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  1. Padres’ Clayton Richard undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    Padres’ left-hander Clayton Richard will miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Friday, the Associated Press reports. Richard was originally placed on the disabled list earlier this month with what was termed as a strained left shoulder. Padres manager Bud Black said the exploratory surgery was deemed necessary after his…

  2. Erik Bedard knocked around in audition for possible trade

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    We learned earlier this week that the Red Sox and Yankees were expected to have scouts in attendance for Erik Bedard‘s first start back from the disabled list last night against the Rays. Well, let’s just say he didn’t help his trade value at all. Bedard, who missed a month with a sprained left knee,…

  3. Phillies expected to send Domonic Brown to minors to make room for Hunter Pence

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    I hope you’re happy, Phillies fans. While the Phillies were able to acquire All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence from the Astros last night, we’ll still have to be subjected to Raul Ibanez in left field on a regular basis. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Phillies plan to send Domonic Brown down to the minors…

  4. Report: Tigers calling up top pitching prospect Jacob Turner

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    jacob turner

    UPDATE: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Turner will make his first major league start today against the Angels, though it’s said to be a “one-shot deal” as the Tigers hope to acquire Doug Fister. 8:40 AM: Here’s an interesting one. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Tigers are calling up top prospect right-hander Jacob…

  5. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Edwin Jackson made his Cardinals’ debut last night and tossed seven innings of one-run ball as part of a 9-2 victory over the Cubs. He was aided by a three-run homer by David Freese, three RBI off the bench by Ryan Theriot and Albert Pujols, who pulled an RBI double down the third base line…

  6. Phillies pay heavy price for overvalued Hunter Pence

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Phillies got their middle-of-the-order hitter Friday, picking up two-time All-Star Hunter Pence from the Astros for first baseman Jonathan Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid and a still undisclosed fourth player. It’s the right-handed bat the Phillies felt they needed to slot in behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the order.  Pence,…

  7. Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from Astros

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    10:00 p.m EDT update: CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury confirms the deal, with the Phillies giving up Singleton, Cosart, pitching prospect Josh Reid and a fourth player still to be determined for Pence. 9:00 p.m. EDT update: Rosenthal reports that the Astros will get first baseman Jonathan Singleton, right-hander Jarred Cosart and two players to be named…

  8. Hideki Irabu’s death confirmed to be a suicide

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that Hideki Irabu committed suicide by hanging himself. The 42-year-old former Yankees pitcher dd not leave a note. Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter says a friend found Irabu dead in his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes on Wednesday afternoon.…

  9. Rosenthal: Tigers willing to part with No. 1 prospect for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers have strong interest in Ubaldo Jimenez and that they’re willing to give up their most prized minor leaguer to get him. That minor leaguer would be 20-year-old Jacob Turner, who has gone 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie…

  10. Shortstop now the priority for St. Louis

    Jul 29, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    After addressing their rotation and the bullpen with Wednesday’s Colby Rasmus swap, the Cardinals are looking for shortstop help, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He hears that a move is likely and that it could be a “difference-maker.” Of course, there isn’t really much for difference makers on the shortstop market. …

  11. Nate McLouth joins Jordan Schafer on DL for Braves

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    Atlanta is down its top two center fielders after Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list Friday due to a lower abdominal strain. Jordan Schafer was previously placed on the DL on Wednesday because of a chip fracture in his left middle finger. Taking McLouth’s place on the roster and making his major league…

  12. Aramis Ramirez shuts the door on trade rumors

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    After weeks of talk that he’d use his no-trade clause to block any deal out of Chicago, Aramis Ramirez appeared to leave the door open for a deal on Thursday by saying “if they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in, so we’ll see.” On Friday, though, he removed any doubt about his desire to remain…

  13. After 87 strikeouts and three homers, Jack Cust gets the boot

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    A colossal flop as Seattle’s designated hitter, Jack Cust was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Erik Bedard on the roster. Cust had just three homers and 23 RBI in 225 at-bats for the Mariners.  He was getting on base at a .344 clip, but his slugging percentage of .329 was barely above…

  14. GM Walt Jocketty says Reds won’t be sellers

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Even after getting swept at home in a four-game series by the Mets and falling five games under .500, the Reds won’t be sellers, GM Walt Jocketty said Friday. Jocketty also worked to dispel the notion that the Reds could trade Ramon Hernandez while trying to stay in the race.  According to John Fay, Jocketty…

  15. Shin-Soo Choo looking at a mid-August return

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Jordan Bastian tweets that Shin-Soo Choo hopes to rejoin the Indians during a series against the White Sox from August 16-18. Choo resumed baseball activities this week — hitting off a tee, mostly — and all seems to be fine.  The Indians haven’t given an official timetable for his return, but after a terrible season…

  16. Denard Span hoping to return from concussion this weekend

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    As trade rumors continue to swirl around him, Twins center fielder Denard Span is finally on the verge of returning from the concussion that has sidelined him for the past two months. Span, who’s been rehabbing at Triple-A for the past two weeks while taking multiple days off, told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star…

  17. Ryan Langerhans traded to the Diamondbacks

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Finally! After weeks of rumors we can finally put all of this “where will Ryan Langerhans go?” speculation to bed! Oh, wait there wasn’t any.  But it is the “trade deadline,” not just the “Hunter Pence Trade Deadline” so you should know that Ryan Langerhans has been traded by the Mariners to the Diamondbacks for…

  18. Yankees activate Rafael Soriano from disabled list

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano is back from the disabled list after being sidelined since mid-May with an elbow injury. Joe Girardi once indicated that he’d turn right back to Soriano as the Yankees’ primary eighth-inning guy when healthy, but he seems to have softened on that stance somewhat recently and it’s hard to imagine David Robertson losing…

  19. Tigers out on Hiroki Kuroda, in on Doug Fister?

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Doug Fister

    According to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, the Tigers have dropped out of the running for Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, while FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that they’re now talking to the Mariners about Doug Fister and a reliever. Morosi spent several years covering the Tigers for the Detroit Free Press, so his sources with the club…

  20. The A’s are going to trade Andrew Bailey to the Rangers? Really?

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Color me dubious, but Brady Tinker of Fox Southwest reports that the A’s and Rangers are talking about a trade involving Andrew Bailey. Why the A’s would trade their closer to a division rival is an open question.  Of course, the Rangers are said to be involved in intense talks with the Padres about Heath Bell,…

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