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.

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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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

10 teams to watch as Trade Deadline nears

10 teams to watch as Trade Deadline nears

Oakland general manager Billy Beane was center stage leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline last season.

He could be the man in the middle of activity again this year -- only from a different angle.

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

Padres hand Cardinals fourth straight loss

Padres hand Cardinals fourth straight loss

ST. LOUIS -- Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko delivered a game-tying home run and the game-winning single to send San Diego to a 2-1 win over St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium. St. Louis has now lost four straight, its longest losing streak of the season.

Gyorko took Cards starter Michael Wacha deep in the seventh for his third home run of the season and then stepped to the plate against Trevor Rosenthal after Yangervis Solarte's one-out triple in the ninth. Rosenthal, who hadn't been scored upon since May 3, served up the RBI single on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.

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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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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.

Brewers slug 3 homers en route to 6th straight win

Brewers slug 3 homers en route to 6th straight win

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers continued a recent trend of beating up opposing pitching when they roughed up the Reds on Friday night at Great American Ball Park. A 12-1 victory extended Milwaukee's season-high winning streak to six games.

On the heels of scoring 28 runs during a four-game sweep at Philadelphia, the Brewers jumped on Reds rookie starter Michael Lorenzen quickly. Gerardo Parra led off the top of the first inning with a home run to right field. Following two more hits in the first, Adam Lind's RBI groundout made it 2-0. Aramis Ramirez led off the second inning with a first-pitch homer to left and Milwaukee added two more runs in the fifth off of reliever Nate Adcock. The rout was on when Carlos Gomez added a grand slam in the seventh against Carlos Contreras.

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Miggy suffers left calf strain, to undergo MRI

Miggy suffers left calf strain, to undergo MRI

DETROIT -- What was already a rough stretch for the Tigers became potentially much worse in Friday night's 8-6 win when Miguel Cabrera limped off the field with what the team said was a left calf strain in the fourth inning of their series opener against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park.

Cabrera will undergo an MRI exam to determine the extent of the damage, the Tigers announced.

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Uribe decides Braves-Phils duel with one mighty slash

Uribe decides Braves-Phils duel with one mighty slash

The Braves entered Friday's series opener with the Phillies as Major League Baseball's worst home run hitting team, but the long ball proved to be the difference as Jonny Gomes and Juan Uribe both connected off of Phillies starter Adam Morgan to lead Atlanta to a 2-1 win.

The homers backed up yet another solid Turner Field performance from Julio Teheran, who allowed just one unearned run over seven innings. Teheran was far from flawless, as he worked around Philadelphia baserunners throughout the evening, but still managed to lower his home ERA to 2.04.

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Todd Zolecki has been the Phillies beat reporter for MLB.com since 2009, and has been covering the Phillies since 2003.

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Collins' job is safe, Alderson says

Despite Mets' recent skid, managerial change has not been considered

Collins' job is safe, Alderson says

LOS ANGELES -- Despite the Mets' disappointing play in recent weeks, dropping from 10 games over .500 in late April to exactly .500 at the start of play Friday, team leaders have given "absolutely no consideration" to making a managerial change, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

When asked directly if Terry Collins should be concerned, Alderson said flatly: "No."

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Danks' 7 shutout frames lift White Sox past O's

Danks' 7 shutout frames lift White Sox past O's

CHICAGO -- John Danks ended a personal four-game losing streak and extended the White Sox winning streak to three straight in pitching the South Siders to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles before 27,384 Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Danks worked seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out five, before giving way to Jake Petricka in the eighth and David Robertson in the ninth.

The only run of the game scored in the third when Jose Abreu opened the frame with his 14th home run and 44th RBI. Abreu connected on an 0-2 fastball from Ubaldo Jimenez and crushed a low line drive over the right-field wall.

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Gio unfazed by long layoff in beating Giants

Nationals lefty allows just Posey's solo homer over seven stellar innings

Gio unfazed by long layoff in beating Giants

WASHINGTON -- Gio Gonzalez's start last Saturday in Philadelphia won't show up in any record books. It lasted 18 pitches and, with the game being postponed after a little more than one inning due to rain, officially, it never happened.

