2011 July

st  The Braves top the Orioles, 4-0, as Jair Jurrjens hurls a 1-hitter. Adam Jones’ one-out single in the 7this Baltimore’s only hit.

At Anaheim, the Dodgers Hiroki Kuroda and two relievers combine on a 5-0 whitewash of the Angels.  Fleet rookie Dee Gordon swipes second, third and then, on the front end of a double steal, takes home in the 7th. Initially, his steal of 3B was ruled an advancement on a throw to first to try and nab Tony Gwynn, but Gwynn retreats to 1B successfully. On June 5, the day after Gordon is sent down, his advancement will be ruled a steal. Aaron Miles also has a steal in addition to 4 hits.

Ten of the 15 winning pitchers in today’s games were born outside the U.S. It is the highest one-day total in ML history.

2ndDoesn’t seem fair. Due to an ump’s miscount, Mariners reliever Doug Fister walks the Padres’ Cameron Maybin on three balls. He then scores the game’s only run in the Padres’ 1-0 win.

At Detroit, Miguel Tejada hits a grand slam, one of three homers by the Giants, as San Francisco rolls by the Tigers, 15-3. In the 4thinning Detroit catcher Victor Martinez injures his shoulder and leaves the game. Don Kelly replaces him and becomes the only active player to have played all 9 positions.

The Dayton Dragons of the Single-A Midwest League, tie the record for most consecutive sellouts (814) by a North American professional sports team. The record was set by the 1977-95 Portland Trail Blazers.

3rd  In a 5-3 win over the Rockies, Atlanta’s Dan Uggla has two hits, including his 13thhomer, to start a hitting streak of 33 straight games. Uggla is hitting .178.

Jose Batista bangs his 27thhomer of the year, one of three Toronto homers in the 4-run 8thagainst Cliff Lee, as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies, 7-4. Lee’s consecutive scoreless streak ends at 34 innings as the Jays score all 7 runs against him, and his skein of 49 innings without serving up a homer goes with a bang.

Melky Cabrera hits a pair of homers as Kansas City ties a team record with 12 extra base hits as they double the Rockies, 16-8. Carlos Gonzalez has a homer and 6 RBIs for the Rox, but leaves the game in the 7thafter injuring his wrist.

The Pirates score 8 runs in the first two innings to help Kevin Correia win his 11thgame, a 10-2 pasting of the Nationals. He is the first Buc to win 11 games before the All-star break since Jim Bibby in 1980.

At Atlanta, Mark Reynolds hits a 2-run homer in the 7thand Nick Markakis has 5 hits as the Orioles beat the Braves, 5-4.

The Yankees Double-A team the Trenton Thunder sets an attendance record of 9,212 fans thanks to the presence of Derek Jeter, who is rehabbing there. Five of Trenton seven attendance records involve Derek’s rehabbing visits there.

4thLightning strikes again.  At U.S. Cellular Park, the Royals tie the White Sox at 4 apiece on a homer by Eric Hosmer in the 9th.  Initially ruled a triple, the call is overturned to a homerun upon replay. But the Sox win in the bottom of the 9thwhen Royals reliever Aaron Crow balks home A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run. Pierzynski had reached 3B on a wild pitch. It is the second game-ending balk in three weeks.

At Miller Park, Brewers starter Shaun Marcum pitches 6 innings and allows 4 hits, and also belts a 4thinning grand slam, the only slam this year for Milwaukee and Marcum’s only career homer. He leaves with a  6-4 lead, but the Diamondbacks score runs off each of 3 relievers to win, 8-6.

5thThe Pirates batter three Houston pitchers—all named Rodriguez—and win, 5-1.

7thAt Arlington, a tragedy occurs in the Rangers game when 39-year-old firefighter Shannon Stone falls over a railing in left-center field. She dies from her injuries. The club will make the decision to raise all railings to 42 inches by Opening Day 2012. Derek Hamilton throws a 4-hit shutout and Josh Hamilton has 4 RBIs as the Rangers top the Angels, 6-0.

Travis Hafner belts a walkoff grand slam off Luis Perez in the bottom of the 9thto cap a 5-run rally as Indians defeat the Jays, 5-4. It is Hafner’s 12thgrand slam and Cleveland’s second walkoff grand slam this season.

