O's slide by Rox for 2nd straight walk-off win

O's slide by Rox for 2nd straight walk-off win

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have had a flair for the dramatic the past two days at Camden Yards.

It wasn't as pretty as Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer in the ninth inning Sunday, but the Orioles walked off for the second straight game on a ground ball back to the pitcher in a 3-2 win over the Rockies in 10 innings on Monday night. Adam Jones, off from third on contact, came racing down the line on Manny Machado's tapper back to the mound. And after Jordan Lyles muffled the catch, catcher Nick Hundley couldn't handle the throw that allowed Jones to score the winning run.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Rockies on Monday.

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Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

Game's hardest thrower stands to be final piece in Chicago's pursuit of title

Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

CHICAGO -- The Cubs hope to have secured a trip to the World Series by adding hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the mix.

The Cubs acquired Chapman from the Yankees on Monday in exchange for four players: pitcher Adam Warren and prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, was the top-ranked prospect in the Cubs' system and ranks 24th in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.

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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.

Rumor Roundup: Upton Jr. on Blue Jays' radar

Rumor Roundup: Upton Jr. on Blue Jays' radar

Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.

Toronto targeting Upton Jr.
The Blue Jays emerged on Monday evening as the leading candidate to acquire San Diego's Melvin Upton Jr., according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who also said the Orioles and Indians remain in talks regarding the outfielder.

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Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

Ace apologizes to fans, teammates; wants to stay with White Sox

Sale hopes to keep focus on winning

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale doesn't want to be traded -- and doesn't believe he will be -- in the wake of Saturday night's pregame outburst that resulted in him being scratched from his start that evening and then suspended five games by the White Sox.

"I want to win a championship in Chicago. That's been my goal from Day 1," Sale told MLB.com Monday afternoon during a 30-minute interview, his first public comments since Saturday. "It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it's not easy winning a championship. There's a lot that goes into it.

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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.

Verlander outduels Pomeranz at Fenway

Verlander outduels Pomeranz at Fenway

BOSTON -- Justin Verlander continued his recent run of dominance, silencing the dangerous Red Sox and leading his Tigers to a 4-2 victory in Monday night's opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Pitching in front of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski -- who signed Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract three years ago -- the righty allowed five hits and a run over six innings. In five July starts, Verlander is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA.

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

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

Does Aroldis spell relief in Cubs' quest?

No stranger to huge deals, Cubs' president trades away No. 1 prospect Torres

Does Aroldis spell relief in Cubs' quest?

You knew this was coming, right?

The Cubs have acquired left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky robs Bryant of HR with riveting catch

White Sox outfielder climbs wall in 1st inning to keep Cubs off the board

Melky robs Bryant of HR with riveting catch

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the first highlight to arrive during the Crosstown Cup series between the Cubs and White Sox, with two games to start at U.S. Cellular Field and two to follow at Wrigley Field.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit what looked to be his 26th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the first inning on Monday night. But Melky Cabrera slowly moved back toward the left-field wall, leaped and stretched over the wall to take away a home run.

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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.

Sanchez, Jays take down Padres up north

Sanchez, Jays take down Padres up north

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez will not be moving to the bullpen without a fight. At least that's what his continued dominance on the mound would suggest.

Sanchez struck out seven and tossed seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over the Padres on Monday night at Rogers Centre, San Diego's first game in Toronto. He scattered three hits and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but one of his 10 starts since the beginning of June.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Boston catcher and umpire run the option

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Boston catcher and umpire run the option

For the briefest of moments on Monday, a football game threatened to break out during a baseball game. See, the only reason that a baseball game can be played is if all 18 participants involved agree that, yes, this is what we're going to do. If everyone just started dribbling basketballs or, heck, even busted out the checkers board, there's nothing that could be done to stop it. 

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Elite prospect Bregman excited to join Astros

No. 18 MLB prospect started at third base, hit sixth vs. Yankees

Elite prospect Bregman excited to join Astros

HOUSTON -- Alex Bregman, one of the Astros' most anticipated prospects in recent years, made his Major League debut in Monday night's 2-1 loss to the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Bregman was in the lineup at third base, batting sixth.

"It's fun. It's exciting. That's what you dream about doing, you dream about getting to the big leagues and dream about being in the postseason," Bregman said in a news conference on Monday afternoon. "You can tell these guys are are excited, excited to be here. I'm just excited to be here in the big leagues."

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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.

