Tag: July 31

1967 – Bo Belinsky tosses eight innings of one-hit ball before running out of gas in a 3-2 triumph over the Mets. Larry Sherry notches the save. Ron Davis homers  while Doug Rader gets an infield single in his first big league at bat . Bob Lillissingles home Bob Aspromonte with the deciding run.

1967 – Bo Belinsky tosses eight innings of one-hit ball before running out of gas in a 3-2 triumph over the Mets. Larry Sherry notches the save. Ron Davis homers  while Doug Rader gets an infield single in his first big league at bat . Bob Lillissingles home Bob Aspromonte with the deciding run.

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1998 – Prospects John Halama, Freddy Garcia and Carlos Guillen are traded to Seattle for pitcher Randy Johnson in the most celebrated mid-season trade in team history. Before the midnight deal, the Astros upend the Pirates, 7-4, to take their record to 65-44 on the season, 3-1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the Central Division. 

1998 – Prospects John Halama, Freddy Garcia and Carlos Guillen are traded to Seattle for pitcher Randy Johnson in the most celebrated mid-season trade in team history. Before the midnight deal, the Astros upend the Pirates, 7-4, to take their record to 65-44 on the season, 3-1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the Central Division. 

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1972 – Houston edges San Diego, 3-2, on a gift run in the bottom of the ninth inning. It starts when Cesar Cedeno swings at a Steve Arlin pitch in the dirt for strike three. The catcher can’t hang on and Cedeno is safe at first. Next, Cesar steals second and moves to third when the throw sails into center field. Two outs and two intentional walks later, Johnny Edwards takes ball four to bring Cedeno home. 

1972 – Houston edges San Diego, 3-2, on a gift run in the bottom of the ninth inning. It starts when Cesar Cedeno swings at a Steve Arlin pitch in the dirt for strike three. The catcher can’t hang on and Cedeno is safe at first. Next, Cesar steals second and moves to third when the throw sails into center field. Two outs and two intentional walks later, Johnny Edwards takes ball four to bring Cedeno home. 

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1999 – Jeff Bagwell and rookie Lance Berkman swat two home runs apiece as the Astros club the Padres, 8-5. Berkman has three hits and steals a base. Derek Bell accounts for the other two runs with a double. Doug Henry gets the win in relief. 

1999 – Jeff Bagwell and rookie Lance Berkman swat two home runs apiece as the Astros club the Padres, 8-5. Berkman has three hits and steals a base. Derek Bell accounts for the other two runs with a double. Doug Henry gets the win in relief. 

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The Nationals set a franchise record for runs by crushing the Mets, 25 – 4. It is also the largest margin of defeat in Mets history. The Nats score 7 runs in the 1st, chasing Steven Matz, then add 3 runs in each of the next four innings and have a 26 – 1 lead in the 9th, when New York scores 3 to make the final tally slightly less humiliating. Daniel Murphy homers twice and drives in 6, Anthony Rendon drives in 4, and Trea Turner has 4 hits, while Tanner Roark, who hits a three-run double himself, is the beneficiary of the offensive largesse.

The Nationals set a franchise record for runs by crushing the Mets, 25 – 4. It is also the largest margin of defeat in Mets history. The Nats score 7 runs in the 1st, chasing Steven Matz, then add 3 runs in each of the next four innings and have a 26 – 1 lead in the 9th, when New York scores 3 to make the final tally slightly less humiliating. Daniel Murphy homers twice and drives in 6, Anthony Rendon drives in 4, and Trea Turner has 4 hits, while Tanner Roark, who hits a three-run double himself, is the beneficiary of the offensive largesse.

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It’s a busy final day before the trading deadline with a dozen trades being announced. The Dodgers steal the show by landing three pitchers, Yu Darvish, Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson, in separate deals, costing them six minor league prospects and veteran OF Scott Van Slyke. The other big acquisition goes to the Yankees, who pry SP Sonny Gray from Oakland for three prospects, two of whom – Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian – are out with injuries for the remainder of the season. Also changing teams are Brandon Kintzler, Francisco Liriano, Addison Reed and Joe Smith, among others.

