Without making a trade, the Astros will add an impact bat to their lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the Angels when infielder Jed Lowrie is activated from the disabled list for the first time in more than three months.
Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper offered his Babe Ruth impression on Wednesday night, hitting two Ruthian clouts in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Harper went 3-for-4 with the two homers, which were his National League-leading 28th and 29th of the season.
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had to leave Wednesday night’s 9-2 loss to the White Sox in the sixth inning due to dehydration.
The Rangers are acquiring pitchers Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman plus cash considerations from the Phillies for a package that includes catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff, according to sources. Neither club confirmed the deal.
Troy Tulowitzki made the most of his Blue Jays debut Wednesday, cracking a homer while collecting a pair of doubles in an 8-2 win over the Phillies at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays’ newest star collected three hits with three RBIs and three runs scored as Toronto split the two-game set.
Cole Hamels is expected to be traded before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, but no deal appeared imminent Wednesday.
The Astros and Padres appear to be making some headway when it comes to a trade involving some of San Diego’s pitching, reports Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. One source told Drellich that things are “gaining steam,” though multiple people close to the situation told him that there’s nothing “in the red zone” just yet. Drellich lists Craig Kimbrel, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner as possible fits for the Astros, and it should also be noted that the Padres have reportedly been pushing to unload the remaining three and a half years on James Shields‘ backloaded four-year, $75MM contract. ESPN’s Jayson Stark recently reported that rival teams expect the Padres to pull off some form of “huge” trade, though there’s nothing yet to indicate the magnitude of a potential swap between Houston and San Diego. Houston is still interested in Cole Hamels, Drellich hears, but they don’t expect to acquire him. The Rangers are regarded as the favorite, Drellich writes, and all of these moving pieces could align to give us an indication as to what’s to come in the next two days.
Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to back left-hander Francisco Liriano against his former team in a 10-4 win for the Pirates over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.
Kevin Kiermaier has always been able to cover a lot of ground. But in the sixth inning of the Rays’ 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, Tampa Bay’s center fielder ran a long way after a deep fly ball off the bat of Detroit catcher James McCann to keep Chris Archer’s bid for a perfect game alive.