Source: Kershaw expected to miss 4-6 weeks

Dodgers' ace missed 2 1/2 months with herniated disc in 2016

Source: Kershaw expected to miss 4-6 weeks

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers expect Clayton Kershaw to miss four to six weeks with the back injury that forced him to leave Sunday's start early, a baseball source said, confirming MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal's initial report, making it the second straight year Kershaw will miss significant time due to a back ailment. The club has not confirmed the information.

Rosenthal reported a final time frame will be determined after Kershaw is examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, implying that the four- to six-week time frame is a rough estimate at this point. But it still means baseball's best team will be without its best pitcher for a sizeable portion of the late summer. The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner missed 2 1/2 months with a herniated disc in his lower back last season.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

Deadline countdown: 20 names, 20 predictions

Non-waiver Trade Deadline is 4 p.m. ET on July 31

Deadline countdown: 20 names, 20 predictions

The 2017 non-waiver Trade Deadline is 4 p.m. ET on July 31, meaning there's less than one week left and a ton of names still on the board. Sure, guys like J.D. Martinez, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Sean Doolittle have already found new homes, but there are still some huge names out there. Let's begin our final week countdown with some extremely speculative trade predictions. We can guarantee only two things: most of these won't happen, but at least one will. 

As a reminder: This is the first Trade Deadline under the new CBA, and that means that the strategy will be a little different this year. In order for a team to gain a pick after the first round if a player declines a qualifying offer, that team must be eligible for revenue sharing and the player must sign a deal worth at least $50 million. That gives smaller-market teams an incentive to hold on to their players and issue a qualifying offer, while larger-market teams may feel the opposite.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals

Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals

CHICAGO -- This year's Cubs vs. White Sox series means more than bragging rights for one side's fan base. The Cubs are trying to regain control of the National League Central, and they began the day tied for first place with the Brewers. But the White Sox spoiled their bid to open some ground in the division, posting a 3-1 Interleague win over their crosstown rivals on Monday afternoon.

Jose Abreu smacked a game-tying RBI double in the fifth inning, and Adam Engel and Matt Davidson each hit a solo homer to help the White Sox end a nine-game losing streak. The Cubs, who had made up 5 1/2 games in the standings in the past 10 days, lost for just the second time in 10 games since the All-Star break.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Twins wrap deal with Braves for Garcia

Twins wrap deal with Braves for Garcia

MINNEAPOLIS -- After nearly completing a trade for Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia late last week, the Twins got their man on Monday, acquiring Garcia, catcher Anthony Recker and cash for prospect Huascar Ynoa.

The Twins and Braves were in advanced discussions on Thursday, but Atlanta didn't feel comfortable with the medicals on pitching prospect Nick Burdi, who is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. Minnesota opted to instead trade Ynoa, 19, who has posted a 5.26 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in 25 2/3 innings with Rookie-level Elizabethton.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mark Feinsand

Mariners set to enter trade mix for Gray?

Mariners set to enter trade mix for Gray?

The Sonny Gray sweepstakes could have a new entrant: the Seattle Mariners.

A source with knowledge of the team's thinking suggested that Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto might be preparing to make a run for the A's right-hander, who stands as one of the controllable jewels of this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels fan ecstatic after catching Trout's HR

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Angels fan ecstatic after catching Trout's HR

The Angels beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in sunny Southern California. With Boston leading, 2-1, in the sixth, Mike Trout stepped up to the plate and deposited a pitch into the right-field seats for a game-tying homer.

Trout's home run ball found its way toward a throng of Angels fans, one of which brought his glove -- and he pulled in the prized baseball with a great catch. How do you imagine you'd react in a similar situation? With outright, unbridled glee, completely overcome with bliss that this was, in fact, happening to you?

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Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL

Texas recalls catcher Nicholas in corresponding move

Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers on Monday placed pitcher Tyson Ross on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger and recalled catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas needed the extra catcher because Robinson Chirinos is dealing with a sprained left ankle. The Rangers are not ready to put him on the disabled list, but he is doubtful for Monday's game against the Marlins.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Mets, Yanks in opposite places
The two New York teams should both be active this week, albeit on different sides of the Trade Deadline.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Cutch is Bucs' shining star once again

After slow start, drop in lineup, outfielder already has award-winning season

Cutch is Bucs' shining star once again

DENVER -- Andrew McCutchen is back on top of the baseball world. But it has been a challenge.

