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  1. Stephen Strasburg to make rehab debut Sunday at Single-A

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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    As expected, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made it through a side session Thursday in Viera, Florida and has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday with Single-A Hagerstown. This according to Adam Kilgore, beat writer for the Washington Post. Strasburg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September after beginning…

  2. Justin Morneau cleared for minor league rehab games

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    morneau frustrated reuthers

    From the Minnesota Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that first baseman Justin Morneau has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Rochester. Morneau has been out of commission since undergoing surgery on his neck near the end of June. He’s also still regaining strength from the several months that…

  3. Johan Santana diagnosed with left shoulder fatigue

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

    santana getty pose

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana was sent to New York earlier this week for a checkup exam after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder following a three-inning rehab start. That exam took place today. And the results are pretty much what we expected them to be. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets’…

  4. Report: Yadier Molina, Gerald Laird fought last night

    Aug 4, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Umpire Drake backs off, as Cardinals' Molina argues, and is restrained by Descalso at Miller Park in Milwaukee

    The Cardinals just dropped two of three to the Brewers in a crucial early-week series, falling 3 1/2 games back of Milwaukee in the National League Central standings. And now it appears that the Cards’ problems have spilled off the field. According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, catchers Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird got into…

  5. Phil Hughes to remain in Yankees’ rotation … for now

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    phil hughes getty throws

    As Craig noted this morning, Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was magnificent Tuesday against the White Sox, hurling six scoreless innings before his start was halted due to a Chicago storm. The dominant performance has earned Hughes at least one more week in the Yanks’ rotation. Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger brings word that the…

  6. MRI on Hanley Ramirez’s shoulder confirms: it’s sprained

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

    hanley getty hurt wide

    The Marlins have avoided a bit of a scare. According to the club’s official Twitter account, shortstop Hanley Ramirez was diagnosed this evening with a sprained left shoulder after undergoing an MRI back in Miami. No structural damage, and all that good stuff. Hanley will likely spend the night in south Florida before rejoining his…

  7. Matt Stairs officially retires after 19 major league seasons

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    The writing was on the wall Monday when the 43-year-old was released by the Nationals, but this bit of news is worth passing along anyway. According to the Montreal Gazette, Matt Stairs has officially retired from the game of baseball. Stairs, a native of Canada, played for the Expos, Red Sox, A’s, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates,…

  8. Shin-Soo Choo aiming to return to Tribe in less than 15 days

    Aug 3, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    choo reuters

    Shin-Soo Choo‘s recovery from a fractured left thumb — and the subsequent surgery to repair that fracture — continues to run smoothly. The Indians right fielder took between 50 and 60 swings in a cage this afternoon and is scheduled to participate in batting practice with his Tribe teammates Thursday at Boston’s Fenway Park. And…

  9. Yankees aiming to acquire Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    About four hours remain until MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline. And things are really starting to heat up. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are “trying for” Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. The ‘Stros have already parted with outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, and are now trying to unload the $28 million or so that…

  10. Braves acquire center fielder Michael Bourn from Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Forget all that stuff we said earlier. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Braves are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Michael Bourn from the Astros for four minor leaguers. Bourn, 28, has hit .303/.363/.403 this season with 26 doubles and seven triples in 473 plate appearances. He has also tallied 39 stolen bases…

  11. Former Redbirds: Andy Van Slyke rips Colby Rasmus

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    van slyke cardinals

    Colby Rasmus has been in Toronto since Wednesday, but the former first-round pick’s departure remains a hot topic in St. Louis and everyone seems to want to weigh in. Andy Van Slyke, who was also selected in the first round by the Cardinals (back in 1979), was quite critical of the entire situation in a…

  12. Michael Bourn might remain with the Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    bourn with bat ap

    Astros center fielder Michael Bourn has posted a cool .303/.363/.403 batting line this season while tallying 39 stolen bases in 46 tries. He’d make an excellent leadoff hitter on a number of contending teams. But the interest simply isn’t there. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, “there is little momentum” right now for a Bourn…

