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2 teams take lead in Machado sweepstakes

As contenders continue to jockey for position with less than three weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the leaderboard in the race for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado remains fluid. A source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi that, as of Saturday night, the Dodgers and Phillies are ahead of the pack. The Brewers and Yankees are also ...

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Papa John's founder: 'We don't want to do business with Roger Goodell'

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter continues to make headlines, this time in NFL circles. After resigning as a Louisville trustee amid a report of him using the N-word on a conference call, Schnatter had some choice words regarding pro football’s commissioner. “We are very glad to get out… NFL | theScore

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Pillar avoids potentially life-threatening injury, out 4-6 weeks

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar will miss the next four-to-six weeks after straining the sternoclavicular joint in his right shoulder Saturday while laying out for a superb diving catch at Fenway Park. It could’ve been a lot worse, though, according to team trainer Nikki Huffman.</… MLB | theScore

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Verlander vs. Detroit, a special place in his heart

HOUSTON — A lot has happened to former Tigers ace Justin Verlander in less than a year. Most notably, he’s added two rings: one from his new marriage and the other from the World Series he won with the Astros last season. Verlander, who is scheduled to pitch against Detroit in the finale of a three-game set at Minute Maid ...

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Best tools among Futures Game prospects

The best all-around player in the big leagues first displayed his abilities to a national audience at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. So did the Majors’ best pure hitter and most fearsome slugger, not to mention the greatest pitcher of his generation. Before they became superstars, Mike Trout, Joey Votto, <span class="token token… MLB News Index

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Futures Game: 4 ET, MLB Network, MLB.com

Twenty-eight of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects will take the field Sunday in the SiriusXM Futures Game. The 20th annual prospect showcase will feature several future big leaguers, including some who should arrive in the near future. Fourteen of the 50 players from last year’s game currently are in the Majors, including Ronald Acuna, Brian Anderson, Rafael Devers, Jack Flaherty ...

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Bucks can't afford more mistakes with Giannis' clock ticking

The Milwaukee Bucks shrugged off the loss of Jabari Parker like it was no big deal, as if the fifth-smallest NBA market can just afford to waste No. 2 picks. Parker diminished in importance when Giannis Antetokounmpo emerged as a franchise player, and after the forward tore his left ACL twice, Milwaukee couldn’t justify matching a bloated $ 40-million offer ...

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