Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

Club also to acquire Diekman; Texas sending prospects, Harrison to Philly

Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources, in a trade that is expected to be announced on Thursday. Neither club confirmed the deal.

In return the Rangers sent pitcher Matt Harrison and five prospects to the Phillies: catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.

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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.

Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

Concern over outfielder's hip cited in breakdown of trade

Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

NEW YORK -- Just before an airplane full of Brewers lifted off from San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was told that he had been traded to the Mets. Within hours the deal had shattered, and the night descended into a swirl of speculation.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that -- pending medical approval -- would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that "there is no trade."

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Richard Justice

10 takeaways from a crazy night of deals

10 takeaways from a crazy night of deals

Ten takeaways from the most dizzying day of deals (and non-deals) in recent memory.

1. What a bizarre few hours for the Mets. One minute, they're on the verge of completing a deal with the Brewers for center fielder Carlos Gomez, a fiery, productive player who would have been a nice upgrade. And, suddenly, it was off the table, the Mets apparently stepping away over concerns about Gomez's right hip. But the other part of this story -- attention, Mets fans -- is that general manager Sandy Alderson has shifted directions and is willing to trade prospects for a better shot at making the playoffs in 2015. Right-hander Zack Wheeler, recovering from Tommy John surgery, would have joined Wilmer Flores in going to the Brewers if the Gomez deal had been finalized. Now where do the Mets look for offense? Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes? Padres slugger Justin Upton?

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LA set to deal for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

Dodgers poised to get 6 players in return for Cuban star Olivera, Rodriguez and 3 Minor League pitchers

LA set to deal for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' pending acquisition of starting pitcher Mat Latos and outfielder Michael Morse from the Marlins has expanded into multiple trades involving three teams, 12 players and a Draft pick.

If completed, the Dodgers would receive Latos and Morse from the Marlins and starting pitcher Alex Wood, closer Jim Johnson, reliever Luis Avilan and infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. Miami would get Minor League pitchers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman from Los Angeles, while Atlanta would get a competitive-balance Draft pick from the Marlins; from the Dodgers, the Braves would get recent Cuban signee Hector Olivera and injured reliever Paco Rodriguez, all according to Major League sources.

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

Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

In first career start batting leadoff, Blue Jays new arrival homers, doubles twice, drives in three

Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki apparently has a thing for making positive first impressions, because he didn't waste any time showing his teammates and the city of Toronto just how good he can be.

Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs to lead the Blue Jays to an 8-2 victory over the Phillies in his American League debut Wednesday. Not bad for a guy who less than 36 hours prior had been left stunned by a shocking trade away from the only Major League franchise he had ever known.

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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.

McCullers pitches Astros back into first place

McCullers pitches Astros back into first place

HOUSTON -- The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.

McCullers (5-3) gave up a run in the second inning before getting into a groove and setting down 15 of the final 17 batters he faced. In the meantime, the Astros chipped away, taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth on RBIs by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Preston Tucker would then homer in the sixth, and Jon Singleton blasted his first of the year in the seventh to make it 4-1.

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Alden Gonzalez and Brian McTaggart are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper hits upper deck twice to take NL homer lead

Harper hits upper deck twice to take NL homer lead

MIAMI -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper offered his Babe Ruth impression on Wednesday night, hitting two Ruthian clouts in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Harper went 3-for-4 with the two homers, which were his National League-leading 28th and 29th of the season.

After striking out in the first inning on a fastball against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, Harper made adjustments in the later innings and became a monster at the plate.

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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.

Rumor roundup: Hamels headed for Texas

Holliday's injury may influence Cardinals' activity as Deadline approaches

Rumor roundup: Hamels headed for Texas

It appears the Texas Rangers are on the verge of winning the Cole Hamels sweepstakes in advance of Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send the ace left-hander to Texas for a group of prospects, including three of the Rangers' top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels' no-trade list, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: The 5 biggest Deadline blockbusters

#TBT: The 5 biggest Deadline blockbusters

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was instituted in 1986. For the six decades prior, the Deadline was June 15. So the history of the Deadline, as we know it, is relatively short. But that doesn't mean it lacks dramatic deals.

Some Deadline deals are overrated. Some are understated. Some move the needle immediately and some are only appreciated with the beneficial lens of retrospect.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

Philadelphia gains talent on horizon in returns from blockbuster deal

Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.

