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  1. Rays promote Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    12:00 a.m. EDT update: Upton is staying put for now.  The Rays announced after the game that Jennings was being called up, but that he’d be taking shortstop Reid Brignac‘s spot.  Brignac, whose demotion was long overdue, hit just .193/.234/.219 in 187 at-bats and was losing playing time at shortstop to Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson. …

  2. Adrian Beltre exits with strained left hamstring

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring running the bases in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. Beltre, who started at third base for the AL All-Star team last week, came up lame on Michael Young‘s double after he singled in a run to reach base…

  3. Whatever happened to Trevor Cahill?

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    After three straight solid starts in a row, Trevor Cahill was just torched for a career-high 10 runs in two-plus innings by the Yankees on Friday night.  He gave up five runs in a second inning that only ended because Derek Jeter was thrown out at third after tagging up on a sac fly and then five…

  4. Jason Giambi a possibility to return to American League

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    With the Rockies falling out of contention, Jason Giambi could be on the move.  The 40-year-old slugger told the Denver Post on Friday that he has talked with Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd about a trade back to the American League. Giambi has been outstanding in limited action this season, hitting .266/.364/.638 with 10 homers and 23…

  5. Jeff Conine: I’d probably trade Hanley Ramirez

    Jul 22, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Jeff Conine

    Mr. Marlin isn’t down with the team’s present superstar. Jeff Conine, who served two stints in teal and is currently employed by the Marlins as a special assistant to team president David Samson, went on The Dan LeBetard show Friday and said Hanley Ramirez frustrates him “on a nightly basis” and that he’d “probably” trade…

  6. Indians, Pirates asking about Rockies’ Chris Iannetta

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    Cleveland and Pittsburgh are among a number of teams to have asked Colorado about catcher Chris Iannetta, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Iannetta’s name has come up in rumors numerous times over the last couple of years, largely because so many are convinced that the Rockies don’t value his contributions properly.  They’ve been guilty of…

  7. Troublesome shoulder puts Scott Rolen back on the DL

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Incredibly enough, Scott Rolen started at third base for the NL All-Star team earlier this month.  That may go down as his one good memory from 2011. Rolen was placed back on the disabled list Friday because of more pain in the left shoulder that’s troubled him for years.  Rolen had played in just one…

  8. Carlos Gonzalez goes on DL after re-injuring wrist

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    As speculated Thursday, Carlos Gonzalez has been forced onto the disabled list after aggravating his right wrist during a swing against the Braves. The Rockies called up Eric Young Jr. to replace him Friday. An MRI Thursday detected inflamed ligaments in the wrist, and though Gonzalez had mostly been able to play through the soreness…

  9. Mike Trout likely to stick when Peter Bourjos is activated

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At least for a little while longer. Peter Bourjos got through his workout fine Friday and will come off the DL on Saturday after missing 15 days with a strained right hamstring, the Orange County Register reports.  Angels manager Mike Scioscia already said he’ll start in center field tomorrow. Still, the plan is for Mike…

  10. Heyman: Phillies, Giants are favorites for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, Ryan Howard

    With speculation flying that Carlos Beltran won’t accept a trade to an American League team, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said Friday afternoon that he sees the Phillies and Giants as the favorites to land the Mets outfielder, with the Braves and Brewers also in the running. ESPN’s Buster Olney said earlier Friday that five teams were…

  11. Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway is banging down the door

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Lavarnway

    Catcher Ryan Lavarnway homered yet again on Thursday.  He’s hitting .514 with seven homers in his last nine games for Triple-A Pawtucket. Lavarnway, a 2008 sixth-round pick out of Yale, has been on a tear since the day the Red Sox traded Michael McKenry to to the Pirates to clear a spot for him on…

  12. Japan threatens boycott of World Baseball Classic

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Sadaharu Oh, Ichiro Suzuki

    Unsatisfied with its current share of World Baseball Classic revenues, two-time champion Japan is threatening to sit out the 2013 event, Reuters reports. “We are not saying we don’t want to take part,” stated union president Takahiro Arai. “But we will not be able to compete under the current conditions, which are unfair.” Japan won both…

  13. Phillies add Aaron Heilman on minor league deal

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Aaron Heilman

    Looking to add depth to a bullpen that’s been hit hard by injuries this season, the Phillies signed Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract on Thursday, CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury reports.  He’ll step into a Triple-A Lehigh Valley relief corps that just lost Jason Grilli to the Pirates. Heilman was cut by the Diamondbacks after amassing a…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez plans to pitch in winter ball

