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BOSTON, MA - June 24:  Alejandro De Aza #31 of the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on June 24, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Report: Giants to acquire Alejandro De Aza from Red Sox

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The Giants pulled off a last-minute deal before the waiver trade deadline, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the team has acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Red Sox. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston will receive minor league left-hander Luis Ysla in return.

Rosenthal reported earlier tonight that the Giants were in touch with the Red Sox about De Aza and were also looking at some infield targets. Some speculated on the Dodgers as a potential fit, but the defending World Series champions got the deal done.

De Aza was cast aside by the Orioles after getting off to a miserable start this season, but he batted .292/.347/.484 with 18 extra-base hits (including four home runs) and 25 RBI in 60 games after joining the Red Sox in June. The Giants already acquired Marlon Byrd from the Reds in August after Hunter Pence went down with an oblique injury, but De Aza will provide manager Bruce Bochy with some extra depth from the left side of the plate.

Shelby Miller’s winless streak extended to 19 starts

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller reacts after Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI-single in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Atlanta. Colorado won 6-3. (AP Photo/Jon Barash)
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The beat goes on for Braves right-hander Shelby Miller, who saw his winless streak extended to 19 starts as part of a 4-0 loss to the Marlins tonight. He’s now 5-12 on the year despite a 2.56 ERA.

Miller wasn’t originally scheduled to start, but he was moved up a day after Michael Foltynewicz was scratched due to illness. He pitched really well on short notice, allowing one run on six hits and no walks over seven innings. The lone run scored on a solo homer from Cole Gillespie in the second inning, but it was enough to put him on the losing side, as the Braves got absolutely nothing going against Chris Narveson. Yes, Chris Narveson.

Miller is now winless dating back to May 17. While he’s 0-11 in that time, he has posted a 3.13 ERA while receiving an average of two runs of support from his offense. Needless to say, he has deserved far better. His recent string of bad luck has been enough to change Fredi Gonzalez’s opinion about the utility of pitcher wins:

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miller now has the second-longest winless streak in franchise history. Carl Morton, who went 22 starts between a win from 1975-1976, holds the record.

Cubs designate Mike Olt for assignment

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05:  Mike Olt #20 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the St. Louis Cardinals during the Opening Night game at Wrigley Field on April 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 3-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After finalizing their acquisition of outfielder Austin Jackson from the Mariners, the Cubs announced that they designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment.

Olt began the season on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, but he was merely viewed as a stopgap at third base until Kris Bryant was deemed ready for the majors. The 27-year-old went 2-for-15 (.133) with a home run over six games prior to going down with a hairline fracture in his right wrist. The injury cleared the way for Bryant’s major league debut. Olt ended up missing a couple of months, but he was batting .265 with nine home runs and a .793 OPS over 59 games with Triple-A Iowa.

Olt has never lived up to his top prospect status, putting up a .158/.245/.333 batting line over 314 plate appearances in the majors, but somebody could take a chance on him.