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Wheeler loses no-hit bid, win against Marlins 07-30-2013
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Zack Wheeler carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning but ended up surrendering two runs in a no-decision against the Marlins on Tuesday. Wheeler ended up giving up three hits to go along with three walks on the night, striking out five. The 23-year-old has been up and down in his rookie season but has been more good than bad, carrying a 4-1 record and 3.55 ERA through eight starts. He'll look to continue that momentum into his next start Sunday against the Royals.
Eovaldi turns in quality start in no-decision 07-30-2013
Nathan Eovaldi P MIA
Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Tuesday. Eovaldi wasn't as sharp as his counterpart, as the right-hander allowed four hits and five walks in his six innings of work. Still, he limited the Mets to just two runs, the seventh time in eight starts this season he's given up three runs or fewer in a start. He's 2-1 with a 3.47 ERA, and he'll take on the Indians next in a Sunday start.
Jake Arrieta pitches well in Cubs' debut 07-30-2013
Jake Arrieta P CHC
Jake Arrieta held the Brewers to one run over six innings but took a no-decision in his Cubs' debut Tuesday. Arrieta only struck out two and walked three, but he also gave up just two hits. Unfortunately, one of them was a Juan Francisco homer. Though he'll probably be sent back down, the right-hander should be a regular member of the Cubs' rotation soon enough.
Juan Francisco goes deep again 07-30-2013
Juan Francisco 3B BOS
Juan Francisco singled and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. Francisco's blast in the fifth put the Brew Crew on the board before they were able to come back in the ninth. Though his defense at first base has been horrendous, Francisco has now gone deep nine times in 45 games for Milwaukee.
Freeman homers twice in Braves' 11-3 victory 07-30-2013
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in the Braves' 11-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday. The first baseman launched a solo shot in the first inning before unloading a three-run bomb in the seventh. He also walked and scored three times total in the game. He's driven in 69 runs on the year and is batting .301/.379/.477 with 13 home runs through 93 games.
Brandon Cumpton holds down Cardinals 07-30-2013
Brandon Cumpton P PIT
Brandon Cumpton tossed seven shutout innings on just three hits and a walk in Tuesday's 6-0 victory over the Cardinals. Cumpton struck out five on the night, as he had little trouble working his way through the suddenly slumping Cards' lineup. The righty will be sent back down to Triple-A, but with a 2.78 ERA over four starts this season, he's earned another look if the Pirates need someone later this season.
Heyward scores three times in Braves' victory 07-30-2013
Jason Heyward RF STL
Jason Heyward went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the Braves' win over the Rockies on Tuesday. The outfielder now has seven hits, five runs scored and four RBI in his last three games. He's raised his batting average 14 points with the outburst, a testament to how much he'd been struggling prior to the breakout. We know he's capable of going on a tear, so this may just be the beginning for the 23-year-old.
Grant Green acquired by Angels 07-30-2013
Grant Green LF LAA
Angels acquired 2B Grant Green from the Athletics in exchange for INF Alberto Callaspo. Green is a career .306/.354/.469 hitter in the minors but has struggled to find a defensive home. Still, it's a nice get in return for a pretty mediocre player in Callaspo. Green will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Arenado homers in second straight; Rox lose 07-30-2013
Nolan Arenado 3B COL
Nolan Arenado went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Rockies' loss to the Braves on Tuesday. Arenado has now hit home runs in two straight games after going homer-less since June 25. He's also raised his batting line to .252/.291/.406 with the mini power surge. The homer was his ninth of the season, and the 22-year-old has 35 RBI.
A's acquire Alberto Callaspo from Angels 07-30-2013
Alberto Callaspo 2B OAK
Athletics acquired INF Alberto Callaspo from the Angels in exchange for 2B Grant Green. Callaspo will play second base in Oakland, a position he hasn't manned regularly since 2009. He's put up an underwhelming .253/.323/.348 with five homers and 35 RBI this season, though his career line of .273/.334/.380 is a bit better.
Molina (knee) almost 'certain' to land on DL 07-30-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina will receive an MRI on his right knee and Jenifer Langosch believes a "DL move seems certain."

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Molina left the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates with a right knee sprain. St. Louis will use a combination of Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson behind the plate if Molina is sidelined, obviously a costly downgrade.
Wood limits Rockies for first win of the year 07-30-2013
Alex Wood P ATL
Alex Wood allowed three runs over seven innings to earn his first major league win against the Rockies on Tuesday. Wood held the Rockies to six hits and a walk in his seven innings, striking out seven. The big southpaw was making his third start of the season for the Braves, and with the recent struggles of Paul Maholm and Brandon Beachy he could wind up sticking if he continues to perform well. Either way, he'll likely get at least one more turn in the rotation, slated for Sunday against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Red Sox unlikely to get Michael Young 07-30-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo hears that the Red Sox will not be getting Michael Young "for now."

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
The Red Sox need a new third baseman after Jose Iglesias was traded, but the plan at this time is to promote either Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts. Of course, a deal with the Phillies for Young could still come together before the deadline.
D'Backs 'remain in play' for Bud Norris 07-30-2013
Bud Norris P BAL
Yahoo' Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks "remain in play" for Bud Norris.

Jeff Passan on Twitter
He also notes that the Pirates and Orioles are still in the mix for the right-hander. Norris is currently in line to start on Wednesday for the Astros, but he's expected to be dealt before then.
Nicasio allows eight runs in loss to Braves 07-30-2013
Juan Nicasio P COL
Juan Nicasio allowed eight runs on 10 hits in four innings in a loss to the Braves on Tuesday. Nicasio had been fantastic his last three times out, giving up just one run over 19 innings. But Tuesday he gave up 10 hits, including two home runs, while also walking three. The loss dropped him to 6-5 and raised his ERA to 4.92. He'll have another tough test Sunday when he takes on the Pirates at PNC Park.
Tyler Lyons decent in spot start 07-30-2013
Tyler Lyons P STL
Tyler Lyons was charged with four runs -- three earned -- over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out five. Lyons' defense made his line look worse than it should have been, as Matt Holliday knocked a ball over the fence with his glove and there were a couple other plays that could have been made. The left-hander will be optioned back to Triple-A Memphis.
Moustakas smacks two homers, collects 4 RBI 07-30-2013
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a walk, two home runs and four RBI in a win over the Twins on Tuesday. Moustakas, like teammate Eric Hosmer, endured a miserable first two months of the season but rebounded to hit .274 in June. He'd been producing in July until going 1-for-12 over his last four games. The third baseman is batting just .224 and is on pace for 14 homers.
Hosmer goes 3-for-5 with a double in win 07-30-2013
Eric Hosmer 1B KC
Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored as the Royals topped the Twins 7-2 on Tuesday. Hosmer posted awful .643 and .659 OPS' in April and May, respectively, but has been an altogether different hitter since the calender turned to June. The first baseman batted .303 with six homers last month and entered Tuesday hitting .305 with four homers in July. He's turning into the feared slugger we all expected last season.
Santana allows two runs in victory over Twins 07-30-2013
Ervin Santana P ATL
Ervin Santana allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings in a victory against the Twins on Tuesday. He struck out eight and walked one. The Royals appear likely to keep the free-agent-to-be, despite reports that they had shopped him earlier this month. Santana improves to 7-6 to go with a 3.03 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Pelfrey surrenders four runs in loss to KC 07-30-2013
Mike Pelfrey P MIN
Mike Pelfrey surrendered four earned runs on eight hits over four innings Tuesday in a loss to the Royals. He struck out four and walked two. Pelfrey's results had been impressive recently as his velocity ticked up: He'd allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts coming into this evening. Tonight's start doesn't help his trade value, but Minnesota is surely working the phones hoping to cash Pelfrey (4-9, 5.31 ERA) into a prospect.
Young homers amidst rumors, Phils top Giants 07-30-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
Michael Young went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Giants on Tuesday. Young has been at the center of trade rumors in recent days, and in what may have been his final game in a Phillies uniform he launched his eighth homer of the season. He also drove in two runs and scored twice. The 36-year-old has been rumored to be coveted by the Red Sox among others. If he is dealt before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, he'll carry a .279 batting average with him to his new club.
Andrew McCutchen homers as Pirates sweep DH 07-30-2013
Andrew McCutchen CF PIT
Andrew McCutchen singled and belted a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals. McCutchen got an assist from Matt Holliday on his longball, as Holliday jumped for the ball at the wall and watched it go off his glove and over the fence. The outfielder has five hits in the first three games of the series, contests that have all been won by the Pirates. Pittsburgh suddenly has a 1 1/2 game lead in the NL Central.
Pill collects three hits in first game back 07-30-2013
Brett Pill 1B SF
Brett Pill went 3-for-4 on Tuesday in his first game since being recalled by the Giants. Pill batted just .148/.172/.333 in 27 at-bats his first stay with the team, but his three hits Tuesday suggest his second stint could be a longer and more fruitful one. The first baseman was batting .344/.379/.630 with 18 home runs for Triple-A Fresno before the call-up, so there's ability there. With Brandon Belt failing to grab hold of the first base job, Pill could find more at-bats if his minor league success continues to carry over.
Lannan allows three runs in win over Giants 07-30-2013
John Lannan P NYM
John Lannan allowed three runs in seven innings in a win over the Giants on Tuesday. Lannan was subpar in his first start after the All-Star break but rebounded nicely on Tuesday, holding the Giants to three runs on seven hits while striking out three. The win moved the lefty to 3-4 on the year, and he owns a 4.10 ERA through 11 starts. He'll have a tougher matchup his next time out, as he takes on the Braves on Sunday.
Zito exits early again in loss to Phillies 07-30-2013
Barry Zito P SF
Barry Zito allowed four runs in just 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. Zito lost his fifth straight decision and fell to 4-8 on the year. The lefty allowed five hits and two walks while striking out just two in the outing. Despite his struggles -- he now owns a 5.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP -- the Giants continue to run him out for lack of better starting options. For fantasy purposes, though, he should remain on the waiver wire.
Gomes drives in three as Tribe tops White Sox 07-30-2013
Yan Gomes C CLE
Yan Gomes went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Indians' 7-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Gomes worked a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning before delivering a two-run double to pad the Indians' lead in the eighth. The double was his ninth in 148 at-bats, and he's driven in 26 runs. Despite not being an everyday player, the 26-year-old catcher is batting .291/.325/.520 this season.
Iglesias headed to Tigers in three-team deal 07-30-2013
Jose Iglesias SS DET
CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that Jose Iglesias will be traded to the Tigers in a three-team deal that will send Jake Peavy to the Red Sox.