Though neither club confirmed the trade, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Todd Zolecki have reported that Philadelphia will send Hamels, Jake Diekman and $9.5 million in cash to Texas for Matt Harrison and five prospects: right-handers Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher, outfielder Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

John Axford: Your go-to Trade Deadline specialist

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John Axford: Your go-to Trade Deadline specialist

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is fast approaching. Players are moving faster than Billy Hamilton running on a moving sidewalk down a mountain in the middle of a mudslide.

So, how to keep up with all of this wheelin' and dealin'? Should you follow a beat writer on Twitter? Perhaps a columnist? How about @Cut4? (No, definitely not).

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Dodgers may get right chips to trade for Price

LOS ANGELES -- Detroit pitcher David Price remains the Dodgers' top target and the team's pending trade with Atlanta might help make it happen before Friday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Young left-handed starter Alex Wood, one of the players the Dodgers are expected to receive from the Braves, has long attracted the attention of the Tigers, who have tried to trade for him in the past, according to a baseball source. Wood could be flipped to Detroit as the key part of a package to obtain Price.

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

Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.

Blanton, 34, is expected to join the Pirates before Thursday night's series opener against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh will make a corresponding move after Blanton officially joins the roster.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

BOSTON -- For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack as they pushed their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) was the Boston starter who got rocked early this time, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana meanwhile gave up just two runs over 6 1/3 frames to notch his sixth win.

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Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.

A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez walked two of his four batters to begin the seventh, putting runners at first and second for Adrian Gonzalez, who notched an RBI double off lefty Drew Pomeranz. Yasmani Grandal's ensuing dribbler down the third-base line led to another run, and Kiké Hernandez put the Dodgers on top, 7-6, with a two-run double. Yasiel Puig, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, drove in Hernandez with a single off Dan Otero to cap the rally.

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Jane Lee is a reporter and Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers 'rebooting,' will listen on trades

Detroit's pending free agents could be traded prior to Deadline

Tigers 'rebooting,' will listen on trades

ST. PETERSBURG -- The weeks-long debate on the fate of the Tigers' postseason chase is over. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that they'll look at trading their pending free agents heading into Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We look at it more as rebooting going into next year," Dombrowski said on his way out of Tropicana Field following Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

At home with Cubs, Lester set for stretch run

Lefty boosts Chicago with 14-K performance at Wrigley Field

At home with Cubs, Lester set for stretch run

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester doesn't forget July 31. It's his son Hudson's birthday. It's also the day Lester was traded from the Red Sox, which had been the only team he'd played for, to the Athletics a year ago.

"Last year made for an interesting birthday," Lester said after a dominant performance in the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Puig goes off on bobblehead night

Puig goes off on bobblehead night

LOS ANGELES -- At times such as this, ignorance truly can be bliss for a ballplayer with a job to do. As trade winds swirled all day around the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig was focused on mom, bobbleheads and, finally, pitches landing in his happy zone.

Rumors that he could be on the block with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming on Friday at 1 p.m. PT never reached him, Puig insisted in the afterglow of a 10-7 victory on Wednesday night that gave the Dodgers an Interleague split with the Athletics.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores endures emotional evening

Flores endures emotional evening

NEW YORK -- His eyes still red and watery after the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, infielder Wilmer Flores stood, stunned, in a clubhouse that remains his home.

Flores learned during the game that a deal was in place to send him and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez, only to find out afterward that there was no trade. A source confirmed that the Mets nixed the deal due to medical concern over Gomez's right hip -- leaving Flores in a wildly emotional state both during and after the game.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tillman, O's blank Braves for 5th straight win

Tillman, O's blank Braves for 5th straight win

BALTIMORE-- Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.

The O's, winners of their last five, recorded their first three-game series sweep since June 26-28 against Cleveland as they find themselves 51-49, just one game out for the second spot in the American League Wild Card.

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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.

Giants break stalemate vs. Brewers with big 7th

Giants break stalemate vs. Brewers with big 7th

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.

The Giants, who concluded a 5-1 homestand, shattered a scoreless tie as Matt Duffy singled and came home on Hunter Pence's double off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers (5-9) to begin the seventh. Brandon Belt singled, Brandon Crawford launched a sacrifice fly and Hector Sanchez doubled before Adrianza, replacing injured second baseman Joe Panik, grounded his hit to right. That hastened San Francisco's 13th win in its last 15 games.

