Baseball Shots Of The Week – July 15, 2013

Boston Red Sox (58-39)
Boston Red Sox (58-39)
Don't be surprised if Brandon Workman sticks around. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Red Sox will start the second half of the season facing the evil empire. The Red Sox will host the Yankees for a three-game series.
St. Louis Cardinals (57-36)
St. Louis Cardinals (57-36)
You wonder if a team in a need of a first baseman won't bug St. Louis about Matt Adams. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Cardinals batted around the Cubs, recording 21 hits in the 10-6 win at Wrigley Field.
Oakland Athletics (56-39)
Oakland Athletics (56-39)
Yoenis Cespedes' 15 home runs obscure an otherwise disappointing first half. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The A's finished the first half of the season in dramatic fashion. After being no-hit through six innings, the A's Josh Donaldson hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh and then hit a two-out single in the 11th to give Oakland a 3-2 walk-off win over the Red Sox.
Pittsburgh Pirates (56-37)
Pittsburgh Pirates (56-37)
Those who watch the Home Run Derby should enjoy Pedro Alvarez's inclusion. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Mark Melancon will be replacing Jeff Locke on the National League All-Star Roster.
Tampa Bay Rays (55-41)
Tampa Bay Rays (55-41)
Chris Archer's shutout capped another strong week from the Rays. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Rays snapped their eight-game win streak when they faced Houston's Jarred Cosart in his Major League debut, losing 2-1.
Texas Rangers (54-41)
Texas Rangers (54-41)
With Leonys Martin's progress don't be shocked if a team tries acquiring Craig Gentry to man center. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Rangers handed Max Scherzer his first loss of the season with a 7-1 victory over the Tigers and snapped the teams' three game losing streak.
Atlanta Braves (54-41)
Atlanta Braves (54-41)
Freddie Freeman's had a good year, even if he isn't Yasiel Puig. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Howerver he won't benefit from good first of the season. Freeman will miss the All-Star game after he jammed his thumb on Saturday. Taking his place will be teammate Brian McCann.
Cincinnati Reds (53-32)
Cincinnati Reds (53-32)
Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan continue to disappoint this season. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Reds' pitcher Tony Cingrani pitched a great game against the Brewers, striking out 10 batters over seven innings, but the Reds couldn't muster any offense and lost 2-0.
Baltimore Orioles (53-43)
Baltimore Orioles (53-43)
Expect the possibility of Chris Davis and Manny Machado splitting MVP votes to become a story down the road. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was named to the All-Star team and gives the Orioles a total of five players on the AL roster.
Detroit Tigers (52-42)
Detroit Tigers (52-42)
Detroit continues to get in near-brawls. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Tigers' Max Scherzer will be starting for the AL in the All-Star game. Tigers manager Jim Leyland gave Scherzer the honor after starting the season 13-1.
New York Yankees (51-44)
New York Yankees (51-44)
It took Derek Jeter less than one game back to get hurt again. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

According to a report from the New York Daily News, A-Rod is considering a plea deal with MLB over the Biogenesis investigation. The report said he is looking at least at a 150 game suspension.
Cleveland Indians (51-44)
Cleveland Indians (51-44)
Mark Reynolds entered the weekend with a below-average OPS. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

