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  1. The Mariners are asking a ton for Cliff Lee

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dear lord, we are way, way short on our daily Cliff Lee post quota!  How will baseball ever compete with the NBA hype at this rate?  Let’s fix that with one last Cliff Lee tidbit of the day. Rosenthal and Morosi are saying that the Mariners are seeking “a mammoth return” for Cliff Lee.  This…

  2. Jordan Zimmermann takes first step on long road back from Tommy John surgery

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Pitching for the first time since Tommy John surgery about 11 months ago, Jordan Zimmermann tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab start at Single-A. His fastball was reportedly clocked in the mid-90s and Zimmermann was very pleased with the outing: It feels great. I mean, I’ve been waiting for 10 months now. No pain,…

  3. The Diamondbacks may not go crazy at the deadline

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    That’s Ken Rosenthal’s assessment, and it’s not a bad one.  His thinking: (a) interim GM Jerry Dipoto can’t be expected to have been handed the reins to do a full-blown fire sale mere weeks after taking over for Josh Byrnes; and (b) the Diamondbacks really don’t have a need to slash payroll given that Brandon…

  4. Jake Peavy may be out for the season with detached shoulder muscle

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    After leaving last night’s start in the second inning with a shoulder/back injury Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with a “detached latissimus dorsi muscle.” There’s no word yet from the White Sox on his expected recovery timetable, but Peavy has been placed on the disabled list and Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune writes that…

  5. The Padres trade Sean Gallagher to the Pirates

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Padres have traded righty Sean Galllagher to the Pirates for cash. San Diego had DFA’d Gallagher last Thursday. Gallagher made 15 appearances for the Padres and allowed 14 earned runs on 24 hits in 23 and a third innings. Very Nuke LaLooshy, too, inasmuch as he struck out 21 and walked 19 in that…

  6. It was inevitable: the campaign for the last All-Star roster spot goes negative

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mr. Swisher, your campaign has all the momentum of a runaway freight train. What makes you so popular?

  7. Heath Bell added to NL All-Stars as Yovani Gallardo's fill-in

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Heath Bell had little chance of winning the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest for spot in the All-Star game, but now he’s been taken off the ballot and officially added to the NL roster as the injury replacement for Yovani Gallardo. Bell made his first All-Star game last season while doing a marvelous job stepping in…

  8. The White Sox are "all over Adam Dunn right now"

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says.  I hope they get off him in the next four hours, because he has to play the Padres tonight! Trading Adam Dunn to the White Sox would be a lot of fun, partially because of the competitive implications — he would definitely give the Sox a big push in the…

  9. Cardinals starter Brad Penny shut down following setback

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brad Penny had been hoping to begin a rehab assignment this weekend with an eye toward returning from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break, but those plans have been put on hold following a setback yesterday. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has the details: He threw a normal pregame warmup, took some long-toss, and…

  10. Olney: The Rockies may make a play for Dan Uggla

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Marlins players have been worried about the team being broken up, but it’s probably going to happen because they’re not going anywhere.  The most obvious trade chit: Dan Uggla, who is having a typical — maybe even slightly better than typical — Dan Uggla season and will once again be due for a big raise. …

  11. Five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Commissioner’s Office suspended five minor leaguers for PED use today.  They are Yankees pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos; Rays catcher Jhancarlos Infante’ Diamondbacks pitcher Joel Matos; and Royals pitcher Freddy Rodriguez. All of them are plying their trade down in the Dominican Summer League. They’ll all get 50 games on ice…

  12. Marlins demote struggling starter Chris Volstad to Triple-A

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad went 8-4 with a 2.83 ERA through his first 20 starts after debuting as a 21-year-old in mid-2008, but he’s just 11-21 with a 5.36 ERA in 41 starts since then and today the Marlins demoted him back to Triple-A. What’s interesting about Volstad’s fall from grace is that the underlying numbers within…

  13. HBT Extra: Slamming Ryan Howard, the Giants and our friend from the 209

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.

  14. Cubs closer Carlos Marmol piling up strikeouts at historic rate

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol picked up his 16th save of the season last night by striking out five of the seven batters he faced, giving him an amazing 77 strikeouts in 40.2 innings on the year. To put that in some context, consider that Nick Blackburn, John Lannan, and Brad Bergesen have combined for 78 strikeouts this…

  15. Meet the people who work at the ballpark

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Including a very honest usher who, I’m just sayin’, could make himself a few extra bucks if get got wise.

  16. Quote of the Day: Joey Votto is more dangerous than Albert Pujols

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    And I do hope the guy who mentioned “the Barry Bonds treatment” was referring to intentional walks.

  17. Jake Peavy likely headed to disabled list after walking off the mound in pain last night

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy walked off the mound in obvious pain after throwing a pitch in the second inning last night, heading to the dugout before the trainer even got to him. He’s been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle, which is located under the shoulder and described by my medical sources (read: Wikipedia) as…

  18. All-Star roster news that actually matters: Mariano Rivera is out

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    One of the reasons I tend not to get too caught up in the All-Star Snub Wars is that just about every snubbed player eventually gets in the game anyway, what with the pitchers who throw on Sunday, the guys who get injured and the guys who pretend that they’re injured who really just want…

  19. The Phillies may be interested in Ben Sheets

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies’ top scout and Busch Light man Charley Kerfeld watched Ben Sheets pitch in Oakland on Monday night.  Sailsbury says that the Phillies “appear to have some interest” in Sheets. The Athletics got Sheets just to flip him anyway, so they’d obviously consider dealing him.  Whether the Phillies want…

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