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Reliever Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to end a six-game losing streak.
UPDATE : St. Louis found its rotation upgrade elsewhere. The Cardinals traded for Cleveland's Justin Masterson, a righthander on the disabled list with a 5.51 ERA, according to multiple reports.
The 2014 MLB trade deadline is in full swing and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a big splash, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians .
The Arizona Cardinals signed Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson to a 5-year contract extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price hasn't tasted defeat in more than a month and aims to close out a perfect July Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013.
On the final leg of this road trip toward the trade deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals got a chance to observe something they saw only much earlier this season and may not see again outside of playing the Padres a few more times.
The Cincinnati Reds were good enough heading into the 2014 season that they could afford to let starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo walk out the door unfettered after eight years to sign a a two-year, $23.5-million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks .
Jonathan Lucroy was the starting National League catcher at the All-Star Game and is having a career-best year Jonathan Lucroy through the years Jul 28, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy runs onto the field during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
It's tempting for Chicago Cubs fans to pay as much attention to Triple-A Iowa as the struggling big league club.
Pittsburgh's Vance Worley pitched his first career shutout to guide the Pirates to a 5-0 win over San Francisco on Monday, closing within two games of the lead in the National League Central division.
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Despite a middling May and an early July swoon, the Brewers have been in first place in the National League Central since early April, and have maintained one of the National League's best records.
The more pressing matter following a 2-1 loss to the Rays on Monday was the fact the Brewers' off-and-on offense has turned off again.
The Padres return home to Petco Park on Tuesday to face the Cardinals for the start of a brief six-game homestand that will see them give the ball to their most successful pitcher this season -- All-Star Tyson Ross.
After a 4-2 stretch following the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks managed to take just one of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies .
Updated: Thu Jul 31, 2014 01:57 am
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