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  1. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Shortstop

    Jul 26, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the fifth in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Stephen Drew (Diamondbacks) – While Drew has largely shaken the injury-prone tag he earned before he even reached the majors, he hasn’t come close to reaching his offensive…

  2. Brad Lidge's rare feat: five baserunners, one inning, one save

    Jul 26, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge has certainly come up with some, shall we say, creative saves while struggling the last two years, but perhaps nothing tops today’s. After entering a 5-2 game against the Rockies to start the top of the ninth, he gave a double and a homer to bring the Colorado to within one. He then…

  3. Delmon Young's breakout showing no signs of slowing down

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I wrote about “the new and improved Delmon Young” a month ago, examining changes he’d made to finally start living up to his potential … and since then he’s hit .350 with five homers, 11 doubles, and a .564 slugging percentage in 30 games. The new-found patience he showed early this season has vanished, with…

  4. OK, maybe the Mets aren't going to fire Howard Johnson

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    When we all woke up this morning the buzz was that the Mets were poised to fire hitting coach Howard Johnson. Now Andy Martino of the Daily News hears from his sources that if they Mets were really going to can HoJo, they would have done it already. I stand by my belief that firing…

  5. Clayton Kershaw drops appeal of nearly meaningless 5-game suspension

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw initially planned to appeal last week’s five-game suspension for throwing at Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand, but he’s now decided to drop the appeal and will begin serving the suspension immediately. Five-game suspensions for starting pitchers are pretty close to meaningless, and in this case all it means is that Kershaw will make…

  6. The Orioles continue to not hire Buck Showalter. Is it by design?

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that, despite some suggestions that Buck Showalter is all but hired as the Orioles manager, the O’s aren’t going to change their skipper any time soon.  At least not through the trade deadline, and possibly longer.  Connolly writes “whether a change will be made in August, September, at…

  7. Jacoby Ellsbury begins rehab assignment at rookie-ball

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury saw game action this afternoon for the first time since May 24, beginning a minor-league rehab assignment by going 1-for-3 as the designated hitter for the Red Sox’s rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Ellsbury is expected to play a couple more games in the GCL…

  8. The Bobby Valentine drama continues

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    My personal view, based on what I’ve read and a handful of little tiny things I’ve heard from people who sorta know about it all is that Bobby Valentine kind of got boned in the whole Florida Marlins thing. Not that anyone set out to bone him, really, but that there’s such a disconnect between…

  9. Robinson Cano notches 1,000th career hit at age 27 to join elite company at second base

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano smacked a ground-rule double in the eighth inning yesterday afternoon for his 1,000th career hit, which is a pretty remarkable total for a second baseman in the middle of his age-27 season. Cano is currently on pace for another 84 hits this season and here’s how his projected total of 1,084 hits would…

  10. The Rays are number one!

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    No, not in the AL East! In terms of critical violations of health codes at its concession outlets in their home stadium! ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums that were home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National…

  11. Orlando Hernandez sued for $900,000 in shady business deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    In a Miami Herald article that is far too long and complicated to accurately describe in this space, “a pair of Miami entrepreneurs” have sued Orlando Hernandez and his manager for $900,000 as part of a disagreement over “the idea for a water-saving device.” According to the suit, Hernandez and manager Juan Carlos Collar loaned…

  12. Ron Washington: perseverance personified

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Remember all that trouble Ron Washington had last March regarding the Colombian marching powder? It’s a distant memory now with the Rangers winning. But it’s not just the winning that put a lid on the controversy. It’s Ron Washington himself whose attitude has changed everything say his players and his general manager: “Guys talk about…

  13. Rumor: Twins talking to Blue Jays about "bullpen help"

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com is “hearing something’s going down between the Twins and Blue Jays, probably for bullpen help.” He adds that a deal is “not done” but “could be quickly” and speculates that the Twins are most likely targeting Jason Frasor or perhaps Scott Downs. Minnesota was linked to Frasor during the offseason, which…

  14. Roy Oswalt doesn't want to go to Philly

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    While a trade of Roy Oswalt to the Cardinals is looking more and more problematic, it may not be nearly as problematic as a trade to his other often-rumored destination: Philadelphia. Why? Rosenthal and Morosi report that Roy Oswalt simply doesn’t want to go the Phillies, they say, citing “a source with direct knowledge of…

  15. Dan Haren to make Angels debut tonight against the Red Sox

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dan Haren will make his Angels debut tonight against the Red Sox, jumping right into the rotation just 24 hours after being traded from the Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick Corbin, and a player to be named later who’ll reportedly be Tyler Skaggs. After starting Haren tonight the Angels will bump the rest…

  16. What's trade deadline week without a wild rumor?

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    This one appeared on the sidebar of Jayson Stark’s latest column. He says “rumblings continue to surface” about it, but this is the first I’ve heard of a deal for Adam Dunn being a three-team affair: Rumblings continue to surface about a possible three-team deal involving the Nationals, White Sox and Diamondbacks that would send…

  17. California native Dan Haren's no-trade list kept him out West

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Based on Arizona’s underwhelming return for Dan Haren and the right-hander’s giddy reaction to being traded to another West Coast team it’s clear that his no-trade clause played a role in limiting the Diamondbacks’ options. Minnesota and Detroit were among the teams linked to Haren last week, but both were reportedly on his no-trade list…

  18. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    If I weighted for dumb trades the Diamondbacks would be 45.

  19. Blue Jays reportedly seeking a top prospect for Scott Downs

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Blue Jays “have been aiming high” with their asking price for reliever Scott Downs by “asking for one of the top two or three prospects in the farm systems of interested clubs.” It’s important to note that “one of the top two or three prospects” in one farm…

  20. Video: Dan Haren is very excited to go to Anaheim

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    There are a couple of times in this video where Dan Haren looks like he’s about to break into a Ric Flair-style “Woo!”

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