Danny Knobler on Twitter
Avisail Garcia is likely headed to the White Sox in the deal, and there are other players expected to be involved. Iglesias represents insurance for Jhonny Peralta, who is expected to face a suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis. His offense has predictably faded after a hot start, but he'll give the Tigers' infield defense a much-needed boost.
Dunn doubles, drives in two against Indians 07-30-2013
Adam Dunn DH OAK
Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Tuesday. The double was Dunn's 11th on the year, giving him 65 RBI. He's hitting just .216 this year but with a .323 on-base percentage. He's now got hits in six of his last seven games.
Report: Pestano to be optioned to Triple-A 07-30-2013
Vinnie Pestano P LAA
MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that Vinnie Pestano will be optioned to Triple-A.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Pestano posted a 10.80 ERA in May, rebounded with a 2.08 ERA in June, but has struggled again to the tune of a 4.91 ERA in July. Indians manager Terry Francona removed Pestano from high-leverage situations, but it appears that Cleveland would prefer to do without him in low-leverage situations at the moment as well.
Red Sox finalizing trade for Jake Peavy 07-30-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have reached a deal to acquire Jake Peavy from the White Sox.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Drabek, Hutchison not expected back 'til Sept 07-30-2013
Drew Hutchison P TOR
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that he doesn't expect Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison to return to the majors until September.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Drabek underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career last June and Hutchison went under the knife with the same injury last August. Both are on rehab assignments at the moment.
Kazmir gives up four runs in ND vs. White Sox 07-30-2013
Scott Kazmir P OAK
Scott Kazmir allowed four runs in five innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday. Kazmir allowed nine hits but didn't walk anyone in the outing, striking out three. The lefty didn't earn a win, but he still hasn't taken a loss since June 10. He'll carry a 6-4 record and 4.11 ERA into his next start. He faces the light-hitting Marlins in Miami on Sunday.
A's land Alberto Callaspo in deal with Angels 07-30-2013
Alberto Callaspo 2B OAK
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have acquired Alberto Callaspo.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
The A's will send Grant Green to the Angels in the deal. With Josh Donaldson entrenched at third base in Oakland, Callaspo will handle second base even though he's played there sparingly in recent seasons. He entered Tuesday batting .253/.323/.348 with five homers and 35 RBI this season.
Roberto Hernandez goes distance vs. D'Backs 07-30-2013
Roberto Hernandez P LAD
Roberto Hernandez went the distance Tuesday in the Rays' 5-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. Hernandez was excellent, needing only 102 pitches to go the whole nine frames. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six. The right-hander is pitching to keep his rotation spot with Alex Cobb (concussion, blister) progressing quickly and will try to keep it rolling next time out against these same D'Backs.
Rienzo pitches well in no-decision vs. Tribe 07-30-2013
Andre Rienzo P CWS
Andre Rienzo allowed three runs -- none earned -- in seven innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Tuesday. Rienzo gave up five hits and walked three, striking out six in his major league debut. The right-hander started in place of Jake Peavy, who may be dealt in the next 18 hours. If Peavy does move, Rienzo has certainly earned another start. The 25-year-old should be grabbed in AL-only leagues if he isn't owned already.
Bradley Jr. suffers a minor elbow injury 07-30-2013
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF BOS
Jackie Bradley Jr. suffered a minor elbow injury that caused him to be removed from Triple-A Pawtucket's game on Tuesday.

MLB Daily Dish
Bradley's removal set Twitter aflame with speculation that the young outfielder could be involved in a trade, but those rumors were put to rest. It's unlikely that Boston will trade Bradley by tomorrow night.
Alberto Callaspo removed from Tuesday's game 07-30-2013
Alberto Callaspo 2B OAK
Alberto Callaspo was removed from Tuesday's game against the Rangers in the fifth inning.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
Callaspo didn't suffer any apparent injury, so it's possible he might be involved in a trade. CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reported earlier Tuesday that the Yankees have talked to the Angels about a trade involving the third baseman.
Davis blasts 38th homer, O's down Astros 4-3 07-30-2013
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the Orioles' 4-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday. It was refreshing to see Davis get back to his pre-break self. In the 10 games prior to Tuesday's game, Davis hit just .205/.256/.282 with no homers and a 20/3 K/BB ratio. On Tuesday, the slugger walked twice along with hitting his 38th homer. The home run gave him 99 RBI this season, and despite his struggles he's still batting .305/.382/.680. Maybe this will be the spark he needs to go on a second half run.
Yadier Molina leaves with strained knee 07-30-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina has been diagnosed with a right knee strain.

Derrick Goold on Twitter
Molina left the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Pirates due to what appears to be an aggravation of his previous injury. It's not clear if he'll need further testing or how long he might be sidelined. The Cardinals have stumbled of late, so it would obviously be a big blow to lose their MVP candidate.
Rios diagnosed with left foot contusion 07-30-2013
Alex Rios RF TEX
Alex Rios has been diagnosed with a left foot contusion.

