7/30/2013 | Peavy scratched from start as Deadline approaches
Jake Peavy remained a member of the Chicago White Sox hours before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but he did not make his scheduled start Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
7/30/2013 | Asche surprised by promotion to Majors
Cody Asche was called up by the Phillies on Tuesday, and even with impressive numbers (.295 average, 15 homers, 68 RBIs in 104 games) at Triple-A, he said the move caught him off guard.
7/30/2013 | Amid trade rumors, Norris scratched from start
Astros starter Bud Norris got a call Tuesday morning from manager Bo Porter, informing him he wasn't going to get the ball in the series opener against the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with Lucas Harrell pitching instead. Norris wasn't traded, but the Astros wanted to sit him out as a precaution.
7/30/2013 | Cards bolster bullpen by calling up Blazek, Butler
Needing to fill their bullpen with fresh arms for Tuesday's doubleheader, the Cardinals recalled right-handers Michael Blazek and Keith Butler from Triple-A.
7/30/2013 | McCatty expected to be out of hospital Wednesday
Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday. The team is hoping that that McCatty can rejoin the team in Milwaukee.
7/30/2013 | Davey doesn't expect Nats to make any deals
Manager Davey Johnson said he doesn't expect the Nationals to make a deal by the non-waiver Trade Deadline, which is Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.
7/30/2013 | Schu pleased with Nats' approach at plate
Entering Tuesday's action, the Nationals were hitting .268 since Rick Schu took over the hitting-coach duties. Their best game was Sunday in a 14-1 victory over the Mets. Schu was pleased to see the Nationals score runs without putting the ball into the seats.
7/30/2013 | Downs progressing through rehab program
The Tigers may get an extra left-handed arm in the bullpen soon, and it won't be through a trade. Darin Downs is still progressing through tendinitis in his left shoulder that has sidelined him since July 7.
7/30/2013 | Veras ready to fill whatever role Tigers need
Eight years into his Major League career, Jose Veras is now a little more than halfway to Octavio Dotel's Major League record for franchises played for (13). He knows how to handle the challenge of changing clubhouses in midseason.
7/30/2013 | Coke turning the page on first-half troubles
While the Tigers are hoping for consistency from the younger pitchers in their bullpen, they are also hoping left-handed reliever Phil Coke can regain his form from the 2012 playoffs.
7/30/2013 | Bonderman looking good in Toledo bullpen
With the Tigers' off-day on Monday, president/general manager Dave Dombrowski traveled to Triple-A Toledo with assistant Al Avila and pro scouting director Scott Bream. While they were there, Jeremy Bonderman continued to excel since signing a Minor League contract with the Tigers before the All-Star break.
7/30/2013 | Gio-Verlander matchup to wrap short series in Detroit
Since early May, Gio Gonzalez and Justin Verlander have been headed in opposite directions. Gonzalez has a 2.20 ERA over 15 starts, while since May 16, Verlander owns a 5.21 mark over 14 outings. They'll meet Wednesday at Comerica Park.
7/30/2013 | Avila's slam off Strasburg sends Anibal, Tigers to win
Alex Avila hadn't homered since July 3, and he hadn't homered at home since April 30. Stephen Strasburg hadn't allowed a home run with more than one runner on in his career. However, none of it mattered in the sixth inning, when Avila drilled his first career grand slam to the right-field seats to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 win on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
7/30/2013 | GMs face stark reality as Deadline approaches
As the Trade Deadline approaches on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, it prompts baseball's general managers to make decisions based both on the extent of the season and recent trends, and sometimes those two factors are at odds.
7/30/2013 | Cardinals turn to Wainwright to bring skid to halt
When the Cardinals opened the series against the Pirates on Monday, they clung to a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central. Heading into the fourth game of the five-game set on Wednesday, it's Pittsburgh that holds an advantage of 1 1/2 games after winning four straight, including both games of Tuesday's doubleheader.
7/30/2013 | Pirates take twin bill, solidify perch atop Central
Brandon Cumpton, making just his fourth Major League start, tossed seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Cardinals Tuesday night. The Pirates swept a doubleheader against St. Louis for the first time since June 28, 1978.
7/30/2013 | Cubs face rebound-minded Peralta in series finale
For the Brewers to complete the sweep of their NL Central rivals at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, Wily Peralta will have to rebound from his first shaky start in the month of July. Opposing him will be the Cubs' Edwin Jackson.
7/30/2013 | Special delivery: Mechanical quirks help hurlers
It's an elaborate ritual aimed at a simple objective: getting the ball to the plate. Every pitcher has his own way of doing this, but the vast majority follow a handful of templates. Some hurlers put a unique stamp on a repetitive task, striving for comfort over conformity.
7/30/2013 | Astros have power on horizon in Vasquez
The Houston Astros' strategy of developing young, talented players continued with the acquisition of left-handed-hitting outfielder Danry Vasquez from the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
7/30/2013 | Brewers' fans test wits for cash on 'Bucks'
When Brewers fans Mark Korpela and Heather Hilgendorf heard that the hit MLB.com game show "Bucks on the Pond" powered by Ford was coming to Miller Park, the first thing they did was go to MLB.com/bucks and see what all the fuss was about.
7/30/2013 | Today's MLB starting lineups: July 30
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
7/30/2013 | Trio of walk-off HRs, triple mark MLB first
In a day full of dramatic finishes across the country, a new baseball first occurred, as Monday marked the first time in Major League history that there were three walk-off home runs and a walk-off triple in the same day.
7/30/2013 | Beachy struggles in first start since Tommy John
Brandon Beachy allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts in what was a harsh reintroduction to Major League offenses.
7/30/2013 | Slumping hitters come to life in a big way
Four runs in the first and A.J. Griffin retiring the first 13 Blue Jays helped the A's build up a nice cushion en route to victory on Monday night, lifting them 20 games over .500.
7/29/2013 | Dodgers, A.J. Ellis host annual bowling fundraiser
The Dodgers used their day off on Monday to make an impact in the community, as catcher A.J. Ellis hosted the ninth annual Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Bowling Extravaganza at Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. LIVE.
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