Baseball Shots Of The Week – July 29, 2013

Boston Red Sox (63-43)
Boston Red Sox (63-43)
Boston's extension of Dustin Pedroia keeps the second baseman around through 2021. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)<br><br>David Ortiz was ejected from the Red Sox vs. Orioles game after arguing with home plate umpire about balls & strikes.
Tampa Bay Rays (62-43)
Tampa Bay Rays (62-43)
Another good week for the Rays, who took two of three from the Red Sox at Fenway. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rays acquired the White Sox's All-Star reliever Jesse Crain in exchange for a player to be named.
Oakland Athletics (61-43)
Oakland Athletics (61-43)
A.J. Griffin continues to fly under the radar, some 216 innings into his career. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)<br><br>Bartolo Colon threw a four-hit shutout and the A's beat the Angels 6-0.
St Louis Cardinals (62-40)
St Louis Cardinals (62-40)
St. Louis has the pieces to make a deadline splash, but it's not like they need to in order to play well. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Holliday passed all the necessary running tests, and was activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend.
Atlanta Braves (60-45)
Atlanta Braves (60-45)
Alex Wood had a so-so first big-league start. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)<br><br>Tim Hudson underwent surgery to repair the right ankle he fractured against the Mets.
Pittsburgh Pirates (61-42)
Pittsburgh Pirates (61-42)
Pedro Alvarez was called out on Thursday on one of the subtlest turns toward second base you'll see. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)<br><br>Pirates All-Star closer Jason Grilli will not require surgery to repair an injury in his right arm, instead he will rest to treat the injury.
Detroit Tigers (59-45)
Detroit Tigers (59-45)
Expect the Tigers to add a reliever before the deadline. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)<br><br>And the Tigers did just that as they acquired reliever Jose Veras from the Astros in exchange for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez.
Cincinnati Reds (59-47)
Cincinnati Reds (59-47)
Mat Latos is somehow under appreciated. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Reds' pitcher Tony Cingrani recorded 11 of the Reds' franchise-record 20 strikeouts, despite the 20k's the Reds still lost the Dodgers in 11 innings.
Baltimore Orioles (58-48)
Baltimore Orioles (58-48)
Francisco Rodriguez isn't a huge addition but he's not a name-brand addition only, either. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)<br><br>Chris Tillman tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits, and Adam Jones added two of the four Orioles home runs to beat the Red Sox 6-0 and snapped the Orioles three-game losing streak.
Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48)
Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48)
The Dodgers continue to move up. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Kemp told the Dodgers his sprained left ankle is feeling better, and hopes to return from the disabled list on Aug. 6th.
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians (56-48)
Scott Kazmir with his most impressive outing yet. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)<br><br>The Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rangers, and won 6-0. The win on Sunday completed the series sweep.
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers (56-49)
Texas Rangers (56-49)
The Rangers tried a few years ago to net Matt Garza. This time they got their man. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)<br><br>There are some reports that the Rangers have discussed the possibility of trading closer Joe Nathan as a way of trying to shake up their team.
Arizona Diamondbacks (51-47)
Arizona Diamondbacks (51-47)
Trevor Cahill is working his way back to health. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)<br><br>The Diamondbacks recalled right-handed reliever Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno to take the roster spot of Tyler Skaggs, to get some added bullpen help.
New York Yankees (55-50)
New York Yankees (55-50)
Alfonso Soriano won't heal all that's wrong with the Yankees, but he can help a little. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)<br><br>The Yankees are sitting and waiting to hear from MLB what their decision will be on A-Rod, as several reports state the decision is imminent.
Washington Nationals (52-54)
Washington Nationals (52-54)
The last thing the Nationals need is a Rafael Soriano controversy. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)<br><br>Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run in the ninth inning to beat the Mets, 2-1, in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Kansas City Royals (51-51)
Kansas City Royals (51-51)
George Brett walking away as hitting coach probably won't have the impact people expect it to have. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)<br><br>Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run in the 12th inning as the Royals beat the White Sox 4-2 and extended their win streak to six games and swept the series.
Seattle Mariners (50-55)
Seattle Mariners (50-55)
Best wishes to Eric Wedge on a speedy and full recovery. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>Eric Wedge was released from the hospital on Wednesday after what doctors believe was a mild stroke. The doctors said he is likely to make a full recovery.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (48-54)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (48-54)
Albert Pujols might be out for the year. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)<br><br>The Angels have sent pitcher Scott Downs to the Atlanta Braves for right-handed reliever Cory Rasmus.
Colorado Rockies (51-55)
Colorado Rockies (51-55)
Rex Brothers doesn't get enough attention for his solid season. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rockies hit four solo home runs, and beat the Brewers 6-5 to clinch the series.
Toronto Blue Jays (48-56)
Toronto Blue Jays (48-56)
Brett Lawrie's time at second base is over. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)<br><br>Mark Buehrle threw a two-hit shutout against the Astros to win 4-0 and snap Toronto's seven-game losing streak.
San Diego Padres (48-58)
San Diego Padres (48-58)
The Padres are apparently willing to sell, but what will they sell? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)<br><br>Padres first baseman Kyle Blanks was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list over the weekend, but he was still feeling pain a couple of days before.
Chicago Cubs (48-55)
Chicago Cubs (48-55)
The Cubs got a nice package for Matt Garza. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)<br><br>The Cubs traded outfielder Alfonso Soriano back to the New York Yankees, where he began his MLB career.
Philadelphia Phillies (49-56)
Philadelphia Phillies (49-56)
Nothing like an eight-game losing streak to push the Phillies toward selling. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)<br><br>The Phillies have released Carlos Zambrano who has been up and down in the minor leagues.
San Francisco Giants (46-58)
San Francisco Giants (46-58)
Hunter Pence just hits. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>The Giants acquired Minor League pitcher Guillermo Moscoso from the Cubs and activated him on the major league roster. The Giants gave up a player to be named or cash considerations.
New York Mets (46-56)
New York Mets (46-56)
Zack Wheeler hasn't had a Matt Harvey-like entrance to the majors, but don't quit on him yet. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)<br><br>Mets's pitcher Jon Niese made his first Minor League rehab appearance last week. Niese, has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a partial tear of his left rotator cuff.
Minnesota Twins (45-57)
Minnesota Twins (45-57)
Byron Buxton continues to be touted as the top prospect in baseball. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>The Twins' Chris Colabello hit his first career home run in the 13th inning against the Mariners to beat the M's 3-2 after spoiling Felix Hernandez' shut out opportunity in the ninth inning.
(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers (43-61)
On the bright side: Ryan Braun's suspension comes during a lost season for Milwaukee. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)<br><br>Ryan Braun said he was not "legally allowed to say anything yet," when asked for comments on his recent suspension from the Biogenesis investigation.
(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins (40-63)
Miami Marlins (40-63)
Recent call-up Christian Yelich has a pretty swing and the chance to be an above-average hitter. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)<br><br>Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez set a Marlins rookie record with 13 strikeouts in eight innings, beating the Pirates 3-2.
Chicago White Sox (40-62)
Chicago White Sox (40-62)
Rick Hahn has a decent rebuilding project in front of him. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) <br><br>White Sox minor league pitcher Andre Rienzo, is among the White Sox top prospects, threw a no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte last week, striking out 11 batters.
Houston Astros (35-69)
Houston Astros (35-69)
Matt Dominguez and Jonathan Villar give the Astros a good defensive left side. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)<br><br>The Astros placed outfielder J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left wrist suffered and recalled Robbie Grossman from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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