Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Washington sends prospect Pivetta to Philly, agrees to terms with veteran for 2016 as well

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

MIAMI -- The Nationals acquired Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday night in exchange for prospect Nick Pivetta, the team announced. The Nats also agreed to terms with Papelbon for next season.

Pivetta, the No. 12 Nats prospect according to MLB.com, was a combined 7-6 with a 3.02 ERA for Class A Advanced Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.

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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.

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

Rangers, Dodgers remain frontrunners, with Giants reportedly intensifying efforts

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Nationals, but what about Cole Hamels?

Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that Hamels is expected to be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, although nothing is imminent. But the Phillies moved Hamels' scheduled start from Thursday to Friday, which erases any risk of a freak injury and allows the acquiring team to pitch him almost immediately.

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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.

Angels acquire outfielders DeJesus, Murphy

Angels acquire outfielders DeJesus, Murphy

HOUSTON -- The Angels acquired a couple of left-handed-hitting outfielders on Tuesday, getting David Murphy from the Indians and David DeJesus from the Rays.

In exchange for DeJesus, the Angels sent low-level Minor League right-hander Eduar Lopez to the Rays. The team has yet to announce the acquisition of Murphy, but multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com that Double-A shortstop Eric Stamets is headed to the Indians.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tulo turns attention to Toronto and the future

Tulo turns attention to Toronto and the future

CHICAGO -- Troy Tulowitzki admitted feeling "somewhat blindsided" when the Rockies traded him on Monday night, but he is turning his attention to a Blue Jays team that did its homework and considers him part of what it hopes is a playoff run.

"It's mixed emotions -- sad, excited, kind of like getting drafted all over again," said Tulowitzki, who as a rookie in 2007 contributed to a Rockies team that went to the World Series and later developed into one of the game's best shortstops. "It's like the big league debut. I didn't sleep at all last night, and I didn't sleep before my big league debut. It's tough, but all I can do is look forward and keep doing what I do, and things will work out."

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals make another splash with Zobrist deal

Oakland receives two pitchers, including highly regarded lefty Manaea

Royals make another splash with Zobrist deal

CLEVELAND -- If there was any doubt of Royals general manager Dayton Moore's conviction about returning his team to the World Series, that should have been removed with his second major trade in three days.

On Sunday, the Royals acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto from the Reds to solidify the rotation. On Tuesday, Moore dealt for Oakland's super utility player Ben Zobrist in exchange for pitching prospects Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.

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

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

Mets reliever missed 80 games earlier this season because of PEDs

Mejia suspended 162 games for positive test

NEW YORK -- In a "shock" that could spell the end of his Mets career, relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 162 games for a second positive performance-enhancing drug test, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. His suspension is effective immediately.

Mejia, 25, had not allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this season, almost exclusively in a setup role. He returned July 7 after missing 80 games for his first positive PED test.

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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.

What ramifications will Tulowitzki trade have for Blue Jays?

What ramifications will Tulowitzki trade have for Blue Jays?

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off another shocking trade early Tuesday morning, a deal that brought five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto in exchange for Jose Reyes and a package of top prospects.

The magnitude of this deal is nothing short of stunning and will cause ripple effects through the Blue Jays' organization -- not only for this season, but also for years to come. Its impact will be felt in many ways, and the trade creates a lot of questions about where Toronto will go from here.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

Seager on Buxton's heels in new Top 100

It has been a season of change in the prospect world.

The sheer number of elite-level prospects who have gone on to bigger and better things at the Major League level may seem astounding. But one thing hasn't changed: Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is still our No. 1 prospect.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: July 28

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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Anthony Castrovince

Trades have Royals in driver's seat

Trades have Royals in driver's seat

CLEVELAND -- Before this week, the Kansas City Royals could return to the World Series. Now they should return to the World Series. Before, they might win the title. Now, they'd better win the title. 

Those are the noteworthy nuances we're dealing with here, in the wake of the bold bids for Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist. When a small-market club sells off a significant section of the farm system for a couple of robust rentals, it has publicly forfeited any "aw shucks, it would be nice to win one" slogan it might have once abided by, and instead embraced the "World Series or bust" feel that, fair or not, will define its identity for the next three months.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers' trade talks revolve around pitching

Club will stick with regular rotation unless deal is made

Rangers' trade talks revolve around pitching

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers continue to have conversations with other teams as Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, and starting pitching remains a prime topic of conversation.

