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  • MLB roundup: Joey Votto homers for 7th game in row
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 31, 2021

    Joey Votto homered for the seventh straight game and Jonathan India went deep twice as the visiting Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 6-2 Friday night.

    • Votto moved within one of the major league record for consecutive games with a homer. Dale Long did it in 1956 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Don Mattingly achieved the feat in 1987 with the New York Yankees and Ken Griffey Jr. did it in 1993 with the Seattle Mariners.

      Votto has gone deep nine times in his last seven games, and also drove in a run for a career-high eighth straight game. The team record is held by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who had RBIs in 10 straight games in 1976.

      Jeff McNeil and Brandon Drury hit RBI doubles for the Mets. Carlos Carrasco allowed one run on three hits in four innings after missing three months with a hamstring injury, becoming the 56th player to appear for the Mets this season, tying the team record set in 2018.

      Yankees 3, Marlins 1

      Anthony Rizzo hit a 449-foot homer in his New York debut, leading his new team to a win over host Miami.

      Jameson Taillon (7-4) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Rizzo, acquired in Thursday's trade with the Chicago Cubs, went 2-for-3 with a base on balls. Former Texas Rangers star Joey Gallo also made his Yankees debut, going 0-for-4 with a walk.

      Marlins rookie Zach Thompson (2-4) took a hard-luck loss, allowing just the sixth-inning solo homer by Rizzo in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked four and gave up just three hits.

      Rockies 9, Padres 4

      Ryan McMahon's first-inning grand slam was the first of four homers hit by Colorado in a victory at San Diego.

      The Padres, however, experienced an even bigger loss when shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. partially dislocated his left shoulder while sliding into third in the first inning. He immediately left the game, and he was later listed as day-to-day.

      Rockies starter Jon Gray (7-6) held the Padres to two runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to post his second victory against the Padres in a span of 19 days.

      Astros 9, Giants 6

      Jose Altuve's second home run of the game, a sixth-inning grand slam, broke open a tight affair and sent Houston to a victory at San Francisco.

      Altuve finished with three hits, three runs and five RBIs as the Astros won their third straight. The grand slam was the sixth of Altuve's career. The two-homer game was his third of 2021 and increased his team-leading total to 25 for the season.

      Donovan Solano, Buster Posey, Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford all had a pair of hits for the Giants.

      Rays 7, Red Sox 3

      Yandy Diaz slugged a two-run shot for one of Tampa Bay's three home runs, Wander Franco drove in a pair of runs and the Rays topped Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena added solo homers for Tampa Bay, which has won two straight coming off a three-game skid. Rays starter Josh Fleming (8-5) allowed three runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts over five innings.

      Christian Vazquez, Bobby Dalbec and Hunter Renfroe each drove in a run for Boston.

      Brewers 9, Braves 5

      Avisall Garcia had three hits, including a three-run homer, to help visiting Milwaukee erase an early four-run deficit and beat Atlanta.

      The Brewers hit three home runs and extended their winning streak to four, during which they have outscored opponents 37-8. Eduardo Escobar, playing his first game since being acquired by the Brewers, hit his 23rd homer of the season in the ninth inning.

      Atlanta starter Touki Toussaint (1-2) had his worst outing since rejoining the rotation. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

      Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 5 (10 innings)

      Asdrubal Cabrera hit a run-scoring bloop double into left field with one out in the 10th inning to give Arizona a victory over Los Angeles in Phoenix.

      Josh VanMeter had three doubles and three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of their past 10 games. Cabrera reached base five times on two hits and three walks and also drove in two runs.

      Chris Taylor homered and had three RBIs for the Dodgers, who have dropped eight of their past 12 games. Los Angeles fell to 1-11 in extra-inning games.

      Mariners 9, Rangers 5

      Jarred Kelenic homered and drove in four runs and fellow rookie Logan Gilbert won his fifth consecutive decision as Seattle prevailed at Arlington, Texas.

      Adolis Garcia, Jonah Heim and Jason Martin hit solo homers for the Rangers, who lost for the 14th time in their past 15 games. Gilbert (5-2) allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

      Rangers starter Kolby Allard (2-9) was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings.

      White Sox 6, Indians 4

      Tim Anderson drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single and Yoan Moncada had three hits -- including a home run that bounced off a Cleveland outfielder -- as host Chicago rallied for a win.

      The White Sox snapped a 4-all tie with two runs in the eighth inning, when an Indians error and a passed ball set the stage for Anderson, who had two hits.

      Jose Ruiz (1-1) earned the victory, stranding two runners while retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth. Liam Hendriks tossed a scoreless ninth for his 26th save. James Karinchak (7-3) was the loser after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk without recording an out.

      Cardinals 5, Twins 1

      Tommy Edman drove in three runs to lift St. Louis over visiting Minnesota.

      Wade LeBlanc held the Twins to one run on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three. Ryan Helsley (6-4) earned the victory in relief by recording four outs for the Cardinals, who won for the eighth time in 12 games.

      In his third major league start, Griffin Jax held the Cardinals to one run on two hits and two walks in five innings, adding a pair of strikeouts while throwing 83 pitches. Reliever Tyler Duffey (2-3) took the loss for the Twins, who fell for the 11th time in 15 games.

      Nationals 4, Cubs 3

      Josh Bell and Luis Garcia homered and Washington downed visiting Chicago.

