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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump do the wave

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    O'reilly Trump

    It was at last night’s Orioles-Yankees game, and it’s pretty much exactly how it sounds. Except that O’Reilly’s disdain for the wave is palpable and delicious. He doesn’t stand, he merely points a finger up. It may be the only thing he and I agree on.

  2. MRI results: no structural damage in Mark Teixeira’s wrist

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira left last night’s Orioles-Yankees game after injuring his wrist. But good news: an MRI reveals no structural damage. Teixeira had a cortisone shot for inflammation — steroids do help one recover from injuries! — and will be reevaluated in 3 days. Good news for the Yankees.

  3. Hunter Pence traded to the Giants

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the deal is done and about to be announced. 1:32 PM: Heyman reports that Nate Schierholtz is in the deal too. That at least gives the Phillies and outfielder. Heyman likewise says that a pitcher could be going to Philly, making this a 3-for-1 deal. UPDATE:  The pitcher…

  4. The Marlins are trying to unload Carlos Lee

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Remember when the Marlins were buyers and traded for Carlos Lee? Wow, that seemed like ten years ago, didn’t it?  Well, it was less than a month ago and things change: Marlins are trying to unload Carlos Lee. — DKnobler (@DKnobler) July 31, 2012 Fool someone in baseball to trade for Carlos Lee once, shame…

  5. Scott Hairston isn’t going anywhere

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    In a world where Reed Johnson is part of a fairly major deal, you figure a guy like the Mets Scott Hairston could go someplace too, but it seems not: The signs still point toward #Mets keeping Scott Hairston. No change from what they’ve been saying all along. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2012…

  6. Nationals, Brewers are interested in Kelly Shoppach

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach AP

    Red Sox backup catcher Kelly Shoppach has been bandied about in trade talks for close to a month now. The latest: Nationals and Brewers have interest in Shoppach. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 31, 2012 He’s hitting .261/.343/.513 in 136 plate appearances and isn’t expensive.  He’d be a good platoon catcher, as he mashes lefties.

  7. The Orioles and Reds may have interest in Lyle Overbay

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Lyle Overbay Getty

    Lyle Overbay was DFA’d by the Dbacks last night, but he’ll likely find a new home soon: Hearing #Dbacks 1B Overbay is drawing interest from Baltimore. — Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) July 31, 2012   This is on top of the interest the Reds were reported to have in Overbay last night. Overbay is hitting .292/.367/.448 with…

  8. Yankees, Rangers join the Dodgers in the Ryan Dempster hunt

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    UPDATE: Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are telling everyone they’re not involved in the Dempster stuff. Good things team officials have never lied about anything ever. Of course, it’s in the Cubs’ interest to make it seem like there are more teams interested in him than just the Dodgers. So, you know, trade deadline.…

  9. Justin Upton will not be part of any “blockbuster” trade for a pitcher

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Last night Ken Rosenthal reported the potential for a “blockbuster” deal involving the Diamondbacks. That deal, Rosenthal speculated, could involve Justin Upton and could be for a big name pitcher, names currently unknown. The Dbacks may make a blockbuster move, but according to Bob Nightengale, it won’t include Justin Upton: The #Dbacks say that Justin…

  10. Nate Schierholtz may or may not have demanded a trade

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Conflicting reports about Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Jon Heyman reported that he formally requested a trade. He tells Andrew Baggarly, however, that’s not so: “I haven’t said one thing about anything other than baseball in two weeks,” said Schierholtz, who told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month that he would be open to a change of…

  11. The Joe Blanton-to-the-Orioles talks have hit a snag

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Joe Blanton Getty

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the talks between the Phillies and the Orioles over Joe Blanton have hit a snag.  Before looking at the story, I assumed it involved the O’s inspection of Blanton’s medical records and their presumed discovery that his blood type is, in fact, rich, creamy Yoo-Hoo.  I was wrong,…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  13. Phillies send Joe Blanton’s medical records to Orioles

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton Getty

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Phillies have faxed Blanton’s medical records to the Orioles. No word if an agreement is actually in place, though. 12:02 PM ET: CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Orioles have talked to the Phillies about Joe Blanton. No sense whether anything is imminent, but the interest…

