2013 July

1stWith their policy of not trusting anyone over 30, the Cubs send P Scott Feldman and backup C Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for pitcher Jake Arrieta, the O’s opening day starter in 2012, and righty reliever Pedro Strop. Feldman made 15 starts for Chicago and will make another 15 for Baltimore with almost identical results, then sign with the Astros. The Orioles give up on Arrieta: With a 5.46 ERA in a Baltimore uniform, he was the worst starting pitcher since the franchise began in Baltimore in 1954 (minimum 60 starts).  In another move, Chicago trades fallen closer Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers in exchange for veteran reliever Matt Guerrier.

2ndReds pitcher Homer Bailey hurls the first no-hitter of the season, setting down the Giants, 3-0. Bailey also threw the last no-hitter of the 2012 season, thereby becoming the sixth pitcher in history to account for consecutive no-nos—meaning no pitcher threw one between his two. Nolan Ryan (twice), Addie Joss, Johnny Vander Meer, Allie Reynolds and Warren Spahn also turned the trick.

At Arlington, Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales hit back-to-back homers in the 1stto jump start the Mariners to a 9-2 win over the Rangers. Morales drives in 6 runs.

The Mets, who set a rNL record by going 30 consecutive home games without scoring more than 5 runs, plate 7 in the 7thto beat the Diamonbacks, 9-1.

The Cubs sign Baseball America’snumber two international prospect Venezuelan SS Gleyber Torres. On August 2 they will ink Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez to a $2.8 million signing bonus contract. He is rated the top international prospect. Both players are 16.

The Class A Lansing Lugnuts get a walkoff hit but still lose their game. When Chris Hawkins hits a 2-out single to drive in the winning run in the 9th, the runner chooses to join the team celebration rather than run to 2B.  A toss to the bag turns the hit into a forceout. Poetic justice as the Lugnuts lose in the 10th(noted by Jayson Stark).

3rdThe Yankees edge the Twins, 3-2, as CC Sabathia records the 200thwin of his ML career.  Mariano Rivera records a save and before the game receives a gift from the Twins: a rocking chair made from all the broken bats his cutter sawed off. Rivera is delighted with the gift.

4thWilson Ramos has a 3-run homer and 5 RBIs as the Nationals beat the visiting Brewers, 8-5.  Jean Segura almost registers his third stolen base in the 9thwhen he and Aoki advance a base on the same play.  It is ruled defensive indifference.

5thAt AT&T Park, Juan Uribe has a double, triple and homer and 7 RBIs to lead the Dodgers to a 10-2 win over the Giants.  The Dodgers lose Matt Kemp when the star injures his shoulder. He will be out till July 21, and when he returns with a 3-hit game, he’ll injure his ankle.

6thAlfonso Soriano hits two-run homers in consecutive innings and the Cubs beat the visiting Pirates, 4-1.

The Dodgers acquire P Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Steve Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez.

7thAt Cleveland, the Tigers score 3 in the 8thto tie, but the Indians score 3 of their own to beat Detroit, 9-6.  Michael Brantley has 2 homers and 5 RBIs for the Tribe. His second homer, in the 8thinning, is served up by Al Albuquerque, his first dinger in 72 ML games. He’ll tee up another in his next appearance.

8thThe Cubs send veteran OF Scott Hairston to the Nationals for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro, 21.

The Mets edge the Giants, 4-3, in 16 innings. Buster Posey goes 5-for-8 for SF, including 2 triples and a homer. On the other hand, a golden sombrero with a belt? Brandon Belt goes 0-for-8 with 5 strikeouts.

9thThe Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 6-1. Yasiel Puig (.407) and Hanley Ramirez (.404) become the first teammates since 1931 to have batting averages of at least .400 at least 100 ABs into a season.

The White Sox trounce the Tigers, 11-4, as Alex Rios goes 6-for-6, including a triple.

Wily Peralta of the Brewers shuts out the Reds, 2-0, ending Milwaukee’s record streak of 407 consecutive regular-season games without a complete game. The next-longest streak is 301 by the Marlins from 2006 to 2008.

10thThe Red Sox defeat the Mariners, 11-4. David Ortiz hits a double in his first AB to pass Edgar Martinez for the most career hits for a designated hitter.

11thThe Giants win their third in the last 17 games, beating the Padres, 4-2. Madison Baumgarner has all three of the wins during the period. The Padres are 7.5 games in back of the leading D’Backs; the Gisnts still 6.5 out.

12thHouston’s Jarred Cosart hurls 6 1/3 hitless innings in his ML debut as the Astros edge the Rays, 2-1. He is the first pitcher in 40 years to take a no-hit bid this far in his debut. Bill Slayback did it for the Tigers in 1972.

The Red Sox acquire P Matt Thornton from the White Sox for minor league OF Brandon Jacobs. The durable lefty is the only pitcher to appear in 60 games every year for the last 8 seasons, but he will most of August with a strained oblique muscle and not be named to Boston’s post-season roster.

