Cano, Cruz's birthday HR shut down Padres

Cano, Cruz's birthday HR shut down Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to shut out the Padres on three hits Wednesday as the Mariners completed a two-game sweep at Petco Park with a 7-0 Interleague victory.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stoneman taking over for Dipoto as Angels GM

Stoneman taking over for Dipoto as Angels GM

ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto decided to step down from his position as Angels general manager on Wednesday, five days after getting involved in a heated discussion with long-time manager Mike Scioscia and his coaching staff, sources told MLB.com.

Bill Stoneman, the Angels' GM when they won the World Series in 2002, is expected to be named the interim GM, with Matt Klentak staying in his post as assistant GM, a source said. At the moment, the team is not expected to pursue Bud Black, the former Padres manager who once served as the Angels' pitching coach and has been seen as a potential front-office hire.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. Associate reporter David Adler contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bautista, Donaldson lead Jays' breakout

All-Star candidates swat two of Toronto's five HRs

Bautista, Donaldson lead Jays' breakout

 TORONTO -- All-Star candidate Jose Bautista broke out of his mini slump Wednesday afternoon, and the rest of the Blue Jays lineup followed suit in a dominating 11-2 victory over the Red Sox on Canada Day.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, 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.

Springer's buddy 'Earl' wants votes for Altuve

Springer's buddy 'Earl' wants votes for Altuve

HOUSTON -- As a reward for hitting the left-field foul pole with his two-run homer in Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Royals, Astros outfielder George Springer arrived to the clubhouse on Wednesday to a massive package from the pole's sponsor, Chick-fil-A, sitting in his locker.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

July could bring big changes to Phillies' roster

'We're not sure about anything,' interim manager Mackanin says

July could bring big changes to Phillies' roster

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin knows his roster is subject to change.

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Nick Suss is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phenom Sano headed to Twins, Vargas optioned

Phenom Sano headed to Twins, Vargas optioned

CINCINNATI -- In a surprising move, the Twins optioned first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds. The Twins will make a corresponding move before Thursday's game, and they are expected to call up top prospect Miguel Sano, according to a source familiar with the team's decision.

The Twins have not announced the move.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bryant, Buxton or Correa? Execs make picks

Bryant, Buxton or Correa? Execs make picks

Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa entered 2015 ranked as MLBPipeline.com's top three prospects (in that order), then started the season in the Minors before their rejuvenated and contending parent clubs sent for them. Bryant got the call from the Cubs on April 17, Correa joined the Astros on June 8 and Buxton debuted with the Twins on June 14.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 1

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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Maddon: 'No question' Rizzo is #ASGWorthy

Maddon: 'No question' Rizzo is #ASGWorthy

NEW YORK -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo appears near the top of the National League in seemingly every positive statistical category -- except votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. So with voting for the All-Star starters ending Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to bat Wednesday for his slugging first baseman.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubans, Bahamian, Vlad Jr. headline July 2 list

Prospects from around the world to ink deals as international signing period opens Thursday

Cubans, Bahamian, Vlad Jr. headline July 2 list

Baseball dreams come true on the second day of July every year.

That date marks the first day of the international signing period and the first day teens across the globe can sign with a Major League club.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fernandez helps give 'The Jose Guy' haircut

Fernandez helps give 'The Jose Guy' haircut

MIAMI -- With Marlins ace Jose Fernandez returning on Thursday, it was time for the departure of the hair and beard of Andres Salgado -- aka "The Jose Guy."

"The hair comes and goes," Salgado said prior to Wednesday's game against the Giants at Marlins Park. "But to have a caliber player like Jose is amazing."

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Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain glad to reach end of 'long road'

Cain glad to reach end of 'long road'

MIAMI -- No matter how Matt Cain performs Thursday, he'll be pitching again, which is what matters most.

Cain, the Giants' three-time All-Star right-hander, will make his first regular-season appearance since July 9, 2014, when he starts the series finale against the Marlins. The 30-year-old right-hander finally has recovered sufficiently from a flexor tendon strain that sidelined him this year, which followed surgery last August to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jitters building as Fernandez set to return

Jitters building as Fernandez set to return

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez has waited nearly 14 months to return to a big league game, but that doesn't mean Miami's ace will be well-rested for his 12:10 p.m. ET start on Thursday against the Giants at Marlins Park.

The anticipation of the start has the energetic 22-year-old so amped up, he doesn't anticipate getting a good night's sleep.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu more patient as pitchers adjust

Abreu more patient as pitchers adjust

ST. LOUIS -- The raw results, offensively, might be a tick less impressive for Jose Abreu in 2015 compared to his breakout rookie campaign of 2014. But the White Sox first baseman feels as if he's in a better place offensively.