It’s a busy final day before the trading deadline with a dozen trades being announced. The Dodgers steal the show by landing three pitchers, Yu Darvish, Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson, in separate deals, costing them six minor league prospects and veteran OF Scott Van Slyke. The other big acquisition goes to the Yankees, who pry SP Sonny Gray from Oakland for three prospects, two of whom – Dustin Fowler and James Kaprielian – are out with injuries for the remainder of the season. Also changing teams are Brandon Kintzler, Francisco Liriano, Addison Reed and Joe Smith, among others.

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For the second time in a week, the Yankees trade a top-rank relief pitcher in return for four players. After trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on July 25th, today they send Andrew Miller to the Indians for OF Clint Frazierand Ps J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. The Indians also work out a tentative deal with the Brewers for All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy, but Lucroy invokes his no-trade clause to nix the trade, which falls through. In a separate move, the Orioles acquire P Wade Miley from Seattle for prospect Ariel Miranda.

For the second time in a week, the Yankees trade a top-rank relief pitcher in return for four players. After trading Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs on July 25th, today they send Andrew Miller to the Indians for OF Clint Frazierand Ps J.P. Feyereisen, Ben Heller and Justus Sheffield. The Indians also work out a tentative deal with the Brewers for All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy, but Lucroy invokes his no-trade clause to nix the trade, which falls through. In a separate move, the Orioles acquire P Wade Miley from Seattle for prospect Ariel Miranda.

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The Cubs’ 7 – 6 win over the Mariners can be credited to a series of brilliant moves by manager Joe Maddon. Trailing 6 – 2 in the 6th, he sends in P Travis Wood in relief of Joe Nathan, and he gets out of a runners on second and third with nobody out situation without allowing a run. Maddon then moves Wood to left field in the 7th as Pedro Strop takes the mound, and Wood robs Franklin Gutierrez by crashing into the ivy at Wrigley Fieldto snag a line drive. With two outs in the 8th, Wood replaces Strop and picks off Shawn O’Malley at first base to end the inning. The Cubs score three runs off Steve Cishek in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings, then in the 12th, Maddon asks P Jon Lester to pinch-hit with Jason Heyward on third base, and the otherwise awful hitter lays down an excellent squeeze bunt to drive in the winning run against Cody Martin.

The Cubs’ 7 – 6 win over the Mariners can be credited to a series of brilliant moves by manager Joe Maddon. Trailing 6 – 2 in the 6th, he sends in P Travis Wood in relief of Joe Nathan, and he gets out of a runners on second and third with nobody out situation without allowing a run. Maddon then moves Wood to left field in the 7th as Pedro Strop takes the mound, and Wood robs Franklin Gutierrez by crashing into the ivy at Wrigley Fieldto snag a line drive. With two outs in the 8th, Wood replaces Strop and picks off Shawn O’Malley at first base to end the inning. The Cubs score three runs off Steve Cishek in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings, then in the 12th, Maddon asks P Jon Lester to pinch-hit with Jason Heyward on third base, and the otherwise awful hitter lays down an excellent squeeze bunt to drive in the winning run against Cody Martin.

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With the winning run on third with only one out and the team tied at 6 with the Mariners in the bottom of the 12th, Cubs skipper Jon Maddon goes to the bench, sending up poor-hitting pitcher Jon Lester to pinch hit. The left-hander, a 083/.138/.125 hitter in 216 career at-bats, doesn’t disappoint when he lays down a perfect squeeze bunt, giving Chicago a dramatic 7-6 walk-off victory at Wrigley Field.

With the winning run on third with only one out and the team tied at 6 with the Mariners in the bottom of the 12th, Cubs skipper Jon Maddon goes to the bench, sending up poor-hitting pitcher Jon Lester to pinch hit. The left-hander, a 083/.138/.125 hitter in 216 career at-bats, doesn’t disappoint when he lays down a perfect squeeze bunt, giving Chicago a dramatic 7-6 walk-off victory at Wrigley Field.

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Wilmer Flore is honored by the Brooklyn Cyclones with a bobblehead, commemorating his emotional roller coaster at the end of July last season. The 23-year-old Venezuelan infielder, falsely believing the Brewers had traded for him, cried on the field, but three days later, hit a walk-off homer to lift the team in a jubilant victory over the division-leading Nationals, beginning a sweep that will put the Mets in first place for the rest of the season.

Wilmer Flore is honored by the Brooklyn Cyclones with a bobblehead, commemorating his emotional roller coaster at the end of July last season. The 23-year-old Venezuelan infielder, falsely believing the Brewers had traded for him, cried on the field, but three days later, hit a walk-off homer to lift the team in a jubilant victory over the division-leading Nationals, beginning a sweep that will put the Mets in first place for the rest of the season.

