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McCann homers in second straight in victory 07-31-2013
Brian McCann C HOU
Brian McCann went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer against the Rockies on Wednesday. McCann hit a three-run home run for the second straight night, this time taking Tyler Chatwood deep in the third inning. The home run was his 15th, and it gave the catcher 41 RBI on the year. In 64 games, McCann is batting .283/.367/.534.
Chatwood rocked by Braves in lopsided loss 07-31-2013
Tyler Chatwood P COL
Tyler Chatwood allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Braves on Wednesday. Chatwood hadn't allowed more than two runs in a start since July 3 and hadn't given up more than six all season before Wednesday's disaster. The outing inflated his ERA from 2.48 to 3.15, and he dropped to 7-4 on the year. He should bounce back in his next start, scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field.
Freeman has four hits in win over Rockies 07-31-2013
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
Freddie Freeman went 4-for-4 with two RBI in the Braves' win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He reached base in all five plate appearances, as he also walked on the evening. Freeman has enjoyed a productive couple of days, as he's scored six runs, collected six RBI and gone 7-for-13 (.538) in the first three games of the series. The four-hit night raised his average back up to .309.
Miley strikes out eight as D'backs roll 7-0 07-31-2013
Wade Miley P BAL
Wade Miley allowed two hits, striking out eight, over 6 1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks shut out the Rays 7-0 on Wednesday. Miley was plagued by five walks, but the left-hander was otherwise stellar in picking up his eighth win of the season. The eight strikeouts were the most for Miley in a game since his first start of the season. He lowered his ERA to 3.68, and the 26-year-old will have a chance to get over the .500 mark against these same Rays on Tuesday.
Holland earns save as KC wins eighth straight 07-31-2013
Greg Holland P COL
Greg Holland earned his 28th save of the season Wednesday in the Royals' 4-3 defeat of the Twins. Kansas City has won eight straight games and is suddenly two games above .500 at 53-51. Holland has been a reliable source through it all, boasting a 1.76 overall ERA and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this year. He should remain an excellent fantasy option down the stretch.
Ross collects three hits in win over Rays 07-31-2013
Cody Ross RF OAK
Cody Ross went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Rays on Wednesday. Ross provided three of the Diamondbacks' 14 hits on the night, and he drove in a pair of runs in the first inning with a bases-loaded single off Jeremy Hellickson. The 32-year-old is batting .268/.326/.384 with 32 RBI in 85 games for Arizona this year. He's part of a crowded Diamondbacks outfield, so he can't be relied on as an everyday option outside of NL-only leagues.
Hellickson takes fourth loss against D'backs 07-31-2013
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI
Jeremy Hellickson allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Hellickson allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out just three on the night. It was Hellickson's first loss since June 13, dropping him to a still-respectable 10-4 on the season. He'll carry a 4.60 ERA into his rematch with the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Wednesday.
Chavez blasts ninth homer in win over Rays 07-31-2013
Eric Chavez 3B ARZ
Eric Chavez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the Rays on Wednesday. Chavez got the start at DH in the interleague tilt and responded, taking Jeremy Hellickson deep for a two-run homer in the third inning. It was his ninth home run in 174 at-bats this year, and he's been getting more playing time at third base in recent weeks due to his hot bat. The 35-year-old is hitting .305/.353/.546 this season but isn't a mixed league option barring injury to one of the D'backs regulars.
Oberholtzer stymies O's in 11-0 Astros win 07-31-2013
Brett Oberholtzer P LAA
Brett Oberholtzer allowed just three hits over seven innings of work in the Astros' 11-0 drubbing of the Orioles on Wednesday. Well nobody saw that coming. The left-hander was tapped just hours before the start of the game after scheduled starter Erik Bedard was scratched. Oberholtzer responded by limiting the Orioles to three hits, walking none and striking out six. It was easily the best performance of Oberholtzer's young career, and with Bud Norris now gone he may have earned another turn in the rotation. He should be added in AL-only leagues in case Wednesday was a sign of things to come.
Castro collects eight total bases against O's 07-31-2013
Jason Castro C MIN
Jason Castro went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and two doubles against the Orioles on Wednesday. The big swing came against Miguel Gonzalez in the fourth inning, giving the Astros a 9-0 lead at the time. Castro's doubles gave him 29 on the year, the homer was his 13th and the catcher now has 39 RBI. The 26-year-old is having a magnificent breakout season, batting .265/.329/.465 in 92 games.
Jeff Locke struggles vs. Cards 07-31-2013
Jeff Locke P MIA
Jeff Locke was chased after four innings Wednesday, allowing four runs on a career-high 10 hits and a walk but escaping with a no-decision in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals. Locke recorded six strikeouts, but the Cardinals singled him to death with nine one-baggers to go along with a Carlos Beltran double. It's arguably the left-hander's worst start of the season and the first time since April 18 that he allowed four earned runs, but the Bucs managed to eke out another win and will go for a rare five-game sweep Thursday. He'll try to rebound next week in a juicy matchup at home versus the Marlins.
Wainwright decent against Pirates 07-31-2013
Adam Wainwright P STL
Adam Wainwright was charged with four runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates. He struck out six. Wainwright wasn't super sharp, leaving some pitches up over the plate that led to single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. Though he hasn't blown up in any outings, Waino has now surrendered four earned runs in three of his last six starts. He'll try to bounce back next weekend at home against the Dodgers.
Gonzalez falters in 2nd straight vs. Astros 07-31-2013
Miguel Gonzalez P CWS
Miguel Gonzalez had his second straight poor outing on Wednesday, allowing nine runs -- four earned -- in 3 2/3 innings against the Astros. Gonzalez wasn't helped by his defense, but the right-hander allowed nine hits and two walks in the start. Two of those hits were home runs, with a Jason Castro grand slam effectively ending Gonzalez' night. He's now allowed 15 runs in his last two starts after allowing just 14 in his previous eight starts. Gonzalez will carry an 8-5 record into his start at Petco Park against the Padres on Tuesday.
Neil Walker homers as Pirates win again 07-31-2013
Neil Walker 2B NYM
Neil Walker had a single and a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals. Walker's solo blast off of Adam Wainwright in the third cut the Cardinals' lead to one, and he wound up scoring the winning run on a Russell Martin single in the eighth. The longball was his only in July, and he bumped up his average for the month to .245.
Gaudin holds Phillies in check 07-31-2013
Chad Gaudin P LAD
Chad Gaudin spun seven innings of one-run ball in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Phillies. Gaudin served up a solo shot to Chase Utley in the first inning, but the Phils could only muster three singles and a walk after that. The righty struck out five on the night. It's a nice rebound outing for Gaudin, who struggled last week against the Reds. He boasts a 2.64 ERA for the season and is likely to keep his rotation spot over Barry Zito after Ryan Vogelsong returns. Gaudin gets the Brewers at home next.
Kyle Kendrick rocked by Giants 07-31-2013
Kyle Kendrick P COL
Kyle Kendrick was lit up for seven runs - six earned - over just two innings in Wednesday's loss to the Giants. Kendrick surrendered eight hits, walked one, hit a batter and didn't record a strikeout. The Giants didn't scorch the ball off the righty, as seven of their eight hits were singles, but Kendrick wasn't spotting hit pitches where he wanted. It's the fourth time in his last six outings that he's allowed at least four runs, pushing his ERA up to 4.29, the highest it's been since April 10. Kendrick gets the Cubs at home next week.
Matt Dominguez goes off in win over Orioles 07-31-2013
Matt Dominguez 3B TOR
Matt Dominguez went 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Wednesday. Dominguez added three singles to go with his solo home run, which capped the scoring in the Astros' 11-0 win. It was his 14th homer of the season, giving him 54 RBI. Still just 23 years old, the third baseman has shown glimpses of his power potential in his first full season with the Astros.
Carlos Gonzalez not expected to go on DL 07-31-2013
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Carlos Gonzalez was diagnosed with a sprained right middle finger after an X-ray came back clean.

Troy Renck on Twitter
It's the same thing the exam revealed earlier this month. Even though CarGo is in plenty of pain, it doesn't appear as though he'll go on the DL, as the Rockies are convinced the injury won't get any better over a couple weeks. He'll try to tough things out over the final two months, but his production could suffer.
Brett Pill has big night vs. Phillies 07-31-2013
Brett Pill 1B SF
Brett Pill went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Phillies. Pill drove in three runs with a couple singles early in the game before launching a solo shot in the seventh. In two starts since being recalled, he's picked up three hits in nine at-bats. He could continue to steal at-bats from the struggling Brandon Belt.
Santana's walk-off jack gives Indians 6-5 win 07-31-2013
Carlos Santana 1B CLE
Carlos Santana went 2-for-5 with a 10th-inning, walk-off home run to give the Indians a 6-5 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. Santana clubbed the game-winning homer off Dylan Axelrod, his 12th home run of the season. He also doubled in a run in the game and is batting .272/.376/.458 this year. The home run gave him 48 RBI on the season.
Reed suffers fifth blown save against Indians 07-31-2013
Addison Reed P NYM
Addison Reed suffered his fifth blown save of the season on Wednesday, allowing two runs in an inning of work against the Indians. Michael Brantley led off the inning with a double before Jason Giambi was hit by a pitch. A Drew Stubbs bunt single to load the bases would be the last hit Reed would surrender, but two sacrifice flies brought home runs. It was the 24-year-old's first blown save in a month.
Carlos Gonzalez (finger) could be DL-bound 07-31-2013
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Carlos Gonzalez (finger) could be headed to the disabled list.