One change made by Abreu is that he's swinging less at first pitches. Per MLB Network Gameday notes, the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner swung at 37.1 percent of first pitches last season in comparison to 18.9 percent this season. The league average is 28.8 percent in 2015.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Butler stays hot with triple that amuses A's

Butler stays hot with triple that amuses A's

OAKLAND -- Two players named Billy tripled Wednesday in the A's 4-1 series-clinching win over the Rockies at the Coliseum. One -- Billy Burns -- you might expect. The other -- Billy Butler -- you most certainly wouldn't.

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Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray recovering from bout of gastroenteritis

Pitcher's status for next start uncertain after spending night in hospital

Gray recovering from bout of gastroenteritis

OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray was released from the hospital Wednesday after a severe case of bacterial gastroenteritis sent him there Monday evening.

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Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2015 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Here's a complete breakdown of which 2015 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds have agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments. The list will be updated through the July 17 signing deadline.

Clubs have not announced or confirmed bonuses.

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Walker notches six-inning, one-hit shutout

Youngster continues team's stellar pitching after Montgomery shut down Padres on Tuesday

Walker notches six-inning, one-hit shutout

SAN DIEGO -- With Taijuan Walker cruising through six innings on just one hit with a 1-0 lead, manager Lloyd McClendon chose to lift the 22-year-old for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh in what turned into a 7-0 victory for the Mariners over the Padres.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ailing wrist sidelines Jay; DL stint possible

Ailing wrist sidelines Jay; DL stint possible

ST. LOUIS -- With continued discomfort around his left wrist, Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was held out of batting practice on Wednesday and is facing the possibility of returning to the disabled list with an injury that has been nagging him all year.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards' Garcia targeting Tuesday for next start

Cards' Garcia targeting Tuesday for next start

ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia is unlikely to pitch in the team's upcoming series against the Padres, but the Cardinals remain optimistic that a left groin strain that has bugged the lefty for the last week won't necessitate a move to the disabled list.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB and like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

11 years ago, Jeter made his leap into the stands

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11 years ago, Jeter made his leap into the stands

It's not often that a regular season game -- especially in baseball, a marathon if there ever was one -- becomes a true classic, something that'll be talked about for years to come. But the showdown between the Yankees and Red Sox on July 1, 2004, managed to do just that, thanks to a rivalry at its peak, some of the game's biggest names, and a certain Captain's incredible dive into the crowd.

The Boston-New York rivalry had dominated the early 2000s, but in the summer of 2004, some began to wonder if the gap between the two was widening. The Yankees entered July 7.5 games up in the division, and the Red Sox turned to noted pinstripe killer Pedro Martinez to stave off a sweep and jumpstart their pennant drive. 

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Altuve, Correa forming combo for the ages

Altuve, Correa forming combo for the ages

HOUSTON -- In less than a month, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa have become more than just teammates. They have adjoining lockers. They have lunch together and sometimes dinner. They talk constantly.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gausman back from Minors for 2nd start

Right-hander opened season in big league bullpen

Gausman back from Minors for 2nd start

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman was back in the Major League clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, preparing for Thursday's start in what has been an unusual few weeks.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

12 reasons to sign up for MLB.TV now

12 reasons to sign up for MLB.TV now

Here are a dozen reasons to sign up right now for MLB.TV, the No. 1 live streaming sports service:

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas easing Hamilton back into everyday role

Rangers left fielder out of starting lineup day after return from DL

Texas easing Hamilton back into everyday role

BALTIMORE -- Josh Hamilton was out of the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles after playing in his first game since May 31 on Tuesday. The day off was scheduled when Rangers manager Jeff Banister and Hamilton first sat down to talk about his return to the lineup after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with a strained left hamstring.

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Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jungmann finding groove in big leagues

Jungmann finding groove in big leagues

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann his boosted his numbers across the board since a promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and he engaged in a fascinating discussion Wednesday about why that might be.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller might rejoin Yankees before break

Miller might rejoin Yankees before break

ANAHEIM -- Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller threw 20 pitches off a bullpen mound on Wednesday at Angel Stadium, and there is a chance that he could be activated from the disabled list before the All-Star break.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Francona appreciates bond between front office, coaches

Francona appreciates bond between front office, coaches

ST. PETERSBURG -- Indians manager Terry Francona was not going to pretend to know the details of the reported rift between the Angels' front office and coaching staff, but the situation unfolding in Los Angeles did give him a platform to once again praise the cohesive bond that exists in Cleveland.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Banuelos expected to make debut Thursday

Braves' No. 11 prospect draws challenge of facing Scherzer after road back from Tommy John

Banuelos expected to make debut Thursday

ATLANTA -- Manny Banuelos might no longer have the overpowering stuff that drew rave reviews from Mariano Rivera and other Yankees veterans during Spring Training in 2011. But the Braves are still looking forward to making the once-heralded prospect the latest addition to their starting rotation.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yanks call up Dugas with Beltran hurting

Yanks call up Dugas with Beltran hurting

ANAHEIM -- The phone call that Taylor Dugas had been dreaming about his whole life came early Wednesday morning, ordering him to get to Philadelphia and board a cross-country flight to be in uniform for the New York Yankees that afternoon.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.