The July 31 trade deadline swiftly approaches, and as usual we’ve rounded up the hottest rumors of the day.
The big news item of the day had the Mets acquiring Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays. On the field, Trevor Bauer had a meltdown, Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, and Albert Pujols made some history.
You can read about all that and more by checking out our nightly recap below.
Select games can be streamed regionally via fuboTV (Try for free). For more on what channel each game is on, click here.
Who wins every MLB game? And what underdogs can give you a huge victory tonight? Visit SportsLine now to see the exact score of every MLB game, plus get full player stat projections, all from the model that simulates every game 10,000 times.
Baseball schedule/scores for Sunday, July 28
Phillies 9, Braves 4 (box score)
Rays 10, Blue Jays 9 (box score)
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 1 (box score)
Reds 3, Rockies 2 (box score)
Mets 8, Pirates 7 (box score)
Nationals 11, Dodgers 4 (box score)
Cubs 11, Brewers 4 (box score)
Twins 11, White Sox 1 (box score)
Astros 6, Cardinals 2 (box score)
Royals 9, Indians 6 (box score)
Athletics 6, Rangers 5 (box score)
Angels 5, Orioles 4 (box score)
Mariners 3, Tigers 2 in 10 (box score)
Giants 7, Padres 6 (box score)
Yankees 9, Red Sox 6 (box score)
Yankees avoid sweep against Red Sox
The Yankees did not have a nice weekend in Boston. They entered Sunday’s finale of the four-game set having dropped the first three games by at least four runs each, including Thursday’s 19-3 whooping. Yet the Yankees did avoid the sweep.
New York’s lineup touched up Chris Sale to the tune of six runs on five hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. Didi Gregorius and Austin Romine both hit two-run homers, while Gio Urshela contributed two doubles. In fact, the Nos. 7-9 hitters in the Yankees order — Urshela, Cameron Maybin and Romine — combined for five hits and four runs batted in. That’ll play.
Domingo German, meanwhile, held the Red Sox to three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He fanned nine, throwing 57 of his 77 pitches for strikes.
The Yankees again have a nine-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East race.
Mets acquire Marcus Stroman
In case you hadn’t seen the big news of the day, the Mets acquired starter Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays in exchange for two pitching prospects. You can read more about the deal here, more about the ramifications of the deal here, and more about the prospects here. Oh, and you can check out Stroman’s reaction to the trade here.
Schwarber hits longest slam of Statcast era (and that’s not all!)
Here’s a grand slam off the bat of Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber that probably should’ve counted for five runs:
(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/zv4WgEvSBf
— MLB (@MLB) July 28, 2019
That pitch by Zach Davies did not perform as intended, and Schwarber made him pay dearly for the mistake. Some relevant digits:
Kyle Schwarber: 473-foot grand slam
It’s the Cubs’ longest HR this year.
And the longest grand slam in MLB since Statcast’s intro in 2015. pic.twitter.com/xJ2erWkEw8
— David Adler (@_dadler) July 28, 2019
Yes, that wasn’t a cheap one. Less authoritative but still worth three whole runs was Schwarber’s shot his next time up:
That’s two home runs and SEVEN RBI today for @kschwarb12!#EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/7GcvG82yF2
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 28, 2019
He pretty much just flicked his hands at that one, but the lively ball of 2019 is such that it was good for an opposite-field homer. That gives Schwarber 24 home runs on the season, and he’s now got a slash line of .226/.313/.483. Schwarber is now also the first Cub to have a grand slam and a three-run shot in the same game since Derek Lee in 2009. And there’s this:
Schwarber joins David Bote (June 5 this year), Geovany Soto (Aug. 26, 2008) and Adolfo Phillips (June 11, 1967) as only Cubs players with 7+ RBI out of 8th spot. All of them had exactly 7.
Schwarber and Phillips are the only ones on that short list with 2+ HR. Phillips had 3. https://t.co/s2P7jGjI90
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 28, 2019
The Cubs were trying to avoid a road sweep at the hands of the Brewers, so Schwarber’s early blows were important ones.
Strasburg dominates Dodgers
The Nats avoided a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers and remained in the thick of the NL wild-card race with their easy Sunday win. Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles each had three hits, and Brian Dozier and Juan Soto each homered. The big story, though, was the dominance of Stephen Strasburg: