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San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado leaves loss with left ankle sprain in first inning  —  MLB, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres  —  DENVER — San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado left Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies after injuring his left ankle while taking …
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Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mike Shildt says he's ready to manage again  —  The San Diego Padres have taken over the lead in the National League Western Division with a familiar face in the dugout, occasionally.  —  Mike Shildt, booted as Cardinals manager after last season, has been back in uniform with the Padres …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs' losing streak hits 10 games with a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres: 'We're due to win one'
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Jameson Taillon shuts down Blue Jays, Aaron Hicks delivers key hit as Yankees run win streak to 9  —  TORONTO — The Yankees can crush a team, like they did Friday night.  They can scrape out wins, like they did in the three-game sweep of the Rays earlier this week.
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
The makings of an ace: How Marlins' Sandy Alcantara is becoming one of MLB's top pitchers  —  As Sandy Alcantara walks off the mound after a start this season, his mind is already moving forward.  —  The real work is about to begin.  —  While the results are what everyone sees …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jordan McPherson / Miami Herald:
Jerar Encarnacion's first MLB hit: A go-ahead grand slam in Marlins' win over Mets  —  The count was full and the situation was key for the 24-year-old outfielder making his MLB debut on Sunday.  Jerar Encarnacion had the bases loaded in the seventh inning and the Miami Marlins trailing the New York Mets by a run.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
From Tommy John to Cy Young form at 39?  Inside Justin Verlander's unprecedented return to dominance  —  LAST SEPTEMBER, WITH the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery approaching, Justin Verlander wanted to pitch.  Even though his rehabilitation wasn't complete …
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox have a 6th inning to forget, allowing 10 runs in a 13-3 loss to the Houston Astros  —  HOUSTON — The Chicago White Sox returned to Minute Maid Park for the first time since Game 2 of the 2021 American League Division Series.  —  Lucas Giolito started that game for the Sox.
Associated Press:
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A's need new ballpark deals soon  —  NEW YORK — Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics need to reach new ballpark deals soon and left open the possibility of considering relocation if agreements are not struck.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and The Athletic
Associated Press:
Infielder Nicky Lopez loses salary arbitration case to Kansas City Royals  —  NEW YORK — Kansas City infielder Nicky Lopez lost his salary arbitration case with the Royals on Friday and will get $2.55 million instead of his $2.9 million request, a decision that clinched management's third straight winning record.
Fluto Shinzawa / The Athletic:
Bruins coaching search: David Quinn to interview next week, has emerged as a top candidate  —  David Quinn is scheduled for an in-person interview for the Bruins coaching position next week, according to a source familiar with the situation.  The native of Cranston, R.I. …
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Anthony Rizzo hits walk-off homer, Clarke Schmidt solid in emergency start as Yankees run Stadium streak to 14  —  Anthony Rizzo ended it, but the way it started was probably the most impressive thing about the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Rays Thursday night.  Rizzo hit a walk-off solo home run …
Kyle Hightower / Associated Press:
Steph Curry, Warriors finish off the Celtics 103-90 for another NBA title with dominating Game 6 win  —  BOSTON — The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again, topping the Boston Celtics 103-90 on Thursday night for their fourth title in the last eight seasons.
Associated Press:
Canha, Plummer help Mets to 5-4 comeback win over Brewers  —  NEW YORK — One of the only trouble spots for the New York Mets this season has been keeping their pitchers healthy.  —  Finding ways to win, however, hasn't been a problem.  —  Mark Canha hit a two-run homer and the Mets threw …
Discussion: New Jersey Online and ESPN
Katie Woo / The Athletic:
Cardinals' Yadier Molina expected to go on IL with knees growing weary: Sources  —  ST. LOUIS — As what is often the norm after a loss — and also typically commonplace on the final game of a homestand — the Cardinals' clubhouse was fairly sparse Wednesday night.  —  The hushed nature was hardly unusual given the box score.
 
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