Mariners' Mike Zunino hits in 10th straight
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over Minnesota. 

Zunino's single extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. He's hitting .361 over the streak. 


Rangers recall C Chris Gimenez from Triple-A on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have recalled catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. Gimenez is taking the roster spot of Tomas Telis, who was traded to the Marlins.

Gimenez has spent the duration of the season at Triple-A, batting .243 with six home runs in 69 games. He will be in the starting lineup on Friday against the Giants, batting ninth in the order for manager Jeff Bannister.


Marlins trade RP Sam Dyson to Rangers for Tomas Telis, Cody Ege
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins will receive catcher Tomas Telis and left-hander Cody Ege.

Dyson has made 44 relief appearances this year with the Marlins. he is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 innings. 

Telis, who will report straight to the Marlins' big-league club, was 2 for 11 in his recent six-game stint with the Rangers.

Ege, a 2013 draft pick, was 6-2 with a 1.00 ERA in 35 relief appearances between Class A and Double-A this year. He will head to the Marlins' Double-A affiliate.


Rangers acquire C Bobby Wilson, dump RP Ross Ohlendorf
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have announced that they have acquired catcher Bobby Wilson on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay and placed veteran pitcher Ross Ohlendorf on waivers.

Wilson has just eight hits in 55 at-bats this season. Ohlendorf has pitched in eight games this season and compiled a 3.52 ERA.


Phillies receive P Matt Harrison, five prospects for Hamels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Phillies have at least received strength in numbers from the Rangers in return for stud left-hander Cole Hamels. They get six players back, including four pitchers.

The lone experienced hurler is left-hander Matt Harrison, who is coming off a back injury that has limited him to three starts this season.

The only non-pitchers are catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nick Williams, who has compiled a fine .299/.357/.470 slash line this season with 13 homers and 10 stolen bases at Double-A Frisco. He has put together the best season of all the players Philadelphia is getting back. Alfaro is at .253/.314/.432 at Frisco.

The Phillies also get back right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thompson is 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA for Frisco with 78 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings. Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Eickhoff is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA with the same team. He has fanned 107 in 111 2/3 innings.

Thompson is considered a top-50 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. MLB.com ranks him as a top-100 prospect. Williams and Alfaro are also among Baseball Prospectus' top-50 and MLB.com's top-100 lists.


Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) 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.

 


Rockies' Nick Hundley hits game-tying home run in loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) 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. 


Yankees C Brian McCann goes big fly in loss on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Yankees catcher Brian McCann went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers. McCann went deep for his 16th homer in the third inning to give his club a temporary 5-4 lead.

McCann is batting .206 with two home runs over his last 10 games.


C Jason Castro's heroics lifts Astros to victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Catcher Jason Castro saved his lone hit of the game for the right time, connecting on a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 3-0 victory and a sweep of the Angels.

Castro tagged his eighth homer of the season to right field to spark a raucous celebration for the Astros, who have now solidfied their hold on first place in the AL West after this huge series. 

It was Castro's first home run since June 12 and his first RBI since July 3. 


Mets C Travis d'Arnaud activated from disabled list
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Mets have activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. d'Arnaud is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals.

d'Arnaud had been out since June 20 with a sprained elbow. Before being shut down, d'Arnaud was hitting .267 with two home runs and seven RBI in eight games following an initial stint on the DL.


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