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Tigers agree to deal with No. 1 pick Mize

Third-round pick Clemens also agrees, according to source
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DETROIT -- The Tigers have been anticipating Casey Mize in the Old English D since the spring. As the top overall Draft pick put on the cap and slipped on the jersey Monday afternoon in a news conference announcing his signing, Detroit's rebuilding effort received a major boost.

"It feels amazing," Mize said. "It's such an honor to be the first overall pick and join a great organization like the Tigers. I'm really appreciative of them considering me the best player in this Draft and taking me with the first selection. To have it be official, it really feels great."

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DETROIT -- The Tigers have been anticipating Casey Mize in the Old English D since the spring. As the top overall Draft pick put on the cap and slipped on the jersey Monday afternoon in a news conference announcing his signing, Detroit's rebuilding effort received a major boost.

"It feels amazing," Mize said. "It's such an honor to be the first overall pick and join a great organization like the Tigers. I'm really appreciative of them considering me the best player in this Draft and taking me with the first selection. To have it be official, it really feels great."

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Mize received a signing bonus around $7.5 million, MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis confirmed. It's lower than the $8,096,300 slot value assigned to the top overall pick, but it is a record bonus for a Draft pick in the pool bonus era, and it is tied for the second-largest bonus overall behind Gerrit Cole's $8 million bonus to sign out of UCLA in 2011. The Detroit Free Press first reported the bonus.

• Tigers Draft Tracker

The Tigers selected the Auburn right-hander with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft on June 4. A deal had been expected, and it became imminent once Mize was spotted at Comerica Park on Monday morning and worked out on the field with the team prior to batting practice.

"I was a little nervous to even go play catch," Mize said, "but it was really cool to even be out there on the field and interacting with some of the players. I felt a part of it a little bit, which was an awesome feeling. Even stepping in the dugout and just seeing the stadium, it was really cool. It's something I obviously hope happens a lot more, but it was the first time, so it was special."

Mize joined 2009 top pick Stephen Strasburg as players to go undrafted out of high school before becoming the top overall pick out of college. Mize tossed a no-hitter against Northeastern in March, propelling him toward a season worthy of his billing. The right-hander went 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 156 batters over 114 2/3 innings with 84 hits allowed. Just as impressive, he surrendered just 16 walks.

"I got to see him come in as a freshman at Auburn," Tigers amateur scout Justin Henry said, "and seeing him in the college seasons and the Cape Cod League, how much better he got in three years was very impressive. But I think the most impressive thing was sitting down and speaking to him and getting to know him and hearing how he goes about his business. It was a different meeting than most of the meetings I have with players."

Said Tigers scouting director Scott Pleis: "He checked all the boxes -- physically, mentally, makeup, work ethic, all that stuff, along with the talent to do what he does on the field."

Mize's college career ended in the NCAA Super Regional a couple of weeks ago. Fittingly, after a few days vacationing with his family and girlfriend, he resumed working out in anticipation of his pro career.

"I got a few days of downtime and then I got pretty bored," Mize said.

Where that pro career will begin remains to be seen. Mize will work out in Lakeland, Fla., at the Tigers' Spring Training facility, but the club is still working out where and when he'll pitch.

"We're going to put down a plan together," Pleis said. "We pretty much know what we're going to do, but we're going to figure out how many innings, when he's going to do it. All that stuff's going to be mapped out."

The Tigers also signed third-round pick Kody Clemens, according to a source. The University of Texas second baseman skyrocketed up Draft charts with a stellar junior season for the Longhorns, leading the Big 12 Conference with 19 regular-season home runs to go with 61 RBIs and a 1.140 OPS. Callis reports that Clemens received a $600,000 bonus.

The Tigers have not officially announced the Clemens signing, but Clemens announced in a tweet Monday he has decided to begin his pro career and sign.

Tweet from @kodyclem: pic.twitter.com/QHtiRYpTsk

"We're still finalizing that, but we're really close with that one," Pleis said.

Mize and Clemens are expected to travel from Detroit to Los Angeles for the Golden Spikes Award ceremony. The honor, which goes annually to the top player in college baseball, will be announced Wednesday night. Clemens is expected to begin his pro career shortly at Class A West Michigan.

The deals leave second-round pick Parker Meadows as the Tigers' lone unsigned selection out of their first 10 picks. The athletic high school outfielder has committed to play college baseball at Clemson, but his older brother, Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows, tweeted Sunday that his little brother was "off to pursue his dream."

Tweet from @austin_meadows: My lil bro is off to pursue his dream! So excited for this journey to start for you man! It���s finally here! @parkermeadows3

By signing Mize and Clemens for below their slot value, the Tigers have Draft pool money available to use on Meadows, if they so choose. A deal could come together in the next couple of days.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Which players are moving up in NL ASG voting?

Dodgers making best push, while 3 Braves maintain starting spots
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The Dodgers had a difficult start to the season, but they've gained meaningful momentum, going 15-5 so far this month. And that momentum extends to the National League's 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot results released on Monday.

VOTE NOW: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

The Dodgers had a difficult start to the season, but they've gained meaningful momentum, going 15-5 so far this month. And that momentum extends to the National League's 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot results released on Monday.

VOTE NOW: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

Though all of the starting-position leaders remain the same as they were in the first two updates, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has moved from third to second among NL outfielders, jumping past the Nationals' Bryce Harper. And three other Dodgers players -- second baseman Logan Forsythe, third baseman Justin Turner and outfielder Yasiel Puig -- are now listed among the top vote-getters after not appearing last week.

Meanwhile, the first-place Braves remain the only club with three projected starters and all eight of its players on the ballot appearing among the leaders. First baseman Freddie Freeman is still comfortably ahead in the NL's total vote count, with 2,199,904 votes.

Voting to decide the starters for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 17 at Washington's Nationals Park continues until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 5.

