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  1. UPDATE: Stephen Strasburg diagnosed with shoulder inflammation

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that an MRI and X-ray on Stephen Strasburg showed only inflammation in his right shoulder and no structural damage, reports Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com. He is currently listed as day-to-day. 7:34 PM: According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the decision to…

  2. Dan Haren says he "should be on track" for his next start

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    The Angels continue to fade in the American League West, but they received some good news about their newest acquisition Tuesday. According to Ramona Shelbourne of ESPNLosAngeles.com, not only did X-rays on Dan Haren’s forearm came back negative, the right-hander said he “should be on track” to make his next scheduled start against the first-place…

  3. Royals' Gil Meche to undergo shoulder surgery

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Gil Meche, who has been on the DL since late May with what the Royals were calling right shoulder bursitis, will undergo season-ending surgery, reports Fanhouse’s Ed Price. Meche’s shoulder clearly wasn’t right at any point of the season. He opened the year on the disabled list, and though he was able to return on…

  4. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Left field & right field

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the sixth in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Jayson Werth (Phillies) – It seemed inconceivable two months ago, but the Phillies have been willing to discuss Werth because of their need for pitching and their ability…

  5. Carlos Zambrano ripped for apologizing to his teammates

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Because nothing is easy with Carlos Zambrano, even his apology to his teammates over his meltdown last month is controversial. Why? Because he did it on ESPN last night.  That set off Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times, who called the apology a “stunt” and ripped into Zambrano for not apologizing to the Cubs in person. …

  6. Report: Adam Dunn-to-White Sox talks heating up

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    A source told ESPNChicago’s Bruce Levine that the Nationals appear willing to move Adam Dunn if the White Sox are willing to part with a second quality prospect from a group of Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks and Brett Morel, along with young right-hander Daniel Hudson. The same source also told Levine that the White Sox…

  7. Jason Kendall becomes fifth player to catch 2,000 games

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Last night, while the Royals were giving up 19 runs in a blowout loss to the Twins, Jason Kendall became the fifth player in baseball history to appear in 2,000 games at catcher. Ivan Rodriguez is the all-time leader with 2,351 games caught (and counting), followed by Carlton Fisk (2,226), Bob Boone (2,225), Gary Carter…

  8. UPDATE: Jason Bay scratched due to a concussion; DL stint still unclear

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Various earlier tweets from New York reporters had Bay destined for the DL. That hasn’t happened yet, actually, and may not.  The word now is that the Mets are going to observe Bay for the next couple of days and see how he does. Bay thinks he won’t be out long, but it’s not…

  9. Adam Dunn "scolded" for visiting Bob Uecker during a game

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn was out of the Nationals’ lineup Saturday, so he decided to pay an in-game visit to the Brewers’ radio booth, where legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker was back in action after returning from heart surgery. Bill Ladson of MLB.com initially spun the visit as a positive thing, but then described manager Jim Riggleman as…

  10. The rift between the Mariners' coaches and the front office is very real

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    We’ve heard rumblings this week that there is an increasing riff between the Mariners front office and the coaching staff, including manager Don Wakamatsu.  This came up when Chone Figgins was openly defiant of Wakamatsu in the dugout the other day yet wasn’t disciplined in any way.  Geoff Baker reports today, however, that the problems…

  11. Rumor: Rockies "are quietly shopping" Aaron Cook

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Rockies “are quietly shopping Aaron Cook and telling teams they would either eat some dollars or take back a contract.” Sherman notes that Colorado is undecided about whether they should be buyers or sellers at this point, but “wants to put Jhoulys Chacin back into…

  12. The Braves option Nate McLouth to Gwinnett

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth has been absolutely terrible since coming off the disabled list, going 1 for 15 with no extra base hits. On the year he’s hitting .178/.279/.265.  If there’s a worse regular for a playoff contender I haven’t seen him.  Today the Braves said “enough” and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves don’t have…

  13. Jimmy Rollins is sitting out tonight's game with a foot injury

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins is out of the Phillies’ lineup tonight after limping through yesterday’s game and while X-rays came back negative on his bruised foot David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that “someone who saw Jimmy Rollins today said he came in on crutches.” On the other hand, Ryan Lawrence of the Delaware County…

  14. Rosenthal: the Nats haven't even made Adam Dunn an offer

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    The story was that the Nationals were going to take this week to try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension, and if that didn’t work, they’d trade him.  Their definition of “try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension” probably needs work, though, because according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nats…

  15. Andy Pettitte "feeling good" after throwing from flat ground

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with a strained groin, Andy Pettitte did some running, participated in agility drills, and threw from flat ground today at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida, saying afterward that he’s “feeling good.” Pettitte was 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA before suffering a Grade 1 groin strain while throwing a pitch…

  16. Ralph Houk was an American hero

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    When Ralph Houk died last week I and just about every other person who wrote something about him made mention of the fact that he was a decorated veteran of World War II.  I had no idea just how amazing his war record was, however, having only read a few things here or there making…

  17. Rich Harden may rejoin Rangers' rotation after striking out 10 in rehab start

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Rich Harden’s minor-league rehab assignment was extended after he struggled in his first few outings, but the oft-injured right-hander racked up 10 strikeouts in six shutout innings at Triple-A last night. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculates that the performance may be enough to get Harden off the disabled list and back in…

  18. The Yankees are on Joakim Soria's no-trade list

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    We’ve heard this and that about the Yankees wanting to trade for Royals’ closer Joakim Soria. That seemed like a tall order anyway given how much he’d cost the Yankees, but here’s an even better reason why it isn’t going to happen: the Yankees are one of the six teams on Soria’s no-trade list. That…

  19. Prentice Redman got suspended while he was suspended

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Dodgers minor leaguer Prentice Redman is currently serving a 50-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test last month, but that didn’t stop the 30-year-old outfielder from receiving a 100-game suspension yesterday for a second positive test. Redman spent 15 games in the big leagues for the Mets as a 23-year-old in 2003 and was hitting…

  20. Get your tickets to Matt Garza's no-hitter

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that the Marlins sold thousands of previously unsold tickets to Roy Halladay’s perfect game back in May. I thought it was a cynical and craven attempt to make a quick buck, especially given that Halladay doesn’t even, you know, play for the Marlins. The Feesh should watch the Tampa Bay Rays and follow…

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