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WEEI.com's Rob Bradford was told by a rival general manager that a Jon Lester trade is likely to be completed late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

The Red Sox have already scratched Lester from his scheduled start Wednesday, suggesting a deal is imminent. The Brewers and Orioles, two teams that have been connected to Lester, have been ruled out as potential landing spots. The Pirates, Blue Jays, Mariners, Cardinals, Dodgers and Marlins are among the clubs that have been linked to Lester.
Jul 29 - 10:41 PM

Carlos Gomez went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Gomez shouldn't feel too bad -- Rays starter Alex Cobb racked up 12 strikeouts on the evening, so his teammates did plenty of swinging and missing as well. Gomez is now 0-for-12 with six strikeouts in his last three games, dropping his slash line to .297/.359/.494. He's too talented to be mired in a slump for much longer, so a multi-hit game should be in the cards soon.
Jul 29 - 10:38 PM

Jose Abreu went 3-for-4, hitting a two-run home run and a two-run double in Tuesday's trampling of the Tigers.

Abreu added insult to injury, smoking his 31st home run in the seventh inning, accounting for the fifth and sixth runs in a seven-run frame. In the eighth, Abreu doubled in a pair of runs to make it 11-2. As a result, Abreu now leads the big leagues in RBI with 83. Just for good measure, the Cuban rookie also has a fantastic .299/.349/.632 slash line.
Jul 29 - 10:37 PM

Marlins optioned OF Jake Marisnick to Triple-A New Orleans.

Marisnick is batting just .167/.216/.167 across 51 plate appearances this season. He'll be back in September, if not before.
Jul 29 - 10:34 PM

Logan Forsythe had a pinch-hit RBI double and scored a run in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Forsythe pinch-hit for Matt Joyce against left-handed reliever Will Smith and came through with a double to score the game's third run. Forsythe also came around to score later in the inning. The part-time utility man has 16 RBI to go with a .246/.294/.350 line overall.
Jul 29 - 10:34 PM

Casey Janssen allowed a ninth-inning solo home run, but managed to escape with his 17th save as the Blue Jays earned a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Xander Bogaerts greeted Janssen with a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning, but the right-hander was able to get the next three batters he faced in short order. July has been troublesome for Janssen, as he has allowed runs in five of 11 appearances in the month while sporting a 6.10 ERA. On the season, he is 17-for-19 in save opportunities with a 2.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.
Jul 29 - 10:31 PM

Brandon Workman will be recalled to start on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

He's taking the spot of Jon Lester, who has been scratched amid trade rumors. If Lester is indeed dealt, Workman should stick in the rotation for the remainder of the season. The right-hander holds a 4.13 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 41/19 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 29 - 10:29 PM

Xander Bogaerts attempted to spark a ninth-inning rally by himself, hitting a solo home run off of Casey Janssen, but the Red Sox ultimately fell to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

It's been a tough year for the third baseman, but the Red Sox hope the flash of power on display Tuesday is a sign of things to come. The 21-year-old owns a .241/.311/.362 slash line with eight home runs and 26 RBI.
Jul 29 - 10:28 PM
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