Rangers activate Hamilton; Gallo to Triple-A

Rangers activate Hamilton; Gallo to Triple-A

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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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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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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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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Key things to watch for in today's games

Estrada faces Red Sox after 2 near no-nos; AL division leaders meet in Houston

Key things to watch for in today's games

After just nine games on Monday, all 30 teams are back in action today for a full slate.

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Richard Justice

Keuchel reaping rewards of Astros' success

After years below .500, Houston ace and Co. enjoy the view from the top

Keuchel reaping rewards of Astros' success

HOUSTON -- When Dallas Keuchel discusses his emergence as one of baseball's best pitchers, there are times when he simply stops and tries to put the whole crazy ride into context.

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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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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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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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Red Sox agree with 1st-rounder Benintendi

Red Sox agree with 1st-rounder Benintendi

The Red Sox have agreed to terms with their first-round Draft pick, Andrew Benintendi, MLB.com's Jim Callis has learned.

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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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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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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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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Jonathan Mayo

Top 10 performers from Tournament of Stars

Top 10 performers from Tournament of Stars

The Tournament of Stars is an early week-long event run by USA Baseball, bringing more than 100 of the top high school players in the country together to help form the eventual 18-and-under national team that will compete internationally in Japan in late August.

On Sunday, USA Baseball whittled down that group of more than 100 players to a 40-man roster for the official trials. Eventually, that will become the 20-man roster that will go overseas to play in the WBSC 18U Baseball World Cup.

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Belisle lands on DL; Cards call up Hatley

Belisle lands on DL; Cards call up Hatley

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals have placed right-hander Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, retroactive to Friday.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Good as Gold in first half

D-backs first baseman in position to join trio with impressive OPS, SB tallies

Stats of the Day: Good as Gold in first half

Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday:

• In the D-backs' 10-6 win over the Dodgers, Paul Goldschmidt singled twice and stole two bases. The first baseman has 15 steals to accompany his 1.104 OPS. Three players in the All-Star era finished a first half of a season with at least 15 steals and an OPS of at least 1.100: Larry Walker in 1997 (1.237 with 19 SB), Jeff Bagwell in '99 (1.109 with 17) and Eric Davis in '87 (1.106 with 33).

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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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Tigers add infield depth with Casilla swap

Tigers add infield depth with Casilla swap

The Tigers and Rays worked out a Minor League trade that sent veteran infielder Alexi Casilla to Detroit for a player to be named later.

In his debut with the organization on Monday, Casilla went 1-for-3 for Triple-A Toledo vs. his former Durham Bulls teammates.

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Steven Matz has a sandwich named after him

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Steven Matz has a sandwich named after him

Deli sandwiches are some of the finest food money can buy. They can serve as late-night snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, dessert, appetizers, finger foods, birthday cakes and clothing. There is probably no greater resource on Earth. 

And according to Newsday, a Long Island deli has named one after Mets pitching prospect Steve Matz.

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Guillermo shows danger of paper ballots in ASG sketch

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Guillermo shows danger of paper ballots in ASG sketch

If you're anything like me, you likely never knew quite how dangerous paper was. After all, haven't people been reading, writing and doodling on paper for years? Aren't our homes and libraries stuffed full of books, comics and takeout menus from places that closed years ago? And, more importantly, wasn't paper used in the most important of elections -- namely, the All-Star Game -- for decades? 

This year, Major League Baseball did away with the tiny-cut-giving, fire-starting paper ballots in place of an online-only voting option. On Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Guillermo showed off just how much better his life is with the new online ballot. Taking his house from this: 

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Estrada looks to stay red-hot against Red Sox

Estrada looks to stay red-hot against Red Sox

The Toronto Blue Jays will send red-hot starter Marco Estrada to the hill on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.

Estrada (5-3, 3.45 ERA) has taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning during back-to-back starts. On Wednesday against the Rays, Estrada was perfect through seven frames until he allowed an infield single with one out in the eighth. The right-hander is the first Blue Jays pitcher to carry a no-hitter in consecutive starts since Dave Stieb did it in 1988.

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Fred Zinkie

Davis powers Orioles' homer potential

Davis powers Orioles' homer potential

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

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McCullers, Altuve lead Astros over Royals

McCullers, Altuve lead Astros over Royals

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve kickstarted the Astros' three-run third inning with his seventh home run, matching a career high, while Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings as the Astros topped the Royals, 6-1, on Monday.

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Trout of sight: Star robs 2 hits, slugs 20th HR

Trout of sight: Star robs 2 hits, slugs 20th HR

ANAHEIM -- The challenge came from bench coach Dino Ebel in the early stages of Spring Training. He told the Angels' outfielders to get used to playing shallow, because he felt they had the speed to get back on balls and because he wanted to continually take away the bloop singles. Ebel was talking to every outfielder on the 40-man roster, but really, he was talking to Mike Trout.

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Hamilton's legs, Frazier's spark lift Reds

Hamilton's legs, Frazier's spark lift Reds

CINCINNATI -- In a game where a cornucopia of runs were scored in the early innings, the Reds held off the Twins to claim a series-opening 11-7 victory on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

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Lyle Spencer

Trout's latest star turn evokes legendary Hall of Famer

Huge game vs. Yanks from reigning AL MVP continues Mantle comparisons

Trout's latest star turn evokes legendary Hall of Famer

ANAHEIM -- The Mickey Mantle comparisons persist and won't be going away any time soon. Mike Trout is the image of No. 7 in pinstripes, chiseled from the neck to the ankles, and he plays like the Yankees legend, crushing baseballs and running them down with blinding speed in center field.

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Angels mum on reported tension

ANAHEIM -- Tensions mounted between the Angels' front office and coaching staff over the weekend, according to a FOXSports.com report that said the sides were at odds over how to convey scouting information to the players.

Per the report, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto expressed frustration with the coaches relying too heavily on "feel" rather than the statistical data presented to them. At least one coach "responded heatedly" to Dipoto in a meeting on Friday and Albert Pujols "challenged" the fourth-year GM in a separate meeting on Sunday, the report said.

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Pederson raps 20th HR, nears NL rookie mark

Dodgers outfielder two away from record for dingers before July

Pederson raps 20th HR, nears NL rookie mark

PHOENIX -- Dodgers rookie slugger Joc Pederson continues to polish up the resume for All-Star consideration.

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With 4 SBs, Hamilton races to 40-steal mark

Back in leadoff spot, speedy center fielder collects two hits, two walks, scores three runs

With 4 SBs, Hamilton races to 40-steal mark

CINCINNATI -- On Monday night, Billy Hamilton did what he does best: run fast and steal bases.

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Sparks, Vlad join star-studded ASG Softball roster

Singers, sports figures join previously announced legends and celebrities for event

Sparks, Vlad join star-studded ASG Softball roster

While fans are making important All-Star roster decisions of their own, Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced that fan favorites Jordin Sparks, Urban Meyer, Cole Swindell, Olivia Holt, Chad Lowe, Rollie Fingers, Ozzie Smith and Vlad Guerrero have been added to the rosters for the 15th annual MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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