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Huston Street converts 28th save in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Angels closer Huston Street struck out one and needed 18 pitches to retire the side in order Thursday night against the Orioles in 13 innings. He has converted 28 of 29 save attempts, with a 0.95 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP over 38 innings of relief. He has not allowed an earned run over his first five innings of work with his new club.

Chad Qualls serves up go-ahead homer against Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:11 am ET) Astros closer Chad Qualls took the loss Thursday night at home against the Blue Jays. Qualls permitted a go-ahead solo home run to Nick Reimold in the ninth inning, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with one run on one hit and no walks while striking out two over an inning of work. He owns a 3.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief.

Jake Buchanan settles for no-decision in spot start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Astros pitcher Jake Buchanan was unable to factor into the decision in a spot start Thursday night against the Blue Jays. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three over five innings of a 6-5 defeat.

Buchanan owns a 5.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 16 1/3 innings of work. It remains to be seen if he'll remain in the rotation.

Casey Janssen closes out Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:00 am ET) Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen worked his way past a walk and needed only 13 pitches to complete a scoreless ninth inning for the save Thursday night against the Astros in Houston. He has converted 18 of 20 save attempts, with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 28 1/3 innings of relief.

Greg Holland retires the side in order for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland struck out one and needed only 14 pitches to retire the side in order in the ninth to close out a 6-3 victory. The right-hander has converted 29 of 31 save attempts, with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 40 2/3 innings of relief.

Fernando Rodney cracks 30-save mark


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney worked his way past a hit and struck out two in a scoreless frame for the save Thursday night. He needed only 15 pitches to close out a 6-5 win over the Indians. The right-hander has converted 30 saves in 33 tries, with a 2.06 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 43 2/3 innings of relief.

Tigers make few roster moves after loss to White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Tigers have announced a pair of roster moves following Thursday's game against the
White Sox, the Detroit Free Press reports. They sent reliever Ian Krol down to Triple-A Toledo and activated reliever Patrick McCoy from the disabled list.

Jake Petricka remains on roll by shutting down Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Right-hander Jake Petricka continued to cement his hold on the closer role for the White Sox with a fine appearance Thursday in Detroit.

Petricka yielded only an infield single to Miguel Cabrera in a shutout inning for his seventh save. He closed it out by enducing Torii Hunter, who had yet to be retired, to ground out.


Rangers GM: Alexi Ogando, Tanner Scheppers likely done for season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels does not expect pitchers Alexi Ogando or Tanner Scheppers to pitch again this season, as he told the Dallas Morning News Thursday.

Both pitchers are dealing with elbow issues, though neither is expected to require surgery to repair. Daniels said the team will treat them with caution for the remainder of the season, without much left to play for. 


Indians announce pair of roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Indians have announced a pair of roster moves prior to Thursday's home game against the Mariners. They recalled right-hander Austin Adams and optioned infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Columbus.

David Buchanan set to start Thursday against Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Astros have moved right-hander Jake Buchanan  from the bullpen into a starting role for Thursday night against Toronto, per CSNHouston.com.

Buchanan has struggled in two stints with Houston this season with nine runs allowed in 11 1/3 innings. But he is coming off an appearance in whch he pitched shutout ball for 2 1/3 innings and fanned four.

He could remain in the rotation to replace just-traded Jarred Cosart.


T.J. McFarland reinstated from bereavement list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Orioles reinstated pitcher T.J. McFarland from the bereavement list Thursday. Reliever Preston Guilemt was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot.

Zach Putnam likel needs brief rehab assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam is likely to go on a short rehab assignment next week, before he can return from inflammation in his right shoulder.

Putnam has been playing catch and working out with the team's trainers since going on the disabled list a week ago. 


Preston Guilmet back to minors again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Orioles have demoted right-hander Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for T.J. McFarland, who has returned from the bereavement list.

Guilmet, whose latest stint with Baltimore began Monday, did not get into a game after his promotion.


Matt Lindstrom eyeing Aug. 7 return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom isn't exactly sure how long he will stay on his minor-league rehab assignment, but has Aug. 7 penciled in as his possible return date from an ankle injury.

"We'll see how it goes down there, though. That's what we're shooting for and hoping for," Lindstrom told MLB.com Thursday. "A lot of it has to do just with how my stuff is, too. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on that and monitor it. We'll just go ahead and see and just take it from there."

Lindstrom has not pitched since May 19 due to this injury, but had a 3.32 ERA and six saves in 19 innings prior.  


Austin Adams back in Indians' bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Indians recalled pitcher Austin Adams from Triple-A Columbus Thursday. Adams has an 18.00 ERA in two relief appearances for Cleveland this season.

Red Sox deal Andrew Miller to Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller has been traded to the Orioles, a source told ESPN analyst Jerry Crasnick.

Padres acquire two players in exchange for Chris Denorfia


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Padres acquired outfielder Abraham Almonte and pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Chris Denorfia, according to MLB.com.

Almonte, who began the season as the Mariners' starting center fielder, is batting .267 with six home runs, 10 doubles, 31 RBI and seven stolen bases in 72 games since his early May demotion to Triple-A Tacoma.

Kohlscheen is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 38 relief appearances between Double-A Jackson and Tacoma. He also has six saves and has 55 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.


Report: Tigers will not end up with Andrew Miller


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Though reports earlier in the day indicated a deal was close, ESPN.com reports the Tigers will not acquire Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller prior to the trade deadline. Miller is still expected to be traded prior to the 4 p.m. deadline.  

Yankees claim Esmil Rogers off waivers from Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Yankees have claimed pitcher Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Blue Jays, reports YES Network. Rogers had a 6.97 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 16 relief appearances before being designated for assignment.

Tigers 'getting close' to acquiring Andrew Miller


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Tigers are "getting close" to acquiring Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller, sources told FOX Sports.

Blue Jays recalling Chad Jenkins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Blue Jays recalled pitcher Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo Thursday according to SportsNet.CA, though a corresponding move is not yet known.

Jenkins was sent down earlier in the month, after posting a 3.72 ERA in 19 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays. 


Report: Andrew Miller likely to move Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox are expected to move pitcher Andrew Miller before Thursday's deadline, according to baseball analyst Jim Duquette.

The Red Sox have received heavy interest in Miller's services, and are in sell mode after unloading big pieces earlier in the day. Miller has become a dominant piece out of the bullpen for the Red Sox, posting a 2.34 ERA in 42 1/3 innings. He is a free agent this offseason. 


Astros not making Chad Qualls available pre-deadline


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Astros have informed inquiring teams that closer Chad Qualls is not available ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Astros have received plenty of interest in the 35-year-old, who is under contract for just $3 million next season. He has a 3.19 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances this season.  


Alex Rios, Neal Cotts likely on move from Texas


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Rangers are expected to be very active ahead of Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, FOXSports.com reports.

According to the report, the Rangers were aggressively trying to move outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Neal Cotts Thursday morning. Both players have been linked to trade rumors leading up to the deadline, with the Rangers well out of the race during an injury-plagued season. 


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689