Tag: July 30

2015 – Jason Castro belts a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that knocks out Anaheim, 3-0, to push Houston two games in front in the AL West chase. Newly-acquired Scott Kazmir blanks the Halos for 7-2/3rd innings but it is Luke Gregerson who inherits the win. The Astros also ship four prospects to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers. 

2015 – Jason Castro belts a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that knocks out Anaheim, 3-0, to push Houston two games in front in the AL West chase. Newly-acquired Scott Kazmir blanks the Halos for 7-2/3rd innings but it is Luke Gregerson who inherits the win. The Astros also ship four prospects to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers. 

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1975 – The first Houston player to homer in his first major league at bat is…reliever Jose Sosa. The blast comes at the Astrodome, a three-run shot off Danny Frisella during an 8-4 victory over San Diego. And to top it off, Sosa also earns his first big league save. The other five runs come on a three-run homer by Jose Cruz and a two-run shot by Doug Rader, who is celebrating his 31st birthday. 

1975 – The first Houston player to homer in his first major league at bat is…reliever Jose Sosa. The blast comes at the Astrodome, a three-run shot off Danny Frisella during an 8-4 victory over San Diego. And to top it off, Sosa also earns his first big league save. The other five runs come on a three-run homer by Jose Cruz and a two-run shot by Doug Rader, who is celebrating his 31st birthday. 

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 1974 – Don Wilson collects his 100th victory as an Astro, toppling the Reds, 8-4 . The righthander fans nine in eight innings of work. Lee May drives in three while Cesar Cedeno and Cliff Johnson support with solo homers. 

 1974 – Don Wilson collects his 100th victory as an Astro, toppling the Reds, 8-4 . The righthander fans nine in eight innings of work. Lee May drives in three while Cesar Cedeno and Cliff Johnson support with solo homers. 

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 1969 – Denis Menke and Jim Wynn launch grand slams in the same inning as the Astros crush the Mets, 16-3 and 11-5 in a twinbill at Shea Stadium . The double slam was the first National League occurance in 79 years. So hot were Houston’s bats that Larry Dierker took Nolan Ryan deep in the nightcap  and Fred Gladding broke an oh-for-the-decade slump with a bloop single for the only hit in his career.

 1969 – Denis Menke and Jim Wynn launch grand slams in the same inning as the Astros crush the Mets, 16-3 and 11-5 in a twinbill at Shea Stadium . The double slam was the first National League occurance in 79 years. So hot were Houston’s bats that Larry Dierker took Nolan Ryan deep in the nightcap  and Fred Gladding broke an oh-for-the-decade slump with a bloop single for the only hit in his career.

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Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs bid with the club lowest in the league to get the first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31st.

Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs bid with the club lowest in the league to get the first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31st.

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On the penultimate day before the trading deadline, a major three-team deal moves P Trevor Bauer from a contending team, the Indians, to a non-contending one, the Reds, with Cleveland taking in a haul of players, including OFs Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes and P Logan Allen, while San Diego receives top OF prospect Taylor Trammell from the Reds. Bauer had worn out his welcome with a series of incidents, the latest being his heaving a baseball over the centerfield fence in frustration after having been removed from a game, an incident that also cost him a fine from Major League Baseball. Bauer is the second top starting pitcher in three days to move to a non-contender, following the surprising trade of Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays to the Mets on July 28th.

On the penultimate day before the trading deadline, a major three-team deal moves P Trevor Bauer from a contending team, the Indians, to a non-contending one, the Reds, with Cleveland taking in a haul of players, including OFs Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes and P Logan Allen, while San Diego receives top OF prospect Taylor Trammell from the Reds. Bauer had worn out his welcome with a series of incidents, the latest being his heaving a baseball over the centerfield fence in frustration after having been removed from a game, an incident that also cost him a fine from Major League Baseball. Bauer is the second top starting pitcher in three days to move to a non-contender, following the surprising trade of Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays to the Mets on July 28th.

