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A panic trade isn't in the Dodgers' DNA
Clayton Kershaw is DL-bound with a back injury and it's not clear when he'll return. But don't expect LA to make a hasty move to "replace" him.

Cardinals seek another crisp showing vs. Rockies
Teams that possess a shaky defense and inconsistent bullpen tend to sustain their share of gut-punch losses, and the St. Louis Cardinals certainly fit that category. On their last road trip alone, the Cardinals went 4-6. Three of those losses were of the walk-off variety, and a fourth occurred Saturday

Mets place Zack Wheeler on DL for second time; Jacob deGrom rolls in win over Padres
SAN DIEGO The New York Mets envisioned plenty of games like these, nightly masterpieces crafted by a stable of talented young arms. On Monday night, Jacob deGrom stifled the San Diego Padres, holding them to two runs in eight innings on the way to a 5-3 victory. But deGrom has been the notable exception

Mariners' Paxton shuts down Red Sox in 4-0 win
If one of the best months in team history is proving that James Paxton has claimed the role of the Seattle Mariners' stopper, on Monday night he was also something of a quieter. The typically boisterous Red Sox crowd that accompanies every visit by Boston to Safeco Field desperately wanted something

Dickey exits early, D'backs roll to 10-2 rout of Braves
After R.A. Dickey gave up four runs without making it out of the fourth inning in the knuckleballer's shortest start of the season, Sean Rodriguez gave the Atlanta Braves a chance in the fifth with a long two-run pinch-hit homer to cut Arizona's lead in half. But their comeback hopes evaporated

Bruce Bochy, Dave Righetti ejected; Giants lose to Pirates
SAN FRANCISCO In the second inning of the 101st game in an unwatchable San Francisco Giants season, Bruce Bochy finally had seen enough. The Pittsburgh Pirates led 6-0 after Andrew McCutchen's three-run home run left the field of play, and Bochy soon followed. He bellowed rage at plate umpire Chris

Indians go for fifth straight win in opener vs. Angels
The streaky Cleveland Indians will try to extend a four-game winning streak Tuesday night when they host the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a three-game series. Coming out of the All-Star break, the Indians went to the West Coast, where they lost five of six games to two last-place teams, the Oakland

Jackson 5: MLB Trade Deadline deals on Relief Pitchers
With Rafael Devers getting the call up it seems likely the Red Sox are doing one of two things: they're either A. deciding to roll the dice in the hopes that their top prospect is ready for prime time, or B. trying to call other team's bluff by proving that the Sox are set at 3B and perhaps lowering

Tigers' Fulmer eager for rematch with surging Royals
Michael Fulmer doesn't mind facing the team that pounded him in his last start for the second time in a week. The Detroit Tigers second-year right-hander gave up eight runs (five earned) in a career-low 2 2/3 innings on Thursday, The rough outing against Kansas City snapped his personal four-game

Aaron Judge: how the Yankees slugger could become baseball's richest player
Prior to the night of 10 July, Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees' 6ft 7in, 282lbs rookie right fielder, had already hammered out a reputation as a prodigious young slugger, having blasted 32 home runs, at an average of 416 feet, in the Yankees' first 89 games. But then came the annual Home Run

Rays take 5-game skid into middle game vs. Orioles (Jul 25, 2017)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A week ago, the Tampa Bay Rays were building momentum as a surprise postseason contender. Now the Rays are on a five-game losing streak and just two games over .500. The Rays (51-49) will try to regain their momentum and snap their longest losing streak of the season when they

Gray takes mound for A's vs. Jays amid trade rumors
The Sonny Gray watch continues. As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Oakland Athletics starter is expected to be a target for several teams. Gray will start for the Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre

Astros' Morton returns to Philly to face former team (Jul 25, 2017)
PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Morton's last at-bat was certainly one to forget. The Houston Astros right-hander takes the mound Tuesday night in Philadelphia against a Phillies club he started for four times in April 2016 before a hamstring injury knocked him out the remainder of the season. His first at-bat

Brewers, Nats square off in clash of division leaders
With a string of losses, the Milwaukee Brewers are in danger of undoing the good work they did in the first half of the season. With a next-man-up mentality, the Washington Nationals continue to roll despite a string of injuries. The reeling Brewers (53-48) have seen their National League Central lead

Baseball-Highlights of Monday's MLB games
July 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Monday: Dodgers 6, Twins 4 Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead, three-run home run with one out in the eighth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Minnesota led 4-3 before

Real or not? Jose Altuve passes Aaron Judge as MVP favorite
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 Follow on Twitter I'm sure there were a bunch of home runs hit on Monday night. It's 2017; there are a bunch of home runs every night. That's why

Yanks on rise entering homestand opener vs. Reds
Late in the afternoon of July 9, the New York Yankees went their separate ways for a four-day All-Star break following another frustrating loss. The Yankees stumbled into the break with 17 losses in 25 games but returned with a somewhat successful 11-game trip. New York was 38-23 following a 5-4 win

