The purge is on in Cleveland.
The Indians last week designated righthander Derek Lowe for assignment after the veteran went 2-9 with a 8.28 ERA over 13 starts.
"It's been two months of live BP [batting practice]," Lowe admitted.
Cleveland traded for Lowe expecting him to be the stabilizer of the rotation. He's making $15 million this season, with $10 million being paid by Atlanta.
On Friday, the Indians dumped Johnny Damon (.222 average). Shelley Duncan (.225) -- part of a horrible left field platoon with Damon -- could be next to go.
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A day after the White Sox traded for Francisco Liriano, they announced that rotation fixture John Danks will need season-ending shoulder surgery. So Chicago really needs Liriano to pitch well. Liriano's presence also allows Chicago to use a six-man rotation, as lefthanders Chris Sale (10 days between starts) and Jose Quintana (eight days) are getting extended breaks.
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With Jonathan Broxton traded to Cincinnati, the Royals have named Greg Holland the new closer. In 104 career games, Holland has a 3.14 ERA and has struck out 154 batters in 120 1/3 innings. "If you're a relief pitcher, at some point in your career you want that opportunity," said Holland, 26.
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The Tigers claim they did not speak with the Cubs about outfielder Alfonso Soriano before the trade deadline on Tuesday -- but they could before the Aug. 31 deadline once Soriano clears waivers. Detroit needs another bat.
|Texas - WP: N. Martinez||5||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi||4|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||3||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||4|
|Toronto - WP: R. Dickey||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||5|
|NY Mets - WP: Z. Wheeler||8||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: J. Samardzija||5|
|Atlanta - LP: D. Carpenter||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: M. Melancon||3|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||5||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Huff||2|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||2||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: R. Soriano||3|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Rasmus||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||3|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||6||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||3||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||7|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Peavy||8||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||3|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||4||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: H. Noesi||3|
|Cleveland - WP: T. House||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0|
|Kansas City - LP: D. Duffy||2||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||5|
|San Diego - WP: E. Stults||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: R. Hernandez||1|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|