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The trading deadline frenzy of activity continues as in the early hours of the morning, the Reds send P Mike Leake to the Giants for prospects Adam Duvall and Keury Mella. There are no other blockbuster trades today, but players on the move include OF Yoenis Cespedes, from Detroit to the Mets; P J.A. Happ, from Seattle to Pittsburgh; OF Ben Revere, from the Phillies to Toronto; P Mark Lowe, from Seattle to Toronto; OF Gerardo Parra, from Milwaukee to Baltimore; and P Jonathan Broxton, from Milwaukee to the Cardinals. There are also a couple of minor trades between contenders, with Pittsburgh swapping OF Jose Tabata with the Dodgers for OF/1B Mike Morse and Baltimore sending P Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for utility player Junior Lake.

The trading deadline frenzy of activity continues as in the early hours of the morning, the Reds send P Mike Leake to the Giants for prospects Adam Duvall and Keury Mella. There are no other blockbuster trades today, but players on the move include OF Yoenis Cespedes, from Detroit to the Mets; P J.A. Happ, from Seattle to Pittsburgh; OF Ben Revere, from the Phillies to Toronto; P Mark Lowe, from Seattle to Toronto; OF Gerardo Parra, from Milwaukee to Baltimore; and P Jonathan Broxton, from Milwaukee to the Cardinals. There are also a couple of minor trades between contenders, with Pittsburgh swapping OF Jose Tabata with the Dodgers for OF/1B Mike Morse and Baltimore sending P Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for utility player Junior Lake.

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After having made every European Championship since 1962 (the longest run of any country), Sweden is on the verge of missing out on the 2016 European Championship. They trail Israel 5-4 going into the 9th, having gotten moderate offense against Dean Kremer. Against Israel’s bullpen, though, they score five times in the 9th. Israel strikes back against a tiring Jakob Claesson (going the distance with 145 pitches) for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th and puts the tying run in scoring position but Nate Fish grounds out to end the game. Sweden will then rally in the 9th again tomorrow against host Austria to win the Vienna round of the 2015 B-Level European Championship and retain a spot in the Euros. Veteran Björn Johannessen is named the MVP of the qualifier.

After having made every European Championship since 1962 (the longest run of any country), Sweden is on the verge of missing out on the 2016 European Championship. They trail Israel 5-4 going into the 9th, having gotten moderate offense against Dean Kremer. Against Israel’s bullpen, though, they score five times in the 9th. Israel strikes back against a tiring Jakob Claesson (going the distance with 145 pitches) for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th and puts the tying run in scoring position but Nate Fish grounds out to end the game. Sweden will then rally in the 9th again tomorrow against host Austria to win the Vienna round of the 2015 B-Level European Championship and retain a spot in the Euros. Veteran Björn Johannessen is named the MVP of the qualifier.

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On Facebook, 29 year-old Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain living with ALS, challenges The Howard Stern Show and a number of his friends to participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The post will become one of the catalysts that spark a viral call to action that will be taken up by celebrities, including Matt Lauder, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

On Facebook, 29 year-old Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain living with ALS, challenges The Howard Stern Show and a number of his friends to participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The post will become one of the catalysts that spark a viral call to action that will be taken up by celebrities, including Matt Lauder, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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The A’s are active at the trading deadline as they send All-Star OF Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox in return for P Jon Lester, another All-Star, and OF Jonny Gomes. With a surplus of starting pitchers on hand, they also deal Tom Milone to the Twins for OF Sam Fuld. Boston isn’t done either, as a couple of hours later it sends P John Lackey and minor leaguer Corey Littrell to the Cardinals in return for OF/1B Allen Craig and P Joe Kelly. The Red Sox make two more deals, shipping reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and SS Stephen Drew to the Yankees for IF Kelly Johnson to complete a radical roster make-over.

The A’s are active at the trading deadline as they send All-Star OF Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox in return for P Jon Lester, another All-Star, and OF Jonny Gomes. With a surplus of starting pitchers on hand, they also deal Tom Milone to the Twins for OF Sam Fuld. Boston isn’t done either, as a couple of hours later it sends P John Lackey and minor leaguer Corey Littrell to the Cardinals in return for OF/1B Allen Craig and P Joe Kelly. The Red Sox make two more deals, shipping reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and SS Stephen Drew to the Yankees for IF Kelly Johnson to complete a radical roster make-over.