At Fenway, the Red Sox go deep as Dustin Pedroia hits a 3-run homer in the 3rd, Adrian Gonzalez hits a 2-run homer in the 5th, Jacoby Ellsbury a 2-run shot in the 6th, and then they add three consecutive homers in the 7thfor a 10-4 win over the Orioles.  Connecting in the 7thare David Ortiz, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Saltamacchia.

The Rangers’ Derek Holland pitches a 6-0 shutout over the A’s and is aided by Josh Hamilton who drives in a run in each of his 4 at bats.

Joe Mauer has 3 hits and plays flawlessly in his first game at first base as the Twins top the Tigers, 3-1.

8thArizona’s Kelly Johnson hits his second grand slam of the season, against Kyle Lohse in the 7th, and the D’Backs hold on to beat the Cardinals, 7-5. Ian Kennedy wins his 9th.

9thThe Yankees edge the Rays, 5-4, as Derek Jeter becomes the first Yankee with 3,000 hits in his career. Jeter goes 5-for-5 in the contest, with hit # 3,000 a HR off David Price coming in the 3rdinning. Jeter also hits a double and drives home the winning run in the contest.

San Diego’s Aaron Harang and 4 relief pitchers hold the Dodgers hitless until 2 outs in the 9thinning. Juan Uribe then hits a double and Dioner Navarro brings him home with a single for the game’s only run in LA’s 1-0 win. Rubby De La Rosa and 3 relievers combine to hold the Padres to only one hit, a 5th-inning single by Cameron Maybin.

10thRaul Ibanez drives in 6 runs as the Phillies rout the visiting Braves, 14-1. All-star Cole Hamels (11-4) allows 3 hits. The Phils now lead the Braves by  3.5 games in the NL East.

Anaheim scores 2 in the 8thto trip the visiting Marines, 4-2, and remains a game in back of Texas.  In the 3rdinning, the Haloes Bobby Abreu draws a walk on three balls as ump Gerry Davis loses track of the count. On July 2, Cameron Maybin was walked on three balls.

11thRobinson Cano wins the 2011 Home Run Derby, edging out Adrian Gonzalez, 12-11, in the final round. He is the 3rdYankee to win the Derby. Tino Martinez was victorious in 1997 and Jason Giambi in 2002. An accident is averted when a fan Keith Carmickle falls over a railing attempting to catch a Prince Fielder HR ball. Carmickle grabs a railing and dangles in the air before being hauled in by his brother and a friend. Ironically, it occurs on the same evening that there is a memorial service for Texas Rangers fan Shannon Stone, who died in a fall at the ball park on July 7.

12thThe NL, powered by a 3-run HR from Prince Fielder, defeats the NL, 5-1, in the All-Star Game. Tyler Clippard is the winning pitcher despite facing only one batter and allowing a hit. Jose Bautista is thrown out at the plate on the play. Prince Fielder is named the Game’s MVP.

The Blue Jays trade Juan Rivera to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

The Mets send P Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named (Dany Herrera and Adrian Rosario).

14thRyan Spillborghs has 4 hits, including a homer, and drives in 4 runs as the Rockies squash the Brewers, 12-3. Ryan Braun has a pair of hits for the Brewers to run his consecutive-game hitting streak to 23 games.  After 2B ump Brian O’Nora injures his back and is helped off the field, minor-league ump Corey Blaser, who lives in Colorado, enters the game in the 4thinning. That same inning, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder decides he needs sun glasses and calls time out.  He can’t find the glasses in the dugout and when booing starts over the delay, Fielder accepts the offer of sunglasses from a fan at the end of the dugout.

The Blue Jays trounce the Yankees, 16-7, collecting 20 hits. But the only homers hit are 2 by the Yankees Andruw Jones. The loss ends New York’s streak of 9 straight seasons in which they won the first game played after the All-Star break. It ties the mark for the longest such streak by any ML team. The Yanks had a 9-game streak from 1940 through 1949, and Montreal from 1984 through 1992.

The Giants score 5 unearned runs in the top of the 12thto beat the Padres, 6-2. Pablo Sandoval has a pair of hits for San Francisco to extend his consecutive-game hitting streak to 22 games.

15thPitcher Trevor Bauer of UCLA wins the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player of the year.

In the 50th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., the Democrats defeat the Republicans, 8-2. Rookie Congressman Cedric Redmond of Louisiana tosses a complete-game one-hitter and goes 4-for-4; Redmond played college ball at Morehouse College.

