Tampa Bay Rays trade for Lucas Duda and maybe an Instagram account

Cash slotted Duda in the DH role for Friday’s game, where he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout, which is just about as Duda as it gets. The Rays fell to the New York Yankees anyway, setting back the Rays to three and a half games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Even with the Mets steamrolling through pitchers at an alarming rate, Smith seems like a small price to pay for Duda’s bat. Smith is a right handed reliever who ranked as the Tigers’ 24th overall prospect in 2016 and has a 1.60 ERA, no earned runs in his last three starts and no more than one walk per appearance all season. But he only just recently made the move from high-A to A to AA. Granted, Duda’s defense should relegate him to the first base/DH-only role. But the best part of this deal is the social media.

Esteury Ruiz is only 18 and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres scouts were high on the infield prospect after watching him play in the Arizona League, where he was hitting .419 with an OPS of 1.219 as well as a .976 fielding percentage in 2016.

30-year old Travis Wood isn’t having as much success of late, but a change of scenery may be able to knock his 6.91 ERA down a bit. With the Royals paying $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, and with a mutual option for 2019 in his contract, the Padres could luck out if Wood somehow turns things around Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys without taking as much of the financial risk.

This trade also proves what many were wondering as far as whether the Royals Find Cheap Jerseys would be buyers or sellers at this trade deadline. While Kansas City will definitely be saying goodbye to some of its veterans during the offseason, it’s now clear those farewells will be in the offseason and that everyone is sticking together for one last shot at another World Series.

Pirates fan catches Cardinals homer, tosses it into river instead of giving it to kids

During the Cardinals-Pirates game Friday night, Jedd Gyorko hit a home run to center that put the Cards up 2-0 in the first inning. Andrew McCutchen made an attempt at the wall to prevent the homer but it was far out of his reach, so he could only look on as a fan caught the ball. Which is usually a nice ending, seeing a fan catch a ball and smiling or realizing they have a cool keepsake.

Despite ranking third in the National League in home runs, Thames won’t be participating in the Home Run Derby during next week’s All-Star festivities in Miami. While he wasn’t named to the All-Star team, that doesn’t preclude a player from participating in the derby — this year, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was announced as one of the participants even though he isn’t on the main All-Star roster (although he is a Final Vote candidate).

Considering Thames was one of baseball’s biggest stories in April and he’s stayed one of the league leaders in home runs despite a slump in May and June, it seems odd that he’s not being given the chance to flash his power in front of a national audience. You would think Major League Baseball would want the chance to give a newer star a chance to shine on that stage, especially one with a massive following in the growing Asian market of South Korea.

Of course, it was always possible Thames was asked and turned down the opportunity. Maybe MLB Authentic Jerseys he wanted to rest the legs that have been bothering him for a good part of the season.

A likely explanation for Hernandez’ appointment is a continuation NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping of Major League Baseball’s pattern of assigning All-Star Games to umpires with ties to the host city.

Should the Angels buy, sell, or stay at the MLB trade deadline?

The Los Angeles Angels are 2? games behind the second wild card. No, I’m not sure how that happened, either. They have Mike Trout back. They have Andrelton Simmons, who’s enjoying the best offensive season of his career. They have a strong bullpen, led by Bud Norris. They have …

My stars, I do believe that’s it. That’s everything going right for the Angels. Here, you look. It’s Trout, Simmons, and the bullpen, and I keep looking at their Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs page to see what I’ve missed. The Angels have broken me.

The Royals are making progress on a deal for Francisco Liriano. Not everyone in Kansas City will be happy to hear that, and at this point a trade isn’t imminent, but the conversations are moving forward between the two teams. Meanwhile, KC’s front office is also one of the teams interested in the Marlins’ Dan Straily — along with eight other clubs.

The Dodgers are supposedly very confident that they will land at least one of Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray, or Justin Verlander before the bell tolls on the trade deadline.

In addition to maybe or maybe not trading Yu Darvish, the Rangers are also shopping reliever Jeremy Jeffress. Since they acquired him from the Brewers last summer, Jeffress hasn’t panned out in quite the way that the Rangers hoped he would.

Colorado picked up Pat Neshek from the Phillies on Wednesday, but it’s not done. The Rockies Wholesale Jerseys Usa are also now taking a look at A.J. Ramos in Miami and Alex Avila in Detroit. One Reebok Cheap Jerseys source says of Avila, “If they really want him, he’s theirs.”

The Dodgers aren’t the only winning NL West team

The Dodgers are crushing everyone in their path and aren’t that far off the pace from setting a new record for wins in the regular season. All of that has made it real easy to miss what else is going on in the National League West: Both NL wild card teams are from that division, and they aren’t just barely clinging to life over .500 like some of their American League cousins in the race are.

