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

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    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…

  3. Brian Roberts is back after 10 weeks on the disabled list

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since early April because of an abdominal injury followed by a back injury followed by numerous setbacks, but he’s finally healthy enough to return from the disabled list today. Obviously the Orioles were going to struggle this year with or without him, but losing Roberts for half the season has played…

  4. The Hall of Fame is losing money: is it because they won't let the 'roiders in?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell reports that the Hall of Fame is losing money due to dropping attendance. After reporting — and dismissing — some of the Hall’s own explanations for its financial troubles, Rovell says what he thinks is going on: But none of those reasons is why the Hall of Fame is suffering. If the stars,…

  5. Mike Lowell to make decision about retirement in September

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    While on a rehab assignment at Triple-A yesterday Mike Lowell told Rob Bradford of that he “will let you know in September” whether he plans to retire after the season. Lowell recently spent some time away from baseball at home in Miami and said the experience was “a nice glimpse of what it would…

  6. Tigers, Twins on Dan Haren's no-trade list

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted this morning, it’s looking increasingly likely that the once-untouchable Dan Haren is going to get moved sometime in the next week.  The question is where.  On that count you can cross out the Tigers and the Twins, because as Jon Paul Morosi reports, Dan Haren has veto rights over trades to either…

  7. Video: Orioles security is even worse than the Orioles

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Last night during the Orioles-Twins game at Camden Yards in Baltimore a young fan ran onto the field and … well, basically did whatever the hell he wanted. After taking several laps around the field the guy hopped back into the stands, went up a few steps, decided to hop back onto the field, and…

  8. Why is everyone afraid of Mark Cuban?

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I have no idea what kind of baseball owner Mark Cuban would be, but if Tim Cowlishaw thinks he’d be a bad one, he had better bring stronger arguments than this to the table: Cuban is a lightning rod. Those Mavericks fans who love him do so unconditionally and pay little attention to the fact…

  9. Alex Gordon Freed

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday I yelled at the Royals for not calling up Alex Gordon despite the fact that he’s been tearing up the pea patch up in Omaha these past few months. When I talk, people listen: the Royals just called him up and he’ll be playing in New York against the Yankees this weekend. OK, fine,…

  10. Omar Minaya on Jerry Manuel: "He's our manager and I see him being our manager"

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Responding to recent articles suggesting Jerry Manuel is on the hot seat, general manager Omar Minaya gave the Mets’ manager a vote of confidence yesterday: He’s our manager and I see him being our manager. Adam Rubin of called that “an unequivocal vote of confidence” as opposed to the usual “dreaded vote of confidence,”…

  11. The White Sox are worried about chemistry

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley writes that Kenny Williams doesn’t want to ”disrupt the team chemistry” as he approaches the deadline. This coming from a guy who almost came to blows with his manager at almost the exact same time they went on an absolute winning tear. It’s also a team with a manager who openly tells the…

  12. Diamondbacks sound like a team planning to trade Dan Haren

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Most of the reports surrounding Dan Haren’s availability have focused on the Diamondbacks’ public stance that they’ll only trade the ace right-hander if they get an “A-plus deal” in return. That’s a smart approach for them to take because Haren is a) one of the more underrated No. 1 starters in baseball, b) signed for…

  13. A-Rod is about to hit his 600th home run. Do you care?

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    There’s a lack of hype around A-Rod’s 600th dinger. Is it because it’s A-Rod doing it, or are we simply bored with home runs?

  14. Ed Wade is asking for way, way too much for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    If we’re going to criticize anyone in the greater Roy Oswalt discussion for having unreasonable demands, Oswalt shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Astros’ GM Ed Wade should.  Derrick Goold reports on Houston’s demands: According to a National League executive, the Astros have said the package must include two top prospects, a third…

  15. The Mets designate Fernando Nieve for assignment

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Andy Martino reports that the Mets have DFA’d reliever Fernando Nieve. He’s been pretty terrible lately, so I get this, but how much of his terribleness is a function of Jerry Manuel criminally overworking him this season?  Hell, in some ways getting DFA’d may be the best thing for him.  If no trade partner can…

  16. Rosenthal: Oswalt should be more flexible

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    But why should players surrender what they bargained for if teams never do?

  17. The Boss gets a mural at Yankee Stadium

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If I had to bet money, I would have bet that a 40’x13′ mural of George Steinbrenner put up a week after his death would have been a tad on the, I dunno, cult-of-personalityish side, maybe looking like some banner from a South American election rally or something.  It’s just so hard to have perspective…

  18. Quote of the Day: "HGH is baseball's Shirley Sherrod"

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Warning: mixing PED talk with politics can be hazardous to your comments section.

  19. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Five shutouts around baseball last night, one of which may be one of the final nails in the coffin of Jerry Manuel’s managerial career.

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