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Belli vs. Yeli? Cody calls HR race exciting

Dodgers outfielder on pace to set franchise single-season record
@paul_casella
an hour ago

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Bellinger doesn't know how long his latest stint atop the Major League home run leaderboard will last, but he admitted it's fun just to be in the race. The Dodgers' outfielder clubbed a pair of homers in Monday's 16-2 win over the Phillies to give him 33

Kapler benches Franco for lack of hustle

Segura out of starting lineup with bruised heel; Nicasio rejoins bullpen
@ToddZolecki
6:31 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA – Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Maikel Franco was not in Tuesday night’s lineup against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park because he did not run to first base on a ground ball to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner with the bases loaded and two outs in the third

Royals should stay busy before Trade Deadline

@FlannyMLB
35 minutes ago

KANSAS CITY -- Two down, several to go. Now that the Royals have traded right-hander Homer Bailey and catcher Martin Maldonado, general manager Dayton Moore won’t stop there. It has been no secret for weeks that the Royals are looking to move players with expiring contracts, while also exploring any

Rumors: Bumgarner, Bauer, Yankees, Boyd

6:51 PM EDT

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

Scherzer (back) plays catch; return still unknown

@JamalCollier
7:20 PM EDT

BALTIMORE -- Nationals manager Dave Martinez had reason to feel encouraged after Max Scherzer played catch at about 75 feet in left field prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles at Camden Yards. It’s a sign of progress for Scherzer, who landed on the 10-day injured list Saturday (retroactive

Amid struggles, Kapler 'ready to take' criticism

@ToddZolecki
7:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPLHIA -- Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is not going to yell and scream and take a bat and bash the furniture in the clubhouse to motivate his players. He will handle matters his own way. “It’s not my personality,” Kapler said before Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers at Citizens

Cy Young Poll: There's a new leader in NL

@RichardJustice
1:15 PM EDT

Nationals ace Max Scherzer has ridden one of the most dominant stretches of his 12-year Major League career to the front of the National League Cy Young Award race. While Scherzer has positioned himself to become just the fifth pitcher in history to win four Cy Young Awards, his lead

Injury updates: Trout, Contreras, Carpenter, Wheeler

6:58 PM EDT

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

How Reds can handle their most valuable asset

@jonmorosi
5:28 PM EDT

Luis Castillo made his first All-Star appearance this year at age 26. He’s in only his second full season with the Reds and on track to become a free agent after the 2023 season. Entering play Tuesday, he ranked fifth in the Majors with a 2.41 ERA, while earning near

15 non-rental trade chips worthy of big haul

@castrovince
12:21 AM EDT

The rental realm of the midseason trade market is not what you’d call resplendent. Madison Bumgarner's postseason pedigree and Will Smith's late-inning reliability prevent it from being totally barren, but Zack Wheeler just hit the shelf with shoulder fatigue and there aren’t many pending free agents expected to move who

White Sox miss Anderson's edge; Castillo back

@scottmerkin
28 minutes ago

KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox miss Tim Anderson. Since the shortstop departed a game on June 25 in Boston with a high right ankle sprain, Chicago had gone 6-7 entering Tuesday, with four of those losses coming to start the second half. They miss his strong defense, although Leury

Last 9 champs have all made big trades

Significant Deadline deals a theme among recent World Series winners
@RichardJustice
12:30 PM EDT

You may be thinking we make too big a deal out of the July 31 Trade Deadline. I mean, can one player really make that much of a difference? Actually, yes. One of the striking things about the last nine World Series winners is that all of them made important

Twins get reinforcements, but Buxton goes on IL

@dohyoungpark
6:05 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins’ lineup is nearly whole again. The club reinstated left fielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman C.J. Cron from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, restoring a pair of important power bats to the heart of the lineup while also adding Rosario’s rangy, aggressive defense to an

Trade shows O's targeting international talent

@JoeTrezz
31 minutes ago

BALTIMORE -- By trading Andrew Cashner to the Red Sox on Saturday, the Orioles continued one of their new organizational initiatives -- namely, bolstering a farm system thin on international talent. The acquisition of teen prospects Elio Prado and Noelberth Romero furthers that goal, even if both are largely unknown

Calhoun optioned to Triple-A, surprised by move

@Sullivan_Ranger
37 minutes ago

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Hunter Pence, who was activated off the injured list on Tuesday. Calhoun was not happy with the decision. “I was just as surprised as everybody else," Calhoun said. "They just said, ‘Go to Triple-A and do

Kluber to throw bullpen session on Wednesday

@MandyBell02
6:53 PM EDT

CLEVELAND -- It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Corey Kluber. After going the last two and a half months without pitching, Kluber has officially been cleared to throw his first bullpen session on Wednesday. According to Indians manager Terry Francona, Kluber will throw 20 pitches, all

A bold Trade Deadline plan for the Mets

New York is poised to sell, and here's a plan to consider
@mike_petriello
12:21 AM EDT

The Mets, as you may have heard, went in big last winter, Brodie Van Wagenen's first as general manager. Robinson Canó. Edwin Díaz. The missing-in-action Jed Lowrie. Wilson Ramos. Justin Wilson. Luis Avilán. J.D. Davis. You know the names by now, and you know it hasn't worked. "They came and

Here's each team's Heart & Hustle Award winner

10:55 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the

Cubs land Maldonado, deal Montgomery to KC

4:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras has solidified himself as the Cubs' everyday catcher, and he does everything he can to remain in the lineup. But after an MRI on Monday revealed that he has a strain of the arch muscle on the inside of his right foot -- which landed him

Will Yankees bring in multiple reinforcements?

12:47 PM EDT

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

Cards place Matt Carpenter on injured list

@anne__rogers
21 minutes ago

ST. LOUIS -- A frustrating season continues for Matt Carpenter, as the Cardinals' third baseman was put on the injured list with a right foot contusion after fouling a ball off his foot in the seventh inning Monday night. Infielder Edmundo Sosa was called up from Triple-A Memphis to serve

Pence back from IL, batting third

@Sullivan_Ranger
4:17 PM EDT

ARLINGTON -- Hunter Pence was activated off the injured list prior to the D-backs-Rangers game at Globe Life Park on Tuesday. The 36-year-old will bat third as the designated hitter. Pence went 2-for-4 in his fourth medical rehab game with Double-A Frisco on Sunday night. In addition to Pence's activation,

Blister forces Fried to 10-day injured list

26 minutes ago

MILWAUKEE -- The Braves placed left-hander Max Fried on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a blister on his left index finger. The move comes a day after the 25-year-old picked up his 10th victory of the season in Atlanta's 4-2 win over the Brewers. In a corresponding move, the

Tigers No. 17 prospect Skubal impressing

@beckjason
7:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND -- Tarik Skubal was an Arizona high school lefty with an inconsistent fastball and not much knowledge about the Pacific Northwest when Seattle University came calling five years ago. “They saw me throw in one of the fall classics in high school, and that was my only Division I