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Cubs-Brewers Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Jake Arrieta was overshadowed by a no-hitter the last time out, and while his next opponent hasn’t quite been on that level, he is enjoying maybe the best starting span of his career. Jimmy Nelson will try to continue finding his way Thursday night as the visiting Chicago Cubs attempt to figure out the last-place Milwaukee Brewers. While Nelson is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his last six starts, the already established Arrieta has been even better with a 5-1 record and 1.37 ERA in his past seven.

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Sources: Mets targeting Brewers’ Carlos Gomez (Yahoo Sports)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Gomez is their most recent target, but the Mets were thought to be considering other outfielders, as well.

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Mariners-Twins Preview (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Phil Hughes has regained the form that made his first season with the Minnesota Twins such a success, and the approach he takes is one J.A. Happ could employ to work through recent struggles. Two pitchers displaying very different command in recent starts face off Thursday night with the Twins hoping to halt a four-game losing streak with the Seattle Mariners in town. Hughes (9-6, 3.93 ERA) has issued 12 walks all season and 28 in 52 starts in his time with the Twins.

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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games (Reuters)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Highlights of Wedenesday’s Major League Baseball games: – – – – Tigers 2, Rays 1 Detroit took advantage in the seventh of two misplays by Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to score two unearned runs and record a 2-1 victory. Cabrera committed an error on what could have been an inning-ending double play, then a two-out line drive from third baseman Nick Castellanos went off his glove for an RBI single. Justin Verlander (1-3) struck out 10 batters without a walk in eight innings for his first win in eight starts this season.

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Five-run inning lifts Giants past Brewers (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

A day after making a wild throw from the outfield, Hunter Pence certainly wasn’t surprised to see the Milwaukee Brewers try to test his arm again. This time the San Francisco Giants outfielder made the Brewers pay with one of the two sparkling defensive plays he made. Pence also came up big at the plate, proving why keeping him healthy and in the lineup is so critical to San Francisco’s push for the postseason.

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Andrew McCutchen drives in three runs on chaotic Little League homer (Big League Stew)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen had a huge game in Wednesday’s 10-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins. In the fifth inning, McCutchen clubbed a conventional two-run homer against Twins starter Ervin Santana, which tied the game 3-3. The very next inning, Pittsburgh had jumped out to a 5-3 lead on a Santana wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Starling Marte. That set the stage for McCutchen to blow the game wide open, which is exactly what he did, though this time the outcome was anything but conventional. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l ] With runners at first and second and two outs, McCutchen laced a would-be single to right field that Minnesota right fielder Eddie Rosario aggressively misplayed in a disaster. Rosario was obviously looking to come up throwing somewhere, perhaps home or perhaps to third base, looking to cut down one of the runners and end the rally. Instead, he only added fuel to the by allowing the baseball to skip over his left shoulder all the way to the wall. With Pirates flying around the bases, Rosario rather casually chased the ball down. Once secured, he made a strong throw into All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier, and that’s when the real chaos began. Yes, everything to that point was the appetizer. Dozier’s relay throw ended up sailing over the head of shortstop Eduardo Escobar and somehow skipped right through the legs of third baseman Eduardo Nunez. At that point, two runs had already scored and McCutchen was standing on third base satisfied with everything that had just gone down, but here now was a chance to complete a rare Little League home run. McCutchen went for it, and after about two steps crashed directly into Nunez, who was chasing the ball. Both went down, but McCutchen was awarded home plate on interference.  MLB Blitz. #N64 http://t.co/VPNd5cZ7FF pic.twitter.com/Sk0wh1K2zi — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 29, 2015 Little League home run complete. Three more runs on the board. Oh, and yes, there were errors charged as well. Rosario was given with an error for his misplay in the outfield, and Nunez was also charged for letting the ball trickle through his legs. For McCutchen, it was a single, one RBI and one memorable trip around the bases.   [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Of course, because he’s Andrew McCutchen, his day wouldn’t be complete without a highlight in the outfield as well. In the fourth inning, he robbed Kurt Suzuki of extra bases with a running catch in center field that ended with McCutchen banging into the wall.  Once again, Andrew McCutchen was everywhere and in the middle of everything, which is why he’s a perennial MVP candidate. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – – – – – – – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Report: The Mat Latos trade to the Dodgers could be falling apart (Big League Stew)

Posted on 29 July 2015

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Dodgers scratch Kershaw from start vs A's with soreness (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday due to hip soreness.

