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  1. Michael Bourn rumors intensify; Braves getting ‘more involved’

    Jul 30, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    The Astros might as well continue remaking the team after trading Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, so Michael Bourn could be the next to go.  ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick claims the “Astros’ efforts to move Bourn are picking up steam,” while FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are getting “more involved.” Bourn is hitting .304/.364/.405 this season,…

  2. Derek Holland has as many shutouts this year as Andy Pettitte did in his career

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    Derek Holland

    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland pitched a four-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays for his fourth shutout in his last 11 starts. He matched Cliff Lee for the major league lead with four shutouts this season, and he has as many shutouts in two months as possible Hall of Famer Andy Pettitte did in 16 seasons. Even…

  3. Red Sox acquire infielder Mike Aviles from Royals

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Mike Aviles

    Worried about their infield depth with Jed Lowrie absent, the Red Sox acquired utilityman Mike Aviles from the Royals for infielder Yamaico Navarro and right-hander Kendal Volz on Saturday. Aviles, who opened the season as the Royals’ primary third baseman, has hit .286/.317/.417 in 1,148 at-bats over the last four seasons.  He’s capable of playing shortstop…

  4. Report: Indians, Padres progressing on Ryan Ludwick talks

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    Ryan Ludwick

    The Indians remain in the market for offensive help after acquiring Kosuke Fukudome and they’re making progress on talks with the Padres regarding Ryan Ludwick, says ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. It’d be Ludwick’s second stint in Cleveland, and the hope is that it’d go better than his first; unable to establish himself because of knee problems,…

  5. Source: Cardinals, Dodgers have deal in place for Rafael Furcal

    Jul 30, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Update: A source tells our own Craig Calcaterra that the Cardinals and Dodgers have agreed to the particulars in a Furcal deal and that Furcal is leaning toward waiving his no-trade protection to go to St. Louis. /// The shortstop market is barren, but the Cardinals appear interested in taking a chance on the one…

  6. Nelson Cruz likely limited to pinch-hitting duties this weekend due to tight quad

    Jul 30, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Nelson Cruz will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties this weekend in Toronto after leaving Friday’s game with tightness in his left quadriceps. Cruz tweaked his quad playing catch between innings when he reached wide for a throw and his spikes got caught in the AstroTurf…

  7. Multiple teams interested in White Sox reliever Matt Thornton

    Jul 30, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Matt Thornton

    If you have been tracking the trade deadline madness on Twitter today, you may have noticed a few rumors about Matt Thornton over the past couple of hours. Here’s a quick and handy recap. Joel Sherman of the New York Post gets the sense that the White Sox have “really fallen out of love” with…

  8. Tigers may be underwhelmed by Doug Fister, David Pauley

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

    Doug Fister

    The Tigers tried this on deadline day two years ago when they sent two youngsters to Seattle for Jarrod Washburn.  At the time, Washburn had a 2.64 ERA and a 79/33 K/BB ratio in 133 innings for the Mariners. As it turned out, Washburn was a major bust in Detroit, going 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in…

  9. Report: Yankees are “all over” Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    This wouldn’t be the trade deadline without the Yankees grabbing the headlines. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is reporting that a source said “someone who should know told me that the Yankees are all over Ubaldo Jimenez.” Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported this morning that the Yankees were hearing the Rockies may be willing to lower their…

  10. Some more Pence-ive thoughts

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    So, a few people disagreed with my take on the Hunter Pence trade.  And that’s pretty understandable.  When you’re a contender and you have a chance to get an All-Star caliber player for A-ball prospects, sometimes you just have to pull the trigger. My opinion is that the Phillies should have been able to get…

  11. Report: Brewers acquire Jerry Hairston Jr. from Nationals

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Nationals will receive prospect outfielder Erik Komatsu from the Brewers. Komatsu is batting .294/.393/.416 with six homers, 40 RBI, 13 stolen bases and an .809 OPS over 379 plate appearances with Double-A Huntsville this season. The 23-year-old has an impressive 163/161 K/BB ratio in the minors. He…

  12. Tigers to acquire Doug Fister, David Pauley from Mariners

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners' Fister pitches to the New York Yankees in New York

    UPDATE: This deal is beginning to make more sense for the M’s now. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports that the player to be named later will be one of the Tigers’ first three picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The reason for the delay is that they can’t be traded until one…

  13. Chien-Ming Wang roughed up in first major league start since 2009

    Jul 30, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    Chien-Ming Wang made his first major league start since July 4, 2009 last night against the Mets and it should come as no surprise that he was pretty shaky out of the gate. Wang, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery for the past two years, gave up six runs (four earned) over four innings…

  14. Report: Indians willing to discuss Drew Pomeranz in potential deal for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 30, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    The Indians are looking to make a splash. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Indians were willing to discuss top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz in a potential deal for Rockies’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Pomeranz was selected fifth overall in last year’s First-Year Player Draft. The 22-year-old left-hander has a 1.98 ERA over…

  15. Padres’ Clayton Richard undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    Padres’ left-hander Clayton Richard will miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Friday, the Associated Press reports. Richard was originally placed on the disabled list earlier this month with what was termed as a strained left shoulder. Padres manager Bud Black said the exploratory surgery was deemed necessary after his…

  16. Erik Bedard knocked around in audition for possible trade

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Erik Bedard

    We learned earlier this week that the Red Sox and Yankees were expected to have scouts in attendance for Erik Bedard‘s first start back from the disabled list last night against the Rays. Well, let’s just say he didn’t help his trade value at all. Bedard, who missed a month with a sprained left knee,…

  17. Phillies expected to send Domonic Brown to minors to make room for Hunter Pence

    Jul 30, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    I hope you’re happy, Phillies fans. While the Phillies were able to acquire All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence from the Astros last night, we’ll still have to be subjected to Raul Ibanez in left field on a regular basis. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Phillies plan to send Domonic Brown down to the minors…

  18. Report: Tigers calling up top pitching prospect Jacob Turner

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    jacob turner

    UPDATE: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Turner will make his first major league start today against the Angels, though it’s said to be a “one-shot deal” as the Tigers hope to acquire Doug Fister. 8:40 AM: Here’s an interesting one. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Tigers are calling up top prospect right-hander Jacob…

  19. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 30, 2011, 8:27 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Edwin Jackson made his Cardinals’ debut last night and tossed seven innings of one-run ball as part of a 9-2 victory over the Cubs. He was aided by a three-run homer by David Freese, three RBI off the bench by Ryan Theriot and Albert Pujols, who pulled an RBI double down the third base line…

  20. Phillies pay heavy price for overvalued Hunter Pence

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:18 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The Phillies got their middle-of-the-order hitter Friday, picking up two-time All-Star Hunter Pence from the Astros for first baseman Jonathan Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid and a still undisclosed fourth player. It’s the right-handed bat the Phillies felt they needed to slot in behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the order.  Pence,…

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