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  1. Roy Oswalt close to making Astros history

    Jul 18, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Astros starter Roy Oswalt has a chance to make history Sunday when he takes the PNC Park mound in Pittsburgh. The 32-year-old is sitting on 143 wins as an Astro and can tie Joe Niekro for…

  2. Chris Coghlan out a few days with back injury

    Jul 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan was knocked out of Saturday’s game against the Nationals after complaining of back pain and striking out twice in three hitless at-bats.  He is not in Sunday’s lineup and, according to’s Joe Frisaro, he might not return for another 3-4 days. Coghlan won the National League Rookie of the Year…

  3. Wainwright dominates Dodgers, improves to 10-0 at home

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright nearly won the National League Cy Young Award last season and he has put his name atop the list of candidates again this year. Through 20 starts, the 28-year-old right-hander is 14-5 with a 2.02 ERA, a…

  4. In case you were wondering, Matt Kemp won't be dealt

    Jul 18, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    It should come as no surprise that the Dodgers have not even considered trading center fielder Matt Kemp. Because they shouldn’t trade him.

  5. Volquez looks stellar in debut, Reds in good shape?

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    The Reds, as a franchise, have enjoyed quite a breakout season.  Usually an afterthought by mid-June, they currently hold a half-game lead in the National League Central over the heavily favored Cardinals.  To boot, they’re even selling out games at Great American Ballpark in July. Drew Stubbs has developed into a multi-talented threat at the…

  6. Zambrano joining up with Triple-A Iowa this week

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano completed a three-week anger management program on Thursday and was sent to the club’s spring training complex in Mesa, Florida to begin working his way back to the big leagues. That process took a big leap forward this morning, as it was announced by the Des Moines Register that Big Z…

  7. Nationals not happy with offers for Adam Dunn

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The Nationals and first baseman Adam Dunn have had a bit of a falling out over negotiations toward a contract extension and now it looks as though Washington GM Mike Rizzo is trying to deal the big slugger.  The problem?  Other teams aren’t willing to give up much. Bill Ladson, who covers all things Nationals…

  8. Gallardo set to return from the disabled list Thursday

    Jul 17, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo suffered a minor strain in his left oblique during a July 4 start against the Cardinals and hit the 15-day disabled list one day later.  It’s been less than two weeks, and we already have a return date for the Milwaukee ace. According to the Associated Press, Gallardo will be activated…

  9. Carlos Zambrano completes anger management program

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has completed his team-prescribed anger management therapy and has reported to the club’s spring training complex in Arizona to begin working toward a return to the big leagues. It’s about time, really.  Big Z was suspended indefinitely by the Cubs close to three…

  10. Bagwell ready to begin hitting coach gig with Astros

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Former Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell will begin his tenure as the club’s hitting coach on Thursday night, as Houston opens the second half of the 2010 season with a series against the Pirates.  Alyson Footer, who works for the team as senior director of social media, passes along this photo. Bagwell looks like he could…

  11. Giants ink Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    The Giants are the latest team to give D-Train another shot.

  12. Matt Wieters to be placed on disabled list Friday

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    From Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun comes word that the Orioles plan to place young catcher Matt Wieters on the 15-day disabled list before their season resumes Friday against the Blue Jays. Wieters, 24, strained his right hamstring just a few days before the All-Star break and did not make enough progress this week.…

  13. Jake Peavy undergoes season-ending lat surgery

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Another bit of news from Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse on a slow night in the baseball world. White Sox starter Jake Peavy underwent surgery on Wednesday in Chicago to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle.  The procedure is already being called a success and the Sox are hopeful that he will work his way…

  14. Dodgers place George Sherrill on outright waivers

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    As first reported by Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Dodgers have placed left-handed reliever George Sherrill on outright waivers. The 29 other teams in Major League Baseball have until Friday to claim him, but it’s highly doubtful that any club will step forward. Sherrill, 33, posted a depressing 7.32 ERA and 2.24 WHIP in…

  15. Hey! It's the Hardball Talk Home Run Derby contest!

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    The 2010 Home Run Derby is complete. And our contest has a winner.

  16. Orioles close to naming Buck Showalter as manager?

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Orioles are negotiating with Buck Showalter for their vacancy at manager and appear to be close to a deal. The O’s cut ties with Dave Trembley in early June after he led the club to a 15-39 start.  Juan Samuel was named as interim manager and has done…

  17. Weaver out, Bailey in for Tuesday's All-Star Game

    Jul 11, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    We have yet another roster shakeup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.  According to the Oakland A’s official Twitter feed, Angels starter Jered Weaver, who was picked to replace Trevor Cahill on the American League All-Star roster, has now pulled out of the game because he is on the mound this afternoon and pitching in the exhibition…

  18. Adrian Beltre pulled with left hamstring strain

    Jul 11, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    According to the Boston’s Globe’s Peter Abraham, Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre left Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays with what is currently being called a “left hamstring strain.” No matter Sunday’s result, the Red Sox will limp into the All-Star break ranked third in the American League East behind the Rays and Yankees. …

  19. Wagner declines All-Star invite, Kuo takes final spot

    Jul 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward backed out of the All-Star Game Saturday due to his ongoing recovery from a left thumb bruise, so National League squad manager Charlie Manuel asked closer Billy Wagner on Sunday if he would like to go to Anaheim instead.  Wagner declined respectfully, citing an ankle injury that he would prefer to…

  20. Futures Game: A look at the World Team

    Jul 11, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    The World Team might not be as talented as the U.S. squad in this year’s Futures Game, but there are plenty of foreign-born players worth getting excited about.

  21. Jeff Bagwell named Astros' new hitting coach

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Astros director of social media Alyson Footer reports that the club has dismissed Sean Berry as hitting coach and named Jeff Bagwell as his replacement.  Bagwell, 42, played all of his 15 major league seasons for the Astros and retired in 2005 with a .297/.408/.540 batting line, 2,314 hits and 449 home runs.  He will…

  22. Greinke scratched Sunday due to shoulder discomfort

    Jul 11, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals right-hander Zack Greinke has been scratched from this afternoon’s start against the White Sox with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.  Anthony Lerew will start in his place. Greinke told Dutton that the scratching was precautionary.  He is hoping that the extra rest he will get…

  23. Bob Sheppard, The Voice of God: 1910-2010

    Jul 11, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Buster Olney of reports that longtime Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard passed away this morning at his home in New York.  He was 99. No matter your team affiliation, it’s easy to recognize greatness.  And Sheppard was great, in every sense of the word.  A great person, a great personality, and, boy, what…

  24. Futures Game: Getting to know the U.S. squad

    Jul 11, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Some of baseball’s most promising young stars will take the field in Anaheim on Sunday evening. Here’s a rundown of the U.S. Team’s starting lineup.

  25. Jesus Flores has another setback, done as a Nat?

    Jul 11, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Nationals catcher Jesus Flores has not appeared in a major league game since September of last season due to ongoing trouble with his right shoulder.  And, from the looks of things, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. According to Ben Goessling of MASN, the 25-year-old catcher is again reporting problems with his surgically-repaired shoulder…

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