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  1. Rays strike out 21 batters, lose in 15 innings anyway

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

    David Price

    The Rays had MLB’s highest strikeout game in five years Monday, fanning 21 A’s in 15 innings, only to lose 4-3 on a Jemile Weeks sacrifice fly. The 21 strikeouts were a franchise record for Tampa Bay, as well as a franchise record for A’s hitters. It was the first team a team has struck…

  2. Report: Diamondbacks aiming for ‘premier’ starting pitcher

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    UPDATE: A deal could still happen, but if it does, Justin Upton will NOT be involved. 3:22 AM: That’s the word from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. He doesn’t know who it is they’re targeting, but he believes they might be willing to use Justin Upton and/or a top pitching prospect to get it done. There’s maybe only…

  3. Let’s do it again: Angel Pagan punches something, leaves game

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:46 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan

    San Francisco’s Angel Pagan became the second player to leave a game Monday after punching a dugout surface in frustration, joining Boston’s Ryan Sweeney. Pagan was taken out after six innings with the Giants up 4-2 tonight, and he was missed afterwards, as the Mets went on to win a wild one 8-7 in 10…

  4. Dodgers get Brandon League from Mariners

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Brandon League

    It was only a matter of when and where for Brandon League, and he was finally sent off Monday night, going to the Dodgers for outfielder Leon Landry and right-hander Logan Bawcom. League saved 37 games in 42 chances for the Mariners last season, but he lost his closer gig in May and was never…

  5. Mariners acquire Eric Thames from Blue Jays

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:19 AM EDT

    Eric Thames

    The Jays’ big position battle this spring was Eric Thames versus Travis Snider for left field. Thames was handed the job, but eventually both ended up back in the minors. Now both are out of the organization entirely, having been traded within a half hour of each other tonight. Thames was sent to Seattle for…

  6. Hisashi Iwakuma returns from Japan, fans 13 Blue Jays

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    A whirlwind week for Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma culminated in far and away the best start of his major league career Monday against the Blue Jays. Iwakuma, just back from Japan after returning home to visit his ailing father, limited the Jays to one run in eight innings and struck out 13 in his second big-league…

  7. Pirates acquire Travis Snider from Blue Jays for Brad Lincoln

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Travis Snider Reuters

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports the Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln. Both were first-round picks in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, as Snider was picked 14th overall while Lincoln was picked fourth. The Pirates have been looking for another outfielder for a while now. Snider isn’t…

  8. Red Sox won’t trade Josh Beckett or Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Despite all of the rumors, the Red Sox aren’t expected to deal Josh Beckett in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline and probably won’t ship out Jacoby Ellsbury either, ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes reports. The Red Sox discussed Beckett with the Rangers, but the talks went nowhere, according to reports. Because Beckett will make $31.5…

  9. Reds, Blue Jays and Rangers all in the mix for Matt Garza

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs and Reds are talking about a possible Garza deal. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jayson Stark was told by an executive that there’s now a “very high chance” that Garza is dealt before Tuesday’s deadline. The Blue Jays are said to be charging hard. 10:16 PM: The assumption has…

  10. Report: Alfonso Soriano won’t accept trade to San Fran

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that Alfonso Soriano has told the Cubs he will not accept a trade to the Giants. The main Soriano rumors of late have placed him with Ryan Dempster in a possible deal to the Dodgers. The Giants are looking for outfield help with Gregor Blanco fading, but Soriano lacks the defensive…

  11. Boston’s Ryan Sweeney injures hand while punching door

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Just when Boston’s season couldn’t get any stupider… Ryan Sweeney left Monday’s game after punching a door in frustration and will undergo X-rays on his left hand on Tuesday. Sweeney was a trade candidate for the Red Sox, and though no deal was believed close, they were still discussing him with teams, including the Reds,…

  12. Jerome Williams gives up five runs, earns save

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams

    Two extremely unusual events from the same game tonight; the Angels’ Kendrys Morales became just the third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning and teammate Jerome Williams became the first pitcher in 26 years to give up five runs and get a save. Since the save became…

  13. Cubs send Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Atlanta; Geovany Soto to Texas

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    The Cubs started the unloading process Monday night, shipping left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves right-handers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino and catcher Geovany Soto to Texas for right-hander Jacob Brigham. Maholm satisfies the Braves’ need for a starter after the team originally tried trading for fellow Cub Ryan Dempster. Maholm has…

  14. Mark Teixeira set for MRI on injured wrist

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira will undergo an MRI on Tuesday after injuring his left wrist, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. Teixeira said he originally hurt the wrist on Sunday, but he thought he could play through it. He aggravated it on a dive during Monday’s game. “It’s a big concern,” manager Joe Girardi…

  15. Yasmani Grandal leaves game with right oblique strain

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal AP

    Yasmani Grandal has been a nice bright spot for the out-of-contention Padres since taking over the everyday catcher job from Nick Hundley one month ago, but he’s now likely headed for an extended absence. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Grandal left tonight’s game against the Reds with a right oblique strain. He suffered the…

  16. Kendrys Morales becomes third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in same inning

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales AP

    Kendrys Morales accomplished a very rare feat during the sixth inning tonight against the Rangers, homering from both sides of the plate while driving in six runs. The Angels scored nine runs in the inning. Morales sparked the rally with a two-run homer off starter Roy Oswalt and later added a grand slam off left-hander…

  17. Jim Thome to undergo MRI for neck spasms

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Jim Thome AP

    Jim Thome hasn’t played since Friday due to recurring neck spasms and now he’s being sent back to Baltimore in order to undergo an MRI. Thome tried to hit earlier this afternoon, but his neck didn’t respond as hoped. While the veteran slugger has dealt with neck issues in the past, he told Roch Kubatko…

  18. Shane Victorino is “top target” for Reds

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    We continue to hear chatter that the Reds are interested in Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that his teammate Shane Victorino is actually the club’s “top target” as they continue their search for a leadoff hitter. As of now, the Reds refuse to meet the Phillies’ asking price for the…

  19. A’s are in on Stephen Drew, out on Jimmy Rollins

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    7:50 p.m. EDT update: Apparently it was a false alarm. Drew exited the office and went to hit in the Diamondbacks’ indoor cage, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert says. 7:35 p.m. EDT update:  The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports that Stephen Drew was just called into manager Kirk Gibson’s office. It sounds like a trade may have…

  20. Diamondbacks designate Lyle Overbay for assignment

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Lyle Overbay Getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move clears a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros yesterday. Overbay, 35, is batting .292/.367/.448 with two home runs, 10 RBI and an .815 OPS over 110 plate…

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