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  1. Marlins prospect Dan Jennings says an "over-the-counter stimulant" led to 50-game suspension

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Marlins pitching prospect Dan Jennings has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexaneamine, but the 23-year-old reliever said “it was an over-the-counter stimulant.” At the time I had no idea what I was taking had something that was banned in it, but the substance in it was just added…

  2. Report: The Astros would send the Phillies $12 million in the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Earlier today we’d heard chatter that the Astros would be sending $8 million to the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt deal. That, combined with a couple of decent but not really high-ceiling prospects seems like a good deal for the Phillies, but it may be even better than that. Jayson Stark is now saying that…

  3. Miss Iowa didn't like being compared to Miguel Batista

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Predictably, after Miguel Batista joked that his subbing for an injured Stephen Strasburg was like fans showing up to see Miss Universe only to get Miss Iowa instead, the actual Miss Iowa has responded. Her name is Katherine Connors, she looks just a tad better in a two-piece than Batista, and she issued the following…

  4. UPDATE: Strasburg placed on the disabled list; no comment from Jim Bunning

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The Nats have places Strasburg on the DL. This is likely precautionary as Strasburg says he feels better than he did on Tuesday.  Because of the ability to DL him retroactive to his last start, the ten-day shutdown period mentioned before is likely more relevant. 9:34 A.M.: Jim Riggleman was on Sirius/XM radio this…

  5. A-Rod files an objection to the Texas Rangers auction

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    No wonder he can’t hit his 600th home run! He’s busy litigating! Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday filed an objection over how the Rangers’ bankruptcy auction might be held, fearing that bidders won’t pledge to make good on deferred payments to him and several other former team players. On deadline for such filings before the Aug.…

  6. Gordon Beckham returns from brief benching with hot bat

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    When the White Sox benched Gordon Beckham in favor of light-hitting utility man Brent Lillibridge earlier this month I wrote: “It’ll be a surprise if it lasts until the end of the week.” Sure enough the benching lasted for all of three games, but manager Ozzie Guillen apparently pulled the right string because Beckham has…

  7. No, being steroid-free is not keeping Fred McGriff out of the Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times has a column today in which he argues that Fred McGriff is being penalized in the Hall of Fame voting because he didn’t take steroids and thus didn’t have big gonzo cartoon power numbers.  At the outset, let me note that I think Fred McGriff should be inducted…

  8. Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason. I love pitching. I feel my…

  9. Joe Saunders honors Nick Adenhart

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jim from Halos Heaven alerted me to something I hadn’t noticed: While with the Angels, Joe Saunders wore uniform number 51, but now that he’s with the Diamondbacks he has changed his number to 34, which was Nick Adenhart’s number.  He hasn’t said anything in public about it since the trade, but the assumption is…

  10. The Mets probably aren't getting Ted Lilly

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports that while the Mets have engaged in conversations with the Cubs about Ted Lilly, it’s now “very doubtful” that they’ll be able to do a deal for him. The sticking point: the Mets don’t want to pay the $4 million or so he’s owed for the rest of the year plus give…

  11. Some chatter while we wait for Roy Oswalt's decision

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    As Drew noted last night, there’s a deal in place between the Phillies and the Astros for Roy Oswalt.  Everyone is now waiting for Oswalt’s decision on his no trade clause.  I have some thoughts on that (see below) but in the meantime, let’s speculate about what the deal may look like, assuming it goes…

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown debuts, Jason Heyward steals home and Brandon Phillips hits one way the hell up to Bernie Brewers’ slide.

  13. Report: Phillies have a deal in place for Roy Oswalt

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:44 AM EDT

    According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, the Phillies and Astros have a deal in place involving Roy Oswalt and are waiting for the 32-year-old right-hander to decide whether he wants to waive his no-trade clause.  Berman writes that the two sides “have agreed on the amount of money” that the Astros will…

  14. This just in … Indians fans also dislike LeBron James

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:16 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, a fan wearing a spanking-new Miami Heat jersey of Lebron James was harassed by the fans at the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field…

  15. Dodgers acquire outfielder Scott Podsednik from Royals

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    As Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports, the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Royals for two minor leaguers…

  16. Stephen Strasburg appears likely to miss another start

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    As Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington notes, Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to make his scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies. Starting pitchers usually require a bullpen session…

  17. Pineiro out 6-8 weeks with strained left oblique

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    Angels starter Joel Pineiro has been diagnosed with a badly strained left oblique and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. This according to Sam Miller of the Orange County Register. Yet another major injury…

  18. Padres' Kyle Blanks slated for Tommy John surgery

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks, who has been on the DL since May 17 with what the Padres called a strained throwing elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday and miss the rest of the season. A pitcher undergoing a similar surgery would face the likelihood of missing at least half of 2011. Blanks might be able to…

  19. Tigers acquire infielder Jhonny Peralta from Indians

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

    In need of an infielder with Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen on the disabled list, the Tigers on Wednesday acquired Jhonny Peralta from the Indians for LHP Giovanny Soto and cash. Peralta had been on the market for months, as the Indians decided long ago that they weren’t going to exercise his $7 million option…

  20. The Astros are more likely to move Myers than Oswalt

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brett Myers is cheaper than Roy Oswalt and — at least lately — he’s been better. It stands to reason then that the Astros are more likely to trade Brett Myers than Oswalt before the clock strikes four this Saturday. And that’s what Phil Rogers is saying, based on the word of a scout. Which…

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