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  1. Picture(s) of the Day: Alex Rodriguez has his hands full

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez is expected to return from knee surgery in mid-August, but in the meantime he’s staying busy on the disabled list by keeping his hands full with girlfriend Cameron Diaz and grocery shopping:

  2. And now your daily dose of nightmare fuel

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    What has been (mentally) seen cannot be unseen.

  3. Chipper Jones back from DL and batting third for Braves

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones is back from the disabled list after sitting out three weeks following minor knee surgery. Jones went 1-for-3 with two walks during a two-game rehab assignment at Single-A and returns to the Braves’ lineup as the No. 3 hitter against right-hander James McDonald and the Pirates tonight. Jones made the All-Star team despite…

  4. Teams are interested in Edinson Volquez

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    volquez getty

    If you’re looking for evidence of just how thin the starting pitcher trade market it is at the deadline, look no further than Ken Rosenthal’s report that the Reds are fielding calls about Edinson Volquez. This is the same Edinson Volquez who has been sent down to Louisville twice this season because he can’t, you…

  5. Ian Stewart is now “an afterthought” in the Rockies’ plans

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    ian stewart rockies

    Once upon a time Ian Stewart looked like one of the Rockies’ long-term building blocks, going from 2003 first-round pick and top-ranked prospect to starting third baseman for the past three seasons. Then he got off to a slow start this year, the Rockies demoted him to Triple-A for two months, and even now that…

  6. Carlos Pena is gonna get traded

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Jon Heyman says that Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena “will almost surely be moved” this week. It’s the same old story with Pena: lots of pop, low average. He could represent an upgrade for a handful of teams and probably won’t cost a ton give that he’s playing on a one-year deal. It’s a weird…

  7. Brad Lidge perfect in 2011 debut

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Working the top of the seventh with the Phillies down by a run to the Padres, Brad Lidge pitched a perfect inning Monday in his season debut. Lidge, who went down in the spring with a sore shoulder and later dealt with elbow problems as well, threw 11 pitches, nine of them sliders.  His first…

  8. Nationals have talked to Twins about outfielder Denard Span

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that Twins center fielder Denard Span “is high on the Nationals’ list of targets” and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds further that the two sides “have talked.” Minnesota is deep in outfielders throughout the organization and have Ben Revere as a potential replacement in center field, but he’s…

  9. Breaking down B.J. Upton

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J Upton as the final piece to add to a contending team is a rather odd notion.  Obviously, Carlos Beltran has run circles around Upton offensively this year, and lesser lights like Josh Willingham, Jeff Francoeur and Melky Cabrera have also been superior hitters.  Just look at Upton’s batting averages the last few years: 2007: .300 2008:…

  10. The Astros are on pace to finish 53-109

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd, Wandy Rodriguez

    It’s simply not fair that the Mariners are suddenly dominating the conversation on terrible teams.  Even after 15 straight losses, they have nothing on the Astros.  Houston is a full 10 games worse than Seattle this season, having gone 33-68 through 101 games. That puts the Astros on pace to finish with a 53-109 record…

  11. Chris Denorfia made a redonkulous catch

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Denorfia catch.bmp

    Actually, the run Chris Denorfia made to get that would-be home run off the bat of Raul Ibanez in yesterday’s Padres-Phillies game was even more impressive than the catch was. Either way, pretty tough stuff.

  12. Pedro Alvarez back with Pirates after hitting .365 at Triple-A

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a quadriceps injury and then demoted to Triple-A once healthy last month, Pedro Alvarez is back in the majors thanks to the Pirates putting outfielder Alex Presley on the DL. Just last week manager Clint Hurdle indicated that recalling Alvarez wasn’t in the team’s immediate plans and…

  13. Hall of Fame to reduce the waiting period from five years to three years?

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Kevin Kernan at the New York Post passes along word that the Hall of Fame is considering cutting the waiting period for induction from the current five years after retirement to three years.  It’s not a done deal or even a deal in progress. If it were, it would be in press release form as…

  14. Placido Polanco slated to begin rehab assignment Thursday

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Those injections last week much have done their job, because Placido Polanco told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News that he expects to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday. Polanco, who’s been out since July 5 with back problems that have plagued him for much of the season, is scheduled to spend just a…

  15. Phillies, Rays reportedly talking about B.J. Upton

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    After a couple of weekend reports about B.J. Upton, we hear today that the Phillies are talking to the Rays about inquiring the lesser of the Upton brothers. That’s from Jen Royle, who says that the Nats are still interested as well. Upton is having a pretty terrible year so far,  hitting .229/.310/.395, but he plays good…

  16. Ozzie Guillen: “Are people in Chicago getting tired of talking about Dayan Viciedo?”

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Last week pitching coach Don Cooper hung up on a radio interviewer who asked him why the White Sox hadn’t called up Dayan Viciedo and yesterday manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn’t see a need to promote the prospect from Triple-A yet. Here’s what Guillen told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune: Are people in…

  17. Roger Clemens is probably going to go on trial again

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Right after the mistrial in the Roger Clemens case, there were some folks suggesting that the judge may rule that, because the mistrial was the result of the prosecution’s actions, double jeopardy would prevent a retrial.  I was kind of skeptical of that, but I didn’t read any of the case law or anything because,…

  18. Alex Rodriguez on track for mid-August return from surgery

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez‘s recovery from July 11 knee surgery is going as planned, with general manager Brian Cashman saying yesterday that the Yankees third baseman is on track to return as soon as “the second week of August.” Rodriguez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but Cashman indicated that even a mid-August return would involve…

  19. Kyle Farnsworth is available

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Farnsworth_Kyle

    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…

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

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    koji-uehara-orioles

    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…

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