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  1. Rangers going hard after Marlins' Jorge Cantu

    Jul 25, 2010, 2:44 PM EST’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…

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

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    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…

  3. Multiple teams looking to acquire Scott Downs

    Jul 25, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 25, 2010, 10:38 AM EST

    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. …

  6. Tigers interested in Boston's Mike Lowell

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 25, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:18 PM EST

    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…

  9. Rays may promote Jeremy Hellickson as a reliever

    Jul 24, 2010, 8:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:57 PM EST

    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…

  12. Andy Pettitte hopes to return ahead of schedule

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:03 PM EST

    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…

  13. UPDATE: Corey Hart sidelined with wrist injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 4:52 PM EST

    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…

  14. Gary Matthews Jr. opts out of his contract with the Reds

    Jul 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    I’ll interrupt all this talk about the upcoming July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to bring you this moment of levity. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Gary Matthews Jr. has officially opted out of his contract with the Reds and is now a free agent. Matthews, who signed a minor league contract with…

  15. The Diamondbacks want a lot for Dan Haren

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

    According to Buster Olney of, the Diamondbacks are asking the Tigers for top pitching prospects Andy Oliver and Jacob Turner in exchange for Dan Haren. Oliver just recently posted a 7.36 ERA over his first five starts in the big leagues, but the 22-year-old left-hander is 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 1.28 WHIP…

  16. Ben Sheets could miss rest of season with elbow injury

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    Here we go again. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben Sheets is headed to the disabled list after yet another injury to his right elbow. Sheets told Slusser that his elbow has been “too swollen” over his past two or three starts. When asked if he is looking at missing the…

  17. John Maine has season-ending shoulder surgery

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, John Maine underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery Friday to clean out scar tissue in his right shoulder. Maine was 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA over his first nine starts this season before going on the disabled list with right arm fatigue on May 21. The Mets…

  18. Roy Oswalt would be open to restructuring contract

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt confirmed Friday that he would be willing to restructure his $16 million club option for 2012 given the right situation, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to find a way to get it done,” Oswalt told a gathering of Houston reporters. “I’m not going to go somewhere where…

  19. Jason Bay is Friday's human highlight reel

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    This hasn’t been a fun year for Jason Bay. Signed to a four-year, $66 million contract over the winter, the 31-year-old outfielder is batting a modest .260 with six homers and 47 RBI. This time last year, he had 20 homers and 72 RBI. The Mets just haven’t gotten what they paid for. After going…

  20. Ted Lilly could be traded this weekend

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

    Major league sources told Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times that Ted Lilly could be traded by the end of the weekend. Interest in the veteran left-hander has skyrocketed after he tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Astros on Wednesday. Naturally, the Cubs appear quite content to sell high. Sources tell…

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