Reliever Hawkins heads to Blue Jays with five-time All-Star; prospects to Colorado
By Gregor Chisholm
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a stunning trade with the Rockies early Tuesday morning that will see Jose Reyes and a package of prospects head to Colorado, sources have told MLB.com. The clubs have not confirmed the deal.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports was the first to break news of the trade, shortly after midnight ET. Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirmed that the Blue Jays also will receive reliever LaTroy Hawkins, while right-handers Jeff Hoffman and Miguel Castro are two of the prospects going to Colorado. At the time of the trade, Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, was ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Toronto's No. 3 prospect and the No. 69 prospect in the game, while Castro was ranked No. 5 in Toronto's system.
If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.
And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.
CHICAGO -- During Saturday's game against the Phillies' Cole Hamels, the Cubs' Kris Bryant hit two long fly balls that reached the warning track. Hamels finished with a no-hitter. But on Monday, Bryant's fortunes turned out a whole lot better.
The rookie belted a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to power the Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies, who had scored four runs in the top of the inning.
Club's top prospects also coveted, but outfielder reportedly not untouchable
By Adam Berry
Could Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig be on the move this week?
The Dodgers have let teams know that Puig could be acquired "in the right deal," USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Monday night. As MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported on Saturday, Puig has not been told by the Dodgers that he won't be traded. The club hasn't confirmed the most recent report.
ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday by doing what he has done more often than all but three players in the game's history: hitting a home run.
Rodriguez connected with a Matt Harrison offering in the sixth inning during Monday's 6-2 win and slugged it over the wall for an opposite-field solo homer, marking the Yankees slugger's 24th of the season and his fourth in his last two games.
BOSTON -- Shane Victorino went from last place to first place in an instant on Monday. At some point soon, that will put a smile on his face.
But the emotional right fielder broke down in tears several times during a press conference that happened nearly five hours after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels. The Red Sox will pay $3.8 million of Victorino's remaining $4.9 million salary, and will get infielder Josh Rutledge from the Angels.
By Mark Bowman and Connor Smolensky
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BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.
"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.
Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games and cut their National League West deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to a half-game.
By Jeffrey Flanagan and August Fagerstrom
CLEVELAND -- The Royals started this three-game series with a bang, belting two homers, including a three-run shot by Eric Hosmer in the first inning as part of his four-RBI night, in a 9-4 victory over the Indians on Monday night at Progressive Field.
Indians rookie Cody Anderson struggled for a second consecutive outing, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings with two walks. The Royals were aggressive against the strike-throwing righty, with four of his eight hits allowed coming on the first pitch, including home runs by Hosmer and Omar Infante.
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With the final cheers still ringing in the ears of the newest Hall of Famers -- Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz -- and the last fans filtering out of town after another successful Induction Weekend, speculation inevitably turns to who might receive baseball's ultimate honor next July.
With a group of first-time eligibles led by Ken Griffey Jr. and holdovers Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines all on the ballot again after receiving more than half the votes (but less than the required 75 percent) in last year's election, there's a chance the Class of 2016 could be impressive as well.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Spirited debates about the Hall of Fame are as much a part of our everyday baseball-loving lives as 7:05 starts and rain delays. So we figure, with the recent conclusion of induction weekend, why not keep the conversation going?
Let's take a look ahead to next year's Hall of Fame class, which will consist of one first-ballot no-doubter and several others who may gain enough traction for entry in 2016. We polled dozen of reporters, experts and analysts from MLB.com and MLB Network -- some of whom do have voting privileges through the Baseball Writers' Association of America, and others who are non-voters but nonetheless experts -- to give us their hypothetical 2016 HOF class.
The focus for the Toronto Blue Jays as Friday's non-waiver Trades Deadline nears is on strengthening their pitching staff.
Enter shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, acquired by the Blue Jays along with setup reliever LaTroy Hawkins, on Monday night in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes and three Minor League players, at least two of whom are pitchers.
ARLINGTON -- The Yankees have inquired about the availability of Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, but they are unwilling to part with several of the organization's top prospects, according to multiple reports.
