The Cubs totaled 30 come-from-behind wins in the first half and had their rally caps on in the fifth inning of the second-half opener on Thursday night against the Cardinals, with Ian Happ's two-run homer leading a five-spot that gave Chicago its first lead of the game.
Yankees activate Sanchez off disabled list
The Yankees activated catcher Gary Sanchez off the 10-day disabled list and optioned Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night.
Brewers shifting focus in post-Machado market
What's next for the Brewers after losing the Manny Machado sweepstakes? Trying to contain him at the plate. Not only did they miss out on an All-Star caliber middle infielder -- a pursuit confirmed by Brewers GM David Stearns on Thursday -- but the Brewers have to play Machado's new club, the Dodgers, seven times over the next two weeks. Machado is expected to make his Dodgers debut on Friday night at Miller Park.
Mozeliak: Cards 'don't envision' trading pitchers
As others speculate about Carlos Martinez's potential availability at the Trade Deadline, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak downplayed the likelihood that the team would deal Martinez or any of the other high-end pitchers they hope to build around.
Injury updates: Cespedes, Morrow, Ohtani, Bader
Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.
Pham's homer leaves Wrigley Field
Starting as the Cardinals' eight-hole hitter for just the second time this season, Tommy Pham obliterated a 79.1-mph changeup from Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for a second-inning solo homer the left Wrigley Field and gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead on Thursday.
Ohtani cleared to start throwing progression
The Angels announced on Thursday that two-way star Shohei Ohtani is medically cleared to start a throwing progression.
Cubs place closer Morrow on disabled list
The Cubs placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with right elbow inflammation.
Keeping track of prospects who have been traded
The Trade Deadline season kicked off with a doozy, as the highly anticipated deal sending All-Star Manny Machado to the Dodgers officially became a reality on Wednesday, the day after the All-Star Game. Deals, or at least rumors of them, will continue right up until the Deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 31.
Cespedes to return from DL on Friday
After more than nine weeks and multiple setbacks, Yoenis Cespedes' stay on the disabled list is about to come to an end. The Mets plan to activate Cespedes on Friday and insert him in their lineup against the Yankees as their designated hitter, according to a source. The team has not confirmed the impending move.
Trade Talk: Padres, deGrom, Britton, Beltre
As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, get the latest news and rumors.
Cameron becoming gem of Verlander deal
As the Tigers near another July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline looking to continue restocking their farm system, Daz Cameron, the 21-year-old outfielder, is the kind of athletic offensive prospect the Tigers would love more of.
O's Britton could be difference maker in AL
The bold-faced name in baseball this week is Manny Machado, now that the Dodgers made a bold move and acquired him from the Orioles on Wednesday. But one of his former Orioles teammates might turn out to be more of a difference maker for a contending team than Machado will be for the Dodgers. That would be Zach Britton, who I believe might ultimately be the difference in the American League between the four best teams in the league: Red Sox, Yankees, Astros and Indians.
Indians deal for ace reliever Brad Hand
The Indians have acquired All-Star closer Brad Hand and right-handed reliever Adam Cimber from the Padres for catcher Francisco Mejia, their top prospect and the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline.
With Machado off the market ... now what?
Here's how the 3B/SS market breaks down after the Dodgers traded for Manny Machado.
Don't look now, but Dodgers aren't done
After overwhelming the Orioles with a 5-for-1 deal to get All-Sar shortstop Manny Machado on Wednesday, the Dodgers are still buyers on Thursday.
Torres emerged as star for Yanks in first half
When Gleyber Torres began his season in a Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre uniform, the standout infielder spoke frequently about remaining focused and humble
B.A.T. working to find solutions in Puerto Rico
The bond between Major League Baseball and Puerto Rico is a strong one, and it's filled with passion and lots of history. And like a true family, the two sides have come together in a time of need. The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) stepped up to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last year.
Post-Manny deals to look for in the NL West
The days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline always feature a handful of twists and turns. Even for those involved in the day-to-day operations of clubs, the Deadline can be hard to predict.
