Friday, July 31, 2015

MLB Recap: Los Angeles Angels (3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (5) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Los Angeles Angels (3) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (5) - Date: 7/31/2015 Zack Greinke won his fifth straight decision, Howie Kendrick homered in his first game against his former team, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-3 Friday night in the opening game of the Freeway Series. Rookie Alex Guerrero hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth inning in support of Greinke (10-2), who allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings. Free Sports Betting Picks. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, who leads the majors with a 1.41 ERA, had his consecutive scoreless inning streak snapped at a career-best 45 2-3 innings last Sunday in a no-decision against the Mets at New York. Greinke, who spent the final two months of the 2012 season down the freeway in Anaheim before joining the Dodgers as a free agent, improved his home record with them to 23-5.  

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Oakland Athletics (1) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (2) vs. Oakland Athletics (1) - Date: 7/31/2015 Danny Salazar pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight win. Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who lost eight of 11 before their streak. Salazar (9-6) walked one and struck out four to end a personal two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts, spanning 29 1/3 innings. Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 21st save. Edward Mujica (2-3) took the loss.  

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (13) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (13) vs. Chicago White Sox (6) - Date: 7/31/2015 Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the record 14th time, hitting his 10th grand slam and a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 13-6 Friday night. Sports Bettors Email Leads. Teixeira had his second straight two-homer game and leads the Yankees with 28 homers and 73 RBIs. Batting right-handed, Teixeira's slam off Carlos Rodon (4-4) put New York ahead 6-0 in a five-run second. Batting left-handed, he connected against Matt Albers for a 9-2 lead in a five-run fourth. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Teixeira, who went 3 for 4 with two walks, had been tied with Cleveland's Nick Swisher at 13 games homering from both sides, according to STATS. It was Teixeira's 41st multihom er game overall. Alex Rodriguez had two hits, including a double, to reach 1,500 hits with the Yankees and also walked three times while scoring four runs. Carlos Beltran and Brendan Ryan each had three of New York's 18 hits. A day after he was acquired from Seattle, Dustin Ackley made his Yankees debut when he pinch hit in the seventh and grounded out. Ackley, the Yankees' 49th player this season, grounded out again in the eighth. Nathan Eovaldi (11-2), making his 100th start, allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is 6-0 in his last eight starts. Adam LaRoche, a first baseman who was the designated hitter, had four hits and pitched the ninth in his first mound appearance since 2003 at Double-A Greenville. LaRovhe threw only the second 1-2-3 inning for Chicago, retiring Stephen Drew on a popup, John Ryan Murphy on a groundout and then striking out Brendan Ryan on an 85 pitch. LaRoche threw three lobs of 50-62 mph in the style of his father, Dave LaRoche, who made the La Lob eephus pitch famous during his time as a big league pitcher, from 1970-83. Jose Abreu homered for the second straight night. Rodon (4-4) gave up eight runs, eight hits and four walks in three innings-plus and has allowed 15 runs over seven innings in his last two home games. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. TRAINER'S ROOMYankees: LHP CC Sabathia rejoined the Yankees after being discharged from the Medical Center of Arlington, Texas, earlier in the day. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The 35-year-old left Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers one batter into the sixth inning after throwing 80 pitches, and was taken to the facility with symptoms of dehydration. Manager Joe Girardi said there was no timetable for Sabathia's return to baseball activities. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. Thursday's game-time temperature in Arlington was 101 degrees. ... Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Yankees unconditionally released right-hander Esmil Rogers, allowing him to sign with South Korea's Hanwha Eagles. White Sox: 2B Carlos Sanchez got up slowly and after sliding to stop Rodriquez's infield single up the middle in the second. After being checked by Chicago's training staff, Sanchez remained in the game. ... OF J. B. Shuck, who entered the game in the seventh, left in the eighth with a left hamstring strain. ... RHP Nate Jones (right elbow) threw an inning of scoreless relief Thursday during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. UP NEXTYankees: New York wasn't sure of its starter Saturday. White Sox: LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97) starts Saturday for Chicago. Danks is 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA i n nine starts against New York.  

MLB Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (6) vs. Houston Astros (4) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Arizona Diamondbacks (6) vs. Houston Astros (4) - Date: 7/31/2015 Wellington Castillo and Jake Lamb homered to open the 10th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Houston Astros 6-4 Friday night for their season-high sixth straight win games. Castillo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He hit the first pitch of the inning from Pat Neshek (3-2) just inside the left-field foul pole for his 11th home run of the year. Lamb followed with a solo shot to right. Neshek had not allowed two home runs in an inning this season and had not allowed a home run since June 10 at the White Sox. Daniel Hudson (3-3) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win, and Brad Ziegler got the last three outs for his 18th save.  

MLB Recap: Chicago Cubs (4) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Chicago Cubs (4) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (1) - Date: 7/31/2015 Jason Hammel beat Milwaukee for the seventh consecutive decision with his first win in almost two months and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Chicago Cubs past the rebuilding Brewers 4-1 on Friday night. Hammel (6-5) improved to 7-0 in nine starts against Milwaukee and picked up his first victory since June 6. He allowed a run on six hits over 5 2-3 innings to beat the Brewers for the second time this season. His only mistake was a pitch Ryan Braun hit for his 19th home run in the first. Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 15th save. Starlin Castro, in an 11-for-80 slump (.138) over the last 22 games, drove in two runs with a single in the first and a fielder's choice in the sixth. Rizzo, who had a game-winning three run homer Thursday, hit a solo shot in the seventh. Addison Russell added a run-scoring single in the sixth and chas ed Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann (5-3). Both teams made moves before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. Sports Handicapping Sites. The Brewers, losers of 8 of 10, felt the biggest impact, with Gerardo Parra and Jonathan Broxton being dealt - making it four veteran players traded in little more than a week. Chicago picked up a pair of veteran right-handers. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Brewers sent outfielder Gerardo Parra, the hottest hitter on a weak-hitting team, to Baltimore, and they moved reliever Jonathan Broxton to St. Louis. Parra was batting .460 during a career-high 14-game hitting streak. Hitting 328 overall, Parra was Milwaukee's only regular above .300. Free Sports Picks of the Day. Two-time All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez and starting right-hander Mike Fie rs were acquired by Houston on Thursday. Slugging third baseman Aramis Ramirez was traded eight days ago to Pittsburgh. Milwaukee received minor leaguers in all three trades. Chicago picked up two veteran right-handed pitchers, Dan Haren from the Marlins and Tommy Hunter from the Orioles. Haren figures to be in the rotation, making his first start next week in Pittsburgh at the earliest. Jungmann allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. He tied his season high with seven strikeouts, but lost for the second consecutive start and the rookie's first losing strike. Free MLB Baseball Picks. TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: No date has been set for the return of C Miguel Montero, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb since July 17. Brewers: OF Logan Schafer (recalled) and INF-OF Elian Herrera (selected) joined the Brewers, replacing two outfi elders, Carlos Gomez (Houston) and Gerardo Parra (Baltimore), who were traded Thursday and Friday respectively. UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.81 ERA) makes his 21st start. He took a no decision against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, the sixth time this season he's left the game with a lead, but received a no-decision. Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (5-11, 5.20 ERA) makes his 19th start of the season and second against Chicago. He took a no-decision on May 10 at Miller Park. Overall, he is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.  

MLB Recap: Washington Nationals (1) vs. New York Mets (2) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Washington Nationals (1) vs. New York Mets (2) - Date: 7/31/2015 New fan favorite Wilmer Flores hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to give the New York Mets a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night in the opener of a pivotal series between the top teams in the NL East. Free Sports Picks. Two nights after endearing himself to Mets rooters when they saw him wiping tears away at shortstop after he thought he'd been traded, Flores received four standing ovations on an invigorating day for New York. Just a few minutes before the 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Mets gave their meager offense a major boost by obtaining slugger Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers. Hours later, Flores drove in both Mets runs and made a spectacular defensive play at second base to back Matt Harvey.  

