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

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. Edwin Jackson traded to Blue Jays, but will they swap him to Cardinals for Colby Rasmus?

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    UPDATE: Sure enough, Jackson appears headed to St. Louis for Rasmus. ========== The deal sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and pitching prospect Zach Stewart is official, with Jackson learning of his fate after entering the White Sox clubhouse moments ago. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  8. Royals sign Raul Mondesi’s 16-year-old son for $2 million

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed Raul Mondesi’s son, 16-year-old shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, for a $2 million bonus. Today is his 16th birthday and thus the first day Adalberto Mondesi was eligible to sign. He’s expected to begin his pro career in the Dominican Summer League next season after catching…

  9. Prelude to a trade? Tony La Russa says Colby Rasmus “doesn’t listen” to Cardinals coaches

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa

    UPDATE: TLR got his wish, as Rasmus has been traded to the Blue Jays. ========== At this point the feud between manager Tony La Russa and center fielder Colby Rasmus is no secret, with various details being reported since last year and Rasmus having the benchings to show for it. However, yesterday it may have…

  10. What has happened to Neftali Feliz?

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Last night Neftali Feliz blew his fifth save of the season and was yanked in the middle of the ninth inning after giving up three hits and a walk while recording just one out against the Twins. Even after the poor appearance his ERA stands at a still-impressive 3.35, but he’s already blown more saves…

  11. Johan Santana to make rehab start tomorrow at Single-A

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Johan Santana‘s plans for this week have changed several times–or at least reports of his plans have changed several times–but now he’s officially scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with a start tomorrow at high Single-A. That will start the 30-day clock on his rehab stint, which means barring a setback Santana is on…

  12. Daric Barton has torn shoulder labrum, likely needs surgery

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Daric Barton

    Five weeks after being demoted to Triple-A by the A’s, first baseman Daric Barton has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will visit Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Barton called it “a little labrum tear” and “nothing big,” but told Slusser that…

  13. Diamondbacks get closer J.J. Putz back from elbow injury

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Arizona has activated J.J. Putz from the disabled list after the closer missed the past month with elbow tendinitis. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly the Diamondbacks move Putz back into the closer role, because he struggled mightily prior to being shut down in late June and fill-in closer David Hernandez has been nearly…

  14. Vladimir Guerrero is batting cleanup in his return from the DL

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero has missed the past two weeks with a small fracture in his right hand and had a measly .385 slugging percentage in 83 games before the injury, so naturally the Orioles have him batting cleanup tonight in his return from the disabled list. Obviously the Orioles aren’t overflowing with fantastic cleanup-hitting options, but…

  15. Eric Chavez is off the DL and in the Yankees’ starting lineup

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez isn’t due back from knee surgery until mid-August, but instead of relying on Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird as fill-ins the Yankees have another option at third base: Eric Chavez. The oft-injured veteran has been on the disabled list since May with a fractured foot, but went 7-for-21 (.333) with a homer and…

  16. Hong-Chih Kuo might be traveling down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path again

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Hong-Chih Kuo missed time in 2009 with the dreaded “yips” and was on the disabled list earlier this season with “anxiety issues,” both of which make his inability to throw strikes last night doubly worrisome for the Dodgers. When healthy and on top of his game Kuo is among the elite, most dominating relievers in…

  17. Brandon Inge clears waivers, accepts assignment to minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    inge getty

    As expected, Brandon Inge has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Tigers last week and accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Inge is hitting .177 this season, hasn’t been a productive offensive player since 2006, and is owed around $7.5 million through the end of next season, so it’s no surprise that he…

  18. Marlins ace Josh Johnson uncertain to pitch again this season

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson has already missed more than two months with shoulder inflammation and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s no sure thing to pitch again before 2012. According to Frisaro the Marlins are hoping that Johnson can begin a throwing program later this week and if that happens he’ll be on track to return…

  19. White Sox GM debating whether to “turn over entire roster”

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    blow up movie

    Ken Williams is never shy about making big moves and the White Sox general manager said yesterday that he’s considering whether to “turn over the entire roster” if the third-place, 50-51 team doesn’t show signs of improvement between now and Sunday’s trade deadline. Williams told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago that the White Sox have…

  20. Astros fall down a lot in loss to Cardinals, blame U2 and Bono

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    bono u2

    U2 had a concert at Busch Stadium on July 17 and in preparation for the event the Cardinals had to strip the field and then afterward bring in new grass from Colorado, with the recent high temperatures making the re-sodding effort very difficult. Before last night’s game groundskeeper Bill Findley told Derrick Goold of the…

  21. Tonight the Rays will start an under-30 pitcher for MLB-record 704th straight game

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    baby baseball

    It’s no secret that Tampa Bay believes in young (and cheap) starting pitching, but Bill Chastain of MLB.com notes just how strong that belief is: Tonight the Rays will set an MLB record by starting a pitcher under 30 years old for the 704th consecutive game. That streak dates back to May 24 of 2007,…

  22. Carlos Gonzalez still experiencing wrist pain, not cleared to swing bat

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez has resumed most baseball activities four days after being placed on the disabled list, but his injured wrist is still too sore for the Rockies outfielder to begin swinging a bat. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Gonzalez will rest his wrist for at least another 4-5 days before potentially taking some hacks,…

  23. Adrian Beltre on Grade 1 hamstring strain: “I’m a quick healer”

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    Adrian Beltre was placed on the disabled list over the weekend after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain running the bases, but the Rangers third baseman said yesterday that he expects to spend the minimum 15 days on the shelf. Ron Washington expressed some doubt about Beltre’s ability to return that quickly, telling T.R. Sullivan…

  24. Mets send Angel Pagan for bloodwork to evaluate dizziness

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Angel Pagan initially deemed himself fine after leaving yesterday’s game in the fifth inning with dizziness, blaming things on dehydration, but he’s out of the lineup tonight and the Mets have sent him to undergo bloodwork to determine the cause. Pagan described how he was feeling to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com: I was in…

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