Fernandez goes yard in return for Marlins

Fans 6 over 6 innings, hits leadoff homer in fifth

Fernandez goes yard in return for Marlins

MIAMI -- The long wait was to once again see Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez pitch. But the Marlins' ace energized and entertained on Thursday afternoon with his bat as well as his blazing fastball.

Fernandez celebrated a triumphant return from Tommy John surgery, striking out six, while allowing three runs in six innings and also smashing a home run in Miami's 5-4 win over the Giants at Marlins Park.

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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.

Springer forced to DL with right wrist fracture

Springer forced to DL with right wrist fracture

HOUSTON -- The Astros placed George Springer on the 15-day DL with a right wrist fracture Thursday, one day after he took a pitch off his wrist and left the Astros' 6-5 win over the Royals in the sixth inning.

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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.

Vote until tonight; many races can be swayed

Tight competition in AL at 2B, 3B, DH, OF; NL's 3B, OF battles too close to call

Vote until tonight; many races can be swayed

As the voting window for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot heads to its finish at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, there are several key races for starting position players in the American League and National League that are coming down to the wire.

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

Top international prospects signing breakdown

Top international prospects signing breakdown

Today marks the start of the 2015-16 international signing period, a day when some of the best teenage prospects in the world are signing with teams and taking huge steps toward fulfilling their Major League dreams.

With the international signing period officially underway, here is a look at MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 International Prospects and which of them have agreed to terms with clubs so far.

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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.

Harper stars in ESPN Mag's Body Issue

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Harper stars in ESPN Mag's Body Issue

Bryce Harper is a pretty strong dude.

Actually, no, let us rephrase: Bryce Harper is the MLB equivalent of that kid from your Little League days, the one so physically different you'd swear he was actually in college already. He makes baseball bats look like twigs, his swing could provide enough wind power to keep the lights on in D.C. for a decade and he's spent all season raining dingers with reckless disregard for the welfare of upper decks. Even his popups turn into home runs

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Tribe sweeps Rays on Aviles' HR in 10th

Tribe sweeps Rays on Aviles' HR in 10th

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Moore made his first start for the Rays since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, but a Mike Aviles home run in the 10th inning Thursday spoiled the left-hander's return and gave the Indians a 5-4 victory to complete a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

After the Rays knotted it up at 4 in the sixth, both squads went down in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth to send the game into extra innings. Xavier Cedeno came in to pitch the first extra frame and served up the homer to Aviles on the first pitch he threw out of the bullpen.

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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. Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Liriano's gem sets tone in Bucs' sweep

Liriano's gem sets tone in Bucs' sweep

DETROIT -- Francisco Liriano tossed seven scoreless innings, and a four-run ninth weathered a late comeback attempt as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers with an 8-4 win on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Rajai Davis lined Liriano's first pitch into center field for a single, but the southpaw allowed just four hits the rest of the way. In the fourth inning, Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler and first baseman Miguel Cabrera reached with one out, but Liriano worked out of his biggest jam of the day by inducing groundouts from Victor Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes.

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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. Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers open int'l signing period with a flurry

Sources say club has deals with Alvarez, Heredia, Brito and Cruz

Dodgers open int'l signing period with a flurry

The Los Angeles Dodgers are making a big splash on the first day international prospects can sign, stocking their Minor League system with several top international prospects, including right-handed pitcher Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million.

According to industry sources, the Dodgers agreed to terms with Alvarez, 19, ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list; outfielder Starling Heredia, ranked No. 5, for $2.6 million; infielder Ronny Brito, ranked No. 21, for $2 million; outfielder Christopher Arias for $500,000 and shortstop Oneal Cruz for $950,000. The club hasn't confirmed any of the deals.

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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.

Blue Jays sign Vladimir Jr. as int'l free agent

Son of nine-time All-Star, 2004 AL MVP ranked No. 4 on MLB.com Top 30 list

Blue Jays sign Vladimir Jr. as int'l free agent

There's a familiar name set to begin his journey through the professional ranks.