16thAt Wrigley, the Marlins unload on the Cubs to win, 13-3. Hanley Ramirez leads with 3 doubles and scores 3, while Mike Stanton hits homers in the 4thand 5thoff Carlos Zambrano. Z gives up 8 earned runs in 4+ innings. Chris Hatcher makes his pitching debut in relief of winning pitcher Javier Vasquez, who goes 7 frames and strikes out 10, Hatcher tosses a scoreless inning. He is the first pitcher since Art Doll in 1935-36 to play his first season in the majors as a catcher and come back the next as a pitcher. Hatcher caught four games for the Braves last year. He might hold on to the catcher’s glove as he will finish the season with a 6.97 ERA.

17th  The Red Sox edge Tampa Bay, 1-0 in 16 innings. This is just the 24th 1-0 game of 16-plus frames in the majors since 1920.

Jim Thome’s 6thinning homer, a three-run shot off Felipe Paulino, is the difference as the Twins top the Royals, 4-3. It is his 7thof the year as he heads toward #600.  Since homer #445, Thome has managed to acquire every home run ball he’s hit.

18thThe Cubs top the Phillies and Roy Halladay, 6-1. Halladay wilts in the high heat and snaps his streak of 63 consecutive road starts in which he lasted at least 6 innings. It was the longest such streak since Walter Johnson made 82 in a row from 1911 to 1915.

At Minnesota, the Indians sweep a pair from the Twins, winning 5-2 and 6-3 to move into first place in the AL Central ahead of the Tigers. With the help of a 3-run homer by Asdrubul Cabrera, David Huff (1-0) wins the opener, pitching 7 shutout innings. Fausto Carmona is the victor in game 2 going 6 innings. According to Indians Paul Hoynes, beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it is so hot during the second game Carmona sweats through six caps, six undershirts and two jerseys.

Luis Mendoza of the I-Cubs throws his second PCL no-hitter, beating Memphis, 4-0. But it won’t last.  On the 20th, league officials will overturn a no out call in the 9thwhen LF David Lough is given an error on a ball hit by Tyler Greene that bounces of his glove. Greene gets a double and Mendoza gets a one-hitter. Pitching for Oklahoma City in 2009, Mendoza no hit Salt Lake City.

19thThe Astros trade SS Jeff Keppinger to the Giants for minor league pitchers Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel. The division-leading Giants lost 2B Freddie Sanchez to a dislocated right shoulder in early June, and a backup, Bill Hall, is on the DL with a cut on his leg.

Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen hit 2-run homers in the Tigers 6-run 5thas Detroit beats the A’s, 8-3.  It is Guillen’s first homer since last August 14th, just before a knee injury ended his season.

At PNC Park, James MacDonald and 4 relievers combine to give the Pirates a 1-0 win over the Reds. The Pirates are in first place in the NL Central, but starting tomorrow they will lose 13 of 16 and drop 8.5 games.

Danny Valencia hits a 2-run walkoff single in the 9thto give the Twins a 2-1 win over the Indians. the hit comes against Indians closer Chris Perez,  Valencia’s college teammate and roommate. Perez has been staying at Valencia’s house in Minneapolis during the series.

At Tropicana, rookie Jeremy Hellickson gives up a 2-run homer to Robinson Cano, but that’s all the Yankees can muster as they lose to Tampa Bay, 3-2. The Yankees are the last team this season to lose to a rookie starter.

20thThe Tigers obtain 3B Wilson Betemit from the Royals in exchange for minor leaguers Antonio Cruz (P) and catcher Julio Rodriguez.

Medic! Milwaukee scores 3 in the 10thto beat Arizona, 5-2, but Arizona’s Stephen Drew and Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez are successive plays in the 4th. Drew runs through the 3B coach’s stop sign and when he slides across home plate he snaps his ankle, finishing his season. He is also out at home.  On the next play CF Gomez attempts to make a diving catch on a soft liner and breaks his collarbone. Ryan Braun says he could hear the bone snap.  Amazingly, Gomez will be back in action in two weeks.

22ndThe Rangers pound the Blue Jays, 12-2. Nelson Cruz has 4 hits, including a double and 3-run homer, and drives in 8 runs for Texas. Teammate Michael Young has 4 hits and scores 4 runs, while the Jays scores come on two solo homers by J.P. Arencibia. Colby Lewis wins his 10th.

