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Jon Lester with historic Cubs outing

The LHP struck out 14 Rockies in 8 IP in the Cubs' 3-2 series winner, becoming the first Cub to strike out 14 in a game since Mark Prior's 16 in September 2004 -- and the first Cubs southpaw to K at least 13 in the last 100 seasons. Box score

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Pirates beat Twins, win third straight

Bucs CF Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs, including his 14th HR of the season, in the 10-4 win over the Twins, who have dropped four straight. The Pirates' bullpen threw 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief in Minnesota. Box score

Verlander outduels Archer in win

Justin Verlander walked away the winner in this pitchers’ duel with Rays RHP Chris Archer. Verlander struck out 10 through 8 IP in the Tigers' 2-1 win.

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Jon Lester: 3 sac bunts; 2nd player w/ 3 sacrifices in a game this season (Gio Gonzalez). Lester had 0 this season entering today's game

Maddon: Castro's 'not getting traded'

After Starlin Castro was double-switched out of Tuesday's loss, manager Joe Maddon told him not to worry about persistent trade rumors. "I said, 'You're not getting traded,'" Maddon recalled. "Just relax and play." Story

Tigers GM: We're open for business

Said Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, acknowledging the team will look to trade some of its stars before the deadline: "We're only going to make a trade if we think it makes sense for us. But we think it gives us a chance to restock our club." (via MLB's website)

Kansas City Is all about '1738'

The Royals players have imposed a new rule for interviews: Quote Fetty Wap or get fined. Because why not? Royal quote

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David Price possible availability will immediately effect the Cole Hamels market as the trade deadline heats up

Tigers shopping Price, Cespedes

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Tigers told multiple teams they will listen on all their potential free agents -- David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, closer Joakim Soria and others -- between now and Friday's trading deadline.

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Indians win big over Royals, 12-1

The Royals had to piece together a run in the top of the 9th to avoid their worst shutout loss since 2006 (13-0 vs. Cleveland). Corey Kluber threw a complete game, 5-hitter and six Indians had 2 or more hits. Box score

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Dodgers not done after Latos deal

Jim Bowden on the reported deal that sends Mat Latos from the Marlins to L.A.: "The Dodgers got a really good 4th starter. They’re still going to try to go get Hamels or Gallardo ... but [Latos] is going to help them down the stretch."

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Latos dealing since DL stint

Mat Latos has been about a replacement-level pitcher this season, but he's been much better since a DL stint due to a knee issue, with a 2.69 ERA over his past seven starts after coming off the DL. His fastball velocity has been up 1 mph in the past two months as well. Good pickup for the Dodgers as the back-end starters haven't been going deep into games. (via David Schoenfield)

What it would take to get Cole Hamels

The Phillies' ace has the most value of any player believed to be on the market. And though the Johnny Cueto deal set the market price for No. 1 starters, the difference between Cueto and Hamels is that Cueto is merely a two-month rental. 5 potential deals (Insider)

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Hearing from teams in the Cole Hamels hunt that if he gets traded, it likely won't happen until at least Thursday. Possibly deadline day

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Tigers beat Rays, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel. - Justin Verlander: 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 10 K - Chris Archer: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 11 K

Final: Tigers slip by Rays

Chris Archer had 11K's in 7 innings -- and even a bid for a perfect game -- but ended up with the loss as Detroit rallied behind starter Justin Verlander, who reached double-digit strikeouts for the first time since 2013. Box score

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#VoteBlueJays @BlueJays

Tulo on playing in Canada: "Its a huge opportunity. I know they embrace their sports teams and they embrace the Blue Jays"

Storen not thrilled with Papelbon add

Jonathan Papelbon is a National, and not everyone is happy. Said newly demoted closer Drew Storen: "All I'm going to say is that I'm aware of the move and I've talked to [GM] Mike [Rizzo] about it and talked to my agent and we've had some ongoing discussions and until those have progressed I'm going to leave it at that and no comment for now."