      Sergio Alcantara and Rafael Ortega had two hits each for the Cubs, who have lost four straight. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (5-10) gave up two runs on six hits over four innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.

      Nationals starter Paolo Espino (3-2) allowed a run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six. Kyle Finnegan pitched the ninth for his second save.

      Pirates 7, Phillies 0

      Gregory Polanco and Kevin Newman each drove in two runs and Wil Crowe pitched six scoreless innings as Pittsburgh busted out of a four-game losing streak with a win over visiting Philadelphia.

      Crowe (3-5) combined with relievers Chasen Shreve and Duane Underwood Jr. on a one-hit shutout. Bryan Reynolds added an RBI triple and Rodolfo Castro and Ke'Bryan Hayes each hit an RBI double for the Pirates, who had lost eight of their previous 10 games.

      Alec Bohm led off the second with a single for the Phillies' only hit of the night. Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez (3-6) lasted just two innings, allowing five runs and six hits with one walk and one strikeout.

      Athletics 2, Angels 0

      Chris Bassitt threw seven scoreless innings, leading Oakland to a shutout victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

      Bassitt (11-3), an All-Star for the first time this season at age 32, struck out seven and walked one. Jed Lowrie and Elvis Andrus each had two hits and Matt Chapman homered for the A's.

      Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (3-5), coming off a near no-hitter in his previous start, gave up just one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six but also walked six.

      Blue Jays 6, Royals 4

      Bo Bichette hit a two-run home run, Teoscar Hernandez had a solo shot and Toronto won its true home opener by beating Kansas City.

      George Springer was 3-for-4 in the Blue Jays' first game at the Rogers Centre since Sept. 29, 2019. They had been playing their home games in Dunedin, Fla., and Buffalo because of COVID-19 restrictions. Toronto's Ross Stripling (4-6) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

      Royals starter Daniel Lynch (1-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He fanned two and walked two. Salvador Perez smacked his 26th homer of the season.

      Orioles 4, Tigers 3

      Pedro Severino hit two solo home runs, Matt Harvey tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings and Baltimore held off host Detroit.

      Ryan Mountcastle also homered for the Orioles. Harvey (6-10) scattered six hits and didn't issue a walk while striking out five. He hasn't allowed a run in his past three starts. Cole Sulser recorded his fourth save by pitching a perfect ninth inning.

      Miguel Cabrera had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers. Tarik Skubal (6-10) gave up all four Baltimore runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

      --Field Level Media

  • Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. day-to-day with shoulder injury
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 31, 2021

    San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. sustained a partial dislocation of his left shoulder and exited the Padres' home game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning.

    • Following the game, a 9-4 Rockies win, the Padres announced that Tatis is day-to-day.

      With Tatis on first base after a single, Manny Machado hit a grounder that kicked away from Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon. Tatis came around second and tried to advance to third, but he was retired when McMahon threw to shortstop Brendan Rodgers, who moved over to cover the bag.

      Tatis went to the ground after he was tagged out, clutching his left arm.

      He dealt with left shoulder separations several times earlier this year, and he missed nine games while on the injured list in April due to the same ailment.

      Tatis, 22, was a first-time All-Star this year. Entering play Friday, he led the National League in homers (31), stolen bases (23), runs (78), slugging percentage (.650) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.021).

      --Field Level Media

  • Scherzer-Turner deal helps Dodgers dig in heels as WS favorites
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Los Angeles Dodgers entered baseball's trade-deadline day as the betting favorites to win the World Series. Their blockbuster trade to land both ace starter Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals only helped matters.

    • From Friday morning to Friday evening, the Dodgers' odds to win the World Series this fall shortened from +375 to +300 at BetMGM and from +320 to +275 at DraftKings.

      The Dodgers continue to be sportsbooks' favorites despite the fact that they still are not winning their own division. The San Francisco Giants led Los Angeles by three games in the National League West before Friday's play. The Giants recently took two games from the Dodgers in a three-game series.

      And San Francisco added its own big name at the deadline: Chicago Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant, the former NL MVP.

      The Giants had +1200 title odds at BetMGM earlier in the week and saw them improve accordingly to +1000 after the deadline. At DraftKings, the Giants went from +1400 on Friday morning to +1200 post-Bryant trade.

      Elsewhere in the same division, the San Diego Padres missed out on their reported interest in Scherzer but still landed Cubs outfielder Jake Marisnick and Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson after adding Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Adam Frazier last weekend.

      The Padres' action, in turn, was rather mixed. At BetMGM, they moved to +750 after being at +900 earlier in the week. But DraftKings shows San Diego at longer odds -- +1000 -- to win than it was when the day began -- +900.

      The New York Mets did not see their odds change at DraftKings despite their deal to land shortstop Javier Baez from the Cubs. They remained +850 there, still good for the fourth-shortest odds to win it all, and stood at +1000 at BetMGM.

      In the American League, the Chicago White Sox improved from +750 to +650 at DraftKings and from +700 to +650 at BetMGM after adding Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel.

      The Houston Astros were quieter, adding only relief pitchers in the past several days, including the Mariners' Kendall Graveman. Their odds went from +475 to +450 at BetMGM and stayed pat at +600 at DraftKings.

      The New York Yankees, though third place in their division, went all-in on trying to win it all this season and added Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Los Angeles Angels starter Andrew Heaney.

