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|McKinney also headed to Yanks for Chapman||07-25-2016|
|Billy McKinney CF CHC|
Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports that outfield prospect Billy McKinney is also involved in the Aroldis Chapman trade.
Sahadev Sharma on Twitter
|So now we have McKinney, shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, and right-hander Adam Warren heading to the Yankees along with a fourth unidentified piece. That is a massive haul for New York -- far better than what the Reds received from the Yankees for Chapman this past winter. McKinney has struggled this season at Double-A Tennessee, but he was considered a top-100 prospect leading into 2016 and the 2013 first-rounder is only 21 years old. Chicago landed McKinney from Oakland two years ago in the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade.|
|Zimmermann (neck) goes four scoreless||07-25-2016|
|Jordan Zimmermann P DET|
Jordan Zimmermann (neck) went four scoreless innings Sunday in his rehab debut with Triple-A Toledo.
Anthony Fenech on Twitter
|Zimmermann scattered four hits over his four shutout frames against the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles, striking out two and walking none. He only threw 50 pitches, so another minor league rehab start is undoubtedly coming before he returns to the Detroit rotation. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since July 2 because of a right neck strain.|
|Cubs not making Kyle Schwarber available||07-25-2016|
|Kyle Schwarber LF CHC|
Cubs president Theo Epstein is making it clear that rehabbing slugger Kyle Schwarber is not available for trade, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is known to covet Schwarber, but Sherman says Epstein and Co. would not even discuss the 23-year-old as part of a possible return for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. Maybe a bigger fish will swim along and change Theo's mind, but it sure appears Schwarber will open the 2017 season in a Cubs uniform. He is done for the 2016 season following a major left knee injury.|
|Yankees to get four players in Chapman deal||07-25-2016|
|Aroldis Chapman P NYY|
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will get four players from the Cubs in the yet-to-be-finalized Aroldis Chapman trade.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
|Top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is the centerpiece, but Sherman hears the Yankees are also getting Adam Warren back from the Cubs -- he was traded to Chicago last winter in the Starlin Castro trade -- as well as two other prospects. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has apparently signed off on the deal, so it's not clear what the hold-up might be. There's been talk of the Cubs possibly trying to work out a pre-trade contract extension with Chapman, who can become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series.|
|Kim (hamstring) on track to join O's on Tues.||07-25-2016|
|Hyun-Soo Kim LF BAL|
Hyun Soo Kim (hamstring) will play one more rehab game with Double-A Bowie.
|He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday in his rehab debut, but to be fair the opposition was throwing a left-handed knuckleballer -- a difficult matchup for any hitter on short notice. Kim will try for better results Monday, but he'll remain on track to rejoin the Orioles on Tuesday no matter what goes down. The outfielder has been on the disabled list since July 19, retroactive to July 11, because of a strained right hamstring.|
|Indians promoting Clint Frazier to Triple-A||07-25-2016|
|Clint Frazier CF CLE|
Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier has been promoted to Triple-A Columbus.
Paul Hoynes on Twitter
|Frazier earned the level bump by slashing .278/.357/.473 with 13 home runs, 25 doubles, 48 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 88 games with Double-A Akron. The 21-year-old was drafted fifth overall in 2013 out of a high school in Georgia and has impressed at just about every turn. He was rated a top-50 prospect leading into the 2016 campaign by both MLB.com and Baseball America. Baseball Prospectus had him ranked 53rd.|
|Indians promote Zimmer and Frazier to AAA||07-25-2016|
|Bradley Zimmer CF CLE|
Indians outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer has been promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus.
