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, but there are several additional moves that have a chance to be made.The Minnesota Twins came into the 2018 season with the idea that they were good enough to contend with the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. It hasn't worked out that way, as the Twins are nine games behind the Tribe after losing three of four games to the Boston Red Sox.They are even further behind in the wild-card race, as they trail the Seattle Mariners for the No. 2 spot by 13.5 games.As a result, the Twins are in a sell mode as the deadline approaches, and second baseman Brian Dozier could be among their most valuable commodities to move. The San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians are two of the teams that are most interested in Dozier, according to Twins beat writer Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Dozier is not having the kind of explosive year with the bat that he did in either of the last two years, but he still represents something of a power bat at a middle-infield position. Dozier has a .224/.306/.404 slash line with 16 home runs and 52 runs batted in. Dozier belted 42 homers and knocked in 99 runs in 2016, and he hit 34 homers and 93 RBI last year.Dozier was especially hot in the second half of the season in each of the last two years.While the Indians are on their way to winning the AL Central and have their sights set on competing with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the postseason, the Giants are in fourth place in the NL West.The Giants have a 53-54 record and have dropped seven of their last 10 games, and they are 6.5 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.The Cincinnati Reds picked up pitcher Matt Harvey off the scrapheap after the New York Mets parted company with him early in the season.While Harvey appeared to have lost most of his velocity and was pitching poorly at the time of his departure from Citi Field http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/adrian-peterson-jersey
, he has bounced back nicely since joining the Reds.Harvey has a 5-4 record in his 14 starts with Cincinnati, and he has a 4.44 earned-run averaged with a 1.192 WHIP. That's not a superstar level, but it is fairly competent.That's good enough to interest the Milwaukee Brewers, who have a strong need to upgrade their starting pitching. MLB network insider Jon Morosi tweeted that talks between the Brewers and the Reds are ongoing about sending Harvey to Milwaukee.Andy Martino martinonycMets having many, many trade discussions about Zack Wheeler, but the tone seems to have shifted since Wednesday. Heres why:gcFXEBk5c3One other potential move among pitchers involves Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets, who has won his last three starts and has pitched with increased efficiency.Wheeler has pitched 7.2, 7.0 and 6.0 innings(per Baseball-Reference) in those three starts, and he has allowed six earned runs in those three starts. Wheeler is 5-6 with a 4.11 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 120.1 innings pitched.The Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Brewers and Yankees are among the teams that have shown the most interest in Wheeler Authentic D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey
, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman of Fancred.It seems likely that the Mets might be most interested in dealing with the Brewerssince the Phillies and Braves are division rivals and sending him across town to the Yankees could be dangerous.The Mets may end up keeping Wheeler unless any of the potential trade partners improve their offers. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a dominant 15-man bullpen, the Oakland Athletics don’t need much from their starters these days.That’s been story of the hottest team in baseball. On Sunday, they overcame a stinker.Stephen Piscotty homered and Oakland rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3, the Athletics’ fourth straight win and sixth in seven games.Trevor Cahill gave up three runs, two hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start of the season.But the A’s got another stellar performance from their bullpen, as seven relievers combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.Shawn Kelley (1-0) retired the only four batters he faced in relief of Cahill. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 11 innings since coming over to Oakland in an Aug. 5 trade with the Washington Nationals.“There’s plenty of depth to go around,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We were getting deeper contributions from the starters there for a while. Right now, maybe not so much, and we’re having to cover a lot of the game, but my feeling is that they’ll respond and they’ll start going deeper in games so we can cut down on the amount of (relievers) we use.”Matt Olson had two hits including a double for the A’s D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite
, who are 30 games over .500 (87-57) for the first time since closing out 2013 at 96-66. They’ve won nine of their last 10 against the Rangers.Piscotty’s homer in the seventh inning was his career-high 23rd, surpassing his 2016 total with St. Louis.Oakland trailed 3-0 when Olson doubled off Ariel Jurado (2-5) in a five-run fourth in which the A’s scored five runs on three hits, three walks, an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball. Ramon Laureano doubled in a run later in the inning.“I think it’s pretty exemplary of how our entire season has been,” Piscotty said. “Everyone else knows to kick it in gear. It’s a special thing, it’s rare, and when we got it going, it’s pretty special.”Oakland used eight pitchers Saturday and seven Friday.Blake Treinen, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, lowered his ERA to a major league-best 0.87.Texas dropped to a season-high 21 games below .500 (61-82) after its 10th loss in 13 games.Jurado pitched behind Jeffrey Springs http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/d.j.-swearinger-jersey
, who tossed three shutout innings of one-hit ball in an opening role. Jurado gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning on four hits and two walks.“It’s different, it’s a change to baseball,” Springs said of the growing trend of using relief pitchers to start games.CAHILL’S K’SCahill’s strikeout of Jurickson Profar in the second inning was the 1,000th of his career.ADRIAN’S ADVANCEAdrian Beltre, who was 1 for 4 with an RBI, needs one home run to tie Stan Musial and Willie Stargell (475) for 30th on the career list and one hit to tie George Brett (3,154) for 16th. Beltre ranks 27th on the RBI list with 1,697.Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he’ll try to get the 39-year-old as many at-bats as he can.“I don’t want to miss those moments, and I don’t want him to miss any of those moments,” Banister said.MONTAS’ ROLERight-hander Frankie Montas is expected to be called up before the A’s open a six-game trip at Baltimore on Tuesday. He’ll be expected to absorb innings in a yet-to-be determined role.“It might be a game where we go with an opener, it might be a game where he pitches out of the bullpen Steven Wright Jersey
, it might be a game where he starts. We’re not really sure yet,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We have a couple of openings on this road trip and we’re trying to sort through that.”TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: LHP Brett Anderson (sprained left forearm) checked out OK a day after throwing three simulated innings. He’s expected to move into the rotation soon. “I think it’s going to be sometime on this road trip, but I’m not sure which day,” Melvin said. … OF Nick Martini and RHP Ryan Dull were activated before Sunday’s game. … 2B Jed Lowrie got a rare day off.UP NEXTRangers: LHP Mike Minor (11-7, 4.31 ERA) will pitch Monday’s series opener against the Angels in Los Angeles.Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36) will pitch Tuesday’s series opener in Baltimore.