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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. UPDATE: Giants not releasing Pat Burrell on Thursday

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

    burrell getty bat

    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…

  7. 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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    oswalt getty

    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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    choo hurt ap

    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    ubaldo getty wide

    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…

  14. Wil Nieves isn’t worth a bag of baseballs

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Wil Nieves

    Or even one baseball, apparently. With Brian McCann landing on the disabled list, the Braves picked up veteran catcher Wil Nieves from the Brewers on Wednesday.  Exactly what he was traded for wasn’t clear at the time, but Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted later that he got $1 in return. One dollar. Nieves hit .140/.189/.190…

  15. Hanley Ramirez bites back, calls Jeff Conine a “chicken”

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    It took Hanley Ramirez some time to decide how to respond to Jeff Conine’s radio show comments last week, but he came out swinging Wednesday, calling Conine a “chicken” and saying that he wants to supplant the former first baseman as “Mr. Marlin.” Conine, who is employed by the Marlins as a special assistant to…

  16. Hunter Pence takes a seat on Houston’s bench

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    With trade rumors swirling, Hunter Pence is on the Astros bench on Wednesday night.  However, it’s not because he’s been dealt, says the Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine. Pence, mired in a 7-for-40 skid since the All-Star break, was told Tuesday that he’d get tonight off. Pence has just one extra-base hit and two RBI in…

  17. Rays, Red Sox made offers for Colby Rasmus

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    That according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, who has been on top of the Colby Rasmus rumors since they started. Strauss reports that the Cardinals turned down the Rays’ offer of right-hander Jeff Niemann and reliever J.P. Howell for Rasmus and that they instead held out for either James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson. Which sounds…

  18. Rosenthal: Nationals may offer Drew Storen for Twins’ Denard Span

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    It worked last year, as the Nationals picked up their long-term catcher by sending their closer to the Twins.  Now they could make a similar move, only grabbing a center fielder instead, if FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is correct. According to Rosenthal, Drew Storen may be in play in the trade talks between the Nationals and…

  19. End of the road? The Nationals DFA Matt Stairs

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    The Washington Nationals have designated Matt Stairs for assignment in order to make room for Jonny Gomes. This saddens me.  Oh, it was inevitable — Stairs is 43 and is hitting .154/.257/.169 with no homers — but it strikes me that this may very well be it for the formerly-bemulleted one. Depending on how you count…

  20. Carlos Gomez hoping to play again this season after surgery on fractured clavicle

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Initially expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his clavicle while making a diving catch last week, Carlos Gomez is now hoping to rejoin the Brewers at some point in September. Gomez underwent surgery Monday to repair the fracture and insert a metal plate to help stabilize things, with doctors giving him…

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