The Blue Jays signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for $3.9 million. Guerrero is ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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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.

Moore starts strong, tails off in return to Rays

Back from Tommy John surgery, Rays lefty allows four runs in 4 2/3 innings

Moore starts strong, tails off in return to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Making his return from the Tommy John surgery that had sidelined him for the past 14 months, Rays left-hander Matt Moore's 2015 debut could not have started out better.

Making his first start for Tampa Bay since April 7, 2014, Moore started Thursday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Indians with three no-hit innings, striking out two while walking one.

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Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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:

• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for #ASGWorthy players

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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.

Did Altuve slide into All-Star lead?

Did Altuve slide into All-Star lead?

HOUSTON -- Many viewed Wednesday night's 6-5 win over the Royals as Jose Altuve's final audition to start the All-Star Game at second base for the American League as fan voting draws to a close on Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT.

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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.

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Lindsay Berra

Female French teen ready for next chapter

Shortstop Mayeux aims to hone craft this summer with ambition of taking game to another level

Female French teen ready for next chapter

French shortstop Melissa Mayeux made history on June 20, when she became the first female to be on a Major League Baseball international registration list, making her eligible to sign with an MLB club anytime after July 2.

Mayeux's story had legs, and was widely reported in both the United States and Europe. But the prospect of her inking a contract during the signing period is not likely, and it has nothing to do with the fact that she's female. Mayeux is just 16 years old; international prospects from Europe sometimes sign closer to their 18th birthdays, after teams have had more time to watch their development and assess their skill.

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

Homers back Arrieta as Cubs sweep Mets

Homers back Arrieta as Cubs sweep Mets

NEW YORK -- The Cubs continued to dominate the Mets by finishing off a season sweep -- and their ninth consecutive win against the Queens club -- with a 6-1 win Thursday at Citi Field. The seven total runs were more than in the series' first two games combined.

Jake Arrieta was excellent in yet another day game, holding the Mets to a single run in eight innings. He picked up his eighth win of the season and lowered his season ERA in day games to 2.65. Jacob deGrom allowed four runs in a game for the first time since May 11, and just the third time this season. His second-inning run snapped a scoreless streak that had stretched to over two full games for the Mets.

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

Hot start nets Correa monthly AL rookie honor

Astros shortstop debuted June 8, batted .287 with 5 HRs, 15 RBIs

Hot start nets Correa monthly AL rookie honor

HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on Thursday was named American League Rookie of the Month for June.

Correa, who made his Major League debut on June 8, hit .287 with nine doubles, five home runs, 15 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .543 slugging percentage in his 21 games in the month. Among AL rookies in June, Correa ranked first in OPS (.852), doubles, RBIs and in slugging percentage. Additionally, he ranked tied for first in home runs and third in hits and in batting average.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phenom Sano promoted by Twins, Vargas optioned

Phenom Sano promoted by 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 made a corresponding move before Thursday's game, and they called up top prospect Miguel Sano.

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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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Alyson Footer

FAQ: How exactly are All-Star rosters constructed?

FAQ: How exactly are All-Star rosters constructed?

It's the time of year when division races become clearer, the Trade Deadline looms and the baseball world prepares to descend upon one lucky city that has been selected to play host to one of Major League Baseball's jewel events -- the All-Star Game.

With the All-Star Game, comes All-Star confusion -- not about the game itself, but the rosters, and how exactly they're configured.

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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.

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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Today's starting lineups: July 2

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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Giants sign infielder Fox as int'l free agent

Sources say the two sides agree to a signing bonus of $6 million

Giants sign infielder Fox as int'l free agent

The Giants are on the verge of adding another athletic infielder to their Minor League system, coming to terms with shortstop Lucius Fox of the Bahamas on a bonus of $6 million, according to industry sources.

Fox, who turned 18 today, ranked No. 3 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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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.

