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Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
Adley Rutschman homers, catches shutout as outfield defense dazzles in Orioles' 4-0 win over White Sox  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 7  —  CHICAGO — Adley Rutschman has arrived.  —  Sure, the top prospect in baseball and the Orioles' farm system reached the majors more than a month ago.
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Phil Thompson / Chicago Tribune:
Danny Mendick suffers a season-ending ACL tear, while the Chicago White Sox call up hot prospect Lenyn Sosa  —  Danny Mendick didn't curse his luck.  —  The White Sox infielder's season came to end Thursday with news that he tore the ACL in his right knee, an injury suffered Wednesday in an outfield collision with Adam Haseley.
Discussion: ESPN and Orange County Register
Andy Kostka / Baltimore Sun:
Austin Hays becomes the sixth Orioles player to hit for the cycle, doing so in six innings in 7-0 win over Nationals  —  ExpandAutoplay  —  1 of 8  —  The rain picked up its intensity again as Austin Hays stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, as if the sprinkler system in the sky could tell the Orioles outfielder was on fire.
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox can't pull off sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays — and Tony La Russa keeps tuning out the noise
Discussion: Boston Herald
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:   After losing lead and rallying, Chicago White Sox outlast Toronto Blue Jays in 12 innings for ‘a very special win’
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Sources: Aaron Judge declines $19M settlement offer from New York Yankees, seeks arbitration victory  —  Aaron Judge is betting big on himself, again — this time by going to an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees that starts at noon Friday rather than agreeing to a settlement.
Discussion: Mercury News
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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.
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: MLB Baseball News …
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Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Yankees storm back in 9th inning for 7-6 win over Astros on clutch Aaron Hicks HR, Judge walk-off  —  Aaron Hicks?  Yes, Aaron Hicks.  —  The often-ridiculed, sometimes downright unwatchable outfielder was the Yankees' hero on Thursday night.  His three-run, no-doubt home run in the bottom of the ninth tied things up.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Mets' list of MLB trade deadline targets includes Reds' Luis Castillo  —  MORE FROM:  —  The Mets have two of the best pitchers in baseball on the mend, with Max Scherzer expected back as early as Sunday and Jacob deGrom believed likely back around the time of the All-Star Game.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Veteran pitcher Cole Hamels looking for MLB comeback  —  Jon Heyman shares his news and notes from around Major League Baseball:  —  Cole Hamels has decided to take his time with his comeback plans and try next spring rather than rush things.  He called off a comeback a year ago …
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 …
Discussion: The Athletic and Los Angeles Times
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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
Khobi Price / Orlando Sentinel:
Magic trade NBA's draft No. 35 pick to Lakers for future second-rounder  —  Who should the Magic draft with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft?  (Orlando Sentinel)  —  As expected, the Orlando Magic didn't use both of their second-round picks in Thursday's NBA draft.
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Alvin Kamara braces for suspension of at least six weeks, eventually  —  With so much focus on the status of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, another high-profile NFL player also is poised to be suspended under the Personal Conduct Policy.  —  Per a league source, Saints running …
Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
MLB trade deadline: Ranking the top 12 position players who could be traded, and their best team fits  —  Earlier this week, I ranked the top starting pitchers who could be on the move before the MLB trade deadline, which built upon my big board list of the 125 players most likely to be dealt between now and Aug. 2.
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
 
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