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Harper wins Derby in front of hometown fans

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WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper gave the 43,698 fans the show they had so eagerly anticipated in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday night, staging a late rally to win the final round against the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber.

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper gave the 43,698 fans the show they had so eagerly anticipated in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday night, staging a late rally to win the final round against the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber.

Harper hit nine homers in the last 47 seconds of final, including one at the horn, to tie Schwarber at 18, before launching a homer in the bonus round to take home the title.

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Harper walked up the first-base line and threw his bat in the air as the final home run landed. He becomes just the third player to win the Home Run Derby in their home ballpark, joining Todd Frazier for the Reds in 2015 and Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs in 1990.

With each move Harper made, each time his name was announced, the crowd worked itself into a frenzy. They roared when he was introduced before the start of the Derby. Then again as he stepped up to the plate, and pointed to the D.C. flag bandanna around his head. Decked out in an American flag arm sleeve, his walkup song from the regular season, "Flower" by Moby, blared throughout the stadium for his first at-bat.

Tweet from @kschwarb12: What a show by @Bharper3407! @Nationals Park was rockin! Ran out of gas at the end but hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did! Thank you for the opportunity and see you in Chicago!

Harper eliminated both the Braves' Freddie Freeman in the first round and the Dodgers' Max Muncy in the second round by the score of 13 home runs to 12, with Harper launching his final dinger with more than a minute to spare.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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O's reportedly 'very close' to dealing Machado

All-Star Game could be last time shortstop plays in a Baltimore uniform
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The Orioles are "very close" to trading star shortstop Manny Machado, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman for Fancred Sports. Heyman reports Machado will play in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in an Orioles uniform.

It has been reported in recent days that the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are the front-runners to land Machado, with the Yankees and Indians behind them. A source confirmed to MLB.com that the Yankees are not the team Baltimore is reportedly close to sending Machado to.

The Orioles are "very close" to trading star shortstop Manny Machado, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman for Fancred Sports. Heyman reports Machado will play in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in an Orioles uniform.

It has been reported in recent days that the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are the front-runners to land Machado, with the Yankees and Indians behind them. A source confirmed to MLB.com that the Yankees are not the team Baltimore is reportedly close to sending Machado to.

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The Phillies have indicated that they would include right-handed pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a package for Machado, one source told MLB.com. The Orioles are known to covet Medina in the Machado talks. Unless another suitor increases its offer, the Phillies are well-positioned to acquire Machado.

Medina is Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 73 on the Top 100 list. Thus far, Philadelphia has resisted Baltimore's request to part with No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez.

Per FanGraphs, the Phillies' primary shortstops (J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery) have combined for zero wins above replacement (WAR) this year, while Machado has been good for 3.8 WAR on his own. Machado could easily represent a two-to-three win upgrade over the course of the rest of the season, which could very likely swing the balance of power in the NL East in Philadelphia's favor. The Phils currently lead the division by a half-game over the Braves.

Video: Manny Machado and his nephew, J.J., join MLB Tonight

Machado, 26, is in the midst of his finest season in the Majors, hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs. He will be appearing in his fourth All-Star Game on Tuesday, and has won two Gold Glove Awards at third base, which was his position in the Majors before this year. Due to be a free agent after this season, and with the Orioles out of contention, it has long been thought he will be dealt prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Machado's nephew predicts uncle's landing spot

The Brewers also have a need on the left side of the infield, particularly as an upgrade to their lineup, and the Dodgers lost star shortstop Corey Seager for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Sale, Scherzer to rematch; ASG lineups revealed

MLB.com @feinsand

WASHINGTON -- How deep are the lineups for Tuesday night's Midsummer Classic? Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper are batting sixth for their respective leagues.

Managers AJ Hinch and Dave Roberts unveiled their starting lineups for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Monday, though truthfully, they could have picked names out of a hat and been in pretty good shape.

WASHINGTON -- How deep are the lineups for Tuesday night's Midsummer Classic? Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper are batting sixth for their respective leagues.

Managers AJ Hinch and Dave Roberts unveiled their starting lineups for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Monday, though truthfully, they could have picked names out of a hat and been in pretty good shape.

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The same could have held true for each squad's starting pitcher.

Hinch chose Chris Sale of the Red Sox as his starting pitcher over the Yankees' Luis Severino and the Rays' Blake Snell, who are slated to follow Sale for the AL.

"There are a number of guys that I considered, but honestly, the proof is in the numbers, and he's the most consistent starter in the American League," Hinch said. "He's truly a special pitcher in this league and truly someone who deserves this honor."

Video: Chris Sale discusses being named the AL starter

Roberts countered with Max Scherzer of the hometown Nationals, who got the nod ahead of the Mets' Jacob deGrom. Hinch and Roberts confirmed that deGrom and Severino will pitch second for each league on Tuesday.

"It's his city," Roberts said. "It's his ballpark. He's the right guy to take the baseball."

Video: Scherzer thrilled to be starting 2018 ASG at home

This marks the second straight All-Star Game started by Scherzer and Sale, the first time since 1940 that two starters opposed each other in consecutive Midsummer Classics. The last two pitchers to accomplish that feat? Red Ruffing (Yankees) and Paul Derringer (Reds).

Sale made some additional history, joining Hall of Famers Robin Roberts (1953-55, NL) and Lefty Gomez (1933-35, AL) as the only pitchers to start three straight All-Star Games.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer, Sale match up in All-Star Game

As Hinch revealed his starting lineup, he turned toward the other side of the podium and said, "Dave, Max, listen up."

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts will lead off for the AL, followed by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

Video: Hinch discusses his American League All-Star lineup

Betts leads the Majors in average (.359) and slugging (.691) while also getting on base nearly 45 percent of the time this season, making for one of the most dynamic leadoff men imaginable. Altuve and Trout rank among the game's most consistent hitters day in and day out, while Martinez and his MLB-best 80 RBIs will man the cleanup spot.