Vernon Wells plumps the cushion for Anaheim by crushing a grand slam in the top of the 9thas the Angels beat the Orioles, 6-1. Kevin Gregg serves up the homer.

On the hottest day on record (104 degrees) in New York, the Yankees are hotter, beating the visiting A’s, 17-7. New York scores 5 in the 2ndand 9 in the 3rd. Swisher, who finishes with 5 RBI, has a 3-run homer in the 3rd, while Mark Teixeira hits a grand slam. Trevor Cahill allows 10 runs in 2 innings for the loss, while Phil Hughes surrenders 7 in 4+. The win goes to Hector Niesi. The heat wave envelops the East as Philadelphia records the hottest July 21stwith a 103 degrees and Boston has its hottest day in the past 85 years

23rdThe Red Sox edge the Mariners, 3-1, giving Terry Francona his 1,000thcareer win as an ML manager.

24thThe Yankees defeat the Athletics, 7-5. Hideki Matsui goes 5-for-5 against his former teammates, including a pair of doubles.

Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and executive Pat Gillick are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

At Baltimore, the Angels break the game open in the 8thwhen teenager Mike Trout hits his first ML homer, a 3-run shot and Torii Hunter adds a 2-run homer, both off Todd Worrell, as the Angels top the Orioles, 9-3. Jeremy Guthrie (4-14) takes the loss.

Xavier Paul races home with the winning run in the 10thas the Pirates top the Cardinals, 5-4. Joe Beimel (1-1) then retires the Cardinals in order to win his first victory as a Pirate in 8 years. Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and the Cards are now tied for first place in the NL Central. The Reds are just 3 games behind.

Tim Wakefield (6-3) wins his 199thas the Red Sox win, 12-8, to extend the Mariners losing streak to 15 games. Jarrod Saltamacchia drives in 4 runs and Kevin Youkilis hits a 2-run homer. Wakefield joins Roger Clemens as the only Boston pitchers to strike out 2,000.

25thThe Rangers pound out 27 hits as they trounce the Twins, 20-6. They become just the third AL team in history to have 7 different players get 3 or more hits in a 9-inning game. The 1939 Yankees and 1955 White Sox also accomplished the feat. They are also the third ML team to score 3 runs or more in each of the first 5 innings. “The first five innings looked like a zip code. . . 33354.” quipped Twins manager Ron Gardenshire. “I think that’s Florida. Ft. Lauderdale.” (he is right). The Twins are just the eighth team since 1920 to give up 25 hits or more twice in a season. The 1922 and 1930 Phillies each gave up 25-plus three times. Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli lead the way with 4 apiece. Starter Mike Blackburn allows 11 of the hits and 9 runs in 2+ innings. Michael Cuddyer finally takes the mound in relief, pitching a scoreless inning though leaving 3 on base.

26thCC Sabathia hurls a one-hitter as the Yankees down the Mariners, 4-1. Mariner batters fan 18 times in the contest. Brendan Ryan’s one-out single in the 7thinning is Seattle’s only safety. Sabbathia walks the first 3 in the 8thand Robertson takes over, fanning Kennedy. It is the 10thstrikeout in a row with the bases loaded for Robertson. Figgins then grounds into a forceout ending his streak.

The Braves edge the Pirates, 4-3, in 19 innings. The winning run comes on a controversial play at the plate when Julio Lugo is called safe despite replays that appear to show that he was tagged out before touching the plate. The game logs in at 6 hours and 39 minutes, topping the 6-hour-11-minute contest between the Reds and Phillies on May 25 that also went 19 frames.

At Fenway, the Red Sox drub the Royals, 13-9. David Ortiz drives in 5 runs as he and Dustin Pedroia each have 4 hits. Ortiz has 3 doubles, while Pedroia extends his hit streak to 19 games. Kansas City finally stops the bleeding when outfielder Mitch Maier pitches a scoreless 8th.

27thWith 17 hits, the Mariners defeat the Yankees, 9-2, to snap their franchise-record 17-game losing streak. The streak began July 5, when the M’s were 43-43 and just two-and-a-half games out of first place in the A.L. West. Mike Carp has 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Ichiro adds 4 hits.

The Angels edge the Indians, 3-1, as Ervin Santana hurls the third no-hitter of the 2011 season. Santana fans 10 and walks 1, surrendering only an unearned run in the 1stinning. He uses 68 fastballs, 35 sliders and two change-ups. He is the 16th major-league pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter but give up a run.

