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Phillies Place Starting Pitcher Cliff Lee on the DL

Phillies Place Starting Pitcher Cliff Lee on the DL

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Philadelphia Phillies rough season was dealt yet another blow Thursday.  Starting pitcher Cliff Lee was placed on the disabled list after re-injuring his left elbow, and could miss the rest of the season.

In the third inning against the Washington Nationals, Lee threw one pitch to outfielder Denard Span and knew something was wrong. He walked off the field frustrated, knowing that his elbow was hurt yet again.

“The last inning, it never fully went away and it came on a little stronger the next six or seven pitches I threw,” he said. “It was there every throw and I just felt like if I kept throwing, something was going to snap, and I just wanted to make sure that didn’t happen.

Lee was making just his third start since returning from the DL for a flexor pronator strain that kept him out of action for two months.

The 35-year-old Lee went 6-7 this season with a 3.65 ERA in 13 starts. He’s earning $25 million this season.

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Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Oakland Athletics have acquired starting pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 competitive balance pick.

The Red Sox were dangling Lester for several days leading up to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. 

Several teams were believed to be interested in the two-time World Series champion, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Baltimore Orioles. In the end, it was the Athletics who swooped in and gave the Red Sox an offer they couldn’t refuse.

The 30-year-old Lester will be a free agent after the season. 

He will join a strong rotation in Oakland that already includes All-Stars Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, along with youngster Sonny Gray.

Cespedes, 28, is a two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion who has 17 homers and 56 RBIs this season.  He will provide the Red Sox with a big bat in the middle of their lineup.

Gomes is hitting .234 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs in 2014.

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Cubs Acquire Pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox

Cubs Acquire Pitcher Felix Doubront from the Red Sox

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Pitcher Felix Doubront seemed to be in need of change, and the Boston Red Sox are granting him that as they’ve traded him to the Chicago Cubs for a low-level prospect after the Rule 5 draft.

While Doubront had little regular success recently, he did pitch very well for the team during their run to a World Series Championship last season in which he posted a 1.29 ERA in 7.0 innings.

“He has performed well for us over a period of time,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Doubront. “And it can’t be understated the importance of his relief appearances last year in the World Series. Those were two pivotal outings by him and he did a great job.”

Splitting time as a reliever and starter this season, Doubront struggled mightily. In 17 appearances, he’s 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.

Right-hander Brandon Workman was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Doubront’s spot on the 25-man roster.

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Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — As trade rumors get hotter, so has the bat of Matt Kemp.

The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit another home run Wednesday night and also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Kemp’s name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, but the talks have seemed to fuel his production at the plate.

“It’s a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,” he said. “We’re pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I’m not as fast as I want to be, but it’s coming.”

Over the last 10 games, Kemp has raised his batting average from .265 to .288 and is starting to revert back to his All-Star form.

With the win, the Dodgers now hold a three game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West; the Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 1.5 games in the NL East.

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Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Behind Corey Kluber’s Shutout, Indians Top Mariners 2-0

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Now that Justin Masterson is out of town, the Cleveland Indians have found their new staff ace. Cory Kluber held the Seattle Mariners to just three hits in nine innings of work in the team’s 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Kluber out-dueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, striking out eight batters over nine innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 on the season.

“Obviously, it’s a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game,” Kluber said. “We all look forward to challenges, so it’s nice to come out on top.”

The only offense in the game came in the 5th inning when Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit an RBI double off Herndandez to score Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher.

In only his second full season as a starting pitcher, Kluber has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.

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Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Cardinals Acquire SP Justin Masterson from Indians

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season for Cleveland.  He will be a free agent this winter.  Masterson has struggled with a knee injury recently and was placed on the disabled list July 8.  He has yet to be activated.

The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts.  He finished his career in Cleveland with a 48-61 record.

Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State.  In 235 minor league games, he’s a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage.

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Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they’ve rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.

“Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal,” Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.

Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns’ Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.

Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they’d be getting. He’s made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He’s considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.

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Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Dodgers Announcer Vin Scully Will Return in 2015

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”

Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Cubs Top Rockies 4-3 in 16-Inning Marathon

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — In a wild game that neither team will likely forget for a while, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 16 innings.
Emilio Bonafacio’s home run in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game 4-4, …

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.

Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.

Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.

With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.

“It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat,” Moss said. “I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard.”

Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.

