Jake Arrieta became the ace of the Chicago Cubs’ staff by default when Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded, and his solid showing and bargain salary should keep him on the North Side past the trade deadline. The right-hander looks to continue his solid run Thursday as he takes the mound at Wrigley Field against the Colorado Rockies in the finale of this four-game set that has featured plenty of free baseball. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein took a gamble, and Arrieta (5-2, 2.18 ERA) has turned a corner this season. He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in 14 of 15 starts and has become the most reliable starter for the Cubs (44-62) since they traded Samardzija and Hammel to Oakland on July 4.

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By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visions of acquiring a difference-making player for this season or possible future stars stir the imagination of Major League Baseball fans ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Rumors are rampant, with Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester becoming a prime figure in deadline scuttlebutt after last year’s World Series winners scratched him from Wednesday night’s scheduled start against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the struggling Red Sox (48-59) 12 games off the pace in the AL East and Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA) poised to become a free agent in the offseason, it was widely expected the southpaw would be dealt to a contending team. Another top-flight pitcher, David Price (11-7, 3.08 ERA entering Wednesday’s games) of Tampa Bay, has loomed as a prominent candidate for a trade by the small-market Rays after a dismal start that left them 24-42 by June 10.

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Manny Machado just wanted to get on base leading off the bottom of the 12th inning, but he wound up doing much more. The Baltimore third baseman hit a home run, giving the Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night at Camden Yards. The blast was the first walk-off home run of Machado’s career — and he enjoyed it. Machado lined a 1-2 pitch from Cory Rasmus (2-1) into the left field seats.

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After nine seasons in Japan and three years in the minor leagues, Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada finally picked up that elusive first major league victory. Wada (1-1) left little doubt to Monday night’s outcome, pitching seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1. ”I’m so happy for him,” catcher John Baker said about Wada’s first win. The sole blemish on Wada’s performance came in the sixth when the Rockies got three hits, capped by Nolan Arenado’s RBI single.

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BOSTON — The rumbling is getting louder.

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Baltimore Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will resume his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday after being scratched from a scheduled start last week.

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The Baltimore Orioles are feeling a lot better about their starting rotation after the recent road trip. Six of Baltimore’s past seven starts have seen an Orioles pitcher give up two earned runs or fewer, and the starters had a 1.96 ERA in that span. Manager Buck Showalter is hoping that success can carry over to the upcoming homestand, and a weekend visit from the struggling Seattle Mariners could help the Orioles’ cause. Showalter was so impressed with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen’s domination of the Mariners that he moved the Taiwan product’s next start back a few days to Friday so that he can face Seattle again.

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Four months ago, Chris Young was on the verge of retiring from baseball. Good thing for the Mariners he decided to give the game another shot. Young allowed two hits in seven shutout innings and Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday. ”In my last start the team spotted me three early runs and I gave it right back in Anaheim,” Young said.

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Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis might not have the numbers that he did as a breakout star in 2013, but he continues to deliver in big moments. The Orioles slugger led off the 10th inning with a home run, collecting his eighth game-winning RBI of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Davis drilled a 1-2 pitch from reliever Charlie Furbush over the left-field fence to break a 1-1 tie with his 17th home run of the season. Closer Zach Britton came on in the bottom of the inning to pick up his 19th save of the season after a replay overturn of a safe call at first base officially ended the game.

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