      Those moves were good enough to boost the Yankees from +2500 to +1700 at BetMGM for the week. Curiously, according to DraftKings, the Yankees had +1700 World Series odds both before Friday's trade action and after. But that may be the case because the reports of both Gallo and Rizzo heading to the Bronx first surfaced 24 hours earlier or more.

      Spare a thought for the trade deadline sellers, who know there is a great rebuild in front of them. The Nationals' odds doubled from +20000 to +40000 at DraftKings after dealing away Scherzer, Turner, Hudson, left-handed starter Jon Lester, catcher Yan Gomes, infielder Josh Harrison and reliever Brad Hand to various teams.

      And the Cubs, who sold off many fan favorites who helped them break a 108-year drought to win the 2016 World Series, moved from +13000 at DraftKings to +20000.

      --Field Level Media

  • Astros' Brooks Raley suspended three games for throwing at hitter
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    Houston Astros left-hander Brooks Raley was suspended three games on Friday for intentionally hitting Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford with a pitch on Monday.

    • Major League Baseball said Raley is appealing the discipline, so the suspension will not start Friday night when the Astros visit the San Francisco Giants. Raley also was fined an undisclosed amount.

      Also, Houston manager Dusty Baker received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine due to the incident. Baker is serving the suspension on Friday night.

      Raley's actions came immediately after serving up a grand slam to Dylan Moore that allowed the Mariners to take an 11-8 lead in a contest Houston once led 7-0. Seattle's 11-8 lead held up.

      Raley threw three straight inside pitches toward Crawford, finally plunking him in the upper back on the fifth pitch of the at-bat -- a pitch that would have been ball four.

      Mariners manager Scott Servais was enraged by the situation and unleashed a string of venom toward Raley, and the umpiring crew got together and ejected Raley.

      Raley said after the game that "there was no intention there. Ball got away from me."

      Servais had a different view.

      "You can't let pitches get away like that and hit somebody after you give up a grand slam," Servais said. "Was it on purpose? I don't know. It was a very emotional game and I'm glad he got ejected."

      Raley is 2-3 with a 6.39 ERA in 38 appearances.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox land reliever Hansel Robles from Twins
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Boston Red Sox acquired right-handed relief pitcher Hansel Robles from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitching prospect Alex Scherff on Friday ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline.

    • Robles, who turns 31 in August, has a 4.91 ERA in 45 games in his first season with Minnesota and has 10 saves in 12 opportunities.

      In seven seasons with the New York Mets (2015-18), Los Angeles Angels (2018-20) and Twins, Robles owns a lifetime 4.03 ERA with a 27-22 record and 37 saves. He has averaged 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings for his career.

      Robles goes from a team in last place in the American League Central to the American League East leaders, the Red Sox, to bolster their bullpen.

      The 23-year-old Scherff, a right-hander, has split the 2021 season between High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland. He has a combined 3-1 record with four saves and a 2.45 ERA in 23 games out of the bullpen, with 46 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

      Earlier Friday, the Twins dealt starting pitcher Jose Berrios to the Toronto Blue Jays and fellow starter J.A. Happ to the St. Louis Cardinals. They traded slugger Nelson Cruz to the Tampa Bay Rays last week.

      --Field Level Media

  • Diamondbacks reinstate C Carson Kelly among many moves
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Arizona Diamondbacks, who traded veteran right-handed reliever Joakim Soria to Toronto earlier in the day, added seven players to the active roster while removing another five.

    • The team reinstated catcher Carson Kelly (fractured right wrist) from the 10-day injured list, recalled right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas from Triple-A Reno and selected the contracts of left-handed pitchers Miguel Aguilar and Ryan Buchter, right-handed pitcher Stefan Crichton and infielder Drew Ellis from Reno.

      The team also announced infielder Jake Hager would join the team after he was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

      Kelly, who last played June 19, is hitting .260 this season through 50 games with eight home runs and 26 RBIs.

      Aguilar, who struck out 37 hitters in 31 innings while posting a 2.90 ERA at Reno this season, and Ellis will be making their big-league debuts.

      Ellis, a second-round pick by the Diamondbacks 2017, hit .286 (66-for-231) with a .950 OPS, 13 home runs and 52 RBIs in 65 games with Reno.

      Arizona acquired two players to be named later in the Soria trade.

      Soria was 1-4 with six saves and a 4.30 ERA in 31 appearances with Arizona this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets extend Jacob deGrom shutdown after setback
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The New York Mets added a big piece to the playoff contention puzzle, acquiring Javier Baez on Friday, but lost an even bigger piece later in the day when they learned star right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom would miss at least another month.

    • Mets general manager Zack Scott told reporters Friday that deGrom has inflammation in his pitching elbow, but that there is no ligament damage.

      A report from MLB.com said deGrom, the heavy favorite for the National League Cy Young Award, suffered further inflammation in his right arm after a Thursday bullpen session.

      The outlet reported the session was "light" but that deGrom tested his arm toward the end with a 98 mph fastball, according to a source.

      "He ramped it up, he wanted to get a feel. It was a light side until maybe the last four pitches when he wanted to feel strength behind the ball," Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters on Friday, prior to the announcement of deGrom being shut down.

      The Mets' plan is to stall deGrom's throwing for two weeks and then restarting the preparation for his return to the mound. The timeframe is expected to stretch into September.