So, with 10 days between starts, Gonzalez's seven innings of one-run ball against San Francisco in Washington's 2-1 win Friday night is all the more impressive.

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Corbin to make first start since 2013 Saturday

'I know I'm ready,' D-backs lefty says of return from Tommy John

Corbin to make first start since 2013 Saturday

PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin will take the hill Saturday night against the Rockies in the left-hander's first Major League regular-season start since Sept. 27, 2013.

Corbin, who was scheduled to be the D-backs Opening Day starter in 2014, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his final Spring Training start and underwent Tommy John surgery. He was initially scheduled to make his fifth rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Reno, but the team decided instead to start him Saturday in the big leagues.

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A more upbeat Wright visits Mets in L.A.

Mets third baseman does not have timetable for return

A more upbeat Wright visits Mets in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Smiling, laughing, joking -- "that joyful sound" back in his voice, as Terry Collins put it -- the David Wright who appeared at Dodger Stadium on Friday hardly resembled the version who first visited his teammates a month ago in San Diego. But an underlying sense of uncertainty continues to surround Wright and his return from spinal stenosis.

"We're getting down to the second half of the season now," the Mets third baseman said. "I feel like I've got one shot to get this right."

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Ailing Gray to avoid stint on disabled list

Right-hander may make next start against Yankees next week

Ailing Gray to avoid stint on disabled list

OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray celebrated the news that he could eat meat again in a way many people his age would.

He ate Chipotle.

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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.

Bour shows value with 4th HR in past 4 games

Solo shot in sixth inning provides decisive run in victory over Cubs

Bour shows value with 4th HR in past 4 games

CHICAGO -- Another day, another Justin Bour blast.

For the fourth straight game, Bour belted a home run, which not only matched a Marlins record. The latest drive, a laser off Jason Hammel in the sixth inning on Friday, lifted Miami to a 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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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.

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Jim Duquette

5 trade candidates who could be bargains

5 trade candidates who could be bargains

Since the creation of the second Wild Card in 2012, we've seen an increase in the number of teams with legitimate postseason aspirations. As a result, Major League Baseball has encountered strong sellers' markets around the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadlines in recent years.

This year, the price tags -- in terms of money and prospects -- will be steep for some of the available talent. And teams could have high-end options available for virtually every type of roster hole.

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Injured Springer ready to support teammates

Injured Springer ready to support teammates

BOSTON -- Astros outfielder George Springer walked from the clubhouse to the field about two hours prior to Friday's game at Fenway Park while singing in unison with teammate Jose Altuve. Springer is out for six weeks with a fractured right wrist, but his large presence on the team remains.

Wearing a soft cast that bore the signature of several of his teammates and manager A.J. Hinch, Springer spoke about the disappointment of not being able to play, noting that it's important he travels with the club to show his support for his teammates.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. 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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Heady play: Ortiz breaks up DP with helmet

Heady play: Ortiz breaks up DP with helmet

BOSTON -- There are plenty of reasons batters wear helmets on the basepaths, and Friday night's game between the Astros and Red Sox at Fenway Park provided another prime example -- one that also kept a key inning alive for Boston.

In the fifth, Sox slugger David Ortiz found himself advancing to second base after Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to third, which was fielded cleanly by Luis Valbuena and thrown to second for the forceout. As Jose Altuve tried to turn the a double play, however, Houston's talented but diminutive second baseman failed to account for one important factor: The prodigious size that earned Ortiz the nickname "Big Papi."

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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.

Yanks, A-Rod resolve statistical bonus matter

Four charities will receive total of $3.5 million

Yanks, A-Rod resolve statistical bonus matter

The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have resolved the issue regarding bonuses under the provision of his contract related to historic statistical accomplishments.

The two parties agreed that $3.5 million will go to charities. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa and Pitch In For Baseball will receive donations totaling $1 million and the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation will receive $2.5 million.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. 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.

