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Whether it's a star who needs to step up or a prospect to watch the rest of the way, every team has someone who could define their season.
William Weinbaum ESPN
A day after a foul ball struck a child at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals said Mon. they'll extend safety netting — KC is the 7th team to announce such plans since a chilling nationally televised episode in Houston May 29 when a Cubs foul liner past third base injured a toddler. The White Sox installed netting to the foul poles — a first — and the Nationals to nearly the poles. The Dodgers, Pirates & Orioles said they'll lengthen netting and the Rangers unveiled extensions for their new ballpark opening in 2020. All 30 parks have netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts, but several fans have been injured since May 29 and pressure is mounting for more protection.
Jakob Junis struck out a career-high 10 and Nicky Lopez drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Monday night.
Before hearing from Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts (40:38), Buster talks to Tim Kurkjian about an unforgettable Friday night for the Angels, weekend trades and the amazing Fernando Tatis Jr. (11:55). Plus, a Chicago White Sox edition of "Cap Talk" with Todd Radom (32:04).
Here's the latest intel we're hearing, key names to watch, reaction to completed deals and shopping lists for every team as July 31 approaches.
The first-half rankings have been a two-team tango at the top, but the Bombers could be ready to cut in on Houston and L.A.
Chad Pinder scored all the way from first base when White Sox shortstop Jose Rondon made a throwing error trying to start a double play in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Chicago 3-2 on Sunday.
Franklin Barreto hit a three-run home run to cap a seven-run first inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 13-2 on Saturday.
Mike Fiers pitched into the eighth inning to win his seventh consecutive decision, Oakland hit three solo home runs and the Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Friday night.
With the season officially resuming tonight, we look at the contenders, the train wrecks, the trade deadline and more.
With a pair of Juniors -- Fernando Tatis and Vlad Guerrero -- graduating to the bigs, there's a new look atop the best-prospects list.
William Weinbaum ESPN
How did the White Sox decide to become MLB's first team to install protective netting from foul pole to foul pole? Team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said, "Let's do it," according to executive VP Howard Pizer. In a recent interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, Pizer added, "He decided after some conversations internally that this is what was the right thing to do for the White Sox and that was it."
William Weinbaum ESPN
The White Sox announced that they began work Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field to install protective netting extensions to the foul poles, with the majority of work expected to be completed Wednesday. The Chisox said all of the new netting of the ballpark's lower bowl would be in place for an exhibition fundraiser July 17 and then their first home game after the All-Star break on July 22, when they'll host the first game in an MLB park with foul pole-to-foul pole netting.
Work was expected to be completed Wednesday that will make the White Sox the first team to extend netting to the foul poles after a couple of high-profile injuries this spring increased the focus on fan safety at ballparks.
Is your team a contender or a pretender coming out of the All-Star break, and what does that mean for its trade deadline status?
Dan Mullen ESPN.com
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From media day to the Home Run Derby to the Midsummer Classic, Cleveland is rocking. Here's what happened at Progressive Field.
The Chicago White Sox have claimed first baseman A.J. Reed off waivers from the Houston Astros and have assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte.
Unexpected contenders like the Twins, Rays and Rangers are challenging elite clubs like the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees.
A look at which players projections say are closest to ready now, how great they'll be and stars they're comparable to.
Ivan Nova pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning for his first home win in eight tries, Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu homered, and the Chicago White Sox beat the crosstown Cubs 3-1 to salvage a two-game split Sunday.
Cleveland's turn to host brings a new wave of young stars, a HR Derby featuring two top rookies, and the Midsummer Classic.
Jon Lester pitched into the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat All-Star Lucas Giolito and the crosstown White Sox 6-3 at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday night.