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  1. Brad Penny downplays mound argument with Victor Martinez

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Brad Penny and Victor Martinez got into a heated argument on the mound in the middle of the fourth inning yesterday, with Penny being removed from the game a short time later after allowing seven runs in 3.1 innings against the Angels. Martinez refused to speak about the situation afterward, but Penny downplayed the incident…

  2. Hamstring injury sends Twins infielder Alexi Casilla to DL

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    alexi-casilla-twins

    Alexi Casilla pulled up lame while heading into second base with a double last night and an MRI exam revealed a hamstring strain, so he’s bound for the disabled list. Casilla’s overall numbers are nothing special, but he’s hit reasonably well while playing solid defense since moving from shortstop to second base and as usual…

  3. Picture of the Day: What to do with those old Rasmus jerseys

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    What should Cardinals fans do with their old Colby Rasmus jerseys and shirseys? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spotted a fan at last night’s game who made his own modifications:

  4. Casey Blake’s latest rehab assignment begins tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    casey-blake-dodgers-spring

    Casey Blake‘s latest attempt to get over season-long back problems will begin tonight with a rehab assignment at Single-A. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Blake will start slow, debuting as a designated hitter, which likely means the 38-year-old is at least another week away from potentially coming off the disabled list.…

  5. In need of infield depth, Brewers get Felipe Lopez from Rays

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    In a move that presumably won’t keep them from pursuing further infield help between now and Sunday’s trade deadline, the Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash considerations. Lopez is a veteran of 11 seasons in the majors, but has spent most of this season playing at Triple-A Durham, where he batted…

  6. Kenley Jansen hospitalized for irregular heartbeat after save

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jansen_Kenley

    Kenley Jansen needed just seven pitches to close out a 3-2 win Tuesday night, striking out two of the three batters he faced to continue an amazingly dominant stretch, but afterward the Dodgers reliever was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. According to trainer Stan Conte doctors used cardio conversion to shock his heart back into…

  7. Report: Nationals “not willing” to trade Drew Storen to Twins for Denard Span

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    Earlier this week there were several reports about the Nationals pursuing Twins center fielder Denard Span and yesterday Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that they might even be willing to give up closer Drew Storen to get something done. Not so fast, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, who quotes “a baseball source” as saying…

  8. No longer feeling sick, Tim Lincecum set to start tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Carlos Beltran‘s debut will be the big story tonight for the Giants, but they’ll also have Tim Lincecum on the mound after the two-time Cy Young winner missed his scheduled Tuesday start with a stomach ailment. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Lincecum played catch yesterday and felt strong, which along…

  9. Carlos Zambrano says the Cubs need some “changes”

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Yesterday afternoon there were several reports about the Cubs trying to convince a contending team to take Carlos Zambrano and his contract off their hands, which predictably didn’t go very well. Then a few hours later Zambrano took the mound against the Brewers and threw 6.2 innings of two-run ball in a tough-luck loss, looking…

  10. Carl Crawford gets cortisone shot for strained left elbow

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford missed yesterday’s game and is out of the lineup this afternoon as well because of a strained left elbow. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Crawford got a cortisone injection in the elbow Tuesday night, which usually knocks players out of commission for at least a couple days. Crawford told Abraham…

  11. Officially official: Giants and Mets complete Carlos Beltran deal

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran has signed off on the move to San Francisco, so the trade sending him from the Mets to the Giants for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is now official. There’s a press release and everything. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave Beltran a proper sendoff, saying: We thank Carlos for all he has done…

  12. Rickie Weeks won’t need surgery for “severe ankle sprain”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Cubs Brewers Baseball

    Good news and bad news on Rickie Weeks‘ ugly looking ankle injury from last night. The good news is that he won’t need surgery. The bad news is that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe ankle sprain” and is expected to be out for “anywhere from 3-6 weeks,” according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.…

  13. Joe Blanton: “There’s zero percent chance I’ll start this year”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    blanton throws

