The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league third baseman Gustavo Pierre. Mayberry, 30, batted .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games (29 starts) for the Phillies this season and had recently been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley for left wrist inflammation. Mayberry was originally acquired by the Phillies in November of 2008 from the Texas Rangers and has spent his entire major league career with the team, batting .242 with 52 home runs and 169 RBIs in 500 games.

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(Adds later games) Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Cardinals 9, Cubs 6 In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium. Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

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It took until the end of August, but right-hander Jerome Williams is finally performing like he wanted to at the start of the season. The same could be said for the Philadelphia Phillies lineup. Williams continued his renaissance as a starting pitcher with Philadelphia by carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday night, when the Phillies strung together five runs off seven singles in the sixth inning of a 7-2 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Phillies are the third team Williams has played for this season, but the first to give him the long look in the starting rotation that he desired.

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Scott Feldman pitched a three-hitter for his second major league shutout, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 Saturday night. Held hitless for the first five innings by Robbie Ross Jr., the Astros scored twice in the seventh off reliever Phil Klein (0-2). Carlos Corporan doubled to put runners at second and third, and Jake Marisnick had an RBI infield single. Jose Altuve got Houston’s first hit, a one-out double in the sixth off Klein.

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Michael Choice wasn’t able to get a hit in his first three games since rejoining the Texas Rangers following a stint in Triple-A. For him, the fourth game was the charm. Choice had three hits and he and Rougned Odor both hit three-run homers as the Rangers cruised to a 13-6 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. ”He just needs to relax and trust his abilities,” manager Ron Washington said of Choice. ”Let the ball travel like he did tonight and do his best to put the bat head on it instead of trying to force things.” The Rangers were up by two in the fourth inning when Choice launched his ninth home run into the Crawford Boxes in left field to push the lead to 6-1.

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Molina had been sidelined since July after having right thumb surgery. To make room for him on the roster, the Cardinals optioned catcher Tony Cruz to Double-A Springfield. The six-time All-Star went 5-for-6 at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs in two rehab games with Springfield.

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Jason Castro broke out of his slump in a big way Thursday night. Castro hit a grand slam and Collin McHugh threw seven solid innings, leading the Houston Astros to a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. In the fifth, he wiped out Texas’ 2-0 lead with his second career grand slam. ”This one was nice to have, especially at this point of the year.” Jose Altuve singled in the Houston fifth and Chris Carter walked, finishing starter Nick Tepesch.

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New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, who is trying to work his way back from a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, threw 49 pitches in a simulated game and reported no issues Thursday. The Yankees are optimistic that Tanaka can return to help them in the pennant race in September. Instead of opting for Tommy John surgery, Tanaka decided to rehab his elbow. According to USA Today, Tanaka used all of his pitches without any signs of discomfort in the simulated game.

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PHOENIX — Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw pitched eight effective innings to become the first 16-game winner in the major leagues, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Chase Field.

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The decision to demote left-handed pitcher James Paxton on Wednesday, one day after he threw 6 2/3 shutout innings to improve his season record to 4-1, caused a collective gasp among Seattle Mariners fans. The Sept. 1 roster expansion voids the obligatory 10-day waiting period before players can be recalled, so Paxton probably will be back in Seattle by the weekend. In effect, Paxton is being sent to Triple-A Tacoma without ever having to pitch there. The Mariners needed a spot on their 25-man roster for Wednesday’s starter, Erasmo Ramirez, who was promoted for his third spot start in just over a month.

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