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  1. White Sox reportedly targeting Nationals slugger Adam Dunn

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last week general manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals were “looking into” a contract extension for impending free agent Adam Dunn and “have been talking about it since spring training.” Dunn has made it clear that he’d like to remain in Washington beyond his current two-year, $20 million contract, but my sense has been that…

  2. Stephen Strasburg's teammates let him down again in loss

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    After getting stuck with a loss and a no-decision despite allowing one run in each of his previous two starts Stephen Strasburg’s teammates let him down again last night versus the Braves. The lineup failed to score a run in seven innings, shortstop Ian Desmond committed his 19th error by booting a double play that…

  3. Ryan Dempster says Carlos Zambrano should 'stand up' and 'accept responsibility'

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster, on what (former) rotation-mate Carlos Zambrano should do following his suspension-earning dugout tirade: When you do those things and react the way he did you have to be the one to stand up and go out there and accept responsibility. I think he will be willing to do that but we’ll have to…

  4. Garrett Atkins willing to play at Triple-A for another team, but not Orioles

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Designated for assignment over the weekend, Garrett Atkins said he’s not willing to accept an assignment to Triple-A from the Orioles but would “definitely be willing” to sign a minor-league deal with another team once Baltimore lets him go. Atkins hasn’t been a productive hitter since 2007, although for a while at least calling Coors…

  5. Royals reportedly 'really pushing to move Jose Guillen'

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that “the Royals are really pushing to move Jose Guillen and continue to tell teams they will eat a lot of dollars.” I’ll be shocked if the Royals can get any kind of decent prospect for Guillen, which is why I suggested last month they’d be better off simply dumping…

  6. Joe Mauer leads Home Run Derby voting despite 3 homers

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    In addition to the usual All-Star game balloting MLB is also running a vote for fans to select the Home Run Derby participants. Albert Pujols is leading the National League and Joe Mauer is leading the American League. Mauer and Pujols both hit five homers in the opening round of the Home Run Derby last…

  7. The next 300-game winner? How about Jamie Moyer?

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    When Tom Glavine won his 300th game in 2007 dozens of short-sighted columnists wrote about how he’d be “the last 300-game winner.” He wasn’t, of course. In fact, less than two years later Randy Johnson won his 300th, which resulted in even more columns claiming he’d be the last to join the club. One of…

  8. Rangers knock around potential trade target Roy Oswalt

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Teams will often acquire players who have done well against them, which is natural on one level and kind of silly on another. For instance, a couple years ago the Twins acquired veteran outfielder Craig Monroe from the Cubs and repeatedly talked about how he was a career .321 hitter against them. Monroe went on…

  9. Cubs GM Jim Hendry says Carlos Zambrano's contract wasn't a bad deal … and he's right

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    At this point anything having to do with Carlos Zambrano seems like a disaster, but general manager Jim Hendry said yesterday that the five-year, $91.5 million extension the Cubs gave the now-suspended right-hander in mid-2007 was a perfectly reasonable deal: There was nothing wrong with the investment. This guy was an outstanding pitcher in the…

  10. Aw, shucks: Lou Piniella and Steve Stone kiss and make up

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Their feud was very fun while it lasted, but Lou Piniella and Steve Stone chatted before this afternoon’s White Sox-Cubs game at U.S. Cellular Field and cleared the air. Here’s how Stone described the meeting: I felt because this is our ballpark, I should go down into his locker room. I got a chance to…

  11. Aramis Ramirez returns from disabled list as a question mark

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Placed on the disabled list earlier this month after struggling with a thumb injury all season, Aramirez Ramirez rejoined the Cubs today after taking two weeks off and going 1-for-6 with two walks at Single-A during a very brief rehab assignment. Prior to going on the shelf Ramirez hit just .168 in 47 games, so…

  12. Rick Porcello hurls eight innings of one-hit ball after demotion to Triple-A

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer came back from his brief demotion to Triple-A pitching like a new man and fortunately for the Tigers it looks like Rick Porcello is following in his footsteps. Optioned to Triple-A over the weekend after following up his strong rookie season by going 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 13 starts this year,…

