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Nats slay Giant threat with historic triple play
Zimmerman starts a triple play 0:44
Ryan Zimmerman snares a line drive at first with the bases loaded, steps on first for the second out and throws to third for a triple play
By Jamal Collier / MLB.com | @JamalCollier | 32 minutes ago
SAN FRANCISCO -- In order to escape a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the eighth inning Friday night, the Nationals pulled off a historic triple play to help seal a 4-1 victory against the Giants.

The first triple play in Nationals history started when Brandon Crawford hit a line drive off left-hander Sammy Solis. The ball was caught by Ryan Zimmerman, who stepped on first base for the second out and then fired to Anthony Rendon at third base to catch Denard Span too far down the line and end the inning.
It was also the first-ever 3-3-5 triple play in baseball history.
"I didn't really know what was going on because I thought the ball might've hit the ground," Solis said. "So I'm looking at Zim like, 'Why aren't you throwing it home? What's going on?'"
The triple play came after the rare triple switch from manager Dusty Baker, who brought in Solis, Zimmerman and shortstop Danny Espinosa before the at-bat against Crawford.
"Once I caught it I knew I had the double play, and I looked up and Tony's jumping up and down with a smile on his face," Zimmerman said. "So I just tossed the ball over to him and got out of a jam. Just like that."
This was the fifth triple play of the 2016 season, following three by the White Sox and one by the Brewers earlier in the year. The fact that the Nationals pulled off such a rare feat at such a crucial moment only magnified the moment. Baker said he is always trying to think positive and often yells out from the bench, "Let's get a triple play!" But even he could not have expected it to actually happen.
"It's one of the last things you expect when you're in that situation," Crawford said. "It sucks."
Crawford lined into the first triple play turned against the Giants since Sept. 6, 2009 against the Brewers when Aaron Rowand grounded into the 5-4-3 variety.
The triple play Friday protected a three-run lead for Washington and gave three much-needed outs to it's struggling bullpen. It also preserved the victory for Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who was watching the inning unfold in the clubhouse along with Daniel Murphy and Jonathan Papelbon.
"We're all in here on pins and needles watching this," Scherzer said. "And sure enough, you watch it, you see the ball hit, Zim makes a great play and you're pumped, thinking it's a double play! And he runs to first and all of a sudden we see him cock back and throw it to third, and it's like: 'What the heck is going on?' Sure enough, got him. Triple play. Everyone in here just erupted. Everybody was screaming in here."
Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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Five teams with biggest needs at the Deadline

2016 Trade Deadline predictions 8:38
MLB Central plays some slots to figure out where some of the big-name Deadline targets will land with the help of Ken Rosenthal
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com | @castrovince | 1:51 AM ET
In the lead-up to Monday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, teams can upgrade any number of ways. It doesn't have to be as ridiculously obvious as the Cubs taking their need for lefty relief help and turning it into Aroldis Chapman.

Sometimes there's something to be said for turning a strength into an even bigger strength, as the Blue Jays did when they added Melvin Upton Jr. to their position-player group, or making a deal that affects you in multiple areas, a la the Giants adding the versatile Eduardo Nunez.
Deadline buzz: Rangers, Dodgers seek splash

MLB Tonight: Trade Deadline 3:12
The guys on MLB Tonight tell some stories behind the scenes of the Trade Deadline
MLB.com | July 29th, 2016
Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline -- Monday at 4 p.m. ET -- approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.

Rangers targeting Sale, Archer
The Rangers are looking for an impact starting pitcher through the trade market and have White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Rays' right-hander Chris Archer at the top of their wish list, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.
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HR burst in first: Jays within nose of O's

Tulowitzki's solo tater 0:30
Troy Tulowitzki sends a solo home run over the left-field wall for the Blue Jays' third home run of the 1st inning, giving them a 3-2 lead
By Gregor Chisholm and Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com | 12:28 AM ET
TORONTO -- The battle for first place in the American League East is officially on after Toronto pulled within a half-game of the Orioles on Friday night. The Blue Jays inched even closer to the top spot in the division after a 6-5 victory over Baltimore at Rogers Centre.

Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki all homered, and the Blue Jays are now closer to first place than they have been at any point since the second game of the regular season.
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Dodgers out-rally D-backs, cut NL West lead

Must C: Dodgers stage comeback 1:35
The Dodgers staged a 7th-inning comeback with five runs against the D-backs, which lead to a 9-7 victory
By Jack Baer and Steve Gilbert / MLB.com | 3:49 AM ET
LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs punched and the Dodgers punched right back in a seventh inning that saw 12 runs scored and left Los Angeles with an 8-7 lead on its way to a 9-7 win Friday night.

The Dodgers entered the one-hour, 13-minute inning with Kenta Maeda cruising, having allowed just two hits and no runs. Hits from Paul Goldschmidt and Welington Castillo prompted the hook from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, but that didn't stop the bleeding. The D-backs plated seven runs against five Dodgers' pitchers, topping out with an RBI double from Goldschmidt.
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Cards leapfrog Fish despite Ichiro throw

Cardinals' six-run 1:32
Yadier Molina, Tommy Pham, Kolten Wong, Mike Leake, Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz all drive in runs in the Cardinals' six-run top of the 5th
By Jenifer Langosch and Joe Frisaro / MLB.com | July 29th, 2016
MIAMI -- On a day in which they finalized a seven-player trade designed to boost their chances at ending a 12-year playoff drought, the Marlins watched the Cardinals elbow past them in the National League Wild Card race by battering starter Jose Urena. Buoyed by a six-run fifth that chased Urena from the game, the Cardinals captured their ninth win in 12 games on Friday with an 11-6 victory at Marlins Park.

The win positions the Cardinals one game ahead of the Marlins for the second NL Wild Card spot. The Dodgers entered the day with a two-game lead over both clubs for the first Wild Card berth.
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Rangers covet frontline starter before Deadline
Holland, Lewis making progress toward returns from disabled list


Holland fans Phegley in the 2nd 0:17
Derek Holland strikes out Josh Phegley swinging to end the bottom of the 2nd inning with the game in a scoreless tie
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com | @Sullivan_Ranger | 12:10 AM ET
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, looking for an impact starting pitcher through the trade market, have White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Rays right-hander Chris Archer at the top of their wish list before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The price tag remains hefty on both as their clubs don't appear motivated to trade their No. 1 starters. Other names remain in play -- including Rays righty Jake Odorizzi and lefty Matt Moore, and Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Shifty moves: Machado's basepath adventure

By Adrian Garro | 12:55 AM ET
As a baserunner, awareness is key. Any slight flinch from the defense can be all you need to make something happen on the base paths. Sometimes, that leads to a total series of wacky circumstances and, in the case of the Orioles in their 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, an adventurous way to score a run. 

With Manny Machado on first base in the third inning, Chris Davis hit a grounder to the right side. Because the Jays had an infield shift on for Davis, Machado -- who had taken off for second -- noticed nobody at third, so he rounded the bag and high-tailed it for the open base. Catcher Russell Martin rushed over to third to take the throw, but the ball bounced loose. That set up an odd visual of Machado racing home while the ball bounded toward the plate, Martin pursuing it in vain.
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Padres' HR streak comes to a halt in loss

Finnegan tosses six scoreless 1:00
Brandon Finnegan gives up four hits, three walks and strikes out five in six scoreless frames against the Padres
By Carlos Collazo / MLB.com | 3:18 AM ET
SAN DIEGO -- The Reds shut out the Padres 6-0 Friday night, and ended San Diego's 25-game home run streak in the process, thanks to a six-inning start from Brandon Finnegan followed by three scoreless innings from Michael Lorenzen and Blake Wood.

The shutout was just the third of the season for the Reds, who also blanked the Padres on June 26 -- just one game before San Diego started its NL-tying streak of consecutive games with a homer.
Rumors follow pitchers to mound on MLB.TV
Hellickson, Teheran among today's starters who could be moved


MLB Tonight talks trades 10:51
Carlos Pena and Dan Plesac talk about the Brewers looking at offers for Jonathan Lucroy and Taijuan Walker getting interest from teams
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com |
It's the final weekend before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and there's a number of starting pitchers scheduled to take the mound today who have been cropping up in Major League Baseball's rumor mill.

