Here's the latest from the NL West, where the Dodgers (62-50) have all but put away the D'backs (57-55) and the Padres (52-61), Rockies (52-61), and Giants (50-62) all waver somewhere between hard realizations and preparing for the future:
Dodgers came close to firing Don Mattingly - SBNation.com
The Dodgers came close to making a change at manager, just weeks before they would go on a tear that now has them in first-place.
Clayton Kershaw wins NL Pitcher of the Month for July - True Blue LA
July 2013 marks the 26th month in 39 seasons that a Dodgers pitcher has won the award.
Hanley Ramirez avoids DL, for now - True Blue LA (Aug 5th)
Hanley Ramirez right shoulder injury will not result in a DL stint and Brian Wilson set to debut for the Dodgers Wednesday.
Dodgers activate Stephen Fife from DL, option Scott Van Slyke - True Blue LA (Aug 4th)
Fife missed 23 games with right shoulder bursitis, the second time this season the pitcher has been on the disabled list for said injury.
Giants' deal with Ted Lilly falls through - MLB Daily Dish
The deal was very close earlier Tuesday, but hit a last-minute snag and is now considered doubtful.
Is the Diamondbacks' season over? - AZ Snake Pit
Now that the D'backs are 5½ back of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and have gone 6-10 since the All-Star break, is it time to relax and enjoy the remaining games for what they are?
Let's Do The Panic - AZ Snake Pit
The June Swoon killed the 2013 Diamondbacks, as they've seen their lead go from 2½ up in the division to 6 down. What will take for them to make the playoffs, or should D'backs fans start drinking heavily now?
Rockies becoming more aggressive with mid-season promotions - Purple Row
Chad Bettis, Eddie Butler, Jonathan Gray and Tom Murphy have all moved up at least two levels this season, bucking a different trend the Rockies have shown in recent years.
Padres sign Ronny Cedeno to Minor League Deal - Gaslamp Ball (Aug 3rd)
Everth's Apology - Gaslamp Ball
The Padres shortstop made a statement regarding his suspension and apologized for his mistake, promising to work hard and come back a better player.