Red Sox add Nunez in deal with Giants

Red Sox add Nunez in deal with Giants

SEATTLE -- The Red Sox added a right-handed bat with defensive versatility on Tuesday night, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants for two Minor League pitchers.

The Red Sox are sending Minor League right-handers Shaun Anderson (their 18th-ranked prospect) and Gregory Santos to the Giants for Nunez, who could fill a few roles for Boston. He could fill in for shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who may still be dealing with the aftereffects of a right hand injury, and also see time at third base against left-handed pitching, sharing time with just-promoted top prospect Rafael Devers.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yankees score on triple play, sink Cincy

Yankees score on triple play, sink Cincy

NEW YORK -- Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Relying heavily on his sinker and curveball, Montgomery faced the minimum through five innings before Scott Schebler broke up the no-hit bid with a double to right-center field, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,268. The rookie left-hander held Cincinnati to a run and two hits over 6 2/3 frames in an 85-pitch effort, securing his first win in five starts. 

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Tribe's 2nd slam caps see-saw walk-off

Tribe's 2nd slam caps see-saw walk-off

CLEVELAND -- As fireworks lit up the night sky and the Cleveland faithful erupted in cheers, the Indians celebrated their third walk-off win of the season by mobbing Edwin Encarnacion at home plate. Encarnacion played the role of the hero, as his walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th lifted the Indians over the Angels, 11-7, in Tuesday night's series opener at Progressive Field.

Encarnacion's walk-off blast -- his 21st homer of the season -- came on a first-pitch slider from Angels reliever Bud Norris and gave the Indians their fifth straight win to maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over the Royals in the American League Central division. It is Encarnacion's sixth career walk-off homer and his 10th career walk-off hit.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key DP in 8th helps surging KC win 7th straight

Key DP in 8th helps surging KC win 7th straight

DETROIT -- The Royals turned a critical double play in the eighth inning that helped them preserve their season-high seventh straight win, 3-1 over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

With Justin Upton on third and Mikie Mahtook on first and one out, Victor Martinez lined a hard shot into the right-field corner off Royals reliever Joakim Soria that Jorge Bonifacio snared. Upton tagged at third, but Mahtook strayed too far off first, and Bonifacio's throw back to first beat Mahtook, thanks to a great stretch from Eric Hosmer, for the double play.

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Taylor's tear continues as LA reaches 70 wins

Taylor's tear continues as LA reaches 70 wins

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Taylor continued his torrid July with a pair of doubles and three RBIs as the Dodgers beat the Twins, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium to become the fifth team in the expansion era to reach 70 wins by its 101st game. Los Angeles also increased its division lead over Arizona to a season-high 12 1/2 games while dropping Minnesota below .500 for the first time since late April.

In 19 games this month, Taylor is 34-for-76 (.447), and he's 23-for-44 (.523) with five doubles, three triples, two homers and nine RBIs in 11 games since the All-Star break. He has multiple hits in seven of his last eight games.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Morton stifles Phillies in Astros' 4-hit shutout

Morton stifles Phillies in Astros' 4-hit shutout

PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Morton threw seven scoreless innings against his former team and rookie outfielder Derek Fisher capped a four-run sixth inning with a two-run single to lift the Astros to a 5-0 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Astros improved to an American League-best 67-33 at the 100-game mark of their season, including 37-12 on the road and 9-0 in Interleague Play. The Astros began the day with a 17-game lead over the Mariners in the AL West.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Trade candidate Gray K's 9; final A's start?

Trade candidate Gray K's 9; final A's start?

TORONTO -- Sonny Gray fell victim to his own throwing error Tuesday night in Toronto, marring an otherwise typical Sonny Gray start.

It could very well have been his last in green and gold.

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Braves' 4 HRs back Folty in win over D-backs

Braves' 4 HRs back Folty in win over D-backs

PHOENIX -- Kurt Suzuki hit two of the Braves' four homers and drove in three runs, lifting the Braves to an 8-3 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

Suzuki's first homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning off reliever J.J. Hoover (1-1), broke a 2-2 tie. The veteran catcher added his 10th home run of the season in the eighth. Johan Camargo followed with another homer to give the Braves more insurance.

