Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. It seems we’ve been down this road before. As a matter of fact, it was just last Sunday that Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke had his 45 2/3 inning scoreless streak snapped two starts short of equaling or surpassing Orel Hershiser’s MLB record. Now it’s the big lefty’s turn. Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is on a streak of his own that is now approaching that same historical mark. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Dodgers ace tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting the Angels to two hits and a walk in the 3-1 victory on Saturday. That extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 37, which means he could surpass Greinke’s streak next Friday in Pittsburgh. Greinke’s streak, by the way, ranks sixth all-time.  Kershaw allowed no runs in eight innings, with seven strikeouts and a walk. It was his worst start in a month. — Daniel Brim (@DanielBrim) August 1, 2015 That’s weird too, but it’s pretty much true because that pesky walk was Kershaw’s first since July 3. There was also an interesting underlying story here, as Kershaw and Mike Trout became the first pair of reigning MVP to face off against each other. It went about like this for Trout. MVP-on-MVP crime. pic.twitter.com/aZTw1Rvcsv — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 1, 2015 Trout finished the game 0-for-4, including a ninth-inning strikeout against Kenley Jansen. Advantage, Kershaw. Advantage, Dodgers.  DUDA DESTROYS THE NATS The New York Mets have some shiny new offensive toys with Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in town. On Saturday, though, it was one of their old toys who stepped up to carry the offense. First baseman Lucas Duda homered twice and doubled home the game-winner in the eighth inning as New York topped the Washington Nationals 3-2. For Duda, the home runs were his 19th and 20th of the season and his seventh and eighth over the last seven games. In fact, until the double, Duda’s most recent eight hits were all big flys. That’s called a power surge, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for New York. Oh the hill, Jacob deGrom did his thing, holding Washington to two runs over six innings. Honestly, the way he’s been throwing lately, that almost sounds like a step back. But it was good enough to keep the Mets alive in a big game. With Saturday’s victory they’re only one game behind Washington in the NL East. They’re also making up ground quickly in the wild-card hunt, which would be their fallback option if the division doesn’t work out. With Matt Harvey, Noah Syndegaard and deGrom holding down that rotation, they definitely won’t be going away. PHILLIES STAY HOT, CLOBBER BRAVES Break up the Philadelphia Phillies. Is it too soon or too late to make that joke? That’s the question, because despite trading away Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies remain the hottest team in the National League. With their 12-2 blowout victory against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies have now won 12 of 14 games since the All-Star break. That would be a pretty remarkable stretch for baseball’s best teams. It’s even more so for Philadelphia, which entered the break at 29-62. It was the young Phillies setting the pace atop their lineup. Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco combined for seven hits and five runs scored, including a Herrera home run. Veterans Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis cleaned up right after, combining for six hits and six runs driven in. It was a balanced attack in support of rookie Aaron Nola, who picked up his second career victory. The Phillies will now go for the four-game weekend sweep on Sunday. ASTROS DOMINATE BEHIND KEUCHEL, CORREA AND CONGER The Houston Astros were led by a three-man band in Saturday’s 9-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  All-Star and potential Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel was lights out again on the hill, tossing six innings of two-run ball to pick up his AL-best 13th victory. In doing so, he made Astros franchise history by pitching at least six innings in his 33rd consecutive start. That covers a lot of ground and some terrific pitchers. He’s also been really good at Minute Maid Park all season.  #Astros win 9-2. @kidkeuchy moves to 10-0 at home w/ 1.26 ERA. (13-5, 2.35 ERA overall this season). Lead Angels by 3 games in AL West — Adam Wexler (@awexler) August 2, 2015 Meanwhile, Carlos Correa continued his stellar rookie campaign with book end home runs. He started the scoring a with a solo home run in the first, then he capped it with a two-run homer in the eighth scoring new Astro Carlos Gomez. The multi-homer game was the first in Correa’s young career, but certainly not the last.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] That brings us to back up catcher Hank Conger, who was actually the star of the game. Conger homered twice, including a fourth-inning grand slam, and drove in five.  As noted in the above tweet, the Astros now lead the AL West by three games.  Want to see more from Saturday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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(Adds later games) Aug 1 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from Saturday's Major League Baseball games: – - – - Red Sox 11, Rays 7 Third baseman Travis Shaw slugged the first two home runs of his major league career and had three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox produced an 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Shaw finished with a career-high four hits and also scored five runs, becoming the first Red Sox player to do so since Dustin Pedroia scored five times against the Texas Rangers on Aug 12, 2008. …

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The Los Angeles Angels may be without left-hander C.J. Wilson for the rest of the 2015 season. On Saturday, the ball club announced that Wilson is dealing with a left elbow impingement, which is “secondary to arthritis.” The 34-year-old veteran later added that he’ll require surgery to clean out a bone spur, which would put the remainder of his season in serious doubt.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] C.J. Wilson: left elbow impingement – “secondary to arthritis,” according to #Angels . No timetable for return from DL. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 1, 2015 CJ Wilson: MRI earlier this season showed bone spurs. He says he’ll need surgery. — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 1, 2015 After having perhaps his worst season in the big leagues in 2014, Wilson had bounced back nicely this season. Over 21 starts, he’s posted a 3.89 ERA and 110/46 K/BB and has seemingly done a much better job keeping the Angels in games into the later innings. He also seemed to be as close to 100 percent healthy as can be expected. Obviously, that wasn’t the case, as Shaikin reports the  spurs have been an issue for several months. If there’s a potential silver lining here, it’s that Wilson has come back from similar surgery twice before during his career. He first had the surgery for the same issue late in 2008, and then again following the 2012 season. Wilson came back strong in 2013, pitching 212 1/3 good innings while posting a 3.39 ERA. That was Wilson’s second season with the Angels. This is fourth, and he’s due to return for one more at $20 million. The Angels, of course, are focused on this season. They’re currently locked in a terrific battle with the Houston Astros in the AL West, and they could use all the help they can good. The good news is staff ace Jered Weaver is set to return soon from a hip injury. With Garrett Richards healthy and Andrew Heaney also in the mix, they have much better depth in the rotation all around. [ Every deal that happened on MLB trade-deadline day. ] Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiango, who were a big part of the Angels success in 2014, round out the rotation.  The Angels could also look to add a starter in August. Despite the non-waiver trade deadline passing on Friday, teams can still work on deals. We doubt the Angels would aim high, but some added depth wouldn’t hurt. That decision will fall on Bill Stoneman, who’s making the decisions in wake of Jerry Dipoto’s resignation, and the decision will likely be influenced by the Angels performance these next couple weeks.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Even with pitchers like Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly understands pitching to an Angels lineup that includes Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is a daunting task. ”Every time you go through there, it’s kind of like going through Boardwalk and Park Place when they’ve got hotels on them,” Mattingly said after the Dodgers won Friday night’s Freeway Series opener 5-3. Greinke won his fifth straight decision after Kershaw was pushed back a day in the Dodgers’ rotation.

