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Chapman to remain closer, hopes to avoid DL
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The Yankees offered two votes of confidence for Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday afternoon, with manager Joe Girardi stating that “he will continue to be my closer” and that he believes the left-hander will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

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Flaherty hopes to come off DL for homestand
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Ryan Flaherty, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, was assigned to Class A Frederick for the final stop in his rehab assignment. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Flaherty, along with Anthony Santander (right elbow strain), are expected to be activated when the Orioles return to Baltimore on Thursday.

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McGwire hopes Judge, Bellinger break his rookie HR record
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Mark McGwire is rooting for his record to be broken. One of the most prolific home run hitters in Major League Baseball history and the owner of the all-time single-season rookie record for homers has looked on in awe as New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger […]

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Cutch hopes to play Saturday after early exit
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Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen exited Friday’s 4-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in the third inning due to what the team called left patellofemoral discomfort.

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Counsell hopes meeting leads to better results
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Team meetings serve a purpose, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday, but slumps aren’t solved in the clubhouse.

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King Felix hopes to return for Wild Card push
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Felix Hernandez said he has received a PRP injection in his sore right shoulder, and is now waiting for clearance to begin playing catch and rehabbing from the bursitis that sent him on the 10-day disabled list last weekend. The veteran Mariners ace thinks he can be back sooner than the doctor’s diagnosis of a […]

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Perdomo hopes to get back on track vs. Reds
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Two young right-handers will look to re-establish themselves Tuesday evening when the Padres and Reds square off for the second game of their four-game set in Cincinnati.

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Wieters hopes grand day signifies turnaround
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Nationals catcher Matt Wieters has become one of the regulars taking extra batting practice lately — tinkering with his swing, trying to make any sort of adjustments to turn around what has been a difficult season at the plate.

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Straily hopes for more success vs. Braves
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Mike Foltynewicz returns home looking to rebound from a tough start as the Marlins face the Braves at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at SunTrust Park. The Marlins will counter with Dan Straily.

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Tribe hopes for encore performance from Bauer
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This week’s MLB Network Showcase game will feature a matchup between two of the top clubs in the American League, as the Indians will host the Yankees for the second game of a four-game set at Progressive Field.

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Liriano struggles in debut, hopes to rebound
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In the past six days, Francisco Liriano has pitched in two different uniforms. Traded from the Blue Jays to the Astros before Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, Liriano was sent to Houston to serve as a left-handed specialist in the Astros’ bullpen, which previously had rookie Reymin Guduan as its only southpaw.

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Tillman hopes to find form as O's host Tigers
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Matthew Boyd’s between-starts work included diaper changes and housework after pitching for the Tigers the day after his wife delivered their first child. After catching up on sleep the last couple nights, Boyd will be back on the mound Thursday in Baltimore, where the O’s will counter with Chris Tillman to begin a four-game set.

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