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Report: Red Sox in contact with Orioles about possible Manny Machado trade

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Report: Red Sox in contact with Orioles about possible Manny Machado trade

On Monday, it was reported the Yankees were showing "increased interest" in Manny Machado. Now, the Red Sox are apparently in the mix for the Orioles slugger.

Boston has been in recent contact with the O's about a possible Machado trade, according to Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun.

"In the wake of reports that the New York Yankees have renewed their interest in shortstop Manny Machado, two industry sources indicated Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox also have been in recent contact with the Orioles," Schmuck writes. "The tightness of the American League East race makes that almost an imperative for the Red Sox, who entered Tuesday leading the Yankees by 2 ½ games. The only question is whether the Orioles really would deal with either of their chief division rivals."

Machado-to-Boston rumors had died down earlier in the season after The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Sox and Orioles "do not match up" on a deal. With the trade deadline approaching, it looks like the Red Sox and Orioles have resumed discussions.

Machado entered Tuesday hitting .309 with 21 home runs and 60 RBI on the season.

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: J.D. Martinez says he's 'absolutely' open to long-term deal with Red Sox

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: J.D. Martinez says he's 'absolutely' open to long-term deal with Red Sox

(1:20) On Monday J.D. Martinez told reporters that he is ‘absolutely’ open to a long-term deal with the Red Sox. Evan Drellich joins Arbella Early Edition from the All-Star game and gives his opinion on whether the Red Sox could get a long-term deal done with J.D.

(7:30) Dan Shaughnessy and Evan Drellich react to the Red Sox placing Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day D.L. They discuss how this injury will impact the Red Sox at the trade deadline, and what possible moves they think they can make. 

(14:00) The Patriots had 0 players on ESPN’s “best under-25” list. Albert Breer and Phil Perry react to the list, and discuss whether Patriots fans should be worried about the future of the team.

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Harper wins HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

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Harper wins HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18.

Harper hit the contest-winning blast in extra time, the reward for hitting two homers at least 440 feet during the 4 minutes of regulation. After he connected with the game winner, the Washington Nationals slugger threw his bat in the air and pointed both index fingers toward the sky as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698.

Harper arranged to have his father, Ron, pitch to him in the annual contest on the eve of the All-Star Game. Harper, a six-time NL All-Star, responded with a performance that drew the loudest cheers of the night.

Wearing a headband that resembled the District of Columbia flag and displaying a right sleeve with stars and stripes, Harper trailed 18-9 with 1:20 left before rallying.

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