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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
You know the old adage: When the going gets tough, the Marlins start shredding. Money, that is.
The Miami Marlins, the team that many around baseball were hoping wouldn't disappoint us again this season, confirmed Wednesday their status as disappointments.
They've reportedly traded Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting a still unnamed prospect in return and also sending L.A. one of its competitive balance draft picks.
Selling isn't wrong when you're the Marlins — a team that had playoff expectations, but is 42-58 at the moment and without face-of-the-franchise slugger Giancarlo Stanton and All-Star Dee Gordon. Selling can be savvy this time of year. But everybody just had higher hopes for the Marlins this season.Wed, Jul 297:10 PM EDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Take another starting pitcher off the trade blocks. According to reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to acquire right-hander Mat Latos from the Miami Marlins.
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Gordon Wittenmeyer broke the news on Twitter:
Source: Latos, Morse to Dodgers for prospects. At least one competitive balance pick also to Dodgers. W/ Latos off board Haren still in play
The Dodgers had been searching for a reliable pitcher to slot in behind their dynamic duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Latos, 27, fits the bill. He has missed time this season with knee and foot injuries but he has some upside. He is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts this season, statistically his worst season. Maybe he will be buoyed by a trade to a World Series contender. He is also a free agent after this season.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Normally when a team scores five runs in the first inning, and chases the other team’s starter, it wins. Normally that team doesn’t lose by 16 runs. Tuesday’s game between the Rangers and Yankees was anything but normal.
The Yankees used a 10-hit, 11-run second inning to erase a 5-0 deficit and cruise to an improbable 21-5 victory over the Rangers. The Yankees didn’t hit a single home run in the inning and knocked starter Martin Perez out of the game after the first eight batters reached safely.
The second inning looked like this:
Uh, so does that still count as striking out the side?
The 11-run inning was just one of the many oddities in the game as the Yankees scored the most runs in the majors this season, and won for the eighth time in nine games. After the first inning, the Yankees chances of winning were eight percent, according to the Baseball-Reference.com win probability chart. After the second inning, it was 93 percent.Wed, Jul 298:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at TexasPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It's trade-deadline week in MLB, with rumors and news popping up at any moment. Contenders are trying to improve themselves for a playoff run and cellar-dwellers are trying to spin off spare parts to rebuild. It will be a lot of fun to watch what happens before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET Friday.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 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 Stew11 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 Stew12 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 Stew14 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 Stew17 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.LiveDetroit2 - 1Tampa BayFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 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