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez will hit fifth, Judge -- who will move from his customary right-field spot with the Yankees to play left field for the AL -- will hit sixth, followed by Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
1. Mookie Betts, RF, Red Sox
2. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
3. Mike Trout, CF, Angels
4. J.D. Martinez, DH, Red Sox
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians
6. Aaron Judge, LF, Yankees
7. Manny Machado, SS, Orioles
8. Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
9. Salvador Perez, C, Royals

Chris Sale, P, Red Sox

Tweet from @Feinsand: The American League #AllStarGame starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/YG8q41NSZ1

"I'm just happy I made the lineup," Judge said. "When I look around the room at who we've got, I'm surprised I'm batting sixth. I saw myself batting eight or nine."

After the AL lineup was revealed, Roberts prepared to unveil his own batting order, returning serve to Hinch as he quipped to Sale, "Listen up, Chris."

Video: Hinch on his relationship with NL manager Roberts

Cubs second baseman Javier Baez leads off for the NL, followed by a powerful 2-3-4 trio: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs (Roberts' choice for DH) and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp will hit fifth, while Nationals center fielder Harper will man the No. 6 spot in front of his hometown fans. Rounding out the lineup is Braves right fielder Nick Markakis, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
1. Javier Baez, 2B, Cubs
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH, D-backs
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
5. Matt Kemp, LF, Dodgers
6. Bryce Harper, CF, Nationals
7. Nick Markakis, RF, Braves
8. Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants
9. Willson Contreras, C, Cubs

Max Scherzer, P, Nationals

Tweet from @Feinsand: The National League #AllStarGame starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/FpMIshMSh4

The free-swinging Baez might not be a conventional choice to bat in the leadoff spot, but Roberts cited the second baseman's energy as his biggest reason for slotting Baez up top. Contreras was excited to learn his teammate would top the lineup despite the fact that he's led off only twice this season.

"They're going to see how exciting it is to watch Javier Baez leading off the game, how he does something magic like he always does in the game," Contreras said. "Javier Baez is just amazing."

Video: Roberts announces the starting lineup for the NL

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.

Chris Sale, Max Scherzer

Round-by-round recap of HR Derby

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On the strength of an electric run late in the final round, the Nationals' Bryce Harper came out on top among a field of eight participants in Monday night's T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., outslugging the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber in the final round to become the third player in Derby history to win the event on his home turf. The 221 homers hit in the 20th edition of the Derby were the most in the history of the event.

Harper mashed 45 homers in all (13 in each of the first two rounds and 19 in the final) to outperform a field that also included Rhys Hoskins (Phillies), Jesus Aguilar (Brewers), Alex Bregman (Astros), Javier Baez (Cubs), Max Muncy (Dodgers) and Freddie Freeman (Braves).

On the strength of an electric run late in the final round, the Nationals' Bryce Harper came out on top among a field of eight participants in Monday night's T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., outslugging the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber in the final round to become the third player in Derby history to win the event on his home turf. The 221 homers hit in the 20th edition of the Derby were the most in the history of the event.

Harper mashed 45 homers in all (13 in each of the first two rounds and 19 in the final) to outperform a field that also included Rhys Hoskins (Phillies), Jesus Aguilar (Brewers), Alex Bregman (Astros), Javier Baez (Cubs), Max Muncy (Dodgers) and Freddie Freeman (Braves).

• Home Run Derby history

Final: Harper (19) def. Schwarber (18)
HARPER (No. 2 seed):
The hometown favorite came through in dramatic fashion. Faced with Schwarber's big total, Harper got off to a relatively slow start, with just four homers before calling his first timeout with 2:38 to go. As the clock ticked under a minute, Harper did have a 30-second bonus in the bag, but he still had an uphill battle in front of him. All of a sudden, he flipped the switch. The Nats star demolished nine homers in the final 50 seconds of regulation to pull even with Schwarber. Then came the 30-second bonus, and Harper took advantage, launching the walk-off bomb to dead center field on his second swing, then lifting and tossing the bat in celebration as the home crowd went nuts.

TOTAL: 19 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 478 feet (111 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 112 mph (473 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 428.3 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 107.2 mph

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SCHWARBER (No. 5 seed): Schwarber did his best to give himself some breathing room with another breathtaking performance. He started off with a 453-foot blast into the upper deck for his first homer of the final round and kept right on going. Schwarber crushed three big flies in a row to get to 13 with a little less than a minute to go, eventually reaching 17 at the end of regulation. His seven shots of at least 440 feet easily bought him an extra 30 seconds, which he used to tack one more onto his total.

Video: HRD Rd3: Schwarber muscles 18 home runs in Finals

TOTAL: 18 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 453 feet (110 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 112 mph (393 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 430.4 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 107.1 mph

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Round 2: Harper (13) def. Muncy (12)
MUNCY (No. 3 seed): Muncy couldn't quite match his first-round output, but he didn't make it easy for Harper, either. Muncy opened Round 2 by smacking seven homers, then took a timeout with 1:53 to go, then hit two quick homers coming out of the break. However, after getting to 11 dingers with one minute to go, Muncy seemed to run out of gas and ripped just one more the rest of the way.

Video: HRD Rd2: Muncy launches 12 home runs in Round 2

TOTAL: 12 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 429 feet (107 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 107 mph (429 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 408.7 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 104.4 mph

HARPER (No. 2 seed): Would the pressure of expectations get to Harper in the second round? It seemed like that might be the case, as he went deep just three times in the first minute and a half. Then, he caught fire. Harper crushed homers on five straight swings in one stretch -- earning a 30-second bonus in the process by going longer than 440 feet multiple times. But after calling timeout with 10 big flies and 1:33 to go, Harper made that bonus time irrelevant by popping three more quick homers to advance to the final with 1:11 still left on the clock.

Video: HRD Rd2: Harper crushes 13 homers to advance to Final

TOTAL: 13 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 454 feet (109 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 113 mph (448 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 414.8 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 107.6 mph

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Round 2: Schwarber (21) def. Hoskins (20)
HOSKINS (No. 8 seed): Hoskins became the first player in this year's Derby to reach the 20-homer mark in a round, and several of his home runs were crushed. He drilled three 440-plus-footers in the first half of the round to lock down the 30-second bonus, including a 466-footer that was his longest of the round. And after taking his timeout about halfway through the round, he again went on a tear, just as he did in Round 1. Hoskins launched 12 homers after his timeout, plus a 453-footer in bonus time -- only to be bested by Schwarber, who hit a dramatic walk-off 21st homer as time expired on his own turn.

