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Julian McWilliams / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox give Jeter Downs a debut surprise as he starts at third base, not shortstop  —  Xander Bogaerts originally had an off day for Wednesday's series finale against the Tigers.  The plan was for Jeter Downs to make his big league debut at shortstop in place of Bogaerts; Trevor Story, meanwhile, would remain at second.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
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Greg Dudek / NESN.com:
Red Sox's Jeter Downs Thought MLB Debut Vs. Tigers Was ‘Coolest Thing’  —  Downs got the start at third base in his debut  —  Boston Red Sox infielder Jeter Downs couldn't be entirely upset about his 0-for-4 showing at the plate against the Detroit Tigers.
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Boston Red Sox's Jarren Duran says he's unvaccinated, meaning he'll miss next week's series in Toronto  —  BOSTON — Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran said Wednesday that he remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, meaning he'll be ineligible to play next week's three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Discussion: The Boston Globe and NBCSports.com
Nick O'Malley / Union-News:
Why Manny Ramirez says Derek Jeter would have been ‘just a regular player’ in Kansas City
Discussion: Boston.com and Call to the Pen
Chris Cotillo / Union-News:
Alex Cora jokes Red Sox need to stop seating David Ortiz next to him during games: 'It's non-stop. It's not Fort Myers, bro'
Jen McCaffrey / The Athletic:
Manny Ramirez offers contract advice to Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts
Discussion: NESN.com and NBCSports.com
Associated Press:
Los Angeles Angels' Reid Detmers optioned to minors 6 weeks after no-hitter  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have optioned Reid Detmers to the minors just six starts after the rookie left-hander threw a no-hitter.  —  The Angels assigned Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday …
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J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Shohei Ohtani's 2-homer, 8-RBI night not enough as Angels lose to Royals in 11 innings  —  Ohtani's three-run blasts - including one to tie the score in the ninth - help the Angels rally from deficits of 5-0, 6-1 and 10-7, before losing, 12-11  —  ANAHEIM ― As Shohei Ohtani rounded the bases …
J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Before they were Angels teammates, Mike Trout helped David MacKinnon hit for power
Discussion: Press Enterprise and Daily News
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Michael King and Clay Holmes have been dominant, but their heavy workload is concerning  —  ST. PETERSBURG — In the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night, Michael King popped up onto the bullpen mound.  The Yankees' reliable right-hander had been noticeably missing from the game the night before.
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Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
The Houston Astros remain the class of the AL West and will provide tough test for both Mets, Yankees
Discussion: Boston Herald
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Aaron Judge in Queens?  Boston? 7 teams that could challenge Yankees for MLB's biggest likely free agent  —  The long-standing refrain about baseball free agents is that it takes just one aggressive owner to change everything.  Arte Moreno swooped in to sign Albert Pujols for the Angels.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Carlos Carrasco exits with back tightness as Mets get swept by Astros  —  HOUSTON — The last thing the Mets needed was another injury to a starting pitcher.  —  Carlos Carrasco exited his start with lower back tightness in the third inning of the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
Discussion: NorthJersey.com and Newsday
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Max Scherzer completes first rehab start; Jacob deGrom throws first live batting practice since shoulder injury  —  HOUSTON - The Mets aces are taking significant steps toward their upcoming returns to the rotation.  —  Max Scherzer (left oblique strain) allowed two earned runs on two hits …
Jonas Shaffer / Baltimore Sun:
Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at age 26  —  Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died, the team announced Wednesday.  He was 26.  —  “We are profoundly saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Ravens said in a statement, which did not list a cause of death.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
With the Chicago White Sox rotation finally whole, it's time for the starters to pick up the slack  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 17  —  White Sox second baseman Josh Harrison, center, celebrates with teammates after driving in the winning run with a single in the 12th inning on June 21, 2022, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
After losing lead and rallying, Chicago White Sox outlast Toronto Blue Jays in 12 innings for ‘a very special win’
J.P. Hoornstra / Orange County Register:
Dodgers set to promote Stefen Romero to majors for first time since 2016  —  The 33-year-old outfielder played in Japan from 2017-21 before signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February  —  A long and winding road is bringing Stefen Romero back to the big leagues.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Memo: MLB to require all teams to ‘muddy’ ball using exact same technique  —  Major League Baseball is now requiring teams to “muddy” baseballs before games using the exact same technique, according to a league memo sent to all 30 teams on Tuesday and obtained by ESPN.
 
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