MLB Recap: Colorado Rockies (0) vs. St Louis Cardinals (7) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Colorado Rockies (0) vs. St Louis Cardinals (7) - Date: 7/31/2015 Matt Carpenter homered for the third time in two games, Michael Wacha pitched seven crisp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-0 on Friday night. Jhonny Peralta added a two-run homer for the Cardinals (66-37), who have won eight of 11 to move a season-high 29 games over .500 for the third time this season. Stephen Piscotty had a two-run double to help St. Louis run its major league-best home record to 39-15. Sports Betting Leads. The six-hitter for Wacha (12-4) and two relievers came after St. Louis bolstered its bullpen by acquiring Jonathan Broxton before the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday afternoon. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Cardinals sent minor league outfielder Malik Collymore t o Milwaukee for Broxton, who will help set up for All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal. Colorado has lost seven of 10. Carpenter, who hit two homers and drove in four runs in a 9-8 win over Colorado on Thursday, also had a double and reached three times. Wacha gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked one - his only free pass came to Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, the result of an 11-pitch battle. Wacha did not allow more than one baserunner in any inning. Randy Choate and Seth Maness each pitched an inning after Wacha departed. Carpenter slammed a first-inning leadoff home run off right-hander Kyle Kendrick (4-12), who left after one inning with shoulder inflammation. It was Carpenter's seventh career leadoff homer and third this season. Kendrick has surrendered a major league-high 26 home runs. Wacha, who had given up 10 runs over 11 innings in his previous two starts, retired seven in a row at one point. St. Louis scored twice in first. Kolten Wong and Peral ta followed with singles as four of the first six hitters reached safely. Jason Heyward added a sacrifice fly. Free Sports Picks. The Cardinals broke the game open with five runs in the sixth. Peralta hit his 15th homer off Christian Friedrich. Free MLB Baseball Picks. TRAINER'S ROOMRockies: OF Corey Dickerson was not in the lineup after suffering a right rib contusion in the fifth inning of Thursday's loss. Dickerson, who had two stints on the DL earlier this season with plantar fasciitis, is listed as day to day. Cardinals: Matt Holliday is on the 15-day DL after he strained his right quad on Wednesday. It is the same muscle strain that forced him to miss 31 games earlier in the season. ''To kind of take a step back like this is frustrating,'' Holliday said. UP NEXTSt. Louis RHP Lance Lynn (8-5, 2.71 ERA) will face LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 5.03 ERA) on Saturday. Lynn is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four career starts against Colorado. De La Rosa has a 3-3 career mark in St. Louis.  

MLB Recap: San Diego Padres (8) vs. Miami Marlins (3) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: San Diego Padres (8) vs. Miami Marlins (3) - Date: 7/31/2015 A. J. Ramos forced home the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk in the 11th inning, Jedd Gyorko added a two-run single and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 Friday night. After the Padres decided not to deal any of their major players at the trade deadline, San Diego won for the sixth time in seven games and the 11th time in its last 15. With the score 3-3, Will Venable singled with a soft liner against Ramos (0-3) leading off the 11th and advanced to third when catcher J. Professional Handicappers. T. Realmuto's throw went into center field for an error. Ramos struck out Yangervis Solarte, then walked three in a row, including Yonder Alonso with the bases loaded. Andre Rienzo walked Derek Norris with a full count, forcing in another run, and Venable singled for a 7-3 lead. Brandon Maurer (7-3) pitched an inning in relief to earn the win. Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel, who blew a save for the second time in 32 chances. Padres starter Ian Kennedy, who allowed two runs in seven innings, was expected to miss the game to be with his wife Allison in California after she went into labor with their fourth child. However, inclement weather in South Florida earlier in the day prevented Kennedy from getting a flight out. Daughter Evelyn Nicole was born during the game. Christian Yelich hit a two-run home run in the first for the Marlins, who have lost six of seven. It was Yelich's first home run since July 3 against the Chicago Cubs. David Phelps allowed three runs in five innings. ON THE MOVEMiami tradied Dan Haren, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Steve Cishek and Sam Dyson ahead of the deadline. Catcher Tomas Telis, acquired in the deal with Texas for Dyson, is to join the big league club. San Diego obrained left-hander Mark Rzepczynski from the Cleveland Indians just before the deadline. Rzepczynski is expected to join his new team on Saturday. NEXT UPPadres: RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (4-7) is to pitch Saturday against the Marlins after beating them 3-2 Sunday in San Diego. Despaigne allowed one run and two hits in six innings. Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (1-4) benefits from the Marlins' recent trades as he was recalled from Triple-A and will start Saturday. Urena will make his first start since June 28 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he allowed one run over five innings.  

MLB Recap: San Francisco Giants (3) vs. Texas Rangers (6) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: San Francisco Giants (3) vs. Texas Rangers (6) - Date: 7/31/2015 Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre homered as the Rangers beat San Francisco 6-3 Friday night in the Giants' first visit since clinching the 2010 World Series in Texas. Madison Bumgarner (11-6) gave up both homers and helped ignite a benches-clearing fracas when he shouted something toward the Rangers bench at the end of the fourth inning. Hockey Predictions. There were no ejections, punches thrown or contact made between players, who were kept separated by the umpires. Andrus hit a two-run homer in the second to put the Rangers up 6-2. He doubled in the first, scoring then on Beltre's homer lined over the 14-foot wall in left field. Nick Martinez (6-6) won for the first time in seven starts, allowing two runs with four strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.  

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (6) vs. Minnesota Twins (1) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (6) vs. Minnesota Twins (1) - Date: 7/31/2015 Taijuan Walker pitched a one-hitter for his first career complete game in 29 major league starts, and Nelson Cruz and Jesus Montero homered to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Friday night. Walker (8-7), who gave up a home run to rookie Miguel Sano, tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts to help Seattle end a four-game losing streak. Cruz had four hits, including his 27th home run of the season, and Montero added two hits and two RBIs after being recalled from Triple-A following a series of moves by the Mariners prior to Friday's trade deadline. Football Picks. Tommy Milone (5-3) gave up four runs and 11 hits for Minnesota, which has lost four of five.  

MLB Recap: Kansas City Royals (6) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (7) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Kansas City Royals (6) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (7) - Date: 7/31/2015 Josh Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning and the new-look Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night as Johnny Cueto failed to get a decision in his Royals' debut. After acquiring Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from Colorado and starter David Price from Detroit, the Blue Jays obtained right-hander Mark Lowe from Seattle and outfielder Ben Revere from Philadelphia ahead of Friday's trade deadline. Sports Handicapper Records. Tulowitzki played a key role in the win. With the score 6-all in the 11th, he singled to center and advanced on a balk by Franklin Morales (3-1). Donaldson singled to left-center, giving Toronto its third straight win and sending the AL champion Royals to their third defeat in a row. Donaldson, mobbed at first base after his winning hit, went 3 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs. Liam Hendriks (3-0) pitched one inning for the win. Cueto, obtained from Cincinnati last Sunday for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed, gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked two. Kansas City took a 3-0 lead off Drew Hutchison in the first on Kendrys Morales' RBI double and Ben Zobrist's two-run single - Morales managed to evade Russell Martin's tag at home plate, stepping over the fallen catcher. Donaldson hit a two-run double in the third and Toronto tied it in the fourth on Kevin Pillar's RBI single. Kansas City went ahead 5-3 in the fifth. Hutchison left after Lorenzo Cain's leadoff single and Aaron Loup came on to face Eric Hosmer, who hit a slow grounder to third. Donaldson's errant throw to first went down the right-field line, allowing Cain to score and advancing Hosmer to third, where he scored on Mora les' sacrifice fly off Bo Schultz. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMBlue Jays: Encarnacion (left middle finger) returned to the lineup at DH after missing the previous two games. ... 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL to make room for LHP David Price. UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Yordano Ventura (5-7, 4.86 ERA) seeks to win back-to-back starts for the first time since his opening two outings of the season when he faces the Blue Jays for the first time this year. After a one-day demotion to Triple-A, Ventura beat Houston in his most recent start, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings. Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle (11-5, 3.29 ERA) had worked at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in nine straight starts before giving up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in Sunday's loss at Seattle. He's 26-12 with a 3.5 3 ERA in 53 career starts against the Royals.  

