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  1. Indians, Nationals lead hunt for Rays outfielder B.J. Upton

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

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    The Rays promoted outfield prospect Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham late Friday night and are expected to give him regular starts in the outfield through the end of the 2011 season. There was speculation when news of Jennings’ callup first surfaced that a trade was already in the works involving B.J. Upton. Upton remained in…

  2. Red Sox have interest in A’s right-hander Rich Harden

    Jul 23, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox entered Sunday’s action with the best record in the American League (60-37), good enough for first place in the always-tough AL East. They boast baseball’s most dangerous batting order, and have been getting strong pitching in spurts. But starting pitching depth has been a weakness for most of the season. And the…

  3. Zack Cozart diagnosed with hyperextended left elbow

    Jul 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cozart was diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow and that X-rays came back negative. It’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to the lineup, but it sounds like the Reds may have dodged a bullet here. 5:45 PM: Here’s some potentially bad news for the Reds…

  4. Marlins send former first-round pick Chris Volstad back to minors

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    After 93 big-league starts, 2005 first-round pick Chris Volstad is still struggling to establish himself.  He was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday following an outing Friday in which he allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings against the Mets. It’s the third straight season in which Volstad has received a midseason demotion. …

  5. Adrian Beltre placed on disabled list with left hamstring strain

    Jul 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    The Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Beltre left last night’s game against the Blue Jays after pulling up lame while running the bases in the fifth inning. He was placed on the DL after an MRI today revealed a Grade 1 strain, according…

  6. Chipper Jones to begin rehab assignment tonight with Class A Rome

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    UPDATE: David O’Brien now says that Jones will serve as the designated hitter for Class A Rome tonight and either DH or play third base tomorrow. 3:46 PM: Here’s a sudden and surprising change of plans. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chipper Jones will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with Class…

  7. Dan Uggla back in Braves’ lineup this afternoon

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Dan Uggla is back in the Braves’ lineup this afternoon against the Reds. He declared himself good to go after testing his left calf by running earlier this afternoon. Uggla was out of the lineup for the second straight game last night, but he smacked a pinch-hit,…

  8. Jay Bruce out again with inner ear problem

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jay Bruce

    We have a little more information on what is ailing Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Bruce is out of the lineup for the second straight day with what Reds manager Dusty Baker is calling an “inner ear problem.”  “He is terrible,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Right now Jay is…

  9. Report: Rangers “very much in play” for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    It appears the Giants, Braves and Phillies have some company. Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports that the Rangers remain “very much in play” in the pursuit of Carlos Beltran. The first-place Rangers have reportedly zeroed in on Beltran and Padres’ closer Heath Bell as their primary trade targets before the deadline. While the Rangers have…

  10. Clay Buchholz still not ready to throw from a mound

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Clay Buchholz was expected to begin throwing off a mound yesterday, but Michael Vega of the Boston Globe reports that he had another long-toss session instead. “He did the long toss again,’’ said manager Terry Francona. “We just felt like – and Buch included – one more time doing the long toss and, if all goes…

  11. Report: Reds “have nibbled” on Carlos Beltran

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    You have to love this time of year. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Reds “have nibbled” on Mets’ outfielder Carlos Beltran, but are hesitant to take on much salary or give up premium prospects for a rental player. I suppose there are only so many times that one can write that “team X”…

  12. Buster Posey has screws removed from surgically-repaired ankle

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Buster Posey injured

    According to the Associated Press, Buster Posey underwent a procedure yesterday to remove three screws from his surgically-repaired left ankle. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Posey is still weeks away from trying to put weight on the leg. The 24-year-old backstop is currently pushing himself around in a makeshift scooter that supports his reconstructed…

  13. Derek Jeter passes Wade Boggs on all-time hit list

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter hits single against the Oakland Athletics in New York

    Derek Jeter passed his former teammate Wade Boggs for 25th on the all-time hit list with a two-run single to right field in the second inning last night against the Athletics. Jeter, who batted second for the second straight game, went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a walk and a run scored in the 17-7 victory.…

  14. Confirmed: Luke Scott done for season with torn labrum

    Jul 23, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    UPDATE: According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Luke Scott has confirmed that he is done for the season. He will soon decide whether to rehab the torn labrum in his shoulder or go ahead with surgery. 9:40 AM: We have probably seen the last of Luke Scott this season. Scott was back in…

  15. Nelson Cruz drives in career-high eight runs in blowout win over Blue Jays

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson Cruz busted out of his recent slump in grand fashion last night, driving in a career-high eight runs in a 12-2 rout over the Blue Jays. Cruz went a perfect 4-for-4 on the night. He had an RBI double in the bottom of the second inning, slugged a three-run homer in the fourth and…

  16. Settling the score: Friday’s results

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak

    Let’s dwell on the negative for a second, shall we? The Mariners’ losing streak reached 13 games last night with a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox. Felix Hernandez gave up two runs over the first six innings, but the Red Sox put up a five-spot in the seventh to put the game out of…

  17. Nyjer Morgan may or may not have flipped off Giants fans Friday

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:07 AM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Tired of getting the business from the Giants fans in center field on Friday night, Nyjer Morgan definitely made some sort of gesture following his catch in the seventh inning.  And that gesture, for all of the world, looked like he was flipping the fans the bird. The pictures, though, suggest otherwise.  He certainly had…

  18. Rays promote Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    12:00 a.m. EDT update: Upton is staying put for now.  The Rays announced after the game that Jennings was being called up, but that he’d be taking shortstop Reid Brignac‘s spot.  Brignac, whose demotion was long overdue, hit just .193/.234/.219 in 187 at-bats and was losing playing time at shortstop to Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson. …

  19. Adrian Beltre exits with strained left hamstring

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring running the bases in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. Beltre, who started at third base for the AL All-Star team last week, came up lame on Michael Young‘s double after he singled in a run to reach base…

  20. Brewers considering Coco Crisp as replacement for Carlos Gomez

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Oakland Athletics

    With Carlos Gomez‘s status in doubt for the rest of the season following a broken collarbone, the Brewers are actively seeking a replacement for their outfield. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers already had a scout watching the Athletics and that Coco Crisp is a possibility. Nyjer Morgan, a left-handed hitter, has taken…

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