Hall-time greats: Piazza, Griffey enshrined

Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd

Hall-time greats: Piazza, Griffey enshrined

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- To punctuate close to an hour of combined speeches by this year's pair of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. turned around his cap to end the Sunday proceedings.

Mike Piazza spoke to his Italian immigrant father, Vince, in his native language, thanking him and Italy for giving him his dad.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks, Cubs reportedly near Chapman deal

Closer, teammates would like him to stay in New York

Yanks, Cubs reportedly near Chapman deal

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman zipped his suitcase on Sunday afternoon following a 5-2 win over the Giants to prepare for what he hopes will be a week-long road trip, but the left-hander recognizes the possibility that he may have walked out of the Yankees' clubhouse for the final time.

With the Yankees openly fielding offers for the flame-throwing closer, Chapman said that he is being kept up to speed by his representatives at Magnus Sports, who are receiving updates from general manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees' baseball operations department.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In a pinch! Reimold's homer walks O's off

In a pinch! Reimold's homer walks O's off

BALTIMORE-- The Orioles are rolling again.

Baltimore, which endured a four-game losing streak last week, watched Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer lift the O's to a 5-3 sweep-clinching win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards. Now winners of four straight, the Orioles remain the American League East leaders with Reimold's big blast.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Check out sights, sounds from HOF Sunday

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Check out sights, sounds from HOF Sunday

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza take their rightful places in the Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. And while surely every baseball fan in the world wishes he or she could be in attendance to watch the ceremony in person, some are watching from home. But for those who can't be there, we've got you covered.

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Sale suspended five days by White Sox

Left-hander penalized for 'violating team rules, insubordination, destroying team equipment'

Sale suspended five days by White Sox

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have suspended pitcher Chris Sale for five days after concluding the club's investigation into a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game with the Detroit Tigers.

This suspension, announced by the team Sunday morning and based solely on Saturday's actions, began Saturday and runs through Wednesday. Sale would be eligible to start Thursday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but general manager Rick Hahn said that slot currently will be listed as TBA.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros calling up top prospect Bregman

Infielder joins surging team, will start vs. Yankees

Astros calling up top prospect Bregman

HOUSTON -- Alex Bregman, one of the Astros' most anticipated prospects in recent years, will make his Major League debut Monday night against the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said following Sunday's 13-3 win over the Angels that the club will purchase the contract of Bregman and designate infielder Danny Worth for assignment. Hinch said Bregman will make his debut Monday, but he didn't say what position he'd play. He's expected to primarily get at-bats at third base, left field and designated hitter, but was drafted as a shortstop.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Porcello 10-0 at home as Sox fend off Twins

Porcello 10-0 at home as Sox fend off Twins

BOSTON -- Two of the biggest constants of the season for the Red Sox -- Rick Porcello winning at home and the Boston bats hitting at home -- intersected nicely in Sunday's 8-7 victory over the Twins that salvaged a split of a four-game series at Fenway Park.

Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw both smashed three-run homers while Dustin Pedroia added a tiebreaking solo shot. The long balls by Pedroia and Shaw came during a five-run fifth.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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Griffey caps humbling day in own unique way

Newly inducted Hall of Famer dons backward hat to close emotional speech

Griffey caps humbling day in own unique way

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame plaque shows a beaming Junior proudly wearing a Mariners cap. But leave it to The Kid to close out his speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday by pulling out a backward cap and flashing his trademark grin.

"I want to thank my family, my friends, the fans, the Reds, White Sox and Mariners for making this kid's dream come true," Griffey told a crowd of 50,000 gathered to see he and Mike Piazza become the 311th and 312th members of baseball's exclusive fraternity.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox walk-off on Tigers twice in 4 hours

White Sox walk-off on Tigers twice in 4 hours

CHICAGO -- The White Sox began Sunday afternoon at risk of being swept in a four-game series against the Tigers. Instead, they ended the day with a series split thanks to two walk-off wins in a four-hour span. Melky Cabrera provided the latter with a single scoring Adam Eaton in the ninth, nullifying Detroit's three-homer rally in the top of the inning for a 5-4 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Baseball is funny like that," Eaton said. "It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It's a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us."

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Mets take crucial series in Miami behind Matz

Mets take crucial series in Miami behind Matz

MIAMI -- The drought has finally come to an end for Steven Matz, and it came at an opportune time for the Mets. The lefty threw six dominant innings and struck out six on Sunday as New York blanked Miami, 3-0, at Marlins Park to take two of three in the series.

Matz, who ran his fastball up to 94 mph, won for the first time since May 25, and he snapped a string of nine consecutive starts without a victory. The left-hander was 0-5 with a 4.73 ERA during that dry spell. By taking the series, the Mets moved to within a half-game of the Marlins for second place in the National League East and the second Wild Card spot.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Sunday.

