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  1. 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…

  2. 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:…

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

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Chris Denorfia made a redonkulous catch

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    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.

  5. 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…

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

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Jul 25, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game

    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…

  16. “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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.”…

  20. 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…

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