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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The idea of flipping closer Aroldis Chapman has been in play since the Yankees acquired him from the Reds at a discount price this winter due to his domestic violence/gun incident. GM Brian Cashman felt like the price point had dropped where it was too good to pass up. By Aug. 1 and perhaps much earlier, Chapman is expected to be an ex-Yankee and Cashman is in position to receive better prospects than the four middling ones he gave to the Reds.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the Cubs' newest bullpen option Joe Nathan talk about going from rehab mode to the heat of a pennant race.


Sale's history of cutting up

Buster Olney says that the incident in which Chris Sale cut up the White Sox's throwback uniforms was not indicative of his relationship with management in Chicago.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran reliever Joe Nathan has been activated by the Cubs. Righty Adam Warren has been optioned to AAA Iowa to clear a roster spot.

Katie Strang 

Told that the Chicago White Sox are not expecting Pitcher Chris Sale to be at the ballpark today. 3B Todd Frazier again declined to speak about the situation and also would not comment when asked whether players have any issues with the throwback uniforms. Both manager Robin Ventura and GM Rick Hahn are expected to address the media before today's game.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is my personal ranking on who has best chance of getting Aroldis Chapman 1. Cubs 2. Nats 3. Indians...then the rest of the field

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Why is Michael Conforto in center field on Sunday? Said manager Terry Collins: "If we don' play him in center field, we don't have anywhere to play him." Yoenis Cespedes is being restricted to left field and Curtis Granderson doesn't have the range to handle center field.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't think he'll have Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman Sunday.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says it's his job to tell his players to block out the noise when it comes to trade talks. Says he's going to continue trying to manage to win.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees Sunday lineup vs. Giants: Gardner LF Ellsbury CF Beltran DH McCann C Castro 2B Gregorius SS Teixeira 1B Headley 3B Hicks RF/Eovaldi RHP ... Trade candidate Chapman listed on the roster ...

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Mariners ad for Junior in today's Seattle Times

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce right-hander Joe Kelly has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and struggling right-hander Heath Hembree has been optioned.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Shout out to Ken Griffey Jr for Ken Griffey Jr baseball N64. I definitely didn't stack the Mariners with all the big-yellow-circle batters.