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  1. Dodgers reportedly interested in Pirates starter Paul Maholm

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers “have been very aggressive in their pursuit of pitching” and today Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quotes “an industry source” who says they’re interested in Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm. General manager Neal Huntington indicated previously that the Pirates don’t plan to be very…

  2. Jake Westbrook is going to be expensive

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal: Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy of his…

  3. Lou Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE:  The…

  4. A's lose Ryan Sweeney to season-ending knee surgery

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney tried to play through a knee injury, receiving a cortisone shot and platelet-rich injections within the past two weeks, but ultimately decided to undergo season-ending surgery. A couple different doctors looked at the knee and it wasn’t a matter of if I needed the surgery. It was a matter of when I was…

  5. HBT Daily: A matchup of aces, the Tigers gasp for air and some gratuitious Braves love

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Because one video a week of a pasty, lisping bald guy is not enough, we’re now going to give you five. You’re welcome.

  6. Guest post: Joe Tetreault's 164 lines about 82 All-Stars

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Congratulations to Joe Tetreault, winner of HBT’s Home Run Derby contest. The prize: a guest post on anything he wanted. And boy did he use up all the latitude we gave him on this one.

  7. Armando Galarraga set to rejoin the Tigers' rotation tonight

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Demoted to Triple-A earlier this month just six starts after his imperfect game, Armando Galarraga is scheduled to rejoin the Tigers’ rotation tonight against the Rangers in Detroit. At the time of the demotion Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the move was made primarily to get Galarraga some work during the All-Star break and…

  8. Pitching porn tonight: Lincecum vs. Kershaw

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m probably going to be a bit drowsy tomorrow, because there’s a great pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles: Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw. When you’re a junkie like me you just can’t miss that kind of thing. Lots of interesting stuff swirling around this one. The last start from each of these aces for…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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’…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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