Scott Merkin on Twitter
Rios fouled a ball off his foot in Tuesday's game. Consider him day-to-day.
Grossman goes 3-for-3, scores against Orioles 07-30-2013
Robbie Grossman LF HOU
Robbie Grossman went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored against the Orioles on Tuesday. Grossman was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 26 after hitting just .198/.310/.243 in his first go-round with the big club. His second time around started off a little better, as he recorded three hits in just his second game back. He's still nothing more than a deep AL-only option at this point.
Smoak batting .197 in with RISP 07-30-2013
Justin Smoak 1B TOR
Justin Smoak is batting .197 in 66 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Matthew Pouliot on Twitter
He entered play on Tuesday 0-for-9 with the bases loaded and hitting .209 in 115 at-bats with runners on. By contrast, he's batting .290 in 155 at-bats with the bases empty, which is why Smoak has just 23 RBI in 270 at-bats despite a decent .258/.359 /.408. Smoak posted a terrible .643 OPS in April but improved to .780 in May and a blistering .888 in June and .859 in July. Fantasy owners have to hope his luck turns when ducks are on the pond.
Chen strikes out nine in victory over Astros 07-30-2013
Wei-Yin Chen P BAL
Wei-Yin Chen allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Astros on Tuesday. Chen struck out nine in the outing, aided by an Astros lineup that has struck out more than any team in baseball. He allowed seven hits and a walk in the outing. The lefty now has a 6-3 record and 2.87 ERA in 12 starts this season. His next start will come Sunday against the Mariners.
Harrell takes 11th loss in spot start vs. O's 07-30-2013
Lucas Harrell P ARZ
Lucas Harrell allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Tuesday. Harrell made the start after the Astros decided to hold Bud Norris back a day. He gave up just two hits but walked five, and one of the hits -- a two-run homer by Chris Davis -- ended up being his downfall. Harrell moved to 5-11 with a 5.24 ERA with the loss. He may stay in the rotation if Norris is moved at the trade deadline, but he's pitching so poorly he should be avoided for fantasy purposes no matter his role.
Cabrera tweaks ab, remains in game 07-30-2013
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera tweaked his abdominal charging a ball in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game.

Jason Beck on Twitter
Cabrera remained in the game until he was yanked late for a defensive replacement, indicating that the injury isn't serious. We'd expect to see him in the lineup tomorrow.
Avila slams Tigers past Nationals in 5-1 win 07-30-2013
Alex Avila C DET
Alex Avila went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in the Tigers' 5-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday. Avila turned a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead with one swing against Nationals' ace Stephen Strasburg in the sixth inning. It was Avila's first home run since July 3, giving him seven on the year. Despite the big fly, Avila is hitting just .194/.288/.322 this year.
Yadi Molina leaves game with apparent injury 07-30-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina left the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Pirates due to an apparent injury.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Yadi didn't suffer an obvious injury at any point, so it seems likely that his right knee might be bothering him again. The Cardinals should update his status before long. Rob Johnson replaced him behind the plate.
Trout to stay at No. 3 spot in lineup 07-30-2013
Mike Trout CF LAA
Mike Trout will get an extended look in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

MLB.com
Albert Pujols' left plantar fascia, which might end his season, opened the spot for Trout, who hit third for the first time in his career Saturday. Angels manager Mike Scioscia alluded to the move's primary benefit for fantasy owners: Increased RBI opportunities. Trout's fantasy value doesn't figure to increase much by the move; batting mostly second, he saw only one fewer at-bat with runners in scoring position than Pujols, who led the team.
Harper triples, scores run in loss to Tigers 07-30-2013
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored against the Tigers on Tuesday. Harper tripled to lead off the game and came around to score on a Ryan Zimmerman single. It was his third triple of the season, and the run scored gave him 44 on the year. The 20-year-old is hitting .273/.370/.529 in 69 games this year.
Sanchez limits Nationals to one run in win 07-30-2013
Anibal Sanchez P DET
Anibal Sanchez allowed one run in seven innings in a win over the Nationals on Tuesday. The game started ominously for Sanchez, as Bryce Harper led off with a triple and scored on a Ryan Zimmerman single two batters later. But Sanchez settled in to hold the Nationals scoreless after the first inning, allowing just five hits and two walks on the night. The win moved Sanchez to 9-7 with a 2.59 ERA this season. Sanchez takes the mound again Monday against the Indians in Cleveland.
Avisail Garcia removed from Triple-A game 07-30-2013
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Avisail Garcia was removed from Tuesday's game at Triple-A Toledo.

John Wagner on Twitter
It's possible he could be involved in a trade, though there's been no indication to this point that that's the case. The Tigers have been on the lookout for more relief help even after the addition of Jose Veras.
Strasburg gives up grand slam in Tigers win 07-30-2013
Stephen Strasburg P WAS
Stephen Strasburg allowed five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. Strasburg was done in by one pitch that Alex Avila turned around for a grand slam. The right-hander allowed six hits and three walks in total, striking out seven. Despite a 3.04 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, the fireballer owns a 5-9 record. He'll look to get back on the right track Monday against the Braves.
Rios leaves game after fouling ball off foot 07-30-2013
Alex Rios RF TEX
Alex Rios left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his left foot.

Scott Merkin on Twitter
He was replaced by Casper Wells. Consider the outfielder day-to-day. Rios has simmered as one of baseball's hottest names heading into the trade deadline and the pain in his foot currently shouldn't affect his availability.
Jackie Bradley not involved in any deal 07-30-2013
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF BOS
Though he was pulled for a pinch-hitter Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket, Jackie Bradley is not involved in a trade at the moment, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.

Jeff Passan on Twitter
The key words could wind up being "at the moment," but we'll see. Anthony Ranaudo was also removed from a start at Double-A Portland, though that was in the seventh inning, so we probably shouldn't read anything into that.
Cards won't deal Martinez or Wacha for Aybar 07-30-2013
Erick Aybar SS LAA
ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Cardinals have "made it clear" to the Angels that they will not include Carlos Martinez or Michael Wacha in a deal for Erick Aybar.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
Bowden also adds that the Cards are "all quiet" and "not" close to anything, so it appears that, at least at this time, a deal for Aybar is a longshot. Things could certainly change prior to the Wednesday afternoon deadline.
Gibbons: Johnson has suffered from tendinitis 07-30-2013
Josh Johnson P SD
Josh Johnson has suffered from knee tendinitis this season, according to manager John Gibbons.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
"Nothing major that you can't perform," Gibbons said, "but when you land on it you get that little stinger." Johnson has a miserable 6.08 ERA through 14 starts. His velocity hasn't been a problem and he's still missing bats, but Johnson has consistently been hit hard. A period of rest wouldn't be a bad idea, but Toronto figures to keep sending him out every fifth day.
Cruz "highly likely" to accept suspension 07-30-2013
Nelson Cruz LF BAL
Nelson Cruz is "highly likely" to accept a suspension by MLB and will not appeal, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
Yahoo! Sports reported earlier in the evening that the majority of those implicated in the Biogenesis scandal will accept suspensions without fight, and Cruz appears to be in that camp. Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Seattle minor leaguer Jesus Montero also reportedly face punishment for PED use.
Marshall (shoulder) hits a setback in return 07-30-2013
Sean Marshall P CIN
Sean Marshall has been sidetracked in his return from a shoulder injury.

Cincinnati Enquirer
The southpaw has been sidelined since late May with a sprained left shoulder and currently resides on the 60-day disabled list. Marshall was set to head out on a rehab assignment after the All-Star break, but he felt pain in his shoulder during a batting practice session. "We don't think it's consistent with his original injury," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "It's more of a tweak. He can't progress if he's feeling soreness. I think he's still strong. Hopefully, he'll be able to start his throwing program soon, so he doesn't fall out of throwing shape."
Three-way deal with Peavy, Kennedy possible 07-30-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is "hearing buzz" about a possible three-way trade that would involve Jake Peavy going to the Diamondbacks and Ian Kennedy going to the Angels.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
Crasnick isn't sure who would be headed to the White Sox in the deal. The D'Backs are looking like the favorites to land Peavy at this point, though a lot can change before Wednesday's trade deadline. In addition to the Angels, the Padres have also shown interest in Kennedy.
Willingham (knee) likely headed to Triple-A 07-30-2013
Josh Willingham LF KC
Josh Willingham (knee) will likely begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A.

