With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline less than a week away, one name that has been consistently present in the rumor mill is A's starting pitcher Sonny Gray, who takes the mound tonight on the road in Toronto.There is sure to be a number of Major League clubs sending
With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline less than a week away, one name that has been consistently present in the rumor mill is A's starting pitcher Sonny Gray, who takes the mound tonight on the road in Toronto.
There is sure to be a number of Major League clubs sending their scouts to Rogers Centre to watch Gray battle a potent Blue Jays lineup. And fans can follow the action too, streaming live on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
Gray takes the mound: OAK@TOR, 7:07 p.m., MLB.TV
Gray is clearly the best starting pitcher available on the trade market, and his value is even higher following a five-start stretch that has seen him go 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA leading into tonight's matchup with the Blue Jays.
Gray is coveted by several teams, led by the Astros, and the A's are said to be asking for a healthy return in exchange for the right-hander, who is under team control through the end of the 2019 season.
Cesar Valdez toes the rubber for Toronto in his first start since April 20.
Brewers begin big week: MIL@WSH, 7:05 p.m., MLB.TV
The Nationals were expected to be leading the NL East by the end of July, but few in baseball thought the Brewers would be leading the NL Central at this point in the season. These first-place clubs open a three-game series tonight at Nationals Park.
Zach Davies starts for the Brewers opposite Edwin Jackson for the Nationals. This is the start of a critical week for Milwaukee, which follows this series in D.C. with three games at home against the Cubs leading into the Trade Deadline.
Still, the Brewers say they are not putting any additional pressure on themselves to have a big week.
"I don't think so. I really think it's game to game for guys," said Davies, who is 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA over his last five starts. "Each guy has a great mentality in that he's not looking ahead to the next game. That's one thing to keep you in the right mindset."
Devers debuts with Red Sox: BOS@SEA, 10:10 p.m., MLB.TV
For the second straight summer, the Red Sox are bringing a top prospect up in the middle of a pennant race. And just like Andrew Benintendi a year ago, Rafael Devers will join the Red Sox in Seattle for the start of his Major League career. Devers will make his first career start tonight against Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Devers, 20, was officially called up on Monday and he will start tonight at third base, which is a position of need for the first-place Red Sox. It's been an exciting month for Devers, who played in the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game before being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he slashed .400/.447/.600 in nine games.
"Well, we're not going to put [too much] pressure on him," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "He's going to hit near the bottom of the order. We're not looking for him to carry us. We just want him to be himself and do what he can do. And really it's going to be up to the other guys to kind of have to step up and be the main guys in the middle of the order."
**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com.