  14. The Cubs are “trying to bend over backwards” to trade Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    So this is still happening: Source: #Cubs “trying to bend over backwards” to get Dempster to #Dodgers, his desired team. Talks continue. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012   Can’t imagine that’s going too well for the Cubs. If they liked the Dodgers original offer they never would have moved on to the now-aborted…

  15. Jose Rijo has been charged with money laundering in the Dominican Republic

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Jose Rijo: really underrated pitcher. Also: he’s had a hot mess of a post-playing career. The latest: A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says 1990 World Series MVP Jose Rijo has been charged with laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker. Prosecutor Soraime Vargas says about 80 percent of the assets of fugitive drug suspect…

  16. Ned Yost bans fraternizing on the basepaths because it angers Rex Hudler

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Royals logo

    Maybe there’s more to this story than meets the eye, but what’s meeting the eye here seems pretty dumb: Royals announcer Rex Hudler has made it his personal mission to stop Royals players from being friendly with opposing players during games, so Ned Yost has put a stop to it. I’m sure cause and effect…

  17. The Marlins are going to hold on to Josh Johnson

    Jul 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Jayson Stark reports that, despite shopping Josh Johnson around in the past week, the Marlins are going to hold on to him. This is not exactly shocking given what was reported to be a sky-high asking price for the effective but-often injured starter. Johnson is 6-7 with a 4.04 ERA on the year and is under…

  18. The Dodgers are out on Justin Morneau

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    morneau ap

    The Blue Jays and the Giants may still be interested in Justin Morneau, but count out the Dodgers, says Ken Rosenthal: #Dodgers no longer a fit for Morneau. They sent their only suitable young starter, Nate Eovaldi, to #Marlins in Hanley Ramirez trade. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012   That is backed by…

  19. The Phillies and Giants are still talking Hunter Pence

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    He can't believe it either.

    The report of a “trade in place” for Hunter Pence may have been shot down, but Jon Heyman says … While Giants people have denied a report from Sunday that there is a deal “in place” for Pence, and that appears to be the case, the Giants are in fact talking to the Phillies about…

  20. Cliff Lee trade talk heating up; Rangers in play

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    The competitive portion of the Phillies season seems to be over, so there has been a lot of chatter about them selling now. That Hunter Pence thing that was shot down is some of it. Joe Blanton is some other stuff. And now the Cliff Lee trade watch is getting into swing: Spoke to exec…

  21. That’ll help: the Brewers have fired their bullpen coach

    Jul 30, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Scapegoat

    John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez have basically poured fifteen gallons of kerosene on the last couple of weeks of the Brewers’ season, lit their Zippo lighters, said a bunch of pithy, villainous one-liners, dropped their lighters and walked away over the stream of fire heading towards the building and then didn’t even flinch as the…

  22. Blue Jays, Giants are interested in Justin Morneau

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Jon Heyman says that the Blue Jays and Giants have expressed interest in Justin Morneau. Add this to that Dodgers speculation from last week. And as we said last week, Morneau, sadly, is not what he used to be. He’s effective against righties and would be an upgrade for the teams who are seeking him, however,…

  23. James Shields is likely staying put

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    shields getty

    The Rays have been shopping James “He’s called ‘Big Games James’ for reasons that are unclear” Shields recently, but it appears that nothing is coming of it. Why? because as Jeff Passan reports, the Rays are still in it and the market for starters just isn’t as rich for the sellers this year as it…

  24. Carl Crawford, Red Sox disagree on whether he needs Tommy John surgery

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Carl Crawford slaps hands with a teammate after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bobby Valentine announced yesterday that the Red Sox are going to put Carl Crawford on “a four-day program” to help his bum elbow. Meaning that Crawford can’t play more than four games in a row. Crawford, however, is not happy with it and insisted again that at some point he’s going to need surgery: “That’s…

  25. Josh Beckett not likely to be traded

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Josh Beckett Getty

    There have been a fair amount of rumblings and rumors regarding Josh Beckett. But — and this is no surprise — it’s likely not happening. It’s unlikely the Red Sox will trade Josh Beckett, after talking with a small handful of teams about him. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2012   Beckett has 10/5…

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