      The Mets had placed deGrom on the injured list for the second time this season when the ace reported forearm stiffness coming out of the All-Star break.

      In a dominant season, deGrom carries a 1.08 ERA in 15 starts with 146 strikeouts in 92 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers activate SS Corey Seager (hand) from 60-day IL
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Los Angeles Dodgers activated shortstop Corey Seager from the 60-day injured list on Friday.

    • Seager has not played since May 15 due to a fractured right hand. A pitch hit him in the hand during a game against the Miami Marlins.

      Seager, 26, has only played in 37 games so far this season. He was batting .265 with four home runs, seven doubles and 22 RBIs before the injury.

      The 2016 National League Rookie of the Year and 2020 World Series MVP is returning to a newly-reinforced Dodgers squad that acquired the likes of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner at the trade deadline Friday.

      Turner played shortstop for the Washington Nationals, but with Seager back, he is expected to move to a different position; MLB Network reported he would become Los Angeles' second baseman, while he also has experience in center field.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees acquire LHP Andrew Heaney from Angels
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The New York Yankees acquired left-hander Andrew Heaney from the Los Angeles Angels for two minor-league pitchers, manager Aaron Boone confirmed to reporters.

    • Heaney, 30, is 6-7 with a 5.27 ERA in 18 starts for the Angels this season. Overall, he is 30-36 with a 4.57 ERA in 109 appearances (107 starts) over eight seasons, the last seven with Los Angeles.

      "I expect him to join the rotation," Boone said. "We're very excited to have him, a pitcher of his caliber that certainly provides some depth."

      The Angels will reportedly receive right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero.

      Junk, 25, is 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) for Double-A Somerset, while the 24-year-old Peguero is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 21 appearances between High-A Hudson Valley and Somerset.

      New York also added recent trade acquisitions Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers), Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs) and Joely Rodriguez (Rangers) to the active roster. The club optioned right-hander Albert Abreu to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and designated outfielder Ryan LaMarre for assignment.

      --Field Level Media

  • INF Freddy Galvis returns to Phillies via trade with Orioles
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Freddy Galvis, who spent the first six seasons of his career with Philadelphia, returned to the Phillies on Friday in a deal before the Major League Baseball trade deadline.

    • Philadelphia received Galvis and cash considerations from Baltimore in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Burch.

      Galvis, who is currently on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain, was batting .249 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 72 games for the Orioles.

      The 31-year-old is in his 10th major league season. With the Phillies from 2012 to 2017, Galvis batted .245 with 52 home runs and became their starting shortstop.

      Galvis has also played for the San Diego Padres (2018), Toronto Blue Jays (2019) and Cincinnati Reds (2019-20).

      The Phillies are competing with the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves for the National League East crown. Earlier Friday, they acquired starting pitcher Kyle Gibson and relief pitcher Ian Kennedy from the Texas Rangers.

      Burch, 23, has yet to make his debut in the majors. Splitting 2021 so far between Low-A Clearwater and High-A Jersey Shore, Burch has pitched in 23 games, going 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jays obtain RHP Joakim Soria from Diamondbacks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Toronto Blue Jays obtained veteran right-handed reliever Joakim Soria from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday for two players to be named later.

    • The 37-year-old Soria has 229 saves over 14 major league seasons. He is 36-45 with 3.06 ERA in 763 appearances (one start).

      The Blue Jays will be Soria's ninth team. He was a two-time All-Star with the Kansas City Royals during the outset of his career.

      Soria was 1-4 with six saves and a 4.30 ERA in 31 appearances with Arizona this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves obtain Jorge Soler from Royals
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Jorge Soler from the Kansas City Royals on Friday in exchange for minor league right-hander Kasey Kalich.

    • Soler is batting just .192 this season but has 13 home runs. Two seasons ago, he led the American League with 48 blasts.

      The addition of Soler gives the Braves another outfield bat after losing All-Star Ronald Acuna Jr. to a major knee injury earlier this month.

      Soler, 29, has a .243 career average with 107 homers and 310 RBIs in 606 games over eight seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2014-16) and Royals (2017-21).

      Atlanta also added a key bullpen piece by acquiring right-hander Richard Rodriguez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handers Bryse Wilson and Ricky DeVito.

      Rodriguez recorded 14 saves in 37 appearances this season for the Pirates and was 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA. He had 33 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.

      Wilson, 23, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in seven starts with the Braves this season.

      The 22-year-old DeVito is currently on the injured list. He was 0-3 with a 2.66 ERA in five starts for Class-A Rome prior to the injury.

      Kalich, 23, was 0-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Rome.

      Pittsburgh also traded left-hander Austin Davis to the Boston Red Sox for infielder Michael Chavis.

      Chavis, 25, batted .190 with two homers and six RBIs in 31 games with Boston this season. The 28-year-old Davis was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Pittsburgh.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Padres land OF Jake Marisnick from Cubs
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Chicago Cubs, according to published reports on Friday.

    • Reports have San Diego giving up minor league right-hander Anderson Espinoza in the deal.

      The acquisition of Marisnick adds to San Diego's outfield depth.

      Marisnick was batting .227 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 65 games in his first season with the Cubs.

      The 30-year-old Marisnick has a .229 career average with 61 homers and 205 RBIs in 766 games with the Miami Marlins (2013-14), Houston Astros (2014-19), New York Mets (2020) and Cubs.

