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Pence On The Move?

Friday, July 29, 2011


Thursday saw a variety of new faces in new places. Some pretty, some not.

Colby Rasmus made his debut for the Blue Jays, playing nine innings in center field but going 0-for-5 at the plate with two strikeouts. Toronto still squeaked out an 8-5 victory over the Orioles.

Carlos Beltran debuted for the Giants, finishing 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He made a slick sliding catch in the outfield, though, and the Giants were able to grab a 4-1 win over the National League East-leading Phillies.

Both players should settle in as the smoke clears on the always-intense July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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* It's looking more and more likely that Astros outfielder Hunter Pence will be traded at this year's deadline. The Phillies have already made a substantial offer, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, and the Braves are expected to counter at some point between now and Sunday. Pence, 28, has registered a .309/.356/.472 batting line with 11 home runs and 62 RBI in 99 games this season for last-place Houston. He's already a reliable second or third fantasy outfielder and his value will only be raised with a move to a more potent lineup. Buying low on him before the week is through might make sense.

* Rays youngster Desmond Jennings continues to impress. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI in Thursday's 10-8 victory over the Athletics, launching his first career home run and improving his early slash line to an impressive .500/.607/.864. The dynamic 24-year-old outfielder is 11-for-22 with three doubles, one triple and four stolen bases in five chances since his July 22 promotion. The production is not going to continue at its current pace, but there's little doubt that Jennings is poised to become a fantasy star.

National League Quick Hits: The Brewers placed second baseman Rickie Weeks on the 15-day disabled list with a severe left ankle sprain … Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan tallied his 30th save of the season in Thursday's defeat of the Braves … Aramis Ramirez hinted Thursday that he might be willing to waive his no-trade clause before Sunday's deadline … Giants ace Tim Lincecum tossed six scoreless innings Thursday in a win over the Phillies … Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double in Thursday's defeat of the Cubs … Chipper Jones is expected to miss another 2-3 games due to lingering soreness in his quad … Wandy Rodriguez limited the Cardinals to one earned run in seven innings Thursday in what might have been his last start with the Astros … Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has recorded three straight three-hit games … Trade candidate Heath Bell notched his 30th save of the season Thursday against the Diamondbacks … Joey Votto has homered in three straight games … Stephen Strasburg (elbow) tossed a three-inning simulated game Thursday in Florida … Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz is day-to-day with a right hand contusion … Johan Santana (shoulder) tossed three scoreless innings Thursday in his rehab debut at High-A St. Lucie … Nick Punto is day-to-day with a strained left oblique … Gerald Laird sprained a finger in Thursday's loss to the Astros … The Brewers acquired infielder Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash.

American League Quick Hits: The Indians acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs for minor league right-hander Carlton Smith and minor league outfielder Abner Abreu … The Yankees and Red Sox both scouted A's right-hander Rich Harden on Thursday … Matt Harrison continued to roll Thursday against the Twins, allowing just one run over eight strong innings … Mark Trumbo drove in a career-high five runs in Thursday's victory over the Tigers … The White Sox are now expected to trade outfielder Carlos Quentin before Sunday's non-waiver deadline … Josh Hamilton fell a home run short of the cycle in Thursday's win over Minnesota … Trade candidate B.J. Upton mashed his 16th home run of the season Thursday against the A's … The Red Sox are concerned that Clay Buchholz may be dealing with a structural issue in his back … J.J. Hardy slugged his 17th and 18th home runs in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays … The Twins placed middle infielder Alexi Casilla on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring … The Tigers have expressed interest in Nationals starter Jason Marquis … The Rangers placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the new 7-day disabled list with a concussion … Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque is day-to-day with inflammation in his forearm … The Yankees are in talks with the Dodgers to acquire starter Hiroki KurodaJed Lowrie (shoulder) took swings Wednesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list … The Rangers are in hot pursuit of Padres closer Heath Bell.


Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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