Could this be the final start in pinstripes for the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi, or for Ian Kennedy of the Royals and Hector Santiago of the Angels? There should be a lot of scouts in the stands in Atlanta, where Jeremy Hellickson and Julio Teheran will duel in a matchup of two of the top arms on the trade block.
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Indians' late rally fuels wild victory over A's

Indians' four-run 7th inning 1:09
The Indians score four runs in the 7th inning, with Jason Kipnis delivering the game-tying hit and Abraham Almonte scoring the go-ahead run
By Jordan Bastian and Jane Lee / MLB.com |
CLEVELAND -- The Indians' offense looked lost for most of Friday night against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. A defensive miscue by Oakland, followed by a handful of key hits, helped Cleveland turn things around in a hurry in a 5-3 comeback win at Progressive Field.

Carlos Santana's home run in the sixth inning and Abraham Almonte's run-scoring pinch-hit single in the seventh ignited a five-run push that put the Tribe in the win column. The late comeback overcame a rocky outing by starter Trevor Bauer and helped the American League Central-leading Indians improve to 28-17 at home this season.
Beat the Streak leader five picks from BTS mark

Altuve, Bogaerts, Abreu get hits 1:00
A leading BTS participant got closer to $5.6 million behind Jose Altuve, Xander Bogaerts, and Jose Abreu on Friday
By Andrew Simon / MLB.com |
Two picks at a time, Graham Manning is approaching two Beat the Streak milestones.

Taking advantage of the game's "Double Down" option for a second straight day, Manning -- user "manning.gpm" -- selected Jose Altuve of the Astros and Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox on Friday, pushing his streak to 44 games. That puts Manning only five successful picks from tying Terry Sims' all-time BTS record of 49, set earlier this season, and 13 away from the $5.6 million grand prize.
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Odor's 2 homers power Rangers past Royals

Odor goes deep twice vs. Royals 0:34
Rougned Odor leads the Rangers' offense, hammering two solo home runs against the Royals in the 8-3 victory
By Jeffrey Flanagan and Ryan Posner / MLB.com |
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been seeking a starting pitcher other than Cole Hamels to pick up a win for over a month, and got just that from A.J. Griffin in an 8-3 win over the Royals on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Texas increased its lead in the American League West to four games, and became the first team in the AL to reach 60 wins. The Royals have lost 10 of 14 since the All-Star break and dropped to 17-34 on the road.
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Porcello ties AL leaders with 14th win
Righty turns in first complete game with Red Sox


Porcello's complete game 1:46
Rick Porcello tosses a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out three in his win over the Angels
By Ian Browne / MLB.com | @IanMBrowne |
ANAHEIM -- The clutch performance Rick Porcello produced at Angel Stadium while twirling his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform brought attention to a recurring theme manager John Farrell explained perfectly following Friday night's 6-2 victory.

"He's been our stopper," said Farrell. "And he's been very consistent, probably the most dependable guy in our rotation when you go back to the opening series of the season. It's not a fluke. It's the work, the preparation, the competitiveness that he shows on the mound."
Quiz: What's your MLB trade value?

By Gemma Kaneko |
The Trade Deadline is Aug. 1 this year, and there are plenty of rumors floating around about who will get traded and what kind of return teams can expect for them. But you can't trust rumors. You can only trust science, by which we mean this hyper-accurate quiz that will tell you exactly what your trade value is. Just click "Let's Play" below to find you what you're worth.
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Poll: How do you think Ichiro will get hit No. 3,000?

By Chris Landers |
On April 2, 2001, a 27-year-old rookie named Ichiro Suzuki made his debut with -- what else? -- a ground ball up the middle for a base hit. 15 years and many, many more singles later, he eclipsed Pete Rose as the Hit King of the baseball world.

