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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

When asked on what team A's starter Sonny Gray will be on a week from today, an MLB executive said, "Not Oakland." Will he be in the Bronx? The A's continue to send top scouts to the Yankees' Double-A affiliate in Trenton. The way the A's Billy Beane usually works is he tells teams who he is looking for as the central figure in a trade and then works his way down from there. Since there is not much pitching on the market, Beane is aiming high. Gray has two years of control so he is expected to cost teams prime prospects. The Yankees are very deep at shortstop. At Double-A, Jorge Mateo has played very well recently.

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Lowest Team ERA Among Starting Pitchers Dodgers 3.32 Arizona 3.54 Nationals 3.58 Cardinals 3.76 Astros 3.95

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Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 on Monday. He's hitting .507 in July -- 38-for-75, 7 doubles, 4 homers, 7 walks, 7 strikeouts.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In 17 games since July 4, the Red Sox are batting .205 with .275 on-base percentage and more strikeouts (147) than hits (121). They are slugging .296 with 15 doubles and 13 homers. They have scored 53 runs (3.1 per game) and gotten shut out three times, bringing their majors-leading total to nine shutouts. Even worse, they have scored in only 31 of 164 innings (18.9 percent). Amid that team-wide slump, 20-year-old third baseman Rafael Devers will make his debut Tuesday night in Seattle.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The rookie does it again. Cody Bellinger hits a three-run homer to center field, his 28th on the season and third go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later. It also means the Dodgers appear headed to their 47th straight victory in a game they led at any point, a major league record.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariners 4, Red Sox 0: Yuck. The Red Sox were held hitless until the fifth inning by Mariners starter James Paxton en route to getting shut out for the ninth time this season. Meanwhile, Eduardo Rodriguez allowed four runs on six hits in only 5 1/3 innings. The Red Sox have scored five runs in their last three games and 39 runs in 12 games since the All-Star break. In the words of David Price's favorite broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, "Yuck."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

This is what Justin Verlander told reporters in Detroit today about the standing ovation he got at Comerica Park: "There might be a fleeting moment where you say this might be the last time. But it's very fleeting." Verlander, who continues to be a part of numerous trade talks, threw 7 solid innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 9 batters. Detroit lost 5-3 to KC in extra innings. In his 3 starts since the All-Star break, Verlander has a 3.26 ERA.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

This almost seems unbelievable: The Dodgers have won 46 consecutive games when leading at any point, a major league record. They last lost such a game on May 15, when they blew a 1-0 third-inning lead to the Giants. In related news, the Twins have tied the game after trailing 3-2.