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9 trade targets who could make big impact

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

Sounds odd, but 7 teams should pass at Deadline

As July 31 approaches, some teams shouldn't buy or sell
1:14 AM EDT

As exciting as the Trade Deadline is and as much fun as it is to speculate on what trades your team is going to make for the stretch run, the simple fact remains: A lot of these teams should probably stand pat. If you’re looking for any proof, simply look

Paddack throws 'em a curve: a 3rd go-to pitch

In near no-no, rookie shows he's got more than fastball, changeup
12:18 PM EDT

MIAMI -- In all likelihood, Chris Paddack would’ve become a very good big leaguer with only two pitches. He can place his high-octane fastball anywhere he wants it, and his changeup starts on the same plane before falling off the table. Then again, Paddack isn’t one to settle for "very

'Like brothers': Watch Vlad Jr.-Gurriel interview

9:32 AM EDT

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. have distinguished themselves as two of baseball’s top young talents. Off the field, they describe themselves as “brothers.” The two have been playing baseball together for three years, rising from the Minor Leagues to Toronto, where they have already begun to make an

Rumors: Thor, Minor, Giants, Stroman

10:48 AM EDT is keeping track of all the latest free agent and trade rumors right here.

An oral history of David Cone's perfect game

20 years ago, the 36-year-old Cone made baseball history in the Bronx
12:00 AM EDT

The temperature was sizzling in New York City on the morning of Sunday, July 18, 1999, inching toward a high of 98 degrees. Bathed in broad sunlight, David Cone navigated the three northbound lanes of the FDR Drive, guiding his vehicle toward the players' parking lot on the third-base side

AL East at Deadline: Buy, sell or stand pat?

Two teams are sellers, two are buyers and one may shop selectively
10:24 AM EDT

The front office of your favorite team is thinking the same thing you are -- or something similar -- this time of year. The Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away and the big question is, will your team be a buyer, a seller or is it going to

Price responds as Eckersley dispute resurfaces

July 17, 2019

BOSTON -- Two years ago, Red Sox lefty David Price set up a meeting to apologize to Dennis Eckersley for yelling at the Hall of Famer in front of his teammates on a team flight from Boston to Toronto. When Eckersley chose not to show up for the meeting, he

Injury updates: Trout, Max, Jansen, M. Chapman

July 17, 2019

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

Through trade rumors, Bumgarner stays focused

July 17, 2019

DENVER -- Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to take the mound at Oracle Park on Thursday night as the Giants open a series with the Mets. He’ll be climbing that hill in San Francisco for the 133rd time. It could also be for the last time in a Giants uniform. That’s

Dodgers plan to keep Maeda, rotation in order

Hill takes big step by throwing for first time since June
an hour ago

PHILADELPHIA -- The Dodgers plan to keep their rotation in order, despite Kenta Maeda's abbreviated Wednesday start following a 2-hour and 37-minute rain delay. Maeda threw just 35 pitches over two hitless innings before the tarp came on the field in the top of the third inning of the Dodgers'

Tight NL East race may impact Deadline deals

11:30 AM EDT

It’s just under two weeks until the Trade Deadline (note the absence of that old “non-waiver” descriptor), and virtually the entire National League is in position at least to dream about a playoff bid. That makes for an interesting Deadline, especially in the absence of August trades. The busy standings

Wednesday's top prospect performers

July 17, 2019

Here's a look at Wednesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, SS (No. 1, No. 8 in MLB) -- 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Buffalo) Make that three straight multihit performances for Bichette, who extended his hitting

Paddack makes deep run at Padres' first no-no

Rookie right-hander holds Marlins hitless until the eighth inning
July 17, 2019

MIAMI -- Facing the team that drafted him, Chris Paddack flirted with history on Wednesday night. In the end, he wasn’t perfect. But he showed the Marlins precisely what they’re missing. The Padres’ rookie right-hander rode a perfect game into the sixth and a no-hitter into the eighth before Starlin

Speedy Gore acquired by Yanks, sent to Minors

July 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- Terrance Gore has already shown the ability to impact the postseason with his legs, and as the Yankees eye a deep October run, they moved on Wednesday to stash the speedster's wheels within the organization. New York acquired Gore from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

Watch: Upton leaps at the wall, but why?

July 17, 2019

As soon as the ball left Alex Bregman's bat, he looked up as if he thought it was a home run. As soon as Justin Upton started heading back toward the left-field wall at Angel Stadium, he looked as if he, too, thought it was a home run. He even

Alonso's 474-ft bomb proves every day's a Derby

July 17, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- As it turns out, the Home Run Derby did not ruin Pete Alonso’s swing. Nine days after his Derby victory, Alonso bashed his first home run of the season’s second half in the Mets’ 14-4 rout of the Twins on Wednesday. For the Mets, it was worth the

Mariano's dominant cutter was an accident

Podcast: Hear Hall of Famer describe bread-and-butter pitch's origins
12:24 AM EDT

It’s considered by many to be the greatest pitch in baseball history, yet Mariano Rivera’s famous cut fastball initially might have led to the end of his career before it ever really took off.’s Full Account takes a deep dive into Rivera’s life, including the sudden appearance of his

Ramirez, Ausmus suspended for Marisnick HBP

July 17, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Angels reliever Noé Ramirez and manager Brad Ausmus were both suspended on Wednesday, one day after Ramirez hit Jake Marisnick with a pitch that the Astros believe was retaliation for Marisnick’s violent collision into catcher Jonathan Lucroy on July 7. Ramirez was suspended for three games and fined

Aroldis says report of his opting out is false

July 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman smirked as a group of reporters approached his Yankee Stadium locker Wednesday afternoon, having been briefed about the latest whispers concerning the looming opt-out clause in his contract. As he did at the All-Star Game, the closer said that no decisions about his future have

There's an incredible mural honoring Tyler Skaggs near his old baseball field at Santa Monica High School

July 17, 2019

Jonas Never is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work has popped up around the area in recent years, paying homage to local sports teams and some figures who've passed away, including Anthony Bourdain, Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and, most recently, Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs, who passed away on

Devers' breakout year continues with HR, 4 RBIs

1:33 AM EDT

BOSTON -- With all due respect to Dustin Pedroia, the original "Laser Show," the current master of making laser beams emanate from his bat is Rafael Devers. The 22-year-old keeps mashing the baseball in his exciting breakout season, and his latest knocks lifted the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory

Escobar homers twice as D-backs' bats erupt

Seven-run first inning sets tone for rout in Texas
1:01 AM EDT

ARLINGTON -- Arizona’s bats exploded for 14 runs in the first three innings Wednesday night en route to a 19-4 blasting of the Rangers at Globe Life Park. The D-backs’ offense chased Rangers starting pitcher Jesse Chavez after just two-thirds of an inning. Eduardo Escobar, Kevin Cron and Jarrod Dyson

Cole racks up 11 strikeouts vs. Halos

California kid records 24 swings and misses in dominant homecoming
2:22 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- Gerrit Cole was tasked with playing stopper for the Astros on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, and Houston’s offense provided him with ample backing to accomplish that. Staked to an 11-run lead, the right-hander gave the Astros some much-needed length by firing seven innings of one-run ball and