(Adds later games) July 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from Major League Baseball games on Friday: – - – - Rangers 6, Giants 3 Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and shortstop Elvis Andrus each hit two-run homers as the Rangers beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3. Both of the home runs came off San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner, who matched a season high by allowing six earned runs. Beltre put the Rangers up 2-0 with his homer to left in the first and Andrus capped a four-run second with his shot to left, giving the Rangers a 6-2 edge.

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A look at every team, all the moves and which teams helped themselves the most – and the least.

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It’s officially Major League Baseball’s trade-deadline day. Many of the big names of trade season are off the board already. That includes Cole Hamels, David Price, Johnny Cueto and Carlos Gomez. But lots of talent is still on the market too — Yoenis Cespedes, Carlos Gonzalez, Yovani Gallardo, almost any of the San Diego Padres. [ Friday Daily Fantasy contest: Turn $5 into $5K ] Likewise, there are a number of teams who would still use a boost heading into the postseason run. The Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals have been the most active traders so far, but plenty of teams still could use a boost heading into their attempts at making the postseason. Making the right move could be the difference between October and early vacations. With that, the Big League Stew crew is here to pick five teams that most need to strike a deal to improve themselves before the 4 p.m. ET deadline. After you’ve read this, head over to our Trade Deadline Tracker for up-to-the-second news and rumors from what should be a busy day of wheeling and dealing.  METS It’s like the New York Mets don’t even realize they could be a serious contender. Their trade-deadline season has been as such: minor trade to get Kelly Johnson and Jose Uribe, almost trading for Carlos Gomez, watching that fall apart, then spending about 12 hours attacking social media. Get it together, Mets! They’re 52-50, three games back in the NL East and 4.5 back for a wild card if the season ended today. [ Follow our trade deadline tracker for the latest MLB news and rumors. ] Just look over at the San Francisco Giants. Their World Series runs are proof that good pitching can take you to baseball’s highest point. And you don’t need a world-beating offense to go along with it. You just need enough offense. The Mets pitching, of course, is really good. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard — they’ve been impressive. But, Sandy Alderson, get them some bats. At the time of this writing, the Mets would get a big boost from Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez. These windows to make a run are small. The Giants and the Kansas City Royals showed us last year you don’t need to be a perfect team, you just need to be good enough to win in October. (Mike Oz) • • •

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A.J. Burnett acknowledges that maintaining his superb first-half statistics was unlikely, but he undoubtedly wanted a better showing after the All-Star break than his past two outings. The veteran right-hander will try to end his brief slump and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their sixth win in seven games Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds, whom they’ve struggled to beat this season. Burnett headed to his first All-Star Game in Cincinnati after going 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA, tied for the NL’s second-best, and went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against the Reds.

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The Chicago White Sox didn’t provide Chris Sale with much support throughout most of June, but he’s received plenty of help this month and got enough runs to win his last start before throwing a pitch. The White Sox’s lineup has produced at such a torrid clip that the franchise seems ready to alter its plans at the trading deadline and make a playoff push. Chicago will try to take its next small step by climbing back to .500 and completing an 8-0 road trip with its first four-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park in 88 years.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in the majors since mid-May. Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and turned an RBI single into race around the bases while Minnesota made two errors in a five-run sixth inning, helping Francisco Liriano and the Pirates beat the Twins 10-4 Wednesday for a two-game sweep. After losing five of their first six games out of the All-Star break, the Pirates have won five of their last six games to tighten their grip on the NL’s first wild-card spot.

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Jung Ho-Kang is enjoying the spotlight in the major leagues and showing the Pittsburgh Pirates just what they hoped when they brought him over from South Korea. Kang hit a tiebreaking home run off the facing of the second deck in left-center field in the ninth inning, lifting Pittsburgh over the Minnesota Twins 8-7 on Tuesday night. Kang’s sixth home run of the season, a drive off All-Star closer Glen Perkins (0-3), sent Pittsburgh to its fourth win in five games.

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Those who are critical of Dominicans would be wise to open their eyes and take a journey themselves.

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Gregory Polanco got Gerrit Cole on track, and the ace right-hander took over from there. Cole became the majors’ first 14-game winner, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Cole (14-4) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while improving to 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in four July starts.

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No strangers to the wild-card game, the Pittsburgh Pirates might find themselves in another win-or-go-home scenario come October. The Twins may already be home by that point if their lineup struggles as much as it has to begin the second half, but Minnesota has a good chance to break out Tuesday night as it faces Charlie Morton to open this two-game series with the visiting Pirates. Pittsburgh (57-41) was four games under .500 after dropping both contests to Minnesota (52-46) at PNC Park two months ago, but it’s since gone a major league-best 39-19.

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