Mike Stanton homers and Mike Cameron doubles that as the Marlins top the host Nationals, 7-5. Washington plates 4 in the 9thto make it respectable.

The Athletics score 9 runs in the 4thinning to beat Tampa Bay, 13-4. Hideki Matsui hits a 3-run homer in the frame and Ryan Sweeney a 2-run homer, both off starter James Shields. Shields surrenders 10 earned runs for the third time in his career. The Rays do set a record, breaking the Washington Senators’ A.L. record of 704 consecutive games started by a pitcher under 30 The last 30-something Rays starter was Jae Sao in 2007. The Senators set their record from 1913 to 1917. The ML record is 879 games set by the Detroit Wolverines of the NL from 1881 to 1888.

David Ortiz bangs a grand slam and Dustin Pedroia extends his hitting streak to 24 games with a homer as the Red Sox beat the visiting Royals, 12-5.

In his first at bat of the season for the White Sox, Alejandro De Aza hits a 2-run homer as the White Sox defeat the visiting Tigers.

The White Sox send pitcher Edwin Jackson and UT Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays in exchange for Jason Frasor and minor league pitcher Zach Stewart. Toronto then sends Jackson, relief pitchers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, OF Corey Patterson and 3 players to be named or cash to the Cardinals for budding OF star Colby Rasmus and pitchers PJ Walters, Trever Miller and Brian Tallet. For Dotel it will be his 12thML team, tying a record. Cards GM Mozeliak later says that as Rasmus became more expensive he would become a “ declining asset.” The Cards also have Jon Jay in the wings.

The Marlins defeat the Nationals, 7-5. Mike Cameron sets an ML record by having a multiple homer game for his 8thteam.

The Giants shore up their weak offense obtaining OF Carlos Beltran from the Mets in exchange for blue-chip pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

Former major leaguer Hideki Irabu, 40, hangs himself at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Irabu had been contemplating a comeback attempt.

28thAndrew McCutcheon has three hits, including a homer, and drives home 3 as the Pirates beat the Braves, 5-3 at Turner Field. Dan Uggla singles to run his consecutive game batting streak to 19. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that he is the first player since 1900 to reach that mark and still have a batting average under .225.

The Marlins top the Nationals, 5-2, as Emilio Bonifacio has a pair of hits and a steal for the Fish. He has now hit in 26 straight games, a batting streak that started exactly a month ago.

Bill Butler bangs a 3-run homer in the Royals 4-run 6thas they beat the Red Sox, 4-3, at Fenway. Luke Hochevar is the winning pitcher. Dustin Pedroia hits his 15thhomer in the 8thinning to run his batting streak to 25 consecutive games.

At Oakland Alameda County Stadium, the A’s use a natural cycle to score 5 runs in the 1stinning as their 3rdthrough 6thbatters hit a single, double, triple and homer in that order. But the Rays shrug it off, scoring 7 runs in the 7thto win, 10-8.

The Cubs send OF Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for minor leaguers Carlton Smith (P) and Abner Abreu (OF). The Tribe had been in the hunt for Beltran.

The Brewers obtain IF Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash.

29thGavin Floyd goes 7 innings to earn the victory as the White Sox edge the Red Sox, 3-2. A.J. Pierzynski hits a 2-run homer off Tim Wakefield for the difference. Wakey goes 7 innings and strikes out 5 to top 2000 strikeouts as a Red Sox. He and Roger Clemens are the only Red Sox pitchers to register 2,000. Dustin Pedroia is hitless ending his consecutive-game hitting streak at 25.

Emilio Bonifacio ends his consecutive-game hitting streak of 26 games as the Marlins lose to Atlanta, 5-0. Brandon Beachy allows 2 hits in 7 innings.

     With their offense sputtering, the Phillies acquire OF Hunter Pence from the Astros in exchange for P Jarred Cosart, 1B/OF Jonathan Singleton, P Josh Zeid and a player to be named.

30thThe Brewers obtain UT Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Nationals for minor leaguer Erik Komatsu.

The Mariners send pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for OF Casper Wells, IF Francisco Martinez, P Charlie Furbush and a player to be named.

The Red Sox get IF Mike Aviles from the Royals for IF Yamaico Navarro and P Kendal Volz.