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On Facebook, 29 year-old Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain living with ALS, challenges The Howard Stern Show and a number of his friends to participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The post will become one of the catalysts that spark a viral call to action that will be taken up by celebrities, including Matt Lauder, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

On Facebook, 29 year-old Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain living with ALS, challenges The Howard Stern Show and a number of his friends to participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The post will become one of the catalysts that spark a viral call to action that will be taken up by celebrities, including Matt Lauder, Ethel Kennedy, Martha Stewart, and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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It is the Tigers who engineer the biggest blockbuster deal, however, as they pull CF Austin Jackson from their game with the White Sox in the middle of the 7th inning because he has just been traded to Seattle. They receive IF Nick Franklin in return, but immediately package him along with P Drew Smyly and SS prospect Willie Adames to Tampa Bay to reel in former Cy Young Award winner David Price.

It is the Tigers who engineer the biggest blockbuster deal, however, as they pull CF Austin Jackson from their game with the White Sox in the middle of the 7th inning because he has just been traded to Seattle. They receive IF Nick Franklin in return, but immediately package him along with P Drew Smyly and SS prospect Willie Adames to Tampa Bay to reel in former Cy Young Award winner David Price.

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Dirk van ‘t Klooster gets his second record of the week. After having set the Hoofdklasse career hit record four days prior, he breaks another of Marcel Joost’s records with his 860th game played. His Vaessen Pioniers fall, 8 – 5, to Corendon Kinheim, as he goes 1 for 4.

Dirk van ‘t Klooster gets his second record of the week. After having set the Hoofdklasse career hit record four days prior, he breaks another of Marcel Joost’s records with his 860th game played. His Vaessen Pioniers fall, 8 – 5, to Corendon Kinheim, as he goes 1 for 4.

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In a relatively staid last day of trading before the deadline, the Orioles acquire P Bud Norris from Houston for L.J. Hoes and Josh Hader, the Diamondbacks send P Ian Kennedy to San Diego for Joe Thatcher and Matt Stites, while the Royals pick up OF Justin Maxwell from Houston for P Kyle Smith.

In a relatively staid last day of trading before the deadline, the Orioles acquire P Bud Norris from Houston for L.J. Hoes and Josh Hader, the Diamondbacks send P Ian Kennedy to San Diego for Joe Thatcher and Matt Stites, while the Royals pick up OF Justin Maxwell from Houston for P Kyle Smith.

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The Rangers complete a three-game sweep of the Angels when Adrian Beltre hits a walk-off homer in the 9th for a 2- 1 win; on the 29th, A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto homered in the 9th in a 4 – 3 win and yesterday, it was Leonys Martin who ended the game on a three-run shot in the 10th. In 1999, the Diamondbacks had swept the Expos with three walk-off blasts, the only other recorded instance of such a series.

The Rangers complete a three-game sweep of the Angels when Adrian Beltre hits a walk-off homer in the 9th for a 2- 1 win; on the 29th, A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto homered in the 9th in a 4 – 3 win and yesterday, it was Leonys Martin who ended the game on a three-run shot in the 10th. In 1999, the Diamondbacks had swept the Expos with three walk-off blasts, the only other recorded instance of such a series.

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The Phillies are sellers on the last day before the trading deadline, sending away two of their starting outfielders. CF Shane Victorino goes to the Dodgers for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin, while RF Hunter Pence heads for San Francisco in return for Nate Schierholtz, Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin. Among other deals, the Pirates obtain 1B Gaby Sanchez from Miami and then trade 3B Casey McGehee to the Yankees for P Chad Qualls; the Cubs send P Ryan Dempster, who had earlier vetoed a trade to Atlanta, to the Rangers for Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks; and the Reds obtain P Jonathan Broxton from the Royals.

The Phillies are sellers on the last day before the trading deadline, sending away two of their starting outfielders. CF Shane Victorino goes to the Dodgers for Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin, while RF Hunter Pence heads for San Francisco in return for Nate Schierholtz, Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin. Among other deals, the Pirates obtain 1B Gaby Sanchez from Miami and then trade 3B Casey McGehee to the Yankees for P Chad Qualls; the Cubs send P Ryan Dempster, who had earlier vetoed a trade to Atlanta, to the Rangers for Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks; and the Reds obtain P Jonathan Broxton from the Royals.

