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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. “Shutdown centerfielder”? Really?

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Look, I know everyone who isn’t me has their juices flowing this week because football — the handsome yet drunken and occasionally abusive boyfriend of professional sports — is back and that you’re all gonna try hard to make it work this time. And I’m happy for all of you, I really am.  But could…

  15. Hong-Chih Kuo might be traveling down the Steve Blass/Rick Ankiel path again

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Hong-Chih Kuo missed time in 2009 with the dreaded “yips” and was on the disabled list earlier this season with “anxiety issues,” both of which make his inability to throw strikes last night doubly worrisome for the Dodgers. When healthy and on top of his game Kuo is among the elite, most dominating relievers in…

  16. The Dodgers cited for code violations at Vero Beach

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Dodgertown

    The Dodgers abandoned Dodgertown, the venerable spring training site in Vero Beach back in 2008. But they apparently own and/or are still responsible for upkeep on at least part of the property.  Which they’re apparently not doing, because they have been cited by the city for violating property maintenance and trash violations there. Now would…

  17. Brandon Inge clears waivers, accepts assignment to minors

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    inge getty

    As expected, Brandon Inge has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Tigers last week and accepted a demotion to Triple-A. Inge is hitting .177 this season, hasn’t been a productive offensive player since 2006, and is owed around $7.5 million through the end of next season, so it’s no surprise that he…

  18. Ballplayers and their aliases

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Rod Stewart

    This is kind of fun. Alyson Footer tells about how back in the 90s, when she was doing Houston Astros PR work, one of her jobs was to keep track of all of the aliases that the players used when checking into hotels.  Aliases that kept them from being bugged by fans but that, as…

  19. Marlins ace Josh Johnson uncertain to pitch again this season

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Marlins' Johnson delivers a pitch against the Phillies in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Josh Johnson has already missed more than two months with shoulder inflammation and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’s no sure thing to pitch again before 2012. According to Frisaro the Marlins are hoping that Johnson can begin a throwing program later this week and if that happens he’ll be on track to return…

  20. Cardinals are “shopping Colby Rasmus widely”

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    I guess we’ll soon see just how badly Colby Rasmus and his old man have angered the Cardinals.  Let’s put two tweets together, shall we? First, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com:  “Cards now appear to be shopping Rasmus widely.” Then Jon Paul Morosi of Fox: “Mariners among the teams that have inquired on Rasmus, source says.”…

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