The Tampa Bay Rays insist they haven’t given up on their season by trading David Price. The 2012 AL Cy Young winner was sent to Detroit on Thursday in a three-team deal that landed pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Seattle Mariners. The Rays made the playoffs four of the past six seasons and entered 2014 with expectations of contending for a spot in the World Series. ”Compared to the other possibilities, it was by far the most prudent thing that we could do for the best interests of the franchise,” executive vice president of baseball operation Andrew Friedman said.

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Despite trading Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon , the Cleveland Indians still have a legitimate ace on their roster. His name is Corey Kluber, and he continued to cement his ace status with a dominant and historic outing against the Seattle Mariners.
The 28-year-old right-hander needed only 85 pitches to throw his first career complete game shutout, and that incredible efficiency put him in elite company.
Corey Kluber threw an 85-pitch shutout tonight against Seattle. Only the seventh blanking on 85 or fewer pitches since turn of millennium. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014
The previous six: Aaron Cook (81), Jeff Karstens (83), Aaron Cook (79), Rich Harden (81), Roy Halladay (83), Jon Lieber (78). Cook twice! — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014
More amazing, Kluber faced one batter over the minimum in nine complete innings for his second consecutive start, which actually rewrote the MLB history books.
Corey Kluber 1st pitcher in MLB history to face 28 batters or fewer in back-to-back starts of at least 9 IP. — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 31, 2014
Both the Indians and Baseball Reference confirmed Kluber’s accomplishment.
In his previous outing on July 24, Kluber carried a perfect game bid into the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals before allowing a hit and later an unearned run on Ryan Raburn’s throwing error . He ended up getting a no-decision in a game the Royals won 2-1 in extra innings.
On Wednesday, he allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out eight in Cleveland’s 2-0 victory .

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched his first career shutout to outduel Felix Hernandez, Yan Gomes had a two-run double and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday night.

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In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs but has never been drafted. Brandon Poulson was pitching earlier this month for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. Now, the Twins are about to give him $250,000. ”It’s a great story,” Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson said Tuesday.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

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A gaggle of scouts from pitching-needy teams assembled behind the backstop at Citi Field on Monday night for a matchup between two clubs bound for Nowhereville. The attraction: Veteran right-handers A.J. Burnett and Bartolo Colon. Neither is the caliber of a David Price, a Jon Lester or a Cliff Lee, but both are serviceable second-tier starters that could probably help a contending team. In his final start before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, Burnett flopped. He was hit hard in the Phillies ’ 7-1 loss to the New York Mets. “Just a brutal effort,” said Burnett, who allowed eight hits, five for extra bases, as his record fell to 6-10 with a 4.15 ERA in 23 starts. Colon, 41, carried a shutout into the eighth inning before the Phillies scored their only run of the game on back-to-back doubles by Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies had 13 hits (four each by Ruiz and Marlon Byrd) on the night, but just two extra-base hits. They left 12 men on base. “The big hit,” manager Ryne Sandberg lamented. “The extra-base hit with men on base to score multiple runs. That’s something that has lacked.” The Phils have played 106 games and scored two or fewer runs in 40 of them. Only San Diego has scored two or fewer runs in more games (51). Scouts from Toronto, Kansas City and St. Louis were all in attendance. All are looking for a starting pitcher. After this one, Colon, owed $11 million for next season, might be more attractive to those teams than Burnett, who has a player option that could be worth as much as $12.75 million next season, depending on how many starts he ends up making this season. Unlike teammate Jonathan Papelbon, who can’t wait to get out of Philadelphia, Burnett is not eager to move on. “This is my team,” he has said of the Phillies several times in recent weeks. After his final start before the deadline, Burnett made it clear he was in no mood to talk about a possible trade. “I have no clue [what’s going to happen],” he said. “I don’t like to talk about it. As soon as I hear talk about it, I walk the other way. I don’t want to be around it. I focus on today, the game that’s ahead of us, not where we could end up or what could happen.” If the Phillies are able to make a deal before Thursday, outfielder Byrd and reliever Antonio Bastardo probably stand the best chance to go. Byrd, who had four singles, is still coveted by Seattle, but the Mariners would have to guarantee his $8 million option for 2016 to get him. Bastardo had a rough homestand, but there are still enough teams looking for relievers that he could go. But he certainly didn’t help his value with his poor work at home. As for Lee and Cole Hamels. Well, Lee probably hasn’t shown enough in two starts off the disabled list to have top value. He could still be an August waiver deal. Hamels is available — he, along with every other Phillie, has been for weeks — but the Phils want a huge haul for him. After Monday night’s game, Sandberg was asked what he considered the greater need going forward, starting pitching or offense. “Overall, I think you need starting pitching to compete,” he said. “Generally speaking, good pitching with defense can give you a chance.” Read into this comment and you can see the skipper favors keeping Hamels. That is the organization’s mindset, as well: Build around Hamels — unless some team blooooows you away. Burnett threw 131 pitches in his previous start, but said that had nothing to do with his problems on Monday night. “Everything was flat, up, no life,” he said of his pitches. Burnett had a lot of trouble keeping the ball out of the middle of the plate. That’s a recipe for hard-hit balls and the Mets had several. They had three doubles on their way to scoring four times in the first inning. Travis d’Arnaud belted a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth. “We dug ourselves an early hole,” Sandberg said. The manager has said that a lot this season. And chances are he will again before it’s all over.
— Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly.com

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The Stew’s Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We’ll give you the day’s most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
COLE WORLD:  The Phillies are listening to offers on Cole Hamels, in addition to Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee and others, but they want “the world” for Hamels. [ CBS Sports ]
FAVES : Dodgers and Cardinals appear to the favorites for Hamels, if a deal can get done. Of course, they’re supposedly the favorites for David Price too. [ @JonMorosi ]
DONE DEAL : Dodgers get Gold Glove second baseman Darwin Barney from Cubs for a player to be named later. Barney was recently DFA’d by Cubs. [ Yahoo Sports ]
IT’S NOT JUST MATT KEMP : The Dodgers are also floating Carl Crawford out there in potential trades, but they’d need to eat a lot of money. [ @JeffPassan ]
Between Kemp, Crawford — and don’t forget Ethier — it’s clear Dodgers are trying to use July 31 deadline to clear their outfield logjam. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2014
RED SOX GETTING LOTS OF CALLS : In addition to Jon Lester, John Lackey is in demand and the Red Sox are getting “hit hard” with calls. [ @Ken_Rosenthal ]
THE MARKET FOR LESTER : Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are two teams calling the Red Sox about Lester. [ MLB Trade Rumors ]
MASTERSON ON THE MOVE? Indians “very willing” to trade Justin Masterson. [ @JeffPassan ]
DONE DEAL : The Blue Jays and Royals traded a few guys you’ve probably never heard of — Blue Jays get Danny Valencia; Royals get Erik Kratz and Liam Hendriks [ MLB Daily Dish ]

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Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles are working extra hard for their wins lately. Machado lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Sunday. The Orioles took three of four in the series, twice winning in extra innings. Baltimore is 11-3 in extras this season, including six straight wins.

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