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Fred Zinkie

Blue Jays, Rockies could run wild

Blue Jays, Rockies could run wild

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

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Thursday.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline Inbox: Prospect improvements and expectations

Mayo responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects

Pipeline Inbox: Prospect improvements and expectations

It sure is an exciting time in Pipeline world, isn't it?

Thursday marks the start of this year's international signing period. That's when teams hope that perhaps they are finding the next Miguel Sano, who is the latest in a very long line of top-level prospects to get called up in 2015. Or perhaps they'll acquire a member of the World Team for the Futures Game (coming up on July 12) down the road.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Improving Avila on verge of rejoining Tigers

Improving Avila on verge of rejoining Tigers

DETROIT -- Catcher Alex Avila will serve as the designated hitter on Thursday night for Triple-A Toledo, likely setting up a return to the Tigers for this weekend's series against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Stoneman the calming presence Angels need

Seamless transition can be expected for interim GM after Dipoto's departure

Stoneman the calming presence Angels need

ANAHEIM -- At his peak, Bill Stoneman was an explosive right-hander for the Montreal Expos, throwing a pair of no-hitters and winning 17 games with 251 strikeouts in 1971 while also leading the National League in walks. He threw bullets, just wildly enough to get the attention of hitters.

As an Angels executive -- taking over as general manager in November 1999 -- a calm, resourceful Stoneman continued to deal, laying the foundation for the 2002 World Series champions. He was never known to make a rash move.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB, The Color Run team up again for 5K run

Participants will be 'splashed in colors' for untimed race on July 11

MLB, The Color Run team up again for 5K run

The Nasty Boys were a colorful combination and one of the best short-relief success stories in Major League Baseball history, leading the Reds to the World Series title 25 years ago. On July 11, Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers will be together again in downtown Cincinnati, to help cheer on participants in The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike.

In addition, Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Gapper and Mr. Red -- along with eight other MLB mascots as well as Runicorn, The Color Run mascot -- will be part of the festivities at the start the race and will be available for photographs. Mascots scheduled to appear alongside the Reds mascots include: Baxter (D-backs), Homer (Braves), Paws (Tigers), Orbit (Astros), Bernie (Brewers), Stomper (Athletics), Mariner Moose and Rangers Captain.

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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.

Royals super fan Wilson dies at age 7

Boy attended World Series in 2014 after battle with cancer drew MLB's attention

Royals super fan Wilson dies at age 7

Noah Wilson, whose fight against cancer and devotion to the Royals was chronicled during last year's World Series, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 7.

The Olathe, Kan., native had his last radiation treatment in mid-June and had been considered free of Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer. However, his family learned in recent days that he had leukemia.

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

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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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.

Twins agree with int'l SS Javier on $4M bonus

Twins agree with int'l SS Javier on $4M bonus

The Twins have made a splash on the international market, agreeing to a $4 million deal with Dominican Republic teenage shortstop Wander Javier, according to industry sources.

There are some scouts who believe that Javier, ranked No. 8 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, has the potential to be the best all-around player in the class. There are others who would like to see him display his talents more consistently.

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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.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Carrasco 1 strike away

Indians starter loses no-hit bid, but wins with 13 K's in 8 2/3 innings

Stats of the Day: Carrasco 1 strike away

Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues Wednesday:

• One strike away from a no-hitter, Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco surrendered a single to Joey Butler and took his 10th win instead of the franchise's 15th no-no, finishing with 13 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. Carrasco is the second pitcher this season to lose a no-hit bid with two out in the ninth. On May 17, the Braves Shelby Miller gave up a single to the Marlins Justin Bour. In addition to these two, Washington's Max Scherzer lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth (on June 20), but did manage to finish the no-hitter. Indians starters have produced 14 double-digit strikeout games -- the most in the Majors.

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Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats sign int'l free agent Soto for $1.5 million

Nats sign int'l free agent Soto for $1.5 million

The Nationals have agreed to a $1.5 million signing bonus with teenage outfielder Juan Soto of the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Soto, who is ranked No. 22 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, is considered one of the most dominant hitters and polished bats on the international market this year.

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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.