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Still nothin’ doin’ on Halladay, according to both the Toronto Sun and Olney.

Robo and Morosi at Fox continue to beat the Victor Martinez-to-Boston drum.
And it’s a good drum, because it makes so much sense, given both
Boston’s needs, their young talent, and Mark Shapiro’s demonstrated
desire to take less than anyone else for All-Star talent (sorry, Tribe
fans).

But, tipping off the fact that Robo’s source on the Martinez deal is
an Indians’ source, he notes “Other, unidentified teams are believed to
be interested in Martinez as well.” Which is the trade deadline
equivalent of “sure, I have a girlfriend, but she lives in Canada” and
“I had another guy lookin’ at that car just yesterday.”

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.