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  1. Yankees to use six-man rotation this week

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over seven innings against Baltimore in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, will make at least one more start for the Yankees, as the team will go to a six-man rotation this week. The Yankees announced Monday that Nova would slot in Thursday, pushing Bartolo Colon back to Friday.…

  2. Johan Santana’s rehab start gets pushed back

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    GM Sandy Alderson said it’s simply a “tweak in the schedule, not a setback,” but Johan Santana had his second scheduled rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday because he didn’t feel as strong as hoped after his last outing, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. It means Santana will be going…

  3. Could the Orioles have turned J.J. Hardy into Colby Rasmus?

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    The Orioles would have had far-and-away the best shortstop available in trade talks this month if they didn’t sign J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22.5 million extension two weeks ago.  The 28-year-old Hardy has had a terrific season in his first year in Baltimore, hitting .275/.325/.510 with 18 homers in 298 at-bats. And extending Hardy…

  4. Heyman: Yankees wanted Astros to eat $17 million on Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered to take on $21 million of the $38 million due to left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in trade talks with Houston.  The Astros would have had to swallow $17 million to get the deal done. With that kind of cash changing hands, the Astros would have needed to get a top…

  5. Johnny Cueto shuts out Giants, takes over as MLB ERA leader

    Jul 31, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout Sunday against the Giants and finally accrued enough innings to put himself into the ERA standings, where he now ranks first in the majors at 1.72. Cueto overtook Jered Weaver for the ERA lead.  Weaver entered the day at 1.79, but he gave up three…

  6. Some initial post-trade deadline thoughts

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    – I was stunned that the Yankees didn’t make so much as a minor deal, but they definitely stand out as obvious candidates to be busy in August.  Just how busy could hinge on Rafael Soriano‘s performance.  Still, whether it’s Wandy Rodriguez — who could clear waivers and again become a possibility to be dealt as soon as Wednesday…

  7. Twins, Nationals fail to complete Denard Span-for-Drew Storen swap

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    4:20 p.m. EDT update: We’re a bit late on things because WordPress, of all of the possible times to crash, picked 3:58 p.m. on deadline day.  Storen, anyway, is in the game against the Mets, so obviously nothing got done with the Twins. /// FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that he believes the…

  8. Marlins telling teams that Leo Nunez is unavailable

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez

    3:57 p.m. EDT update: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Marlins have held on to Nunez, Infante and everyone else. /// It looks like the Marlins weren’t kidding: they’re telling suitors that closer Leo Nunez won’t be traded prior to the 4 p.m. EDT deadline, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. The…

  9. Yankees out on Wandy Rodriguez, Cleveland, Toronto in?

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are out on Wandy Rodriguez, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman is saying something similar. The Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice, who doesn’t normally break trade news, briefly reported that Rodriguez would go to Cleveland for two minor leaguers, only to take it back minutes later. And now…

  10. Justin Verlander loses no-hitter in eighth, Jered Weaver ejected

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    3:45 p.m. EDT: It’s over, with the Tigers winning 3-2.  Jose Valverde replaced Verlander to start the ninth and walked leadoff man Bobby Abreu, but he bounced back to retire the next three batters.  Erick Aybar, who started the eighth-inning rally with his bunt, popped up foul to end it. We’ll likely be hearing more…

  11. Are the Padres asleep at the wheel?

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Obviously not.  The Padres have traded Mike Adams to the Rangers for left-hander Robbie Erlin and right-hander Joe Wieland. /// We know San Diego is about to shed Ryan Ludwick, but that’s likely to bring back a minimal return, probably from the Indians.  There hasn’t been anything hot and heavy on the bigger bait —…

  12. Diamondbacks add A’s reliever Brad Ziegler, make room for Paul Goldschmidt

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    Feeling they have an even better one on the way, the Diamondbacks traded their starting first baseman to the A’s for a setup man on Sunday.  The three-player deal sent Brad Ziegler to Arizona in return for Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. Allen had three homers and seven RBI in 29 at-bats since his…

  13. Report: Blue Jays targeting Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    The Blue Jays have a rookie catcher with 17 homers this year in J.P. Arencibia, but according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, they’re making a run at the Rockies’ Chris Iannetta anyway. As Knobler goes on to say: “Arencibia has power, but scouts say his catching and throwing have both been big problems for Jays.”…