Complete guide to trade market for pitchers
In 2018, there's little consensus about which high-end pitchers are truly available -- especially among starters -- let alone where they might be heading. So perhaps the conditions are ripe for a blockbuster, the sort of landscape-changing deal no one sees coming.
Riggleman talks managing Reds' turnaround
In a recent phone interview with MLB.com, Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman answered questions on a wide range of topics, from his managerial style to his respect for Reds ownership.
One bold second-half prediction for every team
Here are second-half predictions for every MLB team. Some involved on-field performance; some guesstimate about trades; some are just goofy. But you have questions about the second half. We have some probably wrong, but hopefully entertaining answers.
5 blockbuster deals that almost happened
The problem with almost-trades, those would-be, baseball-altering deals that almost happen, is that you can never be sure how close they really came. Baseball circles are filled with idle trade talk.
What could happen in NL East at Deadline
As the Nationals enter the second half attempting to live up to expectations and defend their National League East crown, they are looking up at the Phillies, who want to make a significant acquisition, and the Braves, who have the prospect currency necessary to make a big deal before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
These aces lead our poll for Cy Young Awards
Chris Sale has been close before, finishing second in American League Cy Young Award voting last season and finishing third in 2014. In the past six seasons, he has finished in the top six every year. In short, Sale has done everything except win an actual AL Cy Young Award itself.
Which club is the new No. 1 in Power Rankings?
As the second half gets underway -- and we use the term "half" lightly, considering teams have already played around 95 games -- interesting storylines surrounding the 15 or 16 teams that are realistically in contention are everywhere.
How'd the Orioles fare in the Machado trade?
As with all prospects, time and patience will be key in determining the long-term impact of Wednesday's trade. On paper, however, the Orioles did well.
Wednesday's top prospect performers
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
6 most likely to be traded and where they'll go
Now that Manny Machado has been traded, other dominos could fall quickly as teams position themselves for a sprint to the finish line.
Machado will be in lineup to open second half
General manager Farhan Zaidi said Manny Machado will be in the lineup Friday night in Milwaukee when the Dodgers resume play. He's likely to be at shortstop, but with Justin Turner having missed the last four games with a tight adductor, Machado just as easily could be starting at third base.
Dodgers land Machado in blockbuster with O's
The Dodgers have completed a much-rumored trade for highly coveted shortstop Manny Machado, acquiring the 26-year-old slugger from the Orioles for five prospects Wednesday.
That time Machado HR nearly left stadium in LA
It's #Mannywood 2.0.
O's get Futures Game star in haul for Machado
The rumors, speculation and wondering has come to an end. The barrage of questions over. Manny Machado exited Nationals Park after the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night as a member of the Orioles for the final time, with a deal between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers consummated on Wednesday night.
The best players ever traded in July
Manny Machado is on his way out of Baltimore, and that's a pretty big deal. It's extremely rare to see players of Machado's talent level get moved in July -- rare enough that it's worth looking back through history to see when this happens and how it turned out.
For Dodgers, ASG colored by Machado rumors
For the Dodgers, the final score of the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard was a bit of an afterthought. Los Angeles sent three representatives to participate in Tuesday's exhibition. But by Wednesday evening, the club boasted a fourth player from the American League's 8-6, 10-inning win against the National League.
Watch Turner, Wood react to Manny deal
Those At-Bat alerts.
No need to wait: Let the trading begin!
It's becoming increasingly clear that savvy front offices are no longer waiting until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline to make their move. Here are nine additional blockbusters that have been consummated more than 10 days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline over the past 10 years.
5 biggest Trade Deadline blockbusters
The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was instituted in 1986. For the six decades prior, the Deadline was June 15. So the history of the Deadline, as we know it, is relatively short. But that doesn't mean it lacks dramatic deals.
Remembering Machado's top Orioles moments
The Manny Machado era in Baltimore has come to an end, with the slugging infielder being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Here is just a taste of some of the excitement Machado brought to baseball in Baltimore.
Showalter fondly recalls Machado's O's tenure
After Buck Showalter had watched Manny Machado play third base and shortstop for him, play 860 regular-season games across seven years -- seven more games in the postseason -- they both knew they were saying goodbye in Showalter's office last Sunday afternoon, after all the rumors about Machado that have dominated the season in Baltimore as much as all the losing has.
