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  1. Rosenthal: The Rays made a play for K-Rod

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The Rays aren’t ready to go into sell-mode yet. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Rays made a play for Francisco Rodriguez before the the Brewers “swooped in late.” Rosenthal expounded on the subject in today’s “Full Count” video, citing K-Rod’s past connection with Rays manager Joe Maddon as a potential reason for their…

  2. Clay Buchholz won’t be back with the Red Sox any time soon

    Jul 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Clay Buchholz

    While Jon Lester is optimistic that he’ll be able to return as soon as next Friday, we probably won’t see Clay Buchholz back with the Red Sox any time soon. The rehabbing right-hander was able to play catch yesterday and plans to do so again tomorrow, but he told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this…

  3. Carlos Guillen makes return from microfracture surgery this afternoon

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Guillen_Carlos

    As expected, the Tigers have activated Carlos Guillen from the 60-day disabled list. He’ll bat seventh and play second base this afternoon against the White Sox. Guillen hasn’t played in the major leagues this season following microfracture surgery on his right knee last September. The 35-year-old batted .318 (12-for-38) with one home run and eight…

  4. Bobby Jenks on disabled list again with back tightness

    Jul 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Bobby Jenks

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Bobby Jenks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness. He felt discomfort warming up last night in the same area that sent him to the disabled list last month. This is his third trip to the DL this season. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein envisioned…

  5. Ben Revere is just showing off

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Ben Revere

    Though it was ultimately overshadowed by Matt Capps‘ latest ninth-inning meltdown, Twins’ rookie outfielder Ben Revere did something pretty incredible while legging out a triple in the sixth inning last night against the Royals. Revere pulled a pitch into the right field corner and was off like a shot. He lost his footing between second…

  6. Carlos Beltran out of today’s lineup with flu-like symptoms

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

    It was a little curious when Carlos Beltran was not on the lineup card for today’s game against the Phillies, but the intrigue didn’t last too long. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is out with flu-like symptoms. Scott Hairston will start in his place in right field this afternoon and bat third…

  7. Orioles agree to three-year contract extension with J.J. Hardy

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun adds that the deal is worth between $22-22.5 million over three years. The no-trade clause involves eight teams and Hardy has been assured that he will not be traded this season. 12:38 PM: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and shortstop J.J. Hardy have…

  8. Carlos Marmol removed from closer’s role indefinitely

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs manager Mike Quade acknowledged the obvious following yesterday’s close call win over the Marlins, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that Carlos Marmol will be removed from the closer role indefinitely to work on his mechanics. “Relievers just don’t have the side time and the time to work on stuff that starters do,” Quade said.…

  9. Carl Crawford kicks off brief rehab stint at Pawtucket

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Carl Crawford played his first of two minor league rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket last night. He played five innings in left field and went 1-for-2 a broken bat RBI single, a walk and a run scored. Most importantly, he told Mike Scandura of the Boston Globe after the game that his hamstring felt fine.…

  10. Want Jeff Baker? Don’t even think about it.

    Jul 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EST

    Jeff Baker

    What does a .279 career batting average and .769 OPS make you? Untouchable. At least according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the Cubs have no plans to deal utility man Jeff Baker to a contender. The Red Sox and Indians are among the…

  11. David Wright doubles in first minor league rehab game

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The Mets are beginning to look a lot like sellers, but they are finally close to getting their third baseman back. David Wright went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. According to Greg Auman of ESPN New York, he…

  12. Pirates grab share of first place in National League Central

    Jul 16, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Karstens Pirates AP

    Did you wake up feeling a little off today? Maybe your cup of coffee doesn’t taste quite the same as it usually does and you have the sudden and unprecedented impulse to go for an early morning jog? No worries, it’s perfectly explainable. You see, the Pirates are tied with the Cardinals for first place…

  13. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 16, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    This rivalry between the Cardinals and Reds continues to live up to the hype. The Reds kicked off the second half in style last night, defeating the Cardinals 6-5 thanks to a two-out, walk off two-run homer by Brandon Phillips off Cards’ closer Fernando Salas in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Reds were…

  14. David Aardsma to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:07 PM EST

    aardsma fist pump

    David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues this season. And now it’s very likely we won’t see him again until latter part of the 2012 season at the earliest. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Aardsma will undergo Tommy John surgery late next week in California. The 29-year-old right-hander has been rehabbing…

  15. MLB splits up agitator umps Joe West and Angel Hernandez

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:39 PM EST

    Terry Francona, Joe West, Angel Hernandez

    Gerry Fraley points out something I can’t believe I missed: Major League Baseball has split up crew chief Joe West and over-zealous cohort Angel Hernandez to start the second half. Hernandez has been moved on to Gerry Davis’ crew and switched spots with Sam Holbrook. West’s crew had become notorious for hot-headedness this season.  In…

  16. Russell Martin blames himself for Jays’ relaying signs

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

    Russell Martin, Bartolo Colon

    Russell Martin says the Jays’ were stealing signs from second base in Thursday’s loss and that he’s the one to blame. Toronto scored eight runs in the first off Bartolo Colon on the way to a 16-7 win last night. “I’m not bothered by it,” he said. “I was more angry at myself for figuring…

  17. Peter Bourjos placed on disabled list after setback with hamstring injury

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:10 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the Angels have placed Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Salt Lake. Bourjos has been sidelined since straining his right hamstring while running the bases last Thursday. While Craig wrote earlier this morning that the speedy center fielder was…

  18. The Nationals won’t try to get cute with Jordan Zimmermann’s innings limit

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Nationals fans better enjoy Jordan Zimmermann while they still can. No worries, he’s perfectly healthy, but after the Nationals made a tentative schedule to work around Zimmermann’s 160-innings limit for this season, manager Davey Johnson told Amanda Comak of the Washington Times earlier today that plans have changed. While Zimmermann won’t make his next start…

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

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    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…

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