Chad Qualls retires Oakland 1-2-3 for another save
Qualls has just three saves since June 9, but only due to a lack of opportunity. He got the Athletics in order in the 12th inning, striking out Coco Crisp to end it.
Report: Asdrubal Cabrera not DL-bound
Despite his absence again from the
Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. His injury is poorly timed for himself and for the team, which could seek to trade him at the deadline. Cabrera is a free agent after this season and Cleveland will most assuredly not try to keep him.
Kyle Gibson out, Anthony Swarzak in as Wednesday starter
Swatzak has been a bit of a disappointment this season with a 4.34 ERA in 30 appearances. He posted a 2.91 ERA a year ago while working a major league-high 96 innings. The right-hander has been particularly poor against the Indians, who have battered him for five runs on nine hits in 1 2/3 innings in 2014.
Scott Kazmir strikes out six in no-decision vs. Astros
Kazmir wasn't able to pick up his third straight win despite holding the opposition to one earned run or fewer for the fourth straight start. The Oakland pitcher has been at the top of his game over the last few months, aside from an ugly seven-run outing in late June. Kazmir owns a 2.32 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 114:28 K:BB ratio in 124 1/3 innings. He's slated to take on the Rangers Sunday.
Brett Oberholtzer gives up two runs in no-decision Tuesday
Oberholtzer was handed a 2-0 lead after the top of the third innind, but he gave back one run in the bottom of the frame and the other on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He has given up two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, but he hasn't earned a win since rejoining the team in late June. Oberholtzer owns a 4.32 ERA and 51:19 K:BB ratio in 77 innings. He'll likely be taken out of the rotation if Collin McHugh is ready to return this weekend.
Michael Wacha may not pitch again this season
Wacha had an MRI and CT scan over the weekend but wasn't cleared to resume throwing Monday. He'll rest for a few more weeks before being re-evaluated. A best-case scenario would find Wacha getting a couple of starts in September, and the pitcher remains optimistic he'll be able to return before the end of the season.
Mike Trout slugs 24th home run Tuesday vs. Orioles
Trout was one of only two Angels to get a hit in the game, and while his hit sailed over the outfield fence for a home run, it wasn't enough to avoid the loss. He has hit .309/.395/.610 with 24 home runs, 76 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 369 at-bats.
Jonathan Schoop knocks eighth home run Tuesday
After J.J. Hardy drove in the first run of the game with a double in the sixth inning, Schoop immediately followed with a home run to give his team the cushion needed to hang on to the win. He has hit .220/.256/.338 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 287 at-bats, but two of his homers have come since the All-Star break.
Mariners send Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A
Ramirez pitched well Tuesday, giving up just two runs in seven innings while striking out 10, but he still loses his roster spot to Wednesday starter Taijuan Walker. Ramirez owns a 4.12 ERA and 43:11 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings over nine starts with Tacoma.
Lucas Duda slugs 15th home run Tuesday vs. Mariners
Duda gave his team an insurance run with his eighth-inning blast, and he now owns a modest six-game hitting streak. The first baseman has hit .261/.357/.485 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 299 at-bats.
Danny Salazar rejoins the Indians Tuesday coming off a solid rebound stint in the minors. His absurd Fantasy potential should get him picked up in all leagues where available.
With the Fantasy trade deadline approaching, let's take a look at what players are being dealt the most.
It took a callout on Twitter to open Al Melchior up to the possibility that Michael Brantley's breakthrough is legitimate.
Jeff Samardzija changed major-league teams in early July, and he's also changed plenty of Fantasy teams since his move. What is it that has caused Samardzija to be Fantasy's most traded player?
Huston Street has already been traded. Which closer is next? And just who's handling the ninth inning in Tampa Bay and Chicago anyway? Scott White examines some sticky closer situations
July 22, 2014
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