Reddick, Melvin clear up miscommunication

Reddick, Melvin clear up miscommunication

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Josh Reddick said he spoke to manager Bob Melvin about the candid remarks he made in a radio interview Thursday that suggested the front office, specifically general manager Billy Beane, is restricting his playing time against left-handers despite Melvin's desire to keep him in the lineup regardless.

Talking with A's broadcaster Ray Fosse on 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Reddick said, "I know Bob's in there fighting for me. The other day I was supposed to play against [Jorge] De La Rosa, and Bob texts me at around 1:30 and told me he had been 'trumped,' was the word he used. I understood right away. I know it's not Bob."

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Harrison to make first start since May 2014

Returning from spinal fusion surgery, Rangers lefty 'excited' to face D-backs on Tuesday

Harrison to make first start since May 2014

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is expected to make his return to the Major Leagues on Tuesday when he starts against the D-backs. It will be his first start since in the Majors since May 13, 2014.

"I'm excited," Harrison said. "It has been a long road to get back to this point. A lot of people helped me along the way. It is amazing to be at this point. I'm excited to get back on a Major League mound. I have to control my emotions as best as I can."

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FBI concludes investigation on Astros breach

Organization reportedly recommends charges against at least one Cards employee

FBI concludes investigation on Astros breach

ST. LOUIS -- The FBI's investigation into an unauthorized entry into the Houston Astros' database has concluded, and federal investigators have recommended that at least one Cardinals employee be charged, CNN reported on Friday. The report did not identify that employee.

The Cardinals have been under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for several months regarding the matter. According to The New York Times, which broke the story on June 16, evidence was found that at least one Cardinals employee illegally accessed a database that contained internal discussions of trades and scouting reports.

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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.

Baseball a 'haven' for Axford in return to Rox

Baseball a 'haven' for Axford in return to Rox

PHOENIX -- Forget whatever pressure is supposed to come with pitching in the ninth, or any other inning. Rockies closer John Axford finds pitching relaxing.

Axford returned to the team Friday after being away for three days to attend to what he called a matter that is "private with our family." Axford emphasized that his 3-year-old son Jameson, bitten by a rattlesnake during Spring Training, continues to recover and the absence was not because of a health concern.

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Facing Bucs sparks memories for Francona

Manager grew up near Pittsburgh, appreciates city

Facing Bucs sparks memories for Francona

PITTSBURGH -- Before 10 years as a Major League player and 13 managerial seasons, Terry Francona recalls spending Opening Day in the seats of old Three Rivers Stadium.

"My mom would let me out on Opening Day when I was old enough drive," Francona said while sitting in the away dugout of PNC Park.

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

Sabathia pushed back, to start Wednesday

Yanks lefty fine physically, but will work on some things during 'pen sessions

Sabathia pushed back, to start Wednesday

NEW YORK -- The Yankees decided to give veteran lefty CC Sabathia a few more days off before he makes his next start. Sabathia is now scheduled to pitch next week against the A's, instead of this weekend against the Rays.

That means Sabathia will take the mound Wednesday after eight days of rest, something manager Joe Girardi said will give him the chance to throw extra bullpen sessions to continue to work on his pitches. Sabathia's last start was June 29 against the Angels, when he gave up four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings.

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Grace Raynor is an associate 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

Thursday marked the start of the 2015-16 international signing period, a day when some of the best teenage prospects in the world signed with teams and took huge steps toward fulfilling their Major League dreams.

The Dodgers, as expected, made the biggest splash when the market officially opened, agreeing to terms with two of the top five prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, including a $16 million deal with 19-year-old Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez. They also landed the No. 5 prospect on the list, Starling Heredia, and are thought to be in contention for top-ranked 20-year-old Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez, who isn't expected to sign until later in the month.

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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.

Utley eyeing late July return

Phillies second baseman hoping to test lingering ankle injury on field next weekend

Utley eyeing late July return

ATLANTA -- Chase Utley is hopeful he can be back on the field before the end of the month.

The Phillies second baseman received a cortisone injection in his right ankle June 24, a day after he landed on the 15-day disabled list.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.