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Injured Angels outfielder Trout sidelined against Astros (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Wednesday against the Houston Astros with an injured left wrist.

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Castillo's 2 homers lead Arizona to 8-2 win over Seattle (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Welington Castillo was ready to speak about his big day for Arizona only to pause when something on the television caught his attention. Tough to fault Castillo for wanting to stop watch highlights of his two home runs, especially when they came against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. Castillo hit a pair of home runs off Hernandez, including a two-run shot in the first inning sending Arizona to an 8-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday a fifth straight win for the Diamondbacks.

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Mookie Betts Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star’s Concussion and Return

Posted on 29 July 2015

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is on the mend after suffering an injury during the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. 

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Betts Placed on Seven-Day DL

Wednesday, July 29

According to the Red Sox’s official Twitter, Betts was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.        

Betts was injured making a terrific catch in the sixth inning against Jose Abreu, running full speed onto the warning track before leaping over the fence to avoid a full-on collision with the wall. He was taken out of the game after that moment. 

The 22-year-old Betts has shown great progress as this season has gone on, hitting .265/.317/.438 in 97 games, so the Red Sox are smart to play things cautiously with him. 

Betts has been able to endear himself to Boston fans with his hard play, as evidenced by the effort against Abreu and some time he missed in June after running into the wall in center field. 

The Red Sox have been such a mess this season that they can afford to be easy with their players. Betts is a big part of their future in Boston, but the long-term outlook is what matters for the team at this point. 

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All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon joins Nationals (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon wants to win another championship and become baseball’s career saves leader. ”The biggest reason why I accepted this trade to come here because I’ve played against these guys for four years now and I’ve seen the way the organization has become and it’s a fitting organization for me,” Papelbon said Wednesday, a day after he was trade from Philadelphia to Washington. In the deal Tuesday, the major league-worst Phillies received Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta and will pay Washington $4.5 million by Oct. 15, covering most of the $4,830,601 remaining on Papelbon’s salary this year.

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White Sox place Bonifacio on disabled list, recall Garcia (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have placed infielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained left oblique a night earlier.

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Los Angeles Angels Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Ahead of the Deadline

Posted on 29 July 2015

We are in the midst of the final few days before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline hits July 31. Lots of clubs still find themselves stuck in between being buyers and sellers, clogging up the market in the process. One team that has managed to stay beneath the fray has been the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have already made a number of small but effective moves this week.

While keeping the ledger full with roster moves in terms of call-ups, disabled-list stints, etc., Los Angeles has also been busy dealing, per the team’s official website.

Just one day after the team placed third baseman David Freese on the DL, it traded for Conor Gillaspie, giving up cash in return. Two days after activating Gillaspie, L.A. acquired corner outfielder Shane Victorino for minor league veteran Josh Rutledge. The very next day, the Angels made moves for two more corner outfielders, David DeJesus and David Murphy, while also placing Matt Joyce on the seven-day DL.

None of the moves were game-changers. However, collectively, all the acquisitions do a nice job of giving manager Mike Scioscia and company some adequate options to play left field and rotate in other spots to sub the starters.

The team would be in trouble if it was going to rely on Victorino to be the everyday left fielder the rest of the summer and into the playoffs. However, platooning Victorino (career .876 OPS versus lefties) with Murphy (career .801 OPS versus righties) could give the Angels one acceptable outfielder in total. And that’s a good result for what the team gave up to acquire these pieces.

Los Angeles isn’t necessarily done on the trade front either. Here is the latest buzz surrounding the team.

Alden Gonzalez, Angels beat writer for MLB.com, wrote, “The Angels [are] still in the market for another bullpen arm, something similar to the [Jason] Grilli acquisition of last June.” Gonzalez feels confident they will acquire someone in that middle-relief vein to help the back-end guys out a bit.

Cesar Ramos is the only player in the entire bullpen who has made at least three appearances and has an ERA below 2.80. With many of the options being less than stellar and Vinnie Pestano having been sent down due to poor performance, the team could use another quality relief arm.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press tweeted that the Angels were interested in Detroit outfielder Yoenis Cespedes but couldn’t justify waiting until the Tigers made their decision on whether they would be buyers or sellers. Depending on the timing, that could have been the final straw that caused L.A. to instead turn to the small-pieces approach in the outfield.

