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4:15 AM ET, July 11, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: and Bluebird Banter
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Emma Baccellieri / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
American League Holds Off the National League to Win Its Seventh Straight All-Star Game
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 …
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
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