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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. UPDATE: Yankees were "never close" to deal for Dan Haren

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of essentially backs up Stark’s report, saying the Yankees would be willing to trade Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister (previously mentioned in the Cliff Lee proposal) and other prospects, however they will not include Joba Chamberlain and pay the full $33 million remaining on Haren’s contract. According to Heyman, the Diamondbacks have…

  4. Kelly Johnson hits for the cycle

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:12 AM EST

    Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle in Friday night’s 7-4 loss to the Giants. He collected a solo home run in the first inning, a double in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth and a single in the eighth. Johnson is the third player to accomplish the feat this season, joining Bengie Molina…

  5. M's manager Wakamatsu and Figgins have altercation in dugout

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:32 AM EST

    The Mariners now sit a season-worst 23 games under .500, but that wasn’t the ugliest part of Friday’s loss to the Red Sox. An intense confrontation broke out in the Mariners dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu told Chone Figgins he was being removed from the game for failing to backup a throw at second base…

  6. Jim Riggleman to remain Nats manager in 2011

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:18 PM EST

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of that Jim Riggleman will remain the manager of the Nationals next season. “Yes, he will be back next season. He has done a terrific job,” Rizzo said. “He is a terrific baseball manager. He has great respect from his peers in this game. When the…

  7. Don't wait up on Erik Bedard

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has a little bit of an update on Erik Bedard, and like most news with Bedard lately, it doesn’t sound particularly good. Bedard, who underwent an MRI earlier this week and consulted with surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum and team medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan, is scheduled to fly to…

  8. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Second base

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    This is the third in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Dan Uggla (Marlins) – The current suspicion is that Uggla isn’t available, even though he’s due to make around $10 million next season and the Marlins don’t look…

  9. UPDATE: The Yankees are the front-runners for Dan Haren

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:58 PM EST

    7:05 PM: According to Ken Rosenthal of, there are growing indications that the Yankees are the front-runners for Dan Haren. Rosenthal writes that the Tigers can’t be ruled out, either, but a source tells him that the D-Backs are telling interested clubs that they are in “advanced negotiations” with one team. 5:15 PM: So…

  10. A's lock up catcher Kurt Suzuki through 2013

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    The A’s on Friday signed popular catcher Kurt Suzuki to a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $16.25 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The new deal replaces the one-year, $420,000 contract Suzuki signed prior to 2010. He would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time in the offseason. Now all…

  11. Dodgers attendance is not what it seems

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Based on how it was teased by the reader who emailed it to me, I kept reading this article about Dodgers’ attendance figures, waiting for something scandalous to come out.  There really isn’t anything like that, but it’s an interesting read about the business of ticket sales and attendance anyway.  The upshot:  the Dodgers sell…

  12. Angels' trade for Alberto Callaspo makes Brandon Wood the odd man out, even if GM won't admit it

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times described Angels general manager Tony Reagins as “defiant” when asked if yesterday’s trade for Alberto Callaspo will equal less of an opportunity for Brandon Wood. It doesn’t affect Brandon’s future in any way. It doesn’t. We’re not thinking down that path right now. We’re not going to make…

  13. Ted Lilly can block a trade to the Rays; not to the Tigers or Mets

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    The no-trade clause has been a big factor in conversations about Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren, but Ted Lilly has some veto power too:  Jon Paul Morosi reports that Lilly can block a trade to the Rays, but not to the Tigers or Mets, who are also looking for starting pitching. Some day I’d love…

  14. Barry Bonds won't stand trial until at least 2011

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    UPDATE:  Everyone met today, but they couldn’t agree on a trial date in 2010.  They’re going to meet again on August 6th, and if a trial is scheduled, it likely won’t take place until next year. Nothin’ like speedy justice! 11:30 A.M.: Prosecutors and Barry Bonds will meet at federal court today in a scheduling…

  15. "American Idle" no more: Carl Pavano is thriving in Minnesota

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    Carl Pavano became a punchline during his time in New York because of injuries and an overall lack of durability, but he’s healthy now and has been one of the league’s biggest workhorses this season. Pavano shut out the Orioles last night for his second straight complete game and fourth complete game in his last…

  16. David DeJesus is out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Awful news from Kansas City: David DeJesus has a complete tear of his thumb ligament and is out for the season. DeJesus was the subject of numerous trade rumors, but that’s minor. The fact was the he was having a hell of a year, and even if he wasn’t rumored to be going anywhere his…

  17. Ty Wigginton suspended for three games

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    Last night Ty Wigginton got into it with first base umpire Gary Darling when Darling totally blew the call on a pickoff of J.J. Hardy. As you can see from the video, Wigginton got all up in Darling’s face, bumped chests, flailed arms and generally acted like a lunatic. I feel for the guy —…

  18. Carlos Zambrano throws scoreless inning at Triple-A … with some help

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano threw a scoreless seventh inning last night in his first appearance at Triple-A, although Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune notes that he “did allow a pair of singles and also was saved a run by a spectacular back-against-the-wall catch by center fielder Sam Fuld.” Zambrano threw 10 of 15 pitches for…

  19. The Rays are "kicking the tires" on Zack Greinke? OK, sure.

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    It’s crazy season, and when crazy season happens it actually helps for someone to throw a completely nuts rumor out there just to give us a nice break from actually thinking about deals. To make us laugh. To make us ponder the very ridiculousness of the trade deadline itself.  Here’s the leader in the clubhouse…

  20. The Cardinals aren't offering a ton for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    We heard this morning that the Astros are asking for the moon for Roy Oswalt. I thought that was crazy, but it’s not much crazier than what the Cardinals are offering.  From Jayson Stark: Heard from one source that the two major-league players St. Louis told Houston it would deal for Oswalt are John Jay…

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