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  1. Reds place shortstop Zack Cozart on 15-day disabled list

    Jul 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have placed shortstop Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow and recalled Paul Janish in a corresponding roster move. Cozart suffered the elbow injury Saturday in an awkward collision at second base with the Braves’ Nate McLouth. It looked like a fracture…

  2. Diamondbacks release slugger Wily Mo Pena

    Jul 24, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Wily Mo Pena earned a promotion to the major leagues in late June after slugging 21 home runs and posting an electric .363/.439/.726 batting line across 63 games with the Triple-A Reno Aces. Pena served as Arizona’s primary DH during the final few weeks of the interleague schedule and showed impressive power, blasting five homers…

  3. Cardinals join the hunt for O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Cardinals have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, joining a hunt that was started last week by the Tigers. Guthrie, 32, has posted an underwhelming 4.35 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 130 1/3 innings this season. But he had a 3.83 ERA and 1.16 WHIP…

  4. D’Backs talking trade for Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Florida Marlins

    The Diamondbacks entered Sunday’s action with a healthy 54-47 record, but they’re four games behind the Giants in the National League West and five games back of the Braves in the Wild Card race. To remain competitive, the D’Backs need to make a high-impact move at this year’s trade deadline. And it appears they might…

  5. Cameron Maybin sets Padres record: six straight with a steal

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    Cameron Maybin became the first player this year to steal a base in six straight games and set a Padres record in the process Sunday against the Phillies. Maybin took second off Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz today for his eighth steal in the six games.  He’s 10-for-10 stealing bases in his last nine games…

  6. Roy Oswalt cleared to begin rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

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    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt has been given clearance to make his first minor league rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Oswalt has been on the disabled list since the end of June with a bulging disc in his lower back. He threw a successful bullpen session…

  7. Five scouts in town to watch Carlos Beltran; Giants the favorites?

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox have all had scouts watching Carlos Beltran this weekend as the Mets take on the Marlins. They should be liking what they’re seeing.  Beltran just drove in a run for the third straight game with a first-inning sac fly versus the…

  8. B.J. Upton gets scheduled day off, according to Rays

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton, who had played in every game since the All-Star break, is getting a planned day off on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said. It’s been scheduled since last week, he added. Maddon didn’t know it at the time, but he sparked a million rumors when he removed Upton late in a 10-4 game Friday against…

  9. Cards, White Sox discussing trade involving Colby Rasmus

    Jul 24, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Colby Rasmus might be on the move. From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals’ front office has engaged in “accelerated” trade negotiations this week with White Sox GM Kenny Williams. No deal is imminent, but Rasmus is the centerpiece and the Cards are believed to have their sights set…

  10. Report: Nats “actively shopping” shortstop Ian Desmond

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post heard from sources Saturday that the Nationals aren’t planning to move Ian Desmond at this year’s trade deadline. It turns out that might not be completely correct. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals have been “actively shopping” the 25-year-old middle infielder and he’s already drawn serious…

  11. Nationals among teams hoping Yu Darvish heads to MLB

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    darvish presser

    When 24-year-old Japanese ace Yu Darvish was asked last winter if he was considering making the jump to Major League Baseball for the start of the 2012 season, he offered a “no comment.” Several months later, Darvish still hasn’t commented on the matter. But that hasn’t stopped MLB teams from scouting him and dreaming of…

  12. Desmond Jennings triples, doubles in 2011 MLB debut

    Jul 24, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings technically made his major league debut during the 2010 season, but Saturday evening felt like his true arrival. The 24-year-old was promoted from Triple-A Durham late Friday night and got to work immediately in Saturday’s game against the Royals. Jennings led off the contest with a first-inning triple to deep left-center…

  13. Terry Francona reaches 1,000 career managerial wins

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Red Sox skipper Terry Francona became one of just 57 managers to reach 1,000 career wins with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of the Mariners. The 52-year-old began his managerial career in 1997 with the Philadelphia Phillies, going 285-363 over a four-year stretch that saw not a single postseason appearance. But he was hired by the Boston…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    The Mariners scored only one run Saturday against the Red Sox despite tallying nine hits, and took a loss for the 14th consecutive game. The M’s have scored only 32 runs in that 14-game span and will set a franchise record for futility if they lose again in Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park. Seattle…

  15. Nationals don’t plan on trading shortstop Ian Desmond

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nationals have been receiving calls on young shortstop Ian Desmond but have no plans to trade him at this year’s July 31 deadline. Desmond has batted just .228/.276/.314 with three home runs in 374 plate appearances this season, but the Nationals feel his numbers will get…

  16. Indians, Nationals lead hunt for Rays outfielder B.J. Upton

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    upton wide rays

    The Rays promoted outfield prospect Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham late Friday night and are expected to give him regular starts in the outfield through the end of the 2011 season. There was speculation when news of Jennings’ callup first surfaced that a trade was already in the works involving B.J. Upton. Upton remained in…

  17. Red Sox have interest in A’s right-hander Rich Harden

    Jul 23, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox entered Sunday’s action with the best record in the American League (60-37), good enough for first place in the always-tough AL East. They boast baseball’s most dangerous batting order, and have been getting strong pitching in spurts. But starting pitching depth has been a weakness for most of the season. And the…

  18. Zack Cozart diagnosed with hyperextended left elbow

    Jul 23, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cozart was diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow and that X-rays came back negative. It’s not clear when he’ll be able to return to the lineup, but it sounds like the Reds may have dodged a bullet here. 5:45 PM: Here’s some potentially bad news for the Reds…

  19. Marlins send former first-round pick Chris Volstad back to minors

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    After 93 big-league starts, 2005 first-round pick Chris Volstad is still struggling to establish himself.  He was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday following an outing Friday in which he allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings against the Mets. It’s the third straight season in which Volstad has received a midseason demotion. …

  20. Adrian Beltre placed on disabled list with left hamstring strain

    Jul 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    The Rangers have placed third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Beltre left last night’s game against the Blue Jays after pulling up lame while running the bases in the fifth inning. He was placed on the DL after an MRI today revealed a Grade 1 strain, according…

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