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  1. Add the Yankees, Twins, Cardinals and Phillies to the Dan Haren watch

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    There are varying degrees of interest here — from the previously reported “serious” interest in Haren from the Tigers — to the Twins, who are said to be “barely monitoring” Haren at the moment, but the upshot is that a lot more teams are falling into what can only be described as the Dan Haren…

  2. Ben Sheets probably isn't going anywhere

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The smart thinking is that the A’s signed Ben Sheets with the idea of flipping him for prospects in the fairly likely event that they failed to catch lightning in a bottle and challenged for the division. Those plans aren’t exactly working, however. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are now thinking they’ll just hold…

  3. Brewers starters are first since 1937 to allow double-digit runs three times in four games

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Last night Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf allowed a career-high 12 runs against the Pirates, which is doubly amazing because Pittsburgh has scored the fewest runs in the entire league this season. Also amazing is that Wolf is the third Brewers pitcher to allow double-digit runs in a start this week. Seriously. He allowed 12 runs…

  4. Minor leaguers to be tested for HGH. This is all PR, by the way

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball announced a few moments ago that it will immediately begin testing for HGH in the minor leagues.  That sound you hear is a thousand writers and commentators preparing their “good for baseball for finally getting tough” column/blog post/TV talking head spot.  Don’t buy a bit of it. For starters, this is not…

  5. Astros reportedly reluctant to trade starter Brett Myers

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    While the focus has understandably been on Roy Oswalt, his rotation-mate Brett Myers is another good starting pitcher likely to be targeted by contenders before the trade deadline. Last night he tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Cubs, marking the 20th time in 20 starts this season that Myers has logged at least…

  6. Olney: the Tigers have "serious" interest in Dan Haren

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Rumors involving Dan Haren have been something of a tease these past few weeks. Little squeaks here and there about how the Diamondbacks would be willing to listen to offers, followed by multiple reports of just how much it would take to convince the Diamondbacks to actually trade him. But hey, we pass along all…

  7. Scott Podsednik wants to stay in Kansas City, where the local writers call him "a winner" no matter what

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik said yesterday that he’d like to re-sign with the Royals “because we’re moving in the right direction” and “I like the challenge that’s presented here in terms of getting things turned around.” That’s admirable, I suppose, but a big part of the Royals actually “getting things turned around” will be ridding themselves of…

  8. The Yankees to add yet another uniform memorial

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees are already wearing uniform patches for Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. Now Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets that they’ll add black arm bands in memory of Ralph Houk. I would hope that everyone significant in the Yankees Universe would stay healthy regardless, but given how damn little real estate is left on the…

  9. The Reds and Dusty Baker will talk contract extension after the deadline

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a lame duck year for Dusty Baker — and it still technically is — but given how well the Reds have done this season it was inevitable that at some point the Reds and Dusty would have to talk about a contract extension.  That time will be early August, reports…

  10. After missing All-Star game, Yovani Gallardo returns from DL

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yovani Gallardo’s strained oblique muscle forced him to miss the All-Star game and two turns in the rotation, but the Brewers’ ace has been activated from the disabled list and will start tonight against the Pirates. Milwaukee sent Lorenzo Cain back to Triple-A to make room for Gallardo on the roster. Cain went 3-for-5 with…

  11. The Cardinals' Shelby Miller is not untouchable

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart, Matthew Leach and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirm and add some more detail to my report from last night about the Cardinals’ interest in Roy Oswalt. Specifically regarding what the Cardinals may have to give up in order to get him: The Cards’ most compelling potential trading chip for most teams would seem…

  12. Reds sign Jason Isringhausen to minor-league contract

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    After throwing for the Reds earlier this week Jason Isringhausen was quickly offered a minor-league contract by general manager Walt Jocketty and today he accepted the deal. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Isringhausen will be assigned to Triple-A and “will take at least a couple of weeks to get ready” for a…

  13. HBT Daily: Rangers, Phillies and Mets, Oh my!

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Someone has to win the Mets-Dodgers game, don’t they?

  14. Jose Tabata's wife pleads guilty to kidnapping charges

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Pirates’ outfielder Jose Tabata is only 21 and his soon-to-be ex-wife is 44, so she was already guilty of robbing the cradle. Now she’s guilty of stealing an actual baby: Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pled guilty in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.In March of…

  15. Stephen Strasburg will beat you and yell stuff at your fans

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg beat the Reds last night to improve to 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts and Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com notes that the 22-year-old rookie also fired back at some of the hecklers in Cincinnati as he walked off the mound: All you need to know about the fire of the competitor…

  16. Free Alex Gordon

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Royals are about to call up Rick Ankiel from Omaha, where he has put up a batting line of .270/.281/.556 in 63 at bats while rehabbing. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon is batting .315/.442/.577 in 260 at bats since being sent down, presumably to learn left field. Query: given Ankiel’s injury history and his own defensive…

  17. Carl Crawford is friggin' nuts

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Personally, I’d wear a cup. But then again, I’m not Carl Crawford.

  18. Mets manager Jerry Manuel is back on the hot seat again

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has a lengthy column today entitled “Manuel’s job in jeopardy” and says “this looks to be the point of no return” for Jerry Manuel as Mets manager. Here’s more: The other day in San Francisco at AT&T Park the interview area for manager Jerry Manuel was moved to…

  19. Bobby Jenks is probably out as the White Sox closer

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    At least as the team’s lone closer, and at least for now.  Ozzie Guillen didn’t like what he saw in Seattle last night, when Jenks blew a save in his second bad outing in three games: ”I got three guys there that can [close games]. I’ve got Thornton, I’ve got Putz throwing the ball good.…

  20. The Mattingly mound visit: MLB says the umps were wrong; umps disagree

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ll admit that I was rather confused about the Don Mattingly mound visit thing the other night.  After my initial post yesterday I was mostly persuaded by others that even if the umpires were following the letter of the rule regarding Mattingly making two mound visits, they weren’t following the spirit of the rule because…

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