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.
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.
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