Win streaks have been hard to come by lately for the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles hope to see Ubaldo Jimenez maintain his home success as they try to make it four straight wins Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. This hasn’t been a very good month for the Orioles, who are 8-13 in July even with their first three-game win streak since late June.

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Hitting a home run is no easy task. It takes incredible hand-eye coordination to even put a bat on a ball, so making contact on the sweet spot and driving a ball out of the park is incredibly impressive. What comes next is supposed to be easy. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] Well, that wasn’t the case Sunday for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. With the team trailing by one run in the ninth inning, Elier Leyva stepped to the plate looking to play the hero. For a brief moment, he did just that.  Leyva blasted what appeared to be the go-ahead home run. The two-run shot would have given his club a one run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. We say would have because Leyva made a terribly embarrassing mistake after hitting the blast. Delmarva’s Elier Leyva won the game w a 9th inn HR, but didn’t touch home. Jackets won in extras. Highlights tonight. pic.twitter.com/Q9l5xAme7h — Andrew Schnitker (@ASchnit_WRDW) July 27, 2015 Watch Leyva’s feet in that video. He never touches home plate. The Augusta GreenJackets appealed the play, and Leyva was ruled out. He was credited with an RBI triple after his gaffe. Instead of giving his team the lead, Leyva merely tied the game. It came back to haunt him in the end. The GreenJackets were able to pick up a walk-off win on a Dylan Davis single in the bottom of the 10th inning.  Honestly, we feel pretty bad for the Leyva. It was an awful mistake, and certainly something that will stay with a player for possibly the rest of his career.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] If there’s a positive in all of this, it’s probably that Leyva will never make this mistake again. We suspect he’ll pay extra attention to his footwork the next time he’s trotting around the bases after hitting a home run. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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With one big swing, Chris Davis helped Baltimore pull out of a hitting funk. Davis hit his fifth career grand slam and Miguel Gonzalez took a shutout into the eighth inning as the struggling Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. The win was only the sixth in the past 21 games for the Orioles, who entered this weekend series coming off being swept by the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Break up the New York Mets. With newly-acquired veteran Kelly Johnson and top hitting prospect Michael Conforto both in the lineup on Saturday, the Mets offense exploded for a season-high 15 runs on 21 hits in their 15-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s 15 runs and 21 hits. Those aren’t typos, but it’s been awhile since they visited that neighborhood. In fact, the last time the Mets notched 20 hits in one game was on Sept. 16, 2011 in Atlanta. [ Elsewhere : 27 players who could be on the move before MLB trade deadline ] Everybody in New York’s lineup contributed, but it was the 22-year-old Conforto who stood out most. In only his second major league game, Conforto reached base five times on four hits (two doubles, two singles) while also scoring four times. Hitting directly behind Conforto, Kirk Nieuwenhuis also reached base five times on four hits. He had three singles, a double and drove in four. New arrival Kelly Johnson was one of four other Mets with at least two hits. He added a solo home run. All of this came in support of Matt Harvey (two hits, two RBI), who pitched seven innings of two-run ball. Making a spot start for Los Angeles, prospect Zach Lee took the brunt of the beating. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits hits over 4 2/3 innings. If the Dodgers acquire a big name at the trade deadline, Lee could be used as the bait. This start won’t likely hurt his value, but it certainly doesn’t help. Now this sets up an interesting matchup on Sunday, as the Mets breakout will run directly into Zack Greinke’s 43 2/3 inning scoreless streak. Sign us up. MADISON BUMGARNER HOMERS AGAIN, DOMINATES A’S San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a man of many talents in the realm of baseball, and all of them were on display Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 win against the Oakland A’s. In the third inning, Bumgarner opened the game’s scoring with a solo home run, his third of the season. Bumgarner has now connected for nine home runs overall during his seven-year career. Seven of those have come over the last two seasons, which include a pair of grand slams. Bumgarner can flat rake, but he’s paid to pitch, and pitch he also did on Saturday. He held the A’s to one run on five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 3.16. He also picked up his 11th victory, as Matt Duffy drove in the go-ahead in the sixth inning. Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla handled the eighth and ninth to cement the win. CHRIS DAVIS GRAND SLAM ENDS O’S LOSING STREAK Chris Davis opened the scoring Saturday with his fifth career grand slam and Miguel Gonzalez made it hold up as the Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Davis’s third-ining slam came off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez after J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Schoop and David Lough each singled. The home run was Davis’ 22nd of the season and his third in the last four games. He’s also coming off a two-week stretch in which he had three home runs taken away by spectacular defensive plays. He’s on pace to pass 30 home runs for the third time in four seasons. [ Elsewhere: Who's your favorite 2015 MLB Hall of Famer? ] As for Gonzalez, he allowed one run and five hits over 7 2/3 innings to win for the third time in his last four starts. The lone run came on Curt Casali’s eighth-inning homer. With the win, Baltimore moved back to within one-half game of Tampa Bay in the standings. They’re seven games behind the division leading Yankees. ROYALS BEATS ASTROS IN EXTRAS The Houston Astros have been a thorn in the Kansas City Royals side this season, having won each of the first four games in the season series. But the Royals finally turned that around on Saturday, winning a well pitched 2-1 battle in 10 innings.  Alcides Escobar played the role of hero, dropping a perfectly placed two-out single between second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder Colby Rasmus. It wasn’t hit hard at all, but had just enough oomph to land in that perfect spot.  It was actually the type of hit that seemed appropriate to decide such an excellently pitched game. The two sides combined for just 12 hits. Royals starter Danny Duffy allowed one run on three hits in his six innings of work. From there, Kansas City’s dominant bullpen took over with Ryan Madson, Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera each pitching one scoreless inning.  [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l ] For Houston, right-hander Scott Feldman took a one-hitter into the seventh inning before the Royals tied it on Kendrys Morales’ ground-rule double to center. The weekend series will conclude on Sunday with Dallas Keuchel meeting Yordano Ventura. This will be Ventura’s first start since being sent down and immediately recalled this week.  Want to see more from Saturday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The first domino has fallen. We look at the Scott Kazmir trade and the rest of the week's big baseball news.

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Nate Grimm recaps Friday's trades, runs down the rumors and talks about the promotion of prospect Michael Conforto in Saturday's Daily Dose.

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Adam Jones was over another tough loss in New York about a quickly as Chase Headley’s first-inning drive soared past the All-Star center fielder. Jones had no chance at catching Headley’s three-run double off Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Orioles never recovered n a 9-3 loss to the Yankees on Thursday. New York swept the three-game series, dropping seven out of first in the AL East.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. As Jose Altuve’s walk-off homer cleared the left-field wall Thursday night, the Houston Astros had another reason to be happy while the Boston Red Sox had to, once again, hang their heads. Thanks to Altuve, the Astros won their fourth straight game, edging the Red Sox 5-4 , while Boston lost its eighth straight. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] If we told you prior to the season that on July 23 one of those teams would be making the first major move of the MLB trade deadline in hopes of muscling up for a playoff run, you surely would have guessed it was the Red Sox. But things don’t always go as we expect. It was the Astros, the surprise team of the 2015 season, who added pitcher Scott Kazmir in a swap with the Oakland Athletics. And it’s the Red Sox, cellar-dwellers in the AL East, who have disappointed at every turn after an expensive offseason rebuild. Now they’ve lost every game since the All-Star break. Divergent stories aside, Altuve’s blast was an even more dramatic ending to the game because while the Astros were celebrating on the field, the homer was being reviewed by the umps to make it had indeed cleared the fence. The review concurred, so the celebration didn’t prove to be premature. • • • YANKEES SWEEP O’S, WIDEN AL EAST LEAD Don’t look now, but the New York Yankees have a 5.5 game lead in the AL East after completing a sweep of the division-rival Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees scored four in the first inning and starter Masahiro Tanaka didn’t need any more than that. Tanaka allowed three runs in 7.2 innings, striking out seven as the Yankees won 9-3 . “I think there’s a lot of confidence in that clubhouse, right now, the way everyone is swinging the bats,” manager Joe Girardi said. • • • GODLEY GOOD IN MLB DEBUT The Arizona Diamondbacks got a nice debut out of Zack Godley, a 25-year-old rookie making his first MLB start. Godley pitched four-hit ball over six innings, not allowing a run to the Milwaukee Brewers and striking out seven. The D-backs beat the Brewers 8-3 , as A.J. Pollock was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. • • •   MARLINS BLANK PADS In a battle of two disappointing teams, disappointment lived most with the San Diego Padres. The Pads took a 4-0 loss against the Miami Marlins, mustering just three hits off starting pitcher Tom Koehler. On the hill for the Padres, Tyson Ross struck out eight, but he also gave up eight hits in 5.2 innings. Check out our scoreboard for the rest of Thursday’s action. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The St. Louis Cardinals recent run of success has been built on a foundation of resilience and timely hitting. In their 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, both were on full display as they battled back from a two-run deficit in the eighth inning. The timely hit? How about a two-out, bases-clearing triple from Yadier Molina.  Yeah, that’s about as timely as they come considering Molina had not tripled since  May 22, 2011. In fact, in 1,415 career games, it was only his fourth three-bagger overall. That’s roughly one every 353 games.  [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today!l ] Of course, the only numbers the Cardinals care about were in the run column. The come-from-behind victory got starting pitcher Lance Lynn off the hook after he tossed six innings or two-run ball. Reliever Miguel Socolovich pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the win. Trevor Rosenthal handled the ninth for his 29th save.  For the White Sox, John Danks took a no-decision despite 6 2/3 scoreless frames. Zach Duke was charged with the loss, though it was closer David Robertson who allowed Molina’s triple.  With the win, St. Louis became the first MLB team to 60 wins. They’re enjoying a comfortable six-game in the NL Central.  A-ROD POWER YANKEES TO VICTORY WITH 20TH HOMER The Alex Rodriguez revival tour continued on Wednesday as the 40-year-old designated hitter slugged his 20th home run of the season. At 450 feet, the home run was also the longest hit at Yankee Stadium this season, and wouldn’t you know it also held up as the difference in New York’s 4-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.   It’s the latest chapter in what has become a truly remarkable comeback story. Predicting 20 home runs for the season felt like a stretch just four months ago, let alone 20 homers by Aug. 1, but he’s been able to stay healthy, consistent and productive the entire way.  The same can also be said for Mark Teixeira, who on Wednesday delivered his 24th homer of the season. His two-run helped stake New York to an early 3-0 lead, while keeping him on pace for his first 30-homer, 100-RBI season since 2011.  Continuing the comeback theme, Ivan Nova picked up the win with six inning of two-run ball. This was hiis fifth start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season, and so far he’s looking good with a 3.34 ERA over 29 2/3 innings.  NATS GET OFF DECK TO TOP METS An opportunity to win a series in Washington and climb to within one game of the division lead slipped right through the New York Mets fingers on Wednesday. Leading by two in the eighth inning, former closer Bobby Parnell imploded, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, which allowed Washington to steal a 4-3 victory. Michael A. Taylor, who drove in Washington’s first run in the fourth, was the man in the middle of the action. His two-out, two-run single tied the game. After then swiping second base, Taylor would come around to score the game-winner on Danny Espinosa’s double. Ian Desmond also had a big afternoon, reaching base four times and scoring twice. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Drew Storen struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his 29th save. Jordan Zimmerman picked up a no-decision after pitching seven innings of the three-run ball. Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard was far from sharp, allowing one run and 10 baserunners in five innings, but his efforts were once again wasted. RAYS LOSE SERIES TO PHILLIES, FALL BACK UNDER .500 After a terrific start to the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are quickly fading to the background in a complicated AL East. Matters were not helped by a disappointing series this week in Philadelphia, which concluded Wednesday with a 5-4 loss in 10 innings. With the loss, Tampa Bay not only dropped the series to MLB’s worst team, but fell to 6-12 in July. They currently sit 48-49, … games behind the first-place New York Yankees. As for the Phillies, they’ve gone 5-1 since the All-Star break, including a weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins. On Wednesday, pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera played the role of hero, knocking home Domonic Brown with the game-winner. Brown and Ben Revere each had three hits to pace the win. In perhaps his final home appearance with the Phillies, Jonathan Papelbon picked up the victory. He tossed two scoreless innings, which lowered his season ERA to 1.63. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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