These Top 100 prospects could be traded
With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline less than two weeks away, most of the focus is on which Major Leaguers are expected to be swapped and make an impact for contenders in the second half. But for every big leaguer who changes teams, there often are multiple prospects involved in a trade.
Charlie Blackmon believes aliens exist and that they don't have thumbs
Is there anyone else out there?
White Sox option Tilson to Triple-A
The White Sox announced on Wednesday that they have optioned outfielder Charlie Tilson to Triple-A Charlotte.
Ramos to DL, likely out past Trade Deadline
MLB.com's Bill Chastain has learned that the Rays placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to Sunday) with a left hamstring strain, and also reinstated left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado from the family medical emergency list.
5 teams on the 'buy or sell' bubble
The distinction between non-waiver Trade Deadline buyers and sellers rarely has been sharper than it is this year.
Mikolas to paternity list; Bowman set to return
Miles Mikolas, who missed the All-Star Game to return home for the birth of his twins, will open the second half on the paternity list, the Cardinals announced on Wednesday. Reliever Matt Bowman will join the club in Chicago on Thursday to fill the roster spot until Mikolas returns.
Cespedes plays first, hits HR in rehab game
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run home run and played first base for the first time as a professional player on Wednesday as he participated in his second Minor League rehab game with the Rookie-level GCL Mets.
Reds lose Schebler to DL with shoulder sprain
The Reds on Wednesday placed outfielder Scott Schebler on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Schebler was forced to exit Saturday's 8-2 win over the Cardinals after he collided with the wall to make a catch, and while initial X-rays came back negative, Wednesday's diagnosis forced the club's hand.
Cardinals say Shildt 'was born' to manage
The Cardinals are committed to sticking with Mike Shildt through the remainder of this season as he embarks on an unexpected trial run as manager.
Hader apologizes for offensive tweets from past
Brewers reliever Josh Hader answered for a series of offensive tweets from 2011 and '12, after they surfaced in the wake of his appearance in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Twins reliever Rodney becomes US citizen
Fernando Rodney is officially a United States citizen. The Dominican-born Twins reliever posted on Instagram on Monday that, "after 19 years in this wonderful country today I am blessed to say that I am an official US Citizen. Today I fly the American Flag but in my heart always hold my Dominican Flag." On Tuesday, he tweeted thanks to the Twins and Tigers.
Baseball's evolution keeping game in balance
Baseball's perpetual conflict between offense and defense drives evolutions in the game.
Edwards, Almora set to rejoin Cubs
The Cubs will open the second half of the season with reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. back on the roster.
There's a new NL leader in latest MVP poll
Mike Trout remains firmly in control of the American League MVP Award race, while Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado overtook Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman for the top spot in the overall NL voting.
Gennett delivers dramatic 9th-inning homer
Scooter Gennett and teammate Joey Votto both homered in the late innings of a record-setting Midsummer classic on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but it wasn't enough for the National League in an 8-6 loss. Gennett hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Votto a solo shot in the 10th of the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.
Choo stays hot with single, run in 1st ASG
An ongoing 51-game on-base streak is a major reason why Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he continued to find ways to reach base during Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Choo led off the eighth inning with a single off Milwaukee's Josh Hader, and he eventually scored on a three-run home run from Seattle's Jean Segura.
Yelich launches record-tying homer
Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress called his scoreless inning in the All-Star Game the highlight of life so far, before catching himself, giving his young daughter a peck on the cheek and clarifying that it was actually No. 2.
Bregman's heroics earn him special ASG MVP
As Alex Bregman glanced down at the award he had just been presented with, something just felt right. Bregman's go-ahead homer in the 10th inning earned him the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
7 best moments from the All-Star Game
The 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard was filled with thrills and chills and spills, and the final few innings might have been as good as the Midsummer Classic has ever been.
Max, Bryce relish 'awesome' ASG experience
Max Scherzer compared the atmosphere of pitching in the All-Star Game to the postseason, a fact that would only be amplified by pitching in his home ballpark. Then Scherzer gave the hometown crowd a reason to get excited during Tuesday's 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park.