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Dallas Keuchel had scarcely more than a five o’clock shadow when he made his major league debut in 2012. Houston’s ace has since turned his beard into one of the more recognizable in sports, rivaling that of Houston Rockets star James Harden in an unusual one-two punch for this city. Like his beard, Keuchel’s popularity has grown, too, as he has helped the long-suffering Astros take the lead in the American League West.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Carlos Gomez trade wasn’t the biggest thing to happen to the Houston Astros on Thursday. The club also celebrated a 3-0 win over the division-rival Los Angeles Angels. [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] The win was significant for a number of reasons. Not only did the Astros complete the sweep of Los Angeles, but they did so on a walk-off home run. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Alvarez was brought on to take things into extras. It didn’t work out for him. Alvarez sandwiched a walk between two outs before he was lifted from the game for Fernando Salas. Salas promptly gave up a single, putting men on first and second for Jason Castro. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Castro belted a three-run walk-off home run out to right center field.  After the game, Castro said the dinger was probably the biggest hit of his career.  Jason Castro calls #Astros walkoff HR biggest hit of his life — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2015 With the win, Houston improved to 58-45 on the year. The team holds a two-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. SOX STOP SOX’S STREAK The Chicago White Sox win streak has come to an end. The club couldn’t make it eight in a row, losing 8-2 against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Surprisingly, it was ace Chris Sale who struggled during the contest. Sale allowed seven runs on 12 hits over five innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Following the game, Sale put the loss on his shoulders. Sale: “We have 24 guys in here that didn’t deserve tonight. I should have been better.” — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) July 31, 2015 Sale was hit in the ankle with a line drive early in the game, but he didn’t blame that incident for his struggles. He admitted that it hurt to get hit, but said he didn’t think it was enough to alter his mechanics during the start. [ Follow our trade deadline tracker for the latest MLB news and rumors. ] With the loss, the White Sox fall to 49-51 on the year. Though the winning streak is over, the club is still expected to buy at the trade deadline. HAMILTON WALKS IT OFF The New York Yankees had a tough time stopping Josh Hamilton on Thursday. Hamilton picked up the walk-off hit during the Texas Rangers’ 7-6 win over New York. The Yankees did all they could to neutralize Hamilton, making sure he faced lefties during the contest. That didn’t really matter. Hamilton managed to strike in the first inning, smacking a three-run homer against CC Sabathia.  He was held in check until the ninth, when Andrew Miller attempted to take on the slugger. With the game tied, and the bases loaded, all Hamilton needed to do was smack a single to pick up the victory. He was able to come through. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Hamilton sent a single to right field, ending the game. Hamilton was so excited after his big hit that he decided to celebrate with the Rangers’ mascot. @Lana @TBrownYahoo they shared a moment. pic.twitter.com/S53ffOkLWi — Ray Cartwright (@RayCartwright) July 31, 2015 With the win, the Rangers improved to 49-52 on the season. PAPELBON GETS THE SAVE The Washington Nationals new closer might be OK. Jonathan Papelbon was tested his first time out, but still managed to preserve a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday. He was tested, of course. The one run lead didn’t leave Papelbon with a huge margin for error. In the end, it didn’t matter. Papelbon tossed a perfect inning of work against the division rival Marlins. He got Ichiro Suzuki on a weak groundout, Christian Yelich on a lineout to second and struck out Michael Morse to end the game.  Though Drew Storen is no longer the closer, Papelbon came away impressed with Storen’s scoreless eighth inning performance.  It appears the two are going to be good friends.  Jonathan Papelbon: “I was in the shower with Storen, I said ‘can you show me that slider grip tomorrow?’ He was really, really good.” — Chris Johnson (@masnCJ) July 30, 2015 With the win, Washington improved to 54-46 on the season. Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. If you missed any of Wednesday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits. DONE DEAL:  Cole Hamels is headed to the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster eight-player deal. The Phillies will receive Matt Harrison and five prospects. [ Jeff Passan ] DECISION MADE:  The Tigers are “rebooting,” and will try to trade anyone whose contract is expiring. That includes David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. [ Detroit Free Press ] [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] RIGHT PRICE:   Speaking of Price, with Cole Hamels off the board, the race for his services should only heat up even more. The Dodgers, Giants, Blue Jays and Yankees are all expected to be involved heading into Thursday. [ CBSSports ] ALMOST DONE DEAL: The Dodgers, Marlins and Braves on the verge of a three-team that will send Mat Latos and Alex Wood to Los Angeles. [ Jeff Passan ]

