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All-Star debate: A reason to vote for each finalist

@mattkellyMLB and @_dadler
11:30 AM EDT

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Injury could shake up relievers' trade values

@jonmorosi
9:37 AM EDT

This year’s trade market for relief pitchers was destined to be one of the most competitive ever -- and that was before Monday’s news that Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Consider the context: Since the addition of a second Wild Card

Here are your latest Cy Young poll leaders

@RichardJustice
1:00 AM EDT

In some ways, Astros right-hander Justin Verlander and Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu could not be more different. At times, all they seem to have in common is results, and that’s why they remain atop MLB.com's third 2019 Cy Young Award polls by wide margins. Verlander received 30 of 35 first-place

Rumors: Stroman, Bumgarner, Greene, W. Smith

11:42 AM EDT

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

Santana on being All-Star: 'I dream about that'

Indians making #VoteLos push for vet slugger with Game in Cleveland
@MandyBell02
10:55 AM EDT

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Meet some of Britain’s biggest baseball fans

@castrovince
1:00 AM EDT

When the Yankees, Red Sox and their respective traveling parties arrive in England this week for the eagerly anticipated London Series, amid all the things they expect to encounter -- the tourist traps like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, the local fare like tea and crumpets and fish and chips

ASG Starters Election finalists (Wed., noon ET)

@MannyOnMLB
June 24, 2019

The field is set for the inaugural Google MLB All-Star Starters Election in advance of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. With voting wrapped in the three-week Primary phase of the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot, the top three vote-getters at each position (nine for outfielders) have been

Should Shohei Ohtani still be a two-way player?

Risk of injury, loss of at-bats make case to abandon pitching
@RhettBollinger
10:03 AM EDT

The Angels have made it clear that they view Shohei Ohtani as a two-way player and that he’ll return to pitching in 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1 of last year. But with his immense offensive talent and his injury history, it’s fair to wonder if it

Every team’s ideal Home Run Derby participant

@williamfleitch
11:14 AM EDT

It feels sometimes that half the fun of a Home Run Derby is imagining who isn’t there. Even at their best, we map our hopes and memories on every T-Mobile Home Run Derby, trying to envision what it would look like if prime Mark McGwire were there, or Babe Ruth

Teams get creative for Starters Election campaigns

10:30 AM EDT

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Where else is baseball played professionally?

@SlangsOnSports
12:18 PM EDT

The Yankees and Red Sox play Major League Baseball in the United States, but the U.S. is far from the only country that plays baseball. In fact, Major League Baseball itself exists in two countries, as Toronto’s Blue Jays are in the American League. From 1969 through 2004 there was

Injury updates: J. Hicks, Glasnow, Thor, Cubs

12:55 AM EDT

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

Things get hot at Wrigley after Contreras' HR

Braves, Cubs empty benches after teams' catchers exchange words
@MLBastian
June 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- Tempers flared in the second inning at Wrigley Field on Monday night, moments after the Cubs’ Willson Contreras drilled a home run and exchanged words with Braves catcher Tyler Flowers. The situation cooled down swiftly, but it made for a tense, October-like environment early on in the Cubs’

Orioles sign No. 1 overall pick Rutschman

@JoeTrezz
June 24, 2019

Against the brick wall backdrop of the Orioles’ executive offices, Adley Rutschman took pen to paper Monday, smiling wide. Across the table, club executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias extended a hand. The completed deal now gives the Orioles' rebuild a major boost. That was the scene as

Mets GM denies making in-game calls to dugout

@AnthonyDiComo
12:10 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen clarified reports that he has dictated in-game moves to manager Mickey Callaway from afar, saying Monday that he’s communicated with Mets trainers regarding injured players during games, but never directly with Callaway -- and never for strategic reasons. “No in-game decisions are

Kimbrel's next Iowa outing could be his last

@MLBastian
June 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Cubs are one day closer to circling a date on the calendar for the arrival of Craig Kimbrel. Following Kimbrel’s scheduled Minor League appearance for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Chicago's decision-makers will convene with the closer to determine his next step, and whether that will be joining

How experience helped Marte unlock potential

@JesseSanchezMLB
10:46 AM EDT

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election(https://www.mlb.com/news/all-star-ballot-starters-election-vote)), which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Yanks tie '02 Rangers for longest HR streak

Hicks hits go-ahead shot in 5th, Stanton goes deep in 7-run 6th
@BryanHoch
12:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- These Yankees were constructed to crush homers, and they have now done so for 27 consecutive games, earning a spot in Major League history. Aaron Hicks parked a three-run homer into the right-field seats and Giancarlo Stanton cleared the loading dock in left-center field for his first

Welcome to the party! Bucs sell Bell in big way

Club inviting fans to PNC Park to vote for slugger from 5-9 p.m. ET on Wednesday
@adamdberry
June 24, 2019

These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at noon ET and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 7 ET. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team

Walk-off Red Sox 'still hustling, still hungry'

@IanMBrowne
12:44 AM EDT

BOSTON -- By their very nature, walk-off hits are joyous occasions in which players swarm the hero and raise coolers over their heads to douse him in celebration. But the one on Monday night at Fenway Park was sweeter than normal for the Red Sox because that walk-off hero was

Kipnis has 'hands-on' approach with walk-off HR

Indians second baseman thrives at plate after swing adjustment
@MandyBell02
2:50 AM EDT

CLEVELAND -- Over the past week, Jason Kipnis has proved it can be as simple as finding a small fix in a swing to flip on an offensive switch. Since he made an adjustment with his hands nine games ago, the 32-year-old has been red-hot and he did not slow

Greinke takes Kersh deep as D-backs derail LA

@SteveGilbertMLB
2:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke considers himself more of a baseball player than a pitcher, so he takes pride in his hitting and baserunning. In fact, he can even be found taking grounders at shortstop or third base on days he doesn’t pitch. Greinke flashed his hitting skills once again in

Play Ball event kicks off MLB's week in London

@alysonfooter
June 24, 2019

Major League Baseball's upcoming London Series between the Red Sox and Yankees is one of the most high-profile ventures to date in its efforts to globalize the game. A European matchup -- the first of its kind -- between two of baseball's most storied teams presents a perfect opportunity to

Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks has torn UCL

@anne__rogers
41 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS -- An MRI examination showed that Jordan Hicks has a torn UCL in his right elbow, the Cardinals announced on Monday, and the closer was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. In corresponding moves, St. Louis recalled right-handed pitchers Daniel Ponce de Leon and Dominic Leone

13 runs, new mantra and Phils get swagger back

@ToddZolecki
12:23 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- Gabe Kapler on Monday afternoon offered an interesting peek into a notable change the Phillies made to their offensive approach. Stay on the fastball. Hit the fastball. • Box score The Phillies might have seen the early returns to that seemingly simple adjustment in a 13-7 victory over