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Astros, Blue Jays add pieces in trades to make playoff push
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HOUSTON (AP) -- With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they're going for it - making big moves to try and propel their teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time....

With baseball's 2nd-worst record, a lost season for Marlins
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MIAMI (AP) -- Ace right-hander Jose Fernandez is unbeaten and perhaps stronger than ever after recovering from elbow surgery. Giancarlo Stanton remains one of baseball's top power hitters. Dee Gordon is among the game's leaders in batting average and stolen bases. Adeiny Hechavarria has become an All-Star shortstop....

LEADING OFF: Cueto set to make Royals' debut at Toronto
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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:...

Hamels' trade to Rangers being finalized, expected Friday
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Cole Hamels' locker was still intact in Philadelphia's clubhouse, as was Matt Harrison's in Texas' locker room....

Giants get RH Mike Leake from Reds for another playoff run
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CINCINNATI (AP) -- After whiffing on Cole Hamels, the San Francisco Giants got starter Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of prospects on Thursday night....

Brewers lose 5-2 to Cubs
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers lost two key players in a trade right before the game, and almost got the win anyway....

A's manage just 2 hits in 3-1 loss to Indians
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Bassitt bounced back nicely after giving up four consecutive hits in the first inning, including a two-run homer to Cleveland's Carlos Santana....

Frustrated Axford loses again as Rockies fall to Cardinals
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- John Axford's frustration was palpable....

Happ rocked for 6 runs in Mariners' 9-5 loss to Twins
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- J.A. Happ's hold on a spot in the Seattle Mariners rotation is getting more tenuous by the day....

Carrasco goes the distance in Indians' 3-1 victory
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night....