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  1. UPDATE: Jake Westbrook scratched from today's start

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    UPDATE: And now he’s been scratched from the start, about 30 minutes before the first pitch, with a move to the Cardinals expected. === Amid rumors that the Cardinals and various other teams are making a run at him, as of right now Jake Westbrook is still listed as the Indians’ starter for this afternoon’s…

  2. Oliver Perez won't accept another minor league assignment

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that Oliver Perez will not agree to a second minor league assignment. The left-hander has only made two appearances since re-joining the team on July 21 and hasn’t pitched since giving up a walkoff home run to James Loney in an extra-inning loss to the Dodgers last Saturday. According to…

  3. Cardinals, Indians, Padres close to a three-way deal involving Westbrook, Ludwick

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Harmonic convergence between the Westbrook and Ludwick rumors.  It’s a three-way deal. The Padres get Ryan Ludwick. The Cardinals get Jake Westbrook and a prospect from the Padres. The Indians get prospects only, one of whom is known to be AA pitcher Corey Kluber. Tom Krasovic says it’s done all except for the union…

  4. Rumor: Padres talking to Cardinals about Ryan Ludwick

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Now this one is interesting. An NL club tells Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse the Padres are “deep” in talks with the Cardinals to acquire outfielder Ryan Ludwick. We haven’t heard a peep about Ludwick being available until now, but 25-year-old outfielder Jon Jay has impressed in limited action with the Cardinals, batting .396/.447/.604 with…

  5. Kerry Wood activated from disabled list

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will be available for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays, according to the team. He’ll take the place of Austin Kearns on the 25-man roster. Wood has been on the disabled list since July 12 due to a blister on his right index finger. Limited…

  6. The Yankees are not pursuing Ted Lilly

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As we wait for the Dodgers front office to wake up, have their coffee and decide if they want to do a deal with the Cubs for Ted Lilly, we can at least pass along word that they probably don’t have any competition from the Yankees. Buster says that the Yankees aren’t pursuing him “unless…

  7. Pirates acquire Chris Snyder from D-Backs

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Pirates reportedly agree to swap Bobby Crosby, Ryan Church and D.J. Carrasco for Chris Snyder and a minor leaguer.

  8. The Jays probably aren't moving Jose Bautista

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Buster Oleny offers one of his famous “heard this” tweets to the effect of the Blue Jays not really being interested in moving Jose Bautista.  The thinking is that he’s killing it, Blue Jays fans are getting into it, and he’s likely only to get an arbitration award in the $6 million range, so why…

  9. ATH Express: Last night's scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    I’m not used to posting recaps on a Saturday, so apologies if it’s not up to it’s usual level of quality. There is an “Arrested Development” thing buried in here, though, so there’s that.

  10. Cubs turn down Mets' offer for Carlos Zambrano, Mets turn down Astros' offer for Brett Myers

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com the Mets turned down an offer from the Astros for Brett Myers and then had the Cubs turn down their offer for Carlos Zambrano. New York balked at parting with Bobby Parnell and Josh Thole for Myers, which Heyman suggests shows he’s only available “a steep price.” I don’t…

  11. News Corp. wants to bid on the Rangers now

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    There’s a new bidder in the Texas Rangers auction: News Corp., the parent company of FOX and FOX Sports, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  They want a chance to own the team, it appears, in order to protect their broadcasting rights to the Rangers, whose games air on FOX Sports Southwest. This seems rather ridiculous…

  12. Shocker: New York writer says ballplayer won't hack it in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    I really can’t stand stuff like this blog post from Jeff Pearlman, in which he opines that Lance Berkman won’t be able to hack it in New York. The argument basically boils down to this: Berkman is a great clubhouse guy and a total pro, but he’s a “country dude” who is “an off-the-charts right-winger,”…

  13. The Rays and Dbacks are about to strike a deal for Chad Qualls

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EDT

    The Diamondbacks are on the verge of sending reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later. Chad Qualls is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA and has a salary of over $4 million this year. Word is that the Rays are picking up all that’s left of the salary.…

  14. UPDATE: Pirates close to deal for D-Backs' Chris Snyder

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks are “close” to trading Chris Snyder to the Pirates. In fact, according to Piecoro, it sounds like the only thing standing in the way of a deal is approval from the commissioner’s office. Piecoro is not sure of the players the D-Backs will receive…

  15. Roy Oswalt knocked around by Nats in Phillies debut

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    Those Nats sure know how to ruin a good party, huh? Roy Oswalt was beat up pretty good in his Phillies debut Friday night, allowing five runs — four earned — over six innings as part of an 8-1 loss. He gave up seven hits — including four extra-base hits — and two walks while…

  16. The Yankees might not be done

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It’s been a busy Friday for the Yankees, but they are still in on Ted Lilly.

  17. Report: Yankees acquire Austin Kearns from Indians

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Just a short while ago, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tipped us off that Austin Kearns was removed from the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Blue Jays for a pinch-runner. Very curiously timed because of tomorrow’s trade deadline. Well, it was done for a very important reason, because the Yankees have acquired Kearns,…

  18. Astros to receive two prospects for Lance Berkman

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:24 PM EDT

    Astros reportedly to receive right-hander Mark Melancon and infielder Jimmy Paredes for Lance Berkman.

  19. Nats GM Mike Rizzo is messing with people's heads

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:12 PM EDT

    Based on what Buster Olney of ESPN.com just tweeted, it’s pretty fair to say that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is driving his fellow general managers crazy. According to Olney, the Nationals had told teams interested in Adam Dunn that a “key piece” to get a deal done was Edwin Jackson. This forced teams to…

  20. REPORT: Yankees acquire Lance Berkman from Astros

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    It won’t be official until Saturday, but Lance Berkman has waived his no-trade clause to join the Bombers.

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