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Braves land starter Kevin Gausman from Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles sent right-handed pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to the Atlanta Braves, the teams announced Tuesday.

In exchange, the Orioles are getting four minor leaguers — right-hander Evan Phillips, infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, catcher Brett Cumberland and left-hander Bruce Zimmermann — and international slot money.

Braves manager Brian Snitker applauded four trades made by general manager Alex Anthopoulos. The Braves also added outfielder Adam Duvall, acquired from the Reds late Monday, and relievers Brad Brach and Jonny Venters in the past five days.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“I feel really good,” Snitker said. “We talked about what you would like to have, and I think he hit all the boxes. Bullpen depth, starting pitcher, maybe a bat off the bench. I think they did a great job.”

Gausman, 27, is 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA for the Orioles this season. He is under contract and arbitration-eligible through the 2020 season.10

O’Day appeared in 20 games for the Orioles before having season-ending surgery on his left hamstring. He had a 3.60 ERA and two saves before the injury. The 35-year-old veteran has a 2.56 career ERA in 11 seasons and is under contract through 2019.

Cumberland, 23, was selected by the Braves in the second round of the 2016 draft. He is hitting .228 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in two levels of the Braves’ system this season. He is currently at Double-A Mississippi.

Phillips has an 8.53 ERA in four appearances with the Braves this season. The 23-year-old right-hander is 4-4 with a 1.99 ERA in 31 appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Zimmermann, a 23-year-old left-hander, is 9-4 with a 2.86 ERA in two levels of the Braves’ system this season. He also is currently at Double-A Mississippi.

Encarnacion, 20, is hitting .288 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs for Class-A Rome this season.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“We’re always reluctant to move some of our higher-ranked guys,” Anthopoulos said. “… We like the guys we lost. There are certain guys that are more high-profile. We didn’t go into the trade deadline saying we refuse to move on our top prospects. Certain guys are harder to acquire than others. For the right deal for the right player, we’re open to it.”

The Braves entered Tuesday’s trade deadline a half-game behind first-place Philadelphia and five games ahead of third-place Washington in the NL East. The Phillies have also made a push, adding catcher Wilson Ramos and left-hander Aaron Loup on Tuesday after picking up infielder Asdrubal Cabrera last Friday. The Nationals traded away reliever Brandon Kintzler but otherwise stood pat at the deadline.

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Brewers acquire 2B Jonathan Schoop from Orioles at trade deadline

The Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday traded second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers, who added another option to a crowded infield as they make a push for the playoffs.

In return, Baltimore acquired veteran second baseman Jonathan Villar, as well as right-hander Luis Ortiz and shortstop Jean Carmona, both minor leaguers.

Schoop, 26, was hitting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Orioles this season.

An All-Star in 2017, Schoop missed some of the first half of this season with an oblique strain, but he’s heated up since the All-Star break. His nine home runs in July are tied for the second-most in the majors behind Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals (10) entering Tuesday.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

The trade is the second the Brewers have made for an infielder in recent days, following Friday’s deal for Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals.The plan then was for left-handed-hitting third baseman Travis Shaw to shift to second base. The 26-year-old Schoop now gives Milwaukee a right-handed option at second.

The Brewers have also played Hernan Perez at second of late. The upside of having so many infielders is having another quality bat available on the bench.9

“Really, what it comes down to for us is we think we’re getting better and we think we’re adding to our overall depth,” general manager David Stearns said.

In Schoop, Stearns acquired a young player still under contract for 2019. He has a guaranteed $9 million salary for next year.

“We talk about control and in this case it certainly played into the valuation of the player,” Stearns said.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Milwaukee (62-47) entered Tuesday’s action one game behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. It also traded for reliever Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox last week.

But the Brewers did not add a starter, which was an area of concern following injuries to Brent Suter (elbow) and Zach Davies (shoulder). Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) remains sidelined after getting hurt late last season.

Stearns said the team could still look to deal in August, though he voiced confidence in a rotation currently headlined by Jhoulys Chacin (10-3, 3.45 ERA).

“I think we’ve probably had a little bit more confidence in our group throughout this year than perhaps there’s been externally and that’s fine,” Stearns said. “Certainly we were open and active to add to that group, but at this point we were unable to do so.”

