Clayton Kershaw missed a shutout by one out but his complete-game, nine-strikeout gem was enough to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Braves on Thursday night. It was L.A.’s season-high sixth win in a row and a 10th straight “W” for the ace left-hander.
Nolan Reimold homered twice and Jose Bautista and Dioner Navarro each hit one of his own to overcome a rough start by Drew Hutchison in the Blue Jays’ 6-5 victory over the Astros on Thursday night.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Braves had separate discussions with the Cubs regarding utility man Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell. But they hadn’t discussed putting the two in the same deal until the final hour before the Trade Deadline.
It takes a specific set of circumstances for the Yankees and Red Sox to pursue a trade together, something that the American League East rivals haven’t dared to do since 1997.
Cliff Lee walked off the mound during his start against the Nationals today, indicating that he was dealing with elbow discomfort. The veteran has experienced the same injury that just cost him two months — a flexor pronator strain — according to a tweet from MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. It seems likely that Lee is headed for another DL stint, and at this point it would not be surprising to learn that he will miss the rest of the season. Needless to say, barring a fortunate turn, it seems that Lee will not be an August trade target. The bigger question for the Phillies, of course, is whether he can return to form for 2015. Lee is owed $25MM next year and his deal includes a $27.5MM club option for 2016 (with a substantial $12.5MM buyout).
Once again, the non-waiver Trade Deadline did not disappoint. Not by the longest of long shots.
The Athletics designated Jake Elmore for assignment earlier today, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Twitter. Elmore, a 27-year-old utilityman, was picked up in a minor trade over the offseason. Elmore did not crack the Oakland roster this season, but does have 209 MLB plate appearances under his belt. In 211 plate appearances at Triple-A, he owns a .282/.374/.365 line. Though he doesn’t offer much pop, and has yet to hit a long ball in 2014, Elmore has contributed nine stolen bases.
There’s plenty of analysis all over MLB.com as to what the flurry of July deals means for the present. We’re here to tell you what effect they’ll have on the future, by ranking the best prospects who changed addresses in the last month.
The Nationals solved their second-base problem by acquiring infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for infielder Zach Walters about an hour before Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Focused on improving their rotation before Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals completed their work by dealing for Red Sox righty John Lackey less than 24 hours after adding starter Justin Masterson.