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  1. Pirates acquire Travis Snider from Blue Jays for Brad Lincoln

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Travis Snider Reuters

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports the Pirates have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln. Both were first-round picks in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, as Snider was picked 14th overall while Lincoln was picked fourth. The Pirates have been looking for another outfielder for a while now. Snider isn’t…

  2. Reds, Blue Jays and Rangers all in the mix for Matt Garza

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs and Reds are talking about a possible Garza deal. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jayson Stark was told by an executive that there’s now a “very high chance” that Garza is dealt before Tuesday’s deadline. The Blue Jays are said to be charging hard. 10:16 PM: The assumption has…

  3. Yasmani Grandal leaves game with right oblique strain

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Yasmani Grandal AP

    Yasmani Grandal has been a nice bright spot for the out-of-contention Padres since taking over the everyday catcher job from Nick Hundley one month ago, but he’s now likely headed for an extended absence. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Grandal left tonight’s game against the Reds with a right oblique strain. He suffered the…

  4. Kendrys Morales becomes third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in same inning

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales AP

    Kendrys Morales accomplished a very rare feat during the sixth inning tonight against the Rangers, homering from both sides of the plate while driving in six runs. The Angels scored nine runs in the inning. Morales sparked the rally with a two-run homer off starter Roy Oswalt and later added a grand slam off left-hander…

  5. Jim Thome to undergo MRI for neck spasms

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Jim Thome AP

    Jim Thome hasn’t played since Friday due to recurring neck spasms and now he’s being sent back to Baltimore in order to undergo an MRI. Thome tried to hit earlier this afternoon, but his neck didn’t respond as hoped. While the veteran slugger has dealt with neck issues in the past, he told Roch Kubatko…

  6. Shane Victorino is “top target” for Reds

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    We continue to hear chatter that the Reds are interested in Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that his teammate Shane Victorino is actually the club’s “top target” as they continue their search for a leadoff hitter. As of now, the Reds refuse to meet the Phillies’ asking price for the…

  7. Diamondbacks designate Lyle Overbay for assignment

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

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    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move clears a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros yesterday. Overbay, 35, is batting .292/.367/.448 with two home runs, 10 RBI and an .815 OPS over 110 plate…

  8. Giancarlo Stanton expects to begin minor league rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 28, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Miami Marlins

    There may still be a reason to pay attention the Marlins over the final two months of the season, as Giancarlo Stanton‘s return from right knee surgery is just around the corner. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Stanton expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with High-A Jupiter. Stanton underwent…

  9. Anibal Sanchez hit hard in first start with Tigers

    Jul 28, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez AP

    Anibal Sanchez stumbled in his Tigers’ debut this afternoon, giving up five runs over six-plus innings in a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Sanchez, who was acquired from the Marlins this week along with second baseman Omar Infante, allowed eight hits and three walks. This included a season-high three home runs. Edwin Encarnacion and…

  10. Brewers agree to deal catcher George Kottaras to Athletics

    Jul 28, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE:¬†According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Brewers are getting right-handed reliever Fautino De Los Santos. SATURDAY, 4:02 PM ET: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the two clubs have reached an agreement on a deal. It’s not clear what the Brewers are getting in return, but it doesn’t figure to…

  11. Pablo Sandoval placed on disabled list with left hamstring strain

    Jul 28, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Pablo Sandoval strained his left hamstring while stretching for a throw at first base on Monday and the Giants have decided they won’t go short-handed on their roster any longer. Per Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com, Sandoval was placed on the disabled list this afternoon while light-hitting infielder Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment and first…

  12. Jose Bautista resumes swinging bat following wrist injury

    Jul 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    John Farrell, Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista is unlikely to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible on Wednesday, but he’s making progress. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Bautista swung a bat today for the first time since injuring his left wrist on a swing on July 16. The 31-year-old slugger went through a series of dry…

