• Former Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels  takes questions from the media after being traded to the Texas Rangers prior to the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    Rangers get Hamels from Phillies for 2015 _ and beyond

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs — in 2015 and beyond.

    Updated: 5:25 pm

  • Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez reacts after striking out against Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    With baseball’s 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) — Ace right-hander Jose Fernandez is unbeaten and perhaps stronger than ever after recovering from elbow surgery. Giancarlo Stanton remains one of baseball’s top power hitters. Dee Gordon is among the game’s leaders in batting average and stolen bases. Adeiny Hechavarria has become an All-Star shortstop.

    Updated: 2:25 pm

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Gerardo Parra  jokes with teammates in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Orioles get LF Parra from Brewers for minor league pitcher

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles filled one of their most pressing needs Friday by obtaining left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers for a minor league right-hander Zach Davies.

    Updated: 11:36 am

  • Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, left, center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) and left fielder Gerardo Parra celebrate after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 in a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Astros, Blue Jays add pieces in trades to make playoff push

    HOUSTON (AP) — With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they’re going for it — making big moves to try and propel their teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

    Updated: 9:56 am

  • Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake watches from the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

    Giants get RH Mike Leake from Reds for another playoff run

    CINCINNATI (AP) — After whiffing on Cole Hamels, the San Francisco Giants got starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects on Thursday night.

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Jimmy Nelson throwes to Chicago Cubs' Dexter Fowler during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Brewers lose 5-2 to Cubs

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers lost two key players in a trade right before the game, and almost got the win anyway.

  • Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt works against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    A’s manage just 2 hits in 3-1 loss to Indians

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt bounced back nicely after giving up four consecutive hits in the first inning, including a two-run homer to Cleveland’s Carlos Santana.

  • Colorado Rockies' DJ LeMahieu is restrained by first base coach Eric Young as umpire Ed Hickox looks on after LeMahieu was hit by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

    Frustrated Axford loses again as Rockies fall to Cardinals

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Axford’s frustration was palpable.

  • Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo  gets a high five from teammate Dexter Fowler after hitting a three run home run off Milwaukee Brewers' Jeremy Jeffress during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

    Rizzo helps Cubs beat Brewers 5-2

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago was struggling before Anthony Rizzo got the Cubs back on track with one mighty swing in Milwaukee.

  • New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, left, and Brian McCann (34) visit Dellin Betances, right, on the mound in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Sabathia dehydrated after Yankees’ 7-6 loss in Texas

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — CC Sabathia was taken to the hospital with symptoms of dehydration after the New York Yankees’ 7-6 loss at Texas on Thursday night. It was 101 degrees at the start of the game.