Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says he was never close to trading outfielder Oscar Taveras HardballTalk (Drew Silva) — Oscar Taveras has been mentioned as a possible centerpiece in trade talks this week for top-tier starting pitchers like David Price and Jon Lester, but if Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is to be believed that was all speculation from the outside.
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Watch out! Jordy Mercer's homer hits fan in the face, destroys her beer Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Your browser does not support iframes. Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates launched a fourth-inning homer Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants , and the home-run ball played a mean game of fan abuse. If you watch the video above, the whole thing happens so quickly that you'll probably just find yourself wondering — like our friend @GGGiants — why left fielder Michael Morse was...
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Astros “looking to move” slugger Chris Carter HardballTalk (Drew Silva) — The 44-64 Astros could jump into this seller-friendly market before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Houston is "looking to move" first baseman and designated hitter Chris Carter.
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Keuchel Gets Early Boost, Leads Astros Over A's

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.
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Matt Harvey cleared to throw from a mound HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Now that it's clear he can't ramp up for 2014, the Mets have cleared Matt Harvey to throw.
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Eric Chavez announces retirement, leaves $1 million on the table Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — By all accounts, Eric Chavez is a great guy. He was also a great ballplayer before injuries derailed his career, causing him to play just 212 games between 2007 and 2011. Chavez, 36, announced his retirement Wednesday after 17 seasons in the big leagues, and he did so with one final classy gesture. He left $1 million on the table, which the Arizona Diamondbacks would have owed him had he just...
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Nate Jones undergoes Tommy John surgery HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — White Sox reliever Nate Jones has been on the disabled list with a back injury since the first week of the season, but now he's got an even bigger problem.
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The Mariners are out on Marlon Byrd HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — It's been a rumor for a good while, but now it's going where rumors go when they die.
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Mets 11, Phillies 2: Mets Continue to Make a Good Impression on Alderson

NY Times: Bats (By TIM ROHAN) — Zack Wheeler’s impressive start on Wednesday wrapped up a 15-10 month for the Mets, who do not expect much movement ahead of Thursday’s nonwaiver trade deadline.
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Nats End Marlins' Six-Game Winning Streak, 4-3

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Tanner Roark won his fourth consecutive start and the Washington Nationals averted a series sweep by snapping the Miami Marlins' six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.
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Gallardo, Brewers Top Rays 5-0

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career-high with four RBIs and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Wednesday.
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There are reports that Jon Lester is going to the Orioles. And reports that that’s utter baloney HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — The very essence of the trade deadline just played out on Twitter
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Mets Rout Phillies 11-2; Wheeler Strong Again

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Zack Wheeler's sixth straight strong start, and the New York Mets routed the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
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Dbacks Hold On to Beat Reds 5-4

NY Times: Bats (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday, taking a series between two teams struggling to score runs.
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Eric Chavez announces retirement HardballTalk (Aaron Gleeman) — Injuries derailed what was a very promising career for Chavez while with the A's, but he bounced back and got healthy enough to thrive in part-time roles for the Yankees and Diamondbacks.
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