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Justin Upton connected on his third home run of the season, powering the Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Cubs on Friday in Atlanta.

Upton finished the night 1-for-3 and also added a sacrifice fly. He looks extremely comfortable in his new surroundings, and is now hitting .308 with three homers and five RBI through his first four games.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 10:24:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays have been "looking at" A.J. Ramos.

Per Heyman, the Rays are also in the running for Tigers closer Justin Wilson, though he's being pursued by a number of other teams and probably a long shot to end up in Tampa Bay. The Marlins just traded setup man David Phelps to the Mariners and dealing Ramos could be their next move. Ramos hasn't had the smoothest year (4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) but he's only blown two saves and still carries an impressive 11.46 K/9 over 36 outings. He'd be an upgrade for a Rays bullpen that ranks 21st in the league in ERA (4.37).
Jul 20 - 4:20 PM

Jake Lamb hit a pair of three-run homers in the Diamondbacks' 12-2 rout of the Reds on Thursday.

Lamb was hitting fourth behind Paul Goldschmidt prior to the J.D. Martinez acquisition. He was moved up to the third spot ahead of Goldschmidt last night and remained there today, even though an injury had Martinez out of the lineup. Fourth is probably a little better for his fantasy value, but it shouldn't matter much. He's up to 22 homers and 76 RBI.
Jul 20 - 3:55 PM

Rangers activated RHP Keone Kela from the 10-day disabled list.

Kela missed around three weeks of action with a sore right shoulder. The 24-year-old returns Thursday to a shiny 2.64 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 42/13 K/BB ratio covering 30 2/3 innings and he could very well be the favorite for saves down the stretch in Texas.
Jul 20 - 3:35 PM

An MRI taken Thursday on Steven Souza's left hip showed no serious structural damage.

Souza appeared to injure the hip on an awkward slide Wednesday in Oakland, but he avoided anything major and could be back in the Rays' lineup within the next couple of days. Wonderful news. The 28-year-old outfielder boasts an .883 OPS with 20 home runs and 60 RBI in 90 games this season for Tampa Bay.
Jul 20 - 3:14 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the Brewers have expressed interest in Tigers veteran Justin Verlander.

The first-place Brewers could use another starting pitcher and the Tigers would probably eat some cash to grab some of the top young talent in Milwaukee's system. Verlander is owed around $60 million and has posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 117 innings this season, though he was very good in 2016. Fenech adds that the Cubs, who just acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox, are "still monitoring" the Verlander market. Houston's interest is said to be "minimal."
Jul 20 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Addison Reed is "attracting the most interest of any of the Mets' trade chips."

That's no real surprise given that Reed has posted a stellar 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 47/5 K/BB ratio in 45 innings this season and New York's other chips are Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and T.J. Rivera. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox and Brewers, along with a half-dozen other teams. Reed, a free-agent-to-be, would make sense as a bullpen rental for any contender.
Jul 20 - 2:04 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span.
Jul 20 - 1:59 PM

Mariners acquired RHP David Phelps from the Marlins for OF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Brandon Miller, RHP Pablo Lopez, and RHP Lukas Schiraldi.

Word of the deal was first reported late Wednesday night by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. It just took a little while longer for the Marlins to pick through the Mariners' minor league system. Phelps will work as a setup man in Seattle for young closer Edwin Diaz, and it should be a good fit. The 30-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 season and he's averaging a career-best 94.4 mph on his fastball this summer. Phelps will be arbitration-eligible in 2018 with free agency coming in 2019.
Jul 20 - 11:51 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Networks reports that talks are "heating up" between the Astros and Athletics on a Sonny Gray trade.

Morosi notes, however, that the Astros are also talking to the Tigers about a possible package for both Justin Verlander and Justin Wilson. Gray, 27, has rebounded this season with a strong 3.66 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, and 85/28 K/BB ratio in 91 innings, after finishing with a 5.69 ERA over 117 innings in 2016. He is under contractual control through 2019.
Jul 20 - 11:28 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports there are three teams "in on" Marlins closer A.J. Ramos.

Miami is just about to trade setup man David Phelps, and Ramos could very well follow him out the door. The 30-year-old right-hander has struggled a bit in 2017, but he boasts a 2.81 career ERA and 10.5 career K/9, and he's racked up 89 saves since the beginning of the 2015 season. Ramos is under control, via arbitration, through 2018.
Jul 20 - 11:18 AM

J.D. Martinez (hand) is not in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Thursday.

Martinez got hit by a pitch Wednesday in his second-ever at-bat with Arizona and suffered a left hand contusion. X-rays turned up negative, so he should be good to go in a day or two. Chris Herrmann is starting in right field and Daniel Descalso is in left field on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati.
Jul 20 - 10:29 AM




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