  13. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET today. We’ll have coverage and reaction on all of the latest transactions. But first, a look at last night’s on-field results. Your Saturday box scores: Orioles 3, Yankees 8 (Game 1) Cubs 5, Cardinals 13 Rangers 3, Blue Jays 0 Mets 0, Nationals 3…

  14. Red Sox, A’s call off trade for right-hander Rich Harden

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:27 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Well, this sure is odd. According to the Associated Press, via NBC Sports, Boston’s attempt at acquiring right-hander Rich Harden from the A’s has suddenly fallen through. It was reported late Saturday night that Harden was headed to the Red Sox in exchange for first base prospect Lars Anderson and a player to be named…

  15. Rafael Furcal approves trade to Cardinals

    Jul 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    furcal getty

    As expected, shortstop Rafael Furcal has agreed to a trade to the Cardinals. This according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. No word yet on what the Dodgers will be getting in return. Furcal has been plagued by injuries for most of the 2011 season and has hit just .197/.272/.248 in 37 games, but the Cardinals…

  16. Red Sox attempt to land Rich Harden from A’s, deal falls through

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Now that the Ubaldo Jimenez sweepstakes have ended, other dominoes can begin falling. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com passes along notice that the Red Sox are “closing in” on a deal for Athletics right-hander Rich Harden. He doesn’t have the upside of Ubaldo, but Harden has posted a cool 30/10 K/BB ratio and 1.16 WHIP since…

  17. For some reason, Cubs won’t part with Carlos Pena

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    pena bat flip getty

    The Cubs fell to 23 games under .500 after Saturday’s 12-5 blowout loss to the rival Cardinals, but they continue to sit tight as the trade deadline approaches. In fact, they’re actually making some of their more coveted players unavailable. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs have begun informing interested teams that first baseman…

  18. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez traded to Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    jimenez wider getty

    The deal is done. Or, almost. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to trade right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians for pitching prospects Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, and 26-year-old minor league first baseman Matt McBride. The Yankees, Red Sox and Reds all had serious interest in acquiring Ubaldo,…

  19. Ubaldo Jimenez scratched from start, headed to Indians?

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

    ubaldo getty head

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Rockies have just scratched right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from his scheduled Saturday start against the Padres. Esmil Rogers will take the bump instead. Jimenez has been linked to a variety of teams this week, but the Indians are now making a hard charge and may be willing to include top…

  20. Indians scratch Drew Pomeranz at Double-A, trade for Ubaldo Jimenez coming?

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    Here we go… According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Indians have scratched top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz from his scheduled Saturday start at Double-A Akron and may be ready to include him in a package for Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Troy Renck of the Denver Post is hearing that 22-year-old right-hander Alex…

  21. Hiroki Kuroda will not waive his no-trade clause

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    As Sunday’s deadline looms, we can scratch another big name off the list of available players. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda told the Dodgers on Saturday that he does not intend to waive his no-trade clause this season. The Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers were known to…

  22. Aramis Ramirez may consider waiving no-trade clause

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

    aramis swings getty

    Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez told the media back on July 18 that he would not waive his no-trade clause this month because he didn’t want to relocate his family, specifically his two young sons. It appears that stance has changed. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, Ramirez said Thursday that he hasn’t been…

  23. Johan Santana hurls three scoreless innings in rehab debut

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    santana getty

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana made his first minor league rehab start on Thursday evening at High-A St. Lucie. And the results were mostly positive. According to David Lennon of Newsday, Santana allowed just two hits and no runs over three strong innings. He threw 33 pitches, 26 of which were strikes, fanning three batters without…

  24. Braves considered frontrunner for outfielder Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    The White Sox are only three games back in the American League Central and have no plans of throwing in the towel quite yet, but a number of teams have expressed serious interest in acquiring outfielder Carlos Quentin and the Chicago front office is now actively fielding offers. According to Joel Sherman of the New…

  25. UPDATE: Giants not releasing Pat Burrell on Thursday

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

    burrell getty bat

    According to our good friends at CSNBayArea.com, the Giants are planning to release veteran outfielder Pat Burrell when their trade for Carlos Beltran is made final on Thursday afternoon. The Giants will also option Brandon Belt back to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the 25-man roster. Dumping Burrell clears a spot on the…

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