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As MLB mulls rule changes, union hints at work stoppage

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games. That initiative is likely to be met by a testy union stung by declining free-agent prices and already raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the 2021 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark outlined their differing agendas before the All-Star Game.

Record 10 homers as American League wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ross Stripling to start the 10th inning, part of a record 10 long balls in all, and the American League beat the N.L. 8-6 Tuesday night to extend its All-Star Game winning streak to six.

Manny Machado trade rumors grabbing attention at All-Star Game

UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

The pending trade of Manny Machado by the Baltimore Orioles has become the center of attraction at the All-Star Game. Machado was mobbed by his locker before the game in Washington. He says he’s heard nothing about a pending deal, adding, “There will be a time and place for everything.”

Mariners slump continues with fourth straight loss

UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

All-Star Trevor Story led off the ninth inning with his 20th homer, and the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

Mariners fall to Colorado 4-1, stumble toward All-Star break

UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

An uninspiring 4-1 loss to the Rockies on Saturday night in the sauna that was Coors Field meant a third straight series loss and Seattle’s seventh loss in 10 games. The Mariners are 58-38 with one game left to play before the break.

Mariners give up 10 runs in loss to Rockies

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Trevor Story homered and drove in four runs, Charlie Blackmon also connected and the Colorado Rockies beat the Seattle Mariners 10-7 on Friday night.

Indians’ Corey Kluber receives knee injection, will miss All-Star Game

Corey Kluber’s stellar first half ended with a sudden stop. Cleveland’s ace received an injection in his right knee that will force him to miss the All-Star Game. But more importantly, the Indians are hoping it will allow the right-hander to continue leading their rotation after the break – and beyond.

MLB capsules: Mookie Betts hits grand slam and Red Sox win their 10th straight

UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:59 p.m.

Mookie Betts fouled off seven pitches before hitting a grand slam that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 10 games. Boston has the longest current winning streak in the big leagues and hasn’t lost since getting routed 11-1 at Yankee Stadium on July 1. At 66-29, the Red Sox are 37 games over .500 for the first time since 1949.