Podcast: Breaking down the trade deadline with Jeff Passan Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. If you dig the show, please  subscribe and review us on iTunes . It’s that time of the baseball season where Jeff Passan’s phone is buzzing with information. Yes, the trade deadline is coming on Aug. 1, which means teams are making moves and our pal Jeff is trying to wade through the rumors and find the truth. [...
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Video: Four important rules for fans at MLB's trade deadline Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Baseball’s trade deadline is creeping up on us. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Monday to make whatever swaps will help them either get in position for the postseason or rebuild for next year, the year after or … one of these years. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] We’re already watching keenly to see where players such as Jay Bruce, Jonathan Lucroy and Andrew Cashner will...
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Miguel Sano takes frustration out on bat Bo Jackson-style Big League Stew (Kyle Ringo) — Your browser does not support iframes. Miguel Sano went 1-for-5 and drove in two runs Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Not a banner night by any means, but hardly the kind of performance you might expect to upset him. But Sano was angry when he struck out in the eighth inning. It was his third strike out of the night and 105th this season and it came with two runners in...
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Don't look now, but the Marlins are actually contending Big League Stew (Liz Roscher) — Not long ago, the Miami Marlins were the laughingstock of baseball. They signed Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle in 2012, only to trade them in the offseason when they finished last in the NL East. Manager Ozzie Guillen, hired in September 2011, was fired 13 months later. In 2013, they lost 100 games. In 2015, GM Dan Jennings fired manager Mike Redmond and took over for him in the dugout despite...
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On Baseball: Call it Selling. Call it ‘Rearranging.’ For Yankees, What Matters Is Whom and How Many?

NY Times: Bats (TYLER KEPNER) — The Aroldis Chapman trade was a start, but the Yankees must keep building. Trading the All-Star reliever Andrew Miller would bring back the biggest haul.
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Brewers have an error party, committing five in two tragic innings Big League Stew (Liz Roscher) — Tragic is really the only way to describe what happened to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first two innings of Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two players, right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and shortstop Jonathan Villar, committed a combined five errors in just two frames. It started innocently enough. With one out in the first, Diamondbacks second baseman Phil Gosselin...
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Fantasy baseball daily notes for July 29 - MLB matchups

ESPN: MLB Mike Sheets takes you through all of Friday's best pitching and hitting options.
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Factbox-Russian Athletes Affected by Rio Bans

NY Times: Bats (REUTERS) — Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games.
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Aroldis Chapman electrifies Wrigley Field in Cubs debut Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more. The hard-thrower left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and a Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox, he’d whipped them into a frenzy. Chapman’s off-the-field...
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Cardinals rally again, snap Jeurys Familia's remarkable save streak Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. The St. Louis Cardinals are starting to show the resilience that has made them so dangerous in recent seasons. For the third time in the last week, St. Louis...
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Astros 4, Yankees 1: Yankees Fall to Astros, Blowing an Opportunity

NY Times: Bats (BILLY WITZ) — With a chance to gain ground on their American League East rivals Baltimore, Toronto and Boston, all losers earlier in the day, the Yankees dropped a decision to Houston.
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Cardinals 5, Mets 4: Mets’ Rally Goes for Naught as Cardinals Storm Past Jeurys Familia

NY Times: Bats (JAMES WAGNER) — Familia survived many tightrope walks this season, but he finally stumbled in a loss that negated Yoenis Cespedes’s dramatic two-run homer.
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Gerrit Cole fires first MLB complete game thanks to fancy defense Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — In his third start off the disabled list, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole looked like he’s ready to roll. The 25-year-old right-hander went the distance in a 10-1 win  against the Seattle Mariners, which marked his first career complete game at the major-league level. Cole needed just 93 pitches to record his 27 outs. He allowed one earned run on three hits while walking none and...
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Alex Rodriguez Turns 41, and Celebration Shifts to Yankees’ Bench

NY Times: Bats (BILLY WITZ) — Last year around his birthday, he was on a home-run spree. This year, there are few signs of his slugging prowess.
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MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Jonathan Lucroy is a hot commodity Big League Stew (Chris Cwik) — The market for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has picked up. (Getty Images/Mike McGinnis) The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Wednesday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits . MAKE IT HAPPEN: Offers for Milwaukee Brewers...
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