Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are "pushing hard" to trade Derek Norris.
The Padres like what they've seen out of Christian Bethancourt and Austin Hedges is killing the ball in the minors this season, so it makes sense that they'd want to shop Norris. The 27-year-old has hit an underwhelming .204/.263/.379 this season and is starting to get more expensive in arbitration, but there will surely be some teams that view him as an upgrade to their catching situation. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that the Astros like Norris but "it's unclear if talks are active."
Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Reds.
Castillo jumped the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 advantage when he launched a three-run homer off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning. Snakes starter Zack Godley immediately counteracted that by allowing three runs of his own in the bottom of the frame, but the Diamondbacks eventually came away with the win regardless. For his part, Castillo is slashing .258/.307/.431 with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 260 at-bats. Those numbers aren't mind-melting by any stretch of the imagination, but he offers a nice bit of pop, particularly for a backstop.
Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats.
Astros designated INF Danny Worth for assignment.
He's clearing space for the arrival of Alex Bregman, who will be promoted Monday. Worth hit just .179/.200/.231 with the big club.
Sam Dyson picked up his 20th save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Royals.
Dyson worked around two singles in a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. He now boasts a 2.38 ERA in 45 1/3 innings this season for Texas.
A.J. Griffin limited the Royals to one run over five innings Sunday in a no-decision.
The one run he allowed came on a fourth-inning Kendrys Morales solo shot. Griffin left the game at 89 pitches with Texas trailing 1-0, but the Rangers scored in the sixth and seventh and went on to win 2-1. Griffin will carry a 4.06 ERA into his next start at home versus this same Kansas City club.
The Astros announced that they will call up top prospect Alex Bregman prior to Monday's game versus the Yankees.
Finally, after weeks (months, really) of speculation, Bregman is set to make his major league debut. Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted that he's not sure yet where Bregman will play but the former first-rounder has seen time at shortstop, third base and left field in the minors this season. Rest assured, he'll play regularly wherever it may be. Bregman has batted .306/.406/.580 with 20 homers and seven steals between Double- and Triple-A this season and needs to be picked up in any fantasy leagues where he's still available.
Edinson Volquez tossed six innings of one-run ball but the Royals fell to the Rangers on Sunday.
The reigning World Series champs are now under .500 (48-49) for the year and quickly falling out of contention for a spot in the 2016 postseason. Volquez did his part Sunday, but the Kansas City offense could only muster one run of support. The right-hander has been steady since a brutal 11-run outing June 25 versus Houston. He gets the Rangers again next, this time on the road.