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ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that trade talks between the Phillies and Pirates regarding A.J. Burnett are "all but dead."

The stumbling block is Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. Stark says that the Phillies are telling teams they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett has told his teammates the same thing. However, the Pirates don't want him at $14.25 million next year and aren't willing to take the chance if he changes his mind. After all, Burnett waffled back-and-forth between continuing his career or retiring last winter before ultimately deciding on the former.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Mariners.

The Twins faced a 2-1 deficit entering the ninth inning, but rallied with some nice situational hitting and a woeful bullpen performance from the M's. Miguel Sano led off the inning by doubling off Carson Smith, who recorded the next two outs, but also uncorked a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Shane Robinson to reach third. Following an intentional walk to Eddie Rosario, Smith delivered yet another wild pitch, which scored Robinson. Rosario would subsequently steal third before Suzuki ended the game with an RBI single. The heroics are fun, but they do little to mask the fact that the veteran catcher is hitting just .234/.290/.305 this season.
Aug 2 - 12:12 AM

Kyle Gibson posted a stellar start against the Mariners in Saturday's no-decision, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Gibson struck out four and walked one on the evening. A run came home in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Robinson Cano, but Gibson wouldn't allow another one until the sixth inning, when Nelson Cruz took him deep for a solo shot. The Twins would rally from the 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Gibson had allowed 12 runs in his last 10 1/3 innings (covering two starts) and this was a nice rebound. The owner of a 3.37 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 92/40 K/BB ratio in 131 innings, he will take to the road to face the Blue Jays' offensive machine in his next start.
Aug 1 - 11:55 PM

Hank Conger hit a solo home run and a grand slam in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The Astros were teeing off on Jeremy Hellickson and the Diamondbacks, with both Conger and Carlos Correa posting two-homer games. It was Conger who came away with the more impressive performance, though. He smoked a solo homer off of Hellickson in the third inning, then crushed a grand slam an inning later to help drive Arizona's starter from the game. Neat game for Conger, who hit ninth in the contest. He's done a nice job in limited action this season and is hitting .254/.352/.508 with eight homers and 20 RBI over 122 at-bats.
Aug 1 - 11:18 PM

Andrelton Simmons left Saturday's game against the Phillies after jamming his right thumb on a play in left field.

Daniel Castro replaced him in the eighth inning. His X-rays came back negative but the soreness could keep Simmons out for a few days. He was hitless in three at-bats before exiting.
Aug 1 - 11:11 PM

Dallas Keuchel improved to 13-5 after defeating the Diamondbacks on Saturday, tossing six innings of two-run ball in the 9-2 victory.

Keuchel struck out eight, but also walked three. The free passes led to two runs in the second inning, including one that scored when the All-Star offered ball four to Ender Inciarte with the bases loaded. The 27-year-old southpaw calmed down after all that silliness, though, shutting out the Diamondbacks the rest of the way. Keuchel's consistently great play has put him in the AL Cy Young conversation, as he holds a 2.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 140/37 K/BB ratio over 157 innings. He'll head to Oakland for a road outing against the A's in his next scheduled start.
Aug 1 - 11:05 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

Rizzo launched his three-run homer off of Brewers starter Matt Garza in the third inning. It was his 20th of the year and pushed his RBI total to an even 60. After a prolonged power-drought that saw just one home run in 31 games, Rizzo's now homered in four straight games. He's hitting .290/.400/.531 over 373 at-bats this season.
Aug 1 - 10:43 PM

Kyle Hendricks pitched well in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings.

With the win, Hendricks improved to 5-5 on the year. He struck out six and walked two, with only a Khris Davis RBI single in the fourth inning mucking up the potential shutout. Hendricks has been a dependable starter this season and holds a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 103/25 K/BB ratio across 122 2/3 innings. He's set to take on the Giants at Wrigley in his next scheduled start.
Aug 1 - 10:36 PM

Lucas Duda had a huge impact on Saturday's 3-2 win over the Nationals, hitting a pair of solo home runs and a go-ahead RBI double.

The Mets brought Yoenis Cespedes over at the trade deadline to bolster a shoddy offense, but on Saturday, Duda did it all on his own. He launched a solo home run against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the fourth inning, then repeated the feat in the seventh. That second homer tied the game at 2-2. A frame later, he smacked an RBI double off Nationals reliever Matt Thornton to put the Mets up 3-2. This would stand as the final. Duda has produced multi-homer efforts in three of his last seven games to help boost his slash to .246/.347/.481 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI.
Aug 1 - 10:27 PM

J.D. Martinez left Saturday's game with a left knee contusion.

Martinez fouled a ball off his knee in his first at-bat of the game. His X-rays came back negative and the Tigers are calling him day-to-day. Tyler Collins replaced Martinez in right field and could start there Sunday if Martinez is too sore to play.
Aug 1 - 8:47 PM

Kyle Schwarber will remain with the Cubs after Miguel Montero is activated from the disabled list.

"We want his bat in the lineup," said manager Joe Maddon. Schwarber is still a work in progress behind the plate but it's hard to send him down to the minors when he's hitting .323 with a .523 slugging percentage. Schwarber has started two games in left field and could see more action there when Montero returns from his thumb injury later this week.
Aug 1 - 7:12 PM

Rays placed OF Steven Souza on the 15-disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Souza left Saturday's game after getting hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly. It didn't look good and his X-rays confirmed the worst. The 26-year-old has shown above power this season with 15 homers in 308 at-bats. Brandon Guyer and Grady Sizemore should see more playing time in his absence. The Rays are probably wishing they had kept David DeJesus, who was traded to the Angels earlier this week.
Aug 1 - 6:56 PM




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