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12:05 PM ET, July 16, 2019


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Associated Press:
Rays Defeat the Yankees With 3 Homers From Travis d'Arnaud  —  Travis d'Arnaud hit three home runs, including a startling three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays came back to beat the Yankees, 5-4, on Monday night.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News … and DRaysBay
Avery Yang / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
D'Arnaud 3 HRs, 3-run drive in 9th lifts Rays over Yanks 5-4  —  Travis d'Arnaud hit three home runs, including a startling, three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning off  —  Tampa Bay Rays overcame their Yankee Stadium woes to beat New York 5-4 on Monday night.
Discussion: DRaysBay and Pinstripe Alley
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Rays lose combined perfect game bid in 9th
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Schoenfield's take: Rays just miss perfection, but can they reach October?
Discussion: DRaysBay
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Acquire Martin Maldonado For Mike Montgomery  —  The Cubs have acquired catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets.  Left-hander Mike Montgomery's going to Kansas City in the swap, Mark Feinsand of reports.  The teams have confirmed the trade.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals “Close” To Trading Martin Maldonado
Jeff Passan / ESPN:   Cubs acquire catcher Maldonado from Royals
Rob Maaddi / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cody Bellinger hits 2 homers, Dodgers rout Phillies 16-2  —  Cody Bellinger hit his 32nd and 33rd homers,  —  Clayton Kershaw struck out seven in six innings and the major league-leading  —  Philadelphia Phillies 16-2 on Monday night.  —  Bellinger passed reigning NL MVP
Discussion: Phillies Nation and True Blue LA
ESPN:   Dodgers' Taylor (broken forearm) on 10-day IL
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Crawford has 2 HRs, 8 RBIs as Giants overwhelm Rockies 19-2  —  DENVER (AP) With nearly every swing, Brandon Crawford's day at the plate got better and better.  —  Crawford went 5 for 6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs, and the Giants scored a season high …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Acquire Anthony Bemboom  —  The Angels announced that they've acquired catcher Anthony Bemboom from the Rays for cash considerations.  —  This is the second transaction of the day involving Bemboom, whom the Rays designated for assignment in the afternoon.
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Baseball News …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
10 biggest questions for the MLB trade deadline  —  The days of posturing, pretenses, bluffs, deception and even out-and-out lies are about to end.  —  It's that time of year where every Major League Baseball club's front office must call and turn over their cards.  —  In or out?
Discussion: South Side Sox
2019 MLB trade deadline rumors, news, analysis and trade tracker  —  Will Madison Bumgarner, Trevor Bauer, Zack Wheeler and other topflight arms move in July deals?  The MLB trade deadline is approaching and we've got you covered with all of the trade rumors, reaction and analysis you need …
Josh Vitale / USA Today:
Next Tim Tebow?  Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks signed by Boston Red Sox  —  HOOVER, Ala. — Feleipe Franks was as surprised as anyone when the Boston Red Sox selected him the 31st round of the MLB Draft (947th overall) early last month.  —  The Florida Gators quarterback found …
MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings …:
Junis, Lopez lead Royals past White Sox 5-2  —  Jakob Junis struck out a career-high 10 and  —  Nicky Lopez drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the  —  Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Monday night.  —  The Royals beat  —  Lucas Giolito for the first time and thwarted his bid for a 12th victory.
Robert Murray / The Athletic:
As bullpen woes mount, sources say Brewers have had discussions with Giants for reliever Will Smith  —  David Stearns has a history.  He has turned the Brewers into an annual contender, due in part to the successful bullpen he's built.  —  In 2017 during his first full season as general manager …
Steve Herrick / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Mercado breaks tie with 2nd homer, Indians beat Tigers 8-6  —  Oscar Mercado hit his second home run of the game - a leadoff blast in the seventh inning - and the  —  Cleveland Indians continued to dominate Detroit with an 8-6 win over the Tigers on Monday night.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
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