Tigers can't afford to deal David Price
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian explains why the Tigers will be buyers at the trade deadline: "If you're around .500 in the American League right now, you have a shot at that second wild card."
Tigers' David Price 'not getting traded'
ESPN's Jayson Stark said: "They're still only 4.5 back of the Twins in the wild card. They've got Miguel Cabrera coming back in a few weeks. They've decided they're built to win now. They're going to go for it." (via Mike & Mike)
Only '75% chance' Hamels gets traded
ESPN Jayson Stark's update on Cole Hamels: "There is so much pressure on the Phillies to make a deal where everybody pats them on the back and says great job ... they, in the last 24 hours, have called around to several teams on the periphery and tried to get them back involved [and that] tells me that they still don't have an offer that they really like." (via Mike & Mike)
Blue Jays 'need arms, not bats'
ESPN's Jayson Stark on the Troy Tulowitzki-Jose Reyes trade: "This is one of the most shocking deadline deals that I can remember. ... But look, Troy Tulowitzki is an upgrade for them. He's a better player than Jose Reyes. He's a better defender." (via Mike & Mike)
ICYMI: Kris Bryant, Cubs walk off
The Cubs 3B hit his first career walk-off home run to give the Cubs a 9-8 victory after Carlos Gonzalez hit his second HR of the game to put the Rockies up 8-7 in the top of the 9th.
Jered Weaver to make rehab start
The Angels RHP will make a Class A start Thursday as he continues to rehab an injured left hip. Weaver has been out since late June; his replacement, rookie Andrew Haney, has gone 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA.
Toronto 'ready to do something else'
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the Troy Tulowitzki-Jose Reyes trade: "Toronto gets the best shortstop in baseball and he has been for several years now." Kurkjian added the Jays aren't done and will continue to seek out pitching.
Price raising his value
It's as if David Price knew the trade deadline was coming. The Tigers pitcher has lowered his ERA each month this season, making his case to either stick around in Detroit, or demand a high asking price.
Rockies swap Tulo for Jays' Reyes
Toronto already leads MLB in runs this season, and by adding Troy Tulowitzki, they've now acquired a SS who has been better both offensively and defensively than Jose Reyes since he joined the Blue Jays in 2013.
Since his 1st full season in 2007, Troy Tulowitzki ranks top among SS: •1st in OPS: .893 •1st in HR: 186 •1st in RBI: 650 •1st in WAR: 40.0
#PhotoOfTheNight: Kris Bryant hits his first career walk-off home run as the Cubs defeat the Rockies, 9-8.
Stephen Strasburg to get a rehab start
The Nationals ace will start in Triple-A Wednesday, his first since leaving an MLB game July 4. That game was just his third after a month on the DL. This season he has made just 13 starts with a 5.16 ERA.
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Troy Tulowitzki as SS, Last 9 Seasons OPS .893 (highest among SS) HR 186 (most) RBI 650 (most) WAR 40.0(highest)
Big Papi and The Babe
With his 20th HR Monday, Boston's David Ortiz made it 14 straight seasons with 20 or more HRs and 13th straight with the same team. Only one AL player has ever matched that streak ... Babe Ruth, in 15 straight (1920-34) with the Yankees.
Which Tulo will Blue Jays get?
New Toronto SS Troy Tulowitzki has been great at his old home Coors Field, but less so on the road. Per 162 games at home, Tulo has hit .321 with 33 HRs and 119 RBIs. On the road, the numbers slip to .276, 25 HRs, 84 RBIs.
Memorable 1st day for MLB's No. 1 pick
The D-backs' top pick Dansby Swanson took a fastball in the face last week. He needed 14 stitches and suffered a mild concussion. "He got up and said, 'That's a pretty good first day, huh?'" said farm director Mike Bell.
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Jose Reyes, who led his league four times in triples, has yet to triple this year. Mets fans, you don't really want him back.
Victorino wept 'tears of joy' over trade
Shane Victorino, headed from the bottom of the AL East (Red Sox) to the top of the AL West (Angels), said the "toughest part" is leaving his Boston teammates, but added: "There's nothing I want to do more than win another ring."
A-Rod spans the decades
With a HR Monday on his 40th birthday, Alex Rodriguez is the 4th player in major league history to hit a home run as a teenager and in his 40's, joining Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield. (via Elias)
Kipnis clarifies 'accountability' comment
Indians 2B Jason Kipnis said the remark wasn't pointed at manager Terry Francona: "We have a bunch of young adults who are supposed to be considered men. Tito treats us like men so he thinks we should at least be able to do this stuff on our own. Maybe he was giving us too much credit at the time. Maybe that's the only thing you could blame him for ... that he gave us too much credit."
LaTroy Hawkins 'excited' by trade to Jays
The 42-year-old reliever, who's retiring at the end of the season, is ready to join a contender: "I've got three good months left in me. Hopefully, I can help the Blue Jays ... win the World Series. That's a wonderful way to end my career. I can't see a more fitting way to end it." (via MLB's website)
When you hit your first walk-off HR ...
... You're going to get a little wet. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant's 2-out homer in the bottom of the 9th vs. the Rockies got him a good, solid Gatorade soaking.