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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals had to find a closer. They found one in Pittsburgh. Get Mark Melancon for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn. Nationals give up two good arms but hold onto Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner & Reynaldo Looez

Less for Lucroy

In most summers, Jonathan Lucroy would be one of the most attractive players in the trade market. So why are the Brewers having trouble finding a trade fit for him? Buster Olney explains (Insider)

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Another great outing for J.A. Happ as he allows three hits and fans 11 in 7+ innings. He may have benefited from a wide strike zone, but be painted the corners and is going to improve to 14-3 with an ERA just over 3.00 ... and the Blue Jays, assuming they hold this 9-1 lead, will move past the Orioles into first place.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Melancon is going to be a free agent at year's end; Pirates get five more years of control with Rivero. Plus a prospect. Makes sense for PIT

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

We're through five quick innings and the Cubs righty-loaded lineup still hasn't managed a hit against Seattle lefty Wade Miley. Chicago's Jake Arrieta has been nearly as sharp, so we've got a scoreless pitcher's duel on our hands.

Reports: Nationals trade for Melancon

The Nationals have acquired All-Star closer Mark Melancon in a trade with the Pirates, according to multiple reports. It was first reported by Fox Sports. Since 2013, Melancon's 1.80 ERA is the lowest in MLB.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mariners have sandwiched a couple of singles around a double play against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, who has been intent on establishing his fastball early. Arrieta went with the hard stuff on 83 percent of his pitches to the first 12 Seattle hitters.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Reminder: tonight's Yankees-Rays game starts at 6:10 pm, not 7:10.

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Rodriguez makes his first start since July 22 tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays and LHP Drew Smyly. Here's the Yankees lineup: Gardner 7, Ellsbury 8, Beltran 9, Rodriguez DH, Teixeira 3, Castro 4, Gregorius 6, Headley 5, Romine 2, Eovaldi RHP

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Nobody is getting good swings so far today against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta or the Mariners' Wade Miley. Sixteen batters, no hits, six strikeouts all told. Only batter to get on base was Seattle's Leonsys Martin, who reached on a strike three wild pitch in the first.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm hearing that Jay Bruce may very well get traded before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, but it's not likely to be the Mets acquiring him. The Reds are more likely to send him to a team in the West.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mariners are now 1-for-11 with RISP in their first 10 innings vs. Cubs pitchers.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't go penciling in Kyle Hendricks to start against the Mariners Sunday night. When asked during his pregame media session Saturday if he was considering mixing in a sixth starter that push the rest of the rotation back a day, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, "It is subject to change, yes." However, Maddon added that the Cubs weren't ready to announce anything but if it happens, the turn would be taken by a pitcher already in the organization.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Potential suitors keep drifting in and out of the Jay Bruce sweepstakes. The Rangers have checked in on Bruce, but their main focus is pitching. The Mets are also keep tabs on Bruce, but he's not a great fit at Citi Field. Bruce is a corner outfielder who hits left-handed, and the Mets already have an abundance of that commodity.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon explains why he's got Cubs infielder Javier Baez batting clean-up today, but it can be summed up by Baez's slash-line against lefties: .377/.448/.597. His 1.046 OPS against southpaws ranks 17th among MLB qualifiers.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Brewers continue to be engaged with the Mets in talks for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who fits NYM in this way: $4m salary '16, $5.25m '17

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

To be clear: More than a month ago, NYY indicated to other teams they were willing to talk about Brian McCann (and others), as reported then

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

McCann a Georgia guy, with Braves getting ready to move into a new park; he could be a gate attraction, like Freeman.