Troy Renck on Twitter
The Rockies will discuss a potential roster move Wednesday and Thursday, though the Denver Post's Troy Renck notes that CarGo's right middle finger injury, which he aggravated Wednesday, is "not well at all." The outfielder has been playing with the ailment for a few weeks, and it might be best for him to shut things down for a while at this point.
Kluber goes 8 2/3 innings in no-decision 07-31-2013
Corey Kluber P CLE
Corey Kluber allowed four runs in 8 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Wednesday. It was a strange end to an otherwise good start for Kluber, as an attempt at the complete-game victory turned into a no-decision when he couldn't nail down the final out. It was still a strong start for the right-hander, as he allowed eight hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out six. Kluber owns a 7-5 record and 3.77 ERA through 114 2/3 innings this year. His next start will come against the Tigers on Monday.
Nick Tepesch playing catch with no issues 07-31-2013
Nick Tepesch P KC
Nick Tepesch (elbow) said he's been playing catch "on and off" since being placed on the DL earlier this month and hasn't had any issues.
"I won't know until I get on a mound, but it's definitely feeling better," Tepesch said. The righty added that he's not sure when he'll be cleared to throw from the bump. With the addition of Matt Garza and other pitchers getting healthy, there's a good chance he won't have a starting job once ready.
Quintana allows three runs in no-decision 07-31-2013
Jose Quintana P CWS
Jose Quintana allowed three runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Wednesday. The lefty was less economical than usual, giving up seven hits and two walks while lasting just five innings. He also struck out six in the outing. He remained at 5-3 with the no-decision, and he's got a 3.62 ERA through 22 starts. He'll start again on Monday against the Yankees.
Billy Butler playing with stiff neck 07-31-2013
Billy Butler DH NYY
Billy Butler has been playing through neck stiffness.
Butler isn't sure how he suffered the injury. "I can't really tell you anything. It's not from anything, it's just not moving very well," Butler said. The DH added that he "couldn't quite get turned to the pitcher (Tuesday) night. It's not feeling very good." Despite not being 100 percent, Butler plans to continue playing through the ailment.
Chris Getz expected back this weekend 07-31-2013
Chris Getz 2B TOR
Chris Getz (knee) is expected to return to the lineup this weekend.
Getz would be ready to play Thursday, but since the Royals are facing a lefty, they'll give him another day. He's been bothered by soreness in his left knee for the past couple of weeks.
Lorenzo Cain unavailable Wednesday 07-31-2013
Lorenzo Cain CF KC
Lorenzo Cain was unavailable to play Wednesday after feeling tightness in his left groin while warming up in case in needed to play in Tuesday's game.
The outfielder hasn't played since Saturday but remains day-to-day. "He felt OK yesterday during workouts and in the eighth inning, he started getting loose in case something developed and felt a little tightness in his groin so we shut him down," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Take no chances, see if we can have him available [Thursday afternoon for the series finale]."
Pablo Sandoval expected back Thursday 07-31-2013
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
Pablo Sandoval (heel) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Sandoval exited Wednesday's game with a bruised right heel, but the injury is minor. The Giants take on Cole Hamels Thursday in the series finale versus the Phillies.
Marisnick hits first homer in Marlins 3-2 win 07-31-2013
Jake Marisnick CF HOU
Jake Marisnick went 1-for-3 with the first home run of his career in the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday. It took the 22-year-old nine games before lifting his first homer, a solo shot off Jenrry Mejia in the second inning. After an 0-for-9 start to his career, Marisnick is 6-for-19 (.316) in his last six games. He's not a player to know this year for fantasy purposes, but he'll likely have some value in mixed leagues in 2014.
Ike Davis doubles in run in loss to Marlins 07-31-2013
Ike Davis 1B NYY
Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI double against the Marlins on Wednesday. Davis capped off a relatively successful July with his fourth double and ninth RBI of the month. The first baseman hit .242 with a 14/18 BB/K ratio since being recalled on July 5, raising his line from .161/.242/.258 to .181/.279/.282 in that span. It's still a very disappointing season for the 26-year-old, but he's at least shown some signs of life since his demotion in early June.
Alvarez holds Mets to two runs in victory 07-31-2013
Henderson Alvarez P OAK
Henderson Alvarez allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings of work to earn the win against the Mets on Wednesday. Alvarez capped off a fantastic month of July by picking up his second win, allowing six hits and two walks in his 7 1/3 innings. In six July starts, Alvarez was 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The 23-year-old is making the Marlins look good for targeting him in the Jose Reyes trade with the Blue Jays this past offseason. Alvarez will have a stiff test on Tuesday when he faces the Pirates at PNC Park.
Mejia allows three runs in loss to Marlins 07-31-2013
Jenrry Mejia P NYM
Jenrry Mejia allowed three runs over six innings in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. After a stellar first start last week, Mejia was a little less sharp on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out four. He took the loss, evening his record at 1-1, but still owns a 2.08 ERA through two starts. The 23-year-old will square off against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Dustin McGowan (side) headed to DL 07-31-2013
Dustin McGowan P MIA
Dustin McGowan will be placed on the disabled list after tweaking his side during an appearance on Monday.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
A tough break for McGowan, as he's basically lived on the DL over the last five seasons. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Serio Santos will replace him on the roster.
Pirates didn't make offer for Stanton 07-31-2013
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports that the Marlins didn't receive a trade offer from the Pirates for Giancarlo Stanton.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review previously reported that the Pirates made a "significant offer" for Stanton that "caught the attention of the Marlins' front office." Spencer is saying that didn't happen, though he did add that the Fish received many offers for the outfielder. If he does ever go on the block, there will no doubt be a bevy of teams that try to put together a package for him.
John Buck expected to go on paternity leave 07-31-2013
John Buck C ATL
John Buck will be placed on paternity leave soon.
Buck's wife is due on Thursday, and he's expected to be away from the team for three days. It's possible Travis d'Arnaud could be called up for his major league debut, though Mets manager Terry Collins wouldn't rule out Juan Centeno and Francisco Pena.
Brian Dozier expected back Thursday 07-31-2013
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier (back) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday.
Dozier missed a second straight start due to lower back stiffness Wednesday, but he's available off the bench and will be back in there Thursday. "I thought I'd be ready today and I think (Twins manager Ron Gardenhire) just made the decision to be available tonight if needed at the end of the game or anything -- pinch-hit, defense, anything like that -- and then be back in there tomorrow," Dozier said.
Brandon Barnes exits with back tightness 07-31-2013
Brandon Barnes LF COL
Brandon Barnes left Wednesday's game against the Orioles with lower back tightness.

Brian T. Smith on Twitter
He can probably be safely considered day-to-day. Barnes went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored before leaving.
Pablo Sandoval (heel) considered day-to-day 07-31-2013
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game against the Phillies with a right heel bruise.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
It's not clear when he suffered the ailment, but the Giants are saying he's day-to-day. Sandoval went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored before exiting. Joaqu¡n Arias replaced him at third base.
Matt Kemp (ankle) could be out until Sept. 07-31-2013
Matt Kemp LF ATL's Ken Gurnick reports that Matt Kemp's sprained left ankle is healing slower than expected and he could be out until September.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
The Dodgers had hoped to get Kemp back on August 6, the first day he was eligible, so this is a pretty big setback. The outfielder has yet to resume baseball activities and it's unclear at this point when he'll be cleared for them. The Dodgers will continue to roll with Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig as their starting outfield.
Ross Ohlendorf not injured Wednesday 07-31-2013
Ross Ohlendorf P CIN
The Nationals have deemed Ross Ohlendorf uninjured after he left Wednesday's relief appearance.

Washington Post
Ohlendorf threw a season-high 114 pitches in a start last Friday and said he simply wasn't ready to appear in another game yet. He had been throwing in the mid-90s consistently but topped out at 86 mph Wednesday. "I just haven't quite recovered from my start," Ohlendorf said. "I'm fine. I just need another day. I could have kept pitching. I just wasn't throwing hard." It appears that the righty should be available in a few days.
Robert Andino acquired by Pirates 07-31-2013
Robert Andino 2B MIA
Pirates acquired INF Robert Andino from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later. Andino batted just .184 for the Mariners earlier this season before losing his roster spot. He'll provide minor league depth for the Pirates.
Pirates made 'significant' offer for Stanton 07-31-2013
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates made a "significant offer" for Giancarlo Stanton that "caught the attention of the Marlins' front office."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Biertempfel says the Pirates "made repeated attempts to work a deal" for the outfielder. It's not clear what they offered, but the Bucs have enough pieces in their farm system to put together an enticing package. Biertempfel notes that they also made a run at Mark Trumbo but were told the Angels weren't interested in dealing him.
Brandon Inge released by Pirates 07-31-2013
Brandon Inge 3B PIT
Pirates released INF Brandon Inge. Inge had been designated for assignment last week. The 36-year-old has batted just .181/.204/.238 with one home run and a 32/2 K/BB ratio over 110 plate appearances this season and might have a tough time finding another gig.
A-Rod, MLB negotiating over PED suspension 07-31-2013
Alex Rodriguez DH NYY
ESPN's T.J. Quinn reports that Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are negotiating over a possible suspension.

T.J. Quinn on Twitter
Quinn adds that MLB is "still holding out a threat of a lifetime ban." Previous reports indicated that A-Rod was expected to appeal the suspension no matter how stiff it was, but it appears he might be wavering on that stance after hearing what evidence MLB has on him. The post-Ryan Braun Biogenesis suspensions are expected to be handed down later this week.
Mark Rogers beginning rehab assignment 07-31-2013
Mark Rogers P SEA
Mark Rogers (shoulder, arm) will begin a rehab assignment with the Brewers' rookie-level team in Arizona Wednesday.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
Rogers began the season on the DL with shoulder issues and has been shut down since early May after he felt tingling in his right arm during a rehab appearance. It's totally up in the air as to when he'll be ready to return.
CarGo exits after aggravating finger injury 07-31-2013
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Carlos Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against the Braves after aggravating his right finger injury.

Troy Renck on Twitter
CarGo re-injured his right middle finger during an at-bat in the first inning. Although he stayed in the game defensively for a few more frames, he was removed before taking another at-bat. The Rockies have said that they expect Gonzalez to have to play through the ailment for the rest of the season, so until we hear differently, he should be considered day-to-day.
Reds not sure when Cueto will resume throwing 07-31-2013
Johnny Cueto P SF
The Reds remain unsure when Johnny Cueto (lat) will resume a throwing program.
The Reds have decided to take a cautious approach with Cueto's strained lat this time since he's aggravated it twice before. It seems likely that he'll be out until at least well into August. "He's doing strengthening stuff and building up endurance through exercise, but not throwing," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "I think in his situation, there has to be a definite confidence amongst all medical and training staff that the injury itself is healed and that we can begin the throwing program without huge concern he's going to re-injure it."
Jean Segura sitting out Wednesday 07-31-2013
Jean Segura SS SEA
Jean Segura is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
Manager Ron Roenicke said Segura is dealing with a myriad of bumps and bruises, but he'll be fine. Jeff Bianchi is starting at shortstop in his place.
Carlos Pena released by Astros 07-31-2013
Carlos Pena 1B TEX
Astros released 1B Carlos Pena. Pena had been designated for assignment last week after batting just .209/.324/.350 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 85 games. Despite his struggles this season, someone should give him a shot as a bench bat.
Sergio Santos expected to be activated Thurs. 07-31-2013
Sergio Santos P NYY
Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports that the Blue Jays are expected to activate Sergio Santos (elbow) from the disabled list Thursday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
Santos has been out since mid-May after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He's posted a 6.17 ERA over 12 rehab appearances, but as long as he's feeling healthy, the Jays don't really care about the numbers. He figures to be eased into things in middle relief before possibly moving into a setup role.
R.A. Dickey goes six innings in no-decision 07-31-2013
R.A. Dickey P ATL
R.A. Dickey surrendered just a pair of unearned runs over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the A's. Bartolo Colon likewise allowed two runs in six innings, so this one was decided by the bullpens, as the Jays ended up prevailing 5-2 in 10 innings. Dickey has gone five straight starts without a win, but he's throwing better now than he did at the start of the year. He still might have a nice little run in him before the season ends.
Colby Rasmus goes 3-for-5 in victory 07-31-2013
Colby Rasmus LF TB
Colby Rasmus finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI against the A's as the Blue Jays won 5-2 in 10 innings Wednesday. Despite striking out 23 more times, Rasmus hit .371 with three homers and 12 doubles in 97 at-bats in July. It's pretty amazing that he's managed to hit .277 while striking out 118 times in 361 at-bats. Something is going to have to give these next two months.
Coco Crisp goes hitless in fourth straight 07-31-2013
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp went hitless in a fourth straight game Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Crisp has managed to stay healthy of late, but he ends July with a .186 average in 102 at-bats. It's probably not something the A's need to be overly concerned about, but they are a much better team when he's getting on base from the leadoff spot.
Zack Wheeler could be moved to bullpen 07-31-2013
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Mets manager Terry Collins said the club could use Zack Wheeler as a reliever for the final couple weeks of the season in order to limit his innings.

