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Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that the Mets "will need to be overwhelmed with an offer" in order to trade Marlon Byrd.

Byrd has provided unexpected production this season, batting .271/.316/.502 with 15 homers and 51 RBI. He's also owed just $280,000 for the remainder the season. Still, it's odd that the Mets wouldn't take advantage by getting something for him now while his bat is hot, as the 35-year-old isn't part of their long-term plans. "A guy like Marlon, he’s not costing us a lot of money, there’s the question then of what kind of talent we might be able to get back," GM Sandy Alderson said. "It’s still very important for us to try to be competitive because, regardless of what happens, this has been about changing perception and about what people can anticipate going into the future."
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Brian Dozier slugged a walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning, helping the Twins outlast the Orioles on Monday.

Dozier was 0-for-3 with a walk leading into the at-bat against Tommy Hunter. Perhaps angered by his being left off the AL All-Star roster, Dozier parked a two-run home run beyond the left field fence for his 17th home run of the season. Among qualified second basemen, Stephen Drew is the only other hitter at the position with double-digits in home runs (11). Dozier is hitting a cool .260/.332/.517 with 42 RBI and seven stolen bases.
Jul 6 - 11:02 PM

Preston Tucker had the best game of his young career, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored to lead the Astros past the Indians on Monday.

Tucker, celebrating his 25th birthday, drilled a solo home run to right field in the fourth inning against Carlos Carrasco and added an RBI single in the sixth. It's the first four-hit game of his young career. He's hitting .252/.316/.434 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
Jul 6 - 10:48 PM

Pedro Alvarez delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Pirates eke out a win against the Padres on Monday.

In a 1-1 game, Alvarez stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth against Brandon Maurer. He hit a single to right-center to plate the winning run, finishing 1-for-4. Alvarez has been solid this season, hitting almost exclusively against right-handed pitching. He owns a .242/.313/.450 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 37 RBI.
Jul 6 - 10:37 PM

Yunel Escobar had to exit Monday's game versus the Reds with left hamstring tightness.

Escobar didn't seem to injure the hamstring on one particular play, but he was spotted stretching multiple times as the ailment appeared to creep up on him. It's unclear at this point how much time he might miss.
Jul 6 - 10:33 PM

Denard Span left Monday's game against the Reds with back spasms.

Span is probably looking forward to the All-Star break in order to have some rest, as he's dealt with the back issue off and on for a month now. Consider him day-to-day.
Jul 6 - 10:30 PM

Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to break a tie and ultimately send the Reds to a win over the Nationals on Monday.

Suarez, in a 3-for-4 effort, took reliever Casey Janssen out to left field to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning. He has done a commendable job filling in for Zack Cozart at shortstop, batting .329/.372/.493 with three home runs, 13 RBI, and three stolen bases since June 11.
Jul 6 - 10:23 PM

Chris Sale went all nine innings and limited the Blue Jays to two runs to earn the win on Monday.

Sale allowed two solo home runs: one to Chris Colabello in the third inning and one to Josh Donaldson in the sixth. That was it for run-scoring. Fresh off of his nomination to the 2015 All-Star roster for the American League, Sale gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. The lefty's streak of eight consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts has come to an end. Now with a 2.80 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 147/22 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings, Sale will match up against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his next start.
Jul 6 - 10:12 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that he thinks Hunter Pence (wrist) could return before the All-Star break.

Pence took batting practice on Sunday and the club was very happy with how it went. He'll be examined by a doctor on Monday before the next step is determined. Pence has missed nearly a month of action with tendinitis in his left wrist but has evidently made rapid progress in recent days.
Jul 6 - 8:17 PM

Ricky Nolasco will undergo surgery on his right ankle on Monday.

Nolasco first hurt his ankle back in late May and attempts to rehab it proved unsuccessful. There's no timetable for his return, but you'd have to think there's a good chance his season is over. If that's the case, Nolasco will have posted a 5.40 ERA over just 34 starts in his first two seasons with the Twins after signing a four-year, $49 million contract.
Jul 6 - 8:02 PM

Monday's game between the Rays and Royals was postponed due to rain.

They'll play a split doubleheader on Tuesday. Edinson Volquez, who had been scheduled for Monday, will be pushed back a day to start during the double-dip. Alex Colome will be skipped by the Rays.
Jul 6 - 7:22 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

Gonzalez had to exit Sunday's game after being hit on the right hand by a pitch, but he escaped with merely a bruise. The first baseman sports a .291/.366/.518 batting line with 15 homers and 50 RBI this season.
Jul 6 - 6:19 PM




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