With one of baseball's best young starting staffs, the Indians are a prime target for teams looking to make a deal before next week's trading deadline. Cleveland, though, doesn't want to part with any pitchers. General manager Chris Antonetti said Friday he has received numerous inquiries regarding his pitchers, but the Indians are planning to hold on to them.
Three years ago Scott Kazmir wondered if he'd ever return to the majors. The Houston native makes his debut for the visiting Astros on Friday night when they look for a fifth straight victory and continued success over the AL-leading Kansas City Royals. After spending the 2012 season with independent Sugar Land, Kazmir (5-5, 2.38 ERA) won 25 games the next two seasons with Cleveland and Oakland.
If Jeff Samardzija pitched for the final time in a Chicago uniform Thursday night, he went out on a high note. Samardzija (7-5), who has been the subject of trade rumors with the July 31 deadline approaching, allowed one run in eight innings and the White Sox rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Altuve homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth, the last of his four hits, and the Astros beat Boston 5-4, extending the Red Sox's losing streak to a season-high eight games. ''We were going back and forth today but all that matters at the end of the day is getting the win,'' Altuve said. The game was tied 4-all when Altuve connected off Craig Breslow (0-1) and homered into the seats in left field, a ball that barely made it over the wall.