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Yanks 8 games up after big 6th in Game 2

@BryanHoch
40 minutes ago

NEW YORK -- The Yankees listened from the dugout as manager Aaron Boone lauded his team’s offensive presence during a spirited on-field argument in Thursday’s first game, calling them “savages in the batter’s box” for their ability to make pitchers’ lives difficult. The Yankees lived up to that billing in

Nats romp on Stras' historic night ... at the plate

Righty homers among 2 hits in 8-run 3rd, adds 2-run single
@JamalCollier
23 minutes ago

ATLANTA -- For a moment, Stephen Strasburg ditched his usual stoic and serious demeanor. His three-run homer had just capped one of the Nationals’ biggest innings of the season -- an eight-run third inning to catapult the Nats to a 13-4 rout over the Braves on Thursday night at SunTrust

Another pitcher falls victim to a Muncy one-liner

@paul_casella
6:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers took exception to Phillies closer Hector Neris' reaction after he closed out the save in Thursday's series finale at Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers' 7-6 loss ended a split of a wild series that featured a pair of Philadelphia pitchers being ejected, including Neris just two

Boone calls Yanks 'savages' during epic ejection

@BryanHoch
8:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave a rookie umpire an earful, and he may have also inadvertently provided his big-swinging squad with a new T-shirt tagline. Ejected in the second inning of the Yankees' 6-2 victory over the Rays in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, Boone provided home-plate

Will tonight be Bumgarner's final start with Giants?

44 minutes ago

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and trade rumors surrounding impending free agent Madison Bumgarner right here.

9 trade targets who could make big impact

@RichardJustice
12:30 AM EDT

Rick Sutcliffe’s name will be thrown around a time or two as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches. Thirty-five years ago, he became the kind of impact acquisition against whom every other can be measured. The Cubs got Sutcliffe in a seven-player deal with the Indians on June 13, 1984

With trade winds swirling, Bauer fans 10

@MandyBell02
44 minutes ago

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer vs. Matthew Boyd. It was a matchup that was expected to draw a handful of Major League scouts, as the pair of hurlers have been attached to their fair share of rumors as the Trade Deadline quickly approaches. Bauer is no stranger to hearing his name

Watch: Cain takes HR away with stunning grab

@JakeDRill
10:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX -- Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has had some impressive home run robberies in the past, and it didn’t take long for him to add another Thursday night. In the first inning of Milwaukee’s series opener vs. Arizona at Chase Field, Cain made an incredible catch to take away

Sale returns to ace form with flurry of K's

Lefty dominates, striking out 12 over six scoreless innings
@IanMBrowne
6:03 PM EDT

BOSTON -- Chris Sale needed that. He needed every bit of it. The Red Sox? They needed it even more. Sale (4-9, 4.05 ERA) was back in a big way on Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, throwing his three-start slump to the curb with a masterful performance in which he

Rumors: Thor, Minor, Giants, Stroman

10:29 PM EDT

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

Lux extends unreal run with another huge game

@DKramer_
6:02 PM EDT

The Dodgers consistently preach the value of their depth, and it appears they have another star in the making who is propelling his way through the pipeline. Gavin Lux homered for a fifth straight game on Thursday, going 5-for-6 and adding a pair of doubles in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 18-5

Edman's 1st career slam lifts Cards over Reds

@anne__rogers
an hour ago

CINCINNATI -- When Tommy Edman was called up over a month ago, no one really knew what he could do. For a while, it seemed like all the rookie could do was hit. Then the Major Leaguers facing him adjusted. Edman’s hot start slowed after the All-Star break. He knew

Analyzing NL Central at Deadline: Buy or sell?

With July 31 quickly approaching, here's what each team may do
@LangoschMLB
1:43 PM EDT

As teams settle somewhere on the spectrum between buyer and seller ahead of the July 31 Trade Deadline, the National League Central serves as an intriguing case study as to how a collection of bunched-up clubs realistically view their chances. All five teams entered Thursday separated by 7 1/2 games,

Source: Borucki to start Monday for Blue Jays

@baseballexis
an hour ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There were three months between the time Blue Jays left-hander Ryan Borucki was placed on the injured list at the end of Spring Training with left elbow soreness and when he made his first rehab start on June 26. Now that the rehab process is over, Borucki,

Injury updates: Scherzer, Kluber, Eovaldi, Hill

10:15 PM EDT

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Nimmo tests neck, resumes swinging bat

Mets do not expect Minor League rehab until next month
@AnthonyDiComo
9:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who refrained from baseball activities for 30 days following a second epidural injection in his neck, began swinging a bat this week. That represents tangible progress for Nimmo, though the Mets do not expect him to begin playing in even Minor League games

D-backs activate Flores, option Cron to Triple-A

@SteveGilbertMLB
9:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX -- The D-backs activated infielder Wilmer Flores from the injured list Thursday and optioned first baseman Kevin Cron to Triple-A Reno. Flores had been on the injured list since suffering a fractured right foot on May 19. At the time of the injury he was hitting .281/.326/.398 with nine

Fightin' Phils come from behind again to stun LA

6:13 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper pumped his fist in the air after he dove into second base. One batter later, Rhys Hoskins threw a pretty good uppercut to the sky as he danced back toward first to cap off a four-run seventh inning. At the final stop following a rollercoaster ride

Royals parlay Keller's day into sweep of Chicago

Right-hander racks up 7 K's across 6 1/3 frames in sweltering heat
@FlannyMLB
5:35 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals’ post All-Star break success rolled along Thursday, as did the recent surge from their rotation. This time it was right-hander Brad Keller, who endured the excessive heat at Kauffman Stadium to turn in a quality start -- 6 1/3 innings, nine hits, four runs (two

Castellanos doing best to tune out trade talk

@beckjason
7:43 PM EDT

DETROIT -- Nicholas Castellanos is headed toward the July 31 Trade Deadline enjoying his best stretch of the season. That’s partly a result of an adjustment at the plate -- he's declining to chase as many pitches out of the strike zone as he did early in the season. It’s

Jerez recalled to add fresh arm to bullpen

Giants option Suarez to Triple-A Sacramento
@mi_guardado
9:39 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants added a fresh arm to their bullpen for the start of their seven-game homestand Thursday, recalling Williams Jerez and optioning Andrew Suárez to Triple-A Sacramento. Suarez gave up three runs over 1 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Wednesday and was expected to be unavailable

Trout returns to Angels' lineup vs. Astros

@RhettBollinger
8:52 PM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout returned to the lineup at designated hitter for the Angels against the Astros on Thursday after missing three games with a right calf strain. Trout, who left Sunday's game against the Mariners in the third inning with the injury, participated in running drills in the outfield

A's play it safe, give Chapman (ankle) day off

@MartinJGallegos
7:42 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Chapman showed up to the A’s clubhouse at Target Field feeling better about his sore left ankle that forced him to depart Wednesday’s game against the Mariners, but he and the A’s are playing the long game. The All-Star third baseman took part in normal pregame activities

Yet to throw bullpen, Max uncertain for Sunday

Nationals being cautious as ace rehabs lower back strain
@JamalCollier
7:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Max Scherzer played catch at about 90 feet on Thursday, increasing the intensity from the previous two days and including the shoulder exercises that have become part of his routine. He did not throw off the mound as the Nationals hoped, however, putting his status to start this

Injured Brewers hurlers working hard to return

@JakeDRill
9:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX -- Brewers pitchers Corey Knebel, Brent Suter and Bobby Wahl have all been rehabbing injuries at the club’s complex in Phoenix this season. But on Thursday, all three were back with their big league teammates. The trio of hurlers visited Chase Field prior to the Crew’s series opener against