      Marisnick joins All-Star second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh Pirates) and right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson (Washington Nationals) as players acquired by San Diego leading up to the trade deadline. The Padres didn't address their suspect starting pitching but were in the bidding for Nationals All-Star right-hander Max Scherzer before Washington agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      The 23-year-old Espinoza was once a top prospect with the Boston Red Sox and Padres but has been plagued by arm issues, including two Tommy John surgeries. He was 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 12 starts with Class-A Fort Wayne this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dodgers acquire Max Scherzer, Trea Turner from Nats
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals on Friday.

    • The Nationals receive catcher Keibert Ruiz, outfielder Donovan Casey and right-handers Josiah Gray and Gerardo Carrillo.

      Scherzer and Turner helped the Nationals capture the franchise's first World Series title two years ago. They join a Dodgers team trying to make a push for a second straight championship. Los Angeles (62-42) entered Friday's play three games behind the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants.

      "Today is heart wrenching as we say goodbye to two of the most accomplished players and two of the best people in our team's history," Nationals owner Mark D. Lerner said in a statement. "On behalf of my family and the entire Washington Nationals organization, I want to thank Max and Trea for their invaluable contributions both on the field and in the community, where each have been selfless with their time and resources over the years."

      Scherzer, 37, is 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts this season, with 147 strikeouts in 111 innings. The right-hander has a career mark of 183-97 with a 3.19 ERA and 2,931 strikeouts in 396 games (387 starts) in Arizona (2008-09), Detroit (2010-14) and Washington.

      Scherzer made the All-Star team for the eighth time in nine years in 2021. He won the American League Cy Young Award with the Tigers in 2013 and the NL Cy Young with the Nationals in 2016 and 2017.

      Turner, 28, made his first All-Star team this season and is hitting .322 with 18 homers, 49 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 96 games. He is currently on the COVID-19 injured list.

      Turner has played his entire seven-year career in the nation's capital, batting an even .300 with 93 homers, 306 RBIs and 192 steals in 637 games.

      Ruiz, 23, batted .143 (1-for-7) with a solo homer in six games this season with the Dodgers. He is the top prospect in the L.A. farm system and the No. 16 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America.

      Casey, 25, has not reached the majors and is batting .296 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs in 73 games at Double-A Tulsa.

      Gray, 23, made his MLB debut on July 20 and has a 6.75 ERA in two appearances (one start) with 13 strikeouts in eight innings.

      Carrillo, 22, is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) this season at Tulsa.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nationals trade LHP Jon Lester to Cardinals
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Washington Nationals left-handed starter Jon Lester in exchange for outfielder Lane Thomas before the Major League Baseball trade deadline Friday.

    • Lester, 37, was in his first season with Washington after nine-plus years with the Boston Red Sox and six with the Cardinals' rivals, the Chicago Cubs. He also has pitched for the Oakland Athletics while compiling a 196-116 record and 3.64 ERA in 439 starts and one relief appearance.

      Lester was 3-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 16 starts for the Nationals this season. He has 51 strikeouts and walked 29 batters over 75 1/3 innings.

      The five-time All-Star helped Boston win the World Series in 2007 and 2013 and the Cubs win the title in 2016.

      Thomas, 25, was in his third season in the majors, all with St. Louis. Thomas has batted .104 over 32 games with just one RBI and two stolen bases while making starts in all three outfield spots.

      Two years removed from the franchise's first World Series win, the Nationals continued a fire sale that included moving ace Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers; closer Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays; reliever Daniel Hudson to the San Diego Padres; and catcher Yan Gomes and infielder Josh Harrison to the Oakland Athletics.

      The Nationals received right-handers Richard Guasch and Seth Shuman and catcher Drew Miles from Oakland in the deal announced Friday for Gomes (.271 this season) and Harrison (.294).

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Giants acquire star 3B Kris Bryant from Cubs
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Chicago Cubs are trading former National League MVP and four-time All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants, multiple reports said Friday.

    • Bryant, a subject of trade speculation for months on end, will join the team with the best record in Major League Baseball (64-38) entering trade deadline day.

      The Cubs reportedly receive two prospects, outfielder Alexander Canario and right-hander Caleb Kilian, in exchange.

      The 29-year-old Bryant was in the midst of his seventh season with the Cubs, the team that selected him second overall in the 2013 draft. Bryant was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and won both MVP honors and a World Series title with Chicago in 2016.

      In 93 games this season, he has slashed .267/.358/.503 and has 18 home runs, 19 doubles and 51 RBIs. He was named to his fourth All-Star Game after previous selections in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

      Bryant is playing on an expiring contract and will become a free agent after the season. The Cubs, entering a rebuilding phase, moved Bryant, shortstop Javier Baez, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and closer Craig Kimbrel in the span of two days.

      The Cubs traded Rizzo to the New York Yankees on Thursday and sent Baez to the New York Mets and Kimbrel to the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

      Kilian, 24, is 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 starts this season between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond.

      Canario, 21, is batting .235 with nine homers, 29 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 65 games at Class-A San Jose in 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • Phillies land RHPs Kyle Gibson, Ian Kennedy from Rangers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed starter Kyle Gibson and right-handed reliever Ian Kennedy from the Texas Rangers before Friday's trade deadline, multiple reports said.

