Tag: July 29

2010 – Astros deal ace pitcher Roy Oswalt to the Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar. Gose is then sent to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace. Oswalt has a 143-82 record over ten seasons with Houston. He leaves unable to tie Joe Niekro for the franchise record for victories. Two days later, the Astros trade slugger Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees, sending away their last two stars from the 2005 World Series team. 

2010 – Astros deal ace pitcher Roy Oswalt to the Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar. Gose is then sent to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace. Oswalt has a 143-82 record over ten seasons with Houston. He leaves unable to tie Joe Niekro for the franchise record for victories. Two days later, the Astros trade slugger Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees, sending away their last two stars from the 2005 World Series team. 

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1992 – Jeff Bagwell hits only the seventh Club Level home run in the history of Atlanta-Fulton Country stadium, a 440-foot blast off of Tom Glavine. It comes in a 5-3 loss to the Braves. Jimmy Jones is unable to hold an early 2-0 edge. 

1992 – Jeff Bagwell hits only the seventh Club Level home run in the history of Atlanta-Fulton Country stadium, a 440-foot blast off of Tom Glavine. It comes in a 5-3 loss to the Braves. Jimmy Jones is unable to hold an early 2-0 edge. 

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1989 – Craig Biggio becomes the first Houston catcher to bat leadoff in over twenty years and it seems to work out. He homers and singles in an 8-1 victory at San Francisco. Another blast is the first big league bomb for Eric Anthony. Glenn Davis and Ken Caminiti also go yard. Mark Portugal hurls a three-hit complete game, just his second win as an Astro. 

1989 – Craig Biggio becomes the first Houston catcher to bat leadoff in over twenty years and it seems to work out. He homers and singles in an 8-1 victory at San Francisco. Another blast is the first big league bomb for Eric Anthony. Glenn Davis and Ken Caminiti also go yard. Mark Portugal hurls a three-hit complete game, just his second win as an Astro. 

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1970 – Disgruntled first baseman Joe Pepitone, who suddenly “retired” rather than play in Houston, is sold to the Cubs. He had belted 14 home runs during his four months in Texas. Bob Watson takes over at first as Larry Dierker is roughed up during a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field. 

1970 – Disgruntled first baseman Joe Pepitone, who suddenly “retired” rather than play in Houston, is sold to the Cubs. He had belted 14 home runs during his four months in Texas. Bob Watson takes over at first as Larry Dierker is roughed up during a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field. 

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1967 – Bob Aspromonte drives in four as the Astros storm back to overcome the Pirates, 6-5, completing a four-game sweep. Julio Gotay, pinch-running for Aspro after his two-run double in the eighth, scores on a single by Bob Lillis for the game-winner. Larry Sherry shuts the door for winning pitcher Dave Eilers.

1967 – Bob Aspromonte drives in four as the Astros storm back to overcome the Pirates, 6-5, completing a four-game sweep. Julio Gotay, pinch-running for Aspro after his two-run double in the eighth, scores on a single by Bob Lillis for the game-winner. Larry Sherry shuts the door for winning pitcher Dave Eilers.

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One day after their surprise acquisition of Marcus Stroman, the Mets deal with their surplus of starting pitchers by sending Jason Vargas to the Phillies in return for AA catcher Austin Bossart, who is hitting .195.

One day after their surprise acquisition of Marcus Stroman, the Mets deal with their surplus of starting pitchers by sending Jason Vargas to the Phillies in return for AA catcher Austin Bossart, who is hitting .195.

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The Hall of Fame inducts one of the largest classes in its history before a crowd of more than 50,000 in Cooperstown, NY. Honored are Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell, four of them having been elected by the BBWAA and Morris and Trammell by the Veterans Committee.

The Hall of Fame inducts one of the largest classes in its history before a crowd of more than 50,000 in Cooperstown, NY. Honored are Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell, four of them having been elected by the BBWAA and Morris and Trammell by the Veterans Committee.

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Sean Newcomb of the Braves is one strike away from throwing a no-hitter when Chris Taylor hits a single with two outs in the 9th on Newcomb’s 134th pitch of the game. He is lifted immediately afterwards but ends up a 4 – 1 winner over the Dodgers.

