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  1. Braves “could be close to making deal for right-handed bat”

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    MysteryMan

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution tweets that the Braves “could be close to making a deal for a right-handed bat.” He doesn’t offer any further details, but guys like Josh Willingham, Ryan Ludwick, and even Hunter Pence could be potential fits. Carlos Beltran is a switch-hitter, so presumably the “right-handed” part rules him…

  2. Reds prospect Jonathan Correa suspended one year for lying about age

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    pinocchio

    MLB has suspended Reds prospect Jonathan Correa one year for lying about his age, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Correa, a right-hander who ranked 26th on BA‘s list of the Reds’ top prospects coming into the season, was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 and is currently said to have a September…

  3. Cubs deny talks with Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gillick

    Well, so much for that. Earlier this afternoon there were rumors about the Cubs talking to Pat Gillick, the longtime general manager set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, but team president Tom Ricketts wasted little time denying those reports. Ricketts issued a statement that reads: “While Tom respects Pat Gillick’s…

  4. Justin Masterson threw 104 pitches last night and 103 of them were fastballs

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson

    Justin Masterson shut out the Twins for 7.2 innings last night, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out six, and remarkably did so while throwing fastballs on 103 of his 104 pitches. Seriously. His timing was especially amusing because just a few hours earlier Sam Miller wrote a Baseball Prospectus column about…

  5. Brad Lidge eyes Friday return to Phillies’ bullpen

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge made his eighth minor-league rehab appearance today, throwing a scoreless inning at Single-A, and David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he may be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Friday. Lidge has been mostly impressive in the minors, allowing three runs in 7.2 innings while striking…

  6. Twins sold $391,000 worth of bobblehead dolls in one day

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    twins bobblehead set

    Monday morning the Twins’ official website began offering a “limited edition set” of 25 bobblehead dolls representing every player from the 1991 World Series team. Even Terry Leach, thankfully. There were 1,000 sets available for $391 each … and they sold out almost immediately, which means (math!) the Twins generated $391,000, the “net proceeds” of…

  7. Cubs talking to Hall of Fame general manager Pat Gillick?

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    UPDATE: False alarm, apparently. ========== Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend alongside Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, but now there’s some speculation that the Cubs are interested in hiring the 73-year-old former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager. Details are scarce in terms of which role the…

  8. Dodgers fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland, hire Dave Hansen

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Don Mattingly, Jeff Pentland

    Since you can’t get rid of all the players–particularly when you don’t have any money to hire new ones–the Dodgers have decided to fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland and replace him with Dave Hansen on an interim basis. Pentland, 64, was the Dodgers “hitting instructor” behind then-hitting coach Don Mattingly from 2008 to 2010 before…

  9. Manny Acta on Indians’ need for trade deadline help: “That’s an understatement”

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    manny-acta-indians

    Asked yesterday if he thinks the Indians need to make a move prior to the July 31 trade deadline, manager Manny Acta replied: “That’s an understatement.” And that was before they lost to the Twins on a walk-off hit after taking a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning. Here’s what Acta told Paul Hoynes of…

  10. Jon Lester throws bullpen session, set for Monday start

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester threw a problem-free bullpen session this morning and is scheduled to return from the disabled list Monday against the Royals. Lester hasn’t pitched since July 5 because of a strained left latissimus, but manager Terry Francona told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal that the left-hander is healthy now and simply needs to…

  11. Danny Valencia gets game-winning hit off Chris Perez, then lets him sleep over

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    slumber_party

    Danny Valencia‘s walk-off single against Chris Perez last night was dramatic enough, coming with the bases loaded and turning a 1-0 Indians lead into a 2-1 Twins victory, but their back story added to the drama. Valencia and Perez have been friends since high school, played together at the University of Miami, and were roommates…

  12. Report: Jose Reyes “would love to sign with the Angels”

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Rayes

    Jose Reyes is back in the Mets’ lineup after returning from the disabled list yesterday, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation from swirling around the impending free agent. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Reyes “has told friends he would love to sign with the Angels when he becomes a free agent after the…

  13. Twins not interested in trading Michael Cuddyer, but Giants called anyway

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins

    Earlier this week Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins have no interest in trading Michael Cuddyer and in fact want to re-sign the impending free agent, but that hasn’t stopped other teams from inquiring about his availability. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants expressed…

