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  1. Dale Sveum calls the Dempster deal a “fabrication,” blames the Internet for … something

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

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    I get the idea that the Dempster deal was reported somewhat prematurely — though, notably, no one reported that the deal was finalized — but this seems a bit much: Sveum also denies a deal. “Fabrication.” Says it’s unfair to Dempster to have to deal with this. — Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 23, 2012 Sveum: “The Twitter,…

  2. Not so fast: Ryan Dempster says “THERE IS NO TRADE”

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

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    So everyone — Atlanta reporters, Chicago reporters and national reporters — is running with the Ryan Dempster-to-Atlanta trade.  Only one problem: Ryan Dempster seems to not know about it: THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from! — Dempster Foundation (@RyanDempsterFDN) July 23, 2012 And his knowledge of this is rather important…

  3. Cubs and Dodgers talking Matt Garza-for-Zach Lee swap

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

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    Last week reports had the Dodgers talking to the Cubs about starting pitching while being more interested in Matt Garza than Ryan Dempster. Now that Dempster has been traded to the Braves, this report from Jim Bowden of ESPN.com makes sense: He says the Cubs and Dodgers “continue trade discussions” on a deal that would…

  4. In Dempster for Delgado, the Braves are going all-in for this year

    Jul 23, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

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    At the moment, Ryan Dempster stands a much better opportunity to help the Braves catch the Nationals or, at the very least, make the playoffs than does Randall Delgado.  Over the next five years — the time which the Cubs will control Delgado — they will almost certainly reap more value from him than Atlanta…

  5. Gavin Floyd returns from disabled list for tonight’s start

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

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    Out since July 7 with a sore elbow, Gavin Floyd is back from the disabled list and will start tonight versus Minnesota. Floyd has struggled against the Twins throughout his career, going 5-11 with a 5.87 ERA in 17 starts, and that includes 1-7 with an 8.06 ERA since 2010. Prior to the injury Floyd…

  6. Bud Selig doubles down (or is it triples down?) on the “no one wants replay” thing

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    Bud Selig was on the Waddle and Silvy show and went farther than he ever has on the “no one wants replay” thing. And, once again, pointed to attendance as the reason why no innovation is needed: When I said there is no appetite for further replay I wasn’t kidding. There’s none. There’s some people…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman is on fire since getting a cortisone shot

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:16 PM EST

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    A cortisone injection has saved Ryan Zimmerman‘s season. As of June 23 he was struggling to play through right shoulder problems, hitting just .218 overall, and in the midst of a 13-for-78 (.167) slump. The next day Zimmerman got a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder and he’s been on a ridiculous tear ever since.…

  8. UPDATE: Ryan Dempster traded to the Braves for Randall Delgado — maybe

    Jul 23, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Dave Kaplan of CSNChiago.com is reporting that Dempster has not yet approved the trade, as he must, as a 10-5 guy.  Dempster himself tweeted from his own Twitter account that there is no trade, at least not yet.  It’d be weird for this many reporters to report this much on such a deal from…

  9. Angels to keep struggling Ervin Santana on “out count”

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    Ervin Santana‘s brutal season continued Saturday, as he failed to make it out of the second inning against the Rangers while serving up three homers and allowing six runs. Santana is now 4-10 with a 6.00 ERA and 23 homers allowed in 111 innings and the Angels are 5-14 when he starts compared to 47-30…

  10. The Giants are interested in Chris Perez

    Jul 23, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

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    The Giants lost their outspoken, eccentric closer with imaginative facial hair before the season began, so they apparently need a new outspoken, eccentric closer with imaginative facial hair. The Indians’ Chris Perez: The San Francisco Giants, seeking late-inning help, are interested in Perez, according to major-league sources. The Indians could entertain moving Perez for two…

  11. Josh Hamilton is hitting .201 in his last 40 games

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Josh Hamilton went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts last night, chasing a bunch of pitches out of the strike zone in the process, and now has a batting average below .300 and a slugging percentage below .600 for the first time this season. That doesn’t sound so bad, of course, but considering how ridiculous Hamilton’s numbers…

  12. Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez gets three birthday cakes from the Indians

    Jul 23, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

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    Let no one say that the Cleveland Indians don’t have a sense of humor. Roberto Hernandez, who used to be known as Fausto Carmona, returned to the Indians yesterday after spending months in the Dominican Republic trying to get a visa in the wake of his identity fraud beef.  And, in welcoming him back, his…

  13. Ron Washington on Mike Trout: “He’s not Willie Mays”

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    Mike Trout has hit .441 with two homers, three steals, six walks, nine RBIs, and eight runs in nine games against Texas this season, but Rangers manager Ron Washington isn’t quite ready to induct him into Cooperstown yet: He’s not Willie Mays. He’s a pretty good player, but I think the comparisons have to stop.…

  14. Photo of the Day: First pitch Vader

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

    Vader

    This is the first pitch at yesterday’s Rays-Mariners game. I find the lack of control disturbing:

  15. Rays sticking with washed-up, .147-hitting Hideki Matsui

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Tampa Bay called up Hideki Matsui last month despite his hitting just .170 in 13 games at Triple-A, so the fact that they’re now sticking with him despite his hitting .147 in 34 games in the majors follows that same line of (weird) thinking. Matsui is 38 years old and hasn’t been healthy and productive…

  16. Evan Longoria is not impressed with MLB promoting Snooki

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

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    More Twitter fun. Last night MLB promoted some “Jersey Shore” Snooki tie-in thing in which that Snooki person will be at the Mets game tonight: MTV star @snooki bringing her fist pumping to Citi Field Monday: atmlb.com/NN29Hr — MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2012 Rays third baseman Evan Longoria saw that and asked a good question:…

  17. Roy Oswalt’s bad back is giving him problems again

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Back problems had Roy Oswalt contemplating retirement before he eventually decided to continue pitching and signed with the Rangers, but now he’ll miss at least one start with lower back soreness. Oswalt was scheduled to start today versus the Red Sox, but instead he’ll be examined by doctors in Houston and Scott Feldman will take…

  18. Top prospect Matt Harvey to make Mets debut Thursday

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    By finally ditching Miguel Batista the Mets have cleared the path for Matt Harvey to make his big-league debut and the 23-year-old top prospect will be called up to start Thursday versus the Diamondbacks. Harvey, who was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of North Carolina, actually struggled…

  19. What the heck happened with Chip Caray’s twitter feed last night?

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Chip Caray

    This is … odd. Chip Caray’s Twitter feed last night tweeted the following, which appears to be Caray snarking on a news headline regarding the Aurora shooting to make an anti-Obama point (i.e. the “brighter day” will come when Obama is voted-out in Novemeber): As The Outside Corner blog details, Caray’s followers called him out…

  20. Are we supposed to ignore the Orioles’ run differential?

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:32 AM EST

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    The Orioles have allowed far more runs than they’ve scored this year. In fact, they’ve allowed 44 more runs than they’ve scored, which has led many — myself included — to believe that they’ve out-performed their talent level this season and are due for a downward correction. Their actual record: 51-44. The record a team…

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