ESPN New York
The Mets are already going with a six-man rotation in order to limit Wheeler's and Matt Harvey's innings, and they might prefer to keep Wheeler active at the end of the year rather than shut him down. "We're just trying to figure out how we can save innings and get them through it," Collins said.
A-Rod to begin rehab assignment on Friday 07-31-2013
Alex Rodriguez DH NYY
Alex Rodriguez (hip, quad) is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

ESPN New York
A-Rod will play a simulated game Thursday before the Yankees decide which minor league affiliate to assign him to. "We have a schedule and we'll be checking the weather," general manager Brian Cashman said. "We don't want to say yet." A-Rod is expected to be suspended for his connection with Biogenesis later this week, but all indications are that he intends to appeal.
Nelson Cruz returns to lineup 07-31-2013
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz is back in the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
Cruz left Tuesday's game after tweaking his quad, but he's fine. The outfielder is expected to be suspended later this week for his connection with the Biogenesis clinic, though he could appeal.
Homer Bailey strikes out seven in 4-1 win 07-31-2013
Homer Bailey P CIN
Homer Bailey allowed just an unearned run over 8 1/3 innings and struck out seven in a victory over the Padres on Wednesday. Bailey took a shutout into the ninth, but after a Joey Votto error allowed the leadoff man to reach, he gave up an RBI double with one out, ending his day. Aroldis Chapman came on and retired both batters he faced for the save in a 4-1 game. Including his no-hitter, Bailey has now had four starts this season of eight innings or longer and no earned runs allowed. That's tied with Clayton Kershaw and Jordan Zimmermann for the most in the majors.
Brandon Phillips hits 13th homer 07-31-2013
Brandon Phillips 2B ATL
Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 and hit his 13th homer Wednesday against the Padres. It's the first three-hit game for Phillips since way back on April 28. He's still hit just .226 with three homers in 186 at-bats since the beginning of June, though he's driven in 38 runs during the span anyway.
Jason Vargas to throw simulated game 07-31-2013
Jason Vargas P KC
Jason Vargas (arm) will throw a simulated game Thursday.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
Vargas struggled during his bullpen session Monday, but the Angels have decided he's ready to move on to a simulated game. If it goes well, a rehab assignment should come shortly.
Jedd Gyorko goes hitless in defeat 07-31-2013
Jedd Gyorko 2B STL
Jedd Gyorko went hitless again Wednesday, leaving him 5-for-50 since he came off the disabled list. That's 5-for-50 with no extra-base hits, one RBI and a 15/0 K/BB ratio. At this point, the Padres have to be seriously considering whether it'd make sense to send Gyorko down for a couple of weeks to regain his confidence. Logan Forsythe could play second in his place.
Cardinals make offer to Kelly Shoppach 07-31-2013
Kelly Shoppach C CLE
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have made an offer to Kelly Shoppach.

Derrick Goold on Twitter
Shoppach opted out of his minor league deal with the Nats Wednesday and could catch on with the Cards for depth while Yadier Molina is out. He's batted .196/.293/.346 with three homers in 35 games at the big league level this season.
Yadier Molina gets cortisone shot for knee 07-31-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina had fluid drained and received a cortisone shot for his ailing right knee.

Derrick Goold on Twitter
The Cardinals received good news Wednesday when Molina's MRI came back clean, but he still needs some down time. The club is hoping that he'll be ready after a couple weeks of rest, but there are no guarantees.
Sean Burnett (elbow) out for the season 07-31-2013
Sean Burnett P WAS
Sean Burnett has been ruled out for the season and could require surgery on his left elbow.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
The good news, at least, is that he won't need Tommy John surgery. It's been a lost season for Burnett, as he was limited to just 13 appearances after signing a two-year, $8 million contract over the offseason. He should be fine for spring training next year.
Scott Van Slyke recalled from Triple-A 07-31-2013
Scott Van Slyke LF LAD
Dodgers recalled OF Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque. Van Slyke has batted .241/.309/.517 with six homers for the Dodgers this season, but most of that production came early on. He could see some starts against left-handed pitching.
Elian Herrera optioned to Triple-A 07-31-2013
Elian Herrera 2B LAD
Dodgers optioned INF/OF Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque. Herrera struck out in his only at-bat during his week with the club. He's replaced by Scott Van Slyke.
Barry Zito might not start this weekend 07-31-2013
Barry Zito P OAK
Giants manager Bruce Bochy wouldn't commit to using Barry Zito for his scheduled start on Sunday in Tampa.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Zito has been awful on the road this season, so the Giants are thinking about giving someone else a shot. Ryan Vogelsong (hand) isn't quite ready to return, so they could give Guillermo Moscoso or someone else a chance.
Bud Norris to debut for Orioles Thursday 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
Bud Norris will make his Orioles' debut on Thursday against the Astros.

Danny Knobler on Twitter
The O's will throw Norris right into the fire, and he'll just happen to be facing his former team. The right-hander was acquired on Wednesday and will take the rotation spot of the injured Jason Hammel. He'll bring a 3.93 ERA and 90/43 K/BB ratio over 126 innings into action Thursday.
Brock Holt recalled from Triple-A 07-31-2013
Brock Holt LF BOS
Red Sox recalled INF Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll likely only be up briefly, as the Red Sox will call up either Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts to man third base soon. For now, Holt and Brandon Snyder will man the position.
Cahill could need two more rehab starts 07-31-2013
Trevor Cahill P SD
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Wednesday that Trevor Cahill (hip, shoulder) could need two more rehab starts.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Cahill has made two rehab starts already, with the last one coming on Tuesday, when he allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings. The D'Backs will get Brandon McCarthy back this week, but with Ian Kennedy now in San Diego, they'll likely need Tyler Skaggs to come up for a start before Cahill is ready.
Lee (neck) expected to return this weekend 07-31-2013
Cliff Lee P PHI
Cliff Lee (neck) took batting practice on Wednesday and is expected to make a start this weekend.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Lee was scratched from his previous turn in the Phillies' rotation due to a stiff neck, but it was never a big concern. He obviously survived Wednesday's trade deadline.
Zeke Spruill to start Thursday against Texas 07-31-2013
Zeke Spruill P BOS
Zeke Spruill will make a spot start for the Diamondbacks on Thursday against the Rangers.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
That would have been Ian Kennedy's spot, but Kennedy was traded Wednesday to the Padres. Spruill, 23, has a 2.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 54/36 K/BB ratio in 104 innings this year in the minor leagues. He is a poor fantasy option against the dangerous Texas offense.
Bourjos (wrist) takes BP in an indoor cage 07-31-2013
Peter Bourjos RF PHI
Peter Bourjos (wrist) took batting practice in a cage on Wednesday and reported feeling fine.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
"Moving in the right direction," the outfielder told reporters after the hitting session. Bourjos has been on the disabled list since June 30 with a fractured right wrist. He should be activated by mid-August.
Travis Blackley has contusion above left eye 07-31-2013
Travis Blackley P TEX
Travis Blackley has a contusion above his left eye.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Blackley suffered the injury Wednesday while standing in the outfield during batting practice. He probably won't be used in Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
Morse not traded at Wednesday's deadline 07-31-2013
Michael Morse 1B PIT
Michael Morse was not moved at Wednesday's deadline. The Mariners made it known to teams that Morse was very available and drew interest from a range of different potential suitors but no deal came together. Morse, 31, is scheduled to hit the free agent market in November.
MRI on Molina's knee shows no major damage 07-31-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
An MRI taken Wednesday afternoon on Yadier Molina's right knee showed no structural damage.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters that he's optimistic Molina's stay on the 15-day disabled list will be a minimal one. St. Louis did not acquire a catcher by Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. Tony Cruz will handle most of the action in Yadi's absence with veteran Rob Johnson serving as his backup.
Byrd remains with Mets past trading deadline 07-31-2013
Marlon Byrd RF CLE
Marlon Byrd remained with the Mets past the trading deadline. New York decided that it valued fielding a stronger team in August and September more than the mid-tier prospect Byrd likely would have yielded. Byrd has enjoyed a career rebirth with the Mets and New York may change their minds about a swap if they can pass him through waivers next month.
Phillies can't find suitable deal for Young 07-31-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
The Phillies failed to find a trade partner for Michael Young at this year's July 31 deadline. The 36-year-old third baseman didn't make it easy on Philly, because he would reportedly only accept trades to Texas, Boston or the New York Yankees. Philadelphia will probably shop Young next month, though he'll have to clear waivers and actually accept a destination first.
Torii Hunter goes 4-for-6, homers in rout 07-31-2013
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter went 4-for-6 with a homer and two doubles as the Tigers crushed the Nationals 11-1 on Wednesday. The Nationals scored first in the game, for all the good that it did them. Eight of the Tigers' nine starters scored a run and seven drove in a run in the contest. Hunter had the best day of all, knocking in three. He hit .370 with seven homers and 22 RBI in July after entering the month with a .297 average and four homers.
Springer nearing 30-30 season. 07-31-2013
George Springer CF HOU
Astros prospect OF George Springer is batting .312/.411/.615 with 25 doubles, 29 home runs and 35 stolen bases this season in 104 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old is currently one home run shy of posting a 30-30 season. Despite the impressive numbers, Springer remains prone to the strikeout with a 134/59 K/BB ratio this year across both levels. The good news is that he's actually drawing more walks this season in the high minors, posting a 13.1% walk rate compared to a 10.7% clip in 2012. While he's likely to remain in Triple-A for the rest of 2013, it'll be interesting to see whether the recent trade of outfielder Justin Maxwell impacts his ETA in the major leagues.
Justin Verlander picks up 11th victory 07-31-2013
Justin Verlander P DET
Justin Verlander limited the Nationals to one run and four hits in six innings to cruise to a win Wednesday. Verlander gave up a walk, a single and a second walk to the first three hitters he faced today, so all signs pointed to another bad day. Instead, he got out of the jam, allowing just a sac fly, and he gave up just three singles the rest of the way. It still wasn't vintage Verlander -- he walked five in all -- but hopefully it was a step in the right direction.
Adam LaRoche finishes July in 4-for-40 slump 07-31-2013
Adam LaRoche DH CWS
Adam LaRoche went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday to finish July with a .159 average in 88 at-bats. LaRoche is 4-for-40 with three RBI and one walk since the All-Star break. The Nationals have little choice but to ride out the slump, though. For what it's worth, he was even worse in April, hitting .136, but he bounced back to bat .330 with seven homers in May.
McKenry undergoes surgery on left knee 07-31-2013
Michael McKenry C STL
Michael McKenry underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Rob Biertempfel on Twitter
McKenry is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next February. He wound up batting .217/.262/.348 in 45 games this season for the Pirates.
Padres hang onto Gregerson through deadline 07-31-2013
Luke Gregerson P HOU
The Padres decided to hang onto Luke Gregerson despite ample interest during Wednesday's deadline. The 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this season. He'll remain San Diego property next in 2014 but can hit free agency heading into 2015.
Cervelli to have elbow examined by Andrews 07-31-2013
Francisco Cervelli C PIT
Francisco Cervelli will have his sore elbow examined later this week by Dr. James Andrews.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Cervelli is also still being bothered by soreness in his once-fractured right finger. He was expected to return in mid-August but there is no longer a timetable.
Harper departed Wednesday with hip spasm 07-31-2013
Bryce Harper RF WAS
Bryce Harper was diagnosed with a hip spasm.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
That's what drove him from Wednesday's game against the Tigers in the eighth inning. Harper told reporters that it's not a major concern. He should start Friday.
Cubs hold onto catcher Dioner Navarro 07-31-2013
Dioner Navarro C TOR
The Cubs failed to trade catcher Dioner Navarro prior to Wednesday's trading deadline. St. Louis aggressively pursued Navarro as a stop-gap while Yadier Molina (knee) is on the disabled list, but the rivals squabbled over compensation. Navarro has been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs this year, batting .294/.370/.510 with nine homers over 57 games.
Pence remains on SFG's roster after deadline 07-31-2013
Hunter Pence RF SF
Hunter Pence remained on the Giants' roster after Wednesday's deadline. The Giants never felt urgency to trade Pence, as they plan to make him a qualifying offer when he reaches free agency this fall. The 30-year-old outfielder was being pursued by the Reds, Rangers and Pirates.
Granderson (finger) expected to return Friday 07-31-2013
Curtis Granderson CF NYM
Curtis Granderson (finger) is expected back Friday.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Granderson has been playing in minor league rehab games for the past week and has experienced no issues with his surgically-repaired left pinkie. He should carry a good amount of fantasy value down the stretch.
Astros acquire OF Hoes in deal for Norris 07-31-2013
L.J. Hoes LF BAL
Astros acquired OF L.J. Hoes, LHP Josh Hader and a competitive balance pick from the Orioles for RHP Bud Norris. Hoes is starting in right field and batting second for the Astros on Wednesday. A former third-round pick, Hoes hit .304/.406/.403 with three homers, seven steals and 40 RBI in 99 games this season at Triple-A Norfolk this season. He can play all three outfield spots. There should be ample playing time available in Houston to make Hoes worth picking up in AL-formats.
Reds outright Greg Reynolds to Triple-A level 07-31-2013
Greg Reynolds P CIN
Reds sent RHP Greg Reynolds outright to Triple-A Louisville. Reynolds was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on Sunday after allowing five runs over five innings in a spot start against the Giants. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 7.55 career ERA in the major leagues.
Brandon Workman moved to Boston's bullpen 07-31-2013
Brandon Workman P BOS
Brandon Workman has been moved to the bullpen.

