Rockies shoot down Troy Tulowitzki trade rumors

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There’s been some speculation that St. Louis (or another contending team) could make a run at trading for Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and his massive long-term contract, but the Rockies let the air out of that balloon yesterday.

Senior vice president of major league operations Bill Geivett told Thomas Harding of MLB.com: “He’s not going anywhere.”

Who knows whether or not that will actually squash the rumor from continuing to swirl around, but there’s really been no indication from anyone actually associated with the Rockies that it had much life anyway. Tulowitzki is signed through 2020 and has a total of $134 million remaining on his contract.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.