Baseball Shots Of The Week – July 15, 2014

1. Oakland Athletics (59-36)
1. Oakland Athletics (59-36)
Jason Hammel's first start with the A's was less impressive than they had hoped. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)<br><br>Athletics have reinstated left-hander Drew Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (57-37)
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (57-37)
If it weren't for the A's hot play, the Angels would be in first place right now. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)<br><br>Angels placed starter C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
3. Detroit Tigers (53-38)
3. Detroit Tigers (53-38)
You can tell things are good for Detroit when Miguel Cabrera is having a very good season and he's arguably been the third most-productive hitter in the lineup. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) <br><br>Cabrera will be batting in the clean-up spot for the American League in the All-Star game.
4. St. Louis Cardinals (52-44)
4. St. Louis Cardinals (52-44)
Yadier Molina will miss the next two months or so. Hopefully he's back in time for the postseason. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)<br><br>Adam Wainwright was named the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star game.
5. Atlanta Braves (52-43)
5. Atlanta Braves (52-43)
Mike Minor's home-run issues have returned. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)<br><br>Braves announced that they suspended infielder Dan Uggla for one game.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43)
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43)
Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak might have ended, but man was it a fun ride. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Dan Haren gets the call as the Dodgers open their second half against the Cardinals.
7. Washington Nationals (51-42)
7. Washington Nationals (51-42)
You wonder if a team that wants another starter will try to pry Ross Detwiler from the Nats bullpen. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)<br><br>Tyler Clippard received word that he would represent the Nationals at the All-Star Game, replacing Braves right-hander Julio Teheran.
8. Milwaukee Brewers (53-43)
8. Milwaukee Brewers (53-43)
Jimmy Nelson should give the slumping Brewers a boost. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)<br><br>Brewers placed Wei-Chung Wang on the disabled list.
9. Seattle Mariners (51-44)
9. Seattle Mariners (51-44)
The Mariners need pitching help. And soon. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)<br><br>Justin Smoak was recalled by the Mariners and inserted into Friday night's lineup against the A's after the club placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list.
10. Cincinnati Reds (51-44)
10. Cincinnati Reds (51-44)
Brandon Phillips will also miss the next two months. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)<br><br>Aroldis Chapman set a Major League record, for most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout.
11. Baltimore Orioles (52-42)
11. Baltimore Orioles (52-42)
Dan Duquette has to be trolling the second-base market for help. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)<br><br>Ubaldo Jimenez is headed to the disabled list with a right ankle sprain.
12. San Francisco Giants (52-43)
12. San Francisco Giants (52-43)
The Giants are involved in the David Price talks, but it's unclear if they have enough to get a deal done. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)<br><br>Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was activated from the disabled list Thursday.
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-46)
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-46)
Francisco Liriano's return comes just as Gerrit Cole heads to the DL. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)<br><br>Francisco Liriano will kick things off, opposing Colorado on Friday at PNC Park following the All-Star break.
14. Toronto Blue Jays (49-47)
14. Toronto Blue Jays (49-47)
Toronto has been hammered by injuries lately. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)<br><br>Blue Jays placed right fielder Nolan Reimold on the 15-day DL Saturday with a left calf strain, recalling outfielder Anthony Gose.
15. Kansas City Royals (48-46)
15. Kansas City Royals (48-46)
Jason Vargas missing the next few weeks is a rough break for a team that doesn't need any. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)<br><br>Brandon Finnegan, the Royals' first pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut on Thursday with Class A Advanced Wilmington.
16. New York Yankees (47-47)
16. New York Yankees (47-47)
Masahiro Tanaka was one of the players the Yankees couldn't afford to lose for any length of time. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)<br><br>Derek Jeter will hit lead-off in his final All-Star game.
17. Cleveland Indians (47-47)
17. Cleveland Indians (47-47)
Cody Allen is very good. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>DH Jason Giambi was transferred to the 60-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.
18. Tampa Bay Rays (44-53)
18. Tampa Bay Rays (44-53)
Considering he'd missed most of the season, Jeremy Hellickson's first start went fine. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)<br><br>Jerry Sands will be out for the season to have wrist surgery to repair a tendon injury.
19. New York Mets (45-50)
19. New York Mets (45-50)
Bobby Abreu has turned back time so far this season. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)<br><br>Mets wrapped up their homestand with a 9-1 win over the Marlins to complete the series sweep and give the club its eighth win in its last 10 games.
20. Chicago White Sox (45-51)
20. Chicago White Sox (45-51)
John Danks is suddenly a hot name on the trade market. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)<br><br>Robin Ventura believes the latest round of trade rumors swirling around Gordon Beckham could be negatively affecting his second baseman.
21. Miami Marlins (44-50)
21. Miami Marlins (44-50)
Maligned for the trade at the time, the Marlins have to be pleased with Bryan Morris' 20-plus inning streak without an earned run. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)<br><br>Henderson Alvarez will replace Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals on the NL's active roster for the All-Star Game.
22. Philadelphia Phillies (42-53)
22. Philadelphia Phillies (42-53)
Between Jonathan Papelbon's pitching and recent comments, there's no reason for the Phillies to not shop him aggressively. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)<br><br>Carlos Ruiz is targeting Friday as the date for his first rehab game.
23. Boston Red Sox (43-52)
23. Boston Red Sox (43-52)
Christian Vazquez has the tools to be a very good defensive catcher for a long time. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)<br><br>Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox will welcome the Royals to Fenway after the All-Star break.
24. Minnesota Twins (44-50)
24. Minnesota Twins (44-50)
Casey Fien has to be one of the better relievers nobody discusses. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)<br><br>Kyle Gibson will start Friday against the Rays when the Twins resume play after the All-Star break.
25. San Diego Padres (41-54)
25. San Diego Padres (41-54)
Odrisamer Despaigne doesn't have pretty peripherals, but so far he's kept runs off the board. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>Padres intertviewed Kim Ng, who is the senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball for the open GM position.
26. Colorado Rockies (40-55)
26. Colorado Rockies (40-55)
All indications are the Rockies don't intend to sell, though they should probably consider some lesser trades. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)<br><br>Rockies transferred right-hander Jordan Lyles to the 60-day disabled list.
27. Chicago Cubs (40-54)
27. Chicago Cubs (40-54)
Expect Kyle Hendricks to get a shot at one of the Cubs' open rotation spots, even if his debut didn't go so hot. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)<br><br>The Cubs got the go-ahead to start the $575 million renovation plan to Wrigley Field.
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (40-56)
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (40-56)
Bronson Arroyo had been one of the league's most reliable pitchers. Just goes to show, the D'backs have had some poor luck. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)<br><br>The Diamondbacks gave up a pair of grand slams to the Giants in an 8-4 loss.
29. Houston Astros (40-56)
29. Houston Astros (40-56)
To think, in most years, sweeping the Rangers would be a real accomplishment. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)<br><br>George Springer needed some rest, so he started at designated hitter Sunday for the first time.
30. Texas Rangers (38-57)
30. Texas Rangers (38-57)
Colby Lewis' start on Thursday sums up the Rangers season. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)<br><br>The Rangers lost 10-7 to the Angels on Sunday, for their eighth straight loss and completed a seven-game homestand in which all of the games were losses.
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