TOTAL: 20 HRs
LONGEST HR: 466 feet
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 108 mph (453 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 412.5 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 102.6 mph

Video: HRD Rd2: Hoskins destroys a 466-ft. homer in Round 2

SCHWARBER (No. 5 seed): When Schwarber cleared the wall just once out of his first eight swings, it didn't seem like he would be able to catch up to the big number Hoskins had put on the board. So much for that. The Cubs slugger strung together multiple streaks of five consecutive homers to get to 12 before taking a timeout with 1:32 to go. Schwarber earned a 30-second bonus with five homers of 440-plus feet, but it turned out he didn't need it, going deep five times in the final 30 seconds of regulation to get to 21. A 425-foot shot down the right-field line, right at the regulation buzzer, punched Schwarber's ticket to the final round.

TOTAL: 21 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 462 feet (109 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 111 mph (454 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 426.0 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 106.6 mph

Video: HRD Rd2: Schwarber crushes 20th, 21st HRs to advance

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Round 1: Harper (13) def. Freeman (12)
FREEMAN (No. 7 seed): Freeman is known for his all-fields power, and he showed it off in the first round of the Derby. Five of the lefty-swinging slugger's 12 home runs were hit to the left of dead center field. He didn't qualify for the 30-second time bonus, as his longest homer was 437 feet, but Freeman put on a more-than-respectable showing. But he was bested by the hometown superstar -- Harper walked him off with home run No. 13 as the last batter of Round 1 of the Derby.

TOTAL: 12 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 437 feet (105 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 107 mph (399 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 404.1 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 102.8 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Freeman crushes 12 homers in Round 1

HARPER (No. 2 seed): Harper used the whole field, homering to left, center and then right field for his first three big flies. Then there was the 467-foot blast that nearly cleared everything in right field. Harper called timeout to collect himself with 1:36 to go, sitting on nine homers. With the crowd behind him, he cruised from there, crushing the winning dinger with 26 seconds remaining. Harper finished with six homers of 440 feet or longer.

TOTAL: 13 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 467 feet (113 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 113 mph (467 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 425 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 107.0 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Harper downs Freeman in Round 1 with 13th HR

Round 1: Muncy (17) def. Baez (16)
MUNCY (No. 3 seed):
The out-of-nowhere Dodgers star continued to show the power that he's put on display since making it back to the Majors. Muncy came out of the gate hot, smacking seven homers in a span of nine swings early in the round. He called timeout with eight homers -- halfway to Baez -- and with just under two minutes to go. Muncy then cranked things up even more after the break. He went deep on seven straight swings to tie Baez with 45 seconds remaining, then crushed a "walk-off" shot with 32 seconds still on the clock.

TOTAL: 17 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 435 feet (103 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 108 mph (428 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 409.5 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 103.0 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Muncy launches 17 homers to down Baez

BAEZ (No. 6 seed): Baez wasted little time earning himself the 30-second bonus, crushing a pair of homers greater than 440 feet a little more than a minute into his round. The first of those was a monster 479-foot shot that was the first in the Derby to exceed the 470-foot mark. Baez finished with 16 home runs, but unfortunately for the electric Cubs infielder, it wasn't enough. Muncy belted a walk-off 17th homer to advance to Round 2.

TOTAL: 16 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 479 feet (107 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 108 mph (402 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 422.1 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 103.3 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Baez connects for 16 home runs in Round 1

Round 1: Schwarber (16) def. Bregman (15)
SCHWARBER (No. 5 seed): Schwarber became the first player to qualify for the bonus 30 seconds, crushing several home runs farther than 440 feet in his regulation timeframe -- including one that went a projected 450 feet. The home runs he launched in his extra time proved to be the difference in his win over Bregman. The Cubs slugger also became the first player in the field to hit a home run harder than 110 mph, launching a 115-mph drive.

TOTAL: 16 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 450 feet (107 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR: 115 mph
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 419.6 feet

Video: HRD Rd1: Schwarber hits 16 HRs to move on to Round 2

BREGMAN (No. 4 seed): Presented with Schwarber's high total to top, Bregman gave his opponent a run for his money. The Astros star called his timeout with a little over two minutes left and went on a strong run at about the one-minute mark, going deep on three straight swings to move within three of Schwarber. But after hitting his 15th dinger with about 13 seconds to go, Bregman made two straight outs, the last of them a shot off the left-center-field wall that left him a few feet shy of pulling into a tie.

TOTAL: 15 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 422 feet (103 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 103 mph (422 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 397.3 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 98.4 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Bregman drills 15 home runs in Round 1

Round 1: Hoskins (17) def. Aguilar (12)
HOSKINS (No. 8 seed): Hoskins got off to a solid start -- but probably slower than he would have liked -- with five home runs in the first half of his allotted time, before he took his timeout with 2:05 remaining on the clock. And coming out of the break, he went on a tear. Hoskins slugged six homers in the next minute of action, then five more in the final minute to finish with 17. He didn't qualify for the bonus time, but he did crush one homer 463 feet to left field. 

TOTAL: 17 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 463 feet (105 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 108 mph (397 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 403.1 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 102.5 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Hoskins smashes 17 home runs in Round 1

AGUILAR (No. 1 seed): A dozen home runs would be enough to win in some matchups, but Aguilar simply couldn't generate the kind of brisk pace necessary to keep up with Hoskins. The Brewers slugger had seven dingers when he called timeout with 1:34 remaining, but he wasn't able to get on the kind of hot streak he needed, never homering on back-to-back swings the rest of the way.

TOTAL: 12 HRs
LONGEST HR (EXIT VELO): 428 feet (106 mph)
HARDEST-HIT HR (DISTANCE): 106 mph (428 feet)
AVERAGE HR DISTANCE: 406.4 feet
AVERAGE HR EXIT VELOCITY: 101.2 mph

Video: HRD Rd1: Aguilar launches 12 home runs in Round 1

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

Runner-up Schwarber hits Derby-high 55 HRs

Cubs OF edged out by hometown hero Harper in memorable showing
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WASHINGTON -- Kyle Schwarber hit more home runs than anyone else in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but unfortunately for the Cubs slugger, Bryce Harper hit one more when it counted most.

