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  1. Move over Ubaldo: it’s Kyle Davies everyone wants now

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Kyle Davies

    Here’s what the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton had to say in his trade deadline article Friday: Veteran lefties Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen along with right-hander Kyle Davies  are drawing interest from several clubs in advance of the non-waiver trading  deadline, which is 3 p.m. Central time Sunday. Now, perhaps he’s just lumping Davies…

  2. Endy Chavez plays his way into bigger role with Rangers

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Endy Chavez missed all of last season following knee surgery and began this year at Triple-A, but the 33-year-old outfielder has hit .326 in 43 games since joining the Rangers in mid-May and manager Ron Washington is ready to give him an expanded role. Chavez is a left-handed hitter and has faced almost exclusively right-handed…

  3. The Reds are looking at Michael Bourn

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Bourn_Michael

    The Reds just got swept by the Mets and looked terrible doing it.  Despite lots of talent on hand, nothing has gelled for them so far this year, they’re five games under .500 and people are openly calling for them to cut bait and reload for next season and beyond.  In the face of all…

  4. Great Moments in T-Ball

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Carlo dugout

    My son Carlo — that’s him in the Cubbies cap — has spent the last week in a T-ball camp. Pretty low-key thing. Basically, getting 5 and 6-year-olds used to throwing a ball around, listening to coaches and generally having the first clue of what actually happens in a baseball game.  Keeps ‘em off the…

  5. Report: Astros told Hunter Pence last night he was being traded

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    A source told SI.com’s Jon Heyman that Hunter Pence was told he was being pulled from Thursday’s game due to a trade, only to get left in the game afterwards. Judging by Heyman’s followup tweet, there’s a suspicion that Astros management agreed to a deal and ownership vetoed it. If that’s the case, Houston’s in…

  6. Brian Matusz wasn’t “mentally prepared” to “change things I’ve done for my whole life”

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz’s strong rookie season made the former No. 4 overall pick look like a long-term building block for the Orioles, but instead he’s taken several big steps backward this season, getting rocked for 25 runs in 26 innings, spending time on the disabled list, and then being demoted to Triple-A in late June. Matusz…

  7. Pirates may be ready to bench struggling Lyle Overbay

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    overbay_lyle

    In past years–or past decades, more accurately–the Pirates may have lived with an unproductive veteran first baseman, but with the team in contention for the first time in a long time their patience with Lyle Overbay appears to be running out. Signed to a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent, Overbay has hit…

  8. Everybody Wang Chung tomorrow morning!

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    wang getty wide

    Chien-Ming Wang is making his first major league start in a couple of years tomorrow.  This will be cause for great celebration in Taipei: Citizens have been invited to gather at Taipei City Hall to watch a live stream of the Nationals home game against the New York Mets live at 7 p.m. EST (7…

  9. Kenley Jansen released from hospital after irregular heartbeat

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Kenley Jansen has been released from the hospital after the Dodgers reliever spent two nights being examined for an irregular heartbeat. Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after closing out a 3-2 win Tuesday night and had to be driven to the hospital by the Dodgers’ training staff and then shocked back into rhythm. Steve…

  10. The Nats and Twins are still talking about a Denard Span-Drew Storen trade

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Denard Span

    Last year the Nationals snookered the Twins into giving up a stud catching prospect for the most replaceable of all commodities, the Proven Closer.  But Matt-Capps for Wilson Ramos was one of those once-in-a-lifetime brain farts, right?  Surely Bill Smith and the Twins aren’t going to do something like that again, right? Maybe!  While it…

  11. Barry Zito is healthy, but Giants might not let him start again

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito is healthy and on track to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday, but the Giants may not let him make the start after coughing up six runs in seven innings his last time out. San Francisco has “to be announced” listed as Sunday’s scheduled starter and manager Bruce Bochy explained that…

  12. If the Phillies get Pence, it’ll be because they overpaid for him

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Hunter Pence

    Every trade deadline there’s a guy whose name I get tired of typing and this year it’s Hunter Pence.  I thought it would be Beltran, but that was over rather painlessly. But Pence, yeah, I really am getting tired of typing it. Anyway, Jon Heyman has an update on the Pence-to-Philly chatter.  You’ll recall that…

  13. Brad Penny downplays mound argument with Victor Martinez

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers

    Brad Penny and Victor Martinez got into a heated argument on the mound in the middle of the fourth inning yesterday, with Penny being removed from the game a short time later after allowing seven runs in 3.1 innings against the Angels. Martinez refused to speak about the situation afterward, but Penny downplayed the incident…

  14. The Tigers are interested in Jason Marquis

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Jason Marquis

    Rosenthal and Morosi report that the Tigers are talking to the Nationals about Jason Marquis. This fits with Detroit’s overall desire to land a starter. A desire that has yet to come close to being met if you believe the rumors.  Beyond some Jeremy Guthrie buzz, not much has happened in that regard. Marquis is…

  15. The Giants are trying to shoo the seagulls away

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Duck Hawk Soaring

    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, but I don’t know why she swallowed the fly. I guess she’ll die: For years, the San Francisco Giants’ regular seagulls cooperated so nicely: They flocked to AT&T Park after the final out to scavenge for treats like leftover popcorn, pizza or garlic fries. Those gulls have…

  16. Frank and Jamie McCourt: masters of logic

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

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

    Frank and Jamie McCourt had a hearing in their divorce case yesterday.  Because both of them are ridiculous, the hearing was ridiculous. Jamie McCourt’s lawyers referred to Frank’s battles with Major League Baseball as a “jihad,” which pulls the neat trick of being simultaneously offensive to those who believe in the concept of jihads and…

  17. The Indians are making a “strong push” for Ryan Ludwick

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ah, the deadline. When teams get all determined to move heaven and Earth to obtain … OK bats. To that end, Rosenthal tweets that the Indians are “making a strong push” for Ryan Ludwick.  This the day after they landed Kosuke Fukudome. As we said yesterday when that trade went down, the Indians are in an…

  18. It’s getting closer to last call and Hunter Pence is starting to look better

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    pence getty wide

    Buster Olney put the trade dynamic in perspective this morning, reminding us that for all of this excitement and all of the teams trying to outdo one another for the likes of Hunter Pence, he’s currently 18th in batting average, 50th in OBP and 54th in slugging.  Elite? No.  More like the last dude at…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:41 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Rays 10, Athletics 8: Oakland scored five in the first so it looked like another shellacking was on the way for Tampa Bay. But no! The Rays put up a seven-spot in the seventh thanks in part to Desmond Jennings who had a whale of a ballgame. Every Tampa Bay starter either got a hit or…

  20. Better for Boston: Erik Bedard or Rich Harden?

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:39 AM EST

    Erik Bedard

    It seems like these gambles don’t usually work out for the Red Sox.  John Smoltz was a huge bust.  Brad Penny was even worse.  Bartolo Colon.  Wade Miller.  And one can extend it to the bullpen with Eric Gagne.  When the Red Sox decide to gamble on the perceived injury-prone/high-upside pitcher, it’s typically proven to be a…

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