Phil Miller on Twitter
Twins GM Terry Ryan wouldn't reveal a specific timetable, but said Willingham's rehab would likely take place where "competition is the highest." Willingham, who underwent knee surgery on July 3, was batting .224/.356/.398 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI prior to the injury.
Cards hesitant to meet asking price for Aybar 07-30-2013
Erick Aybar SS LAA
ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Angels and Cardinals have discussed a deal that would send Erick Aybar to St. Louis for either Carlos Martinez or Michael Wacha plus Pete Kozma.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
Bowden notes, not surprisingly, that the Cards are reluctant to meet the asking price. There's always the possibility that the two sides could close the gap before Wednesday's deadline, as it appears St. Louis is anxious to upgrade at shortstop and the Angels need pitching help. Aybar is making $8.5 million this season and owed the same amount each year through 2016.
Choo in left field due to sore ankle 07-30-2013
Shin-Soo Choo LF TEX
Shin-Soo Choo started in left field Tuesday because it involves less running than center field.

John Fay on Twitter
Some believed Tuesday's lineup hinted at Cincinnati's desire to move Choo out of center long-term. He'll be back in the middle when his sore ankle can handle it.
Alex Presley wins game for Pirates 07-30-2013
Alex Presley LF HOU
Alex Presley singled off reliever Kevin Siegrist's glove in the bottom of the 11th to give the Pirates a 2-1 win over the Cardinals in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. The ball deflected off Siegrist's glove past the shortstop, who was going to cover second on the play, allowing Russell Martin to come around from second and score the winning run. Presley went 2-for-5 today and is 3-for-9 since being recalled Monday. He might have some NL-only value unless the Pirates pick up an outfielder or a first baseman before Wednesday's deadline.
A.J. Burnett strikes out nine Cardinals 07-30-2013
A.J. Burnett P PIT
A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Burnett struck out nine. The fine outing came despite some issues with umpire Eric Cooper that nearly got him run from the game. Unfortunately, Burnett didn't get the victory, as the game went into extra innings at 1-1. Burnett still has just four wins to go along with his 2.86 ERA in 19 starts this season.
Cubs nearly traded James Russell last week 07-30-2013
James Russell P ATL
Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs nearly traded James Russell to the Braves last week.

ESPN Chicago
The Braves aren't an option anymore after their acquisition of Scott Downs, but it does signify that Russell is very much available. The southpaw didn't do himself any favors with a rocky showing Tuesday, but he entered the day holding left-handed batters to a .179/.235/.269 batting line.
Report: Repeat PED suspensions not likely 07-30-2013
Bartolo Colon P NYM
Yahoo! Sports reports that players who have already been suspended for PED use linked to Biogenesis, including Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal and Melky Cabrera, will likely avoid further suspension.

Yahoo! Sports
Meanwhile, nine known players and more who haven't been reported are all but certain to take plea deals in the coming days or weeks. Possible plea acceptors include: Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Seattle minor leaguer Jesus Montero. Players accepting plea deals have a chance to be suspended until the end of the 2013 season, as opposed to a 100-game ban if they refuse to cooperate.
Daniel Descalso goes 0-for-5 in loss 07-30-2013
Daniel Descalso 2B STL
Daniel Descalso went 0-for-5 in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader and is 1-for-17 since the All-Star break. Descalso was a nice surprise for the Cardinals in the first half, hitting .275/.339/.425 in 167 at-bats, and it looked like he might take the shortstop job away from Pete Kozma earlier this month. Now that he's joined Kozma in slumping, the Cardinals have to be giving more thought to trying to upgrade at short in a trade. If it happens, Descalso would keep his job as a utilityman, though he'd lose some at-bats. Kozma would probably be sent down.
Report: 3B Rodriguez won't accept PED penalty 07-30-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
While most players embroiled in the Biogenesis investigation plan on accepting suspensions of at least 50 games, Alex Rodriguez remains firm on not bartering a deal with baseball.

Yahoo! Sports
MLB holds "overwhelming" evidence against Rodriguez, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, including text messages between the tainted slugger and Biogenesis clinic founder Tony Bosch. Yahoo reports that a dozen or so players are expected to agree to suspensions within the next three days, while A-Rod plans to fight any penalty levied against him, even under threat of a lifetime ban from baseball. The league is fearful that a suspension would allow Rodriguez to play within the next week while the rest of the players involved with Biogenesis are punished.
Jason Vargas 'remains a possibility' for O's 07-30-2013
Jason Vargas P KC
Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com hears that Jason Vargas "remains a possibility" for the Orioles.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Kubatko says Vargas is one of the Orioles' two main targets right now. The left-hander remains on the disabled list while recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot from his left armpit, so it's possible he could be a post-deadline option. Vargas is making $8.5 million this season before hitting free agency over the winter.
Mets haven't liked offers for Marlon Byrd 07-30-2013
Marlon Byrd RF PHI
Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Mets are "fielding inquiries" on Marlon Byrd "but they don't like the offers thus far."

Marc Carig on Twitter
Carig adds that the sense is Byrd won't be dealt unless the offers improve. It would make sense for the Mets to get what they can for Byrd while he's playing well above expectations and is a free agent after this season. However, just as they did with Scott Hairston last season, they appear to value being competitive down the stretch more than getting a lower-tier prospect.
Pirates unlikely to make deal for Bud Norris 07-30-2013
Bud Norris P BAL
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a Pirates source downplayed the possibility of the team making a play for Bud Norris.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported earlier that the Diamondbacks, Orioles and Pirates were in the running for the right-hander, but he appears to be a back-burner option for Pittsburgh. It's fair to wonder whether Norris is really an upgrade to the Pirates' rotation as they would have to remove either Gerrit Cole or Charlie Morton. They could also get Wandy Rodriguez back at some point.
Cain (groin) expected to rejoin lineup Wed. 07-30-2013
Lorenzo Cain CF KC
Lorenzo Cain (groin) is expected to be ready to rejoin the lineup on Wednesday.

Kansas City Star
Cain left Saturday's game with left groin tightness. After Monday's off-day, he is out of the lineup Tuesday. "I haven't really run since I ran into the wall," he said. "So I'll take a normal practice. Sprint and hit. So far, just moving around, it feels good."
Anderson (foot) throws 57-pitch BP session 07-30-2013
Brett Anderson P COL
Brett Anderson (foot) threw a 57-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Oakland hasn't announced its intentions, but Anderson appears set to head out on a rehab assignment within the next week. The left-hander should be ready to return in mid-August.
Alex Rios to Pirates trade 'has lost steam' 07-30-2013
Alex Rios RF TEX
Scott Merkin of MLB.com has heard on a "couple of fronts" that the Pirates' interest in Alex Rios "has lost steam."

Scott Merkin on Twitter
A report earlier Tuesday suggested that a deal between the White Sox and Pirates might be close, but the last two updates have indicated that a trade isn't terribly likely to go down. The Pirates are looking for right field help, but it appears that Rios might not be in the cards.
Braun violated drug rules and labor agreement 07-30-2013
Ryan Braun RF MLW
Ryan Braun was penalized for violating both the labor agreement and the drug policy.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
If you're scoring at home, Braun was popped 50 games for using PEDs and another 15 for violating Article XII, which states that players may be "disciplined for just cause for conduct that is materially detrimental or materially prejudicial to the best interests of baseball including, but not limited to, engaging in conduct in violation of federal, state or local law." He loses around $3.4 million in salary.
Cards have talked to Angels about Erick Aybar 07-30-2013
Erick Aybar SS LAA
CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Cardinals have talked to the Angels about Erick Aybar.

CBSSports.com
The Cards have insisted publicly that they're fine with Pete Kozma at shortstop, but they've now had discussions about Alexei Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins and now Aybar. However, Knobler notes that St. Louis has "shown a reluctance" to trade their young pitching, and the Angels "don't have a ready replacement at short if they were to deal Aybar." The 29-year-old is making $8.5 million this season and owed the same amount each year through 2016.
Cabrera given the day off Tuesday 07-30-2013
Melky Cabrera LF TOR
Melky Cabrera is being given the day off Tuesday.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Cabrera's exclusion from the lineup fueled some trade speculation, though it's hard to envision Toronto would have many suitors for the Melk Man's contract. More likely, Cabrera is resting his ailing legs. Cabrera just returned from the disabled list, where he spent seven weeks with left knee tendinitis.
Choo (ankle) returns to the Reds' lineup 07-30-2013
Shin-Soo Choo LF TEX
Shin-Soo Choo (sprained ankle) returned to the Reds' lineup on Tuesday.