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Albert Pujols hits two homers to lead the Angels over Texas, 6 – 2, as Jered Weaver improves to 14-1, and 6-0 for the month. Rookie Mike Trout goes 2 for 4 with a two-run homer; his two runs scored give him 32 for July, tying Hal Trosky for the rookie record for the month, while his 10 homers are an American League rookie record.

Albert Pujols hits two homers to lead the Angels over Texas, 6 – 2, as Jered Weaver improves to 14-1, and 6-0 for the month. Rookie Mike Trout goes 2 for 4 with a two-run homer; his two runs scored give him 32 for July, tying Hal Trosky for the rookie record for the month, while his 10 homers are an American League rookie record.

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A.J. Burnett flirts with a no-hitter but settles for a one-hitter as he beats the Cubs, 5 – 0. With two outs in the 8th, pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas lines a single to right for the Cubs’ lone hit. Neil Walker drives in all 5 runs for the Pirates.

A.J. Burnett flirts with a no-hitter but settles for a one-hitter as he beats the Cubs, 5 – 0. With two outs in the 8th, pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas lines a single to right for the Cubs’ lone hit. Neil Walker drives in all 5 runs for the Pirates.

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With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April – 1-22), 1916 A’s (July – 2-28), 1982 Twins (May – 3-26), and the 1943 A’s (August – 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.

With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April – 1-22), 1916 A’s (July – 2-28), 1982 Twins (May – 3-26), and the 1943 A’s (August – 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.

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With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April – 1-22), 1916 A’s (July – 2-28), 1982 Twins (May – 3-26), and the 1943 A’s (August – 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.

With their 10-1 loss in Milwaukee, the Astros finish July with a dismal 3-24 record. Only the 1988 Orioles (April – 1-22), 1916 A’s (July – 2-28), 1982 Twins (May – 3-26), and the 1943 A’s (August – 3-26) have compiled worse months in baseball history.

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Two of the best pitchers in the American League face each other, as Detroit’s Justin Verlander goes against Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver, with both looking for their 15th win. Verlander takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning, while Weaver loses his cool after Carlos Guillen hits a 7th-inning homer; he throws a pitch over the head of the next batter, Alex Avila, and is ejected. Verlander and the Tigers prevail, 3 – 2.

Two of the best pitchers in the American League face each other, as Detroit’s Justin Verlander goes against Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver, with both looking for their 15th win. Verlander takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning, while Weaver loses his cool after Carlos Guillen hits a 7th-inning homer; he throws a pitch over the head of the next batter, Alex Avila, and is ejected. Verlander and the Tigers prevail, 3 – 2.

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Raul Ibanez is a one-man wrecking crew as the Phillies outlast the Pirates, 6 – 5, in 10 innings. Ibanez hits a homer off Jeff Karstens in the 2nd, and adds another, game-tying, blast in the 8th, a two-run shot off Jose Verasthat erases a 5 – 3 Pirates lead built on Lyle Overbay’s own two-run homer. In the 10th, Ibanez ends the game with an RBI double off Tony Watson, driving in newly-acquired Hunter Pence with the winning run.

Raul Ibanez is a one-man wrecking crew as the Phillies outlast the Pirates, 6 – 5, in 10 innings. Ibanez hits a homer off Jeff Karstens in the 2nd, and adds another, game-tying, blast in the 8th, a two-run shot off Jose Verasthat erases a 5 – 3 Pirates lead built on Lyle Overbay’s own two-run homer. In the 10th, Ibanez ends the game with an RBI double off Tony Watson, driving in newly-acquired Hunter Pence with the winning run.

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The trading deadline passes with a few more deals, capping a busy three-day period. OF Ryan Ludwick is traded on this day for the second consecutive year, joining the Pirates from the Padres for a player to be named later. The Padres also send set-up man Mike Adams to the Rangers for two minor leaguers, and the Red Sox land starting pitcher Erik Bedard from the Mariners in a three-team, seven-player deal that also involves the Los Angeles Dodgers. Finally, the Braves land CF Michael Bourn from Houston for OF Jordan Schafer and three minor league prospects.

