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  1. Hunter Pence takes a seat on Houston’s bench

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    With trade rumors swirling, Hunter Pence is on the Astros bench on Wednesday night.  However, it’s not because he’s been dealt, says the Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine. Pence, mired in a 7-for-40 skid since the All-Star break, was told Tuesday that he’d get tonight off. Pence has just one extra-base hit and two RBI in…

  2. Rays, Red Sox made offers for Colby Rasmus

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    That according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, who has been on top of the Colby Rasmus rumors since they started. Strauss reports that the Cardinals turned down the Rays’ offer of right-hander Jeff Niemann and reliever J.P. Howell for Rasmus and that they instead held out for either James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson. Which sounds…

  3. Rosenthal: Nationals may offer Drew Storen for Twins’ Denard Span

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    It worked last year, as the Nationals picked up their long-term catcher by sending their closer to the Twins.  Now they could make a similar move, only grabbing a center fielder instead, if FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is correct. According to Rosenthal, Drew Storen may be in play in the trade talks between the Nationals and…

  4. End of the road? The Nationals DFA Matt Stairs

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    The Washington Nationals have designated Matt Stairs for assignment in order to make room for Jonny Gomes. This saddens me.  Oh, it was inevitable — Stairs is 43 and is hitting .154/.257/.169 with no homers — but it strikes me that this may very well be it for the formerly-bemulleted one. Depending on how you count…

  5. Carlos Gomez hoping to play again this season after surgery on fractured clavicle

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Initially expected to miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his clavicle while making a diving catch last week, Carlos Gomez is now hoping to rejoin the Brewers at some point in September. Gomez underwent surgery Monday to repair the fracture and insert a metal plate to help stabilize things, with doctors giving him…

  6. After no-hitter, Ervin Santana overshadowed no more

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Back in 2003, when Johan Santana was a 20-year-old in the Angels farm system, he worried that he might have to spend his career being confused with that pitcher with the same name who was dominating hitters for the Minnesota Twins. He thought it might be wise to make a change, to make a name for…

  7. Joe Torre, Major League Baseball tell us all to embrace “the human element”

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Meals blown call

    Major League Baseball just released its official statement on the blown call in last night’s Pirates-Braves game.  It’s from Joe Torre — Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations — and it’s reproduced in its entirety below.  Here’s the short version, though: “Blahblahblah we don’t care at all if games are blown because of crappy umpiring and we’re…

  8. Tweet(s) of the Day: Anyone know what John Danks is up to?

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Apparently I follow a lot of people in the White Sox’s press box today:

  9. The streak is over! Mariners beat the Yankees to stop the madness at seventeen

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball.  We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter.  More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month. Add a Mariners victory to it all, because…

  10. MLB investigating threats made against Jerry Meals’ family

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Meals blown call

    Team president Frank Coonelly handled things about as well as possible after the Pirates lost in the 19th inning on Jerry Meals’ call at the plate last night, filing an official protest with MLB and issuing a statement saying “he made the wrong call” without ripping into the veteran umpire too much. However, apparently not…

  11. The Cubs tried to deal Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything.  But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much. That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to…

  12. Phillies “have done background work on Carlos Quentin”

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Beltran is apparently off the market and the Astros reportedly backed out of a near-deal for Hunter Pence, so the Phillies have turned their attention to … Carlos Quentin. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, at least. He says the Phillies “have done background work on Quentin” as they look for a right-handed-hitting outfielder.…

  13. Lance Berkman is going to have an MRI on that shoulder

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman, who has been sidelined with a strain to his rotator cuff,  is going to have an MRI today. Berkman injured the shoulder on a swing Sunday and had to leave the game last night due to more trouble with it. The Cardinals and Berkman still think it’s nothing serious and are looking at…

  14. Report: Phillies “had a deal” for Hunter Pence, but Astros “backed off”

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    pence getty wide

    At this point the Phillies’ strong interest in Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is no secret, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com takes it a step further by quoting sources who claim Philadelphia “had a deal for him earlier in the week, only to have Houston back off.” Stark couldn’t get confirmation of that from any Astros…

  15. Facts from Ervin Santana’s no-hitter

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    - Ervin Santana threw the ninth no-hitter in Angels history.  The others: Bo Belinsky – May 5, 1962 versus the Orioles Clyde Wright – July 3, 1970 versus the Athletics Nolan Ryan – May 15, 1973 versus the Royals Nolan Ryan – July 15, 1973 versus the Tigers Nolan Ryan – Sept. 28, 1974 versus…

  16. Ervin Santana no-hits the Indians

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE:  He did it!  Ervin Santana throws a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians! The one run allowed aside — unearned, of course — Santana was highly effective, striking out ten, flashing some electric stuff.  It was his 11th career start against the Indians — the team against whom he made his debut — and it…

  17. White Sox bench Alex Rios, call up Alejandro De Aza

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Lost in the Edwin Jackson trade this morning is that Chicago’s shakeup didn’t end there, as the White Sox have benched center fielder Alex Rios and called up Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A. It’s unclear how long the benching will last, but the fact that Rios is owed $38 million for the next three seasons…

  18. That’s the best the Cardinals could do?

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    I mean, I’m a little down on Colby Rasmus, too. It’s probably not a good thing that he listens to his dad either as much or more than he listens to his big-league coaches. His defense hasn’t been nearly as good this year as it was when he entered the league in 2009. And after a sneaky-exceptional offensive season as a sophomore in 2010, Rasmus has taken an obvious step backwards in 2011.

  19. Tests provide no explanation for Angel Pagan’s dizziness

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Angel Pagan underwent blood tests after dizziness forced him from Sunday’s game and kept him out of the lineup Monday and Tuesday, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that “no abnormality” was found. Pagan revealed to manager Terry Collins that he’s been dealing with dizziness and fatigue for the past week or so,…

  20. Report: Carlos Beltran going to the Giants

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE III: The AP reports that the deal has been agreed to, pending Beltran signing off on it.  Assuming that Beltran gives his approval, it will become offical Thursday afternoon.  The Mets will send Beltran and $4 million to help cover his salary to the Giants in return for Wheeler. UPDATE II:  Now it’s being…

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