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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Rich Hill 18 GS '15-'16: 105 IP, 69 hits, 126Ks, 2.06 ERA, 201 ERA+. So yes, a legit candidate for $16.7m qualifying offer if not traded.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Cubs ahead 11-0, this just came up as an area of research in the pressbox: What is the minimum delay time before an umpire can call a game that has been delayed? According to Rule 4.03e, it's 30 minutes.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Although Zack Wheeler had tentatively been expected to face batters this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, that did not occur. Manager Terry Collins said there has been no setback with Wheeler. Regardless, it looks like Wheeler will be back no earlier than September -- if then. Once Wheeler throws batting practice for the first time, he still is about 10 days away from a minor-league rehab assignment that could last for as long as a month. Logan Verrett has capably stepped into the rotation spot formerly occupied by Matt Harvey as the Mets bide time for Wheeler to return.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Delay alert: They're unrolling the tarp at Wrigley Field with a steady drizzle falling. Cubs lead Seattle 11-0 headed into the bottom of the seventh.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats & Info: The Cubs have their eighth game of the season with at least 10 runs. They scored 10 runs or more a total of eight times in 2014 and 2015 combined.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

In promoting the lefty-hitting Brandon Nimmo, the Mets concluded they did not have an attractive righty-hitting option who could play center field. They considered promoting 27-year-old Travis Taijeron, who is hitting .297 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 347 at-bats with Las Vegas. But they were dissuaded because Taijeron has 122 strikeouts -- the third-highest total in the Pacific Coast League -- and might have difficulty making contact at the major league level.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

No surprise with a righthander (Jake Odorizzi) starting for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, but Alex Rodriguez is not in the lineup for the sixth straight game. Here's who is: Gardner 7, Ellsbury 8, Beltran DH, McCann 2, Teixeira 3, Gregorius 6, Castro 4, Headley 5, Refsnyder 9, Nova P

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

If Athletics can't find a suitable deal for Rich Hill over next 34 days, it could make sense for them to give him $16.7m qualifying offer.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Juan Lagares has been placed on the disabled list and will undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb. Terry Collins estimated a six-week absence.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mariners have inquired about Reds SS Zack Cozart. Not a perfect fit with Ketel Marte due back sooner than expected. But the M's are on both Cozart & Jay Bruce

Boston should trade for Ryan Braun

ESPN's David Schoenfield says the Red Sox could just slug their way to a pennant.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly promoted Brandon Nimmo relays the story of how Wally Backman informed him of his second call-up to the majors and discusses what he learned during his initial stint in the majors.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward hit just his 5th home run of the season on Friday against the Mariners and first since June 11. His manager has wanted him to elevate the ball more which he did in the third inning homering to right field.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores reflects on the one-year anniversary of his near-trade to the Brewers, which unraveled after the Mets disapproved of Carlos Gomez's medical information.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

What a turnout for Friday afternoon baseball at Wrigley Field! Mariners visit the Cubs for first time since 2007.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

To review on Bruce and the Mets: At the deadline last year, Mets offered Zack Wheeler for him. On morning of deadline, CIN asked for more.