Scott Lauber on Twitter
Workman was brilliant in his start on Tuesday night against the Mariners, allowing just one run over six innings to earn the win. But the Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy at the trade deadline and need to open a rotation spot.
MRI shows no damage in Matt Moore's elbow 07-31-2013
Matt Moore P SF
An MRI taken Wednesday afternoon on Matt Moore's sore left elbow showed no structural damage.

Roger Mooney on Twitter
That's great news for the Rays and Moore's fantasy owners. The lefty is expected to rejoin Tampa Bay's starting rotation around mid-August. He is 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 121 1/3 innings this season.
Orioles acquire Bud Norris in deadline trade 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
Orioles acquired RHP Bud Norris from the Astros for OF L.J. Hoes, LHP Josh Hader and a competitive balance pick. Norris bumps Jason Hammel from Baltimore's rotation and will slot behind Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Scott Feldman. The 28-year-old is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and 90/43 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He'll be under Baltimore's control through 2015.
O's activate Steve Pearce from disabled list 07-31-2013
Steve Pearce 1B TOR
Orioles activated INF Steve Pearce from the disabled list. Pearce wound up missing five weeks with tendinitis in both of his wrists. He'll be available on Wednesday.
O's outright Jairo Asencio to AAA Norfolk 07-31-2013
Jairo Asencio P CWS
Orioles sent RHP Jairo Asencio outright to Triple-A Norfolk. Asencio was designated for assignment by the O's on July 28 after allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief. The 30-year-old passed through waivers unclaimed.
Orioles place Jason Hammel on disabled list 07-31-2013
Jason Hammel P KC
Orioles placed RHP Jason Hammel on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tenderness. The O's are hopeful that it's not a serious injury. Hammel, who will be eligible to return from the disabled list on August 13, owns a 5.20 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 123 innings (21 starts) this season for Baltimore.
Dodgers get catcher Drew Butera from Twins 07-31-2013
Drew Butera C KC
Dodgers acquired C Drew Butera from the Twins.

Tim Brown on Twitter
It was the final deal of the 2013 non-waiver trade deadline. Butera, 29, is a .230/.263/.494 career hitter in 534 major league plate appearances. He is doubtful to make any sort of major impact for the Dodgers.
Twins keep Morneau past Trade Deadline 07-31-2013
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
The Twins decided to hold onto Justin Morneau through the Trade Deadline. Minnesota would have loved to cash Morneau in for a prospect, but apparently a deal wasn't there for the taking. Morneau seems like a prime candidate to be involved in an August trade, but he'll need to pass through waivers unclaimed. The first baseman will be a free agent in the winter.
Giants hold onto LHP Javier Lopez 07-31-2013
Javier Lopez P SF
The Giants did not trade left-handed reliever Javier Lopez prior to Wednesday's trade deadline. The lefty specialist would have been a nice piece for a contender. He boasts a 1.42 ERA this season. The 36-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter.
Alex Rios (foot) in White Sox lineup on Wed. 07-31-2013
Alex Rios RF KC
Alex Rios (foot) is in the White Sox starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Indians.

Mark D. Gonzales on Twitter
Rios was not traded at the July 31 deadline and is apparently recovered from the bruised foot that he suffered on Tuesday night. The 32-year-old outfielder is batting .273/.324/.428 with 12 home runs and 22 steals.
Harper leaves game in eighth inning 07-31-2013
Bryce Harper RF WAS
Bryce Harper left Wednesday's game against the Tigers in the eighth inning.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
No word yet on the reason for him leaving the game, Harper winced on a swing one inning earlier and was visited by a trainer. The Nationals were getting blown out at the time, so it's possible they were just playing things safe.
MLB to banish Rodriguez if he doesn't settle 07-31-2013
Alex Rodriguez DH NYY
Major League Baseball will suspend Alex Rodriguez for life if he doesn't reach a settlement in connection with the Biogenesis saga, reports Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk.

HBT has been told that baseball knows that the presiding arbitrator (Fredric Horowitz) may not uphold a lifetime suspension because A-Rod has never been disciplined for PED use before. Even if Horowitz reduced the suspension on appeal, however, baseball believes Rodriguez would ultimately be given a punishment of at least 150 games, close to the deal they are currently offering the third baseman. Because the league has "compelling evidence" against Rodriguez, the specifics of which can be read in the link below, they aren't even willing to offer him a 100-game suspension. Rodriguez is a "in for a world of hurt," according to HBT's source.
Rays recall INF Roberts from Triple-A 07-31-2013
Ryan Roberts 3B KC
Rays recalled INF Ryan Roberts from Triple-A Durham. He'll replace the injured Matt Moore (elbow) on the active roster. Roberts is hitting .248 with with home runs and a .688 OPS in 51 games with the Rays this season.
Report: StL, Cubs unlikely to do Navarro swap 07-31-2013
Dioner Navarro C TOR
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals and Cubs probably won't agree to a deal involving catcher Dioner Navarro.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Talks materialized quickly after Yadier Molina (knee) was placed on the disabled list, but the clubs apparently couldn't agree upon an acceptable price. Navarro is hitting an impressive .294/.370/.510 with nine homers through 57 games this year.
Matt Moore headed to DL with elbow soreness 07-31-2013
Matt Moore P SF
Rays placed LHP Matt Moore on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with left elbow soreness. That's not good. The severity of the issue isn't yet known, but Moore apparently hurt his elbow when he gave up five runs over five innings Sunday against the Yankees. An extended absence would be a big blow to the red-hot Rays, as the 24-year-old southpaw is 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 115 strikeouts over 121 1/3 innings this season.
Report: Tigers not getting Javier Lopez 07-31-2013
Javier Lopez P SF
Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Tigers will not get left-handed reliever Javier Lopez from the Giants.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
The Tigers have been linked to Lopez over the past few days, but apparently they have been unable to find a common ground with the Giants. The division rival Indians have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot.
Report: Braves, Yanks discussed Hughes deal 07-31-2013
Phil Hughes P MIN
The Braves and Yankees talked about a deal for Phil Hughes, but a trade doesn't appear likely, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Joel Sherman on Twitter
Hughes, a free-agent-to-be, has a 4.58 ERA through 20 starts this season. There is a consensus, however, that the fly-ball hurler would be well suited leaving cozy Yankee Stadium for a roomier park. It wouldn't hurt to escape the AL East, either, but Hughes could do so this winter.
Report: Orioles acquire SP Norris from Astros 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
The Orioles have acquired Bud Norris from the Astros for L.J. Hoes, prospect Josh Hader and a draft pick, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Baltimore did its shopping on the cheap this year, acquiring Norris, Francisco Rodriguez and Scott Feldman without relinquishing a top prospect. The 28-year-old Norris has a 3.93 ERA through 21 starts this year and is under team control through 2015.
Royals acquire OF Maxwell from Astros 07-31-2013
Justin Maxwell RF MIA
Royals acquired OF Justin Maxwell from the Astros for RHP Kyle Smith. Maxwell is batting just .241/.311/.387 through 40 games this season, but he owns an .824 career OPS against left-handed pitching. He figures to be used on the short side of a platoon in right field alongside David Lough.
Rangers not trying to trade for M. Young 07-31-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are not trying to re-acquire Michael Young.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Young is reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause to come back to Texas, but the franchise's all-time hit leader isn't on their radar at the moment. The 36-year-old is also willing to go to the Red Sox or Yankees, but the Phillies haven't found any common ground on a deal yet. It's possible they'll wait until August.
Report: Pirates tried for Mark Trumbo 07-31-2013
Mark Trumbo RF BAL
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates "tried to make a play" for the Angels' Mark Trumbo.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
The Angels have begun to sell off parts while the Pirates are looking for another bat, so it's worth asking. However, it doesn't appear that there's any momentum toward a deal. Trumbo, 27, remains under team control through the 2016 season.
Gammons: Padres not trading RP Gregerson 07-31-2013
Luke Gregerson P HOU
The Padres will not trade Luke Gregerson, according to Peter Gammons.

