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8:40 PM ET, July 23, 2017


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Fox Sports:
Valbuena's solo homer lifts Angels to 3-2 win over Red Sox (Jul 23, 2017)  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
East News & Rumors: Stanton, Yanks, Red Sox, Mets  —  Representatives from both the Yankees and Marlins told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM that New York has not inquired about Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, which conflicts with a previous report.  Bowden received a text message from a Marlins executive …
Discussion: ESPN, Yahoo Sports and Boston Herald
Bob Keisser / UPI:
Albert Pujols, Andrelton Simmons power Los Angeles Angels' 7-3 win over Boston Red Sox  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — For a team that's averaging four runs a game this season, the number the Los Angeles Angels dropped on the Boston Red Sox and ace David Price Saturday night looked like a monster.
ESPN:   Red Sox promote top 3B prospect Rafael Devers
Associated Press:
Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:   Juiced ball or not, it's rarely all-or-nothing for the Red Sox's Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting
Associated Press:
Kluber strikes out season-high 14, Indians top Blue Jays 8-1  —  CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.  —  Kluber (8-3) showed no signs of the stiff neck …
Fox Sports:
Refsnyder dealt by Yankees to Toronto for 1B Ryan McBroom  —  SEATTLE (AP) Rob Refsnyder was traded from the New York Yankees to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for first baseman Ryan McBroom.  —  Designated for assignment on Wednesday, the 26-year-old Refsnyder appeared in 94 games …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Acquire Rob Refsnyder  —  The Blue Jays have acquired infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder from the AL East rival Yankees for first baseman Ryan McBroom, according to an announcement from New York.  —  The 26-year-old Refsnyder had been in limbo since the Yankees designated …
Fox Sports:
Kluber strikes out season-high 14, Indians top Blue Jays 8-1 (Jul 23, 2017)  —  CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber's stiff neck cleared up a day too soon for the Toronto Blue Jays.  —  Cleveland's ace struck out a season-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings and showed no signs of the neck problem that pushed …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Acquire Nick Tepesch
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Bluebird Banter
Associated Press:
Britton gets AL saves record as Orioles beat Astros 9-7  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Zach Britton set an American League record by converting his 55th consecutive save opportunity, blanking the Houston Astros in the ninth inning the seal the Baltimore Orioles' 9-7 victory on Sunday.
Associated Press:
Astros 3B Colin Moran placed on DL with facial fracture  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a facial fracture, and the third baseman remained hospitalized Sunday to receive treatment for the injury.
Astros 3B Colin Moran suffered facial fracture from foul ball, on DL
Kevin Santo / USA Today:
Astros' Colin Moran suffers facial fracture, concussion after foul ball off face
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Alex Butler / UPI:   Houston Astros' Colin Moran hits foul ball off of face, lands on DL
Associated Press:
Royals beat White Sox 5-4, extending Chicago's skid to 9  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a game-ending double off Tyler Clippard that lifted the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 5-4 Sunday, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in four years to nine games.
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
Rick Renteria surprised Melky Cabrera still with White Sox, but Cabrera wants to stay  —  Photos of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Saturday night he was surprised veteran left fielder Melky Cabrera is still with the team …
Discussion: South Side Sox
Adam Darby / Kansas City Star:
Watch Ned Yost discuss getting fired in Milwaukee and the parallels to Rick Renteria  —  In some ways, it is easy to see parallels between the Royals' minor-league system of six years ago and the Chicago White Sox's right now, which has been stocked with top prospects following …
Discussion: Royals Review
Kansas City Star:   Live updates and analysis from Sunday's Royals-White Sox game
Olney: Texas mulls what to do with Yu Darvish at the trade deadline  —  After the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals eight days ago, FanGraphs pegged their chances of making the playoffs at a solid 29.5 percent, an encouraging number for a team that long ago saw the Astros run away …
Discussion: Bleacher Report
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:   Olney's Latest: Darvish, Gray, Marlins, Indians
Clark Spencer / miamiherald:
Hill: Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna not going anywhere — for now
Kristopher Knox / Bleacher Report:
MLB Trade Rumors: Potential Deals to Watch for Heading into 2017 Deadline
Associated Press:
Odor homers twice, Rangers sweep Rays with 6-5 win  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Instant Replay: Rangers use another late rally to complete sweep vs. Rays
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:   Rangers turn 3 Rays miscues into 4-3 win
Associated Press:
Gennett, Suarez, Barnhart homer as Reds top Marlins 6-3  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — Power boosted the Cincinnati Reds to a rare win.  —  Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart homered, and the Reds beat the Miami Marlins 6-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Zach Buchanan /   Price will be disappointed if he can't get a look at injured Herrera
Associated Press:   JT Realmuto homers twice, Marlins beat slumping Reds 5-4
Arizona Republic:
Martinez remains out of lineup  —  Newly acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup for the fourth straight game since injuring his left hand on a hit-by-pitch in his team debut on Wednesday in Cincinnati.  —  Martinez took batting practice prior …
Mike Tulumello / UPI:   New relievers help Washington Nationals hold off Arizona Diamondbacks
Fox Sports:
Harper's 2 RBIs help Nats beat Diamondbacks 4-3 (Jul 22, 2017)
Discussion: Federal Baseball and AZ Snake Pit
Jill Painter Lopez / UPI:
Rich Hill continues groove, pitches Los Angeles Dodgers to win vs. Atlanta Braves  —  LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill has his groove back after making an adjustment with his windup last month.  —  Hill was struggling with an early season blister and then his mechanics were off, but he's back on track and smiling a lot more.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Have “Strong Interest” In Yu Darvish
Discussion: and True Blue LA
Fox Sports:
Marquez, Rockies beat Pirates 7-3 after benches empty (Jul 22, 2017)  —  DENVER (AP) German Marquez matched a career best with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings and also had a wayward pitch that fueled a near brawl as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Saturday night.
Jack Etkin / UPI:   German Marquez, Colorado Rockies too strong for Pittsburgh Pirates
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Mets offense can't back solid outing from Rafael Montero in 3-2 loss to Oakland  —  One more win would “really cap off a good home stand” for the Mets, according to manager Terry Collins on Sunday morning.  —  But the Mets couldn't complete their first five-game winning streak since early April …
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Danny Espinosa
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and FanRag Sports
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cubs introduce their new, top-shelf acquisition to Wrigley, vs. Cardinals
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Nick Williams' two-run homer blasts Phillies past Brewers, 6-3
Associated Press:
Stevenson brought up by Nats, who put Heisey on DL
USA Today:
Nationals' rookie league team pitches two no-hitters in doubleheader vs. Marlins
Discussion: MLB on Yahoo! Sports
Mike Mazzeo / New York Daily News:
Gary Sanchez has had ‘decent year,’ but Joe Girardi sees room for improvement
 Earlier Picks: 
Colleen Kane / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox pitcher Derek Holland honors Texas Rangers fan
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Teammates, coaches reveal key to Detroit Tigers' Bruce Rondon's slider
Stefan Stevenson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keone Kela happy to be back in Rangers' bullpen and on the mound
Gene Warnick / UPI:
Aaron Judge homers again, but Seattle Mariners top New York Yankees in 10 innings
Associated Press:
Santana drives in go-ahead run, Brewers end 6-game skid
Discussion: The Good Phight and Brew Crew Ball

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