As the face of the Pirates' franchise, the past nine months have seen McCutchen faced with media speculation about him being traded, an initial decision that he moved from center field to right field and a season-opening two months that produced very un-McCutchen results.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: July 24

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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Richard Justice

Garcia deal brings Twins closer to postseason

Minnesota adds veteran left-hander to rotation prior to Trade Deadline

Garcia deal brings Twins closer to postseason

To understand why this long-awaited trade for veteran left-hander Jaime Garcia makes so much sense for the Twins, check out the standings. There's a postseason berth there to be won. It's beginning to be won.

This is an opportunity the club may not have seen coming. None of us did. We expected Minnesota to have faded away by now. The Twins were too young in some areas, too old in others. Their rotation lacked depth. The bullpen was a work in progress.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wheeler to DL with stress reaction in right arm

Wheeler to DL with stress reaction in right arm

The Mets placed right-hander Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, retroactive to Sunday, with a stress reaction in his right arm. The club recalled right-hander Tyler Pill from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Wheeler's place on the active roster.

Wheeler is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts with the Mets this season. He allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings for the no-decision on Saturday against the A's.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew in Deadline mix, but won't 'overcorrect'

Brewers considering external pitching options, but rehabbing arms could provide impact

Crew in Deadline mix, but won't 'overcorrect'

WASHINGTON -- Two hours before the Brewers played their series finale in Philadelphia on Sunday, a reporter extended a notepad and pen to assistant general manager Matt Arnold and asked whether he was willing to share every proposal under consideration by the club with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline about a week away.

"How much time do you have?" Arnold said with a smile. "We might be done around the eighth inning."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Anthony Castrovince

CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

This can be a confusing time of year in the world of baseball transactions -- and not just because some of us are sure to be duped by the occasional phony Twitter account dispensing "fake news" on the trade front.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has radically altered the free-agent Draft-pick compensation system, and that has a direct impact on the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31. In the past, it made sense for some would-be sellers to hold onto certain pending free agents because of the Draft pick that could be recouped if he signed elsewhere. But now, that compensation varies according to the team's economic circumstances and the specific dollar amount the player earns elsewhere.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. 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.

34 years ago today: The Pine Tar Game

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34 years ago today: The Pine Tar Game

It was one of the wildest scenes to ever take place on the diamond. On July 24, 1983, Royals star George Brett stepped up in the ninth inning against Hall of Famer Goose Gossage and hit a home run to right field, putting Kansas City up, 5-4. 

And then ... it happened. Yankees manager Billy Martin asked the umpiring crew, led by Tim McClelland, to review Brett's bat for a potential pine tar infraction. After a conference, it was upheld, Brett was retroactively ruled out, and ... well, you know the scene. 

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Pablo reunited with his former host mom

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Pablo reunited with his former host mom

Former Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval rejoined the organization when he signed a minor league contract Saturday. On Sunday, he appeared in his second game with the San Jose -- the California League affiliate of the Giants.

Prior to that game, he reunited with Donna Musgrave, his former host mom when he originally played for San Jose in 2006 and '07. The reunion came during San Jose's Christmas in July Week, so Sandoval was wearing an ugly-Christmas-sweater uniform.

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MiLB's new initiative: 'Es Divertido Ser Un Fan'

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MiLB's new initiative: 'Es Divertido Ser Un Fan'

Minor League Baseball launched a new initiative on Monday to spotlight different fan communities across the game. "Es Divertido Ser Un Fan" (it's fun to be a fan) debuts in August in a few MiLB markets.

So far, Las Vegas, Charlotte, N.C.; Kane County, Ill.; and Visalia, Calif., have started the campaign, which seeks to help clubs better connect with and engage fans in culturally-relevant ways. You can read about each distinctive community and how Minor League Baseball is recognizing the concept here.   

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MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Kopech, Astros duo lead Prospect Team of the Week

Kopech, Astros duo lead Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week contains some familiar faces and some new faces in new places.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sky's the limit? Scherzer meeting lofty goals

Sky's the limit? Scherzer meeting lofty goals

WASHINGTON -- There is no hitter who Max Scherzer speaks about in higher regard than Miguel Cabrera. Scherzer witnessed Cabrera, perhaps the greatest hitter of his generation, in the prime of his career while the two played together in Detroit from 2010-14. Something that has stuck with Scherzer was watching Cabrera in '13, one year after he had won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and became MLB's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.

Cabrera was even better in 2013 than he was in '12. He had a higher batting average, the same number of home runs and just two fewer RBIs, but his slugging percentage, on-base percentage and OPS were higher as he won a second consecutive AL MVP Award. Scherzer was amazed.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Yanks add a starter at Deadline?

Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will Yanks add a starter at Deadline?