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feeling that not getting enough work in the offseason led to his slow start, Ubaldo Jimenez said Thursday that he’s hoping to pitch winter ball. Surprisingly enough, the Rockies are on board with Jimenez’s plan to pitch for the Licey Tigers this winter.  Jimenez indicated that he’d likely only make a handful of starts, possibly just four.…

  15. Without Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks must make a tough call

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew injured

    At 52-46, the Diamondbacks are still in the thick of the NL West race.  They’re 4 1/2 games back of the Giants there and five games back of the Braves in the wild card. The road to claiming a spot in the postseason just got a lot tougher, though.  Losing Stephen Drew for the season due…

  16. Seventh-round pick Trevor Gretzky signs with Cubs

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Trevor Gretzky

    Trevor Gretzky, son of The Great One, has picked the Cubs over San Diego State, that according to Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn. “We heard he signed with the Cubs on Monday,” Gwynn told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. The Cubs have yet to confirm the signing, which is sure to be for considerably more than slot money.  MLB…

  17. Padres demote Anthony Rizzo, add Kyle Blanks

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    As it turned out, Anthony Rizzo wasn’t quite ready to make the big jump from the PCL to the majors. After hitting just .143/.282/.265 with one homer and six RBI in 98 at-bats, Rizzo was sent back to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday.  He was 0-for-13 since play resumed after the All-Star break. Taking his spot…

  18. Indians call up top prospect Jason Kipnis

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    Jason Kipnis announced the move himself on Twitter: I’m Coming Cleveland!! With Grady Sizemore on the shelf and the Indians in need of a bat, Kipnis will join the team tomorrow.  What exactly he’ll be doing is still unclear.  Kipnis is a former outfielder who moved to second base last year.  The Indians could decide…

  19. Carlos Gonzalez re-injures wrist, taken for X-rays

    Jul 21, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Update: Gonzalez has been taken to the hospital for X-rays on his wrist. /// Carlos Gonzalez came out of Thursday’s game in the fifth inning after re-injuring his right wrist on a swing in the game against the Braves. Gonzalez injured the wrist crashing into the wall on July 3 and missed the next four days. …

  20. Hideki Matsui hits 500th career home run

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Hideki Matsui, who hit 332 homers in Japan before signing with the Yankees in 2003, hit his 168th MLB homer Wednesday off the Tigers’ Duane Below in Oakland’s 7-5 victory.  Add it all up and that’s 500 career home runs for Godzilla. Matsui has seven homers so far this season.  A two-time All-Star in the…

  21. Horacio Ramirez resurfaces in majors with Angels

    Jul 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Horacio Ramirez

    The Angels demoted reliever Michael Kohn and replaced him with journeyman lefty Horacio Ramirez prior to Wednesday’s game, bringing the former Brave back to the majors for the first time in two years. Ramirez was last seen with the Royals in 2009.  Despite a horrible March, he was named the team’s fifth starter out of…

  22. Report: Phillies, Royals involved in ‘serious’ Melky Cabrera talks

    Jul 20, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera‘s last stint in the NL East was pretty much a disaster, but the Phillies are apparently looking to bring him back.  They’ve exchanged names in trade talks with the Royals, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. Cabrera has been a very solid center fielder for the Royals this season, hitting .296/.333/.459 with 12 homers…

  23. Clayton Kershaw gets the better of Tim Lincecum in 1-0 victory

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    In a rematch of the Opening Day game the Dodgers won 2-1, Clayton Kershaw again outdueled Tim Lincecum on Wednesday, striking out 12 over eight innings in a 1-0 victory. It was a scoreless game until the seventh, when Dioner Navarro hit one into McCovey Cove for what proved to be the lone run of…

  24. Thoughts on the Wilson Betemit-to-Detroit deal

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Wilson Betemit

    - Whatever trade value Wilson Betemit might have had was destroyed when the Royals opted to call up Mike Moustakas to play third base. Moustakas was promoted even though he wasn’t exactly tearing up PCL pitching: he had a .287/.347/.498 line in 250 at-bats.  That wasn’t even close to Eric Hosmer‘s early performance, and it doesn’t…

  25. The very wonderful Vance Worley

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are such old news. Vance Worley just pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Cubs and pick up his fourth consecutive win for the Phillies on Wednesday.  It was the sixth straight start in which he’s given up one or no runs, matching the NL’s longest streak this season.…

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