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  1. Alfonso Soriano drawing interest from “at least one club”

    Jul 25, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is owed $36 million over the next two seasons, but he’s actually been pretty productive this summer and there are almost no power-hitters available on the trade market. So the overpaid 36-year-old is actually drawing interest. From Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports comes word that “at least one club has…

  2. Evan Longoria to begin playing in rehab games on Thursday

    Jul 25, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Forget about all of that almost ready talk. According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday evening with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He packed a bag on Wednesday and announced to reporters before departing…

  3. Evan Longoria almost ready for rehab games

    Jul 24, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Greg Luca of MLB.com provides the following update: Evan Longoria took what manager Joe Maddon called a positive step forward during a pregame workout on Tuesday in Baltimore, giving hope that the third baseman could begin a rehab assignment during the team’s current nine-game road trip. “He was pleased, and I was pleased watching him.…

  4. Pirates acquire Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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    It’s not quite a done deal yet, but MLB.com’s Tom Singer brings word that the Pirates are “focusing their quest for pitching help” on Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and have “pulled the plug on other prospective deals” at the moment in order to concentrate on executing this one potential swap. Rodriguez has posted a 3.79 ERA,…

  5. Angels, Rays discussing trade involving James Shields

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported over the weekend that the Angels had serious interest in acquiring starter James Shields from the Rays. And now it appears Anaheim is getting serious. From ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian comes word that the Halos and Rays have discussed a trade that would send Shields out west in exchange for…

  6. Matt Garza excused from Cubs for birth of child

    Jul 24, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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    The trade deadline is still one week away, but Matt Garza may have thrown his last pitch for the Cubs. According to ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla, the right-hander was excused from the team Tuesday afternoon in Pittsburgh for the birth of his child back in Chicago. He’s also dealing with triceps tightness and will not…

  7. John Danks plays catch again, nearing mound work

    Jul 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has a positive update on White Sox left-hander John Danks‘ ongoing rehab: The White Sox pitcher said a left shoulder strain, which has kept him on the disabled list since May 20, has responded well to recent activity and treatment. But after previous deadlines have arrived and passed, Danks refusees to…

  8. Cubs “optimistic” that Matt Garza will avoid disabled list

    Jul 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Cubs righty Matt Garza made an early exit from his start Saturday against the Cardinals because of cramping in his triceps. But the early signs are good. According to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney, the Cubs are “optimistic” that Garza will avoid the disabled list and be able to make his next scheduled outing. X-rays came up…

  9. Edwin Jackson is dropping super agent Scott Boras

    Jul 22, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

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    Edwin Jackson had to settle for a one-year, $11 million free agent contract with the Nationals this past February after turning down multi-year offers from other organizations earlier in the offseason. It’s worked out fine, with Jackson playing a major part in one of baseball’s best starting rotations, but the 28-year-old right-hander is clearly hoping…

  10. Picture of the Day: Cubs honor Hall of Famer Ron Santo

    Jul 22, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    The Cubs are wearing a small patch on the left sleeve of their jerseys Sunday in honor of the now deceased Ron Santo, who was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame this morning in Cooperstown, New York. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune passes along this photo from the visitor’s clubhouse at Busch Stadium:…

  11. Jaime Garcia to begin rehab assignment in 10-14 days

    Jul 22, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia hasn’t appeared in a game since June 5 due to tearing in his rotator cuff and labrum. But things are suddenly looking up. Andrew Wagaman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Garcia is headed down to the Cardinals’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida on Sunday and is expected to…

  12. Bryce Harper back in Nationals’ lineup despite ankle bruise

    Jul 22, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Good news, people: Bryce Harper is not fragile. According to beat writer Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, the 19-year-old outfielder is back in the Nationals’ starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Braves despite departing the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader because of an ankle bruise that he suffered on a first-inning foul tip. It…

  13. Padres, Carlos Quentin agree to three-year, $27M extension

    Jul 22, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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    One of the top available bats is now off the market. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin — who had been drawing trade interest from a number of teams — agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract extension on Sunday morning with San Diego. The deal could carry a total value…

  14. Hanley Ramirez to miss more games due to infected hand

    Jul 22, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez suffered a cut on the knuckles of his right hand when he punched a cooling fan earlier this month in St. Louis. He then forgot to take his daily medication and is now sidelined indefinitely with a nasty infection. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Ramirez had…

  15. Brett Anderson goes two innings in first rehab start

    Jul 22, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson started a live, professional baseball game on Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. It didn’t go too well, but the results are less of a concern right now than the fact that he’s healthy and making steady progress. According to Jane Lee of…

  16. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 22, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis offense awoke with a bang in the seventh inning of Saturday evening’s game against the rival Cubs. And what followed was historical. The Cardinals poured in 12 runs, tying a franchise record set in 1926, before pinch-hitter Tony Cruz struck out swinging to end the frame. They tallied seven doubles in the inning…

  17. Angels, Tigers have serious interest in Rays’ James Shields

    Jul 21, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop: Rays veteran right-hander James Shields looks like a prime trade candidate and at least the Tigers and Angels are said to have interest. There have been reports that the Rays might consider dealing any of their five viable right-handed starters. But Shields looks like the most logical candidate…

  18. Matt Garza leaves outing in St. Louis with triceps injury

    Jul 21, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza is one of the Cubs’ best summer trade chips, but he might suddenly be damaged goods. According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the right-hander was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cardinals after just three innings due to cramping in his right triceps. He fell down while trying to cover the first…

  19. The Astros’ new closer is Francisco Cordero

    Jul 21, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero was unable to land a ninth-inning gig this past offseason and instead settled for a setup job and a one-year, $4.5 million free agent contract with the Blue Jays. But he was traded to the Astros as part of Friday morning’s two-team, 10-player swap and has now stumbled back into his…

  20. Indians sign J.C. Romero to minor league deal

    Jul 21, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    J.C. Romero has found another new home. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league contract Saturday with the Indians. He was sent to Triple-A Columbus, where he’ll attempt to prove that he’s worthy of a major league roster spot. Romero was cut by the Cardinals…

  21. Brewers haven’t talked long-term deal with Zack Greinke

    Jul 18, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi provides the scoop: It doesn’t appear there has been much dialogue between the Brewers and representatives for Zack Greinke since spring training. As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no evidence that the team had made the 28-year-old a formal offer. And there isn’t much time left before the deadline for…

  22. Drew Storen could return to the Nationals on Thursday

    Jul 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Nationals reliever Drew Storen hasn’t appeared in a major league game this season due to problems with his throwing elbow. But that’s about ready to change. According to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, the 24-year-old right-hander made a dominant one-inning rehab appearance Tuesday night at Class A Potomac and could be cleared to return to the…

  23. Catch the second episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise” tonight, featuring one of HBT’s own

    Jul 18, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

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    In one of my six “Dispatches From Kansas City,” I described a scene in which Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison approached me during the All-Star media day in search of Royals legend George Brett. I wasn’t much help and mostly just stood there stupefied, but my exchange with LoMo apparently made the cut for the second…

  24. Lance Berkman admits he doesn’t have “any bat speed”

    Jul 18, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman made the final out in the Cardinals’ crushing 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, lofting a bases-loaded fly-out to the warning track in deep left field. “Big Puma” is now 0-for-8 with three walks and four strikeouts since returning this past weekend from knee surgery, and acknowledged…

  25. Jed Lowrie out 4-6 weeks with nerve issue in right leg

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list this weekend because of a sprained right ankle. That should heal within the next 15 days, but the 28-year-old shortstop has another injury that will not. According to beat writer Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Tuesday evening that Lowrie has…

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