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MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Braves among clubs with close eye on Gray
Don't expect the Braves to rest on their haunches after dealing starter Jaime Garcia to Minnesota on Monday. In advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Atlanta has remained involved in discussions for A's ace Sonny Gray, a source has told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, who added that Oakland has expressed interest in Triple-A Gwinnett outfielder Ronald Acuna, the top prospect in the game's deepest farm system.

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All-Star unveiling, Play Ball preview in DC

Wednesday's ceremony beings march to 89th Midsummer Classic

All-Star unveiling, Play Ball preview in DC

WASHINGTON -- There's a large banner covered by a tarp located in center field at Nationals Park. Behind it lies the official logo for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to be unveiled prior to Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Nationals owner Mark Lerner and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Nats manager Dusty Baker and stars Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman for the unveiling ceremony, which will be streamed live on MLB.com and Nationals.com. The ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Contreras sparks W as Chicago rivalry heats up

Contreras sparks W as Chicago rivalry heats up

CHICAGO -- There were plenty of punchouts, some bruises and at least one heated exchange on Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Game 2 of the intracity Cubs vs. White Sox series. Willson Contreras provided the feel-good moment pregame, then he delivered a three-run homer plus an RBI single to spark a 7-2 Cubs victory and even the Interleague series at one win apiece.

Before the game, Contreras met with Daniel Rodriguez, a young boy with Down syndrome, and gave him batting gloves, a helmet and a jersey. Then in the first inning, Contreras smashed a 417-foot homer with two on and one out to give John Lackey all the cushion he needed.
 

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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A ball bounced off the head of Reno's Zach Borenstein and over the wall for a homer

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A ball bounced off the head of Reno's Zach Borenstein and over the wall for a homer

The Dodgers' Alex Verdugo might be their top-ranked position player in the farm system according to MLB Pipeline, but his numbers certainly got an assist during his game on Tuesday night with Oklahoma City. While batting in the eighth inning against Silvino Bracho of the Reno Aces, Verdugo lifted a fly ball into right field.

Fortunately for Verdugo, right fielder Zach Borenstein had trouble tracking the deep drive.

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Taijuan Walker celebrated the birth of his first child with a booming, 455-foot home run

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Taijuan Walker celebrated the birth of his first child with a booming, 455-foot home run

Earlier this week, D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker was on the paternity list as he and his wife were expecting a child. Walker rejoined the club for Tuesday's game against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, and he celebrated in a pretty impressive manner. 

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Anthony Castrovince

Deadline's ripples felt by many across game

Often forgotten in haze of trade activity, execs and families juggle demands

Deadline's ripples felt by many across game

The non-waiver Trade Deadline consumes baseball's news cycle this time of year, and that means it consumes the people inside the game, as well. This year, in addition to giving you all the usual news and notes associated with next Monday's Deadline, we're taking you inside the annual event's effects on the players and personnel involved with a few short stories at a time.

This is our second installment of "Scenes from a Deadline." You can read the first here.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. Reporters Jeffrey Flanagan and T.R. Sullivan contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

CBA compensation FAQ: Deadline edition

This can be a confusing time of year in the world of baseball transactions -- and not just because some of us are sure to be duped by the occasional phony Twitter account dispensing "fake news" on the trade front.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has radically altered the free-agent Draft-pick compensation system, and that has a direct impact on the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31. In the past, it made sense for some would-be sellers to hold onto certain pending free agents because of the Draft pick that could be recouped if he signed elsewhere. But now, that compensation varies according to the team's economic circumstances and the specific dollar amount the player earns elsewhere.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. 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.

Double-switch dispute leads to 18-minute delay

Dodgers point out mistake in Molitor's new lineup

Double-switch dispute leads to 18-minute delay

LOS ANGELES -- Moments after Twins manager Paul Molitor made a double switch with one out the bottom of the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 6-2 win on Tuesday night, Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren noticed something wrong.