The Indians enter the break on a hot streak, beating the Royals 6-4 on Sunday and sweeping the series.
Arizona Diamondbacks (50-45)
Arizona Diamondbacks (50-45)
The Diamondbacks don't seem likely to trade top prospects Archie Bradley or Tyler Skaggs. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Diamondbacks' prospect Matt Davidson earned the Larry Doby Most Valuable Player Award at the All-Star Futures Game.
Philadelphia Phillies (48-47)
Philadelphia Phillies (48-47)
Ian Desmond's chin shave earned him some shine this week. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will reportedly have his father pitch to him during the Home Run Derby at Citi Field.
Los Angeles Dodgers (47-47)
Los Angeles Dodgers (47-47)
All the talk about Yasiel Puig overshadows the nice rebound season Adrian Gonzalez is having. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Dodgers expect Matt Kemp to return from the disabled list on July 21, when the team faces the Nationals.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (44-49)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (44-49)
The Angels have played better lately, but they entered the weekend with the largest gap from first place of any third-place team. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols hit his 15th home run of the season giving him a total of 490 and putting him 10 away from becoming the 26th member of the 500 home run club.
Philadelphia Phillies (48-48)
Philadelphia Phillies (48-48)
The Phillies apparently will buy at the deadline. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will have surgery on his broken right ankle and plans to be out six to eight weeks.
Toronto Blue Jays (45-49)
Toronto Blue Jays (45-49)
So much for the Jays getting back into the division race. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Blue Jays are unlikely to sign their first round draft pick, Phil Bickford. They have until Friday evening to reach a deal.
Colorado Rockies (45-50)
Colorado Rockies (45-50)
The Rockies would be interesting sellers, should they choose to go that way over the next few weeks. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Carlos Gonzalez removed himself from the All-Star Home Run Derby contest after he sprained his right middle finger on Sunday.
Seattle Mariners (43-52)
Seattle Mariners (43-52)
Watch for Kendrys Morales, Mike Morse, and Raul Ibanez's names to come up as the deadline approaches. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Mariners finished the first half of the season beating the Angels 4-3 and completing the sweep.
San Diego Padres (42-54)
San Diego Padres (42-54)
San Diego is getting healthy again, we'll see if they can dig themselves out of their hole. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

In their final game of the first half of the season, the Padres hit four home runs and scored in each of the first five innings to route the Giants 10-1, a day after Tim Lincecum no-hit the team.
San Francisco Giants (43-51)
San Francisco Giants (43-51)
Using Jeff Francoeur as a platoon outfielder is worth a shot for the Giants. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter, striking out 13 batters against the Padres. The no-hitter took 148 pitches to complete.
Kansas City Royals (43-49)
Kansas City Royals (43-49)
Eric Hosmer keeps hitting. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Royals' closer Greg Holland joins catcher Salvador Perez and left fielder Alex Gordon at the All-Star game in New York to give the Royals three players on the All-Star team for the first time since 1988.
Minnesota Twins (39-53)
Minnesota Twins (39-53)
Caleb Thielbar has been very good for the Twins. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

After a five game losing streak this season against the Yankees, the Twins came to Yankee Stadium and took two of three games from the Yankees.
Chicago Cubs (42-51)
Chicago Cubs (42-51)
Will Alfonso Soriano's hot run lead to a trade? (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks approved new outfield signage and a video scoreboard for left field of Wrigley Field, but the new video board won't be going up this year.
New York Mets (41-50)
New York Mets (41-50)
LaTroy Hawkins has been a bright spot in the Mets bullpen. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The New York Mets will be inducting former catcher Mike Piazza into the Mets Hall of Fame in September.
Milwaukee Brewers (38-56)
Milwaukee Brewers (38-56)
If Norichika Aoki is on the move he'll be one of the more sought-after outfielders around. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Brewers will honor Hall of Famer Robin Yount with a special pregame ceremony Aug. 2 at Miller Park.
Chicago White Sox (37-55)
Chicago White Sox (37-55)
Josh Phegley has one of the weirder lines you'll see, albeit in a small sample. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

White Sox traded left-handed reliever Matt Thornton to the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Brandon Jacobs.
Miami Marlins (35-58)
Miami Marlins (35-58)
Jacob Turner has pitched well since joining the rotation. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Marlins have set its rotation for the second half, giving Turner the ball in their first game back from break against the Brewers.
Houston Astros (33-61)
Houston Astros (33-61)
Houston fans get a glimpse of the future with Jarred Cosart. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Astros had three of their top prospects represent the team at the MLB All-Star Futures Game, Carlos Correa, Delino DeShields and George Springer.
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