Happy 4th! Harper homers with USA bat

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Happy 4th! Harper homers with USA bat

Nothing goes together quite like baseball and America. Don't believe us? Just ask Bryce Harper, who stepped to the plate during the Nats' July 4th matchup with the Giants rocking some highly patriotic lumber that we can only assume was harvested from a forest using nothing but freedom and was then transported to Nationals Park on the backs of bald eagles.

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In 1st start at first, Avila dives into crowd

Filling in for Miggy, Tigers' usual catcher flips into stands to make catch

In 1st start at first, Avila dives into crowd

DETROIT -- Alex Avila didn't expect much from himself at first base. It only took until the fourth inning on Saturday to prove himself wrong.

The Tigers' usual catcher -- who is filling in for an injured Miguel Cabrera -- made a tumbling catch into the seats on a foul popup for the final out of the frame against Toronto.

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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.

Watch out below: Panda tumbles into dugout

Third baseman makes nice running grab for out

Watch out below: Panda tumbles into dugout

BOSTON -- Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. In Saturday' 6-1 win vs. the Astros, he added another quality play to the list at Fenway Park.

In the fourth inning, outfielder Preston Tucker led off the inning by hitting a popup into foul territory along the edge of the Houston dugout. Sandoval tracked the ball, reached over the railing and tumbled into the dugout, but he held on to make an impressive catch for the out.

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

Giants use CF to try to pick off Harper

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Giants use CF to try to pick off Harper

During Saturday's game against the Nationals, the Giants experimented with a rather unique pick-off move. Bryce Harper had a bit of a lead off second base, so they tried to get him out … using center fielder Gregor Blanco.

For something as odd as this to work, it would require Blanco to sneak into the infield as smoothly as a ninja cat. However, that's not quite what happened. 

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full roster Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full roster Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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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.

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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.

Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Rays were tied at 2 in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.

Yankees starter Michael Pineda and Rays starter Nathan Karns both registered 10 strikeouts and allowed five hits each in a pitchers' duel.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miggy on DL with calf strain, to miss 6 weeks

Tigers call up Marte from Triple-A Toledo to take spot on active roster

Miggy on DL with calf strain, to miss 6 weeks

DETROIT -- For the first time in his career, Miguel Cabrera is headed to the disabled list. The American League's hitting leader and two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner went on the 15-day DL on Saturday morning with a left calf strain sustained on the basepaths in Friday night's 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays.

An MRI taken on the calf revealed a Grade 3 calf strain -- including tearing of muscle fibers -- which is expected to keep Cabrera out for around six weeks. The Tigers were expecting to get an additional opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson, the specialist who performed surgery last fall on Cabrera's left ankle and foot.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Strasburg exits early with left side injury

Strasburg exits early with left side injury

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants in the fourth inning because of an undisclosed injury and was replaced by right-hander Tanner Roark.

Strasburg was cruising for 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out three batters, as the Nationals led the Giants, 3-0.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 4

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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Santana's own swipe can help fans steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at up to $1,500

Santana's own swipe can help fans steal a home

Aggressive baserunning by the Astros on Friday capped a four-run 10th inning in a 12-8 win over the Red Sox, but it could pay even greater dividends for a lucky fan, thanks to the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program.

• Quicken Loans: Steal a Home Sweepstakes

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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.

Look out! Pigeon attacks Kiermaier after hit

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Look out! Pigeon attacks Kiermaier after hit

The Rays and Yankees were deadlocked, 3-3, in the top of the 12th inning. With two runners on, Kevin Kiermaier hit an RBI single to center field. He stood at first base, basking in what at the time was the go-ahead run (the Yankees walked off in the bottom of the inning) and was removing his shin guard when, suddenly, A PIGEON FLEW AT HIS FACE.

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Cards recall Navy vet Harris, option G. Garcia

Club now playing with four-man bench, eight-man bullpen

Cards recall Navy vet Harris, option G. Garcia

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals added an extra arm to the bullpen on Saturday, summoning reliever Mitch Harris from Triple-A and clearing a roster spot for him by optioning infielder Greg Garcia to Memphis.

The move, which represents the Cardinals' third player transaction in as many days, leaves the club with a four-man bench and an eight-man bullpen.

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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, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DeJesus screams for ice cream in dugout

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DeJesus screams for ice cream in dugout

Everyone loves free baseball. When games stretch into the wee hours of the night, traffic is easier leaving the ballpark, the likelihood that you get to witness an incredible finish increases and you get plenty of opportunities to "aww" at parents holding their sleeping kids who couldn't quite make it past their bedtime.

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Sox keeping options open on Pedroia's return

Takes batting practice, could return for Yankees series

Sox keeping options open on Pedroia's return

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the second straight day, and the Red Sox haven't ruled him out for a return against the Yankees next weekend.

However, the club could also take a more conservative course of action and have the invaluable second baseman come back after the All-Star break.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nats' bats provide Fourth of July fireworks

Nats' bats provide Fourth of July fireworks

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals displayed their own set of fireworks in the batter's box and defeated the Giants, 9-3, in Saturday's Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park.

Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was on the mound when the Nationals scored three runs in the first inning on homers by Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper. By the time Bumgarner left the game, he had allowed six runs over five-plus innings.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. 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.

Yanks rally on McCann's walk-off HR in 12th

Yanks rally on McCann's walk-off HR in 12th

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann sent a walk-off three-run homer over the right-field fence in the 12th inning to push the Yankees past the Rays, 7-5, on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. It was the Yankees' first walk-off win of the year.

