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Derek Holland (knee) isn't expected to rejoin the Rangers' rotation until late August or early September.

Holland hasn't been shy about saying that he thinks he's ready to return now, but the Rangers are proceeding extra cautiously with the left-hander. He's been sent to the team's spring training facility and will throw three more live batting practice sessions before being re-evaluated. It's possible he'll begin a rehab assignment after that. "That is the way we planned it right now," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "When you put stuff on paper, you’re conservative. If he accelerates it, that’s good. But we don’t want to do too much too soon and have a setback. There is a difference between throwing on the side and throwing in game conditions. You can’t simulate game conditions."
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 11:29:00 AM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the reported trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers "could be falling apart."

Latos and Morse are still in the Marlins' clubhouse and Marlins GM-turned-manager Dan Jennings told the media on Wednesday afternoon that he hadn't heard about any trade being close. Word is the Dodgers are trying to flip Morse to a third team, so that could be the holdup. It's going to be a crazy 48 hours as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.
Jul 29 - 5:14 PM

Jon Lester limited the Rockies to two runs over eight innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 3-2 victory.

Lester struck out 14 and walked just one in the dominant outing on a hot, sunny day at Wrigley Field. The left-hander has been on a roll for the last couple of months, now boasting a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 136/32 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 total innings. He will get the Pirates on the road next time out.
Jul 29 - 5:07 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's 10-4 rout of the Twins.

McCutchen launched a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and an RBI single in the top of the sixth. He's batting .290/.386/.490 with 14 home runs and 64 RBI in 97 games this season for the Bucs.
Jul 29 - 5:00 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas.
Jul 29 - 4:53 PM

Mike Trout (wrist) is out of the Angels' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

Trout injured his wrist on a diving catch attempt Monday. An MRI taken Tuesday showed only inflammation and the star center fielder is fully expected to avoid the 15-day disabled list. David DeJesus is starting in center field Wednesday in his Angels debut.
Jul 29 - 4:41 PM

Corey Kluber went the distance against the Royals Wednesday, recording six strikeouts while allowing just one run in a 12-1 victory.

He missed out on a shutout when Alex Rios had an RBI groundout in the ninth inning, but that's hardly anything to quibble over. Kluber permitted just five base knocks on the day and issued just one free pass as the Tribe rolled to a win. The reigning American League Cy Young winner has a superb 172/32 K/BB ratio over 157 innings this season to go along with a 3.44 ERA. He'll get the Angels on the road next.
Jul 29 - 4:11 PM

Randal Grichuk (groin) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday against the Reds.

Grichuk missed a couple of games with groin discomfort. He underwent an MRI on Monday and it showed no structural damage. The young slugger is starting in center field and batting seventh in his return to action Wednesday.
Jul 29 - 4:05 PM

Red Sox placed OF Mookie Betts on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Betts was injured when he fell over the short bullpen wall at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch during Tuesday's game. As is the case with most any concussion, how long he'll be sidelined is totally up in the air at this point. Jackie Bradley will handle center field while Betts is out.
Jul 29 - 3:47 PM

ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Tyson Ross has become the Blue Jays' "top trade target."

The issue, however, is how eager the Padres are to move him given his skill level and the fact that he's under team control through 2017. San Diego is also listening on James Shields, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy and they'd surely prefer to trade any of those three over Ross. The Jays have also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Mike Leake and others.
Jul 29 - 3:45 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Tigers called teams Wednesday to tell them they were "rebooting" and will listen to trade offers for David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and others.

One of the big questions this week has been whether the Tigers will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, and now we have our answer. Price instantly becomes one of the most attractive trade chips and will surely bring a boatload even though he's slated for free agency after the season. Cespedes should also bring back quite a bit and the Tigers figure to shop Joakim Soria and others, as well.
Jul 29 - 3:33 PM

Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

Lindor singled in his first at-bat, hit a sacrifice fly in his second and capped off his day with a three-run homer in the sixth. The shortstop has really turned it up a notch of late, hitting .324 with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 16 games. It was an offensive explosion for the Tribe, as they pounded out 18 hits -- including four home runs -- and 12 runs.
Jul 29 - 3:30 PM




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