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Russell exits vs. Crew with left heel contusion

Shortstop's status unknown for upcoming series vs. White Sox

Russell exits vs. Crew with left heel contusion

MILWAUKEE -- Cubs shortstop Addison Russell had to leave Sunday's 6-5 win over the Brewers after the fourth inning because of a left heel contusion, and his status for Monday's game against the White Sox is uncertain.

Russell apparently fouled a ball off his foot on Saturday, and he was removed as a precautionary measure.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Angels

Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Angels

HOUSTON -- The Astros rolled to another sweep of the Angels on Sunday afternoon behind the little man making a big run for the American League Most Valuable Player award.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run homer in the second inning off Angels starter Tim Lincecum en route to a career-high six RBIs to lead the Astros to their 11th consecutive win, 13-3, -- and third sweep in a row -- at Minute Maid Park.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Ken Griffey Jr. admitted why he wasn't mad when his son Trey hit the TV with a bat

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Ken Griffey Jr. admitted why he wasn't mad when his son Trey hit the TV with a bat

While Ken Griffey Jr.'s oldest son, Trey, may see his future on the gridiron, there's always a chance that baseball will come calling for him. And no, not just because the Mariners selected him with the 717th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft -- despite not actually playing baseball in college. Rather, it's because of a kind-of scouting report the elder Griffey gave during his Hall of Fame induction speech. 

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2016 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2016 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. Of the 316 players selected during the first 10 rounds, only two of them did not sign:

41. Pirates: Nick Lodolo, LHP
217. Astros: Tyler Buffett, RHP

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5-run 7th leads Cubs to series win over Crew

5-run 7th leads Cubs to series win over Crew

MILWAUKEE -- All the Cubs want to do is win series, and they did just that on Sunday, rallying from a four-run deficit to beat the Brewers, 6-5, in front of a sellout crowd of 43,310 at Miller Park. Anthony Rizzo sparked a five-run seventh with a go-ahead three-run double to give Chicago its third straight series win since the All-Star break, a first for the franchise since it won five series in a row after the break in 1936.

The Brewers got a solid outing from starter Junior Guerra and ran at will against Chicago's Jon Lester, who was knocked out after four-plus innings. Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, Tommy La Stella hit an RBI double off the Brewers' Will Smith, and the Cubs then loaded the bases to set up Rizzo, who lined a double to the right-center-field gap to open a 5-4 lead and raise his RBI total to 75. Ben Zobrist then drove in Rizzo with an RBI single.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Joyce, Frazier HRs help Bucs edge Phils

Joyce, Frazier HRs help Bucs edge Phils

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Adam Frazier couldn't have picked a better time to knock his first Major League home run that nearly reached the Allegheny River. His pinch-hit solo shot to the top of the right-field bleachers broke a tie in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-4 series win over the Phillies on Sunday at PNC Park.

"I figured [right-hander Edubray Ramos] was coming back with a fastball after just missing with two off-speed pitches," Fraizer said. "I got my hands to it and got the barrel out in front."

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Chris Adamski is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Sunday.

Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Sunday.

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Butler's blast lifts A's past Rays for series win

Butler's blast lifts A's past Rays for series win

OAKLAND -- Billy Butler's solo home run in the eighth proved to be the difference in the A's 3-2 win over the Rays Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

After losing the first game of the four-game series, the A's (45-54) won the final three over the Rays (38-60), taking the lead in the eighth inning or later of each win. They've won three consecutive series for the first time since 2014, and are 7-3 since the All-Star break.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction

Three generations on hand for Junior's emotional speech

Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. has grown up watching his son do special things. But this one, yeah, this one topped them all.

The only father who has ever hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game with his son watched with pride Sunday as Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Family, fans at heart of Piazza's Hall moment

Family, fans at heart of Piazza's Hall moment

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For 28 minutes, Mike Piazza kept a tissue wadded in the palm of his right hand, his fingers extended in a white-knuckle grip on the Clark Sports Center's wood-paneled podium. Behind him, roughly four dozen of baseball's greatest players sat rapt. In front of him, one of the three largest crowds in Hall of Fame history fanned themselves with cardboard cutouts of Piazza's face.

Thousands of them had made the four-hour trek across leafy back roads to Cooperstown, where on Sunday, Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. officially entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame. As Piazza delivered his emotional, nearly half-hour speech, winding through his early life to his time with the Dodgers and beyond, he paused at the section regarding his Mets years. Fans began chanting his name. Out came the tissue, again, and not for the last time.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Conforto makes sweet diving grab in first CF start

Conforto makes sweet diving grab in first CF start

MIAMI -- Michael Conforto made an immediate impact in his first career start in center field during the Mets' 3-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Marlins Park. It was almost as if he'd been playing there for years.

In the first, Conforto tracked down Miami leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas' liner in the right-center-field gap, laying out and robbing him of a hit. It was the first time the 23-year-old had really been tested at his new position.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltran, Teixeira homer to back Eovaldi in win over Giants

Beltran, Teixeira homer to back Eovaldi in win over Giants

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira homered as Nathan Eovaldi threw a season-high 118 pitches, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday as they prepared to take their swirling trade speculation on the road.