Peter Gammons on Twitter
San Diego didn't need Gregerson to acquire Ian Kennedy, so they'll hold onto him. The 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings. He remains under team control through 2014.
Indians option RHP Pestano to Triple-A 07-31-2013
Vinnie Pestano P NYY
Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus. An expected move, Marc Rzepczynski will take his place on the active roster. It wasn't too long ago that Pestano was one of the more underrated relievers in the game, but he has a 4.05 ERA and 1.53 ERA through 34 appearances this season. He'll attempt to get back on track in the minors.
Brewers place Gallardo (hamstring) on DL 07-31-2013
Yovani Gallardo P SEA
Brewers placed RHP Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. Gallardo limped around after a pitch to Darwin Barney in Tuesday's game and left without attempting a warmup toss. Amidst a lost season in Milwaukee, there was no sense in pressuring Gallardo to take the mound with a bum hammy. He's likely to miss at least three or four starts.
Report: Royals acquire OF Maxwell from Astros 07-31-2013
Justin Maxwell RF MIA
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have acquired outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Astros.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
No word yet on what the Astros will get in return. Maxwell is batting .241/.311/.387 with two homers, eight RBI and four stolen bases through 40 games this season. He figures to see at-bats against left-handed pitching in Kansas City.
Posey (illness) back in Wednesday's lineup 07-31-2013
Buster Posey C SF
Buster Posey (illness) is back in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Posey didn't play Tuesday due to illness, but he's feeling much better. He'll start behind the plate and catch Chad Gaudin.
Gio Gonzalez trounced for 10 runs 07-31-2013
Gio Gonzalez P WAS
Gio Gonzalez was lit up for 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday. Yikes. Gonzalez gave up 11 hits, including homers to Torii Hunter and Alex Avila. He's the fifth pitcher in Expos/Nationals history to give up 10 runs in a game and the third to allow 10 earned runs. The last to give up 10 earned runs was Jason Simontacchi, also in an interleague game against Detroit, back in 2007. The outing took Gonzalez's ERA from 2.97 to 3.57.
Report: Cards in talks for Cubs' Navarro 07-31-2013
Dioner Navarro C TOR
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are in talks with the Cubs regarding catcher Dioner Navarro.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Yadier Molina (knee) was placed on the disabled list Wednesday and could require an extended absence, so the Cardinals are on the lookout for catching help. Navarro would be a good fit, as he's hitting .294/.370/.510 with nine homers through 57 games this year.
Cubs option SP Arrieta to Triple-A Iowa 07-31-2013
Jake Arrieta P CHC
Cubs optioned RHP Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Iowa. Arrieta pitched great in his Cubs' debut Tuesday, holding the Brewers to one run over six innings in a no-decision. The 27-year-old returns to a 4.03 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings at Triple-A. He'll be back soon enough.
Padres officially acquire RHP Ian Kennedy 07-31-2013
Ian Kennedy P KC
Padres acquired RHP Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks for LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites and a compensation B draft pick. Kennedy owns a disappointing 5.23 ERA through 21 starts this season and is poised to receive a raise from his $4.27 million salary via arbitration this winter, so the Diamondbacks have quickly soured on him, but this is a worthy gamble for the Padres. The 28-year-old right-hander had a 3.55 ERA over 98 starts from 2010-2012 and should benefit from a more pitcher-friendly environment in San Diego. He remains under team control through 2015.
Orioles heavily pursuing SP Saunders 07-31-2013
Joe Saunders P SEA
The Orioles are "working hard on landing" Joe Saunders, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
The report refutes intel from the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly earlier in the day that stated Baltimore was not targeting Saunders. Baltimore desperately needs a starter and Saunders, even at 9-10 with a 4.65 ERA, might fit the bill. The Orioles are also aggressively pursuing Bud Norris.
D-Backs acquire LHP Thatcher from Padres 07-31-2013
Joe Thatcher P CLE
Diamondbacks acquired LHP Joe Thatcher, RHP Matt Stites and a compensation B draft pick from the Padres for RHP Ian Kennedy. It's a shockingly low price for someone who looked like a rotation staple in Arizona not too long ago. However, Kennedy has struggled this season and the Diamondbacks might not have been too hot on giving him a raise in arbitration. As a result, they used him to acquire some relief help. Thatcher has bounced back from shoulder problems to post a solid 2.10 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio over 30 innings this season. He should be a solid addition to the D-Backs' bullpen. The compensatory draft pick will fall between the second and third rounds next year.
D-Backs outright RHP Adcock to Triple-A 07-31-2013
Nate Adcock P CIN
Diamondbacks sent RHP Nate Adcock outright to Triple-A Reno. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Adcock was claimed off waivers from the Royals last month and owns a 7.65 ERA over his first eight appearances (seven starts) in Triple-A.
Angels call up INF Nelson from Triple-A 07-31-2013
Chris Nelson 3B PHI
Angels purchased the contract of INF Chris Nelson from Triple-A Salt Lake. He'll take the place of the recently-traded Alberto Callaspo on the active roster. Nelson went 3-for-9 with two RBI and a stolen base over seven games during his first stint with the Angels earlier this year.
Ohlendorf exits game with injury 07-31-2013
Ross Ohlendorf P CIN
Ross Ohlendorf exited Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent injury.

Dan Kolko on Twitter
Ohlendorf came on in relief of Gio Gonzalez and faced just two batters before exiting. No word yet on the exact nature of the injury, but the Nationals should pass along an update soon.
Yankees getting offers for RHP Phil Hughes 07-31-2013
Phil Hughes P MIN
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Yankees are receiving trade offers for Phil Hughes.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
No word on who the offers are coming from or whether the Yankees would actually consider dealing him. Hughes has a 4.58 ERA through 20 starts this season and is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Angels will not trade 2B Howie Kendrick 07-31-2013
Howie Kendrick 2B PHI
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels will not trade second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
The Angels have dangled Kendrick in trade discussions in recent days, but they weren't able to get the starting pitching help they've been looking for. It's possible they'll revisit the idea during the offseason, but it appears that nothing will happen before Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Reddick not experiencing concussion symptoms 07-31-2013
Josh Reddick RF HOU
Josh Reddick is not experiencing concussion symptoms.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Reddick was on the receiving end of a knee to the head during a collision in right field on Tuesday, but it appears that he'll have no long-term issues. He is out of the lineup Wednesday because he had a headache when he showed up to the park.
Cardinals recall Peterson from Triple-A 07-31-2013
Brock Peterson LF WAS
Cardinals recalled 1B/OF Brock Peterson from Triple-A Memphis. Peterson batted just .143 (1-for-7) in five games with the Cardinals earlier this month. The 29-year-old will provide depth with Shane Robinson on the disabled list and is not fantasy relevant.
Report: Trade talks 'accelerating' for Norris 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that that trade talks for Astros' right-hander Bud Norris have "accelerated in the past hour."

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Rosenthal adds that the Pirates, Orioles, and Diamondbacks have all been in touch about a potential deal. The Astros don't have to move Norris, as he's under team control through 2015, but the timing could be right to make a deal. The 28-year-old has a 3.93 ERA through 21 starts this year.
Cardinals recall Chambers from Triple-A 07-31-2013
Adron Chambers CF HOU
Cardinals recalled OF Adron Chambers from Triple-A Memphis. Chambers, who has been with Triple-A Memphis all season, has posted a .648 OPS over 70 career plate appearances. He'll function as a reserve outfielder until Shane Robinson is activated from the disabled list.
Cards place Robinson (shoulder) on 15-day DL 07-31-2013
Shane Robinson LF LAA
Cardinals placed OF Shane Robinson on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. The former 5th-round pick is batting a solid .263/.386/.375 as a reserve outfielder for the Cards. He should be back next month.
Cards place Molina (knee) on 15-day DL 07-31-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain. Molina suffered the injury in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates. Because the Cardinals are staring down the barrel of using a catching tandem of Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson as they chase a pennant, St. Louis is reportedly in the market for a catcher.
Padres acquire RHP Ian Kennedy from D-Backs 07-31-2013
Ian Kennedy P KC
Corey Brock of reports that the Padres have acquired right-hander Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks.

Corey Brock on Twitter
The Diamondbacks will receive left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, prospect right-hander Matt Stites a compensation round B draft pick. Both teams get what they want here, as the Diamondbacks have been in the market for relief help and the Padres have been searching for an impact starting pitcher under team control. From a fantasy perspective, Kennedy gets an immediate boost with the change in ballparks.
Report: Twins won't trade RP Perkins 07-31-2013
Glen Perkins P MIN
The Twins will not trade Glen Perkins, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
The team is receiving plenty of interest in the left-hander, but they aren't motivated to move him, according to the report. Perkins has been one of baseball's most dominant closers in 2013 and is signed to an affordable deal long-term. The Twins are also fielding calls on Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham, who is on the disabled list and won't return until mid-August.
Bedard scratched from start Wednesday 07-31-2013
Erik Bedard P LAD
Erik Bedard has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Orioles.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Bedard hasn't been traded, so perhaps he's dealing with an injury. Brett Oberholtzer will start in his place.
Michael Young would accept trade to Yanks 07-31-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Michael Young would accept a trade to the Yankees.

Mark Feinsand on Twitter
While it was previously believed Young would only accept a trade back to the Rangers, we now have reports saying he's willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Boston and New York. The 36-year-old would make plenty of sense for either team. Still, the Phillies are unlikely to get a major piece in return.
Anderson (foot) to throw live BP session 07-31-2013
Brett Anderson P CHC
Brett Anderson (foot) will throw a live bullpen session on Friday.

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Anderson believes he will be sent out on a rehab assignment if everything checks out. The left-hander should be ready to return in mid-August.
D-Backs, Padres 'closing in' on Kennedy deal 07-31-2013
Ian Kennedy P KC
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks and Padres are "closing in" on a deal involving Ian Kennedy.

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Darren Smith of 1090 AM in San Diego reports that the Padres would send left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, minor league right-hander Matt Stites and a prospect back to Arizona. Kennedy has underachieved this season and is poised to get another raise in arbitration this winter, so he has fallen out of favor in Arizona, but he would have an excellent chance to rebound pitching half of his games in San Diego.
Cubs could wait until August to deal Gregg 07-31-2013
Kevin Gregg P SEA
ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Cubs could wait until the August waiver period to deal Kevin Gregg.

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Gregg was looking like a decent trade chip for a while, but he has hit a wall recently. The Cubs could wait to see if a need develops somewhere down the road, but he only figures to fetch a lower level prospect anyway.
Hedges promoted to Double-A 07-31-2013
Austin Hedges C SD
Austin Hedges has been promoted to Double-A San Antonio.
Although he's widely regarded as the top defensive catcher in the minor leagues, Hedges is also moving up due to an injury to a catcher on San Antonio's roster. The 20-year-old batted .263/.338/.404 with 25 extra-base hits and a 44/22 K/BB ratio in 65 games for High-A Lake Elsinore in the California League. While his bat still has room to develop, Hedges' defensive prowess could help him reach the major leagues by late 2014.
Report: Validity to Kennedy-to-Padres rumors 07-31-2013
Ian Kennedy P KC
The Ian Kennedy-to-the-Padres trade rumor has "legs," according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman also reports that the clubs are moving closer towards an agreement. Joe Thatcher would be a part of the package going to Arizona, according to Passan. The Snakes are undoubtedly sniffing around other San Diego relievers such as Huston Street, Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson as well. There appears to be plenty of smoke around this rumor. We'll find out if there's fire in the next few hours.
Report: Mets receiving interest in OF Byrd 07-31-2013
Marlon Byrd RF CLE
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "suddenly" getting some hits on outfielder Marlon Byrd.

