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  1. The Jays are asking the world for Scott Downs

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Scott Downs is not the biggest name around, but the Blue Jays’ setup man may be the best reliever available at the moment.  And the Jays are apparently asking the moon for him:  They told the Yankees it would take Joba Chamberlain and the Red Sox that it would take Casey Kelly or Jose Iglesias.…

  2. Rumor: Rockies "are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot"

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post the Rockies “are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot.” Armstrong notes that the Rockies “also are known to be targeting” Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Kevin Gregg of the Blue Jays, but yesterday Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Colorado was “quietly…

  3. Corey Hart isn't going to play before Friday

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    That’s the word he’s giving the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Given that there’s not much chance Milwaukee could move Hart unless he shows he can hit, and given that the trade deadline is Saturday, you can pretty much kiss any chances of Hart being dealt goodbye. Well, I suppose he could hit for the cycle on Friday…

  4. The Dbacks may use Brandon Webb in the bullpen

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are toying with the idea of using Brandon Webb in the bullpen towards the end of this season.  And it would be the end of this season, because he’s still not even pitching against live batters yet in a rehab stint that has lasted nearly…

  5. The White Sox have a bat bonfire

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bats, they are sick. Bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him bonfire, rum. He will come: [Mark]Kotsay, who is batting .221 and has hit into several line-drive outs, had two of his bats burned in a small fire pit in an effort to change his fortunes. “That…

  6. A.J. Burnett will not stop throwing pies

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    The Daily News caught up with A.J. Burnett yesterday and asked him if he’s re-thinking his pie-in-the-face routine in the wake of Chris Coghlan’s knee injury.  The answer: not on your life: “I feel sorry for him. You cant take the fun out of the game, but you have to do it right, I guess.…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:54 AM EDT

    In which I describe a nightmare in which all of my baseball demons come to attack me!

  8. Indians' Josh Tomlin just the latest to shut down Yanks in debut

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:46 AM EDT

    I haven’t done the research, but it’s always seemed to me that patient offenses struggle when facing a pitcher they’ve never seen before. It’s a small sample size for sure, but for what it’s worth, the Yankees have been pretty miserable in facing pitchers making their major league debuts. That’s not how it should work,…

  9. UPDATE: Huston Street diagnosed with abdominal contusion

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Great news. According to Thomas Harding of, Street was diagnosed with a right abdominal contusion. He is “at home, resting comfortably,” and is currently listed as day-to-day, according to the team. 8:20 PM: Scary stuff in Colorado. Huston Street was hospitalized after being hit in the inner pelvic region by a line drive…

  10. 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 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…

  11. 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, 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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. …

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 initially spun the visit as a positive thing, but then described manager Jim Riggleman as…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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