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  1. Mets' hitting coach Howard Johnson is probably going to get fired

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    When you come off a 2-9 road trip in which your team was shut out four times, there’s a decent chance your hitting coach is gonna be in deep trouble. That seems to be the case with the Mets, reports Adam Rubin. Omar Minaya seems poised to fire someone, and that someone is likely to…

  2. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Police are on the lookout for the person or persons who robbed the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  3. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    Dan Haren is a nice pickup, but the hole is getting a little deep for one good pitcher to help the Angels climb out of, no?

  4. Angels acquire Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders and three prospects

    Jul 25, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter page the team has traded Dan Haren to the Angels for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named later. While the Yankees, Twins, Tigers, and Cardinals were all repeatedly linked to Haren over the past couple weeks, the Angels kind of came out of…

  5. Tigers have "great interest" in Nats' Adam Dunn

    Jul 25, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Bill Ladson of heard from a source Sunday that the Tigers have “great interest” in Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn.’s Ken Rosenthal suspects that the Nats may be leaking this news to drive up the White Sox’s offer, but it’s worth looking into anyway. The Tigers have been hit with three major injuries…

  6. Tulowitzki appears set for Tuesday return to Rockies

    Jul 25, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Kevin Roberts of reports that Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will play a full nine innings in a rehab start Sunday and is likely to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday when the Rox began a series at home against Pittsburgh. All great news.  Tulo hit the disabled list back in mid-June with a…

  7. Victor Martinez expected back on Monday

    Jul 25, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he expects catcher Victor Martinez (thumb) to be ready to return from the disabled list on Monday.  Like, this Monday.  Tomorrow. Martinez caught a Clay Buchholz bullpen session on Saturday and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his…

  8. Rangers going hard after Marlins' Jorge Cantu

    Jul 25, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT’s T.R. Sullivan first reported it last night and now Ken Rosenthal of is confirming.  The Rangers, six games up in the American League West, are going hard after Marlins corner infielder Jorge Cantu in their ongoing search for a quality right-handed bat. Cantu, 28, isn’t having the best July, but he was an…

  9. O's activate Matt Wieters from the disabled list

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is batting seventh in Sunday’s lineup against the Twins. Wieters was placed on the disabled list just…

  10. Multiple teams looking to acquire Scott Downs

    Jul 25, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of reports that the competition to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs has become “fierce” between the Red Sox and Yankees. The Mets, Reds, Twins and Rockies have also expressed interest…

  11. Zambrano throws two scoreless innings at Triple-A Iowa

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano took another big step toward returning from his team-issued suspension on Saturday night with two scoreless innings of relief for Triple-A Iowa. This according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Big Z used 29 pitches. He allowed only…

  12. Brad Ausmus, 41, says he will retire after this season

    Jul 25, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus told Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday that he intends to retire at the end of the 2010 season. “This year is it,” Ausmus said. The 41-year-old inked a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Dodgers in the offseason and was also given a $1 million mutual option for 2011. …

  13. Tigers interested in Boston's Mike Lowell

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Tigers have begun making a push for Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell. The Tigers lost starting third baseman Brandon Inge to a fractured left hand…

  14. UPDATE: Velez struck in dugout with liner, taken to hospital

    Jul 25, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Eugenio Velez was struck in the dugout by a Pat Burrell foul ball on Saturday at Chase Field and had to be rushed to a local hospital…

  15. Magglio has fractured ankle, out for next 6-8 weeks

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    As first reported by Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and will miss the next 6-8 weeks. The 36-year-old had been battling…

  16. Rays may promote Jeremy Hellickson as a reliever

    Jul 24, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    Rays fans have been pushing for the club to promote top pitching prospect Jeremy Hellickson since early May, but fifth starter Wade Davis, 24, has looked better as of late and it’s been hard for manager Joe Maddon and Co. to find a fit for the highly touted 23-year-old.  That could change in a few…

  17. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Third base

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – Bautista has played twice as much right field as third base this year and it’s quite possible that he’d be a full-time outfielder…

  18. Phillies prospect J.C. Ramirez scratched from Sunday start

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    During an appearance on Saturday’s Mets-Dodgers game on FOX, Ken Rosenthal said that Phillies prospect right-hander J.C. Ramirez was a healthy scratch from his Sunday start for Double-A Reading. This could mean nothing, of course, but it is especially curious during this time of year. Rosenthal noted that the Phillies remain in talks for Roy…

  19. Andy Pettitte hopes to return ahead of schedule

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte, who went on the disabled list Monday with a groin strain, played catch for about five minutes from 60 feet on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Diagnosed with Grade 1 strain, the veteran left-hander isn’t expected to return until mid-to-late August, however he told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t think that timetable…

  20. UPDATE: Corey Hart sidelined with wrist injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: No surprise here. Hart is out of the lineup against the Nationals tonight. He told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his wrist is still too sore to even try to swing a bat. “It’s sore,” he said. “Hopefully, it won’t be too long, especially the way things have been going for…

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