Baseball Shots Of The Week – July 22, 2014

1. Oakland Athletics (61-37)
1. Oakland Athletics (61-37)
Yoenis Cespedes with another Home Run Derby victory. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A's reinstated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list.
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-38)
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-38)
Huston Street, if healthy, should give the Angels a super-deep bullpen. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Angels signed veteran catcher John Buck to a Minor League contract.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (54-44)
3. St. Louis Cardinals (54-44)
The Adam Wainwright controversy can finally go away. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Michael Wacha plans to increase his strength exercises over the next two weeks with the hope that he will be back in September.
4. Atlanta Braves (54-44)
4. Atlanta Braves (54-44)
Christian Bethancourt''s time in the majors has verified that 1) his arm is very strong and 2) his bat is going to limit his upside. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Braves informed Dan Uggla that he was being given his unconditional release during a Friday afternoon meeting.
5. Detroit Tigers (54-41)
5. Detroit Tigers (54-41)
The biggest second-half question for the Tigers isn't whether they'll win the division, but whether Justin Verlander can revert to his old ways. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers had agreed to terms with 31 of their 40 draft selections..
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (55-45)
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (55-45)
For all the Clayton Kershaw talk, which is justified, Zack Greinke has been awfully good himself. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Dodgers activated starting pitcher Josh Beckett from the DL list.
7. Washington Nationals (53-43)
7. Washington Nationals (53-43)
For as disappointing as the Nats' season feels at times, they're in a good position to reach the postseason. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a two-run home runs against the Rockies.
8. Milwaukee Brewers (54-45)
8. Milwaukee Brewers (54-45)
You hope, for Jean Segura's sake, that baseball can help him cope with his horrible personal loss. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Matt Garza allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning in Saturday night's 8-3 loss to the Nationals.
9. Baltimore Orioles (53-43)
9. Baltimore Orioles (53-43)
Dan Duquette has done a nice job the past few trade deadlines of acquiring role players. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Orioles added pitcher Bud Norris from the Minor Leagues.
10. Seattle Mariners (52-46)
10. Seattle Mariners (52-46)
Credit to the Mariners: few expected them to hold a playoff spot at the break. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After a 5-hour, 10-minute game that went into 16 innings, the M's couldn't hold on and lost to the Angels 3-2.
11. San Francisco Giants (54-44)
11. San Francisco Giants (54-44)
You have to expect Brian Sabean to make a move at this point. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Giants sign Dan Uggla to a Minor League deal.
12. Pittsburgh Pirates (52-46)
12. Pittsburgh Pirates (52-46)
Four teams in the NL Central entered the second half within three games of a playoff spot. Buckle up. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 2 prospect, threw six scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters in minor league ball.
13. Toronto Blue Jays (51-48)
13. Toronto Blue Jays (51-48)
Unfortunately, the injury bug seems to love Toronto. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Brad Mills, was claimed off waivers from the A's.
14. Cincinnati Reds (51-47)
14. Cincinnati Reds (51-47)
The Reds have gotten back into the race, even without Joey Votto. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Reds placed Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of a strained right shoulder.
15. Cleveland Indians (50-48)
15. Cleveland Indians (50-48)
Vinnie Pestano was once the closer-of-the-future, now he's having trouble sticking on the MLB roster. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was named the American League Player of the Week.
16. New York Yankees (50-47)
16. New York Yankees (50-47)
Now the realization that Derek Jeter is retiring can set in. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig to take over the Yankees' all-time doubles lead with No. 535.
17. Tampa Bay Rays (47-53)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (47-53)
Ryan Hanigan just can't seem to stay healthy at this point. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay completed its sweep of Minnesota with a 5-3 win Sunday at Target Field.
18. Kansas City Royals (48-49)
18. Kansas City Royals (48-49)
Jason Frasor is a solid addition to the KC bullpen. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Royals continue with Lorenzo Cain in the leadoff spot and Nori Aoki in the ninth spot.
19. New York Mets (46-52)
19. New York Mets (46-52)
Jacob deGrom has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jon Niese returns from the DL back into the starting rotation, which means Daisuke Matsuzaka is headed for the bullpen.
20. Chicago White Sox (47-52)
20. Chicago White Sox (47-52)
Jose Quintana continues to fly under the radar as one of the game's better non-ace left-handed starters. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Jose Abreu was held out of Tuesday's lineup due to back stiffness.
21. Boston Red Sox (46-52)
21. Boston Red Sox (46-52)
If the Red Sox sell, expect Jonny Gomes, Andrew Miller, and others to draw interest. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

David Ortiz tied Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for No. 36 on the all-time home run list with 452, then hit No. 453 for sole possession of 36th place.
22. Miami Marlins (45-52)
22. Miami Marlins (45-52)
Even though the Marlins have slipped, Casey McGehee remains one of the better value signings from last winter. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Marlins recalled pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned infielder Ed Lucas back to the minors.
23. Minnesota Twins (44-53)
23. Minnesota Twins (44-53)
Nice job by the Minnesota crowd to recognize Justin Morneau. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Joe Mauer continued to take ground balls and he started swinging the bat over the weekend.
24. Philadelphia Phillies (43-55)
24. Philadelphia Phillies (43-55)
A reminder that Jonathan Papelbon still hasn't allowed a homer this season. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Chase Utley was selected as the Phillies' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award.
25. San Diego Padres (43-55)
25. San Diego Padres (43-55)
The Padres received a nice package for Huston Street, including future second baseman Taylor Lindsey. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Padres traded third baseman Chase Headley to the Yankees for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-56)
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-56)
Trevor Cahill is back, but good results aren't guaranteed. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cody Ross is day to day with tightness in his right calf.
27. Colorado Rockies (40-58)
27. Colorado Rockies (40-58)
Remember when the Rockies were 22-14 and in first place? (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Rockies announced they have placed infielder Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list.
28. Chicago Cubs (40-57)
28. Chicago Cubs (40-57)
Don't be surprised if the Cubs make another trade or two before the deadline. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cubs designated 2012 Gold Glove second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment.
29. Houston Astros (41-58)
29. Houston Astros (41-58)
It doesn't seem like the Astros can go two weeks anymore without popping up in headlines for the wrong reasons. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

George Springer was scratched from the lineup over the weekend against the White Sox due to soreness in the quad and knee on his right leg.
30. Texas Rangers (39-59)
30. Texas Rangers (39-59)
How bad are things in Texas? J.P. Arencibia, who couldn't hit enough to start at catcher, is now their first baseman. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Geovany Soto was placed back on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle.
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