With first place back in their possession, Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.70) and the East-leading Phillies battle John Lannan (6-10, 3.33) and the last-place Nationals tonight at 7:10 ET.
With all the trade deadline hoopla, we didn’t get a chance to mention how money Shane Victorino has been in July. The Flyin’ Hawaiian is hitting .327/.370/.624 with seven homers and 17 RBIs this month, with six of those homers coming in the last 13 games. He put Randy Johnson in his book twice on July 12, and also Johan Santana on July 22. He started in yesterday’s game, going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs. Readers also sang the praises of Chad Durbin, who pitched a scoreless eighth to preserve the win for Jamie Moyer. Durbin has had another fine month, holding hitters to a .163 average in July.
Manny to the Dodgers? SI.com's John Heyman says the Dodgers, Red Sox and Pirates have agreed on a three-way deal that would send Manny Ramirez to Los Angeles and Jason Bay to Boston. Details are limited. [Link]