And of course, Detroit settled on its decision Wednesday afternoon, announcing that its big names, David Price and Cespedes, would indeed be available in trades, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. It appears this saga may have simply moved too slowly for L.A. to benefit.

Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register notes Jered Weaver is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday. This will be his first action since going on the disabled list more than a month ago. If Weaver returns to full health, it will give the team six legitimate starting pitchers. It remains to be seen if the team has given up on acquiring a big-name bat by the deadline, but having an extra starter is a strength few teams can deal from.

If this is all for L.A. on the trade front, the players the Angels have acquired aren’t flashy or fun. They could be effective though in solving the team’s main problem, which is generating offense from the left field and DH positions. Adding another piece in the pen would be nice as well as this club attempts to conquer the Houston Astros and the rest of the AL West through the dog days of summer.

As long as Mike Trout is fine, the rest is just gravy anyway!

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Encarnacion scratched from Toronto lineup with sore finger (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been scratched from the Blue Jays’ game Wednesday night against Philadelphia because of a sore left middle finger. Encarnacion, who is batting .238 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs, was injured Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies. Chris Colabello will replace Encarnacion and bat fourth.

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Wandy Rodriguez designated for assignment by Rangers (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers, who recalled relievers Alex Claudio and Jon Edwards from Triple-A Round Rock.

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The Royals are saying ‘1738’ in interviews because they love Fetty Wap (Big League Stew)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Being a part of a winning baseball team can sometimes lead to some odd rituals. Joe Maddon has constantly resorted to weird gimmicks to keep his team loose, the Astros have employed a fog machine in the clubhouse and Chris Sale occasionally tries to sneak a word of the day into his interviews. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Royals are the latest team to adopt one of these routines. Players on the team are trying to work “1738” into all of their interviews.  KC players are fining each other if they don’t use “1738” in postgame interviews. I have no idea what it means. Success has driven them mad. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 29, 2015 Players are fining each other for not working in the phrase, so you know this has become serious business. So, why “1738?” Allow us to try and explain. The number has to do with the song “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap.  The number is mentioned right at the beginning of the song. Also, Fetty Wap refers to his crew as the Remy Boyz. Remy Martin 1738 is a brand of Cognac. On top of all of this, Lorenzo Cain uses the song “Trap Queen” as his current walkup music. Is it all coming together now? We hope so. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] OK, so now that you have an idea of why “1738” is so important to the Royals, let’s take a look at how successful they’ve been implementing their new ritual. Cain on Bauer: “He was like a 17-38 to the plate.” Hosmer on his RBIs against Cleveland: “I’ll take 17. I’ll take 38.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 29, 2015 But wait, there’s more. Moustakas on Hosmer’s pick: “Hoz picks that thing 17 out of 38 times.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 29, 2015 And finally. Coming to a television near you: Lorenzo Cain saying, “You can name 17, 38 great plays we’ve made.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 29, 2015 There you have it. That’s the thing the Royals are doing now. While we appreciate their commitment to the gig, it doesn’t seem as creative as some of the other stuff we’ve seen recently.  At the same time, the Royals probably don’t care what they think. Kansas City is the happening baseball place to be right now. The team is the current World Series favorite, they just picked up Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist and they’ve embraced the song of the summer.  This stunt might seem lame now, but just wait until Lorenzo Cain goes 17 of 38 during the team’s World Series run. Then, we’ll all know how foolish we were to ever criticize this ritual. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – – – – – – – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Lester strikes out 14 to lead Cubs over Rockies 3-2 (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

Jon Lester said he wasn’t counting his K’s, but he sure dominated like a big-time, big-money starter. Lester (6-8) struck out 14, one shy of his career high and the most for a Cubs pitcher in more than a decade, leading Chicago over the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Wednesday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon saluted Lester’s most impressive outing since he signed a six-year, $155 million free agent deal with Chicago in the offseason.

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Boston places CF Betts on 7-day concussion DL (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox have placed center fielder Mookie Betts on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion after he tumbled into Boston's bullpen attempting to make a catch a night earlier.

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McCutchen, Liriano lead Pirates sweep of Twins with 10-4 win (The Associated Press)

Posted on 29 July 2015

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in the majors since mid-May. Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and turned an RBI single into race around the bases while Minnesota made two errors in a five-run sixth inning, helping Francisco Liriano and the Pirates beat the Twins 10-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep. After losing five of their first six games out of the All-Star break, the Pirates have won five of their last six games to tighten their grip on the NL’s first wild-card spot.

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