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Indians have no intention of trading Aviles

by Jordan Bastian
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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have been extremely supportive and accommodating when has come to Mike Aviles' family situation this season. With his young daughter fighting leukemia, and receiving treatment from the Cleveland Clinic, the club plans on continuing that approach through the upcoming non-waiver Trade Deadline. While teams have surely inquired about Aviles -- a versatile utility man with veteran experience and a strong clubhouse presence -- the Indians have no plans of trading him away as part of the July 31 Deadline deals. The Indians intend on keeping Aviles around for the rest of the season, after which he [...]

Kazmir leaves Oakland with fond memories

by Jane Lee
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The veteran pitcher's departure, though not quite unexpected, was still met with much shock in the A's clubhouse, in part because of the underlying message that comes along with such a trade, which could spur a flurry of other deals in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. "I'm sure it's not going to be the last move," catcher Stephen Vogt said. "This is kind of a weird week in baseball for every team, because you don't know who's going to be your teammate tomorrow, who's not going to be. I got to the park thinking I was catching [...]

Plouffe powering Twins through team slump

by Rhett Bollinger
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ANAHEIM -- The Twins have had trouble scoring runs since the All-Star break, but Trevor Plouffe's power proved to be key for the second time on their West Coast road trip on Thursday against the Angels. Plouffe, who hit a grand slam off A's ace Sonny Gray in Friday's 5-0 win, helped the Twins snap a four-game losing streak with a three-run blast off Angels right-hander Garrett Richards in a 3-0 victory at Angel Stadium. The Twins have scored 13 runs since the All-Star break, with seven coming on two swings of the bat from Plouffe. Both of his homers [...]

Conforto an option if Cuddyer lands on DL

by Joe Trezza
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NEW YORK -- Ailing left fielder Michael Cuddyer spent Thursday afternoon consulting a doctor at the Hospital of Special Surgery about the bone bruise in his left knee, which Mets manager Terry Collins said felt "worse today than a few days ago," and an executive decision on Cuddyer's status is imminent. General Manager Sandy Alderson said he would decide Thursday night or Friday morning whether or not to place Cuddyer, who has started just six games this month, on the disabled list. If he is, Alderson indicated No. 3 prospect Michael Conforto is a possibility to be promoted, while also [...]

A’s shuffle rotation after Kazmir trade

by Jane Lee
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OAKLAND -- Just days after learning they'd be without Jesse Hahn for much of the second half because of a forearm injury, the A's decided to trade Scott Kazmir for a pair of Astros prospects Thursday, leaving yet another hole in their rotation. "It's going to be a challenge," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "But when you make a trade with a guy like Scott at this time in the year, you're making concessions in understanding that the future is probably more important than the present." Left-hander Drew Pomeranz made an emergency start in Kazmir's place against the Blue [...]