There is still a possibility the Rangers could get Cole Hamels from the Phillies, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross from the Padres or somebody else. But until they do, the plan is for them to keep the rotation the way it is right now.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Royals acquired five-players-in-one with Ben Zobrist

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Royals acquired five-players-in-one with Ben Zobrist

Last year, as the Royals were making their push to the postseason, there were all sorts of rumors about the players Dayton Moore might acquire -- Ken Griffey Jr. in his prime, Optimus Prime, also in his prime, etc. In the end, the Royals picked up Erik Kratz, a useful backup catcher (who received zero playing time in the postseason) and some power for the bench in Josh Willingham. Fine pieces both, but not the kind of thing that makes AL competition begin quaking or causes NL teams to say things like, "You know, let's just cancel the World Series this year. Hear there's a lot of good HBO shows on in October."

Not so this year. Just two days after acquiring the Reds ace, Johnny Cueto, Moore was at it again, picking up Ben Zobrist from the Athletics in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks and southpaw Sean Manaea. 

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Paul Hagen

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With the final cheers still ringing in the ears of the newest Hall of Famers -- Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz -- and the last fans filtering out of town after another successful Induction Weekend, speculation inevitably turns to who might receive baseball's ultimate honor next July.

With a group of first-time eligibles led by Ken Griffey Jr. and holdovers Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all on the ballot again after receiving more than half the votes (but less than the required 75 percent) in last year's election, there's a chance the Class of 2016 could be impressive as well.

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

Will Blue Jays deal for pitching before Deadline?

Will Blue Jays deal for pitching before Deadline?

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made a potent lineup even better by acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a blockbuster trade with the Rockies on Tuesday morning, but the pitching staff remains an area of weakness that will have to be addressed prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has openly talked about his desire to upgrade the rotation, but time is starting to run out. Anthopoulos has three days left to acquire at least one pitcher prior to Friday's 4 p.m. ET Deadline, but he does have the luxury of shopping in a market that's still flush with arms.

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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.

Ausmus optimistic on Miggy's progression

Ausmus optimistic on Miggy's progression

ST. PETERSBURG -- While scouts flocked to Tropicana Field to watch David Price pitch Tuesday in his final start before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, Miguel Cabrera took another day of batting practice before the game, three-and-a-half weeks since he strained his left calf and landed on the disabled list. How quickly the Tigers can expect him to return could have an impact on the team's decision with Price for the stretch.

The way Cabrera is progressing, manager Brad Ausmus is optimistic he could be back sooner rather than later.

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

Blue Jays eye present, future with Tulo trade

Toronto parts with Reyes, three pitching prospects in deal for shortstop, reliever Hawkins

Blue Jays eye present, future with Tulo trade

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos doubled down early Tuesday morning by pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Rockies for All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but make no mistake, the move was as much about the future as it was a run at the postseason.

Tulowitzki is under club control through the 2021 season, and he is now part of a long-term core that includes third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Russell Martin. None of those three players can be eligible for free agency until at least after the 2018 season, and all could be around long after the contracts of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion eventually expire.

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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.

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Alyson Footer

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

Poll of media members would send Griffey, Bagwell, Piazza to Cooperstown

How will Hall's Class of 2016 shape up?

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Spirited debates about the Hall of Fame are as much a part of our everyday baseball-loving lives as 7:05 starts and rain delays. So we figure, with the recent conclusion of induction weekend, why not keep the conversation going?

Let's take a look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class, which will consist of one first-ballot no-doubter and several others who may gain enough traction for entry in 2016. We polled dozen of reporters, experts and analysts from MLB.com and MLB Network -- some of whom do have voting privileges through the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and others who are non-voters but nonetheless experts -- to give us their hypothetical 2016 HOF class.

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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.

Cueto appreciates regal welcome from Royals

Cueto appreciates regal welcome from Royals

CLEVELAND -- When newly acquired right-hander Johnny Cueto drove here from Cincinnati on Tuesday morning and arrived at the Royals' team hotel, there was a welcoming committee of players and staffers waiting for him.

And that clearly impressed Cueto, who was given a crown to wear, and he quickly tweeted out a picture of that image.

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

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Phil Rogers

Top 5 trade destinations for Upton

Orioles perhaps best fit for slugging outfielder; Astros might make splash

Top 5 trade destinations for Upton

Left field can be the bus terminal of positions in the Major Leagues. That's certainly been the case for the Orioles this season, but it would take only one trade to end the shuffling of faces and upgrade the lineup.

The Padres' Justin Upton looks like the perfect piece for the Orioles, sort of like he did for the Angels, whose general manager, Bill Stoneman, acquired Shane Victorino instead. So with the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, it would seem Upton is there to be taken for Baltimore, which makes all the sense in the world.

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

Wright takes grounders, hits at Citi Field

Tuesday marks third baseman's first time working out at ballpark since April

Wright takes grounders, hits at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- David Wright emerged from Citi Field's home clubhouse Tuesday and back-slapped a security guard, asking about all that's new. He inquired about radio broadcaster Howie Rose and glad-handed so many others -- happy, clearly, just to be present again.

