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CLEVELAND-Unlike seasons past, the Seattle Mariners were in an unusual position at the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline.

NEW YORK-The San Francisco Giants didn't make a move on one of the busiest deadline days in MLB history, and that was just fine with Brian Sabean. The general manager said the club zeroed in on options at second base and came close to completing one deal, but ultimately the front office decided the price was too high in terms of prospects.

CLEVELAND-Mike Zunino's first full season in the big leagues has been typical for any young talented player with limited professional experience. The peaks are breathtaking and inspiring for Seattle Mariners' fans, while the valleys are longer than expected and a reminder of just how much he was rushed into his current situation.

LOS ANGELES-The Chicago White Sox had the bases loaded, with Gordon Beckham at bat. The count was two balls and two strikes. The Detroit Tigers suddenly decided to make a change - not at pitcher, but in center field.

BALTIMORE-The first shock wave came when Oakland, the team the Angels are chasing in the American League West, acquired Boston ace Jon Lester for left fielder and cleanup batter Yoenis Cespedes, giving the Athletics a formidable rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir.

PHOENIX - The flip side of the trade deadline receives less attention than the trades. Every time a team sends away a player, they backfill that vacant roster spot in a chain reaction that travels all the way through the farm system.

LOS ANGELES-When baseball's trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers had done the strangest thing for a team that hasn't won a championship in 26 years.

LOS ANGELES-If the inability to complete a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday drew attention to the Los Angeles Dodgers' perceived shortcomings, a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves that night offered a reminder of the team's greatest advantage.

OAKLAND, Calif.-Jon Lester may have no bigger fan in baseball than Billy Beane.

While still on the lookout for a right-hander relief pitcher, the Milwaukee Brewers made a move Thursday to deepen their outfield, more specifically with a left-handed bat.

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