Schwarber, who clubbed 55 homers on the night, fell to the Nationals' hometown hero in a memorable final round, 19-18, as Harper hit a walk-off homer in bonus time to snap the tie and win the event in front of a packed house at Nationals Park.

WASHINGTON -- Kyle Schwarber hit more home runs than anyone else in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but unfortunately for the Cubs slugger, Bryce Harper hit one more when it counted most.

Schwarber, who clubbed 55 homers on the night, fell to the Nationals' hometown hero in a memorable final round, 19-18, as Harper hit a walk-off homer in bonus time to snap the tie and win the event in front of a packed house at Nationals Park.

Schwarber had disposed of Houston's Alex Bregman and Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins in the first two rounds to earn a head-to-head meeting with Harper in the finals. 

Video: HRD Rd1: Schwarber slugs 16 home runs in Round 1

In the opening round, Schwarber hit 14 home runs in his four minutes of allotted time, though he earned a 30-second bonus thanks to a number of prodigious blasts that topped the 440-foot mark. 

The Cubs slugger didn't take advantage of that extra time through the first 20 seconds, but he certainly did on his final two swings, launching the first into the third deck down the right-field line and his final swing into the bleachers just left of center field.

With 16 home runs, Schwarber had to feel pretty good about his chances to advance, but Bregman made things interesting. The Astros' third baseman hit four homers in five swings down the stretch to give him 14, then hit No. 15 with only a few swings left. 

Bregman looked to have a chance to tie Schwarber on his final swing, but the ball hit the top of the wall in left-center, ending his night as Schwarber advanced to the semifinals to face Hoskins.

Video: HRD Rd1: Schwarber slugs 450-foot long HR in Round 1

Schwarber's farthest homer in the first round traveled 450 feet, while his top exit velocity clocked in at 115 mph. The average distance of his 16 homers was 419.6 feet. 

Following Schwarber's opening round, Cubs All-Star pitcher Jon Lester tweeted, "The Great Schwarbino" with three flexing biceps emojis. 

Tweet from @JLester34: The Great Schwarbino 💪💪💪

Hoskins belted 20 home runs in his semifinal round, presenting Schwarber with a tall task to get to the finals. 

Schwarber started out slowly, hitting only one home run in his first eight swings. That cold streak ended with five consecutive second-deck shots to right field, helping Schwarber get back into the groove.

Around the 2:00 mark, Schwarber went on another run of five straight homers, giving him 12 as he took his timeout with 1:32 remaining on the clock. 

Still needing eight more to tie Hoskins, Schwarber appeared to press a little, hitting only one home run in his first five swings after resuming his round. Two more blasts got him to 15, earning him the 30-second bonus in the process thanks to a pair of tape-measure shots. 

Schwarber went on another big run, hitting five in a row for a third time in the round. The Cubs' slugger began feeling the excitement and pumping his fist after the final two of that run, which pulled him even with Hoskins at 20 a piece.

With the 30-second bonus still in his back pocket, Schwarber settled in for his final swing of regulation, destroying a ball 425 feet down the right-field line into the third deck with 0:00 on the clock. 

Video: HRD Rd2: Schwarber hits 21 homers to advance to Final

Six of Schwarber's final seven swings in the round left the yard, including two that flew into the third deck in right field. Bonus time? Who needs bonus time?

Schwarber celebrated his second-round win with an epic bat flip on his 21st home run, then embraced Hoskins as the two men showed respect for each other's extraordinary display of power. 

Schwarber's average homer in the semifinals went 426 feet and 106.6 mph off the bat, while his longest shot was measured at 462 feet and the hardest-hit ball was 111 mph. 

Video: HRD Rd2: Schwarber clobbers 462-ft. homer in Round 2

The last hurdle for Schwarber was Harper, who kept the hometown crowd on its feet with wins against Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Dodgers infielder Max Muncy, each by a score of 13-12.

Although the Nationals Park crowd had cheered Schwarber's titanic blasts during his first two rounds, it was abundantly clear that the fans were not in his corner in the finals. 

Schwarber hit five home runs in the first minute of his final round, earning the bonus time in the first 60 seconds with a pair of blasts that exceeded 440 feet each. He took the first of his two timeouts with 2:50 remaining, getting a hug and some words of encouragement from teammate Javier Baez.

Whatever Baez said, it helped. Schwarber hit home runs on four straight swings after the break, giving him nine total. He appeared to be tiring as he came up short on six straight swings, prompting him to use his final timeout with 1:49 left on the clock.

This time, it was Willson Contreras giving Schwarber a pep talk, though he went deep on only one of his next six swings. 

But Schwarber continued his streaky ways, belting five homers on his next six swings, including a run of four straight -- two of them settling in the third deck in right field. He hit two more homers in regulation and added another in the bonus time, giving him 18 for the final round.

Harper started out slowly and had only nine home runs with 1:20 remaining on the clock, but after taking his second timeout, the former National League MVP got on a roll, belting eight straight homers at one point. He tied Schwarber on his final swing of regulation, then won the Derby with his first home run in bonus time. 

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.

Chicago Cubs, Kyle Schwarber

Muncy enjoys 'incredible' show at Derby

Dodgers slugger bests Baez in Round 1, falls to champion Harper in semis
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WASHINGTON -- Max Muncy stood there Monday night and watched as the crowd roared and Bryce Harper kept mashing breathtaking home runs into the muggy evening air. At some point, he realized he was witnessing something he would remember for the rest of his career.

"The show Harper put on in front of his home fans, that was so great for baseball, just seeing what he could do," Muncy said. "It's hard to be mad that he beat you when you see a show like that and how they reacted. It was incredible."

WASHINGTON -- Max Muncy stood there Monday night and watched as the crowd roared and Bryce Harper kept mashing breathtaking home runs into the muggy evening air. At some point, he realized he was witnessing something he would remember for the rest of his career.

"The show Harper put on in front of his home fans, that was so great for baseball, just seeing what he could do," Muncy said. "It's hard to be mad that he beat you when you see a show like that and how they reacted. It was incredible."

Muncy had himself a special night as well. His season has been a magical ride, and nothing changed with his first appearance in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

Video: HRD Rd1: Muncy cranks 435-foot long ball in Round 1

Muncy unleashed a flurry of booming home runs to rally past the Cubs' Javier Baez, 17-16, in the first round of the event. He blasted 12 more in the semifinals, but fell to hometown favorite Harper of the Nationals, who advanced to the finals with 13 and ultimately won.