Now Ichiro is closing in on another milestone: career hit No. 3,000. After a pinch-hit double during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals, he stands at 2,998 -- which means that the next game could be the game.
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Velasquez calm with trade rumors swirling
Pitcher delivers six strong innings in loss with Rangers scouts in attendance


Velasquez K's five over six 1:24
Vince Velasquez strikes out five and walks two, while giving up two runs on seven hits in six strong innings of work against the Braves
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | @ToddZolecki |
ATLANTA -- Matt Klentak made Vince Velasquez the centerpiece to his first major trade as Phillies general manager in December.

Could Velasquez really be traded again, fewer than eight months later?
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Thunderous bats lead Cubs' rainy win vs. M's

Cubs plate six in the 6th 1:07
The Cubs score six runs on four hits and three walks, including David Ross' leadoff homer and Anthony Rizzo's bases-clearing double
By Greg Johns and Carrie Muskat / MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- Jon Lester got plenty of offensive support and didn't need Aroldis Chapman's 100-mph help on Friday. Jason Heyward smacked a much-needed two-run homer, David Ross added a solo shot and Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run double to power a 14-hit onslaught and lead the Cubs to a 12-1 Interleague victory over the Mariners at Wrigley Field.

The game was stopped in the middle of the seventh inning because of rain and was delayed for 1 hour and 14 minutes before play resumed.
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Rays grab early lead, stifle Yanks for victory

Dickerson's solo home run 0:30
Corey Dickerson belts a solo home run to right-center off Ivan Nova to extend the Rays' lead to 2-0
By Sam Blum and Bill Chastain / MLB.com |
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are hard to beat when they get pitching and the long ball. And that's exactly the recipe they used Friday night to defeat the Yankees, 5-1, at Tropicana Field.

Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson staked starter Jake Odorizzi to a 2-0 lead in the first with solo homers off Yankees starter Ivan Nova. Tampa Bay continued to add runs after the opening frame, and Odorizzi and the bullpen did the rest.
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Lucroy focused on baseball, not trade rumors
Brewers catcher consistently linked with move to contender before deadline


Possible destination for Lucroy 6:22
Joel Sherman and Dan Plesac discuss the most likely destination for Jonathan Lucroy approaching the Trade Deadline on MLB Tonight
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com | @AdamMcCalvy |
MILWAUKEE -- If you're reading this sentence, you know as much about the trade rumors swirling around Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy as Lucroy himself.

"I honestly don't know anything about anything," Lucroy said Friday afternoon, three and a half hours before he started behind the plate against the Pirates, and less than 72 hours before Monday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline. "You'd think that [a player] would, but they're running a pretty tight ship with whatever they're doing. If they're trying to keep it a secret, they're doing a pretty good job of it."
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No hit needed for Mauer's first walk-off in 9 years
Twins push across run in 12th without hit, capped by pinch-hit walk


Mauer's walk-off walk 0:45
Joe Mauer takes ball four from Tommy Kahnle in the bottom of the 12th, scoring Eddie Rosario to cap off a 2-1 win over the White Sox
By Do-Hyoung Park / MLB.com |
MINNEAPOLIS -- Believe it or not, coming into Friday night, Joe Mauer had as many walk-offs in his 13-year career as MVP awards: one.

That finally changed in the Twins' 2-1, 12-inning victory over the White Sox at Target Field, when Mauer picked up the second walk-off RBI of his career in the most Mauer-like way possible, with a pinch-hit, walk-off, bases-loaded walk that brought home Eddie Rosario to give the Twins their second win over Chicago of the season. The Twins pushed across their run in the 12th without the benefit of a hit.
Fish reel in Cashner, Rea in 7-player deal with Padres
Miami sends 2 prospects, Capps, Cosart to San Diego for 3 pitchers


Hill on trading for Cashner 4:28
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill discusses the thinking behind the Marlins' trade for Andrew Cashner
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com |
MIAMI -- The Marlins exhausted all possibilities and scouted every imaginable starting pitching option, but in the end, they turned to a familiar club to address their most glaring need.

