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  1. UPDATE: Pirates reportedly “close” to getting Ryan Ludwick from Padres

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    UPDATE: And now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says the Pirates, not the Indians, are “close” to acquiring Ludwick from the Padres. ========= Last night the Indians and Padres were said to be discussing a deal for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the two sides are “getting close”…

  2. Derek Jeter leaves game after getting hit in the hand

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter left today’s Yankees-Orioles game after getting hit on the hand by a Jake Arrieta pitch.  It happened in the third inning, and Jeter tried to stay in the game, but he left in the fifth. Good news: no break.  X-Rays are negative and it’s being reported that Jeter is day-to-day, as are we all.

  3. Done deal: Indians’ trade for Ubaldo Jimenez is official

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    UPDATE: Jimenez passed his physical, so the blockbuster trade sending him to the Indians for a four-prospect package led by 2010 first-round pick Drew Pomeranz is now official. ========== UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that McBride’s injury won’t hold up the deal. ========== Ubaldo Jimenez is reportedly undergoing a physical exam right now, but…

  4. Yankees out on Wandy Rodriguez, Cleveland, Toronto in?

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are out on Wandy Rodriguez, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman is saying something similar. The Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice, who doesn’t normally break trade news, briefly reported that Rodriguez would go to Cleveland for two minor leaguers, only to take it back minutes later. And now…

  5. Look away, I’m hideous: Astros’ post-trades lineup is ugly

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brad Mills

    Houston had MLB’s worst record and ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring with Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger, so as you can imagine the Astros’ lineup looks downright sad after trading three of the team’s four best hitters. Here’s the lineup manager Brad Mills is trotting out there against the Brewers this…

  6. Justin Verlander loses no-hitter in eighth, Jered Weaver ejected

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    3:45 p.m. EDT: It’s over, with the Tigers winning 3-2.  Jose Valverde replaced Verlander to start the ninth and walked leadoff man Bobby Abreu, but he bounced back to retire the next three batters.  Erick Aybar, who started the eighth-inning rally with his bunt, popped up foul to end it. We’ll likely be hearing more…

  7. UPDATE: Forget Heath Bell – it’s Mike Adams to the Rangers

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Mike Adams

    UPDATE:  It’s not often that Ken Rosenthal misfires — he is, in my view, the best at this rumor business —  but he misfired here. Almost immediately after his report that the Padres had traded Heath Bell to the Rangers, multiple reports came in that it was not Bell, but rather, Mike Adams who is…

  8. Are the Padres asleep at the wheel?

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Obviously not.  The Padres have traded Mike Adams to the Rangers for left-hander Robbie Erlin and right-hander Joe Wieland. /// We know San Diego is about to shed Ryan Ludwick, but that’s likely to bring back a minimal return, probably from the Indians.  There hasn’t been anything hot and heavy on the bigger bait —…

  9. Diamondbacks add A’s reliever Brad Ziegler, make room for Paul Goldschmidt

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    Feeling they have an even better one on the way, the Diamondbacks traded their starting first baseman to the A’s for a setup man on Sunday.  The three-player deal sent Brad Ziegler to Arizona in return for Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. Allen had three homers and seven RBI in 29 at-bats since his…

  10. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    As we wait around to hear if anything happens with those Yankees-Astros talks about Wandy Rodriguez, we get this tweet from Jon Heyman:  Yankees dont like wandy’s contract, or necessarily his pitching. but they know they need to do something. Well, apart from that … Look: I understand the trade deadline is nutso, but when was…

  11. Miguel Tejada lashes out at San Francisco media for writing about his terrible defense

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Watching your team acquire Orlando Cabrera because they think he’s a better shortstop option than you can be tough on a person, but Miguel Tejada chose an interesting way to vent that frustration this morning: He lashed out at the media. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle described the scene in the clubhouse: Across…

  12. Report: Blue Jays targeting Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    The Blue Jays have a rookie catcher with 17 homers this year in J.P. Arencibia, but according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, they’re making a run at the Rockies’ Chris Iannetta anyway. As Knobler goes on to say: “Arencibia has power, but scouts say his catching and throwing have both been big problems for Jays.”…

  13. Diamondbacks send Brandon Allen to A’s for Brad Ziegler

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    1:08 p.m. EDT update: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that the deal is Ziegler for first baseman Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. The move suggests that the Diamondbacks will be calling up Paul Goldschmidt to take over as their primary first baeman.  Allen was filling the role of late and was hitting .172/.351/.483 with three…

  14. Yankees promote top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to Triple-A

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    This may not be the Yankees’ biggest move of the day, but it is notable that the club promoted its top pitching prospect, left-hander Manny Banuelos, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Banuelos, who becomes the International League’s youngest player at age 20, was 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 94/52 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings…

  15. Pirates “steamed” Derrek Lee is “taking his time getting here”

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review just posted an interesting note on Twitter saying: “Privately, folks in Pirates clubhouse are steamed Derrek Lee is taking his time getting here.” Of course, it couldn’t have been all that private if a newspaper reporter knows about it. Biertempfel notes that Hunter Pence took a late-night flight…

  16. Update: Nationals NOT about to deal Todd Coffey

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Update: Nevermind that, apparently.  Kilgore just tweeted that he received some bad information and that no Coffey deal is imminent. /// This probably isn’t the trade for a center fielder the Nats have been aiming for, but the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore hears that the Nationals are about to deal Todd Coffey. Coffey, 30, was signed…

  17. Astros should have done better for Michael Bourn

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    I was impressed with Houston’s return for Hunter Pence.  By all indications, Astros GM Ed Wade did a nice job of playing the suitors off each other and he ended up with a pair of top-50 prospects from the Phillies for his troubles. The Michael Bourn trade with Atlanta was also a four-for-one deal, but in…

  18. Yankees aiming to acquire Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    About four hours remain until MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline. And things are really starting to heat up. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are “trying for” Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. The ‘Stros have already parted with outfielders Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, and are now trying to unload the $28 million or so that…

  19. Dodgers to get Alex Castellanos from Cardinals to complete Rafael Furcal trade

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Alex Castellanos cardinals

    The deal isn’t quite official yet, but Rafael Furcal has waived his 10-and-5 rights and will accept a trade to the Cardinals. As for who the Dodgers will get in return, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch reports that it’ll be a one-for-one swap with Double-A outfielder Alex Castellanos going to Los Angeles. Castellanos…

  20. UPDATE: chances of a Denard Span deal to the Nats are less than 50-50

    Jul 31, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    storen_drew

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is now reporting that the chances of Storen/Span deal less than 50-50 and that the Nationals may pivot to B.J. Upton in their search for a center fielder.  Are the Nats really that afraid to give up Drew Storen?  Seems kind of nutso to me, but then again, I just work…

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