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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Good move by the Royals to acquire three useful arms from the Padres in starter Trevor Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter. The Royals needed pitching depth and they get that in this deal. Matt Strahm is the main talent acquired by the Padres. He's out for the season after knee surgery and has promise as a starter, but given his struggles throwing enough strikes as a reliever with the Royals, his future is probably in the bullpen.

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Jaime García is a low-key addition but one that's a real upgrade to a back-end of a rotation that's been a problem for the team all season. If the Twins, a still-rebuilding team, are to make additions, it should be ones like this one. Prospect Huascar Ynoa was probably on the very bottom of the team's list of Top-25 prospects.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs 3-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday including reliever Justin Grimm's struggles giving up home runs.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Twins picked up Jaime Garcia from the Braves in one of those deals that tells the fans you're trying to make the playoffs ... but you're not really going to give up anything of value as you try to make the playoffs. Garcia is a minor upgrade for the rotation, although we'll see how his game translates to the AL. He's been worth 1.1 WAR for the Braves, so projects to add maybe an extra win for the Twins if he pitches well. No harm in dealing a low-level pitching prospect and it makes everyone feel good.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost to the White Sox 3-1 as they left 12 on base and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position. It was a game they could have won but squandered chances including with 2 on and none out in the seventh down by a run. Maddon chose not to bunt Ian Happ who ended up striking out and the Cubs failed to score. Meanwhile, relievers Justin Grimm and Koji Uehara gave up solo home runs which turned out to be the difference in the game.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch isn't spending a lot of time sweating the trade deadline.


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The Rockies have won six of their last seven, averaging 10.6 runs per game in that stretch, but take on the Cardinals in St. Louis Monday on ESPN (8 ET). The Rockies are 3-13 in their last 16 road games. The Cardinals haven't hosted a game since July 9, going 4-6 on a 10-game, post-Break road trip.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alex Reyes talks about throwing from 60-feet for the first time today since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Tells me he saved an MLB commemorative ball from Mothers Day to use as he starts his rehab.


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Nolan Arenado is the NL Player of the Week and Jonathan Schoop is the AL Player of the Week. Arenado hit three home runs on July 19 vs the Padres and finished the week with four homers and 13 RBI. Schoop drove in at least one run in all seven games he played last week and homered in three straight games.

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Clayton Kershaw is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. It's a long layoff for Kershaw, but he returned strong after missing two months to back issues last season. In 2016 Kershaw posted a 1.79 ERA before hitting the disabled list. He posted a 1.29 ERA after his return.

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The White Sox and Cubs enter their matchup Monday on completely different paths. The White Sox have lost nine straight games, tied for the longest losing streak in MLB. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 8-1 since the All-Star Break and with a win Monday could take the lead in the NL Central for the first time since May 26.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

A four to six week absence for Clayton Kershaw would be more devastating from a rankings perspective than I indicated on today's Fantasy Focus Baseball podcast. I suggested he'd be my No. 4 starting pitcher in my upcoming rankings update before hearing that timetable. Now, he'd make maybe 6-7 more starts and be just my No. 13 starter.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

It's never good when your franchise pitcher goes on the shelf for four-to-six weeks, but if there was ever a team well positioned to withstand the prolonged absence of Clayton Kershaw, it's this year's Dodgers. That said, this adds urgency to L.A.'s trade deadline search for a mid- to upper-rotation starter, a need that already existed. The tangible impact could be this: The asking price for Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray probably just went up. Also, while top prospect Walker Buehler remains a possibility for late-season bullpen help, it's hard to see the Dodgers looking to him as a rotation solution this soon.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The report that Clayton Kershaw will miss 4-to-6 weeks certainly means the Dodgers are more likely to pursue Yu Darvish, if the Rangers deal him. The Dodgers are the best team in baseball, but consider: Kershaw's health is now an unknown, Rich Hill's blister issues could surface again at any time, Brandon McCarthy is battling his own blister problem, and you can't trust Kenta Maeda in a playoff game. Barring a win streak over the next seven days, the Rangers should trade Darvish and the Dodgers would be the favorite to land him.


Bad new for the LA Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw expected to miss 4-6 weeks after initial diagnosis on injured back.