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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Tough loss for the Mariners as the Phillies score twice in the ninth off Edwin Diaz to take both games of a short series at Safeco. Diaz, so impressive as a rookie last year, has been terrible, with eight home runs allowed now in just 31 innings. He needs to work on pitching, instead of just trying to throw 98-mph fastballs past hitters.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

That's eight losses in a row for the reeling Rockies. Yes, the starting pitching has mostly been awful in this stretch, but that was a weak lineup Bud Black threw out there today, with three subs and Ian Desmond and Trevor Story, who haven't been good. They're still on pace for 94 wins, but this is a crushing stretch as far as winning the division.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Tyler Austin, not in the lineup, could be the next Yankee on the DL. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it is possible. If so, Chris Carter just accepted an assignment to go to Triple-A so he could be next.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Upon being told he's 5-for-35 (.143) with eight strikeouts vs. lefties, Hanley Ramirez said, "You're kidding me. I didn't know that for real. So, OK, after this conversation, let's see what's going to happen now. I'll say it: Bring it, OK? I didn't know, I swear. Interesting."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats closer Koda Glover, who hit the DL on June 11 with back issues, said he's dealing with severe rotator cuff inflammation and isn't close to being able to resume throwing. Glover says that he actually experienced the shoulder problems first and that trying to pitch through it resulted in the back injury.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Tebow singled in his second plate appearance today in his debut with the Mets' St. Lucie affiliate in the Florida State League. So he's got that out of the way.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said a deciding factor in designating Miguel Montero for assignment was the youth in the clubhouse. He didn't think it set a good example to other players despite Jake Arrieta's insistence that he and Montero were ok.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the situation with Miguel Montero.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Tebow is starting at designated hitter and batting eighth for the St. Lucie Mets in his Florida State League debut. He struck out looking on three pitches against Palm Beach's Connor Jones in his first plate appearance.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Newcomer Miguel Andujar is DHing tonight for the Yankees against White Sox lefty Carlos Rondon. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has Aaron Judge batting second and Gary Sanchez third.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Sad news about former Mets, Cubs and Astros pitcher Anthony Young passing away at 51. He's remembered for losing a record 27 consecutive decisions -- let's see that get broken -- but was a better pitcher than his W-L record indicates. His career adjusted ERA was 100 -- exactly league average.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker, whose Nats ran wild on the Cubs last night, hadn't heard that Chicago catcher Miguel Montero was let go today after publicly throwing pitcher Jake Arrieta under the bus. Baker's reaction: "Wow."

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mariners have used 13 starting pitchers and now comes the news that Drew Smyly, who hasn't pitched all season, will have Tommy John surgery -- meaning he could miss most or all of next season as well. Fans may blame that WBC game when Smyly dominated while throwing harder than normal, but he's had injury issues in the past, so was a risky acquisition in the first place. Look for the Mariners to look for a starter at the trade deadline.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have placed Matt Holliday on the 10-day DL and have called up Miguel Andujar from Triple-A. The teams says Holliday has a viral infection. Chris Carter, who still owed $3.5M by the Yankees, has accepted an assignment to go to Triple-A Scranton.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Last season, Miguel Montero ranked third in getting extra strikes for pitchers. This season: 44th out of 66 catchers. According to Statcast, Montero averaged a 2.12-second "pop time" on throws to second base this season, tied for the slowest among 52 catchers to make at least five throws. The major league average is 2.00 seconds, and the Cubs' Willson Contreras is averaging 1.93 seconds (eight-best).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will designate Miguel Montero for assignment and call up Triple-A catcher Victor Caratini, according to a source familiar with the situation. Montero publicly called out starter Jake Arrieta after Tuesday's game for allowing the Nationals to steal 7 bases, claiming he was slow to the plate. Montero is 0 for 31 throwing out would be base stealers this season.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Was looking at overall numbers since last season's All-Star break while considering my ASG picks for this season. One thing I had not expected to find: Since July 15, 2016, Atlanta's Ender Inciarte leads all big-leaguers with 200 hits.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz on coming back after the rain: "We kind of said if it's more than an hour or if it's past 10 o'clock it would be kind of iffy. Of course, it's a 10 o'clock start time. I'm like, 'Well, s---, it's a hard decision to make, putting it right on the time when we said we wouldn't go over.' But I felt pretty good." Said he threw, rode bike, ran sprints in batting cage during 76-minute delay.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 9, Twins 2: Don't look now, but Drew Pomeranz has been Boston's second-best starting pitcher lately. Pomeranz waited out a 76-minute rain delay in second inning Tuesday night and stayed in the game to deliver five solid innings and save the bullpen. In his last seven starts, Pomeranz is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 9 walks in 40 innings. Christian Vázquez and Chris Young homered for Red Sox, who reclaimed sole possession of first place in AL East.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' bullpen utterly self-destructed in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. In the eighth, two Yankees relievers, including Tyler Clippard, issued four walks to allow the White Sox to get within one. In the ninth, Dellin Betances walked two and hit a batter before allowing a Jose Abreu game-winning two-run single.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In a high intensity eighth inning, Yankee relievers walked four batters, gifting the White Sox a run, but they didn't relinquish the lead. Tyler Clippard, who has recently become the most despised player by Yankee fans, got out of a bases loaded jam with a 3-2 strikeout of Matt Davidson. They head to the ninth with the Yankees up, 3-2, over the White Sox.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Miguel Montero discuss a bad night behind the plate as the Nationals stole 7 bases against him and Jake Arrieta.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catch Miguel Montero discuss the 7 stolen bases on him in the team's 6-1 loss to the Nationals. He claims his pitcher didn't help matters.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees Luis Severino had a career-high 12 Ks in his seven innings of one-run ball. He stands to be the winner if the Yankees' 3-1 lead holds up over the White Sox.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

This is what MVPs do. With the Yankees down a run in the eighth, Aaron Judge just tied the game with an RBI single up the middle to make 1-1 with the White Sox.