"It was incredible," Muncy said. "It's hard to explain. It was so much fun being out there with all the guys. It was unbelievable -- music going, guys out there cheering, fans are cheering. It was a great experience."

All this from a guy who began the season in Triple-A with five career home runs in the Majors. He had 22 in the first half for the Dodgers and showed off that power in his first-round matchup.

"I loved it," Muncy said. "It was a good time. It makes me hungry to get back here next year and actually be on the [National League All-Star] team."

Video: HRD Rd2: Muncy launches 12 home runs in Round 2

He knew Harper had special incentive by playing in his home yard and riding the energy of a packed Nationals Park. Afterward, Muncy was asked if he felt like someone sent to the lion's den.

"Of course," he said. "I think there were some boos in the stands as I was going up to the plate. When you get the fans cheering for you, you really get the energy, especially in those later rounds. You're exhausted. An energy going through you is what you need."

In the first-round matchup, Baez went first and got into a nice groove to finish with 16. But Muncy stepped in and bested him. He took his break after his eighth homer, a low liner down the right-field line.

He returned and hit a series of moonshots, getting the winner with 35 seconds to go on the clock. He was embraced by his teammates and by Baez when it was over.

Video: HRD Rd1: Muncy moves on after launching his 17th HR

He was embraced again after the second-round matchup, then stayed and watched -- cheered for -- Harper in the semis. All in all, the trip had been almost everything he could have hoped for.

"Starting the year in Triple-A and coming up, you never expect something like this," he said. "The way the year's gone, it's been such an incredible ride. Hopefully, it's not over. Hopefully, we've got a long way to go, and we'll be playing baseball until late October."

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Muncy

Manny Machado's nephew gave his prediction as to where he think his uncle will end up

Javy Baez was the picture of style in a jacket Roberto Clemente wore at the All-Star Game 47 years ago

When the best of the best gathered at Nationals Park for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, it meant fans would be in for quite a spectacle -- both in terms of mammoth home runs, but also regarding the style some of these players would have on full display

Like Javy Baez, for example. The Cubs' star second baseman plays the game with flair, energy and his own unique style, so who better to put on a jacket originally owned and worn by the late, great fellow Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente? 

Rhys Hoskins' dog was excited to watch Rhys in the Home Run Derby, too

We all know that Phillies slugger and T-Mobile Home Run Derby participant Rhys Hoskins can launch a dinger or two. But did you know that Hoskins also happens to be the owner of an adorable dog named Rookie?

Trade Talk: Machado, Britton, Hand, Dodgers

The latest news and rumors leading up to July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline
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As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Deal for Machado reportedly 'very close,' sources say
July 16: Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Deal for Machado reportedly 'very close,' sources say
July 16: Will Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard be the last time Manny Machado appears in an Orioles uniform? It's certainly possible, as former MLB general manager Jim Bowden reported via Twitter on Monday that the shortstop is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later this week.

Tweet from @JimBowdenGM: Manny Machado will represent the #Orioles in the All Star Game���.but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman confirmed Bowden's report Monday night, adding that the Yankees appear to be out of the running for Machado.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Machado deal is said to be ���very close.��� He will play Tuesday as an Oriole, however https://t.co/bnX3GDm7xQ

A deal reportedly is "very close," but nothing has been agreed upon yet. According to a tweet from Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers all remain involved.

Tweet from @masnRoch: Multiple sources say #orioles don���t have deal done with #phillies for Machado. #dodgers and #brewers also still involved. Told ���very close��� but nothing has been agreed upon yet

With trade talks entering their final stages, it's becoming increasingly likely that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. 

Video: O'Dowd, Nelson discuss the Manny Machado sweepstakes

Britton's market picking up; Cubs among interested clubs
July 16: While the Cubs ended the first half with the National League's best record (55-38) and the fourth-best bullpen ERA (3.10) in the Majors, they are among the eight teams talking to the Orioles about closer Zach Britton, an industry source told Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station 670 The Score.

The Cubs also have Padres closer Brad Hand on their wish list, per Levine, though Hand will cost far more than Britton, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. Hand, meanwhile, is signed through 2020 with a $10 million team option for 2021.

There has been rejuvenated interest of late in Britton, who has made 15 appearances for the Orioles this season after returning from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles. Though he got off to a rough start, Britton has not given up a run over his past seven outings (seven innings) while showing a dramatic increase in velocity.

The Orioles would prefer to trade Britton and Manny Machado in separate deals, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports. Rosenthal reports Baltimore feels the return for the pair would be greater if they weren't packaged together -- for example, the Astros have been interested in Britton, but are not in the market for a shortstop/third baseman.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: "The Orioles would prefer to separate Zach Britton from Manny Machado, believing the overall return would be greater if they were traded individually"- @Ken_Rosenthal pic.twitter.com/fcv9rn1omw

The Phillies have also been linked to Britton, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Red Sox "are being tied" to the southpaw as well.

Padres getting calls on Ross, Yates, Hand
July 16: Brad Hand isn't the only Padres pitcher to be highly coveted by contending clubs. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports San Diego has been "getting a lot of hits" on starter Tyson Ross and several relievers, including Hand and Kirby Yates. Sherman notes the Yankees are among the teams that have checked in with the Padres.

Ross, who can become a free agent at the end of this season, has posted a 4.32 ERA in 2018, though he had a much more impressive 3.32 mark through the end of June before allowing 15 runs over his first two starts of July.

Hand, 28, is among the best relievers in baseball, as he has posted a 2.66 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and an 11.8 K/9 rate since the outset of 2016. In exchange for the two-time All-Star, who is signed through 2020 with a $10 million team option for 2021, the Padres are believed to be asking for a package similar to those the Yankees got for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in two separate deals during 2016.

The Cubs also reportedly have Hand on their wish list, according to Bruce Levine of Chicago radio station 670 The Score.

Yates, meanwhile, has quietly recorded a 1.47 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and an 11.5 K/9 rate this season. The 31-year-old is controllable through 2020.

Rosenthal: 'Almost no doubt' Dodgers will add reliever
July 16: The Dodgers are expected to be a major player in the relief pitching market before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal noted in a Twitter Q&A session for FOX Sports.

