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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Ken Macha gets his wish, as Jonny Venters and Bobby Cox are suspended for Prince Fielder plunking

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    I’m not sure if Ken Macha’s various complaints had anything do with it, but MLB has suspended Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters four games for plunking Prince Fielder in the back Saturday. Venters also threw a pitch over Fielder’s head on the previous offering after the Brewers first baseman tied the game with a homer…

  9. Oliver Perez as a 'lefty-on-lefty specialist' might actually work

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Jerry Manuel said yesterday that when Oliver Perez returns from the disabled list–possibly as soon as this week–the Mets plan to use him as a situation left-handed reliever. Or as Manuel phrased it, a “lefty-on-lefty specialist.” Setting aside the unpleasant thought of paying someone $12 million per season to fill such a limited role, I…

  10. The Braves are looking at outfielders

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Based on today’s report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, it’s pretty clear that the Braves are going to make one more move before the trade deadline, in all likelihood for an outfielder: When McLouth was sidelined on June 9 with a concussion, he was hitting just .176 with a .295 on-base percentage. In the seven rehab…

  11. The Red Sox and Rockies are talking about Chris Iannetta

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Rockies about Chris Iannetta.  Rosenthal doesn’t see it going anywhere and neither do I, really. I know the Sox are hurt now, but sometime soon they’re going to have Victor Martinez and Jason Vairtek back and not a lot of room for a third,…

  12. Rocco Baldelli stops coaching to begin comeback at Single-A

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli played reasonably well as a backup outfielder for the Red Sox last season, but after struggling with a shoulder injury in the second half he decided to spend the first half of this season as a “special assistant” for the Rays. That role involved mostly coaching minor leaguers, but now Baldelli is ready…

  13. Yankees, Red Sox both interested in Scott Downs

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    AOL’s Ed Price says that the Yankees and the Red Sox have “a big time interest” in Blue Jays’ reliever Scott Downs. And he’s definitely interesting. He has a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings, and has a K/BB ratio of 30/8.  Both the Yankees and the Red Sox could use some bullpen help, but it’s…

  14. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    A slight twist this week: instead of summarizing where the teams are, I list what the teams need. Be it at the trade deadline or otherwise.

  15. Former closer Jason Isringhausen to throw for Reds

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch since last June, hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2007, will be 38 years old in a couple months, and is just 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the former Cardinals and A’s closer said during a radio interview today that he’s been invited to throw…

  16. Marlins: the price for Cody Ross is "very, very high"

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney is saying the Marlins are saying.  And I can only think that the reason the Marlins are saying that is because the Braves — a division and geographic rival — are the team that has been mentioned with the greatest interest in the Ross. Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a…

  17. Ken Macha complains to MLB about Brewers being plunked

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brewers batters have been hit by an MLB-high 47 pitches this season and after the latest plunking of Prince Fielder over the weekend manager Ken Macha revealed that he’s complained to officials about the situation. Macha said he’s spoken to former umpire and current umpiring department special assistant Bruce Froemming, and Guy Curtright of MLB.com…

  18. John Smoltz doesn't live up to his own golfing hype

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a — duh — celebrity golf tournament that the good people at NBC happen to broadcast and sponsor and everything. It went down in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and, as usual, a lot of ex-baseball players participated. The bosses didn’t let me go though, presumably because John…

  19. Olney: the Yankees are not looking for a starting pitcher

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    We talked “should” a couple of hours ago. Now here’s the “will”:  Buster Olney tweets that New York is not looking for a starting pitcher in the wake of Andy Pettitte’s injury.  Rather, they are going to concentrate on improving the bench and improving the bullpen, presumably content to let the rotation play out the…

  20. Phillies and Twins reportedly interested in Ben Sheets, but will the A's even trade him?

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets is signed to a one-year, $10 million contract and won’t bring back compensatory draft picks as a free agent because he missed all of last season, so with Oakland barely clinging to contention at 45-46 it would seemingly be a no-brainer for the A’s to trade him. Despite that Susan Slusser of the…

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