Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

White Sox ace joins Martinez with eighth straight 10-plus-K effort

Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Sale, the pitcher, made history during the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday night at Busch Stadium by joining Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to strike out 10-plus in eight straight games.

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

Keuchel turns in impressive All-Star audition

Keuchel turns in impressive All-Star audition

HOUSTON -- Though he's constantly reminded about the growing list of accolades he's accruing, ace Dallas Keuchel maintains none of it matters.

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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.

Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

Second baseman tallies first such feat at Marlins Park

Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

MIAMI -- With his blazing speed, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was considered the most likely Miami player to log an inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. On Tuesday night, the projection came true.

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Source: Angels GM Dipoto looks close to stepping down

ANAHEIM -- Jerry Dipoto appears to be close to stepping down as the Angels' general manager, industry sources told MLB.com on Tuesday, one day after a FoxSports.com report detailed friction between the front office and coaching staff.

"It's possible," said the source, who couldn't speak on the matter publicly.

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Fill-in Montgomery now part of Seattle history

Lefty joins Unit, Garcia, Langston as Mariners pitchers to throw back-to-back shutouts

Fill-in Montgomery now part of Seattle history

SAN DIEGO -- Since being called up four weeks ago to fill in for the injured James Paxton, rookie southpaw Mike Montgomery has opened eyes for the Mariners. But the 25-year-old took it to another level on Tuesday as he allowed just one hit and threw his second straight shutout, this one a 5-0 blanking of the Padres at Petco Park.

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Salvy Perez 'joins' #VoteAltuve movement

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Salvy Perez 'joins' #VoteAltuve movement

After a breakout 2014 season, Jose Altuve is having another fantastic year. He leads the league in steals, is third among second baseman in hits and fourth in runs. He also does things like this sometimes because he wants to and he's a professional baseball player and you can't do anything about it.

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Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Mitch Moreland cracked a small smile as he rounded third base for the second time in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Orioles.

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Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols tied the Angels' record for most home runs in a month with his 13th long ball in June Tuesday night. The home run was the front end of back-to-back jacks by Pujols and Erick Aybar leading off the sixth inning of the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Angel Stadium.

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Phil Rogers

Last-minute All-Star Game voting advice

Last-minute All-Star Game voting advice

Come on, Astros fans. Get out to Minute Maid Park and cast those votes. You could get a free Chick-fil-A sandwich if enough of you vote at the game or, should you prefer to cast the maximum 35 votes for Jose Altuve in the privacy of your home, you could win a $1,000 shopping spree with the reigning batting champ.

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International signing period opens Thursday

Teens from around the world eligible to sign with Major League clubs

International signing period opens Thursday

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.

Stellar Zimmermann leads Nats over Braves

Stellar Zimmermann leads Nats over Braves

ATLANTA -- It did not take the Nationals long to extend their dominance of the Braves and halt the struggles they have had against Shelby Miller. A four-run first inning provided Jordan Zimmermann more than enough support as he led Washington to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

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Posey flashes hustle, might vs. Marlins

Giants star homers, legs out double, scores on wild pitch

Posey flashes hustle, might vs. Marlins

MIAMI -- Buster Posey maintained the run production that has distinguished his June performance, though he added another dimension to his dynamic offense Tuesday in the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

His legs.

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Jim Harbaugh takes his first pitches very seriously

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Jim Harbaugh takes his first pitches very seriously

Jim Harbaugh, new head football coach at Michigan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's Pirates-Tigers game at Comerica Park. And while most first pitches are pretty easygoing and jovial, Harbaugh, who's been known for his intensity at baseball games in the past, was not messing around.

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Sale fans 12, ties Pedro for longest such streak

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Sale fans 12, ties Pedro for longest such streak

Turn-of-the-millennium Pedro Martinez wasn't just great. He was jaw-dropping, appointment-viewing, wait-what-am-I-looking-at great. From 1999-2001, he was the best pitcher on the planet, and arguably one of the best the game has ever seen -- seriously, in '99, he was striking out over 13 batters per nine innings (!!), peaking at an absurd league-record eight consecutive games with double-digit Ks. He was basically Aroldis Chapman reincarnated as a 5'11 starter, and it was unlike anything in baseball history. 

Until Chris Sale, that is. As you may have heard, Sale has been showing no regard for batter welfare recently, and his most recent victim was the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday. No one was spared. 