The Rockies are on pace for 92 wins. The Diamondbacks are also on pace for 92 wins. It’s maybe not quite the 2015 NL Central, where the 97-win Cubs finished in third place, but it’s probably as close as the West can get when you’re in a division with this version of Los Angeles.

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While it’s great that Syndergaard has learned from his mistakes and altered his training regimen accordingly, it also doesn’t seem like the Mets are contributing to these lessons learned at all or steering him in a better direction.

It may be great that no one is “putting a gun to your head” as Bruce put it, but team medical staffers and conditioning coaches should also be able to right wrongs in player workouts far before they are forced into Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike doing it themselves due to pain or injury.

Syndergaard admits he “know[s] what my weaknesses are” and “know[s] how to address Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap them” but that should also be the Mets’ responsibility on some level, preventing these trips to the DL without outside professionals imparting all these lessons for them.

Sean Rodriguez’s triumphant Pirates return means more than a win

The sound was all you needed. Sean Rodriguez had just barreled up a pitch, and the “crack” vibrated through the field microphone at PNC Park. The ball was on its way to the left-field bleachers. Gone. Walkoff.

Rodriguez initially wasn’t expected play baseball this year, let alone win a game in extra innings for the Pirates, after he, his wife and two of his children were injured in a January auto accident. But there he was Sunday, about three weeks after coming off the disabled list and about 24 hours after being reunited with the club in a waiver trade with the Braves. He got two at-bats in his return — one in the ninth inning, one in the 12th.

The at-bat in the 12th will be replayed in the Steel City for a long time.

Gonzalez was trying to toss a complete game for the first time in 2013 and finish what would have been the first no-hitter of his 10-year career.

The Nationals and Expos have a combined seven no-hitters in franchise history. The last one came when Max Scherzer did not allow a hit on Oct. 3, 2015 against the Mets. The last 1-0 no-hitter thrown was in a familiar place when Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-no at Marlins Park on Sept. 28, 2014.

The last MLB no-hitter, and only one this season, was also at Marlins Park when Miami’s Edinson Volquez kept the Diamondbacks hitless on June 3.

Volquez dedicated his no-hitter to former Royals teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a January car accident, and tossed the no-no on what would have been Ventura’s 26th birthday.

Before the game, Rodriguez acknowledged the support Pittsburgh fans gave him as he rehabbed his banged-up shoulder. During the game, he received an Lebron Cheap Jerseys ovation as he entered the lineup in a double-switch. After the game, he Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys returned the favor.

Cubs beat Nationals, questions still need answering

The Cubs retained a half-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central Saturday with a 7-4 win over the Nationals to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Dodgers improved to 38-6 in their last 44 games with a 2-1 win against the Giants, thanks to young studs Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. Seager went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, while Bellinger went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been the subject of a few trade rumors recently, but he didn’t let that distract him while leading the Tigers to a comeback 5-3 win over the Astros. Iglesias went 2 for 3 — both hits were doubles — with a run scored and two RBIs.

Bryce Harper is in the midst of another MVP-caliber season, but he did not showcase that form Saturday in a 4-2 loss against the Rockies. Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to end his 19-game hit streak. He is still hitting .334 this season.

Astros star Jose Altuve, another MVP candidate, also went 0 for 4, snapping his career-long 19-game hit streak.

In addition to the home runs, Nunez also hit a walk-off ground out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Royals.

Diamondbacks (60-44) at Cardinals (51-53) 2:15 p.m. ET — Zack Greinke was on point Saturday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 7-1 win. Arizona will look to NBA Cheap Jerseys China continue its momentum by sending Taijuan Walker (6-4, 3.47 ERA) to the mound to face off against Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.21 ERA). Lynn has been involved with New York Yankees Cheap Jerseys trade rumors, but it appears he will pitch Sunday.

Marcus Stroman responds to White Sox Tim Anderson on Twitter

It doesn’t take much to clear the benches in a baseball game.

On Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the White Sox 8-4 behind seven innings from starter Marcus Stroman. He surrendered four runs and struck out five batters, his final punchout almost leading to punches.

Yes, even the Yankees will have names on the back of their pinstripe jerseys, throughout that weekend series against the Mariners. Just imagine if this happened years ago, with the sight of Bambino, Joltin’ Joe and the Mick over their numbers.

While to some this may not seem like a big deal, it actually is pretty historic. No official Yankees uniform has ever had a name on the back of the jersey. Third-party sellers have included names, but nothing from the team itself.

So, why don’t the Yankees have names on their jerseys in the first place? There’s no real clear answer anywhere, but the best guess is that it’s just tradition. When other teams joined the trend of adding names, New York abstained.

Analysis: The A’s finally dealt their ace, in a trade the team announced an hour before the deadline.