MLB Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (5) vs. Boston Red Sox (7) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (5) vs. Boston Red Sox (7) - Date: 7/31/2015 The Red Sox held onto Mike Napoli at the trading deadline, and he responded a few hours later with a two-run homer off the top of the Green Monster that led Boston over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Friday night. Football Picks Today. The Red Sox had already blown two leads when David Ortiz drew a two-out walk in the seventh inning and Napoli turned a one-run deficit into a 6-5 lead with a drive that landed on the ledge atop the 37-foot-high wall. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The 33-year-old first baseman had been on the trading block as someone who would be more useful to a contender than Boston, headed to a second straight last-place finish. Another subject of trade talks, Alejandro de Aza, had two hits for Boston. Blake Swihar t also had a pair of hits for the Red Sox, doubling with one out in the eighth and scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-5. Junichi Tazawa (2-3) earned the win despite allowing John Jaso's two-run double that gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead in the seventh. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. Jake McGee (0-1) pitched one inning, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Gambling Profit. The Red Sox scored three runs in the first thanks to a wild pitch and two errors. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Rays tied it in the third and, after giving the lead back in the fifth on a double by de Aza, went ahead in the seventh on Jaso's pinch-double. Sport Handicapping. The teams entered with 9-15 records in July- tied for the worst in the majors for the m onth. For the Rays, it was their worst July ever. MLB Baseball Handicappers. TRAINER'S ROOMRays: LHP Drew Smyly (torn left labrum) was sent on a rehab assignment to Single-A Charlotte. OF Desmond Jennings (left knee bursitis) will rehab at Triple-A Durham. Red Sox: OF Hanley Ramirez (left shin) and 3B Pablo Sandoval (left forearm) got the game off. Both will be evaluated again on Saturday. UP NEXTRays: Left-hander Matt Moore (1-2) will try to snap a personal two-game losing streak in Game 2 of the series on Saturday at 1:35 p.m. Red Sox: Joe Kelly (2-6) will try to win for the first time since June 6.  

MLB Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (5) vs. Cincinnati Reds (4) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates (5) vs. Cincinnati Reds (4) - Date: 7/31/2015 Andrew McCutchen hit another homer at Great American Ball Park, and Pittsburgh's rebuilt bullpen was shaky but delivered on Friday night, holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Free Sports Picks of the Day. The Pirates got their first win of the season in Cincinnati - they'd been 0-4 - and finished July with a 17-9 record, the best in the National League. McCutchen connected off Michael Lorenzen (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three doubles and drove in a run to support Jeff Locke (6-6). Free MLB Baseball Picks. The left-hander lasted five innings and turned it over to the rebuilt bullpen. Former Tigers closer Joakim Soria arrived a few hours before the game and slipped into his new role as setup man. He loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh - a pair of walks got him in trouble - but snagged Brayan Pena's liner over his head to end the threat. Mark Melancon needed two good defensive plays by left fielder Starling Marte in the ninth to keep his club-record save streak intact - now 31 in a row. He gave up a single to Brandon Phillips and walked Joey Votto with one out. Best Sports Picks Today. Todd Frazier singled to left, but Marte nailed Phillips at the plate. Marte then made a diving catch of Marlon Byrd's liner, preserving Melancon's 33rd save in 34 chances overall. Before the game, Pittsburgh acquired left-handed starter J. A. Happ from Seattle on Friday as a stopgap with A. J. Burnett going on the disabled list. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Pirates also picked up infielder Michael Morse from Los Angeles, giving them a platoon option at first base to complement left-handed slugger Pedro Alvarez. Sports Handicapper Scams. The next task: Finally win one in Cincinnati. Locke gave up three runs in the second inning, highlighted by Ivan DeJesus Jr.'s two-run homer. McCutchen tied it 3-3 with his 15th homer off Lorenzen, who fell to 0-4 in his last six starts. McCutchen also homered during the All-Star Game at GABP on July 14 and has eight homers in his last 23 games there. Jumbo Diaz relieved Lorenzen with the bases loaded in the sixth and threw a wild pitch that let in the go-ahead run. Marte followed with an RBI single for a 5-3 lead. Byrd hit a solo homer off Jared Hughes in the sixth.---TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Marte was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the second inning and remained doubled over in pain for several minutes before staying in the game. He was 1 for 4. Reds: RF Jay Bruce got a day of rest.---UP NEXTPirates: Gerrit Cole is 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA in his last 12 starts. He pitched one inning in relief during the All-Star Game at GABP on July 14. Reds: Rookie Raisel Iglesias makes his fourth appearance since returning from a strained left oblique. He has never faced the Pirates.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay  

MLB Recap: Atlanta Braves (3) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (9) - 7/31/2015

MLB Recap: Atlanta Braves (3) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (9) - Date: 7/31/2015 Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard drove in four runs, helping David Buchanan and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 Friday night. Free Golf Picks. The resurgent and rebuilding Phillies won for the 11th time in 13 games since the All-Star break on a day they finalized a trade that sent 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels to Texas. Philadelphia also dealt Ben Revere to Toronto before the non-waiver trade deadline. Earlier in the week, the Phillies traded All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington. Buchanan (2-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Hamels in the rotation. Braves starter Williams Perez (4-1) gave up nine runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings .  

MLB Preview: New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/31/2015 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 08:10 P.M. EST Venue: U. S. Cellular Field   The New York Yankees have won five straight games over the Chicago White Sox and six in a row when facing left-handed starters. CBS Sports Picks. They'll look to avoid their first three-game slide in a month Friday night when they open a three-game road series against lefty Carlos Rodon and the White Sox. New York (57-44) makes the final stop on a 10-game trip on which it dropped to 4-3 after a four-game split in Texas, capped by Thursday's 7-6 defeat in which Mark Teixeira homered twice. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Yankees last lost three straight from June 28-30. Best Sports Picks Service. They are 18-11 against southpaw starters with six straight wins and a 5-0 mark since the All-Star break as they get their first look at Rodon (4-3, 4.09 ERA), who threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in Sunday's 2-1 victory at Cleveland. He was 1-3 with a 6.98 ERA in his previous six starts." He's like every other pitcher," manager Robin Ventura said. "He can get himself into trouble, but what he has that most people don't is he can get himself out of trouble." Rodon has posted a 10.00 ERA in losing his last two home outings. His presence means that Chris Young will be back in the Yankees lineup for the first time in three games. Young is third in the AL with a .371 average against lefties, going 7 for 15 with two homers against them since the All-Star break. Profitable MLB B aseball Handicappers. Third baseman Chase Headley is 8 for 16 with two doubles against southpaws in the same span, and he's batting .392 in his last 14 overall. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. This is the Yankees' first meeting with the White Sox (49-51) since winning the final five last season, including two on the road after losing eight straight in Chicago. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The White Sox held the AL's third-worst record on July 22 before getting back into wild-card contention with a season-high seven-game win streak to start a road trip that was capped with Thursday's 8-2 loss to Boston. Chicago batted .318 and averaged 7.0 runs in the eight games - its overall mark is 3.7." We wanted to win all eight, but that's the way it goes," Ventura told MLB's official website. "You wa nt us to swing the bats and we did that on this road trip." Melky Cabrera was 0 for 3 after going 18 for 33 with 11 RBIs in the first seven games. Jose Abreu is batting .375 with three homers and 13 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak. The White Sox seek to avoid their first five-game slide in two years at home, where they average a major league-worst 3.2 runs. Nathan Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27) will move up a day and pitch on regular rest after New York placed Michael Pineda on the disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain. CC Sabathia started Thursday for Pineda. Eovaldi benefits from the majors' second-best run support average at 7.09. He improved to 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last seven starts by giving up two runs over eight innings Sunday in a 7-2 win at Minnesota. The right-hander has never faced the White Sox. Adam LaRoche is the only Chicago hitter with more than four at-bats against him, going 7 for 19 with a homer. The Yankees will likel y debut utility player Dustin Ackley, acquired from Seattle for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday." He's a guy who that over the last three or four years has played about five different positions so he's a guy who we feel we can move everywhere," manager Joe Girardi said.

