After initial shock, Tulo excited to join Blue Jays

After initial shock, Tulo excited to join Blue Jays

New Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki met the press on Wednesday for the first time since he was traded from Colorado to Toronto in a blockbuster deal that has the five-time All-Star in a different uniform for the first time since he was drafted by the Rockies.

Tulowitzki admitted he was "blindsided" by the deal, which also sent LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for Jose Reyes and Minor Leaguers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. 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.

Dodgers close to getting Latos, Morse from Miami

Dodgers close to getting Latos, Morse from Miami

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are close to acquiring Marlins starting pitcher Mat Latos, outfielder Michael Morse and a competitive balance Draft pick for three Minor League pitchers, a source told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

The clubs have not confirmed the deal.

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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.

Today's starting lineups: July 29

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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Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

Center fielder makes impressive catch to temporarily keep ace's perfect game alive

Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Kiermaier has always been able to cover a lot of ground, but in the sixth inning of the Rays' 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, Tampa Bay's center fielder used his speed in the field in an effort to maintain perfection.

When Detroit catcher James McCann stepped to the plate in the sixth, Chris Archer had retired the first 16 batters he faced. But on a 3-2 slider, McCann jolted one to deep center, and Kiermaier responded by making a beeline toward the wall.

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Troy Provost-Heron is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lester K's 14 as Cubs spoil Reyes' Rox debut

Lester K's 14 as Cubs spoil Reyes' Rox debut

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts, helping Chicago improve to two games above .500 in the month of July.

Carlos Gonzalez hit his 21st homer of the season in the seventh inning for the Rockies, who also scored once in the fourth on a Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly. It was the lowest output for the Rockies in the series, finishing with a combined 17 runs in three games.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor roundup: Price among Tigers in play

Dodgers, Yankees, Blue Jays have prospects that may interest 'rebooting' Detroit

Rumor roundup: Price among Tigers in play

The Dodgers began Wednesday by closing in on a deal with the Marlins for right-handed pitcher Mat Latos and first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse.

But as Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Deadline approaches, many other rumors are flying as well. Here is a look at the latest.

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

Tigers come through in duel vs. Rays

Tigers come through in duel vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer's bid for a perfect game fell short Wednesday afternoon, and so did the Rays' bid to earn a three-game sweep, as the Tigers won, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.

Trailing 1-0 and facing the prospect of an Archer perfect game, the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the seventh after Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera booted what appeared to be a sure double-play ball with one out in the inning. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos followed with RBI singles to put Detroit up, 2-1.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. 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.

Pederson on Griffey, Yung Joc, Taylor Swift

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Pederson on Griffey, Yung Joc, Taylor Swift

Joc Pederson, Dodgers rookie/fireworks expert, stopped by MLB.com's New York office last week. He took some time to sit down with Cut4, and of course we asked him the hard-hitting questions we know you want answers to.

Now, after much deep investigation, we can tell you that young Joc's favorite Yung Joc song is "It's Goin Down." He doesn't rap along, though -- he told us that he "can't remember the words. [Yung Joc] goes too fast. I just like the beat."

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Kluber, 12-run outburst help Tribe beat Royals

Kluber, 12-run outburst help Tribe beat Royals

CLEVELAND -- The Indians unleashed a week of pent-up offensive frustration upon the Kansas City Royals with a season-high 18 hits and four home runs in a 12-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field.

The outburst could also be viewed as a release stemming from an inability to score with Corey Kluber on the mound this season. Kluber entered the contest receiving a Major League-low 2.41 runs per game. Wednesday was just the fourth time in 22 starts that Kluber received more than four runs of support. He more than did his part, too, holding the Royals to a ninth-inning run in his second complete game of the season and the fifth of his career. He struck out six and walked one, allowing just five hits.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB and listen to his podcast. August Fagerstrom 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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Jonathan Mayo

Top 100 Prospects midseason update

Top 100 Prospects midseason update

It has been a season of change in the prospect world.

The sheer number of elite-level prospects who have gone on to bigger and better things at the Major League level may seem astounding. But one thing hasn't changed: Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is still our No. 1 prospect.

