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  1. Francisco Liriano fans eight Twins in White Sox debut

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Pitching against his old team in his first start for his new one, Francisco Liriano allowed two runs in six innings and struck out eight as the White Sox beat the Twins 4-3 on Tuesday. The game was tied 2-2 after the top of the seventh, so Liriano didn’t factor into the decision. The White…

  2. With game called, Justin Verlander sees long streak end

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Already perhaps done anyway, Justin Verlander‘s streak of 63 straight starts of at least six innings came to an end Tuesday when the Tigers-Red Sox game was delayed by rain and then called in the top of the sixth. Ironically, Verlander got a complete game for his effort in the 4-1 loss to Boston. Verlander…

  3. A.J. Burnett loses no-hitter in eighth

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    11:00 p.m. EDT update: Burnett retired the side in order in the ninth to finish a one-hit shutout of the Cubs. It was his first shutout since 2006, his first year with the Blue Jays, but his 10th overall. He moved to 13-3 with a 3.27 ERA for the season. 10:39 p.m. EDT update: Burnett lost…

  4. Evan Longoria has minor setback on rehab assignment

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT

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    The Rays were hoping to get Evan Longoria back on Friday night. But that’s highly unlikely to happen. From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Longo felt renewed soreness in his left hamstring after playing consecutive rehab games on Sunday and Monday at Triple-A Durham and will be shut…

  5. Josh Beckett hears boos from the Fenway Park crowd as he leaves game with back spasms

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    It’s not often that you hear a player booed in his home stadium while leaving the field with an injury. But that just happened at Boston’s Fenway Park. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett was removed in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Tigers…

  6. Greg Holland taking over as Royals’ closer

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    Dave Eiland, Brayan Pena, Greg Holland

    The Royals dealt closer Jonathan Broxton to the Reds about 30 minutes before this afternoon’s trade deadline. And now it’s time for a fresh face to begin handling save opportunities in Kansas City. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star spoke Tuesday with Royals manager Ned Yost, who named Greg Holland the club’s next ninth-inning…

  7. Joba Chamberlain finally back with Yankees

    Jul 31, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain hasn’t made an appearance in a major league game since June 5, 2011. But that will change this week. According to the Newark Star-Ledger‘s Marc Carig, Chamberlain has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and will be available out of the Bombers’ bullpen for Tuesday’s game against the Orioles. Chamberlain underwent…

  8. Tales of Feliz, Bard figure to scare off future starting conversions

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    If the Reds were still thinking of putting Aroldis Chapman into the rotation next year, today’s announcement will surely give them pause. Former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss most or all of 2013 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. It means two of this year’s…

  9. John Danks needs shoulder surgery, out for season

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    John Danks

    John Danks, who has spent the last month and a half on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, will undergo exploratory surgery and miss the rest of the season. His status for 2013 won’t be known until after the surgery. Danks’ name came up in trade rumors after last season, but the White Sox felt…

  10. Report: Carlos Lee turned down a trade to the Yankees

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    The Marlins got Carlos Lee from the Astros because he didn’t want to go to a contender in Los Angeles. Now they’re stuck with him because he didn’t want to join the Yankees, two sources told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark. Lee presumably would have been picked up by the Yankees in lieu of Casey McGehee, who…

  11. Back injury sends Tommy Hanson to disabled list

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Atlanta acquiring Paul Maholm last night makes even more sense with news that Tommy Hanson is headed to the disabled list with a back injury. Hanson has officially been diagnosed with a strained lower back and revealed that he’s been pitching through the injury since the All-Star break, which explains his 7.45 ERA in four…

  12. Neftali Feliz to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    neftali feliz reuters

    Neftali Feliz‘s season is over, and more than half of his 2013 is gone now too: the Rangers have announced that he’s getting Tommy John surgery. He’s been on the DL since May with a sprained UCL, but it wasn’t getting better and he was scratched from a rehab start Sunday at Double-A Frisco because of…

  13. Rangers demote struggling Roy Oswalt to the bullpen

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    UPDATE: No matter the reason(s) for Oswalt’s struggles, the Rangers have decided to demote him to the bullpen following their trade for Ryan Dempster. Last time Oswalt made more than one relief appearance in a season? As a 23-year-old rookie in 2001. ========== Roy Oswalt got lit up for three homers and a total of…

  14. Orioles place Jim Thome on DL, activate Robert Andino

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jim Thome Getty

    Jim Thome hit reasonably well since jumping into the middle of the Orioles’ lineup a month ago, hitting .261 with two homers and a .746 OPS in 18 games, but now the 41-year-old is on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Thome “will fly to…

  15. The Red Sox trade Lars Anderson to the Indians for … a knuckleballer!

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

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    This may be the last deal to spill out after the deadline: the Indians acquired Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for righty Steven Wright. Anderson was, for a little while there, thought of as a top prospect. He’s struggled so far this year, hitting .259/.359/.415 in 401 plate appearances in his third go-around at Triple-A.…

  16. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Rangers celebrate

    One person’s thoughts on who made out best and worst at the trade deadline. Winners Texas Rangers: GM Jon Daniels wasn’t interested in parting with third baseman Mike Olt, much less shortstop Jurickson Profar, in order to counter the Angels’ Zack Greinke pickup, but he was able to keep his best prospects and land Ryan…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Glen Perkins on the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Late in the afternoon a few reports surfaced that the Dodgers were talking to the Twins about left-hander Glen Perkins, but nothing came out of it. Perkins, however, offered some insight about his trade deadline experience via Twitter: Only thing that materialized was the nugget I dropped in the toilet after eating chipotle for lunch.…

  18. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

  19. Yankees swap Chad Qualls to Pirates for Casey McGehee

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    Four weeks ago the Yankees sent cash to the Phillies for Chad Qualls, but after eight unimpressive appearances he’s on the move again. New York has sent Qualls to Pittsburgh for Casey McGehee, who became superfluous as a right-handed-hitting third baseman/first baseman once the Pirates acquired Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins today. Neither player has…

  20. We weren’t expecting that! The Rangers land Ryan Dempster

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    After more than a week of flirtation with the Dodgers, a brief fling with the Braves, and then some footsie with the Yankees, Ryan Dempster has been traded.  To the Rangers. In exchange, the Cubs get third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks. There were rumblings this morning that the Rangers were involved, but many…

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