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Baseball lightens up, goes deep at the Midsummer Classic

This year's All-Star Game aimed to do more than play a game, and it showed off baseball's stars. But did it connect with fans?

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Monumental mashing: Ranking D.C.'s record 10 All-Star Game homers

The 2018 Midsummer Classic turned into Home Run Derby Part 2 on an epic night at Nationals Park. We break down which dingers brought the most drama.

All-Stars brought the power to D.C.

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Astros come up big for AL win

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Segura smacks go-ahead 3-run homer

AL Final Vote winner, Jean Segura, takes Josh Hader out to left-center field to give the American League the lead.

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Judge crushes 1st career All-Star Game homer

Aaron Judge goes deep off Max Scherzer in the second inning to put the American League ahead.

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Astros hit back-to back HRs in 10th inning

Alex Bregman starts the 10th inning with a solo homer, then his teammate George Springer follows him up with a dinger of his own to lead the AL.

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Judge says Severino catching HR was 'meant to be'

Aaron Judge recounts the message he got from Justin Verlander before taking Max Scherzer deep and describes the atmosphere around the game.

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Springer not surprised Bregman stepped up big

George Springer says teammate Alex Bregman thrived in the All-Star setting and enjoyed winning the game for the American League.

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Trout 'does as much as he can' to promote himself

Mike Trout responds to Rob Manfred's comments about promoting the Angels' star and discusses both him and Aaron Judge homering in the All-Star Game.

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Altuve describes feeling of first All-Star hit

Jose Altuve says it "feels good" to get a hit and play with Mike Trout and other stars of the game.

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Martinez says Verlander called Judge's homer

J.D. Martinez describes the mood in the dugout after Aaron Judge took Max Scherzer deep in the second inning of the All-Star Game.

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All-Star Game reflective of entire season

Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian discuss the amount of home runs and strikeouts in the American League's 8-6 victory.

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Kemp plays dumb on Machado rumors

Matt Kemp is asked about Manny Machado to the Dodgers rumors during the All-Star Game and feigns ignorance.

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Bregman's mom excited about receiving Camaro

Alex Bregman gets a choice of cars for his All-Star Game MVP performance and chooses a Camaro to give to his mom.

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Gennett ties game with HR in 9th

Scooter Gennett pounds a home run out to right field off Edwin Diaz to send the All-Star Game to extras.

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Story clubs solo homer to tie game in 7th

Trevor Story brings the NL back with a deep ball off Charlie Morton.

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Contreras gets NL on board with solo homer

Willson Contreras just clears the wall with a solo homer to left field off Blake Snell.

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Home Run Derby

Bryce brings down the house with epic Home Run Derby comeback

His time in Washington might be nearing its end, but on this night, Bryce Harper made Nationals fans forget their frustrations.

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Harper gets hyped en route to Derby title

Bryce Harper is not afraid to show his emotions and have some fun while winning the Home Run Derby in spectacular fashion.

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Schwarber needs incredible comeback to edge Hoskins

Kyle Schwarber goes on run in the final 30 seconds to finish with 21 homers in the semfinals to defeat Rhys Hoskins.

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Muncy puts on display to knock Baez out of Derby

Max Muncy passes Javier Baez with 17 home runs, leaving 32 seconds on the clock, to advance to the second round of the HR Derby.

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Hoskins rips six straight HRs after timeout, upsets Aguilar

Rhys Hoskins hits his stride immediately after taking his timeout by crushing six consecutive home runs, finishing with 17 in the round to advance.

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Harper advances to semis with 13 dingers

In front of a hometown crowd, Bryce Harper crushes 13 home runs to bypass Atlanta's Freddie Freeman in the first round of the HR Derby.

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Trade Deadline

Latest buzz, news and analysis

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is fast approaching. Stay up to date with the latest deals, rumors and analysis as your team contemplates its next big move.

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As trade rumors whirl, Machado snaps selfie with Dodgers' Kemp

Hello, Hollywood? The All-Star Oriole, likely on his way out of Baltimore, had a show-stopping moment in D.C.

The one player all 30 teams should trade before the deadline

Whether looking for that final piece or building for the future, every team has a reason to make a deal. Here's whom they should be shopping around.

Yankees

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Yankees pleased, but striving for second-half improvement

The Yankees aren't finding fault in their 62-33 record, but they know they have to pick up the pace to catch Boston and make a World Series run.

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Will Sheffield shore up the Yanks' rotation -- or be trade bait?

The team's top pitching prospect could boost the Bombers down the stretch. But will he be in pinstripes or be a chip that brings in Manny Machado?

The Undefeated

Did Michael Vick seriously consider leaving football to take a swing at MLB?

He hadn't played organized baseball since he was a kid, but the Rockies thought he could have been a contender.

The history of black baseball in D.C.

A look back as MLB All-Star Week comes to the nation's capital.

MLB

Law: Yusniel Diaz, Fernando Tatis star in homer-happy Futures Game

Homers and fastballs were in big supply at Sunday's Futures Game. Keith Law breaks down the prospects who showed the most in this showcase.

all about manny

Manny Machado is a special baseball player

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Gearing up for 2nd half

Who's your team's most important player for the second half?

Contenders and also-rans have one thing in common: They need these stars, regulars or prospects to deliver.

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