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Toronto Blue Jays stunned the baseball world when they acquired All-Star Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.  On Wednesday, shock turned to awe, as Tulowitzki put on an offensive display that reinforced his position as baseball’s top all around shortstop. With cheers raining down at every mention of his name, Tulowitzki whipped the 27,060 in attendance at Rogers Centre into frenzy in the third inning with a blistering two-run homer off Philadelphia’s Jerome Williams.  The home run actually snapped an 0-for-21 streak for Tulowitzki at the plate, which was the longest hitless stretch of his career.  [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] That was just the beginning though, as Tulowitzki followed with a pair of doubles and scored two more runs to pace Toronto’s 8-2 victory.    It’s also interesting to note that Tulowitzki started a game battling leadoff for the first time in his 10-year career. He didn’t seem to mind at all, and now the Blue Jays already ultra-dangerous offense has an entirely new dimension of destruction.    Speaking of which, Tulowitzki was one of seven Blue Jays to record a multi-hit game. Overall, they collected 16.  The happiest man in the ballpark was Blue Jays RA Dickey, who along with Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchinson and others will benefit nicely from Tulowitzki’s addition on both sides of the field.  ASTROS BEAT ANGELS, TAKE OVER FIRST PLACE The western division races are shaping up to be the most interesting down the stretch. Entering play on Wednesday, there was a chance for both divisions to have a new sole leader by the end of the night.  How did it play out? Very well if you’re a Houston Astros fan. The Astros separated themseleves from the Los Angeles Angels to reclaim sole possession of first place for the first time since the All-Star break. Houston held that spot throughout most of the first half, before ceding to Los Angeles on the final day before the All-Star break.  On this night, the Astros rode the right arm of rookie right-hander Lance McCullers. The 21-year-old pitched seven innings of one-run ball to notch his fifth victory and lower his season ERA to 2.48. McCuller is quickly moving himself in the AL Rookie of the Year conversation along with teammate Carlos Correa, who was 1-for-4 in the game.  Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton each connected for solo homers, with Singleton later adding an RBI single. All of those runs would be important as Los Angeles threatened in the ninth. Albert Pujols connected for his 30th homer during the mini-rally, but Luke Gregorson was able to close the door after allowing a pair of runs.  The Astros have won each of the first two games in the series and will go for the sweep on Thursday with newly-acquired Scott Kazmir on the hill. The Angels will counter with Matt Shoemaker. Meanwhile, in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were both victorious, meaning the Dodgers will maintain their half-game lead.  JON LESTER CARVES UP ROCKIES FOR 14 STRIKEOUTS Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester provided a silver lining to an otherwise gloomy home stand against the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies. In Wednesday’s 3-2 victory, Lester pitched eight dominant innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out a season-high 14. In doing so, Lester became the first Cubs pitcher to strike out 14 in a game since Mark Prior had 16 on Sept. 30, 2004. But it’s not a first for Lester. Jon Lester is only the 23rd LHP to have multiple 14+ SO games. Also holy cow, Randy Johnson! http://t.co/o3qFLlHZFR pic.twitter.com/zJAdwdMDzE — Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 29, 2015 Of course, Kerry Wood struck out 20 against the Houston Astros back on May 6, 1998. That’s the team record. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Lester was striking them out early and often, raking up seven in the first three innings. Closer Hector Rondon added two strikeouts during his scoreless ninth inning, bringing the total to 16. Offensively, Chicago did its damage early. Dexter Fowler led off the first inning with his 10th home run of the season. Anthony Rizzo then ended his 17-game homerless streak with a two-run in the third. It was his 17th long ball of the season, and it proved to be the difference as Chicago wrapped up the 2-4 home stand. INDIANS OUTBURST SNAPS SIX-GAME LOSING SKID The Cleveland Indians don’t have much to sell, but they also don’t have much to look forward to after their six-game losing dropped them to 16 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central. On Wednesday, the Indians finally put that streak behind them while at least making a marginal gain on the Royals, winning 12-1 at Progressive Field. Cleveland did some serious damage against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, breaking through for single runs in the first and second, before launching three home runs in their six-run sixth. Giovanny Urshela and Michael Brantley book ended the inning with solo homers. In between, rookie Francisco Lindor provided the knockout punch with a three-run shot. Cleveland scored four more in the eighth, capped by Yan Gomes two-run homer. Meanwhile, the reigning American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was in cruise control for Cleveland. He ending up going the distance, allowing just a single run in the ninth. Kluber allowed five hits while striking out six. He lowered his season ERA to 3.44, but picked up only his sixth victory. Want to see more from Wednesday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! 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With the trade deadline shaking up the world of closers, Brad Johnson covers the latest and speculates on more to come.

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Their season wasting away, the Cleveland Indians started looking toward 2016. One of baseball’s most underachieving teams, the Indians traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets. Murphy was one of the few bright spots for Cleveland, batting .296 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 84 games.

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