Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

The Cubs acquired hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees for a package that included multiple top prospects.

The Yankees' return was headlined by 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres, the Cubs' No. 1 prospect and No. 24 overall per MLB Pipeline. Torres, who may eventually switch to second or third base, was hitting .275 with nine homers in 94 games for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. 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.

Trade Deadline: The latest news and rumors

Trade Deadline: The latest news and rumors

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.

Rangers turn eyes toward Velasquez, Volquez
The Rangers' search for a young controllable starter continues leading up to the Deadline.

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Cubs atop first post-break Power Rankings

Rangers slide out of top 5 with AL West lead shrinking

Cubs atop first post-break Power Rankings

Our first post-All-Star break MLB Power Rankings are all about the status quo. Not a lot has changed in the last week-and-a-half. The positioning of the top teams hasn't changed much, and most of them have one general theme in common -- quite frankly, no one has been that impressive in July.

Still, short-term issues don't necessarily cloud long-term expectations, and most of the top teams seem to have the personnel to get through the grind of the season with their postseason chances intact. If there's one club that may have cause for worry, it's the Rangers, who have played a little better lately but have lost a ton of ground in the American League West over the last month. If there's any club that almost has to make a move before the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline, it's probably Texas.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: July 25

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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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.

Velasquez, Volquez reportedly on Rangers' radar

Velasquez, Volquez reportedly on Rangers' radar

The Rangers' search for a young controllable starter continues, leading up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Texas was linked Monday to Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez and Royals righty Edinson Volquez. MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the Rangers' interest in Velasquez, while the Dallas Morning News reported the club's front-office inner circle watched Volquez on Sunday. Morosi reported the price to acquire Velasquez would be high.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Windy City rivalry renewed tonight on MLB.TV

Cubs send out Arrieta as White Sox host first leg of crosstown series

Windy City rivalry renewed tonight on MLB.TV

The crosstown series between the Cubs and White Sox opens tonight, headlining a nearly full slate of games across the Major Leagues.

U.S. Cellular Field plays host to two games between the Chicago clubs before the Interleague tilt moves to Wrigley Field for two more. The White Sox might have home field in the series opener, but they'll also run up against the defending National League Cy Young winner, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. 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. Watch a live stream of his news conference at 3 p.m. CT.

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. Bregman is scheduled to meet the media at 3 p.m. CT on Monday.

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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.

Hanley named AL Player of the Week

Red Sox first baseman hits five homers in seven-day stretch

Hanley named AL Player of the Week

Hanley Ramirez's three-homer game has earned the Red Sox first baseman American League Player of the Week honors.

Ramirez hit .333 (7-for-21) last week, with five of his seven hits leaving the yard. He also drove in 12 runs and drew four walks (one intentional) to lead the Red Sox to a 4-2 record in series against the Giants and Twins.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Epstein's bold move for Aroldis not surprising

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

Epstein's bold move for Aroldis not surprising

You knew this was coming, right?

The Cubs have agreed to a deal to acquire left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The clubs have not confirmed.

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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.

Big shoes to fill: Altuve pays tribute to Junior

Astros star hits two homers, has six RBIs wearing white cleats

Big shoes to fill: Altuve pays tribute to Junior

HOUSTON -- On Sunday afternoon, Jose Altuve paid tribute to Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame induction by donning white spikes. And the All-Star second baseman looked a whole lot like the Hall of Famer in the Astros' 13-3 rout of the Angels.

When asked if he felt like Griffey Jr. after scorching two home runs and notching a career-high six RBIs in the win, Altuve was a little coy.

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Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. 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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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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Mike Petriello

Dahl adds top arm to vast Coors Field outfield

Rockies prospect hit 96.7 mph with a throw during Futures Game

Dahl adds top arm to vast Coors Field outfield

The Rockies are promoting power-hitting outfielder David Dahl, and it's not difficult to see why: The 10th overall pick in the 2012 Draft has been crushing the ball ever since he arrived in the pros. In more than 1,600 plate appearances, Dahl has hit a scorching .310/.357/.513, despite an on-field injury in 2015 so serious that it required his spleen to be removed. He's been even better this year, hitting .314/.394/.569 combined at Double-A and Triple-A.

