Dipoto decides to step down as Angels GM

Dipoto decides to step down as Angels GM

ANAHEIM -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to step down from his position on Wednesday, two days after a FoxSports.com report detailed friction between the front office and coaching staff, a source told MLB.com.

The Angels have not confirmed or commented on the matter and Dipoto has not responded to several requests seeking comment.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Bryant, Buxton or Correa? Execs make picks

Bryant, Buxton or Correa? Execs make picks

Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa entered 2015 ranked as MLBPipeline.com's top three prospects (in that order), then started the season in the Minors before their rejuvenated and contending parent clubs sent for them. Bryant got the call from the Cubs on April 17, Correa joined the Astros on June 8 and Buxton debuted with the Twins on June 14.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Today's starting lineups: July 1

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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Quiz time! Which MLB mascot are you?

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Quiz time! Which MLB mascot are you?

You know which baseball movie you're supposed to be in. You know which Opening Day starter you were. You even know which team you're supposed to root for. Now, it's time to answer the most important question of all: Which MLB mascot are you? 

Are you green and fuzzy? Do you have antennae? Is your head a giant baseball? Since you probably (hopefully) said no to all of these questions, we're here to make things easier. The external signs of your inner mascot aren't always there, but this quiz is. Good luck! 

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11 years ago, Jeter made his leap into the stands

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11 years ago, Jeter made his leap into the stands

It's not often that a regular season game -- especially in baseball, a marathon if there ever was one -- becomes a true classic, something that'll be talked about for years to come. But the showdown between the Yankees and Red Sox on July 1, 2004, managed to do just that, thanks to a rivalry at its peak, some of the game's biggest names, and a certain Captain's incredible dive into the crowd.

The Boston-New York rivalry had dominated the early 2000s, but in the summer of 2004, some began to wonder if the gap between the two was widening. The Yankees entered July 7.5 games up in the division, and the Red Sox turned to noted pinstripe killer Pedro Martinez to stave off a sweep and jumpstart their pennant drive. 

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Richard Justice

Altuve, Correa forming combo for the ages

Altuve, Correa forming combo for the ages

HOUSTON -- In less than a month, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa have become more than just teammates. They have adjoining lockers. They have lunch together and sometimes dinner. They talk constantly.

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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.

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.

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Anthony Castrovince

Castrovince: 5 potential pitchers for Cubs

Castrovince: 5 potential pitchers for Cubs

NEW YORK -- Joe Maddon hatched the idea on the bus ride to the airport. A phone call was placed, and, voila! A magician appeared in the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon.

"We're always trying to create some magic around here," Maddon explained to reporters, "so why not bring a magician in?"

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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.

Hanley returns from left hand injury

Hanigan rejoins Red Sox, but not activated yet

Hanley returns from left hand injury

TORONTO -- Hanley Ramirez was back in the Red Sox's lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays for the first time since he took a line drive off the left hand while running the bases last Wednesday. He had been coping with swelling associated with the hand bruise, which delayed his return, but he was good to go for the Canada Day matinee at Rogers Centre.

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

Cubans, Bahamian, Vlad Jr. headline July 2 list

Prospects from around the world to ink deals as international signing period opens Thursday

Cubans, Bahamian, Vlad Jr. headline July 2 list

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.

Monarchs, Mo'ne honored in Cincinnati

Monarchs, Mo'ne honored in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- The Anderson Monarchs, a barnstorming youth team from Philadelphia, continued their 23-day, 21-city tour on Wednesday with a stop in the Queen City.

The Monarchs, who feature 2014 Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis, were honored on the field before the rubber game between the Reds and Twins. Davis and a few of her teammates threw out the first pitches, before playing later at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy against players from the Six Men Tigers and Avondale A's.

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

Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

White Sox ace joins Martinez with eighth straight 10-plus-K effort

Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Sale, the pitcher, made history during the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday night at Busch Stadium by joining Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to strike out 10-plus in eight straight games.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robinson departs after being hit by pitch

Robinson departs after being hit by pitch

CINCINNATI -- Twins outfielder Shane Robinson left Wednesday's game against the Reds in the sixth inning after being hit near his left elbow by a 96-mph fastball from right-hander Johnny Cueto in the fifth. It was later announced he had a left elbow contusion.

Robinson, who started in left field, was hit near his left elbow in the top of the fifth. He was looked at by Twins manager Paul Molitor and trainer Dave Pruemer, and he remained in the game.

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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.

Santana's return has Twins weighing options

Among potential strategies is using six-man rotation until ASG break

Santana's return has Twins weighing options

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Ervin Santana is set to make his return from his 80-game suspension on Sunday against the Royals, and manager Paul Molitor said the Twins are weighing their rotation options.

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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.

Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

Second baseman tallies first such feat at Marlins Park

Inside-the-park, Dee-run homer jolts Giants

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

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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.

Closer Report: 14th edition, 2015

Closer Report: 14th edition, 2015

Seattle's ninth-inning situation

Many happy steps were danced around the country when it appeared that young Carson Smith would finally be taking over the ninth inning for the Mariners in place of Fernando Rodney. But things got dicey for Smith owners on Friday when Rodney got the nod in the ninth inning after Smith pitched the eighth. To Lloyd McClendon's credit, he explained that Smith was used because the meat of the Angels' order was coming up, and he wanted to use his best reliever in the biggest spot. With that being said, Seattle's skipper has made it very clear that he never anointed Smith as the new closer, and he wants to see Rodney retake the job at some point. I'd still expect Smith to hold down the job for the next week or so, but if Rodney can put together a strong run of outings as a setup man, look for him to take the job back sooner rather than later.

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Matt Collins is a contributor to 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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Iglesias on pace to return after All-Star break

After first successful rehab start, recovering pitcher slated for two more

Iglesias on pace to return after All-Star break

CINCINNATI -- The Reds got positive reports from Raisel Iglesias' first rehab start on Tuesday night, but they don't expect him to be activated until after the All-Star break. The club originally hoped he would be back a little sooner, but the timetable has Iglesias set for two more starts with Triple-A Louisville.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marshall plays catch, eyes return to bullpen

Lefty reliever encouraged by progress in recovery from shoulder surgery

Marshall plays catch, eyes return to bullpen

CINCINNATI -- It was nothing more than a simple game of catch on Wednesday morning. But to reliever Sean Marshall and the Reds, it meant a lot. It was the first time Marshall had thrown a baseball since he had shoulder surgery in May.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon 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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Tracy Ringolsby

Arenado proving he deserves All-Star nod

Rockies third baseman may not get fan vote, but his talent is on clear display

Arenado proving he deserves All-Star nod

Third baseman Nolan Arenado never said a word to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the National League All-Star manager, during the Rockies' three-game visit to AT&T Park last weekend. He did, however, make an All-Star statement that came through loud and clear.

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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.

Jennings returns; White Sox option Guerra

Jennings returns; White Sox option Guerra

The White Sox have activated reliever Dan Jennings from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Junior Guerra to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced Wednesday.

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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.

Keuchel turns in impressive All-Star audition

Keuchel turns in impressive All-Star audition

HOUSTON -- Though he's constantly reminded about the growing list of accolades he's accruing, ace Dallas Keuchel maintains none of it matters.

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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.

Fill-in Montgomery now part of Seattle history

Lefty joins Unit, Garcia, Langston as Mariners pitchers to throw back-to-back shutouts

Fill-in Montgomery now part of Seattle history

SAN DIEGO -- Since being called up four weeks ago to fill in for the injured James Paxton, rookie southpaw Mike Montgomery has opened eyes for the Mariners. But the 25-year-old took it to another level on Tuesday as he allowed just one hit and threw his second straight shutout, this one a 5-0 blanking of the Padres at Petco Park.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salvy Perez 'joins' #VoteAltuve movement

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Salvy Perez 'joins' #VoteAltuve movement

After a breakout 2014 season, Jose Altuve is having another fantastic year. He leads the league in steals, is third among second baseman in hits and fourth in runs. He also does things like this sometimes because he wants to and he's a professional baseball player and you can't do anything about it.

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Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

Pujols ties Angels record with 13th HR in June

ANAHEIM -- Albert Pujols tied the Angels' record for most home runs in a month with his 13th long ball in June Tuesday night. The home run was the front end of back-to-back jacks by Pujols and Erick Aybar leading off the sixth inning of the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Yankees at Angel Stadium.

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David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. 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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Barry M. Bloom

Grandal paying major dividends for Dodgers

Los Angeles getting the best of the deal that sent Kemp to San Diego

Grandal paying major dividends for Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The big offseason trade that sent Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres has been turned upside down and analyzed from the San Diego end. But Los Angeles has also been a big beneficiary of the Dec. 18 deal.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Mitch Moreland cracked a small smile as he rounded third base for the second time in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over 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.

Stellar Zimmermann leads Nats over Braves

Stellar Zimmermann leads Nats over Braves

ATLANTA -- It did not take the Nationals long to extend their dominance of the Braves and halt the struggles they have had against Shelby Miller. A four-run first inning provided Jordan Zimmermann more than enough support as he led Washington to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Posey flashes hustle, might vs. Marlins

Giants star homers, legs out double, scores on wild pitch

Posey flashes hustle, might vs. Marlins

MIAMI -- Buster Posey maintained the run production that has distinguished his June performance, though he added another dimension to his dynamic offense Tuesday in the Giants' 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

His legs.

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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.