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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.
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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 …
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,
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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) …
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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:
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 …
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 …
Chris McCosky / Detroit News:
Second half: Tigers trust darkest hour is right before the dawn  —  Kansas City, Mo. — Don't think it can't get any worse.  Because it can.  Of course it can.  —  The Tigers limped into the break, pun intended, with eight players still on the injured list, including four starting pitchers …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Release Junichi Tazawa  —  The Cubs have released veteran right-hander Junichi Tazawa from their Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, as first reported by broadcaster Alex Cohen (Twitter link).  He'll return to the open market in search of a new opportunity as numerous clubs seek out bullpen depth in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
ESPN:
Dodgers get even stronger as Seager returns  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers, with the best record in baseball at 60-32, will be getting even stronger when the second half of the season begins.  —  They activated shortstop Corey Seager, out since June 12 with a hamstring strain …
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 …
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.
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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