John Fay on Twitter
Choo hurt his ankle while sliding into second base during a stolen base attempt Sunday. He is playing left field and batting second.
Gallardo to have left hamstring examined 07-30-2013
Yovani Gallardo P MLW
Yovani Gallardo will have his left hamstring examined Wednesday.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
"His next start is in limbo," tweets Brewers MLB.com beat writer Adam McCalvy. Gallardo limped around after a pitch to Darwin Barney in Tuesday's game and left without attempting a warmup toss. The Brewers aren't going to take chances with their ace, so if the doctor has any reservations about Gallardo's hammy, expect a trip to the disabled list.
Tejada receives another start at second base 07-30-2013
Miguel Tejada 2B KC
Miguel Tejada will start his fourth consecutive game at second base on Tuesday.

Kansas City Star
Tejada again replaces Chris Getz, who is nursing a sore left knee. The 39-year-old is batting .284 with three homers and 15 RBIs over 116 at-bats and can be used in AL-only leagues when he's in the lineup.
Yankees have inquired about Alberto Callaspo 07-30-2013
Alberto Callaspo 2B OAK
CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Yankees have "been in touch" with the Angels about Alberto Callaspo.

CBSSports.com
Callaspo is batting just .253/.323/.348 this season, but his OPS is actually more than 100 points higher than what the Yankees have got out of the third base position this season. He's making $4.1 million this season and is due $4.875 million in 2014.
Padres unlikely to deal Gregerson, Thatcher 07-30-2013
Luke Gregerson P OAK
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Padres would "have to be inspired by an offer" to trade either Luke Gregerson or Joe Thatcher.

Buster Olney on Twitter
It could just be posturing, as both relievers have seemed very available up to this point. Both Gregerson (who's making $3.2 million this season) and Thatcher (who's making $1.35 million this season) will be arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Broxton begins rehabilitation at Triple-A 07-30-2013
Jonathan Broxton P MLW
The Reds officially sent Jonathan Broxton to Triple-A Louisville on a rehabilitation assignment.

MLB Roster moves
Broxton begins the assignment today after a successful round of live batting practice over the weekend convinced doctors to clear him. The burly righty needs to show he can pitch on back-to-back days before being activated, but he should return within the next week or so.
Jean Segura homers, doubles in victory 07-30-2013
Jean Segura SS MLW
Jean Segura had a homer and an RBI double as the Brewers beat the Cubs 6-5 in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. The homer was Segura's 12th of the year, but first since June 21. He had been hitting .264/.313/.297 in 91 at-bats during July, though he was still aiding fantasy teams with seven steals. He's 31-for-37 stealing bases this year.
DH Berkman still not close to returning 07-30-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
Lance Berkman reiterated Tuesday that he's considering shutting it down for the rest of the season or retiring due to nagging soreness in his surgically-repaired right knee.

Fox Sports Southwest
"You've got to fish or cut bait and I think we're getting to that point rather quickly," Berkman said. Berkman took batting practice Tuesday and hopes to do so again Wednesday, but his bat isn't close to major league ready at the moment. "Running is the main thing right now and I think mechanically my swing isn't in a good place because of my knee, not because of pain, but because of the inability to put it in a position it needs to be to hit with any kind of authority," Berkman said. "You can go up there and slap the ball around. That's really not what we need."
Khris Davis hits three-run homer for Brewers 07-30-2013
Khris Davis LF MLW
Khris Davis came off the bench to hit a three-run homer Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Brewers. Davis hasn't started a game in a week since being recalled by the Brewers, but he has homered twice. He'll likely start the second game tonight, and he has a chance to work his way into the left-field picture that currently includes Caleb Gindl and Logan Schafer.
Carlos Villanueva gives up four runs in loss 07-30-2013
Carlos Villanueva P CHC
Carlos Villanueva gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Brewers. Villanueva took a 5-2 lead to the sixth, but he was pulled after a one-out walk and a single that innings. James Russell replaced him and immediately gave up a game-tying homer, adding two runs to Villenueva's total. Villanueva doesn't deserve to be bumped back to the pen, but it's worth wondering if it may happen soon. The Cubs have Jake Arrieta starting game two of the doubleheader tonight, and they'll want to open up a full-time spot for him soon.
Indians designate Martinez for assignment 07-30-2013
Joe Martinez P LAA
Indians designated RHP Joe Martinez for assignment. The Indians needed to make room for reliever Marc Rzepczynski, whom they acquired from the Cardinals for Juan Herrera earlier in the day. Martinez, who owns a 5.82 ERA over portions of four major league seasons, is likely to pass through waivers unclaimed.
D'Backs, Orioles, Pirates in on Bud Norris 07-30-2013
Bud Norris P BAL
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks, Orioles and Pirates are three of the teams in on Bud Norris.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Norris' scheduled start Tuesday was pushed back to Wednesday, but the odds are good his next outing will come in another uniform. The Astros happen to be playing in Baltimore right now, so it's possible Norris might just have to switch dugouts. The righty is earning $3 million this season and is under team control through 2015.
Padres recall Mikolas from Triple-A Tucson 07-30-2013
Miles Mikolas P TEX
Padres recalled RHP Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Tucson. Mikolas has tossed a scoreless frame in his lone appearance with the Padres over three brief stints in the majors this season. He'll work the middle innings for a few days and likely return to the minors when Sean O'Sullivan returns from paternity leave.
Padres place O'Sullivan on paternity leave 07-30-2013
Sean O'Sullivan P PHI
Padres placed RHP Sean O'Sullivan on paternity leave. O'Sullivan won't miss a start, as he twirled six innings of one-run ball in Monday's victory against the Reds. He'll be back in a few days.
Greg Golson signs on with Braves 07-30-2013
Greg Golson CF CWS
Braves signed OF Greg Golson to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Burt Wilson on Twitter
Golson batted .244/.297/.401 with five homers and 12 steals over 55 games for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate and also played one game for the independent league Lancaster Barnstormers. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011.
Young open to destinations other than Texas 07-30-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, Michael Young will consider destinations other than Texas.

Jayson Stark on Twitter
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday afternoon that Young would only approve a trade back to the Rangers, but Stark says now that Young is open to other possibilities and considers Boston his second choice. Young, 36, is batting .277/.342/.402 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 99 games this season for the Phillies.
Marlins 'guaging interest' in Pierre, Polanco 07-30-2013
Juan Pierre LF MIA
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Marlins are "gauging the interest" in Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco.

Buster Olney on Twitter
They're unlikely to find a suitor for either struggling veteran. Pierre, 35, is batting just .242/.284/.297 this season. Polanco, 37, is hitting .259/.315/.301.
O's Roberts headed to paternity leave list 07-30-2013
Brian Roberts 2B NYY
Brian Roberts is headed to the paternity leave list.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Roberts will soon welcome his first child. He will probably be away from the Orioles for three days.
Report: M's Michael Morse is 'very available' 07-30-2013
Michael Morse LF SF
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Mariners outfielder Michael Morse is "very available."

