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  1. Tweet of the Day: Denard Span addresses trade rumor, LOLs

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Rumors about the Nationals talking to the Twins about Denard Span have been swirling all week, so the center fielder took a break from his rehab assignment at Triple-A to tweet about the speculation:

  2. Endy Chavez plays his way into bigger role with Rangers

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Endy Chavez missed all of last season following knee surgery and began this year at Triple-A, but the 33-year-old outfielder has hit .326 in 43 games since joining the Rangers in mid-May and manager Ron Washington is ready to give him an expanded role. Chavez is a left-handed hitter and has faced almost exclusively right-handed…

  3. Brian Matusz wasn’t “mentally prepared” to “change things I’ve done for my whole life”

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz’s strong rookie season made the former No. 4 overall pick look like a long-term building block for the Orioles, but instead he’s taken several big steps backward this season, getting rocked for 25 runs in 26 innings, spending time on the disabled list, and then being demoted to Triple-A in late June. Matusz…

  4. Pirates may be ready to bench struggling Lyle Overbay

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    overbay_lyle

    In past years–or past decades, more accurately–the Pirates may have lived with an unproductive veteran first baseman, but with the team in contention for the first time in a long time their patience with Lyle Overbay appears to be running out. Signed to a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent, Overbay has hit…

  5. Kenley Jansen released from hospital after irregular heartbeat

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Kenley Jansen has been released from the hospital after the Dodgers reliever spent two nights being examined for an irregular heartbeat. Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after closing out a 3-2 win Tuesday night and had to be driven to the hospital by the Dodgers’ training staff and then shocked back into rhythm. Steve…

  6. Barry Zito is healthy, but Giants might not let him start again

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito is healthy and on track to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday, but the Giants may not let him make the start after coughing up six runs in seven innings his last time out. San Francisco has “to be announced” listed as Sunday’s scheduled starter and manager Bruce Bochy explained that…

  7. Brad Penny downplays mound argument with Victor Martinez

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

  8. Hamstring injury sends Twins infielder Alexi Casilla to DL

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    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:

  10. Casey Blake’s latest rehab assignment begins tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    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…

  12. Kenley Jansen hospitalized for irregular heartbeat after save

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    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…

  16. Carl Crawford gets cortisone shot for strained left elbow

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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

  24. MLB investigating threats made against Jerry Meals’ family

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    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.…

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