After whiffing on Cole Hamels, the San Francisco Giants got starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects on Thursday night. The 27-year-old Leake has allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts, all victories. Overall, Leake is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Josh Hamilton's big swing in the first inning quickly got the Texas Rangers even after they fell in a 3-0 hole. The slugger's sharp single to right with two outs in the ninth ended the game, giving the Rangers a 7-6 victory Thursday night and a split in the four-game series against the AL East-leading New York Yankees. ''Playing the Yankees is always fun, the battle back and forth between teams and between fans in the stadium,'' said Hamilton, who had the three-run homer in the first inning.
Few expected the Houston Astros to be contenders entering this season. Jason Castro hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Astros a 3-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. It was 0-0 to start the bottom of the ninth inning.
TORONTO (AP) -- Dioner Navarro is about to be reunited with an old teammate, and he's excited about what they might achieve together.
The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leaders on Thursday. Clinging to a half-game lead over San Francisco, the Dodgers acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Marlins and left-hander Alex Wood from the Braves, two pitchers who can move right into the rotation behind aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Also, Los Angeles obtained relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from Atlanta, adding needed depth to the bullpen.
The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Houston also received right-hander Mike Fiers in the deal and sent four prospects to the Brewers: left-hander Josh Hader, right-hander Adrian Houser and outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana. ''This was a move with an eye toward this year, next year and the year after that, more so than five or seven years from now,'' Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made another move to upgrade their bullpen on Thursday night, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Detroit Tigers for a minor leaguer. The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout returned to the lineup on Thursday night against the Houston Astros after missing two games because of an injured left wrist.
Jonathan Papelbon's debut with the Washington Nationals was just as they envisioned. Max Scherzer scattered three hits over seven innings, Papelbon got his first save for Washington with a flawless ninth inning and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Thursday. ''To be honest, very nervous,'' Papelbon said when asked he how felt entering his Washington debut.
Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market. ''These types of players, the great superstar players, rarely become available,'' Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Pirates have made another move to upgrade their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer.
Justin Upton hit a three-run homer through a driving rain with two outs in the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres stunned the New York Mets 8-7 Thursday as they overcame a six-run deficit during a game delayed nearly four hours by two storms. Frustrated, the Mets closer stood on the mound as the other players cleared the field. When play resumed 44 minutes later, Derrick Norris fell behind 0-2 before singling for his career-high fifth hit.
Brandon Moss was sorry to see close friend David Murphy traded earlier this week by the Indians. Moss was dealt Thursday to the St. Louis Cardinals, who were in the market for an outfielder after seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps on Wednesday. ''He's a production guy in a time in baseball when production's low,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
Matt Holliday is back on the disabled list. The St. Louis Cardinals placed the All-Star outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a recurrence of his right quadriceps injury. General manager John Mozeliak said an MRI exam showed a grade 2 strain, and Mozeliak wasn't sure how long Holliday will be sidelined.