Dee motors to inside-the-park homer

Second baseman tallies first such feat at Marlins Park

Dee motors to inside-the-park homer

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

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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.

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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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Hamilton returns for first game in a month

Rangers will monitor health of outfielder, who still feels injured left hamstring

Hamilton returns for first game in a month

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 is batting fifth and playing left field in Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

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

Cain, Peavy officially scheduled for MLB starts

Veterans to return from disabled list, face Marlins, Nationals

Cain, Peavy officially scheduled for MLB starts

MIAMI -- The crucial trial period for Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, which has been in the conceptual stages for months, finally became imminent Tuesday when Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced the veteran right-handers will make their comeback starts Thursday and Friday, respectively.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mackanin will manage Phils for rest of season

Interim skipper's priority in line with Amaro's to develop young players

Mackanin will manage Phils for rest of season

PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday that the Phillies will retain Pete Mackanin as interim manager through the rest of the season.

Mackanin took over as interim manager Friday after former manager Ryne Sandberg resigned from his post. At the time, Amaro and team president Pat Gillick said that Mackanin would hold the post at least through the homestand before a decision on the rest of the season was made. Now, with the security of 83 more games to manage, Mackanin said he will be able to do what he and Amaro feel is best for the organization.

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Marlins mulling rotation mix with Fernandez

Miami plans to stick with five starters; Nicolino sent down as Morris returns

Marlins mulling rotation mix with Fernandez

MIAMI -- The anticipated return of Jose Fernandez gives the Marlins a bona fide ace, but it also means more decisions must be made regarding the rest of the rotation.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: June 30

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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Freeman likely out through All-Star break

While first baseman is eligible to return Friday, Braves remain cautious

Freeman likely out through All-Star break

ATLANTA -- When Freddie Freeman was placed on the disabled list, the Braves knew there was a chance he would be sidelined through the All-Star break. One week later, this possibility is looking more like a probability.

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Magic touch? Maddon keeps things light

Magic touch? Maddon keeps things light

NEW YORK -- Turns out baseball magic is more than just a cliché. On Monday when the Cubs arrived in New York, manager Joe Maddon turned myth into reality by bringing in an actual magician to perform for his struggling club.

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Hanley takes BP, progressing with injury

Castillo joins club in case outfielder sustains setback

Hanley takes BP, progressing with injury

TORONTO -- Hanley Ramirez took batting practice Tuesday ahead of the Red Sox-Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre, indicating the injured outfielder is a step closer to returning to the lineup. As insurance, the club called up Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket on a one-day basis, meaning he could be with the team without being added to the roster, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

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A's scratch ill Gray; Bassitt gets the start

A's scratch ill Gray; Bassitt gets the start

A's pitcher Sonny Gray was scratched from his Tuesday start because of illness.

The 25-year-old right-hander has been one of the best starters in the Majors this season, going 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts.

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

In final days, many ASG races up for grabs

Donaldson, Cruz take leads; Frazier, Altuve narrowly trail leaders

In final days, many ASG races up for grabs

Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz have taken leads at their positions, Omar Infante and Jose Altuve are still in a close race, Todd Frazier is making a strong bid to be a hometown starter, and both outfields are far from decided as voting via the thrilling 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot heads toward its finish at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Sent down, Gallo takes lessons back to Minors

Sent down, Gallo takes lessons back to Minors

BALTIMORE -- Joey Gallo's time in the big leagues is over for now, but he will certainly be back.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect according to MLB.com, was originally called up from Double-A Frisco on June 2 out of necessity, with Adrian Beltre going on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Gallo ended up playing 25 games with Texas, batting .218 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

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Matz back to business after surreal debut

Matz back to business after surreal debut

NEW YORK -- Like everyone else, Mets rookie Steven Matz saw the video of his grandfather, who became an Internet sensation for his fanaticism -- going as far as to smack himself repeatedly on his own head -- during Matz's big league debut Sunday at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmerman, Rendon continue to progress

First baseman completes full workout while second baseman takes BP

Zimmerman, Rendon continue to progress

ATLANTA -- Ryan Zimmerman completed a full workout in Potomac, Va., today with the Nationals Class A Advanced affiliate, while Anthony Rendon is limited to batting practice and is still a few days away from running and taking ground balls.

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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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Friars place Spangenberg on DL, recall Gyorko

Friars place Spangenberg on DL, recall Gyorko

The Padres have placed infielder Cory Spangenberg on the 15-day disabled list and recalled infielder Jedd Gyorko from Triple-A El Paso.

