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  1. Kyle Farnsworth is available

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    It kind of stinks that Kyle Farnsworth has been really good this year because there’s an awful lot of mileage to be had with “man, Kyle Farnsworth is bad!” stuff. It’s something that fans of any number of teams can agree on too.  Well, except for Rays fans, who have watched him put up a…

  2. Koji Uehara drawing interest from Rangers, Twins, Tigers, and Pirates

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun “there’s growing speculation that Koji Uehara will be moved before the July 31 trade deadline” and the Rangers, Twins, Tigers, and Pirates are among the teams to express interest in the Orioles reliever. Uehara has quietly been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball since moving…

  3. Cancel that plan: No rehab start for Johan Santana this week

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    As of last week Johan Santana appeared to be on track to return from shoulder surgery with a minor-league rehab start Wednesday, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that those plans have changed. General manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that Santana will instead throw another simulated game at the Mets’ complex in Florida,…

  4. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    I didn’t have any get-up-and-go last Monday, so I gave the Power Rankings a miss.  Back at it today, where we find greater separation than we’ve seen so far this year. Which is to be expected. I mean, by late July you are who you are. As always, the last ranking is in parenthesis. As…

  5. “At least four teams are zeroing in on” Kosuke Fukudome

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    Kosuke Fukudome‘s four-year, $48 million contract comes to an end in 60 games, but it sounds like the disappointing outfielder may not be in Chicago when that happens. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that “at least four teams are zeroing in on” Fukudome as a trade target and presumably even Cubs general manager Jim…

  6. Famous Sabermetrician: “screw the data; I choose hope instead”

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Some bad news for a good man. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes: Last week, I was informed that I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a particularly nasty member of the cancer family. History has given my doctors all kinds of data about cure rates and life expectancy, and statistical analysis is helping them decide just what…

  7. Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum fractures finger

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Less than two weeks after coming off the disabled list Diamondbacks utility man Geoff Blum is headed back to the shelf. Blum, who missed the entire first half following knee surgery and has played just seven games all season, suffered a fractured right pinkie finger yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for at least…

  8. Jim Hendry thinks the Cubs will contend in 2012 for some reason

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Look, optimism is always a good thing, but there’s a fine line between optimism and delusion.  Case in point: Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry who, according to Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com, thinks that the Cubs’ future is bright. The pitching, he thinks, is right on track. He makes a few references to “tinkering here or there.”…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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;…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Jul 24, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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