With his rule book in his hand, Geren pointed out to manager Dave Roberts that the Twins made a mistake with their double switch. They tried to sub out shortstop Jorge Polanco and pitcher Trevor Hildenberger for right-handed pitcher Ryan Pressly and left fielder Ehire Adrianza. Roberts and Geren complained to plate-umpire Lance Barrett that the switch was illegal and then the umpiring crew huddled to discuss.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big night for Cespedes ends with early exit

Mets' slugger departs in seventh inning with leg fatigue

Big night for Cespedes ends with early exit

SAN DIEGO -- As he rounded second base in the seventh inning Tuesday, Yoenis Cespedes felt the telltale ache that has become all too familiar. His legs were tired but his dash was not complete. Cespedes measured his breaths as he slid into third base, popped up and sprinted home, his RBI triple transforming into a "Little League home run."

The play turned a tie game into a 6-5 Mets win over the Padres, but at what cost? The Mets will find out Wednesday, when their oft-injured slugger attempts to suit up again.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bader sends Cards to walk-off rally in debut

Bader sends Cards to walk-off rally in debut

ST. LOUIS -- Twelve hours after Harrison Bader received the call that he was headed to the Cardinals, the outfielder recorded his first Major League hit in the ninth inning of a tie game. Tuesday truly became a memorable day when he scored the game-winning run for a 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

"It's been a long time coming in the sense that I always dreamed about this moment," Bader said. "It's been a whirlwind. You just take it and you roll with it."

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Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Brewers reportedly land Swarzak to help 'pen

Brewers reportedly land Swarzak to help 'pen

WASHINGTON -- Trying to hang on atop the National League Central, the Brewers have reportedly agreed to a trade for White Sox reliever Anthony Swarzak, a right-hander having a career year in his age-31 season.

A source told MLB.com's Scott Merkin that the White Sox would get Minor League outfielder Ryan Cordell, who has been on the disabled list at Triple-A Colorado Springs since the end of June but is rated the Brewers' 17th-best prospect in the newly updated MLBPipeline.com rankings. The Brewers did not confirm reports of the trade, and nothing was officially announced as of Tuesday night.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Sources: Lucroy on Rockies' radar

Sources: Lucroy on Rockies' radar

ST. LOUIS -- The Rockies, perhaps looking to see if beefing up at catcher could help their young rotation, have expressed interest in the Rangers' Jonathan Lucroy, Major League sources said Tuesday. However, there was no indication that this interest has produced extensive trade talks.

The Rockies have not commented on the possible pursuit of Lucroy, or any player, with the non-waiver Trade Deadline set for Monday.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. 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.

Statcast of the Day: Brantley's sweet defense

Outfielder makes 5-star catch on play with a 7 percent catch probability

Statcast of the Day: Brantley's sweet defense

CLEVELAND -- After Angels outfielder Ben Revere connected on an Andrew Miller four-seam fastball low and away, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley sprinted toward the line, chasing the bloop that was dropping in a hurry. With the ball just a few feet away from landing, Brantley laid out to make a diving catch to record the first out in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 11-7 victory over the Angels at Progressive Field.

"[I was] just trying to get to the ball," Brantley said. "It was fading down and away from me, and I was just trying to get there to make a catch for my pitcher."

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Indians Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew swats 3 big flies, blanks Nats in opener

Crew swats 3 big flies, blanks Nats in opener

WASHINGTON -- This three-game set between the Nationals and Brewers could serve as a potential October preview, as the two teams are slated to match up in the postseason if they can hold their respective playoff positions.

Milwaukee's offense had struggled following the All-Star break, but it broke out Tuesday night at Nationals Park for three homers in an 8-0 victory over Washington. Of course, the Brewers have had no trouble scoring runs when right-hander Zach Davies has been on the mound this season, as he is second among qualified starters in run support. Davies hardly needed it in this outing, as he spun a season-high 7 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Cespedes, Lugo carry Mets past Padres

Cespedes, Lugo carry Mets past Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Yoenis Cespedes didn't even need a full swing to set the Mets on course for a 6-5 victory over the Padres on Tuesday night. Instead, his check-swing triple into the right-field corner plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning, and he'd tack on a pivotal insurance run himself when Wil Myers' throw to third base sailed to the wall.

Cespedes finished 3-for-4, complementing his "Little League home run" with a big league home run off Padres rookie Kyle Lloyd in the first. Cespedes, whose big night made a winner out of Mets starter Seth Lugo, wouldn't get a chance at the cycle, however. The Mets removed Cespedes in the middle of the seventh inning due to leg fatigue.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Mark Feinsand

Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

Gray, Verlander available, while Darvish could be at right price

Ace in cards? Yanks, Nats, Dodgers eye prize

The starting-pitching market is turning into a game of three-card monte, and everybody is trying to find the ace.

