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1:50 PM ET, August 1, 2021


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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
New York Mets don't plan to sign top pick Kumar Rocker because of concerns with physical exam, sources say  —  Barring a drastic change between now and the 5 p.m. ET signing deadline, the New York Mets do not plan to sign right-hander Kumar Rocker, the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft …
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Associated Press:
Votto inches from HR record, Báez helps Mets rally past Reds  —  NEW YORK — Joey Votto could not have come any closer.  —  The star slugger fell inches short of matching the major league record with a home run in eight consecutive games, but Javier Báez did clear the fence …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom out until September with right forearm inflammation  —  The New York Mets said Friday that Jacob deGrom will be out until September due to additional inflammation in his right forearm.  —  The ace right-hander is 7-2 in 15 starts with a 1.08 ERA …
Sal Maiorana / Democrat and Chronicle:
Daniel Brito suffers medical emergency on field, Rochester Red Wings game postponed  —  Saturday night's doubleheader between the Rochester Red Wings and Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs was postponed in the bottom of the first inning of the first game due to a medical emergency.
Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
MLB trade deadline grades for all 30 teams, from the Dodgers (A+) to the Rockies (F)  —  The 2021 trade deadline was arguably the best one in MLB history, partly because of the rule change that eradicated August waiver trades, partly because so many star players are eligible for free agency …
Miami Herald:
A big trade the Marlins pursued before deadline, and new details on more of their moves  —  Ten Marlins nuggets in the wake of Friday's trade deadline:  —  ▪ Before the deadline, the Marlins and Angels were close on a blockbuster deal that would have sent top pitching prospect Max Meyer …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Murphy / Boston Herald:
Source: Celtics lose ground in talks with Fournier  —  Club balking at 4-year, $80 million ask  —  As it turns out, the Celtics' trade for Josh Richardson may have been insurance for a free-agent priority that is not working out so well.  —  According to a league source …
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Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Trevor Story, Jon Gray stay with Rockies as trade deadline passes  —  Colorado will try to work out a long-term deal with Gray  —  Trevor Story's expectations had been building for months.  —  The Rockies' star shortstop, who will become a free agent at the end of the season …
Alex Speier Globe / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox get big reinforcement in Kyle Schwarber as trade deadline closes in, but is this just the start?  —  In recent days, members of the Red Sox watched and wondered.  —  Every other American League contender had added key players as Friday's 4 p.m. trade deadline approached.
Discussion: and MLB Trade Rumors
Jim Bowden / The Athletic:
MLB trade deadline rumblings: Bowden on Marlins' ‘coup,’ Max Scherzer sweepstakes, expected ‘flurry of trades’
Associated Press:
Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona stepping down for rest of season due to health issues  —  CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona is stepping down for the remainder of this season to address some lingering health issues.  —  The 62-year-old Francona has been wearing a boot on his right foot …
Bo Bichette / The Players' Tribune:
Toronto!!!!!  We're HOME  —  I remember the leg kick.  —  I remember the BAT FLIP.  —  I remember the camera shaking.  —  If you were watching it, man, then you know what I'm talking about.  You know!!!  Like ... I don't even have to go into any more detail, you've got it playing in your head already.
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Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Mets can't ignore their Taijuan Walker problem  —  The Mets have a Taijuan Walker problem.  —  Their No. 2 starter has deeply struggled to start the second half of the regular season.  Walker gave up five earned runs on six hits, including two home runs across five innings, in the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Braves on Thursday afternoon.
Elliott Almond / Mercury News:
Sunisa Lee steps up for Simone Biles to keep U.S. gymnastics gold-medal streak alive  —  With Simone Biles watching in the stands Sunisa Lee wins win all-around title at Tokyo Games  —  An expressionless Sunisa Lee walked off the platform in her final rotation Thursday knowing she had performed admirably.
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
The Yankees' Joey Gallo trade just got a little bit better  —  The Yankees will be receiving more than Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez from the Rangers - Texas also is paying both players' salaries the rest of the season, The Post has learned.  —  That is not insignificant …
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