Athletics claimed INF/OF Danny VAlencia off waivers from the Blue Jays.
Valencia was designated for assignment by Toronto in a somewhat surprising move after the July 31 trade deadline. He's having a very good season and drew interest from a range of teams (including the White Sox, Rangers, and Orioles) on the waiver wire. The 30-year-old probably isn't going to carry a ton of fantasy value in Oakland.
Michael Morse is batting seventh and starting at first base Monday in his Pirates debut.
Morse was acquired from the Dodgers in a July 31 deadline trade. He had been shipped from Miami to Los Angeles one day prior as part of a big 13-player, three-team swap. The 33-year-old first baseman has struggled mightily this season and probably won't suddenly take on significant fantasy value with Pittsburgh.
Marlins RHP prosepct Jordan Holloway allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings Sunday in a victory for Low-A Batavia.
He faced the minimum 18 batters. The win was Holloway's second in a row and his third in eight starts for Batavia. The 19-year-old recorded seven ground-outs in a row between the second and fourth innings. Holloway has limited opponents to a .203 average this season but has struggled with walks with 30 free passes in only 47 innings.
Dodgers sent RHP Brandon Beachy outright to Triple-A Durham.
Beachy accepted the assignment rather than test the free agent waters. The 28-year-old right-hander is still working back from a second Tommy John surgery. He allowed seven runs in eight innings (two starts) with LA.
Indians SS prospect Yu-Cheng Chang plated a career-high five runs Sunday in a win for Class-A Lake County.
He homered for the second game in a row. Over his last three contests, Chang is 4-for-13 with nine RBI. The 19-year-old has raised his average 16 points during his eight-game hitting streak. 24 of Chang's 75 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.
The veteran right-hander was sent for an MRI on Monday after complaining of inflammation in his pitching elbow during his last start July 31 against the Reds. There was some concern about ligament damage, but Monday's MRI showed his UCL is intact. Burnett will undergo treatment instead of surgery and is hoping to return to the Pirates later this year. J.A. Happ has taken over the rotation vacancy in Pittsburgh.
Blue Jays claimed RHP Ben Rowen off waivers from the Cubs.
Rowen was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 31 to open up a roster spot for new starting pitcher Dan Haren. Rowen, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever with promising minor league numbers, has been assigned to the Blue Jays' Triple-A team in Buffalo.
Rockies RHP prospect Jesus Tinoco spun six shutout innings Sunday in his debut for Low-A Asheville.
The win was Tinoco's third in 16 starts. Tinoco didn't allow a runner to reach second base until the sixth inning. He matched his second-highest strikeout total of the year with seven punch-outs.The 20-year-old was acquired from Toronto last week in the Troy Tulowitzki trade. His best pitch is a 60-grade fastball that clocks in the mid-90s.