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  1. The A’s, Blue Jays and Red Sox are interested in Hanley Ramirez

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    hanley getty

    This morning we heard that the Marlins are making Hanley Ramirez available. Bob Nightengale reports that he’s in demand: The Oakland #Athletics,desperate for infield help,have jumped into trade talks for #Marlins Hanley Ramirez, joining #BlueJays and #RedSox. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 24, 2012 He’d represent an upgrade for the A’s, no doubt. At least…

  2. Frank Francisco’s return from oblique injury delayed by knee problems

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    Frank Francisco was supposed to begin a minor-league rehab assignment today for his oblique injury, but those plans have been pushed back because the Mets closer is having knee problems. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Francisco threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday at Citi Field, but woke up yesterday with “right knee…

  3. Quote of the Day: Ken Rosenthal slams the Marlins

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    This is sharp, but it’s oh, so true: Monday’s trade — right-hander Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to the Tigers for right-hander Jacob Turner, catcher Rob Brantly and left-hander Brian Flynn, along with an exchange of competitive-balance picks — was not the start of a fire sale. It actually was worse — an admission by the Marlins that they didn’t know what…

  4. Rangers consider moving Alexi Ogando back into rotation

    Jul 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando‘s versatility has basically allowed the Rangers to move him back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen based on whichever spot has been wrecked more by injuries. He’s thrived in both roles and with Colby Lewis out for the season following Tommy John elbow surgery, Neftali Feliz on the disabled list with…

  5. Ryan Dempster is withholding approval of the trade because he got “blindsided”

    Jul 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Dale Sveum may want to say that the Ryan Dempster-to-Atlanta trade was a “fabrication” and an invention of “the Twitters,” and Dempster himself may want to say “THERE IS NO TRADE,” but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN is reporting that (a) the trade was very real; (b) Dempster initially suggested that he would approve of it;…

  6. Jon Lester will stay in Red Sox rotation to face Yankees

    Jul 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Jon Lester reacts at end of second inning after he gave up six runs to New York Yankees in their MLB game in New York

    Following his latest ugly outing Sunday there was speculation that Boston would remove Jon Lester from the rotation, but instead the Red Sox will keep him on schedule to start again Saturday and simply adjust his between-starts routine a bit. In what manager Bobby Valentine called “a nice proactive plan” Lester will prepare for Saturday’s…

  7. Shocker: Snooki got booed at the Mets game last night

    Jul 24, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi And Her Fiance Jionni LaValle Visit Citi Field

    Much to Evan Longoria’s chagrin — and the chagrin of anyone else with taste and a sense of human decency — that Snooki person made an appearance at the Mets game last night. And you’ll be shocked to hear this, but she got booed: Snooki appears on CitiField scoreboard for “Let’s Go Mets” message. Booing…

  8. The Angels trade for Barry Enright

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Enright_Barry

    Hey, it may not be a big trade, but it is a trade: the Angels acquired righty Barry Enright from the D-backs in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. Can’t decide if I’d be insulted of flattered to be traded for cash. Anyway, this is a depth move, as Enright has…

  9. Nolan Ryan says Josh Hamilton is giving at bats away

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Early this season it looked like it’d be impossible for the Rangers to let Josh Hamilton walk when he hits free agency this fall. Then Hamilton started to skid and he hasn’t stopped. In June he hit .223/.318/.436. In July he’s hitting .172/.242/.345. He has a grand total of seven homers in those two months.…

  10. The Marlins are definitely considering moving Hanley Ramirez

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Last week there was some brief brouhaha over the Marlins trading Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox for Carl Crawford, but that died pretty quickly and, in hindsight, seems like one of those “I’m bored, what do you wanna do/I don’t know, what do you wanna do” conversations.  But the Marlins may be a bit…

  11. What does Dave Winfield think about Ichiro wearing his number?

    Jul 24, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Dave Winfield

    This is what he thinks: Everyone’s asking about my thoughts on @yankees latest #31 Ichiro. I don’t know how many wore it before or after me but I wore it the best. — Dave Winfield (@DaveWinfieldHOF) July 24, 2012 Bob Wickman, Javier Vazquez and Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens beg to differ. For that matter so…

  12. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or — and I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it — Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that’s…

  13. See Jorge Soler’s first professional home run

    Jul 24, 2012, 3:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Soler

    The Cubs’ prized Cuban defector Jorge Soler, who was signed to a nine-year, $30 million contract earlier this year, hit his first home run for the AZL Cubs on Sunday, and since we’re lucky enough to be living in 2012, there’s video evidence to prove it: The 20-year-old Soler was playing in just his second…

  14. Mariners send down .189-hitting Justin Smoak

    Jul 24, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

    Justin Smoak

    The Mariners have finally seen enough; Justin Smoak was demoted after a fourth straight hitless game Monday in the loss to the Yankees. He was 1-for-20 with 12 strikeouts over his previous six games, dropping his average to .189. In truth, the Mariners likely would have sent Smoak to Triple-A  few weeks ago had they…

  15. Ichiro singles in first at-bat as Yankees top Mariners

    Jul 24, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    The Yankees ended their season-high four-game losing streak Monday, but this one was all about Ichiro Suzuki. Facing his old teammates in the ballpark in which he spent 11 1/2 seasons, Ichiro got a huge ovation in his first at-bat for the Yankees and responded by bowing towards the Safeco Field crowd. He then promptly…

  16. K-Rod blows save, feels really bad about it

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez took to twitter after giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning and taking a blown save and a loss Monday against the Phillies. This one was ugly, but it was K-Rod’s first blown save in three tries since he replaced John Axford in the closer’s role for the Brewers. It…

  17. Phillies, Cole Hamels continue to work at extension

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies and Cole Hamels are continuing extension talks with just barely more than a week left to go before the trade deadling. “They’re trying — actively trying,” a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNPhilly.com on Monday afternoon. “They’re making offers.” Salisbury reports that the Phillies are…

  18. Jeff Samardzija allows one hit over eight innings in beating Pirates

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    In a pitcher’s duel that included just six hits, the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija was a little better than the Pirates’ Erik Bedard Monday, leading to a 2-0 win for the Cubs. Andrew McCutchen‘s infield single in the fourth was the only hit Samardzija gave up in eight innings of work. The Pirates got another single…

  19. Josh Johnson brilliant before exiting with finger injury

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson appeared well on his way to turning in his best start of the season Monday, pitching six innings of one-hit ball against the Braves before leaving with skin irritation on his right middle finger. The Marlins went on to win 2-1. It sounds like Johnson got out early enough before a nasty blister…

  20. Change of plans: Lucas Duda to stay in majors for now

    Jul 23, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Lucas Duda Getty

    UPDATE: It looks like Pedro Beato‘s poor performance tonight saved Duda from a demotion. Beato gave up four runs over one-third of an inning in the 10th inning tonight against the Nationals, after which he was sent to the minors. 9:30 PM: The Mets need to clear a spot on their roster for top prospect…

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