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  1. Hideki Irabu’s death confirmed to be a suicide

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that Hideki Irabu committed suicide by hanging himself. The 42-year-old former Yankees pitcher dd not leave a note. Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter says a friend found Irabu dead in his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes on Wednesday afternoon.…

  2. Rosenthal: Tigers willing to part with No. 1 prospect for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers have strong interest in Ubaldo Jimenez and that they’re willing to give up their most prized minor leaguer to get him. That minor leaguer would be 20-year-old Jacob Turner, who has gone 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie…

  3. Shortstop now the priority for St. Louis

    Jul 29, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    After addressing their rotation and the bullpen with Wednesday’s Colby Rasmus swap, the Cardinals are looking for shortstop help, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He hears that a move is likely and that it could be a “difference-maker.” Of course, there isn’t really much for difference makers on the shortstop market. …

  4. Nate McLouth joins Jordan Schafer on DL for Braves

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    Atlanta is down its top two center fielders after Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list Friday due to a lower abdominal strain. Jordan Schafer was previously placed on the DL on Wednesday because of a chip fracture in his left middle finger. Taking McLouth’s place on the roster and making his major league…

  5. Aramis Ramirez shuts the door on trade rumors

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    After weeks of talk that he’d use his no-trade clause to block any deal out of Chicago, Aramis Ramirez appeared to leave the door open for a deal on Thursday by saying “if they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in, so we’ll see.” On Friday, though, he removed any doubt about his desire to remain…

  6. After 87 strikeouts and three homers, Jack Cust gets the boot

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    A colossal flop as Seattle’s designated hitter, Jack Cust was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Erik Bedard on the roster. Cust had just three homers and 23 RBI in 225 at-bats for the Mariners.  He was getting on base at a .344 clip, but his slugging percentage of .329 was barely above…

  7. GM Walt Jocketty says Reds won’t be sellers

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Even after getting swept at home in a four-game series by the Mets and falling five games under .500, the Reds won’t be sellers, GM Walt Jocketty said Friday. Jocketty also worked to dispel the notion that the Reds could trade Ramon Hernandez while trying to stay in the race.  According to John Fay, Jocketty…

  8. Shin-Soo Choo looking at a mid-August return

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Jordan Bastian tweets that Shin-Soo Choo hopes to rejoin the Indians during a series against the White Sox from August 16-18. Choo resumed baseball activities this week — hitting off a tee, mostly — and all seems to be fine.  The Indians haven’t given an official timetable for his return, but after a terrible season…

  9. Denard Span hoping to return from concussion this weekend

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    As trade rumors continue to swirl around him, Twins center fielder Denard Span is finally on the verge of returning from the concussion that has sidelined him for the past two months. Span, who’s been rehabbing at Triple-A for the past two weeks while taking multiple days off, told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star…

  10. Ryan Langerhans traded to the Diamondbacks

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Finally! After weeks of rumors we can finally put all of this “where will Ryan Langerhans go?” speculation to bed! Oh, wait there wasn’t any.  But it is the “trade deadline,” not just the “Hunter Pence Trade Deadline” so you should know that Ryan Langerhans has been traded by the Mariners to the Diamondbacks for…

  11. Yankees activate Rafael Soriano from disabled list

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Rafael Soriano is back from the disabled list after being sidelined since mid-May with an elbow injury. Joe Girardi once indicated that he’d turn right back to Soriano as the Yankees’ primary eighth-inning guy when healthy, but he seems to have softened on that stance somewhat recently and it’s hard to imagine David Robertson losing…

  12. Tigers out on Hiroki Kuroda, in on Doug Fister?

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Doug Fister

    According to’s Jim Bowden, the Tigers have dropped out of the running for Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, while’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that they’re now talking to the Mariners about Doug Fister and a reliever. Morosi spent several years covering the Tigers for the Detroit Free Press, so his sources with the club…

  13. The A’s are going to trade Andrew Bailey to the Rangers? Really?

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Color me dubious, but Brady Tinker of Fox Southwest reports that the A’s and Rangers are talking about a trade involving Andrew Bailey. Why the A’s would trade their closer to a division rival is an open question.  Of course, the Rangers are said to be involved in intense talks with the Padres about Heath Bell,…

  14. Dodgers attendance is way down and still very misleading

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about just how far the Dodgers’ attendance has fallen this season. Dilbeck notes that their official attendance is down 8,100 fans per game, but even that’s misleading because the total is tickets sold rather than actual fans in…

  15. Roger Clemens files his double jeopardy motion

    Jul 29, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    As we noted last week, Roger Clemens’ lawyers are going to try to argue that he can’t be re-tried because doing so would violate his constitutional right against the double jeopardy. He filed a motion to that effect today, arguing that the prosecutors — worried that they were losing —  intentionally introduced impermissible evidence for…

  16. Red Sox, Indians still targeting Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    According to’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are “aggressively pursuing” Ubaldo Jimenez, while others think the Indians are a “big threat” to land the Rockies right-hander. Heyman says the Reds and Blue Jays also remain interested and that the Yankees are lurking. ESPN’s Jayson Stark, on the other hand, reports that the Yankees’ interest…

  17. The five greatest trade deadlines in baseball history

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Randy Johnson Astros

    Yesterday in the Twitter questions I mentioned that I had banned two of the three authors of The Platoon Advantage — Bill and The Common Man; Mark remained in my good graces — because they insisted on taunting me about the Hrbek/Gant play from the 1991 World Series and insisting that Aquaman was a legitimate super…

  18. Stephen Strasburg “threw extremely well” in simulated game

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams had a very positive review of Stephen Strasburg‘s simulated game yesterday, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that the rehabbing former No. 1 overall pick “threw extremely well.” Kilgore reports that Strasburg threw around 50 pitches, with breaks in between simulated innings, and a September appearance with the Nationals…

  19. The Angels are interested in Aramis Ramirez

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    We learned last night that Aramis Ramirez may be willing to waive his no-trade clause. If so, the Cubs may have a trading partner for him, as Bob Nightengale tweets that the Angels are “quite interested” in him. It would be a great fit if they could swing it. The Angels really need some pop…

  20. Tweet of the Day: Denard Span addresses trade rumor, LOLs

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Rumors about the Nationals talking to the Twins about Denard Span have been swirling all week, so the center fielder took a break from his rehab assignment at Triple-A to tweet about the speculation:

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