Maddon: Castro's 'not getting traded'
After Starlin Castro was double-switched out of Tuesday's loss, manager Joe Maddon told him not to worry about persistent trade rumors. "I said, 'You're not getting traded,'" Maddon recalled. "Just relax and play." Story
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Tigers GM: We're open for business
Said Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, acknowledging the team will look to trade some of its stars before the deadline: "We're only going to make a trade if we think it makes sense for us. But we think it gives us a chance to restock our club." (via MLB's website)
Kansas City Is all about '1738'
The Royals players have imposed a new rule for interviews: Quote Fetty Wap or get fined. Because why not? Royal quote
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Tigers shopping Price, Cespedes
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Tigers told multiple teams they will listen on all their potential free agents -- David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, closer Joakim Soria and others -- between now and Friday's trading deadline.
Indians win big over Royals, 12-1
The Royals had to piece together a run in the top of the 9th to avoid their worst shutout loss since 2006 (13-0 vs. Cleveland). Corey Kluber threw a complete game, 5-hitter and six Indians had 2 or more hits. Box score
Dodgers not done after Latos deal
Jim Bowden on the reported deal that sends Mat Latos from the Marlins to L.A.: "The Dodgers got a really good 4th starter. They’re still going to try to go get Hamels or Gallardo ... but [Latos] is going to help them down the stretch."
Latos dealing since DL stint
Mat Latos has been about a replacement-level pitcher this season, but he's been much better since a DL stint due to a knee issue, with a 2.69 ERA over his past seven starts after coming off the DL. His fastball velocity has been up 1 mph in the past two months as well. Good pickup for the Dodgers as the back-end starters haven't been going deep into games. (via David Schoenfield)
What it would take to get Cole Hamels
The Phillies' ace has the most value of any player believed to be on the market. And though the Johnny Cueto deal set the market price for No. 1 starters, the difference between Cueto and Hamels is that Cueto is merely a two-month rental. 5 potential deals (Insider)
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Hearing from teams in the Cole Hamels hunt that if he gets traded, it likely won't happen until at least Thursday. Possibly deadline day
Tigers beat Rays, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel. - Justin Verlander: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 10 K - Chris Archer: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 11 K
Final: Tigers slip by Rays
Chris Archer had 11K's in 7 innings -- and even a bid for a perfect game -- but ended up with the loss as Detroit rallied behind starter Justin Verlander, who reached double-digit strikeouts for the first time since 2013. Box score
Tulo on playing in Canada: "Its a huge opportunity. I know they embrace their sports teams and they embrace the Blue Jays"
Storen not thrilled with Papelbon add
Jonathan Papelbon is a National, and not everyone is happy. Said newly demoted closer Drew Storen: "All I'm going to say is that I'm aware of the move and I've talked to [GM] Mike [Rizzo] about it and talked to my agent and we've had some ongoing discussions and until those have progressed I'm going to leave it at that and no comment for now."
Teams calling about Braves' Jim Johnson
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports Atlanta is getting a lot of calls on Johnson, who has a 2.25 ERA and is only making $1.6M this season. Crasnick also tweets the Braves "are also fielding some calls on A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes. Battled-tested, stretch drive acquisition types. Johnson is the most likely of the three to be moved this week. Then Pierzynski, then Gomes."
Tulo on what he knows about Toronto- "I know the fans are crazy about their sports teams"
Cubs catch Reyes stealing
Newly acquired Jose Reyes debuted for Colorado with a first-inning single. However, when he tried to take advantage of Jon Lester's highly publicized issue with holding runners on by stealing second base, catcher David Ross easily threw him out. Follow live