After trade, Dodgers designate Michael Morse for assignment
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7:29 pm ET) Michael Morse's tenure with the Dodgers lasted all of about three hours. Morse was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, who just acquired him from the Marlins earlier on Thursday.

Morse has been struggling all season, batting just .214 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 52 games with Miami. 

This move, along with a handful of others, was done to clear room on the roster for the rest of the players the Dodgers acquired Thursday afternoon.

Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman hits solo home run in 1-0 win
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:49 pm ET) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman provided the only offense of the day on Thursday, as the Nationals beat the Marlins 1-0. 

Zimmerman launched a solo home run in the second inning, his sixth of the season. And that was plenty for Max Scherzer, who held the Marlins scoreless over seven innings.

Zimmerman finished the game 2 for 4 with the home run and a double. He is 4 for 11 with a pair of doubles in three games since returning from the disabled list. 

Thumb issue has Mariners 1B Logan Morrison out Thursday
by Marty Gitlin |
(4:32 pm ET) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison is still sidelined with a thumb injury that forced his removal from the game Wednesday. He is out of the lineup Thursday in Minnesota.

Morrison was in a terrible slump before going down. He's batting .125 (6-for-48) over his last 12 games.

Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion out again Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4:13 pm ET) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was sidelined a second straight game Thursday against the Royals due to a jammed finger. Chris Colabello started in Encarnacion's absence for a second straight game.

Encarnacion is batting .259 (15 for 58) with two home runs, three doubles, six RBI, five runs, 10 walks and eight strikeouts in his last 16 games.

Cardinals recall Greg Garcia, place Dan Johnson on waivers
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3:11 pm ET) The Cardinals recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday after placing left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list.

The team also designated first baseman Dan Johnson for assignment to clear a spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters for Brandon Moss, who was acquired in a trade with the Indians.

Braves land gems Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez from Dodgers
by Marty Gitlin |
(3:00 pm ET) The Braves have sent starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo, as well as closer Jim Johnson to the Dodgers in a three-way trade that brought several prospects.

Atlanta gets infielder Hector Olivera, left-hander Paco Rodriguez and right-hander Zachary Bird from Los Angeles, as well as the Marlins' competitive-balance draft pick in 2016.

The prizes in the trade are Olivera and Rodriguez. The former is batting .348 at Triple-A Olahoma City this season while the latter pitched in 18 games for the Dodgers earlier this year and recorded a 2.61 ERA.

Bird has struggled throughout his minor league career, but does have 95 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this year for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.

Dodgers snag strong starters in deal with Marlins, Braves
by Marty Gitlin |
(2:48 pm ET) The Dodgers have snagged several veterans in a just-completed three-way trade filled with prospects, per Yahoo Sports.

They receive starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo and relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson, as well as minor league utility infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. They also get first baseman Michael Morse and starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Marlins.

The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.

The keys are Wood and Latos, who will likely immediately join the Los Angeles rotation, as well as Johnson, who has been used as the Atlanta closer.

The 24-year-old Wood hasn't performed as well this season as he did in 2014, but he is 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings.

Latos is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA, but has come on strong. He has allowed just six earned runs in his last 26 innings pitched.

Johnson has nine saves, but will almost certainly be used behind Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

Padres 1B Yonder Alonso gets first day off in 21 games
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10:26 am ET) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso received a day off Thursday against the Mets. It was the first time he was held out of the starting lineup in the last 21 games.

Alonso, who homered during Wednesday's 7-3 win, is batting .313 (10 for 32) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, three runs and three strikeouts in his last nine games.

Report: Dodgers, Marlins, Braves working on three-team deal
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:52 am ET) The Braves, Dodgers and Marlins are in the working stages of a three-team, nine-player deal. According to reports, the Braves are expected to send top prospect Jose Peraza , left-hander Alex Wood and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the Dodgers.

In return, the Braves would receive prospect Hector Olivera , lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-league pitcher Zach Bird from the Dodgers, and a 2016 draft pick from the Marlins.

The Marlins are also sending right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league pitchers--right-handers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

None of the three teams have officially announced the deal as of yet. 

Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli homers, doubles in loss on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:35 am ET) First baseman Mike Napoli was the lone bright spot for the Red Sox in the 9-2 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Napoli went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and a solo home run. 

Napoli's seventh-inning home run, his 12th of the year, gave the Red Sox their second run of the game of Jose Quintana. 

After going through some rough times, Napoli is starting to show some signs of life at the plate. Over his last 10 games, Napoli is batting .364 (12 for 33) with two home runs and seven RBI. 

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