    • The Athletic reports Philadelphia will also bring in right-handed prospect Hans Crouse from Texas in exchange for righty Spencer Howard, right-handed prospect Kevin Gowdy and one other prospect.

      In the midst of a three-team race for the National League East title, the Phillies added an All-Star arm in Gibson to their staff. The 33-year-old is 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for the Rangers this year. He has 94 strikeouts over 113 innings.

      It is statistically the best season of Gibson's career, and 2021 marked his first All-Star nod. In seven years with the Minnesota Twins (2013-19) and two with Texas (2020-21), Gibson owns a 4.42 lifetime ERA and 75-77 record.

      Kennedy, 36, was playing his first season for the Rangers after stints with the New York Yankees (2007-09), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010-13), San Diego Padres (2013-15) and Kansas City Royals (2016-20).

      Kennedy has a 2.51 ERA and 16 saves in 17 chances this season. He has 35 strikeouts over 32 1/3 innings.

      Crouse is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Frisco this year.

      Howard started seven of his 11 appearances for Philadelphia this season, his second in MLB. He stands at 0-2 with a 5.72 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings. Gowdy has appeared in 14 games (12 starts) for High-A Jersey Shore with a 4-5 record and 4.43 ERA.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twins acquire RHP John Gant, LHP Evan Sisk from Cardinals
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Minnesota Twins acquired right-hander John Gant and minor league left-hander Evan Sisk from the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in exchange for veteran southpaw J.A. Happ and cash considerations.

    • Gant, 28, is 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 25 games (14 starts) this season for the Cardinals. He is 23-21 with three saves and a 3.72 ERA in 159 career games (42 starts) with the Atlanta Braves (2016) and St. Louis.

      Sisk, 24, is 2-0 with four saves and a 3.31 ERA in 26 relief appearances this season between Class-A Peoria and Double-A Springfield.

      Happ, 38, is 5-6 with a 6.77 ERA and a major league-leading 74 earned runs allowed in 19 starts this season with Minnesota.

      A World Series winner with Philadelphia in 2008 and an All-Star in 2018, Happ is 128-98 with a 4.13 ERA and 1,616 strikeouts in 343 career games (317 starts) with the Phillies (2007-10), Houston Astros (2010-12), Toronto Blue Jays (2012-14, 2016-18), Seattle Mariners (2015), Pittsburgh Pirates (2015), New York Yankees (2018-20) and Twins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mets acquire All-Star INF Javier Baez from Cubs
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The New York Mets acquired All-Star infielder Javier Baez from the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

    • The Mets also received right-handed starter Trevor Williams and cash considerations from the Cubs in exchange for 19-year-old outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

      Baez, 28, is batting .248 with 22 homers, 65 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a National League-leading 131 strikeouts in 91 games this season.

      Baez has been with the Cubs since they drafted him ninth overall in 2011. He made his MLB debut in 2014, won a National League Championship Series co-MVP award and a World Series ring in 2016, made the All-Star teams in 2018 and 2019, and won his first Gold Glove in 2020.

      He is a .262 career hitter through 815 games with 140 home runs and 443 RBIs, including a league-leading 111 RBIs in 2018.

      Baez has made 86 starts this season at shortstop and will take that spot in New York while fellow Puerto Rican star Francisco Lindor (right oblique strain) remains on the 10-day injured list. When Lindor returns, Baez will likely shift to second base. He started 199 games at second during his time in Chicago.

      Williams pitched in 13 games (12 starts) for Chicago this season and is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA. It was his first season with the Cubs after starting his MLB career with the Pittsburgh Pirates for five seasons. Williams has a lifetime 4.49 ERA and a 35-39 record.

      Crow-Armstrong was the Mets' first-round pick (19th overall) in 2020. He batted .417 with two doubles and four RBIs in six games at Class-A St. Lucie this season before injuring his right shoulder. The team announced in May that he would have surgery to repair a torn labrum and cartilage damage.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from crosstown Cubs
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Chicago White Sox acquired All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the Cubs on Friday.

    • The Cubs received second baseman Nick Madrigal and right-hander Codi Heuer in exchange.

      The deal came one day after the White Sox acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera from the Cubs in exchange for left-hander Bailey Horn.

      The White Sox have their own All-Star closer in Liam Hendriks, however the addition of Kimbrel certainly bolsters a stacked bullpen.

      Kimbrel, 33, owns a 2-3 record with 23 saves and a 0.49 ERA in 39 appearances this season. The eight-time All-Star is 33-27 with 371 saves and a 2.07 ERA in 622 career relief appearances with the Atlanta Braves (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015), Boston Red Sox (2016-18) and Cubs.

      "We viewed Craig as the premier relief pitcher available at this trade deadline, and so we knew the cost would be steep in terms of parting with young talent," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a press release. "But we recognize the special opportunity that currently exists and our team, our clubhouse and our fans deserve to know we will do everything we can to reach the postseason and win meaningful games in October."

      Madrigal, 24, is batting .305 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 54 games this season. He hasn't played since June 9 and is currently on the 60-day injured list with a torn right hamstring.

      He is batting .317 with two homers and 32 RBIs in 83 career games with the White Sox.