The starting rotation is still an issue. Any chance the team fills that from the outside with Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish?
-- Matt B., Utah

That's certainly in play, as both right-handers would represent a very nice upgrade to what the Yankees are currently trotting out. The narrative is largely the same that it was when the Yanks were trying to acquire Jose Quintana from the White Sox -- they still have a top-ranked system but are disinclined to part with their most elite prospects.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Petriello

The best trade fits for Yu Darvish

Impending free agent may be market's most dominant starter

The best trade fits for Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish looked very good in striking out 12 Rays over eight innings on Friday night for the Rangers, and you'd be forgiven for wondering if that's the last time you'll see him in the Texas red and blue. After all, the American League West has been more or less wrapped up for months, the pace set by the scorching Astros, and the Rangers are two games below .500, although a St. Petersburg weekend sweep had them just 2 1/2 games back of an AL Wild Card spot entering Monday. With Darvish headed toward free agency, it's no surprise we're hearing rumors of his availability on the market.

If so, Darvish is going to represent a pretty unique asset, because he's having a better season than Justin Verlander, he's more reliable than Sonny Gray and he's more dominant than Lance Lynn or Marco Estrada. More than any other starter remaining, he's the one a team can envision starting a postseason game and making a difference doing so, and that matters.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Will your favorite team deal for Sonny Gray?

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Will your favorite team deal for Sonny Gray?

So far during his relatively brief MLB career, Athletics starter Sonny Gray has shown glimpses of front-line ace potential. But with the A's out of postseason contention this season, Sonny and his fantastic name have been bandied about in trade talks.

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Hand, Wilson, Neshek: New teams for relievers?

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Hand, Wilson, Neshek: New teams for relievers?

If there's one theme that ties all Trade Deadline seasons together, it's the annual game of reliever musical chairs, in which contending teams try to bolster their bullpens with the best arms made available by teams near the bottom of the standings.

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Monster week earns Arenado NL POW honors

Monster week earns Arenado NL POW honors

Fresh off his first career All-Star Game start, Nolan Arenado went on a weeklong tear that all but cemented his status as one of the best players in baseball.

The Rockies' third baseman was rewarded for it Monday, earning his fourth career National League Player of the Week Award for a seven-day stretch that featured probably Arenado's best career game.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs catch Crew, get 2nd W from Jose Q

Cubs catch Crew, get 2nd W from Jose Q

CHICAGO -- Welcome home, Jose Quintana. Kyle Schwarber smacked a game-tying solo home run and Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run shot to back Quintana in his Cubs home debut, posting a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night to move the Cubs into a tie for first place in the National League Central.

"We haven't had a run [until now]," manager Joe Maddon said of the Cubs, who are five games over .500 for the first time this year. "We've not run at all in the first half, we've been walking the whole first half. We finally get on a little bit of a mini-run now, and that coincides with the other team not doing as well. Bully for us."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Prospect Burdi to have Tommy John surgery

Prospect Burdi to have Tommy John surgery

CHICAGO -- Right-handed reliever Zack Burdi will have Tommy John surgery at some point this week, according to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn.

The White Sox No. 11 prospect per MLBPipeline.com was diagnosed with a UCL tear, as announced by Hahn the first day after the All-Star break, but he was going to get a second opinion before surgery.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox call up top prospect Devers for 3B

Red Sox call up top prospect Devers for 3B

ANAHEIM -- For the second straight summer, the Red Sox are bringing a top prospect up in the middle of a pennant race.

And just like Andrew Benintendi a year ago, Rafael Devers will join the Red Sox in Seattle for the start of his Major League career.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Surging Schoop named AL Player of the Week

O's second baseman hit .433 with three HRs and 16 RBIs in past two series

Surging Schoop named AL Player of the Week

Jonathan Schoop, who leads the Orioles in all three Triple Crown categories with a .307 batting average, 21 home runs and 70 RBIs, took home American League Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Schoop hit .433 in Baltimore's seven games against the Rangers and Astros, crushing three homers and driving in 16 runs. His 16 RBIs in that span were six more than Adam Jones', the next closest hitter on the team.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kluber's 14-K gem helps Indians sweep Jays

Kluber's 14-K gem helps Indians sweep Jays

CLEVELAND -- The Indians pounced for four runs in the first inning, and that would be more than enough for a dominant Corey Kluber in an 8-1 rout of the Blue Jays on Sunday as Cleveland finished a three-game sweep at Progressive Field.

Kluber continued his lights-out play with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and a season-high 14 strikeouts. This was Kluber's 10th straight start with at least eight strikeouts, which is a club record. Kluber had been battling a sore neck, but he showed no signs of weakness after two days of extra rest.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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