The Dodgers are seeking a bullpen arm who can pitch the eighth inning and also spell closer Kenley Jansen from time to time, according to Rosenthal, who said "there's almost no doubt" the club will trade for a reliever.

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Los Angeles leaned heavily on Brandon Morrow during the 2017 postseason as a setup man for Jansen, but Morrow signed with the Cubs in the offseason.

Though Josh Fields, Tony Cingrani and Pedro Baez have had solid campaigns, all three are on the disabled list with arm injuries, and none is on the level of someone such as Zach Britton, Raisel Iglesias, Jeurys Familia or Kyle Barraclough.

Will Archer be traded?
July 16: The Rays face an interesting decision with Chris Archer, whose name has been floated among trade rumors for years. On one hand, they have a young core that has them above .500 and looks promising going forward, especially if Archer is a part of it. On the other, Tampa Bay could take advantage of a weak market for starters and put Archer in play.

"Given the state of the starting pitching market, the incentive for [the Rays] to move him might never be higher," MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal suggested in a Twitter question-and-answer session on @MLBONFOX.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: .@jboy819 #AskKen pic.twitter.com/Gm4QrCgP7Y

That said, Archer just came off the DL a week ago for a left abdominal strain that cost him more than a month of action and his performance so far this season has been somewhat inconsistent (4.29 ERA, 1.38 WHIP). In other words, making Archer available now might be undercutting his full value.

As a 29-year-old making $6.25 million this year and under contract for $7.5 million next year with club options for 2020 ($9M) and 2021 ($11M), Archer would be appealing to just about any club looking for rotation help -- not just 2018 contenders. His team-friendly contract also allows the cost-conscious Rays to be patient with their prized right-hander.

Amid trade rumors, deGrom addresses his future
July 16: As Jacob deGrom continues to be at the center of trade speculation, the All-Star right-hander made it clear he's open to staying with the Mets long term.

deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports initially suggested Monday that the Mets might consider trading their ace sooner than later if they don't plan to offer him a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: More from Van Wagenen: ���If the Mets don���t share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now.The inertia of current situation could complicate Jacob���s relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision.���

The 30-year-old deGrom, who leads MLB with a 1.68 ERA and is under club control through 2020, responded to questions at All-Star media day in Washington, D.C., by stating: "We've said multiple times that we're open to talking [about an] extension. It's kind of up to [the Mets] what they want to do." More >

Astros might stand pat at Trade Deadline
July 16: The Astros have reportedly discussed dealing for a catcher and a reliever, but there's a chance they won't make any major moves before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal in a Twitter Q&A session for FOX Sports.

Tweet from @MLBONFOX: .@nnickk22 #AskKen pic.twitter.com/4gWhpCLIMM

With backstop Brian McCann (right knee surgery) expected to return by September and Max Stassi providing solid production (.792 OPS), Rosenthal notes the Astros are more likely to get a reliever than a catcher.

Per Rosenthal, Houston is seeking someone who can be a "true difference-maker" in the bullpen, such as Zach Britton, Brad Hand or Raisel Iglesias.

But with the ability to shift either Lance McCullers Jr. or Charlie Morton to the 'pen during the postseason, as they did last year when they won the World Series, the Astros may not feel a sense of urgency to add a big-name reliever.

Braves not expected to pursue big-name rentals
July 16: The Braves have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2018 season, unexpectedly putting the team in the "buyer" category as executive vice president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos prepares for his first Trade Deadline at the helm. But judging by Anthopoulos' comments in a two-part Q&A with Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves aren't planning to mortgage their bright future for a short-term boost.

"We would prefer not to go after rentals unless the acquisition cost just makes so much sense for us," Anthopoulos said. "There's a lot of pain that has gone into putting together this young talent. We're not ready to throw that all away just because of one season."

MLB Pipeline: Braves Top 30 prospects

Earlier this month, the Braves were mentioned among the contenders for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, but they appear to have fallen out of the race as the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers are reportedly leading. Atlanta has also been connected to Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Both players can become free agents after this season.

One area Anthopoulos could look to address is the bullpen, especially with closer Arodys Vizcaino going back on the DL on Saturday with right shoulder inflammation. The Braves entered the All-Star break with the 19th-best bullpen ERA in the Majors (4.24), and many of their key relievers are inexperienced. However, Atlanta could have limited options if free-agents-to-be such as the Orioles' Zach Britton and the Mets' Jeurys Familia are off the table. More >

Angels unlikely to deal Skaggs or Heaney
July 16: With a 49-48 record at the end of the first half, the Angels remain on the fringe of postseason contention, but they are nine games out of an AL Wild Card spot. That has sparked speculation that the club might consider selling by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, with southpaw starters Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney mentioned as potential pieces.

That no longer appears to be the case, however, as MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: #Angels have no interest in trading Heaney or Skaggs, per source - team needs them to compete in ���19. As I said Saturday, LAA drawing interest in controllable relievers - Parker, Alvarez, Bedrosian, Anderson. Open on any of them, but will want good returns to give up control.

With superstar Mike Trout smack in the middle of his prime and under contract through 2020, the Angels want to win in this window while they can. Both Skaggs (through '20) and Heaney (through '21) are under club control beyond this season, meaning they can be a part of that direction.

It had previously been reported by MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that the Yankees have recently been scouting Angels games with eyes on Skaggs and Heaney, in particular.

Nationals could 'revisit' Realmuto trade discussions
July 15: The Nationals were believed to have moved on from Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto due to Miami's lofty asking price, but league sources say that Washington could "revisit" its pursuit of the backstop, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for Fancred Sports.

Some think the Nats might consider including top prospect Victor Robles (No. 5 overall, per MLB Pipeline) in a package for Realmuto, who will start at catcher for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Per Heyman, the Marlins have long sought Robles and/or infielder Carter Kieboom (Washington's No. 2 prospect, No. 62 overall) from the Nationals, who discussed Realmuto with Miami in the offseason and reached out again several weeks ago but have been unwilling to include the aforementioned prospects to this point.

The Nationals have also been connected to Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, who played in Washington from 2010-16, but Ramos suffered a left hamstring injury Saturday and will miss the All-Star Game.