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MLB Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 7/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:05 P.M. EST Venue: Citizens Bank Park   This was scheduled to be Cole Hamels' turn in the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation, but as expected, it's not going to happen. He's far from the only recently departed veteran being replaced on the field Friday night in Philadelphia with the Atlanta Braves in town continuing a series of two of the NL's biggest sellers before the trade deadline. More deals could be on the way for these clubs. One of the top names being mentioned is Phillies leadoff hitter Ben Revere, who leads the team with a .298 average and 24 steals." Anything can happen. One phone call or one trade could happen," Revere told MLB's official website. "But really I'm not thinking about it." Philadelphia (39-64) owns the majors' worst record despite going 10-2 since the All-Star break and began trading away some major pieces this week, sending Hamels to Texas after shipping closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington." They're trying to rebuild the team. We just have to keep going," catcher Carlos Ruiz said. "But definitely it's sad when you're around one of your teammates for a long time and then they have to go away." Ruiz had two RBIs in his 1,000th career game Thursday, helping the Phillies win the series opener 4-1. Ken Giles got his second save in as many chances since replacing Papelbon. David Buchanan is taking Hamels' place Friday even though that trade hasn't been finalized. Matt Harrison could eventually join the rotation as part of the package from the Rangers along with four prospects, and reliever Jake Diekman is supposedly headed to Texas despite being in the Phillies' bullpen Thursday. Best Sports Picks Service. The Braves (46-56) have a new-look bullpen as well. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. They traded relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan along with starter Alex Wood to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in a 13-player deal which involved Miami. Atlanta also gave up top infield prospect Jose Peraza but received highly coveted Cuban infielder Hector Olivera." You build relationships and friendships," first baseman Freddie Freeman said. "It's always tough to see them leave. You wish them the best over there. But this is obviously tough from a personal standpoint." Olivera could soon be batting behind Freeman, the No. 3 hitter who is 3 for 23 following a month-long absence for a bruised wrist. Adonis Garcia, a 30-year-old rookie, was moved into the cleanup spot for the past three games but went 1 for 11 w ithout an RBI. Handicapping Sports. The Braves also received injured left-hander Paco Rodriguez and minor league pitcher Zachary Bird in Thursday's deal, which came six days after lineup regulars Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson were traded to the New York Mets for prospects. It has been rumored that A. J. Pierzynski, Cameron Maybin and Jonny Gomes could also be traded by Atlanta, a loser of 11 of 12 on the road and 14 of 18 overall. Another part of looking toward the future will be seeing Williams Perez (4-0, 2.88) come off the disabled list to make his first start since June 26, when a comebacker resulted in a bruised foot. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The rookie right-hander had pitched very well after getting called up May 6, posting a 2.31 ERA in eight starts after originally coming out of the bullpen. Perez, though, averaged 4.14 walks per nine innings in 11 games and hit six batters. He showed better control during three rehab starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, walking one and striking out 15 in 11 2-3 innings as he allowed one earned run. Buchanan (1-5, 7.00 ERA) is being recalled after a seven-inning victory for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday. He was sent down five days earlier, just moments after getting his lone win of 2015 - allowing three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay. Philadelphia's Domonic Brown hit his first homer of the season Thursday and is batting .429 in his last eight games.

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MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles - 7/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:05 P.M. EST Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards   Detroit's front office is clearly looking to the future. Brad Ausmus and the Tigers, though, are focusing on the present after a win over streaking Baltimore. Detroit seeks its third straight victory Friday night against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Profitable Handicappers. The Tigers (50-52) are only 3 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot in their bid for a fifth straight postseason appearance, though they're behind five teams, including Baltimore (51-50). Deals completed Thursday that sent ace David Price to Toronto and closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh spoke volumes about general manager Dave Dombrowski's priorities, how ever." I would much rather be acquiring than I would be trading," Dombrowski said. "But it's just where we are at this point.'' Detroit received three left-handed pitchers from the Blue Jays, including 2011 second-round pick Daniel Norris. From the Pirates, they acquired infielder JaCoby Jones, who has 60 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 96 minor league games this year. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Tigers held on for a 9-8 victory Thursday in Baltimore powered by 16 hits - including three each from Yoenis Cespedes, Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias. Cespedes, second on the club with 61 RBIs, has also been mentioned in trade speculation and could be gone before Friday's deadline." We're not giving up," Ausmus said. "Would we rather have Price and Soria? Of course. But we don't." Chris Davis and Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who gave up tw o more runs than they had allowed during a five-game winning streak. Baltimore, conversely, could be looking to acquire a bat Friday - specifically to play left field. Professional Sports Handicappers. The Orioles have been one of baseball's least productive teams at that position, batting .210 with a major league-low 25 RBIs." That's the bet," manager Buck Showalter said of his team making a trade. "If you told me to be on which side of it, I'll take 51-49." Wei-Yin Chen (5-6, 2.88 ERA) looks to bounce back for Baltimore after failing to record a quality start for the first time in seven games, allowing two runs over 5 1-3 innings of a 5-2 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. He gave up two homers, something he's done in four of his last six outings. His 1.41 home runs allowed per nine innings are a career-worst. M LB Baseball Handicappers. The left-hander wasn't entirely pleased with being yanked after just 86 pitches." I was taken out of the game because I allowed a couple of runners to get on base," he said through a translator. "Anybody would be angry in that situation." Detroit has been one of the majors' best teams against left-handed pitching, batting .274, and Jose Iglesias is hitting .375. Chen won his last start against the Tigers, 7-5 in Detroit in 2012, despite giving up five runs in five innings. Buck Farmer (0-2, 9.22) makes his first appearance for Detroit since a relief outing July 11 when he gave up two runs over 3 1-3 innings against Minnesota. He's still seeking his first career win after struggling through his first four career starts. He has surrendered 23 runs in 16 2-3 innings, and opponents are hitting .373. He needed 103 pitches to complete 5 1-3 innings in his last start, an 8-2 loss at Cleveland on June 24.

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MLB Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Fenway Park   If not for one pitch, Erasmo Ramirez might still be amid an impressive stretch that dates back to May. Sports Predictions. The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander will try to get back on track Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Ramirez (8-4, 3.74 ERA) had yielded two runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts, matching the second-longest streak in franchise history, while going 6-1 with a 1.29 ERA entering Saturday's game against Baltimore. He went a season-high 7 1-3 innings but gave up five runs - his most since May 24 - with nearly all of that damage coming on Chris Davis' grand slam in the third en route to a 5-1 loss." I didn't execute a coupl e pitches in that inning, and that got me in trouble," Ramirez said. "After that hit I put it out of my mind, just tried to get deep into the game." Ramirez will next face a team that's lost 12 of 15, but the Red Sox (45-58) are batting .328 with 33 runs in their last five games following an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts each had three hits while combining to drive in three runs. Ortiz is batting .429 with 13 RBIs in his last seven games, and Bogaerts is hitting .386 this month. Ortiz is 0 for 3 with four walks against Ramirez, who has a 6.94 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox and failed to pitch past the fifth inning in each. He'll start opposite Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3, 4.26), who will face Tampa Bay for the first time. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The rookie left-hander allowed one run and three hits in seven i nnings in an 11-1 rout of Detroit on Sunday, six days after getting ripped for seven runs in 1 2-3 innings of an 11-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Rodriguez has been ripped for at least six runs in each of his three losses, lasting a combined 10 innings, but he's surrendered no more than two runs in any of his other eight starts." This has been an interesting roughly two months that he's been here," manager John Farrell told MLB's official website. "He's been challenged at times in between the lines, and it's the greatest teacher that we have." There's been some adjustments in his delivery. Leading Handicappers. That's an ongoing situation, and he continues to adapt and evolve. It shows his aptitude and his attitude to make those adjustments." It's unclear if Pablo Sandoval will start after he exited Thursday's win when he was hit on the left forearm w hile striking out. Sandoval, batting .176 in his last 10 games, left a 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday because of dehydration." He's sore right now," Farrell said. "That was a fastball that chased him. It looked like it might have hit him in the throat if he didn't take it in the wrist on the swing. A scary moment. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The scan here at the ballpark is clean, but he's still day to day." Sandoval has hit .152 in 12 career games against Tampa Bay and Ortiz is batting .167 in his last 21 matchups. Evan Longoria, meanwhile, is hitting .375 with three homers and four doubles in an eight-game hit streak against Boston. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Rays (51-52) have lost 11 of 14 on the road.

