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MLB rumors: Yankees have 'significant scouting presence' at Marcus Stroman's next start

MLB rumors: Yankees have 'significant scouting presence' at Marcus Stroman's next start

Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is July 31, and the American League East is among the divisions to keep a very close eye on as rumors start to fly.

The division has three teams -- the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays -- that could make trades to bolster their rosters as the postseason races heat up. The Toronto Blue Jays don't have a chance to win the division or earn a wild-card berth, but they do have the best starting pitcher rumored to be available in Marcus Stroman.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Friday that the Yankees will have plenty of eyes on Stroman during his next start Friday night against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Stroman is 5-10 with a 3.25 ERA and 88 strikeouts over 110 2/3 innings this season. He's still just 28 years old, and his performance of late has been quite impressive.

The Red Sox already made a move for a starter last weekend by completing a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for veteran Andrew Cashner. Boston still needs to add another bullpen arm before the trade deadline, but a move for a first baseman -- possibly Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu -- also should be considered.

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David Price's return to Red Sox rotation still uncertain, will pitch simulated game Tuesday

David Price's return to Red Sox rotation still uncertain, will pitch simulated game Tuesday

With their playoff hopes hanging by a thread (they began the night seven games back of the second AL wild-card spot), the Red Sox could use some good news on the starting pitching front after learning they'll be without Chris Sale the rest of the season.

They didn't get it Friday ahead of the series opener with the Padres in San Diego.

There had been speculation that David Price could be ready to start the series finale Sunday. That won't happen, manager Alex Cora told reporters before the game Friday.

Price, out since Aug. 4 with a cyst on his left wrist, had a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Thursday and will throw a simulated game in Colorado on Tuesday, "then we'll go from there," Cora said.

Eduardo Rodriguez starts Friday night, Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday and Sunday's starter is still to be determined. Lefty Brian Johnson (1-2, 6.58 ERA) had been filling Price's spot in the rotation.

 

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Michael Chavis to begin rehab assignment Friday night in Pawtucket

Michael Chavis to begin rehab assignment Friday night in Pawtucket

Michael Chavis is nearing a return to the Boston Red Sox lineup.

The rookie slugger is set to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday night vs. Buffalo. He was placed on the injured list on Aug. 12 with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder.

Following what was a scorching-hot start to his inaugural campaign, Chavis has seen his fair share of struggles at the plate. The 24-year-old's issues with the high fastball have contributed to him having one of the highest strikeout rates in the league at 33.3 percent (127 Ks in 382 plate appearances). "The Ice Horse" will look to come back healthy and finish the season strong for a Red Sox team that's fighting just to clinch a playoff berth.

Chavis is hitting .254 with 18 HR and 58 RBI in 95 games this year.

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