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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.

Kershaw a potential scratch from start

Dodgers ace has sore hip/glute muscle following three-hit shutout

Kershaw a potential scratch from start

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw might be scratched from his scheduled start for the Dodgers on Wednesday night because of a sore hip or glute muscle.

Kershaw, coming off a three-hit shutout against the Mets, would be replaced by Mike Bolsinger, who last pitched a week ago because of the shuffling necessitated by Zack Greinke's placement on the paternity list.

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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.

Bucs climb out of early hole to thump Twins

Bucs climb out of early hole to thump Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to back left-hander Francisco Liriano against his former team in a 10-4 win for the Pirates over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.

McCutchen came up big for Pittsburgh, crushing a game-tying two-run blast in the fifth before coming through with another big hit as part of a five-run sixth. With two runners on, McCutchen smacked a liner to right that Eddie Rosario couldn't handle, and he ended up scoring on the play due to interference from third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. 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.

Tulo in Toronto: Newcomer to debut vs. Phillies

Tulo in Toronto: Newcomer to debut vs. Phillies

Troy Tulowitzki will make his much-anticipated Toronto debut when the Blue Jays and Phillies wrap a two-game series at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The All-Star shortstop was acquired from the Rockies, along with reliever LaTroy Hawkins, early Tuesday, but he wasn't able to arrive in time to be in the lineup for the series opener later that day. He's expected to be activated ahead of the series finale. 

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

Cano to have MRI on abdominal strain

Mariners second baseman likely to go on road trip

Cano to have MRI on abdominal strain

SEATTLE -- Robinson Cano arrived at Safeco Field on Wednesday and found that his name was not in the Mariners' lineup against the D-backs. He was approached by a reporter who asked if everything was OK.

"Yeah, fine," he said.

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

Polanco day to day with left knee discomfort

Polanco day to day with left knee discomfort

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hot-hitting Gregory Polanco had to be removed in the middle of Wednesday afternoon's 10-4 win over the Twins, complaining of "discomfort in the left knee."

Polanco has been icing the knee after games for a while now, but he had not previously had to leave a game due to discomfort in the joint.

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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.

Royals marvel at Infante-Escobar flip play

Royals marvel at Infante-Escobar flip play

CLEVELAND -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas couldn't quite decide which play he enjoyed more: The Eric Hosmer snag of a hot grounder by Michael Brantley to save a run in the seventh, or the circus-act Omar Infante /Alcides Escobar play to get the first out in the ninth of the Royals' 2-1 win on Tuesday night over the Indians.

"Based solely on degree of sickness," Moustakas said, "probably the Omar/Esky play."

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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.

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Paul Hagen

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

Looking ahead to the Hall's Class of 2016

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.

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

Francona ejected after Brantley hit-by-pitch

Francona ejected after Brantley hit-by-pitch

CLEVELAND -- After watching Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie hit his third batter of the afternoon on Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona had seen enough.

In the fifth inning of Cleveland's 12-1 win over Kansas City, Francona emerged from the home dugout and got into a heated exchange with home-plate umpire Tom Woodring, resulting in the manager's third ejection of the season. The argument came immediately after Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was hit by a pitch from Guthrie, who received a warning from Woodring earlier in the game.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

Right-hander confident in stuff, retires first 19 batters he faces

Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Archer was overpowering Wednesday afternoon in his 22nd start of the season, bringing the kind of stuff one needs to pitch a perfect game.

Unfortunately for Archer and the Rays, he came up short by eight batters in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Correa, Altuve help pull Astros into tie for first

Correa, Altuve help pull Astros into tie for first

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve drove in a career-high five runs, and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter went deep as the Astros rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Angels, 10-5. The two clubs now sit tied atop the AL West.

Houston broke open the back-and-forth affair in the sixth, padding its tenuous 6-5 lead with four extra-base hits and four runs -- highlighted by Altuve's two-run double and Evan Gattis' seventh triple of the season. Eight of the nine Astros starters had hits, including four with multi-hit games.