The trading deadline passes with a few more deals, capping a busy three-day period. OF Ryan Ludwick is traded on this day for the second consecutive year, joining the Pirates from the Padres for a player to be named later. The Padres also send set-up man Mike Adams to the Rangers for two minor leaguers, and the Red Sox land starting pitcher Erik Bedard from the Mariners in a three-team, seven-player deal that also involves the Los Angeles Dodgers. Finally, the Braves land CF Michael Bourn from Houston for OF Jordan Schafer and three minor league prospects.

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In a five-player deal, the Braves, hoping to add offensive punch during their run for the NL Wild Card, obtain Michael Bourn from the last-place Astros. The speedy center fielder, who is currently hitting .303 and has a major league-leading 39 stolen bases, gives the team its first bonafide leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal left after the 2005 season.

In a five-player deal, the Braves, hoping to add offensive punch during their run for the NL Wild Card, obtain Michael Bourn from the last-place Astros. The speedy center fielder, who is currently hitting .303 and has a major league-leading 39 stolen bases, gives the team its first bonafide leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal left after the 2005 season.

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The Braves become only the second team in big league history with 10,000 losses, along with the Phillies, who reached the milestone in 2007. The franchise recently collected its 10,000th victory, including the wins during their tenure in Boston and Milwaukee.

The Braves become only the second team in big league history with 10,000 losses, along with the Phillies, who reached the milestone in 2007. The franchise recently collected its 10,000th victory, including the wins during their tenure in Boston and Milwaukee.

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Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

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Carlos Gonzalez completes the cycle by crashing a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th as the Rockies defeat the Cubs, 6 – 5. Gonzalez’s blast off Sean Marshall comes after Chicago’s Derrek Lee hits a game-tying three-run homer off Rafael Betancourt in the 8th inning. Huston Street is the winner.

Carlos Gonzalez completes the cycle by crashing a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th as the Rockies defeat the Cubs, 6 – 5. Gonzalez’s blast off Sean Marshall comes after Chicago’s Derrek Lee hits a game-tying three-run homer off Rafael Betancourt in the 8th inning. Huston Street is the winner.

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The German national team wins the Bronze Medal at the 2010 European Championship, their first medal in international play since the 1975 European Championship. Tim Henkenjohann and Martin Dewald combine to shut out Sweden while veteran Jendrick Speer drives in three and Cedric Bassel goes 3 for 3 in a 8 – 0 win.

The German national team wins the Bronze Medal at the 2010 European Championship, their first medal in international play since the 1975 European Championship. Tim Henkenjohann and Martin Dewald combine to shut out Sweden while veteran Jendrick Speer drives in three and Cedric Bassel goes 3 for 3 in a 8 – 0 win.

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Needing a home run to complete the sixth cycle in franchise history, Carlos Gonzalez, the leading hitter in the National League, belts a game-ending round-tripper that gives the Rockies a 6-5 comeback victory over Chicago. ‘CarGo,’ who becomes the fifth player to complete the cycle with a walk-off home run, smashes the first pitch thrown in the bottom of the ninth into the third-deck, making it the 29th long ball to land there in the 11-year history of Coors Field.

Needing a home run to complete the sixth cycle in franchise history, Carlos Gonzalez, the leading hitter in the National League, belts a game-ending round-tripper that gives the Rockies a 6-5 comeback victory over Chicago. ‘CarGo,’ who becomes the fifth player to complete the cycle with a walk-off home run, smashes the first pitch thrown in the bottom of the ninth into the third-deck, making it the 29th long ball to land there in the 11-year history of Coors Field.

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Once again, the last day before the trading deadline is a busy one as contenders try to plug holes before the last stretch of the pennant race. The Dodgers get P Ted Lilly and 2B Ryan Theriot from the Cubs for IF Blake DeWitt and two minor leaguers, and add P Octavio Dotel from the Pirates for P James McDonald and a minor leaguer. The Pirates send another member of their bullpen, Javier Lopez, to the Giants for P Joe Martinez. The Yankees complete yesterday’s rumored deal with Houston for Lance Berkman and also add reliever Kerry Wood from Cleveland, not giving up any major leaguers in the process. The Braves add veterans P Kyle Farnsworthand OF Rick Ankiel from the Royals for Jesse Chavez, Gregor Blanco and Tim Collins, and in a three-team deal, the Padres get OF Ryan Ludwick from the Cardinals, while the Cards add pitcher Jake Westbrook, taken from Cleveland, which receives two prospects from San Diego.