The Nationals send pitcher Jason Marquis (8-5) to the Diamondbacks for minor league IF Zachary Walters.

The Rangers obtain P Koji Uehara from the Orioles for P Tommy Hunter and IF Chris Davis.

The Orioles trade veteran 1B Derrek Lee to the Pirates. In return, Baltimore gets minor league 1B Aaron Baker.

The Giants acquire IF Orlando Cabrera from the Indians for minor league OF Thomas Neal.

Eliezer Alfonso hits a 6thinning grand slam, off Luke Gregerson, and drives in 5 runs to pace the Rockies to a 10-6 win over the Padres. Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez walks 4 in the 1stand gives up 2 hits as the Padres score 4 runs. They get 2 hits the rest of the way off 4 relievers.

The Indians obtain P Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies for minor leaguers Alex White (P), Joe Gardner (P), 1B/OF Matt McBride, and a player to be named.

In game 2 of a doubleheader, the Yankees set a franchise record by scoring 12 runs in the 1stinning on their way to a 17-3 win over the Orioles. Baltimore pitcher Zach Britton becomes the first player in ML history to allow 8 or more runs while lasting less than an inning in each of 2 consecutive starts. New York collects 24 hits, led by Robinson Cano, who goes 5-for-5, including a pair of doubles, and drives in 5 runs. Nick Swisher has a homer, hitting one in the first game as well, an 8-3 win.

31stThe Tigers edge the Angels, 3-2, as Justin Verlander (15-5) and Jose Valverde combine on a one-hitter. Maicer Izturis’ 2-out single in the 8thinning is the only LA hit surrendered by Verlander as he makes a bid for his second no-hitter of the season. Jered Weaver is tossed in the 7thafter throwing a pitch over the head of Alex Avila. Avila follows Carlos Guillen, who hit a homer and then showboated. Manager Mike Scioscia is also ejected and will earn a one-game suspension. Weaver will be suspended for 6 games.

The Marlins defeat the Braves, 3-1, handing Atlanta the 10,000thloss in franchise history. The Phillies are the only other club to have reached that number, doing so in 2007.

The host Reds whitewash the Giants, 9-0, behind Johnny Cueto’s 3-hit shutout. Cueto lowers his ERA to 1.72.  Joey Votto drives in 5 runs, 3 on his 17thhomer.

Coco Crisp has 2 hits and 3 stolen bases as Oakland beats visiting Minnesota, 7-3. Jim Thome hits his 597thfor Minnesota.

The Blue Jays retire new Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar’s number in a ceremony prior to Toronto’s 7-3 win over the Rangers. It is the first number retired by the Jays.

The Athletics trade submariner Brad Ziegler to the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Jordan Norberto (P) and Brandon Allen (1B).

The Braves obtain speedy outfielder Michael Bourn from the Astros in exchange for OF Jordan Schafer and minor league pitchers Juan Abreu, Paul Clemens and Brett Oberholtzer. Bourn is leading MLB with 39 stolen bases.

The Pirates acquire OF Ryan Ludwick from the Padres for a player to be named or cash. Ludwick was leading the Pads in homers with 11.

A day after obtaining Koji Uehara from the O’s, the Rangers obtain setup man Mike Adams from the Padres for minor league pitchers Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland. Adams is 3-1, with a 1.13 ERA. The Rangers lead the AL West but their bullpen has 19 losses and 15 blown saves. To make room for Adams the Rangers designate 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes (3-3), an all-star last season, for assignment.

The Dodgers trade veteran SS Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals for minor league OF Alex Castellanos.

The Red Sox send minor league pitchers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez and C Tim Federowicz to the Dodgers for OF Trayvon Robinson. They then trade Robinson, together with minor league OF Chih-Hsien Chiang, to the Mariners for a much needed starter Erik Bedard and Josh Fields, a 2008 first-round draft choice. The oft-injured Bedard, who missed most of 2009 and all of 2010 after surgery to his left shoulder, became attractive after the Sox failed to pry Rich Harden from Oakland.

At Yankee Stadium, Freddy Garcia wins his 10thas the Yankees top the Orioles, 4-2. When the O’s Felix Pie bats in the 4th, the scoreboard shows the Greek letter pi and 3.141592653589793, the constant carried to 15 decimal places. For the first time since 1998, the Yankees make no trades in July.