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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez on adapting to American baseball and six years in the minors

8:00 AM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. This interview was conducted in Spanish and has been translated. Few rookies have made as much of a stir as Gary Sanchez, who played his first significant time for the Yankees last season: In just 53 games, Sanchez hit 20 home runs and had 42 RBIs, finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting. Though he missed time early this year with injury, Sanchez has come back strong and, along with teammate Aaron…

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Chris Sale of Boston Red Sox reaches 200 strikeouts faster than any AL pitcher ever

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It was a fastball, 96 mph on the outer half of the plate, and Kole Calhoun didn’t swing at it as much as he reached and flailed. Once again, Chris Sale‘s last pitch of a game was as nasty as his first. Sale struck out Calhoun to complete a sixth scoreless inning Friday night in the Boston Red Sox‘s 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. It marked Sale’s 200th strikeout of the season in his 20th start, putting the ace lefty in a class with Nolan…

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Yoenis Cespedes of New York Mets hoping to finish career with Oakland Athletics

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that he wants to finish his career with the Athletics, the team with which he made his major league debut. The 31-year-old is signed through 2020. “I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Cespedes told the Chronicle. “I love Oakland all the time.” Cespedes played 365 games for Oakland after making his debut in 2012. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2014…

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Kris Bryant of Chicago Cubs out of lineup with sprained left finger

CHICAGO — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup Friday after he sprained a finger on a headfirst slide earlier this week. Bryant got hurt in the first inning of Chicago’s 8-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, and he is considered day-to-day. The 25-year-old Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 homers and 40 RBIs in 88 games. He won the National League MVP award last year, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Javier Baez got the start at…

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Real or not? The Dodgers lost — no, really — and the Pirates revive – SweetSpot

The most eye-popping stat of all the eye-popping stats we’ve seen lately about the Los Angeles Dodgers is the one that Elias put out late Wednesday: The Dodgers had won a record 44 straight games in which they held a lead of any kind. That’s just flat ridiculous, but it also identifies the No. 1 item on your “How to beat the Dodgers” to-do list, which is to not let them get a lead. The Atlanta Braves jumped on Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy for two first-inning runs on Thursday and…

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Olney: Teams that must decide whether to buy or sell – Buster Olney Blog

A generation of Kansas City Royals players is nearing the end of its time together. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and others instrumental to the 2015 championship will head into free agency this fall, and no one can say for sure when the small-market Royals will hold a victory parade again. So while Kansas City hasn’t played well over the past 10 days and sits three games out of first place in the AL Central, the Royals’ front office continues to send signals into the market that it is…

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From Archer to Yu (Darvish): Every team’s untouchable player at the trade deadline – SweetSpot

With the trade deadline right around the corner, the general managers of every team are evaluating what they have as well as what they need — and whom they would never give up to get what they want. Looking at all 30 teams, who is that guy, the one player they couldn’t — or shouldn’t — deal? But not just the obvious “must keep” franchise players, like Bryce Harper or Aaron Judge. We know they won’t get traded. But after that kind of player, who’s the guy who shouldn’t get…

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Yoan Moncada is the vanguard of a Chicago White Sox revival – SweetSpot

CHICAGO — For months now, Chicago White Sox fans have been hearing about their club’s plans to create a brighter future with a lot of young men they mostly know from reading prospect rankings. That changed Wednesday when Yoan Moncada morphed from theory to practice, making his Chicago debut on, of all things, “Game of Thrones” night at Guaranteed Rate Field. And the opponent was no joke: The high-flying Los Angeles Dodgers. Moncada was picked up early in the day from the airport by first baseman Jose Abreu, whom he…

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Jose Abreu of Chicago White Sox wastes no time in mentorship of Yoan Moncada

CHICAGO — Yoan Moncada has a friend from his hometown to show him all about life in the big leagues in his new town. The first lesson from new Chicago White Sox teammate Jose Abreu, a fellow product of Cienfuegos, Cuba, was on Chicago traffic. But despite some construction and delays, the road to Guaranteed Rate Field was completed Wednesday for Moncada, Chicago’s new second baseman and baseball’s top prospect, according to Baseball America. “I texted (Abreu) and I asked him in the morning if he can pick me up…

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New York Yankees acquire Todd Frazier from Chicago White Sox

The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier, along with relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, from the Chicago White Sox, they announced Tuesday night. The White Sox received outfielder Blake Rutherford, who was New York’s 2016 first-round pick. They also got left-handed pitching prospect Ian Clarkin, minor league outfielder Tito Polo and Yankees right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard, whose contract helps offset some of the money in Frazier’s and Robertson’s deals. Clippard is in the second year of a two-year, $12.25 million deal. Frazier, who is from New…

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