Sean Newcomb of the Braves is one strike away from throwing a no-hitter when Chris Taylor hits a single with two outs in the 9th on Newcomb’s 134th pitch of the game. He is lifted immediately afterwards but ends up a 4 – 1 winner over the Dodgers.

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With Puerto Rico having locked up Gold at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games three days prior, the Silver and Bronze Medals are up for grabs still entering the last game. It features 12-time champion Cubaand host Colombia, whose only prior Medal in the event was a Gold back in 1946. Cuba’s Freddy Asiel Alvarez, Vladimir García and Raidel Martínez hold the hosts to one run (a homer by Reynaldo Rodríguez) in a 3-1 victory. Colombia’s Randy Consuegra, who had pitched 12 1/3 shutout innings in the Games, starts on only two days’ rest and lasts only four innings, giving up two runs. Veteran Frederich Cepeda homers late while Roel Santos goes 2 for 4 with a walk and a run. It is only Cuba’s second Silver, having won mostly Golds in the past, while it still marks Colombia’s second-best finish ever at the Central American and Caribbean Games.

With Puerto Rico having locked up Gold at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games three days prior, the Silver and Bronze Medals are up for grabs still entering the last game. It features 12-time champion Cubaand host Colombia, whose only prior Medal in the event was a Gold back in 1946. Cuba’s Freddy Asiel Alvarez, Vladimir García and Raidel Martínez hold the hosts to one run (a homer by Reynaldo Rodríguez) in a 3-1 victory. Colombia’s Randy Consuegra, who had pitched 12 1/3 shutout innings in the Games, starts on only two days’ rest and lasts only four innings, giving up two runs. Veteran Frederich Cepeda homers late while Roel Santos goes 2 for 4 with a walk and a run. It is only Cuba’s second Silver, having won mostly Golds in the past, while it still marks Colombia’s second-best finish ever at the Central American and Caribbean Games.

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The Marlins and Padres pull off a big trade, as San Diego sends starting pitchers Andrew Cashner, Tayron Guerrero and Colin Rea to Miami in return for Ps Carter Capps and Jarred Cosart and prospects Josh Naylorand Luis Castillo.

The Marlins and Padres pull off a big trade, as San Diego sends starting pitchers Andrew Cashner, Tayron Guerrero and Colin Rea to Miami in return for Ps Carter Capps and Jarred Cosart and prospects Josh Naylorand Luis Castillo.

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The Nationals accomplish the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history when, with the bases loaded, Giants cleanup hitter Brandon Crawford lines out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who steps on the bag for the second out before throwing to third baseman Anthony Rendon to catch Denard Span for the third out. Washington’s eighth-inning triple killing, the team’s first since moving from Montreal twelve years ago, contributes to the first-place club’s 4-2 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park.

The Nationals accomplish the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history when, with the bases loaded, Giants cleanup hitter Brandon Crawford lines out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who steps on the bag for the second out before throwing to third baseman Anthony Rendon to catch Denard Span for the third out. Washington’s eighth-inning triple killing, the team’s first since moving from Montreal twelve years ago, contributes to the first-place club’s 4-2 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park.

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It’s another day of deals as the trading deadline is getting nearer. The biggest name to move is P Cole Hamels, who goes from the Phillies to the Rangers along with reliever Jake Diekman in return for P Matt Harrison and five prospects. The Dodgers land a couple of big names, as P Mat Latos and OF/1B Mike Morse come over from Miami; however, by the time this trade is finalized a day later, it will have turned into a three-team extravaganza involving 13 players. The Royals also continue their fine-tuning, sending P Joe Blanton, who is now supernumerary after the acquisition of Johnny Cueto a few days ago, to the Pirates for cash considerations.

It’s another day of deals as the trading deadline is getting nearer. The biggest name to move is P Cole Hamels, who goes from the Phillies to the Rangers along with reliever Jake Diekman in return for P Matt Harrison and five prospects. The Dodgers land a couple of big names, as P Mat Latos and OF/1B Mike Morse come over from Miami; however, by the time this trade is finalized a day later, it will have turned into a three-team extravaganza involving 13 players. The Royals also continue their fine-tuning, sending P Joe Blanton, who is now supernumerary after the acquisition of Johnny Cueto a few days ago, to the Pirates for cash considerations.

