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  1. Carlos Gonzalez still out, Dexter Fowler up for Rockies

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    The All-Star break didn’t give Carlos Gonzalez enough time to recover from his sore wrist, so the Rockies brought Dexter Fowler back from the minors a bit earlier than expected Friday. After a slow start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler had hit .385/.489/.615 in his last 10 games.  He homered in two of his last…

  2. Report: Pirates and Rockies among teams interested in Kevin Slowey

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and Rockies are among the teams “showing continued interest” in Kevin Slowey. Slowey, who has been on the disabled list since late May with an abdominal strain, is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start tonight with Triple-A Rochester. His future with the Twins…

  3. Jose Bautista aims for Sunday or Tuesday return

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista tweeted Friday that the ankle he injured in Thursday night’s game against the Yankees is “feeling much better,” and the hope is that he’ll return in a couple of days. “Optimistically, we’re thinking Sunday. If not, it could possibly be Tuesday,” manager John Farrell told the National Post. The Jays don’t play Monday,…

  4. Nationals GM: Stephen Strasburg could pitch in September

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg continues to progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Friday that the former No. 1 overall draft pick could make a start in September for the club. Strasburg was pretty much written off for 2011 after undergoing surgery last Sept. 3, but his rehab is going…

  5. Denard Span, Jason Kubel to begin rehab assignments Sunday

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    After nearly six weeks off, Denard Span has finally recovered from his concussion and has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. He’ll be joined there on the same day by teammate Jason Kubel, who suffered a sprained right foot on May 30.  Kubel originally began a rehab assignment two…

  6. David Ortiz appeals his four-game suspension

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    As expected, David Ortiz appealed the four-game ban handed down by MLB on Thursday and is in Boston’s lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays. Orioles pitchers Kevin Gregg (four games) and Mike Gonzalez (three games) appealed their suspension before Baltimore played last night. Ortiz was pretty lucky to just get four games after charging the…

  7. A’s try Futures Game MVP Grant Green in center field

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Grant Green

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports that A’s prospect Grant Green has been shifted from shortstop to center field at Double-A Midland tonight and that it’s more than a one-day experiment. The move makes plenty of sense.  Green, a 2009 first-round pick, has long appeared ticketed for second base, but the A’s seem to have…

  8. K-Rod waives his giant option; will be a free agent after the season

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers have made a deal:  K-Rod is waving his $17.5 million option in exchange for additional compensation now. He’ll become a free agent when the season is over. This makes sense for everyone.  For the Brewers, they can now use Rodriguez in any capacity they wish,…

  9. Carlos Marmol yanked from save chance with two outs

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Mike Quade threw Carlos Marmol right back into the fire following his disastrous blown save yesterday, but the Cubs’ closer looked extremely shaky again today and was yanked with two outs in the ninth inning against the Marlins. Marmol came on to close out a 2-0 lead, but walked leadoff man Omar Infante on four…

  10. You know your trend has peaked when you see it at the ballpark

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Food Truck

    With the exception of racial integration, baseball has always been a bit behind the times. From facial hair to anti-disco sentiment to pro-Macarena sentiment and everything in between, you can bet that if a trend is hitting big someplace in this nation, you’ll see it in a ballpark … eventually. Which is what makes me…

  11. Vladimir Guerrero has small “crack” in right hand, couldn’t get through batting practice

    Jul 15, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero hasn’t played since being plunked on the right hand as part of the Orioles-Red Sox brouhaha Sunday and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that X-rays revealed a small “crack” in the hand. Guerrero was hoping to play through the injury and perhaps even rejoin the Orioles’ lineup tonight, but “couldn’t get…

  12. The G.M. is “willing to listen” to offers for Player X? So what?

    Jul 15, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Cell Phone

    Crazy season is upon us. The semi-annual rumor-fest, in which people hear this and that and run wild with speculation.  Occasionally — very occasionally — there is actually some hard news in all of this nonsense. But as Jeff Sullivan of Baseball Nation notes in an on-point column today, the least valuable of all of…

  13. Chien-Ming Wang looking good in minors, finally close to joining Nationals

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    wang getty wide

    Chien-Ming Wang hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since July of 2009 and has given the Nationals nothing in return for a pair of one-year contracts, but it sounds like he’s finally close to returning to the majors. Wang tossed six shutout innings last night at Double-A, giving him a 1.00 ERA and .203 opponents’…

  14. The Orioles are prepared to give J.J. Hardy a three-year extension

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    There has been chatter that the Orioles could make shortstop J.J. Hardy available at the trading deadline. There has been louder chatter, however, that they like Hardy and would try to lock him up.  Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that, to that end, the Orioles are willing to go to three years on an extension.…

  15. Report: Phillies are front-runners for Padres relievers Heath Bell or Mike Adams

    Jul 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    As further evidence that the Phillies have reached “Yankees of the National League” status and will now be linked to every big-name player being shopped, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that “they have been considered frontrunner to land a San Diego reliever.” Heath Bell is the Padres’ closer and biggest name in the bullpen, but…

  16. Frank McCourt wants Jamie’s spousal support reduced

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Josh Fisher of Dodger Divorce reports that Frank McCourt filed a motion in his divorce case today — or will shortly — asking that the $600,000-a-month spousal support he pays to Jamie be reduced.  Frank says “I simply can’t afford to support Jamie’s lifestyle anymore.” Don’t tell anyone I said this, but word on the street…

  17. Marlins owner non-committal about keeping Jack McKeon

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    Jeffrey Loria spoke to the media today for the first time since June and the Marlins owner was non-committal about retaining Jack McKeon as manager beyond this season, saying: We’ll see where we are at the end of the year. There could be a number of candidates but right now Jack is the manager and…

  18. Foot injury sends Pat Burrell to DL, but Giants don’t call up Brandon Belt

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants will place Pat Burrell on the disabled list because of the bone spur in his right foot that’s been a problem for a while now. Brandon Belt is healthy and crushing the ball at Triple-A, hitting .336 with a 1.026 OPS in 39…

  19. Yes, Terry Leach will be included in the 1991 Minnesota Twins anniversary bobblehead set

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Terry Leach

    This story is less interesting because of the baseball and bobblehead angle than it is for something else, but first the background: The Twins are selling a set of bobblehead dolls commemorating the 1991 World Series championship team. And it has every player plus manager Tom Kelly! At least now it does. At first it…

  20. Ryan Dempster and Mike Quade are friends again

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs manager Quade smiles with starting pitcher Dempster in Cincinnati

    Ryan Dempster was not happy about Cubs manager Mike Quade pulling him from Saturday’s start after the fifth inning and the two had an extended screaming match, but it sounds like they’ve patched things up. Here’s what Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: Everything is fantastic. I was going to tell you about…

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