Troy Tulowitzki, Jose reyes, Latroy Hawkins

Sept 16, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double in the first inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sept 16, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double in the first inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The baseball community was shocked yesterday when The Colorado Rockies traded their prize possession Troy Tulowitzki and  Latroy Hawkins to Toronto. The Rockies received Jose Reyes and minor leaguers from the Blue Jays.

Now this trade comes as a surprise, The Rockies said earlier in July that Tulo wouldn’t be traded. Tulo has also said that he didn’t sign his contract to be traded away. He wanted to stay a Rocky for life. Which is honorable and understandable. It’s always hard for a player, no matter if they are a vet to the game or a spring chicken to get acclimated to a new team,atmosphere,staff, stadium.

Tulo has been apart of the Rockies since 2006. Nearly a decade in the same uniform.
With Tulo being traded his trade clause is in play now. His contract go’s through 2020, so he could return to the Rockies once this contract is up.

Comes as a interesting move that Toronto would want to acquire Tulo, he has only played over 150 games twice in almost a decade. Injuries have plagued Tulo throughout his career. He does have exceptional defensive skills and above average power for a shortstop.

The key pieces that the Jays need is pitching,pitching, and more pitching. No team can have enough pitching. I can see them parting with a few more pieces while the non waiver trade deadline approaches. Not sure who will go or stay.

Cards Strike First in Pittsburgh

Phillies Get Shutout For Second Straight Night In Loss To Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed one hit in eight innings, extending his career-high scoreless streak to 35 2-3 innings and lowering his major league-best ERA to 1.39 in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Puig ended an RBI drought of 51 at-bats with a two-run homer and two-run double for the NL West leaders. Los Angeles took three of four from the big league-worst Phillies and extended its division lead to 5 1/2 games over the idle Giants and Diamondbacks.

Greinke (8-3) struck out eight, walked none and retired his final 21 batters after giving up a leadoff single in the second by Ryan Howard. It was the right-hander’s last outing before heading to Cincinnati for his third All-Star Game — and Greinke made a strong case to be the National League starter…

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Greinke Extends Scoreless Innings Streak As Dodgers Beat Phillies

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed one hit in eight innings, extending his career-high scoreless streak to 35 2-3 innings and lowering his major league-best ERA to 1.39 in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Puig ended an RBI drought of 51 at-bats with a two-run homer and two-run double for the NL West leaders. Los Angeles took three of four from the big league-worst Phillies and extended its division lead to 5 1/2 games over the idle Giants and Diamondbacks.

Greinke (8-2) struck out eight, walked none and retired his final 21 batters after giving up a leadoff single in the second by Ryan Howard. It was the right-hander’s last outing before heading to Cincinnati for his third All-Star Game — and Greinke made a strong case to be the National League starter…

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Orioles activate Jonathan Schoop, option Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A

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Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to the White Sox, the Orioles activated second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the roster, Ryan Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Schoop, 23, was off to a good start before suffering a sprained PCL. In his first nine games, he hit .259/.310/.630 with three home runs and seven RBI in 29 plate appearances.

Flaherty, 28, hit .245/.322/.384 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 173 plate appearances.

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Engineering students at the University of Toronto built a knuckleball pitching machine

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In a report for the Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy details how engineering students at the University of Toronto built a knuckleball pitching machine — the world’s first. Their goal was to be able to throw the same knuckleball every time, but they were unable to do so.

The project gave the students a greater appreciation for Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey.

“The amount of control you need to throw the same knuckleball every time is unbelievable,” said Martin Côté, who along with Gordon, Jessica Tomasi and Queenie Yuan built the prototype as part of their fourth-year design project — adapting a regular pitching machine with PVC tubes, motors and a series of sensors that modulated the velocity and automatically set the ball in the same orientation before every pitch.

“The mystery of the knuckleball prevailed over our efforts,” said Professor David Sinton, a baseball-loving mechanical engineer who came up…

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Greinke Outduels Harvey And Punch-less Mets, 4-3

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings to outduel Matt Harvey, Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers survived their shaky bullpen to beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Saturday night.

Greinke (7-2) extended his scoreless innings streak to 27 2/3 while striking out four and walking none. He had a two-out single in the fourth inning, too.

J.P. Howell got the final out for his first save since June 12, 2011, against Tampa Bay.

Harvey (7-6) gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. He struck out four and tied a career high with five walks while getting in bases-loaded jams in the second, third and fifth innings. His ERA jumped to 3.11.

The Mets closed to 4-2 with two outs in the eighth on Lucas Duda’s RBI double and Wilmer Flores’ RBI single after three…

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#Cubs Soler to rejoin team Sunday

Muskat Ramblings

Jorge Soler, sidelined since June 3 with a sprained left ankle, will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday. Soler played nine innings on Friday for Triple-A Iowa, his fourth rehab game. He was 2-for-13, but manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t that concerned about the statistics.

“I don’t worry about that stuff,” Maddon said Saturday. “To me, it’s a matter of if he’s healthy and he’s seeing the ball, what does his timing look like, those are the kind of things you’re trying to get from the guys down there.”

The Cubs are hoping Soler can give the lineup some much needed punch. The rookie was batting .265 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 49 games before he was sidelined. He picked it up in May, batting .288 in 28 games.

— Carrie Muskat

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#Cubs Bryant has grand 4th of July

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Kris Bryant ignited the fireworks at Wrigley Field a little early in Saturday’s 7-2 Cubs win over the Marlins.

The rookie belted two home runs, including his second career grand slam, and drove in six runs in the first two innings. The effort was Bryant’s second career multihomer game, and he now leads all Major League rookies as well as all Cubs players with 49 RBIs.

“It was him — that was our offense tonight,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Without that, this game is entirely different. It was nice to get him going.”

Marlins starter Jarred Cosart served up both of Bryant’s homers. The Cubs rookie belted a two-run homer in the first and his slam in the second, then made a brief curtain call before the crowd of 37,898.

“Those are always fun,” Bryant said of the salute to the fans. “It means you’re doing something good.”

This…

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Rangers option Chi Chi Gonzalez back to Triple-A

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With Matt Harrison on his way back — now slated to start on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks — the Rangers have optioned rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Round Rock. Anthony Ranaudo has been promoted from Triple-A and will serve as a long man out of the bullpen until Wednesday.

Gonzalez, 23, was hammered in two of his last three starts following a strong start to the season. Over seven starts in total, the right-hander posted a 3.74 ERA with a 15/19 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings.

Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery last year. He has made six rehab appearances starting on June 3. In his most recent start, he allowed three runs in six innings on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts.

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