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Cubs trade elite prospect to get elite reliever (Aroldis Chapman). Will the Dodgers do the same?

latimes.com — With one week to go until baseball's trade deadline, Dodgers fans wait to see if their team will do what the Chicago Cubs just did. On Monday, the Cubs paid a seemingly astonishing price to rent Aroldis Chapman, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

Cubs could have a grand fall, one way or another

latimes.com — The Curse of the Bambino died at 84. It lived a long and full life, fueling great depression in Boston from the Great Depression through the dawn of the 21st century. The Curse of the Billy Goat turns 71 this fall, a vibrant symbol of the failure of the Chicago Cubs since World War II.

Mike Trout quiere mucho más con los Angels

latimes.com — Uno de los jugadores que más admiraba la estrella de los Angels de Anaheim Mike Trout cuando era un niño era la leyenda moderna de los Yankees de Nueva York, Derek Jeter. Trout creció con posters de Jeter colgados en su pared.

Bill Shaikin: All-Star game is Big Papi’s happy place

bostonherald.com — SAN DIEGO - Jose Fernandez did not choose the school he attended in seventh grade. The Cuban government chose it for him.He was good at baseball, and the best athletes were channeled into special sports schools.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says MLB would regret it if Athletics left Oakland

latimes.com — If a professional sports team considers moving from a city, the sports league generally warns that the city would come to regret it. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred warned that the league would regret it if the Oakland Athletics moved from the city.

Angels' Mike Trout, the star of stars in July, yearns to shine in October

latimes.com — These are baseball's best of the best, and yet Mike Trout has been one step better than best. This is not so much the All-Star game as the Mike Trout Invitational. This is the 87th All-Star game. Trout last year became the first man named most valuable player in back-to-back years.

Terry Collins says Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw would have been National League starter if healthy

latimes.com — This would have been the year Clayton Kershaw finally started the All-Star game. For the third consecutive summer, the Dodgers ace arrives at the All-Star break with the lowest earned-run average in the major leagues. New York Mets Manager Terry Collins, the manager of the National League team, said Monday that he would have selected Kershaw to start had he been healthy.

Far from home, Dodgers pitcher Jharel Cotton grows into prospect

latimes.com — Jharel Cotton was 16 when he left home, and his family. The journey to the beginning of the rest of his life covered 1,500 miles, to a place where he would be a stranger. For a boy, the decision to leave must have been excruciating. "It was easy," Cotton said.

Bill Shaikin: Padres lack star power, but have a plan for rebuilding

newsobserver.com — They were glory days, everywhere besides the standings, and not so long ago. In one of his final acts as commissioner, Bud Selig rewarded the San Diego Padres with the 2016 All-Star Game. The Padres had shrugged off their small-market shackles. Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton had landed in town the previous month.

Bill Shaikin: Padres lack star power, but have a plan for rebuilding

macon.com — They were glory days, everywhere besides the standings, and not so long ago. In one of his final acts as commissioner, Bud Selig rewarded the San Diego Padres with the 2016 All-Star Game. The Padres had shrugged off their small-market shackles. Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton had landed in town the previous month.
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Jul 26, 2016

@JessDuboff Golden Bears united! I'll just point to you, then, and say, "I'm with her."

Jul 26, 2016

#Dodgers close within 2.5 games of #SFGiants. They've made up 4 games in 11 days.

Jul 25, 2016

Albert Pujols ranks 3rd in AL in RBI (74), trailing only Edwin Encarnacion and David Ortiz.

Jul 25, 2016

@jfridmason From Toronto? Just put some ice cream on a beaver tail and you're good.


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