2012 July

1stThe Yankees obtain P Chad Qualls from the Phillies for a player to be named or cash.

2ndThe Padres defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-2, as rookie Yasmani Grandal hits his third ML homer. He becomes the 7thplayer since 1900 whose first three ML hits are homers.

3rdThe Braves down the Cubs, 10-3. For the first time in a decade, Chipper Jones gets 5 hits for Atlanta, including a pair of doubles. He drives in 4 runs.

Ian Desmond homers and the Nationals beat up on Tim Lincecum (3-9) to whip the Giants, 9-3. Seven of the runs off Lincecum are earned. Lincecum will lose 15 this year, tops in the NL.

At Dodger Stadium, Luis Cruz breaks up a 1-1 tie with a steal of home in the 7thand the Dodgers beat Johnny Cueto and the Reds, 3-1. It is Cruz’s first steal since 2008 and the only steal this season off Cueto, who picks off 9 runners and gets 9 trying to steal.

Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homer in the 1stinning as the White Sox roll to a 19-2 win over the Rangers. Chris Sale goes to 10-2 for Chicago.

Orioles rookie Wei-Yin Chen has a perfect game through six innings, but Casper Wells of the Mariners homered off him with one out in the seventh. Chen exits in the 8thand the Orioles rally in the 9thto win, 5-4.  Darren O’Day (5-0) wins in relief.

Aramis Ramirez connects for a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 10thoff Heath Bell to give the Brewers a 13-12 victory over the Marlins. Ramirez finishes with 4 RBI, while Ryan Braun adds a 3-run homer.

4thThe Marlins acquire 1B Carlos Lee from the Astros for minor leaguers Matt Dominguez, a good-fielding third baseman, and Rob Rasmussen (P).

The Athletics edge the Red Sox, 3-2, as Boston’s David Ortiz hits the 400thHR of his career.

The Padres down the Diamondbacks, 8-6. Padres rookie C Yasmani Grandal hits a homerun to become just the fourth player in ML history to clout 4 homers through his first 6 ML games.

Former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee wins his first game this season as the Phillies down the Mets, 9-2. His 13 starts without a victory are the longest for a Cy Young winner since Greg Maddux went 14 starts without a win in 2008.

The Pirates spot the Astros two runs, then come back to win, 6-4, to move into first place in the NL Central, a game ahead of the Reds, losers to the Dodgers.

6thAt Citi Field, the Mets score 3 in the 9thbut come up short as the Cubs win, 8-7.  Anthony Rizzo has 3 RBI and 4 hits and Reed Johnson has 4 hits including a homer and double off Johan Santana.  He also steps on Santana’s foot as he covers first on an infield grounder. Santana will not be the same in his next 4 starts, not making it past the 5thinning. His last start for the Mets is August 12.

8thAt PNC Park, Neil Walker has 5 hits, including a double and a HR, and scores 4, while Andrew McCutcheon has 2 homers and drives in 4 as the Pirates stop the Giants, 11-2. The Pirates chase Tim Lincecum (3-10) in the 4thas A.J. Burnett goes to 10-2.

Blue chipper Trevor Bauer, brought up June 28 and who got lit up in his last start, pitches 6 innings and allows 2 hits and no runs as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers, 7-1.

9thPrince Fielder defeats Jose Bautista to win the All-Star Home Run Derby. He becomes the 2ndplayer to win multiple titles, joining Ken Griffey Jr.

10thThe NL shuts down the AL in the All-Star Game by a score of 8-0 for its 3rdstraight win in the Midseason Classic. Melky Cabrera takes MVP honors, leading the way with a HR and 1B.

13thThe Athletics defeat the Twins, 6-3, despite a 15-strikeout performance by Francisco Liriano.

In a marathon at Kauffman Stadium, the White Sox outlast the Royals, 9-8, in 14 innings. Dylan Axelrod gets the win with 2 shutout innings, the eighth rookie hurler the Sox use in the game.

Alfonso Soriano collects two doubles and a pair of homers to pace the Cubs to an 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks.  He drives in 5 runs. It is the third game in his career he has four long hits.

14thIn a 4-1 victory over Arizona, Cubs starter Ryan Dempster matches the team record of 33 consecutive shutout innings with 6 shutout frames. Dempster leaves after 89 pitches having tied the team mark of Ken Holtzman in 1969. He leads the NL with a 1.86 ERA.

Felix Hernandez allows 3 singles and strikes out 12 as the Mariners stop the Rangers, 7-0.

