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Chris Archer was outstanding in Friday’s victory over the Twins, striking out seven while spinning six shutout innings.

Archer scattered just three singles and didn’t walk a batter in the dominant effort. The 24-year-old right-hander, and strong candidate for AL Rookie of the Year honors, now owns a 9-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 84/34 K/BB ratio over his 116 innings. He’ll look to carry over Friday’s fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 11:10:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 10:29 PM

Bryce Harper hit two home runs and knocked in four runs in a 3-for-4 effort, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins on Wednesday.

Harper drilled a three-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth for good measure. That ends a nine-game homerless streak and allows Harper to retake the National League lead in home runs with 29. He carries a superb .335/.463/.690 batting line with 68 RBI.
Jul 29 - 10:20 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams as part of the Cole Hamels trade.

Grant also notes that both sides will be receiving other players in the deal as well, and the Rangers will be receiving cash. Expect the deal to be finalized and announced on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 10:20 PM

Chris Tillman delivered 8 2/3 scoreless innings to beat the Braves on Wednesday.

Tillman got the first two outs of the ninth inning on ground balls, but allowed a double to Cameron Maybin before Zach Britton entered the game to get the final out. Tillman used 95 pitches, limiting the Braves to four hits while walking none and striking out two. The right-hander has held opponents to two runs or fewer in six consecutive starts, doing wonders for his ERA which now stands at 4.35 with a 1.33 WHIP and an 80/42 K/BB ratio over 113 2/3 innings. Tillman will look to keep it going in Oakland versus the Athletics next.
Jul 29 - 10:10 PM

R.A. Dickey picked up his fifth win after limiting the Phillies to two unearned runs in eight innings on Wednesday.

Russell Martin and Danny Valencia made errors which led to both runs scoring, one in each of the seventh and eighth innings. Dickey scattered seven hits and a walk while striking out four. He's limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in four consecutive starts, lowering his ERA to 4.27 with a 1.28 WHIP and an 84/47 K/BB ratio over 137 innings. The knuckleballer squares off at home against the Twins next.
Jul 29 - 9:58 PM

Troy Tulowitzki made his Blue Jays debut and went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI in a win against the Phillies on Wednesday.

What a way to make a debut. He struck out in his first at-bat with his new club, but made up for it with a two-run home run in the third inning. He added an RBI double in the sixth. Tulowitzki now has 13 home runs on the year with 56 RBI along with a .305 average. The Rogers Center is friendly to right-handed hitters, so the move away from Coors Field may not hurt his numbers all that much.
Jul 29 - 9:54 PM

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are getting close to acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday.
Jul 29 - 9:51 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves would receive Hector Olivera from the Dodgers as part of the rumored three-team deal with the Marlins.

The Braves would send Jim Johnson and Alex Wood to the Braves and in return acquire Michael Morse, a competitive balance draft pick along with Olivera.
Jul 29 - 9:20 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have agreed to a deal with the Brewers to acquire Carlos Gomez.

As rumored, Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores will be headed back to Milwaukee in the trade. The deal is done pending physicals, so don't expect an official announcement to take place until Thursday. Gomez returns to the organization where he began his big league career as a 21-year-old in 2007.
Jul 29 - 9:12 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Alex Wood and Jim Johnson could be on their way to the Dodgers as part of a three team deal with the Marlins.

The Braves would be receiving at least Michael Morse and a compensation pick from the Marlins in the deal that would send Mat Latos to the Dodgers. This one appears to be gaining traction and a deal could be finalized before the night is through.
Jul 29 - 8:54 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Mets are "pushing hard" to acquire Carlos Gomez from the Brewers.

The Mets are reportedly close to making a big trade for an outfielder, and Gomez would certainly be everything that they are looking for, a dynamic talent who is still relatively inexpensive and under team control through the 2016 season. Stay tuned, as the Mets appear poised to make some noise before the evening is through.
Jul 29 - 7:59 PM




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