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  1. Joe Blanton: “There’s zero percent chance I’ll start this year”

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Blanton may come back from an elbow injury to pitch again this season, but it won’t be as a starter. Blanton told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “there’s a zero percent chance I’ll start this year” because “there’s just not enough time” to build up his arm strength after missing the past two months.…

  2. Now that Beltran is gone, everyone wants … Ryan Ludwick?

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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    We figured that everyone looking for a bat at the deadline would wait until after Carlos Beltran got moved to swoop in for the second tier.  That seems to be happening at least with Ryan Ludwick, as Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies, Braves, Reds and Indians are all interested. Maybe the Indians is old information…

  3. Jed Lowrie is on the comeback trail from shoulder injury

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Out since mid-June with a shoulder injury, Jed Lowrie made a big step in his recovery yesterday by taking live swings for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Lowrie took swings off a tee earlier this week and was happy enough with how he felt that the Red Sox cleared him…

  4. David Einhorn’s buy-in to the Mets is almost done

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed.  The good one, I mean, whichever that one is.  Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times: The Mets’ deal to sell…

  5. Dusty Baker questions Bronson Arroyo’s health after latest poor start

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo throwing

    Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in six innings yesterday, giving up at least four runs for the six straight start as manager Dusty Baker wondered publicly whether the veteran right-hander is pitching hurt: I don’t know. We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong. Everybody’s a little banged up.…

  6. The Red Sox are “very concerned” about Clay Buchholz

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are “very concerned” that Clay Buchholz is dealing with a structural issue in his back — perhaps a broken bone as opposed to the muscle strain currently listed as what’s ailing him —  and may not be back any time soon. This is trouble, and may…

  7. Carlos Beltran “the symbol of failed expectations”

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    You’d think that after he was actually traded that New York columnists would stop blaming Carlos Beltran for everything that’s wrong with the Mets.  But I suppose until he plays his first game with the Giants there’s still time to slam him as he walks out the door and pretend that he took more from…

  8. The Yankees like Hiroki Kuroda, but he likes L.A.

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Joel Sherman reports that the Yankees have been in “regular contact” with the Dodgers about starter Hiroki Kuroda.  Kuroda, however, told MLB.com last night that “My honest feeling is that I can’t fathom wearing another uniform than the Dodgers uniform right now.” And given that he has a full no-trade clause, he doesn’t have to wear…

  9. Get used to the “Roger Maris for the Hall of Fame” arguments

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Roger Maris

    At the Winter Meetings this December the Veteran’s Committee will be looking at players from the so-called “Golden Era” of 1947-72 for induction into the Hall of Fame.  One of the candidates for whom I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of agitating is Roger Maris. Via a link at Baseball Think Factory we are…

  10. Of course Colby Rasmus’ dad ripped Tony La Russa yesterday

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    Here’s something you coulda set your watch to yesterday: as soon as Colby Rasmus was clear of the Cardinals, his father, Tony Rasmus, slammed Tony La Russa.  He claimed that, contrary to what La Russa says, he wasn’t working with Colby on his hitting. He thinks that La Russa is simply a control freak who…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    Angels 3, Indians 1: The no hitter for Ervin Santana.  We told the story as it happened yesterday, broke out some analysis of it a bit thereafter and threw on some perspective a bit after that.  Most notable: man, I had no idea that the game started at noon, so it was the sixth inning…

  12. Mets hold firm, get best available prospect for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE, 11:13 PM: Beltran has accepted the trade, which will be made official on Thursday morning. 3:30 PM: It’s not official yet — because Carlos Beltran has no-trade protection, he can’t be officially moved until 24 hours after the deal is agreed to — but all indications are that the Mets are sending their All-Star…

  13. UPDATE: Giants not releasing Pat Burrell on Thursday

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

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    According to our good friends at CSNBayArea.com, the Giants are planning to release veteran outfielder Pat Burrell when their trade for Carlos Beltran is made final on Thursday afternoon. The Giants will also option Brandon Belt back to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the 25-man roster. Dumping Burrell clears a spot on the…

  14. Rickie Weeks leaves with ugly ankle injury, headed to DL

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

    Cubs Brewers Baseball

    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was pulled from Wednesday night’s game against the Cubs after suffering what looked to be a serious left ankle injury on a play at first base in the second inning. Weeks landed awkwardly on the first base bag after beating out an infield single and immediately hit the ground in…

  15. Roy Oswalt completes four-inning Triple-A rehab start

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com passes along word that Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt allowed just one hit (a home run) over four innings Wednesday in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Oswalt threw 72 pitches, 41 of which were strikes. He walked two batters but struck out four. The veteran right-hander is expected to make…

  16. Shin-Soo Choo making progress, will hit off tee Thursday

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is on the right track to this point in his ongoing recovery from late-June surgery on his fractured left thumb. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Korean-born outfielder has been playing catch comfortably from a distance of 90 feet and is scheduled to hit baseballs off a tee Thursday…

  17. Wily Mo Pena signs minor league deal with the Mariners

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    There were four teams interested, but Wily Mo Pena couldn’t get a major league deal after the Diamondbacks decided to part ways with him.  Instead, he signed with the Mariners on Wednesday, agreeing to a deal that would allow him to head back out into free agency if he isn’t called up in September. Pena…

  18. Ron Washington to Neftali Feliz: show me some fire

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz, Ron Washington

    At least he didn’t question his cojones. Rangers manager Ron Washington wants a more intense Neftali Feliz on the mound the next time his team has a save situation, saying he wants to see some “fire” from the 23-year-old closer. “I’d like to see more,” Washington told the Dallas Morning News. “When he comes in…

  19. No B.J. Upton for Rays, Ian Desmond for Nationals tonight

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Hunter Pence isn’t playing, but that seems well explained.  B.J. Upton‘s absence from Tampa Bay’s lineup for the second time in four games, on the other hand, could and probably should be taken that a deal is close. Also notable: there’s no Ian Desmond in the lineup for the Nationals tonight.  Washington has long been…

  20. Indians join pursuit of Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    The Rockies are asking the moon for starter Ubaldo Jimenez, which they have the right to do given his recent success and team-friendly contract. But the Yankees don’t seem interested in unloading their farm system, and neither do the Red Sox and Reds. Perhaps a different suitor will yield a match. According to Ken Rosenthal…

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