13thThe Giants shut out the Padres, 9-0, as Tim Lincecum hurls a no-hitter. Lincecum throws 148 pitches in the game while striking out 13 batters.

At Comerica, Max Scherzer allows 4 runs in 6 innings against Texas and that is all that Derek Holland (8-4) needs as the Rangers beat Detroit, 7-1. For Scherzer, it is his first loss after 13 straight wins.

14thThe Athletics edge the Red Sox, 3-2, in 11 innings. Boston P Brandon Workman hurls 6 innings of no-hit ball in his first ML start. He is the third pitcher  in 4 days days to accomplish the feat (Jarred Cosart and Danny Salazar). That equals the same number of hurlers to do so over the past 15 years.

15thYoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics wins the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field.

16thThe American League defeats the National League in the 84thAll-Star Game by a score of 3-0. Mariano Rivera is named the game’s Most Valuable Player in his last appearance in the classic.

19thThe Mariners beat the Astros, 10-7. Houston rookie Brandon Barnes goes 5-for-5 and hits for the cycle.

20thThe Mariners manage only one hit, but defeat the Astros, 4-2. Eric Bedard hurls 6 1/3 hitless innings (he allows 3 runs) for Houston before being removed. Michael Saunders’ 2-run double off Jose Cisnero is Seattle’s only safety. It is the 4thtime in ML history that a team has scored 4 or more runs while getting only 1 hit. Bedard becomes the 10thpitcher in history to lose a game in which he pitches at least 6 innings and doesn’t allow a hit.

A day after being benched for not hustling, Alex Rios hits a grand slam and collects 5 RBIs as the White Sox beat the Braves, 10-6. Jake Peavy pitches 6 innings in his first start since June 4.

21stMike Napoli hits a 3-run homer off CC Sabathia in the 3rd, then finishes the long evening with a 2-run walkoff homer in the 11thas the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 8-7. Napoli’s homer comes at 12:54. The Yanks now trail Boston by 7 games.

At Citi Field, Matt Harvey (8-2) throws 7 scoreless innings as the Mets roll by the Phillies, 5-0. The young ace strikes out 10.  Cliff Lee (10-4), making his 300thcareer start, gives up 3 homers and 5 runs in 6 innings.

Caleb Gindl hits his first career homer in the bottom of the 13thand the host Brewers shut out the Marlins, 1-0. The Fish have gone 37 straight innings without a run, the longest drought in the majors in 20 years. They will score 2 in the 1sttomorrow against the Rockies.

At Anaheim, Bartolo Colon fires his third shutout of the season as Oakland beats the Angels, 6-0. In his previous ten seasons Colon has totaled 2 shutouts.  His three whitewashes will lead AL pitchers.

Nick Franklin’s grand slam highlights a 7-run 2ndas the Mariners cruise to a 12-5 win over the Astros. Felix Hernandez scatters 4 hits over 6 shutout innings for the win.

22ndThe Rangers obtain veteran Matt Garza from the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards, IF Mike Olt, and a player to be named. Olt was the Rangers top prospect before suffering a concussion in winter ball last year and Edwards has dominated single A this season.

In a startling move, Brewers’ slugger, and former NL MVP, Ryan Braun is suspended for the remaining 65 games of the 2013 season for his ties to performance-enhancing drugs.  Not disputing it, Braun says, “As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.” Near the end of his suspension, Braun will telephone season ticket holders, partial season ticket holders and single seat buyers to offer his apologies.

Joe Blanton (2-13) coughs up 4 runs in 3+ innings as his Angels lose, 4-3, to the visiting Twins. Clete Thomas belts a leadoff homer in the 4thoff Blanton, the 10thstraight game in which Blanton has served up a homer. He had a similar streak last year to match Bert Blyleven as the only pitchers to do it in consecutive years.

At Boston, the Rays tighten the AL East race with a 3-0 victory over the Red Sox.  Matt Moore allows 2 hits.  The win is the 18thin last 20 games for Tampa Bay and moves them a half game behind the Sox.

23rdThe Dodgers come back to win their 5thstraight, defeating the Blue Jays, 10-9, in Toronto. Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis each drive in 3 runs.

The Orioles bolster their bullpen by acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee for minor leaguer Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez has a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances.

24thNate Schierholtz lines a two-out double into the left-field corner in the top of the 12th inning to drive in the go-ahead run and the Chicago Cubs hold on to defeat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6. For Schierholtz, it is his 5thRBI of the game. Hector Rondon (2-0) pitches the 11th and 12th innings for the win. The Diamondbacks strand 16 runners and fall 1 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West behind the Dodgers. Junior Lake doubles in the 1st inning and adds an RBI double in the 5th, raising his hit total to 14 in his first six games in the majors: the previous Cubs rookie mark was 13 hits in first 6 games, set by Andy Pafko in 1943.

At Minute Maid Park, catcher John Jaso has a double and homer for the A’s as they beat the Astros, 4-3. But Jaso leaves in the 8thinning when a foul tip hits his mask causing a concussion. He won’t play the rest of the season.