      Heuer, 25, is 4-1 with a 5.12 ERA in 40 relief appearances in 2021. He is 7-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 61 career appearances with the White Sox.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers trade LHP Daniel Norris to Brewers
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Milwaukee Brewers acquired left-hander Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers on Friday in exchange for minor league right-hander Reese Olson.

    • Norris, 28, is 1-3 with one save and a 5.89 ERA in 38 bullpen appearances for the Tigers in 2021, his seventh season with Detroit.

      He is 19-34 with a 4.57 ERA in 149 games (83 starts) with the Toronto Blue Jays (2014-15) and Tigers.

      Olson, who turns 22 on Saturday, was a 13th-round pick by Milwaukee in the 2018 draft. He is 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 14 starts this year at High-A Wisconsin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Braves bring aboard OF Adam Duvall, OF Eddie Rosario
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielders Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario in separate deals ahead of Friday's trade deadline.

    • The Braves traded catcher Alex Jackson to the Miami Marlins to bring back Duvall and sent infielder Pablo Sandoval to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Rosario and cash considerations.

      Duvall, 32, entered Friday tied for seventh in the National League with 22 home runs and ranked fifth with 68 RBIs. He is batting .229 with 105 strikeouts in 90 games this season.

      Duvall played for the Braves from 2018-20 and is a career .232 hitter with 135 homers and 397 RBIs in 688 games with the San Francisco Giants (2014), Cincinnati Reds (2016-18), Atlanta and Miami. He made the All-Star team in 2016 when he set career highs with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs.

      Jackson, 25, hit .070 (3-for-43) in 19 games with the Braves over the past three seasons. He was drafted sixth overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2014.

      Rosario, 29, is hitting .254 with seven homers and 46 RBIs in 78 games this season with Cleveland. He landed on the 10-day injured list with a right abdominal strain on July 6 and has missed the Indians' past 17 games.

      Rosario is a .275 career hitter with 126 home runs and 434 RBIs in 775 games with the Minnesota Twins (2015-20) and Cleveland.

      Sandoval, 34, batted .178 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 69 games this season for Atlanta.

      A two-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Sandoval owns a .278 career batting average with 153 homers and 639 RBIs in 1,380 games with the Giants (2008-14, 2017-20), Boston Red Sox (2015-17) and Braves.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blue Jays acquire RHP Jose Berrios from Twins
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    The Toronto Blue Jays acquired right-hander Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for infielder/outfielder Austin Martin and right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson just before Friday's trade deadline.

    • Berrios, a two-time All-Star, owns a 7-5 record with a 3.48 ERA in 20 starts this season. The 27-year-old sports a 55-43 record with a 4.08 ERA in 136 career appearances (135 starts) -- all with the Twins.

      Martin, 22, is the Blue Jays' No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He is batting .281 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 55 games with Double-A New Hampshire.

      Woods Richardson, 20, owns a 2-4 record with a 5.76 ERA in 11 appearances (all starts) with New Hampshire this season. He is currently representing the United States in the Tokyo Olympics.

      --Field Level Media

  • Starlin Castro suspended 30 games, to be released by Nationals
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro on Friday received a 30-game suspension without pay and an undisclosed fine for violating Major League Baseball's joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse -- a finding that the team said will end his Nationals' tenure.

    • "My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Starlin Castro violated Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Castro violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate."

      The Nationals released the following statement on the heels of the suspension:

      "We take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. We fully support the Commissioner's decision and will be releasing Starlin Castro upon the completion of his suspension. Per the terms of the policy, we will have no further comment on this matter."

      Castro, 31, had been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on July 16 amid an accusation of domestic violence.

      Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters four days later that he was "not planning on having Starlin Castro back (with the team)."

      A four-time All-Star, Castro is batting .283 with three homers and 38 RBIs in 87 games this season. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract before the start of the 2020 season.

      Castro did not face charges in a 2011 incident in Chicago in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman after she passed out. The Illinois State's Attorney's Office announced in 2012 that charges were not being brought against Castro due to insufficient evidence.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB roundup: Joey Votto homers in Reds-record 6th straight game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 30, 2021

    Joey Votto homered in a franchise-best sixth straight game and Tucker Barnhart ripped a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning to lift the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

    • Votto answered back-to-back two-homer performances by belting a two-run shot in the first inning. The 2010 National League MVP has gone deep eight times in the last six games to boost his home run total to 20, marking the ninth season that he has reached that plateau.

      Kyle Farmer added an RBI double and scored on Aristides Aquino's sacrifice fly for the Reds, who won three of the four games in this series and nine of 13 vs. Chicago so far this season.

      Luis Castillo (5-10) won his second straight start after allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters in six innings. Heath Hembree surrendered a solo homer to Ian Happ in the ninth inning before sealing the victory.

      Chicago's Willson Contreras launched a two-run homer and Patrick Wisdom also went deep to lead off the fourth inning. Javier Baez went 2-for-4 in his return to the lineup after missing time with a bruised heel for the Cubs, who have lost three in a row and eight of their last 12 games.

      Padres 3, Rockies 0

      Joe Musgrove struck out 11 over seven shutout innings as host San Diego shut out Colorado.

      Fernando Tatis Jr. hit an RBI double in the first inning, and Jake Cronenworth hit a two-run homer in the eighth. Musgrove (7-7) blanked the Rockies on three hits and a walk over seven innings.

      Colorado's Kyle Freeland (1-6) gave up one run on eight hits and a walk, with four strikeouts, in six innings.

