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  1. Mets aiming for Carlos Beltran to return on July 15

    Jul 3, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    After presenting all sorts of irrational timetables on his return, Jerry Manuel finally conceded Saturday that Carlos Beltran will likely be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break on July 15 in San Francisco, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. “He wants to play. He wants to be with the team,” Manuel…

  2. B.J. Upton back in Saturday's lineup

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    As expected, B.J. Upton is back in the starting lineup against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. He’ll bat sixth against left-hander Francisco Liriano. It will be his first start since his heated argument with Evan Longoria in the dugout last Sunday. Upton was mysteriously absent from…

  3. Jose Reyes won't play at all this weekend

    Jul 3, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes told reporters Saturday that his oblique muscle is still sore, and according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, he said that a return to the starting lineup on Sunday is unrealistic. Reyes hasn’t played since tweaking the oblique muscle on his right side during batting practice at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico on…

  4. Awkward: Bengie Molina learned about trade from teammates

    Jul 3, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Sources tell Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that Bengie Molina was told that he was traded to the Rangers by teammates upon arriving to Denver on Wednesday. Molina basically implied as much in his comments to reporters in Dallas. “It was kind of weird,” he said. “Teammates were all coming up to me…

  5. Barry Zito would be okay with trading for Prince Fielder

    Jul 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Well, duh. Who wouldn’t be? But don’t forget that there’s some history here. The Giants took umbrage with Prince Fielder’s choreographed “bowling pin” celebration after a walkoff home run last September, but Barry Zito told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that it shouldn’t stand in the way of a potential trade. “I…

  6. Columnist: R.A. Dickey deserves All-Star nod over Strasburg

    Jul 3, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Baseball is my life, but working on 4th of July weekend can be a bit of a drag. It’s true. I’d much rather be eating a hot dog while jumping through the sprinkler in the front yard or something. Thankfully, columnists like Rob Parker of ESPNNewYork.com are always around to cheer me up. Seriously, this…

  7. Manny Ramirez to be placed on DL with hamstring injury

    Jul 3, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Looks like Manny gets to start his vacation early. Three sources told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Manny Ramirez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The Dodgers will call up Xavier Paul from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding roster move. Ramirez hasn’t played since suffering…

  8. Jordan Zimmermann set for first rehab start Saturday

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Every Nationals fan will have their eyes glued to Stephen Strasburg’s start against the Mets on Saturday afternoon, but they’ll also be interested to hear how Jordan Zimmermann fares in his first major league rehab start with Single-A Potomac. Zimmermann is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery last August. Nationals general manager…

  9. Yep, the Phillies are interested in Cliff Lee

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Pretty much backing up Jon Heyman’s report from earlier this afternoon, major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the Phillies are interested in re-acquiring Cliff Lee. The Phillies obviously have other needs to fill after the loss of Chase Utley and lingering concerns about Placido Polanco’s elbow — and they have shown interest…

  10. Report: Nationals sign Orlando Hernandez to minor league deal

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Nationals have signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league contract, two club sources told Nats Insider’s Mark Zuckerman. El Duque last pitched in the majors with the Mets in 2007, going 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances. He missed the 2008 season with a foot problem that required…

  11. Ryan Dempster moves into major league lead in pitches thrown

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    That final pitch Ryan Dempster threw Friday — a ball four to Bronson Arroyo with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh — moved him into the major league lead for pitches thrown this season. The top 11 is below. Everyone on the list has made exactly 17 starts: 1. Ryan Dempster –…

  12. Dallas Braden is going to get scratched again

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Athletics’ Assassin (not sure I like that, but bear with me, I’m trying new things) Susan Slusser reports that Dallas Braden is likely to be scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start against the Indians.  In his place will be Clay Mortenson, who will be called up from Sacramento.  Slusser says the A’s may wait to announce…

  13. Heyman: 12-15 teams could be in on the Lee sweepstakes

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman talks to a GM who remains nameless who says that before it’s all said and done some 12-15 teams will show at least some amount of interest in Cliff Lee. Among the usual suspects — Mets, Rangers, Twins — Heyman says that the Rays and the Phillies are showing interest too. I guess…

  14. The Braves aren't interested in Royals' outfielders

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi just tweeted that the Braves — who could really use an outfielder or two — aren’t currently bidding on either of the ones Kansas City is shopping in Jose Guillen and David DeJesus. As a Braves fan I give this bit of information a 50% approval rating.

  15. Printing money? Maybe the Yankees should print relief pitchers

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    A rather depressing day in the Bronx, at least for those who root for the Yankees.  It’s not yet over as I type this, but a nicely wasted effort on the parts of the Yankees is close to completion. The wasted part: A.J. Burnett actually pitched well for the first time in a long time.…

  16. Ryan Dempster is not having his best day

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I think a lot of the baseball world has gotten a  jump start on their holiday weekend so there isn’t much news a-happenin’.  There are a couple of games going down, however, one of which — Reds at Cubs — I have on while I’m working. Fun development a few minutes ago: Ryan Dempster walked…

  17. The Marlins are interested in Octavio Dotel

    Jul 2, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh isn’t going anywhere and they have a $3.25 million closer who is pitching pretty well. You don’t have to be Kreskin or Josh Beckett’s girlfriend to figure out how this is gonna turn out.  He’s gone, sooner rather than later. The latest rumor is that the Marlins are interested. Florida isn’t as bad off…

  18. The Yankees basically print money

    Jul 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    This is not a surprise because we all know the Yankees are a friggin’ cash cow, but just saying that is one thing. Seeing the real numbers is a different deal altogether. Get this report from CNBC’s Darren Rovell: A revised bond rating issued by Standard & Poor’s today provides an in-depth look at the…

  19. Shaun Marcum's surgically repaired elbow is inflamed

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum has exceeded expectations in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 88/27 K/BB ratio in 107 innings after missing all of last season, but unfortunately the Blue Jays placed him on the disabled list today with more elbow problems. The good news is that general manager Alex…

  20. Minor leaguers have a hard time keeping weight on

    Jul 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Rob Neyer has noted on several occasions that baseball is penny wise and pound foolish, usually as it relates to paying and generally looking after minor leaguers.  A big part of that is nutrition, which we hear about once a year or so when minor league meal allowances are reported.  It’s not much money and…

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