25thAngel Pagan’s lines a walk-off inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the 10th to give the Giants a 6-5 win over the Rockies. Colorado had scored in the top of the frame. This is the third inside the park walk off extra inning homer for the franchise, the last coming in August 1923 by Ross Youngs.

26thThe Yankees get IF/OF Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs in exchange for 21-year-old minor league pitcher Corey Black. The veteran Soriano and his large contract do not fit in with the Cubs plans.

Edwin Encarnacion hits a pair of homers in the 7thinning, leading the Blue Jays to a 12-6 victory over the Astros.

27thFor only the 2ndtime in ML history, 4 games played today are decided by scores of 1-0: the Rays over the Yankees, the Royals over the White Sox, the Indians over the Rangers, and the Cubs over the Giants. It also happened on September 2, 2001. Tomorrow, there will be 7 shutouts, including two more 1-0 games.

In his first at bat since returning from a hip injury, Miguel Cabrera homers as the Tigers trim the Phillies, 10-0. It is Philadelphia’s 7thloss in a row. Max Scherzer allows one hit in 6 innings before leaving.  Cabrera has 3 RBIs on the day to reach 99.

Dr. Frank Jobe is honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame for his impact on the sport. Paul Hagen accepts the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, and late Toronto Announcer Tom Cheek is honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting.

28thFormer Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert Jr., umpire Hank O’Day, and catcher James “Deacon” White are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Pitcher Travis Wood and catcher Welington Castillo hit solo homers as the Cubs edge the host Giants, 2-1. Losing pitcher Tim Lincecum has 2 hits and strikes out 10 and has now struck out 1,454 in his first 7 seasons: only Tom Seaver (1,655), Bert Blyleven (1,546), Ferguson Jenkins (1,466) and Walter Johnson (1,461) struck out more in their first seven (as noted by Bill Arnold).  Lincecum will K another 56 before the year is out, giving him 1,510. For the first time in 50 years, the only players today with multi-hit games are the pitchers.

29thJason Giambi hits a walk-off HR to give the Indians a 3-2 win over the White Sox. He becomes the oldest player ever to hit a walk-off homer, doing so 45 days older than when Hank Aaron hit one.

The Rays obtain P Jesse Crain from the White Sox for future considerations.

The Braves acquire P Scott Downs from the Angels in exchange for minor league P Cory Rasmus.

The Tigers get P Jose Veras from the Astros for minor league OF Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.

30thThe Red Sox obtain ace P Jake Peavy in a three-team deal with the Tigers and White Sox. In addition to Peavy, Boston also gets P Brayan Villarreal. Detroit gets SS Jose Iglesias, and Chicago winds up with top outfield prospect Avisail Garcia, minor league pitchers Jeffrey Wendelken and Francellis Montas, and minor league SS Cleuluis Rondon.

The Orioles edge the Astros, 4-3, as Chris Davis clubs his 38thhomer. Astros rookie Jonathan Villar swipes home with the bases loaded in the 3rd, the first Houston rookie to do so since Craig Biggio in 1989.

The A’s acquire IF Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for IF Grant Green.

I’d like to buy a vowel, please. The Indians get Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for IF Juan Herrera.

Rookie Brandon Workman notches his first ML victory, pitching the Red Sox to an 8-2 win over Seattle. Workman strikes out 9. Boston stays a half game behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, as the Rays win for the 21sttime in 25 games.

Alex Avila hits a tie-breaking grand slam in the 6th, off Stephen Strasburg, as the Tigers beat the Nationals, 5-1.

Toronto’s Mark Buehrle goes 7 innings as he combines with Steve Delabar and Darren Oliver to shut out the A’s, 5-0. Delabar strikes out the side on 9 pitches in the 8th.

White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo, a Brazilian-born righty, debuts with 7 innings against the Indians, allowing 3 runs, and no decision. Cleveland uses a 4-run 8thto win, 7-3. Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes, the first Brazilian-born player in the ML, is 1-for-2 with a walk off Rienzo. Gomes is 2-for-3 in the game with 3 RBI.

The Dodgers sign reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract.  The Beard has not pitched since April 2012 when he had Tommy John surgery.

31stThe Rangers edge the Angels, 2-1, on Adrian Beltre’s walk-off HR. Texas becomes the 2ndteam in ML history to complete a 3-game sweep with a walk-off four baggers in each game. It was also accomplished by the Diamondbacks against the Expos in 1999.

The Dodgers acquire C Drew Butera from the Twins for either a player to be named or cash.

The Diamondbacks send pitcher Ian Kennedy to the Padres for P Joe Thatcher, minor league P Matt Stites, and a draft pick. Kennedy, 21-4 in 2011 and 15-8 in 2012, had slumped to 3-8 this year.

The Astros trade P Bud Norris to the Orioles for OF L.J. Hoes and P Josh Hader.

The Royals acquire OF Justin Maxwell from the Astros for minor league P Kyle Smith.