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Dan Haren (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday to face the Phillies.

It's the first day Haren is eligible to come off the disabled list, and after a simulated game this past Wednesday he was cleared by the Nationals' medical staff. Haren will start in place of Ross Detwiler, who was disabled on Saturday with lower back trouble.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Daniel Norris will make his Tigers debut on Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

Norris was acquired from the Blue Jays on Thursday in the four-player David Price trade. He is a very well-regarded young pitching prospect and should do well with the move from Rogers Centre to Comerica Park (though his debut Sunday will be at Camden Yards). Give the 22-year-old a boost in stock in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 30 - 3:24 PM

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth in Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Marlins, locking down his first save since being traded from the Phillies on June 28.

Everything went according to plan. Former closer Drew Storen entered in the eighth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced, then handed the 1-0 lead over to Papelbon, who worked a scoreless final frame while striking out one. Storen might not be happy about losing his job, but if he can set aside his personal feelings, the Nationals' new combination for the eighth and ninth could be lethal. Prior to the trade, Paps was pitching to a 1.59 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. He's now a perfect 18-for-18 in save chances between his two teams.
Jul 30 - 3:17 PM

Yankees placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain.

It's a Grade 1 strain -- the least severe, but still quite serious. Andrew Miller missed a month earlier this year with the same injury. CC Sabathia is starting in Pineda's place Thursday night against the Rangers. It's time for the unusually-quiet Yanks to dive head-first into the trade market.
Jul 30 - 3:02 PM

Max Scherzer was in control throughout Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Marlins, allowing just three hits and no runs over seven innings.

Scherzer had no margin for error in the contest, as the Nationals scored one run in the game, total. That's all Max Scherzer needs, apparently, as he allowed just three singles in a dominant performance. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the start was that the normally walk-stingy Scherzer handed out three free passes against six strikeouts. We're nitpicking, just because he's been so awesome this year. He'll carry a sharp 2.22 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 172/19 K/BB ratio across 150 innings into his next start, a home date with the Diamondbacks.
Jul 30 - 2:59 PM

Cardinals placed OF Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain.

Holliday just missed six weeks with the very same injury and it's fair to ask now whether he may be done for the remainder of the 2015 season. Stephen Piscotty figures to take over as the Cardinals' primary left fielder, with newcomer Brandon Moss also seeing some starts there. Piscotty is worth an add in deep mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 30 - 2:49 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Mariners are telling teams that they plan to keep Hisashi Iwakuma.

Seattle is well under .500 and Iwakuma is due to become a free agent this offseason, so it's an odd stance for the M's to take. The 34-year-old right-hander has posted a rough-looking 5.10 ERA in 47 2/3 innings this summer, but his peripherals are much better and he'd surely fetch some prospects in this market.
Jul 30 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs are "aggressively trying to include Starlin Castro in any deal."

It's notable that Addison Russell started at shortstop on Wednesday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that Castro would not be traded, but that's not a promise he can keep. The 25-year-old is batting just .237/.271/.305 in 406 plate appearances this season and his defense at shortstop has deteriorated. There's been talk of interest from the Padres.
Jul 30 - 2:32 PM

Blue Jays acquired LHP David Price from the Tigers for LHPs Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd.

Price had been drawing heavy interest from the Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, and Giants, but the Blue Jays beat all the other offers. It's a risky play to give up so much young, cost-controlled talent for what could be a 2-3 month rental -- Price is eligible for free agency after the World Series -- but the Jays feel they can make a postseason push and they've now combined two of the top trade targets on this year's market. Troy Tulowitzki was acquired from the Rockies earlier this week.
Jul 30 - 1:48 PM

Tigers acquired LHPs Daniel Norris, Jairo Labourt, and Matt Boyd from the Blue Jays for LHP David Price.

Norris hasn't shown a whole lot yet at the major league level, but the 22-year-old left-hander entered the 2015 season as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and the Tigers get six years of him for 2-3 months of Price. Labourt and Boyd also carry considerable upside. It's a nice haul for the retooling Detroit front office.
Jul 30 - 1:43 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are "working to trade" closer Joakim Soria.

Soria would make sense for the Blue Jays -- the team the Tigers just traded David Price to -- but it doesn't appear there's anything happening on that front. Soria, 31, has a 2.85 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 41 innings this season for Detroit and he is 23-for-26 in save opportunities. As usual, just about every contending club is looking for relief help.
Jul 30 - 12:53 PM

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Carlos Gomez trade to the Mets broke down primarily over financial issues.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Wednesday night that the proposal fell apart because of Gomez's hip, but agent Scott Boras and Brewers GM Doug Melvin are vehemently rejecting that angle. It should be noted that there's posturing going on here from all sides -- the Brewers want other teams to believe Gomez is fully healthy, and questioning the Mets' desire to spend is an easy alibi. The 29-year-old center fielder is still very much on the trade block, but talks have obviously been called off with the Mets.
Jul 30 - 11:27 AM




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