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  1. Brian McCann to go on DL after injuring oblique

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It’s a strained left oblique for McCann, and he will go on the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.  J.C. Boscan is likely to replace him,while David Ross takes over as the Braves’ starting catcher. 11:10 p.m. EDT update: The Braves have confirmed that it’s an injury to his left side,…

  2. Doug Harris clarifies his comments on Bryce Harper-Jackie Robinson comparison

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew this was coming. After taking plenty of heat for his ill-advised comments to Sports Illustrated comparing the scrutiny Bryce Harper faces to that of Jackie Robinson, the Nationals released a statement this evening from director of player development Doug Harris. Here’s the statement in full, via Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com: “I’d like to…

  3. Jose Bautista leaves game after being hit in helmet by pitch

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE: According to Mike Wilner of “The Fan 590″ in Toronto, the Jays announced that Bautista was taken out of the game for precautionary reasons and is listed as day-to-day. 8:36 PM: Scary moment in tonight’s Orioles-Blue Jays game. According to Arden Zwelling of MLB.com, Jose Bautista was hit in the helmet by fastball thrown…

  4. Rockies place trade candidate Jason Giambi on disabled list

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    UPDATE:  If any deal is going to happen, it will have to wait until August. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies have placed Jason Giambi on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain. 7:00 PM: Jason Giambi didn’t feel any better Tuesday after injuring his left quad running out a grounder Monday and is…

  5. Brendan Ryan breaks up CC Sabathia’s perfect game in seventh inning

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees CC Sabathia throws pitch to Texas Rangers in New York

    UPDATE: So much for that. Sabathia got Ichiro swinging for his 12th strikeout to begin the seventh inning, but then Brendan Ryan flared a single into left field for the first hit of the ballgame. 9:05 PM: After play resumed, Sabathia got Greg Halman to pop out to first base (ending his strikeout streak at seven)…

  6. Blue Jays “legitimately want” Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    It will still take an overwhelming haul for a deal to actually happen, but here’s a potential dark horse in the Ubaldo Jimenez talks. An executive who spoke with the Blue Jays told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that they “legitimately want this guy.” Jon Heyman of SI.com includes the Blue Jays among seven teams who…

  7. Reds call up top prospect Yonder Alonso from minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    Right on the heels of the Jonny Gomes trade, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have called up top prospect Yonder Alonso from Triple-A Louisville. Alonso, 24, has a .293/.370/.466 batting line over parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, including a .296/.364/.478 batting line and an .842 OPS over 854 plate…

  8. Nationals acquire Jonny Gomes from Reds

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    That’s not where anyone expected him to go. The Nationals announced Tuesday that they’ve acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from the Reds for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-hander Chris Manno. Even though the Nationals are 49-52, leaving them nine games back of the Braves in the wild card and 15 games behind the Phillies…

  9. Phillies still trying hard for Hunter Pence

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    While there’s some thought out there that they’ve soured on a potential Carlos Beltran deal, the Phillies have been the most aggressive suitors for Houston’s Hunter Pence, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports. Rosenthal also tweets that the Red Sox have inquired about Pence, but that they’ve had a tough time finding a match with the Astros, and…

  10. Angels’ Peter Bourjos added to Nationals’ list of targets

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have added Peter Bourjos to the list of center fielders they’re scouting ahead of the trade deadline.  The others: Michael Bourn, Colby Rasmus, Denard Span and B.J. Upton. The Nationals are thinking the Angels may view Bourjos as expendable with Mike Trout hot on his heels.  The Angels…

  11. Red Sox show interest in Colorado’s Ryan Spilborghs

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    For about three years now, the Red Sox have alternated between showing interest in Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta from the Rockies.  Maybe they’ll actually get one of the two this time. A NL source confirmed to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam that Boston is again interested in Spilborghs and that the Rockies have a scout at…

  12. Daric Barton has torn shoulder labrum, likely needs surgery

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Daric Barton

    Five weeks after being demoted to Triple-A by the A’s, first baseman Daric Barton has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will visit Dr. James Andrews tomorrow, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Barton called it “a little labrum tear” and “nothing big,” but told Slusser that…

  13. Tim Lincecum scratched with flu

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum is ducking the Phillies.  Or Vance Worley, anyway. The Giants scratched their ace, who looked just fine at the White House yesterday, with a case of “the flu” Tuesday and moved up Barry Zito in the rotation to replace him in tonight’s showdown. I think Lincecum just wanted to take his chances with Cole Hamels…

  14. Matt Holliday out of the lineup due to possible food poisoning

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    As this post goes to press, Matt Holliday is not in the lineup for tonight’s Cardinals-Astros game.  That could change if he begins feeling better, but right now, nope.  Jon Jay will get the start if Holliday can’t answer the bell. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted a few minutes ago that he’s hearing…

  15. Diamondbacks get closer J.J. Putz back from elbow injury

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Arizona has activated J.J. Putz from the disabled list after the closer missed the past month with elbow tendinitis. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly the Diamondbacks move Putz back into the closer role, because he struggled mightily prior to being shut down in late June and fill-in closer David Hernandez has been nearly…

  16. Giants bench coach suspended for a game

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    I have long questioned the utility of bench coaches.  I mean, I don’t want them to go anywhere because who else is the manager gonna have a beer with after the game, but I’ve never had anyone convince me that they have much of an impact on the game itself.  I guess it depends on…

  17. Bryce Harper faces Jackie Robinson-level scrutiny? Um, OK

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jackie Robinson

    A half hour ago I referenced Godwin’s Law and Smoltz’s law, which are rules designed to keep people from making inapposite or inappropriate comparisons.  While I quibble with them — like I said, they place off-limits signs on certain areas of comparison for no compelling reason — I understand them.  After all, they exist mostly…

  18. Vladimir Guerrero is batting cleanup in his return from the DL

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero has missed the past two weeks with a small fracture in his right hand and had a measly .385 slugging percentage in 83 games before the injury, so naturally the Orioles have him batting cleanup tonight in his return from the disabled list. Obviously the Orioles aren’t overflowing with fantastic cleanup-hitting options, but…

  19. Lessons learned from trade deadlines past

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Mark Langston Expos

    Jonah Keri is writing for Grantland — eventually he’ll write everywhere; people from Quebec just get into everything if you let them — and today has a good piece looking back at some major trade deadline deals of yore. Rather than just slag on the people who got the Larry Andersen end of the stick,…

  20. Eric Chavez is off the DL and in the Yankees’ starting lineup

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Alex Rodriguez isn’t due back from knee surgery until mid-August, but instead of relying on Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird as fill-ins the Yankees have another option at third base: Eric Chavez. The oft-injured veteran has been on the disabled list since May with a fractured foot, but went 7-for-21 (.333) with a homer and…

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