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  1. UPDATE: The Phillies are sending Anthony Gose And Jonathan Villar to Houston in the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Forget Vance Worley: now it’s being widely reported the second prospect in the day is one Jonathan VIllar.  Villar is a 19 year-old shortstop prospect currently hitting .272/.332/.358 in the Sally League.  Unless there’s a misprint on his Baseball-Reference.com page, he has [gulp] 42 errors this season.  So he’s got that going for him.…

  2. Marlins, Rangers close on a Jorge Cantu deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    The Rangers and Marlins are getting closer on a deal for Jorge Cantu.  Talks were going on yesterday, but Jayson Stark reported that the Rangers wanted Florida to pick up most of Cantu’s remaining salary.  Today USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Marlins will do just that. Cantu started the season with a bunch…

  3. Akinori Iwamura hospitalized following collision at Triple-A

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Akinori Iwamura was playing his way back to the majors after being designated for assignment and passed through waivers unclaimed last month, hitting .299 with a .450 on-base percentage in 27 games at Triple-A. Unfortunately now he’s sidelined indefinitely after being hospitalized following a collision on the bases Wednesday. Iwamura has been diagnosed with a…

  4. Miguel Batista's new friend Miss Iowa will throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park tomorrow night

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Apparently the flowers Miguel Batista sent to Miss Iowa did their job, because we just received a press release announcing that Katherine Connors is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park tomorrow night. Batista filled in for the injured Stephen Strasburg at the last minute Tuesday and afterward commented that the 40,000…

  5. Orioles finally set to hire Buck Showalter as new manager

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    For the past few weeks Baltimore has been said to be on the verge of hiring Buck Showalter as manager and according to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com they’re finally ready to make things official. Kurkjian reports that Showalter’s first game at the helm will be next Tuesday against the Angels, which is the first game…

  6. D.J. Carrasco tells Pirates he's "open to" trade to contender

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    It’s not often you hear about a journeyman middle reliever asking to be traded, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that D.J. Carrasco met with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington last week “to express his openness to being traded to a contender.” Kovacevic makes it clear that he “neither demanded a trade…

  7. This is why the Orioles are awful

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    From Buster Olney’s latest column: Other teams that have asked the Orioles about the availability of some of their players are getting the vibe that Baltimore is greatly concerned about stripping their roster to the point that they are concerned about being even worse down the stretch than they have been in the first four…

  8. Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez designated for assignment weeks after playing in Futures Game

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Three weeks ago Tigers prospect Wilkin Ramirez was playing in the Futures Game for the second time in three years. Today the 24-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jhonny Peralta. At first glance that series of events makes it seems as though the Tigers just dumped a…

  9. HBT Daily: Podsednik, A-Rod and the Giants

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about a team I declared dead that, in hindsight, was only mostly dead.

  10. Ian Kinsler reportedly headed to disabled list with leg injury

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Wilson of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler will be placed on the disabled list today “with an injury to his left leg that isn’t considered serious but needs to be rested and treated for the stretch run.” Kinsler missed nearly all of April with an ankle injury, but…

  11. OK, no one knows anything about the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Ahhhh. It hadn’t felt like deadline time until just this very moment. Within the past few minutes two writers with Philly sources — Jayson Stark and Todd Zolecki — are saying that Phillies 1B prospect Jonathan Singleton is in the Oswalt deal. Another — Ken Rosenthal, who may not be as well-sourced in Philly but…

  12. Marlins prospect Dan Jennings says an "over-the-counter stimulant" led to 50-game suspension

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Marlins pitching prospect Dan Jennings has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexaneamine, but the 23-year-old reliever said “it was an over-the-counter stimulant.” At the time I had no idea what I was taking had something that was banned in it, but the substance in it was just added…

  13. Report: The Astros would send the Phillies $12 million in the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Earlier today we’d heard chatter that the Astros would be sending $8 million to the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt deal. That, combined with a couple of decent but not really high-ceiling prospects seems like a good deal for the Phillies, but it may be even better than that. Jayson Stark is now saying that…

  14. Miss Iowa didn't like being compared to Miguel Batista

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Predictably, after Miguel Batista joked that his subbing for an injured Stephen Strasburg was like fans showing up to see Miss Universe only to get Miss Iowa instead, the actual Miss Iowa has responded. Her name is Katherine Connors, she looks just a tad better in a two-piece than Batista, and she issued the following…

  15. UPDATE: Strasburg placed on the disabled list; no comment from Jim Bunning

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The Nats have places Strasburg on the DL. This is likely precautionary as Strasburg says he feels better than he did on Tuesday.  Because of the ability to DL him retroactive to his last start, the ten-day shutdown period mentioned before is likely more relevant. 9:34 A.M.: Jim Riggleman was on Sirius/XM radio this…

  16. A-Rod files an objection to the Texas Rangers auction

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    No wonder he can’t hit his 600th home run! He’s busy litigating! Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday filed an objection over how the Rangers’ bankruptcy auction might be held, fearing that bidders won’t pledge to make good on deferred payments to him and several other former team players. On deadline for such filings before the Aug.…

  17. Gordon Beckham returns from brief benching with hot bat

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    When the White Sox benched Gordon Beckham in favor of light-hitting utility man Brent Lillibridge earlier this month I wrote: “It’ll be a surprise if it lasts until the end of the week.” Sure enough the benching lasted for all of three games, but manager Ozzie Guillen apparently pulled the right string because Beckham has…

  18. No, being steroid-free is not keeping Fred McGriff out of the Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times has a column today in which he argues that Fred McGriff is being penalized in the Hall of Fame voting because he didn’t take steroids and thus didn’t have big gonzo cartoon power numbers.  At the outset, let me note that I think Fred McGriff should be inducted…

  19. Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason. I love pitching. I feel my…

  20. Joe Saunders honors Nick Adenhart

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jim from Halos Heaven alerted me to something I hadn’t noticed: While with the Angels, Joe Saunders wore uniform number 51, but now that he’s with the Diamondbacks he has changed his number to 34, which was Nick Adenhart’s number.  He hasn’t said anything in public about it since the trade, but the assumption is…

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