Yankees acquire Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from White Sox

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Update #4 (12:06 AM ET): The deal is official. The Yankees get Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle. Along with Clippard, Rutherford, and Clarkin, the White Sox will also receive Tito Polo. Polo, 22, originally signed with the Pirates as an international free agent in March 2012. The Pirates sent him to the Yankees in the Ivan Nova trade last August. Polo spent 59 games with High-A Tampa before being promoted to Double-A Trenton this season. With Trenton, he hit .365/.431/.519 in 13 games.

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Update #3 (10:30 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that if the deal is finalized, minor league pitcher Ian Clarkin will also be included. Clarkin 22, was selected in the first round (33rd overall) by the Yankees in the 2013 draft. This year with High-A Tampa, the lefty has a 2.61 ERA and a 57/25 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. Clarkin is the Yankees’ No. 19 prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that reliever Tyler Clippard will go from the Yankees to the White Sox in the deal. Clippard, 32, has a 4.95 ERA with a 42/19 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings this year.

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Update #2 (10:10 PM ET): Outfielder Blake Rutherford is one of the players heading to the White Sox, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. Rutherford, 20, was taken by the Yankees in the first round (18th overall) in the 2016 draft. This season, with Single-A Charleston, Rutherford has hit .281/.342/.391 with 20 doubles, 30 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 304 plate appearances. He’s the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 30 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

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Update (8:51 PM ET): Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Yankees are the closest to striking a deal with the White Sox. And not only would Frazier and Robertson be involved, but reliever Tommy Kahnle would be, too.

Kahnle, 27, has a 2.50 ERA and a dominant 60/7 K/BB ratio in 36 innings of relief this season. He’ll be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season and will be under team control through 2020.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox are in talks with the White Sox about third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever David Robertson. Frazier was a late “healthy scratch” from Tuesday night’s starting lineup, which signaled to many that a trade may be on the way. Heyman notes that a deal could be struck “fairly soon.”

Frazier, 31, is batting .207/.328/.432 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 335 plate appearances this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $12 million salary and can become a free agent after the season. Though a rental, Frazier would fill the gap at third base for the Red Sox.

Robertson, 32, has a 2.70 ERA, a 47/11 K/BB ratio, and 13 saves in 33 1/3 innings this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for 2017 and is under contract for $13 million next year. He would slide into the back of the Red Sox bullpen behind closer Craig Kimbrel.

Manny Machado homers in return to Camden Yards

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Padres third baseman made his much anticipated return to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his first appearance there as a visiting player after signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in February. The Orioles’ faithful gave Machado a standing ovation as he came to the plate for his first at-bat. He would strike out looking.

In Machado’s next at-bat, he crushed a first-pitch Jimmy Yacabonis fastball out to left-center field for a solo homer, boosting the Padres’ lead to 5-1. It marked Machado’s 100th career homer at Camden Yards.

Machado now has 17 homers on the season along with 48 RBI, 47 runs scored, and a .279/.355/.503 triple-slash line.