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Another trade almost gets consumed, as the Mets are on the verge of trading IF Wilmer Flores and P Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee for OF Carlos Gomez. The rumor of the deal sweeps through the stands at Citi Field, and Flores breaks into tears on the field as he does not want to leave a team that has grown into a contender. The trade falls through, however, and the Mets lose, 7 – 3, to San Diego in spite of three homers by Lucas Duda.

Another trade almost gets consumed, as the Mets are on the verge of trading IF Wilmer Flores and P Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee for OF Carlos Gomez. The rumor of the deal sweeps through the stands at Citi Field, and Flores breaks into tears on the field as he does not want to leave a team that has grown into a contender. The trade falls through, however, and the Mets lose, 7 – 3, to San Diego in spite of three homers by Lucas Duda.

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2014 – The Cubs win the longest game in team history, 4 – 3, as the 16 innings take 6 hours and 27 minutes to complete, 17 minutes longer than a 21-inning game played over two days in 1982; it’s also the record for a Rockies game. Catcher John Baker is pressed into mound duty in the 16th and earns the win when he scores the winning run after leading the bottom of the inning with a walk and is driven home on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly.

2014 – The Cubs win the longest game in team history, 4 – 3, as the 16 innings take 6 hours and 27 minutes to complete, 17 minutes longer than a 21-inning game played over two days in 1982; it’s also the record for a Rockies game. Catcher John Baker is pressed into mound duty in the 16th and earns the win when he scores the winning run after leading the bottom of the inning with a walk and is driven home on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly.

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Jason Giambi becomes the oldest player to hit a walk-off homer when he connects off Ramon Troncoso as a pinch-hitter leading off the 9th to give Cleveland a 3 – 2 win over the White Sox. The 42-year-old Giambi is a few days older than Hank Aaron was when he ended a game with a homer in 1976.

Jason Giambi becomes the oldest player to hit a walk-off homer when he connects off Ramon Troncoso as a pinch-hitter leading off the 9th to give Cleveland a 3 – 2 win over the White Sox. The 42-year-old Giambi is a few days older than Hank Aaron was when he ended a game with a homer in 1976.

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The Rays re-take first place in the AL East from Boston with a 2 – 1 win in a make-up game at Fenway Park. On a controversial play in the 8th, pinch-runner Daniel Nava appears to slide under the tag of catcher Jose Molinawith the game-tying run, but umpire Jerry Meals thinks otherwise. Manager John Farrell is ejected for arguing the call; after the game, Meals recognizes that he was wrong.

The Rays re-take first place in the AL East from Boston with a 2 – 1 win in a make-up game at Fenway Park. On a controversial play in the 8th, pinch-runner Daniel Nava appears to slide under the tag of catcher Jose Molinawith the game-tying run, but umpire Jerry Meals thinks otherwise. Manager John Farrell is ejected for arguing the call; after the game, Meals recognizes that he was wrong.

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Jason Giambi (42 years, six months, 22 days) becomes the oldest major leaguer to stroke a walk-off homer, pinch-hitting a two-run blast off Ramon Troncoso deep beyond the center-field wall in the Indians’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field. Hank Aaron (42 years, five months, seven days) previously held the distinction with his game-winning round-tripper against Texas on July 11, 1976.

Jason Giambi (42 years, six months, 22 days) becomes the oldest major leaguer to stroke a walk-off homer, pinch-hitting a two-run blast off Ramon Troncoso deep beyond the center-field wall in the Indians’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field. Hank Aaron (42 years, five months, seven days) previously held the distinction with his game-winning round-tripper against Texas on July 11, 1976.

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The Astros end a 12-game losing streak, the longest in team history, with a 9 – 5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lucas Harrell, the team’s most effective starter this season, gets credit for the rare win, as the Astros were 2-25 since June 28th before winning today. Jordan Schafer has a homer and 3 RBI. Before the game, the Astros make their third trade in a week, sending 3B Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for two minor league OFs, Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss.

