As Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, just about every big league team has an area of concern, except the Tigers.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer hinted on Tuesday that the team may move some of the players who will be free agents after this season, and that list includes Emilio Bonifacio.
After two losses, the Royals came to life with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Padres farmhands James Needy, Frank Garces and R.J. Alvarez combined for a no-hitter Wednesday night, as Double-A San Antonio defeated Corpus Christi, 6-0. But they didn't know it until after the game was over.
Brandon Barnes perpetrated a simple, positive act that went a long way toward restoring baseball order. Barnes waited on Wesley Wright's breaking ball and lashed a bases-loaded single into left field to drive in the Rockies' go-ahead run in the 10th inning in a 6-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field in front of 29,491.
The NL West-leading Dodgers could be idle at Thursday's trade deadline, with general manager Ned Colletti saying the team isn't close to making any deals. Starters Josh Beckett and Dan Haren have struggled recently. ''We've made a lot of calls, done a lot of scouting,'' Colletti said. There's a limited pool and less opportunity to do something.'' Colletti tamped down speculation that the Dodgers are trying to trade right fielder Matt Kemp, who has three homers in his last two games.
Behind another strong offensive performance, the Blue Jays downed Boston, 6-1, at Fenway Park to complete a three-game sweep and get Mark Buehrle a victory.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for right-handed pitcher Mark Appel on Wednesday night was figuring how he was going to get some sleep on an overnight bus trip to Midland that will cover nearly 500 miles.
Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis did a bit of reminiscing when he noticed the stands filling up while he warned up in the bullpen before the game. The veteran right-hander went out and provided a promising flashback performance against the New York Yankees, even after another leadoff homer by Brett Gardner. The Rangers clinched their first series in a month with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. Lewis retired the last 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings, much like the 2010 AL championship series when he beat the Yankees twice - including the Game 6 clincher at home that got Texas to its first World Series.
By now, Derek Jeter is used to the celebrations, the pregame festivities that opposing teams honor him with in his final stops at their ballparks. Typically, he knows what to expect. But that wasn't fully the case Wednesday night when the Rangers honored the shortstop by surprising him with a special on-field presentation from the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.
As Corey Kluber was spinning a three-hit shutout Wednesday against the Mariners at Progressive Field, the Indians' top Minor League affiliates were getting superb pitching of their own. Tyler Cloyd threw a no-hitter at Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron shut out Bowie.
For the executives representing highly motivated franchises looking to nail down division titles and avoid the win-or-go-home game to start the playoffs, the level of competitive balance is complicating the normal wheeling and dealing of late July.
Wednesday's day-before-the-Deadline fireworks included Justin Masterson being traded by the Indians to the Cardinals for outfielder James Ramsey, the Cubs getting left-hander Felix Doubront for a player to be named later and the Dodgers officially getting infielder Darwin Barney from the Cubs.
During the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, the Fenway faithful made their feelings clear to lefty ace Jon Lester, who has been in the midst of trade rumors all week as today's non-waiver Deadline closes in.
Adam Jones belted another first-inning homer -- a two-run shot -- while Kevin Gausman logged seven solid frames to help the Orioles earn a 4-3 win over the Angels on Wednesday night.
Corey Kluber turned in another dominant performance on Wednesday night, needing just 85 pitches to throw a complete game shutout in the Tribe's 2-0 win over the Mariners.
Clearing roster room for what could be multiple player moves before Thursday's Trade Deadline, the Giants optioned outfielder Tyler Colvin to Triple-A Fresno after Wednesday's 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Corey Kluber took the mound for the Tribe opposite Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and delivered a stellar shuout, leading the Indians to a 2-0 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday night.
After missing a game with an injured finger on his right hand, Nick Castellanos returned to the lineup - and realized his swing felt a bit better. ''I've been using a lot of top hand, kind of rolling over pitches I should stay through,'' Castellanos said. I really didn't try to do too much.'' Castellanos homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Castellanos' three-run homer capped Detroit's early outburst.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Wednesday night the club wasn't close to making any trades, with the non-waiver deadline on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT.