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  1. Rays may promote Jeremy Hellickson as a reliever

    Jul 24, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Rays fans have been pushing for the club to promote top pitching prospect Jeremy Hellickson since early May, but fifth starter Wade Davis, 24, has looked better as of late and it’s been hard for manager Joe Maddon and Co. to find a fit for the highly touted 23-year-old.  That could change in a few…

  2. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Third base

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – Bautista has played twice as much right field as third base this year and it’s quite possible that he’d be a full-time outfielder…

  3. Phillies prospect J.C. Ramirez scratched from Sunday start

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    During an appearance on Saturday’s Mets-Dodgers game on FOX, Ken Rosenthal said that Phillies prospect right-hander J.C. Ramirez was a healthy scratch from his Sunday start for Double-A Reading. This could mean nothing, of course, but it is especially curious during this time of year. Rosenthal noted that the Phillies remain in talks for Roy…

  4. Andy Pettitte hopes to return ahead of schedule

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte, who went on the disabled list Monday with a groin strain, played catch for about five minutes from 60 feet on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Diagnosed with Grade 1 strain, the veteran left-hander isn’t expected to return until mid-to-late August, however he told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t think that timetable…

  5. UPDATE: Corey Hart sidelined with wrist injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: No surprise here. Hart is out of the lineup against the Nationals tonight. He told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his wrist is still too sore to even try to swing a bat. “It’s sore,” he said. “Hopefully, it won’t be too long, especially the way things have been going for…

  6. Gary Matthews Jr. opts out of his contract with the Reds

    Jul 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    I’ll interrupt all this talk about the upcoming July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to bring you this moment of levity. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Matthews Jr. has officially opted out of his contract with the Reds and is now a free agent. Matthews, who signed a minor league contract with…

  7. The Diamondbacks want a lot for Dan Haren

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Diamondbacks are asking the Tigers for top pitching prospects Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner in exchange for Dan Haren. Oliver just recently posted a 7.36 ERA over his first five starts in the big leagues, but the 22-year-old left-hander is 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.28 WHIP…

  8. Ben Sheets could miss rest of season with elbow injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Here we go again. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben Sheets is headed to the disabled list after yet another injury to his right elbow. Sheets told Slusser that his elbow has been “too swollen” over his past two or three starts. When asked if he is looking at missing the…

  9. John Maine has season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, John Maine underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery Friday to clean out scar tissue in his right shoulder. Maine was 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA over his first nine starts this season before going on the disabled list with right arm fatigue on May 21. The Mets…

  10. Roy Oswalt would be open to restructuring contract

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt confirmed Friday that he would be willing to restructure his $16 million club option for 2012 given the right situation, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to find a way to get it done,” Oswalt told a gathering of Houston reporters. “I’m not going to go somewhere where…

  11. Jason Bay is Friday's human highlight reel

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This hasn’t been a fun year for Jason Bay. Signed to a four-year, $66 million contract over the winter, the 31-year-old outfielder is batting a modest .260 with six homers and 47 RBI. This time last year, he had 20 homers and 72 RBI. The Mets just haven’t gotten what they paid for. After going…

  12. Ted Lilly could be traded this weekend

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Major league sources told Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times that Ted Lilly could be traded by the end of the weekend. Interest in the veteran left-hander has skyrocketed after he tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Astros on Wednesday. Naturally, the Cubs appear quite content to sell high. Sources tell…

  13. UPDATE: Yankees were "never close" to deal for Dan Haren

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com essentially backs up Stark’s report, saying the Yankees would be willing to trade Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister (previously mentioned in the Cliff Lee proposal) and other prospects, however they will not include Joba Chamberlain and pay the full $33 million remaining on Haren’s contract. According to Heyman, the Diamondbacks have…

  14. Kelly Johnson hits for the cycle

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle in Friday night’s 7-4 loss to the Giants. He collected a solo home run in the first inning, a double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth and a single in the eighth. Johnson is the third player to accomplish the feat this season, joining Bengie Molina…

  15. M's manager Wakamatsu and Figgins have altercation in dugout

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    The Mariners now sit a season-worst 23 games under .500, but that wasn’t the ugliest part of Friday’s loss to the Red Sox. An intense confrontation broke out in the Mariners dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu told Chone Figgins he was being removed from the game for failing to backup a throw at second base…

  16. Jim Riggleman to remain Nats manager in 2011

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that Jim Riggleman will remain the manager of the Nationals next season. “Yes, he will be back next season. He has done a terrific job,” Rizzo said. “He is a terrific baseball manager. He has great respect from his peers in this game. When the…

  17. Don't wait up on Erik Bedard

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has a little bit of an update on Erik Bedard, and like most news with Bedard lately, it doesn’t sound particularly good. Bedard, who underwent an MRI earlier this week and consulted with surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum and team medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan, is scheduled to fly to…

  18. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Second base

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the third in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Dan Uggla (Marlins) – The current suspicion is that Uggla isn’t available, even though he’s due to make around $10 million next season and the Marlins don’t look…

  19. UPDATE: The Yankees are the front-runners for Dan Haren

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    7:05 PM: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, there are growing indications that the Yankees are the front-runners for Dan Haren. Rosenthal writes that the Tigers can’t be ruled out, either, but a source tells him that the D-Backs are telling interested clubs that they are in “advanced negotiations” with one team. 5:15 PM: So…

  20. A's lock up catcher Kurt Suzuki through 2013

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The A’s on Friday signed popular catcher Kurt Suzuki to a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $16.25 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The new deal replaces the one-year, $420,000 contract Suzuki signed prior to 2010. He would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time in the offseason. Now all…

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