The Astros end a 12-game losing streak, the longest in team history, with a 9 – 5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lucas Harrell, the team’s most effective starter this season, gets credit for the rare win, as the Astros were 2-25 since June 28th before winning today. Jordan Schafer has a homer and 3 RBI. Before the game, the Astros make their third trade in a week, sending 3B Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for two minor league OFs, Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss.

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Heading the opposite direction are division rivals the Reds, who win their 10th straight in defeating the Rockies, 7 – 2, behind Mat Latos. They have won 17 of their last 19, consolidating their hold on first place in the NL Central, in spite of the absence of their best player, Joey Votto.

Heading the opposite direction are division rivals the Reds, who win their 10th straight in defeating the Rockies, 7 – 2, behind Mat Latos. They have won 17 of their last 19, consolidating their hold on first place in the NL Central, in spite of the absence of their best player, Joey Votto.

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The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the last-place Astros for a trio of highly-touted minor leaguers, Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton, and Josh Zeid. The 28 year-old right-fielder joins Philadelphia with a .309 average, 11 homers, and 62 RBIs.

The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the last-place Astros for a trio of highly-touted minor leaguers, Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton, and Josh Zeid. The 28 year-old right-fielder joins Philadelphia with a .309 average, 11 homers, and 62 RBIs.

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Two hitting streaks of more than 20 games end today, and a new one is born. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia goes 0 for 4 to end his streak at 25 games in a 3 – 1 loss to the White Sox. The Marlins’ Emilio Bonifacio is also kept hitless in a 5 – 0 loss to the Braves, ending his streak at 26 games, the second-longest in team history. During that game, Atlanta 2B Dan Uggla hits a three-run homer to get a hit in his 20th straight game in support of Brandon Beachy’s pitching.

Two hitting streaks of more than 20 games end today, and a new one is born. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia goes 0 for 4 to end his streak at 25 games in a 3 – 1 loss to the White Sox. The Marlins’ Emilio Bonifacio is also kept hitless in a 5 – 0 loss to the Braves, ending his streak at 26 games, the second-longest in team history. During that game, Atlanta 2B Dan Uggla hits a three-run homer to get a hit in his 20th straight game in support of Brandon Beachy’s pitching.

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The Phillies acquire All-Star RF Hunter Pence from the Astros for prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton and Josh Zeid and a player to be named later. They then beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10 – 3, as Chase Utleyhas a triple and homer among his 3 hits and Roy Halladay picks up his 13th win.

The Phillies acquire All-Star RF Hunter Pence from the Astros for prospects Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton and Josh Zeid and a player to be named later. They then beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10 – 3, as Chase Utleyhas a triple and homer among his 3 hits and Roy Halladay picks up his 13th win.

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The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington’s only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.

The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington’s only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.

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After Roy Oswalt gives his approval to a trade from the Astros to the Phillies, Philadelphia sends J.A. Happ, outfielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar to Houston for the three-time All-Star hurler and a considerable amount of cash. The 32 year-old right-hander compiled a respectable 3.24 ERA, but posted only a 6-12 record, due to a severe lack of run support.

After Roy Oswalt gives his approval to a trade from the Astros to the Phillies, Philadelphia sends J.A. Happ, outfielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar to Houston for the three-time All-Star hurler and a considerable amount of cash. The 32 year-old right-hander compiled a respectable 3.24 ERA, but posted only a 6-12 record, due to a severe lack of run support.

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The front-running Padres trade Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer to obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada from the Orioles, who also include more than $1.15 million in the deal. San Diego is hoping the 36 year-old former American League Most Valuable Player can help the potential playoff team, both in the field and at the plate, with his 14 years of experience in the major leagues.

The front-running Padres trade Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer to obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada from the Orioles, who also include more than $1.15 million in the deal. San Diego is hoping the 36 year-old former American League Most Valuable Player can help the potential playoff team, both in the field and at the plate, with his 14 years of experience in the major leagues.

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The Orioles hire 54 year-old Buck Showalter to become the club’s skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year, known for his ability to build winners, takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70.

The Orioles hire 54 year-old Buck Showalter to become the club’s skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year, known for his ability to build winners, takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70.