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MLB Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. St Louis Cardinals - 7/31/2015 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Preview: Colorado Rockies vs. St Louis Cardinals - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 08:15 P.M. EST Venue: Busch Stadium   The St. Louis Cardinals have shown a knack for winning while short-handed throughout much of this season, and their first game without Matt Holliday was no different. Hot Sports Handicappers. The Cardinals will try to build on a stunning victory and extend their home dominance over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. St. Louis (65-37) has forged the best record in the majors despite missing top pitcher Adam Wainwright and first baseman Matt Adams for much of this season. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Cardinals have also endured pitcher Lance Lynn's stint on the disa bled list and put Holliday there for the second time this season Thursday because of a strained right quad. St. Louis, though, rallied with Jhonny Peralta's two-run single and Greg Garcia's bases-loaded walk in the ninth for a 9-8 victory. Matt Carpenter went 4 for 5 with a pair of homers in his return to the leadoff spot, where he's batting .370 with six homers in 22 games. He hit .225 with six homers in 69 games in the No. 2 spot." I'd be lying if I said I wasn't comfortable there," Carpenter said. "It's not to say that I can't hit in other positions. Las Vegas Handicappers. Today might have bought myself a couple of more games there." Brandon Moss was 0 for 2 in his Cardinals debut after entering the game in the sixth inning. St. Louis picked up Moss in a trade with Cleveland on Thursday with the hope he can help make up for Holliday's absence. Moss had 15 homers - more than anyone on the Cardinals roster - and 50 RBIs in 94 games for Cleveland. If he makes his first start for St. Louis, Moss will try to lead his new club to its 16th win in the last 19 home games against the Rockies (43-57). Colorado's defeat Thursday was its 17th in its last 22 road contests, and closer John Axford blew his fourth consecutive save attempt. Axford, who has allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings in his last five games, converted 16 of 17 chances while logging a 2.36 ERA in his first 29 appearances for the Rockies." He was almost perfect for most of the season, had a tough week or so," manager Walt Weiss said. "Physically he's fine. . Just the command, particularly with the fastball. I think he struggled throwing strikes with that pitch." Michael Wacha (11-4, 3.27 ERA) will try to deliver another win over Colorado after his most effective outing in his past three games. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The right-hander, though, also took his first loss in five starts Sunday - a 3-2 defeat to Atlanta - after allowing three runs in six innings. Wacha, who had given up a combined 10 runs in 11 innings in his previous two games, is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in his two starts against Colorado. He allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings in a 4-3 defeat in Denver on June 9. Kyle Kendrick (4-11, 6.33) has given up a combined 12 runs in 9 1-3 innings in his past two starts but was the beneficiary of an offensive outburst Sunday in Colorado's 17-7 win over Cincinnati as he allowed six runs in five innings. Kendrick went 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in two starts against St. Louis last season while with Philadelphia after going 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in his first eight.

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MLB Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/31/2015 - 10:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 10:10 P.M. EST Venue: Dodger Stadium   A day after the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff, Clayton Kershaw appears ready to continue his recent dominance. Riding the majors' longest active scoreless streak, the left-hander opens the Freeway Series on Friday night against the struggling Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Sports Handicappers Rankings. Though Kershaw (8-6, 2.51 ERA) saw his bid for a perfect game end in the seventh inning last Thursday against the New York Mets, he hasn't allowed a run in 29 innings after tossing a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts during that 3-0 win." That's what aces do. When he's like that, they've got no chance ," teammate Jimmy Rollins told MLB's official website. Kershaw last yielded a run in the fourth inning of a 2-1 loss to the Mets on July 3. In three starts since, he's recorded two complete games and struck out 38 without a walk over 26 innings to become the first pitcher in history with three straight scoreless starts that included no walks and at least 10 strikeouts. Kershaw, 3-1 with an 0.97 ERA in his last five home starts, had this start pushed back from Wednesday due to hip soreness." He was still a little tender," manager Don Mattingly said. "So with the off day (Thursday), we didn't think there was any reason to push it." Kershaw, 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three home starts against the Angels (55-46), tries to help the Dodgers to a fourth consecutive victory in the series. With Zack Greinke scheduled to pitch Saturday, it's possible Sunday's start could go to Mat Latos, who was acquired along with Alex Woo d, relievers Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, outfielder Michael Morse, injured veteran Bronson Arroyo and infield prospect Jose Peraza as part of a three-team, 13-player trade with Miami and Atlanta. Morse, however, also was designated for assignment. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Dodgers (57-45) gave up touted infielder prospect Hector Olivera, reliever Paco Rodriguez and a minor leaguer.'' To sit here having addressed the biggest areas of need for us in terms of rotation and bullpen, while adding future pieces and preserving the top guys in our farm system, that's a really good outcome,'' team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Soccer Handicappers. The Angels acquired veteran outfielders Shane Victorino, David DeJesus and David Murphy this week but that trio is 2 for 15 with its new club. L osers in six of seven, the Angels were limited to eight runs while being swept in a three-game set at Houston, which leads them by two in the AL West." We need to regroup and start to build momentum again," manager Mike Scioscia said. Mike Trout returned after sitting two games with a sore wrist but went 0 for 3 in Thursday's 3-0 defeat. He's 2 for 3 with a walk versus Kershaw. Albert Pujols is 10 for 22 with four doubles during the regular season and playoffs against Kershaw. He's batted .375 with four homers and nine RBIs in his last 12 at Dodger Stadium. All-Star Hector Santiago (7-4, 2.43) is 3-0 with a 1.70 ERA in his last six starts but allowed four runs, five hits and three walks over five innings of a 7-6 loss to Texas on Saturday. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The left-hander gave up four runs over 5 1-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 5-4 loss last season in his only start against the Dodgers. Howie Kendrick, who batted .292 with 501 RBIs while playing his first nine seasons with the Angels before being dealt to the Dodgers in December, takes a .323 home batting average into his first meeting against his former team.

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MLB Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/31/2015 - 9:35 PM EST

MLB Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 09:35 P.M. EST Venue: O.co Coliseum   Sending Brandon Moss elsewhere was seemingly the mark of the Cleveland Indians waving the white flag on the 2015 season. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. Try as they might, the Indians face an uphill climb to reach the playoffs for a second straight year. Cleveland aims for a third consecutive win Friday night as it continues this road series with the Oakland Athletics. Moss was the Indians' prized offseason acquisition after he hit 76 home runs over the last three seasons for the A's. But with a .217 average and an abysmal .288 on-base percentage, Moss had become emblematic of Cleveland's disappointing season. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Indians (47-54) are six games out of a playoff spot with seven teams ahead of them for the AL's second wild-card. On Thursday, general manager Chris Antonetti sent Moss to St. Louis in exchange for left-hander Rob Kaminsky, a 2013 first-round pick." No one expected to be in the position that we are right now," Antonetti told MLB's official website. "But we've played our way to this point. So we now have to do what we can to make the most of the second half of the season, and that's what we have every intention of doing." The very immediate outlook appears favorable with Carlos Carrasco throwing a two-hitter in Thursday's 3-1 victory and Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72 ERA) looking to stymie Oakland for the second time in three weeks. He came within an out of his second career complete game in a 5-1 win July 10. Salazar struck out eight and allowed five hits, and the run was unearned. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The right-hander has since lost back-to-back outings since despite quality starts against Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox in which he struck out 16 over 12 2-3 innings. He was given one total run of support in those games and has been backed by one run or fewer four times in his last eight starts while going 2-5." I'm disappointed," Salazar said. "I think right now we're not playing the game the right way. We don't have energy - not on the field or in the dugout. We're supposed to enjoy the game and have fun out there, and we're not doing that." This is a rematch of starters, as Kendall Graveman (6-7, 4.13) allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings in the loss. Graveman had recorded seven straight quality starts before surrendering 14 runs in his last three. He was charged with four runs in 1 1-3 innings - a career low for a start - in Sunday's 4-3 defeat at San Francisco." I had to do a better job of commanding the baseball," he said. "I have to find ways to get outs." Graveman is 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA in seven home games. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The A's (45-58) have dropped six of seven, scoring three runs or fewer six times. Billy Butler is batting .148 over his last nine games but is 7 for 14 with four doubles off Salazar. Picks and Parlays. These teams have split the last 14 meetings in Oakland.

