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Futures Game rosters announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the rosters of this year’s Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix during the All-Star break.  You know the deal: prospects. Ones with future potential. Get it?  Yeah, I knew you would. You’re clever like that.

The setup is U.S. vs. the World.  Here are the players, with their organizations in parenthesis:

U.S. TEAM

Pitchers 
Jarred Cosart (Phillies)
Kyle Gibson (Twins)
Matt Harvey (Mets)
Shelby Miller (Cardinals)
Matt Moore (Rays)
Brad Peacock (Nationals)
Drew Pomeranz (Indians)
Tyler Skaggs (D’Backs)
Tyler Thornburg (Brewers)
Jacob Turner (Tigers)

Catchers
Devin Mesoraco (Reds)
Austin Romine (Yankees)

Infielders 
Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Chase d’Arnaud (Pirates)
James Darnell (Padres)
Paul Goldschmidt (D’Backs)
Grant Green (Athletics)
Jason Kipnis (Indians)
Manny Machado (Orioles)
Will Middlebrooks (Red Sox)

Outfielders
Gary Brown (Giants)
Bryce Harper (Nationals)
Wil Myers (Royals)
Matthew Szczur (Cubs)
Mike Trout (Angels)

WORLD TEAM

Pitchers
Henderson Alvarez (Blue Jays)
Liam Hendriks (Twins)
Kevin Herrera (Royals)
Gregory Infante (White Sox)
Jhan Marinez (Marlins)
Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
James Paxton (Mariners)
Martin Perez (Rangers)
Julio Teheran (Braves)
Arodys Vizcaino (Braves)

Catchers
Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
Sebastian Valle (Phillies)

Infielders
Yonder Alonso (Reds)
Jose Altuve (Astros)
Jefry Marte (Mets)
Francisco Martinez (Tigers)
Hak-Ju Lee (Rays)
Alex Liddi (Mariners)
Jurickson Profrar (Rangers)
Jonathan Schoop (Orioles)

Outfielders
Chih-Hsien Chiang (Red Sox)
Reymond Fuentes (Padres)
Starling Marte (Pirates)
Alfredo Silverio (Dodgers)
Dayan Viciedo (White Sox)

Orioles defeat Blue Jays to move into Wild Card tie, eliminate Yankees and Astros from Wild Card contention

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 21:  Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez #31 of the Baltimore Orioles throws to a Boston Red Sox batter in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 21, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Orioles beat the Blue Jays again on Thursday evening, 4-0, and in doing so eliminated the Yankees and Astros from contention in the American League Wild Card race.

The offense pecked away with a run in each of the third, fourth, seventh, and eighth innings. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez limited the Jays to one hit and three walks with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Donnie Hart got the final out of the seventh. Brad Brach dominated with two scoreless innings to finish out the ballgame.

The Orioles and Blue Jays are now tied for the first and second Wild Card slots in the AL. The Tigers’ game with the Indians was postponed due to rain and they now sit 1.5 games behind both the O’s and Jays. The Mariners and Athletics game will begin shortly with the Mariners 2.5 games behind.

Report: Rockies haven’t discussed contract extension with Nolan Arenado

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases after hitting a solo homerun in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.

Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.

Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.