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Yankees activate Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, Tommy Kahnle  —  LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees on Thursday ahead of their weekend series at the Los Angeles Dodgers.  —  New York cleared three roster spots …
Michelle Gardner / Arizona Republic:
Pitching makes 1-run lead stick as Diamondbacks top Braves in series opener  —  José M. Romero Michelle GardnerArizona Republic  —  Nevertheless, “Today's story is the same as yesterday's,” was Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo's refrain prior the series opener against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.
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Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
The Heat, like everybody else, had no answer for Nikola Jokic  —  Appreciate his precision or yawn at his pedestrian pace, you've never seen a basketball player like Nikola Jokic.  One of one in the history of the NBA.  —  There are shades of previous players, to be sure.  Tim Duncan.  Dirk Nowitzki.
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Justin Steele diagnosed with forearm strain, but the Chicago Cubs don't anticipate an extended absence for the left-hander  —  SAN DIEGO — Justin Steele appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario.  —  The Chicago Cubs received good news from Steele's MRI with the lefty's diagnosis of a forearm strain.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Diamond Sports Group ordered to fully pay MLB teams' contracts  —  A U.S. bankruptcy judge ruled in favor of Major League Baseball and four of its teams in Houston on Thursday, forcing Diamond Sports Group, the RSN operator that airs broadcasts under the name Bally Sports, to fully pay the contracts in question.
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
What you need to know about MLB taking over Padres TV
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Jesse Dougherty / Washington Post:
Stephen Strasburg is completely shut down from physical activity again  —  Stephen Strasburg has not been able to perform any rehabilitation activities for more than a month, according to three people familiar with the situation, increasing doubt that the 34-year-old right-hander will ever pitch again.
Adriana Perez / Chicago Tribune:
From Taylor Swift to several sporting events: Traffic and big crowds arrive in Chicago this weekend  —  Summer has arrived in Chicago.  Perhaps unofficially, but sunny days, high temperatures and a variety of events across the city can only mean one thing: Summer living has certainly arrived.
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Abbey Mastracco / New York Daily News:
Max Scherzer, Mark Canha power Mets past Phillies to complete sweep with 4-2 win  —  The Mets needed a sweep as badly as Mark Canha needed home runs.  They got both of those this week in a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.  —  Canha powered the Mets past the Phillies for the second …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Jeff Passan's early MLB trade deadline preview  —  Every Los Angeles Angels victory, every day they spend over .500, every win-now move they make reinforces what people across baseball now almost universally believe: They will not trade Shohei Ohtani, the best player in the world, before the 6 p.m. ET deadline Aug. 1.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Once Jordan Walker ‘relaxed’ his swing took flight, carrying him back to majors: Cardinals Extra  —  PITTSBURGH — As the luggage carousel went round and round and round Thursday afternoon at Pittsburgh International Airport, Jordan Walker retrieved one of his bags, but did not spot his second one.
Nathan Ruiz / Baltimore Sun:
How the Orioles brought Yennier Cano's ‘beautiful’ breakout to Baltimore  —  Within the span of half an hour on Aug. 2, 2022, Yennier Cano's life changed twice.  —  First, his wife, Arianny, told him she was pregnant.  Cano had longed to be a father, and to that point, the couple's efforts to have a child had been fruitless.
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