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MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/31/2015 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 08:10 P.M. EST Venue: Target Field   Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he has "every intention" of making a deal before his club takes the field Friday night. Free Soccer Picks. Twins fans can only hope that will be the case for the surprising club, which will again be without Trevor Plouffe when it continues a four-game home series with the Seattle Mariners. Minnesota (53-48) holds the AL's second wild card in a crowded race, though it has yet to make a move with glaring needs at shortstop and in the bullpen. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Twins have been one of the biggest stories in baseball after four straight seasons with at least 92 defeats, and Ryan intends to bolster the team by the deadline. Profitable Handicappers. They won't have Plouffe, who was placed on the paternity list after the birth of his son Teddy and missed Thursday's 9-5 victory in the series opener. He is not expected to return until Saturday, when he can add to his 55 RBIs - tied for second on the club. Seattle (46-57) is expected to get Robinson Cano back in the lineup as the designated hitter after the second baseman sat out the last two games with an abdominal strain. Brad Miller and Chris Taylor each started at second in his absence." This will be two days of rest and we'll see how it goes from there," Cano told MLB's official website. He's batting .381 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last 11 games. Logan Morrison, in a 4-for-34 slump, is day to day after being out of Thurs day's lineup with a bruised left thumb. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Mariners got two new players after trading Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees on Thursday for right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores, though both were sent to the minors. Documented Handicappers. Twins star Joe Mauer has a .340 average in an 11-game hitting streak after he had an RBI single in five at-bats. Eddie Rosario is 11 for 21 over his past five games after driving in three runs and falling a single short of the cycle Thursday, when the club ended a four-game slide." After you go through these last four days, any win is good," manager Paul Molitor said. "It kind of lightens the mood a little bit." Rosario will get his first look at Seattle starter Taijuan Walker (7-7, 5.03 ERA), who has never faced the Twins. Walker is 0-1 with an 8.02 ERA in his last four outings after registering a 1.67 ERA in a five-start win streak. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The right-hander was charged with four runs in six innings in Sunday's 6-5, 10-inning win over Toronto. His 5.84 road ERA is one of baseball's worst marks. Walker will be opposed by Tommy Milone (5-2, 3.58), who has allowed 11 runs in 8 2-3 innings since the All-Star break following a six-start stretch in which he was 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA. The left-hander is 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts against the Mariners. Franklin Gutierrez is 5 for 11 with a homer and two doubles against him, but other Seattle hitters haven't fared as well. Mark Trumbo is 2 for 18 with eight strikeouts versus Milone, Nelson Cruz is 3 for 16, Austin Jackson is 1 for 10 and Cano is 1 for 8. Cruz, however, is hitting an AL-best .376 off lefties.

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MLB Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 7/31/2015 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 08:10 P.M. EST Venue: Miller Park   Now that Carlos Gomez has finally been traded, there's a good chance the Milwaukee Brewers' offensive woes could linger for at least one more night with Jason Hammel set to face them. Sports Cappers. Trying to record his first victory in almost eight weeks for the visiting Chicago Cubs, Hammel looks to remain undefeated against the reeling Brewers on Friday night. A day after a proposed deal that had Gomez headed to the New York Mets fell through, the All-Star center fielder and right-hander Mike Fiers were sent to AL West-leading Houston on Thursday for four prospects." I know (the Brewers are) trying to rebuild, and if they trade me, they can get a lot of good prospects," Gomez told MLB's official website. Having traded veteran slugger Aramis Ramirez earlier this month, Milwaukee (44-59) has totaled 19 runs and posted a .279 on-base percentage while losing seven of the last nine. Gerardo Parra is batting .460 during a career-high 14-game hitting streak but trade rumors continue to persist leading up to Friday afternoon's deadline. After managing six hits for a second consecutive contest in Thursday's 5-2 series-opening defeat, the Brewers don't expect to have an easy time opposite Hammel (5-5, 3.20 ERA) - 6-0 with a 2.25 ERA in eight starts against them. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Though the right-hander has a 3.46 ERA while going 1-0 against Milwaukee this season, he earned that victory by yielding two runs and striking out eight in seven innings of a 7-6 win at Miller Park on May 8. Hammel, however, is 0-3 with a 4.1 0 ERA and has received 11 runs of support in eight starts since winning at Washington on June 6. He'll try to rebound from giving up a season-high six runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings of an 11-5 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday." My role (Sunday) was just garbage, unacceptable," Hammel said. Free Predictions. Teammate Anthony Rizzo was 5 for 38 with one home run in his previous 10 games but went 3 for 4 and belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday.'' The whole night, it wasn't going our way,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon, whose team scored all its runs in the final two innings. ''But I liked the way we worked." Rizzo is batting .429 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in during a 13-game hitting streak against Milwaukee. Dexter Fowler has batted .388 and drawn 16 walks while reaching base safely in 14 consecutive contests. Free MLB Baseball Picks. Two games out of the NL's final wild-card spot, Chicago (54-47) is trying to win three in a row for the first time since sweeping the Mets at Citi Field from June 30-July 2. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. The Cubs will get their first look at Taylor Jungmann (5-2, 2.14), who has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of nine starts since making his major league debut June 9. However, he was hardly satisfied after yielding a pair of first-inning runs and striking out seven but walking four while throwing a season-high 107 pitches over six in Saturday's 2-0 loss at Arizona.'' It was just a frustrating outing," said the right-hander, who has walked 19 in 59 innings. Parra is batting .360 (9 for 25) when facing Hammel, but Jean Segura is 1 for his last 9 and Ryan Braun is hitles s in his last six at-bats against him.

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MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros - 7/31/2015 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 08:10 P.M. EST Venue: Minute Maid Park   The Houston Astros stocked their farm system as they painfully endured their three worst seasons in franchise history. With an abundance of young talent, they added some veteran flair to their roster Thursday. Houston looks to continue its push toward its first playoff berth in 10 years Friday night against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Soccer Handicappers. The Astros (57-45) had a .333 winning percentage from 2011-2013, losing 106-plus games each season. Last year wasn't much better at 70-92, but now they're reaping the benefits from high draft picks Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa. Leading the Los Angeles Angels by two games in the AL West after sweeping them in three games, the Astros have staked their claim as contenders at the trade deadline for the first time in recent memory. Last week they acquired Scott Kazmir from Oakland, and Thursday they sent four prospects to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers. Gomez, a two-time All-Star signed through next season, has been limited to 74 games by injuries, but is still batting .262 with eight home runs and 20 doubles. Fiers is 5-9 with a 3.89 ERA and isn't a free agent until after 2019. Both are expected to be in uniform." To be able to bring a player like Carlos Gomez into our organization in the prime of his career to complement a lot of great players we have out there right now means we're serious about doing some damage this year, and in the years to come," general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB's official website. Jason Castro hit a three-run walkoff homer with two outs in the ninth and Ka zmir gave up three hits over 7 2-3 innings in Thursday's 3-0 win. Arizona (49-51) has won a season high-tying five straight, also accomplished May 18-22. Its starting pitchers have posted a 1.64 ERA during this surge, and the team had 16 runs and 27 hits in its last two victories at Seattle. Jake Lamb is 7 for 17 during the winning streak while Paul Goldschmidt is 7 for 18 with five walks. Goldschmidt has seven doubles and two homers during a 12-game hitting streak against Houston. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Diamondbacks haven't won six in a row since a nine-game run Aug. 23-31, 2011. Houston's Scott Feldman (4-5, 4.54 ERA) comes off his best start of the year, limiting Kansas City to one run and four hits over 7 2-3 innings, though he didn't record a decision in the 2-1 loss Saturday. He had given up four runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 7-6 loss to Texas a week earlier in his fir st start since undergoing knee surgery." I've been out for so long it felt like I was starting over almost, building my way back up," Feldman said of the procedure that had sidelined him since May 26. "I felt pretty good when I got activated. Hopefully I can build off of this one and try to continue to pitch deeper into games." Feldman is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in four starts against Arizona. Best Free Sports Picks. The Diamondbacks counter with Rubby De La Rosa (8-5, 4.52), who is looking to win a third straight start for the first time in his career after two of his best outings of the season. He limited Miami and Milwaukee to a combined one run and nine hits over 15 innings. He's given up 13 home runs in 55 1-3 road innings compared to nine over 70 at home, however. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Astros lead t he majors with 141 home runs, and De La Rosa was trounced in two previous starts against them, allowing 11 runs over 8 2-3 innings. Houston won three of four meetings last year.