Once again, the last day before the trading deadline is a busy one as contenders try to plug holes before the last stretch of the pennant race. The Dodgers get P Ted Lilly and 2B Ryan Theriot from the Cubs for IF Blake DeWitt and two minor leaguers, and add P Octavio Dotel from the Pirates for P James McDonald and a minor leaguer. The Pirates send another member of their bullpen, Javier Lopez, to the Giants for P Joe Martinez. The Yankees complete yesterday’s rumored deal with Houston for Lance Berkman and also add reliever Kerry Wood from Cleveland, not giving up any major leaguers in the process. The Braves add veterans P Kyle Farnsworthand OF Rick Ankiel from the Royals for Jesse Chavez, Gregor Blanco and Tim Collins, and in a three-team deal, the Padres get OF Ryan Ludwick from the Cardinals, while the Cards add pitcher Jake Westbrook, taken from Cleveland, which receives two prospects from San Diego.

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In a stunning last-minute deal, the White Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the Padres for four pitching prospects, Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter, and Adam Russell. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, presently on the disabled list, had previously refused to waive his no-trade clause to join Chicago in a similar deal proposed in May.

In a stunning last-minute deal, the White Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the Padres for four pitching prospects, Clayton Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter, and Adam Russell. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, presently on the disabled list, had previously refused to waive his no-trade clause to join Chicago in a similar deal proposed in May.

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The Marlins acquire Nick Johnson from the Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. The 30 year-old injury-prone first baseman’s ability to get on base should provide more scoring opportunities for a Florida team vying for a wild-card berth.

The Marlins acquire Nick Johnson from the Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. The 30 year-old injury-prone first baseman’s ability to get on base should provide more scoring opportunities for a Florida team vying for a wild-card berth.

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The Marlins acquire Nick Johnson from the Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. The 30 year-old injury-prone first baseman’s ability to get on base should provide more scoring opportunities for a Florida team vying for a wild-card berth.

The Marlins acquire Nick Johnson from the Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Aaron Thompson. The 30 year-old injury-prone first baseman’s ability to get on base should provide more scoring opportunities for a Florida team vying for a wild-card berth.

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Cliff Lee’s adaptation to the National League is a quick one. Traded to the Phillies on July 29th, Lee gives up no hits over the first five innings against the Giants, on his way to a complete-game four-hitter. He adds two base hits of his own in the 5 – 1 win.

Cliff Lee’s adaptation to the National League is a quick one. Traded to the Phillies on July 29th, Lee gives up no hits over the first five innings against the Giants, on his way to a complete-game four-hitter. He adds two base hits of his own in the 5 – 1 win.

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On the frenzied last day before the trading deadline, a number of stars are on the move: P Jake Peavy goes from San Diego to the White Sox, C Victor Martinez moves from Cleveland to Boston, SS Orlando Cabrera from Oakland to Minnesota, 3B Scott Rolen from the Blue Jays to the Reds, and P Jarrod Washburn from Seattle to Detroit. Five other deals involving major leaguers are also completed, but the star most-rumored to be on the trading block over the past two weeks, Toronto’s Roy Halladay, stays put.

On the frenzied last day before the trading deadline, a number of stars are on the move: P Jake Peavy goes from San Diego to the White Sox, C Victor Martinez moves from Cleveland to Boston, SS Orlando Cabrera from Oakland to Minnesota, 3B Scott Rolen from the Blue Jays to the Reds, and P Jarrod Washburn from Seattle to Detroit. Five other deals involving major leaguers are also completed, but the star most-rumored to be on the trading block over the past two weeks, Toronto’s Roy Halladay, stays put.

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At Yankee Stadium, a trio of Angels hit three-run home runs as the team blasts the Bronx Bombers, 12-6. The homers, all hit by LA’s outfielders, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, and Juan Rivera, account for nine of the dozen runs scored as the club improves its record to 68-40, the best in baseball.

At Yankee Stadium, a trio of Angels hit three-run home runs as the team blasts the Bronx Bombers, 12-6. The homers, all hit by LA’s outfielders, Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, and Juan Rivera, account for nine of the dozen runs scored as the club improves its record to 68-40, the best in baseball.