Daily Dose: Cahill to Kauffman
Follow @Rotoworld_BB and @RyanPBoyer on Twitter. In case you were still wondering, the Royals are keeping the band together. A team that looked like unlikely contenders and probable sellers about six weeks ago made a “buy” move Monday, acquiring Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter from the

Mets screwing up responsibility to Michael Conforto in dumb plan
SAN DIEGO — The focus is on 2018 and the future. That's because 2017 has been a nightmare for the Mets. But if the focus really is on the future and what's best for the Mets, what the heck is Michael Conforto still doing batting leadoff? Conforto, with that gorgeous lefty swing, is the classic

Cody Bellinger's eighth-inning homer lifts Los Angeles Dodgers past Minnesota Twins
LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger had a few sour words for himself after he slammed a long foul ball down the right field line in the eighth inning Monday night. The Dodgers' rookie first baseman made amends later in the at-bat when he drilled a go-ahead, three-run homer, lifting Los Angeles to a 6-4

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom tops San Diego Padres to win eighth straight start
SAN DIEGO -- Jacob deGrom is in a groove, proving he deserves to be mentioned among the game's top pitchers. The right-hander worked eight solid innings, and Wilmer Flores homered, leading the New York Mets past the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Monday night. DeGrom (12-3) struck out the first four batters

Houston Astros rout Philadelphia Phillies after two-hour rain delay
PHILADELPHIA -- Heavy rain didn't slow down the hard-hitting Houston Astros in the slightest. After waiting nearly two hours for a line of thunderstorms to pass, the top offense in the major leagues went right back to work against the major league-worst Philadelphia Phillies, as Houston piled up

Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas push surging Kansas City Royals by Detroit Tigers
DETROIT -- The way things are going for the Kansas City Royals right now, it's a matter of when, not if they're going to deliver a key late-inning hit. In their latest dramatic finish, they got two big hits. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas smacked back-to-back homers to lead off the 12th inning

Mike Leake solves woes vs. Colorado Rockies in St. Louis Cardinals' 8-2 win
ST. LOUIS -- As St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put it, antennae were raised over the recent performance and comments of starter Mike Leake. After lasting just two innings and giving up seven runs Wednesday night against the Mets in New York, Leake raised some eyebrows when he disclosed that

Justin Verlander admits - briefly- Detroit Tigers tenure may now be over
As trade rumor mill rumbles, veteran act publicly acknowledges this could be it - and wishes he would have acknowledged cheering fans Monday There was a moment, however fleeting, that Justin Verlander wants to share with you. It came after the top of the seventh inning on Monday night, after the 119th

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles blank Tampa Bay Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Gausman has a 6.55 ERA against every other team in baseball, but he pitches well against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles right-hander did so again Monday night, tossing six shutout innings in Baltimore's 5-0 win over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. Gausman (7-7) allowed

Carlos Santana, Josh Tomlin guide Cleveland Indians past Cincinnati Reds
CLEVELAND -- Carlos Santana has traditionally been a good second half hitter. It's now the second half of the season, and Santana is hitting. Santana belted two home runs, and Josh Tomlin pitched six solid innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2, Monday night. The game was a

Baseball standings
July 25 (Gracenote) - Standings from the MLB on Monday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 55 46 .545 - 2. NY Yankees 51 46 .526 2 3. Tampa Bay 51 49 .510 3 1/2 4. Baltimore 48 51 .485 6 5. Toronto 45 54 .455 9 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 52 45 .536 - 2. Kansas City 51 47

McCutchen's three-run homer powers Pirates past Giants 10-3
The Pittsburgh Pirates kept clearing the fences, and the San Francisco Giants were left arguing plate umpire Chris Conroy's tough strike zone. Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pirates beat San Francisco 10-3 on Monday

MLB: Twins, Royals making moves to try catch Indians
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals made moves as they try to catch the Cleveland Indians in MLB.

Martinez, Pollock, Greinke power Diamondbacks past Braves
J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to help Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks cruise to a 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Martinez, hitless in his first five at-bats as a Diamondback after coming over in a trade with the Detroit Tigers last week, hammered a 1-2 pitch from reliever

Angels place Alex Meyer on disabled list
The Angels placed right-hander Alex Meyer on the 10-day disabled list Monday, citing a recurrence of the shoulder inflammation that has plagued him in the past. The 27-year-old recorded the best start of his career Wednesday against Washington. Facing the team that drafted him, he permitted just one

Paxton, Seager pace Mariners past Red Sox, 4-0 (Jul 24, 2017)
SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton allowed four singles over seven innings to win his fifth consecutive start in July and Kyle Seager homered to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. Paxton (10-3) retired the first 13 hitters before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single

Giants lose ballgame, dignity
The San Francisco Giants lost, 10-3. They are almost back on pace to lose 100 games. They are unwatchable. The record will show that Matt Cain didn't allow a lot of earned runs. I'll take it! ME: How did Matt Cain do? YOU: He allowed two earned runs, but ME: [singing loudly] LALALA THANKS BUDDY