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MLB Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers - 7/31/2015 - 8:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 08:05 P.M. EST Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington   Nick Martinez is scheduled to start Friday night, though Texas Rangers fans are more eagerly anticipating who could follow him. Selections. That's because the Rangers are close to obtaining Cole Hamels, who will start for them this weekend if he comes over from Philadelphia. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The trade speculation has made Martinez's outing a bit of an afterthought as the Rangers welcome the San Francisco Giants to Arlington for the first time since the 2010 World Series for this three-game set. Number #1 Sports H andicapping Service. Texas (49-52) is close to finalizing a deal with Philadelphia to acquire Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman for left-hander Matt Harrison and a package of top prospects. No deal was announced Thursday night, though players for both teams were talking as if it was already finished with Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus saying the addition of Hamels will be a "real plus." Hamels, who hasn't pitched since his 13-strikeout, no-hitter Saturday over the Chicago Cubs, is scheduled to start Friday for the Phillies. Harrison is slated to pitch in the middle game of this series. When asked if Martinez was a certainty to start Friday night, manager Jeff Bannister said, "As we sit right now." There's good reason for Texas fans to look forward to Saturday - if that's when Hamels does make his debut - since Martinez (5-6, 4.08 ERA) has struggled in two starts since getting recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, going 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Rangers have dropped the last six starts by the right-hander, who is 0-4 with a 7.01 ERA in that span. Martinez has never faced the Giants. San Francisco (56-45) no doubt has fond memories of Arlington, where it won two of three games in the 2010 World Series to begin its current run of three championships in five years. Madison Bumgarner (11-5, 3.16) began developing his reputation as a clutch postseason pitcher with eight innings of three-hit ball in Game 4 of that series in a 4-0 road victory. Sports Bettors Email Leads. That's his only career start against Texas. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The left-hander has posted a 2.04 ERA in winning three straight outings after limiting Oakland to one run ove r seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 victory. He'll eventually be joined in the rotation by Mike Leake, who was acquired from Cincinnati for a pair of prospects late Thursday. The Giants expect two of their top hitters to return Friday. Joe Panik has missed the last two games with back stiffness and Buster Posey sat out Wednesday's 5-0 victory over Milwaukee for rest." They've been going hard since the All-Star break," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm trying to keep these guys as fresh as I can." Bochy's club has won 13 of 15 as it starts a 10-game trip. The Giants are an NL-best 9-3 in interleague games. Posey is fourth in the majors with a .413 average in interleague play. Matt Duffy is tied for sixth at .400 and tied for fourth with 14 RBIs. Josh Hamilton delivered a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning in Thursday's 7-6 victory over the New York Yankees as Texas earned a four-game split. He had a three-run ho mer in the first. Hamilton, Andrus and Mitch Moreland are the only current Rangers hitters who faced Bumgarner in the World Series, combining to go 1 for 8. Texas won two of three at San Francisco when these teams met in 2012. The Giants have captured 16 of 25 regular-season meetings between the teams that played baseball's first interleague game June 12, 1997, in Arlington.

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MLB Preview: San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins - 7/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Marlins Park   The San Diego Padres took on hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts this offseason in an attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Sports Cappers. That quick-fix approach hasn't paid off, and some of those acquisitions could be dealt by the time the Padres open a three-game road series with the Miami Marlins on Friday night. San Diego (49-53) brought in Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Melvin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and Wil Myers through trades and signed starter James Shields to a four-year, $75 million deal. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Padres have underachieved, though, and manager Bud Black was fired June 15 and replaced on an interim basis by Pat Murphy. With the club's first playoff appearance since back-to-back NL West titles in 2005 and '06 seeming unlikely, San Diego has been rumored to be making available many of the players from general manager A. J. Preller's offseason shopping spree. If Justin Upton is traded before the deadline, he'd be leaving in style. He hit a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give the Padres an 8-7 win over the New York Mets on Thursday after they trailed 7-1 through six.'' Livin' in the moment. Whatever happens tomorrow happens - or doesn't happen,'' Upton said. ''Just taking it day to day.'' Norris went 5 for 5 with a grand slam for San Diego, which has won five of six. Ian Kennedy's name also has come up, leaving it unclear if he'll be around to make his start with the deadline coming four hours prior to Friday's first pitch. Kennedy (6-9, 4.58 ERA) allowed one run and struck out seven in six innings to beat the Marlins 3-1 on Saturday. He's 3-4 over his last eight starts despite posting a 2.53 ERA.'' I've been in this situation before," said Kennedy, who was dealt from Arizona to San Diego at last year's deadline. "No matter what's going on, I still have to go out and pitch. It doesn't matter if I'm going or staying a Padre. Whatever it is you still have to do your job and pitch.'' The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last four against the Marlins (42-60), who also could be planning more moves. Miami has lost five of six - including dropping the final three of a four-game series with the Padres last weekend - after falling 1-0 to Washington on Thursday. Shortly after the game, it was announced that a 13-player deal between the Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta had been completed, with Miami receiving prospects while sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers.'' When I have to sit here and say we've made a trade and we haven't added (major league players), it means something has not gone right,'' team president Michael Hill said. ''As we currently sit right now, we're 18 games under .500 and not performing the way we felt like this team was capable of performing.'' David Phelps (4-7, 3.86) has lost his last three starts while receiving one run of support in 17 2-3 innings. Free Sport Pick. The right-hander opposed Kennedy on Saturday and allowed two runs in six innings. Five of the six runs Phelps has allowed in those three defeats have come in the first three innings.

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MLB Preview: Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets - 7/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Citi Field   For a team one day away from entering August in first place, a weekend visit to the club immediately behind it in the standings might generally be approached with a mindset of wanting to get out of town without losing any ground. By the Washington Nationals' recent standard in New York, though, they shouldn't be happy with anything short of a sweep. Sports Predictions. The NL East's top two teams square off Friday night with the Nationals out to double their three-game lead over the Mets. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Nationals (54-46) haven't lost a road series with the M ets (52-50) since their first meeting in 2013, going 18-3 since with three shutouts in the last five games. One of those was started by Gio Gonzalez, who's 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in nine career road starts against the Mets. Hot Sports Handicappers. The left-hander limited them to six hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings of a 1-0 victory May 2. Gonzalez (8-4, 3.83 ERA) also limited the Mets to two runs and six hits in six innings of a 7-2 home victory July 20. New York's struggles have been highlighted by Wilmer Flores (1 for 13), Curtis Granderson (3 for 27), Lucas Duda (3 for 17) and Travis d'Arnaud (2 for 11), while Juan Lagares is 10 for 22 with a home run, triple and three doubles. Gonzalez is up against Matt Harvey, who allowed two runs in seven innings of a 15-2 home win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Harvey (9-7, 3.16& #041; improved to 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his last four home starts. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The right-hander matched up with Gonzalez on July 20 and was tagged with five runs and five hits in seven innings. Harvey had given up three earned runs in his previous six starts against the Nationals and remains 3-2 with a 1.34 ERA. Bryce Harper is 0 for 14 with seven strikeouts against Harvey, the only of 49 pitchers he has more than eight at-bats against without a hit. Some of that pressure could be relieved by Ryan Zimmerman, who's 4 for 14 with a home run off Harvey, and the first baseman homered for the first time in his three games back from the disabled list in Thursday's 1-0 victory in Miami. He's 4 for 11 since coming back, and along with the return of Jayson Werth and the trade for Jonathan Papelbon, Washington has talent new and old joining the mix to contribute." Just hi tting the ball well and getting good at-bats is the key," Zimmerman told MLB's official website. "I'm not trying to hit home runs or anything like that. I'm just grinding out at-bats and getting my timing back. Everything feels good." The Mets are hoping for similar production from a returning bat. D'Arnaud is likely to come off the disabled list Friday after missing 33 games with a sprained right elbow, but the club plans to ease the catcher into action." He won't be a four-in-a-row guy," manager Terry Collins said. "He might play two and get a day off. We'll see how he feels. Baseball Handicappers. The last time we did this, he played in two in a row and the second day, he was really sore at the end of the game." In Thursday's 8-7 home loss to San Diego, pitching was the problem as New York dropped the last two of a three-game series. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The Mets allowed 15 runs in the two defeats, and they led 7-1 after six innings in the latest. Jeurys Familia tried to protect a two-run lead in the ninth Thursday but allowed a three-run homer with two outs to fall to 0 for 3 in save opportunities since the All-Star break.'' He just has to locate,'' Collins said. ''The pitches he made were over the middle of the plate.'' Since being taxed with 10 1-3 innings of work in an 18-inning game July 19, the bullpen has a 5.59 ERA.

