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  1. One day later, Dan Uggla has his hitting streak extended

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:09 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla‘s hitting streak, halted at 14 games when he went 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday, was restored Monday after an official scorer changed his mind about a sixth-inning grounder. The grounder, originally ruled an error by Miguel Cairo, was changed to a hit today, extending Uggla’s hitting streak to 15 games. Even though he…

  2. Phillies the top suitors for Padres’ Heath Bell, Mike Adams

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:36 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports that while the Phillies have been aggressive in pursuing Heath Bell and Mike Adams, the Padres are surprised there hasn’t been more interest from contenders like the Yankees, Reds and Cardinals. Bell went on ESPN Radio on Sunday and predicted that he’d be traded to the Cardinals, Phillies…

  3. Jon Lester comes off DL, Clay Buchholz makes progress for Boston

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Jon Lester

    The American League’s best team seems poised to get a little better. The Red Sox activated Jon Lester from the disabled list in advance of his start Monday against the Royals.  He’s slated to throw 80-85 pitches tonight, manager Terry Francona told CSNNE.com. Lester missed three weeks with a left lat strain. “Kind of stating…

  4. Hiroki Kuroda in demand, but still undecided

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:03 PM EST

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Hiroki Kuroda loves Los Angeles.  What’s still to be decided is how much he loves being a Dodger. A baseball official with the all-to-common “knowledge of the situation” told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand that Kuroda will consider waiving his no-trade clause if presented with a deal to the Yankees or the Red Sox. MLB.com’s Peter Gammons,…

  5. Brad Lidge perfect in 2011 debut

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Brad Lidge

    Working the top of the seventh with the Phillies down by a run to the Padres, Brad Lidge pitched a perfect inning Monday in his season debut. Lidge, who went down in the spring with a sore shoulder and later dealt with elbow problems as well, threw 11 pitches, nine of them sliders.  His first…

  6. Breaking down B.J. Upton

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J Upton as the final piece to add to a contending team is a rather odd notion.  Obviously, Carlos Beltran has run circles around Upton offensively this year, and lesser lights like Josh Willingham, Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera have also been superior hitters.  Just look at Upton’s batting averages the last few years: 2007: .300 2008:…

  7. The Astros are on pace to finish 53-109

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd, Wandy Rodriguez

    It’s simply not fair that the Mariners are suddenly dominating the conversation on terrible teams.  Even after 15 straight losses, they have nothing on the Astros.  Houston is a full 10 games worse than Seattle this season, having gone 33-68 through 101 games. That puts the Astros on pace to finish with a 53-109 record…

  8. Tigers to call up 2010 supplemental first-round pick Chance Ruffin

    Jul 24, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Chance Ruffin

    Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday. Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game.  Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen. Ruffin,…

  9. Red Sox to place J.D. Drew on DL with shoulder impingement

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    J.D. Drew

    It’s been a long time coming, but the Red Sox will place the struggling J.D. Drew on the disabled list Monday due to an impingement in his left shoulder, CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports. The Red Sox certainly appear to be better off with Josh Reddick in right field anyway, and they’ve been using him there…

  10. Michael Pineda gets lit up as Mariners lose 15th straight

    Jul 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis

    Michael Pineda was pounded for five runs in the first inning and seven in 4 1/3 innings overall as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 12-8 on Sunday, sending Seattle to its team-record 15th straight defeat. The Mariners’ losing streak is the longest since the Royals lost 19 in a row in 2005.  It ties…

  11. Cameron Maybin sets Padres record: six straight with a steal

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    Cameron Maybin became the first player this year to steal a base in six straight games and set a Padres record in the process Sunday against the Phillies. Maybin took second off Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz today for his eighth steal in the six games.  He’s 10-for-10 stealing bases in his last nine games…

  12. Five scouts in town to watch Carlos Beltran; Giants the favorites?

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox have all had scouts watching Carlos Beltran this weekend as the Mets take on the Marlins. They should be liking what they’re seeing.  Beltran just drove in a run for the third straight game with a first-inning sac fly versus the…

  13. B.J. Upton gets scheduled day off, according to Rays

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton, who had played in every game since the All-Star break, is getting a planned day off on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said. It’s been scheduled since last week, he added. Maddon didn’t know it at the time, but he sparked a million rumors when he removed Upton late in a 10-4 game Friday against…

  14. Marlins send former first-round pick Chris Volstad back to minors

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Chris Volstad

    After 93 big-league starts, 2005 first-round pick Chris Volstad is still struggling to establish himself.  He was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday following an outing Friday in which he allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings against the Mets. It’s the third straight season in which Volstad has received a midseason demotion. …

  15. Nyjer Morgan may or may not have flipped off Giants fans Friday

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:07 AM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    Tired of getting the business from the Giants fans in center field on Friday night, Nyjer Morgan definitely made some sort of gesture following his catch in the seventh inning.  And that gesture, for all of the world, looked like he was flipping the fans the bird. The pictures, though, suggest otherwise.  He certainly had…

  16. Rays promote Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:11 PM EST

    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. …

  17. Adrian Beltre exits with strained left hamstring

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    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…

  18. Whatever happened to Trevor Cahill?

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    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…

  19. Jason Giambi a possibility to return to American League

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 7:06 PM EST

    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…

  21. Indians, Pirates asking about Rockies’ Chris Iannetta

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    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…

  22. Troublesome shoulder puts Scott Rolen back on the DL

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

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