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2018 – There is a frenzy of trades as the deadline approaches, with Toronto sending disgraced closer Roberto Osuna, serving out the last days of a 75-game suspension for domestic violence, to Houston in return for Ps Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez, a deal greeted by criticism on the part of some Astros players and fans. The Red Sox add 2B Ian Kinsler from the Angels, The Twins, who have clearly thrown in the towel on the current season, send P Lance Lynn to the Yankees for Tyler Austin and a prospect and P Zach Duke to the Mariners for Chase De Jong and another prospect, while the Braves acquire OF Adam Duvall from Cincinnati for Lucas Sims, Preston Tucker and Matt Wisler and Texas sends RP Keone Kela to Pittsburgh.

2018 – There is a frenzy of trades as the deadline approaches, with Toronto sending disgraced closer Roberto Osuna, serving out the last days of a 75-game suspension for domestic violence, to Houston in return for Ps Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez, a deal greeted by criticism on the part of some Astros players and fans. The Red Sox add 2B Ian Kinsler from the Angels, The Twins, who have clearly thrown in the towel on the current season, send P Lance Lynn to the Yankees for Tyler Austin and a prospect and P Zach Duke to the Mariners for Chase De Jong and another prospect, while the Braves acquire OF Adam Duvall from Cincinnati for Lucas Sims, Preston Tucker and Matt Wisler and Texas sends RP Keone Kela to Pittsburgh.

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The 2017 class of the Hall of Fame is inducted in Cooperstown, NY. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are the three players honored, while executives Bud Selig and John Schuerholz were voted in by the Veterans Committee. The presence of a large number of fans wearing the gear of the defunct Montréal Expos in honor of Raines cannot be missed among the crowd of 27,000 present for the ceremonies.

The 2017 class of the Hall of Fame is inducted in Cooperstown, NY. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are the three players honored, while executives Bud Selig and John Schuerholz were voted in by the Veterans Committee. The presence of a large number of fans wearing the gear of the defunct Montréal Expos in honor of Raines cannot be missed among the crowd of 27,000 present for the ceremonies.

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Adrian Beltre becomes the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club with a double off Wade Miley of the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers’ third baseman also has over 600 doubles and 5,000 total bases, other numbers that place him high on the list of the game’s all-time leaders.

Adrian Beltre becomes the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club with a double off Wade Miley of the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers’ third baseman also has over 600 doubles and 5,000 total bases, other numbers that place him high on the list of the game’s all-time leaders.

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Trailing 10 – 4 entering the bottom of the 9th, the Blue Jays stage the biggest 9th-inning comeback in team history to defeat the Angels, 11 – 10. Kevin Pillar hits a two-run homer and Steve Pearce caps things off with a walk-off grand slam off Bud Norris – his second in four days. Only two other players before Pearce, Cy Williams in 1926 and Jim Presley in 1986 had ever hit two walk-off grand slams in a season.

Trailing 10 – 4 entering the bottom of the 9th, the Blue Jays stage the biggest 9th-inning comeback in team history to defeat the Angels, 11 – 10. Kevin Pillar hits a two-run homer and Steve Pearce caps things off with a walk-off grand slam off Bud Norris – his second in four days. Only two other players before Pearce, Cy Williams in 1926 and Jim Presley in 1986 had ever hit two walk-off grand slams in a season.

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Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre collects his 3000th hit when he doubles in the fourth inning in the Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The twenty-year veteran, who has also spent time with the Dodgers, Mariners, and the Red Sox, is the first-ever Dominican-born player to reach the coveted milestone.

Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre collects his 3000th hit when he doubles in the fourth inning in the Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The twenty-year veteran, who has also spent time with the Dodgers, Mariners, and the Red Sox, is the first-ever Dominican-born player to reach the coveted milestone.

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A number of deals are finalized on the penultimate day before the trading deadline. For the second time in a week, P Jaime Garcia gets traded, moving from Minnesota to the Yankees; the Rockies acquire C Jonathan Lucroy from Texas; the Royals get OF Melky Cabrera from the White Sox; and the Cubs obtain C Alex Avila and P Justin Wilson from the Tigers for Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes.

