Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday due to hip soreness. Kershaw is expected to start Friday in the Freeway Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said during batting practice. Mike Bolsinger (5-3) stepped in for the start against the A’s.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Oakland Athletics may be selling off parts, but pitcher Sonny Gray is here to stay. The right-hander was excellent during a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] Gray was so good that the Athletics didn’t need to use any other pitcher during the contest. He went the distance, giving up just three hits during a complete game shutout. Gray struck out nine and walked one during the performance.  It was Gray’s fourth career shutout. Two of those have come this month. That’s Gray’s second shutout this month. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 29, 2015 Gray apparently wasn’t satisfied with just dominating on the mound. He actually picked up his first major-league hit during the contest. Gray singled on a 96 mph fastball from Pedro Baez to open the eighth inning. Though he had an outside chance at a double, Gray showed excellent awareness, opting not to test Yasiel Puig’s arm. Gray, who had been sharing a bat with Scott Kazmir all season, used one of Billy Butler’s bats for the hit. Though he said it was too heavy, Butler told Gray he could keep the bat. Gray used Butler’s bat for his hit. Says it was way too heavy. Butler says he can keep it. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 29, 2015 Gray improved to 11-4 with the win. The Athletics are currently 45-56, which puts them in last place in the American League West. YANKEES EXPLODE FOR 21 RUNS The New York Yankees came to play Tuesday night. The club exploded for 21 runs during a blowout of the Texas Rangers. Though New York eventually wound up on top, things didn’t look so rosy early. Starter Chris Capuano couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up five runs.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] It didn’t take long for the Yankees to strike back. In the second inning, the team scored an incredible 11 runs. Six different players accounted for run-scoring hits in the frame. Both Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan each had two run-scoring hits. While the output of the second inning wouldn’t be topped, the Yankees didn’t let up. The club scored four more runs in the third, three in the sixth and two in the ninth. Pretty much every player on the team turned in a big offensive game. Four Yankees had at least three RBIs, two walked three times and six wound up scoring multiple runs. With the win, New York improved to 57-42 on the year. SYNDERGAARD LOOKS SUPER New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is nicknamed after a superhero, and now he’s starting to pitch like one. Syndergaard was fantastic during the club’s 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Syndergaard tossed eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits during the contest. He struck out nine and did not issue any walks. The rookie has been on a tremendous run lately. Over his last six starts, he’s allowed just six earned runs. Syndergaard has started throwing a slider more often during his last two starts, so that could be a reason for his recent success. While he’s been great lately, it’s tough to argue against Tuesday being his best start of the season. Syndergaard had a perfect game entering the seventh inning. That was broken up by a Will Venable single to lead off the frame. With the win, the Mets improved to 52-48 on the season. THE WHITE SOX WON’T LOSE The Chicago White Sox are certainly making things interesting at the trade deadline. The club ripped off another win Tuesday, picking up the 9-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. With the victory, the team now has a six-game winning streak. Due to the club’s recent success, some are starting to wonder whether pitcher Jeff Samardzija will actually be dealt at the deadline. Better chance of Tigers trading Price than White Sox trading Samardzija, as I just said on @FOXSports1 #MLBWhipAround . — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 29, 2015 Though the White Sox’s record is just 48-50, the club remains 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot. Given how horrible they’ve looking to open the year, that’s pretty shocking. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The White Sox have two more games against Boston before the trade deadline. If they can continue to extend their winning streak, they may not sell like everyone expected. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games?  Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies. On the night the Nationals got Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman back from long stints on the disabled list, they also landed Papelbon from the Phillies and wasted no time announcing that he will be taking over the closer duties from Drew Storen. It didn’t help Washington any Tuesday night, as the Nationals lost to the Miami Marlins 4-1.

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After all that speculation the past couple of years, the Colorado Rockies finally traded Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and three pitching prospects late Monday night in a stunning swap of star shortstops, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. In addition to Tulowitzki, the Rockies sent 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays.

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In a story July 2 about John Smoltz’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he would be the first player enshrined into the Hall following Tommy John surgery. Smoltz is the first pitcher to enter the Hall who had the operation.

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Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke saw his impressive streak of scoreless innings pitched ended at 45 and 2/3 innings Sunday against the New York Mets. The streak was the fourth-longest in baseball since 1961 and 13 1/3 innings shy of Orel Hershiser’s record of 59 scoreless innings pitched from August 30 to September 28, 1988. It also was behind scoreless streaks of 58 innings by Hall of Famers Don Drys ale and 47 by Bob Gibson in 1968 — a sparkling year for pitching in the Major Leagues.

