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  1. Diamondbacks sound like a team planning to trade Dan Haren

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Most of the reports surrounding Dan Haren’s availability have focused on the Diamondbacks’ public stance that they’ll only trade the ace right-hander if they get an “A-plus deal” in return. That’s a smart approach for them to take because Haren is a) one of the more underrated No. 1 starters in baseball, b) signed for…

  2. A-Rod is about to hit his 600th home run. Do you care?

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    There’s a lack of hype around A-Rod’s 600th dinger. Is it because it’s A-Rod doing it, or are we simply bored with home runs?

  3. Ed Wade is asking for way, way too much for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    If we’re going to criticize anyone in the greater Roy Oswalt discussion for having unreasonable demands, Oswalt shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Astros’ GM Ed Wade should.  Derrick Goold reports on Houston’s demands: According to a National League executive, the Astros have said the package must include two top prospects, a third…

  4. The Mets designate Fernando Nieve for assignment

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Andy Martino reports that the Mets have DFA’d reliever Fernando Nieve. He’s been pretty terrible lately, so I get this, but how much of his terribleness is a function of Jerry Manuel criminally overworking him this season?  Hell, in some ways getting DFA’d may be the best thing for him.  If no trade partner can…

  5. Rosenthal: Oswalt should be more flexible

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    But why should players surrender what they bargained for if teams never do?

  6. The Boss gets a mural at Yankee Stadium

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If I had to bet money, I would have bet that a 40′x13′ mural of George Steinbrenner put up a week after his death would have been a tad on the, I dunno, cult-of-personalityish side, maybe looking like some banner from a South American election rally or something.  It’s just so hard to have perspective…

  7. Quote of the Day: "HGH is baseball's Shirley Sherrod"

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Warning: mixing PED talk with politics can be hazardous to your comments section.

  8. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Five shutouts around baseball last night, one of which may be one of the final nails in the coffin of Jerry Manuel’s managerial career.

  9. Phillies fire hitting coach Milt Thompson

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

    As first reported by Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Phillies dismissed hitting coach Milt Thompson on Thursday evening. As with most coaching fires in baseball, Thompson was more of a scapegoat than anything. The third-place Phillies have been hit by…

  10. In which two guys travel the country watching baseball and we get all jealous…

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Steve Gebhardt and John Tramutolo, two editors from Manhattan-based COED Magazine, set out on a wild trip around the baseball world this summer.  They’re hitting all 30 major league cities in 30 days, watching a game at every stadium and talking to locals about pregame bars and good ballpark eats.  Oh, and they’re blogging about…

  11. The latest on Oswalt

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    There have been various updates and added wrinkles to the Roy Oswalt news since this morning. The highlights: Derrick Goold reports that the Cardinals are the Astros’ first choice. This squares with what I was hearing last night. Past of it is geographic (Oswalt owns a farm in Illinois and it isn’t terrible far from…

  12. Royals' DeJesus diagnosed with sprained right thumb

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Royals outfielder David DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb on Thursday evening when he collided with the Yankee Stadium outfield wall while trying to chase down a Derek Jeter line drive.  That liner, because DeJesus could not reach it, turned into an inside-the-park home run for the Yankee captain.  DeJesus is considered “day-to-day” for now,…

  13. Jacoby Ellsbury finally cleared for batting practice

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury has been sidelined for most of the 2010 season. On Wednesday in Florida, he finally took a major step toward returning to the Red Sox.

  14. Angels get Alberto Callaspo from Royals for two pitchers

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Angels have acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for righty Sean O’Sullivan and minor league left-hander Will Smith…

  15. Jamie Moyer may be done for the year . . . and forever

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Very bad news in Jamie Moyer land: An MRI Thursday revealed a sprain of the ulnar collataral ligament and a strain of the pronator tendon.  I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds serious. Moyer is going on the DL.  It’s an injury that could put him out for the year.  And at age…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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