A number of deals are finalized on the penultimate day before the trading deadline. For the second time in a week, P Jaime Garcia gets traded, moving from Minnesota to the Yankees; the Rockies acquire C Jonathan Lucroy from Texas; the Royals get OF Melky Cabrera from the White Sox; and the Cubs obtain C Alex Avila and P Justin Wilson from the Tigers for Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes.

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Ryan Zimmerman becomes Washington D.C.’s all-time home run leader with his 238th career round-tripper, surpassing former Senator outfielder and first baseman Frank Howard. The Nationals first baseman’s third-inning 341-foot dinger, a three-run shot, ties the score in the team’s eventual 10-6 loss to the visiting Rockies in the first game of a twin bill.

Ryan Zimmerman becomes Washington D.C.’s all-time home run leader with his 238th career round-tripper, surpassing former Senator outfielder and first baseman Frank Howard. The Nationals first baseman’s third-inning 341-foot dinger, a three-run shot, ties the score in the team’s eventual 10-6 loss to the visiting Rockies in the first game of a twin bill.

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A couple of big deals are made ahead of the trading deadline. The Padres, who have been the most active dealers on the market, send OF Matt Kemp to the Braves in return for 3B Hector Olivera; both players are due hefty sums of money over the next few years, but Kemp is having a productive year while Olivera, who is about to come off from an 82-game suspension for a domestic violence incident, has a lot of money due him, so the Padres will still be winners from a financial standpoint even if, as expected, Olivera is designated for assignment. The other trade is motivated by more traditional baseball reasons: the Nationals whose Achilles heel is closer Jonathan Papelbon’s up-and-down performance, acquire Mark Melancon from the Pirates for Ps Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn.

A couple of big deals are made ahead of the trading deadline. The Padres, who have been the most active dealers on the market, send OF Matt Kemp to the Braves in return for 3B Hector Olivera; both players are due hefty sums of money over the next few years, but Kemp is having a productive year while Olivera, who is about to come off from an 82-game suspension for a domestic violence incident, has a lot of money due him, so the Padres will still be winners from a financial standpoint even if, as expected, Olivera is designated for assignment. The other trade is motivated by more traditional baseball reasons: the Nationals whose Achilles heel is closer Jonathan Papelbon’s up-and-down performance, acquire Mark Melancon from the Pirates for Ps Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn.

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The Astros Valencia win their first Division Honor title. They finish the year at 24-4, tied with the Tenerife Marlins, and the teams split the head-to-head games 2-2 but the Astros won the run differential between the teams, the second tie-breaker.

The Astros Valencia win their first Division Honor title. They finish the year at 24-4, tied with the Tenerife Marlins, and the teams split the head-to-head games 2-2 but the Astros won the run differential between the teams, the second tie-breaker.

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In front of 2,000 fans at Fayetteville’s JP Riddle Stadium, the Coastal Plain League’s SwampDogs became the first team to play all nine starters at nine different positions when the team rotates the players during the nine-inning game. The exhibition game against the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League’s Kernersville Bulldogs ends in a 5-5 ten-inning deadlock, when both teams run out of players.

In front of 2,000 fans at Fayetteville’s JP Riddle Stadium, the Coastal Plain League’s SwampDogs became the first team to play all nine starters at nine different positions when the team rotates the players during the nine-inning game. The exhibition game against the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League’s Kernersville Bulldogs ends in a 5-5 ten-inning deadlock, when both teams run out of players.

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In front of 2,000 fans at Fayetteville’s JP Riddle Stadium, the Coastal Plain League’s SwampDogs became the first team to play all nine starters at nine different positions when the team rotates the players during the course of a nine-inning game. The exhibition game against the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League’s Kernersville Bulldogs ends in a 5-5 ten-inning deadlock, when both teams run out of players.

In front of 2,000 fans at Fayetteville’s JP Riddle Stadium, the Coastal Plain League’s SwampDogs became the first team to play all nine starters at nine different positions when the team rotates the players during the course of a nine-inning game. The exhibition game against the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League’s Kernersville Bulldogs ends in a 5-5 ten-inning deadlock, when both teams run out of players.

