After starting the season 0-7, left-hander Hector Santiago is discovering the effectiveness that the Los Angeles Angels hoped he would display when they traded one of their best young players for him. Santiago permitted just one run, three hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out three Sunday in the Angels’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. In his past seven appearances since June 22, Santiago has allowed just four walks, eight earned runs and 22 hits while amassing 26 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings — and earning his first two victories of the season. The Angels sacrificed first baseman Mark Trumbo to acquire Santiago in a three-way deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox in December.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks were involved in baseball’s biggest bench-clearing altercation during the 2013 season . On Saturday, their Triple-A teams took things to a whole new level of crazy, engaging in a wild brawl that at one point spilled into the first row of seats behind home plate.
It happened in the top of the second inning with Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers affiliate) shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena at the plate and Reno Aces (Diamondbacks affiliate) pitcher Mike Bolsinger on the hill. Arruebarrena, whom the Dodgers signed to a five-year, $25 million contract  during spring training after he defected from Cuba, didn’t take kindly to be being brushed back by Bolsinger and allowed the anger to stew a bit.
The purpose pitch likely stemmed from Arruebarrena’s home run on Friday, in which he took nearly 35 seconds to round the bases.
Your browser does not support iframes. Saturday’s at-bat finished with Bolsinger striking Arruebarrena out. Immediately afterward, Arruebarrena got in catcher Blake Lalli’s face and then shoved him, which set off the craziness.
Here’s how it was described from the scene.
Isotopes infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena not happy about being thrown at. A few pitches later he struck out, then shoved Aces’ Blake Lalli — Ben Ross (@BenjaminARoss) July 27, 2014
Benches cleared, dozens of players involved right behind home plate. Brawl went into the net and pushed net right into first row of crowd — Ben Ross (@BenjaminARoss) July 27, 2014
Really awful sight to see. Arruebarrena is going to be suspended for a long time. — Ben Ross (@BenjaminARoss) July 27, 2014
And here’s another look.
In total, there were 10 ejections, including Arruebarrena, Lalli and former major leaguer Phil Nevin, who serves as Reno’s manager.
Here’s a complete list.
FITE pic.twitter.com/2Lzqcy0VE5 — Jeff Aronson (@jamfan40) July 27, 2014
Obviously, a lot more were involved, and there should be some heavy duty suspensions to come from this brawl after the tape is reviewed. It’s one thing for the players to settle their issues in a physical manner. It’s quite another when it escalates to this point and puts fans in potential danger. It sounds as if there were no injuries, but this type of incident simply won’t be tolerated.
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Martin Prado’s hard work paid off for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prado doubled, homered and drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, to lift the Diamondbacks to a 10-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night. ”He works hard all the time and sometimes he’s too hard on himself,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. ”He believes the harder he works, the better he is.” Nick Evans’ three-run homer capped Arizona’s four-run 10th inning.

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Domonic Brown and the Phillies had a rare power surge. Brown homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Philadelphia to a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Grady Sizemore had three hits, including the 1,000th of his career, with a double and an RBI for the Phillies, who entered 12th in the NL in runs. ”Real good swings of the bats, extra-base hits, bases on balls,” manager Ryne Sandberg said.

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Justin Verlander is feeling optimistic about rediscovering his All-Star form after making an adjustment to his throwing motion. With Hamilton’s status uncertain, Verlander will try to help the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers bounce back with their fifth win in seven games Saturday night in the third of a four-game set in Anaheim.

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The New York Yankees signed left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano to a major league contract and selected him to the 25-man roster on Friday.

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The New York Yankees added a left-handed arm to their pitching staff Thursday by acquiring Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations.

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SEATTLE — Bartolo Colon showed the rookie a thing or two about pitching on Wednesday when the 41-year-old New York Mets right-hander flirted with a perfect game before beating the Seattle Mariners and 21-year-old phenom Taijuan Walker 3-2.

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The Detroit Tigers hold a comfortable 6 1/2 game lead in the AL Central — which is the largest for any division leader in either league — yet their fans rarely feel comfortable holding a lead in the late innings thanks to a very shaky bullpen.
On Wednesday, they finally made a move to address that issue by acquiring Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria.
Kyle Bogenschutz of 97.1 The Ticket first reported the deal. He also noted the Rangers will receive valuable pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel to complete the deal, which shows how serious and perhaps desperate the Tigers are to plug the holes.
The deal comes less than 24 hours after Detroit’s bullpen coughed up another late lead in an eventual 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Setup men Phil Coke and Al Alburquerque combined to walk the bases loaded, and then Ian Krol allowed a game-winning two-run single to Miguel Montero. With Joba Chamberlain unavailable, rookie manager Brad Ausmus had no reliable arm to turn to to get through the inning, and that includes closer Joe Nathan.
Nathan, who signed a two-year $20 million deal in January, has inspired no confidence in the ninth inning. Through 39 appearances, he’s converted only 20 of 25 save opportunities while posting a 5.89 ERA. 
That’s where Soria should come in handy. The 30-year-old right-hander has gone 17-for-19 in save chances with a 2.70 ERA for the struggling Rangers this year. He’s been one of their few bright spots, mainly because he’s been able to stay healthy. That’s actually really big news considering he missed all of 2012 and the first half of 2013 following his second career Tommy John surgery.
It’s not clear where Soria will slot in immediately with Detroit, but just having another option he can mix-and-match with Chamberlain in the late innings should give Ausmus some comfort. If Nathan maintains the closer’s role, at least the bridge to get there will be more sturdy. 
To acquire Soria, the Tigers parted with the fifth and seventh best prospects according Baseball’s preseason rankings. Thompson, 20, is a right-handed pitcher who was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He has a 3.13 ERA in 17 starts between High Class-A and Double-A. 
Knebel, 22, gained some big league experience earlier this season, allowing seven runs in 8 2/3 innings. He has a 1.26 ERA in 64 1/3 minor league innings since Detroit drafted him 39th overall in the 2013 draft. 
Both pitchers will be welcome additions for Texas, who this year especially have learned that you can never have enough pitching depth. 
As for the Tigers, other bullpen moves should follow. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is reportedly on their radar, and other options could pop up even beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline as more teams fall out of contention. It’s basically a bullpen rebuild in the midst of a pennant race, which is never an easy or ideal position to be in. 
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With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it’s time to some good old fashioned closer talk.

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