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The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington’s only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.

The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington’s only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.

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There is a frenzy of deals in anticipation of the trading deadline. The Phillies acquire P Roy Oswalt from the Astros for P J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar; the Astros then flip Gose to Torontofor another top prospect, 1B Brett Wallace. In other deals, the Rangers acquire Jorge Cantu from the Marlins for minor leaguers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda; the Twins bolster their bullpen with All-Star closer Matt Capps, pried from Washington for young C Wilson Ramos; and the Padres obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada from Baltimore for minor league P Wynn Pelzer.

There is a frenzy of deals in anticipation of the trading deadline. The Phillies acquire P Roy Oswalt from the Astros for P J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar; the Astros then flip Gose to Torontofor another top prospect, 1B Brett Wallace. In other deals, the Rangers acquire Jorge Cantu from the Marlins for minor leaguers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda; the Twins bolster their bullpen with All-Star closer Matt Capps, pried from Washington for young C Wilson Ramos; and the Padres obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada from Baltimore for minor league P Wynn Pelzer.

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The Orioles hire 54 year-old Buck Showalter to become the club’s skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year, known for his ability to build winners, takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70.

The Orioles hire 54 year-old Buck Showalter to become the club’s skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year, known for his ability to build winners, takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70.

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The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City’s eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two unassisted groundouts handled by first baseman Billy Butler.

The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City’s eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two unassisted groundouts handled by first baseman Billy Butler.

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With the July 31st trading deadline fast approaching, teams are busy dealing. The Phillies acquire 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Cleveland, along with OF Ben Francisco, in return for four minor league prospects: Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Jason Knapp. The Pirates dismantle their middle infield by sending All-Star 2B Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, and SS Jack Wilson and P Ian Snell to Seattle for SS Ronny Cedeno, C-1B Jeff Clement and three minor league pitchers – Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.

With the July 31st trading deadline fast approaching, teams are busy dealing. The Phillies acquire 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Cleveland, along with OF Ben Francisco, in return for four minor league prospects: Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Jason Knapp. The Pirates dismantle their middle infield by sending All-Star 2B Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, and SS Jack Wilson and P Ian Snell to Seattle for SS Ronny Cedeno, C-1B Jeff Clement and three minor league pitchers – Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.

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In a thriller in St. Louis, the Cardinals rally from a 1 – 0 deficit with two outs in the 9th against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. A broken-bat single by Colby Rasmus sends the game into extra innings, negating a great start by Clayton Kershaw, who pitches 8 scoreless innings for Los Angeles, helped by a magnificent leaping catch by slugger Manny Ramirez at the LF fence that robs St. Louis of at least two runs in the 7th. Both teams score in the 11th, then in the 15th, Brendan Ryan leads off with a triple, and, two outs later, Albert Pujols hits a single off Jeff Weaver to end the marathon, handing Blake Hawksworth the 3 – 2 victory, his first in the big leagues.

In a thriller in St. Louis, the Cardinals rally from a 1 – 0 deficit with two outs in the 9th against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. A broken-bat single by Colby Rasmus sends the game into extra innings, negating a great start by Clayton Kershaw, who pitches 8 scoreless innings for Los Angeles, helped by a magnificent leaping catch by slugger Manny Ramirez at the LF fence that robs St. Louis of at least two runs in the 7th. Both teams score in the 11th, then in the 15th, Brendan Ryan leads off with a triple, and, two outs later, Albert Pujols hits a single off Jeff Weaver to end the marathon, handing Blake Hawksworth the 3 – 2 victory, his first in the big leagues.

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In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs, who also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season’s AL Cy Young Award Winner.

In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs, who also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season’s AL Cy Young Award Winner.

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In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs, who also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season’s AL Cy Young Award Winner.

In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs, who also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season’s AL Cy Young Award Winner.

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The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City’s eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two groundouts, both handled unassisted by first baseman Billy Butler.

The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City’s eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two groundouts, both handled unassisted by first baseman Billy Butler.

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The Pirates spend a busy day on the trading block, sending 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for 20 year-old former first-round draft pick Tim Alderson, a right-hander with excellent control. The Bucs also deal shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to the Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and four minor leaguers, including triple-A catcher-first baseman Jeff Clement.

