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  1. Rodriguez taking a day off from home run chase

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is just one home run away from 600 for his career. Actually, he’s been one home run away from 600 for 37 at-bats now. And he’s unlikely to reach the milestone Sunday…

  2. What they're saying about the Lance Berkman trade

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    The Astros traded first baseman Lance Berkman to the Yankees on Friday night for right-hander Mark Melancon and infield prospect Jimmy Paredes.  Berkman went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his debut as the Yanks’ new designated hitter on Saturday, but most people like the fit and believe he will be plenty productive for the 27-time…

  3. Hellickson set for major league debut on Monday

    Aug 1, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    As Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times first reported, the Rays have decided to promote top pitching prospect Jeremy Hellickson for a one-time spot start on Monday against the Twins.  Whether he sticks around to pitch out of the bullpen remains to be seen, but it would make some sense.  For now he is…

  4. The trade deadline is long gone, but several players may still be on the move…

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:44 AM EDT

    The non-waiver trade deadline has passed and it sure was chaotic, but it’s not the end of hot stove season.  Players can be dealt via waivers until the end of August and it seems like there could be serious activity this year.  D.J. laid out his winners and losers of the non-waiver deadline last night…

  5. From Lee to Wood, a roundup of the trades

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    It’s been a wild run-up to the trade deadline, and the guys have peppered you non-stop with rumors, news and analysis over the last few days. From a position-by-position preview, to a report card of the big winners and losers, we’ve had you, the faithful HBT reader, covered. So if your head is still swimming,…

  6. Carlos Gonzalez hits for the cycle in heroic fashion

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hit for the cycle in the Rockies’ 6-5 defeat of the Cubs on Saturday, and he accomplished the home run part of the feat with a walkoff blast. He singled in the first inning…

  7. Beckham pranked by White Sox GM Kenny Williams

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham has struggled overall this season after a stellar 2009 debut and he was linked in a few different trade rumors over the past week.  With those rumors in mind — false or not — GM Kenny Williams decided to play a prank on the youngster just before Saturday’s trade deadline.…

  8. Joe Mauer gets cortisone shot for right shoulder tendinitis

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer has been on fire since the All-Star break and remained hot tonight, going 3-for-4 in a win over the Mariners, but Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis and received a cortisone shot after the game. Mauer is expected to miss at least 1-2 games, leaving Drew…

  9. Yankees fail to show at Steinbrenner's burial site

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    The Yankees had a very limited presence at former public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s funeral in mid-July and they are getting flak again for failing to make an appearance at George Steinbrenner’s resting place. The Yanks are down in the Tampa region for a weekend series with the Rays and Steinbrenner was laid to rest…

  10. Your trade deadline winners and losers

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    As much as we try our best to separate the wheat from the chaff here at HBT, we’re honestly still trying to get our bearings straight after cranking out over 110 posts in the past two days alone, the great majority of them being trade rumors. If you followed today’s deadline on Twitter, you should…

  11. Rangers activate Harden for Saturday evening start

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    As noted by this MLB.com press release, the Rangers activated starter Rich Harden from the disabled list on Saturday afternoon.  In fact, he is on the bump for a Saturday evening matchup with the Angels and their new right-hander, Dan Haren. Harden hit the 15-day disabled list in early June with a strained glute and…

  12. Stephen Strasburg aims for Aug. 10-12 return

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg will throw Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The plan is for Strasburg to throw off flat ground Sunday, play long toss Monday and throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If he comes through the bullpen session fine, a return in the Aug. 10-12 series…

  13. Nationals to announce signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider. We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month. According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like…

  14. Red Sox add reclamation project Jarrod Saltalamacchia in deal with Rangers

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Moments before this afternoon’s trade deadline the Red Sox made a move to get former top catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which is interesting considering Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are both impending free agents. Given his recent health problems and uncertain future behind the plate acquiring Saltalamacchia shouldn’t be seen as a long-term answer at…

  15. UPDATE: Astros close to multi-year deal with Brett Myers

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros are close to a multi-year deal with right-hander Brett Myers. The Astros were reported to be reluctant to trade Myers, though many — including myself — thought they were bluffing. The 29-year-old right-hander has been a real bargain for the ‘Stros this season, compiling a 3.10…

  16. Yankees designate Chan Ho Park for assignment

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    To make room on the roster for their various trade-deadline pickups, the Yankees have designated Chan Ho Park for assignment. The move comes as no surprise, because Park has struggled mightily after signing a one-year, $1.2 million deal this offseason and earlier this week the Yankees were said to be trying to “unload” him. With…

  17. The Royals give Ned Yost a two-year extension

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    In addition to announcing the Ankiel and Farnsworth trade, the Kansas City Royals just announced that they have given Ned Yost a two-year contract extension. I like this move, really. Ned Yost is not John McGraw, but he’s what this team needs right now. Both as a manager — he has a track record of…

  18. Adam Dunn stays put

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    It went down to the wire with big talk from lots of people, but at the end of the day Adam Dunn remains a National. He’ll be in the lineup tonight against the Phillies. There’s little chance that Dunn would get traded in August on a waiver deal, it seems. Yes, he makes a lot…

  19. Red Sox reportedly trade reliever Ramon Ramirez to Giants

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com the Red Sox have traded right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Giants, who also added left-hander Javier Lopez to the bullpen moments earlier. No word yet on what the Red Sox will receive in return, but they were said to be discussing Ramirez-for-Rod Barajas with the Mets before Barajas…

  20. Oh, fabulous: the Braves get Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Not content to acquire an awful player from the Royals at the deadline, the Braves got two!  Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.  In exchange, the Braves give up reliever Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and prospect Tim Collins, who just came over from the Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar deal. [composing myself] Ankiel hasn’t…

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