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  1. Lots of teams are interested in John Buck

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game.  Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at…

  2. Dodgers reliever George Sherrill goes unclaimed on waivers

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    As expected, George Sherrill has cleared waivers after the Dodgers made him available to any team willing to absorb the rest of his $4.5 million salary. For now he remains in the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning yesterday, but they’re free to remove him from the 40-man roster and demote…

  3. The Yankees want to buy into the Premier League? Sure. . .

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    There are many, many reasons to discount reports that the Yankees are interested in investing in the English Premier League. The man pictured to the left is the biggest among them.

  4. The Marlins are going to interview Ted Simmons for their managerial job

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over. Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’…

  5. Twins finally call up dominant Triple-A reliever Anthony Slama

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Last night the Twins finally called up right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been so dominant in the minors and deserving of a chance for so long now that various Twins blogs have been running “Free Anthony Slama” campaigns. Clearly the front office doesn’t believe in the former 39th-round pick, keeping Slama in the minors until…

  6. Derek Jeter is baseball's most marketable player

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    That according to SportsBusiness Daily, which surveyed oodles of sports business professionals. The list ended up breaking down thusly: 1. Derek Jeter2. Albert Pujols3. Joe Mauer4. Stephen Strasburg5. Ryan Howard6. Evan Longoria7. Tim Lincecum8. David Wright9. Alex Rodriguez10. Dustin Pedroia/Torii Hunter I’ll accept that list at face value, but I can’t help but think that…

  7. The Dodgers are calling all over for pitching

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers — previously thought to be unable or unwilling to do anything at the deadline — have been “very aggressive” in pursuit of pitching, making calls about Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona.  Brown also reports that the Dodgers are interested in the eleventeen…

  8. Brandon Inge breaks his finger, will miss 4-6 weeks

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Tigers are suffering through a nightmare losing streak right now, and it just got worse: Brandon Inge broke a bone in his left hand after getting smacked with a Scott Feldman pitch last night and the third baseman is going to miss 4-6 weeks. In a season when the Tigers are suffering from multiple…

  9. The Mets are in deep trouble if Mike Pelfrey can't turn it around

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Dead arm? Fuzzy head? Injury? No matter the case, the Mets need Mike Pelfrey to figure it out — fast.

  10. The White Sox are "trying desperately" to get Adam Dunn

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Sun Times reports that the Chicago White Sox have “spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals.”  Cowley’s source says Kenny Williams has offered “anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package,” but that Nat’s GM Mike…

  11. McCarver apologizes for the Nazi/Commie reference, is still wrong about the Yankees

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    McCarver calls Saturday’s comments “inappropriate” but then says something arguably creepier.

  12. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Lots of soggy, steamy rain-delayed games. Lots of pitchers getting beat up. Methinks the dog days are upon us.

  13. Justin Morneau doubtful to be activated from DL on Friday

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:27 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau is doubtful to join the Twins on their upcoming road trip in Baltimore and Kansas City, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Minnesota first baseman is currently on the disabled list with a concussion and hasn’t played since taking a knee to his head while trying to…

  14. Troy Tulowitzki to begin minor league rehab assignment Wednesday

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, out since June 18 due to a fractured left wrist, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Tulowitzki has been taking batting practice and fielding groundballs for the past week, but has still has a significant test…

  15. Scott Rolen's body lets him down again

    Jul 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    A bounce-back first half for one of baseball’s surprise teams led to a much-deserved All-Star appearance, and all again seemed right in Scott Rolen’s world. He appeared well on his way to his best season since 2004, and it was suddenly worth thinking about his Hall of Fame merits again. And then July hit. Rolen…

  16. Former Jays' GM J.P. Ricciardi says two interesting things

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    I was never a fan of J.P. Ricciardi the general manager, but I think I can get behind J.P. the talking head. He was on WEEI today, and said a couple of interesting things. First, on PEDs: We had a suspicion of who all of a sudden got bigger, who got stronger, I mean I…

  17. Joe Cowley reports on the White Sox AND draws their injuries

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Joe Cowley’s artist rendition of Jake Peavy’s season-ending arm injury was a big hit earlier this month, so now the White Sox reporter sketched the hand injury that has Carlos Quentin day-to-day. Between the Nike swoosh and detailed hair, he really captures of the essence of Quentin.

  18. Edwin Jackson struggling since 149-pitch no-hitter

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon Edwin Jackson turned in his third straight clunker of a start since no-hitting the Rays on June 25, taking a loss against the Padres by allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings. Jackson has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings since the no-hitter, walking 11 batters while opponents…

  19. The market for relievers is "absolutely terrible"

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says one of his “talent evaluator” sources is saying.  If it’s true it might explain things like the Reds exhuming the corpse of Jason Isringhausen for a tryout and the Mets giving Oliver Perez a job as a lefty specialist. Still, there are some relievers out there who may be worth…

  20. Your latest "Team X is scouting Player Y" report: the Mets and Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    I’m still not sure what to make sure of these “Team X is scouting Player Y” reports we’ve seen so many of this summer, simply because we don’t really have a baseline for judging how much scouting happens in the normal course. Maybe some teams have guys at everyone’s games, at least periodically, to fill…

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