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Braves acquired OF Matt Kemp and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for OF/3B Hector Olivera.

It's essentially a straight salary dump as the Padres have already designated Olivera for assignment. The Padres have gutted their major league roster by trading away James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz, Melvin Upton, Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea and now Kemp. The 31-year-old has had a productive year so far, hitting .262 with 23 HR and 69 RBI. He's been especially hot since the All-Star break, batting .315 in the second half with seven round-trippers in only 54 at-bats. He won't have a great lineup around him in Atlanta but fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned.
Jul 30 - 10:34 PM

Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with a home run to help the Rays top the Yankees 6-3 on Saturday.

Miller hit his 16th home run of the season in the first inning off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi. It was his fifth in his last nine games, a stretch in which he has five multi-hit games. It's shaping up to be a career year in all aspects for the 26-year-old, who's hitting .253/.301/.479 with 38 RBI, 43 runs scored and four steals on the year.
Jul 30 - 10:25 PM

Chase Headley went 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Headley hit a solo dinger in the eighth inning, giving him 10 on the season. Half of those have come this month, with Headley hitting .283 with 13 RBI and 15 runs scored in July. The third baseman is hitting .259/.330/.395 in 94 games overall.
Jul 30 - 10:19 PM

Casey Fien (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

He's been on a throwing program but this will be his first pen session since going on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis earlier this month. Fien carries a 5.55 ERA over 35 appearances for the Twins and Dodgers this year.
Jul 30 - 10:16 PM

Tim Beckham went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Yankees.

Beckham hit a two-run blast to the deepest part of the park in the seventh inning, his fifth homer of the year. The 26-year-old actually has a modest six-game hitting streak going, batting .545 (12-for-22) with two homers, six RBI and seven runs scored in that span. It's a glimpse of what the former top overall pick can do, but he'll have to do a lot more of it to stay in the lineup on a regular basis. Beckham is hitting .238/.295/.459 overall.
Jul 30 - 10:13 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Denard Span (quad) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Nationals.

He's day-to-day with a bruised quad. Span made a pinch-hitting appearance on Saturday but had to be lifted for a pinch-runner. Look for Gregor Blanco to draw another start in center field on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 10:12 PM

Nathan Eovaldi allowed three runs over six innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Eovaldi yielded just three hits on the afternoon while walking two, but a pair of homers -- a solo shot by Brad Miller and a two-run job by Curt Casali -- did him in. That's been a theme this year for Eovaldi, who has allowed 21 homers in 22 appearances, including 19 starts. The loss dropped the 26-year-old to 9-7 with a 4.78 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the year. He'll look to get back in the win column in a crosstown matchup with the Mets on Thursday.
Jul 30 - 10:06 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Crawford (hand) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Nationals.

Crawford didn't start Saturday's game because of a bruised hand but he did enter the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. Eduardo Nunez started in his place and would probably do so again if Crawford sits out the series finale.
Jul 30 - 10:06 PM

Drew Smyly held the Yankees to two runs over six innings, striking out six, in a win Saturday.

Smyly gave up four hits, including a Brett Gardner two-run homer, and walked one in the outing. The win was somehow just his third of the season, leaving his record at 3-11 through 20 starts. The southpaw, assuming he's not among those who will be changing teams in the coming days, will try to make it a winning streak Thursday against the Royals.
Jul 30 - 10:03 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Blake Swihart "isn't out of the woods yet" in his recovery from a sprained left ankle.

"Blake is still in that almost ground-based testing and ramping up of intensity with the cuts and change of direction," Farrell elaborated. "That’s been step by step—two steps forward, one step back type of approach." In other words, Swihart isn't close to beginning a rehab assignment. The Red Sox were hoping to have Swihart back sometime in August but now that could be up in the air. Swihart was Boston's Opening Day catcher but he's since been moved to left field.
Source: WEEI
Jul 30 - 9:59 PM

David Freese was ejected from Saturday's game against the Brewers for arguing balls and strikes.

Freese took exception to a called strike two during his at-bat in the fifth inning and was eventually given the hook from home plate umpire Marty Foster after continuing the argument between innings. John Jaso took over for Freese at first base. Freese went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting.
Jul 30 - 9:31 PM

Joe Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Fresno.

Doug Fister's wife is expected to go into labor any day now, putting him in jeopardy of missing his scheduled start Monday against Toronto. If he's placed on the paternity list, Musgrove would likely start in his place. The 23-year-old has gone 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts since getting promoted to Fresno. He's already on the 40-man roster though he's yet to make his major league debut.
Jul 30 - 9:24 PM

The Padres are expected to designate Hector Olivera for assignment when his trade to San Diego is complete, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Braves couldn't wait to get rid of Olivera after his arrest and subsequent 82-game suspension and now it looks like the Padres can't either. Olivera is still owed $28.5 million, though his deal will be voided if he goes to prison. Once a promising prospect, Olivera's MLB future is starting to look bleak. The Braves are receiving Matt Kemp as compensation and will also get about $10-12 million from the Padres to cover the rest of his salary.
Jul 30 - 9:17 PM

Colin Rea left Saturday's start against the Cardinals with right elbow soreness.

That's obviously not how he wanted his Marlins debut to go. Rea pitched well before he got hurt, allowing just one hit over 3 1/3 shutout innings. The Marlins are calling him day-to-day. Jose Urena or Justin Nicolino could be called on if Rea is unable to make his next start, which seems likely.
Jul 30 - 9:10 PM

GM Dave Stewart said the Diamondbacks have received "a ton" of trade interest for Shelby Miller.

That's surprising given how poorly Miller has pitched this year. The Diamondbacks are listening but Stewart said the team would only move him for a major-league ready talent. Miller has logged a 5.09 ERA in three starts since returning to the minor leagues.
Jul 30 - 9:05 PM


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