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Marwin Gonzalez (hand) is not in the Astros' lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

Gonzalez will get the day off after exiting Friday night's game with right hand soreness. His X-rays came back negative but Gonzalez will still need a few days to heal up. Tyler White is getting the nod at first base. He'll bat seventh against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. Consider Gonzalez day-to-day.
Jul 30 - 4:55 PM

Todd Frazier is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Twins.

Frazier sat out Friday's game with the flu and must still be feeling under the weather. Tyler Saladino is filling in at third base and will bat second versus Minnesota left-hander Tommy Milone. Frazier is listed on the lineup card as a bench option so we could see him as a pinch-hitter.
Jul 30 - 4:49 PM

Adam Eaton is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Twins.

Eaton hasn't missed a game since the first week of the season, so he was probably due for a day off. Avisail Garcia will get the nod in right field and bat fifth against Twins lefty Tommy Milone. Eaton should be back in the starting nine for Sunday's series finale.
Jul 30 - 4:45 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on Saturday, leading the Blue Jays in a 9-1 thrashing of the Orioles.

Pillar capped off a seven-run uprising in the fifth inning with a two-run double, then replicated the feat in the seventh to put the Jays ahead 9-1. With his two-hit attack, he's now hitting .268/.300/.396 with seven homers, 45 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Jul 30 - 4:30 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Padres are looking to deal Matt Kemp.

Everything must go. The Padres still aren't done selling even after trading away Andrew Cashner, Melvin Upton, James Shields, Fernando Rodney and Drew Pomeranz. Trading Kemp appears to be the team's next order of business and the Padres are willing to eat a large chunk of his salary to broker a deal. The 31-year-old has had a fine season, hitting .269 with 23 HR and 69 RBI. Rosenthal mentioned Atlanta as a possible fit. It looks like the only Padre safe from being traded is All-Star first baseman Wil Myers.
Jul 30 - 4:28 PM

J.A. Happ delivered a brilliant outing in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, punching out 11 over seven innings of one-run ball.

Happ allowed just three hits and three walks on the day. His lone mistake came on an 0-2 pitch to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning that caught too much of the plate and was deposited into the seats in right field. Happ has been a tremendous addition to the Blue Jays rotation this season, posting a 13-3 record with a 3.16 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'll take on the Astros his next time out in Houston on Thursday.
Jul 30 - 4:27 PM

Pedro Alvarez clubbed a solo home run on Saturday, accounting for the Orioles' lone run in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Alvarez took advantage of a mistake that J.A. Happ made on an 0-2 pitch and pummeled it into the seats in right field. The left-handed slugger finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .249/.306/.480 with 13 homers and 32 RBI on the season.
Jul 30 - 4:25 PM

Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

This can't be a coincidence. Lucroy isn't hurt and the Brewers can't really call this a maintenance day since he was out of the lineup two days ago. It's unclear if a deal is in the works, but it seems likely that Lucroy will have a new team in the next 24-48 hours. Stay tuned.
Jul 30 - 4:20 PM

Yovani Gallardo was hammered in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Gallardo struggled badly with his command, walking five and striking out five on the afternoon. He made it through the first four innings unscathed, but ran into a buzzsaw in the fifth. After a strikeout to begin to begin the inning, he gave up a homer to Devon Travis, then a pair of walks, a two-run double to Edwin Encarnacion and an intentional walk before departing. He'll look to improve upon a troublesome 5.70 ERA and 1.67 WHIP when he takes on the White Sox in Chicago on Friday.
Jul 30 - 4:18 PM

Tony Watson is expected to serve as the Pirates' closer in the wake of Saturday's trade sending Mark Melancon to the Nationals.

Watson has been nothing short of exceptional over six seasons in the Pirates bullpen, compiling a 2.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. He has five career saves under his belt already and should pile them up in a hurry over the final few months of the season. Should he falter, Neftali Feliz has prior closing experience and could be considered for the ninth-inning gig.
Jul 30 - 4:14 PM

Ryan Braun (side) is back in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against the Pirates.

Braun had missed the previous two games with side tightness. He'll play left field and bat third against Bucs right-hander Jameson Taillon. Braun has been on a serious tear since the All-Star break, hitting .381 over his last 42 at-bats. He carries a .321 average for the season with 14 HR, 46 RBI and 12 steals.
Jul 30 - 4:12 PM

Athletics acquired OF Brett Eibner from the Royals for OF Billy Burns.

Eibner was optioned back to Triple-A on Friday with the return of Lorenzo Cain. He hit just .231/.286/.423 with three homers and 10 RBI in 85 plate appearances with the Royals. He adds organizational outfield depth for the A's.
Jul 30 - 3:59 PM

Royals acquired OF Billy Burns from the Athletics for OF Brett Eibner.

The speedy outfielder fell out of favor with the Athletics after opening the year as their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. He hit just .234/.270/.303 with 14 stolen bases before his demotion to Triple-A. The Royals will certainly find ways to utilize his blazing speed.
Jul 30 - 3:57 PM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting shortstop. Greg Garcia is starting in his place and will bat leadoff for the Cardinals on Saturday against Collin Rea and the Marlins.
Jul 30 - 3:52 PM

Marlins sent INF/OF Don Kelly outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

The Marlins designated him for assignment earlier in the week but he passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll continue to provide organizational depth for the Marlins and should get another opportunity with the big league club before the end of the season.
Jul 30 - 3:44 PM



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