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Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) signals to the crowd as he walks back to the dugout during the MLB Home Run Derby, at Nationals Park, Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington. The 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 16, 2018 - 10:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time Bryce Harper gets to the plate at the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer could already be done. Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the lowest he has been in the National League lineup since the No. 9 spot in 2013. Scherzer getting the start against Boston's...
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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado, left, and Caleb Joseph score against the Texas Rangers in the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
July 16, 2018 - 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night of the All-Star Game, Manny Machado will proudly represent the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he's played for in the big leagues. It just might be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming, it won't be long before...
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Portuguese ace Ronaldo salutes his fans as he arrives to undergo medical checks at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
July 16, 2018 - 1:37 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo believes age is just a number as he vows to do his best to bring Juventus the Champions League success it craves. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million), and the world player of the year penned a four-year...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Isaiah Thomas argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. No fewer than 33 players will make more during the 2018-19 season than Thomas has made in his entire career. "It's all good though.... I'll just stay on that slow grind," Thomas said on social media after agreeing with the Nuggets. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
July 16, 2018 - 11:57 am
Even after roughly $1.5 billion in new contracts were hammered out during the first two weeks of free agency, there is still plenty of shopping for NBA teams to do over the coming weeks. Most of it will be for bargains. The biggest deals of NBA summer — like Chris Paul, Paul George and LeBron James...
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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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