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'Not a couple of thugs' — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on roo…

'Not a couple of thugs' — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on rookies Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez

yahoo.com nytimes.com MLB.com Updated 11 hours ago
John Gibbons, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, had a strange and unfortunate way of complimenting two of his rookie pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, on Thursday afternoon. Stroman had just combined with two relievers on a one-hit shutout…
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  • Deadline roundup: Rays face decision on Price

    Deadline roundup: Rays face decision on Price

    MLB.com 13 hours ago
    Seven straight wins had the Rays sitting a suddenly manageable seven games back in the AL East, entering Friday, to say nothing of the meager 4 1/2-game deficit they held in the Wild Card. So it would surprise absolutely no one if all this David Price b…
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  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman should consider trading for Phillies' …

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman should consider trading for Phillies' Marlon Byrd, not Cliff Lee

    nydailynews.com 15 hours ago
    Somehow the Yankees have won six of seven games out of the All-Star break, even though it feels as if it takes the passage of some special baseball legislation for them to score more than a couple of runs a game.
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  • Young Hits 3-Run Homer in Orioles' 4-0 Victory

    Young Hits 3-Run Homer in Orioles' 4-0 Victory

    nytimes.com MLB.com 15 hours ago
    Wie-Yen Chen allowed five hits over eight innings and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
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  • Johnson could find home again with Orioles

    Johnson could find home again with Orioles

    MLB.com 18 hours ago
    Could Jim Johnson make a return to Baltimore? "That's completely in Oakland's hands now," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Johnson, who was designated for assignment by the A's on Thursday The O's were rumored to have interest in a reuni…
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  • Machado improving, rests for third straight game

    Machado improving, rests for third straight game

    MLB.com 19 hours ago
    Manny Machado was sidelined for the third consecutive Orioles game Thursday, but the third baseman said his back is getting better and he is hoping to play during the four-game series against the Mariners.
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  • Taylor, Montero promoted, in Mariners' lineup

    Taylor, Montero promoted, in Mariners' lineup

    MLB.com 19 hours ago
    Shortstop Chris Taylor, last year's Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, and designated hitter Jesus Montero were called up from Triple-A Tacoma in time to start Thursday night's series opener with the Orioles at Safeco Field.
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  • Trade Talk Tracker: Phillies want to move Ryan Howard; Yanks la…

    Trade Talk Tracker: Phillies want to move Ryan Howard; Yanks land another arm

    yahoo.com 20 hours ago
    The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon. DONE DEAL: The Yankees acquired lefty Chris…
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  • Ortiz (back) questionable for Price rematch

    Ortiz (back) questionable for Price rematch

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left in the ninth inning of Thursday's 8-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays with what he believes was a back spasm.
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  • McCarthy, Headley lift Yanks past Rangers

    McCarthy, Headley lift Yanks past Rangers

    McCarthy, Yankees top Texas for 6th win in 7 games
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  • Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August

    Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August

    MLB.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    The reformulated Yankees rotation has performed better than Brian Cashman would have anticipated, and the general manager said that he'd prefer to focus his attention on acquiring a big bat as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
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  • Tanaka feeling only marginal improvement

    Tanaka feeling only marginal improvement

    MLB.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    Masahiro Tanaka is still reporting discomfort in his right elbow, 10 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection, but the Yankees are still hopeful to have the right-hander return to the big league mound this season.
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  • With Teixeira still hobbled, DL stint possible

    With Teixeira still hobbled, DL stint possible

    MLB.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    Manager Joe Girardi said that the Yankees will likely make a roster decision regarding injured first baseman Mark Teixeira by Friday. Thursday's series finale against the Rangers was the fourth consecutive game out of the starting lineup for Teixeira, w…
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  • O's acquire Minor Leaguer Paredes from Royals

    O's acquire Minor Leaguer Paredes from Royals

    MLB.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    The Orioles acquired Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash considerations on Thursday, and the utility man has been optioned to Baltimore's Triple-A Norfolk affiliate.
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  • Yadier Molina leaves crackers at home plate for big brother Jos…

    Yadier Molina leaves crackers at home plate for big brother Jose

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina cracks himself up. Correction: He crackers himself up. The younger Molina literally left a present at home plate for his older brother Jose Molina of the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night; two packages of cheese…
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  • Lester, Red Sox table contract negotiations

    Lester, Red Sox table contract negotiations

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino confirmed Thursday morning that the team and ace Jon Lester have agreed to table contract negotiations until after the season.
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  • Angels beat O's on bases-loaded walk in 8th

    Angels beat O's on bases-loaded walk in 8th

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    Kole Calhoun drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Brian Matusz in the eighth inning after a tying RBI double by Erick Aybar, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
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  • Phelps, Yanks take rain-shortened win over Rangers

    Phelps, Yanks take rain-shortened win over Rangers

    MLB.com Jul 24 (yesterday)
    David Phelps hurled five strong innings and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
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  • Video - Yankees Hold Off Rangers 00:53

    Yankees Hold Off Rangers

    Jul 24
    Brandon McCarthy struck out five batters over six innings to lead the Yankees past the Rangers 4-2.
  • Video - Orioles Shut Out Mariners 00:34

    Orioles Shut Out Mariners

    Jul 24
    Wei-Yin Chen struck out three and held the Mariners to five hits in the Orioles' 4-0 win.
  • Video - MLB Daily Download: Thursday 03:59

    MLB Daily Download: Thursday

    Jul 24
    Antonietta Collins recaps Wednesday night's action from around the league, including Yoenis Cespedes hitting the long ball twice, Orioles pitchers having location issues, and an injury at PNC Park that lands someone on the 15-day DL.
  • Video - Blue Jays Trounce Red Sox 00:39

    Blue Jays Trounce Red Sox

    Jul 24
    Juan Francisco drove in four runs to lead the Blue Jays past the Red Sox 8-0.

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    Jul 25
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Head bowed, Ray Rice went out to his first practice of his seventh NFL season Thursday morning. General manager Ozzie Newsome had just told him he’d be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season—important division games…
  • Cleveland Cavaliers remain front-runner in Kevin Love trade sweepstakes, s…

    Jul 25
    The Cleveland Cavaliers cannot officially trade Andrew Wiggins before Aug. 23 but remain the closest thing to a front-runner in the trade sweepstakes for the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process.
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    Jul 24
    Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Thursday.
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    Jul 24
    Washington Wizards guard John Wall has accepted USA Basketball's invitation to attend its training camp next week in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the situation.