A day after Greg Maddux was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame , Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vance Worley nearly achieved a “Maddux” — the Internet-recognized feat of throwing a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches.
But this wasn’t any complete game. It was a 5-0 shutout against the San Francisco Giants in which Worley gave up four hits and struck out three. He completely dominated the Giants, handing them their second shutout loss in three games. 
Yes, we said Vance Worley did this. The same Vance Worley who was a big-league castoff after a 7.21 ERA in 2013.
He ended up one pitch away from the Maddux, however. Worley finished with 100 pitches exactly, one too many for Maddux status. Blame a ninth-inning triple by Hunter Pence. It wasn’t a Maddux, but a great performance still, the best of Worley’s career, and he certainly won’t worry too much about that one pitch.
This is the high point in his return to the big leagues. After that ugly 2013 with the Minnesota Twins, Worley was traded to Pittsburgh this spring for cash or a player to be named.
He was sent to the minors first, but Worley worked his way back into the Pirates rotation and is 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight games since joining the big-league team in mid June.
Greg Maddux, since you’re probably wondering, threw a Maddux 13 times .

JAYS, DICKEY DOMINATE RED SOX The recipe for the Toronto Blue Jays’ rout of the Boston Red Sox on Monday night: two homers from Melky Cabrera, 14 total hits and 10 strikeouts from starting pitcher R.A. Dickey.
It wasn’t even close. The Jays won 14-1 , crushing the Red Sox like the windshield of an ill-placed car behind the Green Monster. Dickey had his good knuckleball going, even though he didn’t exactly need it because of all those runs:

”I kind of wish they could divide them up over, like, three starts,” he said. ”(I) almost kind of wish we’d have only scored two runs because I felt like I had that kind of knuckleball tonight and saved this outing for when I gave up five, but I’ll take it.”

This was Toronto’s third straight win. They’re 2 1/2 games behind the Orioles for first place in the AL East.
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MARLINS COME BACK, STUN NATS The Washington Nationals took a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins, a lead that’s generally pretty safe no matter who’s across the field. But the still-hanging-around Marlins scored seven runs in the final three innings to stun the first-place Nats, concluding the 7-6 comeback win on a walk-off single by Jeff Baker with two outs in the ninth.
The Marlins scored four runs in that ninth inning, and skipper Mike Redmond did not shy away from declaring this the biggest win of the Marlins’ season :

”At this stage, that’s got to be the biggest game of the year – right? – with where we are in the standings, and where we’ve got to go,” manager Mike Redmond said. ”These guys understand that.”

The Marlins are a surprising 52-53. Playoffs don’t seem particularly likely, but they’re 4 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot and six out in the NL East. Like a six-run comeback, it’s not impossible.

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BOSTON — The rumbling is getting louder.

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A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan. Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restroom sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night. Who would leave this here?” Militello told The Associated Press. What are the chances of this happening?” Drew Weber had dined at the restaurant earlier, it’s one of his favorite spots.

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Jake Peavy, Chase Headley, Kendrys Morales and Joakim Soria all relocated in a hectic Week That Was.

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The Stew’s Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We’ll give you the day’s most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
MATT KEMP UPDATE: The Dodgers aren’t close to any significant deal and might be wary of moving Matt Kemp’s right-handed bat before Thursday’s deadline. [ @Ken_Rosenthal ]
FALSE ALARM:  Dodgers prospect Corey Seager was removed from his Double-A game on Saturday but is not on the move. He’s dealing with a stomach ailment. [ Jeff Passan ]
DONE DEAL : The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox. [ Big League Stew ]
MORE MONEY : Despite the Peavy deal, the Giants still have money to add another piece. [ @Alex Pavlovic ] 

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The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a half-game division lead in the NL West against their rival going into Saturday night’s middle game at AT&T Park. The Giants have plenty of familiarity with Peavy, who pitched for manager Bruce Bochy with the San Diego Padres in the playoffs in 2005-06.

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Dave Dombrowski’s latest trade also felt like one of his most predictable. There was simply no way the Detroit general manager was going to sit idly by without addressing his team’s bullpen. ”We’ve been working on trying to find someone in the bullpen for an extended period,” Dombrowski said. For the month of July, at least.” The Tigers added one of the game’s better relievers in a trade earlier this week, acquiring Joakim Soria from Texas, but that may only be the beginning of a significant overhaul in the way Detroit approaches the late innings.

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(The Sports Xchange) – The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Stephen Pryor. He rejoins Seattle after a brief stint with the Twins. Morales, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on June 8, appeared in 39 games and batted .234 with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. He had a 12-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday when he went 0-for-4 in the Twins’ 3-1 win over Cleveland.

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