Trade talks heating up; Deadline: 4 ET today

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Trade talks heating up; Deadline: 4 ET today

Today's non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and if Thursday's blockbuster deals were any indication, the final hours leading up to 4 p.m. ET should be thrilling.

MLB Network will air live coverage of Trade Deadline news starting at 10 a.m. ET. To get you prepared for what figures to be a wild day in baseball, here's a recap of what went down Thursday and the top rumors circulating around the league:

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @paul_casella. Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

Tigers to receive package of prospects, including Toronto's No. 1-ranked Norris

Blue Jays win bidding for prized lefty Price

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays became instant contenders in the American League after they pulled off yet another blockbuster trade on Thursday afternoon by acquiring former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price from the Tigers.

Toronto sent left-handed prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers as part of the deal. It's the second major move this week after the Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies on Tuesday.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros add Gomez, Fiers from Brewers

Astros add Gomez, Fiers from Brewers

HOUSTON -- The Astros landed the right-handed bat and starting pitcher they coveted Thursday, striking a deal with the Brewers for outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers in exchange for four prospects -- outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and left-hander Josh Hader.

Gomez, 29, is a right-handed-hitting center fielder who was batting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers. He's a career .260 hitter with 99 homers and 387 RBIs in a nine-year career with the Mets (2007), Twins ('08-09) and Brewers ('09-15).

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

Club sends No. 1 prospect Mella, Duvall to Cincinnati in exchange

Giants acquire righty Leake from Reds

ARLINGTON -- Bent on improving their starting rotation, the Giants obtained right-hander Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds late Thursday night for two Minor Leaguers, right-hander Keury Mella and infielder Adam Duvall.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans tried fruitlessly to acquire Cole Hamels from Philadelphia or David Price from Detroit, All-Star left-handers who were considered the two premier starters among the pitchers considered available before Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline. Evans said that Hamels waived his no-trade clause to make a deal involving San Francisco possible, but the Phillies reached a tentative agreement with Texas instead. The Giants lacked the Major League-ready starters Detroit wanted in exchange for Price, who went to Toronto for three Minor League left-handers.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kazmir gem, Castro HR cap Astros' sweep

Kazmir gem, Castro HR cap Astros' sweep

HOUSTON -- Jason Castro, who came into his ninth-inning at-bat with six hits with runners in scoring position this season, blasted a three-run walk-off home run to complete the Astros' sweep of the Angels with a 3-0 win Thursday night, giving Houston a two-game lead in the American League West.

Castro turned on Fernando Salas' 1-2 pitch to dispatch it into the right-field seats for the Astros' second walk-off home run of the season. Salas entered the game with two outs in relief of Jose Alvarez and surrendered a single to Marwin Gonzalez before Castro ended the game.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Deadline countdown: Last-minute predictions

Deadline countdown: Last-minute predictions

In the quiet period leading up to this last week of July, we heard a lot of chatter about Major League Baseball possibly moving the non-waiver Trade Deadline to mid-August to account for the increased parity brought about by having two Wild Card teams per league and the logjam it causes on the trade market.

Haven't heard that talk much this week, have you?

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Anthony Castrovince is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates acquire Soria from Tigers

Bucs bolster bullpen with righty, who was also on Cardinals' wish-list

Pirates acquire Soria from Tigers

CINCINNATI -- The National League Central race still has 10 weeks to go. But the Pirates have already beaten out the Cardinals on one count: Joakim Soria.

Swinging their second deal of the day to solidify the bullpen, the Bucs on Thursday acquired the Tigers' closer -- who had been also on the wish-list of the Cardinals, looking to bolster their own bullpen even after last week's acquisition of Steve Cishek from the Marlins.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer and on his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton hits clutch HR after trade fakeout

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Upton hits clutch HR after trade fakeout

Not content to give the entire baseball world just one Trade Deadline headfake, Justin Upton and the Padres were back at it again on Thursday. But this time, rather than being pulled from the game, Upton decided to confound the #HugWatch movement completely -- giving out fake hugs to his teammates in the dugout, just for kicks. 

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Phillips makes MLB history with career night

Second baseman homers twice, notches career-high seven RBIs

Phillips makes MLB history with career night

CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips set a Major League record that had never been touched since 1920 on Thursday night -- and he didn't need the entire nine innings to do it.

Phillips went 4-for-5 to help lead the Reds to a 15-5 victory over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Thursday. With the incredible night, Phillips became the first player since MLB began keeping track of RBIs in 1920 to record two home runs, two stolen bases, four hits and seven RBIs in a single game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Robert Bondy is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hug it out: In-game trades a part of the game

Flores situation brings back memories of dugout goodbyes

Hug it out: In-game trades a part of the game

With all the chatter about transactions before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, it's easy to forget there is a human element to all of this. Come late July every year, players get uprooted, leaving behind their teammates and cities to join a new ballclub at a moment's notice.

