From players and their families to travel directors, real estate agents and clubhouse attendants, here's how trade deadline swaps actually affect people's lives -- both on and off the field.
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As they climb up our rankings, second-place teams are showing it's way too early to count them out in any race.
Michael Brantley homered twice, Jose Altuve also went deep and the Houston Astros beat the struggling Texas Rangers 5-3 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
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"I'm not an emotional man, except when it comes to family," Harold Baines said, right before his voice cracked. He doesn't say much, but he means what he says.
Jose Urquidy threw seven dominant innings for his first major league win and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, sending the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the skidding Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Justin Verlander struck out 12 in six solid innings, four Houston players hit solo home runs and the Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday night.
Rangers starter Mike Minor is getting sick of all the speculation that he may be traded.
Eduardo Escobar homered twice and the Arizona Diamondbacks tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game with 21 hits while thumping the Texas Rangers 19-4 Wednesday night.
Rookie Alex Young allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Tuesday night.
The Texas Rangers have activated Hunter Pence from the injured list after he missed 23 games and a chance to start in the All-Star Game.
Bumgarner to the Yankees? Stroman in Houston? We've mapped out a deadline blueprint for all 30 front offices to follow.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Justin Verlander followed a two-run first inning with five no-hit innings and Jose Altuve hit Houston's franchise-record ninth grand slam of the season as the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 12-4 on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Angels will play a day-night doubleheader in their return to Texas next month to make up the game that was postponed after the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
George Springer scored the go-ahead run from first base on Jose Altuve's two-out double in the 11th inning and the AL West-leading Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Saturday night after dropping the first two games in the series.
Frustrated with the strike zone, Rangers pitcher Jesse Chavez removed his glasses and offered them to plate umpire Rob Drake as he walked off the mound Friday night.
Danny Santana lined a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 9-8 on Friday night, rallying from a four-run deficit after major league strikeout leader Gerrit Cole exited the game.
Before speaking with former MLB OF Kenny Lofton about his memories in Cleveland, the Steroid Era, his Hall of Fame case and the time he smashed a thermometer (31:47), Buster talks to Dave Schoenfield about which teams should buy, sell or hold at the trade deadline (5:39). Plus, Rangers manager Chris Woodward discusses his team's strong first half (26:29).