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  1. Justin Verlander thinks the Tigers influenced the Athletics’ recent pitching acquisitions

    Jul 5, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Verlander reacts after leaving the game against Texas Rangers in their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    The Tigers — Justin Verlander specifically — have booted the Athletics out of the ALDS in each of the last two seasons in heart-breaking Game Fives. That’s why Verlander thinks that the A’s had them in mind when they acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs on Friday.

  2. Athletics option Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento

    Jul 5, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    Tommy Milone

    The A’s did a bit of roster maneuvering in the wake of Friday’s Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade.

  3. Play of the Day: Yasiel Puig recovers from misjudging a fly ball

    Jul 5, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig are your current leaders in turning a poor play into an amazing play (1).

  4. Troy Tulowitzki sounds like he wants to be traded to a contender

    Jul 5, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    In the face of trade rumors, Troy Tulowitzki says he doesn’t want to be Todd Helton — a guy who spent a majority of his career playing on teams that weren’t very competitive.

  5. The Angels end the Rich Hill experiment after four batters

    Jul 5, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Rich Hill

    Rich Hill walked three batters and allowed a single to the only four batters he faced as a member of the Angels. He was designated for assignment on Saturday.

  6. Marlins option struggling Andrew Heaney back to Triple-A

    Jul 5, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Andrew Heaney

    Andrew Heaney allowed 15 runs in his first 20 2/3 innings in the major leagues. The Marlins optioned him back to Triple-A New Orleans, but Heaney should be back soon enough.

  7. Ryan Braun left Saturday’s game with back spasms

    Jul 5, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    ryan braun getty

    Ryan Braun suffered from back spasms in Saturday’s game against the Reds and left before taking the field in the bottom of the second inning.

  8. Carlos Gomez is interested in participating in the Home Run Derby

    Jul 5, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Carlos Gomez wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, so he had Ryan Braun talk to Troy Tulowitzki on his behalf.

  9. Carl Crawford to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Saturday

    Jul 4, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Carl Crawford will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

  10. Jon Lester doesn’t want to discuss a contract extension until after the season

    Jul 4, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    Jon Lester

    If the Red Sox want to keep Jon Lester around, they’ll have to pick up contract talks when the season is over as the lefty considers them to be distracting during the season.

  11. Bruce Bochy doesn’t expect Angel Pagan back until after the All-Star break

    Jul 4, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan

    The Giants won’t see Angel Pagan for at least another couple of weeks, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The outfielder is suffering from a bulging disk in his lower back.

  12. Gerrit Cole exits Friday’s start with right lat soreness

    Jul 4, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole left Friday’s start against the Phillies with right lat soreness. The Pirates will evaluate him on Saturday.

  13. Report: Blue Jays have been scouting Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, and Chase Headley

    Jul 4, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    The Blue Jays have been scouting some expensive, mediocre talent lately, reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

  14. Johnny Damon still thinks he can “outhit at least half the league”

    Jul 4, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Johnny Damon may be going a little crazy. The 40-year-old veteran says that he can “outhit at least half the league”.

  15. Video: Watch the Dodgers give Scott Van Slyke the “hot foot”

    Jun 29, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Scott Van Slyke

    A time-tested baseball prank, Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke was a victim of the “hot foot” in Sunday’s win.

  16. Eric Chavez says “it’s a possibility” he could retire at season’s end

    Jun 29, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    Eric Chavez’s knee injury is making retirement after the season “a possibility” for the six-time Gold Glove winner.

  17. Jose Abreu may reconsider his decision not to participate in the Home Run Derby

    Jun 29, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    The Home Run Derby may yet get more exciting if Jose Abreu reconsiders his stance on not participating.

  18. Jose Altuve did something that hasn’t been done since 1917

    Jun 29, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jose Altuve

    Jose Altuve keeps on truckin’. He logged three more hits and stole two more bases in Sunday’s win over the Tigers.

  19. Clayton Kershaw has now tossed 28 consecutive scoreless innings

    Jun 29, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw finishes the month of June on a streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings.

  20. Nelson Cruz likely won’t participate in the Home Run Derby

    Jun 29, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    You likely won’t be seeing Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz in the upcoming Home Run Derby. He’s afraid the Derby will affect his swing.

  21. Phillies trade Ronny Cedeno to the Diamondbacks for Raywilly Gomez

    Jun 29, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies and Diamondbacks made a minor trade on Sunday evening, swapping infielder Ronny Cedeno and catcher Raywilly Gomez.

  22. Jake Marisnick will get the squeeze when Christian Yelich returns from the DL

    Jun 28, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    The Marlins plan to return to their standard outfield when Christian Yelich is activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

  23. Brandon McCarthy says “it certainly seems likely” he’ll be traded

    Jun 28, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Diego Padres

    Brandon McCarthy understands the business side of the game, telling the media after Friday’s start against the Padres that “it certainly seems likely” he’ll be traded.

  24. Phillies president David Montgomery doesn’t want to rebuild because attendance will fall

    Jun 28, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

    David Montgomery

    Phillies president David Montgomery thinks that a rebuild is too risky from a business perspective.

  25. Sean Doolittle’s scoreless innings streak snapped at 26 2/3

    Jun 28, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Sean Doolittle

    Sean Doolittle has quietly been one of baseball’s best closers this season. The Marlins put an end to his scoreless innings streak on Saturday.

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