      Giants 5, Dodgers 0

      Johnny Cueto threw 5 2/3 shutout innings and Brandon Crawford lashed a two-run double in his first plate appearance off the injured list, helping the host San Francisco beat Los Angeles.

      The Giants won two of three in the series to push three games ahead of the defending World Series champions in the National League West.

      Cueto (7-5), who had been winless in four July starts, limited the Dodgers to four hits and two walks while striking out five.

      Brewers 12, Pirates 0

      Manny Pina homered twice, Rowdy Tellez also went deep and visiting Milwaukee completed a three-game series sweep of Pittsburgh.

      Tellez, Tyrone Taylor and Pablo Reyes each added an RBI double while Lorenzo Cain had a two-run single for the Brewers, who put together a five-run sixth and won for the fifth time in six games.

      Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta (8-3) pitched six innings and combined with relievers Miguel Sanchez, Devin Williams and Jandel Gustave for a three-hit shutout.

      Nationals 3, Phillies 1 (Game 1)

      In perhaps his last start for Washington, Max Scherzer picked up his eighth win of the season as the Nationals beat host Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader.

      Scherzer, a World Series champ and three-time Cy Young Award winner, is expected to be dealt by the Nationals before the trade deadline on Friday. He went six strong innings, allowing one run off three hits with five strikeouts.

      With the game tied at 1-1, Gerardo Parra led off the seventh inning with a double and then came home on Yan Gomes' 429-foot homer to center against Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler (8-6).

      Phillies 11, Nationals 8 (Game 2)

      Brad Miller crushed a walk-off grand slam in extra innings as Philadelphia recovered from a seven-run deficit to avoid a doubleheader sweep against Washington.

      Ryan Zimmerman delivered the tiebreaking single in the top of the eighth inning to give Washington an 8-7 lead before Miller's heroics in the bottom of the frame. The homer was Miller's 10th of the season.

      Rhys Hoskins, Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm also hit homers for the Phillies. Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer and Yadiel Hernandez added a two-run double for the Nationals.

      Athletics 4, Angels 0

      Frankie Montas threw seven shutout innings to help Oakland to a shutout win against Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series in Anaheim, Calif.

      Montas (9-8) allowed three hits, struck out 10 and walked three. He matched a career high for wins while throwing a season-high 109 pitches. Ramon Laureano delivered a two-run double in the three-run first inning for the Athletics, who have won six in a row against the Angels, keeping them six back of the second AL wild-card spot.

      Dylan Bundy (1-8) made his first start for Los Angeles since being demoted to the bullpen a month ago. After a rocky start, Bundy recovered to throw 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and two hits. He struck out two, walked four and hit a batter.

      Rays 14, Yankees 0

      Austin Meadows homered before an out was recorded and added another homer in a 10-run sixth inning as host Tampa Bay roughed up Gerrit Cole and cruised to a victory over New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.

      Meadows, who hit a single in the sixth to start a stretch that saw 11 straight hitters reach safely, went 3-for-5. His second homer capped Tampa Bay's biggest inning since a 10-run frame against the Marlins on June 25, 2008.

      Cole (10-6) dropped to 1-6 for his career in the regular season against the Rays by producing his worst outing as a Yankee despite striking out 10. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

      Tigers 6, Orioles 2

      Miguel Cabrera hit two solo homers, Casey Mize limited Baltimore to an unearned run in seven innings and Detroit defeated the visiting Orioles.

      Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a walk, and Eric Haase had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Jeimer Candelario supplied three hits, including an RBI triple, in the opener of a four-game series.

      Mize (6-5) recorded his first victory since June 26 while allowing four hits and two walks. He struck out two. Orioles starter Alexander Wells (1-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked three and fanned four.

      Blue Jays 13, Red Sox 1

      Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched a three-run home run and Hyun Jin Ryu struck out five over six scoreless innings to power Toronto in a rout of host Boston.

      It was the 33rd homer of the season for Guerrero (2-for-5), who trails only Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani (37) for the major league lead. Ryu (10-5) allowed only two hits and walked none to earn the win. Every batter in the Blue Jays' starting lineup drove in at least one run during the 16-hit attack.

      Bobby Dalbec doubled to plate the lone run for the Red Sox. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6) was knocked around for six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out eight in just 3 1/3 innings.

      Royals 5, White Sox 0

      Carlos Hernandez threw six scoreless innings as host Kansas City defeated Chicago, claiming three of the four games in the series with the first-place White Sox.

      Hernandez (2-1) gave up four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. He allowed one runner to reach third base.

      Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and Michael A. Taylor hit a solo homer and drove in another run for Kansas City.

      Braves 6, Mets 3

      Austin Riley continued his hot hitting with his 21st home run and three RBIs as visiting Atlanta won its third game in the five-game series against New York.

      Riley was 2-for-4, and his two-run homer sparked a three-run outburst in the fourth inning that put the Braves in front to stay. He added a run-scoring single in the fifth, his 10th RBI of the series. Riley extended his hitting streak to eight games, in which he's 14-for-32 (.438) with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. He has homered in the last three games and five of the last seven.

      Atlanta also got home runs from Abraham Almonte, his fifth, and Dansby Swanson, whose solo shot gave him a career-high 18. Ozzie Albies drove in his team-leading 69th run.

      --Field Level Media