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  1. Reds, Blue Jays and Rangers all in the mix for Matt Garza

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:38 PM EST

    matt garza getty

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs and Reds are talking about a possible Garza deal. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jayson Stark was told by an executive that there’s now a “very high chance” that Garza is dealt before Tuesday’s deadline. The Blue Jays are said to be charging hard. 10:16 PM: The assumption has…

  2. Report: Alfonso Soriano won’t accept trade to San Fran

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:37 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that Alfonso Soriano has told the Cubs he will not accept a trade to the Giants. The main Soriano rumors of late have placed him with Ryan Dempster in a possible deal to the Dodgers. The Giants are looking for outfield help with Gregor Blanco fading, but Soriano lacks the defensive…

  3. Boston’s Ryan Sweeney injures hand while punching door

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:29 PM EST

    Ryan Sweeney

    Just when Boston’s season couldn’t get any stupider… Ryan Sweeney left Monday’s game after punching a door in frustration and will undergo X-rays on his left hand on Tuesday. Sweeney was a trade candidate for the Red Sox, and though no deal was believed close, they were still discussing him with teams, including the Reds,…

  4. Jerome Williams gives up five runs, earns save

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:21 PM EST

    Jerome Williams

    Two extremely unusual events from the same game tonight; the Angels’ Kendrys Morales became just the third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning and teammate Jerome Williams became the first pitcher in 26 years to give up five runs and get a save. Since the save became…

  5. Cubs send Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Atlanta; Geovany Soto to Texas

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:53 PM EST

    Reed Johnson

    The Cubs started the unloading process Monday night, shipping left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves right-handers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino and catcher Geovany Soto to Texas for right-hander Jacob Brigham. Maholm satisfies the Braves’ need for a starter after the team originally tried trading for fellow Cub Ryan Dempster. Maholm has…

  6. Mark Teixeira set for MRI on injured wrist

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:45 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira will undergo an MRI on Tuesday after injuring his left wrist, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. Teixeira said he originally hurt the wrist on Sunday, but he thought he could play through it. He aggravated it on a dive during Monday’s game. “It’s a big concern,” manager Joe Girardi…

  7. Yasmani Grandal leaves game with right oblique strain

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

    Yasmani Grandal AP

    Yasmani Grandal has been a nice bright spot for the out-of-contention Padres since taking over the everyday catcher job from Nick Hundley one month ago, but he’s now likely headed for an extended absence. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Grandal left tonight’s game against the Reds with a right oblique strain. He suffered the…

  8. Kendrys Morales becomes third player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in same inning

    Jul 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Kendrys Morales AP

    Kendrys Morales accomplished a very rare feat during the sixth inning tonight against the Rangers, homering from both sides of the plate while driving in six runs. The Angels scored nine runs in the inning. Morales sparked the rally with a two-run homer off starter Roy Oswalt and later added a grand slam off left-hander…

  9. Jim Thome to undergo MRI for neck spasms

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    Jim Thome AP

    Jim Thome hasn’t played since Friday due to recurring neck spasms and now he’s being sent back to Baltimore in order to undergo an MRI. Thome tried to hit earlier this afternoon, but his neck didn’t respond as hoped. While the veteran slugger has dealt with neck issues in the past, he told Roch Kubatko…

  10. Shane Victorino is “top target” for Reds

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies

    We continue to hear chatter that the Reds are interested in Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that his teammate Shane Victorino is actually the club’s “top target” as they continue their search for a leadoff hitter. As of now, the Reds refuse to meet the Phillies’ asking price for the…

  11. A’s are in on Stephen Drew, out on Jimmy Rollins

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    Stephen Drew

    7:50 p.m. EDT update: Apparently it was a false alarm. Drew exited the office and went to hit in the Diamondbacks’ indoor cage, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert says. 7:35 p.m. EDT update:  The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports that Stephen Drew was just called into manager Kirk Gibson’s office. It sounds like a trade may have…

  12. Diamondbacks designate Lyle Overbay for assignment

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    Lyle Overbay Getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move clears a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros yesterday. Overbay, 35, is batting .292/.367/.448 with two home runs, 10 RBI and an .815 OPS over 110 plate…

  13. Like Ruth before him, Carlos Gomez is revolutionizing the home run

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

    Carlos Gomez

    Well, perhaps not the home run itself, but what comes afterwards. On Thursday, Carlos Gomez delivered the second fastest home run trot of the season. On Sunday, he completed the fifth fastest circuit of the bases, according to Wezen-ball.com’s Tater Trot Tracker. In all, Gomez owns four of the six sub-17 second-home run trots this…

  14. Phillies send Joe Blanton’s medical records to Orioles

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Phillies have faxed Blanton’s medical records to the Orioles. No word if an agreement is actually in place, though. 12:02 PM ET: CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Orioles have talked to the Phillies about Joe Blanton. No sense whether anything is imminent, but the interest…

  15. How about just trading Cliff Lee for Josh Beckett?

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Josh Beckett

    The Phillies want to save some money and still compete next year. The Red Sox want to move on from Josh Beckett and still maybe contend this year. So, Cliff Lee for Beckett? Anyone?

  16. Nationals sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mike MacDougal is on the move again, agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Nationals after previously being released by the Dodgers and Cubs this season. Last year MacDougal had a nice-looking 2.05 ERA in 69 appearances for the Dodgers, but his 41/29 K/BB ratio in 57 innings was significantly less impressive and this season…

  17. The Cubs are “trying to bend over backwards” to trade Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    So this is still happening: Source: #Cubs “trying to bend over backwards” to get Dempster to #Dodgers, his desired team. Talks continue. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012   Can’t imagine that’s going too well for the Cubs. If they liked the Dodgers original offer they never would have moved on to the now-aborted…

  18. Marlins demote Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    Miami trading for Carlos Zambrano this offseason involved little risk, as the Cubs covered all but $3 million of his $18 million salary and the Marlins only had to part with Chris Volstad in the swap. Unfortunately that low-risk move hasn’t paid off, as Zambrano went 5-9 with a 4.54 ERA and 83/67 K/BB ratio…

  19. Jose Rijo has been charged with money laundering in the Dominican Republic

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Jose Rijo

    Jose Rijo: really underrated pitcher. Also: he’s had a hot mess of a post-playing career. The latest: A prosecutor in the Dominican Republic says 1990 World Series MVP Jose Rijo has been charged with laundering money for a suspected drug trafficker. Prosecutor Soraime Vargas says about 80 percent of the assets of fugitive drug suspect…

  20. Cliff Lee’s odds of going to Rangers? “Less than 1 percent”

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:48 PM EST

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is pumping the breaks on the Cliff Lee-to-the-Rangers talk, reporting that the odds of Philadelphia trading the left-hander to Texas are “less than one percent.” Sullivan cites an unnamed “industry source” for that assessment, but generally speaking he’s very plugged into the Rangers. This morning rumors started swirling that the Phillies…

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