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  1. Astros reportedly reluctant to trade starter Brett Myers

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    While the focus has understandably been on Roy Oswalt, his rotation-mate Brett Myers is another good starting pitcher likely to be targeted by contenders before the trade deadline. Last night he tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Cubs, marking the 20th time in 20 starts this season that Myers has logged at least…

  2. Scott Podsednik wants to stay in Kansas City, where the local writers call him "a winner" no matter what

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Royals “because we’re moving in the right direction” and “I like the challenge that’s presented here in terms of getting things turned around.” That’s admirable, I suppose, but a big part of the Royals actually “getting things turned around” will be ridding themselves of…

  3. After missing All-Star game, Yovani Gallardo returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo’s strained oblique muscle forced him to miss the All-Star game and two turns in the rotation, but the Brewers’ ace has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Pirates. Milwaukee sent Lorenzo Cain back to Triple-A to make room for Gallardo on the roster. Cain went 3-for-5 with…

  4. Reds sign Jason Isringhausen to minor-league contract

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    After throwing for the Reds earlier this week Jason Isringhausen was quickly offered a minor-league contract by general manager Walt Jocketty and today he accepted the deal. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Isringhausen will be assigned to Triple-A and “will take at least a couple of weeks to get ready” for a…

  5. Stephen Strasburg will beat you and yell stuff at your fans

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg beat the Reds last night to improve to 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts and Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com notes that the 22-year-old rookie also fired back at some of the hecklers in Cincinnati as he walked off the mound: All you need to know about the fire of the competitor…

  6. Mets manager Jerry Manuel is back on the hot seat again

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has a lengthy column today entitled “Manuel’s job in jeopardy” and says “this looks to be the point of no return” for Jerry Manuel as Mets manager. Here’s more: The other day in San Francisco at AT&T Park the interview area for manager Jerry Manuel was moved to…

  7. Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana is really, really good

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana’s promotion to Cleveland kind of got lost in the call-up shuffle last month as Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton dominated the hype and headlines, but the switch-hitting catcher has been fantastic and the Indians are quietly playing much better since his arrival. Prior to calling up Santana the Indians were 23-36, but they’ve…

  8. Astros owner says "nothing imminent" with Roy Oswalt talks

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    While various Roy Oswalt trade rumors swirl, Astros owner Drayton McLane denied that the team is close to dealing the veteran right-hander: [General manager] Ed [Wade] and I talk several times every day, but nothing’s imminent. There is no imminent trade with the Phillies or anybody else. There have been lots and lots of discussions,…

  9. Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract. “We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.…

  10. Red Sox activate Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie from DL

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list. After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with…

  11. Carlos Zambrano scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With his anger-management courses complete, Carlos Zambrano is now scheduled to pitch at Triple-A tomorrow. Monday night Zambrano tossed a scoreless inning at rookie-ball for his first game action since June 25. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com he’s “not expected to join the Cubs until the end of the next road trip” that finishes…

  12. Twins dump Nick Blackburn and his 6.53 ERA from rotation

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    After another poor start Sunday raised his ERA to an MLB-worst 6.53 the Twins have decided to bump Nick Blackburn from the rotation and replace him with Brian Duensing. Blackburn’s situation is made more complicated by the fact that the Twins misguidedly signed him to a four-year, $14 million contract this offseason instead of simply…

  13. Erik Bedard is 'probably not' going to pitch this season

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    On the verge of joining the Mariners’ rotation before suffering a setback last week, Erik Bedard said last night that he’s “probably not” going to pitch this season. Bedard underwent an MRI exam and the team hasn’t released any details of the results yet, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that he’s met…

  14. Ouch! Carl Crawford is day-to-day with a 'testicular contusion'

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Jake Arrieta threw over to first base as Carl Crawford took his usual lead in the first inning last night, but as the Rays left fielder stretched to get his foot back to the base the ball hit him right in the … well, let’s call it “groin.” MLB.com has video of the play, although…

  15. Rockies reportedly turned down Jed Lowrie for Chris Iannetta

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta has been linked to the Red Sox for a while now, in part because they need catching help both short and long term and in part because the Rockies don’t seem to appreciate what they have in a 27-year-old backstop with an .808 career OPS. However, according to Peter Gammons the Rockies aren’t…

  16. Joe Nathan throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan played catch yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in March, making 20 throws from flat ground at a distance of 45 feet. Starting to throw again from flat ground is merely the first big step on the long road back from Tommy John surgery and Nathan is still…

  17. David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday. According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe…

  18. Dodgers reportedly interested in Pirates starter Paul Maholm

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers “have been very aggressive in their pursuit of pitching” and today Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quotes “an industry source” who says they’re interested in Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm. General manager Neal Huntington indicated previously that the Pirates don’t plan to be very…

  19. A's lose Ryan Sweeney to season-ending knee surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney tried to play through a knee injury, receiving a cortisone shot and platelet-rich injections within the past two weeks, but ultimately decided to undergo season-ending surgery. A couple different doctors looked at the knee and it wasn’t a matter of if I needed the surgery. It was a matter of when I was…

  20. Armando Galarraga set to rejoin the Tigers' rotation tonight

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Demoted to Triple-A earlier this month just six starts after his imperfect game, Armando Galarraga is scheduled to rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight against the Rangers in Detroit. At the time of the demotion Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the move was made primarily to get Galarraga some work during the All-Star break and…

  21. Dodgers reliever George Sherrill goes unclaimed on waivers

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    As expected, George Sherrill has cleared waivers after the Dodgers made him available to any team willing to absorb the rest of his $4.5 million salary. For now he remains in the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning yesterday, but they’re free to remove him from the 40-man roster and demote…

  22. Twins finally call up dominant Triple-A reliever Anthony Slama

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Last night the Twins finally called up right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been so dominant in the minors and deserving of a chance for so long now that various Twins blogs have been running “Free Anthony Slama” campaigns. Clearly the front office doesn’t believe in the former 39th-round pick, keeping Slama in the minors until…

  23. Joe Cowley reports on the White Sox AND draws their injuries

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Joe Cowley’s artist rendition of Jake Peavy’s season-ending arm injury was a big hit earlier this month, so now the White Sox reporter sketched the hand injury that has Carlos Quentin day-to-day. Between the Nike swoosh and detailed hair, he really captures of the essence of Quentin.

  24. Edwin Jackson struggling since 149-pitch no-hitter

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon Edwin Jackson turned in his third straight clunker of a start since no-hitting the Rays on June 25, taking a loss against the Padres by allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings. Jackson has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings since the no-hitter, walking 11 batters while opponents…

  25. Ken Macha gets his wish, as Jonny Venters and Bobby Cox are suspended for Prince Fielder plunking

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if Ken Macha’s various complaints had anything do with it, but MLB has suspended Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters four games for plunking Prince Fielder in the back Saturday. Venters also threw a pitch over Fielder’s head on the previous offering after the Brewers first baseman tied the game with a homer…

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