Deadline roundup: Rays face decision on Price

Seven straight wins had the Rays sitting a suddenly manageable seven games back in the AL East, entering Friday, to say nothing of the meager 4 1/2-game deficit they held in the Wild Card. So it would surprise absolutely no one if all this David Price banter leads to bupkis in terms of actual trade activity before the Deadline.

Salty steps up after Alvarez subdues Braves

Henderson Alvarez put to rest any doubts about his sore left shin Thursday night, and he once again pitched at an All-Star level. The right-hander allowed two runs in eight innings and played the role of stopper in the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Braves at Turner Field. Alvarez kept Atlanta in check, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivered the crucial hit.

Johnson could find home again with Orioles

Could Jim Johnson make a return to Baltimore? "That's completely in Oakland's hands now," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Johnson, who was designated for assignment by the A's on Thursday The O's were rumored to have interest in a reunion, engaging in talks with the A's while the right-hander was still on their roster.

Tigers pay the price to get Soria

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski asked former Texas teammates Ian Kinsler and Joe Nathan for their thoughts on Joakim Soria while he was weighing trade options and got rave reviews on the veteran reliever who was acquired by Detroit on Wednesday.