Here are the latest results in the NL:

Video: SD@SF: Posey rips an RBI single up the middle in 8th

CATCHER
1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,037,368
2. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 945,347
3. Kurt Suzuki, Braves: 880,707
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 584,054
5. Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers: 539,782

No changes here. Posey maintains more than a 90,000-vote edge on Contreras, putting him in good position to make his fourth straight start behind the plate for the NL. Suzuki remains in the hunt. The Marlins' J.T. Realmuto, who leads all NL catchers in OPS by a wide margin, remains outside the top five.

Video: BAL@ATL: Freeman rips a 2-run single in the 1st

FIRST BASE
1. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 2,199,904
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 899,953
3. Brandon Belt, Giants: 571,177
4. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 472,164
5. Jose Martinez, Cardinals: 303,551

With more than twice as many votes as Rizzo, Freeman will be making his first All-Star appearance since 2014 and will be starting for the first time. He entered the week third in the NL in average (.327), second in on-base percentage (.415) and fourth in slugging percentage (.565). The only change here is Martinez's arrival in the top five, bumping the Reds' Joey Votto.

Video: BAL@ATL: Albies collects 3 hits, stolen base vs. O's

SECOND BASE
1. Ozzie Albies, Braves: 1,408,469
2. Javier Baez, Cubs: 1,186,243
3. Scooter Gennett, Reds: 1,166,288
4. Joe Panik, Giants: 335,298
5. Logan Forsythe, Dodgers: 268,236

This is still a three-player race, but Albies has widened his lead on Baez from around 148,000 last week to around 223,000 this week. So while Albies, Baez and Gennett all have strong statistical cases, Albies' impact (41 extra-base) on a reborn Braves club has definitely resonated with the voters.

Video: NYM@COL: Arenado hits 3-run homer, knocks in 5 runs

THIRD BASE
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 1,706,923
2. Kris Bryant, Cubs: 1,060,467
3. Johan Camargo, Braves: 642,241
4. Eugenio Suarez, Reds: 376,612
5. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 353,693

Turner and the Giants' Evan Longoria have traded turns in the No. 5 spot in the first three updates, and Turner could solidify that position with Longoria on the shelf with a broken hand. But the top spot at third has been a constant. Arenado, who took a .997 OPS, 18 homers and 55 RBIs into the week, is in good shape to make his second straight All-Star start.

Video: SD@SF: Crawford plates a pair with double to left

SHORTSTOP
1. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 1,701,098
2. Dansby Swanson, Braves: 888,077
3. Addison Russell, Cubs: 771,478
4. Trevor Story, Rockies: 555,788
5. Trea Turner, Nationals: 380,331

Another position with no changes this week. Crawford's .308 average and .856 OPS are tops among NL shortstops, and a brief slump last week did nothing to slow his momentum in this race. He was an All-Star in 2015, but this would be his first time starting.

Video: LAD@NYM: Kemp launches a pinch-hit grand slam

OUTFIELD
1. Nick Markakis, Braves: 1,829,276
2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 1,498,827
3. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 1,403,335
4. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 983,660
5. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves: 932,989
6. Ender Inciarte, Braves: 828,451
7. Jason Heyward, Cubs: 750,688
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 706,374
9. Ben Zobrist, Cubs: 684,377
10. Christian Yelich, Brewers: 545,044
11. Corey Dickerson, Pirates: 455,065
12. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers: 422,252
13. Andrew McCutchen, Giants: 412,708
14. Odubel Herrera, Phillies: 374,540
15. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 366,277

The projected starting outfield remains unchanged, but Kemp has surpassed Harper. But while Harper's June swoon at the plate has affected his placement (he had fallen from first to second last week), he's still well ahead of Blackmon. Last week, Harper said that he will participate in the Home Run Derby at his home park if he's selected to the NL roster. The only other changes here are Herrera dropping from 12th to 14th and Puig bumping the Nationals' Matt Adams out of the top 15.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game 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.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

They're not Cal, but these 5 are made of iron

Ripken played 1,000th consecutive game 30 years ago today
MLB.com @AndrewSimonMLB

Thirty years ago today, Cal Ripken Jr. became the sixth player in Major League history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. As it turned out, he was less than 40 percent through his famous iron-man streak.

The run of consecutive games played, which began on May 30, 1982, continued all the way to Sept. 19, 1998. When the dust settled, Ripken had played 2,632 games in a row, smashing Lou Gehrig's hallowed record of 2,130.

Thirty years ago today, Cal Ripken Jr. became the sixth player in Major League history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. As it turned out, he was less than 40 percent through his famous iron-man streak.

The run of consecutive games played, which began on May 30, 1982, continued all the way to Sept. 19, 1998. When the dust settled, Ripken had played 2,632 games in a row, smashing Lou Gehrig's hallowed record of 2,130.

• All-time consecutive game leaders

It's difficult to believe that any current player will challenge, much less usurp, Ripken. Only one player saw action in every game in each of the previous two seasons -- more on him below -- and over five years from 2013-17, just 13 players combined for a total of 17 seasons with 162 games played.

After all, the Major League season is an unrelenting grind, and teams understand the importance of rest and recovery. The issue isn't whether a player could play 2,000-plus consecutive games, but if he should.

With that in mind, and on the anniversary of Ripken's 1,000th game, here is a look at five of the most durable iron men among active position players.

Jose Altuve, Astros
The reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner's small stature is well known, but it doesn't take away from his strength or toughness. Altuve is one of six players to log at least 150 games played in five consecutive seasons, and of those, at least two -- Robinson Cano (suspension) and Evan Longoria (disabled list) -- have seen their streaks broken. Altuve just keeps on chugging, however, appearing in every game Houston has played so far in 2018. He ranks third in the Majors in total games played since his first full season in 2012.

