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Yu Darvish shoots down rumor that he signed with Cubs

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A report began circulating on Thursday afternoon that free agent starter Yu Darvish was a “done deal.” That report, however, was quickly refuted by other, more well-regarded journalists in the know like Bruce Levine and David Kaplan.

Just to make perfectly clear, though, Darvish himself took to Twitter to dispel the rumor, using the hashtag #fakenews:

So, there you have it. Darvish is still a free agent.

Darvish reportedly met with the Rangers, Astros, and Cubs this week. The Twins are also believed to have strong interest in procuring the right-hander’s talent.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.