The Washington Kastles won their fifth World Team Tennis championship in a row -- a new record. They beat the Austin Aces 24-18 Sunday in Washington. Captain Leander Paes won the finals MVP award.
This is the year's most ambitious crossover event in baseball. Dozens of MLB standouts from dozens of teams ally along either the National or American league. The two teams play against each other in a lighthearted frankensquad matchup. It's a welcome change of pace, considering how stressed we are about the Nationals' win percentage.
At the moment, we're keeping our eyes to the sky to monitor incoming rain. Aside from the threat of rain delay, we're excited to see how things unfold.
BOT 4 - Bryce Harper faces Blake Snell and strikes out for the second time tonight. Maybe he thought tonight was a Strikeout Derby?
TOP 4 - Machado pops up to the third baseman in what may be his final at-bat wearing an Orioles uniform.
TOP 4 - Matt Kemp deftly avoids tampering charges when the FOX broadcast crew asks him about his selfie with Machado.
BOT 2 - Manny begins acquainting himself with his LA teammates.
huh I wonder why they could possibly be doing this pic.twitter.com/6oslf0lbEn— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) July 18, 2018
BOT 2 - Chris Sale only stuck around for one inning, apparently. It's Luis Severino time in D.C. He allows a double from Matt Kemp to start but then strikes out Bryce Harper.
TOP 2 - Aaron Judge takes Scherzer deep. 1-0 AL. Sigh.
The outcomes are true. 1-0, AL.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 18, 2018
BOT 1 - AL Starter Chris Sale responds with a scoreless frame of his own. We're on our way to that 3-2 thriller after all!!!
TOP 1 - Scherzer strikes out Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve before walking Mike Trout (can't blame him) and allowing a hit to J.D. Martinez. No damage done though, and it's 0-0.
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Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.
Manny Machado just stopped by, and he said he’s seeing the reports of Dodgers and thinks/assumes they’re right (tho he said he doesn’t know for sure). The Miami product who’s been an Orioles his whole career said: “It’ll be different. But different can be good.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2018
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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