants prospects Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos to play in MLB Futures Game originally appeared on  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Major League Baseball's Futures Game will be played in a different format this year, but it also might be time for a new name.
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Jays pitching prospect Pearson sizzles in All Star Futures Game  —  CLEVELAND — Nate Pearson knows that when people watch him throw a baseball, eyes follow the radar gun reading as much his delivery and where the ball actually sizzles.  —  Overall he's fine with it - when you your fastball …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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 …
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  —  DETROIT — Their suitcases were lined up in the hallway outside the clubhouse early Sunday morning, ready to be pulled out to the curb and thrown into the trunk of a waiting car as soon as possible once the game was over.
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
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 …
Tommy Birch / Des Moines Register:
Adbert Alzolay says the Chicago Cubs have ‘some plans for me in the second half’  —  Iowa Cubs pitcher Adbert Alzolay won't pitch in the Futures Game.  But he's still excited about attending it.  —  CONNECT  —  When the Chicago Cubs sent Adbert Alzolay back to Iowa …
Discussion: Cubs Insider and Bleacher Nation
Andrew Seligman / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Lester pitches into 7th, Cubs beat Giolito, White Sox 6-3
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