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The Pirates are one of the teams involved. The Mets have made counter-offers, so it's just a matter of whether someone will be willing to meet their asking price. Byrd has had a nice season with the Mets, but he's an aging player who likely won't be part of the next winning team, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get moved.
Reddick not in Wednesday's lineup 07-31-2013
Josh Reddick RF HOU
Josh Reddick is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Reddick got a knee in the head during a collision in shallow right field on Tuesday night, so he's getting a breather with the day game. Chris Young will start in his place.
Choo not in Wednesday's lineup 07-31-2013
Shin-Soo Choo DH TEX
Shin-Soo Choo is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

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Choo started in left field on Tuesday after sprained his ankle during Sunday's game. It sounds like the Reds don't want to push it with the day game on Wednesday. Chris Heisey is making the start in left field while Derrick Robinson plays center.
Report: Orioles not targeting SP Saunders 07-31-2013
Joe Saunders P SEA
The Orioles are not targeting Joe Saunders at the moment, according to the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly.

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The Orioles acquired Saunders last season and they're once again in the market for a starting pitcher, but a reunion doesn't appear likely. Saunders allowed six runs -- five earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday, dropping him to 9-10 with a 4.65 ERA this season.
Report: D'Backs, Padres discussing SP Kennedy 07-31-2013
Ian Kennedy P KC
The Diamondbacks are discussing an Ian Kennedy with the Padres that would bolster their relief corps.

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San Diego can dangle closer Huston Street, as well as lefty setup man Joe Thatcher and right-handed eighth inning maestro Luke Gregerson. CBS Sports' Scott Miller says a deal isn't close -- or even likely -- while colleague Danny Knobler was told by a source that a deal "could happen."
Report: Nelson Cruz could appeal suspension 07-31-2013
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Joel Sherman of the New York Post here's that there's "some potential" that Nelson Cruz will appeal a suspension for his ties to Biogenesis.

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This is quite a contrast to recent reports, which indicate that Alex Rodriguez was the only player who was expected to appeal a suspension from MLB. This would be big for the Rangers, as an appeal would keep Cruz on the field, but it would likely have a big impact on his free agency since a suspension could run into 2014. Suspensions are expected to be announced later this week, so there should be more clarity soon.
Report: Morneau trade seeming less likely 07-31-2013
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
A Justin Morneau trade may happen in August, if it happens at all, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
"I think he's going to stay in Minnesota the rest of the year," said a talent evaluator from a team interested in Morneau's availability. According to the report, Baltimore has cooled on the first baseman, Texas would prefer to wait until next month, when they have a better idea of Lance Berkman's health, and Pittsburgh is currently pursuing other targets more urgently. "You can make a deal in August; there will be a lot of deals in August," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday. "It's easier to make a deal now. A meaningful deal is a little more difficult (in August)." Morneau would have to clear waivers in August in order for the Twins to shop him without restrictions.
A's designate INF Rosales for assignment 07-31-2013
Adam Rosales 2B OAK
Athletics designated INF Adam Rosales for assignment. The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Alberto Callaspo on the 40-man roster. Rosales is batting just .193 with four homers and a .587 OPS in 50 games this year.
White Sox call up OF Jordan Danks 07-31-2013
Jordan Danks CF PHI
White Sox recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte. He'll take the place of Jake Peavy on the active roster. Danks is hitting .135 (5-for-37) with one home run and 16 strikeouts in 32 games with the White Sox this season.
Report: Cubs don't mind keeping Schierholtz 07-31-2013
Nate Schierholtz RF TEX
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs don't mind hanging onto Nate Schierholtz if they don't get an offer they like.

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Chicago is in a nice position with Schierholtz. They inked the outfielder to a cheap one-year, $2.25 million contract over the winter and have been rewarded with a .272/.332/.517 slash line with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 89 games. If they don't appreciate what the market will bear for Schierholtz, Chicago will simply keep him. Schierholtz is under team control through next season.
Report: Rangers could have interest in Norris 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the there's "some talk" of the Rangers having interest in Bud Norris.

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The possible motivation would be to spin him off for a hitter. Suddenly the most popular name on the trade market, Norris has also been linked to the Orioles, Pirates, and Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old is under team control through 2015.
Report: Braves not in mix for Bud Norris 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves are not in on Astros' right-hander Bud Norris.

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Contrary to some recent reports, Rosenthal hears that the Braves "never have been" in the mix. The Orioles, Pirates, and Diamondbacks are among some of the other rumored destinations for Norris. The Astros don't have to move him, but the thought is that there will be enough interest to find a satisfactory deal.
Mets not close to trading Parnell or Byrd 07-31-2013
Bobby Parnell P DET
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Mets are not close to trading Bobby Parnell or Marlon Byrd.

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Logic might dictate that a team out of contention should cash its closer and veteran outfielder having a career year in for prospects, but New York would prefer to field a competitive team in August and September and build momentum for the future. It's also entirely possible that they're posturing.
Report: Rangers could consider dealing Garza 07-31-2013
Matt Garza P MLW
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers would consider dealing right-hander Matt Garza.

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It's a pretty surprising report, as the Rangers just acquired Garza from the Cubs last week for a package of prospects. However, Rosenthal hears that they are willing to be open-minded regarding virtually all of their players. The Rangers are still in the mix and Garza should help the rotation, so it's unlikely a deal comes together.
Report: O's, Bucs, 'mystery teams' on Morneau 07-31-2013
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Pirates and "one or two mystery teams" are pursuing Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.

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It's not officially baseball's version of Christmas -- Deadline Day -- until Heyman begins throwing around the term "mystery team." Heyman mentions that the Rangers and Yankees are ostensibly potential landing spots for Morneau, but Texas prefers a right-handed bat and New York is fine rolling with Lyle Overbay for now.
Report: O's going after Morse, Oliver Perez 07-31-2013
Michael Morse 1B PIT
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are talking to the Mariners about Michael Morse and Oliver Perez.

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Connolly hears that the Orioles would like to get both players in a combo deal. Morse would be a big upgrade out of the DH spot while Perez has revived his career out of the bullpen. FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi hears that the Mariners are involved in active trade discussions regarding both Perez and Tom Wilhelmsen. Meanwhile, Danny Knobler hears that the Mariners are also talking with the Rays about Morse.
X-rays negative on Rios' foot, day-to-day 07-31-2013
Alex Rios RF KC
Alex Rios is day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on his left foot.

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Rios left Tuesday's game after he fouled a ball of his foot, but it isn't a major concern. The 32-year-old has been mentioned as a trade candidate this month, but there's little momentum toward a deal.
Jays hesitant to deal Bautista/E5 to Rangers 07-31-2013
Jose Bautista RF TOR
According to CBS Sports' Danny Knobler, the Rangers continue to ask about Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, but the Blue Jays have thus far rebuffed them.

Danny Knobler on Twitter
Texas has displayed a willingness to open the prospect kitty to acquire reinforcements, but they'd likely have to blow the Blue Jays away in a trade for either slugger. Expect Bautista and Encarnacion to be in Toronto jerseys tomorrow.
Tigers recall RHP Marte, place him on DL 07-31-2013
Luis Marte P DET
Tigers recalled RHP Luis Marte from Triple-A Toledo, placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury. It's just a procedural move, as he'll be transferred to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Marte is done for the season following surgery on his right shoulder last month.
Report: Giants believe they'll trade Lopez 07-31-2013
Javier Lopez P SF
The Giants internally believe that Javier Lopez will be traded today, while there's almost no chance that the club deals Tim Lincecum or Hunter Pence.

Joel Sherman on Twitter
The report comes via Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The lefty specialist boasts a 1.42 ERA this season and has allowed an earned run in one of his last 33 appearances. Lopez, 36, is due to become a free agent this winter. The Indians, Tigers and several other clubs have inquired about his availability.
Berkman forfeiting salary called 'premature' 07-31-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that reports of Lance Berkman walking away and forfeiting his remaining salary are "premature."

Evan Grant on Twitter
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Berkman was mulling over whether to retire and give up the rest of his salary -- roughly $4.4 million -- but Grant hears that it's not a done deal yet. Still, he's not close to returning to the field and he's slated to meet with team officials Wednesday to discuss his situation.
Nationals release C Kelly Shoppach 07-31-2013
Kelly Shoppach C CLE
Nationals released C Kelly Shoppach.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
Shoppach was given his release after exercising the out-clause in his minor league contract. The veteran backstop will attempt to latch on elsewhere.
Indians have talked about Lopez with Giants 07-31-2013
Javier Lopez P SF
FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Indians have had recent trade discussions with the Giants regarding left-hander Javier Lopez.

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No word on whether the club's acquisition of Marc Rzepczynski has changed things, but they could be trying to keep him away from the Tigers. Lopez is one of the better left-handed relievers in the game and should be a popular trade target leading up to Wednesday's deadline.
Orioles not expected to acquire Morneau 07-31-2013
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that "nothing has heated up" regarding the Orioles' interest in Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau.

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Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reported earlier Wednesday that the Orioles remain engaged on Morneau, but Connolly is hearing that the idea hasn't picked up much steam. His remaining salary and lack of production this season are likely big reasons why.
Report: Blue Jays interested in 2B Kendrick 07-31-2013
Howie Kendrick 2B PHI
Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports that the Blue Jays have expressed interest in Angels' second baseman Howie Kendrick in recent days.
It's possible that the Blue Jays are just doing their due diligence, as the Angels are reportedly listening to offers, but Kendrick could be a good fit for the club now that Brett Lawrie has been moved back to third base. The 30-year-old is under contract for $9.35 million in 2014 and $9.5 million in 2015. He can block trades to 12 teams, though it isn't clear if the Blue Jays are on that list.
Report: Cardinals looking for catching help 07-31-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are indeed looking for a catcher now that Yadier Molina (knee) is headed to the disabled list.

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Rosenthal previously reported that the Cardinals wouldn't look for help behind the dish, but now he's hearing otherwise. It makes sense, as Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson aren't the most inspiring combo.
Pirates, Red Sox interested in Luke Gregerson 07-31-2013
Luke Gregerson P HOU
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Pirates and Red Sox are among the teams interested in Padres' reliever Luke Gregerson.

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ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier today that the Padres are more likely to move Joe Thatcher than Gregerson, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying. The 29-year-old has a 2.91 ERA and 39/9 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this season. He remains under team control through 2014.
Report: Braves involved for Bud Norris 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
Nick Cafardo of Boston Globe reports that the Braves are in the mix for Astros' right-hander Bud Norris.

