Kershaw extends streak in historic MVP faceoff

Kershaw extends streak in historic MVP faceoff

LOS ANGELES -- Scratched twice due to a sore hip, Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound Saturday at Dodger Stadium and still dominated, extending his scoreless innings streak to 37 with a two-hitter over eight innings in a 3-1 Dodgers win over the Angels.

Kershaw struck out seven with one walk, the first he's issued since July 3. He has four consecutive wins for a 9-6 overall record and 2.37 ERA.

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

Cespedes arrives in NY, hitting 3rd for Mets

Slugger plays left field in first game, will see some time in center

Cespedes arrives in NY, hitting 3rd for Mets

NEW YORK -- Halfway through his second round of batting practice with the Mets on Saturday, Yoenis Cespedes launched a home run several rows deep into the left-center-field seats -- a place where Major League Baseball players don't typically hit baseballs. Instantly, he validated the hopes of manager Terry Collins, who was sitting in the dugout at the time, laughing and joking in a grand old mood.

Two days earlier, Collins had spoken to his mentor Jim Leyland, who knew Cespedes from Detroit and lauded his abilities. So when Collins found out Friday, mere minutes before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, that his team had acquired Cespedes, he could hardly contain his emotion.

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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.

Royals ride 3-run 8th to rally past Blue Jays

Royals ride 3-run 8th to rally past Blue Jays

TORONTO -- The Royals scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning vs. recently acquired right-hander Mark Lowe to steal a victory away from the Blue Jays with a 7-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

"We had to have this one today," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We had to find a way to beat [Mark] Buehrle, especially the way he performs against us."

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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. 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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Phil Rogers

Top trade candidates for August

Top trade candidates for August

The non-waiver Trade Deadline has come and gone. But that doesn't mean the window for contenders to get help has completely closed.

Trades will be made in August -- the only difference is general managers now have to get a player through waivers before wheeling and dealing. There are going to be many players -- including some top names -- who slide through waivers for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at a few who could still be traded:

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Shaw belts two HRs as Red Sox topple Rays

Shaw belts two HRs as Red Sox topple Rays

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw celebrated his fifth callup this season from Triple-A Pawtucket with a monster day, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and five runs scored to lead the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts notched four hits in a game for the fifth time this season and drove in three. Rusney Castillo added three hits and three RBIs on a day the Red Sox had 16 hits.

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Souza fractures hand on HBP, headed to DL

Rays outfielder hit by Red Sox starter Kelly in fifth inning

Souza fractures hand on HBP, headed to DL

BOSTON -- Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. left Saturday's 11-7 loss against the Red Sox after getting hit on his left hand in the fifth inning. X-rays revealed a fracture and he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. A corresponding move will be made on Sunday.

Red Sox starter Joe Kelly hit Souza in the top of the inning. Souza fell to the ground and was tended to by the Rays' training staff.

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

Bautista hits first homer off Davis since 2013

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Bautista hits first homer off Davis since 2013

Well, Wade Davis allowed a home run on Saturday. It has been a long, long time since that happened.

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Jim Duquette

Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

Duquette: Three biggest Deadline winners

While the actual Deadline day didn't feature many high-profile moves, the last week has been filled with them. Now that the dust has settled, here are the three clubs that I think improved the most as a result of Trade Deadline deals.

Blue Jays:

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery

Loose bodies in Angels lefty's elbow have restricted range of motion

Wilson may opt for season-ending surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Angels starter C.J. Wilson has basically decided he can no longer pitch this season.

The veteran left-hander revealed Saturday morning that he has loose bodies in his elbow that have restricted his range of motion to the point where he can no longer be an effective pitcher. Wilson has been managing the issue all season, getting fluid drained from his left elbow four separate times, and he will now likely opt for surgery to remove bone spurs, a procedure that is expected to rule him out for the rest of the 2015 season.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ryan's 3 hits help him laugh off 'comical' K

Ryan's 3 hits help him laugh off 'comical' K

CHICAGO -- Brendan Ryan had to laugh. For all of the progress he's made at the plate, and there has been enough to suggest that he may have more to offer than just a good glove, now he had to hear it from his own bench after striking out against a position player.

Ryan could appreciate the absurdity of his ninth-inning strikeout against Adam LaRoche in the Yankees' 13-6 win over the White Sox on Friday because it came as part of not only a victory, but also a three-hit performance.

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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.

Wright could see game action in Minors soon

Wright could see game action in Minors soon

NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright continues to make tangible progress rehabbing from the spinal condition that has sidelined him since April. Wright will travel to Miami with the Mets on Sunday night, then drive to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday with an eye toward beginning a Minor League rehab assignment shortly thereafter.

