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.

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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 fading 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.

Rumor roundup: White Sox eye sluggers

Multiple clubs express interest in Ross; Cubs trying to move Castro

Rumor roundup: White Sox eye sluggers

Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is less than 24 hours away, but there are still a number of big names reportedly on the market.

With time quickly running out to strike a deal, here are some of the top rumors circulating around the league, as of Thursday afternoon:

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

Upton's homer caps rain-soaked rally over Mets

Upton's homer caps rain-soaked rally over Mets

NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez or no, the Mets were two strikes away from a series win over the Padres on Thursday afternoon heading into this weekend's showdown with the first-place Nationals.

Then Justin Upton squeezed a go-ahead three-run homer into the seven-minute span between ninth-inning rain delays, leading the Padres to an 8-7 victory. Jeurys Familia blew his third save in three attempts for New York since the All-Star break, after going 27-for-29 in the first half.

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

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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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.

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.

Today's starting lineups: July 30

Below are today's starting lineups that have been made public by Major League Baseball's clubs.

A lineup is not official until it is handed to the umpire.

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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.

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.

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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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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Pineda goes on DL with forearm strain

Pineda goes on DL with forearm strain

ARLINGTON -- Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Rangers on Thursday and was put on the 15-day disabled list with what the club said is a right flexor forearm muscle strain.

CC Sabathia stepped in to take his place against Texas. Sabathia is working on normal rest because the Yanks used a sixth starter on Tuesday.

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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.

New Nat Papelbon saves Scherzer's 11th win

New Nat Papelbon saves Scherzer's 11th win

MIAMI -- All of the Nationals' offense in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins came on one swing of the bat -- a Ryan Zimmerman home run -- and that's all Max Scherzer needed. The All-Star right-hander tossed seven strong innings and allowed just three singles on 109 pitches as Washington downed Miami, 1-0, at Marlins Park to take the three-game series. Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, acquired in a deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, earned the save in his first outing with Washington.

The win was a bounce-back effort for Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA), who allowed five runs to Pittsburgh last Friday. The righty struck out six and stranded the tying run on second in each of his final two innings, posting his sixth scoreless start of the season.

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

Manfred, Ripken share goals for youth outreach

Commissioner praises Hall of Famer's work in growing the game

Manfred, Ripken share goals for youth outreach

ABERDEEN, Md. -- When Cal Ripken Jr. retired in 2001 after a Hall of Fame career, he wanted to do whatever he could to keep children interested in baseball.

When Rob Manfred became the 10th Commissioner of Major League Baseball in January, he made it clear that youth participation would be one of his priorities.

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

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.

Rehydrated Sandoval in Red Sox lineup

Third baseman says weight not an issue, addressing positioning

Rehydrated Sandoval in Red Sox lineup

BOSTON -- The day after Pablo Sandoval was forced out of a game with dehydration, he was back in the lineup for the Red Sox on Thursday.

"I feel better, a lot better. I got two IVs yesterday, I did one today, I'll be in the lineup tonight," Sandoval said.

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Wheeler's health not trade's breaking point

Recovering righty may still be dealt as Mets seek hitting upgrades

Wheeler's health not trade's breaking point

NEW YORK -- Like everyone else, Zack Wheeler was watching Wednesday's game between the Mets and Padres when he first heard word leak that he had been traded to the Brewers. Wheeler called his agent, who confirmed that a deal was in place pending medical reviews.

"I've been through it before," Wheeler said Thursday in a telephone interview, referencing the July 2011 trade that initially sent him from the Giants to the Mets. "It's not the most fun thing, I guess you could say. A lot of stuff runs through your mind."

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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.

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Hal Bodley

Dombrowski looks reality in the eye

Tigers president/GM starts dealing with vision of near-future

Dombrowski looks reality in the eye

ST. PETERSBURG -- It's foolish to fault Dave Dombrowski's track record with the Detroit Tigers -- four consecutive American League Central titles, two World Series appearances and more superb deals than I can count.

So when the triple-titled Tigers executive essentially hoisted the white flag for 2015 on Wednesday, he deserved the benefit of the doubt. With hours before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, Dombrowski said he was willing to trade the team's pending free agents for the right deal.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA deals for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

Dodgers get 7 players in return for Cuban star Olivera, Rodriguez and 3 Minor League pitchers

LA deals for Braves' Wood, Marlins' Latos

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers added seven players Thursday in separate deals that addressed current needs and provided salary relief to Miami and Atlanta.

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

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Gordon takes first swings off tee since injury

Gordon takes first swings off tee since injury

TORONTO -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, on the disabled list because of a Grade 2-plus left groin strain, swung a bat on Thursday for the first time since the injury on July 8.

Gordon hit balls off the tee prior to the opener of a four-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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

#ALSIceBucketChallenge set to make return

All 30 MLB clubs to participate in effort to help in fight against ALS

#ALSIceBucketChallenge set to make return

If you thought last year's #ALSIceBucketChallenge was a "refreshing" change from the usual dog days of August, then we have some good news.

It's time for Ice Age 2. It's time to refill those buckets. Ice, ice, baby.

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Tillman dealing with ankle soreness

Righty on impressive run, sports 1.19 ERA in past 6 starts

Tillman dealing with ankle soreness

BALTIMORE -- Chris Tillman threw one of his best outings against the Braves on Wednesday, but it might have come at a price.

The Orioles right-hander, who threw 8 2/3 innings of scoreless ball against Atlanta, rolled his right ankle on the final out of his performance when covering first base on a grounder to first. Tillman was icing the ankle during the postgame news conference and Showalter said on Thursday his starter was dealing with soreness.

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

Upton, Kemp pulled; was it a prank?

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Upton, Kemp pulled; was it a prank?

The Trade Deadline is, to put it mildly, a pretty crazy time. So, the baseball world looks for clues -- anything that might give us some idea of what's about to happen to our favorite players and teams. We frantically refresh Twitter. We await word from Deadline-whisperer John Axford. And above all, we have Hug Watch: Breathlessly watching games to see if a player will be suddenly pulled from action and start bidding farewell to his teammates, signaling that he's been dealt.

You can imagine the anticipation, then, after a surprising development in the Padres-Mets game on Wednesday: San Diego's Justin Upton was removed from the game in the eighth inning for no apparent reason. Had another Deadline domino fallen? Where would he be going? What was going on? The baseball world was full of questions, and Padres interim manager Pat Murphy had the answers: PSYCH!

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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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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, 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.

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.

Stroman welcomes Price from Duke classroom

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Stroman welcomes Price from Duke classroom

Were you ever in class and, by the time you got out, found out that your friends had left for an impromptu road trip -- telling you, "We tried to reach you, but your phone was off while you were learning?" Well, today's story is kind of like that, except much cooler, because it involves Major League Baseball, deadline deals and Twitter. 

Marcus Stroman, currently working on his degree while recovering from a knee injury this season, tweeted that he was heading to class, and he needed people to keep him in the loop when he wasn't on the transaction beat. 

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Richard Justice

9 takeaways from a crazy night of deals

9 takeaways from a crazy night of deals

Nine 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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Jonathan Mayo

Comparing the Price-Cueto prospect hauls

Comparing the Price-Cueto prospect hauls

During this year's non-waiver Trading Deadline period, there have been two deals involving frontline starters who are two-month rentals, with Johnny Cueto going to the Royals on Sunday and David Price heading to Toronto on Thursday.

The two deals are similar in many ways. Both were 3-for-1 swaps, sending young pitching prospects from the buyers to the sellers. And if anyone ever questions what has value on the market, point them to the fact that all six pitchers traded for Cueto and Price are left-handed.

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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.