Signed by Baltimore at just 16 years old, Schoop played parts of six seasons with the club and was an All-Star last year, when he hit .293 with a career-high 32 home runs and 105 RBIs.

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Report: Manny Machado likely joining the Dodgers

As Machado prepared for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in what could be his final appearance in a Baltimore uniform, the Orioles were going through medical records and other paperwork involved in the transaction, sources told Olney.

Diaz, 21, who homered twice in Sunday’s Futures game, is hitting .314 this season with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 59 games for the Dodgers’ Double-A Tulsa team and is ranked as one of the team’s top prospects.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers were also among the teams that reportedly had made a strong push to acquire Machado, who came into the All-Star break hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Machado, 26, spoke briefly to reporters in the American League clubhouse before his team’s 8-6 All-Star Game win and said he has not received any updates on his status from the Orioles or his agent.

“Nothing,” he said. “I haven’t heard anything. I’m just worried about the game today. Whatever happens moving forward will happen, and there will be a time and place for everything.”

Machado later pulled out his phone and snapped a selfie with Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp, who had pulled into second base with a double leading off the second inning.

He also took a selfie with a former teammate, Braves All-Star Nick Markakis.10

Olney reported Sunday that even if the Phillies do not trade for Machado this summer, they would ardently pursue him as a free agent after the season. Philadelphia’s front office is loaded with former Orioles officials who were involved in the drafting and developing of Machado — including president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and assistant GM Ned Rice.

In an interview with Fox after being removed from the All-Star Game in the sixth inning, Machado was asked what his day was like amid the rumors.

“You know what, just try not to think about it honestly,” said Machado. “Just try to enjoy this moment, come out here with the American League guys and just enjoy it with all these guys that I’ve played with for a long time.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Knowing it was likely the last time he would wear an Orioles uniform, Machado said his emotions were “Amazing. Through the roof. It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform. They gave me the opportunity to come up and play in the big leagues. That’s everyone’s dream, and they gave me that. They gave me the opportunity to play shortstop again. The organization has done everything, so if this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well and did everything I can for the organization.”

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Astros’ Alex Bregman wins All-Star Game MVP after go-ahead HR in 10th

Bregman’s homer was one of a record-breaking 10 in the game, and it put the AL ahead for good, as baseball’s best put on a power exhibition in the late innings. Bregman’s Astros teammate George Springer hit one out immediately after Bregman.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“There’s a great love affair with both results. I mean, to kind of empty your tank and hit homers tonight at this event is probably the best thing imaginable,” AL manager A.J. Hinch of the Astros said. “Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run, especially when the big boys hit it and especially when the Astros hit it.”9

Bregman and Springer homered off losing pitcher Ross Stripling of the Dodgers — that’s kind of how last season ended too, with Houston battering Los Angeles’ pitchers in the World Series.

“I took a cutter down the middle first pitch, then kind of went into battle mode and was just trying to put a line drive in play and it left the yard. It was crazy. A lot of fun,” Bregman said. “Normally when we go back-to-back, I have to hit it after Springer does because he leads off, so it was pretty cool to see them go back-to-back.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Bregman smiled all around the bases. He is familiar with this city, his grandfather having been the general counsel for the old Washington Senators.

“My dad grew up on Ted Williams’ lap. So to see Ted Williams Most Valuable Player on this trophy is pretty special,” Bregman said.

The 24-year-old Bregman is a first-time All-Star in his third major league season. He hit 19 homers last season, and he has 20 so far this year.

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Orioles make progress in Manny Machado trade talks, sources say

The Baltimore Orioles, deep into trade talks regarding All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, have made progress in recent days and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, sources told ESPN.

The Orioles are said to be “definitely motivated” to get a deal done, according to one official familiar with the conversations.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

They have had extensive conversations with the Philadelphia Phillies, whose front office is loaded with former Orioles officials who were involved in the drafting and developing of Machado in 2010 for Baltimore — including president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and assistant GM Ned Rice.12

Among the Phillies prospects being evaluated by the Orioles are 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilome, 19-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, 20-year-old infielder Arquimedes Gamboa and 21-year-old right-hander Adonis Medina.

