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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Rodriguez said he is encouraged by a talk he had with the Yankees' sabermatricians, who told A-Rod his advance analytics are encouraging. When manager Joe Girardi was asked how A-Rod gets another chance when he isn't playing against lefties, righties and doesn't play defense, the manager said, "His time is going to come. He is going to get more chances." Maybe, but it doesn't sound like many. A-Rod is hitting .206 with nine homers and 29 RBIs. He turns 41 on Wednesday.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The second act of the benching of Alex Rodriguez has commenced -- and there is not much end in sight. A-Rod is not starting against lefty Dallas Keuchel tonight, because manager Joe Girardi plans on starting Carlos Beltran at DH the next three nights. The Yankees are next in Tampa, which has turf that Girardi may not want to play Beltran in the outfield much on. The Rays may have two lefties starting, which could be a plus for A-Rod. After that, the Yankees are at the Mets, where there is no DH.

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Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

The Mets are in favorable position in one regard as they head into the trade deadline. They play 15 of their next 20 games at Citi Field, with 10 home games against the Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks. Those three teams are a combined 33 games under .500. "This is when good teams take off," said Mets manager Terry Collins. We need to take off."

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, who reflected back on last year's deadline, when he unloaded Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and Joakim Soria: "In my heart, we weren't good enough to win it at that time. And that's what I ended up expressing." Dombrowski acquired key assets for Detroit-- namely, Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris, Matt about and JaCoby Jones -- even though he knew his days with the organization were numbered. Asked if he knew he wasn't going to return as GM, Dombrowski said: "Pretty much."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In discussing reliever Koji Uehara's strained right pectoral muscle, Dave Dombrowski referenced Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who dealt with the unusual injury for a pitcher in 2014. Sanchez missed seven weeks that season.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Amid a stretch of 17 days without an off-day, the Cardinals just in the last week have endured a rainout, a day-night doubleheader, a 16-inning game and an all-night travel day that had them reach their Manhattan hotel at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. Manager Mike Matheny said he loves it. "I don't necessarily want them, but I love to see how guys respond," he said. "This is one of those hard tests. They've been answering the bell. I couldn't be happier with how they've responded."

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Here is what Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski had to say when asked if there were bad feelings over how things ended in DET: "Well... I had a good run there. We had a great 14 years together. And I think that should probably be the best way to look at it. "

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In other Yankee news, Alex Rodriguez is not starting against lefty Dallas Keuchel. A-Rod doesn't start against most righties. He is not starting against a lefty today. He doesn't play defense. But GM Brian Cashman said the team has no thoughts of releasing him. Cashman did give A-Rod a gold star for his effort and attitude.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Luis Severino is a long reliever for the time being. That time may be short because when Adam Warren arrives, Severino could be gone.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With one week until the trade deadline, Dave Dombrowski's public stance is that Red Sox are doing a lot of listening -- they're "open-minded," he said -- but don't feel like they need to make any trades.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman just spoke to the media. Here is the money quote on the Aroldis Chapman trade. "This isn't a white flag," Cashman said. "It is a rearrangement." Cashman would neither define the Yankees as sellers or buyers. He said he will present all trades he thinks makes sense to ownership and see if Hal Steinbrenner approves.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman is in the Yankees clubhouse at Houston's Minute Maid Park, giving handshakes and hugs to his ex-teammates. He arrived in a golf cart through the hallways with none another than Alex Rodriguez. When Chapman first entered the clubhouse, Andy Pettitte, who is from nearby Deer Park, told Chapman he regretted that Chapman had been traded and wished him luck.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts had fluid drained from his knee two days ago, leading to diminished swelling and less discomfort when he tested it by running earlier today. But manager John Farrell said the Red Sox "don't fully expect [the fluid] to vanish," a sign that Betts might need a few days off during a brutal August in which team makes two 11-game road trips and has one off-day.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Believe it or not, it's conceivable Craig Kimbrel could rejoin the Red Sox by next week. He will throw off a mound again Wednesday, could go on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, and might not need more than one outing before he's ready, according to manager John Farrell. Kimbrel had minor knee surgery only two weeks ago.