Listen: Mark Feinsand joins the Morning Lineup Podcast to discuss latest rumors

Are Pirates still on track to sell at Trade Deadline?
July 16: The Pirates were seemingly en route to be Trade Deadline sellers just over a week ago, but the club has ripped off an 8-1 stretch -- including a five-game sweep over the Brewers -- to potentially change its plans.

As Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes, general manager Neal Huntington said before this past week that a 4-4 record in the next eight games wouldn't be enough to convince him to keep the team together beyond the Trade Deadline. But Pittsburgh's red-hot run has put pressure on Huntington to hold off on a major teardown.

True, the Bucs are still only 48-49, putting them in fourth place in the National League Central, and their financial resources remain limited, so it's unlikely they'll significantly add to the roster between now and July 31.

But if Pittsburgh continues to play well coming out of the All-Star break, the onus will be on Huntington to keep veterans such as Jordy Mercer, Corey Dickerson, Ivan Nova, David Freese and Josh Harrison past July 31. The Pirates are also without one of their most valuable trade chips, as catcher Francisco Cervelli returned to the 7-day disabled list Saturday with recurring concussion symptoms.

Cardinals could sell if struggles continue after All-Star break
July 15: The Cardinals picked up a win in their final game before the All-Star break after dismissing manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, but if their recent struggles continue to begin the second half, the expectation is that St. Louis will "seriously consider selling," according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

And if that happens, the Cardinals could shake up the starting pitcher market in a big way by making right-hander Carlos Martinez available.

As Sherman notes, St. Louis' strength is young arms, so the club could use Martinez to address other problems on the roster. Per Sherman, outside executives believe the Cardinals can get peak value for Martinez in a market lacking an ace. The 26-year-old is in the second year of a five-year, $51 million contract with team options for 2022 ($17 million) and 2023 ($18 million).

The Cardinals will enter the All-Star break with a 48-46 record, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs in the National League Central (five games behind the second-placed Brewers) and four games out in the NL Wild Card race. They'll open the second half with eight games on the road, including five at Wrigley Field.

Red Sox, Braves interested in Moose
July 15: The trade market for impending free agent Mike Moustakas is developing, with the Red Sox and Braves among the teams interested in acquiring him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick via Twitter.

Tweet from @jcrasnick: The #RedSox and #Braves are both interested in Mike Moustakas as a trade deadline acquisition, sources say. The #Yankees have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot. There's enough of a market for Moose that it's more likely than not the Royals deal him this month.

However, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand notes in a tweet that the Royals may need to wait to trade Moustakas until after Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is dealt.

Tweet from @Feinsand: According to a source, the Royals are trying to find a match for a Mike Moustakas deal, but it appears KC will have to wait until Manny Machado gets dealt first. Manny could be the domino that starts a number of things in motion.

Kansas City could see the list of Moustakas suitors grow once Machado is moved, as some of the clubs that are pursuing the All-Star shortstop may turn their attention to the Royals third baseman if they miss out on Machado.

It's unclear what Boston's interest in Moustakas means for Rafael Devers, who is on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Devers, 21, has recorded an underwhelming .715 OPS this season compared to Moustakas' .772 mark.

The Braves have received better-than-expected production from Johan Camargo at the hot corner, though the 24-year-old has posted a .385 OPS with 10 strikeouts in his past nine games.

The Yankees have also been linked to Moustakas, though they were reportedly interested in him to play first base rather than third. Greg Bird has solidified first base for New York lately by producing five homers, 15 RBIs and a .922 OPS over his past 14 games.

Video: Slugger Moustakas delivering at the plate, in field

Could Reds move Gennett?
July 15: Scooter Gennett has made it known that he wants to remain with the Reds -- and based on his conversations with the front office, shared in an MLB.com exclusive, he expects to remain with the club past the Deadline -- but the two sides haven't spoken much about a contract extension, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal for FOX Sports.

Gennett -- a first-time All-Star this season -- has emerged as a surprising force in Cincinnati's lineup after being claimed off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017, batting .309/.356/.529 with 43 homers and 159 RBIs in 232 games in a Reds uniform.

Gennett is in the midst of a career year, and the Reds could look to sell high on the 28-year-old, who is under team control for one more season. Entering Sunday, the left-handed slugger led the National League at his position in batting average and OPS while ranking second in RBIs and fourth in runs and homers.

Cincinnati has infielder Nick Senzel -- the No. 4 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline -- waiting in the wings, giving the team some incentive to move Gennett, especially if it meant upgrading a pitching staff that currently ranks 13th in the NL with a 4.67 ERA. However, Senzel would be unable to provide immediate help, considering he underwent season-ending surgery in late June to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger.

Video: Scooter Gennett continues to amaze in 2018

Olney: NL teams at 'forefront' of Familia trade talks
July 15: With all the talk surrounding Mets starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, closer Jeurys Familia has flown under the radar. But Familia remains one of the best relievers available, and ESPN's Buster Olney reports via Twitter that a number of National League teams "appear to be at the forefront" of trade discussions for the impending free agent.

Olney mentions the Phillies and Giants as two of the clubs that are interested, though he notes Philadelphia may wait until its talks with the Orioles regarding Manny Machado and Zach Britton are resolved before honing in on Familia. The Braves, Cubs and Dodgers are also among the NL contenders that could use help in the bullpen. As for clubs in the AL, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Red Soxhave inquired about Familia

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: NL teams appear to be at the forefront of the talks about the Mets' Jeurys Familia, who is among the best available relievers. Phillies interested (although they may wait until Britton/Machado talks resolved), Giants, etc.

Familia is peaking at the right time, tossing seven straight scoreless appearances with one hit allowed to open July after posting a 6.94 ERA with a 2.31 WHIP from May 23 through the end of June.

Twins open to trading Odorizzi, Gibson
July 15: The Twins' rotation could look strikingly different after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, as the club is reportedly willing to trade a number of its veteran starters.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Minnesota is said to be open to dealing Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi, who are both controllable through 2019.

Gibson, 30, is having a career year, as his 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 rate would all be personal bests. Odorizzi, 28, owns an unimpressive 4.54 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, but he's striking out more than a batter per inning (9.4 K/9) and has been a solid mid-rotation option over the past five seasons (3.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP).