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MLB Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - 7/31/2015 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:10 P.M. EST Venue: Great American Ball Park   The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to have difficulty with the Cincinnati Reds but might face a different-looking team Friday night. Sports Handicapping Services. The Reds could make at least one deal ahead of the trade deadline and before their attempt at a ninth win in 11 games against the Pirates, who made a notable move of their own Thursday. After winning five of six, Pittsburgh (59-42) was dominated in a 15-5 loss Thursday. It was the sixth loss in a row at Cincinnati for the Pirates, who have surrendered an average of 5.6 runs while going 2-8 in the season series. Brandon Phillips became the first major leaguer with four hits, two homers, se ven RBIs (a career high) and two stolen bases in a game since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920. Pittsburgh's bullpen gave up seven runs and has a 5.97 ERA over the past 12 games but added a new piece Thursday, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from Detroit. He'll move into a setup role while Mark Melancon remains the closer. MLB Baseball Handicappers. Two Reds who have been in trade rumors, Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd, each had three RBIs on Thursday. Starting pitcher Mike Leake was shipped to San Francisco for two prospects late Thursday, and closer Aroldis Chapman also could be traded before Friday afternoon's deadline." I don't think there (are) probably a lot of guys that are comfortable and are able to sit in front of their locker and not think about the trade deadline. When we get past it, I think we'll be in a better place," manager Bryan Price told MLB&# 39;s official website. "Of course we've won three in a row with the trade deadline hanging over our head. I've been really impressed with how the guys have handled it." Cincinnati (46-54) will pursue a season high-tying fourth consecutive victory and try to extend its longest home win streak over the Pirates since a seven-game run from 1996-97. freepick. The Reds will likely need a much improved performance from Michael Lorenzen (3-5, 4.58 ERA) than in a 17-7 loss in Colorado on Sunday. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The right-hander was charged with a career-worst eight runs in 2 1-3 innings in his third consecutive defeat. Lorenzen's first major league win came in his only start against the Pirates, yielding one run and three hits in six innings of a 7-1 victory May 5. Jeff Locke (5-6, 4.15) is 0-2 with a 5.18 ERA in his last five starts versus the Reds, and he's allowed eight runs and 16 hits in 11 innings against them this year. Make Money Betting Sports. The left-hander has one victory in his last six outings. Locke had a 2.15 ERA in the first five games in that stretch, then gave up four runs in the fourth of his five innings last Friday against Washington. He did not get a decision in a 7-5 victory. Joey Votto is 6 for 17 with two doubles against Locke and is batting .568 with a 1.570 OPS in his last 13 games after going 3 for 4 on Thursday. Votto is 7 for 18 in his last four games against Pittsburgh. Billy Hamilton, batting .333 in his last 10 games, is 6 for 13 lifetime versus Locke, and Todd Frazier is 9 for 20 with two homers. Frazier, 3 for 27 in his last seven games, is expected to return after getting the night off Thursday. Pittsburgh's Aramis Ramirez has a home run and a double in four at-bats against Lorenzen. Starling Marte, batting .444 in a nine-game hit streak, has homered in two at-bats versus the right-hander.

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MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/31/2015 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Date: 7/31/2015 Time: 07:07 P.M. EST Venue: Rogers Centre   After receiving a warm welcome from his new team, Johnny Cueto is ready to show the Kansas City Royals they made the right move by adding him to the mix. Cueto makes his Royals debut Friday night in Toronto against a Blue Jays club that's also bolstered its roster considerably this week. Sports Handicap. Though Kansas City (61-40) enjoys a comfortable lead atop the AL Central, it lacked a true ace before acquiring Cueto from Cincinnati for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed on Sunday. Meeting his new teammates for the first time Tuesday with the Royals in Cleveland, the right-hander was greeted with a welcome sign from some player s and staff and given a crown to wear." I'm just very happy and very proud to be part of this club," said Cueto, who won 92 games in seven-plus seasons for the Reds and was 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA this year." I'm excited about my next chapter," he added. A passionate competitor, Cueto is expected to fit in well with a confident Kansas City group that continues to embrace the same team concept that led to the 2014 AL pennant." It's an easy group to get along with," said Eric Hosmer, batting .500 in his last 13 games. "We have a lot of fun. When the game starts we play, we give everything we've got. We know he's a similar type guy. We're looking forward to having him." Cueto, third in the majors in opponent batting average (.196), gave up four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 5-2 victory at Colorado on Saturday. He's 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays (52-51) and will s ee a familiar face in Troy Tulowitzki. MLB Baseball Handicappers. The ex-Rockie is 3 for 13 with a double and a home run against him. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. Tulowitzki has won both games he's played since being acquired, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and a home run in his debut Wednesday before going hitless in Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Royals. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Blue Jays made another huge move prior to that win by nabbing David Price from Detroit for left-hander Daniel Norris and two prospects." These types of players, the great superstar players, rarely become available," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We think we're a good team and adding a guy like Price we think makes us that much stronger and will give us a chance to win. It's as simple as that." While Price could make his Toronto debut in Sunday's finale, Drew Hutchison (9-2, 5.42 ERA) tries to become the first Blue Jay since A. J. Burnett in 2008 to win six consecutive home starts. He's yielded three earned runs over 32 2-3 innings during that five-start wining streak and is 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts at Rogers Centre. Hutchison, however, gave up six runs in four innings of Saturday's 8-6 victory at Seattle. He's received a major league-high 7.83 run support average. Money Cappers. The right-hander's only two starts against the Royals were in Kansas City, going 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA. Ben Zobrist is 1 for 8 when facing Hutchison and went 0 for 4 in his Royals debut Thursday as they lost a second straight after winning four in a row. Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 4 with a home run against Cueto last season but could miss a third st raight contest with a finger injury. Cueto has not yielded a homer in five consecutive starts, but Toronto has hit at least one in 12 straight and is third in the majors with 135.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (3) vs. Oakland Athletics (1) - 7/30/2015

MLB Recap: Cleveland Indians (3) vs. Oakland Athletics (1) - Date: 7/30/2015 Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night. Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak. Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A's, who have lost six of their last seven. Carrasco (11-8) did not allow a hit after Reddick's double, facing one over the minimum from that point. He walked one and struck out seven. He was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed six runs in four innings. Chris Bassitt (0-4) gave up three runs, his season high, on six hits. He walked one and struck out a season-best six. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The first four Indians hitters reached b ase against Bassitt and three scored. Jason Kipnis singled on the game's second pitch but slipped trying to get back to first on a pick-off throw and was caught. Lindor followed with a single and scored on Michael Brantley's double and fielding error on Sam Fuld. Santana then hit his 12th home run of the year. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicappers. The A's got a run back in their half of the first when Reddick doubled home Billy Burns, who had singled. Bassitt allowed two hits after Santana's home run, retiring 18 of the final 21 batters he faced. What is Sports Handicapping. TRAINER'S ROOM:Indians: Lonnie Chisenhall was recalled from Triple-A Columbus when the Indians traded Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. Chisenhall opened the season with Cleveland and was sent down on June 7. He& #39;ll get a chance to play in the outfield and at first base. Chisenhall appeared in 50 games at third base. ''That's a way to have a career,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He's understanding how to make himself valuable to a club.'' Athletics: Left-hander Sean Doolittle was encouraged by his bullpen session before the game. He said it was the best he's felt and indicated he intended to pitch before the season ended. UP NEXT:Indians: Right-hander Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72) makes the start Friday night looking to continue a solid season. He lost his last start but recorded a quality start, allowing two runs on six hits over 6 2-3 innings. He has struck out at least seven hitters in 15 of his last 21 starts. Athletics: Right-hander Kendall Graveman (6-7, 4.13) is 0-3 with an ERA over 10 in his last three starts. He was 3-2 with a 1.26 ERA in his previous six starts.  

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (6) vs. Texas Rangers (7) - 7/30/2015

MLB Recap: New York Yankees (6) vs. Texas Rangers (7) - Date: 7/30/2015 Josh Hamilton delivered a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the AL East-leading New York Yankees 7-6 on Thursday night. Hamilton also had a three-run homer for the Rangers, who scored the winning run after a wild ninth to split the four-game series. Delino DeShields drew a leadoff walk in the ninth off Nick Goody (0-1), who was making his major league debut. Yankees closer Andrew Miller got Elvis Andrus out on a deep fly ball before DeShields became the second out when he was hit on the foot by Leonys Martin's hard shot while running the bases. Martin went to second on Adrian Beltre's walk and scored when Hamilton singled to right. Mark Teixeira homered twice for the Yankees, and Brian McCann also went deep.  

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Minnesota Twins (9) - 7/30/2015

MLB Recap: Seattle Mariners (5) vs. Minnesota Twins (9) - Date: 7/30/2015 Eddie Rosario finished a single shy of the cycle and drove in three runs to help the Minnesota Twins snap a four-game skid with a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier also homered for the Twins, who had lost 10 of their previous 12 games. Phil Hughes (10-6) gave up five runs on 10 hits and struck out five in five innings and Joe Mauer extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Austin Jackson and Seth Smith hit two-run homers for the Mariners, who traded outfielder Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees before the game. J. A. Happ (4-6) gave up seven runs - six earned - on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.