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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants "remain interested" in trading for Ben Zobrist.

The Giants don't exactly have a loaded farm system and gave up two good young pitchers to acquire Jake Peavy last week, but it seems they're ready to go all-in (so to speak) as they try to keep pace with the Dodgers in the National League West. Zobrist, 33, has hit .268/.358/.409 in 403 plate appearances this season for Tampa Bay. He could play all around the field for San Francisco.
Jul 28 - 8:45 AM

John Jaso went 2-for-5 and drove home three runs on Sunday, leading the Athletics to a 9-3 victory over the Rangers in Texas.

Jaso singled home a run as part of a five-run uprising in the second inning. He would later add a two-run double in the fifth inning, increasing the A’s advantage to 8-2. He has been one of the better offensive catchers in the American League this season, slashing .286/.361/.471 with eight homers and 38 RBI.
Jul 27 - 10:36 PM

Yoenis Cespedes had a nice night at the dish in Sunday’s victory over the Rangers, going 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI.

He also came around to score a run in the ballgame. His two-run double off Mike Mikolas capped a five-run second inning. The Home Run Derby champion is now hitting .256/.305/.465 with 17 long balls and 65 RBI on the year.
Jul 27 - 10:36 PM

Despite not being at his best, Scott Kazmir picked up his 12th victory of the season on Sunday by limiting the Rangers to two runs on seven hits over his five innings.

Kazmir walked two and struck out two, needing 94 pitches to labor through five innings in the excruciating Texas heat. The veteran southpaw has been terrific again this season, compiling a 2.37 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 116/30 K/BB ratio over 129 1/3 innings. He’ll look to keep things rolling when he does battle against the Royals on Saturday.
Jul 27 - 10:35 PM

Adam Rosales belted his first home run of the season as the Rangers fell to the Athletics 9-3 on Sunday.

Rosales got the Rangers on the board in the second inning by taking a Scott Kazmir offering over the wall in left field for a two-run homer. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .250/.333/.417 with five RBI in his first 24 at-bats on the year.
Jul 27 - 10:35 PM

Adrian Beltre belted his 15th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Athletics on Sunday.

Beltre finished the night 2-for-3 and also drew a walk. He tagged Evan Scribner with a solo shot in the eighth inning, pulling the Rangers to within 9-3. He has been outstanding at the plate again this season, slashing .324/.369/.519 with 15 homers and 55 RBI.
Jul 27 - 10:35 PM

Mike Mikolas was hammered in a losing effort against the Athletics on Sunday, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over his 4 2/3 innings.

Mikolas also issued four free passes while walking one. The A’s jumped on him with a five-run outburst in the second inning then chased him after adding on another pair in the fifth. He now owns a horrifying 8.54 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 16/9 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings on the year. If he continues to struggle, he may not sustain his spot in the Rangers rotation.
Jul 27 - 10:35 PM

Adam Jones doubled twice and scored two runs, including the game-winning run in the 10th inning, as the Orioles beat the Mariners 3-2 on Sunday.

Jones doubled and scored in the eighth and 10th innings, finishing 2-for-5. He'd had just two doubles all month prior to the game. His 61 runs scored are 10th-most in the American League, and the outfielder is hitting .293/.321/.487 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI overall.
Jul 27 - 8:55 PM

Mike Zunino finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run in an extra-innings loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

Against reliever Darren O'Day, Zunino connected on an eighth-inning shot that drew the Mariners even. It was his 15th home run of the season, fourth-most among catchers, but he's hitting just .209 with a .677 OPS overall. To further illustrate his struggles, Sunday's game was just his second multi-hit effort since June 24.
Jul 27 - 8:50 PM

Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Machado had an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the O's the lead and drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. He's now got 25 RBI in 68 games to go with a .267/.314/.417 line. Machado has played two straight games since being sidelined due to lower back pain, and owners should start him with confidence in the days ahead.
Jul 27 - 8:46 PM

Zach Britton struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn the save against the Mariners on Sunday.

His most recent outing was a continuation of Britton's dominance of the American League in recent days, as he's thrown 4 1/3 perfect innings with eight strikeouts in five appearances since a blown save on July 18. The southpaw has a 1.71 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings on the year, and he's got one of the best jobs around closing for the AL East-leading Orioles.
Jul 27 - 8:43 PM

Roenis Elias allowed one run over five innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday.

Elias gave up four hits and walked three on the day while striking out six. The lefty has now turned in two straight starts with one run allowed after hitting a rough patch earlier this month. It all adds up to a 4.31 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 110/45 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He'll draw the same Orioles squad his next time out when the Mariners visit Baltimore on Saturday.
Jul 27 - 8:39 PM

Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run on eight hits over six innings but took a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.

Gonzalez had runners on base in every inning but the fifth, but he managed to hold the Mariners off the scoreboard for most of the afternoon. The right-hander has turned in four straight strong starts this month, allowing no more than two runs in any of his four turns, but he's got just one win over that span to show for it. He'll take a 5-5 record and 3.77 ERA into a rematch with the Mariners on Saturday.
Jul 27 - 8:36 PM

David Freese hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to lead the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Freese connected on a Joba Chamberlain pitch for his sixth home run of the year. It was his only hit in three at-bats on the day. The third baseman has improved his numbers with a strong July but is batting just .245/.321/.350 overall.
Jul 27 - 8:23 PM

Victor Martinez had an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

The Tigers managed just three hits on the afternoon against Angels starter Hector Santiago and the Angels bullpen, with Martinez' first-inning double plating the only Tigers run. It was just his second RBI since the All-Star break after racking up 55 RBI in the first half. Martinez is hitting .320/.383/.566 and statistically still ranks among the best hitters in the American League with two months to play.
Jul 27 - 8:20 PM



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