AL West Notes: Dunn, Porter, Beimel

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

The balance of power in the AL West has swung heavily in the Angels’ direction after the Halos completed a four-game sweep of the Athletics on Sunday.  Los Angeles now own both baseball’s best record (83-63) and a five-game lead over the struggling A’s, who are looking for answers after an 12-17 August.  Oakland is still on track to reach the postseason, as they hold a four-game lead in the AL wild card race. Here’s the latest from around the AL West… The A’s will cover $1MM of the roughly $2.3MM remaining on Adam Dunn‘s 2014 salary, and ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that Oakland’s willingness to take on this much of Dunn’s salary was part of the reason why the A’s were able to acquire the slugger.  The Giants, Dodgers and at least one other team were also reportedly talking to the White Sox about a Dunn trade.

MLB Notebook: Gattis gives Wood big assist

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

Alex Wood can smile extra wide at having Braves starting catcher Evan Gattis supply the lone run via the long ball in his scoreless effort.

Ryu cruises past Padres in return from DL

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Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list and delivered seven strong innings and Juan Uribe drove in two runs in a 7-1 win over the Padres on Sunday as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of the persistent Giants in the National League West.

Minor Moves: Wilkins, Snodgress, Dominguez, Finnegan, McCann

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Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The White Sox purchased the contracts of first baseman Andy Wilkins and left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress prior to today’s game, writes Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Wilkins, 25, takes the place of Adam Dunn, who was traded earlier today. Wilkins hit 30 home runs at Triple-A with a .293/.338/.558 line. Snodgress, 24, made 21 starts at the Double-A level before appearing eight times as a reliever in Triple-A

Minor Moves: Wilkins, Snodgress, Dominguez

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Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The White Sox purchased the contracts of first baseman Andy Wilkins and left-handed pitcher Scott Snodgress prior to today’s game, writes Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Wilkins, 25, takes the place of Adam Dunn, who was traded earlier today. Wilkins hit 30 home runs at Triple-A with a .293/.338/.558 line. Snodgress, 24, made 21 starts at the Double-A level before appearing eight times as a reliever in Triple-A. He has a 4.01 ERA on the season with 6.2 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9. The Giants have purchased the contracts of Chris Dominguez and Guillermo Quiroz, tweets John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Dominguez is a 27-year-old third baseman. He hit .274/.307/.460 for the Giants Triple-A affiliate with 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases.

Minor Moves: Dominguez, Quiroz, Gore, Finnegan, McCann

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Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The Giants have purchased the contracts of Chris Dominguez and Guillermo Quiroz, tweets John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Dominguez is a 27-year-old third baseman. He hit .274/.307/.460 for the Giants Triple-A affiliate with 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Quiroz, 32, is a long time back up catcher. He’s appeared with six different clubs and 2014 will mark his tenth season with major league action – assuming he gets into a game. Quiroz also 95 plate appearances for the Giants last season. The Royals selected the contract of outfielder Terrance Gore and optioned him from Triple-A to Double-A, the team announced via press release. Gore isn’t on any prospect lists, but he has been useful as a base running threat. In the minors, he has 47 steals on the season despite only 313 plate appearances

Holliday carries Cards back from five-run deficit

Aug 31, 2014 | No Comments

The Cardinals’ offense emerged from its typical station-to-station ways to catapult past the Cubs and closer to the Brewers with a flurry of extra-base hits and by riding the back (and bat) of Matt Holliday. The Cardinals, poised to open a key series against Pittsburgh on Monday, gave themselves a chance to enter September as co-leaders in the National League Central by stealing a 9-6 win over the Cubs on Sunday to split a four-game series.

Wong exits after tumbling on catch attempt

Aug 31, 2014 | No Comments

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong exited Sunday’s game in the eighth after taking a backward tumble while pursuing a popup to shallow right-center.

McAllister recalled; Tomlin put on paternity list

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The Indians recalled Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus and placed right-hander Josh Tomlin on paternity list before Sunday’s series finale against the Royals.

Recker delivers big blow to help Mets win series

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For a moment Sunday afternoon at Citi Field — before the Mets finished off the Phillies, 6-5 — one Anthony Recker swing in the sixth inning eased the pains of a difficult season in Queens, his bat colliding with an A.J. Burnett breaking ball that never really broke, the ball soaring through the humid August air until it landed a half-dozen rows back in left field.