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It would make sense if Bryce Harper wanted a fresh start after the way things have gone for the Washington Nationals this season, but the star outfielder insists he is happy the team chose not to move him at the trade deadline.

With rumors swirling throughout the week, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said prior to Tuesday’s deadline that Harper was not going anywhere. Harper later revealed that Rizzo told him as much the night before, and the soon-to-be free agent said he is pleased with the result. Continue Reading, by Steve DelVecchio

JA Happ is the second prominent MLB pitcher to contract hand, foot and mouth disease this year, but there is somewhat of a positive to his case. According to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, Happ has a mild case of the illness and should be able to start on Saturday.

Happ was recently acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays and got a win on Sunday in his first start with the team. The Yankees are hoping — and expecting — that Happ will not need to miss any time.

The 35-year-old southpaw is 11-5 with a 4.05 ERA this season. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is the other pitcher to recently have the same illness. By Larry Brown


One of Alex Cora’s core philosophies as manager has been to zealously guard the health of his players. That has particularly been the case with ace lefthander Chris Sale.

From the first day of spring training, the Red Sox were careful to restrict how often Sale threw, even in routine defensive drills.

Once the season started, Sale was given extra rest when possible and often has been limited to six innings or fewer than 100 pitches in his starts. The idea was to keep him effective deep into the season. Sale flourished under the regimen, putting together what has been the best year of his career. Continue Reading, by Peter Abraham


The Pirates stunned the baseball industry by swooping in and landing Tampa Bay Rays veteran starter Chris Archer, the biggest star traded Tuesday, giving up two prospects – center fielder Austin Meadows, reliever Ty Glasnow and a player to be named. Continue Reading, by 

Newly acquired Dodger second baseman Brian Dozier watches the ninth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers from the dugout at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)

He finally had a second to catch his breath, and catch up.

In the early afternoon, Brian Dozier had learned of his trade to the Dodgers and rushed to catch a flight from Minneapolis. In the early evening, he landed in Los Angeles, hopped into a car to Dodger Stadium, then turned on his phone, with a seemingly endless stream of text messages awaiting him.

“When you say Dodgers to people in Mississippi, it’s a pretty big deal,” Dozier said.

Dozier grew up in Mississippi, idolizing Chase Utley. On Tuesday afternoon, the locker next to Utley belonged to Logan Forsythe. By the evening, the Forsythe nameplate had been swapped for a Dozier nameplate, and Dozier walked into the Dodgers’ clubhouse to find himself in the locker next to his childhood hero. Continue Reading, by 

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