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Brewers dispatch RP Jonathan Broxton to Cardinals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:02 pm ET) Veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton has been traded from the Brewers to the Cardinals, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. It has yet to be reported who or what Milwaukee will receive in return.

The 31-year-old Broxton has been pitching well lately with seven consecutive scoreless appearances. But his ERA on the season is 5.89. He has allowed 41 hits in 36 2/3 innings.


Giants veteran Tim Hudson loses spot in rotation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) Giants veteran right-hander Tim Hudson has been booted from the rotation in the wake of the trade that brought Mike Leake over from Cincinnati, per the San Jose Mercury News. That word came down from general manager Bobby Evans, who informed Hudson of the decision.

The 40-year-old Hudson, who is coming off a strong start in a defeat of Oakland, is 6-8 with a 4.80 ERA that would be the second-worst of his career if maintained.


Pirates SP A.J. Burnett dismissing recent struggles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) Slumping Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett is downplaying his struggles, which reached a new low in a miserable outing Thursday against Cincinnati.

"I don't think it's a rough patch, man," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Just had a bad day, that's all."

Burnett allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in taking his second straight loss. That was the worst of three outings in which he has given up 18 runs on a whopping 32 hits in 16 innings pitched.

He had not surrendered more than four runs in any start in the first half of the season. He has yielded at least five in every start since the All-Star break. His ERA has risen from 2.11 to 3.06 since then.


Brewers send LF Gerardo Parra to Orioles for SP Zach Davies
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) The Brewers have traded left fielder Gerardo Parra to the Orioles for highly touted pitching prospect Zach Davies, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Only successful physicals are holding up its completion.

It was thought at one time that Baltimore would need to give up more to land Parra, who is on a 13-game hitting streak and has sweetened his slash line on the year to .326/.369/.517.

Davies has progressed through the system every year. He is enjoying arguably his finest season at Triple-A Norfolk with a 2.84 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings.


Manager assures Indians SP Carlos Carrasco he won't be dealt
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Terry Francona has assured Indians starter Carlos Carrasco that he will not be traded.

Carrasco, who hurled a complete-game victory Thursday night in Oakland, had been rumored to be headed to Toronto, but reports have claimed that deal fell through and that the Blue Jays have given up their pursuit.

"[Francona] told me, "We're not going to trade you,'" Carrasco told MLB.com. "That's what he told me. ... I don't care what I hear about whether they're going to trade me. I'm still here and I'm still working. That's what I need to do."

Carrasco has arguably been the team's second-best starter behind Corey Kluber, but he's been inconsistent. He is 11-8 with a 4.03 ERA.


Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:16 am ET) Surprising catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be sticking around unless the Braves are overwhelmed with an offer, according to USA Today, which is claiming that he has become too valuable to the organization on and off the field. He had previously been rumored to be on the trading block.

Pierzynski seemed to be winding down his career as a backup upon his arrival in Atlanta, but he quickly wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt and has been performing well ever since. He has even batted cleanup on occasion.

He has compiled a slash line of .287/.325/.425 on the year and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.

 


Arodys Vizcaino to serve as Braves closer following Jim Johnson trade
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:29 am ET) After the trade of Jim Johnson to the Dodgers, Arodys Vizcaino will serve as the Braves closer, according to MLB.com.

The 24-year-old right-hander has not recorded a save in his MLB career. He is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 10 appearances (nine innings) in 2015. He has eight strikeouts and four walks.

Vizcaino missed the start of the season while serving an 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.


Rockies' Nick Hundley hits game-tying home run in loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:01 am ET) Rockies catcher Nick Hundley went 2 for 5 with a single and two RBI, including a solo home run in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. Hundley launched his eighth home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6. 

Hundley has been swinging the bat well over the past two weeks or so. In his last 14 games, the backstop is hitting .358 with two home runs and nine RBI. 


Pirates outright OF Gorkys Hernandez to Triple-A
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(1:00 am ET) The Pirats announced late Thursday they have outrighted outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to Triple-A Indianapolis, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hernandez had been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A. He was hitless in five at-bats with the Pirates in his first MLB action since 2012 before being put on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. 


A's RP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) could be nearing rehab
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:57 am ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle threw from a mound on Thursday, the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list for a second time at the end of May. 

Doolittle made 26 pitches, mixing in all of his pitches on Thursday.

"That's the best bullpen I've seen him throw," manager Bob Melvin said, per MLB.com. "I think he feels psychologically a little bit better about letting it go. It seemed to me that he was guarding it a little bit more so the last time. He definitely was not this time. It seemed like there was a lot more whip."

The left-hander, who is out with a strained left shoulder, is expected to have another bullpen session on Saturday. If all goes well, he could go out on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter. 


 
 
 
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