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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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:

  10. Move over Ubaldo: it’s Kyle Davies everyone wants now

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kyle Davies

    Here’s what the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton had to say in his trade deadline article Friday: Veteran lefties Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen along with right-hander Kyle Davies  are drawing interest from several clubs in advance of the non-waiver trading  deadline, which is 3 p.m. Central time Sunday. Now, perhaps he’s just lumping Davies…

  11. Endy Chavez plays his way into bigger role with Rangers

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Endy Chavez missed all of last season following knee surgery and began this year at Triple-A, but the 33-year-old outfielder has hit .326 in 43 games since joining the Rangers in mid-May and manager Ron Washington is ready to give him an expanded role. Chavez is a left-handed hitter and has faced almost exclusively right-handed…

  12. The Reds are looking at Michael Bourn

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT


    The Reds just got swept by the Mets and looked terrible doing it.  Despite lots of talent on hand, nothing has gelled for them so far this year, they’re five games under .500 and people are openly calling for them to cut bait and reload for next season and beyond.  In the face of all…

  13. Great Moments in T-Ball

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carlo dugout

    My son Carlo — that’s him in the Cubbies cap — has spent the last week in a T-ball camp. Pretty low-key thing. Basically, getting 5 and 6-year-olds used to throwing a ball around, listening to coaches and generally having the first clue of what actually happens in a baseball game.  Keeps ’em off the…

  14. Report: Astros told Hunter Pence last night he was being traded

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    A source told’s Jon Heyman that Hunter Pence was told he was being pulled from Thursday’s game due to a trade, only to get left in the game afterwards. Judging by Heyman’s followup tweet, there’s a suspicion that Astros management agreed to a deal and ownership vetoed it. If that’s the case, Houston’s in…

  15. Brian Matusz wasn’t “mentally prepared” to “change things I’ve done for my whole life”

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Matusz’s strong rookie season made the former No. 4 overall pick look like a long-term building block for the Orioles, but instead he’s taken several big steps backward this season, getting rocked for 25 runs in 26 innings, spending time on the disabled list, and then being demoted to Triple-A in late June. Matusz…

  16. Pirates may be ready to bench struggling Lyle Overbay

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT


    In past years–or past decades, more accurately–the Pirates may have lived with an unproductive veteran first baseman, but with the team in contention for the first time in a long time their patience with Lyle Overbay appears to be running out. Signed to a one-year, $5 million deal as a free agent, Overbay has hit…

  17. Everybody Wang Chung tomorrow morning!

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    wang getty wide

    Chien-Ming Wang is making his first major league start in a couple of years tomorrow.  This will be cause for great celebration in Taipei: Citizens have been invited to gather at Taipei City Hall to watch a live stream of the Nationals home game against the New York Mets live at 7 p.m. EST (7…

  18. Kenley Jansen released from hospital after irregular heartbeat

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Kenley Jansen has been released from the hospital after the Dodgers reliever spent two nights being examined for an irregular heartbeat. Jansen complained of his heart “fluttering” after closing out a 3-2 win Tuesday night and had to be driven to the hospital by the Dodgers’ training staff and then shocked back into rhythm. Steve…

  19. The Nats and Twins are still talking about a Denard Span-Drew Storen trade

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denard Span

    Last year the Nationals snookered the Twins into giving up a stud catching prospect for the most replaceable of all commodities, the Proven Closer.  But Matt-Capps for Wilson Ramos was one of those once-in-a-lifetime brain farts, right?  Surely Bill Smith and the Twins aren’t going to do something like that again, right? Maybe!  While it…

  20. Barry Zito is healthy, but Giants might not let him start again

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito is healthy and on track to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday, but the Giants may not let him make the start after coughing up six runs in seven innings his last time out. San Francisco has “to be announced” listed as Sunday’s scheduled starter and manager Bruce Bochy explained that…

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