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Indians recalled RHP Fernando Nieve from Triple-A Columbus.

Nieve will take the place of Brett Myers, who went on the disabled list Sunday with a forearm injury. The 30-year-old has a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings at Triple-A this year.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Padres are looking to deal Matt Kemp.

Everything must go. The Padres still aren't done selling even after trading away Andrew Cashner, Melvin Upton, James Shields, Fernando Rodney and Drew Pomeranz. Trading Kemp appears to be the team's next order of business and the Padres are willing to eat a large chunk of his salary to broker a deal. The 31-year-old has had a fine season, hitting .269 with 23 HR and 69 RBI. Rosenthal mentioned Atlanta as a possible fit. It looks like the only Padre safe from being traded is All-Star first baseman Wil Myers.
Jul 30 - 4:28 PM

J.A. Happ delivered a brilliant outing in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, punching out 11 over seven innings of one-run ball.

Happ allowed just three hits and three walks on the day. His lone mistake came on an 0-2 pitch to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning that caught too much of the plate and was deposited into the seats in right field. Happ has been a tremendous addition to the Blue Jays rotation this season, posting a 13-3 record with a 3.16 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Thursday.
Jul 30 - 4:27 PM

Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

This can't be a coincidence. Lucroy isn't hurt and the Brewers can't really call this a maintenance day since he was out of the lineup two days ago. It's unclear if a deal is in the works, but it seems likely that Lucroy will have a new team in the next 24-48 hours. Stay tuned.
Jul 30 - 4:20 PM

Tony Watson is expected to serve as the Pirates' closer in the wake of Saturday's trade sending Mark Melancon to the Nationals.

Watson has been nothing short of exceptional over six seasons in the Pirates bullpen, compiling a 2.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. He has five career saves under his belt already and should pile them up in a hurry over the final few months of the season. Should he falter, Neftali Feliz has prior closing experience and could be considered for the ninth-inning gig.
Jul 30 - 4:14 PM

Royals acquired OF Billy Burns from the Athletics for OF Brett Eibner.

The speedy outfielder fell out of favor with the Athletics after opening the year as their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. He hit just .234/.270/.303 with 14 stolen bases before his demotion to Triple-A. The Royals will certainly find ways to utilize his blazing speed.
Jul 30 - 3:57 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the Pirates for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn.

Though the Nationals missed out in their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman, they managed to land the lockdown closer that they so desperately were seeking on the trade market. Melancon, who is set to hit free agency after this season, owns a minuscule 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Athletics placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with a blister on his left hand.

Hill wasn't going to start again for the A's before the trade deadline, so there's really no harm in better utilizing his roster spot. There remains a very high likelihood that he's wearing a new uniform when August begins.
Jul 30 - 3:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are focused on acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

There are multiple teams chasing after the Pirates stopper, and he would be an instant upgrade to the struggling Jonathan Papelbon in the Nationals bullpen. Melancon owns a stellar 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings while converting 30 saves.
Jul 30 - 1:56 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Derek Norris is a near-lock to be moved before the trade deadline.

Rosenthal also notes that Norris is a much more likely target for the Rangers than Jonathan Lucroy would be. The 27-year-old is only hitting .204/.263/.279 on the season, though he does have 12 homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases. The Padres want to move him to create a spot for Austin Hedges to share the catching duties with Christian Bethancourt.
Jul 30 - 1:20 PM

Yulieski Gurriel has had his visa approved and will debut with the Gulf Coast League Astros on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Cuban slugger is expected to need a couple of weeks of at-bats in the minor leagues before joining the Astros in mid-August. He signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the Astros last week and is expected to start at third base once he arrives.
Jul 30 - 12:41 PM

Max Scherzer held the Giants to one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 4-1 on Friday.

He fanned six while walking two and giving up five base hits. He jumped over Jose Fernandez to retake the major league lead with 187 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings. Scherzer is now 11-6 with a 2.85 ERA. Next on the docket is a Tuesday start in Arizona.
Jul 30 - 2:06 AM




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