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“With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball.” – MIKE PIZZA, responding to his emotional state about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Mets.Mike Piazza, considered by many the greatest-hitting catcher in baseball history, has his number retired by the Mets, a team he played with for eight seasons, batting .296 and slugging 220 home runs. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is the second person, along with right-hander Tom Seaver (41) honored for what he accomplished as a player for the team and he joins managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s (42), also recognized by the franchise for their contributions to team and to the sport.

“With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball.” – MIKE PIZZA, responding to his emotional state about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Mets.Mike Piazza, considered by many the greatest-hitting catcher in baseball history, has his number retired by the Mets, a team he played with for eight seasons, batting .296 and slugging 220 home runs. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is the second person, along with right-hander Tom Seaver (41) honored for what he accomplished as a player for the team and he joins managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s (42), also recognized by the franchise for their contributions to team and to the sport.

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“With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball.” – MIKE PIZZA, responding to his emotional state about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Mets. Mike Piazza, considered by many the greatest-hitting catcher in baseball history, has his number retired by the Mets, a team he played with for eight seasons, batting .296 and slugging 220 home runs. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is the second person, along with right-hander Tom Seaver (41) to be honored for what he accomplished as a player for the team and he joins managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s (42), also recognized by the franchise for their contributions to team and to the sport.

“With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball.” – MIKE PIZZA, responding to his emotional state about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Mets. Mike Piazza, considered by many the greatest-hitting catcher in baseball history, has his number retired by the Mets, a team he played with for eight seasons, batting .296 and slugging 220 home runs. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is the second person, along with right-hander Tom Seaver (41) to be honored for what he accomplished as a player for the team and he joins managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s (42), also recognized by the franchise for their contributions to team and to the sport.

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2015 – In a whirlwind day of trading, the Blue Jays once again make the biggest splash, acquiring P David Price from Detroit for prospects Matt Boyd, Jairo Labourt and Daniel Norris, two days after landing SS Troy Tulowitzki. Detroit also trades P Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh for IF JaCoby Jones. The Astros add P Mike Fiers and OF Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee in return for four prospects, while the Dodgers complete a transaction started a day earlier with the Marlins, sending three minor leaguers to complete their deal for OF Mike Morse and P Mat Latos, and landing a competitive balance pick which they flip to the Braves along with three players in order to acquire Ps Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo and IF Jose Peraza. The Yankees send Ramon Flores and José Ramírez to Seattle to obtain IF/OF Dustin Ackley, while the Indians trade OF/1B Brandon Moss to St. Louis for P Rob Kaminsky.

2015 – In a whirlwind day of trading, the Blue Jays once again make the biggest splash, acquiring P David Price from Detroit for prospects Matt Boyd, Jairo Labourt and Daniel Norris, two days after landing SS Troy Tulowitzki. Detroit also trades P Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh for IF JaCoby Jones. The Astros add P Mike Fiers and OF Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee in return for four prospects, while the Dodgers complete a transaction started a day earlier with the Marlins, sending three minor leaguers to complete their deal for OF Mike Morse and P Mat Latos, and landing a competitive balance pick which they flip to the Braves along with three players in order to acquire Ps Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo and IF Jose Peraza. The Yankees send Ramon Flores and José Ramírez to Seattle to obtain IF/OF Dustin Ackley, while the Indians trade OF/1B Brandon Moss to St. Louis for P Rob Kaminsky.

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A trio of pitchers for the AA San Antonio Missions combine on a no-hitter against the Corpus Christi Hooks, but only learn about it after the game. James Needy, Frank Garces and R.J. Alvarez join forces for what seems to be a 6 – 0 one-hitter, until the official scorer reverses a decision on Rene Garcia’s 6th-inning infield single, changing it to an error on shortstop Diego Goris.

A trio of pitchers for the AA San Antonio Missions combine on a no-hitter against the Corpus Christi Hooks, but only learn about it after the game. James Needy, Frank Garces and R.J. Alvarez join forces for what seems to be a 6 – 0 one-hitter, until the official scorer reverses a decision on Rene Garcia’s 6th-inning infield single, changing it to an error on shortstop Diego Goris.