Video: TB@HOU: Altuve crushes 2 solo HRs against the Rays

Alcides Escobar, Royals
Known for his defense at shortstop much more than his bat (.635 career OPS), Escobar's most impressive attribute is actually his ability to stay on the field. The only man to play 162 games in both 2016 and '17, he has once again found himself in the starting lineup for every single Royals game this season, including one start in center field. In fact, Escobar has started in 408 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest by a shortstop since Ripken himself. With Ichiro Suzuki no longer active, Escobar is the only current player to have three 162-game seasons in his career, and he leads the Majors in games played (1,325) in the 2010s.

Video: KC@HOU: Escobar makes his first catch in center field

Nick Markakis, Braves
The 34-year-old is a darkhorse candidate to get to 3,000 hits, and his playing-time advantage is a big reason why. Markakis has been on the disabled list only once in his 13 seasons, back in 2012. He has played in at least 147 games in every other season since his rookie campaign in '06, joining Longoria as the only players to appear in at least 155 games in each of the past five years. Markakis has yet to miss a game for the first-place Braves this season, and on top of that, he's putting up some of the best offensive numbers of his career.

Carlos Santana, Phillies
The Phillies signed Santana to a three-year contract last offseason, banking on his track record of durability and consistent production. Despite a slow start at the plate fueled at least in part by some bad luck, he is doing for Philadelphia what he did year after year for Cleveland -- play every day, get on base a lot and hit with some pop. The catcher-turned-first baseman missed a bit of time early in his career to injuries sustained behind the plate, but with the tools of ignorance now behind him for good, Santana is on track to be one of four players with at least 150 games each year since 2013.

Video: PHI@WSH: Santana clubs a 2-run homer to right field

Kyle Seager, Mariners
Corey Seager is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery. His older brother, however, continues to be a daily part of Seattle's lineup. Kyle has been perhaps the most consistent performer in the Majors in recent years, and while his offensive numbers are down, he has started all but one game for the Mariners this season, bringing his slick glove to the hot corner. Seager played in at least 154 games each year since his first full season in 2012.

Honorable mentions: Brian Dozier, Twins; Eric Hosmer, Padres; Andrew McCutchen, Giants; Justin Upton, Angels; Joey Votto, Reds.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

Jose Altuve, Alcides Escobar, Nick Markakis, Carlos Santana, Kyle Seager

MLB Buzz: Yankees looking to upgrade rotation

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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.

Yankees looking to add impact starter without trading Frazier
June 25: The Yankees are in the market for starting pitching help, general manager Brian Cashman told NBC Sports on Sunday, after Domingo German allowed six runs in three innings against the Rays.

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

Yankees looking to add impact starter without trading Frazier
June 25: The Yankees are in the market for starting pitching help, general manager Brian Cashman told NBC Sports on Sunday, after Domingo German allowed six runs in three innings against the Rays.

Cashman, however, would prefer to add an impact starter without trading Clint Frazier. With Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge in the outfield and Giancarlo Stanton at designated hitter, the 23-year-old Frazier is currently blocked from a regular role in the Bronx. But his potential is undeniable.

The Yankees acquired Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, from the Indians as part of a trade package for Andrew Miller on July 31, 2016. He has posted a .908 OPS in eight games with the Yankees this season and a .947 mark over 38 games in Triple-A.

• Non-waiver Trade Deadline explained

New York lost Jordan Montgomery to season-ending Tommy John surgery and is currently without Masahiro Tanaka, who is on the disabled list with mild strains in both hamstrings. As a result, they've had to turn to German and Jonathan Loaisiga, who have provided mixed results in the rotation.

Video: NYY@TB: Yankees broadcast on Tanaka's rehab progress

Yankees, Red Sox could be set to compete for bullpen help
June 25: Looking to one-up each other in the race for the American League East crown, the Yankees and Red Sox may wind up competing to acquire relievers such as Brad Hand of the Padres and Zach Britton of the Orioles, according to the Boston Globe.

Morosi: Relievers who could be on move in trades

The Yankees would seem to have an edge in that case, as they can offer a better crop of prospects than the Red Sox. The Yankees were ranked sixth on MLB Pipeline's preseason list of the top 10 farm systems in baseball, while the Red Sox didn't make the cut.

Both teams currently rank among the top six MLB clubs in bullpen ERA, but with a fierce battle ensuing for the division title, the AL East rivals will likely consider all options to gain an edge.

Rays preparing to trade Ramos, other veterans
June 24: The Rays are expected to trade a number of veterans in the coming weeks to clear a path for their youngsters to earn playing time, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Catcher Wilson Ramos, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, outfielder Carlos Gomez and reliever Sergio Romo are among those likely to be dealt, and Chris Archer could also be moved if he proves to be healthy.

Archer is currently on the disabled list with a left abdominal strain, but he still has enough time to return and make a few starts before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Other potential trade candidates include starter Nathan Eovaldi, infielder Matt Duffy and reliever Chaz Roe.

Listen: Morning Lineup Podcast discusses Braves' possible Trade Deadline moves

Padres interested in Franco
June 24: The Padres are interested in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, but a deal could be tough to swing. In order to part with its once-promising prospect, Philadelphia would need to acquire a third baseman externally. Doing so wouldn't necessarily be out of the realm, as the club has been linked to Adrian Beltre, Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado.

With the Phils nearing the All-Star break firmly in the postseason hunt, they could be prompted to make an aggressive move ahead of the Deadline. San Diego boasts a bevy of bullpen arms that have been the club's bright spots -- particularly left-hander Brad Hand, who drew significant interest ahead of last year's Deadline. The Padres are believed to want a significant return in exchange for Hand, perhaps for more everyday talent than just Franco.

The Padres have gotten up-and-down production from Christian Villanueva, who hit .321/.411/.692 in March and April, when he was named the National League Rookie of the Month, though the 27-year-old owns a .176/.229/.382 line in the two months since.

