7/28/2014 | Top to bottom, Reds keeping positive outlook
It's not exactly a state secret that the Reds haven't played well since the All-Star break, and if it was, the seven-game losing streak they broke on Saturday was the ultimate telltale sign. Reds manager Bryan Price has showed a mostly upbeat demeanor during the adversity. Price said that CEO Bob Castellini has also been positive with him during their recent conversations.
7/28/2014 | Frazier singing different tune at the plate
Todd Frazier changed things up a bit during the Reds' weekend series against the Nationals, in which Cincinnati dropped two of three games. But the tweak wasn't to his batting stance; it was to his walkup music.
7/28/2014 | Hill out of starting lineup, but hand on mend
Aaron Hill was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Monday, but the D-backs' second baseman said his bruised right hand was feeling better and he anticipated being available to pinch-hit if needed.
7/28/2014 | Ahmed's RBI single wins it for D-backs in 15
Nick Ahmed's two-out single to left-center proved to be the game-winner as the D-backs outlasted the Reds, 2-1, in 15 innings Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
7/28/2014 | Melvin, aides prep for Trade Deadline
Doug Melvin needed some extra chairs in the visiting general manager's suite at Tropicana Field on Monday.
7/28/2014 | Opportunity abounds as teams prepare for Deadline
Twenty of baseball's 30 teams began Monday within 5 1/2 games of a playoff berth. Sixteen teams were within 3 1/2 games. So there's opportunities out there as Thursday's Trade Deadline approaches.
7/28/2014 | Loney, Odorizzi put Rays back on winning path
Tampa Bay appeared headed for a second consecutive loss Monday night after Boston snapped its nine-game winning streak on Sunday. Things just didn't seem to be going the Rays' way. But the Rays found a way, coming away with a 2-1 win over the Brewers at Tropicana Field.
7/28/2014 | Cishek, deGrom named co-NL Players of Week
A pair of young hurlers -- Marlins closer Steve Cishek and Mets rookie Jacob deGrom -- were named the co-National League Players of the Week on Monday after outstanding performances from the mound last week.
7/28/2014 | Marlins recall Marisnick, send down Realmuto
The Marlins optioned catcher J.T. Realmuto to Double-A Jacksonville on Monday, making room for the return of outfielder Jake Marisnick to Marlins Park.
7/28/2014 | Bedard designated; Peralta back from DL
The Rays designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment on Monday to make room for right-hander Joel Peralta to return from the disabled list.
7/28/2014 | Dodgers fortify infield with trade for Barney
The Dodgers acquired middle infielder Darwin Barney and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for a player to be named or cash.
7/28/2014 | Moustakas rediscovering enjoyment along with swing
It took nearly four months, and 100 games, but the "Mooooose" chant finally got its legs back on Friday. When Mike Moustakas tattooed a home run off the back of the visiting bullpen versus the Indians, the Kauffman Stadium faithful responded with its patented elongated "Moose" chant.
7/28/2014 | Rankings see familiar force entering fray
The A's top the Power Rankings this week, followed by their American League East rivals, the Angels. The Nationals come in at No. 3, despite the injury to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
7/28/2014 | MLB Notebook: Dodgers vying for 29th ERA title
If the Dodgers are going to add to their record total of 28 ERA titles, they have some work to do, as the 2014 club's 3.35 ERA currently comes in fourth in the Senior Circuit, behind the Nationals' 3.07, the Padres' 3.21 and the Braves' 3.32.
7/28/2014 | Santana fans 11 as Braves blank Padres in finale
Ervin Santana tied a career high with 11 K's over eight shutout frames and Evan Gattis provided the offense as the Braves downed the Padres, 2-0, on Monday at Turner Field.
7/28/2014 | Heyward day to day with lower back soreness
Jason Heyward exited Monday afternoon's finale vs. the Padres due to lower back soreness.
7/28/2014 | Lane, 37, etches name in Padres history
When Padres pitcher Jason Lane got Jordan Schafer on a first-pitch lineout to right field in the first inning Monday, he officially became the oldest pitcher to make his debut start in franchise history.
7/28/2014 | Gallo, Blair are Pipeline Prospects of the Week
Rangers prospect Joey Gallo had five home runs and six multi-RBI games, and D-backs pitching prospect Aaron Blair fanned 16 and gave up one run in his first two Double-A outings.
7/28/2014 | Class of 2014 basking in glow of big weekend
Induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame usually exceeds expectations for the participants, and the events of this past weekend were no exception.
7/28/2014 | Setbacks challenging, but Buxton persevering
When Byron Buxton is on the field, he's the most dynamic player in the Minor Leagues, the top prospect in all of baseball. He proved that a year ago, surpassing even the highest expectations placed upon the second overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. But this year has brought a new set of challenges for Buxton.
7/28/2014 | Savvy signings put teams in playoff contention
With Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline mere days away, the hunt is on for impact acquisitions. But it's important to remember some of the impact acquisitions that helped put teams in contention and on the "buy" side of the trade equation in the first place.
7/28/2014 | Fredi leaning on bench in stretch without off-days
As the Braves played the 11th of 17 consecutive days out of the All-Star break on Monday, manager Fredi Gonzalez started Jordan Schafer and Phil Gosselin as part of an effort over the next few days to play the reserves and rest the regulars.
7/28/2014 | Rejuvenated Gyorko activated from disabled list
Jedd Gyorko didn't just return to the Padres' clubhouse on Monday with a healed left foot, he did so with a renewed sense of optimism that his offensive struggles in the first two months of the season are behind him.
7/28/2014 | HOF weekend a celebration of special Braves era
On Sunday, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were inducted into the Hall of Fame, drawing hordes of Atlanta fans to Cooperstown, along with former players and executives who were part of the '90s Braves.
7/28/2014 | How will Hall's Class of 2015 shape up?
With the Hall of Fame still fresh on everyone's mind, we thought it would be fun -- yes, fun! -- to look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class. We asked a panel of 40 media members from across the spectrum what their hypothetical 2015 Hall of Fame ballot would look like today, and the results should give you a good sense of what next year's HOF class will look like.
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