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  1. Mets welcome back Jason Bay from concussion

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Jason Bay is back from the disabled list, returning to the Mets’ active roster after missing the past month with a concussion. Bay went 3-for-10 with three walks while rehabbing at Triple-A and, more importantly considering his history, hasn’t experienced any post-concussion symptoms. Bay got off to a decent start this season, but then missed…

  2. Missing you, ‘Cepts

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EST


    I still talk to our old friend Halladay’s Bicep[t]s on Twitter sometimes.  He sends me Phillies links. Then he begs me to un-ban him. Then we have these kinds of conversations following a report from Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes: @craigcalcaterra Here is the the cultural disparity that I talk about. David Oriz talks about…

  3. Robert Andino joins Brian Roberts on the disabled list

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Robert Andino

    Baltimore is already without Brian Roberts and the man who’s filled in for him at second base for most of the past two seasons, Robert Andino, has now joined him on the disabled list. Andino strained his left shoulder diving for a ball Sunday. Or as manager Buck Showalter put it: “He’s got some fibers…

  4. David Ortiz: “I’m in a lot of pain”

    Jul 17, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    It doesn’t sound like David Ortiz is doing so well. The Red Sox’ DH hurt himself last night and had his MRI today, but it sounds pretty ugly: “They already did the MRI, and the doctors will give me the results this afternoon,” Ortiz told Enrique Rojas of “I don’t have anything broken, but…

  5. Matt Joyce rejoins Rays after month-long oblique injury

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Matt Joyce

    Tampa Bay’s struggling offense gets a boost tonight, as Matt Joyce returns from the disabled list after missing the past month with an oblique injury. Joyce went 2-for-8 with a double in two games at Single-A and his return as the Rays’ primary right fielder means that Ben Zobrist will shift from the outfield to…

  6. Dempster could be traded by the end of the week

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    If the Nationals, Red Sox, Braves, Tigers, Dodgers or whoever else is interested in Ryan Dempster wants him, they need to act now: An exec of one team talking to the #Cubs said today they’re working hard to move Ryan Dempster “by the end of the week.” — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 17, 2012   Makes…

  7. White Sox place Gavin Floyd on DL, activate Philip Humber

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Gavin Floyd

    Gavin Floyd was scratched from his scheduled Monday start with an elbow injury that the White Sox hoped would prove minor, but today they placed him on the disabled list. The move was made to create a roster opening for Philip Humber, who returns from the DL after missing the past month with an elbow…

  8. You can never have too much of a good thing: the Nationals want pitching

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    The Nationals have the best rotation in the game, but Ken Rosenthal reports that that’s not stopping them from wanting to get better: The team is exploring trades for starting pitchers, including Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, according to major-league sources. They’re serious about shutting down Stephen Strasburg, it seems. And even if they aren’t, when was the last…

  9. Phillies activate Roy Halladay from DL for tonight’s start

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

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    As expected the Phillies have activated Roy Halladay from the disabled list after the two-time Cy Young winner missed the past seven weeks with a shoulder injury. Halladay, who had a 3.98 ERA and 56/14 K/BB ratio in 72 innings before the injury, will start tonight against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He tuned up…

  10. Gumbel: the Hall of Fame risks making a mockery of itself

    Jul 17, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    Barry Bonds first pitch NLCS

    Bryant Gumbel’s latest installment of Gumbel to Gumbel, wait, sorry, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel airs tonight. And in his closing remarks he simultaneously defends Reggie Jackson — who I’ve lambasted over his comments on the worthiness of his fellow Hall of Famers — and argues for the inclusion of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens,…

  11. Vernon Wells nearing return, but do Angels want him back?

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

    Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Vernon Wells is close to returning from a torn thumb ligament that has sidelined him since mid-May, but with Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and Torii Hunter entrenched as the Angels’ starting outfield and Kendry Morales playing every day at designated hitter … well, do they even want him back? Wells had a miserable 2011 and…

  12. Reggie Jackson to rejoin Yankees just in time to skip the Hall of Fame inductions

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Reggie Jackson

    They Yankees seem to be saving Reggie Jackson from himself. Or at least from the wrath of dudes like Don Sutton and Phil Niekro. The New York Post reports that the Yankees will reinstate (or whatever, considering his job is kind of amorphous) Mr. October in time for this weekend’s series against the A’s in…

  13. Blue Jays put Jose Bautista on DL with wrist injury, call up speedster Anthony Gose

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

    John Farrell, Jose Bautista

    Initial tests on Jose Bautista‘s wrist injury showed nothing broken, but the Blue Jays have placed the slugger on the disabled list with what they’re officially calling wrist inflammation. No word yet on his potential return timetable, as he’s expected to undergo further testing to rule out anything more serious. In the meantime the Blue…

  14. Justin Upton may accept trades to teams on his no-trade list

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Justin Upton

    Yesterday we learned that Justin Upton has the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Indians on his no-trade list. Today we learn that everything is negotiable: Justin Upton has 4 teams on no-trade list, but agent Larry Reynolds said it would not preclude Upton from accepting a trade there. #Dbacks — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 17,…

  15. Neftali Feliz starts rehab stint after missing two months

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Out since mid-May with a sprained elbow, Neftali Feliz began a minor-league rehab assignment yesterday with two innings at Double-A. Feliz showed some rust, walking two batters and needing 40 pitches to get through two frames, but also got four of his six outs via strikeouts and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that his…

  16. The Chase Headley market is shrinking!

    Jul 17, 2012, 11:05 AM EST

    Chase Headley

    July 5:’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, Pirates and at least two other teams have “some level of interest in” Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Today: There are now six teams in trade discussions with Padres regarding Chase Headley who in all likelihood will be dealt by deadline — JIM BOWDEN…

  17. The Tigers are interested in Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:31 AM EST

    stephen drew getty

    Get the Yankees involved in this deal and we can do another blockbuster! Rosenthal: The Detroit Tigers have shown interest in Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts, major-league sources told … It’s not clear how advanced the talks are, but sources say there has been dialogue between the clubs on scenarios involving one…

  18. Brett Gardner had another setback, may miss rest of season

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Brett Gardner has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from an elbow injury that was initially deemed minor and the Yankees left fielder is now in danger of missing the remainder of the season. Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner had to be shut down due to soreness in his…

  19. Woman accused of stalking Theo Epstein

    Jul 17, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Theo Epstein stalker

    He’s not with the Red Sox anymore, but it seems that Theo is STILL in competition with Brian Cashman … A Massachusetts woman was arrested in Wrigleyville Monday night and charged with stalking Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Kathleen Kearney, 44, from Canton, Mass., was charged with two felony counts of stalking, according…

  20. We live in an age of “paradoxical pharamacological puritanism”

    Jul 17, 2012, 9:41 AM EST


    Via Sullivan, a pretty great essay by Greg Downey about just how irrational the anti-PED crusade is in sports. After an extended — really, really extended history of doping in sports — Downey notes that, hey, the entire world is using various forms of steroids and other performance enhancers yet, for some reason, athletes are…

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