Video: PHI@WSH: Franco posts a solid 4-hit showing

Rangers make Beltre, two relievers available
June 23: The Rangers are shopping Beltre, as well as relievers Jake Diekman and Keone Kela, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Beltre, who collected his 3,000th career hit last season and is 34 home runs shy of 500, is hitting .314/.365/.456 with four home runs in 47 games this season. He's missed time due to hamstring injuries, and injuries limited him to 94 games in 2017.

The 39-year-old is a free agent after this season and can veto any proposed trade given his service-time rights, so he could steer his way to a team with a chance to contend for the postseason. The potential third-base market leans heavily to the supply side, with Machado, Donaldson and the Royals' Mike Moustakas potentially on the move prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Morosi: Hot market for hot corner

Diekman, also a free agent at season's end, has a 2.96 ERA over 33 appearances (27 1/3 innings) this season. Kela, the Rangers' closer, has a 3.67 ERA and 18 saves in 29 appearances.

Reds drawing interest in Duvall
June 23: Outfielder Adam Duvall is drawing a "surprising" amount of trade interest according to Rosenthal in a video for FOX Sports. Duvall is hitting .203/.285/.409 with 12 home runs for Cincinnati this season, but has been pretty unlucky according to Statcast™: Entering Saturday, his expected batting average based on launch angle and exit velocity of batted balls was .249.

Over the past two seasons, Duvall slashed .245/.299/.489 with 64 homers in 307 games. He also finished as a Gold Glove Award finalist in both seasons and was selected as an All-Star in 2016. The 29-year-old is under team control over the next three seasons.

O's star Jones 'holds all the cards'
June 23: Five-time All-Star Adam Jones has been stellar for the Orioles, batting .291 with a 109 OPS+ through Friday's action. But Jones told Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Meoli on Friday that the Orioles had not approached him in any capacity about a potential trade, even as the team likely pivots to a rebuilding phase in these weeks leading up to the Trade Deadline.

"I can't let it bother me," Jones told the Sun. "I'm in a different part of my life to where I'm not anticipating a $150 million, $200 million, $300 million offer this offseason. I'm more just, 'Let me go be a pro, do what I do best,' and that's play the game hard and live with the result."

Jones can veto any trade opportunity by virtue of his 13 years of Major League service time and 11 consecutive seasons in Baltimore. Telling the Sun that he "holds all the cards" in a trade scenario, Jones was realistic about his role in the marketplace as he plays through his age-32 season.

"What I'm trying to do is maintain my value and continue the path that I've been on of consistency and performing year-in and year-out," Jones said. "I'm just basically doing me, and not worrying about everybody else."

Video: MIA@BAL: Jones drills a 2-run double to right-center

Jones represents a potentially valuable veteran presence should teams need an outfielder near the Deadline. He is one of a handful of Orioles players including Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach and others that make Baltimore arguably the most intriguing potential seller this summer. Jones has hit at least 25 home runs in each of his past seven big league seasons, and he has recorded an OPS below league average just once since 2009.

Nats say asking price on Realmuto too high
June 22: The Nationals could be among the most aggressive teams in making significant roster upgrades these next few weeks, but the cost for Marlins backstop J.T. Realmuto remains prohibitive, at least in the eyes of Nats general manager Mike Rizzo.

Here's what Rizzo said in a candid interview on Friday with MLB Network Radio about potentially acquiring Miami's backstop:

"[The Marlins] are not going to sell him cheap. We know what the return has to be on Realmuto, and we're not willing to meet that price. So unless something changes there, on their end, we're going to go with [Matt] Wieters when he gets healthy and a combination of [Pedro] Severino and [Spencer] Kieboom to back him up."

Feinsand: 10 players whose trade stock is on the rise

The Nats were very publicly linked to Realmuto throughout the winter, but -- as appears to still be the case -- the asking price was too high. Many reports over the offseason alluded that Miami, in the midst of a major overhaul, was asking for at least one of its top two prospects, Victor Robles or Juan Soto, both of whom have excelled in brief MLB stints.

Realmuto, 27, remains under club control through 2020, which assuredly would be one of the many enticing returns for Washington, which has many significant contributors hitting free agency this winter. Realmuto is batting .297/.355/.524 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 54 games this season for a Marlins club that entered Friday with a 29-46 record.

Video: Mike Lowell breaks down J.T. Realmuto, his value

Astros remain interested in acquiring Britton
June 22: After nearly trading for O's closer Britton last season, the Astros remain interested in the left-hander, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

Houston and Baltimore agreed on a deal sending Britton to the Astros for multiple players before the non-waiver Trade Deadline in 2017, but it was reportedly vetoed by Orioles owner Peter Angelos after physicals were exchanged.

Britton has allowed only one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless innings since he returned from right Achilles tendon surgery, and he's walked just one batter after issuing three free passes in his season debut.

The bullpen arguably remains the Astros' biggest weakness, and yet, the club's relief corps has performed incredibly well lately, posting the third-best ERA (2.03) in the Majors during June.

Hector Rondon has emerged as the Astros' primary closer this month, notching four saves in four chances, and Chris Devenski (1.57 ERA), Collin McHugh (1.13 ERA) and Brad Peacock (2.30 ERA) have also excelled this season. Even Ken Giles, who posted a 7.88 ERA in May and allowed three runs in his first two June appearances, has found a groove, tossing four straight scoreless outings.

These relievers could be on the move in trades

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Relief pitchers account for roughly one-third of all Major League roster spots. Because even the strongest contenders often have a weak link or two in their bullpen, the midseason trade market for relievers tends to be active across the industry.

That's particularly true in 2018.

Relief pitchers account for roughly one-third of all Major League roster spots. Because even the strongest contenders often have a weak link or two in their bullpen, the midseason trade market for relievers tends to be active across the industry.

That's particularly true in 2018.

