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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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. …

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,’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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. Two days, two no-hitters for Royals minor leaguers

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kelvin Herrera

    The Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals got a nine-inning no-hitter from Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera on Tuesday night, matching the one thrown by Triple-A Omaha’s Luis Mendoza a day earlier. Smith, who was picked up from the Angels in the Alberto Callaspo deal a year ago, threw seven hitless innings before his pitch count forced…

  13. Cardinals on MLB’s longest steal-less streak since 1977

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Daniel Descalso

    The Cardinals went a 32nd straight game without a stolen base in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets, the longest such streak for a major league team since the 1977 Indians went 35 in a row. St. Louis opened the season with 35 steals in 64 games.  However, eight of those belonged to Tyler Greene, who…

  14. Phillies scouting more Mets than just Carlos Beltran

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the Phillies are scouting the Mets on Tuesday and they have eyes for more than just Carlos Beltran; they’re also evaluating Scott Hairston as a potential bench bat and Tim Byrdak as a possibly lefty out of the pen.’s Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday listed the Phillies and…

  15. Joe Maddon wants The Trop blown up

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    After Sunday’s five-minute delay caused by a shattered light and Monday’s 18-minute holdup due to a power outage, Rays manager Joe Maddon joined the chorus Tuesday in calling for Tropicana Field to be replaced. “I don’t think anybody is going to argue against the fact that we do need a new ballpark,” he told the…

  16. Astros call up 5-foot-7 second baseman Jose Altuve

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jose Altuve

    The Astros likely got a little worse Tuesday with Jeff Keppinger’s departure, but they also got a little more interesting. Jose Altuve is listed at 5-foot-7, but according to just about everyone who has seen him in person, he’s likely much closer to 5-foot-5.  And now he’s the game’s most compact major leaguer after being…

  17. Giants acquire Jeff Keppinger from Astros, call up Brandon Belt

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    The Giants made a couple of key changes on Tuesday, acquiring infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Astros for RHP Henry Sosa and RHP Jason Stoffel and calling up Brandon Belt from Triple-A Fresno. Keppinger has been on the trade block ever since he returned from foot surgery at the end of May.  Since replacing Bill…

  18. Angels demote Hank Conger to Triple-A

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Hank Conger

    Needing to clear a roster spot with fifth starter Tyler Chatwood returning from the minors, the Angels sent down rookie catcher Hank Conger prior to Tuesday’s game. Conger was the better half of the Angels’ catching duo, hitting .214/.297/.357 in 154 at-bats.  Jeff Mathis, who gets to stick around, has hit .194/.243/.281 in 160 at-bats.…

  19. Roy Halladay comes out with heat-related illness

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay, Scott Sheridan

    Roy Halladay was forced from his start Monday against the Cubs because of a heat-related illness,’s Todd Zolecki reports. The gametime temperature in Chicago tonight was 91 degrees.’s Jim Salisbury points out that Halladay opened the game with red undershirt, but that it was gone when he came out for the fourth inning.…

  20. Yankees-Rays delayed after lightning strike

    Jul 18, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Lights out at Tropicana Field

    Another day, another problem at The Trop. Monday’s game between the Yankees and the Rays was delayed in the fifth inning after a couple of light sets went dark, reportedly the result of a lightning strike. The game resumed after an 18-minute delay.  Immediately, afterwards, rookie Alex Cobb was able to get Robinson Cano to…

  21. Nolan Ryan likely to be released from hospital

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush

    A series of tests taken Monday showed no new heart problems for Nolan Ryan, and the Rangers CEO is likely to be released from a Houston-area hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ryan was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains at his home Sunday.  The 64-year-old has a history of heart troubles.  He underwent a double bypass…

  22. Charlie Manuel wants a hitter and a reliever

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has revealed his Christmas list early,’s Jim Salisbury reports. “We definitely could use a reliever, without a doubt,” Manuel said Monday. “But we also could use a bat.” Manuel, though, doesn’t want GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. “I’m talking…

  23. Chipper Jones to rehab in Rome prior to return

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    The AJC’s David O’Brien reports that Chipper Jones will begin playing in games with low Single-A Rome on Thursday in anticipation of a Monday return to Atlanta’s lineup. Jones, who underwent knee surgery to repair a cartilage tear just nine days ago, is likely to DH on Thursday and Friday before playing some third base…

  24. Reports: Tigers interested in Jeremy Guthrie, Aaron Harang

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    The Tigers are hunting for starting pitching as aggressively as any team in baseball, and they’re looking at Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego’s Aaron Harang as fallback options if Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez and the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda prove out of reach. Detroit is in need of a starter after shifting Phil Coke back to…

  25. Aramis Ramirez still not ready to waive no-trade

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    But that could change next month, agent Paul Kinzer told’s Ken Rosenthal on Monday. According to Kinzer, while Ramirez is currently unwilling to accept any deal that would take him out of Chicago, he might agree to something after his wife and children return to the Dominican Republic next month. Even more interesting is…

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