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J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Dodgers sweep Diamondbacks to finish perfect homestand  —  LOS ANGELES ― Trea Turner hit an unremarkable ground ball to the right side of second base in the sixth inning Wednesday night.  The Arizona Diamondbacks' second baseman, Andrew Young, fielded the ball and threw it to first base in a fluid motion.
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J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Dodgers' Max Scherzer-Trea Turner trade already ranks among best ever  —  The Dodgers' surge, combined with the Padres' downfall, helps the deal tower over other midseason swaps  —  On the morning of July 31, the Dodgers and Padres awoke to a spitting-distance gap in the standings.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets swept by Cardinals as postseason contention all but dead  —  Pete Alonso strolled to the plate in the seventh inning with runners on the corners.  The Mets trailed the Cardinals by four runs, but Alonso could change the story with one swing.  He certainly tried, sending a 377-foot fly ball to right field.
Discussion: Newsday and NorthJersey.com
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets' wild-card hopes dealt another blow in 11-inning loss to Cardinals  —  Give the Mets this: They don't make anything easy.  —  They lost a heartbreaker, 7-6, to the Cardinals in 11 innings on Tuesday after Jake Reed — an August waiver-wire pickup who returned from the injured list hours …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: Carpenter hopes opportunities will open up for 2022, does not want ‘this particular season’ to be end
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Cardinals silence Mets offense in rainy loss
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Eric-Paul Johnson / San Bernardino Sun:
Inland boys athlete of the week: Jesse Carmona, Ganesha  —  The Inland boys athlete of the week:  —  Name: Jesse Carmona School: Ganesha Sport: Football Year: Senior  —  Noteworthy: Carmona rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns and also completed 7 of 14 passes for 200 yards …
Orange County Register:
Gov. Gavin Newsom survives recall challenge  —  Initial results likely skew blue, with the race expected to tighten as more ballots are counted.  —  bstaggs@scng.com, JEFF HORSEMAN |  jhorseman@scng.com, RYAN CARTER |  rcarter@scng.com and MARTIN WISCKOL |  mwisckol@scng.com
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Seattle Mariners to host 2023 MLB All-Star Game, sources say  —  Seattle has been chosen to host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 2023, sources familiar with the decision told ESPN on Tuesday.  —  Plans to bring the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby back to T-Mobile Park …
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Yankees move Gleyber Torres back to second base  —  With three weeks to go in the regular season and the Yankees starting the day out of a playoff spot, manager Aaron Boone dropped a bombshell in his lineup for Monday afternoon's makeup game against the Twins.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Marly Rivera / ESPN:
MLB expands list of who can wear No. 21 to honor Roberto Clemente on Sept. 15  —  All Puerto Rican players in Major League Baseball once again will be allowed to wear No. 21 to honor Roberto Clemente on Sept. 15, and this time it will be in front of fans.  —  MLB has extended the honor …
ESPN:
San Diego Padres put Blake Snell on 10-day IL, sign Vince Velasquez to minor league deal  —  San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell went on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to a left adductor groin strain, the team announced.  —  The Padres also signed right-hander Vince Velasquez …
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Rockets, John Wall agree he won't play as sides work together on trade: Sources  —  After meeting and seeing eye-to-eye on the direction of the Houston Rockets, the franchise and John Wall have agreed on working together to find a new home for the five-time All-Star guard, sources tell The Athletic.
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
U.S. Soccer offers men's, women's teams identical contract proposals  —  NEW YORK — The U.S. Soccer Federation said it had offered identical contract proposals Tuesday to the players' associations for the men's and women's national teams, and the governing body said it would refuse to agree …
Discussion: New York Post and Denver Post
ESPN:
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun announces retirement  —  Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP and franchise home run king for the Milwaukee Brewers, announced his retirement Tuesday.  —  The six-time All-Star selection has not played this season after becoming a free agent …
Tim Booth / Associated Press:
Haniger homers in 3rd straight game, Mariners top Bosox 5-4  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Normally one to remain stoic and keep his emotions in check, Seattle's Mitch Haniger couldn't stop from pumping his fist and screaming as he rounded first base.  —  He knew the importance of what his 33rd home run meant at this time of year.
ESPN:
New York Mets star Francisco Lindor settles spat with 3 HRs to help down New York Yankees  —  NEW YORK — Francisco Lindor whistled at the Yankees, and he sent the ball whistling over the wall — three times.  —  In the midst of a miserable first season with the Mets, Lindor kept alive …
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