Thursday, July 30, 2015

Yasiel Puig Rallies Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki Finds New Home Atop Blue Jays' Lineup

Players of the Day for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

American League
Yasiel Puig
Troy Tulowitzki

In the AL East, everybody's chasing the Yankees.

Following Wednesday's results, which included a 5-2 loss by New York to the Rangers, the Orioles are in second place, six games back; Toronto is third, seven behind, and the Rays are 7 1/2 out.

Toronto made a roster move just prior to the trade deadline (Friday at 4:00 pm EDT), picking up Troy Tulowitzki from the floundering Rockies.

In his first game with the Blue Jays, Tulo appears to have found a new home - batting leadoff for the Jays, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a two-run homer. Toronto topped the Phillies, 8-2 and get Thursday off before hosting a three-game weekend series with the Royals.

It's an important series for both teams, as the Royals will be starting a new player - Johnny Cueto - who arrived via Cincinnati and is expected to bolster an already solid Kansas City rotation.

National League

The tightest race in the majors is currently the one between the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, where the Giants trail their southern neighbors by a mere 1/2 game, after Jake Peavy led the Giants to a 5-0 win over Milwaukee and the Dodgers held onto first place with a come-from-behind, 10-7, win over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

The A's had taken a 6-3 lead in the top of the seventh with a four-run outburst, but the resilient Dodgers came back with five runs in the bottom of the frame, keyed by Yasiel Puig's run-scoring single. Puig earlier put the Dodgers on the board with a two-run homer (his 7th) in the fourth inning.

Puig, who is batting .254 with 25 RBI, has been rumored to be available for a trade by the Dodgers. Thus far there have been no takers.

Both the giants and Dodgers have Thursday off, but resume play on Friday, the Giants traveling to Texas for a weekend series, while the Dodger host the Angels.

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