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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins second-round draft pick Joe Dunand has had plenty of coaching and instruction during his path to pro baseball. That comes with the territory when you are Alex Rodriguez's nephew. In addition to soaking in advice from A-Rod, Dunand has learned from great coaches at some of the top amateur programs in the country (Gulliver Prep in Miami in high school and N.C. State in college). But there's also a hitting instructor in the Bronx who helped Dunand along the way. Jose Martinez, a youth coach in New York City, helped Dunand with his swing as a young teen and has helped countless other young players perfect their swing. Martinez, a former scout who runs The Art of Hitting program, is proud to see Dunand reach his goal of playing professionally. "I'm so happy for him," said Martinez, who has also worked with MLBer Pedro Alvarez.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals recalled catching prospect Carson Kelly on Friday morning, though he is not in the starting lineup for this afternoon's game against the Cubs. Kelly went 2 for 13 in his first shot at the majors last season. The converted third baseman was hitting .283/.375/.459 at Triple-A Memphis. He slotted as the No. 27 overall prospect in the game in Keith Law's midseason rankings.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Seeing the Cardinals trade Marco Gonzales ( ranked No. 12 in Keith Law's preseason Cards prospect rankings) for the Mariners' Tyler O'Neill (just missed the top 100, M's No. 2 prospect preseason) is a pretty interesting prospect challenge trade. Gonzales could help the Mariners' rotation right now.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Did the breather that comes with the All-Star break help the surging Cubs hit the reset button? Maybe, maybe not. But Joe Maddon loves the way his team has played over the last week.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant is not in the lineup today for the Cubs and remains day to day. Here is manager Joe Maddon giving an update on the MVP.


Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

You can consider the A's decision to re-unite with former Athletic and current Yankees discard Chris Carter (and send him to Triple-A Nashville) as a preliminary to their getting a Yonder Alonso trade done by the deadline. Despite the Yankees connection, quite KC A's-era contemptible.

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The Yankees won the first game of their series with the Mariners as Aaron Judge continues to get back on track.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Luis Severino told me right after the All-Star Break that he hadn't realized how much he welcomed the rest; pitching like a true ace his last two outings. He's allowed only 1ER over 14 innings vs Red Sox and Mariners, where he had to face off against none other than Chris Sale and Félix Hernández.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

For the record: Yonder Alonso's agent, Dan Lozano, has not discussed a possible extension for the first baseman with the Athletics.