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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 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.
If you missed any of Tuesday's action, we collected the best stuff in our daily digest, including the Nationals adding Jonathan Papelbon and whether David Price will be on the move in the next few days.
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 Stew3 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 Oakland Athletics may be selling off parts, but pitcher Sonny Gray is here to stay. The right-hander was excellent during a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Gray was so good that the Athletics didn't need to use any other pitcher during the contest. He went the distance, giving up just three hits during a complete game shutout. Gray struck out nine and walked one during the performance.
It was Gray's fourth career shutout. Two of those have come this month.
That's Gray's second shutout this month.
Gray apparently wasn't satisfied with just dominating on the mound. He actually picked up his first major-league hit during the contest.Wed, Jul 2910:10 PM EDTOakland at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 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 Tuesday's action, we're here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits.
BIG SURPRISE: Due to the White Sox's recent winning streak they could opt to hang on to pitcher Jeff Samardzija. It's starting to look like Tigers ace David Price is more available. [Jon Morosi]
TRUE OR FALSE: One exec thinks James Shields will end up on the Giants, but there's a belief that the Padres will not trade within their division. [Jayson Stark]
PRIORITIES, MAN: The Dodgers have made Cole Hamels their No. 1 priority [Joel Sherman]
WAIT A MINUTE: The Astros have also made a push for Hamels, but he could veto a deal there if the two sides are able to come to an agreement. [Ken Rosenthal]Wed, Jul 297:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu picked up one of the weirdest home runs of the season Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.
In the top of the sixth inning, Abreu smashed a 91 mph fastball from Wade Miley out to deep center field. Mookie Betts had to range back near the wall in order to make the play. He caught the ball a few steps away from the wall, but his momentum carried him over the wall and into the bullpen.
Betts hit the ground pretty hard, and his teammates came rushing to his aid immediately. He appeared to be fine, though, climbing over the wall with the ball in his glove. Abreu was initially ruled out.
Well, the White Sox must have seen something no one else did, because they challenged the catch. Replays showed Betts lost control of the ball as he landed in the Red Sox's bullpen.
Suddenly, the umpires had a tough decision to make. They had to determine whether Betts had control of the ball long enough to consider it a catch, or if losing control of the ball after falling meant Abreu had hit a home run.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Being traded at the deadline can be hectic for most players. For at least a couple of hours, your life is flipped upside down. You have to meet up with your new club, get acquainted with your new teammates and, possibly, relocate your family to a new city.
David DeJesus only has to worry about two of those things after Tuesday's trade. DeJesus was shipped from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Angels, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone more excited about the news than his wife Kim.
@David_DeJesus3 is officially an Angel!!!!!!! And I'm officially in heaven!!!!!!!!!!
We've seen Kim DeJesus follow the trade deadline before. In 2013, she attempted to get through the day by having a few drinks.Wed, Jul 2912:10 PM EDTDetroit at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
For the second time this season, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has failed a steroid test. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Mejia had once again tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, Mejia will now miss the club's next 162 games.
The move seems to have come as a shock to many within the organization.
Alderson seems genuinely shocked by this. Almost can't believe it. Hasn't talked to Mejia yet.
Carig is referring to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson there, obviously.
It's not just members of the front office, though. Some of Mejia's teammates expressed disbelief that this could happen again.
Black's tweet has since been deleted, but it's easy to understand why he was frustrated with the news.Wed, Jul 297:10 PM EDTSan Diego at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced a major change Tuesday to the process by which players are voted into Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame is making the Baseball Writers Association of America, the longtime arbiters of voting, to take away ballots from members who haven't actively covered baseball in 10 years.
While it might seem perfectly rational to take Hall of Fame votes away from writers who no longer cover the game, that's never been the BBWAA way. Once a writer earns a Hall of Fame vote — it first takes 10 years of being a BBWAA member — he or she would keep the Hall of Fame vote for life.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The tenor of the Colorado Rockies clubhouse was understandably foul after news spread that the team had dealt star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan wrote a columnlooking behind-the-scenes at how Tulo and his teammates found out he'd be traded north of the border. It was clear nobody in a Rockies uniform was too happy.
Frustration was still echoing Tuesday afternoon, when third baseman Nolan Arenado, the likely heir to Tulo's face-of-the-franchise throne once the trade deadline passes spoke to the Denver Post. Arenado, 24, seemed upset that Tulowitzki was gone and unimpressed with the Rockies' return in the trade.Wed, Jul 297:07 PM EDTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Many people didn't believe. They didn't believe that the Kansas City Royals, who were one win from a World Series title last year, could do it again. They didn't believe the team was built to withstand the tough AL Central. They didn't believe that last year's Cinderella could be this year's belle of the ball.
But the Royals believe. They believe this is their year and they proved it again Tuesdayby adding Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics, another move signaling that the Royals are all-in for 2015.
The A's are getting two pitching prospects in return. Here's the deal, as reported by Yahoo Sports' own Jeff Passan:Wed, Jul 2912:10 PM EDTKansas City at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Phillies seem to be approaching their trade-deadline sale of ace Cole Hamels much like a realtor would sell an in-demand house.
The Phillies have reportedly told teams around MLB that they want their best offers by Wednesday, essentially laying down a "best-and-final" scenario, so the Phils can pick their preferred deal.