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DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez's bat is officially scorching. His demand may be heating up, too, as the trade deadline draws closer.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Break up the New York Mets. With newly-acquired veteran Kelly Johnson and top hitting prospect Michael Conforto both in the lineup on Saturday, the Mets offense exploded for a season-high 15 runs on 21 hits in their 15-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s 15 runs and 21 hits. Those aren’t typos, but it’s been awhile since they visited that neighborhood. In fact, the last time the Mets notched 20 hits in one game was on Sept. 16, 2011 in Atlanta. [ Elsewhere : 27 players who could be on the move before MLB trade deadline ] Everybody in New York’s lineup contributed, but it was the 22-year-old Conforto who stood out most. In only his second major league game, Conforto reached base five times on four hits (two doubles, two singles) while also scoring four times. Hitting directly behind Conforto, Kirk Nieuwenhuis also reached base five times on four hits. He had three singles, a double and drove in four. New arrival Kelly Johnson was one of four other Mets with at least two hits. He added a solo home run. All of this came in support of Matt Harvey (two hits, two RBI), who pitched seven innings of two-run ball. Making a spot start for Los Angeles, prospect Zach Lee took the brunt of the beating. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits hits over 4 2/3 innings. If the Dodgers acquire a big name at the trade deadline, Lee could be used as the bait. This start won’t likely hurt his value, but it certainly doesn’t help. Now this sets up an interesting matchup on Sunday, as the Mets breakout will run directly into Zack Greinke’s 43 2/3 inning scoreless streak. Sign us up. MADISON BUMGARNER HOMERS AGAIN, DOMINATES A’S San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a man of many talents in the realm of baseball, and all of them were on display Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 win against the Oakland A’s. In the third inning, Bumgarner opened the game’s scoring with a solo home run, his third of the season. Bumgarner has now connected for nine home runs overall during his seven-year career. Seven of those have come over the last two seasons, which include a pair of grand slams. Bumgarner can flat rake, but he’s paid to pitch, and pitch he also did on Saturday. He held the A’s to one run on five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 3.16. He also picked up his 11th victory, as Matt Duffy drove in the go-ahead in the sixth inning. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla handled the eighth and ninth to cement the win. CHRIS DAVIS GRAND SLAM ENDS O’S LOSING STREAK Chris Davis opened the scoring Saturday with his fifth career grand slam and Miguel Gonzalez made it hold up as the Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Davis’s third-ining slam came off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez after J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Schoop and David Lough each singled. The home run was Davis’ 22nd of the season and his third in the last four games. He’s also coming off a two-week stretch in which he had three home runs taken away by spectacular defensive plays. He’s on pace to pass 30 home runs for the third time in four seasons. [ Elsewhere: Who's your favorite 2015 MLB Hall of Famer? ] As for Gonzalez, he allowed one run and five hits over 7 2/3 innings to win for the third time in his last four starts. The lone run came on Curt Casali’s eighth-inning homer. With the win, Baltimore moved back to within one-half game of Tampa Bay in the standings. They’re seven games behind the division leading Yankees. ROYALS BEATS ASTROS IN EXTRAS The Houston Astros have been a thorn in the Kansas City Royals side this season, having won each of the first four games in the season series. But the Royals finally turned that around on Saturday, winning a well pitched 2-1 battle in 10 innings.  Alcides Escobar played the role of hero, dropping a perfectly placed two-out single between second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Colby Rasmus. It wasn’t hit hard at all, but had just enough oomph to land in that perfect spot.  It was actually the type of hit that seemed appropriate to decide such an excellently pitched game. The two sides combined for just 12 hits. Royals starter Danny Duffy allowed one run on three hits in his six innings of work. From there, Kansas City’s dominant bullpen took over with Ryan Madson, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera each pitching one scoreless inning.  [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l ] For Houston, right-hander Scott Feldman took a one-hitter into the seventh inning before the Royals tied it on Kendrys Morales’ ground-rule double to center. The weekend series will conclude on Sunday with Dallas Keuchel meeting Yordano Ventura. This will be Ventura’s first start since being sent down and immediately recalled this week.  Want to see more from Saturday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Cole Hamels threw his first solo no-hitter, striking out 13 batters in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Hamels threw 129 pitches over nine innings and allowed just two baserunners on walks as the Phillies won their third straight and seventh in eight games since the Major League Baseball All-Star break. Hamels has been the subject of trade rumours of late and his no-hitter comes just six days before MLB’s trade deadline.