The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Seattle Mariners 5 (55-51) – Cleveland Indians 2 (52-54)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (53-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (46-61)

Chicago White Sox 11 (52-55) – Detroit Tigers 4 (57-46)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (47-60) – New York Mets 0 (51-56)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (58-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (48-59)

Miami Marlins 3 (53-53) – Washington Nationals 0 (57-47)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (53-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (59-49)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (59-46) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (63-42) – 12 Innings

Oakland Athletics 7 (66-40) – Houston Astros 4 (43-64)

Minnesota Twins 2 (48-57) – Kansas City Royals 1 (53-52)

New York Yankees 12 (55-51) – Texas Rangers 11 (42-65)

Chicago Cubs 4 (44-61) – Colorado Rockies 3 (43-63) – 16 innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (60-47) – Atlanta Braves 4 (58-49)

San Diego Padres 3 (47-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-49)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (57-49) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-50)

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Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.

Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP

“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”

Maddux wasn’t the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.

“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”

Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.

Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.

La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles — one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.

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Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“The results usually follow my delivery,” said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. “When I control my delivery — I told you I was gonna get things under wraps — and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.

“They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to.”

Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.

The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)

Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)

Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)

Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)

Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)

Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)

New York Mets 2 (50-55) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) – Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) – 10 Innings

Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) – Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)

Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) – San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)

NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 6 (55-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-49)

Cincinnati Reds 1 (52-51) – Washington Nationals 0 (56-45)

Seattle Mariners 4 (54-50) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (57-46)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (55-48) – Chicago Cubs 3 (42-60)

Chicago White Sox 7 (51-54) – Minnesota Twins 0 (46-57)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (59-46) – New York Mets 2 (49-55)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (51-53) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-57)

Miami Marlins 7 (50-53) – Houston Astros 3 (42-62)

Oakland Athletics 5 (64-39) – Texas Rangers 1 (41-63)

Colorado Rockies 8 (43-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-49)

Atlanta Braves 5 (56-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-57)

Kansas City Royals 7 (53-50) – Cleveland Indians 5 (51-53)

Arizona Diamondbacks 10 (45-59) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (45-59) – 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (62-41) – Detroit Tigers 0 (57-44)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (58-47) – San Francisco Giants 0 (57-47)

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Ty Dillon took home his first career victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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ESPN: Giants Acquire Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy from the Red Sox

ESPN: Giants Acquire Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy from the Red Sox

Tom Szczerbowksi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the best teams in the National League has gotten a little bit better as ESPN and other outlets are reporting that the Boston Red Sox have traded starting pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants.

In return, the Red Sox will receive prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree

This marks the second time in as many seasons that the former National League Cy Young winner has been traded. Last season, the Red Sox received Peavy from the Chicago White Sox to help bolster their rotation.

The 33-year-old Peavy is not the pitcher he once was, but going back to the National Leauge where he started his career could be just what he needs.

In 20 starts this season, Peavy is just 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA and a WHIP of 1.43.

Peavy will now go from a team in the Red Sox that will struggle to get back to the postseason this year, to a Giants team that is currently in first place in the NL West.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (42-59) – St. Louis Cardinals 6 (54-48)

New York Yankees 6 (54-48) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (54-50)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (50-53) – Boston Red Sox 4 (47-56)

Washington Nationals 4 (56-44) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-51)

Philadelphia Philles 9 (45-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (44-59)

San Diego Padres 5 (46-56) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-48)

Texas Rangers 4 (41-62) – Oakland Athletics 1 (63-39)

Chicago White Sox 9 (50-54) – Minnesota Twins 5 (46-56)

New York Mets 3 (49-54) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (58-46)

Kansas City Royals 6 (52-50) – Cleveland Indians 4 (51-52)

Miami Marlins 2 (49-53) – Houston Astros 0 (42-61)

Colorado Rockies 8 (42-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (54-48)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (61-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-43)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (57-45) – Seattle Mariners 1 (53-50) – 10 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (57-47) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-46)

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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Johnson was the team’s big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.

This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.

His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.

Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Philles 2 (44-58) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-45)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (54-49) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-55)

New York Yankees 4 (53-48) – Texas Rangers 2 (40-62)

Oakland Athletics 13 (63-38) – Houston Astros 1 (42-60)

Miami Marlins 3 (48-53) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-47)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (58-45) – New York Mets 1 (48-54)

Chicago White Sox 5 (49-54) – Minnesota Twins 2 (46-55)

San Diego Padres 13 (45-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-59)

Kansas City Royals 2 (51-50) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-51) – 14 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 4 (56-45) – Seattle Mariners 0 (53-49)

Detroit Tigers 6 (57-42) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (60-41)

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Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Rangers Trade Closer Joakim Soria to the Tigers

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.

“I’m going to a new team, and that’s going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do,” Soria said of the Tigers. “I want to help them win the World Series — that’s what this is all about — and I hope to help them out as much as I can.”

Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team’s closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.

Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he’s still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.

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