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In a surprise trading-deadline deal, the Reds send future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox in exchange for right-hander Nick Masset and minor league infield prospect Danny Richar. The All-Star outfielder, who had to approve the move to Chicago, is completing his final season of a nine-year contract and didn’t expect Cincinnati to pick up the $16.5 million club option for 2009.

In a surprise trading-deadline deal, the Reds send future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox in exchange for right-hander Nick Masset and minor league infield prospect Danny Richar. The All-Star outfielder, who had to approve the move to Chicago, is completing his final season of a nine-year contract and didn’t expect Cincinnati to pick up the $16.5 million club option for 2009.

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In a three-team swap, Boston finally accomplishes the much-anticipated departure of Manny Ramirez from Beantown, trading the unhappy outfielder to the Dodgers. Former Pirates player Jason Bay will now roam left field for the Red Sox, with Pittsburgh receiving outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from Boston as well as getting third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from Los Angeles to complete the last-minute trading deadline deal.

In a three-team swap, Boston finally accomplishes the much-anticipated departure of Manny Ramirez from Beantown, trading the unhappy outfielder to the Dodgers. Former Pirates player Jason Bay will now roam left field for the Red Sox, with Pittsburgh receiving outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from Boston as well as getting third baseman Andy LaRoche and right-hander Bryan Morris from Los Angeles to complete the last-minute trading deadline deal.

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For the first time in seven games, the Pacific League All-Star team beats the Central League. In the first of the 2008 Nippon Pro Baseball All-Star Games, the PL wins, 5 – 4, with a late rally. The CL gets on the board first, when Tomoaki Kanemoto goes deep against Yu Darvish in the 2nd. In the 7th, the CL scores three times to take a 4 – 3 lead. Rick Short opens the bottom of the 9th with a double and Tsuyoshi Nishioka singles with one out. PH Nobuhiko Matsunaka singles home Short, then PH Takeshi Yamasaki singles to right against Tomoyuki Kubota to give the PL the win. Yamasaki is named game MVP.

For the first time in seven games, the Pacific League All-Star team beats the Central League. In the first of the 2008 Nippon Pro Baseball All-Star Games, the PL wins, 5 – 4, with a late rally. The CL gets on the board first, when Tomoaki Kanemoto goes deep against Yu Darvish in the 2nd. In the 7th, the CL scores three times to take a 4 – 3 lead. Rick Short opens the bottom of the 9th with a double and Tsuyoshi Nishioka singles with one out. PH Nobuhiko Matsunaka singles home Short, then PH Takeshi Yamasaki singles to right against Tomoyuki Kubota to give the PL the win. Yamasaki is named game MVP.

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Right before the trading deadline, several major deals go through. The White Sox acquire Ken Griffey Jr., 6th all-time on the home run leaderboard with 608, from the Reds in exchange for pitcher Nick Masset and infielder Danny Richar. Less than a minute before the deadline, a three-way trade involves another 500-homer man. Manny Ramirez gets sent by the Red Sox to the Dodgers along with $7 million. The Red Sox pick up All-Star LF Jason Bay from the Pirates. Pittsburgh, in turn, gets 3B Andy LaRoche and P Bryan Morris from Los Angeles and OF Brandon Moss and P Craig Hansen from Boston. Andy LaRoche joins brother Adam LaRoche in the Pirates infield.

Right before the trading deadline, several major deals go through. The White Sox acquire Ken Griffey Jr., 6th all-time on the home run leaderboard with 608, from the Reds in exchange for pitcher Nick Masset and infielder Danny Richar. Less than a minute before the deadline, a three-way trade involves another 500-homer man. Manny Ramirez gets sent by the Red Sox to the Dodgers along with $7 million. The Red Sox pick up All-Star LF Jason Bay from the Pirates. Pittsburgh, in turn, gets 3B Andy LaRoche and P Bryan Morris from Los Angeles and OF Brandon Moss and P Craig Hansen from Boston. Andy LaRoche joins brother Adam LaRoche in the Pirates infield.

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In the lesser deals of the day, the Marlins get Arthur Rhodes from the Mariners for minor league pitcher Gaby Hernandez and the Yankees send SS Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for minor league pitcher Jhonny Nunez.

In the lesser deals of the day, the Marlins get Arthur Rhodes from the Mariners for minor league pitcher Gaby Hernandez and the Yankees send SS Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for minor league pitcher Jhonny Nunez.

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