With the Padres down 7-6 with 2 outs in the 9th, Everth Cabrera swipes home on a 2-2 count when Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen has his back turned to home. Jansen throws wildly to his catcher A.J. Ellis, but Ellis plays as if he caught the ball, and tags Cabrera. Umpire Greg Gibson initially calls out. Cabrera and then changes his ruling to safe. Trailing Padres runner Will Venable rounds 3B and comes to the plate, scoring the eventual winning run when he beat the return throw from the catcher to Jansen who doesn’t cover the plate.

16thThe Astros shutout the Padres, 2-0, behind J.A. Happ, who had lost his last 11 decisions as a visiting pitcher. It is the first time in 116 years that a visiting hurler with a road losing streak of more than 10 games posts a victory for a club that had lost more than 10 straight on the road. Unimpressed, the Astros will trade Happ in 4 days

The Red Sox defeat the White Sox, 5-1. David Ortiz has a hit and walk for the 10thconsecutive game for Boston, tying the modern ML record previously accomplished by Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Stanky twice, Bobby Murcer, and Victor Martinez.

17thThe Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 6-1, as CC Sabathia notches his 10thwin of the year. He becomes just the third pitcher over the past 80 years to register double-digits in wins in each of his first twelve ML seasons. Don Sutton and Tom Seaver also accomplished the feat.

18thThe New York Yankees blank the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0 in a rain-shortened game as Hiroki Kuroda pitches the seven-inning shutout. The Yankees are cruising, having won nine of 11 and 16 of 22 games, and are leading the American League East by 10 games, on pace for 95 wins. Print the playoff tickets.

At Boston, Kevin Youkilis belts a 3-run homer in the 8th, off Jon Lester, for the White Sox as they beat the Red Sox, 7-5. Adam Dunn has a stolen base for the White Sox, his first since 2008.

19thThe Padres shut out the Astros, 1-0, on Edinson Volquez’s one-hitter. Matt Downs’ infield single in the 4thinning is Houston’s only safety.

Georgia native Buster Posey drives in 5 runs as the Giants win their fourth straight, beating the host Braves, 9-0.

Cody Ross belts a 3-run walkoff homer with one out in the 9thas the Red Sox emerge victorious over the White Sox, 3-1.. It is his third career walkoff hit.

Johnny Cueto throws 6 shutout innings to pace the Reds to a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks.  Cincinnati wins its first game without Joey Votto, who has surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

20thThe Astros and Blue Jays complete a 10-player trade. P Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco and minor leaguers Joe Musgrove (P), Asher Wojciechowski (P), David Rollins (P) and Carlos Perez (C) go to Houston along with a player to be named. Toronto acquires pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter.

In a trade of damaged goods, the Royals obtain pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from the Rockies in exchange for P Jonathan Sanchez.

The Cardinals score 3 runs in the 1stinning and go on to defeat the Cubs, 4-1. The runs end Ryan Dempster’s scoreless innings streak at 33 in a row. He becomes the first P in modern ML history to have separate scoreless streaks of 30-or-more innings as both a starter and reliever.

Tom Milone strikes out 10 and allows no runs in 7 innings as the A’s edge the visiting Yankees, 3-2. Cespedes has 4 hits, including a homer. New York’s streak of 43 straight games of scoring 3 or more runs comes to a halt. They will lose tomorrow, 2-1. Robinson Cano’s hitting streak of 23 straight games will end tomorrow as well. Cano is the 23rdYankee since 1918 to compile a batting streak of 20 straight games or more.

After trailing 9-0 through 5 innings, the Braves edge the Nationals, 11-10 in 11 frames.

21stNeeding bullpen help, the White Sox acquire pitcher Brett Myers from the Astros in exchange for minor league pitchers Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters, and a player to be named.

The Giants nip the Phillies, 6-5, as starting pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamel each homer in the 3rdinning. It is the 4thtime in the last 20 years (May 14, 1990) that pitchers on both teams hit homers in the same game.

The Cardinals score 12 runs in the 7thinning to defeat the Cubs, 12-0. St. Louis ties  ML records by stroking 7 doubles in the frame and collecting 8 extra-base hits. The Cubs also lose starter Matt Garza who pitches 3 innings and leaves with a season-ending elbow injury. The injury prevents Garza from being traded this year. As noted by Trent McCotter, the Cubs turn an unusual 3-4-5 double play in the 3rdwhen Schumaker bunts Furcal to 2B, and Schumaker is thrown out at 1B, 3-4.  Furcal keeps running and tries to make it to 3B, but the second baseman Barney fires to third base to tag Furcal out.

The Diamondbacks beat the Astros, 12-3, as Jason Kubel clouts 3 homers and drives in 6 runs.

A.J. Burnett wins again at home as the Pirates beat the Marlins, 5-1. The Bucs score 4 runs against Carlos Zambrano in the 4thwithout getting a hit. Three walks, 2 HBP, and a throwing error do it.

