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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Dodgers will sign Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez to a $16 million deal when the international signing period begins Thursday.

Deals can't be consummated until the period officially begins on July 2, so for now it's a handshake agreement. Passan reports the Dodgers are planning to "go huge" during the signing period, with Alvarez representing the biggest feather in their cap. The Dodgers have long been viewed as one of the frontrunners for the hard-throwing 19-year-old.
Jul 1 - 11:00 PM

Carl Crawford (oblique) left Wednesday's rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga after being hit by a pitch.

The Rancho Cucamonga Twitter feed said Crawford "went down" and "limped off the field on (his) own power." The outfielder can't catch a break, as he's currently rehabbing a strained right oblique that has kept him out since late April. The Dodgers should provide an update on Crawford's newest ailment on Thursday.
Jul 1 - 10:56 PM

Starlin Castro knocked in the go-ahead run with an infield single as the Cubs beat the Mets 2-0 in 11 innings Wednesday.

Castro legged out his little chopper to third, scoring Anthony Rizzo in the process. The Cubs then added a second run on Miguel Montero's single. Castro also doubled earlier in the game. It was just hit seventh double of the year after he had 33 in 2014 and 34 in 2013.
Jul 1 - 10:56 PM

Jon Lester blanked the Mets for seven innings on Wednesday.

Lester struck out seven and walked none in one of his best starts as a Cub. Granted, the Mets aren't really hitting anyone at the moment, but as difficult of a year as Lester has had, he'll take what he can get. Unfortunately, that didn't include a win, as the Cubs didn't take the lead until the 11th.
Jul 1 - 10:54 PM

Rays activated LHP Matt Moore from the 60-day disabled list.

Moore will start Thursday for the Rays, his first start since April 7 of last season. The southpaw owned a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings while rehabbing in the minors. Moore was an All-Star in 2013 and, while he'll have some bumps along the way, should enjoy a return to form eventually. Whether that's in 2015 is still anyone's guess.
Jul 1 - 10:53 PM

Justin Grimm got a one-out save Wednesday in the Cubs' 11-inning defeat of the Mets.

The Cubs had already used Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Jason Motte in the eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, so when they scored two runs in the top of the 11th, James Russell entered for the save chance. After he allowed a two-out hit, Grimm got his chance, and he struck out Kevin Plawecki after walking the first hitter he faced. It's Grimm's first career save.
Jul 1 - 10:52 PM

Bartolo Colon shut out the Cubs for seven innings, striking out eight, in a no-decision Wednesday.

It's the first time this season that Colon has gone without allowing a run. It's also the first time in 16 starts that he's gotten a no-decision. He's 9-6 with a 4.55 ERA.
Jul 1 - 10:50 PM

Lucas Duda went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Duda is hitting .177 with one homer in 26 games since the beginning of June. The Mets badly need him to recapture his April and May form if they're going to have any sort of offense at all.
Jul 1 - 10:50 PM
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