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The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Indians are "among several teams" who have asked about Steve Pearce.

The Indians have been tied to several players in trade rumors. In addition to Pearce, they have reportedly been looking into Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith and Jonathan Lucroy. Pearce, 33, is slashing .313/.386/.530 with 10 homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. He has notched double-digit home runs in three consecutive seasons.
Jul 27 - 9:12 PM

Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

Longoria mashed a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning. The veteran third baseman has been nothing short of marvelous during the 2016 campaign. His current .292/.340/.545 triple-slash is the best he has posted since hitting .289/.369/.527 back in 2012. In addition to his superb batting line this season, he has also clubbed 23 homers and driven in 57 runs.
Jul 27 - 8:46 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with his first career stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Entering Wednesday's action, Ellis had attempted just four steals in 536 career games. None of those tries were successful, but the veteran backstop surprised the universe with steal No. 1 on Wednesday. The Dodgers -- cheeky crew that they are -- had the base removed for memory's sake. Even with his newfound speed, he remains a fantasy no-go due to his lack of playing time and lack of upside with the bat.
Jul 27 - 8:32 PM

Matt Moore was on his game in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Moore struck out five on the afternoon, but he also issued four walks. Even with that inefficiency, he exited with two outs in the seventh having thrown only 98 pitches (57 strikes). The unearned run that scored against him came when catcher Luke Maile made a throwing error on a Joc Pederson steal in the second inning. The error allowed Pederson to scoot on home. Moore is a potential trade chip for the Rays as they near the trade deadline. Should he make his next start with his current club, it would come at home against the Royals next Tuesday. He has pitched to a 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/40 K/BB ratio across 130 innings.
Jul 27 - 8:23 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury is "something that's going to take a couple days [to recover from]."

Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain while running down the first base line in the second inning of Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. The Astros have an off day on Thursday. Beyond that, Hinch said that because the Tigers will start southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday, the Astros might sit him until Saturday. Valbunea shouldn't be considered in the clear quite yet, but with the way the team is talking, he might just be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Hamstrings, of course, are notoriously balky.
Jul 27 - 8:14 PM

Jose Reyes (intercostal strain) will not play until Friday at the earliest.

Reyes suffered a Grade 1 intercostal strain during Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He was administered an anti-inflammatory shot on Tuesday night. In terms of silver linings, Reyes at least avoided re-breaking the rib he fractured during the opening week of the 2015 season. He initially feared that Tuesday's injury might be a case of history repeating itself.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:02 PM

Brandon McCarthy failed to provide the Dodgers length in Wednesday's loss to the Rays, yielding three runs on four hits over four innings.

McCarthy struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. All three runs on his line scored in the fourth inning, with Evan Longoria burning him for a two-run homer and Luke Maile notching an RBI double. In his five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery earlier this year, McCarthy has pitched to a 2.39, 0.84 WHIP and 33/9 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. A road date with the Rockies shows next on his schedule.
Jul 27 - 7:55 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) played catch on Tuesday.

Doolittle had been performing sock throws (range-of-motion exercises) as he rehabs from a left shoulder strain which waylaid him near the end of June. He has graduated to actually playing catch (like with a baseball), now. A return in mid-to-late August could be in-play for the 29-year-old reliever.
Jul 27 - 7:37 PM
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