This was the start of something fresh: Wright's first day working out at Citi Field since April. Though Tuesday was not his first foray into baseball activities -- Wright threw, took ground balls and hit -- since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May, it was his first time performing a full range of them on Major League turf.

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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.

With Deadline looming, O's surveying landscape

With Deadline looming, O's surveying landscape

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays made headlines early Tuesday morning by acquiring All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins in a trade with the Rockies, but manager Buck Showalter didn't have much to say on the moves by the Orioles' competition.

"They're giving up some really good players for these guys," Showalter said of the recent trades, including the Royals getting Ben Zobrist and the Blue Jays' moves. "The people Toronto gave up to Colorado [headlined by shortstop Jose Reyes], that's a good trade for both teams. But Toronto's got a lot of players that are attractive down below."

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout sits, sent for MRI on sore left wrist

Trout sits, sent for MRI on sore left wrist

HOUSTON -- Mike Trout was absent from the Angels' lineup on Tuesday night and was sent in for an MRI on his sore left wrist, which he injured while making a diving attempt in Sunday's fourth inning.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't have any results pregame, but said the club is "hopeful" that Trout will avoid his first ever stint on the disabled list.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor roundup: More waves after Tulo splash

Astros, Rangers, Giants make push for Hamels; Rox may move CarGo next

Rumor roundup: More waves after Tulo splash

The Blue Jays pulled off the biggest surprise of the Trade Deadline season late Monday night, when news surfaced of a deal with the Rockies for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The trade, officially announced Tuesday morning, will bring Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for shortstop Jose Reyes and three right-handed pitching prospects.

But there is plenty of time remaining for more bombshells to drop before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Deadline. Here is a look at the latest news and rumors.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reunion with Reyes not part of Mets' agenda

Shortstop traded from Toronto to Colorado; New York won't be landing spot for flip

Reunion with Reyes not part of Mets' agenda

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes still keeps his offseason home on Long Island, less than two dozen miles from Citi Field. But he won't be making that commute anytime soon.

CBS Sports was first to report that the Mets have no interest in reacquiring Reyes, despite his purported availability on the trade market. In a stunning deal early Tuesday morning, the Blue Jays sent Reyes and prospects to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. Since that time, rumors have abounded that Colorado will look to flip Reyes and the more than $55 million he is guaranteed through 2017.

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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.

Myers to avoid swinging due to soreness

Padres outfielder to be re-examined next week after rehab shut down

Myers to avoid swinging due to soreness

NEW YORK -- Shut down from a rehab program that saw him hitting off the tee as recently as Friday, outfielder Wil Myers won't swing for five or six days after an examination of his injured left wrist revealed little more than "general soreness," assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. said Tuesday.

Myers will continue therapy and be re-examined early next week, after which it will be determined if he can resume baseball activities. The Padres were hopeful Myers could rejoin the team on this current 10-game road trip, which began Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field. That looks unlikely now, as San Diego pledged to be careful with Myers following this minor setback from June wrist surgery.

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Joe Trezza 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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Jonathan Mayo

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Club lands 3 right-handers who could have strong showing on top prospect list

Hoffman leads Rockies' haul from Tulo trade

Over the years, the Colorado Rockies have, at times, struggled to find pitching. On Monday night, by trading Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rockies added three top-prospect-type arms in their continued attempt to develop pitching from within. How long Jose Reyes is with Colorado appears up in the air, so let's focus on the young pitchers who are a part of the franchise's future.

Jeff Hoffman is at the top of the list. Hoffman was No. 3 on the Blue Jays' Top 30 at the time of the trade, and No. 69 on the Top 100. Hoffman immediately becomes the Rockies' second-best pitching prospect behind Jon Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft. The East Carolina star was the ninth overall selection of the 2014 Draft, but Hoffman was just getting back to the mound following his Tommy John surgery from May of last year.

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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.

Source: Tribe deals vet Murphy to Angels

Shortstop prospect Stamets reportedly heading to Cleveland to complete deal

Source: Tribe deals vet Murphy to Angels

CLEVELAND -- With the Indians sitting in the American League Central cellar, the club had to approach Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline with an eye both on this year and the future. With veteran David Murphy not a part of the long-term plans, the Tribe pulled its first deal of trade season on Tuesday.

Multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com that the Angels were on the verge of acquiring Murphy from the Indians, who scratched the outfielder from Tuesday's lineup against the Royals. Cleveland will receive Double-A shortstop Eric Stamets in exchange for Murphy.

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

Bartolo's academy features a Bartolo statue

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Bartolo's academy features a Bartolo statue

There is one place that is even better than Hogwarts. And that place is Bartolo Colon's baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. Rather than a cloak and a wand though, you get something much better -- BC40 hats and T-shirts. 

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