"I was happy with the way I felt, and like I said, I'm ready to roll".
The Baltimore Orioles aren't out of the playoff chase by any means, sitting just four games back of the American League's second wild-card spot.
However, connecting the dots, the Cubs made a major deal with no leaks and then the next day had multiple national sources reporting that the Cubs were trying to acquire the same pitcher as their rivals. Seems far more likely that the Cubs are checking on Gray's market just in case while simultaneously putting pressure on the Brewers to up their offer.
While the Phillies have not expressed interest in Stanton, the biggest fish of all, they have been 'vocal' about their desire to land Yelich, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
According to ESPN, teams that trail by eight runs during a game are just 1-186 this season. Couple the strong bullpen with elite front-line starters and a potent offence and the Red Sox would make themselves an even bigger force to be reckoned with down the stretch.
So are the Cubs actually working on another big deal? "It really tests the willpower a little bit". "If we get hot like we were in April, we've got as good a shot as anybody". Morosi lists some potential options for the Cubs including Detroit's Alex Avila who has been mentioned as a target already.
MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Robinson Cano hit a three-run drive on his first swing since connecting for the winning homer in the All-Star Game, helping James Paxton and Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox at Chicago.
"I'm hoping we can put it together, have more consistent pitching, more consistent contributions from some of our veteran players and find the pieces we need to contend", said Dan Duquette, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations. The right-hander put up a 2.79 ERA with a 74/26 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings at Single-A South Bend this season. The first was leaving Matt Gausman in the game too long.
The Cubs will continue to look for more deals with the July 31 trade deadline approaching.
At the top of that list is lights-out closer Zach Britton and his 125 saves since the 2014 season. They have two league games left today at 4:30 vs first place Stevens Point at Wausau West and Sunday night at DC Everest. In his last one July 7, Gausman coughed up a 6-0 lead in a game the Orioles lost 9-6 at Minnesota. But at the same time, he's a nice guy. The commission initially rejected the Cubs proposal, but eventually passed the measure because nothing goes smoothly in this state. Only one player did not reach first base safely; Johnny Giavotella came in as a pinch hitter for Ruben Tejada and struck out to end the game.
Trey Mancini also gave the Orioles a boost.
"It feels good to come out with that win", Russell said. He will be a great teammate. "I think needless to say, we're open for business".
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