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There is another no-hitter in the minor leagues as Tyler Cloyd of the Columbus Clippers performs the feat in a 13 – 0 win over the Louisville Bats. Cloyd retires the first 24 batters he faces before hitting Donnie Murphy with a pitch, but ends the game on a double play grounder and a line out.

There is another no-hitter in the minor leagues as Tyler Cloyd of the Columbus Clippers performs the feat in a 13 – 0 win over the Louisville Bats. Cloyd retires the first 24 batters he faces before hitting Donnie Murphy with a pitch, but ends the game on a double play grounder and a line out.

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Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in major league history to make 14 consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched with giving up two runs or less. The Mariners right-hander, known as ‘King Felix,’ breaks the record previously held by Tom Seaver, who established the mark in 1971 while pitching for the Mets.

Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in major league history to make 14 consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched with giving up two runs or less. The Mariners right-hander, known as ‘King Felix,’ breaks the record previously held by Tom Seaver, who established the mark in 1971 while pitching for the Mets.

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Andre Rienzo becomes the first major leaguer born and raised in Brazil and the second born there after Yan Gomes. Rienzo, fresh off a no-hitter for the Charlotte Knights, allows 3 unearned runs in 7 solid innings against the Indians but Donnie Veal and Matt Lindstrom blow it for the White Sox.

Andre Rienzo becomes the first major leaguer born and raised in Brazil and the second born there after Yan Gomes. Rienzo, fresh off a no-hitter for the Charlotte Knights, allows 3 unearned runs in 7 solid innings against the Indians but Donnie Veal and Matt Lindstrom blow it for the White Sox.

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In a three-team, seven-player deal made just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias sent to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, whom the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, going to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.

In a three-team, seven-player deal made just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias sent to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, whom the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, going to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.

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In a three-team, seven-player deal made just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias going to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, whom the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, being sent to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.

In a three-team, seven-player deal made just prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias going to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, whom the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, being sent to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.

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Today’s deals are highlighted by a three-team trade that sees P Jake Peavy go from the White Sox to the Red Sox; Boston then sends rookie SS Jose Iglesias to Detroit, which is looking for insurance at the position in fear that starter Jhonny Peralta will be suspended as a result of the Biogenesis scandal. Detroit completes the deal by sending young OF Avisail Garcia to Chicago, while four other players change uniforms as well. In other pre-trading deadline deals, the A’s acquire IF Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for Grant Green, while the Indians acquire lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis.

Today’s deals are highlighted by a three-team trade that sees P Jake Peavy go from the White Sox to the Red Sox; Boston then sends rookie SS Jose Iglesias to Detroit, which is looking for insurance at the position in fear that starter Jhonny Peralta will be suspended as a result of the Biogenesis scandal. Detroit completes the deal by sending young OF Avisail Garcia to Chicago, while four other players change uniforms as well. In other pre-trading deadline deals, the A’s acquire IF Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for Grant Green, while the Indians acquire lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis.

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The Pirates take back first place in the NL Central by sweeping a doubleheader against the Cardinals. The Bucs win the opener, 2 – 1, in 11 innings, then take the nitecap, 6 – 0, as Brandon Cumpton tosses 7 scoreless innings in only his fourth big league start. The Cards have now lost 6 straight to fall out of first place.

The Pirates take back first place in the NL Central by sweeping a doubleheader against the Cardinals. The Bucs win the opener, 2 – 1, in 11 innings, then take the nitecap, 6 – 0, as Brandon Cumpton tosses 7 scoreless innings in only his fourth big league start. The Cards have now lost 6 straight to fall out of first place.

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What has already been a busy trading season gets busier with a number of deals one day before the trading deadline. The Blue Jays deal twice, first sending OF Travis Snider to Pittsburgh for P Brad Lincoln and then dispatching another OF, Eric Thames, to Seattle for P Steve Delabar. The Cubs are also busy, trading C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for AA P Jacob Brigham, and P Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Braves for Ps Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Finally, the Dodgers acquire P Brandon League from Seattle, for prospects Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom.

