Buck Showalter has a catchphrase he likes to use when speaking about his club: “I like our guys.” The manager’s mantra is so popular that the Baltimore Orioles even gave away T-shirts this season with Showalter’s words of wisdom emblazoned across the front. That philosophy also played into the Orioles’ reluctance to make a big splash when the non-waiver trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon. Baltimore did acquire left-handed reliever Andrew Miller from the Red Sox, but the club shied away from making a push for some of the big-name starters, namely Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price and Boston left-hander Jon Lester and right-hander John Lackey.

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The Tampa Bay Rays insist they haven’t given up on their season by trading David Price. The 2012 AL Cy Young winner was sent to Detroit on Thursday in a three-team deal that landed pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from the Seattle Mariners. The Rays made the playoffs four of the past six seasons and entered 2014 with expectations of contending for a spot in the World Series. ”Compared to the other possibilities, it was by far the most prudent thing that we could do for the best interests of the franchise,” executive vice president of baseball operation Andrew Friedman said.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed four hits over seven shutout innings and backup catcher Martin Maldonado drove in a career-high-tying four runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.

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Brandon Poulson was pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers this month. Now he has a $250,000 contract with the Twins.

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NEW YORK — Left-hander Cole Hamels concluded an impressive July by throwing eight shutout innings, and second baseman Chase Utley crushed a grand slam into the second deck in the seventh inning to break open the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-0 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

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One day after delivering the latest parting shot in the growing Rays-Red Sox rivalry, Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer insists he’s not mad at Red Sox DH David Ortiz. But it doesn’t mean Archer is backing off his comments. “Do I regret saying the truth?” Archer said. Archer echoed left-hander David Price’s previous suggestion that Ortiz sometimes acts like he’s “bigger than the game.” Ortiz responded that Archer hasn’t been in the league long enough to complain about it.

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BOSTON — Melky Cabrera homered from each side of the plate and drove in five runs, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey baffled Boston for seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays posted a 14-1 win over the fading Red Sox on Monday night.

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Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8.
Wainwright (13-5) allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday.
Kevin Siegrist worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.
Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1) allowed just one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
With the wind blowing out to right field, the conditions seemed ideal for a classic Wrigley slugfest — a feeling seemingly confirmed when Holliday, the third batter of the game, lifted a drive to center field that landed in the batter’s eye for a solo homer and a 1-0 Cardinals lead.
But that’s where the score stayed as the starters took control.
On paper, the matchup seemed a huge mismatch, but Hendricks was able to stay competitive with the perennial All-Star, with the only essential difference being Holliday’s blast. Hendricks benefited from two double plays and Matt Carpenter was thrown out at second attempting to stretch a single, but the rookie never faced a true jam.
The only time he was close to giving up a run after the first inning came after he was lifted in the seventh inning with a runner on first base and one out. Left-hander Wesley Wright loaded the bases with two out, but got Wainwright to line out softly to first base.
NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher, on former Cubs great Greg Maddux, who was inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday: “I would have enjoyed catching him, for sure. I would have enjoyed trying to understand how he thought about the game. The things I saw him do. I remember one time here, he put one right down the middle. ‘Hit it as hard as you want because the wind was screaming in.’ I smashed it as hard as I could smash it, and it went nowhere. He just gave a grin.”… As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wrigley Field, both teams wore replica uniforms from 1978. The Cardinals uniforms were only slightly different than ones from today (no belts and pullover jerseys being the main change), but the Cubs wore powder blue pinstripes, which were the road uniforms then. … The Cardinals are off on Monday, while the Cubs begin a four-game home series with the Colorado Rockies, with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) facing LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20).

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After beating the team he grew up rooting for, Jake Odorizzi now gets to finally face the club that drafted him. The former Milwaukee Brewers first-round pick seeks his first three-start win streak Monday night at home for the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set. Odorizzi (6-8, 3.97 ERA), who grew up about 33 miles from St. Louis in Highland, Ill., pitched on the road against the Cardinals for the first time Tuesday and allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings to earn a 7-2 win. I figured I had to tip my hat to them.” The emotion seems to be different this time for Odorizzi, who was drafted in 2008 but never pitched for the Brewers.

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