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Jeff Samardzija is either auditioning for new teams or trying to convince the White Sox to not blow up the team at the trade deadline. He shut down a dangerous Blue Jays team on Thursday with about 12 scouts in attendance. He has a 2.40 ERA over his past six starts.

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Jarrod Dyson made Royals fans forget about the loss of Alex Gordon for one day Thursday when he made an over-the-shoulder grab of Grady Sizemore's drive. Dyson and Paulo Orlando will get time while Gordon misses two months because of a groin strain suffered Wednesday.

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The Twins will see an improved Shane Greene on Sunday when he is called up to start for the Tigers. Greene went to Class AAA Toledo with orders to use his changeup more, and he posted a 3.42 ERA in five starts for the Mud Hens.

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Now that Cody Anderson has solidified the Indians rotation, the team looks ready to take off. The first four starters — Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar — are all over 100 strikeouts before the All-Star break — a major league first for one staff, according to STATS.