Trade talks involving late-inning bullpen arms are expected to mature more quickly than usual this summer, helped along by two key factors: Trade Deadline buyers and sellers are clearer now than at a similar point in recent seasons; and the trade of Kelvin Herrera from the Royals to the Nationals established a reasonable price point for a two-time All-Star on an expiring contract.

Padres closer Brad Hand is a popular name among contending general managers, but you probably knew that already. With that in mind, here's an expanded list of relievers to follow in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Blake Treinen, Athletics
Treinen never seized the closer's role over 3 1/2 seasons with the Nationals, but he's thriving in the ninth inning now. Treinen's SO/9 and SO/W rates are the best of his career by a substantial margin. He's comfortable pitching at the end of games (17 of 19 in save opportunities) and has prior postseason experience. Oakland could decide to move Treinen now, with his value at an all-time high and a significant raise coming in 2019 through salary arbitration. The Red Sox and Indians are good fits for Treinen, since their closers are due to hit free agency after this season.

Video: KC@OAK: Treinen pitches perfect 9th to nail down save

Darren O'Day, Orioles
While teammates Zach Britton and Brad Brach have garnered more media attention as trade candidates, O'Day is outperforming both of them in 2018. O'Day has shown no sign of the control issues that have plagued Britton and Brach this season, walking only three batters and striking out 27 in 20 innings. A trade of O'Day would be more complicated than moving Britton or Brach in at least one regard: He is under contract for $9 million next season, whereas the latter two would be pure rental players.

Raisel Iglesias, Amir Garrett and Jared Hughes, Reds
The Reds' bullpen had drawn attention from Major League scouts long before the start of Cincinnati's surprising seven-game winning streak. The Reds' asking price for Iglesias remains high -- as it should be, for a possible All-Star closer with multiple years of control. Garrett has been a revelation in his first season as a reliever and struck out the side in Sunday's sweep-clinching win over the Cubs. Hughes, with a 1.36 ERA and under control through 2020, is probably the most likely of Cincinnati's relievers to be moved over the coming weeks.

Video: CHC@CIN: Garrett fans Happ to strike out the side

Kyle Barraclough and Adam Conley, Marlins
The Marlins would rather move veteran Brad Ziegler, who has a 5.50 ERA after being bumped from the closer's role, but Barraclough or Conley would bring back more talent in return. Raisel Iglesias is 6 of 6 in save chances since becoming Miami's full-time closer earlier this month. Conley, a converted starter, has limited left-handers to a .136 batting average and zero home runs.

Video: MIA@COL: Barraclough retires Iannetta for the save

Joakim Soria and Xavier Cedeno, White Sox
The Braves are one possible landing spot for Soria, with Arodys Vizcaino now on the disabled list with a right shoulder ailment. Soria's contract includes a $10 million mutual option for next year, which may prove reasonable for a veteran closer enjoying the second-best SO/W ratio (6.40) of his Major League career. Teams need pitchers who are healthy and effective right now -- small-sample-size performers, acquired for a small-sample-size time of year. That describes Cedeno, a left-hander who did not debut with the White Sox this season until June 7 but has yet to allow an earned run in nine appearances. The White Sox could bring Cedeno back through salary arbitration in 2019, but the chance to move him at peak value now could be too alluring to resist.

Video: CLE@CWS: Soria get long flyout to earn 9th save

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network.

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Cruz, Arenado claim Player of the Week honors

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A pair of the game's most elite sluggers capped breakout stretches over the past seven days. And on Monday, they were acknowledged for as much, as Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado were named the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason. This is the fourth such honor for each player.

Arenado did all of his damage last week at Coors Field, clubbing a tied-for-NL-high five homers while hitting .379/.419/.966 with an MLB-leading 13 RBIs over the Rockies' seven-game stretch against the Mets and Marlins for Colorado's first winning homestand of the season. And this manifested while the Rockies' bullpen gave up an MLB-high 21 runs, and just days after Arenado was mired in a career-worst 0-for-19 funk during Colorado's road trip through Philadelphia and Texas.

A pair of the game's most elite sluggers capped breakout stretches over the past seven days. And on Monday, they were acknowledged for as much, as Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado were named the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason. This is the fourth such honor for each player.

Arenado did all of his damage last week at Coors Field, clubbing a tied-for-NL-high five homers while hitting .379/.419/.966 with an MLB-leading 13 RBIs over the Rockies' seven-game stretch against the Mets and Marlins for Colorado's first winning homestand of the season. And this manifested while the Rockies' bullpen gave up an MLB-high 21 runs, and just days after Arenado was mired in a career-worst 0-for-19 funk during Colorado's road trip through Philadelphia and Texas.

Past winners: AL | NL

"There's an incentive definitely coming to the ballpark trying to do something to help the team win somehow," Arenado said. "When we were losing and not getting hits and I wasn't doing anything to help, it hurts. It's disappointing. It keeps me up at night. It's frustrating. It feels like I'm not doing my part. So it feels good to contribute right now, help these guys out and play a part."

Video: NL Player of the Week - Nolan Arenado

Arenado, who is vying for his fourth straight NL All-Star bid, is quietly putting together a season in which he's in the hunt for the NL batting title, and is tied with Matt Kemp for fifth place with a .318 average. He also ranks third in the NL with 55 RBIs, behind only teammate Trevor Story and Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who each have 58. Arenado ranks fifth in the NL with a 150 wRC+.

"Nolan over the course of his career is becoming a better hitter," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He's taking what the pitchers are giving him, especially this year. You've seen over the course of May and June Nolan being pitched really tough … You're talking about one of the best players in the game, so it's not surprising that he adjusts and adapts. That's a sign of a talented player."