Amid reports that the Yankees are listening to offers on closer Aroldis Chapman, they were able to complete a 6-4 homestand without calling upon the three big arms of Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, all of whom were unavailable. Eovaldi gave them the lengthy outing they needed, going 6 2/3 innings and credited his cutter to his performance.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Tomas leads HR parade as D-backs top Reds

Tomas leads HR parade as D-backs top Reds

CINCINNATI -- Normally, Friday night is reserved for fireworks at Great American Ball Park. But the D-backs brought their own on Sunday.

With a four-homer performance, Arizona salvaged the third game of the series by topping the Reds, 9-8, and ending a four-game losing streak. Yasmany Tomas delivered the first one -- a solo shot in the second. Welington Castillo followed in the third with a three-run shot, Paul Goldschmidt delivered a leadoff solo homer in the fifth, which broke a 5-5 tie, and Tomas delivered the final blow in the eighth, another solo shot.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the D-backs on Sunday.

Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Prospect Glasnow placed on 15-day DL

Prospect Glasnow placed on 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH -- The shoulder discomfort that ended Tyler Glasnow's PNC Park debut has landed the Pirates' top prospect on the disabled list.

The Pirates announced Sunday morning that Glasnow was placed on the 15-day DL after he had been pulled from his second Major League start while facing his third hitter of the fourth inning on Saturday.

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Chris Adamski is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres storm past Nationals late in slugfest

Padres storm past Nationals late in slugfest

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Padres found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. When it was over, the Padres outslugged the Nationals, 10-6.

Tied 6-6 after eight innings, the Padres scored four runs in the ninth off Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Yangervis Solarte broke the tie with an RBI single, and Alexei Ramirez broke the game open with a three-run double.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. He covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Mike Piazza's first memory of Ken Griffey Jr: Getting 'robbed' of a hit

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Mike Piazza's first memory of Ken Griffey Jr: Getting 'robbed' of a hit

When Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, two players with remarkably different starting points ended up in the same hallowed place. While Griffey was the first overall pick with the kind of talent that made his eventual arrival at the podium seem like destiny, Piazza's path was a little different. Drafted in the 62nd round (!) as a favor to his family by Tommy Lasorda (the Draft only goes 40 rounds now), Piazza's chances of even reaching the Major Leagues was slim. 

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Report: Yankees saying Chapman deal close

Report: Yankees saying Chapman deal close

The Yankees are informing other clubs that they are nearing a trade of closer Aroldis Chapman but will hang on to fellow left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported on Saturday night. The club has not confirmed the report.

It's not clear what team could be close to acquiring Chapman, but MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported on Friday that the Nationals had made Chapman their top target ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. MLB Network's Jon Heyman named the Cubs, Giants and Indians as other teams that had been pursuing Chapman. And on Sunday, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com in Chicago reported that the Indians had the best offer on the table and a deal might be close, but the Nats were also being aggressive.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

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Eovaldi's strong start latest for rolling rotation

Eovaldi's strong start latest for rolling rotation

NEW YORK -- Whether it's luck, good timing or things finally starting click, perhaps the most pivotal stretch of the Yankees' season thus far just coincided with perhaps the team's best string of pitching performances.

The Yankees won six of their last eight contests to end a 10-game homestand, capping the stretch with Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Giants. Over those eight games, the staff has allowed fewer than two runs per game (13 total), 10 of which counted against the starters.

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Nick Suss is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers GM doesn't prefer rental, but open to it

Texas looking for rotation help, but market thin

Rangers GM doesn't prefer rental, but open to it

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is not fond of "rental" players. If Daniels is going to acquire a starting pitcher, he would prefer one who will be with Texas for more than this season.

Chris Sale, Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore -- the names being thrown around the most -- all fit that requirement. But Daniels admitted that he may have to consider a rental player before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman's hot stretch coincided with rib injury

Freeman's hot stretch coincided with rib injury

DENVER -- When Freddie Freeman produced his impressive offensive tear during June's final two weeks, he was not taking batting practice because of the discomfort caused by what was essentially a cracked left rib.

Since Freeman resumed taking batting practice once he started feeling better during July's first week, he has endured another maddening slump. It has just been that kind of year for the Braves first baseman, who entered Sunday's series finale against the Rockies having hit .147 with a .599 OPS in nine games since the All-Star break.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Storen designated for assignment by Toronto

Acquired in offseason deal with Nats, reliever struggled with Blue Jays

Storen designated for assignment by Toronto

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays designated right-handed reliever Drew Storen for assignment Sunday, recalling righty Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays have 10 days to trade or release Storen before he becomes a free agent.

Acquired from the Nationals in the offseason for outfielder Ben Revere, Storen was expected to be an integral piece of Toronto's bullpen. The Stanford product struggled, however, and gradually saw his role decrease.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.