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  1. Shane Victorino is finally close to rejoining the Red Sox

    Jul 17, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Shane Victorino landed on the disabled list in May after he aggravated a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback in June due to a back issue, but he’s finally close to rejoining the Red Sox.

  2. Blue Jays move prospect Aaron Sanchez to bullpen in Triple-A; majors the next step?

    Jul 17, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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    Aaron Sanchez is considered the Blue Jays’ top pitching prospect, but the team appears prepared to give him his first taste of the majors in a relief role.

  3. Yankees sign Rich Hill

    Jul 17, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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    The Yankees are the third organization for Rich Hill in the space of three weeks.

  4. Report: Blue Jays have “checked on” free agent Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 17, 2014, 7:32 PM EDT

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    In search of offense amid the injuries to Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and Brett Lawrie, the Blue Jays have checked in on the recently-released Alfonso Soriano.

  5. Padres set for another round of general manager interviews next week

    Jul 17, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT

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    The Padres are down to four candidates for the job.

  6. Mariners, Rays discussing David Price, Ben Zobrist trade

    Jul 17, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

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    The Mariners might give up a big chunk of their future in an effort to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

  7. Dontrelle Willis is playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish now

    Jul 17, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    When last we checked in with Dontrelle Willis the former Rookie of the Year had been released by the Giants in April and was talking about potentially becoming a pitching coach.

  8. When did national baseball broadcasts cease focusing on the game?

    Jul 17, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

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    There were 49 minutes of programming before a pitch was thrown on Tuesday night. This is a problem.

  9. Rays place Ryan Hanigan on the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Ryan Hanigan’s strained oblique muscle didn’t get any better during the All-Star break, so the Rays have placed the catcher on the disabled list retroactive to July 9.

  10. No, seven inning games are not a solution to baseball’s problems

    Jul 17, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

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    There is some lower-level Baseball Is Dyingism in a recent column by Dan Bickley. It’s similar to a lot of Baseball Is Dyingism.

  11. White Sox sign Chien-Ming Wang

    Jul 17, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Wang won 19 games in back-to-back seasons for the Yankees in 2006 and 2007, but since then he’s logged a total of 259 innings with a 5.67 ERA while repeatedly being sidelined by injuries.

  12. Tyler Chatwood needs Tommy John surgery

    Jul 17, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

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    Chatwood started 20 games with a 3.15 ERA for the Rockies last season as a 23-year-old, but made it just four starts this season before being shut down and is now likely to miss most of 2015 as well.

  13. Brewers and Padres continue to pass Irving Falu around

    Jul 17, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Journeyman infielder Irving Falu began this season with the Brewers, got claimed off waivers by the Padres on June 26, and has now been claimed back off waivers by the Brewers today.

  14. Blue Jays claim one-dollar man Brad Mills off waivers from A’s

    Jul 17, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Last month the A’s bought left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers for the princely sum of one dollar. Then, after promoting him to the majors and giving him three starts the A’s designated him assignment. And now the Blue Jays have claimed Mills off waivers.

  15. HBT Daily: The second half’s headlines today

    Jul 17, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

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    And a look at the first half’s biggest takeaway

  16. Anthony Rendon: “I don’t watch baseball … it’s too long and boring”

    Jul 17, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rendon definitely didn’t mind missing out on the All-Star game.

  17. Some new research could upset some long-held notions about hot streaks

    Jul 17, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Some old conventional wisdom — seemingly debunked by older studies — may have new currency thanks to a new one.

  18. Would the Dodgers make a run at Jonathan Papelbon as a (really expensive) setup man?

    Jul 17, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has made it very clear that he’d waive his veto rights and welcome a trade to a contender, and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles talked to “a baseball source” who expects the Dodgers to make a run for the 33-year-old right-hander.

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