Once again, the Marlins and Padres were a match, and on Friday, the teams completed a blockbuster seven-player deal, bringing right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to Miami. San Diego received a mix of Minor League and big league players, including injured hard-throwing reliever Carter Capps and two of Miami's top prospects.
Jimenez, Rodgers among top prospect performers Friday
Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer


By Mike Rosenbaum / MLB.com |
Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.
The Indians' scoreboard is now making predictions about the Twins' scoreboard

By Gemma Kaneko |
On Thursday, the Twins' scoreboard did its best to pretend it was a crystal ball. 

Will Smith to the Mets? Carlos Beltran to the Indians? Did these things really happen? Well … no, since all of those trade rumors are just speculation from this MLB.com article. The Indians even changed their Twitter bio to try to make things a little clearer:
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Streaking Tigers pounce early, pile on Astros

Collins' three-run homer 0:30
Tyler Collins puts the Tigers up 9-2 in the bottom of the 2nd inning with a long three-run homer to right field
By Jason Beck and Brian McTaggart / MLB.com |
DETROIT -- The Tigers welcomed the Astros to Comerica Park by putting up Minute Maid Park-type numbers, crushing Houston pitching for nine runs on 11 hits through the first two innings en route to a 14-6 win Friday night.

Detroit's fourth consecutive win, and sixth in eight games, left the two teams a half-game apart as they try to chase down the Blue Jays and Red Sox for the American League Wild Card spots -- with Houston 1 1/2 games back and Detroit 2 back. Their gap on Friday's scoreboard widened in a hurry after Jose Altuve's first-inning homer built a 2-0 Houston lead.
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Bruce wants conclusion to trade speculation
Reds right fielder feels a deal could be made in short order


Bruce's sac fly 0:20
Jay Bruce hits a deep fly ball into center field, scoring Zack Cozart to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com | @m_sheldon |
SAN DIEGO -- This is "hugwatch" No. 3 for Jay Bruce. The Reds right fielder went through the ringer before last year's Trade Deadline and was nearly moved. He was almost traded before Spring Training in February. Now it's happening all over again as the final weekend before Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline.

On Friday, Bruce was expecting to be moved at any moment but remained with the Reds for at least one more game as the Reds handed the Padres a 6-0 loss on Friday.
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Nats back Max, turn triple play to hold off SF

Zimmerman starts a triple play 0:44
Ryan Zimmerman snares a line drive at first with the bases loaded, steps on first for the second out and throws to third for a triple play
By Jamal Collier and Justin Wise / MLB.com |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Max Scherzer controlled a reeling Giants offense for seven innings before the Washington bullpen got out of a bases-loaded jam via a wild triple play in the eighth as the Nationals beat San Francisco, 4-1, at AT&T Park on Friday night.

Washington's relief pitchers lacked the same command as its starter, and the Giants quickly loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth. However, Sammy Solis got Brandon Crawford to line out to Ryan Zimmerman, who stepped on first base for the second out and threw to third base to catch Denard Span too far up the line to end the inning. It was the first triple play the Nationals turned in franchise history and the first 3-3-5 triple play ever.
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Lindor, Turner set to be among Saturday's stars
Indians' Napoli, Nationals' Harper could join pair as top picks to click


Lindor's walk-off single 0:55
Francisco Lindor rips a single to right field and Chris Gimenez scores to lift the Indians to a come-from-behind 7-6 win in the 9th
By Fred Zinkie / MLB.com | @FredZinkieMLB |
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Murphy exits early as precaution vs. Giants
Nationals 2B pulled after legs tighten on chilly night


Murphy's RBI triple 0:30
Daniel Murphy mashes a ball off the top of the wall in right field for an RBI triple and later exits the game as a precaution
By Jamal Collier / MLB.com |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Daniel Murphy was pulled in the fifth inning of Friday night's 4-1 win over the Giants after his legs tighten up on a chilly night in San Francisco.

Murphy also felt his legs tighten the previous night, so manager Dusty Baker wanted to exercise caution and take him out of the game.
Pipeline preview: De La Cruz primed for full-season debut

By Mike Rosenbaum / MLB.com |
Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Saturday's Minor League action:

Mejia streak watch: Indians No. 6 prospect Francisco Mejia aims to extend his 41-game hit streak as Lynchburg faces Winston-Salem at 6:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.

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