  13. Frank Francisco on track to return from disabled list Monday

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Frank Francisco‘s rehab assignment was delayed earlier this week due to a right knee injury, but he’s now on track to rejoin the Mets when they begin a three-game series Monday in San Francisco. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Francisco allowed one hit while throwing 21 pitches in a scoreless inning yesterday in his…

  14. Giants beat writer apologizes to Melky Cabrera about PED rumor

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Here’s something you don’t see every day: a writer apologizing to a player for giving life to a rumor of PED usage. You see, there was a nasty rumor flying around on Twitter that Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com decided to ask Cabrera about it. Cabrera…

  15. The Rangers are preparing to move Alexi Ogando back into the rotation

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando Reuters

    We heard earlier this week that the Rangers were considering moving Alexi Ogando back in the starting rotation. Well, they got the ball rolling in last night’s loss to the White Sox. Last night’s starter, Yu Darvish, was knocked out of the ballgame after 6 1/3 innings, so Ogando ended up pitching the final 2…

  16. Vernon Wells activated from disabled list

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    It went largely unnoticed in the excitement of the Zack Greinke deal, but the Angels activated Vernon Wells from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Rays. Wells had been out since May 21 after fracturing his right thumb while stealing a base. He went 8-for-26 (.308) with two home runs, a…

  17. Ted Lilly to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly Getty

    The Dodgers continue to be connected in trade rumors with Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, but they could get one of their own starters back from the disabled list in the near future. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ted Lilly is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Lilly…

  18. Josh Hamilton is hearing the boo birds

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    After being criticized by Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan earlier this week, Josh Hamilton is now hearing it from some of his home fans. Hamilton went 0-for-4 in last night’s 9-5 loss to the White Sox. While he at least contributed with a sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out, a smattering of boos…

  19. Dustin Pedroia: “The first hundred games have been (expletive)”

    Jul 28, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia Reuters

    The Red Sox lost 10-3 in last night’s series opener against the Yankees. It was their second straight loss and their sixth in their last seven. They now sit at 49-51 through the first hundred games of the season and currently find themselves in last place in the American League East. Via Scott Lauber of…

  20. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 28, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets Getty

    Ben Sheets continued his surprising resurgence last night against the Phillies, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a 6-1 win. Sheets scattered six hits while striking out four and walking just one. He gave up his first earned run of the season on an RBI double by Shane Victorino in the…

  21. Marco Scutaro traded from Rockies to Giants

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

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    The Rockies just announced that they have traded Marco Scutaro and cash considerations to the Giants for infielder Charlie Culberson. Yes, Brian Sabean loves his veteran middle infielders. Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that Scutaro is owed $2.2 million for the rest of the season before hitting free agency, but it’s not known…

  22. Shaun Marcum’s return doesn’t sound imminent

    Jul 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Brewers just unloaded Zack Greinke for prospects, but they won’t have the chance to do the same with Shaun Marcum. Marcum is still trying to make it back from a right elbow injury which has kept him on the shelf since mid-June. He made it through a bullpen session earlier this week with no…

  23. Trevor Plouffe lands on disabled list with thumb injury

    Jul 27, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Trevor Plouffe hasn’t played since jamming his right thumb on a swing last Friday against the Royals and now the Twins will have to get by without him for a little while longer. Plouffe was originally slated to return to the lineup tonight against the Indians, but he was scratched after he felt continued discomfort…

  24. Angels acquire Zack Greinke from the Brewers

    Jul 27, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: Morosi confirms that it’s Greinke for Segura, Hellweg and Pena. By the way, Segura, Hellweg and Pena were ranked as Angels’ second, fourth and ninth best prospects by Baseball America coming into the season. 7:38 PM Nothing official yet, but Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes that prospect right-handers Ariel Pena and…

  25. Roberto Hernandez/Fausto Carmona makes first minor league tune-up start

    Jul 26, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    AP Roberto Hernandez

    After returning to the United States over the weekend — and receiving three birthday cakes from his teammates — Roberto Hernandez made his first minor league rehab start tonight for Class A Lake County. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer passes along word that Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, allowed three runs (one…

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