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  1. Four Biogenesis minor leaguers to remain suspended into 2014

    Aug 5, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    Part of the rush to get the Biogenesis suspensions announced now was to allow major leaguers could finish their bans this year (and thus not appeal said bans). Things won’t go so smoothly for minor leaguers, though. Of the 13 players about to be suspended by Major League Baseball, four are not on 40-man rosters…

  2. Jesus Montero’s future in doubt with 50-game ban

    Aug 5, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Two years ago, one could have looked at the group of the 14 suspensed Biogenesis players — Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli, Antonio Bastardo, Jordany Valdespin, Sergio Escalona, Fernando Martinez, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto —  and concluded that, besides Braun, Montero…

  3. Nelson Cruz likely to accept suspension, leaves Biogenesis-tainted agents

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The word Wednesday was that Nelson Cruz might appeal the anticipated 50-game ban handed coming down in the Biogenesis scandal, but Jon Heyman reports that Cruz has decided to serve his time now in anticipation of becoming a free agent this winter. It was also disclosed that Cruz is leaving the ACES agency, which represented…

  4. Sources: Alex Rodriguez to be suspended for 2013, 2014 seasons

    Aug 4, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    If Major League Baseball has its way, Alex Rodriguez won’t play again until the 2015 season. Sources tell NBCSports.com that MLB plans to suspend Rodriguez for the remainder of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 campaign. That’s better than the lifetime suspension that MLB was originally shooting for with its evidence that Rodriguez has…

  5. After three years, Pedro Feliciano returns to majors

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Pedro Feliciano had his contract purchased by the Mets on Friday and is back in the majors for the first time since 2010. After making a whopping 92 appearances with the Mets in 2010, Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over that winter. He went down the next spring with what…

  6. Report: Red Sox owner John Henry to buy Boston Globe

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Peter Gammons reports that Red Sox owner John Henry will be the new owner of the Boston Globe. It’s surprising news, as the Boston Globe, reporting on its own fate, stated last week that Henry had dropped out of the bidding. The New York Times previously owned 17.75 percent of the Fenway Sports Group, the…

  7. Pirates bump top prospect Jameson Taillon up to Triple-A

    Aug 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jameson Taillon

    Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft after Bryce Harper, is on his way up to Triple-A Indianapolis after getting promoted by the Pirates on Friday, the Altoona Mirror’s Cory Giger reports. Taillon was 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA and a 106/36 K/BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings for Double-A Altoona. He…

  8. Rangers snag Adam Rosales off waivers from A’s

    Aug 2, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Adam Rosales, Mike Gallego

    Adam Rosales cleared waivers last month the first time the A’s sent him down, but he was picked up this time, with the Rangers choosing to add him to their infield. The 30-year-old Rosales was hitting .193/.268/.319 over 135 at-bats in his two stints with the A’s this season. He’s a lifetime .220/.289/.334 hitter with…

  9. The Brewers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Robin Yount’s retirement tonight

    Aug 2, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Robin Yount

    2013 wasn’t a very good year for the Brewers to come up with anniversaries. 2012 was the 30th anniversary of the best team the franchise has ever put together, the 1982 Brewers that won 95 games and lost the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games. But 2013? 30 years ago: 87-75, fifth place…

  10. Red Sox score six in ninth to beat Mariners 8-7

    Aug 2, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    The Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate in a six-run ninth to overcome a terrific effort from Felix Hernandez and defeat the Mariners 8-7 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep at Fenway Park. According to the win expectancy data at Fangraphs, the Red Sox entered the ninth with exactly a one percent chance…

  11. Twins send down Aaron Hicks, Scott Diamond

    Aug 1, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Let’s face it: most of the good news for the Twins this year has come from the minors, as Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano have emerged as two of the game’s top five prospects. What’s happened with the major league club has been mostly bad. That’s especially the case with Scott Diamond, the team’s best…

  12. Carlos Gonzalez to rest sprained finger for a few days

    Aug 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez is expected to avoid the disabled list, but he will give his sprained finger some time off after exiting Wednesday’s game with the injury, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports. Gonzalez has been dealing with a sprained left middle finger for weeks and opted out of the Home Run Derby because of it.…

