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Mike Florio

  1. Andy Pettitte "feeling good" after throwing from flat ground

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with a strained groin, Andy Pettitte did some running, participated in agility drills, and threw from flat ground today at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida, saying afterward that he’s “feeling good.” Pettitte was 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA before suffering a Grade 1 groin strain while throwing a pitch…

  2. Rich Harden may rejoin Rangers' rotation after striking out 10 in rehab start

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Rich Harden’s minor-league rehab assignment was extended after he struggled in his first few outings, but the oft-injured right-hander racked up 10 strikeouts in six shutout innings at Triple-A last night. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculates that the performance may be enough to get Harden off the disabled list and back in…

  3. Prentice Redman got suspended while he was suspended

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dodgers minor leaguer Prentice Redman is currently serving a 50-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test last month, but that didn’t stop the 30-year-old outfielder from receiving a 100-game suspension yesterday for a second positive test. Redman spent 15 games in the big leagues for the Mets as a 23-year-old in 2003 and was hitting…

  4. Cubs willing to eat millions to get rid of Kosuke Fukudome

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    As usual the Cubs are trying to trade Kosuke Fukudome and this time Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re willing to pay “part of” the $4 million he’s still owed this season along with “quite a bit of” the $13 million he’s owed in 2011. For the third time in three seasons Fukudome has…

  5. Rumor: A's reliever Michael Wuertz is on Red Sox's "wish list"

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that A’s setup man Michael Wuertz is on the Red Sox’s “wish list” as they search for bullpen help. Wuertz has been a shutdown late-inning option in the past, going 6-1 with a 2.63 ERA, .188 opponents’ batting average, and 102 strikeouts in 79 innings last season, but…

  6. White Sox sticking with Bobby Jenks as closer after all

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    After a brief rest/demotion following a pair of ugly outings last week, Bobby Jenks is back to closing for the White Sox. Here’s how manager Ozzie Guillen explained the situation: I never took the job away from Jenks. I never did. I just said I want Jenks to throw the ball better and we will…

  7. Henry Rowengartner led the Cubs to the playoffs 17 years ago in "Rookie of the Year"

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    The sole purpose of this entry is to make you feel as old as I felt after Darren Rovell of CNBC tweeted that this month is the 17th anniversary of the baseball movie “Rookie of the Year.” I was 10 years old when the movie came out and remember thinking it was a) one of…

  8. Rumor: Twins interested in Nationals closer Matt Capps

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that the Twins are interested in Nationals closer Matt Capps, which along with yesterday’s report that they’re talking to the Blue Jays about various relievers makes it pretty clear that Minnesota is in the market for bullpen help. It’s tough to find anyone who has any sort of confidence in…

  9. Aramis Ramirez plans to exercise $14.6 million option for 2011

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Asked yesterday whether he plans to remain with the Cubs next season by exercising his $14.6 million player option, Aramis Ramirez said: I want to stay here, but I’ve still got two months. I haven’t talked to my agent about it. But everybody knows I want to stay here. I guess I’m staying here. Ramirez…

  10. Royals will "push" David DeJesus to play again this season

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    David DeJesus is expected to miss 10 weeks following yesterday’s thumb surgery, but Royals manager Ned Yost said “we’re going to push him” to play again this season. According to Yost it would provide “peace of mind that he’s going to be able to be full strength next year.” Not rushing him back for some…

  11. Kerry Wood will resume closing for the Indians once healthy

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Indians manager Manny Acta made it clear yesterday that Kerry Wood will immediately reclaim ninth-inning when he returns from the disabled list, saying: “Whenever Kerry’s ready, he’ll close.” Wood has been sidelined since July 12 with a blister on his right index finger and wasn’t any good before landing on the shelf, going 1-4 with…

  12. Yankees reportedly trying to "unload" Chan Ho Park

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Things haven’t gone very well for Chan Ho Park this season. First he turned down a one-year, $3.25 million offer to re-sign with the Phillies only to end up with a one-year, $1.2 million deal from the Yankees. Then he posted a 5.57 ERA in 32.1 innings and spent a month on the disabled list…

  13. Delmon Young's breakout showing no signs of slowing down

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I wrote about “the new and improved Delmon Young” a month ago, examining changes he’d made to finally start living up to his potential … and since then he’s hit .350 with five homers, 11 doubles, and a .564 slugging percentage in 30 games. The new-found patience he showed early this season has vanished, with…

  14. Clayton Kershaw drops appeal of nearly meaningless 5-game suspension

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw initially planned to appeal last week’s five-game suspension for throwing at Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand, but he’s now decided to drop the appeal and will begin serving the suspension immediately. Five-game suspensions for starting pitchers are pretty close to meaningless, and in this case all it means is that Kershaw will make…

  15. Jacoby Ellsbury begins rehab assignment at rookie-ball

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury saw game action this afternoon for the first time since May 24, beginning a minor-league rehab assignment by going 1-for-3 as the designated hitter for the Red Sox’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Ellsbury is expected to play a couple more games in the GCL…

  16. Robinson Cano notches 1,000th career hit at age 27 to join elite company at second base

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano smacked a ground-rule double in the eighth inning yesterday afternoon for his 1,000th career hit, which is a pretty remarkable total for a second baseman in the middle of his age-27 season. Cano is currently on pace for another 84 hits this season and here’s how his projected total of 1,084 hits would…

  17. Orlando Hernandez sued for $900,000 in shady business deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    In a Miami Herald article that is far too long and complicated to accurately describe in this space, “a pair of Miami entrepreneurs” have sued Orlando Hernandez and his manager for $900,000 as part of a disagreement over “the idea for a water-saving device.” According to the suit, Hernandez and manager Juan Carlos Collar loaned…

  18. Rumor: Twins talking to Blue Jays about "bullpen help"

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com is “hearing something’s going down between the Twins and Blue Jays, probably for bullpen help.” He adds that a deal is “not done” but “could be quickly” and speculates that the Twins are most likely targeting Jason Frasor or perhaps Scott Downs. Minnesota was linked to Frasor during the offseason, which…

  19. Dan Haren to make Angels debut tonight against the Red Sox

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dan Haren will make his Angels debut tonight against the Red Sox, jumping right into the rotation just 24 hours after being traded from the Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick Corbin, and a player to be named later who’ll reportedly be Tyler Skaggs. After starting Haren tonight the Angels will bump the rest…

  20. California native Dan Haren's no-trade list kept him out West

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Based on Arizona’s underwhelming return for Dan Haren and the right-hander’s giddy reaction to being traded to another West Coast team it’s clear that his no-trade clause played a role in limiting the Diamondbacks’ options. Minnesota and Detroit were among the teams linked to Haren last week, but both were reportedly on his no-trade list…

  21. Blue Jays reportedly seeking a top prospect for Scott Downs

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Blue Jays “have been aiming high” with their asking price for reliever Scott Downs by “asking for one of the top two or three prospects in the farm systems of interested clubs.” It’s important to note that “one of the top two or three prospects” in one farm…

  22. Pirates send June call-up Brad Lincoln back to Triple-A

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Six weeks ago the Pirates called up top prospects Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, but now only the two hitters remain in Pittsburgh after Lincoln was demoted back to Triple-A yesterday. Lincoln managed just four Quality Starts in nine outings, going 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA and 21/14 K/BB ratio in 50.2 innings.…

  23. Angels acquire Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders and three prospects

    Jul 25, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter page the team has traded Dan Haren to the Angels for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named later. While the Yankees, Twins, Tigers, and Cardinals were all repeatedly linked to Haren over the past couple weeks, the Angels kind of came out of…

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