  14. Diamondbacks send Brandon Allen to A’s for Brad Ziegler

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    1:08 p.m. EDT update: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that the deal is Ziegler for first baseman Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. The move suggests that the Diamondbacks will be calling up Paul Goldschmidt to take over as their primary first baeman.  Allen was filling the role of late and was hitting .172/.351/.483 with three…

  15. Yankees promote top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to Triple-A

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    This may not be the Yankees’ biggest move of the day, but it is notable that the club promoted its top pitching prospect, left-hander Manny Banuelos, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Banuelos, who becomes the International League’s youngest player at age 20, was 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 94/52 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings…

  16. Update: Nationals NOT about to deal Todd Coffey

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Update: Nevermind that, apparently.  Kilgore just tweeted that he received some bad information and that no Coffey deal is imminent. /// This probably isn’t the trade for a center fielder the Nats have been aiming for, but the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore hears that the Nationals are about to deal Todd Coffey. Coffey, 30, was signed…

  17. Astros should have done better for Michael Bourn

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    I was impressed with Houston’s return for Hunter Pence.  By all indications, Astros GM Ed Wade did a nice job of playing the suitors off each other and he ended up with a pair of top-50 prospects from the Phillies for his troubles. The Michael Bourn trade with Atlanta was also a four-for-one deal, but in…

  18. Orioles ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Aaron Baker

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    As we hinted a few hours ago, the Pirates are getting a first baseman. The Orioles have sent Derrek Lee to the Pirates for fellow first baseman Aaron Baker, a 2009 11th-round pick hitting .285/.353/.474 with 15 homers for Single-A Bradenton this season. Lee was always movable for the Orioles, but Baltimore pretty much had to…

  19. Giants get Orlando Cabrera from Indians

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera

    The Indians are definitely doing more adding than subtracting at the moment, but they’ve decided Orlando Cabrera is expendable and they traded him to the Giants for outfielder Thomas Neal. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com and Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had the initial reports. Cabrera had hit just .244/.277/.321 while serving as the…

  20. Indians go all in with Ubaldo Jimenez acquisition

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    After selling off CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in recent years, the Indians actually went out and got an ace this time, trading LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride and RHP Joe Gardner for Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal certainly carries some risk.  Jimenez was the game’s best pitcher during the first half…

  21. Ubaldo Jimenez starts for Rockies with rumors swirling

    Jul 30, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    With less than 22 hours to go before the trade deadline, Ubaldo Jimenez is in San Diego and ready to make his start Saturday night for the Rockies. YES Network’s Jack Curry and SI.com’s Jon Heyman are both reporting that the Rockies are asking for catcher Jesus Montero, right-hander Dellin Betances and right-hander Ivan Nova…

  22. Koji Uehara a better fit for Rangers than Heath Bell

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    The Rangers needed a reliever, not a closer, and they got one of the game’s best setup men from the Orioles when they traded Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara and $2 million on Saturday. Uehara has a 2.27 ERA and a remarkable 117/13 K/BB ratio in 91 innings since the Orioles shifted…

  23. Diamondbacks to acquire Jason Marquis from the Nationals

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Nationals will receive prospect shortstop Zach Walters from Arizona. The Diamondbacks are expected to cover the $2.47 million left on Marquis’ contract. Walters, 21, is batting .302/.377/.485 with nine homers, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 412 plate appearances with Class A South Bend this season. Baseball…

  24. Michael Bourn rumors intensify; Braves getting ‘more involved’

    Jul 30, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    The Astros might as well continue remaking the team after trading Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, so Michael Bourn could be the next to go.  ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick claims the “Astros’ efforts to move Bourn are picking up steam,” while FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are getting “more involved.” Bourn is hitting .304/.364/.405 this season,…

  25. Derek Holland has as many shutouts this year as Andy Pettitte did in his career

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland pitched a four-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays for his fourth shutout in his last 11 starts. He matched Cliff Lee for the major league lead with four shutouts this season, and he has as many shutouts in two months as possible Hall of Famer Andy Pettitte did in 16 seasons. Even…

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