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  1. Report: The Pirates are close to sending Paul Maholm to the Padres

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Though there are a couple of dissenters, multiple other sources are reporting that the Pirates and Padres are nearing a deal for Pirates’ started Paul Maholm. Tim Brown at Yahoo! just said that the teams were “close.” I”m never sure what to make of these types of conflicts. It seems easier to assume that some…

  2. Concussion sends Jason Bay to the disabled list

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    As expected, the Mets have placed Jason Bay on the disabled list after the outfielder experienced headaches and other post-concussion symptoms following his face-first collision with the left field wall at Dodger Stadium last week. Bay was able to play in the next two games, but then had headaches on the team flight out of…

  3. The trouble with Tony La Russa

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    This column from Anthony Schafer at The Riverfront Times — analyzing his pitching moves on one recent night — basically records and replays my inner monologue every time I watch a game managed by Tony La Russa: This isn’t just about two players; this is about who is really important in winning and losing. What…

  4. Rumor: Yankees are "definitely in for Lance Berkman" and "considering him seriously"

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    After trading Roy Oswalt yesterday and getting a potential long-term first baseman back in Brett Wallace, finding a taker for Lance Berkman seems like the next logical step for the Astros. Berkman has the ability to block a trade, but has indicated he’d be open to a move to a contender and Joel Sherman of…

  5. The Astros didn't tell any other teams that they'd kick in $11 million on Oswalt

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    The general consensus immediately after the Oswalt deal was announced yesterday was that the Astros got hosed.  Then, after some time, more and more voices spoke up saying, “hey, don’t you think that if there was a better deal out there the Astros would have taken it?” Well, maybe not, because Joel Sherman reports that…

  6. Astros reportedly asked Dodgers for Chad Billingsley in Roy Oswalt deal

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times took a break from his hilarious and ongoing quasi-feud with Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle long enough to report that the “Astros wanted Chad Billingsley in return for Roy Oswalt.” He adds that the Dodgers predictably refused, offered “four prospects” instead, and were apparently shot down.…

  7. The Nationals trade Cristian Guzman to the Rangers

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    For a team that’s going to be auctioned on the courthouse steps next week, the Rangers sure are active little buggers this summer, aren’t they? First it was Cliff Lee, then Bengie Molina, then Jorge Cantu. This afternoon they picked up Cristian Guzman from the Nationals for a couple of prospects whose names (a) we…

  8. Rumor: Indians "getting significant hits on Jake Westbrook"

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Indians are “getting significant hits on Jake Westbrook.” Olney speculates that the Cardinals could be a good fit and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch quickly chimed in to agree that St. Louis makes sense as a destination for the veteran right-hander. Westbrook missed all of…

  9. The latest on the White Sox-Edwin Jackson-Adam Dunn front

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    We’ve been waiting all afternoon to hear something new from the White Sox, who many people suspect are going to flip the newly-acquired Edwin Jackson to the Nationals for Adam Dunn. The latest comes from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale: the Sox currently have Jackson in a proposed package for Dunn. Nightengale adds that if the…

  10. Mike Lowell is done rehabbing, but won't rejoin Sox tonight

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe updates Lowell’s status, saying he will not be activated from the DL tonight. === Mike Lowell is finished rehabbing in the minors after going 11-for-22 (.500) with four homers, four doubles, and 10 RBIs in five games at Triple-A, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that…

  11. Braves reliever Jonny Venters gets his suspension rescinded

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    You may or may not recall that Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters was handed a four-game suspension for plunking Prince Fielder a couple of weeks ago.  He appealed, and the smart money had that appeal getting his suspension reduce to two games or something because that’s how those things always go. Turns out, however, that…

  12. Filming for the "Moneyball" movie is underway in Oakland

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the “Moneyball” movie has started filming in Oakland with scenes from the A’s record-setting 20th straight win in 2002. Scott Hatteberg delivered the game-winning homer in real life and actor Chris Pratt (who plays Andy in the super-awesome “Parks and Recreation” on NBC) is portraying him…

  13. Philly's intentional vomiter gets jail time

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    His first night in the joint, the Intentional Vomiter cost me two packs of cigarettes. He never made a sound.

  14. Diamondbacks did well trading Edwin Jackson to White Sox

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Speculation that the White Sox may have acquired Edwin Jackson to “flip” him to the Nationals for Adam Dunn makes it hard to properly evaluate the deal from Chicago’s point of view yet, but there’s no need to hold off in saying Arizona did extremely well to get pitching prospects Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg…

  15. HBT Daily: Oswalt, Braves-Red and Yankees-Rays

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    In which I try to convince myself that the Phillies are no better with Oswalt. I don’t do a very good job of it.

  16. Stephen Strasburg's rotation spot to be filled by John Lannan

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista made headlines for replacing Stephen Strasburg at the last minute earlier this week, but now that Strasburg has been put on the disabled list the Nationals are turning to John Lannan as his actual rotation replacement. Back before the world’s greatest pitching prospect arrived on the scene Lannan was the Opening Day starter…

  17. Report: Edwin Jackson has been traded to the White Sox

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Tim Brown from Yahoo! just tweeted that Edwin Jackson was just told that he was traded to the White Sox. In court that would be inadmissible hearsay.  In trade rumor land it’s basically gold. My bestest buddy Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are getting starter Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg in return. No…

  18. A's closer Andrew Bailey likely headed for the disabled list

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    A’s closer Andrew Bailey is finally over the back spasms that kept him out of action for the past nine days, but the AL’s reigning Rookie of the Year is now sidelined by a strained ribcage muscle. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle “it’s almost a sure thing he’ll go on the…

  19. How you know the trade deadline has gone crazy

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    A rare glimpse into the silliness of following the trade deadline on Twitter.

  20. Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard in line to replace Matt Capps as Nationals' closer

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Who will be Washington’s closer now that Matt Capps is in Minnesota? According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com the Nationals “will split the closer’s duties between Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard, and Drew Storen.” In theory, at least. The odds of manager Jim Riggleman truly going with a closer-by-committee approach for the rest of the season…

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