When the St. Louis Cardinals dealt for John Lackey at the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline from the Boston Red Sox, it was as much about shaking things up as adding a frontline starting pitcher. General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny felt the Cardinals had gotten stale after winning the National League pennant last season. Despite being the big favorite to win the NL Central again this season, St. Louis fell behind the Milwaukee Brewers early and still trails with a month left in the season. However, an interesting offshoot of the trade, it that Lackey would be the Cardinals’ No. 1 starter if the postseason started today because ace right-hander Adam Wainwright is having a poor second half since starting for the NL last month in the All-Star Game at Minneapolis.

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On a night in which the Baltimore Orioles found all sorts of ways to score, their final run was appropriately the result of an intentional walk to a .188 hitter and an opposite-field bloop. J.J. Hardy put Baltimore ahead with a seventh-inning single, and the Orioles rallied past Tampa Bay 5-4 Thursday night to lengthen their lead in the AL East. Steve Pearce homered for the Orioles, who took three of four from the sinking Rays. The victory, combined with the Yankees’ loss to Detroit, put Baltimore seven games ahead of New York with 30 games remaining.

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As Danny Valencia rounded first base on his three-run pinch-homer in the seventh inning on Wednesday night, he gave a little fist pump. The infielder’s first home run for the Blue Jays and his third of the season sparked Toronto to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Valencia, who usually plays against left-handed pitching, batted for third baseman Juan Francisco. The Red Sox countered with right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa and Valencia pounded a 2-0 fastball to left to give Toronto a 4-2 lead.

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Grady Sizemore was out of baseball for two years because of injuries and has no idea whether he might be in the future plans of the Philadelphia Phillies. He did so once again Wednesday night, belting a go-ahead, two-run homer as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning to propel the Phillies to an 8-4 victory over the Washington Nationals. “It’s great to be back playing and healthy,” said Sizemore, a four-time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians earlier in his career. Right fielder Marlon Byrd and shortstop Jimmy Rollins also homered for the Phillies, who scored six runs in their last three at-bats to complete a three-game sweep of the National League East leaders.

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The top tiers of the reliever rankings are thinning.

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Mike Napoli said it did not feel very good when he was dinged in the helmet by a pitch from R.A. Dickey in the fifth inning on Tuesday. But the designated hitter felt a lot better in the 11th when he hit a three-run homer into the fifth deck to highlight a seven-run inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7. His mammoth drive was the 17th home run ball to reach the fifth level of Rogers Centre. “I was just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere, trying to get a single with a runner in scoring position,” Napoli said.

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Koji Uehara is proving to be human after all. His success last season after he took over the closer’s role for the Red Sox was a major reason Boston won the World Series. This year as the Red Sox continue to struggle and as they sit in last place in the American League East, recently Uehara has started to struggle also. He has blown saves in each of his past two appearances, including an epic five-run outing in which he allowed five ninth-inning runs in two-thirds of an inning in a 5-3 loss last Friday to the Seattle Mariners.

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Rusney Castillo will have an instant mentor with the Red Sox. Everything he is about to do, Yoenis Cespedes did three years earlier. Cespedes actually had his best season as a rookie in 2012 after defecting from Cuba and signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the Oakland A’s. Now with the Red Sox, the outfielder already has imparted advice to Castillo, an outfielder who will soon be his teammate after finalizing a seven-year, $72.5 million contract over the weekend. It’s the same baseball,’” Cespedes said Sunday through translator Adrian Lorenzo after going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Red Sox’s eighth consecutive loss, 8-6 to the Seattle Mariners.

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