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12:50 AM ET, July 10, 2019

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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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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Verlander: MLB juicing balls for more offense  —  CLEVELAND — American League All-Star Game starter Justin Verlander told ESPN on Monday that the balls used in Major League Baseball games this season are “a f—ing joke” and that he believes “100 percent” that the league has implemented juiced balls to increase offense.
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: AZ Snake Pit
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.
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 …
Ryan Kolakowski / Tampa Bay Times:
Mets' Pete Alonso could always hit, even as a South Tampa kid  —  The success of the Plant High alumnus doesn't surprise his youth baseball teammates.  —  Spencer Trayner looked on from the parking lot as a young Pete Alonso, a teammate on the Salty Dogs, climbed out of his car and tumbled face …
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Sarah Valenzuela / New York Daily News:
Zack Wheeler, Mets bullpen spell trouble for Mets on eve of All-Star break
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 …
Discussion: Talking Chop
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.
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
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rob Manfred On Minor-League Pay Negotiations  —  Yesterday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discussed the long-simmering issue of pay to minor-league players, as Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports (subscription link).  Manfred's office recently launched negotiations with the minor-league governing body known …
Discussion: The Athletic and Al's Ramblings
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
The market for Bumgarner; the Cubs' true talent level; the Yankees' search for pitching; more notes  —  The talk is the same at every deadline.  Executives downplay the value of trade targets in conversations not only with reporters, but also with their negotiating partners.
Zach Buchanan / The Athletic:
CEO Derrick Hall discusses the Diamondbacks' deadline options, artificial turf and Chase Field's future  —  The season's actual midpoint passed a week ago, but the All-Star break generally is when teams huddle to take stock of their playoff chances.  For the Diamondbacks, that means tough and sobering decisions.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
ESPN:
Power Rankings: How far can first-half surprise teams rise?  —  At the midseason break, we can't be too surprised to see that the Dodgers check in at No. 1.  Not only did they get four of five first-place votes, they've polled at No. 1 in each of the past six weeks, and in the top slot in 10 of 14 weeks during the regular season.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
 
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