Wright, 32, has not played since April 14 due to a hamstring injury and his subsequent spinal stenosis diagnosis. He was batting .333 in eight games prior to that.

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Stanton's recovery not as quick as expected

Stanton's recovery not as quick as expected

MIAMI -- The recovery for the broken hamate bone in Giancarlo Stanton's left hand is taking longer than initially expected, the Marlins' All-Star right fielder admitted prior to Saturday night's contest against the Padres.

"Definitely slower," Stanton said of his progress from June 28 surgery.

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Tracy Ringolsby

2015 Trade Deadline moves in review

2015 Trade Deadline moves in review

In Dayton Moore's first 6 1/2 years as the general manager of the Royals, he carefully built the organization, focusing on drafts and trading veterans for prospects in an effort to rebuild the one-time proud franchise.

Two years ago, Moore made it clear that he was ready to change gears, looking for the proven big league commodities who would take the Royals back to the postseason. A year ago, the Royals claimed a Wild Card spot and found themselves in the World Series, ending a 29-year postseason drought.

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

Sampson to take Leake's spot Sunday

Rookie righty set to make first career start in finale vs. Pirates

Sampson to take Leake's spot Sunday

CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Keyvius Sampson made his Major League debut on Thursday in one inning of relief work, and he'll make his first career start on Sunday.

Reds manager Bryan Price announced Sampson will get the nod as the Reds' starter in Sunday's four-game series finale against the Pirates. Mike Leake was originally scheduled to make the start, but he was traded to the Giants in the early hours of Friday, leaving Price with a hole in his rotation.

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J.D. Martinez exits after foul hits left knee

J.D. Martinez exits after foul hits left knee

BALTIMORE -- After losing David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria at the Trade Deadline, the Tigers have another loss to try to handle. All-Star right fielder J.D. Martinez left Saturday's game against the Orioles after fouling a second-inning pitch off his left knee.

Martinez was in immediate pain after fouling off the pitch from Kevin Gausman, stretching and limping for a few minutes as head athletic trainer Kevin Rand checked on him. Martinez struck out and went immediately to the clubhouse as Tyler Collins began to stretch in the dugout.

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Big bro's tweet says Thompson will join White Sox

NBA star Klay congratulates Chicago prospect Trayce before removing post

Big bro's tweet says Thompson will join White Sox

CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck was placed on the disabled list prior to Saturdays' game with the Yankees due to a strained left hamstring suffered late in Friday's loss. Right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to take Shuck's roster spot.

The White Sox temporarily needed a 13th arm with the bullpen being extended due to short starts from Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon over the past two nights. But based on a tweet from Klay Thompson on Saturday, a tweet that since has been deleted, the White Sox might be adding a position player soon.

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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.

Trout bests Greinke on outer-half pitches

Angels star capitalizes on Dodgers ace's bread-and-butter location

Trout bests Greinke on outer-half pitches

LOS ANGELES -- Zack Greinke, arguably the best pitcher in baseball in 2015, has rolled through the Major Leagues by relentlessly attacking the outer third of the strike zone. But Mike Trout, well, he's in a league of his own.

After his leadoff homer off Greinke in the 2015 All-Star Game -- notably, on a fastball off the outside corner -- Trout got his first regular-season at-bats of the year against Greinke in Friday's Freeway Series opener, a 5-3 Dodgers win at Dodger Stadium. Trout got the better of the matchup, going 2-for-3 off Greinke with an RBI triple smoked into the right-center-field gap and an RBI single lined cleanly into left-center.

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Haren to make Cubs debut Wednesday

Haren to make Cubs debut Wednesday

MILWAUKEE -- New Cubs pitcher Dan Haren posted on Twitter that he had landed in Milwaukee, and the right-hander will make his first start on Wednesday in the series finale against the Pirates.

This is a key month for the Cubs, who are trying to secure a playoff spot. They'll face the two teams ahead of them in the National League Wild Card race, the Pirates and Giants, starting Monday.

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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.

Rays to option Moore to Triple-A Durham

Left-hander has struggled during six starts since return from Tommy John surgery

Rays to option Moore to Triple-A Durham

BOSTON -- Matt Moore has struggled to get out of the fifth inning since returning from Tommy John surgery. On Saturday, the Rays starter could not reach the fourth during an 11-7 loss against the Red Sox. Shortly after everybody cleared out of Fenway Park, the Rays announced that the southpaw would be optioned to Triple-A Durham on Monday.

In Moore's absence, the team will go with a four-man rotation for the time being.