Tim McCarver and Bob Elliott are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. McCarver receives the Ford C. Frick Award for his contributions to baseball in broadcasting, and Elliott of the Toronto Sun is given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for sports writing.

22ndBarry Larkin and Ron Santo are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

     At Fenway, Toronto lights up starter John Lester for 11 runs in 4 innings en route to a 15-7 Jays win.  The loss will prompt Adrian Gonzalez, texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, to air their dissatisfaction with Bobby Valentine for embarrassing Lester by leaving him in. It was the latest incident in a season’s worth of bad relations bubbling between Red Sox players and Valentine. Valentine uttering “Nice inning, kid” to rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks after he made a defensive blunder—an episode to which Valentine admitted on WEEI radio—only furthered the animus toward the 62-year-old. Despite the pummeling, Lester joins Dutch Leonard and Bruce Hurst as the only Red Sox left-handed pitchers to strike out at least 100 batters in five seasons or more when he struck out Travis Snider in the 2nd inning.

Johnny Cueto (12-5) stops the Brewers, 2-1, as the Reds remain atop the NL Central by a half game. The Reds won at least eight games in a home stand of 10 games or fewer when as they go 8-2 in the home stand; the team previously accomplished the feat in 1912, 1924, 1966 and 1975.

23rdThe Yankees obtain OF Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners for minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.

The Tigers acquire 2B Omar Infante and P Anibal Sanchez from the Marlins in exchange for P Jacob Turner and minor leaguers Rob Brantley and Brian Flynn (P).

24thThe Angels defeat the Royals, 6-3. Super rookie Mike Trout becomes the first player in ML history with at least 100 hits, 15 HRs and 30 steals in his first 75 games of a season. Trout’s totals are 109, 15 and 31, respectively.

The Nationals beat the Mets, 8-2, in 10 innings. New York becomes just the third team in ML history to lose consecutive games by 5 or more runs, both in extra innings. The Astros did so in 1973 and the Angels in 1994.

Down 6-1 going into the bottom of the 8th, the Phillies rally for 6 runs to defeat the Brewers, 7-6, taking Phils starter Cliff Lee off the hook for the loss.  Lee allows 4 homers, including one to opposing starter Zack Greinke. The lefty Lee does pick a runner off 3B.

The Red Sox edge the Rangers, 2-1, behind Clay Buchholtz and Vincente Padilla (4-0). Adrian Beltre of the Rangers has a double to join Wade Boggs, Gary Gaetti, Chipper Jones, Brooks Robinson and Scott Rolen as the only big-league third basemen to register at least 14 seasons of 20 or more doubles. In the 2ndinning, Buchholtz and 1B Adrian Gonzalez each tie ML records as Buchholtz records 3 putouts and Gonzalez has 3 assists.

Felix Hernandez pitches in to the 8thinning as the Mariners beat the Yankees, 4-2.  King Felix loses his control in the 8th, hitting Derek Jeter, throwing a wild pitch and then hitting Alex Rodriguez on the wrist, breaking his left hand. A-Rod will be sidelined until early September. Before being hit with the pitch, Rodriguez struck out for the 2,000thtime in his career, joining Reggie Jackson, Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa and Andres Galarraga as the only major-leaguers to strike out 2000.

The Indians obtain UT Brent Lillibridge from the Red Sox for minor league P Jose De La Torre.

The Pirates obtain P Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros in exchange for minor leaguers Rudy Owen (P), Colton Cain (P), and Robbie Grossman (OF).

25thThe Marlins send 3B Hanley Ramirez and P Randy Choate to the Dodgers for P Nathan Eovaldi and minor league P Scott McGough.

A day after she is kidnapped, Cal Ripken’s mother is found bound but unharmed.  No ransom note or motive is given.

26thThe Mets beat the Diamondbacks, 3-1. Matt Harvey gets the win in his ML debut for New York, striking out 11 in 5 1/3 innings. He also lines a single and double, becoming the first pitcher since 1900 to fan 10 or more and get a pair of hits in his first ML appearance.

Call me Star. The Pirates defeat the Astros, 5-3, as Pittsburgh rookie OF Starling Marte hits a four bagger on the first pitch he sees in his first ML at bat.

27thThe Angels load up, obtaining ace Zack Greinke from the Brewers for SS Jean Segura, who made his ML debut three days ago, and minor league pitchers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg. Segura will make the 2013 all-star team.  While Greinke was Milwaukee’s best pitcher, the Brewers will go 38-25 the rest of the way.

The Giants get veteran infielder Marco Scutaro from the Rockies in exchange for minor league IF Charlie Culberson.

Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal hits his first ML triple, with the bases loaded, to pace the Padres to a 7-2 win over the Marlins.