Paul Hoynes on Twitter
|Fellow top outfield prospect Clint Frazier will join him on the move. Zimmer, 23, was slashing .252/.370/.472 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 31 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored through 92 games this season at the Double-A level. He needs to improve his overall plate discipline, but those counting stats are eye-popping to any fantasy baseball enthusiast. Zimmer was the 21st overall pick in 2014 out of the University of San Francisco. He should make his major league debut later this summer.|
|Tyler Collins (neck) slugs pinch-hit homer||07-25-2016|
|Tyler Collins LF DET|
|Tyler Collins (neck) slugged a pinch-hit solo homer Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the White Sox.||Collins' solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Chicago closer David Robertson was part of a three-homer barrage that tied the game at 4-4. But the White Sox rallied in the bottom of the frame to grab the 5-4 walkoff win. Collins had been sidelined for a couple of days due to muscle spasms in his neck.|
|Franco (wrist) goes 1-for-2 in return Sun.||07-25-2016|
|Maikel Franco 3B PHI|
|Maikel Franco (wrist) went 1-for-2 in the Phillies' loss to the Pirates on Sunday.||Franco was held out of the starting lineup Sunday with a bruised wrist, but he entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning after Andres Blanco left with a fractured index finger. Franco should start at third base in Monday night's series opener at Marlins Park.|
|Arcia goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sun.||07-25-2016|
|Oswaldo Arcia RF TB|
|Oswaldo Arcia (elbow) finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday in the Rays' loss to the A's.||Arcia made an early exit from Saturday's game after suffering a mild right elbow strain and may have still been in some discomfort for Sunday afternoon's series finale in Oakland. Arcia, 25, is batting .226/.301/.387 with six homers and 19 RBI in 52 games this season.|
|Reddick (back) plays inning of right field||07-25-2016|
|Josh Reddick RF OAK|
|Josh Reddick (back) played an inning of right field Sunday in the A's defeat of the Rays.||That's a pretty good indication that his return to the starting lineup is imminent. Reddick has been bothered by a sore back since Saturday. It's nothing serious.|
|LoMo (wrist) expected to return Tuesday||07-25-2016|
|Logan Morrison 1B TB|
Logan Morrison (wrist) is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Times
|Morrison hasn't appeared in a game in a week due to wrist and forearm tendinitis. He was given a cortisone injection Thursday and it is apparently improving the situation. LoMo wanted to play Sunday versus the A's but manager Kevin Cash decided to use Monday's scheduled team off day to get the 28-year-old a bit more rest.|
|Whitley (elbow) goes two scoreless in rehab||07-25-2016|
|Chase Whitley P TB|
Chase Whitley (elbow) threw two scoreless innings Sunday with High-A Charlotte.
Tampa Bay Times
|Whitley worked around a hit and a walk for another sharp rehab appearance. He struck out three batters in a scoreless frame last week in his rehab debut. The right-hander should become an option for the Rays' bullpen (or perhaps starting rotation) by the middle of August. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May.|
|Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.||07-25-2016|
|Brad Boxberger P TB|
Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.
Tampa Bay Times
|Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues.|
|Huston Street among Giants' trade targets||07-25-2016|
|Huston Street P LAA|
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Angels closer Huston Street is among the Giants' trade targets leading up to the August 1 deadline.
San Francisco Chronicle
|He's probably more of a backup plan, as the Giants have been linked to a number of other relievers having far better seasons. Street, 32, owns a rough 5.03 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings this year out of the Anaheim bullpen. He has missed time with oblique and hamstring injuries. The right-hander is under contract for $9 million in 2017 and carries a $10 million club option for 2018.|
|Adrian Gonzalez paces Dodgers with grand slam||07-25-2016|
|Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD|
|Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.||The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI.|
|Kenley Jansen slasms the door on Cardinals||07-25-2016|
|Kenley Jansen P LAD|
|Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.||Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances.|
|Scott Kazmir gives up three in win on Sunday||07-25-2016|
|Scott Kazmir P LAD|
|Scott Kazmir earned his ninth victory of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings against the Cardinals.||Kazmir struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Dodgers offense staked him to nine runs in the first two innings, so all Kazmir had to do was throw strikes and make sure the Cardinals didn't mount a major rally against him. Tommy Pham provided the big blow against him with a two-run blast in the second. He'll bring a 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Staturday's start against the Diamondbacks.|
|Piscotty plates two in loss to Dodgers Sunday||07-25-2016|
|Stephen Piscotty RF STL|
|Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.||Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season.|
|Mike Mayers obliterated in MLB debut Sunday||07-25-2016|
|Mike Mayers P STL|
|Mike Mayers was obliterated in his Major League debut on Sunday night against the Dodgers, surrendering nine runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings.||Mayers also issued two walks while striking out one. It was all downhill right from the get-go, as the first three Dodgers reached in succession and rode home on a grand slam off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez. After allowing six in the first, Mayers came back out for more, but was chased after Howie Kendrick's two-run blast in the second. He'll presumably head back to Triple-A for more seasoning after this one.|