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