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DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will be riding an impressive winning streak behind Jon Gray when the right-hander starts Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.Gray (9-7 Gaylord Perry Jersey , 4.76 ERA) will be opposed by right-hander Jacob Nix (1-1, 6.75), who joined the Padres on Aug. 10 and will be making his third career start.The Rockies have won Gray’s past eight starts, dating from June 22. During that streak, which is tied for the second longest in franchise history, Gray is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA, 11 walks and 57 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. Opponents have batted .214 with a .624 OPS against Gray during that stretch.Article continues below ...Six of those eight wins have come since Gray was recalled on July 14 from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he made two starts after being optioned June 30. Since being recalled, Gray has gone 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in six starts.Asked what has been at the root of Gray’s surge, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta said, “I think his ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches. He’s really throwing a lot of strikes with that slider, throwing a lot of strikes with the fastball, challenging guys. Not necessarily trying to get contact http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-dravecky-jersey , but he’s pitching in the zone a lot more, and I think that’s been the biggest difference is just having that mentality of, ‘Here it is, hit it. This is my best stuff. If you beat me, you beat me. If not, I’m probably going to have a lot of success with what I have.’ “Gray has had three straight no-decisions, the last one coming at Atlanta on Thursday when he allowed five hits and three runs in seven innings with one walk and nine strikeouts in Colorado’s 5-3 win.He’s 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 13 starts against the Padres with 13 walks and 106 strikeouts in 78 innings. Gray is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against San Diego this season with two walks and 24 strikeouts in 18 innings.The Rockies’ four-game winning streak ended Tuesday when they lost for just the second time in 10 games and fell 4-3 to the Padres (50-78). The Rockies are 23-24 against teams with a losing record and 45-33 against teams at or above .500.Nix, 22, began the season at Double-A San Antonio, where he went 2-3 with a 2.05 ERA in nine starts before being promoted to Triple-A El Paso. He pitched six scoreless innings and won his one start there before he joined the Padres after they designated veteran Phil Hughes for assignment.Nix won his major league debut Aug. 10 against Philadelphia, allowing four hits in six scoreless innings in San Diego’s 2-0 victory. He became the first Padres pitcher to throw six or more scoreless innings in his major league debut since Odrisamer Despaigne (seven innings) on June 23, 2014, at San Francisco.Nix lost his last start 5-1 Thursday against Arizona Brandon Crawford Jersey , a 42-pitch effort in which he gave up five hits, five runs and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He became the first Padres pitcher this season not to get out of the first inning.“I really liked his response, taking ownership over it like recognizing, ‘Hey, I wasn’t good today. I’ve done that before though,’ ” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He knows he rebounds from things like this. So there’s clearly some resiliency inside of him, and that’s what it takes to pitch well at this level for a long time. He has good self-awareness, and he recognized it got going fast for him. And I think everybody that’s ever stepped on a big league mound would say that about themselves at a point in time.“I like the curveball playing early in counts and dropping it in wherever he wants. And the changeup looked really good, especially the first outing. So there’s stuff to believe in and the temperament seems like he’s wired right. There’s no soft spot on our schedule going forward, so every single time he steps on the mound, it’s going to be a challenge. And we’re going to bet on that temperament to rise up and meet that challenge.” The Major League Baseball trade deadline is arguably one of the most electrifying times of the baseball season.This is when teams go all-in and try to win now, or teams admit defeat and start the rebuilding process.There are so many trades that go down and so many players on the move prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline that it can hard to keep up with it all.But that's what we're here for: to monitor all of these moves and keep you up to date with what's going on in this whirlwind of transactions.Here are three players and the rumors swirling around them as the deadline approaches.Pirates Interested in KelaWith a handful of promising arms in the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates鈥攚ho sit just 3.5 games out of a National League wild-card spot鈥攃ould be in the market to bolster it even further.According to Evan Grant of theDallas Morning News http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-belt-jersey ,the Pirates reportedly have interest in Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela.As Grant pointed out, Kela is just 25 years old, but he already has so much service time that he's eligible for free agency after 2020.Kela has convertedall 23 of his save opportunities this season and has a 3.28 ERA while posting a 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings.The Pirates have solid relief help with their own closer, Felipe Vasquez, and they also have Kyle Crick and Edgar Santana.Adding Kela would give the Pirates a bullpen that wouldn't force their starters to go any longer than needed.With Kela, a starter would only need to go five innings before the combo of Vasquez, Kela, Crick and Santana came in to do its work.A few weeks ago, the Pirates might not have been interested in a move like this, but after an 11-game winning streak that only ended Wednesday, they've put themselves in an excellent position to make a run at the postseason.Kela wouldn't come cheap, but he could definitely be a huge help in pushing the Pirates over the hump.Moustakas Drawing Interest From 9 TeamsIt shouldn't come as a shock, but Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas is drawing plenty of interest.According to Bob Nightengale ofUSA Today Jeff Samardzija Jersey ,nine teams are said to be interested in him, with six of them being in the National League and three from the American League:Bob Nightengale BNightengaleKC #Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who has 20 homers and 61 RBI, is drawing tremendous interest. Six National League teams and three American League teams are in discussions with the RoyalsAlthough he's batting .249, he has 20 home runs and 62 runs batted in.The Royals got Moustakas on the cheap end after a lengthy free-agency stint, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million with a mutual option in 2019 for $15 million.Being a far cry from the team they were just a few years ago, the Royals sit at 31-69 and are in last place (23.5 games back) in the AL Central. They're going nowhere at the moment and won't be going anywhere any time soon.It was surprising to see Moustakas return to the Royals, but with the draft pick compensation rules in free agency, he was in a bind.Now, Moustakas could possibly find a home and take off.A team that sticks out immediately is the Philadelphia Phillies.The Phillies were hard after Manny Machado before the Orioles traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers and will look to upgrade the corner infield positions.Expect Moustakas to be on the move by the deadline.Adam Jones Next to Leave Baltimore?According to John Paul Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles could be set to trade away a third big-name player in center field Adam Jones before the deadline:Jon Morosi jonmorosiSources: #Phillies, #Indians are among most serious suitors for #Orioles CF Adam Jones. Remember that Andy MacPhail, now #Phillies president http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-johnny-cueto-jersey , acquired Jones as Baltimore GM in 2008. Full story: 3D9B1QCedC MLB MLBNetworkThe Phillies and Cleveland Indians are reportedly the front-runners.One important thing Morosi notedis that Jones has a full no-trade clause in his contract.But as the Orioles are one win shy of 30 this season and with Jones turning 33 this August, it would be surprising if he didn't waive it and go to a contender.Both the Phillies and Indians have needs in the outfield. The Phillies have Odubel Herrera in center field doing more than OK, but maybe Jones could bump Nick Williams for playing time.For the Indians, they have Tyler Naquin doing a serviceable job, but Jones is a definite upgrade over him.Morosi also pointed out another important fact: Andy MacPhail is the Phillies president. He acquired Jones from the Seattle Mariners back in 2008 when he was the general manager of the Orioles.There's always that one connection that could help a deal get done.The Orioles are a total disaster. They've already traded off Machado and Zach Britton, so why wouldn't they send Jones, too? Total rebuild time for O's.

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