• Reliever Sam Dyson sent to Rangers by Marlins

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins traded right-handed reliever Sam Dyson to the Texas Rangers on Friday for catcher Tomas Telis and a minor league pitcher.

  • Detroit Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes follows through on a single against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Mets add hitting help, trade for Detroit’s Cespedes

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit Friday in their strongest attempt yet to boost a punchless lineup that threatened to derail their postseason hopes.

  • Miami Marlins starting pitcher Dan Haren throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Haren dealt by Marlins to Cubs for 2 minor leaguers

    MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins.

  • A’s acquire lefty Felix Doubront from Toronto for cash

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired left-hander Felix Doubront from Toronto for cash after he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

  • In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen delivers to the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor league pitching prospects. The Twins announced the trade on Friday, July 31, 2015, not long before the deadline to make trades without waivers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

    Twins get bullpen help, add Jepsen from Rays

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins got some much-needed help for their beleaguered bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays for a pair of minor league pitching prospects.

  • In this Aug. 10, 1954 file photo, Chicago White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce, right, compares grips with former White Sox Ed Walsh, 73, as an all-star team of White Sox old timers gathered to play an exhibition game before a White Sox-Baltimore Orioles game in Chicago. Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday, July 31, 2015, after a battle with gall bladder cancer. He was 88. (AP Photo/File)

    Former White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce dies at 88

    CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and spent most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, died Friday. He was 88.

  • Detroit Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes follows through on a single against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    The Latest: Blue Jays get Lowe; Phils Amaro talks Hamels

    NEW YORK (AP) — Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball hits a deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers (all times Eastern):

  • Seattle sends reliever Mark Lowe to Toronto

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have kept up their postseason push by acquiring veteran reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners for three left-handed pitchers.

  • 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.

  • 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.