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3:15 AM ET, July 30, 2016


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Associated Press:
Pham Homers, Drives in 3 to Lead Cardinals Over Marlins  —  MIAMI — Tommy Pham homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami Marlins 11-6 on Friday night.  —  Kolten Wong had three hits and drove in two runs and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run homer for St. Louis.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Marlins get Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea from Padres for prospects  —  The Miami Marlins bolstered their starting rotation with some much-needed reinforcements Friday, acquiring right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea in a seven-player trade with the San Diego Padres.
Discussion: and ESPN
Barry Jackson / Sports Buzz:
New names surface in Marlins' search for a starting pitcher; Don Shula health update
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Talking Chop
Associated Press:
Lester Recovers From Rut of Bad Starts, Cubs Rout Mariners  —  CHICAGO — Jon Lester recovered from a rut of bad starts, pitching six shutout innings that led the Chicago Cubs over the Seattle Mariners 12-1 Friday for their third straight win.  —  Jason Heyward and David Ross homered …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Jonathan Lucroy Sweepstakes  —  10:54pm: The Rangers could view a strike for Lucroy as a way to improve their pitching, given his highly-regarded work behind the plate, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.  With Texas finding high asking prices on the pitching market …
New York Daily News:
Yankees' Andrew Miller not upset about giving ninth inning to Aroldis Chapman: ‘The goal here is to win’  —  It was clear to Andrew Miller since before spring training that Aroldis Chapman was going to be the Yankees' closer.  —  Miller — who saved 36 games as the Yankees' closer last season …
Associated Press:
Chatwood, Gonzalez lead Rockies over Mets for 4th win in row … NEW YORK — Tyler Chatwood kept winning on the road, Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs and the Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets 6-1 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Associated Press:
Odorizzi Sharp as Rays Beat Yankees 5-1  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi pitched masterfully into the seventh inning, Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers in the first, and the Tampa Bay Rays cooled off the surging New York Yankees 5-1 on Friday night.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Pinstripe Alley
Jim Salisbury / CSN Philly:
Source: Phillies, Rangers in ‘pretty deep’ trade talks about Vince Velasquez  —  BOX SCORE  —  ATLANTA — The Phillies lost, 2-1, to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.  —  The big news from this game, however, was that Vince Velasquez might have made his last start with the Phillies.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Sign Logan Ondrusek To MLB Deal, Designate Chaz Roe  —  The Orioles have signed righty Logan Ondrusek to a major league deal, per a club announcement.  Fellow right-hander Chaz Roe has been designated for assignment to clear roster space.  —  [Related: Updated Orioles Depth Chart]
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets, Angels Discussing Joe Smith  —  The Mets and Angels are discussing trade scenarios centered around veteran righty Joe Smith, according to Marc Carig of Newsday (Twitter links).  While Halos closer Huston Street is also in play, it doesn't appear as if he's drawing much interest from New York.
Discussion: Halos Heaven and Amazin' Avenue
Baseball America:
Prospect Hot Sheet (July 29): Marquez Silences Opponents  —  This installment of the Prospect Hot Sheet considers what minor league players have done from July 22-28.  Remember, this feature simply recognizes what the hottest prospects in the minors did in the past week—it's not a re-ranking of the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dodgers Among Teams In Talks On Jay Bruce; Yasiel Puig May Be Involved  —  8:31pm: Morosi says the Rays are still a player; he tweets that the team could end up shipping out two starters, one to each of the two other teams.  —  It seems that the reason for the involvement of a third team …
Suzuki: 'I want to keep playing until I'm 50'  —  Ichiro Suzuki is just two hits away from becoming the 30th player in Major League Baseball to reach 3,000 hits — and his will be one of the fastest journeys ever, just 16 years after winning rookie of the year and MVP in his debut MLB season.
Discussion:, and The Big Lead
Fox Sports:
Giants acquire All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from Twins  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants acquired All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night in exchange for a minor league pitcher.  —  Nunez was batting .296 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs …
Associated Press:
Nationals Hold Off Giants' Rally in 9th in 4-2 Win
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Federal Baseball
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