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July 28, 2019

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PHOTO: The Spun | Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman pitches during a game.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the New York Mets have agreed to acquire pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Stroman is in the midst of his best MLB season, with a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts. That made him one of the hottest names on the market, and he was expected to help a contender. However, the Mets are not contenders. They are five games under .500 and six games out of the second NL wild card. This move is likely about 2020, as Stroman is under contract for next season and the Mets believe they can contend that quickly.

Trevor Bauer acted like a child before he was removed from Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, and the Cleveland Indians ace apologized for his actions immediately after the game.

Bauer, who angrily threw the ball over the center field wall when Terry Francona came out to pull him, admitted his frustrations got the best of him and there is “no place for it in the game.”

Trevor Bauer has been subject to trade rumors throughout much of the month of July, but his on-field outburst Sunday could have negative repercussions if the Cleveland Indians are serious about moving him.

The Boston Red Sox came alive in the first three games of their weekend series against the New York Yankees, and they are buyers now heading into Wednesday’s trade deadline.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Red Sox executives are confident they will make an “impactful deal” before July 31. Olney says New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz is one name to watch.

The Tampa Bay Rays are adding some depth for a potential playoff push.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Rays have acquired utility man Eric Sogard from the Toronto Blue Jays after multiple teams pursued him.

Sogard could help the Rays without costing much in terms of prospect value. The 33-year-old veteran has appeared in 73 games for the Blue Jays this season, hitting .300 with a career-high 10 home runs while playing five different positions in the field. If he can keep that up, he’ll be a nice add for a Rays team that likes that sort of versatility

The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up one of their top minor league prospects in shortstop Bo Bichette. He is the son of former Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette a four-time All-Star.

Between Bichette, Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio, the Jays have had three prospects playing together in the minor leagues and working around the same MLB arrival timeline. All three happen to be the sons of former Major League stars.

The Washington Nationals just can’t get Max Scherzer healthy. The ace right-hander, whose back tightened up in his first start after returning from the injured list, did not throw his bullpen session on Sunday as scheduled. According to Nationals manager Dave Martinez, he is “very doubtful” to make Tuesday’s scheduled start.

The New York Yankees have dealt with a number of injuries to their starting rotation this season, and CC Sabathia is the latest to wind up on the shelf.

On Sunday, the Yankees announced that Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his right knee.

George Springer led off the game with a home run, Jose Altuve

and rookie Yordan Alvarez also connected and the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 Sunday.

The Astros have won nine of 11, including two of three in this interleague matchup of division leaders.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have temporarily removed struggling right-hander Greg Holland from the closer role.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters that he wants to give Holland a break and that he wants the demotion to be temporary.

Lovullo also told reporters that he is undecided whom Arizona will use in save situations, saying that hitter matchups could determine his choice.

Rookie outfielder Harold Ramirez homered, hit a line drive that scored the tiebreaking run and made consecutive catches against the fence to help the Miami Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 Sunday.

Miguel Rojas led off the first inning with a home run for the second game in a row, and Miami teammate Brian Anderson added his 14th homer. Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the Marlins.

Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (9-7), the subject of trade speculation, allowed two earned runs in six innings. His streak of wins in four consecutive starts ended even though he struck out 11 and walked none.

Tucker Barnhart is making up for lost time. The Cincinnati Reds catcher hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and the Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Sunday.

Barnhart improved to 4 for 5 in two games since returning on Friday after missing 22 games with a right oblique strain. He drove in Josh VanMeter from second base with a grounder up the middle off Jake McGee (0-2) and celebrated by clapping his hands twice as he rounded first base.

Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to power the Chicago Cubs past the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 on Sunday, averting a three-game sweep in a matchup of NL Central contenders.

Schwarber crushed a first-pitch slam deep into the second deck in right field off starter Zach Davies (8-4) with one out in the second inning for his 23rd home run of the season. The slugger took Davies deep again in the fourth with an opposite-field shot to make it 7-0.

After the Milwaukee Brewers cut it to 7-3 in the fifth, Schwarber’s infield single with two outs in the sixth kept the inning alive for pinch-hitter Victor Caratini, who hit a three-run homer off Milwaukee reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

No matter how bad things looked the previous two days, the Philadelphia Phillies still feel good about their playoff chances. A little power and Aaron Nola can do that. J.T. Realmuto hit a grand slam, three other Phillies went deep and Philadelphia avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

MICHAEL BARI SHOW MLB POWER RANKINGS

American League

  1. New York Yankees
  2. Houston Astros
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Minnesota Twins
  6. Tampa Bay Rays

National League

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. St.Louis Cardinals
  4. Chicago Cubs
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. San Francisco Giants

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