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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

Trade value for relievers may have just shot up

@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

Joey Gallo back from IL, batting fifth

27 minutes ago

DETROIT -- Joey Gallo is back and ready to make up for lost time. Named as a finalist for the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Starters Election, Gallo was activated from the injured list prior to the Rangers’ series opener in Detroit on Tuesday. He was tabbed as the center fielder

Rumors: Stroman, Bumgarner, Greene, W. Smith

3:06 PM 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
3:05 PM 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

Springer, McHugh activated from injured list

@brianmctaggart
1:45 PM EDT

HOUSTON -- The Astros have activated outfielder George Springer and right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh from the injured list prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. Relief pitchers Rogelio Armenteros and Reymin Guduan have been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Springer has been out since May 24 with a strained left

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.

Obscure baseball rules, explained

@SlangsOnSports
1:42 PM EDT

You’ve got the basics of baseball down: you know that the team with the most runs wins, some different ways a team can score, and the other tenets of the game. But sometimes, some more lesser-known or less obvious events can occur, even over the course of a relatively ‘normal’

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

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’

Sox activate Wright, option Smith to Triple-A

@SlangsOnSports
12:49 PM EDT

The Red Sox reinstated knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright from the restricted list Tuesday. Wright was suspended in Spring Training for the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for human growth hormone. Due to the positive test, he is ineligible for postseason play. To make room on the

MLB's 1st South African pitcher claimed by O's

@gregjohnsmlb
2:59 PM EDT

SEATTLE -- Tayler Scott, who became the first South African to pitch in the Major Leagues earlier this month with the Mariners, was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Tuesday. The 27-year-old right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday and the Mariners tried to pass him through waivers

Nationals call up vet relievers Venters, Rodney

@cdenicola13
17 minutes ago

MIAMI -- The Nationals called up veteran relievers Fernando Rodney and Jonny Venters in hopes of bolstering their beleaguered bullpen prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins at Marlins Park. Postseason hopeful Washington, which has won 18 of its last 27 games and sits eight back of the National League

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

Beat the Streak and win $5.6 million in 2019

MLB.com's flagship fantasy game is back for its 19th season
March 27, 2019

Beat the Streak presented by MGM is back for its 19th season, and you can take home $5.6 million and achieve legendary status by topping Joe DiMaggio’s hallowed 56-game hitting streak from 1941. Passing DiMaggio has been a tall task for MLB players and Beat the Streak participants alike. Over

Walker near return; Chen's adjustments working

@paul_casella
June 23, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- First baseman Neil Walker played a rehab game with Class A Advanced Jupiter for a second straight day on Sunday as he nears a return from the injured list. Walker, who sustained a strained right quad on May 30, went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on

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