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  1. Nationals activating Chien-Ming Wang for first start since 2009

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang‘s rehab outing didn’t go very well yesterday, as he allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings at Triple-A, but the Nationals have decided he’s ready for the big leagues anyway. Or, more accurately, Wang’s rehab stint will reach the 30-day maximum Wednesday and unless a new injury is found the Nationals…

  2. The Mets deal with David Einhorn continues to be delayed

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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

    Last week the Daily News reported that the Mets deal with investor David Einhorn was being slowed up because the Mets, no longer shackled by the exclusive negotiation window with Einhorn, were talking to others who may offer them a better deal. Today the New York Post tells a somewhat different story: the Einhorn deal isn’t…

  3. The Rays aren’t going to trade James Shields

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    James Shields

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says that the Rays are telling teams that they won’t trade James Shields.  This after a week of random speculation that the Reds, Yankees and maybe some other teams would be interested. Shields is having a fantastic year, but the trade matchups don’t seem ideal at the moment, with the…

  4. The Mariners, you may have noticed, are bad

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    You know this, but it’s worth memorializing today anyway.  The Seattle Mariners lost their 15th in a row yesterday. Some randomness to put their skid and their overall sorry state in perspective: When the losing streak started, they were at .500 and they were only 2.5 games back of the division lead. They are now 14.5 games back;…

  5. Alomar, Gillick, Blyleven inducted into the Hall of Fame

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    I keep telling myself that one of these years I’m going to go to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions, but I just never get around to it. Maybe when Maddux goes in I will. I don’t know. For the time being, we have the story about yesterday’s inductions of Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Shop Vac

    My weekend was rather hit-and-miss. On the one hand, I saw a couple of movies I liked in “Captain America” and “Super 8.”  On the other hand, I woke up Sunday morning to find that the combination of torrential rains and a power outage meant that my sump pump was out of commission when I…

  7. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois

    Cubs 5, Astros 4: The Astros should be bottled like some 19th Century patent medicine, guaranteed to cure all!  They can call it “Dr. Mills’ Blood, Liver and Stomach Invigorational Tincture” or something. Jeff Baker took a swig of it, obviously, and it gave him the gumption and pep to hit the game-winning single in…

  8. Tigers to call up 2010 supplemental first-round pick Chance Ruffin

    Jul 24, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Chance Ruffin

    Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday. Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game.  Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen. Ruffin,…

  9. Red Sox to place J.D. Drew on DL with shoulder impingement

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    It’s been a long time coming, but the Red Sox will place the struggling J.D. Drew on the disabled list Monday due to an impingement in his left shoulder, CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports. The Red Sox certainly appear to be better off with Josh Reddick in right field anyway, and they’ve been using him there…

  10. Michael Pineda gets lit up as Mariners lose 15th straight

    Jul 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis

    Michael Pineda was pounded for five runs in the first inning and seven in 4 1/3 innings overall as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 12-8 on Sunday, sending Seattle to its team-record 15th straight defeat. The Mariners’ losing streak is the longest since the Royals lost 19 in a row in 2005.  It ties…

  11. Reds place shortstop Zack Cozart on 15-day disabled list

    Jul 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have placed shortstop Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow and recalled Paul Janish in a corresponding roster move. Cozart suffered the elbow injury Saturday in an awkward collision at second base with the Braves’ Nate McLouth. It looked like a fracture…

  12. Diamondbacks release slugger Wily Mo Pena

    Jul 24, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Wily Mo Pena earned a promotion to the major leagues in late June after slugging 21 home runs and posting an electric .363/.439/.726 batting line across 63 games with the Triple-A Reno Aces. Pena served as Arizona’s primary DH during the final few weeks of the interleague schedule and showed impressive power, blasting five homers…

  13. Cardinals join the hunt for O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Cardinals have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, joining a hunt that was started last week by the Tigers. Guthrie, 32, has posted an underwhelming 4.35 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 130 1/3 innings this season. But he had a 3.83 ERA and 1.16 WHIP…

  14. D’Backs talking trade for Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Florida Marlins

    The Diamondbacks entered Sunday’s action with a healthy 54-47 record, but they’re four games behind the Giants in the National League West and five games back of the Braves in the Wild Card race. To remain competitive, the D’Backs need to make a high-impact move at this year’s trade deadline. And it appears they might…

  15. Cameron Maybin sets Padres record: six straight with a steal

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    Cameron Maybin became the first player this year to steal a base in six straight games and set a Padres record in the process Sunday against the Phillies. Maybin took second off Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz today for his eighth steal in the six games.  He’s 10-for-10 stealing bases in his last nine games…

  16. Roy Oswalt cleared to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

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    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt has been given clearance to make his first minor league rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Oswalt has been on the disabled list since the end of June with a bulging disc in his lower back. He threw a successful bullpen session…

  17. Five scouts in town to watch Carlos Beltran; Giants the favorites?

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox have all had scouts watching Carlos Beltran this weekend as the Mets take on the Marlins. They should be liking what they’re seeing.  Beltran just drove in a run for the third straight game with a first-inning sac fly versus the…

  18. B.J. Upton gets scheduled day off, according to Rays

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton, who had played in every game since the All-Star break, is getting a planned day off on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said. It’s been scheduled since last week, he added. Maddon didn’t know it at the time, but he sparked a million rumors when he removed Upton late in a 10-4 game Friday against…

  19. Cards, White Sox discussing trade involving Colby Rasmus

    Jul 24, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    rasmus getty

    Colby Rasmus might be on the move. From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals’ front office has engaged in “accelerated” trade negotiations this week with White Sox GM Kenny Williams. No deal is imminent, but Rasmus is the centerpiece and the Cards are believed to have their sights set…

  20. Report: Nats “actively shopping” shortstop Ian Desmond

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post heard from sources Saturday that the Nationals aren’t planning to move Ian Desmond at this year’s trade deadline. It turns out that might not be completely correct. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals have been “actively shopping” the 25-year-old middle infielder and he’s already drawn serious…

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