  13. Hip surgery, not thumb surgery reportedly nixed the Rangers' offseason trade for Mike Lowell

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    When the Rangers pulled out of a nearly completed trade with the Red Sox for Mike Lowell this winter the assumption was that they did so because he needed thumb surgery. However, now Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that worries about Lowell’s surgically repaired hip actually nixed the deal, as the Rangers and other teams…

  14. What's wrong with Jonathan Papelbon? A lot, actually

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Lost in Dustin Pedroia’s heroics last night is that Jonathan Papelbon blew a save on back-to-back days for the first time in his career and blew consecutive saves, period, for just the third time. Here’s what he said afterward: I’ve got to go back to the drawing board. It’s just that simple. If I sit…

  15. Erick Aybar hoping to return from knee injury this weekend

    Jun 25, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Erick Aybar has avoided the disabled list after suffering an ugly looking knee injury on Casey McGehee’s takeout slide last week and manager Mike Scioscia said yesterday that the shortstop is on the verge of returning. According to Scioscia “he did great” and “got a glowing report” while taking batting practice, running, and fielding ground…

  16. Brandon Morrow now throwing strikes with the strikeouts

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT

    Brandon Morrow has always racked up huge strikeout totals with his mid-90s fastball and power slider, but major control problems left me skeptical that he could dominate as a starter long term. I’m still not entirely convinced, but Morrow has made progress with the walks of late and was brilliant yesterday, shutting out the Cardinals…

  17. Carl Crawford is hurting, so Rays call up Matt Joyce

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford exited last night’s game with a sore left shoulder, so while the Rays await word on the seriousness of the injury they called up outfielder Matt Joyce from Triple-A. Joyce missed out on possibly being the Opening Day starter in right field because of a spring elbow injury, but was playing well at…

  18. Rangers win 10 in a row, so GM agrees to dye his hair

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    A couple weeks ago Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was poking a little fun at Elvis Andrus’ bleached-blond hair, so the 21-year-old shortstop asked how many games in a row the team would have to win for the GM to dye his hair. Daniels told him 10, because he “figured the odds of that were…

  19. Red Sox placing Mike Lowell on disabled list to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka's return

    Jun 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning from the disabled list for tonight’s start against the Rockies and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will make room for him on roster by placing Mike Lowell on the DL. Perhaps his surgically repaired hip has been problematic of late or perhaps Lowell has just fallen so…

  20. Cliff Lee throws complete game as Mets and Twins reportedly emerge as trade talk 'frontrunners'

    Jun 24, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee was brilliant again last night as rumors continue to swirl about his time in Seattle winding down, holding the Cubs to one run in a complete-game victory that lowered his ERA to a league-best 2.39. Lee missed most of April, yet leads the league with four complete games (including two shutouts) and has…

  21. Pitch to face breaks Pirates prospect and 2009 fourth overall pick Tony Sanchez's jaw

    Jun 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez was hit in the face by a pitch Tuesday while playing at Single-A and has been diagnosed with a fractured jaw, so the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft will need surgery that could end his season. Sanchez was scheduled to represent the Pirates in the Futures Game during…

  22. Jerry Seinfeld visits the Mets broadcast booth and Jose Reyes stays hot

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Jerry Seinfeld picked a pretty good night to spend half the game in the SNY broadcast booth with Keith “I’m Keith Hernandez” Hernandez and Gary Cohen. Jose Reyes finished a double short of the cycle, R.A. Dickey continued his amazing run by improving to 6-0 with eight shutout innings, and the Mets won 2-0. They’re…

  23. Edinson Volquez pitches well as rehab stint moves to Triple-A

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    After making his first two rehab starts in the low minors, Edinson Volquez moved up to Triple-A this afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in August and allowed one run in five innings. Volquez threw 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, giving up three hits while striking out one and…

  24. Orioles might be close to cutting bait on Garrett Atkins

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli speculates that the Orioles could designate Garrett Atkins for assignment Saturday when they need a roster spot to call up scheduled starter Brad Bergesen. This offseason Atkins signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with an $8.5 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2011, which struck me as a bad investment for…

  25. A's would need 'a compelling offer' to trade Ben Sheets

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets has been a disappointment for Oakland, going 2-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts after signing a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that “the A’s do not plan to trade Sheets unless they receive a compelling offer.” Obviously the definition of “a compelling offer” is…

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