Kimbrel could return during West Coast trip

Red Sox closer throws first side session since July 9 knee surgery

Kimbrel could return during West Coast trip

BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel threw from the main mound at Fenway Park on Monday, marking his first side session since undergoing left knee surgery July 9.

The righty has made such encouraging progress that there's a chance he could be activated during the upcoming West Coast trip that starts in Anaheim on July 28 and ends at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 7.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils pitch combined 2-hitter, score late in win

Phils pitch combined 2-hitter, score late in win

MIAMI -- If the Marlins don't want Jeremy Hellickson after what they have seen from him recently, they might never want him.

Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings Monday night in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park. Hellickson could be traded before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Miami is one of his top pursuers. Scouts from the Blue Jays, Giants, Orioles and Pirates watched him pitch his latest gem. Hellickson has been impressive lately. He has allowed one run in 14 innings in two starts in the past week against Miami, which fell into a tie with the Mets for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Monday.

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MLB.com Columnist

Jon Paul Morosi

Royals weighing offers for Davis, Volquez

Royals weighing offers for Davis, Volquez

The New York Yankees, who have dominated industry chatter about the bullpen market for weeks, have traded hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs. They did so after entering Monday with a 7.7 percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to FanGraphs.com.

What, then, will become of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals … and their closer, Wade Davis?

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Jon Paul Morosi is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers smacked four homers as they beat the D-backs, 7-2, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.

Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins each homered, with Maldonado's being the biggest blow -- a three-run shot in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a 6-2 lead.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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

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Mets-Cardinals rained out; twin bill Tuesday

Single-admission doubleheader set for 4:10 p.m. ET; Syndergaard to start Game 1, followed by Colon

Mets-Cardinals rained out; twin bill Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Monday's series opener between the Mets and Cardinals was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, with the second game beginning approximately a half hour after the first.

Fans holding tickets for Monday's game cannot use them for Tuesday's doubleheader, unless they exchange them in person at the Citi Field ticket windows. Fans may also exchange them for tickets to any other regular-season home game, pending availability, and excepting July 30 against the Rockies and Aug. 1-2 against the Yankees.

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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.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

10 Deadline Day deals with star appeal

10 Deadline Day deals with star appeal

The Cubs woke up on Monday morning with a 7 1/2-game edge on the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central, the biggest lead of any of the six first-place teams. And yet they entered the final week before next Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at the top of the list of potential dealmakers, then showed why by acquiring left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees on Monday afternoon.

Overkill?

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' Wright welcomes first child, daughter Olivia

Mets say third baseman, wife Molly and new daughter 'are doing great'

Mets' Wright welcomes first child, daughter Olivia

NEW YORK -- David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their first child into the world on Saturday. Fittingly, her middle name is Shea.

Olivia Shea Wright weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and the Mets said in a statement that "Mom, Dad and Olivia are doing great."

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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.

Rangers expect Prince to have neck surgery

Operation, likely to come later this week, would end veteran slugger's season

Rangers expect Prince to have neck surgery

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers expect Prince Fielder will have season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck in the next few weeks, general manager Jon Daniels announced Monday.

Fielder was examined by Dr. Drew Dossett on Monday, who confirmed the diagnosis of Dr. Richard Watkins in Los Angeles last week, recommending the surgery. Fielder missed nearly the entire 2014 season following surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. This herniation is just above the fusion from his first surgery.

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

La Russa: Responsibility for season starts at top

Hall of Famer includes criticism for self in remarks about disappointing 2016

La Russa: Responsibility for season starts at top

MILWAUKEE -- D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa did not mince words when talking about his team's play of late, particularly its effort level.

"If you're fair, you factor in the injuries," La Russa said. "You don't ever factor in a reason why the effort is lackluster. Ever. It's not acceptable to any of us, and it's certainly not acceptable to fans, or owners or presidents/CEO's. Guys downstairs said last year they were getting complimented about the way they play, and they don't hear the compliments and we don't hear the compliments upstairs and you watch. All of us need to kick ourselves in the [butt]."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wieters back in lineup for 1st time in a week

O's catcher had been out due to a foot injury

Wieters back in lineup for 1st time in a week

BALTIMORE -- A week after being hit by a pitch on his right foot, catcher Matt Wieters returned to the Orioles' lineup for their 3-2 win in the series opener against the Rockies on Monday. Caleb Joseph had started the past six games behind the plate.

Wieters said he knew when the injury first happened it was more than just a bruise, but he was still surprised he was out for a week.

