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Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Jim Bouton Opened Up the Major Leagues to Everyone  —  Through both his everyman path to professional baseball and his revealing memoir “Ball Four,” Bouton, who died on Wednesday, made a gilded world seem attainable.  —  In high school they called him Warm-Up, because he only ever pitched in the bullpen.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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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 …
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Mitch Moreland injury: Boston Red Sox first baseman starts rehab assignment  —  Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday night, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the designated hitter.  —  Moreland hadn't seen game action since June 7 …
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Scooby Axson / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Yankees, Red Sox Interested in Mets Pitcher Zack Wheeler
Joe Lapointe / Detroit Free Press:
40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought  —  Forty years ago today, when Dan Petry was a rookie pitcher for the DetroitTigers, his second road trip took him to Chicago's Comiskey Park for a scheduled twi-night doubleheader against the White Sox on Disco Demolition Night.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cardinals Place Yadier Molina On 10-Day IL; Activate Matt Carpenter  —  5:22pm: Molina will likely miss around three weeks and surgery won't be required, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told MLB.com's Anne Rogers and other media.  —  4:14pm: The Cardinals have announced (Twitter links) …
Discussion: Bleacher Nation
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.
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: Rox Pile and MLB Trade Rumors
Associated Press:
‘Robot umpires’ debut in Atlantic League ASG  —  YORK, Pa. — “Robot umpires” have arrived.  —  The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes on Wednesday at its All-Star Game.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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Stephen Hawkins / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Lynn gets MLB-best 12th win as Rangers beat Astros 5-0  —  Lance Lynn matched his season high with 11 strikeouts in seven stellar innings for his major league-best 12th victory and the  —  Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading  —  Houston Astros 5- in the only game Thursday night …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres Interested In Matt Boyd  —  You can add Matt Boyd to the long list of starting pitchers on the Padres' radar, as MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports that San Diego is “evaluating” the southpaw as a potential trade acquisition.  Things still seem to be in the exploratory phase, however …
Tim Stebbins / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
White Sox prospect Luis Robert has a grand Triple-A debut with Charlotte Knights  —  They say you only have one chance to make a good first impression.  —  It's safe to say that Luis Robert made more than a good impression with the  —  Charlotte Knights.  In his Triple-A debut on Thursday,
Discussion: South Side Sox and NBCSports.com
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: Fish Stripes and MLB Trade Rumors
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
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
 
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