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Report: David Price probably sticking around with Rays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) The suddenly contending Rays will now only trade ace David Price if an offer arrives that they can't refuse, per ESPN.com, which has pointed out that the left-hander made his start as scheduled Wednesday.

The Rays bottomed out at 18 games under .500, but entered play Wednesday just one game under the break-even mark. They are attempting to become the first team in major league history to fall that far under .500 and make the playoffs.


Michael Wacha switched to 60-day DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Cardinals shelved pitcher Michael Wacha has been moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster for fellow right-hander Justin Masterson.

Wacha could be out for the season with a shoulder injury.


James Ramsey elevated to Triple-A Columbus
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) Newly acquired outfielder James Ramsey has earned a promotion in the trade that sent him from the Cardinals to the Indians. He will join Triple-A Columbus Clippers after having spent this season in Double-A.

Justin Masterson to make St. Louis debut on Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:46 pm ET) Just-acquired right-hander Justin Masterson is set to make his first start with the Cardinals on Saturday against Milwaukee.

Masterson, who is on the disabled list with a knee issue, has struggled in his rehab stint with Triple-A Buffalo. He gave up seven earned runs in 11 2/3 innings with eight walks. His decreased velocity this season has been a concern.


Endy Chavez ready to roll Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:26 pm ET) Mariners right fielder Endy Chavez has returned to the starting lineup Wednesday for the game in Cleveland after missing time with a finger issue.

Chavez, who pinch-hit Tuesday, owns a stat line of .269/.306/.363 this season.


Report: James Ramsey going to Cleveland in trade
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:17 pm ET) The Indians have reportedly acquired outfield prospect James Ramsey from the Cardinals Wednesday, in exchange for pitcher Justin Masterson, the New York Post reports.

Ramsey is hitting .300/.389/.527 in 67 games at Double-A Springfield this season. The 24-year-old was a first-round pick out of Florida State in the 2012 draft.  


Clint Hurdle explains benching of Pedro Alvarez
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:15 pm ET) Clint Hurdle has compared Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Travis Snider and Josh Harrison in justifying his move to bench the former again Wednesday.

"He's not outplaying Harrison," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Snider's a hot bat that's in the lineup."

Alvarez is leading the major leagues in errors, including 21 on bad throws, and owns a stat line of .238/.309/.437.


Cardinals acquire Justin Masterson from Indians
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:14 pm ET) The Cardinals have acquired pitcher Justin Masterson from the Indians Wednesday, according baseball analyst Peter Gammons.

Masterson has struggled to the tune of a 5.51 ERA in 98 innings for the Indians this season, and is currently sidelined by a knee injury. He was expected to return from the disabled list Friday for the Indians, and will likely slot into the Cardinals rotation at some point in the coming days.

Masterson had a 3.45 ERA last season, but has struggled badly with his control in 2014. He already has walked 56 batters in 98 innings, after walking 76 a year ago in 193 innings. 


Dodgers, Yankees eye Joaquin Benoit as deadline approaches
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) The Dodgers and Yankees are the most aggressive suitors for Padres right-hander Joaquin Benoit, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

It is unknown if the Padres are shopping Benoit after having already unloaded closer Huston Street, but the status of the former as arguably the top reliever in the market has piqued interest. Benoit has saves in his last two appearances and owns a 4-2 record and 1.88 ERA. He he has allowed just 23 hits in 43 innings pitched with 13 walks and 51 strikeouts.

Benoit is set to earn $8.5 million next year. That might scare away some teams, but not the Yankees or Dodgers.


Yan Gomes tearing it up since break
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) Indians catcher Yan Gomes has raised his average to .280, his highest point since April 16.

That achievement is courtesy of a hot streak that began just before the All-Star break. He is 19 for 45 since July 12 with 10 runs, five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. His average has risen 22 points during that stretch.


 
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