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Players already moving as trade deadline approaches


UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball’s trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m. Eastern time and the hot stove is brimming with big arms that have long been mentioned in rumors.


Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, Mike Minor, Zack Wheeler and Robbie Ray are the biggest names that might move. Of those pitchers, Minor is the only one set to start on deadline day, with the Rangers left-hander slated to face Seattle four hours after the deadline.


But other players are already on the move. Trevor Bauer, Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes are headed to new clubhouses after a stunning three-team deal Tuesday night. The Reds acquired Bauer from Cleveland, which got Puig and a prospect from the Reds, plus Reyes, top lefty pitching prospect Logan Allen and a minor league infielder from San Diego. The Padres acquired Reds outfield prospect Taylor Trammell in the deal, which a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.


Bauer was moved hours after being fined by Major League Baseball for heaving a ball from the pitcher’s mound over the center field wall at Kansas City last weekend, a person familiar with the discipline told the AP. An All-Star last year, Bauer made the toss in the fifth inning of Cleveland’s 9-6 loss Sunday. When manager Terry Francona emerged from the dugout to make a pitching change, Bauer turned, took a couple steps and threw the ball over the 410-foot mark. Bauer apologized to the organization and his teammates.


Meanwhile, other players thought likely to be traded may end up staying put. Blue Jays closer Ken Giles got a cortisone shot Tuesday in his right elbow to treat what the club called mild inflammation. Toronto head athletic trainer Nikki Huffman says an MRI showed no structural problems, and that the shot would provide Giles with “a long-lasting effect.” But Giles won’t resume throwing until after the 4 p.m. deadline, and it’s unlikely a team would try to acquire the right-hander without a clearer picture of his health.




UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball figures to hand out some heavy discipline following Tuesday’s brawl between the Pirates and Reds, and more fireworks could be on tap in the series finale.


Cincinnati manager David Bell faces a suspension for coming back onto the field an inning after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and seven other players and coaches were ejected. The ninth-inning melee began when Reds pitcher Amir Garrett charged toward Pittsburgh’s dugout, swinging wildly, and it ended when Yasiel Puig was finally contained after reigniting the fracas with more shoving and shouting.


In Pittsburgh’s clubhouse after the game, the Pirates weren’t so sure the score was settled after this dust-up, either. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it sparks again,” Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove said “We don’t take lightly what happened tonight.”




Deadline day matinees start in Washington


UNDATED (AP) – Five games get started before today’s trade deadline while a sixth is slotted almost right on it.


The Braves and Nationals conclude their three-game series in Washington with a noontime start. Atlanta sends right-hander Mike Soroka to the mound. He comes into the game with a 10-2 record and a 2.44 ERA. The Nats go with rightie Anibal Sanchez, who is 6-6 but has won six straight decisions. The NL East rivals split the first two games of the series, and Washington trails Atlanta by five and a-half games for the division lead.


It’s an early start in Cincinnati today for the Pirates and Reds. That doesn’t give much time for the two teams to calm down after last night’s wild ninth-inning brawl. The Pirates won the game 11-4, to end a nine-game losing streak. They’ll send Dario Agrazal to the mound for his seventh start since his major league debut June 15. The Reds’ Luis Castillo is coming off his worst start of an All-Star season. He gave up a career-high six runs in five innings of a 12-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday.


The Diamondbacks and Yankees conclude their quick two-game series with a Wednesday matinee. RHP Zack Greinke (10-4, 2.87 ERA) pitches for the Diamondbacks against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-6, 4.79) in a matchup of 2019 All-Stars. Greinke went 7 2/3 innings to beat the Yankees 3-1 on April 30 in Arizona. Tanaka lasted only four innings the following day and lost 3-2. Tanaka was tagged for 12 runs on 12 hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of a 19-3 loss at Boston last Thursday. The only Yankees pitcher to give up more earned runs in a game was Carl Mays, who allowed 13 in a 1923 complete game against Cleveland.


The Rockies are seven games back in the wild card race and 19 and a-half behind the Dodgers in the NL West, but they’ll be looking to give L.A. another rough ride at Coors Field in Denver this afternoon. Ten-game winner German Marquez gets the start. L.A. counters with 11-game winner Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN’-jihn YOO), who comes in with a stellar 1.74 ERA.


The Blue Jays are in Kansas City, while the L.A. Angeles host the Detroit Tigers, with game time set for 4:07 Eastern time, just after the deadline.


This evening, it’s the Giants and Phillies in Philadelphia, Houston at Cleveland, the Minnesota Twins visit Miami, and Boston hosts Tampa Bay. Seattle is at Texas, the Mets and White Sox meet again in Chcago, while the Cubs are in St. Louis. The late game has Milwaukee at Oakland.