That has led to some strange scenes over the years, perhaps none stranger than what we saw on Wednesday night involving Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores. When word of an impending trade reached him, cameras caught Flores tearing up on the field -- only for the trade to fall through, leaving Flores with the Mets after all.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

Johnny Cueto made 213 starts as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Now, he'll get his first chance to wear Royal blue.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Davis, Jones have ability to erupt vs. Tigers

Davis, Jones have ability to erupt vs. Tigers

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Friday.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Blue Jays' new playoff odds

The Blue Jays' new playoff odds

There are two ways to look at the pair of jaw-dropping non-waiver Trade Deadline deals that brought the Blue Jays two of baseball's biggest stars in Troy Tulowitzki and David Price. Either the Blue Jays are a much better team than their 52-51 record would make it seem -- their run differential of +100 heading into Thursday night was the second-best in all of baseball, after all -- and circumstances demand they go all-in this year, or they're the frustrating group that's suffered three losing months out of four and is just a game up on the fourth-place Tampa Bay Rays.

How you feel about the decision to mortgage some of the future in an attempt to win now is without question colored by what you think the Blue Jays' chances actually are of making 2015 a memorable year. Clearly, Toronto management feels it's the former, because they've cashed in six players, including highly touted pitching prospects Daniel Norris and Jeff Hoffman, to try to end the longest playoff drought in North American team sports. (Norris and Hoffman were each born in 1993, the last time Toronto saw postseason baseball.)

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With more zeros, Kazmir finishes stellar July

With more zeros, Kazmir finishes stellar July

HOUSTON -- Through no fault of either player or manager, A.J. Hinch doesn't know Scott Kazmir well.

Kazmir's been an Astro for just seven days. Hinch has somewhat of a rapport with his newest starter, but not nearly the bond he's formed with the other players he's overseen since Spring Training.

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CarGo could be match for Orioles' needs

Outfielder adds two more hits in Thursday's loss to Cardinals

CarGo could be match for Orioles' needs

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's loud bat is drowning what little noise there is leading up to today's 2 p.m. MT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Angels have made their big move for outfield bats, the Mets reportedly are pushing for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce and the Cardinals added left-handed-hitting help by trading with the Indians for Brandon Moss on Thursday. The only known rumor, reported by CBS Sports on Thursday, involves the Orioles, who have pitching prospects the Rockies may covet.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Brittany Ghiroli contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Storen-Papelbon tandem dominates first test

Nationals' new closer impressed by setup man's stuff in win over Marlins

Storen-Papelbon tandem dominates first test

MIAMI -- In Thursday's 1-0 victory over the Marlins, the Nationals saw a glimpse of what could be a powerful 1-2 combination at the back end of their bullpen.

Drew Storen was dominant in the eighth inning, while Jonathan Papelbon made quick work of the Marlins and saved his first game as a member of the Nats.

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Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Rangers complete Hamels deal

Announcement expected Friday; Texas to also add Diekman, send prospects, Harrison to Philly

Sources: Rangers complete Hamels deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources. The two sides spent Thursday reviewing medical records and waiting for Major League approval on the money exchange.

All of that was completed on Thursday, and all that was left were paperwork issues to be cleared up. Neither club has confirmed the deal, although an announcement is expected Friday.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garcia's walk caps Cards' rally to beat Rox

Garcia's walk caps Cards' rally to beat Rox

ST. LOUIS -- In a game that featured six lead changes, the Cardinals snagged the final one, stunning the Rockies with a three-run ninth to steal a 9-8 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. Greg Garcia, who had been called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, gave the Cardinals their seventh walk-off win of the year by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

The Rockies went ahead, 8-6, in the eighth by capitalizing on a pair of Kevin Siegrist throwing errors. That lead was handed over to slumping closer John Axford, who retired just one of the six batters he faced. Entering after Matt Carpenter's leadoff double, Axford walked Randal Grichuk and allowed a single to Kolten Wong before Jhonny Peralta laced a game-tying single. Three batters later, with the bases full, Garcia worked the count to 3-2 before laying off a pitch high and outside to end the game.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rosario flirts with cycle as Twins go on tear

Rosario flirts with cycle as Twins go on tear

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario and Aaron Hicks combined for six hits, five runs and four RBIs to help the Twins snap a four-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Mariners on Thursday night at Target Field.

Rosario fell a single short of the cycle, as he was robbed of a hit in the eighth on a leaping catch from Mariners shortstop Brad Miller, but still had three hits, including a three-run blast as part of a five-run first inning. Hicks registered his fifth straight multi-hit game by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk, and is hitting .365 over his last 22 games since coming off the disabled list.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat and listen to his podcast. Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Mariners Musings blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers win slugfest on Hamilton walk-off hit

Rangers win slugfest on Hamilton walk-off hit

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton hit a single through the right side with two outs in the ninth off reliever Andrew Miller to bring home Leonys Martin with the winning run in the Rangers' 7-6 walk-off victory over the Yankees on Thursday night.

