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2:50 PM ET, July 10, 2019

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ESPN:
Manfred: MLB didn't alter baseball for more HRs  —  Commissioner Rob Manfred again emphatically denied that Major League Baseball has altered baseballs to generate more offense, amid widespread criticism from some of the sport's top pitchers.  —  “Baseball has done nothing …
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB players are furious, willing to strike over economic system: 'We're all united'  —  CLEVELAND — There are no threats, no allusions of intimidation ... really, not even raised voices.  —  Yet there also is not the slightest tinge of fear.  —  Major League Baseball players representing …
Discussion: New York Post
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Major League Baseball is at a crossroads.  What does it want to become?  —  CLEVELAND — Major League Baseball once again celebrates their sport Tuesday with the All-Star Game, showcasing the greatest collection of young stars, including one of the finest players to ever grace the playing field …
Associated Press:
‘Meaningful free agency’ among MLBPA's priorities
Discussion: Talking Chop
Mike Oz / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
American League wins its seventh straight MLB All-Star Game  —  CLEVELAND — The entire conversation surrounding this year's MLB All-Star Game has been  —  about juiced balls and how MLB players are hitting more home runs than ever.  —  Well, the National League All-Star team sure could have one more of those.
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Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Canadian Mike Soroka rides fast track with Braves to MLB All-Star Game  —  CLEVELAND — Looking back on it now, it was perhaps inevitable that pitcher Mike Soroka and general manager Alex Anthopoulos would eventually end up together in the major leagues.  —  That it happened had a little …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Jacob deGrom gets back at Mike Trout, who pops up  —  Jacob deGrom is becoming something of an All-Star Game regular, having been two seasons in a row and three times in the past five.  In his exhibition encounters with the American League, only one batter has beaten him: the Angels' Mike Trout …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Indians' past and present collide at All-Star Game, will they make the same mistake with Francisco Lindor?  —  CLEVELAND —They were traded for each other 11 years ago to the day Monday, and for the first time, New York Yankees veteran starter CC Sabathia and Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley actually met.
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Tom Withers / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Bieber wins MVP, Cleveland shines in All-Star Game  —  All Star Game Baseball  —  CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley came back, took a well-deserved bow and delivered like always.  Shane Bieber pitched a perfect inning and took home an MVP trophy and a shiny new pickup truck.
Discussion: USA Today and AZ Snake Pit
Dave Campbell / NBCSports.com:
All-Star break arrives at right time for still-in-1st Twins
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Emma Baccellieri / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
American League Holds Off the National League to Win Its Seventh Straight All-Star Game  —  SI baseball writers Emma Baccellieri and Matt Martell provided live updates and commentary throughout the 2019 All-Star Game.  Relive the Midsummer Classic in our live blog below.
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Sports Illustrated:
American League Holds Off the National League to Win Its 7th Straight All-Star Game  — It wasn't as thrilling as Monday's Home Run Derby, but the 2019 All-Star Game did exactly what it was supposed to do—showcase the best of baseball. … PARTING THOUGHTS AS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WINS ITS SEVENTH ALL-STAR GAME IN A ROW, 4-3.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Jon Paul Morosi / MLB.com:
Mets could be enticed to move Thor in right deal  —  A trade of Noah Syndergaard this month is possible — if a heavy price is paid.  —  While the Mets aren't soliciting offers for Syndergaard, multiple teams have contacted them to express interest, sources say.
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Comeback looks unlikely as Ankiel nears what agent Boras calls ‘decision time’  —  CLEVELAND — The comeback idea, hatched almost a year ago when he returned to the mound on a lark, has likely ended for Rick Ankiel before it could truly start this summer.  —  Ankiel is reaching a “decision time …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
 
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