Baseball Shots Of The Week – July 29, 2014

1. Oakland Athletics (65-39)
1. Oakland Athletics (65-39)
First the A's played Texas, now Houston. Expect Oakland to pad its record even more over the coming days. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)<br><br>Craig Gentry had an MRI on his hand revealing he had a fracture, forcing him to the disabled list.
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (63-41)
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (63-41)
Safe to say, nobody expected Matt Shoemaker to have the best K rate in the Angels rotation. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Grant Green was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his lower back.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47)
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47)
The Dodgers put a little more distance between themselves and the Giants with a weekend sweep. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers broadcast booth for his 66th season in 2015.
4. Milwaukee Brewers (59-47)
4. Milwaukee Brewers (59-47)
Kyle Lohse has done a great job of burying those Jeff Suppan comparisons from when he signed. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)<br><br>Brewers Minor League third baseman Nick Delmonico was suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.
5. San Francisco Giants (57-48)
5. San Francisco Giants (57-48)
There are no guarantees with Jake Peavy, but the Giants need the potential help with Matt Cain out. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>Matt Cain is set to see Dr. James Andrews to obtain a second opinion on his throwing arm.
6. Washington Nationals (57-45)
6. Washington Nationals (57-45)
Ryan Zimmerman is back on the DL, this time due to a strained hamstring. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>Jayson Werth is listed as day to day with a sprained right ankle.
7. Baltimore Orioles (58-46)
7. Baltimore Orioles (58-46)
Expect the Orioles to hunt for an upgrade at second base this week. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Orioles acquired Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash considerations.
8. Detroit Tigers (57-45)
8. Detroit Tigers (57-45)
Joakim Soria might take over the ninth inning yet. He will boost the Tigers bullpen, however. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)<br><br>Tigers' Max Scherzer had an 11-strikeout performance against the Angels for a 6-4 win.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (56-48)
9. St. Louis Cardinals (56-48)
Allen Craig and Peter Bourjos are neck and neck in offensive production. Go figure. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)<br><br>Cardinals announced that the team will name their next Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies field for former manager Tony La Russa.
10. Atlanta Braves (57-48)
10. Atlanta Braves (57-48)
Given the Braves' preseason injuries, who had Mike Minor as the weak link in Atlanta's rotation? (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)<br><br>Braves placed rookie reliever Shae Simmons on the disabled list with a strained shoulder.
11. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-49)
11. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-49)
Jordy Mercer has came around after a sluggish start. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)<br><br>Pirates placed Starling Marte on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
12. Toronto Blue Jays (56-50)
12. Toronto Blue Jays (56-50)
It's early, but Aaron Sanchez looks like a monster out of the bullpen. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)<br><br>Blue Jays came within two runs of setting a franchise record by sending 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run sixth inning against the Red Sox.
13. Tampa Bay Rays (51-54)
13. Tampa Bay Rays (51-54)
The Rays had their nine-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, but deserve a higher spot on the list. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)<br><br>Rays designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment on Monday to make room for right-hander Joel Peralta to return from the disabled list.
14. Seattle Mariners (54-51)
14. Seattle Mariners (54-51)
Kendrys Morales return. The M's just hope his bat does, too. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>Willie Bloomquist's right knee showed a deep bone bruise, and the Mariners' veteran likely will need most of the full 15 days on the disabled list to recover.
15. New York Yankees (54-50)
15. New York Yankees (54-50)
Chase Headley hasn't had a great season, but he came cheap. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>Derek Jeter collected his 3,420th career hit, passing Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski to move into seventh place on baseball's all-time list.
16. Kansas City Royals (53-51)
16. Kansas City Royals (53-51)
Kansas City, despite some recent struggles, remains in the race. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)<br><br>The Royals acquired veteran catcher Erik Kratz from the Toronto Blue Jays.
17. Cincinnati Reds (52-52)
17. Cincinnati Reds (52-52)
Alfredo Simon entered the weekend tied for the NL lead in wins. Who would've thought? (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)<br><br>Johnny Cueto tossed seven innings, and Cincinnati snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Nationals.
18. Cleveland Indians (52-53)
18. Cleveland Indians (52-53)
Justin Masterson should return next week. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>Carlos Santana has been named the American League Player of the Week.
19. Chicago White Sox (51-55)
19. Chicago White Sox (51-55)
It's easy to forget, but Paul Konerko is still active. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) <br><br>Jose Abreu hit his Major League-leading 30th home run as the White Sox beat the Twins, 9-5.
20. Miami Marlins (51-53)
20. Miami Marlins (51-53)
Sam Dyson is the latest in a long line of power arms in the Miami bullpen. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)<br><br>Marlins closer Steve Cishek was named the co-National League Players of the Week.
21. New York Mets (50-55)
21. New York Mets (50-55)
Eric Campbell has been a pleasant surprise. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)<br><br>Mets rookie Jacob deGrom was named the co-National League Players of the Week.
22. Boston Red Sox (48-57)
22. Boston Red Sox (48-57)
Jon Lester's pending free agency continues to be a hot-button issue in Boston. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)<br><br>Red Sox traded the Jake Peavy and cash considerations to the Giants on for two pitching prospects.
23. San Diego Padres (46-58)
23. San Diego Padres (46-58)
Kevin Quackenbush gets by mostly on deception, but he makes up for it with a great name. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)<br><br>Kim Ng, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball had his second interview for the open GM postion.
24. Minnesota Twins (47-57)
24. Minnesota Twins (47-57)
Stephen Pryor's injury has zapped his ceiling, yet he's still a better return on Kendrys Morales than nothing. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>Joe Mauer has been making progress with his strained right oblique, and will take batting practice this week.
25. Philadelphia Phillies (46-59)
25. Philadelphia Phillies (46-59)
Rumors that have the Phillies trying to trade Ryan Howard aren't surprising. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)<br><br>The Phillies held a private workout for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (45-60)
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (45-60)
Trevor Cahill's first start back: not so good. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)<br><br>Nick Ahmed hit a two-out single to be the game-winner as the D-backs held on to beat the Reds, 2-1, in 15 innings.
27. Colorado Rockies (43-61)
27. Colorado Rockies (43-61)
During an otherwise pitiful season, at least Nolan Arenado looks like a keeper. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)<br><br>Boone Logan returned from the DL after battling diverticulitis.
28. Chicago Cubs (42-61)
28. Chicago Cubs (42-61)
Brian Schlitter made the wrong type of history on Thursday night. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)<br><br>Neil Ramirez was placed on the DL because of soreness in his right triceps.
29. Houston Astros (42-63)
29. Houston Astros (42-63)
With both Dexter Fowler and George Springer out, the Astros are likely to slide further from the pack. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)<br><br>The Astros hit four home runs against the Oakland A's to win 7-3.
30. Texas Rangers (41-64)
30. Texas Rangers (41-64)
Texas hasn't won a series, no matter the length, in a month. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rangers continue to field trade calls on relief pitcher Neal Cotts.
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