In the last month, Max Scherzer has often pitched like the Cy Young Award winner he’s become. Over the past seven weeks, Garrett Richards has been even better for the Los Angeles Angels. Both right-handers will try for a 12th victory Thursday night when the AL Central-leading Tigers look to avoid a seventh consecutive loss in Anaheim. Though Scherzer (11-3, 3.34 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA in his last five starts, Richards (11-2, 2.47) is 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA in his last nine.

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San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension was effective immediately and the Padres purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso. Maybin is hitting just .247 in 174 at-bats this season, appearing in 62 games. —The Washington Nationals placed infielder/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Wednesday.

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The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on his $10.525 million contract this year. Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years ago when he hit 31 home runs, led the National League with 115 RBIs in 161 games, finished fifth in the league’s Most Valuable Player balloting and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the Padres. De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games, including 17 starts, for Class A Tampa this year.

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The good news, we suppose, is that New York Yankees rookie pitcher Shane Greene didn’t finish Monday night’s game on the disabled list. Given the Yankees luck with starting pitchers this season , that’s something. 
So that’s the silver lining, here’s the reality: Greene had a really rough night fielding his position during the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. He made three errors, and none on plays that were especially hard.
• Greene dropped a ball in the second inning while running to cover first.
• He fielded a comebacker later that inning, a rather routine play. He did the right thing by running toward first base a bit, but his underhand toss would have needed Manute Bol at first base to catch it. It was comically (and maybe even historically) bad.
• In the fourth inning, Greene fielded a dribbler and made an off-balance throw that also flew high above first baseman Kelly Johnson’s head. To be fair, this was the toughest of the plays, but it wasn’t impossible.
The second error was the worst. Here’s another look at it, so you can see exactly how awful Greene’s throw to first was:

The three gaffes by a Yankees pitcher hadn’t happened since Tommy John (yes, the real guy) in 1988. He made three errors on one play, actually.
Greene fielded another comebacker later and he appeared to have learned his lesson — or he decided to channel Smalls in “The Sandlot.” He grabbed the ball cleanly and ran it almost all the way to first base before tossing it to Johnson for the out. Success!
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The San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Matt Cain and first baseman Brandon Belt on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

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Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. Then it was Jerry Dipoto’s turn. The GM of the Los Angeles Angels acquired closer Huston Street on Friday night, giving his team another option in the late innings and adding more intrigue to an already-spirited AL West race. The A’s have baseball’s best record, but the Angels are only 1 1/2 games behind, and both teams have aggressively improved themselves with major trades since the beginning of July.

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The All-Star break had its benefits and its drawbacks for the Toronto Blue Jays. Manager John Gibbons feels that the four days off helped his left fielder, Melky Cabrera, but might have worked against his starting pitcher, left-hander Mark Buehrle. It turned out fine for Gibbons on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 9-6 for their second win in a row. Cabrera hit the tie-breaking solo homer in the seventh inning and singled in two insurance runs in the eighth as the Blue Jays (51-48) took the rubber match in the three-game series.

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We’ve seen our share of unwritten rules disagreements this season, including one specific to bunting to beat the shift in a “lopsided game.”   However, Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis took things to a whole new level on Saturday, and there are but two possible explanations. Either Lewis’ definition of the word lopsided is different from the rest of ours, or he’s taking the lead on rewriting unwritten rules. 
Here’s what happened:
With the Rangers trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning at Toronto, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus laid a perfect bunt down the third base line to beat Texas’ infield shift with two outs and nobody on base. Good, smart baseball if we’re being honest and objective, but Lewis felt entirely different about it.
Via MLB.com’s Chris Toman:

“I told [Rasmus] I didn’t appreciate it,” Lewis said. “You’re up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don’t think that’s the way the game should be played.”

Um, what?

“I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you’re up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average,” Lewis said.

Well, sure. But maybe he was trying to a spark two-out rally in a competitive game? That seems plausible, yes?

“[Rasmus] didn’t steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position,” Lewis said. “That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn’t appreciate it.”

We’re really reaching here.
If Lewis’ anger is driven by frustration, so be it, but it’s nobody else’s fault that he’s currently sporting a 6.37 ERA this season. He has to own that at least.
By the way, the next batter was Dan Johnson, who earlier in the game just missed a two-run homer to right field. He ended up settling for a double, which scored Rasmus from first base.
The thought process isn’t complicated here, and Rasmus, like the rest of those paying attention, was dumbfounded by Lewis’ outburst and postgame comments.

“I’m just trying to help my team and he didn’t like that — so sorry about it,” Rasmus said. “I’m not here to try to please the other side, I’m here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could and I took advantage of it.”

That pretty covers the situation. There was absolutely nothing selfish about Rasmus’ bunt. Had he come around to score, it would have been an important run in a close game. The Blue Jays ended up winning 4-1, so it’s not like the Rangers were ever truly out of the game.
It’s actually nothing like the bunting issue we referenced earlier that happened in Oakland. That happened in the first inning with Oakland already leading the Houston Astros 7-0. Jed Lowrie did the same thing Rasmus did, he laid down a bunt to beat the shift, and Astros manager Bo Porter flipped out. Lowrie ended up getting plunked later in the game, and then Porter continued his rage by running on the field to confront him.
That incident was also ridiculous for the simple fact that if you’re playing a shift defensively, you must feel like you still have a shot to win the game. If that’s the case, you can’t be mad at the other team for continuing to play hard.
There’s a reason these rules aren’t written down. They’re truly senseless, and Lewis’ rewriting of the unwritten beat-the-shift rule in a 2-0 game may be the most absurd of all.
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New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had trouble sleeping and feared his career could be over before finding out that he will have arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right knee next week instead of the more serious microfracture surgery. Sabathia already knew he was out for the season, but Wednesday’s surgery should allow him to return by spring training next year. “I was very concerned,” Sabathia said Saturday. Los Angeles Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery in southern California on Wednesday.

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