With the San Francisco Giants out of the playoff hunt, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Jeff Samardzija’s name in trade chatter. But the pitcher likely won’t be on the move, especially because he has a say in the matter.Rumor CentralAndrew Baggarly of San cheap jerseys mlb Jose’s Mercury News reports that Samardzija is unwilling to lift his no-trade clause, which allows him to reject any trade to 22 teams. “Obviously it hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to, which has put some people in some trade talks,” Samardzija said. “But we also know that we have a great core of guys here [and] as long as we do our jobs and have confidence and momentum and excitement, we’re going to do really well.” He added to Baggarly that he loves being in San Francisco. Samardzija, 32, is in the second year of a five-year, $90 million deal that brought him to San Francisco last season after a year with the Chicago White Sox. He has struggled to a 5-11 record this season with a 4.85 ERA. One thing the right-hander can provide to any team is innings, as he has topped 200 frames each of the past four seasons. Of the eight teams that Samardzija can be traded to without his permission, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and New York Yankees all are in the market for starting pitching but seem to be focused on higher-end options. It remains to be seen if a market will develop around Samardzija, but he maintains some control of his destiny.
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LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor wasn’t even in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ plans when the season started. Now they’ve got to wonder where they’d be without him.Taylor continued his torrid hitting Tuesday with two run-scoring doubles as the Dodgers became baseball’s first team to reach the 70-win mark with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. The 26-year-old Taylor is 23 for 44 since the All-Star break. His two hits Tuesday gave him four consecutive multi-hit games. He’s hitting .321 on the season and has played second, third, shortstop, left and center. He opened the season in Triple-A and was expected to be a utility player when he was called up by the Dodgers on April 19. “You don’t know what this young man’s ceiling is,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think the beautiful thing is he just continues to go out there and tries to compete and perform. He keeps getting big hits. “He also making great defensive plays out there — saving runs, scoring runs, driving in runs. He’s a wonderful player.” The Dodgers have won four consecutive games and 35 of their last 41. They have baseball’s best record at 70-31. “I just learned that we won 70 games,” Roberts said. “I have such narrow vision. It’s a credit to those guys in the locker room. We have a lot of work to do, but at this point, it’s certainly a nice accomplishment.” Kenta Maeda (9-4) went five solid innings for the Dodgers. Luis Avilan threw a scoreless sixth and Josh Ravin went the final three innings to earn his first career save. Jose Berrios (9-4) held the Dodgers scoreless until they took command with a four-run fourth. “They (Dodgers) did a really good job of battling back and fighting back, so I have to tip my cap to them,” Berrios said. “I did notice that I was getting too aggressive and that was making myself open up.” TIMELY SWITCH The game was delayed for 18 minutes in the sixth when Roberts protested a double-switch by Twins manager Paul Molitor. The umpires huddled and forced Molitor to remove left fielder Eddie Rosario. Then they went to the headsets to check with MLB headquarters in New York to make sure they had interpreted the rule properly. Roberts said the umpires told him cheap mlb jerseys authentic reliever Ryan Pressly entered the game in the fifth spot where Rosario was batting, but Rosario had remained in the game. Molitor said plate umpire Lance Barrett misunderstood where he wanted his reliever in the batting order. “There was obvious miscommunication when I went out there to make the double-switch,” Molitor said. “What I think I said and what he thought he heard were two different things.”