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6:45 PM ET, July 11, 2019

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Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80  —  Jim Bouton, a pitcher of modest achievement but a celebrated iconoclast who left a lasting mark on baseball as the author of “Ball Four,” a raunchy, shrewd, irreverent — and best-selling — player's diary that tainted …
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New York Daily News:
Yankees pitcher and “Ball Four” author Jim Bouton dies at 80  —  Ex-Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton was a 20-game winner, won two World Series games, spent 10 years in the big leagues — and made a bigger impact with a pen in his hand than a baseball.  —  The author of the groundbreaking hardball tell-all …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Five questions facing the Mets in the second half of the season  —  The Mets' second half begins Friday in Miami against the Marlins, the only team in the National League with a worse record.  Here are five questions that will define the Mets' next two-and-a-half months.  —  How long will the manager last?
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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Scooby Axson / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Yankees, Red Sox Interested in Mets Pitcher Zack Wheeler  —  The Red Sox and Yankees reportedly have asked about New York Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler.  —  The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are looking into the possibility of trading for New York Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler, reports SNY.
Stephanie Apstein / Sports Illustrated:
Even Baseball's Best Players Are Hopelessly Overmatched in CBA Negotiations  — The best players in the world, selected to represent their sport at this week's All-Star Game, want to fix free agency.  But there's little consensus from these All-Stars about how they're going to do that when the current CBA expires.
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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB players are furious, willing to strike over economic system: 'We're all united'
Discussion: New York Post
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Major League Baseball is at a crossroads. What does it want to become?
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Associated Press:
‘Meaningful free agency’ among MLBPA's priorities
Discussion: Talking Chop
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Baseball's robot umpires are here.  And you might not even notice the difference.  —  YORK, Pa. — The either long-dreaded or long-awaited arrival of digitally rendered ballpark justice has come to professional baseball.  Robot umpires have arrived.  —  Except, they're not really robots.
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Associated Press:
‘Robot umpires’ debut in Atlantic League ASG
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Promote Bubba Starling  —  The Royals announced Thursday that they will select the contract of outfielder Bubba Starling prior to tomorrow's game.  A corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced tomorrow.  —  Starling, 27 next month, was the fifth overall draft pick by the Royals back in 2011.
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching.  Who are the Marlins' top trade assets?  —  The All-Star Game is over.  The second half of the season resumes on Friday.  —  And while the Miami Marlins look to climb out of the National League cellar on the field, the front office will be busy …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Buy?  Sell?  Diamondbacks, GM Mike Hazen facing ‘complicated decision’ as deadline looms  —  As the days and games fall off the calendar, the decision for Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen seems to grow ever more difficult.  His team cannot sustain a winning streak - or a losing streak, for that matter.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Kyle Newman / Denver Post:
Kyle Freeland expected to return to Rockies rotation on Saturday against Cincinnati  —  Kyle Freeland is expected to make his return to the Rockies' rotation on Saturday against the Reds at Coors Field, per sources, after the club's opening day starter spent nearly six weeks in Triple-A Albuquerque.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Rox Pile
Fred Goodall / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Young Rays confident they can stay in AL playoff chase  —  Tampa Bay Rays are confident they can emerge from a tough five-week stretch and remain in contention for their first playoff berth in six years.  —  With help from a surprising 14-4 start that left the  —  New York Yankees and
Discussion: DRaysBay
Josh Ellis / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Can the Phillies turn things around?  Oddsmakers have their say  —  Phillies will exit the All-Star Break on Friday in third place in the NL East with a record of 47-43 after 90 games.  Where do they go from here?  Well, oddsmakers at Caesars Entertainment have their opinion, and it's not promising.
Discussion: NBCSports.com and Talking Chop
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 …
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Canadian Mike Soroka rides fast track with Braves to MLB All-Star Game
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: Phillies Nation
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John Tomase / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman details bromance with Red Sox P David Price  —  CLEVELAND — Marcus Stroman was David Price's teammate for only 86 days, but those two-plus months were enough to leave a lasting impression.  —  Stroman and Price joined forces at the 2015 trade deadline when Toronto acquired …
 
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