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
Cafardo also hears that the Orioles are involved, confirming previous reports. The Diamondbacks and Pirates have also been mentioned as possible landing spots. The Braves just got Brandon Beachy back from Tommy John surgery, but they could be in the market for reinforcements with both Tim Hudson (ankle) and Paul Maholm (wrist) on the disabled list.
Berkman considers retiring, giving up salary 07-31-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Lance Berkman is considering retiring and forfeiting the remainder of his salary.

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Berkman is dealing with nagging soreness in his right knee and isn't close to returning to game action. The 37-year-old is scheduled to meet with team officials on Wednesday, so a decision could be made soon. If he walks away, he would give up about $4.4 million.
Tigers still talking to Giants about Lopez 07-31-2013
Javier Lopez P SF
CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Tigers are still talking to the Giants about left-hander Javier Lopez.

Danny Knobler on Twitter
The Tigers have been very active over the past two days, but they might not be done yet. Lopez, 36, has a 1.42 ERA and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings and could be a valuable piece for a contender. He is due to become a free agent this winter.
Orioles still engaged on Morneau, Norris 07-31-2013
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Orioles "remain engaged" on Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
While Morneau doesn't pack the punch he once did, the Orioles are on the lookout for ways to improve their DH spot. It probably wouldn't take much to pry him away from the Twins, who would be better served to give at-bats to younger players. Bowden also hears that the Orioles are still in the mix for Astros' right-hander Bud Norris.
M. Young willing to waive no-trade to Boston 07-31-2013
Michael Young 3B LAD
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Young is willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Red Sox.

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We heard yesterday that Young was only willing to return to the Rangers, but he has apparently had a change of heart. The Phillies are motivated to give Cody Asche a chance at their starting third base job, so a deal could come together quickly.
Astros have standing offers for Bud Norris 07-31-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have "standing offers" for right-hander Bud Norris.

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It's not known who the offers are from, but the Diamondbacks, Pirates, and Orioles are among the teams rumored to have interest. Meanwhile, Smith hears that an unidentified fourth team could be in the mix. Norris is currently slated to start Wednesday against Baltimore, but the expectation is that he could be moved.
White Sox not getting much interest on Rios 07-31-2013
Alex Rios RF KC
ESPN's Jayson Stark writes that the White Sox would like to trade Alex Rios, but that it "doesn't look promising."

Jayson Stark on Twitter
The Pirates and Rangers have been rumored as potential suitors, but Stark hears that they have nothing more than "lukewarm" interest right now. The White Sox acquired Avisail Garcia from the Tigers on Tuesday night in the three-team Jake Peavy deal, but there's nowhere for him to play at the moment.
Angels could use closer-by-committee 07-31-2013
Ernesto Frieri P PHI
Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers that he could use a closer-by-committee moving forward.
Frieri blew his second straight save Tuesday and has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last four appearances. Sensing that his confidence "might be a little nicked right now," Scioscia said he'll try to play the matchups a bit more in the ninth inning for now. Dane De La Rosa is probably the best pickup for fantasy purposes.
Report: Phillies won't trade Cliff Lee 07-31-2013
Cliff Lee P PHI
Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM hears that Cliff Lee will not be traded on Wednesday.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
The Red Sox made the most sense as a potential destination, but Tuesday's acquisition of Jake Peavy essentially takes them out of the running. Considering the asking price and the salary remaining on Lee's contract, it's hard to see someone else jumping in.
Cardinals not expected to pursue catching 07-31-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are not expected to pursue catching help despite Yadier Molina (knee) headed to the disabled list.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Molina left the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates with a right knee sprain and will undergo an MRI. While he'll require an extended absence, the Cardinals are poised to move forward with Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson behind the plate.
Miguel Cabrera not in Wednesday's lineup 07-31-2013
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Nationals.

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Cabrera left Tuesday's game after tweaking his recent abdominal injury. It's not a major concern, but the Tigers will rest him with the day game on Wednesday. Ramon Santiago will make the start at third base while Hernan Perez plays second.
D-Backs still considering offers for Kennedy 07-31-2013
Ian Kennedy P KC
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are still considering offers for right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
The Diamondbacks were rumored to be dangling Kennedy and Jason Kubel in an attempt to clear payroll space to go after Jake Peavy. While Peavy is in Boston now, they are still willing to see what's out there. Heyman hears that the Padres and Angels are in the mix.
Phillies, Utley discussing contract extension 07-31-2013
Chase Utley 2B LAD
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies and Chase Utley have been discussing a contract extension that would cover three years or two years with a vesting option for a third.
Utley would likely be a popular trade target if the Phillies made him available, but they are trying to lock him up instead, referring to him as their "franchise" player. Heyman hears that the deal would pay him around $13 million per season. It's said to be modeled after Carlos Beltran's two-year, $26 million contract with the Cardinals. Of course, Beltran has also dealt with chronic knee issues.
Zimmerman serving as DH on Wednesday 07-31-2013
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman will serve as the designated hitter for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
This will enable Zimmerman to get somewhat of a breather. Anthony Rendon will make the start at third base while Steve Lombardozzi plays second.
Cubs to move DeJesus or Schierholtz 07-31-2013
David DeJesus LF LAA
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs expect to move either David DeJesus or Nate Schierholtz.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Rosenthal speculates that DeJesus might be more likely to be moved, as Schierholtz could be a fit for the Cubs in 2014. He will be a free agent after this season, though. Rosenthal hears that the Pirates are involved on both players.
Brown (concussion) could miss another week 07-31-2013
Domonic Brown RF PHI
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that Domonic Brown (concussion) likely will not return from the 7-day disabled list when he's first eligible Thursday.
Brown displayed concussion-like symptoms after diving for a fly ball last Tuesday and landed on the 7-day disabled list two days later. He's scheduled for more tests on Wednesday, but it sounds like he needs more time. "I think it's going to be a little while," said Manuel. "Probably another week."
Thatcher more likely to go than Gregerson 07-31-2013
Joe Thatcher P CLE
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Padres are more likely to deal Joe Thatcher than Luke Gregerson.

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Furthermore, Stark hears that the Padres are declining any offers for their outfielders. Finally back to form following shoulder issues, Thatcher has a 2.10 ERA and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 30 innings this season. Left-handed relievers have a lot of value in this market, so the Padres could fetch a nice prospect in return.
Report: Schierholtz more likely to be moved 07-31-2013
Nate Schierholtz RF TEX
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs appear more likely to trade outfielder Nate Schierholtz than relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell.