28thThe White Sox acquire pitcher Francisco Liriano (3-10) from the Twins for IF Eduardo Escobar, hitting .207, and P Pedro Hernandez. Liriano, who threw a no-hitter last season, had reconstructive surgery.

The Mets lose to the Diamondbacks, 6-3, despite 3 homers from Ike Davis. Davis becomes the 8thplayer in ML history to hit 3 or more homers, all solo, which account for all his team’s runs.

In his first start since being acquired from Miami, Anibal Sanchez gives up three home runs and the Tigers lose, 5-1, to the Blue Jays.

Down 6-4 to the Red Sox, Mark Teixeira takes a 51-MPH lollipop for a strike, then cranks the next pitch for a 2-run homer off nemesis Vincente Padilla to tie the game in the 8th.  Boston scores 2 in the 9thwhen Curtis Granderson misjudges Pedro’s Ciriaco’s drive for a triple. Sox win, 8-6.

29thAt Minute Maid Park, the Astros beat the Pirates, 9-5, for their third win in their last 28 games. The win breaks a 12-game losing streak. But Houston will go 1-9 in their next 10.

The Diamondbacks acquire 3B Chris Johnson from the Astros for minor leaguers Bobby Borchering (IF) and Marc Krauss (OF).

Michael Morse hits a 2-run homer in the 9thto tie, and then delivers a 2-run double in the 11thas the Nationals beat the Brewers, 11-10.

Clayton Kershaw pitches a 5-hit shutout to win, 5-0, over the Giants and give the Dodgers a 3-game sweep of their rivals. LA is now a percentage point behind the Giants.

Houston trades third baseman Chris Johnson to the Diamondbacks for minor leaguers Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss.

30thThe Braves obtain P Paul Maholm (9-6) and OF Reed Johnson and cash from the Cubs for minor league hurlers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

The Dodgers acquire P Brandon League from the Mariners for minor leaguers Leon Landry (OF) and Logan Bawcom (P).

Oakland edges Tampa Bay, 4-3, in 15 innings despite having 21 batters strike out. Rays starter David Price K’s 11 in 7 innings.

The Mariners send P Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays in exchange for Eric Thames.

The Blue Jays send OF Travis Snider to the Pirates for P Brad Lincoln (4-2/2.73).

Both teams lose their starting rookie catchers in the Padres 11-5 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.  Yasmani Grandal strains an oblique muscle and leaves the game to go on the DL, while Reds C Devin Mesoraco gets tossed in the 3rdinning for arguing a call with plate ump Chad Fairchild. After the thumbing, Mesoraco jabs his finger into the ump’s chest, earning him a three-game suspension.

The Angels score 9 runs in the 6thinning and go on to defeat the Rangers, 15-8. Kendrys Morales becomes the third player in ML history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning: one is a grand slam. Carlos Baerga and Mark Bellhorn previously performed the feat. Morales joins Jim Lemon (1959 Senators), Mark McGwire (1996 A’s) and Alex Rodriguez (2009 Yankees) as the only A.L. players to hit two homers in an inning with one being a grand slam; N.L. batters have turned the trick 10 times.

31stThe Phillies send OF Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for P Josh Lindblom and minor league P Ethan Martin. Philadelphia also sends OF Hunter Pence to the Giants in exchange for OF Nate Schierholtz, and minor leaguers Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin. Joseph, a blue-chip catching prospect, will be stalled by injuries.

The other shoe drops. In the final hour before the trade deadline ends, the Rangers obtain P Ryan Dempster from the Cubs for minor league hurler Kyle Hendricks and IF Christian Villanueva. Dempster had been the object of trade discussions with the Braves but nixed a deal, hoping that the Dodgers would take him. The blue chip prospect Hendricks is out this year with Tommy John surgery.

The Reds get P Jonathan Broxton from the Royals for minor league hurlers Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran.

The Pirates acquire 1B Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins for minor leaguers Gorkys Hernandez (OF) and Kyle Kaminska (P).

The Yankees get veteran 1B/3B Casey McGehee from the Pirates for P Chad Qualls, whom the Yanks acquired on July 1.  McGehee, hitting .230 with Pittsburgh, will drop to .151 for the Yanks.

The Cardinals acquire P Edward Mujica from the Marlins for minor leaguer Zack Cox.

The Red Sox send 1B Lars Anderson to the Indians in exchange for P Steven Wright.       Boston obtains P Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Matt Albers and OF Scott Podsednik.

The Cubs send C Geovany Soto, a former Rookie of the Year, to the Rangers for P Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash.

The Pirates shut out the Cubs, 5-0, on A.J. Burnett’s one-hitter. Chicago’s only hit is a single with 2 outs in the 8thinning by rookie Adrian Cardenas, called up earlier in the day. Burnett gestures angrily at the ump for not calling a third strike on an outside curve.