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Kyle Gibson tossed eight innings of one-run ball while scattering five hits in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

Gibson fanned nine without walking a batter in what was about as strong a start he could have managed heading into the All Star break. He finished his brilliant evening's work having thrown 113 pitches (72 strikes). The outing was a needed one, too, as Gibson had seen his ERA rise from 3.25 to 3.59 over his last three starts, with at least three runs given up in each of those starts. After years of maddening inconsistency, the 30-year-old right-hander has finally started to build some trust for fantasy purposes. He owns a 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 114/46 K/BB ratio across 115 2/3 innings for the campaign as a whole.
Jul 13 - 1:06 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are "increasingly likely" to land Manny Machado.

Rosenthal notes that several of the other teams tied to Machado also "expect that outcome." There were a number of reports Tuesday suggesting a last-minute play from the Phillies, but the Dodgers apparently have the best offer on the table and it sounds like the medicals and paperwork might already be done. Look for something official by Wednesday afternoon. Major League Baseball frowns on its clubs making big announcements on the day of the All-Star Game.
Jul 17 - 6:12 PM

Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will open the second half of the season on the disabled list.

Ramos suffered a left hamstring strain on Saturday against the Twins and won't be ready when play resumes after the All-Star break. The move can be made retroactive to July 15, which means Ramos would be first eligible to return next Wednesday, July 25. The 30-year-old catcher is one of the biggest trade chips for the Rays with the July 31 non-waiver deadline fast approaching.
Jul 17 - 5:48 PM

Andrew Miller (knee) pitched a hitless inning in his rehab debut Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus.

Miller struck out two of the three batters he faced and needed just 12 pitches to record a 1-2-3 frame against the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. The 33-year-old left-hander figures to make one or two more appearances at the Triple-A level before returning to the Indians' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since May 26 with a right knee injury.
Jul 17 - 4:54 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) will return to the Nationals' rotation Friday against the Braves.

Strasburg allowed just one earned run over nine innings on his two-start minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac, tallying 12 strikeouts against one walk. And he made it up to 82 pitches in his last outing there Sunday, so there shouldn't be any limitations on the 29-year-old right-hander in his first start back Friday versus Atlanta. Strasburg has been sidelined since June 10 due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Jul 17 - 4:49 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) went 1-for-4 with a single and played seven innings in left field Tuesday while playing for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets.

Cespedes hit two home runs in a simulated game on Monday, but this was his first real game action since May 13. Progress with his hip and quad has been slow, but the veteran slugger appears on track to rejoin the Mets when the second half of the season begins Friday against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. The timing makes sense, as Cespedes can be eased back in as the designated hitter.
Jul 17 - 3:02 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are among the teams interested in Padres closer Brad Hand.

It's not a big surprise to see the Indians are looking for bullpen help, as their relievers rank 29th in the majors with 5.28 ERA. Still, the asking price will be considerable. Hand is owed $13.5 million over the next two years, with a $10 million club option for 2021. The southpaw has compiled 24 saves for the Padres this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. There would be value beyond this season for the Indians with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen due to hit free agency this winter.
Jul 17 - 2:41 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia writes that the Phillies have "definite interest" in Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.

Manny Machado and Zach Britton of the Orioles are at the top of the Phillies' wish list, but Salisbury writes that Happ is another name under consideration internally. Salisbury also hears from a source that the Blue Jays have recently been scouting the Phillies' minor league system. Happ, who originally came up with the Phillies, lost three straight starts going into the break and has seen his ERA jump from 3.48 to 4.29 over the past month. Still, he's one of the better arms available on the trade market, with the Yankees also mentioned prominently as a potential match. The 35-year-old is due to become a free agent following the season.
Jul 17 - 9:08 AM

Bryce Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber in the finals to win the 2018 All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

You didn't think anyone else was going to win at Nationals Park, did you? Harper smacked 13 home runs in the first round to eliminate Freddie Freeman and another 13 in the second round to take down Max Muncy. Schwarber batted first in the finals and set the bar high with 18 bombs, and it looked like it might hold up after Harper started slowly. However, Harper tied Schwarber with a flurry of dingers in the final 90 seconds and took advantage of 30 seconds of bonus time by banging one out to dead center field to win it. He became the third player ever to win the Derby in his home park.
Jul 16 - 10:39 PM

Gleyber Torres (hip) hopes to be activated from the disabled list on July 23.

Torres ran the bases on Monday and said afterward that "I think I’m ready right now." However, Torres will first have a short rehab assignment with High-A Tampa over the weekend. He'll then rejoin the Yankees in a week for the start of their series against the Rays, assuming all goes well. Torres has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a right hip strain.
Jul 16 - 5:21 PM

Jacob deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagenen told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Monday that if the Mets don't intend to sign his client to an extension, the team's "best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now."

The full quote, via Rosenthal's Twitter account: "We have discussed Jacob’s future with the Mets at length," said Van Wagenen. "Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come. If the Mets don’t share [the] same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now. The inertia of [the] current situation could complicate Jacob’s relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision." The 30-year-old right-hander is currently under team control through 2020 via salary arbitration. He holds an MLB-leading 1.68 ERA with 149 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 16 - 3:03 PM

Javier Baez will start at second base and hit leadoff for the National League in Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game.

The full starting lineup for manager Dave Roberts: Javier Baez 2B, Nolan Arenado 3B, Paul Goldschmidt DH, Freddie Freeman 1B, Matt Kemp LF, Bryce Harper CF, Nick Markakis RF, Brandon Crawford SS, Willson Contreras C. Max Scherzer will be first on the mound for the NL.
Jul 16 - 2:17 PM




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