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

Experts tab Raines, Bagwell for '17 HOF Class in poll

Experts tab Raines, Bagwell for '17 HOF Class in poll

As soon as the announcement was made that Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame early this year, the guessing game as to who would make the cut in 2017 began. The majority of insiders and voters agreed that there would again be two voted in: Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell. An informal poll of MLB.com reporters, columnists and insiders suggests the same.

In our poll, Raines and Bagwell were the only two candidates to exceed the 75 percent mark required to gain election to the Hall. Raines is an overwhelming favorite to be elected in 2017, whereas Bagwell received a much more modest vote total.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants could get Panik, Pence back soon

Giants could get Panik, Pence back soon

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted the All-Star break might have thrown his club into a bit of a "funk." The Giants entered that period with the best record in the Majors, but returned to AT&T Park on Monday following a 1-7 road trip that saw their division lead over the Dodgers shrink to three games.

"I don't think anybody saw that coming," Bochy said before the Giants began a seven-game homestand with a matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays activate Bautista off DL

Toronto designates outfielder Lake for assignment

Blue Jays activate Bautista off DL

TORONTO -- The biggest addition for the Blue Jays prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline likely came in the form of Jose Bautista's return to the lineup on Monday night.

Bautista was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the series opener against the Padres. He had been out since the middle of June with turf toe on his left foot, and he got the start in right field vs. San Diego hitting out of the leadoff spot.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners fans thrilled to see Griffey in Hall

Mariners fans thrilled to see Griffey in Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The ceremonies were over, the speeches done and the crowds thinned out Monday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But the buzz over Ken Griffey Jr.'s induction? That will linger for some time with baseball fans thrilled to see The Kid taking his place in Cooperstown.

Hundreds of fans lined up at 8 a.m. on Monday at the Hall of Fame museum to be the first in the door to see the newly installed plaques for Griffey and Mike Piazza. And when the two came in two hours later for a personal viewing in the gallery room of the historic facility, those lucky enough to be present at the time surged around and raised iPhones high above their heads in the hope of catching a glimpse or picture of the new inductees.

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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.

Still no timetable for Hill's return to A's

Still no timetable for Hill's return to A's

ARLINGTON -- The A's are still without a return date for left-hander Rich Hill, whose lingering blister could greatly impact the club's chances of dealing him ahead of the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline.

Hill would presumably have to make a start by the end of the weekend for interested clubs to comfortably make an offer for his services, but the veteran has yet to even throw a bullpen without the protective tape that accompanied him during a 30-pitch side session Sunday.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox recall Ranaudo for Wednesday start

Right-hander to face Cubs; Turner moving to bullpen

White Sox recall Ranaudo for Wednesday start

CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a change to their rotation, naming Anthony Ranaudo as the starter Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, replacing Jacob Turner.

Ranaudo was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to take the place of Chris Sale, who was suspended for five games after Saturday's pregame incident related to the 1976 throwback jerseys and his admitted "discarding" of them. Sale will return Thursday and pitch in the finale against the Cubs.

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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.

Halos' expectations to contend cloud Deadline

Halos' expectations to contend cloud Deadline

KANSAS CITY -- Hector Santiago took the mound at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night in front of a handful of rival scouts who were fixated mostly on him, hoping to decipher whether their contending clubs should take a run at the young left-hander this week.

The Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline is only seven days away now, and several Angels pitchers are already being discussed.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toronto reportedly front-runner for Upton Jr.

Blue Jays have also shown potential interest in Padres' Cashner for bullpen role

Toronto reportedly front-runner for Upton Jr.

TORONTO -- The non-waiver Trade Deadline is seven days away, and the rumors surrounding Melvin Upton Jr. and the Blue Jays just won't seem to go away.

According to MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal, Toronto is considered the front-runner for Upton, but the Indians and Orioles also remain in the mix. The Padres outfielder has been linked to the Blue Jays for the past several weeks, but the trade talks appear to be picking up steam with the Aug. 1 Deadline on the horizon.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres not ignoring rumors as Deadline nears

Cashner scenario most pressing, but Green says expectation is for righty to pitch Tuesday

Padres not ignoring rumors as Deadline nears

TORONTO -- With various big names being reported as potential trade chips, the Padres aren't ignoring the pre-Deadline rumors.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner, left fielder Melvin Upton Jr. and catcher Derek Norris have reportedly been discussed in trade talks. And with one week remaining until the non-waiver Aug. 1 Trade Deadline, manager Andy Green has had conversations with all three, simply to address the possibility.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.