LEADING OFF: Break time in the bigs, deals could be coming
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
Time for a backyard BBQ, a quick trip to the mountains, a movie or just plain rest. No games in the bigs scheduled until Friday, coveted time off in the middle of a grueling season. When play resumes, a tasty series at Nationals Park as the Dodgers visit Washington in a matchup of NL division leaders.
MAKING THEIR PITCH
While players relax, big league managers and pitching coaches will be busy. They'll be setting their rotations coming out of the break, all depending on who pitched in the All-Star Game and who didn't. Zack Greinke and Dallas Keuchel might need an extra day or two after starting the showcase.
The trading deadline is July 31, and several key players could be on the move. Next up might be reliever Jason Frasor, cut by the Royals this week despite a 1.54 ERA in 26 games. They didn't have room for the 37-year-old righty - chances are, he'll fit nicely into some contender's bullpen.
The Triple-A All-Stars from the International League and Pacific Coast League meet at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Dariel Alvarez, a 26-year-old Cuban outfielder in the Orioles' system, won the home run derby this week before the game.