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Video: Pedro Alvarez crushes a ball out of PNC Park

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Watch this solo blast that Pedro Alvarez launched out of PNC Park on Wednesday evening …

Word is the ball didn’t reach the Allegheny — nor did it find a boat — but quite a bomb nonetheless.

Report: Mets, Brewers discussing Aramis Ramirez trade

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FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Mets and Brewers “have had preliminary talks” about a trade involving one or more of Milwaukee’s position players, and now Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that those negotiations are centering around veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ramirez is hitting just .213/.257/.390 in 48 games this season for the Brewers and he’s making $14 million in the final year of a four-year, $46 million contract. But the Mets are desperate for a boost of some kind and they especially need help at the hot corner with David Wright battling spinal stenosis.

Ramirez does have seven home runs this year, which is more than double what the Mets’ third basemen have produced collectively. The 36-year-old tallied 15 homers and 66 RBI in 133 games last season.

For what it’s worth, a source told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin on both Tuesday and Wednesday that the Mets are not in on Ramirez. Crazy season is already upon us, folks.

Phillies “engaged in recent trade discussions” with Cubs, Blue Jays on Jonathan Papelbon

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This comes from Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook account …

The Philadelphia Phillies are ready to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. They are willing to pay a significant portion of his contract. The only question is how the story ends.

The Phils have engaged in recent trade discussions with both Blue Jays and Cubs about Papelbon, according to major-league sources. No deal with either club appears close; the talks are at an “impasse,” one source said.

Papelbon is making $8 million this season and is about to trigger a $13 million option for the 2016 season. Rosenthal says the Phillies are open to paying a large chunk of that if it will net them better prospects.

Papelbon has continued to dominate despite a dip in velocity, boasting a 1.13 ERA, 0.917 WHIP, and 29/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings this season. The 34-year-old has tallied 12 saves for a 22-39 Phillies team.

Chris O’Dowd, son of former Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd, hit with 80-game PED suspension

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As first relayed by Mark Bowman, the Braves beat reporter for …

O’Dowd tested positive for “testosterone metabolites of exogenous origin, a performance-enhancing substance,” per a press release from the MLB commissioner’s office. The 24-year-old catcher had been mashing to the tune of a .304/.429/.468 slash line this season at Double-A Mississippi. He batted just .271/.335/.385 in 113 games last season between High-A, Double-A, and the Arizona Fall League.

Dan O’Dowd resigned from his post as the Rockies’ general manager last October, making way for Jeff Bridich, and now serves as an analyst on MLB Network. Wonder if he’ll address this publicly.

Settling the Score: Tuesday’s results

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Tuesday night belonged to Giants rookie right-hander Chris Heston, who threw the first no-hitter of the 2015 season against the Mets at Citi Field.

But how about those Toronto Blue Jays?

Edwin Encarnacion returned from a minor left shoulder injury Tuesday and slugged a walkoff two-run homer as Toronto scored a 4-3 victory over the visiting Marlins. It’s the seventh win in a row for the Blue Jays, who are now back to .500 at 30-30 and boast the very-best run differential in the American League at +54. They’re four games back of the also-streaking Yankees in the AL East standings.

Here’s the replay of that walkoff blast from Encarnacion …

Your box scores and AP recaps from Tuesday’s full slate …

Red Sox 0, Orioles 1

Nationals 1, Yankees 6

Brewers 4, Pirates 1

Marlins 3, Blue Jays 4

Cubs 0, Tigers 6

Mariners 3, Indians 2

Padres 5, Braves 6

Phillies 2, Reds 11

Giants 5, Mets 0

Angels 8, Rays 2

Astros 2, White Sox 4

Royals 2, Twins 0

Cardinals 3, Rockies 4

Rangers 2, Athletics 1

Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 3