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. When the Astros acquired Houston native Scott Kazmir on Thursday, they did so with postseason aspirations and potential future matchups against the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals in mind. They wouldn’t have to wait long to see the latter. A little more than 24 hours after the deal was completed, the veteran left-hander took the hill at Kauffman Stadium and the results were glorious for Houston. Kazmir was in dominant form, blanking Kansas City for seven innings on just three singles. He also walked one and struck out three in the efficient outing, leaving the game after just 91 pitches. Under normal circumstances, he likely would have worked deeper in the game. However, with all of the last minute travel, the Astros settled for seven frames and ultimately a 4-0 victory. [ Related : 27 players who could be on the move before MLB trade deadline ] Obviously, Kazmir didn’t need much support in the game. He got plenty in the third inning when Preston Tucker homered and Colby Rasmus added an RBI single. Tucker was the offensive star of the game, finished a triple shy of the cycle.  Overall, the win continued a hot start for Houston out of the All-Star break. They’ve now won five straight and six of their last seven. They’ve also won four straight against the Royals after completing a three-game series sweep in Houston June 29-July 1. So just in case you thought the Astros were fading into the background. Think again. They’re surging again and may not be done adding trade pieces.  Source: #Astros scouting Hamels tomorrow at Wrigley. Staying on periphery, knowing that not many teams can offer what #Phillies want. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2015 NO NO-NO THIS TIME FOR MAX SCHERZER Max Scherzer was one pitch from perfection when he last faced the Pittsburgh Pirates back on June 20. He ended up settling for a no-hitter that afternoon, which helped him cap one of the most dominant stretches ever by a starting pitcher. Facing those same Pirates on Friday though, Scherzer ended up with entirely different results. In five innings of work, Scherzer was knocked around a bit, allowing five runs on seven hits. That included home runs by Pedro Alvarez, Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker, which marked a first for Scherzer over the past four seasons. First time Scherzer has given up 3 HRs in a game since Sept. 15, 2011. — Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 25, 2015 Despite the rough outing, Scherzer still ended up with a no-decision in Washington’s 7-5 loss. Ian Desmond got him off the hook with a solo homer in the sixth. Pittsburgh went on to score twice in the bottom half off Sammy Solis to take the lead for good. Brent Morel played the role of unexpected hero, knocking home the difference maker with a double.  The Pirates have won the first two in this four-game weekend series. But they still aren’t gaining ground on St. Louis, which won 4-2 against Atlanta.  TWINS DESTROY YANKEES WITH FOUR HOMERS The most lopsided game on Friday night took place in Minnesota, where the Twins blasted four home runs and pummeled the New York Yankees 10-1.  Minnesota jumped out quickly against New York starter Michael Pineda, scoring five times in the first four innings. Miguel Sano opened the scoring with a long two-run homer in the first, but that would be Minnesota’s only big fly against Pineda. They saved the rest for the bullpen, with Torii Hunter homering off Brandon Pinder in the seventh and Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe each homering against Chris Capuano in the eighth.  Former Yankee Phil Hughes was the beneficiary of the offense, though he was never in much trouble himself. He posted seven scoreless frames on seven hits to pick up his ninth victory. He also didn’t walk a batter for the ninth time in 20 starts. He’s only walked more than one once this season, so his sparkling control continues.   REINFORCEMENTS CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH The New York Mets made some big roster moves on Friday, acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Braves while also calling up top hitting prospect Michael Conforto.  Unfortunately, not all of the reinforcements arrived in time for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which they dropped 7-2.  Even with Zack Greinke on paternity leave — now they’ll see him Sunday — the Mets couldn’t get much going against fill-in starter Ian Thomas. In fact, they managed just one run on three hits against Thomas, who was making only his eighth MLB appearance and first as a starter.  [ Elsewhere: Who's your favorite 2015 MLB Hall of Famer? ] Mets starter Jonathan Niese didn’t help matters, allowing six runs in his three innings of work. The Mets offense as currently structured isn’t equipped to come from behind, especially from that distance, so the game was essentially over quickly.  Whether or not the new guys can help enough will be seen, but the Mets certainly can’t afford many more days like Friday.  Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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