Gray, 27, posted a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts (97 innings) for Oakland this season. A series of injuries, including a forearm strain that kept him out for the beginning Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys of this season, knocked down his value slightly.

Still, the the A’s received three high-profile prospects in Fowler, Kaprielian and Mateo. Both Fowler (knee) and Kaprielian (elbow) are recovering Wholesale Jerseys All from long-term injuries.

Max Scherzer injury just mild irritation to Nationals

I’ll preface this column by saying Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg are not the 2010s version of Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Dusty Baker shouldn’t need to worry about that comp (or about Steve Bartman, for that matter).

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs in a 4-2 win over the Cubs. Murphy is hitting .333 and now has 36 multi-hit games this season.

Justin Upton helped the Tigers to a 5-2 win over Orioles thanks to some late-game heroics in the form of an eighth-inning grand slam. It was Upton’s third grand slam of the season, tying him for the most in MLB.

Yankees starting pitcher Jaime Garcia allowed six runs, five earned, in a 7-2 loss against the Indians. Garcia was sent over to New York just days after being traded to the Twins by the Braves. He is now 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in the AL this season.

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continues to make up for his early Home Run Derby exit. He blasted a 477-foot home run off of a 78-mph knuckleball from Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey in Miami’s 5-3 loss in Atlanta.

After a promising start to the post-All Star game schedule, the Wholesale NHL Jerseys Cubs have Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys now lost three straight games and hold just a half-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central. Panic hasn’t started creeping back into North Chicago yet, but the inconsistency of the bullpen, rotation and lineup are cause for concern. The Nationals, on the other hand, hold a 13-game lead in the NL East.

Jason Taylor: ‘In 20 years I traveled 20 miles’

Jason Taylor played his college football right up the road from Canton, Ohio.

“Honestly, I never was the guy to really do goals because if I say one thing and it doesn’t happen, people would be (negative),” Gurley told co-host James Laurinaitis and me Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But on my keychain it has 1,500 (rushing yards) and 1,000 receiving.

“Obviously, every running back wants to have 1,000 (rushing). That’s the big goal. The more yards you can have, the better position I can have to help this team out.”

Not even a player as talented as Gurley could help keep the 2016 Rams from having the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense in both yards and points scored. After winning 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, Gurley’s stats dropped significantly in overall yardage (1,106 to 885), average per carry (4.8 to 3.2) and touchdowns (10 to six) despite playing in three more games.

Gurley’s frustration boiled over following a 42-14 loss to the Falcons in Week 13, when he questioned the effort of some teammates and described the offense as being “middle school”-caliber. Coach Jeff Fisher was fired in the aftermath.

Gurley is encouraged by the new system being installed by Fisher’s full-time replacement, Sean McVay, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons.

Tomlinson and former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor were the only first-ballot Hall of Famers in this year’s seven-man class.

“I advocate we become Team America,” Tomlinson said. “America Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap is the land of opportunity. Let’s not slam the door on those who may look or sound different Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys from us. Rather, let’s open it wide for those who believe in themselves, that anything is possible and take whatever risks necessary to work hard, to succeed.”

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he hadn’t thought about who will get the start.

The amiable 18-year-old Swiss center, who the Devils count on to help turn the franchise’s fortunes around after five straight seasons out of the playoffs, already has had a sandwich named after him at a local deli, stepped out onto the field at iconic Yankee Stadium, toured Manhattan and made a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.

After touching down in New Jersey, Hischier spent Saturday touring the Prudential Center, dining in trendy Hoboken and attending a Red Bulls’ soccer match in nearby Harrison.

On Sunday, Hischier met with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman, who is a big-time Devils fan, and had a video board welcome at Yankee Stadium. He dined with the Devils’ all-time leading scorer, Patrick Elias, at the popular Cookshop restaurant, not far from Madison Square Garden, where Hischier soon will begin his rivalry with the hometown Rangers. A tour of NBC studios, including a photo op by the main stage Cheap College Basketball Jerseys where Cheap Basketball Jerseys Saturday Night Live broadcasts, followed, as did an interview with NBC’s Sports Final program.

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he hadn’t thought about who will get the start.

“I haven’t even given any consideration to that at this point,” he told reporters. “We give up four goals as quickly as we did, sometimes when you make a change, it’s for more than one reason. … It’s a little bit of a wake-up call, I guess, for the whole group.”

Sullivan is right. The Penguins were sloppy on both ends of the ice.

“We played like [expletive],” Matt Cullen told reporters, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “No excuses. That’s the bottom line. We didn’t battle. We didn’t work as hard as we needed to. It’s the conference finals. To have that kind of effort is pretty tough to stomach.”

Cullen, naturally, wouldn’t throw Fleury under the bus.