Video: AL Player of the Week - Nelson Cruz

Cruz led all AL hitters with a .500 batting average and a 1.042 slugging percentage over 24 at-bats in six games during a road trip through the Bronx and Boston. Cruz belted three homers this week, including a Statcast-projected 465-foot shot on Friday that remains the Mariners' longest this season, bringing his season total to 20, good for fourth most in the AL. His 156 wRC+ trail only Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Jose Ramirez.

"I've been playing healthy for a few weeks now," Cruz said. "I think that's the difference. For me, it's just getting to be out there and play a lot of games, and the timing will come."

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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Critical week ahead for Yankees, Phillies

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This new week begins with the Ohio baseball teams -- that's the Indians and Reds, if you're sharp on your geography -- putting seven-game winning streaks on the line in St. Louis and Atlanta, respectively.

History buffs may remember that the Indians have had a couple of streaks in recent years, including a little 22-0 run last season that was part of a 27-1 stretch.

This new week begins with the Ohio baseball teams -- that's the Indians and Reds, if you're sharp on your geography -- putting seven-game winning streaks on the line in St. Louis and Atlanta, respectively.

History buffs may remember that the Indians have had a couple of streaks in recent years, including a little 22-0 run last season that was part of a 27-1 stretch.

For the Reds, last weekend brought the first four-game sweep of the Cubs in 35 years and a shot of optimism that the great rebuild is headed in the right direction.

Cincinnati is a respectable 29-30 under interim skipper Jim Riggleman, who probably shouldn't have "interim" in his title much longer.

Elsewhere, this is an important week for the D-backs, who could learn a lot more after right-hander Shelby Miller takes the mound on Monday for the first time in 429 days on Monday.

In a tight National League West race, every little thing is connected to every other little thing. For instance, the Dodgers will watch Clayton Kershaw continue his latest comeback later this week after he passed one test -- 55 pitches against the Mets on Saturday -- in his first start in three weeks.

Video: LAD@NYM: Kershaw tosses 3 innings, strikes out 4

And this week includes another Yankees-Red Sox series, the Braves beginning one of their most important road trips of the season and the Nationals in a very unfamiliar place: third place in the NL East.

Here's a look at the best game each day (all times ET):

Monday: D-backs at Marlins (7:10 p.m., MLB.TV)
The Cardinals and Braves both considered Miller a future ace at one time. Now, having been traded twice, Miller makes his return from Tommy John surgery on Monday against the Marlins in an outing that could be an important part of the D-backs' attempt to take the NL West from the Dodgers.

Tuesday: Yankees at Phillies (7:05 p.m., MLB.TV)
This is the kind of regular-season matchup we love. First, it pits two aces -- Luis Severino of the Yankees and Jake Arrieta of the Phillies -- against each other. It also pits two teams in tight division races. The Yanks have been unable to shake the Red Sox in the American League East, while the Phils and Braves continue to lead the favored Nationals in the NL East.

Wednesday: Indians at Cardinals (8:15 p.m., MLB.TV)
The Tribe has averaged 7.7 runs a game during a streak that has stretched its lead in the AL Central from 2 1/2 games to eight. Meanwhile, the Cards have lost eight of 12 as they return home for six games against the Indians and Braves.

Thursday: Cubs at Dodgers (3:10 p.m., MLB Network, MLB.TV)
The Dodgers could win the NL West without Kershaw being at his best, but it's pretty much impossible thinking they could make a deep October run without him. He got through his outing on Saturday without any problems and will look to go deeper into a game and shake off a bit more rust in his second turn. The Cubs, swept in a four-game series by the Reds this weekend, have spent just five days in first place as they try to get a sluggish offense on track.

Friday: Red Sox at Yankees (7:05 p.m., MLB Network, MLB.TV)
These two old friends have split their first six games this season and haven't been separated by more than 2 1/2 games in the standings since late April. Both are going to the playoffs for the second year in a row, and so the rest of this season will be about deciding which team avoids the AL Wild Card Game.

Saturday: Nationals at Phillies (6:05 p.m., MLB.TV)
The Nats begin the week in third place as the Braves and Phils continue to be baseball's surprise teams. Actually, the surprise part of this ended weeks ago. Now it's about finding out if Philadelphia can hold off the team a lot of people expected to win the NL East by miles.

Sunday: Braves at Cardinals (2:15 p.m., MLB.TV)
This series marks the beginning of a 10-game trip in which the Braves will play the Cardinals, Yankees and Brewers. Atlanta napped a three-game losing streak against Baltimore on Sunday. As for the Cards, they won back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday for the first time since June 8-9.

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.

A future MVP candidate from every team

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Quick trivia question: Which three teams have never had a player win a Most Valuable Player Award?

Two of them are 1998 expansion teams: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays. The third? The New York Mets, somehow. (No offense to the great Willie McGee, but ... how did Dwight Gooden not win in '85, exactly?)

Quick trivia question: Which three teams have never had a player win a Most Valuable Player Award?

Two of them are 1998 expansion teams: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays. The third? The New York Mets, somehow. (No offense to the great Willie McGee, but ... how did Dwight Gooden not win in '85, exactly?)

Having a player win an MVP Award is an achievement for any franchise. It means, for at least one season, you had the best your sport had to offer.

Finding that best player, that franchise cornerstone, is the goal of any team. Everybody needs someone to build around.

So in this week's edition of The Thirty, we look at the most likely player on every team to someday win an MVP Award. Some of these players have already won one; some of them might win one this year; some of them just possess the tools to eventually win one. But they all have the top-tier talent all teams lust after. They all could someday put that trophy on the shelf.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 
The window has probably closed on Josh Donaldson's chances of winning a second one, so we'll go with the phenom all of baseball is salivating over. No father-and-son combo has ever both won MVP Awards. This is the best chance, probably ever, of that happening.

Orioles: Manny Machado
The question, of course: Which team will Machado win it for?