Even if the Phillies do not trade for Machado this summer, they would ardently pursue him after he reaches free agency in the fall.

The Orioles also have discussed possible trade combinations for Machado with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. He is regarded as the prize of this summer’s trade market, the player with the most potential impact.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Machado, 26, is off to the best start of his career offensively, tallying several career-high figures for the first half, including home runs (23), RBIs (64), OBP (.384) and OPS (.950).

“It crosses my mind, I’m not going to lie,” Machado said earlier this month of his uncertain future. “You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season like I have since day one, since I stepped in here. You try to take it all in. Nobody ever wants to think about that day.”

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Pirates demote OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates demoted outfielder Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday and recalled right-handed reliever Tanner Anderson.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The 23-year-old Meadows was the team’s first-round pick in the 2013 draft. He hit .298 in 48 games with Pittsburgh, but he has lost playing time to Corey Dickerson and Gregory Polanco. In July, Meadows hit .233 as his playing opportunities declined.11

“I’m really excited about what he did, especially that first week,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “The last month hasn’t been as productive, and it’s tough to ask a young player to not play. It’s in his best interests and our best interests to let him grow and develop.”

Huntington rebuffed the suggestion that Meadows’ demotion was related to the possibility that he could qualify for salary arbitration early by gaining Super Two status. The general manager called such projetions “inexact.”nfl cheap nike jerseys

The 25-year-old Anderson had a 2.17 ERA in 27 games with Indianapolis and will provide bullpen depth after Saturday’s doubleheader against the Brewers.

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Brett Gardner, bullpen help Yankees pick up Luis Severino

Indeed, the much-anticipated Severino-Kluber matchup — one that was hyped because of the starters’ sub-2.50 ERAs and double-digit win tallies — failed to live up to its lofty billing as the offenses churned out a combined 18 hits (nine for each team) and five home runs in a 7-4 Yankees win.

Every one of Cleveland’s hits came with same Yankees pitcher on the mound: Severino. It seemed like baseball after baseball that left the starter’s right hand was blasted to some part of the field. To their credit, the four Yankees relievers who replaced Severino across the game’s final four innings held Cleveland hitless to keep their club in the ballgame.

“They kind of did a number on us,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Combine the Yankees relievers’ version of a half-game no-hitter with an offensive outburst, and the end result is the type of win through which a team can have a valuable lesson reinforced.

Even when its best starting pitcher gets shelled by a very good hitting team, the Yankees still have a roster that is complete enough to pull through with a victory.

“Up and down the lineup we had contributions in big at-bats in big spots,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The night when Sevy didn’t have his best, the rest of the guys were able to come through in a very big way.”10

How rough was Severino’s night? He had his first one-strikeout game since September 2016, and he allowed multiple homers in a second consecutive game for the first time since May 2016.

“They took very good at-bats against me for a lot of pitches, and they made me grind,” Severino said. “I struck out one batter. I’m not that kind of guy. I’m maybe two or five, but not one.”

Four times this season Severino has reached double digits in strikeouts. In two other games, he finished with nine K’s.

“Aaron does so many things as far as his ability to get on base, his speed element, the power he brings from both sides of the plate,” Boone said. “He’s just a really good player, and I’m glad that people are a little bit more starting to see that.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Following the double, Hicks made the heady decision to steal third on Cleveland reliever Oliver Perez, setting up a sacrifice fly opportunity for Bird moments later. When Bird drove Hicks in for his 11th RBI in his past four games, he helped cap a complete team win.

“Look what he’s been doing lately. That’s what you want from everybody,” Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, who hit his own 430-foot homer off Kluber, said of Bird. “You want to do damage from top to bottom.

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Arizona’s Zack Greinke to replace Cubs’ Jon Lester on All-Star roster

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke will replace left-hander Jon Lester on the National League All-Star roster.

Lester is due to start for the Chicago Cubs against new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap San Diego on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.

This is the fifth All-Star selection for Greinke, who has a 9-5 record with a 3.39 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 23 walks in 114 innings. Since May 9, he has gone 6-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts.

