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  1. B.J. Upton isn't going anywhere

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that  Rays outfielder B.J. Upton “remains unlikely to be moved.”  This isn’t Earth-shattering news, but Upton had been thrown around as possible trade bait for a pitcher, mostly when Cliff Lee was still being shopped. Upton is having a terrible year, but occasional lapses aside, defense doesn’t slump as much as hitting…

  2. Diamondbacks overrated Joe Saunders by focusing on his inflated winning percentage

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Last night in my instant analysis of the Dan Haren trade I suggested that the Diamondbacks were overrating Joe Saunders by focusing on his win-loss record instead of his ERA, secondary numbers, and raw stuff. Sure enough, interim general manager Jerry Dipoto basically confirmed that in his press conference announcing the deal: We achieved by…

  3. The Yankees made "a big proposal" for Joakim Soria

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    A little over a week ago we heard that the Yankees would like to have Joakim Soria if they could. Which didn’t really raise anyone’s eyebrows because, really, who wouldn’t?  Turns out that they were more than just a little interested, however, because Heyman reports that they made the Royals “a big proposal” for Soria…

  4. Pirates send June call-up Brad Lincoln back to Triple-A

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Six weeks ago the Pirates called up top prospects Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, but now only the two hitters remain in Pittsburgh after Lincoln was demoted back to Triple-A yesterday. Lincoln managed just four Quality Starts in nine outings, going 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA and 21/14 K/BB ratio in 50.2 innings.…

  5. Red Sox ratings are way down this year

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    The Red Sox bandwagon has a few empty seats in it this year according to Sports Business Journal: The Boston Red Sox’s six-year reign atop MLB’s local television ratings is about to end, as the team’s local numbers have plummeted from first to fifth this season. Entering the All-Star break, ratings for Red Sox games…

  6. Bobby Valentine would love to be considered for the Cubs' job

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    How much of this is politeness towards the Cubs upon being asked a question about them and how much of this is Bobby V. actually wanting the job is hard to say, but . . . The ESPN analyst and former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager says he’s interested in taking over for…

  7. Roy Oswalt to the Cardinals is "unlikely."

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to talk about a deal, but it’s another thing altogether to make a deal. Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is reporting this morning that, despite talking about it for over a week, the Cardinals dealing for Roy Oswalt is “unlikely.” The reason: as it appeared last week, the Astros simply aren’t being…

  8. Tyler Skaggs is the PTBNL in the Haren deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported last night that Tyler Skaggs is the player to be named later in the Dan Haren deal.  Skaggs is a decent prospect: He just turned 19 and he’s 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 82.1 innings for low Class-A Cedar Rapids. Most folks project him to be a…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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. …

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