CBS Sports and FOX Sports have reported that the Yankees are telling teams that they have four untouchable players in their farm system: right-hander Luis Severino, outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Jorge Mateo and first baseman Greg Bird -- their top four prospects, according to MLB.com.
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.
5 Deadline deals that make sense
By Jim Duquette
For a period there, a silly thought popped in the heads of some. With so few deals being done, a slew of you pictured a summer without significant player traffic.
But then the Astros opened the Trade Deadline doors with a deal for Scott Kazmir. And before you fully processed that one, Aramis Ramirez was on his way to Pittsburgh. Then Johnny Cueto to the Royals happened. Congrats, Kansas City. You got yourselves an ace.
ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals' third grand slam of the season, second baseman Kolten Wong powered his club to a 4-1 win on Monday to open a three-game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium.
A Jay Bruce sacrifice fly gave the Reds an early 1-0 lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who entered the night averaging just 2.72 runs of support per game. Wong gave him more than that with one swing, helping the Cards capitalize in an inning they opened with consecutive hits off Reds starter Raisel Iglesias.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and manager Craig Counsell were ejected during a ninth inning Monday with no runs but a heavy dose of drama in the waning moments of a 4-2 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.
Gomez led off with a single under first baseman Brandon Belt's glove and attempted a steal of second base, despite the Brewers trailing by two runs. The initial call was safe, but the Giants challenged and won to the dismay of Gomez, who spiked his helmet and was ejected. When Counsell argued that the punishment did not fit the crime, he was ejected, too -- marking the first time in 17 years as a Major League player or manager that Counsell was sent to the showers.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Curt Casali powered the Rays with two home runs to lead a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night at Tropicana Field.
Casali homered off Anibal Sanchez on the first pitch of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI double in the fourth and Logan Forsythe singled home a run in the fifth to put the Rays up, 3-0.
Rangers center fielder also throws out Yankees first baseman at the plate
By Cody Stavenhagen
ARLINGTON -- Leonys Martin raced back, found the wall, pushed off and snagged a deep fly ball off Mark Teixeira's bat just before it had a chance to go over the wall in left-center.
His stellar catch in the second inning was the most memorable play in the Rangers' 6-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday, though it didn't make up for a rocky outing from Matt Harrison and missed opportunities at the plate.
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.
Blach, Stratton, Duvall among 10 top prospect performers on Monday
Giants No. 7 prospect throws shutout, No. 10 picks up first win for RiverCats, No. 16 homers in both games of twin bill
By Alex M. Smith
San Francisco Triple-A affiliate Sacramento took both games of a doubleheader from Albuquerque in blowout fashion, winning by a combined 20-1 score.
While the RiverCats got plenty of offense, it was the pitching that was truly dominant on Monday. Giants No. 7 prospect Ty Blach led the way with a seven-inning shutout in the opener, allowing four hits against no walks while striking out one to push his season record to 9-8.
ARLINGTON -- Mark Teixeira's temper flared in full view of the cameras on Monday, as the Yankees first baseman said he heard third-base coach Joe Espada tell him to go "easy, easy" before being thrown out at home plate on a Chase Headley single to center field in the eighth inning.
Teixeira was furious with Espada, who believed that Teixeira would score from second base without a throw. Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin came up firing and nailed Teixeira at the plate, though the play ultimately did not affect the outcome of a 6-2 victory.
CHICAGO -- The Rockies agreed to trade five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays on Monday night, according to a Fox Sports report that two Major League sources confirmed to MLB.com.
According to Fox Sports, the Rockies will be receiving four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and a package of Minor Leaguers. However, multiple Rockies officials declined to discuss the trade, saying they would not give any details until the trade is complete.
The Angels acquired veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from the Red Sox on Monday.
In exchange, Triple-A shortstop Josh Rutledge was sent to Boston, which will pay the majority of the prorated portion remaining on Victorino's contract. The 34-year-old Victorino is making $13 million in his final season before free agency, but the Angels will only be responsible for a little more than $1 million -- with the Sox covering $3.8 million of the remaining $4.9 million -- a source told MLB.com.