  13. White Sox promote infielder Marcus Semien to Triple-A

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

    Marcus Semien

    The White Sox still don’t know exactly what they have in Marcus Semien, but they’re moving a little closer to finding out with the decision to promote him from Double-A to Triple-A on Thursday. Semien, a 2011 sixth-round pick, busted out in the second half of last season after an uninspiring first year as a…

  14. We need a later trade deadline next year

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    With 10 teams now reaching the postseason and more than two-thirds of the league still thinking it has a shot as of July 31, it’s time for the trade deadline to be pushed back, at least until Aug. 15. Too many teams were too afraid to sell to make Wednesday the lively affair we were…

  15. Barry Zito may have just gotten bumped from the Giants rotation

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    After giving up 11 runs and pitching just 10 innings in his last three starts, Barry Zito is apparently on his way out of the Giants rotation. The team has listed its Sunday starter as TBA. Zito, whose seven-year, $126 million contract finally expires at season’s end, came up big in the Giants’ postseason run…

  16. The Royals finally use the disabled list again

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chris Getz, Adam Dunn

    But, don’t worry, it’s just for Chris Getz. The major criticism with the Royals’ decision to buy and not sell at the trade deadline was that they did nothing to address the black hole in their lineup at second base. Now they’ll be forced to try something a little different after Getz suffered a sprained…

  17. Report: Pirates made serious offer for Giancarlo Stanton

    Jul 31, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    The Marlins made it clear to everyone that they weren’t interested in trading their star right fielder, but according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviews’s Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates made an offer for Giancarlo Stanton that “caught the attention of the Marlins’ front office” before being rebuffed. With either Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon to headline a…

  18. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  19. Dodgers acquire catcher Drew Butera from Twins

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Drew Butera

    As Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown first reported, the Dodgers have acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named or cash. Butera, 30, has 490 major league at-bats under his belt and has hit .182/.230/.263 with five homers and 41 RBI. He is a very good defensive catcher, but his bat…

  20. All quiet with Rangers, Yankees, Giants; one more deal on way

    Jul 31, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    rangers logo

    4:20 p.m. EDT: Sadly, oh so very sadly, that last deal may have been Drew Butera from the Twins to the Dodgers for a player to be named. 4:15 p.m. EDT: Per ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, there is still one more pre-deadline deal to be announced. /// Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal both…

  21. Orioles land Bud Norris from Astros

    Jul 31, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    bud norris getty

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are in the process of finalizing a deal that would net them Bud Norris from Houston in return for outfielder L.J. Hoes and a second player. The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly says the second player is left-hander Josh Hader. The Astros will also get a competitive balance pick…

  22. Report: Pirates made run at Angels’ Mark Trumbo

    Jul 31, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    The Pirates made a play for an unexpected name prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, they tried to land Mark Trumbo from the Angels. Trumbo, an All-Star last year, has hit .249/.313/.473 with 23 homers and 63 RBI in 406 at-bats this season. PNC Park is a tough place for…

  23. Royals acquire Justin Maxwell from Astros

    Jul 31, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have picked up outfielder Justin Maxwell from the Astros. The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton confirmed the deal, adding that the Astros are getting right-hander Kyle Smith in return. Maxwell gives the Royals another outfield option with David Lough having cooled off of late. With Lorenzo Cain primarily…

  24. Keeping Cliff Lee is the wrong choice for Phillies

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Trends don’t get much more clear than this: 2008: Won World Series 2009: Lost World Series 2010: Lost NLCS 2011: Lost NLDS 2012: Missed playoffs Now, that’s not entirely fair: the Phillies had their best records in that span in 2011 and 2010. But Charlie Manuel’s team has dropped off severely since then. In 2012,…

  25. Report: Yankees getting hits on Phil Hughes

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Yankees have gotten two offers for Phil Hughes in advance of the trade deadline. Hughes is a free agent at season’s end, and it’s unlikely that the Yankees will re-sign him, given his problems in Yankee Stadium. Hughes is 4-9 with a 4.58 ERA this season, but he…

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