Joel Sherman on Twitter
Sherman suspects that the Yankees might have interest but notes that there are no serious talks between the two teams at this time. Morse was activated from a five-week disabled list stint on Monday. He has good power and would be a nice addition for most contenders.
Berkman felt lingering pain while jogging 07-30-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
Lance Berkman felt lingering pain in his surgically-repaired right knee Tuesday while jogging.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
The veteran slugger seems likely to shut it down for good at some point in the near future. He was batting .254/.355/.377 in 68 games this year for the Rangers.
Anaheim 'hopeful' of acquiring Ian Kennedy 07-30-2013
Ian Kennedy P SD
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Angels are "hopeful" of landing Ian Kennedy.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Kennedy would be a nice reclamation project for the out-of-contention Halos. The Diamondbacks are shopping both Kennedy and outfielder Jason Kubel in an attempt to free up payroll space for someone like Jake Peavy.
Alex Cobb (blister) throws simulated game 07-30-2013
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (concussion, blister) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

Roger Mooney on Twitter
Cobb is over his concussion but developed a blister on his right index finger during a rehab start last week and had been idle for a bit. He is aiming to resume his minor league rehab assignment this Saturday and should be back in the Rays' rotation by mid-August.
Indians get Rzepczynski from STL for Herrera 07-30-2013
Marc Rzepczynski P CLE
Indians acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for INF Juan Herrera. Rzepczynski posted a 4.63 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 79 2/3 total innings for St. Louis after heading over from Toronto in the mid-2011 Colby Rasmus trade. The 27-year-old left-hander has been especially bad this summer and will look to turn things around with a change of scenery. Herrera is a raw 20-year-old infielder from the Dominican.
Getz (knee) not in Royals' lineup on Tuesday 07-30-2013
Chris Getz 2B TOR
Chris Getz (knee) is out of the Royals' lineup Tuesday.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
Getz has been bothered by soreness in his left knee for the past couple of weeks. He's considered day-to-day.
Report: Cardinals trade Rzepczynski to Tribe 07-30-2013
Marc Rzepczynski P CLE
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have traded Marc Rzepczynski to Cleveland.

Derrick Goold on Twitter
St. Louis will get a low-level minor leaguer in return. "Scrabble" has posted a rough 7.84 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings this year in the majors and seems doubtful to suddenly pull it together for the Tribe.
Astros planning to use a committee at closer 07-30-2013
Jose Cisnero P HOU
Astros manager Bo Porter said Tuesday that he will use a committee at closer going forward.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Jose Veras was traded to the Tigers on Monday morning, leaving a job opening at the back end of the Astros' bullpen. Jose Cisnero is young and has good stuff, but he hasn't pitched well enough lately to earn Porter's trust. He's still the best fantasy option right now.
Buster Posey sitting Tuesday due to illness 07-30-2013
Buster Posey C SF
Buster Posey is out Tuesday because of an illness.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
It's not believed to be serious. Guillermo Quiroz will start behind the plate Tuesday against the Phillies.
Brian Wilson's deal with LAD has $1M base 07-30-2013
Brian Wilson P LAD
Brian Wilson's new one-year contract with the Dodgers carries a $1 million base salary.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
There's also a large chunk of change available through performance-based bonuses. Wilson signed with the Dodgers on Tuesday morning after considering offers from several other contending teams. He is going to rehab in the minors for the next couple of weeks.
Royals are on Howie Kendrick's no-trade list 07-30-2013
Howie Kendrick 2B LAA
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are on Howie Kendrick's no-trade list.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Kansas City badly wants to improve at second base and Kendrick would be a nice fit, but it'll take some convincing for that deal to get done. Kendrick can block a trade to 11 other teams, but most of them are unknown. The Angels are also thought to be shopping shortstop Erick Aybar.
Report: Asking price for Peavy 'coming down' 07-30-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
According to CSN New England's Sean McAdam, the asking price is "coming down" on Jake Peavy.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
The Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Cardinals and A's are all known to have serious interest in acquiring the veteran right-hander, but the White Sox wanted the moon for him initially and are now starting to think more realistically with the July 31 deadline fast approaching. Peavy, 32, has a 4.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 80 innings this season for last-place Chicago. He is under contract for $14.5 million in 2014 and holds a $15 million player option for 2015.
Oswalt (hamstring) throws 36-pitch bullpen 07-30-2013
Roy Oswalt P COL
Roy Oswalt (hamstring) threw a successful 36-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas Harding on Twitter
Oswalt plans to throw a simulated game on Friday and then head out on a short minor league rehab assignment. He should be back with the Rockies by mid-August.
Schafer (ankle) could begin rehab games Sat. 07-30-2013
Jordan Schafer LF MIN
Jordan Schafer (ankle) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this Saturday.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Schafer is just slightly behind fellow Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, who will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. They should both be added back to Atlanta's active 25-man roster next week.
Gallardo departs start due to tight hamstring 07-30-2013
Yovani Gallardo P MLW
Yovani Gallardo left Tuesday's game against the Cubs because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
If it's a hamstring strain, Gallardo will likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Whatever trade value he had before has completely disintegrated by now.
B.J. Upton to begin rehab games Wednesday 07-30-2013
B.J. Upton CF ATL
B.J. Upton is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

David O'Brien on Twitter
If all goes well, he will only have to play three games there. Upton has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 12 because of a strained right abductor muscle. He should be back with the Braves early next week.
Gallardo exits start with apparent leg injury 07-30-2013
Yovani Gallardo P MLW
Yovani Gallardo departed his start Tuesday against the Cubs with an apparent left hamstring injury. Gallardo came up limping after a pitch to Darwin Barney and didn't even attempt a warmup toss. He had allowed six hits and three walks over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. The Brewers can't seem to catch a break this season.
Report: Emilio Bonifacio could be moved 07-30-2013
Emilio Bonifacio CF ATL
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Emilio Bonifacio is the most likely Blue Jays' player to be moved.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Blue Jays are also shopping Melky Cabrera, but teams could be reluctant to go after him for a variety of reasons. Rosenthal notes that the Jays have been mostly quiet in the days leading up to the trade deadline, so it's possible they'll do nothing.
White Sox recall RHP Rienzo from Triple-A 07-30-2013
Andre Rienzo P CWS
White Sox recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte. Rienzo will start Tuesday night against the Indians in place of Jake Peavy, who was scratched and is likely to be traded. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a 4.06 ERA and 113 strikeouts over 113 innings this season in Triple-A and has been brilliant over the past two months. The Brazil native is worth securing in AL-only leagues on the chance he sticks.
White Sox option OF Tekotte to Triple-A 07-30-2013
Blake Tekotte CF CWS
White Sox optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Charlotte. The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter, Andre Rienzo, on the active roster. Tekotte is 5-for-20 (.250) with one double in 16 games with the White Sox this season.
Report: Schierholtz drawing 'solid interest' 07-30-2013
Nate Schierholtz RF WAS
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Nate Schierholtz is drawing "solid interest" in trades.

Buster Olney on Twitter
The Cubs have been very active in the trade market this month, so it stands to reason that they would cash in on someone who is having a career year at a bargain rate. Schierholtz, 29, is batting .274/.334/.523 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 87 games this season. Look for him to get moved by Wednesday afternoon.
Report: Below signs with team in Korea 07-30-2013
Duane Below P DET
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that left-hander Duane Below has signed with a team in Korea.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
The specifics of the deal aren't yet known. Below appeared in two games with the Marlins back in May and had been pitching for the team's Triple-A affiliate since, but he has apparently found a better opportunity.
Jose Altuve (quad) in Tuesday's lineup 07-30-2013
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve (quad) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Altuve left Saturday's game with left quad tightness and sat out Sunday. However, it doesn't appear to be a major concern.
Tigers option RHP Putkonen to Triple-A 07-30-2013
Luke Putkonen P DET
Tigers optioned RHP Luke Putkonen to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers have called up Evan Reed to replace him on the active roster. Putkonen has a 3.05 ERA and 17/7 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings with the Tigers this season and should be back at some point later this year.
Report: Royals have checked in on R. Weeks 07-30-2013
Rickie Weeks 2B MLW
CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Royals are looking for upgrades at second base and have checked in on the Brewers' Rickie Weeks.

CBS Sports
Knobler hears that the Royals have also had discussions about Gordon Beckham of the White Sox and Howie Kendrick of the White Sox. However, there's nothing to suggest that they are close to a deal for any of those players. Royals second basemen are 29th in the majors this season with a .590 OPS.
Pirates call up RHP Cumpton from Triple-A 07-30-2013
Brandon Cumpton P PIT
Pirates recalled RHP Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianaplis. Cumpton will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. The 24-year-old has a 4.02 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings over three starts with the Pirates this season, but he shouldn't be trusted in fantasy leagues with this matchup.
Chris Davis serving as DH on Tuesday 07-30-2013
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis will serve as the DH on Tuesday against the Astros.

Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
It will be his fourth start of the season out of the DH spot and his first since June 27. Davis hasn't homered since July 14 and has struck out in 22 straight games. Ryan Flaherty will start in his place at first base.
Report: ChiSox, Pirates 'not close' on Rios 07-30-2013
Alex Rios RF TEX
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates are "not close" to acquiring outfielder Alex Rios from the White Sox.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported earlier Tuesday that it sounded like the two sides were "getting close" to a deal, but Heyman hears otherwise. Of course, that's the nature of trade rumors at this time of year. The Pirates could use some help in right field, so it wouldn't be surprising if they do something before Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Report: D-Backs emerge as Peavy front runner 07-30-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Diamondbacks have emerged as the front runner to acquire Jake Peavy from the White Sox.

Gordon Edes on Twitter
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers traded Peavy to the White Sox four years ago when he was at the helm in San Diego, but he's now looking for a reunion in Arizona. It's not known what the Diamondbacks are willing to offer, but the White Sox have set the bar pretty high in trade discussions. The 32-year-old right-hander is under contract for $14.5 million in 2014.
Phils designate OF Susdorf for assignment 07-30-2013
Steve Susdorf LF PHI
Phillies designate OF Steve Susdorf for assignment. The move clears a spot for the newly-promoted Cody Asche on the 40-man roster. Susdorf appeared in three games during his brief stint with the Phillies and stands a good chance to pass through waivers unclaimed.
Phillies call up Cody Asche from Triple-A 07-30-2013
Cody Asche 3B PHI
Phillies purchased the contract of 3B Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies are doing their best to trade Michael Young, but Asche should get the majority of the playing time at third base regardless of whether a deal is ultimately reached. The 23-year-old was hitting .295/.352/.485 with 15 home runs, 68 RBI and 11 stolen bases over 104 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley and should have plenty of value in NL-only fantasy leagues the rest of the way.
Dodgers agree to deal with RHP Brian Wilson 07-30-2013
Brian Wilson P LAD
Dodgers signed RHP Brian Wilson to a minor league contract.

Tim Brown on Twitter
That's right, the beard has landed. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report that a deal was reached. Wilson has reportedly felt "major-league ready" during his recent throwing sessions, but the plan calls for him to spend about two weeks in the minors before being called up. Fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, the 31-year-old could make a big impact in the Dodgers' bullpen down the stretch and possibly during the postseason.
Jake Peavy pushed back to Wednesday 07-30-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
The White Sox announced that Jake Peavy's next start has been pushed back to Wednesday.

Doug Padilla on Twitter
That's assuming he's not dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET. Peavy was scratched from Tuesday's scheduled start, which is an indication that the White Sox are heavily involved in trade discussions.
Report: Rangers willing to listen on 'anyone' 07-30-2013
Elvis Andrus SS TEX
FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Rangers are willing to listen to offers on "anyone."

Jon Paul Morosi on Twitter
That's probably not meant to be taken literally, as we can assume Yu Darvish is off the table, among others, but Morosi makes a point to say that Elvis Andrus could be had. Of course, the Rangers just signed him to an eight-year, $120 million extension earlier this year, so it would be a surprising turn of events. The 24-year-old is batting just .250/.310/.289 through 103 games this season, but we doubt they'd be willing to sell low on someone who has shown he is capable of much better.
D-Backs not ruled out for Jake Peavy 07-30-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks "may kick the tires" again on White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier Tuesday that the Diamondbacks had stepped back their pursuit with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill close to being activated from the disabled list, but they could just be bluffing. Expect lots of conflicting reports over the next 24 hours, but Peavy is a good bet to be moved somewhere.
Jason Vargas a possibility for Orioles? 07-30-2013
Jason Vargas P KC
Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles have been asking around about starting pitchers and names the Angels' Jason Vargas as "one interesting possibility."

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The Orioles have also been mentioned a possible landing spot for Bud Norris, though Knobler hears that they haven't made the Astros an offer. Vargas comes with some risk, as he is currently working his way back from surgery last month to remove a blood clot from his left armpit. He's a fly ball pitcher anyway, so he would probably be a poor fit for Camden Yards and the other hitter-friendly ballparks in the AL East.
Report: Pirates close to deal for Alex Rios 07-30-2013
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David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that "it sounds like" the White Sox and Pirates are getting close to finishing a trade involving outfielder Alex Rios.

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The Pirates have struggled to get any production out of right field this season, so Rios would be a natural fit. Kaplan hears that the two sides are still haggling over the cash involved and might not find a middle ground. The 32-year-old is under contract for $12.5 million next while his $13.5 million option for 2015 includes a $1 million buyout.
M. Young will only approve trade to Rangers 07-30-2013
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Young will only approve a trade to the Rangers.

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Young has a full-no trade clause, so he can control his destiny. The Red Sox and Yankees are among the teams reportedly interested in the 36-year-old, but he's apparently only willing to consider a return to Texas. The Phillies are planning to call up prospect third baseman Cody Asche, so it appears that there will be some resolution in the next 24 hours or so.
Red Sox feel Cliff Lee trade is unlikely 07-30-2013
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Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox feel a trade for Phillies' left-hander Cliff Lee is "highly unlikely."

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe write Tuesday morning that "every indication" says the Phillies won't settle for anything less than prospect infielder Xander Bogaerts. If the price is going to be that high, the Red Sox will look elsewhere. Brown hears that the Astros' Bud Norris and Jake Peavy of the White Sox are both in play.
Cubs recall RHP Arrieta from Triple-A 07-30-2013
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Cubs recalled RHP Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa. Arrieta, who was acquired from the Orioles earlier this month, will start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers and serve as the 26th man. The 27-year-old had a 4.03 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings at Triple-A. With a big performance, he could stick in the rotation.
Orioles among teams in on RHP Bud Norris 07-30-2013
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Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Orioles are among three teams with strong interest in Astros' right-hander Bud Norris.

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As fate would have it, the Astros are in Baltimore this week for a series against the Orioles. Norris has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night, which points to a deal getting done by Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates have also been mentioned as a possible landing spot.
Cards recall LHP Lyons from Triple-A 07-30-2013
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Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis. Lyons is slated to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates and will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man. He has a 2.03 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings this month in Triple-A, but is a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues.
Cards recall RHP Blazek from Triple-A 07-30-2013
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Cardinals recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis. Blazek has allowed three earned runs over three innings in two stints with the big club this season. He'll provide some bullpen depth in Tuesday's doubleheader.
Cards call up RHP Butler from Triple-A 07-30-2013
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Cardinals recalled RHP Keith Butler from Triple-A Memphis. Butler has a 1.98 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings with the Cards this season. He'll pitch in middle relief.
Cards option LHP Rzepczynski to Triple-A 07-30-2013
Marc Rzepczynski P CLE
Cardinals optioned LHP Marc Rzepczynski to Triple-A Memphis. Rzepczynski has thrown 27 pitches over the past two days, so the Cardinals wanted some fresh reinforcements for their bullpen for Tuesday's doubleheader. The southpaw should get another crack in the Cardinals' bullpen soon.
Cards option RHP Salas to Triple-A 07-30-2013
Fernando Salas P LAA
Cardinals optioned RHP Fernando Salas to Triple-A Memphis. Salas gave up three runs over 1 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Pirates, so the Cardinals sent him down in order to get a fresh arm for Tuesday's doubleheader. He should be back later this summer.
Cumpton to start second game of DH 07-30-2013
Brandon Cumpton P PIT
The Pirates will call up right-hander Brandon Cumpton to start the second game of doubleheader against the Cardinals.

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Cumpton, 24, has a 4.02 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings over three starts with the Pirates this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Bud Norris scratched from Tuesday's start 07-30-2013
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Bud Norris has been scratched from Tuesday's scheduled start against the Orioles.

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Norris hasn't been traded, but the Astros don't want to put him out there with various discussions on the table. It's highly possible he'll be moved before Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lucas Harrell will start in his place Tuesday.
Molina not in lineup for first game of DH 07-30-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

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Tony Cruz will catch Lance Lynn in the first game, but look for Molina to play in the nightcap. Allen Craig and David Freese are also getting a rest for the first base.
Report: Phils want Bogaerts from BOS for Lee 07-30-2013
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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that "every indication" says the Phillies won't settle for anything less than prospect infielder Xander Bogaerts as the center piece in a trade with the Red Sox involving Cliff Lee.