    Joe Blanton may come back from an elbow injury to pitch again this season, but it won’t be as a starter. Blanton told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “there’s a zero percent chance I’ll start this year” because “there’s just not enough time” to build up his arm strength after missing the past two months.…

  14. Jed Lowrie is on the comeback trail from shoulder injury

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, Jed Lowrie made a big step in his recovery yesterday by taking live swings for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Lowrie took swings off a tee earlier this week and was happy enough with how he felt that the Red Sox cleared him…

  15. Dusty Baker questions Bronson Arroyo’s health after latest poor start

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo throwing

    Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in six innings yesterday, giving up at least four runs for the six straight start as manager Dusty Baker wondered publicly whether the veteran right-hander is pitching hurt: I don’t know. We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong. Everybody’s a little banged up.…

  16. Carlos Gomez hoping to play again this season after surgery on fractured clavicle

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Initially expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his clavicle while making a diving catch last week, Carlos Gomez is now hoping to rejoin the Brewers at some point in September. Gomez underwent surgery Monday to repair the fracture and insert a metal plate to help stabilize things, with doctors giving him…

  17. Tweet(s) of the Day: Anyone know what John Danks is up to?

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Apparently I follow a lot of people in the White Sox’s press box today:

  18. MLB investigating threats made against Jerry Meals’ family

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Meals blown call

    Team president Frank Coonelly handled things about as well as possible after the Pirates lost in the 19th inning on Jerry Meals’ call at the plate last night, filing an official protest with MLB and issuing a statement saying “he made the wrong call” without ripping into the veteran umpire too much. However, apparently not…

  19. Phillies “have done background work on Carlos Quentin”

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Beltran is apparently off the market and the Astros reportedly backed out of a near-deal for Hunter Pence, so the Phillies have turned their attention to … Carlos Quentin. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, at least. He says the Phillies “have done background work on Quentin” as they look for a right-handed-hitting outfielder.…

  20. Report: Phillies “had a deal” for Hunter Pence, but Astros “backed off”

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    pence getty wide

    At this point the Phillies’ strong interest in Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is no secret, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com takes it a step further by quoting sources who claim Philadelphia “had a deal for him earlier in the week, only to have Houston back off.” Stark couldn’t get confirmation of that from any Astros…

  21. White Sox bench Alex Rios, call up Alejandro De Aza

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Rios_Alex

    Lost in the Edwin Jackson trade this morning is that Chicago’s shakeup didn’t end there, as the White Sox have benched center fielder Alex Rios and called up Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A. It’s unclear how long the benching will last, but the fact that Rios is owed $38 million for the next three seasons…

  22. Tests provide no explanation for Angel Pagan’s dizziness

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Angel Pagan underwent blood tests after dizziness forced him from Sunday’s game and kept him out of the lineup Monday and Tuesday, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that “no abnormality” was found. Pagan revealed to manager Terry Collins that he’s been dealing with dizziness and fatigue for the past week or so,…

  23. Twins top prospect Kyle Gibson out with elbow problems

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Kyle Gibson probably would’ve needed to dominate the International League for the Twins to have called him up already, but instead the 2009 first-round pick had a nice first two months at Triple-A and has struggled of late. Gibson was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in June and then took 17 days off before coughing…

  24. Colby Rasmus to Blue Jays, Edwin Jackson to Cardinals in eight-player swap

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    rasmus getty

    Sounds like the other shoe is about to drop. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Blue Jays have agreed to flip Edwin Jackson to the Cardinals along with relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski for center fielder Colby Rasmus. Buster Olney of ESPN.com says Toronto will also get Trever Miller,…

  25. Pirates issue statement: Jerry Meals “got this one wrong”

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    protest sign

    Not that it will do any good, but the Pirates have filed an official protest with MLB over the Jerry Meals call at the plate that ended last night’s 19-inning marathon loss to the Braves. Team president Frank Coonelly also issued the following statement: The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is extremely disappointed by the way its…

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