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. It seems we’ve been down this road before. As a matter of fact, it was just last Sunday that Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke had his 45 2/3 inning scoreless streak snapped two starts short of equaling or surpassing Orel Hershiser’s MLB record. Now it’s the big lefty’s turn. Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is on a streak of his own that is now approaching that same historical mark. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Dodgers ace tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting the Angels to two hits and a walk in the 3-1 victory on Saturday. That extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 37, which means he could surpass Greinke’s streak next Friday in Pittsburgh. Greinke’s streak, by the way, ranks sixth all-time.  Kershaw allowed no runs in eight innings, with seven strikeouts and a walk. It was his worst start in a month. — Daniel Brim (@DanielBrim) August 1, 2015 That’s weird too, but it’s pretty much true because that pesky walk was Kershaw’s first since July 3. There was also an interesting underlying story here, as Kershaw and Mike Trout became the first pair of reigning MVP to face off against each other. It went about like this for Trout. MVP-on-MVP crime. pic.twitter.com/aZTw1Rvcsv — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 1, 2015 Trout finished the game 0-for-4, including a ninth-inning strikeout against Kenley Jansen. Advantage, Kershaw. Advantage, Dodgers.  DUDA DESTROYS THE NATS The New York Mets have some shiny new offensive toys with Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in town. On Saturday, though, it was one of their old toys who stepped up to carry the offense. First baseman Lucas Duda homered twice and doubled home the game-winner in the eighth inning as New York topped the Washington Nationals 3-2. For Duda, the home runs were his 19th and 20th of the season and his seventh and eighth over the last seven games. In fact, until the double, Duda’s most recent eight hits were all big flys. That’s called a power surge, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for New York. Oh the hill, Jacob deGrom did his thing, holding Washington to two runs over six innings. Honestly, the way he’s been throwing lately, that almost sounds like a step back. But it was good enough to keep the Mets alive in a big game. With Saturday’s victory they’re only one game behind Washington in the NL East. They’re also making up ground quickly in the wild-card hunt, which would be their fallback option if the division doesn’t work out. With Matt Harvey, Noah Syndegaard and deGrom holding down that rotation, they definitely won’t be going away. PHILLIES STAY HOT, CLOBBER BRAVES Break up the Philadelphia Phillies. Is it too soon or too late to make that joke? That’s the question, because despite trading away Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Phillies remain the hottest team in the National League. With their 12-2 blowout victory against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies have now won 12 of 14 games since the All-Star break. That would be a pretty remarkable stretch for baseball’s best teams. It’s even more so for Philadelphia, which entered the break at 29-62. It was the young Phillies setting the pace atop their lineup. Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco combined for seven hits and five runs scored, including a Herrera home run. Veterans Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis cleaned up right after, combining for six hits and six runs driven in. It was a balanced attack in support of rookie Aaron Nola, who picked up his second career victory. The Phillies will now go for the four-game weekend sweep on Sunday. ASTROS DOMINATE BEHIND KEUCHEL, CORREA AND CONGER The Houston Astros were led by a three-man band in Saturday’s 9-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  All-Star and potential Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel was lights out again on the hill, tossing six innings of two-run ball to pick up his AL-best 13th victory. In doing so, he made Astros franchise history by pitching at least six innings in his 33rd consecutive start. That covers a lot of ground and some terrific pitchers. He’s also been really good at Minute Maid Park all season.  #Astros win 9-2. @kidkeuchy moves to 10-0 at home w/ 1.26 ERA. (13-5, 2.35 ERA overall this season). Lead Angels by 3 games in AL West — Adam Wexler (@awexler) August 2, 2015 Meanwhile, Carlos Correa continued his stellar rookie campaign with book end home runs. He started the scoring a with a solo home run in the first, then he capped it with a two-run homer in the eighth scoring new Astro Carlos Gomez. The multi-homer game was the first in Correa’s young career, but certainly not the last.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] That brings us to back up catcher Hank Conger, who was actually the star of the game. Conger homered twice, including a fourth-inning grand slam, and drove in five.  As noted in the above tweet, the Astros now lead the AL West by three games.  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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Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard drove in four runs, helping David Buchanan and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 Friday night. The resurgent and rebuilding Phillies won for the 11th time in 13 games since the All-Star break on a day they finalized a trade that sent 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels to Texas. Philadelphia also dealt Ben Revere, its leading hitter, to Toronto before the non-waiver trade deadline.

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The Houston Astros are loading up for a pennant race. If it seems like baseball has been turned upside down – with long-time doormats now on top and former powers such as Atlanta and Philadelphia in white-flag mode – you wouldn’t be far off. Baseball has always played the parity game as well or better than other major league sports, even though it’s the only one that doesn’t have a salary cap.

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The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leaders on Thursday. Clinging to a half-game lead over San Francisco, the Dodgers acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Marlins and left-hander Alex Wood from the Braves, two pitchers who can move right into the rotation behind aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Also, Los Angeles obtained relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from Atlanta, adding needed depth to the bullpen.

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With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they’re going for it – making big moves to try and propel their teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time. The Astros haven’t reached the postseason since being swept by the White Sox in the 2005 World Series. Toronto’s playoff drought is the longest in the majors, with its last trip coming in 1993, when Joe Carter’s home run won the World Series.

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When you’re moving 13 players between three teams, things take a little longer. So that’s why it took more than 24 hours to wrinkle out all the details in a wild three-way trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves. The upshot: It’s a done deal, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan , with the Dodgers adding seven players in the swap. [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] This whole thing started Wednesday morning , with the news that the Marlins were sending starting pitcher Mat Latos and outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse to L.A. along with a draft pick for a prospect. And it grew from there. Soon, we heard the Braves were involved. We heard medical records needed to be checked out. It got big, confusing and — like most trades this time of year — pretty fun. Via Passan , here’s how the entire thing shakes out now that it’s finished:

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Starting pitchers Alex Wood and Mat Latos would go to the Dodgers under the latest incarnation of the deal, which went through multiple iterations and, depending on the result of the medical reviews, still could change, sources told Yahoo Sports late Wednesday.

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With the trade deadline shaking up the world of closers, Brad Johnson covers the latest and speculates on more to come.

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With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, the Baltimore Orioles appear poised to be buyers instead of sellers. Chris Davis homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore cruised past the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Tuesday night for its fourth straight victory. Davis will become a free agent after this season, and when the Orioles were slumping not long ago there was speculation that the slugger might be traded before July 31.

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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. Kris Bryant, the much-heralded Chicago Cubs rookie, has experienced a number of firsts this season. But Monday night might have been most thrilling of them. Bryant crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, erasing a one-run deficit and giving the Cubs a 9-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] Yep, the ol’ walk-off homer. It was the first of Bryant’s young career, and as you can see, he and his teammates made the moment memorable. The Wrigley Field crowd, of course, loved every second too. “The last three or four games, I’ve hit five or six to the warning track and that’s obviously frustrating,” Bryant told reporters after the game . “I believe in baseball gods and I believe they pay you back, and I guess I got one today. It worked out for us. It was a really good win, that’s for sure.”

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