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox are "the biggest player" for Lee at the moment, but there's nothing to indicate that they are willing to part with Bogaerts or even Jackie Bradley, Jr. Unless someone budges by Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, it appears the southpaw might stay pat in Philly.
Cardinals, White Sox not talking Peavy deal 07-30-2013
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there are no current discussions between the Cardinals and White Sox regarding right-hander Jake Peavy.

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The Cardinals have been mentioned as a possible landing spot over the past couple of weeks, but there's no momentum toward a deal at this point. The Diamondbacks have also been rumored, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they have dropped out of the running since Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill are expected to return from the disabled list soon. The White Sox have scratched Peavy from his scheduled start on Tuesday, so it still appears likely he'll be moved before Wednesday's deadline.
Yankees have checked in on Hunter Pence 07-30-2013
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are among the new teams who have checked in on the availability of Giants' outfielder Hunter Pence.

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Brewers call up 2B Gennett from Triple-A 07-30-2013
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Brewers recalled 2B Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Nashville. He'll function as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader. Gennett batted just .214 with one homer over 17 games with the Brewers earlier this season.
Dodgers are frontrunners to sign Brian Wilson 07-30-2013
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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers are the frontrunners to sign reliever Brian Wilson.

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Orioles release RHP Joel Pineiro 07-30-2013
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Orioles released RHP Joel Pineiro. Pineiro signed a minor league contract with the Orioles this year, but he never threw a pitch with the organization, as he was still in rehab mode from shoulder surgery last July. The 34-year-old is unlikely to resurface in the majors in the near future.
Peavy will not start for White Sox on Tuesday 07-30-2013
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Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com reports that Jake Peavy will not start Tuesday night against the Indians.

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This confirms a report by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Peavy hasn't been traded yet, but the decision indicates that the White Sox are involved in discussions and don't want to risk the chance of injury. Look for him to be packing his bags before Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline. Andre Rienzo is expected to be called up to start in Peavy's place on Tuesday.
Giants expected to trade LHP Javier Lopez 07-30-2013
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Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Giants will "definitely" move left-handed reliever Javier Lopez.

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Sherman hears that the Indians are interested in Lopez while CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reported late Monday that the Tigers are "among the many teams" that have inquired about the southpaw. The 36-year-old has a 1.42 ERA and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings this season. He is due to become a free agent this winter.
Report: Red Sox interested in LHP Outman 07-30-2013
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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Red Sox are interested in left-hander Josh Outman.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Monday that the Indians have "talked quite a bit" with the Rockies about Outman, but Renck hears that the Red Sox are also interested. The 28-year-old southpaw has a 4.42 ERA and 42/13 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings this season and has held left-handed batters to a .224 batting average and a .576 OPS.
Lewis (elbow) making next rehab start Sat. 07-30-2013
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Colby Lewis (elbow) will make his next rehab start Saturday with Double-A Frisco.

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Lewis has an ugly 8.18 ERA and 9/3 K/BB ratio in 11 innings over three starts since restarting his rehab assignment. While the results haven't been great, he's hoping that his next start will be enough to show that he's ready to join the Rangers. "After my last start [July 22], I thought I could definitely be here and contribute," said Lewis.
Jake Peavy likely to be scratched Tuesday 07-30-2013
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Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Jake Peavy is likely to be scratched from Tuesday's scheduled start against the Indians.

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Peavy hasn't been traded, but this would seem to indicate that the White Sox are getting close to sending him somewhere and don't want to risk the possibility of injury. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Athletics were moving off Peavy and looking at other options, but the Red Sox and Cardinals are among some of the other teams in the mix. The White Sox are expected to call up Andre Rienzo to start in Peavy's place on Tuesday.
Grilli (forearm) vows to return this year 07-30-2013
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Jason Grilli (forearm) has vowed to return this season.

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Grilli is expected to miss 4-8 weeks after he strained the flexor muscle in his right forearm last week. The good news is that the injury is muscular in nature and not related to a tendon. As of now, he is not a candidate for surgery. "I'm going to be ready before the season is out," said Grilli. "You can mark my word on that." Grilli is expected to rest for nine to 12 days before being re-evaluated. Mark Melancon will continue to handle the closer role in the interim.
Reed Johnson (Achilles) placed on 15-day DL 07-30-2013
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Braves placed OF Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with left Achilles tendinitis. Johnson aggravated his Achilles during Sunday's game and will require an extended absence. The Braves have called up outfielder Todd Cunningham from Triple-A to take his place on the active roster.
Denorfia smacks walk-off HR off Chapman 07-30-2013
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Chris Denorfia launched a pinch-hit, walk-off two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman to push San Diego to a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Monday. Yonder Alonso walked to lead off the inning and San Diego called on Denforia to replace Will Venable. Denorfia's 424-foot shot to center field was his second home run in three days. He's batting .266 with nine homers and 33 RBI over 96 games.
Gregerson earns fifth win, strikes out two 07-30-2013
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Luke Gregerson struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth inning and earned the victory Monday against the Reds. For owners speculating on saves, Gregerson isn't a bad two-day gamble if he's available on your league's waiver wire. If San Diego ships closer Huston Street out of town prior to Wednesday night, Gregerson would be in line to take over the ninth inning. Of course, Gregerson himself is on the trading block and San Diego has received plenty of interest. The 29-year-old right hander has a 2.91 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 47 appearances and is arbitration eligible for the final time this offseason.
Chapman blows fourth save against Padres 07-30-2013
Aroldis Chapman P CIN
Aroldis Chapman blew his fourth save of the season Monday in the Reds' loss to the Padres. After inheriting a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning, Chapman walked the leadoff batter and served up a walk-off, two-run homer to Chris Denorfia. The Cuban left-hander is still piling on the strikeouts in 2013 (70 over 41 2/3 innings), but he's been uncharacteristically hittable and owns a disappointing 3.02 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
Leake fires seven shutout innings in ND loss 07-30-2013
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Mike Leake fired seven shutout innings against the Padres on Monday. He scattered four hits, struck out five and walked two in the no-decision. Latos was in line for his 11th win before Aroldis Chapman coughed up a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning. Leake continues to defy his peripherals, which suggest that a pitcher with his low strikeout rate and unsustainably-high strand rate can't sustain a 2.59 ERA. He'll need his best stuff on Sunday against the Cardinals.
Cespedes goes 3-for-5 with a triple, home run 07-30-2013
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Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's 9-4 victory against the Royals. Cespedes has been locked in over the last 48 hours, going 6-for-10 with four extra-base hits and seven RBI. The two-day splurge inflated his batting average from .220 to .232. Cespedes is on pace for 24 homers and 76 RBI, though we expect his second half to be better than his first.
Lind hits a solo homer in Monday's loss 07-30-2013
Adam Lind 1B MLW
Adam Lind hit a solo homer in Monday's loss to the A's. The long fly was Lind's only fit in four at-bats. Lind has struggled mightily in July; he entered Monday batting .184 with one homer and six RBI over 76 at-bats this month. Lind is batting .290 after season totals of .237, .251 and .255 over the last three years. Expect the regression to continue.
Griffin surrenders four runs in victory 07-30-2013
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A.J. Griffin surrendered four earned runs on four hits in seven innings Monday as the A's beat the Blue Jays. He whiffed five and issued a pair of free passes. Griffin looked great at times this evening, with three notable exceptions: Homers allowed to Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion which accounted for all four of Toronto's runs. Griffin ranks eighth in the American League with 10 wins, and his 1.11 WHIP stands ninth.
Rogers tagged for eight runs in loss 07-30-2013
Esmil Rogers P NYY
Esmil Rogers was rocked for eight runs -- six earned -- and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings by the A's on Monday. He struck out three and walked three in the loss. Rogers (3-5, 4.16 ERA) doesn't strike out a ton of batters and his stuff is hittable, but his control has never been better. The right-hander doesn't have a lot of room for error, and his ultimate destiny may be the bullpen, but AL-only owners could do worse.