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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. 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.

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Fred Zinkie

Cutch primed to post big numbers vs. Reds

Cutch primed to post big numbers vs. Reds

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 Thursday.

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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.

Key things to watch for in today's games

Key things to watch for in today's games

The Royals may have the best record in the American League, but they'll have to go through Toronto and the Majors' highest-scoring offense this weekend. Both teams have been active on the trade front, with Kansas City acquiring Johnny Cueto and Toronto landing Troy Tulowitzki.

Both players will be in action this series, with Cueto scheduled to start on Friday. In Thursday's 7:07 p.m. ET opener, Kansas City will start Danny Duffy, who has logged a 2.15 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list. The Blue Jays will counter with Marco Estrada, who has gone 7-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances between the bullpen and rotation. Estrada posted a 0.84 ERA in six relief appearances, and he's managed a 3.17 ERA in 10 appearances at home.

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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.

Phillips, Reed among 10 top prospect performers Wednesday

Astros No. 2 prospect goes 4-for-5; No. 8 prospect hits his Minor League-leading 28th homer

Phillips, Reed among 10 top prospect performers Wednesday

Top prospects from the Astros and Padres turned a game between Double-A Corpus Christi and San Antonio into an old-fashioned Texas shootout.

A.J. Reed -- No. 8 on Houston's recently updated Top 30 Prospects list -- extended his Minor League lead by swatting his 28th homer of the season in a narrow 7-6 win for the Hooks. Reed finished 3-for-4 with the opposite-field solo shot and three RBIs.

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

'Jeopardy!' did not expect Tulowitzki to be traded

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'Jeopardy!' did not expect Tulowitzki to be traded

In a word, Troy Tulowitzki's Blue Jays debut was … gangbusters. The shortstop introduced himself to his new fans by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs. And yet, during his Drake-worthy performance at Rogers Centre, "Jeopardy!" aired a clue that was just a tad outdated.

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d'Arnaud ready to come off disabled list

d'Arnaud ready to come off disabled list

NEW YORK -- Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who has appeared in only 19 games this season due to multiple injuries, is ready to come off the disabled list.

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported that d'Arnaud traveled to New York after going 1-for-5 for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, catching nine innings for a second straight night. The Mets hoped to activate d'Arnaud prior to Friday's series opener against the Nationals, and that remains likely.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Papelbon wants to win, eyes saves record

New Nats closer eager for chance with first-place teams, talks about Rivera's all-time mark

Papelbon wants to win, eyes saves record

MIAMI -- A day after agreeing to a trade to the Nationals, new Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon said he felt free and is starting a new life with his new team. As he put it, he gave up $2 million to win and be at a place where he is happy.

Papelbon is having one of his most productive seasons, going 17-for-17 in save opportunities with a 1.59 ERA with the Phillies. The veteran said he is having a great season because he has learned how to pitch. He no longer can blow hitters away like he did during his days with the Red Sox, but he said he has learned "how to read swings" and throw fewer pitches per inning. Papelbon is one of the few players on the Nationals with World Series experience.

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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.

Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Lewis allowed two runs and got the win to snap the Rangers' three-game losing streak. Masahiro Tanaka exited after allowing four runs in six innings as the Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped.

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

Altuve makes spectacular off-balance play

Altuve makes spectacular off-balance play

HOUSTON -- Though much of the Astros' defensive acclaim has shifted to rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, veteran second baseman Jose Altuve -- Correa's mentor -- stole some thunder Wednesday night.

Ranging to his right, Altuve dove for C.J. Cron's slow roller behind second base, secured the ball and fired a throw across his body, as he was falling down, to record the first out of the seventh inning and preserve rookie Lance McCullers' impressive outing.

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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.

Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

BOSTON -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera stands as a pretty solid representation of the team's 2015 season.

By the end of June, many people thought neither Cabrera nor the White Sox had a chance to come near their lofty preseason expectations. By the end of July, there aren't enough superlatives to cover the work of either side as the White Sox winning streak extended to seven games with a 9-2 victory vs. the Red Sox on Wednesday -- and Cabrera continued to knock the ball all over Fenway Park.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.