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World Team Touki Toussaint, of the Atlanta Braves works against the U.S. Team during the eighth inning All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh)
July 16, 2018 - 12:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Touki Toussaint was about to settle down for his pregame nap when Atlanta Braves director of player development Dom Chiti called. "When I saw his name pop up, I did kind of get nervous," Toussaint said. "You see that name pop up, you're like, 'Oh, snap.'" Chiti was calling earlier...
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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado follows through on a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
July 15, 2018 - 6:18 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field. All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade. Machado homered...
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Detroit Tigers' John Hicks hits a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander had a puzzling day on the mound in his first-ever start against his previous team. While Verlander racked up double-digit strikeouts, Detroit hammered four home runs off the former Tiger and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on...
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St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, center, speaks about the firing of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as owner Bill DeWitt Jr., left, and interim manager Mike Shildt, right, listen before a baseball game between the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds Sunday, July 15, 2018, in St. Louis. The Cardinals fired Matheny after an 8-2 loss to the Reds on Saturday night with the team hovering around .500. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
July 15, 2018 - 2:20 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As the St. Louis Cardinals took stock of their situation a day after the firing of manager Mike Matheny, some players said they bear some responsibility for Matheny's sudden dismissal. Matheny was fired Saturday night after an 8-2 loss to the last-place Cincinnati Reds. The...
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sits in the dugout before the start of the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
July 15, 2018 - 2:41 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals aren't accustomed to stretches of mediocrity, and certainly not to reports of clubhouse unrest. The prospect of a third straight year without a postseason berth has spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny. Matheny was stunningly fired Saturday night...
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Lightning flashes in the distance as a thunderstorm passes over Busch Stadium during a rain delay in a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds Saturday, July 14, 2018, in St. Louis. The rain delay was the second of the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
July 14, 2018 - 11:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout. Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. Louis 8-2 on Saturday night. The Cardinals...
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Baltimore Orioles' Tim Beckham watches his double against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
July 14, 2018 - 11:03 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — A huge crowd, a well-pitched game and the appearance of a local legend provided the Baltimore Orioles with a rare feel-good moment during a very unenjoyable season. Rookie Yefry Ramirez and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Schoop drove in a run with a sixth-inning...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
July 14, 2018 - 8:31 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole wasn't as dominant as he has been throughout the first part of the season. He didn't need to be. Cole struck out eight in 5 2/3 strong innings, and the Houston Astros hit three home runs in a 9-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Cole (10-2) allowed one run and...
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Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez connects on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
July 14, 2018 - 6:08 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts relaxed to the beat of his favorite walk-up song. Three pitchers later, he was stunned by excitement rounding the bases. Bogaerts hit a game-ending grand slam with one out in 10th inning, and J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 29th homer to carry the Boston Red...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Milwaukee. Parker and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal Saturday, July 14, 2018, after the Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an unrestricted free agent, clearing the way for him to join the rebuilding Bulls.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
July 14, 2018 - 4:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls agreed Saturday to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker...
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