Update: Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge and G Mo Williams will not play Wednesday night in the season finale vs. Clippers.
The Blazers have said that they'll sit their guys for the season finale against the Clippers as the game has no bearing on the playoff seeding. The team will continue to focus on bringing everyone back to full health for the playoff run.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Joakim Soria has been traded to the Pirates.
The Pirates already have the NL saves leader in Mark Melancon so Soria figures to move into the setup role for the Pirates. As for the Tigers closer situation owners will have to wait for an official announcement but Alex Wilson has been their most effective reliever this season and could be first in line. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Brandon Beachy is scheduled to pitch Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Beachy's first stint with the Dodgers didn't fare too well this season, so he is going to head back to Triple-A and look to continue building arm strength in hope of regaining his form. The Dodgers have added two starting pitchers prior to the trade deadline, so barring injury, it doesn't appear that Beachy will be helping the big league club in a starting role anytime soon. Analysis: David Kerr
Pirates are close to a deal with the Tigers for closer Joakim Soria.
The Pirates, as with most contenders, have been looking for relief help. With Detroit as clear sellers at this point, Soria fits the mold of exactly what Pittsburgh is looking for. He isn't going to close for Pittsburgh, but he will provide a much needed solid arm to setup Mark Melancon. We'll have a full breakdown of the deal, if and when it goes down. Analysis: David Kerr