Hamilton, who had a three-run home run in the first inning, was mobbed at first base after the Rangers celebrated their second straight win over the Yankees.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Astros' bold moves show future is now

Astros' bold moves show future is now

HOUSTON -- The day ended for the Houston Astros with one of those electrifying moments that makes the whole incredible ride feel magical. If things work out a certain way for this team, players and coaches might look back on Thursday and see it as another sign that something special is happening.

Catcher Jason Castro's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning delivered a 3-0 victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Angels. With the sweep, the Astros -- a team that averaged 104 losses the last four seasons -- is 58-45 and leading the American League West over the Angels by two games.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Dodgers come out on top of 3-team deal

LA acquires three starters, bullpen help, top prospect in trade with Marlins, Braves

Dodgers come out on top of 3-team deal

There were many moving parts to the three-team, 12-player (and a Draft pick) deal involving the Dodgers, Braves and Marlins, announced officially on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles acquired starting pitchers Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, slugger Michael Morse and infield prospect Jose Peraza. The Dodgers also received cash considerations from both clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

CC heads to hospital after struggling in heat

Cramping up during post-start ice session, Sabathia admitted as precaution with dehydration

CC heads to hospital after struggling in heat

ARLINGTON -- CC Sabathia's night started with a hanging slider that landed in the seats for a titanic Josh Hamilton homer, and after toiling in triple-digit temperatures, it ended with the Yankees left-hander admitted to a local hospital for symptoms of dehydration.

Sabathia worked five-plus innings in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Park, and the Yankees said that he experienced cramping during his post-start ice session. Head athletic trainer Steve Donohue advised that Sabathia visit the nearest hospital, Medical Center of Arlington, as a precaution.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers roar early, hold off relentless O's

Tigers roar early, hold off relentless O's

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers exploded for 16 hits on Thursday night in a 9-8 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards, giving Detroit its first consecutive victories since July 8-9 as the team tries to gain ground in the American League Wild Card race on the day it traded away starter David Price and closer Joakim Soria.

The Tigers' offense scratched five runs off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez and four more off reliever Bud Norris, with J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes each contributing three RBIs. But for as good as the offensive production was, it didn't overshadow the night of Detroit starter Alfredo Simon, who picked up his 10th win of the season. The right-hander gave up two hits, both home runs, over 5 2/3 innings in his first career appearance against the Orioles after playing in Baltimore from 2008-11.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

J.J. Watt obliterates baseballs during BP with Astros

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J.J. Watt obliterates baseballs during BP with Astros

J.J. Watt is a powerful human being. He is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds of wrecking-ball strength. So when he snuck in to batting practice at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, it was practically a given that he would send baseballs into low-orbit.

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Yankees get Ackley from Mariners for prospects

Yankees get Ackley from Mariners for prospects

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees joined the busy buildup to Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline with a smaller move on Thursday, acquiring infielder-outfielder Dustin Ackley from the Mariners in exchange for Minor League outfielder Ramon Flores and Minor League right-hander Jose Ramirez.

Manager Joe Girardi said that the team liked Ackley's versatility, envisioning him as a piece that could help them at all three outfield positions as well as first and second base while the Yankees fight for a postseason berth.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Brewers receive four-prospect package for Gomez and Fiers

Houston sends two top 100 prospects to Milwaukee to strengthen its playoff push

Brewers receive four-prospect package for Gomez and Fiers

Yet another example of how much progress the Astros have made in 2015 came on Thursday evening. Houston gave up four prospects in a trade, something it never would have considered at any other point this decade.

But these aren't the Astros that finished with baseball's worst record for three years running in 2011-13 or haven't had a winning season since 2008. They're leading the American League West in pursuit of their first division title in 14 years.

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Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

Cleveland acquires Kaminsky, ranked 10th among LHP prospects

Cards get Moss from Tribe for highly touted lefty

ST. LOUIS -- On the heels of consecutive shutouts that underscored the club's need for an offensive jolt, general manager John Mozeliak swung a player swap with Cleveland early Thursday morning to bring Brandon Moss and his power potential to St. Louis.

The cost for Moss was heavy, as the Cardinals parted with 20-year-old Rob Kaminsky, who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 10th-best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. The lefty starter and 28th overall selection in the MLB Draft had a 2.15 ERA through his first 43 professional appearances. This year, Kaminsky posted a 2.09 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings for Class A Advanced Palm Beach.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arizona Fall League announces schedule

Arizona Fall League announces schedule

Start circling the dates.

The Arizona Fall League released its schedule for the 2015 campaign on Thursday, and six prospect-heavy teams will play games running through mid-October to late November. The league's schedule will begin on October 13th and will conclude with the league championship on November 21.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout returns to lineup after resting wrist

Trout returns to lineup after resting wrist

HOUSTON -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout returned to the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park after missing the last two games with soreness in his left wrist.

Trout took some swings off a tee, then hit some soft toss and "didn't really feel anything" in his ailing wrist, so the Angels started him in center field and in his customary No. 3 spot in the batting order.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.