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  1. How low can Jayson Werth go?

    Jul 17, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    $126 million man Jayson Werth went 0-for-5 while his Nationals lost 9-8 to the Braves on Sunday, dropping his average to .213.  He’s followed up a .154 month of June by hitting .157 in his first 51 at-bats during July. It was Werth’s seventh 0-for-5 this season.  That’s tied for the most in the majors…

  2. Twins aren’t planning to trade Michael Cuddyer this season

    Jul 17, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    Via Joe Christensen and Amelia Rayno, beat writers with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: The Twins have no plans to trade Michael Cuddyer this season even if they fall from contention, a team official said Friday, adding that an effort will be made to re-sign Cuddyer this fall. Cuddyer is an impending free agent and has around…

  3. Back still sore, Placido Polanco won’t return Wednesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    From Jay Greenberg of MLB.com comes word that Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has experienced renewed back soreness after trying to take batting practice the past two days. Polanco has been sidelined since July 4 with a bulging disk. He tried to play down the severity of the injury at first, not landing on the…

  4. Pirates interested in A’s outfielder Josh Willingham

    Jul 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    If the Pirates are going to maintain their position near the top of the National League Central standings down the stretch, most would agree that they’ll probably need to make a couple of notable additions before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Well, good news. That hunt for an injection of talent has already begun…

  5. Rockies have spoken with Yankees about Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Rockies still feel like they’re in contention in the weak National League West despite an ugly first half and haven’t fully committed to selling off pieces. But that could change as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches, and one player drawing league-wide interest is right-handed ace Ubaldo Jimenez. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com,…

  6. Mets could get shortstop Jose Reyes back Tuesday

    Jul 17, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been sidelined since the beginning of July with a badly strained left hamstring. He’s made steady progress in the past week, though, and could return to New York’s starting lineup within the next couple of days. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Reyes ran the bases…

  7. Albert Pujols spotted taunting fans in Cincy after home run

    Jul 17, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Few would disagree that the Cardinals and Reds have the most active rivalry in Major League Baseball. Yanks-Sawx is classic, Giants-Dodgers is still plenty heated, and Cards-Cubs tends to draw to great interest, but the Redlegs and Redbirds genuinely seem to dislike each other. And that same sentiment is shared by the competing fanbases. Two…

  8. Carl Crawford cleared to return to Red Sox on Monday

    Jul 17, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford played in rehab games Friday and Saturday at Triple-A Pawtucket without feeling any discomfort in his left hamstring, according to Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe, and has been cleared to return to the major leagues. Crawford will be activated from the disabled list before Monday’s series-opener against the Orioles…

  9. Ryan Braun still battling left calf and hamstring issues

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun pulled himself out of the All-Star Game this year after sitting out for eight consecutive days to close out the first half due to tightness in his left calf and hamstring. Those leg problems have not gone away. According to Nick Kosmider of MLB.com, the Milwaukee slugger made an early exit…

  10. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics Game Two

    It is July 17. On this date in baseball history, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Babe Adams pitched an entire 21-inning game without issuing a walk (1914), Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak ended in front of 67,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (1941), Bob Gibson became the second pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts…

  11. Nick Punto might need season-ending elbow surgery

    Jul 17, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    Bad news for the first-place Cardinals. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brings word that 33-year-old utilityman Nick Punto is headed back to the disabled list and could be facing season-ending elbow surgery. Punto has spent more time on rehabbing injuries this season than he’s spent on the active roster, and he air-mailed an…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang will rise to Triple-A Syracuse next week

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is inching closer and closer to returning to the major leagues. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, Wang will be promoted to Triple-A Syracuse early next week and will make his fifth minor league rehab start Tuesday night against the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Wang has surrendered just 13 hits and two earned…

  13. Tigers, Braves discussing trade involving Derek Lowe?

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

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    The Braves have a six-game lead in the National League Wild Card and trail the Phillies by only three games in the National League East, but they may be open to dealing a prominent member of their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Tigers have…

  14. Brewers interested in Royals infielder Wilson Betemit

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    The Brewers have already made an upgrade to their bullpen, acquiring late-innings reliever Francisco Rodriguez last week in a trade with the Mets. Now they’re looking for more offense at third base. According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Brewers have “talked with the Royals” recently about acquiring corner infielder Wilson…

  15. Joe Nathan replaces Matt Capps as Twins’ closer

    Jul 16, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Ahh, the great circle of life. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins have reinstated veteran right-hander Joe Nathan into his old familiar ninth inning role and moved Matt Capps back to setup. Nathan opened the 2011 regular season as Minnesota’s primary closer, but he was still in recovery mode…

  16. Rosenthal: The Rays made a play for K-Rod

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The Rays aren’t ready to go into sell-mode yet. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Rays made a play for Francisco Rodriguez before the the Brewers “swooped in late.” Rosenthal expounded on the subject in today’s “Full Count” video, citing K-Rod’s past connection with Rays manager Joe Maddon as a potential reason for their…

  17. Clay Buchholz won’t be back with the Red Sox any time soon

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Clay Buchholz

    While Jon Lester is optimistic that he’ll be able to return as soon as next Friday, we probably won’t see Clay Buchholz back with the Red Sox any time soon. The rehabbing right-hander was able to play catch yesterday and plans to do so again tomorrow, but he told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this…

  18. Carlos Guillen makes return from microfracture surgery this afternoon

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Tigers have activated Carlos Guillen from the 60-day disabled list. He’ll bat seventh and play second base this afternoon against the White Sox. Guillen hasn’t played in the major leagues this season following microfracture surgery on his right knee last September. The 35-year-old batted .318 (12-for-38) with one home run and eight…

  19. Bobby Jenks on disabled list again with back tightness

    Jul 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Bobby Jenks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness. He felt discomfort warming up last night in the same area that sent him to the disabled list last month. This is his third trip to the DL this season. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein envisioned…

  20. Ben Revere is just showing off

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Ben Revere

    Though it was ultimately overshadowed by Matt Capps‘ latest ninth-inning meltdown, Twins’ rookie outfielder Ben Revere did something pretty incredible while legging out a triple in the sixth inning last night against the Royals. Revere pulled a pitch into the right field corner and was off like a shot. He lost his footing between second…

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