But while the focus will be on Dahl's offense and especially how Coors Field might make it look even better, that's not the only tool that him brings to the Majors. Ever since he was selected, references to a good throwing arm were tucked away in scouting reports. When Dahl was ranked baseball's 55th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com in 2013, it was noted that he had "a plus arm." Now that he's Colorado's No. 2-ranked prospect, it's "a strong, accurate arm [that] is better than most." And because Dahl played at Petco Park in the Futures Game earlier this month, we were able to get him in front of Statcast™'s tracking radars to see if the numbers held up to the reputation. They did.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer, Frazier promoted to Triple-A Columbus

Indians' top two prospects expected to see time in center field

Zimmer, Frazier promoted to Triple-A Columbus

CLEVELAND -- As trade rumors and reports swirled late Sunday night, the Indians told Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace to call top prospects Brad Zimmer and Clint Frazier into his office. The outfielders were told that the time had come to pack their bags.

Zimmer and Frazier -- ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Cleveland's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, respectively -- were both promoted to Triple-A Columbus.

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

Bucs' rookies could have major roles in stretch run

Young pitchers Taillon, Kuhl, Glasnow may be crucial to Pirates' postseason push

Bucs' rookies could have major roles in stretch run

PITTSBURGH -- With a brother who's a doctor, a sister who's a lawyer and another brother with a Ph.D., Jameson Taillon's parents get asked the same question time and again.

"What are you putting in the water?"

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Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Yankees net MLB-best third Bullpen of Week honor

Yankees net MLB-best third Bullpen of Week honor

The Trade Deadline could change things, but last week the Yankees' relief corps remained fully stocked. That group, led by their trio of flamethrowers at the back end, has shown just how potent it can be over the first 10 days of the second half, earning the Bullpen of the Week award presented by the Hartford.

It's the third time this season the Yankees have taken that honor, the most of any team.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Dodgers pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back

Dodgers pounce on Cards rookie, close to 3 back

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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

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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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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Post-HOF goal for Ken Griffey Jr.: Rematch game of H-O-R-S-E with Rickey Henderson

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Post-HOF goal for Ken Griffey Jr.: Rematch game of H-O-R-S-E with Rickey Henderson

During his induction into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, Ken Griffey Jr. flashed some of the style and spirit that baseball fans came to know and love from the slugger over the years. 

He wore an amazingly detailed suit to the ceremony and, in a classic Junior moment, put his cap on backward at the end of his speech. He also told an amusing story about losing a game of H-O-R-S-E back when he was 14, noting that he'd still like that rematch ...

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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.

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

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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Play new Beat the Streak game, win tickets

Contest represents tip of cap to Williams, who hit .406 in 1941

Play new Beat the Streak game, win tickets

In Beat the Streak, MLB.com's flagship mobile game, one can win $5.6 million in less than a month.

The rules are simple, even if the challenge is not: Correctly pick a batter or two each day to tally a hit in a game. Then do it again and again, and don't stop until 57 straight successful selections are made. To do so would be to "top" Joe DiMaggio's MLB-record 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball's most hallowed marks.

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Zachary Finkelstein is MLB.com's fantasy editor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees stun Giants with rare DP combo

Castro, Green, Headley turn 4-1-5 double play in 8th inning

Yankees stun Giants with rare DP combo

NEW YORK -- 4-1-5 may be the most prominent area code in San Francisco, but it was the Yankees who used those numbers to answer the call and disconnect a budding Giants rally in their 5-2 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

With one out and Mac Williamson at first base in the eighth inning, Ramiro Pena hit a hard grounder to the right side that second baseman Starlin Castro smothered with a diving stop, tossing to pitcher Chad Green covering first base.

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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.

Ken Griffey Jr. put on a fashion master class with his amazing custom HOF suit

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Ken Griffey Jr. put on a fashion master class with his amazing custom HOF suit

The suits on display at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday were on point. Yet, they all paled in comparison to Ken Griffey Jr. 

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