Brewers drop Giants, 5-2

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SAN FRANCISCO--San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans could be stepping up his time on the phone searching for a starting pitcher on Wednesday, if he didn't start in the middle of Tuesday night's sobering 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park.

The hope that Matt Cain, coming off a strong start, could fully establish himself ...Read more

Dbacks double up M's, 8-4

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SEATTLE--It's during the tedious and overwrought week to 10 days before the non-waiver trade deadline where exaggeration and overstatement can be prevalent.

Take for example the trade prospects of Hisashi Iwakuma with July 31 nearing.

On Tuesday night at Safeco Field, Iwakuma had a clunker of an outing in the Seattle Mariners' 8-4 loss to the ...Read more

Angels lose to Astros, beef up outfield with several moves

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HOUSTON -- The Angels bypassed bigger names and bats on the trade market for more modest upgrades in left field, acquiring left-handed-hitting David DeJesus from Tampa Bay and David Murphy from Cleveland on Tuesday.

DeJesus, 35, and Murphy, 33, give the Angels platoon options to pair with right-handed-hitting outfielder Shane Victorino, who was...Read more

Dodgers blanked by Gray, A's; set sights on two left-handers

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LOS ANGELES--The golden arms have thrown their final pitches before the trade deadline. It is all up to the front offices now.

With Cole Hamels or David Price, the Los Angeles Dodgers would take one giant leap toward the playoffs, and their first World Series victory since 1988.

The Philadelphia Phillies have told Hamels he would not start for...Read more

Cubs can't recover after Rockies' big first inning, lose 7-2

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CHICAGO -- Dallas Beeler's shot at impressing the Cubs and gain the fifth spot in their rotation dissolved quickly as the Rockies scored four times in the first inning of their 7-2 victory Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

What clutch hitting?

Dexter Fowler had three hits but was left stranded in scoring position after each. Jorge Soler hit an ...Read more

Phillies edge Blue Jays hours after trading Papelbon to Nationals

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TORONTO -- Just more than an hour after the Phillies officially announced that they had traded Jonathan Papelbon, the Ken Giles era officially began.

Giles, the hard-throwing 24-year-old right-hander, earned his first save as the team's ninth-inning man in the Phillies' 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre. ...Read more

Kang's 9th-inning homer gives Pirates 8-7 win over Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jung Ho Kang bailed out Tony Watson on Tuesday night. Watson, as reliable a reliever as you can find, put forth a rare disastrous outing against the Minnesota Twins. He entered in the eighth inning with a four-run lead, recorded one out and left with the score tied.

But Kang homered off Twins closer Glen Perkins in the ninth, ...Read more

Phillies trade Papelbon to Nationals for Double-A pitcher

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TORONTO -- Twenty-four Phillies players bided their time in the Rogers Centre visitors clubhouse Tuesday afternoon until it was time to take the field for the 5:20 stretch. All the while, the uniform-filled locker stall for Jonathan Papelbon remained untouched.

The veteran closer will no longer need his No. 58 Phillies jersey. On Tuesday, the ...Read more

Hosmer's ninth-inning homer lifts Royals over Indians, 2-1

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CLEVELAND -- The cheers at Progressive Field had just faded when Eric Hosmer's blast raced through the air. A moment after a Kansas City rally appeared to fizzle, Hosmer interrupted a dynamic performance by Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. His ninth-inning solo homer broke a tie and put the Royals ahead in a 2-1 victory.

Hosmer unloaded on a ...Read more

Jose Fernandez, Gordon shine in Marlins' win over Nationals

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MIAMI -- After a disastrous road trip that saw them struggle against a pair of teams with losing records, the hope was that a home start for Jose Fernandez and the return of injured All-Star Dee Gordon would give the Marlins a much-needed boost as they started a nine-game homestand.

And that's exactly what Miami got, even on a night when ...Read more

Surging White Sox cruise past Red Sox, 9-4

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BOSTON -- The White Sox extended their winning streak to six games and moved to two games below .500 for the first time since June 10 with a 9-4 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The White Sox have outscored their opponents 45-17 during their 6-0 trip to Cleveland and Boston.

Pivotal at-bats

Melky Cabrera, Geovany Soto ...Read more

Price struggles in Tigers' 10-2 loss to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- All good things must come to an end.

And if David Price's Tiger career came to an end where his big-league career started with the Rays eight years ago at Tropicana Field, it was a bad ending to a good year.

With his name still flying in trade rumors and gaining speed with each Tigers loss, the left-handed ace struggled...Read more

Leake, Reds blank Cardinals, 4-0

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ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto's 418-foot three-run home run in the top of the sixth helped power the Reds to a 4-0 victory Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

With pitcher Mike Leake on second base and Brandon Phillips on first with two outs in the inning, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia delivered a 1-0 pitch to ...Read more

Chris Davis' two home runs power Orioles to 7-3 win over Braves

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BALTIMORE -- If the Orioles were going to be sellers at Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, perhaps their most marketable trade piece would be pending free agent Chris Davis, who has been known to carry a club on his expansive shoulders at times during his career.

Davis seemingly is doing that again this week and he just may be lifting his team...Read more

Indians outfielder David Murphy traded to Angels

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians traded outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night in exchange for a Eric Stamets, a Double-A shortstop.

Murphy, who was a late scratch from the Indians' lineup before their game against Kansas City, had been connected with the Angels in trade talks for several days.

Murphy was making $6 million ...Read more

Henderson Alvarez has shoulder surgery, out for season

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Marlins Opening Day starter Henderson Alvarez, who dealt with shoulder inflammation for much of the early-portion of the season and has been on the disabled list since May 23, underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a tear in his shoulder, Marlins manager Dan Jennings announced before Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

The procedure, ...Read more

Marlins activate Dee Gordon from disabled list

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At least one of the Miami Marlins' injured All-Stars is rejoining the team.

Second baseman Dee Gordon, who dislocated his thumb on July 11th and was placed on the disabled list a week later, was activated Tuesday ahead of the Marlins' series opener against the Washington Nationals, the team announced.

Marlins manager Dan Jennings said this ...Read more

Troy Tulowitzki makes the Blue Jays even more dangerous to the Orioles

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It's a head-smacking morning for many Orioles fans as they process the news that Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is bound for the division rival Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are perhaps the Orioles' stiffest competition for a wild-card spot this season, and with Tulowitzki aboard, they'll be that much more formidable in 2016, ...Read more

A's send Zobrist to Royals for pair of prospects

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LOS ANGELES -- The A's July housecleaning continued Tuesday with the club trading infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals.

This deal was the third trade of a veteran who will be a free agent at season's end by Oakland. The move followed Thursday's trade of left-handed starter Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros and Monday's ...Read more

Mariners force extra frames, but can't hold on as Diamondbacks win

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SEATTLE -- As a kid growing up in Seattle and going to countless games at Safeco Field, Jake Lamb dreamed of being a hero in a variety of situations, like driving in a game-winning run in extra innings. His memories of Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner playing that hero are embedded in his mind.

Monday night, Lamb got to play the hero with a large...Read more