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Manny Machado wanted to be with Yankees or Red Sox, says MLB exec

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Manny Machado wanted to be with Yankees or Red Sox, says MLB exec

Manny Machado still hasn't signed a contract on the MLB free-agent market, but according to one MLB executive, the former Baltimore Orioles shortstop has had his sights on playing in the American League East again.

Fancred's Jon Heyman dropped this nugget in a story published Thursday about Machado's interest in the New York Yankees and, at least at one time, the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees already said in this space it won’t be $300M for them, so they are hoping his preference carries the day. “I think he ends up in New York,” one rival exec says. “He wanted to be with the Yankees or Red Sox. We’ve known that for a while. And it’s not going to be Boston.”

Machado isn't coming to the Red Sox, for a few obvious reasons. He had a very public feud with the Sox in 2017 after he slid hard into Dustin Pedroia at second base during an April game in Baltimore. He also rubbed Red Sox fans, and maybe some players, the wrong way when he stepped on Boston first baseman Steve Pearce while running down the first base line in Game 4 of the 2018 World Series. 

The Yankees, however, are a real threat to sign Machado, as Heyman also notes. They need another elite starting pitcher more than a powerful bat, but the appeal of a player of Machado's caliber is pretty strong. New York is determined to improve its roster and avenge last season's playoff exit at the hands of the Red Sox in the American League Division Series. Adding a player with Machado's talent certainly would help them quite a bit in the arms race against Boston, while also adding more fuel to a heated rivalry that was re-born in 2018. 

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Breakfast Podcast, June 24, 2019: Red Sox continue to disappoint at the halfway mark

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Breakfast Podcast, June 24, 2019: Red Sox continue to disappoint at the halfway mark

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1:28 - No they haven’t turned the corner we won’t argue that, but the Red Sox pulled off a walkout win vs. the White Sox last night despite committing a handful of mistakes. Lou Merloni and John Tomase break down the win and we hear from Alex Cora following the game.

5:20 - When Danny Ainge made the comment ‘good people make coming to work more fun’ after his new draft picks were introduced, was he throwing shade at Kyrie Irving? A. Sherrod Blakely, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta debate.

9:45 - With the Sox playing game 81 tonight and at the halfway point of the regular season, Lou Merloni and John Tomase give some first-half superlatives, including MVP, biggest disappointment, best win and reason for optimism in the second half.

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WATCH: Marco Hernandez' infield hit helps Red Sox walk it off

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WATCH: Marco Hernandez' infield hit helps Red Sox walk it off

The Boston Red Sox had lost back-to-back games heading into their Monday night game against the Chicago White Sox. Marco Hernandez made sure that they didn't make it three straight.

Hernandez came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. The White Sox had intentionally walked Jackie Bradley Jr. after a stolen base put runners on second and third, and Hernandez made them pay for that decision. Here's a look at his game-winning infield hit from the game.

While Tim Anderson's throw was on target, Hernandez still beat it by a step and the ball was dropped. Anderson may have had a play at third base, but it would have been a risky play to make. Either way, All the runners were safe and Hernandez was credited for the game-ending RBI.

Hernandez is hitting .241 with a homer and five RBIs in limited action this year. He hadn't played in the major leagues since May of 2017 after suffering a shoulder injury. He needed three separate surgeries to fix the problem and finally made his comeback earlier this year.

Needless to say, this was certainly a sweet moment for Hernandez.

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