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  1. Tigers, Pirates in touch with Cubs

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    The Cubs still have pieces on the table after dealing Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, and CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney says the Pirates and Tigers have been sniffing around in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline. The Pirates are most likely interested in Nate Schierholtz to help with their right-field situation. Schierholtz has been a very…

  2. The Cubs are going to hold on to Jeff Samardzija for now

    Jul 31, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    The Cubs were rumored to be shopping Jeff Samardzija, but Jon Heyman reports that they’ve given up on that and will now try to lock him up this offseason or trade him then. It was worth looking around to see if the team could get some useful prospects for him, but that’s not really developing at the…

  3. Jackie Bradley Jr. gets pulled from game, appears to be false alarm

    Jul 30, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    There’s nothing quite like twitter before the trade deadline: Jackie Bradley Jr lifted for a pinch hitter in 6th in Pawtucket. Nothing apparently wrong with him. Trade in works? — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2013 If there is a trade going down involving Bradley, it’s not for Peavy, source says — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes)…

  4. Angels bid for Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy

    Jul 30, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    The Angels aren’t buyers and the Diamondbacks aren’t sellers, but it seems they might be able to help each other out by doing an Ian Kennedy deal. Both CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal have mentioned the possibility. The Padres are also in the running, says MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. With Brandon McCarthy (shoulder)…

  5. Yovani Gallardo leaves start with hamstring injury

    Jul 30, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Odds are the Brewers weren’t going to trade Yovani Gallardo, but whatever slim chance existed is probably gone after the right-hander left today’s start in the fifth inning with a hamstring injury. Gallardo limped off the field in the middle of an at-bat versus Darwin Barney, exiting after 4.2 innings against the Cubs. He’s struggled…

  6. The Cubs are drawing interest for Nate Schierholtz

    Jul 30, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    Buster Olney says: The Cubs are getting solid interest on Nate Schierholtz, one of the few good hitters on the market. More than likely he gets traded. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 30, 2013   Schierholtz has been one of the least talked about bats at the deadline, but his bat has been a good…

  7. Report: White Sox telling teams they are keeping Jake Peavy

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy Getty

    With Matt Garza now on the Rangers, Jake Peavy has emerged as one of the most popular starting pitchers on the trade block in recent days. However, the White Sox are apparently having second thoughts about dealing him. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox are now telling teams that they will keep Peavy…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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    Braves 5, Cardinals 2: That was somewhat unexpected. A less-than-dominant Braves team sweeps the best team in the National League. The key was Kris Medlen allowing two runs on eight hits. The key all series was good starting pitching from the Braves. So of course the big talking point everyone has is how Jason Heyward…

  9. Just like old times: Derek Jeter returns, Alfonso Soriano helps Yankees walk off

    Jul 28, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Before he joined the Yankees on Friday, Alfonso Soriano was last teammates with Derek Jeter in September 2003, nearly ten years ago. Jeter once again made his triumphant return this afternoon, having recovered from a quad injury suffered in his 2013 debut on July 11. In that first game back, Jeter singled in his first…

  10. David Ortiz goes 4-for-4 in Red Sox win, does not destroy anything else

    Jul 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI in his first game after destroying the telephone in the visitor’s dugout at Camden Yards last night. He hit a two-run home run off of Orioles starter Jason Hammel in the second inning and logged three additional singles as he bumped his batting average back…

  11. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 28, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    sergio romo getty

    The defending World Series champs are toast. Madison Bumgarner threw eight scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and striking out seven, but the Giants managed no runs and fell to the Cubs 1-0 on Saturday night at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Nate Schierholtz, the former Giants outfielder, played the hero for Chicago with his game-winning…

  12. Rangers won’t deal for Michael Young

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Yesterday, we heard reports that the Rangers were considering re-acquiring third baseman Michael Young from the Phillies. Today, we learn that the Rangers have gone back on that, and will not deal for the veteran. Via MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are not planning to bring back Michael Young. Major League sources said a trade…

  13. Rosenthal: Cubs listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It’s was assumed the Cubs already moved their biggest chip when they sent Matt Garza to Texas, but work came down from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Saturday that they’re listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija and the Cubs discussed a contract extension over the winter without getting very far. He’s making $2.64 million this…

  14. Report: Yankees GM Brian Cashman was against acquiring Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman Getty

    The Yankees brought Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx yesterday after completing a trade with the Cubs. But if GM Brian Cashman had his way, the deal wouldn’t have happened. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by “two executives not affiliated with the Yankees” that Cashman believed the team’s assets could be…

  15. Travis Hafner headed to disabled list with shoulder injury

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner Getty

    UPDATE: No word on the results of the MRI exam, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Jack Curry of YES Network that Hafner is headed to the disabled list. 12:01 PM: Travis Hafner has really scuffled for a couple of months now and it comes as no surprise that his health could be a big…

  16. Alex Rios said he was never approached about trade to Yankees

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Alex Rios

    According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the Yankees gave the White Sox’s Alex Rios a long look, only to later move on to Alfonso Soriano. The reason: B4 traded for Soriano #Yankees checked in with #chisox on Rios were told on his no-trade and would not waive it so moved to #Cubs Soriano…

  17. Done deal: Alfonso Soriano to be in Yankees lineup tonight

    Jul 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    UPDATE: The trade haul for Chicago: minor league right-hander Corey Black. Black is the 25th ranked prospect in the Yankees organization. He has great velocity but zero command so he’s, to put it mildly, a project. UPDATE:  Buster Olney reports that the Cubs will pay roughly $17.7 million of the approximately $24.5 million left on Alfonso Soriano‘s…

  18. Yankees close to acquiring Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    Alfonso Soriano‘s return to the Bronx has been rumored for the past couple of days, but a deal is almost official. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that Soriano has been scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Diamondbacks because a trade with the Yankees is close. In fact,…

  19. Are the Phillies working on a contract extension for Chase Utley?

    Jul 25, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Chase Utley is having a nice season. But (a) he’s 34; (b) his best baseball is certainly behind him, not in front of him; (c) his knees are ticking time bombs; and (d) the Phillies aren’t going anyplace and likely have to rebuild before they’re serious contenders again. In light of all of that, you…

  20. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    Rays 5, Red Sox 1: David Price tossed a one-run, five hit complete game, with a solo homer by Mike Napoli the only real blemish. He needed a mere 97 pitches. That’s what happens when you throw 72 strikes. The Sox and Rays are once again tied in the loss column. Dodgers 8, Blue Jays…

  21. Hunter Pence, Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales among Rangers’ trade deadline targets

    Jul 25, 2013, 12:38 AM EDT

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    Via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The Rangers, facing the possibility that right-fielder Nelson Cruz could be suspended and without much production from their other outfielders, have set their sights on Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence and Seattle designated hitter Kendrys Morales to fill a need…

  22. Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza‘s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday. Garza struck out five and walked none to outshine Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s best start in six weeks.…

  23. Alfonso Soriano sits, not traded yet

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Alfonso Soriano Hug Watch is on, but while the aging slugger isn’t in the Cubs lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was simply a scheduled day off, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs have newcomer Junior Lake filling in for Soriano in left field tonight. Lake had been playing center field…

  24. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  25. Rangers activate Alexi Ogando from the disabled list

    Jul 23, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Alex Ogando is off the disabled list and back in the Rangers’ rotation after missing the past six weeks with biceps tendinitis. Ogando, who has a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this season and a 3.09 ERA in 332 career innings split between the rotation and bullpen, will start tonight against the Yankees. He tossed…

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