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Walker lifts Bucs to marathon victory over Tigers

Walker lifts Bucs to marathon victory over Tigers

DETROIT -- Neil Walker's double down the right-field line scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning as the Pirates outlasted the Tigers, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Win escapes Hamels despite impressive start

Veteran leaves with lead, but Phils falter late

Win escapes Hamels despite impressive start

PHILADELPHIA -- As the frustration mounts, Cole Hamels knows the only way to stay sane is to stay optimistic.

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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.

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Key things to watch for in today's games

Porcello eyes return to win column; familiar foes to square off in Atlanta

Key things to watch for in today's games

July is here, and with it comes an opportunity for players to start fresh with a new month, or to show that a previous good month wasn't a fluke. The dog days of summer are when teams try to separate themselves from the pack and head down the home stretch.

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Fred Zinkie

Harper could rake vs. Braves' rookie starter

Harper could rake vs. Braves' rookie starter

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kaminsky, Bader among Tuesday's 10 top prospects

Cardinals No. 4 prospect wins his third straight start, 2015 third-round pick rips two homers in his first pro game

Kaminsky, Bader among Tuesday's 10 top prospects

Cardinals No. 4 prospect Rob Kaminsky won his third straight start for Class A Advanced Palm Beach in dominant fashion.

The 5-foot-11 right-hander gave up just two hits and two walks against four strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the Cards defeated Daytona, 5-1. Kaminsky, 21, has been incredibly consistent over his past six outings, giving up four earned runs in 37 total innings. He's 3-1 in that span and 6-4 on the year with a 2.14 ERA.

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Hendricks leads way as Cubs blank Mets

Hendricks leads way as Cubs blank Mets

NEW YORK -- The Cubs evidently didn't need to increase their offensive output very much to end their losing streak, as one run was enough in their 1-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Mets remained punchless themselves despite the return of infielder Daniel Murphy.

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Papi extends HR mark at Rogers Centre

Hits No. 38 at ballpark, No. 57 against Blue Jays

Papi extends HR mark at Rogers Centre

TORONTO -- David Oritz has always been able to knock the ball out of the park at Rogers Centre. He was at it again Tuesday night as he swatted a solo shot in a 4-3 Red Sox victory over the Blue Jays.

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Heaney gets first big league win

Heaney gets first big league win

ANAHEIM -- This is the Andrew Heaney the Angels were hoping for in Spring Training.

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Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

Rough start to night turns around as Tigers righty pitches into seventh inning

Verlander settles in, nets quality start in return

DETROIT -- Despite his early struggles, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander cobbled together a quality outing Tuesday night after missing a start due to back stiffness.

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Fair to say that Springer's blast keys victory

Fair to say that Springer's blast keys victory

HOUSTON -- As far back as he can remember, Astros outfielder George Springer has never hit a foul pole.

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Gray hospitalized with flu-like symptoms

A's call up Bassitt to make spot start after scratching ace

Gray hospitalized with flu-like symptoms

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Sonny Gray was hospitalized overnight with flu-like symptoms and scratched from his Tuesday home start against the Rockies.

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Salazar follows rookie's lead with stellar outing

Right-hander flirts with no-hitter during 7 2/3 strong innings vs. Rays

Salazar follows rookie's lead with stellar outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- Danny Salazar was quick to proclaim his outing in the Indians' 6-2 victory over the Rays Tuesday the best start of his season, but he was equally as quick to give some of that credit to his teammate Cody Anderson.

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Twins rain on Reds, then fend off rally for win

Twins rain on Reds, then fend off rally for win

CINCINNATI -- The Twins had never faced Reds rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani before, but they clearly did a good job with their advanced reconnaissance. Minnesota scattered 15 hits in the game, including 11 off of DeSclafani, before holding on for a messy 8-5 victory Tuesday that evened the three-game series ahead of Wednesday's matinee finale at Great American Ball Park.

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Hamilton's hamstring holds up in return from DL

Outfielder still feels injury, but isn't bothered by it in 2-for-4 first game back

Hamilton's hamstring holds up in return from DL

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers reinstated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock. Hamilton batted fifth and played left field in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Orioles.

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De La Rosa dominates A's in pitchers' duel

De La Rosa dominates A's in pitchers' duel

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa tossed seven scoreless innings against the A's, leading the Rockies to a 2-1 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night and evening the three-game series.

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