Perez, Moustakas' extra-innings homers lift Royals to 5-3 win over Tigers
DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals are playing with confidence in the late innings. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers in the 12th, and the Royals won their sixth straight game, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Six of Kansas City's last eight victories have come in

Jamie Samuelsen: Best trade option for Tigers might be wait until winter
Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney Show" weekdays from 6-10 a.m. on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. He also appears regularly on Fox 2​. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at jamsam22@gmail.com, follow

LEADING OFF: Stanton surges, Devers debuts, Gray auditions
A look at what's happening all around the majors Tuesday: GIANT GIANCARLO Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton has hit six home runs in seven games and is tied with Yankees rookie Aaron Judge for most in the majors at 32. Stanton has 11 this month, including two Monday night against the Rangers. He'

Hunter Renfroe's monster home run landed on Petco Park's roof
There's deep, and then there's Hunter Renfroe deep.

Jays GM Atkins admits focus shifted to 2018
ESPN.com news services One week ahead of the trade deadline, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins acknowledged Toronto's fading fortunes and admitted his focus has shifted to improving his roster for next season. "A month ago we were talking about the need for our team to play well and to get

MLB: Braves' Jaime Garcia traded to Twins
Hoping to bolster their rotation for a playoff run, the Minnesota Twins on Monday acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia, along with catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations, from the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-hander Huascar Ynoa. The 31-year-old Garcia is 66-52 with a 3.65 ERA and 808 strikeouts

MLB trade rumors roundup: Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Fulmer, and more
There's less than a week left until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, and while there have been a few major trades and some smaller, multi-player transactions, there are still a lot of top targets left on the market. That means there are still a lot of interesting trade rumors floating around

Astros bully Vince Velasquez, Phillies in rain-soaked night
The top of the fourth inning Monday night lasted almost 2 hours and 15 minutes. It began with a Vince Velasquez walk, outlasted a punishing thunderstorm, and devolved into one team bullying another that is 30 games behind them in the standings. Citizens Bank Park emptied during the interminable inning

Looking to even the series against Miami
Cole Hamels will take the mound and look to even the series between the Texas Rangers and the Miami Marlins. World Poker Tour - LA Poker Classic - Part 2 REPLAY Today 11:30p ET World Poker Tour - LA Poker Classic - Part 2 REPLAY

Pirates minor league report: July 24, 2017
Minor league report Pirates INDIANAPOLIS (Triple-A, 56-45) won 4-1 against Rochester (Twins). The Indians did not muster much offense but did enough, recording four runs on just seven hits. CF Eury Perez (.336) went 2 for 4 with a double and scored two of the team's runs. LF Christopher Bostick (

With Kershaw on the shelf, it's time for Dodgers management to make a bold move
With his best player hurting and the future of this special season teetering, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts initially claimed Monday that he was not going to lobby management to make a move to prop up Clayton Kershaw's aching back. “I can't put the pressure on, I'm not going to put the pressure

Rangers' all-or-nothing offense comes back to bite them in loss to Marlins
It has gotten worse since the All-Star break. The Rangers are hitting .196 for 51 at-bats with runners in scoring position and are 5-6 with 3.1 runs per game in that span. “This is still an offense that has been successful in those situations,” manager Jeff Banister said. “They're more magnified

Grichuk, Leake lead Cardinals to an 8-2 win over Rockies
Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-2 on Monday night. Leake's six-strikeout performance was his best since giving up one run over eight innings against Washington on June 30. It was the first win for

Game 101 Gamethread: Red Sox vs. Mariners
Welcome to the first game of the Rafael Devers era. Hopefully the Red Sox will celebrate the occasion with a win, and they'll have Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound to do so. Unfortunately, they'll be going up against a very talented lefty in James Paxton. To make matters even worse, they had to

Stanton hits 2 more home runs, Marlins beat Rangers 4-0
Giancarlo Stanton hit more two home runs and moved into a tie for the major league lead, sending Adam Conley and the Miami Marlins over the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Monday night. Stanton has 32 homers, including six in his last seven games, and matched Yankees rookie Aaron Judge for most in the majors. Stanton

Rangers lose, but Darvish, confidence still on board as trade deadline creeps closer
The first player seen Monday by media waiting to enter the Texas Rangers' clubhouse was Yu Darvish, who was dressed in Rangers shorts and a Rangers workout top and was not dragging a suitcase behind him. The hottest name in the July 31 rumor mill is still with the Rangers, whose two-year reign as

7/24/17: Open Game Thread
Hello, and a very happy Monday to you! Tonight, the Mariners continue their home hosting of the AL East by starting out a series against the Boston Red Sox. There's always good news and bad news when the Red Sox come to town. The bad news is that it's extraordinarily annoying to have to deal

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