The 2009 Cy Young winner struggled in spring training, with a fastball that was only in the mid-80s, and at one point said he wondered if he still had what it took to pitch.

For that reason, Greinke, 34, said this All-Star nod is his most meaningful.9

“You guys that saw me pitch in spring training —nfl nike jerseys cheap china¬† I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get any outs this year,” he said Thursday. “To end up doing as good as it’s been so far, it’s pretty exciting.”

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Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman exits as left knee tendinitis flares up

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman left Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a recurrence of left knee tendinitis.

Chapman struck out Randal Grichuk before exiting in the ninth inning, escorted by a team trainer. He was replaced by Chasen Shreve, who gave up a home run to Aledmys Diaz but finished out the Yankees’ 8-5 win.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

“Just a little more discomfort than what I usually have been feeling,” Chapman said through an interpreter.

With the Yankees ahead by four runs, manager Aaron Boone wasn’t about to take any chances.58

“He said he was fine to continue, but I just didn’t want to mess with it,” Boone said.

Asked what he saw from Chapman that brought him out to the mound, Boone replied, “Maybe just a little more, slower moving, just got our radar up, so we just went out there and checked on him. He said it was just a little sore, ‘but I’m fine.’ I just decided then, especially with the lead, I thought it was best to get him out.”

Boone noted how well Chapman has pitched while dealing with the injury all season.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

“I don’t think there’s much that’s changed with it,” he said. “Obviously it’s something we watch with him very closely and that he’s constantly staying on top of, and I don’t think today is anything too extreme from what he’s been dealing with much of the year.”

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How the Dodgers powered their way back into contention

After the midway point came and went this weekend, these were the three names atop the Los Angeles Dodgers’ leaderboard for Wins Above Replacement: Max Muncy, an afterthought who spent all of last season in Triple-A, Ross Stripling, projected to be nothing more than a long reliever, and Matt Kemp, who wasn’t even supposed to be here.

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, chuckled at the thought.

“Yeah,” he said, “exactly how we drew it up in spring training.”

The truth is these Dodgers have hardly resembled the group Friedman and his front-office staff envisioned. The star shortstop, Corey Seager, is lost for the season. The ace, Clayton Kershaw, has made only half of his starts. The leader, Justin Turner, has been playing for less than seven weeks. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year, Cody Bellinger, is only starting to get going.

But the Dodgers are basically right where they need to be, sitting at 45-39, 1.5 games out of first place and in the thick of a competitive NL wild-card race despite losing three of their past four.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“As is always the case, when you’re winning games, everything is manageable. Everything is a lot better,” Friedman said. “When you’re not, everything’s a lot worse. So right now, we’re managing pretty well, just based on the fact that we’re playing well. And we’re getting contributions from basically the entirety of our roster as we are adding guys back from the [disabled list], which I feel like bodes well for us if we look ahead. But to get to this point has certainly been an interesting path.”

The low point is easily definable now. It came May 16. The Dodgers lost their sixth consecutive game that night — four to the Cincinnati Reds and two to the Miami Marlins, two of the NL’s worst teams — and fell 10 games below .500. Their offense was underperforming, their rotation wasn’t pitching deep enough into games, and their bullpen was a mess.

After that night’s game, a 6-5 loss in Miami, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts summoned the words of Winston Churchill.

“If you’re going through [hell], keep going,” Roberts said last week, reciting the line with noticeable enthusiasm. “That’s how dire it got.”24

Friedman found comfort on social media, of all places. He stumbled upon a tweet stating that the last time the Dodgers fell 10 games below .500, in 2013, they wound up winning the division by 11 games.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“It made me feel much better,” Friedman said. “And really, from that point forward, we’ve obviously played much better.”

The Dodgers are 29-13 since that fateful May 16 game, with a .690 win percentage that trails only that of the Seattle Mariners for the best in baseball. The Dodgers are first in OPS, third in ERA and second in run differential in that stretch.

Since 2000, the best pre-All-Star break record for a team that dipped 10 games below .500 is 48-41, accomplished by the 2016 Houston Astros. The Dodgers, who lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Astros last fall, will get there with four wins this week. But the bad times have not yet vanished from their memory.