7/28/2014 | Astros' rotation depth offers trade options
In effort to land a bat to add to their struggling offense, the Astros are willing to trade one of their starting pitchers, as they currently have six arms capable of filling a rotation role.
7/28/2014 | Girardi gives Cashman space to work on deals
Joe Girardi has more of an inside track to the Yankees' trade-rumor scene than the average observer, but the manager said that he prefers to give general manager Brian Cashman his space to work, rather than get excited about moves that might not happen.
7/28/2014 | Mariners finalize deal with top prospect Hernandez
Brayan Hernandez, one of the top young prospects on this year's international market, has officially signed with the Mariners after taking batting practice with the club last week at Safeco Field, the team announced Monday.
7/28/2014 | Injury roundup: Dietrich begins taking swings
Of the Marlins players on the disabled list, closest to returning is second baseman Derek Dietrich. He landed on the DL with a sprained right wrist July 4. He has started taking grounders and began work in the batting cage Monday at Marlins Park.
7/28/2014 | Marlins not sellers, gaining confidence in rotation
Fresh off a 6-1 road trip, the Marlins haven't explicitly said they're staying put at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but they have confirmed they're not sellers.
7/28/2014 | Jeter reflects on battles with Rangers over years
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter knows, with no hesitation, what he's going to miss the most after he retires from baseball at the conclusion of the season.
7/28/2014 | Sandy says Mets 'unlikely' to make a deal
Those dreaming of a blockbuster trade bringing superstar Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to Flushing can keep dreaming for now. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on Monday called it "unlikely" that the club will complete any deal before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Tulowitzki or otherwise.
7/28/2014 | Dice-K's elbow improving, could begin throwing soon
Daisuke Matsuzaka seems to have avoided the worst. Matsuzaka's inflamed right elbow improved markedly from Sunday to Monday, generating hope that he can begin a throwing program by the end of this week. Though Matsuzaka will not return from the disabled list when eligible on Aug. 10, initial fears of a much longer DL stay appear unfounded.
7/28/2014 | Sandy can't recall claim made by La Russa
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not recall a claim that former A's manager Tony La Russa approached him about steroid use in the Oakland clubhouse in the 1980s and '90s.
7/28/2014 | Gentry lands on DL with broken hand
A's outfielder Craig Gentry woke up Monday morning in Houston expecting to be held out of the lineup for just a day with a bruised right hand. Hours later, he was undergoing an MRI exam that revealed a fracture, forcing him to the disabled list.
7/28/2014 | Blue Jays shore up infield depth, acquire Valencia
The Blue Jays provided some much-needed balance to their lineup Monday afternoon by acquiring infielder Danny Valencia from the Royals in a deal for catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks.
7/28/2014 | With Rendon at 3B, trio to share time at 2B
Nationals manager Matt Williams has decided that three players -- Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen -- will split time at second base. The job had belonged to Anthony Rendon, but he is now the everyday third baseman.
7/28/2014 | Zimmerman continues to rest ailing hamstring
Nationals manager Matt Williams still doesn't know how long Ryan Zimmerman will be out after injuring his right hamstring last week against the Rockies.
7/28/2014 | Morrow likely to pitch in relief upon return
When Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow eventually returns this season, he'll likely be pitching out of the bullpen. Manager John Gibbons gave some credence to the theory that has been talked about for the past several weeks. The line of thinking was that Morrow wouldn't have enough time to properly prepare as a starter.
7/28/2014 | High schoolers showcase talent at Breakthrough Series
The 2014 Breakthrough Series, a regional showcase co-hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball in four locations around the country, including MCU Park -- home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets affiliate -- took place on Sunday and Monday. About 30 high school-aged athletes from the area, including many from the five boroughs, and Puerto Rico participated in the two-day slate of workouts and scrimmages in front of college recruiters and professional scouts.
7/28/2014 | Castro: 'No ill will' among Astros toward Appel
Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls and catcher Jason Castro, two of the club's leading veterans, both said on Monday that they weren't aware of any players on the team who had any issues with former No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel coming to Minute Maid Park on Sunday to throw in the bullpen.
7/28/2014 | Webster tabbed to face Yankees on Saturday
Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster won his first start of the season Sunday and will make his second start Saturday against the Yankees, manager John Farrell said Monday.
7/28/2014 | Farrell keeping players informed on possible deals
Red Sox manager John Farrell was never traded at the Deadline as a player, but he knows the feeling of speculation this time of year. So he said he tries to do everything he can to make sure players aren't in the dark as the rumor mill turns faster and faster this week.
7/28/2014 | Renteria focused on current roster, not trades
The Cubs may have been busy the last two years at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the emphasis lately has been more on evaluating what the team already has. "I don't get into the possibilities or chances of any movement," Rick Renteria said. "I think I concern myself more with the guys we have and how we'll move forward in the next eight, nine weeks."
7/28/2014 | Melky, Goins spark Blue Jays in blowout of Red Sox
Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homer and a three-run shot and Ryan Goins added four RBIs as the Blue Jays came into Fenway Park and walked all over the Red Sox in a 14-1 victory Monday night.
7/28/2014 | Weiss has no issue with Tulo's Bronx visit
Walt Weiss declared Troy Tulowitzki innocent of any violation of team or baseball etiquette following his visit to Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
7/28/2014 | Anderson stands by his tweets
Brett Anderson stepped into Troy Tulowitzki's social media controversy, but said that he can take the heat.
7/28/2014 | CarGo can hurt you even when hurt
Carlos Gonzalez showed on Sunday that even in pain, he's a weapon. Gonzalez didn't play on Saturday and didn't start on Sunday because of a twisted right ankle, but he made a full-length diving catch, complete with a faceplant, to steal a hit from Jordy Mercer in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Pirates.
7/28/2014 | Archer, Price respond to Ortiz's comments
Rays pitchers David Price and Chris Archer responded to David Ortiz's postgame comments about Archer from Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox -- which were themselves in response to Archer's own postgame interview -- on Monday afternoon.
7/28/2014 | Prospect Ziomek sets career high with 13 K's
Left-hander Kevin Ziomek, the Tigers' No. 6 prospect, threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 13 batters on Monday, as Class A West Michigan defeated Kane County, 2-1.
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