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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew42 mins ago
You know that old paradox about when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
Well, it looks like we finally have answer to that question: they take batting practice and crush baseballs together.
With the Los Angeles Angels in Houston for a series this week, reigning American League MVP Mike Trout spent some time on the field pregame Thursday with Houston Texans stud J.J. Watt.
Too much awesome. pic.twitter.com/wOcg3isEr8
Watt stopped by Minute Maid Park before Texans training camp kicks off Friday and reportedly hit at least seven home runs into the Crawford Boxes. It is absolutely no surprise to hear that he's a dead-pull hitter.
Even for Trout, who is widely recognized as the best player in baseball and has already accomplished so much in the big leagues, it was a thrill to meet an NFL superstar like Watt.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
It's officially Major League Baseball's trade-deadline day. Many of the big names of trade season are off the board already. That includes Cole Hamels, David Price, Johnny Cueto and Carlos Gomez. But lots of talent is still on the market too — Yoenis Cespedes, Carlos Gonzalez, Yovani Gallardo, almost any of the San Diego Padres.
Likewise, there are a number of teams who would still use a boost heading into the postseason run. The Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals have been the most active traders so far, but plenty of teams still could use a boost heading into their attempts at making the postseason. Making the right move could be the difference between October and early vacations. With that, the Big League Stew crew is here to pick five teams that most need to strike a deal to improve themselves before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.Fri, Jul 317:10 PM EDTSan Diego at MiamiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
On Thursday, the Houston Astros seemed fine with Carlos Gomez's medicals, and agreed to pick up the outfielder. Mike Leake also changed teams, joining the San Francisco Giants. You can read more details about those and find all of the hot rumors heading into Friday
Follow the Twitter tracker below for every bit of news and gossip from the Yahoo Sports crew and the industry's top reporters. Heck, you might as well keep this open post open in a tab until the trade deadline passes.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The Carlos Gomez trade wasn't the biggest thing to happen to the Houston Astros on Thursday. The club also celebrated a 3-0 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Angels.
The win was significant for a number of reasons. Not only did the Astros complete the sweep of Los Angeles, but they did so on a walk-off home run.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Alvarez was brought on to take things into extras. It didn't work out for him. Alvarez sandwiched a walk between two outs before he was lifted from the game for Fernando Salas.
Salas promptly gave up a single, putting men on first and second for Jason Castro. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Castro belted a three-run walk-off home run out to right center field.
After the game, Castro said the dinger was probably the biggest hit of his career.Fri, Jul 318:10 PM EDTArizona at HoustonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Thursday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
PRELLER PRYING: The Padres and Astros are believed to be working on "something big." [Jeff Passan]
DONE DEAL: The aggressive Toronto Blue Jays added former Cy Young Award winner David Price in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. [Jeff Passan]
EXPLORING OPTIONS: The New York Mets all looking for another bat, with possible options including Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. [Ken Rosenthal]Fri, Jul 317:07 PM EDTKansas City at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The San Francisco Giants may not have made the biggest trade of the 2015 deadline, but it sure looks like the perfect fit for them. The team acquired Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake for two prospects.
The price for Leake was actually quite steep. Keury Mella was considered the Giants best pitching prospect, and he goes to the Reds for a rental player. The 21-year-old has a 3.31 ERA at High A this season.
Adam Duvall is more of a throw in. At age-26, he's pretty old to still be in the minors. He already has 26 home runs, so he has a ton of power, but it's tough to consider a 26-year-old a true prospect.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The first rule of baseball should be "always wear a cup." Taking a hit to the groin is never enjoyable, and taking that risk on a field where a small, hard ball is flying around at crazy speeds is insane.
It's not a rule, of course, and some players are willing to take that chance. New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius became the latest player to be thankful he was wearing one.
Elvis Andrus avoids the tag by whacking Didi Gregorius in the junk while sliding into 2nd https://t.co/1qdq8nYNnl
Based on Gregorius' reaction, we're going to guess taking that hit wasn't too enjoyable.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Turns out, Gregorius was wearing a cup. While it helped, it still hurt.
Well getting hit in the private part with a cup on its not fun... It still hurts imagine if I wasnt wearing any :-o...
It all started with a routine ground ball to second base. With Elvis Andrus on first, Gregorius ran over to cover second for the force out. That's when disaster struck.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
All-Star outfielder Justin Upton can be had if the price is right. The San Diego Padres have made that very clear with the trade deadline looming on Friday afternoon. He could even be had by the New York Mets if they were so inclined to take the plunge and take on the remainder of his $14.5 million salary.
That doesn't seem likely as of Thursday evening, and even if it did, it would be far too late to overturn the second significant gut punch Mets fans have received since Wednesday night.
With the rains pouring down on Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, the Mets were one out from victory when the umpires were forced to the call for a delay. When play resumed 45 minutes later, the Mets were still that one out away from victory, and closer Jeurys Familia was still the man on the hill. Then the chaos began. After a pair of singles from Derek Norris and Matt Kemp, Justin Upton launched a three-run home run that stunned the crowd and gave San Diego an 8-7 lead.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Houston Astros are World Series contenders. It would have been crazy to read that sentence four months ago, but things have changed drastically in that period.
With the team's offseason additions, there was no doubt the club would be better. Still, few were willing to project a division title for a team that had lost 416 in the last four seasons.
Those people, myself included, look foolish now. The Astros jumped out to a strong start, quieted some doubters. There may have been some question about whether the team could sustain their success, but the addition of Scott Kazmir confirmed that Houston was ready to compete.
Thursday's trade for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers takes that decree a step further. Houston isn't just looking to stay in the race, they are looking to win the World Series.
#Astros officially acquire OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and slot #76 in the 2015-16 international pool from the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first acquisition of the trade deadline Thursday, picking up reliever Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers.
The #Tigers today have acquired SS JaCoby Jones from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for RHP Joakim Soria.
The Pirates bullpen may not have been the team's biggest area of need, but grabbing Soria is a clear upgrade for a team that has been on fire over the past month or so. By traditional numbers, the Pirates' pen actually rates well. The team's relievers have compiled a 2.71 ERA, which ranks fourth in the game.
The advanced stats tell a slightly different story. The team's 3.59 FIP puts them in the middle of the pack. Looking at some of the peripherals of the players currently in the team's pen, you can see why that's the case.Fri, Jul 317:10 PM EDTPittsburgh at CincinnatiPreview Game