  14. Bryce Harper struggling since promotion to Double-A

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is struggling at baseball for what might be the first time in his life. Promoted from low Single-A to Double-A last week, the former No. 1 overall pick has gone just 6-for-35 (.171) with zero extra-base hits through 10 games against Eastern League pitching. He’s an 18-year-old in a league where the average…

  15. Alfonso Soriano, unlike Aramis Ramirez, won’t block trade from Cubs

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Aramis Ramirez has reportedly informed the Cubs that he’d likely use the no-trade clause in his contract to block any deal, but Alfonso Soriano indicated yesterday that he wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade. Of course, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com Soriano didn’t even realize he had a no-trade clause in his…

  16. Dodgers release outfielder Marcus Thames

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    As expected, the Dodgers have officially released Marcus Thames after designating him for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Juan Rivera. Thames was already a very limited player even when healthy and a strained calf kept him from being able to consistently play left field for the Dodgers, which along with…

  17. Rays promote stud pitching prospect Matt Moore to Triple-A

    Jul 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Tampa Bay has promoted Matt Moore to Triple-A, putting the stud prospect one step from the majors at age 22. Moore, who ranked 15th on Baseball America‘s preseason list of the MLB’s top prospects and moved up to the No. 3 spot on their midseason revision, had a 2.20 ERA and 131/28 K/BB ratio in…

  18. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran get healthy, rejoin Mets’ lineup

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Mets

    David Wright is still on the disabled list, but Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are both back in the Mets’ lineup tonight. They haven’t been in the same lineup together since July 2, when Reyes injured his hamstring. Beltran has missed the past three games with flu-like symptoms. Both players are impending free agents having…

  19. Phillies activate Shane Victorino from disabled list

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino has been activated from the disabled list after missing two weeks with a sprained right thumb. Victorino went 5-for-15 (.333) with a homer during a brief rehab assignment and will be in the starting lineup tonight against the Cubs, with Pete Orr heading back to Triple-A to make room for him on the…

  20. Giants catchers have hit .222 since Buster Posey went down

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Scott Cousins, Buster Posey

    In researching yet another aspect of the Dodgers’ ineptitude Eric Stephen of True Blue LA stumbled across an interesting stat about the Giants, noting that San Francisco catchers have hit just .222 with a .647 OPS since Buster Posey‘s season-ending ankle injury. At the time of the injury Posey was hitting .284 with a .756…

  21. Reds GM says “there is no timetable” for Edinson Volquez’s return from minors

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    Edinson Volquez was demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago and yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “there is no timetable” for his return to the Reds. Through two starts at Triple-A he has an 8/5 K/BB ratio in 12 innings and Volquez allowed five runs in six innings…

  22. Nolan Ryan treated for heart condition, released from hospital

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Nolan Ryan has been released from a Houston hospital after spending two days being treated for the recurrence of a heart condition. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas tests revealed no new problems and the 64-year-old Hall of Famer will continue to be treated with medication. Ryan, who had double bypass surgery in 2000,…

  23. Carlos Marmol (wildly) returns to mound in non-closer role

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Stripped of closing duties last week following back-to-back ugly appearances, Carlos Marmol returned to the mound last night and successfully pitched the ninth inning of a 6-1 victory for the Cubs. However, it wasn’t exactly a flawless appearance, as Marmol walked two of the five batters he faced and threw just 15 of 29 pitches…

  24. Dustin Pedroia hitting .383 with 1.177 OPS in last 35 games

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Dustin Pedroia delivered the marathon-deciding hit in Sunday night’s exhausting 1-0 victory over the Rays and then came back yesterday with another game-winning hit against the Orioles, continuing an incredible run for the Red Sox second baseman. Pedroia’s season totals are arguably the best of his career, but his outstanding overall numbers include a modest…

  25. Orioles could make dominant setup man Koji Uehara available

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Baltimore took care of one potential free agent-to-be by signing shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22.5 million extension, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun speculates that the Orioles will be shopping setup man Koji Uehara leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Uehara has around $1 million remaining on this year’s contract…

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