Story joins slugfest, clubs HR in 1st ASG at-bat
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story roped a one-out solo homer off the American League's Charlie Morton to tie the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at 2 with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Story's drive was the fourth solo home run of the night.
10 homers smash All-Star Game record
The 2018 All-Stars smashed 10 home runs, surpassing the previous record of six in a single Midsummer Classic, previously set in 1951 and matched in '54 and '71.
Trout homers, now has a hit in 6 straight ASG
Bryce Harper was the star of the show Monday night, but even the Nationals superstar knows who the best player in baseball is: Mike Trout.
The All-Star Game was a Home Run Derby of its own, but which dingers were the best?
Alex Bregman didn't win the Derby, but he won the MVP.
Astros' fingerprints all over AL All-Stars' win
There were Astros everywhere. Everyone from American League starting second baseman Jose Altuve to AL manager AJ Hinch to Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte was in use throughout Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park, a thrilling 8-6 win for the AL.
All-Star mementos headed to Cooperstown
Not only will Alex Bregman take home the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award after hitting the go-ahead homer in the 10th inning of the American League's 8-6 win over the National League on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, but the bat Bregman used to hit that homer will be donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Segura does Final Voters proud with clutch HR
Jean Segura, the American League winner in the Final Vote, delivered a tiebreaking three-run home run in the eighth inning of the American League's 8-6 win over the National League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
New dad Realmuto shows patience in ASG
Persistence and discipline -- two qualities necessary to earn a 10-pitch walk and flourish as a father of a newborn baby girl.
MLB, Stand Up to Cancer fund life-saving work
Karen Taphorn is among the millions of television viewers who watches the Stand Up To Cancer moment every year during the All-Star Game. She's also part of a slightly smaller population of fans who experiences the impact of that moment on a deeper, much more personal level.
Contreras, Baez leave mark on All-Star Game
Willson Contreras cried when he found out he was starting Tuesday night's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Washington, D.C. Javier Baez had the opposite reaction when he got the good news -- he laughed. Different reactions aside, it was a night of firsts as the two Cubs made their Midsummer Classic debuts.
Brantley delivers in decisive 10th for AL squad
After a sluggish offensive night for the Indians' All-Stars, perhaps Jose Ramirez, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley should follow the advice of teammate and fellow All-Star Francisco Lindor.
At ASG, Sale reaches speed unseen since '10
With one pitch, Chris Sale made it pretty clear he was excited for Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. With a man on second and two outs in the first inning, the lanky lefty induced a flyout to center field from Freddie Freeman on a fastball clocked at 100.7 mph -- the fastest pitch he's thrown since 2010.
Mike Trout hit a homer in the All-Star Game, but he also read a weather report to Ken Rosenthal on the air
He loves weather.
Goldy starts at DH in 'great experience' at ASG
Paul Goldschmidt's bat has been the focus of conversations in Arizona all year.
Justin Verlander totally predicted Aaron Judge's All-Star Game homer off Max Scherzer
And he has proof.
Berrios fulfills dream with ASG appearance
Jose Berrios tossed a clean fifth inning for the American League and sat down three of the four batters he faced in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday.
Watch Jean Segura's massive three-run homer from Nelson Cruz's seat in the dugout
"No way! No way!"
Jose Altuve finally got his first All-Star Game hit and George Springer couldn't have been happier
Medal of Honor recipients recognized at ASG
Twenty-nine recipients of the prestigious U.S. Medal of Honor lined the first- and third- base lines at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. Along the outfield wall stood three separate groups from coalition of choirs from the D.C. area, each donning a different color of the American flag.
Matt Kemp hit a double and then took a selfie with Manny Machado at second base
One of many All-Star selfie moments.
Air Force sergeant surprises family at ASG
For the past six months overseas while serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Air Force Sgt. Cole Condiff's communication with his young daughter and pregnant wife back home in Florida has been limited to text messages -- all dependent on what he called a "spotty" wireless Internet connection.
Aaron Judge's All-Star Game homer off Max Scherzer was caught by Luis Severino in the bullpen
Talk about perfect.
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