Tacoma Rainiers’ broadcaster Mike Curto reports that the White Sox have acquired veteran right-handed relievers Mark Lowe and Jean Machi from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Lowe, 34, signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in late March. Machi, 35, struggled to find a place in the Mariners’ bullpen this season.
SAN FRANCISCO — At some point over the last month, the Giants quietly stopped playing “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the late innings of games they trail. It’s unclear exactly when it started, or who made the decision. A number of team employees, surveyed over the past week, had noticed. But nobody knew the exact details. Perhaps the longtime staple of AT&T Park was shelved on July 9, when FanGraphs dropped the playoff odds to 0.00 percent for the first time in a lost season. Maybe it was during a bad loss before that or a bad loss after that. You can take your pick. This season has been filled with so many of them it’s hard to keep track. Friday’s stood out, in part because this was the kind of
The Chicago Cubs have come out of nowhere to play like the best team in baseball, and it looks like they're only going to get better. Surging since the All-Star break, the Cubs have won six consecutive games through Thursday before a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, and sit just one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. On Friday, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Cubs are interested in trading for righty starter Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers.