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  1. Video: Cliff Lee press conference

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee has been traded three times in less than 12 months. He must smell really bad or something.  

  2. Jacoby Ellsbury tells his side of the story

    Jul 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury just met with reporters a short while ago at Rogers Centre in Toronto, according to Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal. And let’s just say that he didn’t do anything to put an end to the controversy. Reportedly referring to several pages of notes throughout the brief Q & A —  thanks Scott…

  3. Who watched Ricky Nolasco and Dan Haren last night?

    Jul 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Sources tell Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of that the Phillies, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Angels and Yankees all had scouts in attendance for last night’s game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks. This is notable because Dan Haren and Ricky Nolasco, two potential trade targets with Cliff Lee off the market, were matched…

  4. Dodgers' Ronald Belisario undergoing substance abuse treatment

    Jul 10, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    As you may recall, Dodgers right-hander Ronald Belisario was mysteriously placed on the restricted list earlier this week for the second time this season. Belisario’s agent Paul Kinzer originally used the word “anxiety” to describe the reason for the pitcher’s absence, but a source tells Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times…

  5. Kevin Youkilis spills the beans on Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury re-joined the team in Toronto last night after spending the past five weeks in Arizona rehabbing his broken ribs. And according to what Kevin Youkilis told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, he and his teammates wonder why he hasn’t been with the team all along. “I don’t know what’s going on with…

  6. Stephen Strasburg finally notches win No. 3

    Jul 10, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    By looking at Friday’s 8-1 win over the Giants, it would appear that the Nationals finally gave Stephen Strasburg some runs to work with. That wasn’t really the case. Strasburg gave up a leadoff home run to Andres Torres to begin the game, putting himself in an early hole. The Nats answered with runs in…

  7. Rick Porcello isn't getting traded, he's being promoted

    Jul 10, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Remember how Jon Paul Morosi of wondered out loud why the Tigers would push back Rick Porcello’s start with Triple-A Toledo, suggesting it could be trade-related? Yeah, according to Jason Beck of, Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn’t take too kindly to that. “There’s a rumor going around, I don’t know if anybody’s read…

  8. Jake Peavy to undergo season-ending surgery next week

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

    It’s official. Jake Peavy will undergo season-ending surgery next Wednesday in Chicago to repair the detached latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder, according to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. While Peavy hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season, he cautioned about the unique nature of his particular injury.…

  9. Jayson Werth feels bad for yelling at fan

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    As Craig detailed this morning, Jayson Werth took out some frustration on a fan for interfering on a catchable ball along the right field line during the 12th inning of Thursday’s game against the Reds. See the video here. After taking some time to think about it, Werth is feeling some remorse for his actions.…

  10. Aubrey Huff lashes out against All-Star game, fans

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff is having a pretty great first half for the Giants. He entered play Friday batting .298/.384/.556 with 17 homers and 54 RBI over 295 at-bats. Some might even say he’s “All-Star worthy.” In turn, Mychael Urban of asked him if he would consider going to the game as an injury replacement. Apparently…

  11. Report: the Yankees are "livid" with the Mariners

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Yankees thinksthe Mariners screwed ‘em over.

  12. The verdict: Trader Jack wins

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    One thing is for certain: The Rangers are going for it. They better be, because they just gave up quite a haul for a rental. Meanwhile, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik successfully turned Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and JC Ramirez into Justin Smoak and three other prospects. Impressive, to say the least. As Craig just…

  13. Justin Morneau sitting out second straight day, 'questionable' for All-Star game

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau remains out of the Twins’ lineup after taking a knee to the helmet breaking up a double play Wednesday night and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that he’s now “questionable for this weekend’s Tigers series and the All-Star game.” Morneau was voted in as the American League’s starter at first…

  14. Cliff Lee traded to the Rangers for Justin Smoak, three others

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    The Mariners have traded Cliff Lee and relief pitcher Mark Lowe to the Rangers for Justin Smoak and three prospects. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the prospects are pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, and second baseman Matt Lawson. Buster Olney is reporting that Seattle is kicking in $2.5 million in order…

  15. Hank Blalock back on the market after release from Rays

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay released Hank Blalock today after designated him for assignment last week. Blalock earned a shot with the Rays by signing a minor-league deal this spring and hitting .349 in 26 games at Triple-A, but then hit just .254/.319/.349 in 69 plate appearances before they smartly ditched him in favor of Matt Joyce. Blalock…

  16. If the Rangers get Lee, the fur is gonna fly

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News is talking to a source — I’m guessing a Yankees source — who says there will be big trouble in baseball if the Rangers get Cliff Lee: “There will be a battle royale over this if Texas gets Lee . . . Every other team in baseball is supplementing…

  17. BREAKING: the Lee deal is blowing up — Rangers jumping in?

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers).  If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system.  The problem is that’s it’s rich…

  18. Who are the best players never to make an All-Star team?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Since the All-Star rosters were announced Sunday people have been arguing about who should and shouldn’t have made the team, with the focus often being on the biggest snubs. But who are the biggest All-Star snubs, in terms of never being picked for an entire career? recently added that sorting feature to its amazing…

  19. The Tacoma Rainiers scratch tonight's starter. Is it a sign that the Lee deal is done?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    Ed Price of AOL just noticed that the Tacoma Rainiers — the Mariners’ AAA team — have scratched their starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, from tonight’s game.  Price wonders if that’s a suggestion that the Lee deal is done and that Pineda is going to come up to Seattle tonight to pitch against the Yankees. Makes…

  20. Roy Oswalt would block trades to the Tigers, White Sox

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that Roy Oswalt — the proud owner of a full no-trade clause — would use that clause to block trades to either the Tigers or the White Sox. He doesn’t say why he doesn’t want to go to those two teams. He’s been reported to be exceedingly fond of life down south,…

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