2014 July

1stAt Dodger Stadium, the Indians thrash the Dodgers, 10-3.  An unusual 7-2-4 triple play occurs in the 4thafter rookie Kyle Crockett replaces Masterson with the bases loaded and “induces” Adrian Gonzalez to line into a triple play. Yasiel Puig is initially ruled safe at 2B, and Indians manager successfully challenges. Dodger skipper Don Mattingly then unsuccessfully challenges the ruling that Dee Gordon is out at home on a 7-2 play.  Retrosheet notes that this is the second time two managers have challenged parts of the same play (June 1).

The Red Sox release veteran lefty Chris Capuano, who will sign a minor league deal with the Rockies in 3 days.  The Yankees will sign him July 24thand he will go 2-3 in 12 starts in the Bronx.

4thThe Cubs finally pull the trigger and send pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics in exchange for blue-chip SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney and P Dan Straily.  The deal looks like a World Series ticket for the A’s, but the two stars will sputter in Oakland with a combined 7-12 mark. Both will return to Chicago in the off-season, Samardzija to the Sox and Hammel to the Cubs.  Hammel pitches 6 innings today against the Nats, leaving in the 7thwhen the trade is announced. He wins his 8thas Chicago is victorious, 7-2.

5thThe Orioles defeat the Red Sox, 7-4. Nelson Cruz goes 5-for-5 for Baltimore, including 2 doubles and a HR. He also steals a base.

The Toronto Blue Jays lose, 5-1, to Oakland and also lose the services of Edward Encarnacion, who hurts his right quad in the game.  The Jays are just a half game out of first place in the AL East, but when the slugger returns to action on August 15 they will be 7.5 back.

6thJeff Samardzija wins his Oakland debut, pitching 7 strong innings as the A’s beat Toronto, 4-2, to complete a 4-game sweep.  Samardzija was 2-7 with the Cubs.

The Yankees obtain P Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Vidal Nuno.

7thChris Davis hits a tie-breaking homer in the 11thas the Orioles plate 6 runs to beat the Nationals, 8-2.  Manny Machado has 5 hits, including a homer in the 11th.

8thWho you going to blame, Skip? The Cubs blow a 5-0 lead as 6 relievers each give up one run to the Reds.

9thAt Fenway, the Red Sox rally with 3 runs in the 8thand two more in the 9thto whip the White Sox, 5-4.  Mookie Betts is hit by a pitch in the 9thand scores the tying run on a double by Daniel Nava, who plates the winner on a single by Holt. Betts also scores the first Sox tally in the 8thon a double, his second of the game, to shortstop (!), a grounder that he beats out and keeps running to an uncovered 2B.

10thThe Dodgers edge the Padres, 2-1, behind Clayton Kershaw. SD’s run comes on a homer by Chase Headley, snapping Kershaw’s scoreless streak at 41 consecutive innings. Kershaw becomes the first pitcher in ML history to win 8 consecutive starts, within a single season, with at least 80 strikeouts and an ERA under 1.00 over that span.

12thThe White Sox defeat the Indians, 6-2, as rookie 1B Jose Abreu hits his league-leading 29thHR of the season. It is his 50thextra-base hit of the year, and it comes in his 81stML game. The last player to reach that plateau in fewer games was Ted Williams, who did so in 80 games in 1939.

At Coors Field, the Twins use a balanced attack to beat the Rockies, 9-3. Charles Blackmon has 5 hits for Colorado; he had a 6-hit game in April.

13thThe US defeats the World, 3-2, in the 16thAnnual Futures Game. Rangers prospect Joey Gallo is named MVP as his 2-run HR gives the US its margin of victory.

Battery up. The Giants defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-4, as SF’s runs come on grand slams by C Buster Posey and P Madison Bumgarner. It is the first time in ML history that a pitcher and catcher ever his grand slams for the same team in the same game. Bumgarner is the just second pitcher in ML history to have a pair of grand slams in the same season. Tony Cloninger did so in 1966 for the Braves.

The Brewers defeat the Cardinals, 11-2, as Elian Hererra goes 5-for-5, including a double.

The Red Sox shut out the Astros, 11-0. Mike Holt gets 5 hits for Boston, including a roundtripper.

14thOakland OF Yoenis Cespedes wins his second consecutive Home Run Derby, defeating Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier in the finals by a score of 9 dingers to 1.

15thThe AL defeats the NL, 5-3, in the All-Star Game. Jeter starts the game off with a double hit off a meatball from Adam Wainright. Mike Trout is named the game’s MVP, going 2-for-3, including a triple, and driving in 2 runs.  A’s 3B Josh Donaldson is the first Oakland position player to start an All-star game since 2003.

16thThe Rangers send P Jason Frasor to the Royals in exchange for P Spencer Patton.

18thThe Padres send pitchers Huston Street and Trevor Gott to the Angels in exchange for 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon, and pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

The Yankees edge the Reds, 4-3, as Derek Jeter starts his 2,610thcareer game at SS to set a ML record. Omar Vizquel had been the previous record holder.

The Braves defeat the Phillies, 6-4. The Braves have now won the first game after the All-Star break for 9 consecutive seasons to tie a ML mark also held by the Expos (1984-1992) and Yankees (1940-1949 and 2002-2010).

