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Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. Then it was Jerry Dipoto’s turn. The GM of the Los Angeles Angels acquired closer Huston Street on Friday night, giving his team another option in the late innings and adding more intrigue to an already-spirited AL West race. The A’s have baseball’s best record, but the Angels are only 1 1/2 games behind, and both teams have aggressively improved themselves with major trades since the beginning of July.

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a remarkable catch, tumbling into the photo well to snag a foul ball. Josh Collmenter threw seven sharp innings, David Peralta drove in a pair of runs and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. The only run Collmenter allowed was Rizzo’s 23rd home run of the season, matching his total for all of last year. ”With a lot of lefties in the lineup I was able to pitch in really well, got a lot of popups and ground balls and the defense made some great plays.” David Peralta had a run-scoring double to tie it, then came home from third on Rizzo’s camera well plunge.

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The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels have played 9 hours, 21 minutes of baseball in their first two games following the All-Star break, and their pitching staffs have thrown a total of 779 pitches in 28 innings. Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead RBI double during Seattle’s two-run 12th inning, and the Mariners hung on to beat the Angels 3-2 on Saturday night – less than 24 hours after Los Angeles won the opener 3-2 in 16 innings. They’re resilient,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. Pinch-hitter Justin Smoak drove in pinch-runner Willie Bloomquist with an infield hit.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Nick Vincent was activated from the disabled list by the San Diego Padres before Saturday’s game against the New York Mets.

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Two hours after getting right-handed closer Huston Street, the Los Angeles Angels relied on one of their lesser-known members to end a five-hour endurance test. Pinch-hitter Efren Navarro hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Angels a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night in front of 42,517 at Angel Stadium. Los Angeles used its sixth consecutive victory and 11th in 12 games to remain 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics in the American League’s Western Division. Seattle fell nine games behind.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have selected infielder Chris Nelson from Triple-A El Paso on Friday.

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Such is the case this year for three of the game’s top prospects, Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy and Kansas City Royals right-hander Kyle Zimmer. Bundy, who underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2013, is just five starts into his comeback in the low minors. Due to biceps and lat injuries, Zimmer is still awaiting his 2014 minor league debut. While those three are working their way back, numerous other minor-leaguers are enjoying breakout seasons that will lead to major league call-ups.

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As trade talks heat up ahead of baseball’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the biggest name available will be a left-handed starting pitcher — and another lefty ace could join him on the market.

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Tuesday’s otherwise entertaining All-Star game presentation was marred by one stunning and disheartening omission. At no point during Fox’s four-plus hour national broadcast was the untimely death of 15-time All-Star and San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn acknowledged on the field or by the broadcasters.
Not once.
That left many fans and media members puzzled, angered and in some instances feeling as though the legacy of one of baseball’s greatest legends had been disrespected on its biggest summer time stage. That’s obviously not a good look for Fox or for Major League Baseball, and it’s certainly not something both sides wanted as one of the biggest takeaways coming out off a successful 2014 All-Star game . 
With that in mind, both Fox and MLB went into damage control mode on Wednesday night by releasing a joint statement addressing why Tony Gwynn’s death was not acknowledged .
As tweeted by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:  

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year – including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer – and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual.”

You can almost see where they’re coming from, but it’s awfully difficult sell considering the game was basically a three-hour tribute to Derek Jeter, while 69 other All-Stars all shared supporting roles.
While we’re at it, it didn’t necessarily need to be a single tribute to Tony Gwynn, either. It would have been wonderful to see all of those baseball legends acknowledged in some form, whether it be spread out over the course of the entire broadcast, or as many are now suggesting, during a time specifically set aside to remember those lost.
The seventh inning stretch would be the most convenient time, but there are points where it would work. For example, we could probably live without the awkward dugout interviews that no one wants to do anyway. 
It should be noted that Fox aired a Tony Gwynn tribute during their pregame show on Fox Sports 1 , but to truly justify not acknowledging Tony Gwynn during the All-Star game itself, when there’s obviously a larger audience in place, is impossible.
It’s a blunder, plain and simple, but hopefully it’s something all parties learn from and don’t repeat in similar circumstances going forward. 
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