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  1. Brian Wilson is starting Carlos Beltran-to-the-Giants trade rumors now

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:03 AM EDT

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    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted the following from the NL All-Stars’ clubhouse after the game last night following his interview with Giants’ closer Brian Wilson: Wilson provided trade news: “I guess we’re in talks with them about Beltran. Just another perennial hitter. Could only help out a squad” … When I asked Wilson…

  2. For all its flaws, MLB’s All-Star Game is best of its kind

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:12 AM EDT

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    PHOENIX – Say what you will about MLB’s All-Star Game. Call it ridiculous that the winner of an exhibition game clinches home-field advantage for its league representative in the World Series. Say that the bloated rosters — made even larger by the handful of players who beg out of the game – make a mockery…

  3. Mets and Brewers both win in Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    As Matthew noted a little earlier, the Mets have traded Francisco Rodriguez and cash considerations to the Brewers for two players to be named later. Who the Mets eventually get in return here is really secondary to what the trade accomplishes for the club. This is all about shedding his $17.5 million option for 2012,…

  4. Prince Fielder powers National League to second straight All-Star Game victory

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    The National League defeated the American League 5-1 at tonight’s All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, clinching home field advantage for the World Series for the second straight season. This is the first time the National League has won back-to-back All-Star Games since they took home three straight from 1994-1996. Prince Fielder won…

  5. Brewers acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Mets

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez has gone from closing in New York to setting up in Milwaukee. K-Rod, who had 23 saves in 26 opportunities for the Mets, was acquired by the Brewers with cash for two players to be named, the team announced after Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the…

  6. Tackling the trade deadline: Philadelphia Phillies

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies

    Philadelphia Phillies First-half record: 57-34 Standings: 3 games up on Braves in NL East Needs Bullpen: Ryan Madson should return to form after he comes back from a hand injury, but the Phillies can’t rely on either Brad Lidge (shoulder, elbow) and Jose Contreras (elbow).  Adding another late-game reliever should be this team’s priority.  Fortunately, it…

  7. HBT All-Star Game live blog

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: Wilson gets Paul Konerko to ground out to end it. The National League wins 5-1. They will have home field advantage in the World Series for the second straight season. Thanks for hanging out, everyone. Stay tuned for a recap. 11:25 PM: Hey, did you guys know that Brian Wilson has a beard? 11:23 PM:…

  8. Sore knee gets Josh Beckett scratched from All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett was scheduled to be the second pitcher in for the AL squad in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but he was scratched and replaced by David Robertson after feeling soreness in his left knee while warming up. Beckett, who left his start for the Red Sox on Friday due to a hyperextended left knee, was cleared…

  9. ESPN running down the All-Star Game again

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    ESPN.com

    ESPN is just fine with a three-hour Home Run Derby.  After all, it gets to televise the proceedings.  But the All-Star Game itself?  Well, that’s FOX’s baby and that makes it fair game for the worldwide leader. Jerry Crasnick’s piece on all of the stars skipping the game is currently leading the big features box…

  10. Dominican trainer Enrique Soto accused by three of sexual abuse

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Yunior Pena Peguero

    Baseball America points out a chilling investigative report by Alicia Ortega of Noticias Sin in the Dominican Republic.  Three players, one of whom was later stabbed to death, have accused powerful Domincan trainer Enrique Soto of sexually assaulting them. Soto was arrested in January, but he was released on bond in June. Yunior Pena Peguero was…

  11. Tackling the trade deadline: Los Angeles Angels

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Jeff Mathis

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim First-half record: 50-42 Standings: Trailing Rangers by 1 in AL West, Yankees by 5 in wild card Needs Catcher: Well, any reasonable person would think so.  Jeff Mathis is hitting .195/.241/.286, and while Mike Scioscia deserves credit for working Hank Conger into the mix, Conger hasn’t quite shined while batting .221/.305/.369. …

  12. Shannon Stone’s wife issues statement of thanks

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Jenny Stone

    Jenny Stone, the wife of firefighter Shannon Stone, issued a statement of thanks Tuesday in the Brownwood Bulletin, showing appreciation for all of those, including the Rangers, who have helped in a time of need. It reads: Monday we said goodbye to a wonderful man. Shannon was truly a great husband, father, son, brother, uncle,…

  13. Aaron Crow ill, likely won’t pitch in All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    Not that he was all that likely to pitch anyway. Royals setup man and unlikely AL All-Star Aaron Crow fell ill after arriving in Phoenix on Sunday and is probably won’t be pitch during tonight’s game. “It’s either (strep throat) or a sinus infection,” Crow said. “(The doctor) gave me some medicine and I’m feeling a lot better.”…

  14. Free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder talks DHing

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    For the second day in a row, Prince Fielder talked Tuesday about how he’s not ruling anything out as he approaches free agency for the first time.  That includes becoming a designated hitter. “I did it a little in interleague. It’s not easy to do that,” said Fielder. “It’s different because you can’t have the…

  15. Derek Jeter spotted in Miami with girlfriend Minka Kelly

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jeter walks with girlfriend Kelly at Yankee Stadium after final game

    While the debate about whether Derek Jeter should have attended the All-Star Game rages on, RadarOnline.com snapped some pictures earlier today of the newest member of the 3,000-hit club having lunch with his actress girlfriend Minka Kelly at an outdoor cafe in Miami, Florida. Kelly is in currently in Miami shooting for the television reboot of “Charlie’s…

  16. Matt Holliday says he was interested in the Red Sox

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Following the 2009 season, there was much speculation whether the Red Sox would attempt to re-sign Jason Bay or if they’d go for an even bigger fish and try to sign Matt Holliday in free agency. As it turned out, they did neither.  With both Bay and Holliday still waiting around for bigger offers to…

  17. AL pitching plan: Weaver, Beckett, Wilson, Pineda, improvise

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    AL manager Ron Washington announced his pitching plan for tonight’s All-Star game, or at least his plan for the first four innings. Jered Weaver, who earned the starting nod by going 11-4 with a 1.86 ERA in the first half, is expected to throw just one inning, at which point Washington will call on Josh…

  18. Gary Carter hoping to coach next season

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Even as he continues to go radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer in May, Gary Carter is looking forward to a return to coaching next season, the New York Post points out. “My dad’s plan is to return as the head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University for his third year,” Carter’s…

  19. David Wright scheduled to begin rehab assignment Friday

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that David Wright is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday at Single-A. There’s no official timetable yet for his return, but manager Terry Collins told Rubin that Wright will likely need at least 30-40 at-bats in the minors before the Mets consider activating him from the disabled…

  20. Luke Scott “progressing” enough to avoid in-season surgery

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    When a partially torn shoulder labrum finally sent Luke Scott to the disabled list last week there was speculation that he might end up opting for season-ending surgery, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that he “seems to be progressing” and “surgery does not seem necessary at this point.” Scott struggled mightily while…

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