The Pirates spend a busy day on the trading block, sending 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for 20 year-old former first-round draft pick Tim Alderson, a right-hander with excellent control. The Bucs also deal shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to the Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and four minor leaguers, including triple-A catcher-first baseman Jeff Clement.

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Ichiro Suzuki raps the 3,000th hit of his career, combining the major leagues (1,722) and Japan’s Pacific League (1,278). Isao Harimoto was the only player to collect 3,000 or more hits in Nippon Pro Baseball, putting Ichiro second all-time in hits by a Japanese player in top-tier baseball leagues.

Ichiro Suzuki raps the 3,000th hit of his career, combining the major leagues (1,722) and Japan’s Pacific League (1,278). Isao Harimoto was the only player to collect 3,000 or more hits in Nippon Pro Baseball, putting Ichiro second all-time in hits by a Japanese player in top-tier baseball leagues.

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With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34 year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.

With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34 year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.

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In a 4-1 win over the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, Mets third baseman David Wright scores in his 13th consecutive game, establishing a new franchise record. Teammate Carlos Beltran had set the previous team mark in 2006.

In a 4-1 win over the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, Mets third baseman David Wright scores in his 13th consecutive game, establishing a new franchise record. Teammate Carlos Beltran had set the previous team mark in 2006.

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With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34 year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.

With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34 year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.

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In a surprising pre-deadline trade, the banged-up Braves, and the first-place Angels exchange first basemen, with switch-hitting slugger Mark Teixeira being sent to Los Angeles with Casey Kotchman and minor league pitching prospect Steve Marek going to Atlanta. Teixeira, acquired from Texas last July in a seven-player deal which included Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

In a surprising pre-deadline trade, the banged-up Braves, and the first-place Angels exchange first basemen, with switch-hitting slugger Mark Teixeira being sent to Los Angeles with Casey Kotchman and minor league pitching prospect Steve Marek going to Atlanta. Teixeira, acquired from Texas last July in a seven-player deal which included Jarrod Saltalamacchia, is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

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Barry Bonds remains stuck at 754 home runs, going 1 for 4 in a loss to the Marlins. It is his last chance to tie Hank Aaron’s record at a home game before a visit to Dodger Stadium. Bonds manages to get his one hit on an infield single, showing he can still run.

Barry Bonds remains stuck at 754 home runs, going 1 for 4 in a loss to the Marlins. It is his last chance to tie Hank Aaron’s record at a home game before a visit to Dodger Stadium. Bonds manages to get his one hit on an infield single, showing he can still run.

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Ichiro Suzuki collects the 1,500th hit of his major league career, a single off of Lenny DiNardo. It comes in his 1,060th game. Only two players – Al Simmons (1,040) and George Sisler (1,048) – have accumulated 1,500 hits in fewer games.

Ichiro Suzuki collects the 1,500th hit of his major league career, a single off of Lenny DiNardo. It comes in his 1,060th game. Only two players – Al Simmons (1,040) and George Sisler (1,048) – have accumulated 1,500 hits in fewer games.

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The Dutch national team tops the U.S. college national team, 9 – 3. It is notable for two things: Dirk van ‘t Klooster plays in his 163rd game for the Netherlands, tying the record held by Marcel Joost; and it is the first visit by the Dutch team to the USA for a head-to-head series. The US took the first game of the series easily, then Dave Draijer blew a late 1 – 0 lead in game two, which the USA won, 2 – 1. Dave Bergman tosses six shutout innings in the finale while 1B Percy Isenia drives in 3 and LF Harvey Monte raps three hits.

The Dutch national team tops the U.S. college national team, 9 – 3. It is notable for two things: Dirk van ‘t Klooster plays in his 163rd game for the Netherlands, tying the record held by Marcel Joost; and it is the first visit by the Dutch team to the USA for a head-to-head series. The US took the first game of the series easily, then Dave Draijer blew a late 1 – 0 lead in game two, which the USA won, 2 – 1. Dave Bergman tosses six shutout innings in the finale while 1B Percy Isenia drives in 3 and LF Harvey Monte raps three hits.

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