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

Danks: Disappointing season can turn around

Danks: Disappointing season can turn around

ST. LOUIS -- Nobody has more White Sox service time on the current roster than starting pitcher John Danks. And on Tuesday evening, prior to the series opener at Busch Stadium, Danks spoke like a player who has seen it all in a conversation with MLB.com about the disappointment of the season to date.

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Feldman, Marisnick prepping for rehab stints

Feldman, Marisnick prepping for rehab stints

HOUSTON -- An overcrowded Astros disabled list may soon be thinning as Scott Feldman and Jake Marisnick should both make rehab starts by the weekend, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

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Red Sox agree with 1st-rounder Benintendi

Red Sox agree with 1st-rounder Benintendi

The Red Sox have signed their first-round Draft pick, Andrew Benintendi, the club announced Tuesday night.

Benintendi and the Red Sox agreed on a signing bonus of $3,590,400, which was the full slot value for the No. 7 overall pick.

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Son of 'Pudge' flirts with no-no in front of dad

Rodriguez goes 6 1/3 innings before allowing a hit in fourth career start

Son of 'Pudge' flirts with no-no in front of dad

The stars nearly aligned for Dereck Rodriguez -- son of the former 14-time All-Star catcher, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez -- on Monday.

With his dad in the crowd, the Rookie League Elizabethton hurler didn't allow a hit until he gave up a single to Bristol's Carlos Munoz with one out in the seventh. He worked around the base hit and finished with seven strikeouts vs. just one walk over seven shutout innings as the E-Twins blanked the Pirates, 6-0.

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McKenzie fulfills 'dream-like moment' by signing with Tribe

17-year-old right-hander taken 42nd overall as comp pick

McKenzie fulfills 'dream-like moment' by signing with Tribe

ST. PETERSBURG -- Triston McKenzie stood up from the bench in the visitors' dugout at Tropicana Field, surveyed the field and flashed a smile. After signing his first professional contract with the Indians on Tuesday, the young pitcher was trying to soak in his Major League surroundings.

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Will Cesar stick at 2B when Utley returns?

Hernandez has played well in veteran's absence

Will Cesar stick at 2B when Utley returns?

PHILADELPHIA -- Now that Pete Mackanin is the Phillies' interim manager the remainder of the season, he will be making some important decisions the rest of the way.

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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.

Morris back from DL; Morse slightly delayed

Marlins first baseman likely to return for Cubs series; Nicolino sent down

Morris back from DL; Morse slightly delayed

MIAMI -- With two Major League starts under his belt, Miami rookie Justin Nicolino was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans prior to Tuesday's series opener vs. the Giants at Marlins Park, while reliever Bryan Morris returned to the club from the 15-day disabled list.

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Webster optioned as D-backs recall Stites

Webster optioned as D-backs recall Stites

The D-backs recalled right-hander Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Allen Webster to Reno, the club announced Tuesday.

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Iglesias contributes heavily from No. 9 spot

One of Tigers' leaders in batting average, OBP remains at bottom of order

Iglesias contributes heavily from No. 9 spot

DETROIT -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was batting .330 entering Tuesday, the second-highest average on the team. He boasted a .384 on-base percentage and just 21 strikeouts this season. Yet, in almost every game, he has hit ninth in the order.

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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.

Cole finds comfort as the Cy Young slayer

Ace will face fellow strikeout artist Verlander in Pirates-Tigers series opener

Cole finds comfort as the Cy Young slayer

PITTSBURGH -- Back during Gerrit Cole's 2013 Major League infancy, before he'd established any discernible identity (aside from the celebrity of being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft), just to clue in the sort of pitcher they were talking about, some journalists referred to him as "Gerrit Verlander." You know, comfortably in the mid-90s and able to dial it up to triple digits when needed in the later innings.

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Fred Zinkie

Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat

Best of Fantasy411 Twitter chat

MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat at @Fantasy411 on Tuesday. Check out the chat transcript below, and follow the @Fantasy411 Twitter handle and MLB.com's fantasy home. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity.

@jcsaravia05: Who should I keep: Trevor Plouffe, Joey Gallo or Justin Turner?

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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.

Rays sign first-round Draft pick Whitley

18-year-old outfielder gets full slot value of $2,962,100 as No. 13 selection

Rays sign first-round Draft pick Whitley

ST. PETERSBURG -- Garrett Whitley's life has been a whirlwind since the Rays selected him with the No. 13 pick overall, in the 2015 Draft.

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