Rockies-Tigers Preview (The Associated Press)

With a major move at the trade deadline, the Detroit Tigers now have the last three AL Cy Young Award recipients in their rotation. One part of that trio, Justin Verlander, hasn't pitched much like a Cy Young winner this season but has done enough to add to his sterling interleague record. Verlander will seek to run his win streak over the NL to 14 games Friday night versus the lowly Colorado Rockies while delivering a boost to the slumping AL Central leaders. Detroit (58-47) acquired David Price from Tampa Bay in a three-team deal Thursday while sending Austin Jackson to Seattle and Drew Smyly along with minor leaguer Willy Adames to the Rays.

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Giants-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

The San Francisco Giants broke out of their offensive slump - at least temporarily - to end a season high-tying losing streak. They hope to back the run support-starved Ryan Vogelsong with better production Friday night when they visit the surging New York Mets. San Francisco (58-50) continues to chase Los Angeles for the NL West lead but snapped a six-game skid Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Pittsburgh. The Giants had totaled six runs while batting .176 during the losing streak, then scratched out 12 singles against the Pirates.

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Chances of Phillies’ deadline overhaul slim (The SportsXchange)

With the trade deadline approaching at 4 p.m. Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies as they are currently constructed may have taken the field for the last time Wednesday when they were routed by the New York Mets, 11-2, at Citi Field. But first baseman Ryan Howard -- one of the players who may be vulnerable if the last-place Phillies decide to embark upon a rebuilding project -- said he wasn't thinking too much about the trade deadline before, during or after the Phillies' latest loss. The Phillies are bogged down with players who will be difficult, if not impossible, to trade. Howard is hitting just .223 with 123 strikeouts in 391 at-bats and doesn't appear to be a favorite of manager Ryne Sandberg, but he is due $50 million in the next two seasons plus a $10 million buyout in 2017.

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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday’s MLB games (Reuters)

July 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League baseball games. - - - Tigers 7, White Sox 2 Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs, and Max Scherzer posted his American League-leading 13th victory as the Detroit Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Chicago White Sox. Scherzer (13-3) was staked to a six-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, capped by Castellanos' opposite-field blast. ...

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Mets’ Murphy set for uneasy deadline day (The SportsXchange)

As the most valuable trade chip possessed by the New York Mets, second baseman Daniel Murphy could spend Thursday -- i.e. "I'm going to be hanging out with my son and my wife," Murphy said Wednesday, after he hit a three-run homer to help the Mets to an 11-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. And come the 4 p.m. deadline, he'll probably still be a member of the Mets. General manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week he didn't expect the Mets to make any moves by Thursday.

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MLB roundup: Indians deal Masterson to Cardinals (The SportsXchange)

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder James Ramsey, the teams announced Wednesday. Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 98 innings for the Indians this season. He is expected to make his first start with the Cardinals on Saturday against Milwaukee. Masterson was 14-0 with a 3.45 ERA last season, but has struggled with his control in 2014.

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Phillies-Nationals Preview (The Associated Press)

The Washington Nationals' bats have been relatively quiet lately, but it's something Gio Gonzalez has been used to all season. The Nationals will try to back him with more offense in Thursday night's opener of a four-game home series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals (58-47) are among the top-scoring NL teams with 4.2 runs per contest.

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Mets rout Phillies 11-2; Wheeler strong again (The Associated Press)

For a young pitcher such as Zack Wheeler, the most promising performances can come on days he doesn't have his best stuff. Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Wheeler's sixth straight strong start, and the Mets routed the Phillies 11-2 on Wednesday afternoon. Wheeler (6-8) gave up two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings - the sixth consecutive outing in which he allowed two runs or fewer. The Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five insurance runs off the Philadelphia bullpen to take two of three in the series.

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Murphy show the way in Mets’ 11-2 win (The SportsXchange)

Daniel Murphy has authored a tutorial for the younger members of the New York Mets on how to survive early career hiccups and emerge as a reliable regular. Murphy hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Mets the lead for good, second-year right-hander Zack Wheeler grinded through 6 2/3 innings and a spate of young players contributed to the Mets' 11-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday at Citi Field. The Mets (52-56) won two of three from the Phillies to finish July at 15-10. General manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that he didn't expect the Mets to make any deals before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trading deadline.

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The Grand Slam: O’s Machado hits walk-off homer in 12th to beat Angels (Big League Stew)

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