Video: Must C Clutch: Machado, O's prevail over Braves in 15

Rays: Willy Adames
Adames hasn't gotten off to the torrid start Tampa Bay might have hoped for when it called him up last month -- other than that homer off Chris Sale in his second at-bat -- but he is still the sort of player who, if the Rays return to prominence, will be widely credited for the resurgence.

Red Sox: Mookie Betts
Betts could win multiple AL MVP Awards ... if he could just somehow get Mike Trout to the National League.

Yankees: Aaron Judge
Judge almost won the AL MVP Award last year, and he might have if he hadn't been a rookie. He has been just as good this year, but there's a problem: Judge is only nine months younger than Trout. It might be his misfortune that the year Trout got hurt happened to be his rookie season.

Video: SEA@NYY: Judge skies a 2-run shot to right-center

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Jose Ramirez
A year ago, Francisco Lindor would have been the obvious pick here, but considering the year Ramirez is having, he's still in the running to win the AL MVP Award this year. And he's only a year older than Lindor.

Royals: Jorge Soler
Hmm. Pretty tough to come up with anyone here. The Royals have no prospects in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, and their top five picks in this year's Draft were all pitchers. When pushed, we guess we'll go with the guy who might go nuts one year and hit 45 homers. But he probably won't do that, and even if he does, he probably won't win an MVP Award. 

Tigers: Jeimer Candelario
It's not easy to find anyone on Detroit's roster, either, but at least its best candidate is already an above-average hitter.

Twins: Eddie Rosario
Again, Rosario, only two years older than former top prospect Byron Buxton, has passed him entirely. Rosario might be one of the best 10 players in baseball right now.

Video: TEX@MIN: Rosario smacks a 2-run homer to open scoring

White Sox: Eloy Jimenez
Boy, will Cubs fans hate it if he ends up winning an MVP Award on the South Side.

AL WEST

Angels: Mike Trout
Trout single-handedly might be why the majority of the players on this list may never win an MVP Award.

Astros: Carlos Correa
So many players to choose from here, including the guy who just won the AL MVP Award (Jose Altuve), but in doubt, we'll go with the youngest superstar.

Video: HOU@KC: Correa clubs game-tying solo homer in the 8th

A's: Matt Chapman
This requires a widespread appreciation of Chapman's defense, but if Oakland's turn the corner and become a powerhouse again, he'll have been there from the beginning and might be the guy the voters credit.

Mariners: Kyle Lewis
Seattle is playing well without a real superstar this year, so we'll dig deep into the bag marked "potential" and go with the prospect with an enticing hit tool.

Rangers: Nomar Mazara
Not long ago, Texas' young players looked like an endless wave of superstars. Now? We got so old that Jurickson Profar is two years away from free agency.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Freddie Freeman
The only reason it's not Ronald Acuna Jr. is because Freeman might win the NL MVP Award this year.

Video: SD@ATL: Freeman clubs a solo jack to left-center

Marlins: Lewis Brinson
Brinson's probably the pick here, even though he's not currently the best rookie on his own team.

Mets: Jacob deGrom
Any pitcher ever win an MVP Award with fewer than 10 wins? (Brandon Nimmo might have some thoughts about this, by the way.)

Nationals: Bryce Harper
With all the talent on this team, and even with his struggles this year, Harper is still the pick. He sure is picking a rough time to have a down year, though. And Juan Soto was close to being the choice here.

Video: SF@WSH: Harper cracks a solo blast to right-center

Phillies: Rhys Hoskins
Hoskins has settled down from the eruption last year to simply being one of the most exciting hitters in baseball.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Lorenzo Cain
Despite being among the Wins Above Replacement leaders in the NL, Cain remains one of the most underappreciated players in the game.

Cardinals: Paul DeJong
One of the major issues with St. Louis right now is that there is no obvious contender here, either on the big league roster or in the Minors.

Cubs: Kris Bryant
Bryant won the NL MVP Award in 2016, was fine in '17 and will probably be just as good in '18.

Video: CHC@STL: Bryant demolishes 2-run homer off Wacha

Pirates: Austin Meadows
Meadows is finally here and raking. He's already the Bucs' best hitter.

Reds: Joey Votto
The answer to most Cincinnati-related questions is Votto.

NL WEST

D-backs: A.J. Pollock
If Pollock could just stay healthy. Arizona, and the rest of baseball, is so much better and more fun with a healthy Pollock.

Dodgers: Cody Bellinger
Assuming of course Clayton Kershaw doesn't stay healthy for a full season and win another one.

Video: LAD@NYM: Bellinger slides in for a triple

Giants: Brandon Belt
If San Francisco was a little better, Belt woudl be a stealth candidate this year.

Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr.
One year, Tatis Jr. and Vlad Jr. could win MVP Awards in the same season, and it would be wonderful.

Rockies: Nolan Arenado
Arenado has finished in the top 10 in NL MVP Award voting three times already in his career, and 2018 has been the best year of his career so far.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Edwin Jackson to tie MLB mark with 13th team

Back on June 6, the A's announced that they had signed Edwin Jackson to a Minor League contract. Not a particularly noteworthy move on its face, sure, but longtime readers of Cut4 realized that it put some MLB history within reach. Oakland marked Jackson's 13th organization over 15 big league seasons -- leaving the veteran righty just a phone call away from tying Octavio Dotel's all-time record. 

Just a few short weeks later, we're pleased to report that the day has finally come: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's plan to call Jackson up to start against the Tigers on Monday.

Braves make biggest leap in Power Rankings

Atlanta jumps from 9th to 4th thanks to its mighty offense
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The halfway point of the season is coming up, and nearly every division is lacking, so far, a runaway winner.

The American League Central might be the only division that doesn't fit this description. A combination of the Indians' seven-game winning streak and the Tigers' five-game losing streak, along with Cleveland being the only club over .500, suggests that race may be over. But at least two or three teams in each other division are either in first place or within a couple of games of overtaking the lead.