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

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Betts flies over fence on catch-turned-homer

BOSTON -- Few are the times a player goes over the outfield wall to make a catch, but Tuesday night provided baseball fans with an even rarer highlight: A home run that took a player out of the park with it.

What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run blast for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win at Fenway Park. And had it not been for the replay review system Major League Baseball instituted last season, the near-catch might have gone down as Betts' best yet, even though it took him out of the game with a potential concussion.

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

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

Club gives up prospect Pivetta, signs veteran for 2016 as well; Storen now a setup man

Nats land All-Star closer Papelbon from Phillies

MIAMI -- A team already in first place, with designs on playing deep into October, has traded for a pitcher who has reached baseball's summit. The Nationals acquired Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday night in exchange for prospect Nick Pivetta. The Nats also agreed to terms with Papelbon on a revised contract for 2016.

A six-time All-Star, Papelbon strengthens the back end of the Washington bullpen, which includes Drew Storen and Casey Janssen. All three pitchers have pitched the ninth inning during their careers. But Papelbon has done more than that, with a 1.00 lifetime postseason ERA highlighted by a save in the final game of the 2007 World Series with Boston. He immediately becomes the man in the ninth for Washington.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Top 5 trade destinations for Price

Top 5 trade destinations for Price

David Price makes every single contender better. There's some risk, because he's a pending free agent, and that's the only one.

On the other hand, what's a World Series worth to a franchise? Any general manager would happily weaken his farm system in exchange for a championship.

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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.

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

Rangers, Dodgers remain frontrunners, with Giants reportedly intensifying efforts

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Nationals, but what about Cole Hamels?

Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that Hamels is expected to be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, although nothing is imminent. But the Phillies moved Hamels' scheduled start from Thursday to Friday, which erases any risk of a freak injury and allows the acquiring team to pitch him almost immediately.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Drake channels Joe Carter in new song

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Drake channels Joe Carter in new song

If you've been paying attention to Twitter gossip for the past week or so, you know that rappers Drake and Meek Mill are not getting along particularly well right now. Meek accused our favorite Degrassi alumni of using a ghostwriter on some of his songs, so Drake hit back by dropping a diss track called "Back to Back." Why is it called "Back to Back," you ask? 

Yes, it is the second diss track Drake has released in just four days,but just look at the cover photo. 

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Anthony Castrovince

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating 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.

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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.

Yanks rally, score 21 runs in rout of Rangers

Yanks rally, score 21 runs in rout of Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees escaped an early hole in a hurry, rounding the bases repeatedly in an 11-run second inning and scoring 21 unanswered runs as they celebrated a wild 21-5 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

Chris Young hit a grand slam, Didi Gregorius notched a career-high four hits and Brendan Ryan doubled twice to drive in three runs as the Yankees pounded Texas pitching for 19 hits. The Rangers did not manage a hit off relievers Diego Moreno and Adam Warren, who combined for 8 1/3 scoreless frames, with Moreno earning the win and Warren picking up the save. It was the most runs the Yankees have scored in a game since they scored 22 vs. the A's on Aug. 25, 2011.

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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.

DYK: 10 facts from Yankees-Rangers slugfest

DYK: 10 facts from Yankees-Rangers slugfest

All it takes is a quick glance at the final score to know that the Yankees and Rangers played a rather unusual game Tuesday night in Arlington. While there was obviously plenty of offense in New York's 21-5 victory over Texas, there were also -- believe it or not -- some notable and history-making pitching performances as well.

Here's a look at 10 of the craziest facts and figures from Tuesday's slugfest:

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

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

Speculation swirls around CarGo, Reyes

CHICAGO -- Red-hot outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could be slugging his way elsewhere. And although the Rockies are speaking in welcoming tones for their new shortstop, Jose Reyes, speculation is that he may not be around long either.

On Tuesday, one day after the Rockies dealt veteran star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, along with righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins, to the Blue Jays for Reyes and three righty pitching prospects, speculation centers on Gonzalez leading up to Friday's 2 p.m. MT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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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.