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  1. Matt Stairs officially retires after 19 major league seasons

    Aug 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Aug 3, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

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    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…

  3. Yankees aiming to acquire Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    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…

  4. Braves acquire center fielder Michael Bourn from Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    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…

  5. Former Redbirds: Andy Van Slyke rips Colby Rasmus

    Jul 31, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

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    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…

  6. Michael Bourn might remain with the Astros

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

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    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…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:34 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:27 AM EST

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    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…

  9. Rafael Furcal approves trade to Cardinals

    Jul 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

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    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…

  12. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez traded to Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EST

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    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,…

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

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 30, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

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    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…

  16. Aramis Ramirez may consider waiving no-trade clause

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:52 PM EST

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    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…

  17. Johan Santana hurls three scoreless innings in rehab debut

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:35 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Braves considered frontrunner for outfielder Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

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    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…

  19. UPDATE: Giants not releasing Pat Burrell on Thursday

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:06 PM EST

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    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…

  20. Rickie Weeks leaves with ugly ankle injury, headed to DL

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

    Cubs Brewers Baseball

    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was pulled from Wednesday night’s game against the Cubs after suffering what looked to be a serious left ankle injury on a play at first base in the second inning. Weeks landed awkwardly on the first base bag after beating out an infield single and immediately hit the ground in…

  21. Roy Oswalt completes four-inning Triple-A rehab start

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

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    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com passes along word that Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt allowed just one hit (a home run) over four innings Wednesday in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Oswalt threw 72 pitches, 41 of which were strikes. He walked two batters but struck out four. The veteran right-hander is expected to make…

  22. Shin-Soo Choo making progress, will hit off tee Thursday

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

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    Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is on the right track to this point in his ongoing recovery from late-June surgery on his fractured left thumb. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Korean-born outfielder has been playing catch comfortably from a distance of 90 feet and is scheduled to hit baseballs off a tee Thursday…

  23. Indians join pursuit of Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

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    The Rockies are asking the moon for starter Ubaldo Jimenez, which they have the right to do given his recent success and team-friendly contract. But the Yankees don’t seem interested in unloading their farm system, and neither do the Red Sox and Reds. Perhaps a different suitor will yield a match. According to Ken Rosenthal…

  24. Reds place shortstop Zack Cozart on 15-day disabled list

    Jul 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

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    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have placed shortstop Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow and recalled Paul Janish in a corresponding roster move. Cozart suffered the elbow injury Saturday in an awkward collision at second base with the Braves’ Nate McLouth. It looked like a fracture…

  25. Diamondbacks release slugger Wily Mo Pena

    Jul 24, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

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    Wily Mo Pena earned a promotion to the major leagues in late June after slugging 21 home runs and posting an electric .363/.439/.726 batting line across 63 games with the Triple-A Reno Aces. Pena served as Arizona’s primary DH during the final few weeks of the interleague schedule and showed impressive power, blasting five homers…

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