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. 


Athletics SP Chris Bassitt remains winless
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:39 am ET) Athletics starter Chris Bassitt had a shaky first inning, allowing three runs, and despite pitching well for the remainder of his outing, wound up on the losing end of a 3-1 defeat Thursday.

Bassitt went seven innings, scattering six hits while striking out six and walking just one in what was the best of his five starts this season. However, Bassitt's record dropped to 0-4.


Tigers RP Alex Wilson gets five outs to notch first career save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Tigers reliever Alex Wilson came and got five outs to record his first career save in the 9-8 win over the Orioles. Wilson entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on first and second and one out. He immediately threw a wild pitch, moving the runners up a base.

He allowed one of the runs to score on an RBI groundout, but was able to escape the inning without any further damage. He came back out and worked a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory.

Wilson was tasked with getting the save on the day that closer Joakim Soria was dealt to the Pirates. It is not known if Wilson will be inheriting the closing duties, or if manager Brad Ausmus will be using more of a committee approach.


Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright baffles White Sox
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Red Sox starter Steven Wright put together a solid outing Thursday, keeping the White Sox off balance with his knuckleball in an 8-2 win. 

Wright fell behind early, giving up a two-run, first-inning home run, but stabilized himself and went six innings, scattering six hits. Wright's knuckleball fluttered effectively, as he struck out eight Chicago hitters. 

With the win, Wright (4-4) picked up his first victory since being enlisted to make spot starts in the Red Sox's rotation. 


Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna picks up team-high 6th save
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Roberto Osuna continued to stake his claim to the Blue Jays' closer job, making quick work of the Royals in the ninth inning of a 5-2 win Thursday. 

It only took Osuna six pitches to earn his sixth save of the season -- putting him in the team lead for that category. Osuna registered three ground-ball outs to retire the side. Osuna now has four saves in July. 


Red Sox recall Jonathan Aro, option Tommy Layne
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Red Sox recalled pitcher Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced on Thursday. Aro was 0-1 with a 3.03 ERA and one save. 

To make room, the team optioned Tommy Layne to Pawtucket. Layne was 0-1, 3.51 with a save for Boston. 


Red Sox put RP Jean Machi on ML roster; Daniel Nava DFA'd
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Red Sox have added right-handed reliever Jean Machi to the Major League roster. Machi was picked up off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday.

Machi struggled with the Giants this season, posting a 5.14 ERA over 35 innings. But manager John Farrell explains the cause of Machi's struggles.

"His fastball velocity has been consistently between 92 to 94 mph. His damage has come with his slider," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "It hasn't been as sharp as it was the last two years. That's the pitch that we have to hone in on and regain that consistency.

"There is a little bit of a challenge bringing him in here with our situation with a need for innings right away with his inactivity. We'll see what he has."

Machi had made just one appearance for the Giants since the All-Star break.

To make room on the 40-man and 25-man rosters, Daniel Nava has been designated for assignment. 


Pirates acquire RP Joakim Soria from Tigers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Pirates have acquired right-handed reliever Joakim Soria in a trade with the Tigers, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

The trade comes just over a year after Soria was dealt to the Tigers by the Rangers last season. This year, Soria has recorded 23 saves in 26 chances for the Tigers. He has 36 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. He will join Mark Melancon as a formidable 1-2 punch at the back end of the Pirates' bullpen.

The Tigers, who have officially announced the trade, will receive minor-league infielder JaCoby Jones from the Pirates. Jones was the Pirates' No. 12 prospect, and was batting .260 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI between Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. He was a third-round pick by the Pirates in 2013.


Angels recall Cory Rasmus from Triple-A
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Angels recalled reliever Cory Rasmus from Triple-A Salt Lake City on Thursday, per MLB.com.

Rasmus is 0-1 with a save and a 2.35 ERA at Salt Lake City. He last pitched for the Angels last season. 

Rasmus takes the spot of Mike Morin, who was optioned after Wednesday's game. 


Yankees promote two relievers, send down starter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) In a swap of pitchers, the Yankees have promoted Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and sent down Caleb Cotham, per MLB.com.

Mitchell pitched in six games for the Yankees in June and July, compiling a 2.89 ERA and fanning nine in 9 1/3 innings. Goody, who has yet to pitch in the big leagues, has been tearing it up in the minors. He has struck out 70 in 48 1/3 innings and owns a 1.68 ERA.

Cotham earned a spot start for the Yankees on Wednesday and performed well before his removal in the second inning. He gave up two hits and fanned four.


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