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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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) <br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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) <br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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.
(Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs (42-51)
Will Alfonso Soriano's hot run lead to a trade? (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)<br><br>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.
(Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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)<br><br>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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