What has already been a busy trading season gets busier with a number of deals one day before the trading deadline. The Blue Jays deal twice, first sending OF Travis Snider to Pittsburgh for P Brad Lincoln and then dispatching another OF, Eric Thames, to Seattle for P Steve Delabar. The Cubs are also busy, trading C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for AA P Jacob Brigham, and P Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Braves for Ps Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Finally, the Dodgers acquire P Brandon League from Seattle, for prospects Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom.

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Kendrys Morales becomes only the third major leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning as the Angels drop a 9-run 6th inning on the Rangers on their way to a 15 – 8 win. Morales opens the scoring in the frame with a two-run homer off righty Roy Oswalt to put the Halos ahead, 5 – 3, then, after the batting order turns around, adds a grand slam off lefty Robbie Ross. Carlos Baerga, in 1993, and Mark Bellhorn, in 2002, were the other two players to accomplish the rare feat. Morales’s 6 RBI in the inning are one shy of the American League record of 7, set by Alex Rodriguez on October 4, 2009.

Kendrys Morales becomes only the third major leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning as the Angels drop a 9-run 6th inning on the Rangers on their way to a 15 – 8 win. Morales opens the scoring in the frame with a two-run homer off righty Roy Oswalt to put the Halos ahead, 5 – 3, then, after the batting order turns around, adds a grand slam off lefty Robbie Ross. Carlos Baerga, in 1993, and Mark Bellhorn, in 2002, were the other two players to accomplish the rare feat. Morales’s 6 RBI in the inning are one shy of the American League record of 7, set by Alex Rodriguez on October 4, 2009.

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Jason Heyward homers and scores three times as the Braves defeat the Marlins, 8 – 2. For the Braves, it is a first win in a Monday game since last season; they had lost 16 in a row, including all 12 Monday games they had played so far this season. All of their players wear their socks high in order to break the curse, except for pitcher Tommy Hanson, who still picks up the win to improve to 12-5 on the year.

Jason Heyward homers and scores three times as the Braves defeat the Marlins, 8 – 2. For the Braves, it is a first win in a Monday game since last season; they had lost 16 in a row, including all 12 Monday games they had played so far this season. All of their players wear their socks high in order to break the curse, except for pitcher Tommy Hanson, who still picks up the win to improve to 12-5 on the year.

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The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will report to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.

The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will report to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.

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The Indians announced the team has completed the trade with the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal, contingent on the right-hander passing his physical, sends highly touted minor league pitchers Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, along with right-handed prospect Joe Gardner, and utility player Matt McBride to Colorado in exchange for the Dominican ace, who the Tribe hopes will anchor their rotation down the pennant stretch as the team attempts to pass Detroit.

The Indians announced the team has completed the trade with the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal, contingent on the right-hander passing his physical, sends highly touted minor league pitchers Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, along with right-handed prospect Joe Gardner, and utility player Matt McBride to Colorado in exchange for the Dominican ace, who the Tribe hopes will anchor their rotation down the pennant stretch as the team attempts to pass Detroit.

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The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe’s newest outfielder hit .295, along with two homers, and drove in 25 runs.

The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe’s newest outfielder hit .295, along with two homers, and drove in 25 runs.

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The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe’s newest outfielder hit .295, along with two homers, and drove in 25 runs.

The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe’s newest outfielder hit .295, along with two homers, and drove in 25 runs.

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The Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles with a huge 1st inning in the nitecap, after winning the opener, 8 – 3. The Bronx Bombers score 12 runs as they chase Zach Britton, just back from the minors, after only one out, but not before he gives up 9 runs. They roll to a 17 – 3 win, accumulating 24 hits, as Ivan Nova benefits from the outburst; Robinson Cano goes 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, while Nick Swisher hits a two-run homer in each game.

The Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles with a huge 1st inning in the nitecap, after winning the opener, 8 – 3. The Bronx Bombers score 12 runs as they chase Zach Britton, just back from the minors, after only one out, but not before he gives up 9 runs. They roll to a 17 – 3 win, accumulating 24 hits, as Ivan Nova benefits from the outburst; Robinson Cano goes 5 for 5 with 5 RBI, while Nick Swisher hits a two-run homer in each game.

