Carrasco comes within 1 out of no-no

Carrasco comes within 1 out of no-no

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Carrasco needed just one more strike to complete the Indians' first no-hitter in more than three decades. The big right-hander unleashed a changeup to Rays outfielder Joey Butler and gave up a single that averted history.

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Cruz takes the cake with birthday blast

Slugger launches two-run shot vs. Padres on 35th birthday

Cruz takes the cake with birthday blast

SAN DIEGO -- Nelson Cruz didn't want to wait for the cake, so the Mariners slugger sliced his own gift -- a two-run homer in the top of the ninth -- in Seattle's 7-0 victory over the Padres in Wednesday's Interleague series finale at Petco Park.

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Dipoto resigns; Stoneman named Angels' GM

Dipoto resigns; Stoneman named Angels' GM

ANAHEIM -- The Angels announced Jerry Dipoto's resignation as general manager on Wednesday, five days after sources said he was involved in a heated discussion with long-time manager Mike Scioscia and his coaching staff.

Bill Stoneman, the Angels' GM when they won the World Series in 2002, has been named interim GM, with Matt Klentak staying in his post as assistant GM. Stoneman had been serving as the Angels' senior advisor since stepping down as GM after the '07 season. 

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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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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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Posey exits an inning after foul off mask

Posey exits an inning after foul off mask

MIAMI -- Giants catcher Buster Posey left Wednesday night's 6-5 loss to the Marlins in the fifth inning. No explanation was immediately given, though Miami's Marcell Ozuna hit a fourth-inning foul tip that struck Posey's mask and could have shaken him up.

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2-run blast from Hardy lifts O's vs. Rangers

2-run blast from Hardy lifts O's vs. Rangers

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy broke a tie with his fourth homer of the season to lift the Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

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Bour, Marlins atone for errors, walk off on Giants

Bour, Marlins atone for errors, walk off on Giants

MIAMI -- A mistake-filled night by the Marlins ended in dramatic walk-off fashion on Wednesday, when Justin Bour belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted Miami to a 6-5 victory over the Giants at Marlins Park.

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Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

NEW YORK -- The Mets' inability to score runs turned ugly in the eighth inning vs. the Cubs on Wednesday, despite a controversial call working in their favor.

With one out and two men in scoring position in a scoreless game, Darrell Ceciliani attempted a suicide squeeze, but missed the bunt. Ruben Tejada, who was on third base at the start of the play, was caught halfway between there and home, prompting the Cubs to chase him back to third base.

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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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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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Giolito tosses 7 no-hit innings for Potomac

Nationals No. 1 prospect strikes out 7 and walks 1, team loses no-no bid in 9th

Giolito tosses 7 no-hit innings for Potomac

The Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals nearly recorded their first combined no-hitter since 1995 on Wednesday, with No. 1 prospect (No. 4 overall) Lucas Giolito providing the heavy lifting in a 4-0 win over Frederick.

Rehabbing big-leaguer Aaron Barrett got through the first inning before Giolito took over. The 6-foot-6 right-hander proceeded to blank the Keys for seven innings, allowing just one walk while striking out seven in that span. In all, Giolito tossed 84 pitches -- 52 for strikes -- before getting pulled prior to the ninth inning.

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Springer exits due to right wrist contusion

Springer exits due to right wrist contusion

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder George Springer was removed from Wednesday's game against the Royals in the sixth inning for a pinch-hitter after taking a pitch off the right wrist in the fifth.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies

Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Patrick Corbin may return from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Rockies and will no longer be pitching his previously scheduled rehab game on Thursday.

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Odorizzi 'encouraged' by first rehab outing

Odorizzi 'encouraged' by first rehab outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi made his first rehab start on Wednesday at Class A Advanced Charlotte, tossing 57 pitches over four innings while allowing one run, walking one and striking out two. Odorizzi has been on the disabled list since June 9 (retroactive to June 6) with a left oblique strain.

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"This is my first time doing a rehab assignment, so it probably went about as well as it could," Odorizzi said. "My arm felt really good, the breaking pitches were really good -- I was surprised with the sharpness after not pitching for three weeks, and it felt like I hadn't skipped a beat. So it was a great sign."
 
Odorizzi reported no pain from the outing and said that it would not take more than one more rehab start -- if that -- before he'll be able to return to the Rays' rotation.
 
"I feel like the stuff I had today, I could have taken into today's [Rays] game and been perfectly fine and out there doing normal things," Odorizzi said. "I was really encouraged with how everything went."
 
The Stone Crabs -- or "Port Charlotte Rays," as Odorizzi called them -- also had John Jaso and James Loney in the starting lineup. Loney (fractured left middle finger) went 2-for-3 before being pulled in the middle of the fifth, and Jaso (left wrist contusion) went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three strikeouts in Charlotte's 5-2 victory over Bradenton.

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Cano's big game, Walker shut down Padres

Cano's big game, Walker shut down Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to shut out the Padres on three hits Wednesday as the Mariners took both games of the series at Petco Park with a 7-0 Interleague victory.

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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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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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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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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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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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