The halfway point of the season is coming up, and nearly every division is lacking, so far, a runaway winner.

The American League Central might be the only division that doesn't fit this description. A combination of the Indians' seven-game winning streak and the Tigers' five-game losing streak, along with Cleveland being the only club over .500, suggests that race may be over. But at least two or three teams in each other division are either in first place or within a couple of games of overtaking the lead.

The National League continues to prove to be the most competitive. Only one team -- the Padres -- has a double-digit deficit.

Biggest jump: The Braves jumped five spots, from No. 9 to No. 4. Atlanta, tops in the NL in OPS (.756) and slugging (.428), has relied on that offense during a stretch in which its pitching is being tested. The Braves scored 56 runs over their past 10 games but also allowed 43, and now they may be without their closer, Arodys Vizcaino (sore shoulder) for a period of time. The upcoming series with the Reds should be a good one -- Cincinnati, six games over .500 since May 8, is coming off a four-game sweep of the Cubs.

Biggest drop: The Nationals dropped five spots, from No. 7 to No. 12. Entering their finale with the Phillies on Sunday night, the Nats had lost nine of 12, mostly due to a slumping offense. Bryce Harper is struggling mightily -- over his past 12 games through Saturday, he was hitting .103 with no homers and two RBIs.

Power Rankings Top 5:

1. Astros (1 last week)
Houston has lost five times all month and is an MLB-best 28-9 vs. sub-.500 teams. While the Astros, Yankees and Red Sox continue to compete for the top record, the Astros have arguably the most complete team -- there are simply no holes in their rotation or their lineup, and any stumbles by the bullpen are masked by the relentless offense. That attack is led by Jose Altuve, 11-for-25 in his past eight games. Another major contributor this month has been Evan Gattis, who has eight homers and an MLB-best 25 RBIs in 21 June games.

Video: KC@HOU: Altuve lines a 2-run single to center field

2. Yankees (2)
Under the category "You Can't Predict Ball," we present the Yankees, who swept a three-game series from the contending Mariners, then were swept by the under-.500 Rays. Prior to their weekend in St. Petersburg, the Yanks hadn't been swept in a series of three or more games since dropping three to the Indians last August. The Yankees' schedule doesn't let up for a while -- their upcoming series are against the Phillies, Red Sox and Braves.

3. Red Sox (3)
The Red Sox had a mediocre week, going 3-3 against the Twins and Mariners. Win or lose, though, the offense has been relatively consistent throughout -- in those six games, Boston scored 33 runs. If every team goes through a lull in the season, the Red Sox may be in the middle of theirs -- they've lost five of nine, and, before Chris Sale shut down the Mariners on Sunday, pitchers had allowed 40 runs over eight games.

Video: SEA@BOS: Sale fans 13 over 7 dominant innings

4. Braves (9)
Atlanta is proving to be a major player in the NL East and, three months into the season, should no longer be presumed to be weaker than the Nationals based solely on last year's standings. What's impressive is that the young Braves are going through growing pains while maintaining their place among the elite teams. Still, if proof is needed that baseball is indeed a long season, consider this: Atlanta's rotation, entering the finale with Baltimore on Sunday, had allowed 16 runs over 21 1/3 innings over four games, but in their previous six, had allowed just two runs over 36 innings.

5. Brewers (5)
Milwaukee has the most wins in the NL and were helped in the standings by its rivals, the Cubs, who dropped four straight to the Reds. The Brewers have the second-lowest cumulative ERA, at 3.41, and their bullpen has the best weapon in baseball -- reliever Josh Hader, who has 148 strikeouts over 87 1/3 innings and a 0.87 WHIP.

Video: STL@MIL: Hader K's Flaherty, the side in the 6th

The rest of the Top 20
6. Indians (10 last week)
7. Mariners (4)
8. D-backs (8)
9. Cubs (6)
10. Dodgers (11)
11. Phillies (14)
12. Nationals (7)
13. Angels (13)
14. Cardinals (12)
15. Athletics (16)
16. Rockies (15)
17. Giants (17)
18. Rays (19)
19. Twins (NR)
20. Tigers (23)

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter.

Sanchez headed to DL with groin injury

Yankees catcher injured running to first base vs. Rays
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Gary Sanchez, who departed the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Rays in the 10th inning on Sunday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a right groin strain.

The Yankees also optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled catcher Kyle Higashioka and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Gary Sanchez, who departed the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Rays in the 10th inning on Sunday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a right groin strain.

The Yankees also optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled catcher Kyle Higashioka and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos.

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Listen: Morning Lineup Podcast discusses Sanchez's injury

Sanchez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and pulled up lame after crossing first base. He then walked gingerly to the dugout with the Yankees' trainers and manager Aaron Boone.

"It's bothering me right now," Sanchez said through a translator after Sunday's game. "What can I say, that's how baseball is sometimes. You never want something bad to happen to you, but that's part of baseball. Now I'm hoping it's not a long time."

Video: NYY@TB: Boone on the severity of Sanchez's injury

Sanchez finished his day 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He was replaced at catcher by Austin Romine.

"You never want to see your starter go down, especially with a player the caliber that Gary is," Romine said. "He's a big part of the team. I just have to fill in the best I can."

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Petersburg.

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Rabbit, Eagle & Panda: MLB's All-Animal Team

All kinds of animals seem to have taken a particular interest in baseball over the last few years, from the familiar -- like the Trenton Thunder's batdog -- to the unusual -- like the Tigers' peculiar "rally goose." The sport's history with the animal kingdom goes back even further, as it has lent nicknames to countless players since the dawn of baseball.

Some of those monikers have been particularly exceptional, such as Jim "Catfish" Hunter - who we honor today on National Catfish Day. So, here now is a salute to baseball's All-Animal Team.

Murphy, Harper spark Nationals' comeback win

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