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Derek Holland pitches his third shutout in five starts as the Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 3 – 0. He is the first Ranger pitcher to throw 4 shutouts in a season since Doc Medich in 1981. Mitch Moreland hits a two-run homer in the 2nd.

Derek Holland pitches his third shutout in five starts as the Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 3 – 0. He is the first Ranger pitcher to throw 4 shutouts in a season since Doc Medich in 1981. Mitch Moreland hits a two-run homer in the 2nd.

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There is a frenzy of trades as the trading deadline approaches. The Indians make two big deals, first acquiring P Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado, then sending 2B Orlando Cabrera to San Francisco. In the unusual position of being buyers this year, the Pirates pry 1B Derrek Lee from Baltimore to replace the underachieving Lyle Overbay. Their rivals in the NL Central, the Cardinals, add SS Rafael Furcal from Los Angeles, the Diamondbacksadd P Jason Marquis from Washington, the Rangers get P Koji Uehara from Baltimore, the Red Sox add 2B Mike Aviles from Kansas City, and the Tigers get Ps Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Mariners. In all cases, the deals involve prospects in return, many of them in the lower reaches of the minor leagues, and the occasional player who has just reached the majors.

There is a frenzy of trades as the trading deadline approaches. The Indians make two big deals, first acquiring P Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado, then sending 2B Orlando Cabrera to San Francisco. In the unusual position of being buyers this year, the Pirates pry 1B Derrek Lee from Baltimore to replace the underachieving Lyle Overbay. Their rivals in the NL Central, the Cardinals, add SS Rafael Furcal from Los Angeles, the Diamondbacksadd P Jason Marquis from Washington, the Rangers get P Koji Uehara from Baltimore, the Red Sox add 2B Mike Aviles from Kansas City, and the Tigers get Ps Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Mariners. In all cases, the deals involve prospects in return, many of them in the lower reaches of the minor leagues, and the occasional player who has just reached the majors.

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The two best teams in the majors this year, the Yankees and the Rays, begin a three-game series before a rare sold-out crowd at Tropicana Field. Two batters into the game, New York leads 2 – 0 on a homer by Nick Swisher, but that’s all the runs they’ll score. Tampa Bay comes back with a three-run shot by Matt Joyce in the 6th to win, 3 – 2. Wade Davis beats Phil Hughes, with Rafael Soriano picking up the save. Alex Rodriguez, who has been sitting on 599 homers for a week, goes 0 for 4 in the loss.

The two best teams in the majors this year, the Yankees and the Rays, begin a three-game series before a rare sold-out crowd at Tropicana Field. Two batters into the game, New York leads 2 – 0 on a homer by Nick Swisher, but that’s all the runs they’ll score. Tampa Bay comes back with a three-run shot by Matt Joyce in the 6th to win, 3 – 2. Wade Davis beats Phil Hughes, with Rafael Soriano picking up the save. Alex Rodriguez, who has been sitting on 599 homers for a week, goes 0 for 4 in the loss.

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Leading 5 – 2 over the Cubs in the bottom of the 8th, the Rockies turn the game into a laugher when they bang out 13 hits – a record 11 of them consecutively – to run away with a 17 – 2 win. The consecutive hits and 12 runs all come with two outs, starting with Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI single. Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler hit two-run homers while Troy Tulowitzki doubles twice during the string.

Leading 5 – 2 over the Cubs in the bottom of the 8th, the Rockies turn the game into a laugher when they bang out 13 hits – a record 11 of them consecutively – to run away with a 17 – 2 win. The consecutive hits and 12 runs all come with two outs, starting with Carlos Gonzalez’s RBI single. Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler hit two-run homers while Troy Tulowitzki doubles twice during the string.

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One of the players traded yesterday makes a splash in his debut for his new team. Starting at 3B for the Tigers, Jhonny Peralta homers twice over the Green Monster as Detroit defeats Boston, 6 – 5, withstanding a late-game grand slam by David Ortiz. Armando Galarraga’s run of bad luck continues as he is hit on the ankle by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Youkilis with a 4 – 1 lead, and has to leave the game one out shy of qualifying for the win. Rookie Robbie Weinhardt relieves him and picks up his first major league victory.

