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Bill Shaikin: Caden Dana is the Angels' top prospect. So when will they call him up?

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Caden Dana really should not have been at the All-Star Futures Game.

But there he was, broadly smiling, with an enormous wooden trunk in front of his locker. The trunk took up a fair amount of space, and it attracted a fair amount of attention.

It was a gift — not a gift every player received, but one just for him, a special treat from the ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Life goes on, as this historic Chicago White Sox season continues marching backward

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It was the third day of spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., and Michael Soroka was throwing a bullpen in front of Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol, his coaches and consultant Tony La Russa.

After the workout, someone asked Grifol about his early impressions, prefacing the question with the understanding that Grifol ...Read more

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Gene Collier: Roberto Clemente and MLB All-Star Game remains an unbeatable combo

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PITTSBURGH — On Thursday of this week, right around the time the Pirates were yanking rookie pitching savant Paul Skenes from a no-hitter in Milwaukee, the Clemente Museum made an announcement on X (formerly Twitter) that didn't exactly figure to convulse the news cycle.

"We will be recognized as the Pirates' Non-Profit of the Game on ...Read more

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Cubs enter the All-Star break on a high note after beating the Cardinals, plus 3 takeaways from the first half

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ST. LOUIS — The Chicago Cubs head into the All-Star break on a high note.

A sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals in Saturday’s doubleheader set up the Cubs looking to finish strong on a challenging road trip. Their bats and elite defense delivered while right-hander Jameson Taillon kept the Cardinals in check as the Cubs secured an 8-3 win ...Read more

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Blake Snell flirts with perfect game, Giants beat Twins in wild ending

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SAN FRANCISCO — Blake Snell may have needed a couple of months, but the reigning Cy Young Award winner finally looks like a reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Snell took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk-off “Little League home run” in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins, 3...Read more

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Kenley Jansen records historic save, Red Sox wrap up first half with series win over Royals

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BOSTON — The phrase “nobody believed in us” is such a common sports trope that it’s almost cliche, but if there was any team for whom it actually applies, this Boston Red Sox team would be it.

Now, this group is starting to make believers of us all.

The Red Sox wrapped up their surprising first half in style on Sunday, powering past ...Read more

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Entering the All-Star break, the Braves believe 'our best baseball is ahead of us' after win over Padres

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SAN DIEGO – Throughout this first half, even during the good times, the Atlanta Braves have repeated a sentiment.

Their best baseball is ahead of them.

Over the next two and a half months – and beyond, if you count the postseason – they will have the opportunity to prove that.

On Sunday, the Braves beat the San Diego Padres, 6-3, at ...Read more

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Tigers rally in ninth again to top Dodgers, take series, and roll into All-Star break

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DETROIT — The atmosphere inside the Detroit Tigers’ clubhouse at Target Field on the Fourth of July was a funeral. No music. No conversation. Just a bunch of beat up-looking ballplayers trying to regroup after losing five of the first seven games on a road trip that had one more city and three more games remaining.

At a season-worst nine ...Read more

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Pirates sweep White Sox to reach .500 heading into All-Star break

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Derek Shelton’s ball club is heating up at the right time. After notching a victory Saturday that secured their first three-game win streak in two months, the Pittsburgh Pirates kept the good times rolling Sunday, defeating the White Sox, 9-4, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago to earn a series sweep and improve to 48-48 on the season.

The ...Read more

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Mariners limp into All-Star break after bullpen blows lead to Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Since the early days of the season, when it became noticeable that they weren’t using the long-held number of 100 pitches as a pull or push decider for their starting pitchers, the Seattle Mariners have made it clear that it was part of a strategy to maintain the longterm health of their rotation — the obvious strength of...Read more

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Yankees miss chance to sweep Orioles in embarrassing fashion following Anthony Volpe, Alex Verdugo blunders

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BALTIMORE — The New York Yankees had a chance to sweep the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but they blew it in spectacular fashion in a 6-5 loss prior to the All-Star break.

The Yankees, 58-40 (.592), will enter the off days with a second-place record, as Baltimore is now 58-38 (.604). The two foes face off again at Yankee Stadium during the ...Read more

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Phillies surrender eight home runs in a blowout loss to the A's

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PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies finished their first half with a franchise-record 62 wins, so it was only fitting that they lost their final game before the All-Star break in blowout fashion to the 37-win Oakland Athletics. There was not much to read into. Manager Rob Thomson called his team’s 18-3 loss a “weird day all around.”

“I mean, ...Read more

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Rays beat Guardians to win 7th of last 8 series, get back to .500

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In a way, the Tampa Bay Rays got to the All-Star break without doing much of note, Sunday’s 2-0 win merely getting them back to a 48-48 record to show for the first 3 1/2 months.

But given where they were earlier this season, and how they were playing that put them there, it seems a significant accomplishment.

“’...Read more

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Rockies hit six homers -- three by Michael Toglia -- in win over Mets

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A historic power surge sent the Colorado Rockies into the All-Star break feeling charged up.

Michael Toglia hit three solo homers in three consecutive at-bats, and the Rockies launched six homers overall in their 8-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

Toglia is the first Rockies player with a three-homer game since ...Read more

Mariners score first but not often in disappointing loss to Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Seattle Mariners couldn’t get off to a much better start on Saturday night.

With the sun still baking the playing surface at Angel Stadium, J.P. Crawford worked an 11-pitch walk off Angels starter Jose Soriano to start the game.

After falling behind 0-2 on the first two pitches, Crawford wouldn’t give his first ...Read more

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Cards take two from Cubs in rivalry doubleheader

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ST. LOUIS — The Chicago Cubs were set up well heading into Saturday’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Riding a five-game winning streak, the rotation allowed only two total runs to begin the road trip while the pitching staff’s 32 consecutive scoreless innings streak, which ended in the ninth inning Friday, tied their road ...Read more

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Dylan Cease and Padres snap losing streak, even series against Braves

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SAN DIEGO — There was the 99.9 mph fastball that broke Marcell Ozuna’s bat on a dribbled grounder that ended up being the only hit off Dylan Cease in six innings.

There was the slider that Eddie Rosario swung over hopelessly to end the Atlanta Braves’ only real threat against Cease.

There were the 11 batters Cease struck out and the four...Read more

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Crawford goes 7 (again), Devers passes Varitek on HR list in 'relentless' Red Sox shutout win against Royals

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BOSTON — What’s better than one Kutter Crawford start of seven scoreless innings leading to a Boston Red Sox shutout victory?

Two of them, back-to-back, to cap off the right-hander’s excellent first half and cement Boston’s 11th shutout of the season, 5-0 over the Kansas City Royals.

After coming off a seven-inning start on a mere 68 ...Read more

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Braves' Max Fried named to 2024 MLB All-Star game

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SAN DIEGO – When Max Fried woke up on Saturday, he looked at his phone and saw two missed calls from Atlanra Braves president of baseball operations and general manager Alex Anthopoulos. Fried was surprised because he has known Anthopoulos to send a text message after one missed call.

But two missed calls?

“I was a little taken aback, (...Read more

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South Jersey's Tyler Phillips had quite a day in his first start, a win for the Phillies against the A's

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PHILADELPHIA — A few hours before Saturday’s game, right-handed pitcher Michael Mercado walked up to Tyler Phillips in the clubhouse and gave him a pat on the chest. Mercado spent most of this season with Phillips in triple-A and knew how locked in he gets before his starts. He wanted to lighten the mood.

“It’s funny,” Mercado said. �...Read more