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Anthony Castrovince

7 teams who could make a move in August

7 teams who could make a move in August

Think we're done here? Pfft.

Regardless of the glut of teams in contention for at least a Wild Card spot, the non-waiver Trade Deadline period was an active one. And as teams continue to evaluate their positions by the day, and injuries or other unforeseen circumstances arise, there will be other opportunities to improve or address a club before the season's end.

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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.

List of every MLB Trade Deadline deal

List of every MLB Trade Deadline deal

The Deadline kicked off with Scott Kazmir getting traded on July 23, and here's a list of everything that has happened since then.

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Mets land Yoenis Cespedes
The Mets added the biggest bat on the market, sending right-hander Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit, both of whom are ranked among New York's top 16 prospects per MLB Pipeline. More »

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

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Jim Callis

Ranking the best prospects who were traded

Nine prospects on the Top 100 list were dealt before the Deadline

Ranking the best prospects who were traded

The Astros' acquisition of Scott Kazmir last Thursday kicked off a trading frenzy that didn't abate until the Deadline for deals without waivers came at 4 p.m. ET Friday. By our count, there were 32 different transactions involving a total of 57 prospects.

Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams' postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We'll rank the top 20:

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Orioles send Wright to DL with calf strain

Right-hander Rondon called up to take spot in bullpen

Orioles send Wright to DL with calf strain

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain prior to Saturday's game, recalling reliever Jorge Rondon in his place.

Wright exited Friday's game in the top of the fifth inning with what was initially called a calf cramp, but it was deemed serious enough to warrant an MRI on Saturday.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ellis set to be activated from DL on Tuesday

Dodgers catcher 'ready now' after recovering from right knee inflammation

Ellis set to be activated from DL on Tuesday

LOS ANGELES -- Catcher A.J. Ellis should be ready as soon as he's eligible to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, according to manager Don Mattingly.

Ellis has been dealing with right knee inflammation, and he was placed on the disabled list on July 20.

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Schafer out to prove he belongs

Schafer out to prove he belongs

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Logan Schafer has had his fair share of opportunities to prove himself to the Brewers. After the club dealt away Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra, Schafer finds himself back in the big leagues and with another chance to try and do the same.

Schafer, a third-round pick by the Brewers in the 2008 Draft, was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. Schafer started the season on the Opening Day roster, but he was optioned Colorado Springs on May 5 to make room for second baseman Scooter Gennett. Schafer will likely see time in center field, splitting the starts in some capacity with Shane Peterson.

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Blue Jays create roster space for newcomers

Tepera sent to Triple-A; Valencia, Carrera designated for assignment

Blue Jays create roster space for newcomers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday morning, as they optioned right-hander Ryan Tepera to Triple-A Buffalo and designated Danny Valencia and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

The moves came as Toronto created space on its 25-man roster for recently acquired outfielder Ben Revere and right-hander Mark Lowe. The Blue Jays also recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki and will, at least temporarily, go with an eight-man bullpen.

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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.

Shaw has huge day following latest callup

Red Sox prospect homers twice, scores five times and finishes a triple shy of a cycle

Shaw has huge day following latest callup

BOSTON -- Travis Shaw knows the drill by now because he's lived it a few times this season. When the Red Sox have a nagging injury to a corner infielder, he usually gets the call from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Shaw typically doesn't know how long his stay will be, or how he'll be used during it. But if Shaw keeps contributing like he did during a monster Saturday afternoon at Fenway while leading the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays, he will soon graduate from the I-95 shuttle between Boston and Pawtucket.

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Deal allows Hunter to be close to ailing mother

Deal allows Hunter to be close to ailing mother

MILWAUKEE -- Tommy Hunter could not have been traded to Chicago at a better time. It's not that the right-handed reliever didn't like pitching for the Orioles, but now that he's with the Cubs, he'll be closer to his mother, who is battling cancer.

Hunter grew up in Indianapolis, and his mother still lives there. She recently had surgery to combat kidney cancer.

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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.

Price excited about opportunity in Toronto

New ace welcomed Friday, cheered on Blue Jays during walk-off win

Price excited about opportunity in Toronto

TORONTO -- David Price's world was turned upside down last year when he was dealt to Detroit from Tampa Bay, the only organization he had ever known. All of a sudden, there were unfamiliar faces everywhere and it understandably took some time to adjust. This season seems like a polar opposite by comparison.

Price was moved prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline for the second consecutive year, but this time there's a "been there, done that" kind of feel to it. He experienced everything before, which should make his transition to the Blue Jays relatively easy.

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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.