One of the players traded yesterday makes a splash in his debut for his new team. Starting at 3B for the Tigers, Jhonny Peralta homers twice over the Green Monster as Detroit defeats Boston, 6 – 5, withstanding a late-game grand slam by David Ortiz. Armando Galarraga’s run of bad luck continues as he is hit on the ankle by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Youkilis with a 4 – 1 lead, and has to leave the game one out shy of qualifying for the win. Rookie Robbie Weinhardt relieves him and picks up his first major league victory.

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However, the Phillies may be having buyer’s remorse as prize acquisition Roy Oswalt is rocked by the Nationals, losing his debut, 8 – 1. Making it worse, the man he was traded for, J.A. Happ, shines in his first outing for Houston, throwing 6 scoreless innings in a 5 – 0 win over Milwaukee.

However, the Phillies may be having buyer’s remorse as prize acquisition Roy Oswalt is rocked by the Nationals, losing his debut, 8 – 1. Making it worse, the man he was traded for, J.A. Happ, shines in his first outing for Houston, throwing 6 scoreless innings in a 5 – 0 win over Milwaukee.

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The deals continue on the eve of tomorrow’s trading deadline. The Chicago White Sox acquire P Edwin Jackson, author of a no-hitter earlier this year, from the Diamondbacks in return for young Ps Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg; the Rangers obtain IF Cristian Guzman from Washington for Tanner Roark and Ryan Tatsuko just as starting 2B Ian Kinsler is placed on the disabled list; and the Yankees snap up OF Austin Kearns from the Indians, although the bigger news is that they have tentatively reached a deal with Houston for 1B Lance Berkman.

The deals continue on the eve of tomorrow’s trading deadline. The Chicago White Sox acquire P Edwin Jackson, author of a no-hitter earlier this year, from the Diamondbacks in return for young Ps Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg; the Rangers obtain IF Cristian Guzman from Washington for Tanner Roark and Ryan Tatsuko just as starting 2B Ian Kinsler is placed on the disabled list; and the Yankees snap up OF Austin Kearns from the Indians, although the bigger news is that they have tentatively reached a deal with Houston for 1B Lance Berkman.

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A story in the New York Times states that sluggers David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are among the 104 major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. The test results were supposed to be kept secret, but Alex Rodriguez’s presence on the list of those who tested positive had already been leaked earlier this year. Ortiz states that he was not aware he had tested positive six years earlier and denies using steroids.

A story in the New York Times states that sluggers David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are among the 104 major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. The test results were supposed to be kept secret, but Alex Rodriguez’s presence on the list of those who tested positive had already been leaked earlier this year. Ortiz states that he was not aware he had tested positive six years earlier and denies using steroids.

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Action continues on the trading front with Los Angeles acquiring closer George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles for two players currently at AA Chattanooga. For their part, the Pirates are still busy house-cleaning, sending Ps John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Cubs, one day after trading three players on their 25-man roster. The Pirates receive P Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and minor league infielder Josh Harrison from their NL Central rivals.

Action continues on the trading front with Los Angeles acquiring closer George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles for two players currently at AA Chattanooga. For their part, the Pirates are still busy house-cleaning, sending Ps John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Cubs, one day after trading three players on their 25-man roster. The Pirates receive P Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and minor league infielder Josh Harrison from their NL Central rivals.

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The Indians lose, 14 – 12, to the Tigers in Detroit’s first game without Rodriguez, an 11-inning affair. The star catcher is Cleveland’s Kelly Shoppach, who ties the major league record with 5 extra-base hits in the game. Shoppach doubles three times, homers twice, walks once and is retired once; he scores four and drives in three.

The Indians lose, 14 – 12, to the Tigers in Detroit’s first game without Rodriguez, an 11-inning affair. The star catcher is Cleveland’s Kelly Shoppach, who ties the major league record with 5 extra-base hits in the game. Shoppach doubles three times, homers twice, walks once and is retired once; he scores four and drives in three.

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