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10:40 AM ET, July 11, 2019

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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
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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.
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 …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Major League Baseball is at a crossroads. What does it want to become?
Associated Press:
‘Meaningful free agency’ among MLBPA's priorities
Discussion: Talking Chop
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 …
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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 …
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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Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
Canadian Mike Soroka rides fast track with Braves to MLB All-Star Game
Tim Healey / Newsday:   Jacob deGrom gets back at Mike Trout, who pops up
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  —  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 …
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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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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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
As Indians' past and present collide at All-Star Game, will they make the same mistake with Francisco Lindor?
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.
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Emma Baccellieri / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
American League Holds Off the National League to Win Its Seventh Straight All-Star Game
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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