July 31 -- The Cardinals improved their rotation with Westbrook and the Padres boosted their batting order with Ludwick for the stretch run, while the Indians pulled in another prospect as part of their rebuilding process.
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July 31 -- Lilly becomes the fifth starter, replacing Rule 5 Draft pick Carlos Monasterios, who moves back to the bullpen. Lilly was drafted by the Dodgers in 1996, was traded to the Expos before he reached the Major Leagues in the Carlos Perez deal and pitched parts of three seasons for Joe Torre with the Yankees.
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July 31 -- The Yankees have used their DH spot as a revolving door of sorts, allowing manager Joe Girardi to spell his veterans without taking their bats out of the lineup. Berkman now gives them a potent bat at DH on a regular basis.
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July 31 -- Braves general manager Frank Wren managed to
upgrade his outfield mix and add depth to his bullpen by acquiring outfielder Ankiel, reliever Kyle
Farnsworth and cash considerations from the Royals.
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July 31 -- Wood could help the Yankees secure their
setup bridge to closer Mariano Rivera, especially now that Joba Chamberlain has lost his firm stranglehold
on the eighth-inning duties.
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July 31 -- The Rangers acquired Guzman to fill in for second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is on the disabled list with a strained left groin muscle. Kinsler is expected to be sidelined at least until mid-August or later.
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July 31 -- The Dodgers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring closer Dotel and cash from the Pirates. The move is similar to one the Dodgers made a year ago when they got Baltimore closer George Sherrill to set up for closer Jonathan Broxton.
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July 31 -- In an attempt to strengthen their bullpen, the Rays have acquired Qualls from the D-backs. Qualls has recorded 12 saves in 43 games for Arizona this season while posting a 1-4 record and an 8.29 ERA.
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July 31 -- With left-handers Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Runzler sidelined by injuries until possibly late August, the Giants sought a lefty who could neutralize opposing left-handed batters. Lopez, 33, fits the profile of the situational southpaw the Giants sought.
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July 31 -- Improved play since the All-Star break had the Marlins thinking about adding rather than doing much subtracting over the past few days. Ohman, who turns 33 on Aug. 13, brings a second lefty to the bullpen, as he joins Taylor Tankersley.
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July 31 -- Beating Saturday's Trade Deadline, the Giants fortified their bullpen by Ramirez from the Red Sox. Ramirez recently endured tightness in his right triceps but reportedly has recovered. He owns a 16-14 record with a 3.55 ERA in 268 career relief apppearances.
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July 30 -- As soon as the White Sox acquired Jackson, there was speculation that he might not stay in Chicago long. The Nationals have shown interest in the right-hander, and the Sox have been trying to pry slugger Adam Dunn from D.C.
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July 30 -- In the midst of his strongest season since 2007, Kearns gives the Yankees another right-handed option coming off the bench who can also fill in at either corner outfield spot.
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July 29 -- The Astros sent Oswalt to the two-time National League champs in exchange for lefty J.A. Happ, Minor League shortstop Jonathan Villar and Minor League outfielder Anthony Gose, who was then flipped to the Blue Jays for first-base prospect Brett Wallace.
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July 29 -- The deal helps to bolster the Twins' bullpen, which recently lost one of its late-inning options when Brian Duensing was moved into the rotation. Capps will serve as closer, while Ramos gives the Nationals one of baseball's best catching prospects.
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July 29 -- Cantu gives the Rangers a right-handed bat who can play both corner infield spots. The Rangers were looking for a right-handed-hitting complement or platoon partner with Chris Davis.
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July 29 -- The Padres will add Tejada to fill a need in the infield and add a bat to their lineup. The Padres, who will get salary-relief help, have sent Minor League pitcher Wynn Pelzer to the Orioles.
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July 28 -- The Dodgers addressed their thin outfield -- Manny Ramirez and Reed Johnson are on the DL -- by acquiring Podsednik for Triple-A catcher Lucas May and Class A pitcher Elisaul Pimentel.
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July 28 -- In the wake of injuries to Brandon Inge, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, the Tigers added a veteran presence in the middle of the order and at third base in Peralta.
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July 25 -- Haren, who was rumored to be headed to the New York Yankees earlier in the week and had been a hot name throughout July, got his wish to stay on the West Coast -- and also landed in a pennant race.
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July 14 -- The Braves valued Yunel Escobar's potential, but as they looked toward making a serious postseason push this season, they believed they would be better spending the season's final months with Alex Gonzalez as their starting shortstop.
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July 9 -- Lee immediately becomes the ace of the Rangers' rotation as they attempt to maintain their lead in the AL West. The Mariners add a first baseman of the future as Smoak headlines a package of prospects.
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July 1 -- Molina gives the Rangers much-needed depth at catcher, as Texas backstops have combined to hit .212 with seven homers and 30 RBIs this season. For the Giants, the move clears the way for top prospect Buster Posey.
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June 27 -- Branyan's return to Seattle, where he thrived in '09, gives the Mariners a much-needed power bat at first base. For the Tribe, Branyan's departure opens up first for the highly touted Matt LaPorta. They also received a pair of prospects with upside in Carrerra and Diaz.
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June 15 -- While Jackson has struggled since losing last year to Valley fever, the arbitration-eligible outfielder steps into the middle of the A's lineup after a move that may presage other trades by the D-backs. In return, the beleagured D-backs bullpen gets what could be a potentially impact arm in Demel, who was closing at Triple-A Sacramento.
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June 1 -- Days after he was designated for assignment, the D-Train gets a fresh start in Arizona, which hopes the lefty can regain the form that made him a 22-game winner in 2005. In Buckner, the Tigers get organizational depth at starter. The rotation spot Willis left vacant was filled by Armando Galarraga.
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