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  1. Slumping Mets have little to sell

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Stephen Strasburg made easy work of the Mets lineup on Wednesday, racking up 11 strikeouts while throwing just 94 pitches in seven innings, and the Nationals won 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep in New York. It was the second straight series in which the Mets have been swept. They’re 1-11 since the All-Star break…

  2. Giants still mulling Pablo Sandoval’s DL status

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Pablo Sandoval sustained a strained left hamstring while stretching for a ball at first base last night, but the Giants are gonna wait and see if it warrants a trip to the DL: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval would get aggressive treatment on Wednesday and again when the team has a scheduled day off on Thursday.…

  3. X-rays on Albert Pujols’ elbow injury come back negative

    Jul 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols is out of the Angels’ lineup today after taking a pitch off his elbow last night, but the good  news is that X-rays came back negative. Pujols is officially listed as day-to-day, although with the Angels having tomorrow off they may want to avoid using him as a pinch-hitter to maximize his rest.…

  4. Randy Wells undergoes elbow surgery, likely out for season

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Randy Wells AP

    If the Cubs trade Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza it won’t be Randy Wells stepping into one of the vacant rotation spots, as the right-hander underwent elbow surgery this week. It was arthroscopic, rather than the more serious Tommy John variety, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Wells is all but certain to…

  5. The White Sox want Zack Greinke “badly”

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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    I want you, I want you so bad. I want yooooouuuu, I want you so bad, it’s driving me mad, it’s driving me mad. She’s so HEAVVVVVY!!!! Source continues: #Nationals did not scout #Brewers‘ Greinke last night; appear on periphery at best. #WhiteSox want Greinke badly. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2012   The key…

  6. Will injuries keep Alex Rodriguez from breaking Barry Bonds’ home run record?

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago Alex Rodriguez seemed very likely to finish his career as the all-time home run king. He won the MVP in 2007 with a monster season, hitting .314 with 54 homers, 156 RBIs, and a 1.067 OPS. At that point he was 31 years old with 518 career homers, had hit at…

  7. AT&T Park to host the semifinals and finals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic

    Jul 25, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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    The folks behind the World Baseball Classic — I think it’s the Trilateral Commission and the reverse vampires — announced venues for the the Semi-Finals and Final of the 2013 World Baseball Classic: Phoenix, Miami and San Francisco. The Final will be at AT&T Park.  Second-round games will be held at Marlins Park. First round…

  8. Rockies place Jason Giambi on DL with viral infection

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Colorado opted to shift Michael Cuddyer to first base rather than turning to Jason Giambi as the fill-in for an injured Todd Helton and now Giambi has joined Helton on the disabled list anyway. Giambi was placed on the shelf with a viral infection and the 41-year-old told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that…

  9. The Rays designate Hideki Matsui for assignment

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Looks like the end of the road for Godzilla: The Rays have designated Hideki Matsui for assignment. Matsui was booted to make room on the roster for the recently-acquired Ryan Roberts. From a baseball perspective it’s not a hard call” Matsui was 14-for-95 with two homers and a .435 OPS in 34 games.  There’s clearly nothing…

  10. Wanna buy the Red Sox’s 1912 World Series trophy?

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    If you’re in the market for a century-old World Series trophy, this is your lucky day. According to the Associated Press the Red Sox’s 1912 World Series trophy will be auctioned off at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore next week and the company organizing the auction “expects the trophy will fetch more than…

  11. The Dodgers and Phillies may not be done yet

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    The Phillies signed Cole Hamels. The Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez and may still yet snag Ryan Dempster.  But Ken Rosenthal says that they may hook up for some more deadline dealing: Source: #Dodgers deal for Victorino or Pence possible even if team gets Dempster along with H. Ramirez. LA has been in talks with…

  12. Cardinals call up A’s castoff Brian Fuentes

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Brian Fuentes is back in the majors two weeks after being released by the A’s, as the Cardinals have called up the veteran left-hander. Fuentes was designated for assignment by Oakland after posting a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings and predictably no teams were willing to take on his $5 million contract via waivers. However,…

  13. Really now, what should the Marlins have done?

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    The Monstrosity

    Look, I’d be just as happy to kick Jeffrey Loria to the curb as the rest of you. I’m not going to slam him for all of the sliminess involving the Marlins ballpark deal because in those maneuverings, he’s basically just doing everything Bud Selig wants his owners to do. But, yeah, as far as MLB…

  14. Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother “home safe” after being abducted at gunpoint

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Few details about how Violet Ripken went missing were available initially, but now WUSA9-TV in Maryland reports that she was “abducted at gunpoint from her home Tuesday morning.” Here’s an official statement from the Ripken family: As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning. This has been…

  15. Other owners “concerned” about the Marlins’ moves, sun rising in east

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Edwin Rodriguez, Jeffrey Loria

    This is a rather fun tweet: In the upper offices of other clubs–where they worry about big-picture health of baseball–there is some concern about the Marlins’ moves. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 25, 2012   Not sure I get it. Why would other owners be concerned? They certainly can’t be surprised. This is the guy…

  16. David Ortiz is out of his walking boot, close to swinging bat

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz‘s recovery from an Achilles’ tendon injury is going well enough that the Red Sox designated hitter is out of his protective walking boot and told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he hopes to begin swinging a bat as soon as this weekend. Before then Ortiz will be reevaluated by team doctors Friday, which…

  17. The Yankees are considering a run at Chase Headley

    Jul 25, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Chase Headley AP

    The Yankees have lost their third baseman for 6-8 weeks. Ramiro Pena is not the long term answer. So what’s a team to do?  How about trade for the guy who, as of now, is the most desirable third baseman on the market: The Yankees will be considering all 3B options, including Chase Headley, who’d…

  18. Zack Greinke: “I don’t really look forward to being traded”

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Milwaukee skipping Zack Greinke‘s turn in the rotation last week so he could “recharge his batteries” worked out pretty well, as Greinke returned last night with seven innings of one-run ball in what may be his final Brewers start. Afterward he declined to discuss the specifics of any contract extension talks, although he did apologize…

  19. The Phillies officially announce the details of the Hamels deal

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Deep thoughts: Cole Hamels will be in his age 34 season when his giant deal ends. Ryan Howard is in his age 32 season as his giant deal starts. See: our Ruben is learning! Anyway, to make it all official-like — and to show you guys that the official Phillies Twitter has not blocked me…

  20. A’s turned down trade for Hanley Ramirez in which Marlins would have eaten $20 million

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    Before trading Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers the Marlins offered to eat a big portion of his contract in a potential deal with the A’s. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com prior to the Dodgers making their strong interest in Ramirez known the Marlins were discussing a trade in which they would have paid “about…

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