Jayson Stark on Twitter
Schierholtz isn't a big name, but he has quietly had a very nice season for the Cubs, batting .272/.332/.517 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 89 games. Many have speculated on the Pirates as a potential fit. Gregg was looking like an obvious trade candidate not too long ago, but his recent struggles have likely diminished his value.
Quentin exits game after tweaking knee 07-31-2013
Carlos Quentin LF ATL
Carlos Quentin left Tuesday's game against the Reds after tweaking his right knee.
It was reported that Quentin was scratched from Monday's lineup after tweaking his left knee, but it's actually his surgically-repaired right knee that's been giving him problems all along. He won't play Wednesday and the Padres have a scheduled day off on Thursday, so the hope is he'll be ready to go on Friday.
Carl cCrawford (illness) hitless in return 07-31-2013
Carl Crawford LF LAD
Carl Crawford (illness) finished 0-for-4 in his return to action Tuesday against the Yankees. Crawford sat out the entire weekend due to a fever which required a trip to the emergency room, but he's feeling closer to 100 percent now. The 31-year-old outfielder is batting .284/.336/.420 with five home runs, 16 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 68 games this season.
Kubel (back) hitless in return to lineup 07-31-2013
Jason Kubel LF MIN
Jason Kubel (back) was hitless in three at-bats Tuesday in his return to the lineup. Kubel was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a stiff back, but it's not a major concern. The 31-year-old outfielder is batting just .231 with five homers and a .659 OPS in 71 games this season.
Torii Hunter (Achilles) hitless in return 07-31-2013
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter (Achilles) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday in his return to action. Hunter didn't play over the weekend due to a sore left Achilles. The Tigers will have to hope that the extra rest will prevent it from becoming a lingering issue.
Yanks activate INF Nix from 15-day DL 07-31-2013
Jayson Nix 3B BAL
Yankees activated INF Jayson Nix from the 15-day disabled list. Nix was activated prior to Tuesday's game and then went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Dodgers. David Adams was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding roster move.
Aybar likely staying put, Kendrick available 07-31-2013
Erick Aybar SS DET
Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Angels are unlikely to trade Erick Aybar.
The Angels briefly talked about Aybar with the Cardinals, but they quickly fizzled out. While the Angels would love to land a pitcher, they are reluctant to move Aybar because shortstops are harder to replace. With that in mind, Gonzalez hears that second baseman Howie Kendrick remains in play in trade talks. However, One interesting wrinkle is that Kendrick can block trades to 12 teams in 2013.
Cubs holding on to Jeff Samardzija for now 07-31-2013
Jeff Samardzija P SF
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will try to lock up Jeff Samardzija or trade him over the winter.
The Cubs have been listening to offers for Samardzija, but they have determined that they will not get the blockbuster package they have been looking for. As a result, they'll attempt to discuss a contract extension during the offseason. If that doesn't want out, a trade could again become a possibility. Samardzija is under team control through 2015.
Red Sox to call up Brock Holt 07-31-2013
Brock Holt LF BOS
Rob Bradford of reports that the Red Sox will call up Brock Holt to replace Jose Iglesias for the time being.
It may be a temporary move, as the Red Sox could make another trade to replace Iglesias before Wednesday's non-waiver deadline. There had been some speculation that Will Middlebrooks or Xander Bogaerts could be candidates for a promotion, but that decision will wait a little longer.
Venable goes 3-for-3 with walk, two doubles 07-31-2013
Will Venable RF LAD
Will Venable went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win against the Reds. A promising night for a batter still sitting on a terrible .290 on-base percentage. Venable is batting only .245, but he's been a cheap source of speed and power in NL-only leagues. He's on pace for 18 homers and 14 steals in 423 at-bats.
Street earns 20th save of the year Tuesday 07-31-2013
Huston Street P LAA
Huston Street hurled a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Reds to earn his 20th save of the season. He also struck out a batter. Street hasn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances, which has dropped his ERA from 4.78 to 3.57. Street has only walked one batter since May 19. He's 20-for-21 in save conversions this year.
Volquez yields two runs in a no-decision 07-31-2013
Edinson Volquez P MIA
Edinson Volquez yielded two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday. He struck out three and walked five against his former team. Volquez completed six innings for just the fourth time in his last 11 starts. Mixed leaguers can't trust Volquez, who sits at 8-8 with a 5.56 ERA, in any matchup.
Latos yields two runs in no-decision 07-31-2013
Mat Latos P WAS
Mat Latos yielded two runs on six hits over six innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Padres. Latos struck out six and walked two in his former home, Petco Park. The right-hander must be happy that the calendar is turning, as he entered tonight's game with a 5.16 ERA over 22 2/3 July innings. Latos remains 10-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Ramirez goes 2-for-4 with double and RBI 07-31-2013
Hanley Ramirez 1B BOS
Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the win over the Yankees on Tuesday night. Get this: Ramirez has actually seen his batting average drop -- from .386 to .383 -- during his current 11-game hitting streak. Ramirez has been arguably baseball's most valuable player when healthy, batting .383/.432/.686 with 11 homers in 50 games.
Jansen punches out two in scoreless ninth 07-31-2013
Kenley Jansen P LAD
Kenley Jansen punched out two in tossing a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth win Tuesday against the Yankees. Jansen's perfect inning preserved a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth and Mark Ellis singled in Andre Ethier to send Los Angeles to victory in the bottom half of the frame. Jansen is 16-for-19 in save conversions and boasts a 2.15 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
Greinke gives up two runs over seven frames 07-31-2013
Zack Greinke P ARZ
Zack Greinke gave up two runs on five hits and no walks over seven innings in a no-decision opposite the Yankees on Tuesday. He punched out seven. Greinke has lost just once since June 16 and has given up only seven runs in last five starts covering 46 innings. The right-hander's strikeout numbers are down and his control hasn't been as sharp as it's been in year's past, but the Dodgers are happy with his 8-3 record and 3.43 ERA.
Pettitte allows two runs in loss to Dodgers 07-31-2013
Andy Pettitte P NYY
Andy Pettitte allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings Tuesday in a no-decision at Dodgers Stadium. He whiffed three and didn't yield a free pass in his second consecutive quality start. Pettitte hasn't walked more than one batter in five consecutive outings. He remains 7-8 to go with a 4.28 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Martin hits walk-off, three-run homer 07-31-2013
Leonys Martin CF SEA
Leonys Martin hit a walk-off, three-run homer off Daniel Stange in the 10th inning Tuesday to lead the Angels to a 14-11 victory. Martin finished 2-for-7. He has batted leadoff each of the past two games and acquitted himself well, so perhaps Martin will remain at the top of the lineup. He's batting .277 and is on pace for 30 steals.
Trout goes 4-for-4 with a walk, RBI 07-31-2013
Mike Trout CF LAA
Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's win against the Rangers. Trout looks at home in the No. 3 spot in the order, where he's been moved since Albert Pujols' injury. Trout has walked and scored a run in all four games since Saturday, the day of the move. The fantasy monster is on pace for 26 homers, 35 steals and 102 RBI.
Holland allows four runs in win against LAA 07-31-2013
Derek Holland P CWS
Derek Holland allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Angels Tuesday. He struck out six, walked two and gave up a pair of homers. Tonight marked the first start that Holland has allowed at least four runs since June 21. The left-hander has gone at least six innings in every start since June 11. He remains 8-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.
Wilson yield 6 runs in loss to Rangers 07-31-2013
C.J. Wilson P LAA
C.J. Wilson yielded six runs on 11 hits over four innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Tuesday. He struck out six and walked three, rolling up 109 pitches without completing half the game. The southpaw entered the contest against his former team with a 1.96 ERA over his last eight starts, so an off night can be forgiven. Wilson falls to 12-6 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Bautista goes 2-for-4 with a solo homer 07-31-2013
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday in a victory over the A's. Bautista's first-inning blast off Dan Straily seized a lead Toronto wouldn't relinquish in the 5-0 win. The slugger has struggled with strikeouts this month and his batting average has wilted as a result, but Bautista's power has never abandoned him. He's on pace for 38 homers and 99 RBI.
Lowrie goes 2-for-4 with double against Jays 07-31-2013
Jed Lowrie 2B OAK
Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-4 with a double against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Lowrie struggled mightily earlier this month and entered Tuesday batting just .225 in July, but he's been on a tear recently. Lowrie is currently riding a six-game hitting streak in which he has collected six RBI and four extra-base hits.
Buehrle fires seven shutout innings in a win 07-31-2013
Mark Buehrle P TOR
Mark Buehrle fired seven shutout innings in a win Tuesday against the A's. He scattered five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two. Buehrle tossed his ninth career shutout last time out, a two-hitter against the Astros on Thursday. He's had an odd month, tossing seven shutout innings against the Twins on July 5 and getting hammered for a season-high eight runs over six innings in July 12's loss to the Orioles. Buehrle improves to 7-7 with a 4.27 ERA.
Straily gets roughed up in loss to Jays 07-31-2013
Dan Straily P MIA
Dan Straily was roughed up for five runs -- two earned -- over 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out two and walked two, while giving up a pair of home runs. Straily (6-5, 4.41 ERA) has struggled in two consecutive starts, allowing five runs over 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Angels, but he entered those outings with a 1.33 ERA over his first three starts in July.
Red Sox land Jake Peavy in three-team deal 07-31-2013
Jake Peavy P SF
Red Sox acquired RHP Jake Peavy from the White Sox and RHP Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers in a three-team deal; White Sox acquired OF Avisail Garcia from the Tigers and RHP Francellis Montas, RHP Jeffrey Wendelken and shortstop Cleuluis Rondon from the Red Sox; Tigers acquired SS Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox. One can argue about how much good Peavy will really do the Red Sox, but the price is right. Iglesias was never going to keep hitting like this, and while he should make it as a long-term shortstop, he's not likely to be an above average regular. Peavy, who is making $14.5 million this year and next, was 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB ratio in 80 IP for the White Sox. He missed time earlier in the year with a broken rib. His biggest problem has been the home run ball -- he's allowed 14 -- but switching from U.S. Cellular to Fenway will help there, so his fantasy value should get a slight boost.
White Sox get Avisail Garcia from Tigers 07-31-2013
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Outfielder Avisail Garcia was traded from the Tigers to the White Sox in the Jake Peavy deal. The 22-year-old Garcia was talked up last year as a big piece of the Tigers' future. His resemblance to Miguel Cabrera in the batter's box probably helped in that regard. This year, he had hit .382/.414/.549 in 144 at-bats in Triple-A, but just .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats in the majors, and the Tigers deemed him expendable with fellow outfield prospect Nick Castellanos also knocking on the door. Plate discipline is an issue for Garcia, and while scouts expect his power to come, his high home run total in six minor league seasons is 14. Whether the White Sox use him right away could hinge on an Alex Rios deal. For now, though, he's been optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Tigers acquire Jose Iglesias from Red Sox 07-31-2013
Jose Iglesias SS DET
Tigers acquired infielder Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox as part of the three-team Jake Peavy deal. Iglesias technically becomes a backup for the Tigers for now, but he's expected to take over as the starting shortstop once Jhonny Peralta's Biogenesis suspension is announced. He gives the Tigers the rangy shortstop they need to put next to Miguel Cabrera, and while Peralta may get his job back at the very end of the year, there's little doubt that it'll be Iglesias next year, with Peralta presumably moving on in free agency. The 23-year-old was hitting .330/.377/.409 in 215 at-bats for the Red Sox, and he is a Rookie of the Year candidate, though his impressive offensive line is likely to continue to diminish.
Brayan Villarreal traded to Red Sox 07-31-2013
Brayan Villarreal P BOS
Right-hander Brayan Villarreal was traded from the Tigers to the Red Sox in a seven-player deal. Villarreal, 26, has a 4.56 ERA and an 86/46 K/BB ratio in 75 innings as a major leaguer. He seemed to be on his way to emerging as a key piece in the Tigers bullpen last year, but control became an especially big problem late and he was left off the postseason roster. This year has been a disaster for him -- he gave up 10 runs in 4 1/3 innings during his time in the majors -- but the fresh start could do him some good. He throws 94-98 mph, so he has some upside as a short reliever. The Red Sox will likely leave him in Triple-A for now.
Pedroia homers as Red Sox best Mariners 8-2 07-31-2013
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 8-2 on Tuesday. Pedroia hit a two-run shot in the second inning and added an RBI single in the fourth. The home run was the second baseman's first since July 9 and just his seventh on the year. Despite the low home run total, he's driven in 61 runs and is batting .296/.374/.411 with 25 doubles and 14 stolen bases in 107 games.
Victorino scores three times against Mariners 07-31-2013
Shane Victorino RF LAA
Shane Victorino went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored against the Mariners on Tuesday. The doubles gave Victorino 15 on the season, and he's scored 45 runs to go with a .281 average. The three-hit game was his first since June 26, and it was the first time this season the 32-year-old has scored three runs in a single game.
Workman fans nine as Red Sox beat Mariners 07-31-2013
Brandon Workman P BOS
Brandon Workman allowed one run over six innings to earn the win in the Red Sox' win over the Mariners on Tuesday. It was Workman's first-ever major league win, and he earned it. The young right-hander struck out nine batters while giving up just six hits and a walk. He's now posted three straight quality starts dating back to July 14, compiling a 3.54 ERA in the process. For his efforts, the 24-year-old may be in line for a demotion -- with the arrival of Jake Peavy, Workman's spot in the rotation may be in jeopardy. Owners in AL-only leagues should pay attention to see how the rotation shakes out in the coming days.
Saunders roughed up again, takes loss vs. Sox 07-31-2013
Joe Saunders P SEA
Joe Saunders allowed six runs -- five earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday. Saunders has given up six runs in two straight starts after winning his previous four. The southpaw gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out five in the outing, and he served up two home runs to Red Sox batters. He's 9-10 with a 4.65 ERA this season, and he'll face the Orioles at Camden Yards on Sunday.
Tyler Thornburg holds Cubs in check 07-31-2013
Tyler Thornburg P BOS
Tyler Thornburg spun six scoreless innings in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Cubs. Thornburg walked three, but he permitted just four hits and struck out six in the spot start. The right-hander now boasts a 2.22 ERA and 1.19 WHIP during his time with the Brew Crew and should stick around as a long man in the bullpen.
Kevin Gregg knocked around in blown save 07-31-2013
Kevin Gregg P SEA
Kevin Gregg blew his fourth save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. He allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk. After a surprisingly good start, Gregg has predictably fallen back, as he's been scored upon in eight of his last 17 appearances and has a 12/14 K/BB ratio over that time. He's still probably getting traded, but the Cubs won't get much in return.
Lagares goes 3-for-3, Mets win 4-2 in extras 07-31-2013
Juan Lagares CF NYM
Juan Lagares went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Marlins in 10 innings on Tuesday. Lagares has been absolutely on fire in July, going 24-for-65 (.369) with eight multi-hit games. Lagares plated two with a triple in the fourth inning, giving the Mets an early 2-0 lead. His torrid month has raised his overall line to .275/.307/.412, and he's a viable mixed league option in deeper leagues while he's hitting like this.
Cishek suffers sixth loss, Mets win in extras 07-31-2013
Steve Cishek P SEA
Steve Cishek allowed two runs in his second inning of work as the Marlins lost to the Mets on Tuesday. Cishek worked a scoreless ninth inning but was sent back out for the 10th, where he ran into problems. The right-hander ended up giving up three hits and two walks in the inning, with one of the walks being intentional. The outing certainly didn't help his trade stock, but closers are rarely asked to go more than one inning at a time and he shouldn't be downgraded for the hiccup.