According to a source, the Yankees, Nationals and Dodgers are all increasing their efforts to land a top-notch starter, but at the moment, only two are available for certain -- Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander -- while a third (Yu Darvish) might be the most desirable for this year's stretch run if he's made available.

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers ride 4 HRs to big win over Marlins

Rangers ride 4 HRs to big win over Marlins

ARLINGTON -- After being shut out in back-to-back games at home, the Rangers' offense erupted on Tuesday. They launched four home runs, including two from Joey Gallo, and Cole Hamels held Miami at bay to give Texas a 10-4 win on Tuesday at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won four of their last five games and are 3 1/2 games out of the American League Wild Card, as both New York and Kansas City picked up wins on Tuesday as well.

Miami struck first on an RBI double by Christian Yelich in the opening inning, but Gallo launched the first of his two homers in the third to give the Rangers a lead they didn't relinquish. Hamels threw six innings and allowed four runs on six hits to earn the win, while Matt Bush, Keone Kela and Jason Grilli each worked a scoreless inning to preserve the win. Texas has won 23 of Hamels' 28 starts at home since he was acquired in 2015.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas who covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Paxton's Maple Grove section branching out

Fan-created cheering squad gaining in popularity

Paxton's Maple Grove section branching out

SEATTLE -- When the Blue Jays came to Seattle in June, and their fan base flocked from western Canada to watch their national team play in person, Mariners fans Hillary Kirby and Daniel Carroll bounced around ideas for a fun group activity to seize some of attention from the invading Blue Jays fans.

"We wanted it to be like King's Court, but not King's Court," Kirby said. "We didn't want to dishonor Felix. We were trying to figure out what to call it. We came up with the Maple Grove."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zimmer crushes first career grand slam

Zimmer crushes first career grand slam

CLEVELAND -- The second that Bradley Zimmer connected on a 3-1 fastball from Angels starter Jesse Chavez, the crowd at Progressive Field erupted. Zimmer took a brief moment to watch before beginning his trot to first, as the ball landed in the bullpen beyond the center-field wall.

The end result was Zimmer's first career grand slam, which gave the Indians a 6-0 lead in the second inning Tuesday's 11-7 extra-inning win over the Angels. Zimmer's slam would end up being the first of two for the Indians on the night, as designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion belted a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants romp to back Bumgarner's 1st win

Giants romp to back Bumgarner's 1st win

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' offense refused to allow another Madison Bumgarner start to end in a loss. Behind a showering of offensive support, the Giants ace picked up his first win of the season Tuesday when the Giants routed the Pirates, 11-3. Bumgarner (1-4) spun five innings of one-run ball in his third start since returning from the disabled list after the All-Star break.

"It's nice to be on the board now, individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games."

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Brinson heading back to big leagues?

Prospect exited Triple-A game early, fueling trade and callup speculations

Brinson heading back to big leagues?

WASHINGTON -- Is top Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson on his way back to the big leagues? Brinson was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday for Triple-A Colorado Springs, fueling speculation he might have been traded. But a Brewers source told MLB.com Brinson had neither been traded nor injured before MLB Network's Jon Heyman raised another possibility: Heyman reported Brinson was being recalled by the Brewers.

The Brewers did not announce any roster move as of late Tuesday.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Suzuki keeps 'clicking,' hits another two homers

Suzuki keeps 'clicking,' hits another two homers

PHOENIX -- As a catcher at age 33, Kurt Suzuki didn't necessarily expect to suddenly regain the power potential he displayed in his younger days. But he's certainly enjoying this chance to get a feel for how Aaron Judge, Freddie Freeman and the game's other top power hitters feel when they are in a zone.

"I wouldn't put myself in that kind of category, those guys are pretty special baseball players," Suzuki said after Tuesday's 8-3 win over the D-backs. "I just try my best to help the team win. When I run into some, it feels good, because I don't hit many. So, when I do hit some, it feels good, and I feel like I'm floating around the bases."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.