Christian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As trade rumors get hotter, so has the bat of Matt Kemp.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit another home run Wednesday night and also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Kemp's name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, but the talks have seemed to fuel his production at the plate.
"It's a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game," he said. "We're pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I'm not as fast as I want to be, but it's coming."
Over the last 10 games, Kemp has raised his batting average from .265 to .288 and is starting to revert back to his All-Star form.
With the win, the Dodgers now hold a three game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West; the Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 1.5 games in the NL East.
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Now that Justin Masterson is out of town, the Cleveland Indians have found their new staff ace. Cory Kluber held the Seattle Mariners to just three hits in nine innings of work in the team's 2-0 win over the Mariners.
Kluber out-dueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, striking out eight batters over nine innings, lowering his ERA to 2.61 on the season.
"Obviously, it's a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game," Kluber said. "We all look forward to challenges, so it's nice to come out on top."
The only offense in the game came in the 5th inning when Indians catcher Yan Gomes hit an RBI double off Herndandez to score Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher.
In only his second full season as a starting pitcher, Kluber has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He ranks in the top 10 in the American League in wins, innings, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.
Jim McIssac/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) -- Tyron Smith is staying in Dallas for the long-haul.
The Cowboys signed the Pro Bowl offensive tackle to an eight-year contract extension through 2023; a deal that could be worth as much as $110 million.
Smith, 23, will receive $40 million guaranteed, as well as a $10 million signing bonus, according to ESPN. He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.
"We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's just been everything we've wanted to build this program and this team around."
Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the 9th overall pick in 2011. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, drafted 5th overall that same year, signed a five-year, $70 million extension on Tuesday.
Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this season for Cleveland. He will be a free agent this winter. Masterson has struggled with a knee injury recently and was placed on the disabled list July 8. He has yet to be activated.
The 29-year-old right-hander made the All-Star team last season when he went 14-10 with three shutouts. He finished his career in Cleveland with a 48-61 record.
Ramsey, 24, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida State. In 235 minor league games, he's a .266 hitter with a .368 on base percentage.
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, the team announced.
The 10-year-veteran suffered the injury during offseason training. He is expected to make a full recovery by the start of next season. Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery in Philadelphia.
"Eric notified us of the injury late last week," general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "... By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season."
Staal, 29, has been the captain of the Hurricanes since 2010. He led the Hurricanes in assists (40) and points (61) last season.
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- New York Giants running back David Wilson's bounce-back season is off to a rough start.
Wilson left Tuesday's training camp practice with a neck injury and underwent a battery of tests. He is expected to miss at least a week.
"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he would be able to come back and go to work," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday. "But we'll see."
Instead of playing in Sunday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, Wilson will stay in New York and be examined by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Cammisa is the same specialist who performed season-ending spinal fusion surgery on Wilson after Week 5 to correct a disk problem in his neck in 2013.
The Giants drafted Wilson in the first-round of the 2012 NFL draft. He was cleared for full contact back on July 21 and was practicing normally with the team before the injury occurred.
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they've rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.
"Happy to announce my 5 year extension with@AZCARDINALS! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal," Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.
Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns' Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.
Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they'd be getting. He's made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He's considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.
Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.
The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.
It will be the 86-year-old Scully's 66th season announcing for the team.
"It is very difficult to say goodbye," Scully said in a statement. "God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched, and this is not the time."
Scully has been the team's play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.
NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will suit up for his 19th NBA season in 2014-2015, and according to Nash, it will likely be his last.
"I think this is my last season. But I still love to play," Nash told reporters. "I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So, it’ll be nice to play one more year."
The 40-year-old Nash is likely headed to the Hall of Fame when he does retire. He's a two-time NBA MVP during his time with the Phoenix Suns, and is also third in NBA history in assists. For his career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.
Still, he's had a hard time staying on the court in recent years. He's missed 99 total games the past two seasons as he's battled various injuries.