The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.
Top prospects from the Astros and Padres turned a game between Double-A Corpus Christi and San Antonio into an old-fashioned Texas shootout.
Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send ace left-hander Cole Hamels to Texas for a group of prospects, including two of the Rangers' top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels' no-trade list, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.
Travis d'Arnaud, who has appeared in only 19 games this season due to multiple injuries, is ready to come off the disabled list.
Wilmer Flores learned during Wednesday's game that a deal was in place to send him and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez, only to find out afterward that there was no trade.
The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline was instituted in 1986. For the six decades prior, the Deadline was June 15. So the history of the Deadline, as we know it, is relatively short. But that doesn't mean it lacks dramatic deals. Some Deadline deals are overrated. Some are understated. Some move the needle immediately and some are only appreciated with the beneficial lens of retrospect. Here, with the help of hindsight, are my picks for the trade game's five biggest July Earth-shakers.
Wednesday offered a wide range of rumors and action on the trade front, sparking a look at 10 takeaways from the most dizzying day of deals (and non-deals) in recent memory.
For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack -- this time pushing their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
A deal to acquire Carlos Gomez fell through on Wednesday, shortly after a source confirmed that the framework had been agreed upon. Sandy Alderson indicated after the team's 7-3 loss to the Padres that the team will not be trading for Gomez prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources, in a trade that is expected to be announced on Thursday. Neither club confirmed the deal.
Detroit pitcher David Price remains the Dodgers' top target and the team's pending trade with Atlanta might help make it happen before Friday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.
The Royals may have the best record in the American League, but they'll have to go through Toronto and the Majors' highest-scoring offense this weekend. In Thursday's 7:07 p.m. ET opener, Kansas City will start Danny Duffy, who has logged a 2.15 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list. The Blue Jays will counter with Marco Estrada, who has gone 7-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances between the bullpen and rotation.
At times such as this, ignorance truly can be bliss for a ballplayer with a job to do. As trade winds swirled all day around the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig was focused on mom, bobbleheads and, finally, pitches landing in his happy zone.