"That would have been an extremely tough game to lose, and I give our guys a ton of credit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Grace Raynor 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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Tracy Ringolsby

In face of injuries, Cardinals persevere

In face of injuries, Cardinals persevere

With the season reaching the midway point this weekend, the Cardinals find themselves not only sitting atop the National League Central, six games in front of the second-place Pirates, but they're the only big league team on pace to win 100 games.

Go figure.

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zaaaaaaATracy Ringolsby is a columnist 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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Richard Justice

Trout, Scherzer and the best of 2015 so far

Trout, Scherzer and the best of 2015 so far

On this Fourth of July, we salute a baseball season that has given us new stars like Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa. We pause to praise the greatness of Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. We raise a glass to the Astros, the Twins and the Cubs.

And we salute a completely scrambled playoff picture, the promise of a chaotic non-waiver Trade Deadline and a September that has the potential to be the best ever. On this day of celebration and thanks, we're reminded there has never been a better time to be a baseball fan.

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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.

Twins reinstate Santana from restricted list

Twins reinstate Santana from restricted list

The Twins officially reinstated right-hander Ervin Santana from the restricted list on Saturday after he completed his 80-game suspension for his use of a performance-enhancing drug.

Santana, who signed a four-year $55 million contract with Minnesota in the offseason, will make his Twins debut as the starter for Sunday's series finale against the Royals.

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

239 reasons to love baseball and America

Fourth of July is perfect time to celebrate country and sport

239 reasons to love baseball and America

Pedro Martinez, about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this month, struck out 239 batters for Boston in 2002 and gave up 239 home runs in his career.

Rod Carew led the Majors with 239 hits for Minnesota in his American League MVP season of 1977 -- exactly 80 years after Wee Willie Keeler reached that career-best number for Baltimore.

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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.

Tigers examine choices at first with Miggy out

Avila steps in Saturday, while Detroit considers callup Marte; V-Mart 'not an option'

Tigers examine choices at first with Miggy out

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera's Grade 3 calf strain, which will sideline him for the next six weeks, leaves the Tigers with major holes to fill, both at the plate and at first base.

The former they can compensate for with some of their other big bats, such as Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez and a healthy Victor Martinez. The latter isn't as easy.

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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.

Hughes only active MLB-er born on the 4th

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Hughes only active MLB-er born on the 4th

Jared Hughes is a lot of things: Pirate, pitcher, son, Dirtbag (of the Long Beach State variety) ...

He also happens to be the only active MLB player who was born on July 4.

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Correa displays clutch gene in Fenway debut

Correa displays clutch gene in Fenway debut

BOSTON -- There's not much 20-year-old rookie phenom Carlos Correa can do anymore to surprise anyone, especially Astros manager A.J. Hinch and his teammates.

Correa continues to try to push the barrier of remarkable feats, though, and did so again in Friday's 12-8 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park when he bashed a temporary go-ahead home run in the eighth inning before driving in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the 10th.

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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.

Royals trip Twins in 10th for first walk-off win

Royals trip Twins in 10th for first walk-off win

KANSAS CITY -- Lorenzo Cain scored from third on an infield dribbler off the bat of Jarrod Dyson with one out in the 10th inning as the Royals earned a 3-2 walk-off win over the Twins on Friday night before 38,868 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer off pitcher Aaron Thompson. Mauer fired home, but the tag was late as Cain slid in headfirst to give Kansas City its first walk-off win of the season and first since last year's victory over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. 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.

Miller needs rehab appearance before return

Yankees reliever expects to pitch in at least one Minor League game

Miller needs rehab appearance before return

NEW YORK -- When he finally awakened following Friday's night's extra-innings win, Yankees reliever Andrew Miller headed to Yankee Stadium to throw long toss and a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning, the latest step in his rehab from a strained left flexor muscle.

"All things considered, how early it was after a late night, I'll take it, happy with it," Miller said. "Physically, I felt good."

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

Sanchez flirts with no-no, Tigers hold on vs. Jays

Sanchez flirts with no-no, Tigers hold on vs. Jays

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and a five-run fourth gave the Tigers a necessary cushion as they held on for an 8-6 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Comerica Park in a game the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera exited with a strained left calf.

Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera had a noteworthy performance, both in left field and at the plate. His throwing miscues on consecutive plays extended Detroit's big fourth inning. And, following a seven-pitch battle with Sanchez in the eighth, Carrera lined a single into left field to break up the no-hit bid with one out.

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Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Trevor Bauer imitates teammates' stances to draw a BB

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Trevor Bauer imitates teammates' stances to draw a BB

Trevor Bauer's third plate appearance during Friday's game against the Pirates looked awfully familiar. Either the Indians' batters were telepathically controlling their pitcher from the dugout, or Bauer decided to show off a few very accurate impressions at the plate. 

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Gio outpitches Peavy with help from homer

Gio outpitches Peavy with help from homer

WASHINGTON -- Left-hander Gio Gonzalez and right-hander Jake Peavy found themselves in a pitchers' duel Friday night at Nationals Park. When it was over, Gonzalez won the battle as the Nationals edged the Giants, 2-1.

After the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning on a Buster Posey home run, the Nationals answered back in the bottom of the inning, thanks to a two-run homer by Clint Robinson.

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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. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.