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  1. B.J. Upton gets scheduled day off, according to Rays

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton, who had played in every game since the All-Star break, is getting a planned day off on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said. It’s been scheduled since last week, he added. Maddon didn’t know it at the time, but he sparked a million rumors when he removed Upton late in a 10-4 game Friday against…

  2. Cards, White Sox discussing trade involving Colby Rasmus

    Jul 24, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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    Colby Rasmus might be on the move. From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals’ front office has engaged in “accelerated” trade negotiations this week with White Sox GM Kenny Williams. No deal is imminent, but Rasmus is the centerpiece and the Cards are believed to have their sights set…

  3. Report: Nats “actively shopping” shortstop Ian Desmond

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post heard from sources Saturday that the Nationals aren’t planning to move Ian Desmond at this year’s trade deadline. It turns out that might not be completely correct. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals have been “actively shopping” the 25-year-old middle infielder and he’s already drawn serious…

  4. Nationals among teams hoping Yu Darvish heads to MLB

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    When 24-year-old Japanese ace Yu Darvish was asked last winter if he was considering making the jump to Major League Baseball for the start of the 2012 season, he offered a “no comment.” Several months later, Darvish still hasn’t commented on the matter. But that hasn’t stopped MLB teams from scouting him and dreaming of…

  5. Desmond Jennings triples, doubles in 2011 MLB debut

    Jul 24, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

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    Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings technically made his major league debut during the 2010 season, but Saturday evening felt like his true arrival. The 24-year-old was promoted from Triple-A Durham late Friday night and got to work immediately in Saturday’s game against the Royals. Jennings led off the contest with a first-inning triple to deep left-center…

  6. Terry Francona reaches 1,000 career managerial wins

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    Terry Francona

    Red Sox skipper Terry Francona became one of just 57 managers to reach 1,000 career wins with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of the Mariners. The 52-year-old began his managerial career in 1997 with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 285-363 over a four-year stretch that saw not a single postseason appearance. But he was hired by the Boston…

  7. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Brendan Ryan

    The Mariners scored only one run Saturday against the Red Sox despite tallying nine hits, and took a loss for the 14th consecutive game. The M’s have scored only 32 runs in that 14-game span and will set a franchise record for futility if they lose again in Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park. Seattle…

  8. Nationals don’t plan on trading shortstop Ian Desmond

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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    According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nationals have been receiving calls on young shortstop Ian Desmond but have no plans to trade him at this year’s July 31 deadline. Desmond has batted just .228/.276/.314 with three home runs in 374 plate appearances this season, but the Nationals feel his numbers will get…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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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…

  11. Zack Cozart diagnosed with hyperextended left elbow

    Jul 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    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. …

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    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…

  15. Dan Uggla back in Braves’ lineup this afternoon

    Jul 23, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    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,…

  16. Jay Bruce out again with inner ear problem

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    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”…

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

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

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    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…

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