Lance Lynn is another obvious trade candidate, as he can become a free agent at the end of this season. After struggling in his first eight starts (7.47 ERA), Lynn has posted a 3.67 ERA over his past 10 outings.

And though Ervin Santana has yet to pitch in the Majors in 2018 after undergoing finger surgery in February, he's currently on a rehab assignment and was an All-Star last year. With a $14 million team option and a $1 million buyout for '19, Santana could be a reasonable trade target for a rotation-needy club if he proves to be healthy before July 31.

Will Mariners trade for rotation help?
July 15: Though the Mariners haven't made the postseason since 2001, rank 15th in the Majors in rotation ERA (4.09) and currently have both James Paxton and Felix Hernandez on the disabled list, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes that the Mariners' rotation isn't "a lock to be upgraded at the Trade Deadline."

Per Divish, Erasmo Ramirez's impending return from a strained teres major muscle in his right shoulder makes it unlikely Seattle will trade for a "replacement-level starting pitcher," as Ramirez can fill that role.

General manager Jerry Dipoto may look to swing a deal if it considerably improves the rotation, but as Divish points out, Seattle might not have the prospects to acquire a front-of-the-rotation starter such as the Rays' Chris Archer.

The Mariners have been linked to the Rangers' Cole Hamels, but according to Divish, sources say Seattle's interest in the left-hander was "greatly overplayed."

Divish also notes that some people in the Mariners ownership group and upper-level management aren't in favor of trading for rental players, which could potentially rule out free-agent-to-be J.A. Happ, another pitcher who has been connected to Seattle.

D-backs seeking starting pitcher
July 15: The D-backs are in the market for a starting pitcher, according to reporter Robert Murray, recently of FanRag sports. Arizona's starting rotation, which entered Sunday ranked ninth in the National League with a 4.09 ERA, currently consists of Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley. The No. 5 slot is open for now, with Clay Buchholz (strained left oblique) and Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) on the disabled list.

Greinke and Corbin have provided the D-backs with an excellent one-two punch -- entering Sunday with a combined 3.14 ERA in 39 starts -- but both Godley (4.61 ERA) and Ray (5.03 ERA) have struggled in 2018 after strong '17 campaigns.

There are several viable starters likely to be available leading up to the Deadline, including the Rangers' Cole Hamels and the Blue Jays' J.A. Happ, or Arizona could choose to make a bigger splash by acquiring an ace like the Mets' Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

Complete 2018 All-Star Game rosters

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MLB's top talents are ready to take the spotlight in the nation's capital in one of baseball's most iconic events: Tuesday's 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m ET, FOX).

MLB's top talents are ready to take the spotlight in the nation's capital in one of baseball's most iconic events: Tuesday's 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (7:30 p.m ET, FOX).

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ALL-STAR GAME
Below are the rosters for the All-Star Game. Starters were voted in by fans via the Camping World All-Star Ballot, with the pitchers and reserves selected by the player ballot and MLB. Two additional players were chosen via the Camping World MLB Final Vote.

American League
Starters
C: Salvador Perez, Royals ^ &
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians
SS: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees
DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

Reserves
C: Yan Gomes, Indians + 
C: Wilson Ramos, Rays =
1B: Mitch Moreland, Red Sox ^
2B: Gleyber Torres, Yankees ^ %
2B: Jed Lowrie, Athletics +
3B Alex Bregman, Astros ^
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians ^
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians ^
OF: Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers ^
OF: Mitch Haniger, Mariners ^
OF: George Springer, Astros ^
OF: Nelson Cruz, Mariners ^

Pitchers
RHP: Trevor Bauer, Indians *
RHP: Jose Berrios, Twins *
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees ^ @
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Astros ^
RHP: Edwin Diaz, Mariners ^
LHP: J.A. Happ, Blue Jays *
RHP: Joe Jimenez, Tigers *
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox ^
RHP: Corey Kluber, Indians ^ @
RHP: Charlie Morton, Astros +
LHP: Chris Sale, Red Sox ^
RHP: Luis Severino, Yankees ^
LHP: Blake Snell, Rays +
RHP: Blake Treinen, Athletics *
RHP: Justin Verlander, Astros @

Final Vote winner
SS: Jean Segura, Mariners

• Breakdown of each team's All-Star contingent

National League
Starters
C: Willson Contreras, Cubs
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B: Javier Baez, Cubs
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants
OF: Nick Markakis, Braves
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Reserves
C:
Yadier Molina, Cardinals +
C: Buster Posey, Giants ^ %
C: J.T. Realmuto, Marlins *
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs *
1B: Joey Votto, Reds ^
2B: Ozzie Albies, Braves ^
2B: Scooter Gennett, Reds *
3B: Eugenio Suarez, Reds ^
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies ^
OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies ^
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers ^
OF: Christian Yelich, Brewers ^

Pitchers
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs *
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets ^
LHP: Sean Doolittle, Nationals ^ %
RHP: Mike Foltynewicz, Braves ^
RHP: Zack Greinke, D-backs +
LHP: Josh Hader, Brewers ^
LHP: Brad Hand, Padres ^
RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers *
RHP: Jeremy Jeffress, Brewers +
LHP: Jon Lester, Cubs ^ @
RHP: Miles Mikolas, Cardinals @
RHP: Aaron Nola, Phillies ^
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals ^
RHP: Ross Stripling, Dodgers ^
LHP: Felipe Vazquez, Pirates *

Final Vote winner
1B: Jesus Aguilar, Brewers

^ Player Ballot-elected
* Choice of MLB
@ Inactive 
% Injured
= Elected as starter, missing game due to injury
& Selected as reserve, will start as injury replacement
+ Replacement

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HOME RUN DERBY
Bracket (left side)
1. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers vs. 8. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
4. Alex Bregman, Astros vs. 5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs

Bracket (right side)
2. Bryce Harper, Nationals vs. 7. Freddie Freeman, Braves
3. Max Muncy, Dodgers vs. 6. Javier Baez, Cubs

Results
Harper was the overall winner after beating Schwarber in the finals (19-18). He won his bracket by beating Freeman (13-12) and Muncy (13-12). Schwarber beat Bregman (16-15) and Hoskins (21-20). 

Hoskins beat Aguilar (17-12) and Muncy beat Baez (17-16) in Round 1.