21st    The Nationals defeat the Rockies, 7-2, as Ian Desmond goes 5-for-5 for Washington, including a homer.

The Yankees lose to Texas, 4-2, with all the Rangers runs coming off starter Shane Greene.  Greene makes 3 errors in his stay, but none lead to runs (the AL record for errors in a game is 4)

22nd  The Yankees pick up veteran 3B Chase Headley from the Padres in exchange for IF Yangervis Solarte and P Rafael De Paula. Yankees GM Brian Cashman observes, “We feel like we‘re at the very least getting an average major leaguer at that position. And maybe more.” Headley lands at LaGuardia an hour before game time and reaches Yankee Stadium by the second inning. He immediately makes his presence felt with a walkoff RBI single in the 14thas New York beats Texas, 2-1.  Both teams score in the 13th.

The Athletics agree to a 10-year lease extension to remain in Oakland. Owner Lew Wolff said that after reviewing modifications made by the Oakland City Council, he agreed to keep the A’s in O.co Coliseum.

23rd   The Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

24th   The Mariners obtain slugger Kendrys Morales from the Twins in exchange for P Stephen Pryor.

The Blue Jays shut out the Red Sox, 8-0, as Marcus Stroman and 2 relievers limit the Sox to a single hit. Shane Victorino’s leadoff single in the 7thinning is Boston’s only safety.

26th   The Giants obtain former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy from the Red Sox for pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Peavy, in his walk year, was 1-9 this year with Boston, losing his last 9 decisions.

I’d like to buy a T. The Rockies have a promotion for Troy Tulowitzki and give away 15,000 jerseys. Only problem is: the shirts have his named misspelled as Tulowizki on the back.  The star ought to be used to it by now: the same thing happened at the 2011 All-star game.  The Rockies will apologize. Colorado wins today, 8-1, over the Pirates as Tyler Matzuk throws 7 shutout innings.

27th   Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is the first time since 1991, with Fergie Jenkins and Gaylord Perry, that two starting pitchers have been elected in the same year.

Josh Harrison paces the Pirates to a 7-5 win over the host Rockies by hitting a double, 2 singles, a homer and stealing 2 bases on the same play. In the 4thinning, he steals 2B but overslides and gets caught in a rundown. Ducking around catcher Wilin Rosario he reaches 3B safely for two thefts, one play. He then scores the go-ahead run.

28th   The Cubs send good-fielding 2B Darwin Barney to the Dodgers for a player to be named (Jonathan Martinez).

The Royals obtain P Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz from the Blue Jays in exchange for IF Danny Valencia.

30th   Corey Kluber hurls a complete game as the Indians shut out the Mariners, 2-0. Felix Hernandez takes the loss. Kluber becomes the first pitcher since 1914 to toss 9 innings and face no more than 1 batter over the minimum in consecutive starts. Jim Scott of the White Sox was the last man to do so. Kluber uses just 85 pitches to record the shutout, a team record.

Brain freeze. In San Francisco, the Pirates blow a 5-4 lead through 6 innings and lose to the Giants, 7-5.  In the 6thTravis Snider is on 2B when Chris Stewart is walked and trots to an open 1B. Thinking the sacks are full, Snider ambles to 3B to find it occupied by teammate Gaby Sanchez, who then leaves the bag. Seeing the jam up, Giants hurler Jean Machi tosses the ball to SS Brandon Crawford, who tags both runners for a 1-6-1-5 double play.

The Red Sox send P Felix Doubront, in their organization for 10 years, to the Cubs for a player to be named. In December they will receive Marco Hernandez, a 22-year-old minor league shortstop.

The Indians trade P Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for OF James Ramsey.

31st    The trading deadline swaps continue as the Rays trade ace David Price to the Tigers in a 3-team deal. The Mariners acquire OF Austin Jackson from Detroit in the trade, while the Rays get P Drew Smyly and SS Willy Adames from the Tigers, and IF Nick Franklin from Seattle.

The Braves obtain UT Emilio Bonifacio and P James Russell from the Cubs in exchange for 3B/C Victor Caratini.

The Astros send P Jarred Cosart and OF Enrique Hernandez to the Marlins for 3B Colin Moran, OF Jake Marisnick and P Frances Martes.

The Diamondbacks send 3B Martin Prado and his large contract to the Yankees for C Peter O’Brien and a player to be named.

The Yankees trade 3B Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox for SS Stephen Drew.

The Indians send SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals in a deal for SS Zach Walters.

The Red Sox trade P Andrew Miller to the Orioles for P Eduardo Rodriguez.

The 3rd-place Cardinals acquire pitchers John Lackey and Corey Littrell in the Red Sox’ sell off in exchange for P Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig. The struggling Craig will be replaced by Matt Adams and the Birds will go 34-22 and win the division.

The Red Sox trade P Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for All-Star OF Yoenis Cespedes. The A’s, in first place by 2.5 games, will sputter to 22-33 without the slugger in the lineup.

The Mariners acquire OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for P Stephen Kohlscheen and OF Abraham Almonte.

The Diamondbacks send OF Gerardo Parra to the Brewers in exchange for OF Mitch Haniger and P Anthony Banda.

The Athletics trade P Tommy Milone to the Twins for speedy outfielder Sam Fuld.