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  1. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Center field

    Jul 29, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the seventh in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. B.J. Upton (Rays) – Upton has frustrated the Rays with his lack of effort at times and this makes two straight years in which he hasn’t hit much…

  2. Remember when Steve Phillips said he'd trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt?

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    It seems like a good time to point out that two months ago former Mets general manager, former ESPN analyst, and current AOL Fanhouse contributor Steve Phillips said during a radio interview that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt if he were running the Astros. And then he shot a video “defending himself and…

  3. Meet the guy who wore the LeBron shirt to the Tribe game last night

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    Drew passed along word of the glutton for punishment who wore the LeBron James Miami Heat game to the Indians game last night.  Turns out my friend Peter over at Cleveland Frowns — who was watching the game from the Home Run Deck at Progressive Field — talked to and photographed the guy last night.…

  4. Rangers land Marlins' Jorge Cantu for two right-handers

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Adding the right-handed bat they’ve wanted since the winter, the Rangers have acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins for right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. After a fast start, Cantu had fallen all of the way to .259/.308/.408 for the Marlins. He had driven in 54 runs, but 23 of those came way back in…

  5. R.A. Dickey tosses 8.1 shutout innings in win over Cardinals

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey came out of nowhere to begin his Mets career 6-0 and then lost four straight decisions, but he hardly pitched poorly during the losing streak with a 2.82 ERA in 38.1 innings and got back in the win column this afternoon by shutting out the Cardinals for 8.1 frames. Dickey now has a…

  6. Update: Padres land Miguel Tejada, pending league approval

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Update: The trade is done, pending the commish’s office approving the trade. The Orioles are presumably picking up most of what’s left on his one-year, $6 million contract, so the Padres should still have the flexibility to make another deal before the deadline. Update 2: The North County Times reports that the Orioles will get…

  7. Astros flip newly acquired Gose to Toronto for Brett Wallace

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Anthony Gose was an Astros property for barely longer than it takes him to run from first to third. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos confirmed Thursday that he acquired the speedy center fielder from the Astros for Brett Wallace. It’s the third time Wallace has been sort of involved in a major trade. He was…

  8. So, what does Roy Oswalt really do for the Phiilies?

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    We know Roy Oswalt makes the Phillies better. That’s a no-brainer. But how much better? Better enough to send them surging past the Braves and into the postseason?  To answer that question, let’s look at some Random Royness: Oswalt in Citizens Bank Park:  Oswalt has thrived in Citizens Bank Park, going 4-0 with a 2.60…

  9. The Jorge Cantu-to-the-Rangers deal is just about done

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    The Jorge Cantu deal mentioned earlier is rounding into shape: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and Marlins have reached agreement on the players who will change teams. Apart from Cantu, of course, which I hope is obvious. The Marlins will get Double-A right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. Reed, 24, has posted a 1.76…

  10. Astros fail to reload in Roy Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    They were in a bad position all along, but the fact that the Astros had to kick in $11 million of the $23 million that Roy Oswalt is guaranteed and still didn’t get a top talent in return has to be viewed as a failure on GM Ed Wade’s part. J.A. Happ isn’t nothing. The…

  11. The White Sox are out of the mix on Adam Dunn

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says, passing along what he says the White Sox are “saying internally.”  Which begs the question as to how he heard it, but hey, that’s how things work this time of the season. Olney says that the teams most likely to do a deal for Dunn could be the Yankees or…

  12. Roy Oswalt to make Phillies debut tomorrow in Washington

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Craig and I have written approximately five million words about Roy Oswalt and Miss Iowa so far today, but I just realized that our two favorite subjects will both be pitching at Nationals Park tomorrow night. Oswalt is scheduled to make his Phillies debut against the Nationals in Washington and Katherine Connors will be throwing…

  13. White Sox pitching coach compares Strasburg to Mark Prior, Kerry Wood

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was on Sirius XM this morning, and the subject of Stephen Strasburg moving to the disabled list came up.  Here’s Cooper, making every Nationals fan in the country faint: “Strasburg does something that I call an upside down arm action.  Listen, I’m not wishing this guy bad by any…

  14. Rumor: Red Sox "asked about" Trevor Hoffman

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox “asked about” the availability of Trevor Hoffman, but are one of five teams on his no-trade list. Rosenthal notes that general manager Theo Epstein knows Hoffman from their days together with the Padres, but that was an awfully long time ago and I can’t imagine the…

  15. Huston Street has "been teased 50,000 times" for leaving via ambulance with bruised "guy region"

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Huston Street was strapped down and taken off the field in an ambulance after being hit in the “pelvic region” by a line drive during pregame batting practice Tuesday, but he’s back with the Rockies and available out of the bullpen tonight following a couple days of rest for an “abdominal contusion.” Street told Troy…

  16. DONE DEAL: Oswalt goes to Philadelphia for Happ, two prospects

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    A major coup for the Phillies: Roy Oswalt is coming to town.

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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