Daily Dose: Deadline Day

Daily Dose: Deadline Day
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are among the teams eyeing Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Blue Jays and Giants -- who both have pressing needs at second base -- have also been linked to the impending free agent infielder. Washington, like Toronto and San Francisco, is set at shortstop, so Cabrera would presumably play the keystone there as well. The 28-year-old is batting .246/.305/.386 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 97 games this season for Cleveland.
Jul 31 - 8:37 AM

Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in his Double-A debut.

Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi this week despite posting a hideous 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. And it was clearly the right move. The 23-year-old right-hander walked four in his debut but also struck out four and gave up only two hits. He is likely to finish out the 2014 season at the Double-A level but could move to Triple-A at the start of 2015. Appel was the first overall pick (out of Stanford) in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Jul 31 - 8:25 AM

Matt Kemp singled in the game-winning run Wednesday in the tenth inning against the Braves, garnishing a monster offensive night.

He went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on Tuesday, and 3-for-4 with a round-tripper, walk, two RBI and two runs scored tonight. Kemp has gone 12-for-19 (.632) during the Dodgers' five-game winning streak. Kemp was batting .265 10 days ago, but his hot streak has spiked his average to .288, the highest mark the outfielder has posted since finishing at .303 in 2012. Don't count out the possibility of a fireworks display over the last two months.
Jul 31 - 1:51 AM

Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo homer in the Braves' 3-2 10-inning loss versus the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Upton's third hit, a round-tripper to left in the ninth inning which tied the game and saddled Kenley Jansen with a blown save, was his 19th of the season. He's riding a modest four-game hitting streak and is now slashing .287/.354/.511. Upton is on pace for 29 homers and 93 RBI.
Jul 31 - 1:45 AM

Zack Greinke allowed only one run over eight innings and struck out 13 in a no-decision opposite the Braves on Wednesday.

He allowed five hits and walked one. Greinke has struck out 10-plus in consecutive outings, and now has five 10-strikeout games in 2014. After punching out 148 batters in 177 2/3 innings last year, Greinke has struck out 153 across 139 1/3 frames thus far. Greinke, who hosts the crosstown Angels on Monday, is 12-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'd be in the Cy Young conversation if he pitched in the American League, not so in Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright's sprawling shadows.
Jul 31 - 1:43 AM

Alex Wood held the Dodgers to one run over seven innings, striking out eight, in Wednesday's no-decision.

The young lefty allowed six hits and a pair of walks. It was a nice bounce back effort after Wood allowed five runs (four earned) and a career-high 12 hits to a meek Padres' offense on Friday. He sliced the ERA to 3.30 and the WHIP to 1.23 in tonight's stellar outing. Wood won't have to tote his bat to his next matchup, which is in Seattle on Tuesday.
Jul 31 - 1:41 AM

Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-5 with a double, solo homer, four RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 12-1 thrashing of St. Louis.

Lady and gentleman, we've officially received signs of life from the 25-year-old second baseman. Gyorko hit just .162/.213/.270 in 221 plate appearances before missing close to two months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Since his activation on Monday, he's gone 6-for-11 (.545). Gyorko is owned in only 33-percent of Yahoo! leagues, a number that isn't high enough. Based on the offensive chops he showed as a rookie -- including a .249/.301 /.444 slash line and 23 homers, which earned a five-year, $35 million contract extension -- it's not out of the question that the former top prospect could thrive over the next few months.
Jul 31 - 1:36 AM

Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 12-1 romp over the Cardinals.

Solarte had homered in two out of his last three games. He's now tallied an extra-base hit in four of eight games since coming over to the Padres from the Yankees along with Rafael De Paula for Chase Headley. Solarte has slashed .364/.410/.606 during that period. He's a must-start in NL-only formats at the moment, but it's likely you can find better options in your mixed league on the waiver wire.
Jul 31 - 1:33 AM
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