MILWAUKEE — The Brewers acquired second baseman Jonathan Schoop in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, adding another option to a crowded infield as they make a push for the playoffs. The Brewers sent second baseman Jonathan Villar and two prospects to Baltimore. Schoop was the second infielder Milwaukee acquired in the last few days before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Brewers also dealt for third baseman Mike Moustakas from Kansas City. The plan then was for left-
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have accelerated the dismantling of one of this season’s most disappointing teams, entering the final hours before Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Twins traded relief pitcher Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners and starting pitcher Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees on Monday before their game against Cleveland, three days after dealing popular infielder Eduardo Escobar to Arizona and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly to
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Chipper Jones didn’t bow to the pressure of the moment, and it was considerable. Jones was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he stood there delivering his speech with wife Taylor staring up at him, hours away from giving birth to a son to be named Cooper in honor of the special day. Faced with that daunting task, Jones delivered flawlessly, just as he did during his 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves. “She changed my life
CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for Aaron Judge and the Yankees, and the World Series champion Astros, too. The Orioles, White Sox and Royals are on track to lose more than 100. It’s the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns after the All-Star break. “There’s a few good teams out there that they’re going to make it interesting in the second half,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
At the All-Star break last year, Chris Sale looked as if he might pull away in the American League Cy Young race. He already had 178 strikeouts with only 22 walks. By the end of the season, of course, Sale had to settle for second place — and not a particularly close second — after Corey Kluber took the award away with a torrid second half. That’s all just a roundabout way of saying that the following midseason awards aren’t meant as predictions of who will actually
Three Milwaukee Brewers were selected by their peers to represent the National League in Tuesday, July 17th’s All-Star game in Washington, D.C. The trio of pitcher Josh Hader and outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain hope to have a fourth teammate with them in the nation’s capital as first baseman Jesus Aguilar is one of five players fans can vote for in the final spot. The Brewers sport the best record in the National League with a 54-36 record entering play today.
MINNEAPOLIS — Bobby Wilson helped Kyle Gibson turn around his pitching after a rough first inning. Then, for at least one afternoon, the veteran catcher fixed his own struggles at the plate. Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Gibson recovered from a shaky first to throw seven innings, and the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Saturday. Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to help send the Twins to their third win in a row. “You take them any way you can get them,