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  1. The Indians are making a “strong push” for Ryan Ludwick

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ah, the deadline. When teams get all determined to move heaven and Earth to obtain … OK bats. To that end, Rosenthal tweets that the Indians are “making a strong push” for Ryan Ludwick.  This the day after they landed Kosuke Fukudome. As we said yesterday when that trade went down, the Indians are in an…

  2. It’s getting closer to last call and Hunter Pence is starting to look better

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney put the trade dynamic in perspective this morning, reminding us that for all of this excitement and all of the teams trying to outdo one another for the likes of Hunter Pence, he’s currently 18th in batting average, 50th in OBP and 54th in slugging.  Elite? No.  More like the last dude at…

  3. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Rays 10, Athletics 8: Oakland scored five in the first so it looked like another shellacking was on the way for Tampa Bay. But no! The Rays put up a seven-spot in the seventh thanks in part to Desmond Jennings who had a whale of a ballgame. Every Tampa Bay starter either got a hit or…

  4. Better for Boston: Erik Bedard or Rich Harden?

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:39 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    It seems like these gambles don’t usually work out for the Red Sox.  John Smoltz was a huge bust.  Brad Penny was even worse.  Bartolo Colon.  Wade Miller.  And one can extend it to the bullpen with Eric Gagne.  When the Red Sox decide to gamble on the perceived injury-prone/high-upside pitcher, it’s typically proven to be a…

  5. Aramis Ramirez may consider waiving no-trade clause

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

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    Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez told the media back on July 18 that he would not waive his no-trade clause this month because he didn’t want to relocate his family, specifically his two young sons. It appears that stance has changed. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, Ramirez said Thursday that he hasn’t been…

  6. Johan Santana hurls three scoreless innings in rehab debut

    Jul 28, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    santana getty

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana made his first minor league rehab start on Thursday evening at High-A St. Lucie. And the results were mostly positive. According to David Lennon of Newsday, Santana allowed just two hits and no runs over three strong innings. He threw 33 pitches, 26 of which were strikes, fanning three batters without…

  7. Braves considered frontrunner for outfielder Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    The White Sox are only three games back in the American League Central and have no plans of throwing in the towel quite yet, but a number of teams have expressed serious interest in acquiring outfielder Carlos Quentin and the Chicago front office is now actively fielding offers. According to Joel Sherman of the New…

  8. Hunter Pence is more likely than ever to get dealt

    Jul 28, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi is putting the odds of a Hunter Pence deal at better than 50/50 and says the Indians are still involved despite picking up Kosuke Fukudome earlier Thursday. The Phillies and Braves have reportedly been the more intense pursuers of Pence, but many have inquired.  The Red Sox and Reds are among those doing their…

  9. Brewers, Giants eyeing Rafael Furcal

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal has hit just .195/.267/.241 during an injury-plagued 2011 season, but with so little shortstop help available, he’s drawing interest from the Brewers and Giants, according to reports. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Brewers, who have long held interest in fellow Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll, are doing background work on Furcal.  Rosenthal adds that…

  10. Reds fall 10-9 to Mets, get swept in four-game series

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Jason Bay hadn’t doubled in 51 games before finally getting one when the Mets beat the Reds on Monday.  He hit two more on Thursday, leading the Mets to a 10-9 victory that completed a four-game sweep in Cincinnati. The Reds fell five games under .500 at 50-55 with the loss.  They have the 19th-best…

  11. Cubs choose Tyler Colvin over Brett Jackson with Fukudome gone

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin

    Even though he was hitting .213 with a crazy 29/1 K/BB ratio in 89 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa this month, Tyler Colvin was called up by the Cubs following Thursday’s trade of Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians and could take over as the team’s primary right fielder. Colvin, who hit 20 homers during a surprisingly…

  12. Hamstring injury sends Twins infielder Alexi Casilla to DL

    Jul 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Alexi Casilla pulled up lame while heading into second base with a double last night and an MRI exam revealed a hamstring strain, so he’s bound for the disabled list. Casilla’s overall numbers are nothing special, but he’s hit reasonably well while playing solid defense since moving from shortstop to second base and as usual…

  13. Picture of the Day: What to do with those old Rasmus jerseys

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    What should Cardinals fans do with their old Colby Rasmus jerseys and shirseys? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spotted a fan at last night’s game who made his own modifications:

  14. Interest in Hunter Pence “exploding”

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Jayson Stark reports that interest in Hunter Pence is “exploding” since the Carlos Beltran trade went down. Mark Berman of Fox confirms, noting that as many as six teams are inquiring about Pence’s services.I guess that means a lot of teams are hot for him, huh? The teams Stark mentions are all of the usual…

  15. Casey Blake’s latest rehab assignment begins tonight

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake‘s latest attempt to get over season-long back problems will begin tonight with a rehab assignment at Single-A. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Blake will start slow, debuting as a designated hitter, which likely means the 38-year-old is at least another week away from potentially coming off the disabled list.…

  16. Hideki Irabu: a strikeout king in Japan, underrated in US

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu, who passed away this week at age 42, was best known for his failures in the United States.  He forced his way to the Yankees after the Padres originally purchased his rights, only to be dubbed a “fat toad” by George Steinbrenner after a series of disappointing performances. Irabu, though, was hardly a horrible pitcher…

  17. In need of infield depth, Brewers get Felipe Lopez from Rays

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    In a move that presumably won’t keep them from pursuing further infield help between now and Sunday’s trade deadline, the Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash considerations. Lopez is a veteran of 11 seasons in the majors, but has spent most of this season playing at Triple-A Durham, where he batted…

  18. Hideki Irabu found dead; suicide suspected

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday.  The initial reports came from the Japanese paper, Asahi Shimbum, and his death has since been confirmed by the New York Yankees. Suicide by hanging is suspected. Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career. He was arrested in Gardena, California last year…

  19. Mike Stanton owns the Nationals

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron, Mike Stanton

    Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest. But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here.  Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals. Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other…

  20. Brad Penny, Victor Martinez bicker on the mound

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Penny_Brad

    It has been an ugly day in Detroit so far.  Jim Leyland was ejected early for arguing balls and strikes, and then starter Brad Penny — who was losing to the Angels 5-2 at the time — got into an argument with his catcher, Victor Martinez, in the top of the fourth inning.  MLB.com doesn’t…

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