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Clayton Kershaw will make his next start on Friday against the Angels.

Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to a minor hip issue. The Dodgers believe a couple of days off will do the trick and that the southpaw won't require an extended absence.
Jul 29 - 6:39 PM

Justin Turner remains out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday.

Turner was forced to the emergency room on Tuesday due to a pimple on his leg that became infected. Alex Guerrero will take his place at the hot corner.
Jul 29 - 6:30 PM

Miguel Montero has a checkup with a hand specialist Thursday in Chicago.

Montero has been hitting and catching at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona and he's hoping to be cleared for more activities Thursday after his exam. The veteran catcher has been on the disabled list since July 12 with a sprained left thumb. He is trending toward a mid-August return.
Jul 29 - 5:49 PM

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. There's also talk of this being a medical thing. 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

Hector Rondon notched picked up his 13th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

Rondon walked one but struck out two of the four batters he faced in a mostly clean ninth frame. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday evening that Rondon could reclaim closer duties at some point, and it looks like we may already be headed in that direction. Maddon had been using a ninth-inning committee.
Jul 29 - 5:04 PM

Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games.
Jul 29 - 5:02 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 (that turned into a little league home run after some errors) 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

An MRI taken Wednesday on Manny Banuelos' left elbow showed a posterior bone spur.

The hope is that he will be able to pitch again this season, but there are no guarantees. Banuelos was placed on the disabled list earlier this week.
Jul 29 - 4:43 PM

Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez blasted two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

it was his first game back in Triple-A after missing close to two months with a broken finger. Tuesday marked Baez's third multi-homer game of 2015. He's dominated the minor leagues this season, hitting .325 across 157 at-bats while posting a stellar .399 on base percentage. The 22-year-old has come up in trade rumors and could be dealt ahead of Friday's deadline. Starlin Castro, the Cubs' current shortstop, could also be available.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 29 - 4:27 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

Reds RHP prospect Robert Stephenson fanned 10 hitters over eight shutout frames Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Louisville.

It was Stephenson's first double-digit strikeout game since getting promoted to Triple-A on July 3. The 105-pitch outing matched the longest of his minor league career. He's logged an outstanding 2.40 ERA during his five-game unbeaten steak. The 2011 first-round pick has struck out 9.97 hitters per nine innings this season. Stephenson was ranked 46th in MLB.com's most recent prospect rankings.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 29 - 4:03 PM

Diamondbacks RHP prospect Carlos Hernandez stretched his scoreless streak to 26 innings Tuesday in a win for Low-A Hillsboro.

He's won each of his last three starts, contributing 25 strikeouts over that span. His last strikeout Tuesday tied Hillsboro's single-season record set by Ben Eckels in 2013. The 21-year-old was selected to play in next week's Pioneer-Northwest League All-Star Game in Spokane, Washington.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 29 - 3:52 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



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