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  1. We don’t have to worry too much about Ryan Dempster’s 10/5 rights

    Jul 16, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is a ten year veteran who has been with the same club for five years and that gives him the right to veto trades to anywhere.  That’s often a complication for the team making the trade, but not this time, as he told Ken Rosenthal recently that he’d go to “any contender.” Rosenthal…

  2. The Yankees are unlikely to get Hamels; are cool on Zack Greinke, Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster

    Jul 16, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Yankees’ recent strong stretch combined with the continued stumbling of the Orioles, Sox and Rays has given them a bit of a cushion. That said, they’d still probably want to add a starter if they can. Bur from the sounds of it, they aren’t terribly eager to go big game hunting at the deadlines.…

  3. So who’s available at the trade deadline?

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    The non-waiver trade deadline is coming. July 31, as usual. After a slow beginning to crazy season due to so many teams being in contention or erroneously believing so, the rumblings are getting louder. It’s great fun, yes? Over the next couple of weeks, we will obviously be writing individual posts for each of the…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    grilling

    I stopped doing these for some reason. Sorta forgot about them. But it seemed like a lot happened this weekend, so for those of you with lives that don’t entail them being tied to the Internet all weekend, here’s what you missed: Bill James doubles down on the Joe Paterno defense. It’s like watching a…

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

    Jul 16, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    Braves 6, Mets 1: Ben Sheets emerges from the restorative chemical waters of the Lazarus Pits to throw six shutout innings against the Mets. Too bad this series is over. I heard the Braves were going to run Rich Harden out there tonight and maybe Mark Prior on Tuesday to see if the Mets are just as prone…

  6. Aroldis Chapman blows away the Cardinals

    Jul 15, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    One would never know Aroldis Chapman was pitching for the third straight day for the first time in two years Sunday. The Cuban left-hander fanned all three Cardinals he faced to protect a 4-2 lead in the ninth as the Reds completed their sweep tonight. Chapman pitched in all three games, striking out eight and…

  7. Ryan Dempster may have made final start for Cubs

    Jul 15, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is among those who believe Ryan Dempster made his final Cubs start Saturday, when he extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33. The Cubs might be in more of a hurry to move Dempster not just because his value is at a high point but also to help clear the way for a…

  8. Ryan Dempster runs scoreless streak to 33 innings in win over Diamondbacks

    Jul 14, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Ryan Dempster continues to do wonders for his trade value. In his second start back after missing three weeks with a strained right lat muscle, Dempster tossed six shutout innings this afternoon as part of a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. He now has a career-high 33-inning scoreless streak dating back to…

  9. Orioles ‘poking around’ on Jason Vargas

    Jul 12, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    Like a kid checking out a dead frog with a sharp stick, I presume. ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported Thursday that the Orioles are now shying away from Matt Garza and are “poking around on” Seattle’s Jason Vargas as they attempt to upgrade their starting pitching. Hopefully, this is nothing more than due diligence. Vargas has…

  10. Cubs release veteran reliever Mike MacDougal

    Jul 11, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    macdougal getty

    From Matt Eddy of Baseball America comes word that the Cubs have released right-hander Mike MacDougal from the roster at Triple-A Iowa. MacDougal, who began the 2012 season with the Dodgers, posted a 7.85 ERA and 2.56 WHIP across 19 relief appearances for the Iowa Cubs, walking 16 batters and fanning only 11 in 18…

  11. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  12. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

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

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    We have reached the All-Star break. Which means that this is the last And That Happened for a week. Unless there’s a temporal anomaly or something, which has been known to happen … Pirates 13, Giants 2: Andrew McCutchen was added to the Home Run Derby the other day. He got some early practice yesterday, smacking…

  14. Ryan Dempster ups scoreless streak to 27 innings

    Jul 8, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    One would never guess Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster just missed three weeks with a strained lat muscle. Back from the DL on Sunday, he shut out the Mets for five innings, extending his scoreless streak to 27 innings. The Cubs went on to win 7-0. R.A. Dickey had an even longer scoreless-inning streak this season…

  15. Cubs send Chris Volstad back to Triple-A to make room for Ryan Dempster’s return

    Jul 8, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    As expected the Cubs activated Ryan Dempster from the disabled list for today’s start, and to make room for his return they dropped Chris Volstad from the rotation and optioned him back to Triple-A. Volstad was recalled from the minors Tuesday, got knocked around by the Braves for six runs in 4.1 innings, and heads…

  16. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  17. Ryan Dempster to be activated from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 6, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Many contenders will likely have a close eye on Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Mets, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Ryan Dempster will be activated from the disabled list to make the start for the North Siders. Dempster hasn’t pitched since June 15 due to a sore right lat muscle. The 35-year-old…

  18. The Tigers are interested in Matt Garza

    Jul 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers are interested in Matt Garza, though there are no serious talks yet. This is not the first time they’ve been here. Back in January David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the two teams were “down the road in talks” regarding Garza and nothing came of it. Garza is 4-7…

  19. The Cubs will listen to offers for Bryan LaHair

    Jul 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs “will listen” for trade offers on Bryan LaHair. Overall LaHair is having a pretty fantastic season, hitting .293/.371/.536 with 14 home runs. But (a) he’s slumping like crazy lately and (b) he is being pushed off his natural first base position by Anthony Rizzo. And for as depressing as…

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

    Jul 5, 2012, 5:48 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee stood to lose yet another one, as he and the Phillies were down 2-0 entering the seventh, but three runs in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings saved his bacon. First win of the year for Lee. Marlins 7, Brewers 6: On Tuesday Milwaukee beat Miami in…

  21. Ryan Dempster hoping to return from disabled list Sunday

    Jul 4, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    ryan dempster getty

    From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat comes word that Cubs starter Ryan Dempster threw an intensive bullpen session Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta’s Turner Field and could return to the Chicago starting rotation on Sunday in New York if he experiences no lingering soreness in the aftermath of the workout. Dempster was placed on the disabled list June…

  22. Anthony Rizzo was the best friend Starlin Castro had last night

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    rizzo getty

    Interesting story from the Cubs’ clubhouse via Patrick Mooney at CSNChicago.com. Last night, with Dan Uggla at the plate, Starlin Castro fielded a grounder and appeared to lollygag the throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Uggla, not the fastest man around — and maybe not even the fastest man named Uggla in Georgia — was…

  23. Ian Stewart needs wrist surgery, likely to miss rest of season

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart AP

    Ian Stewart‘s tenure with the Cubs could be brief. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Stewart will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist next week in Cleveland and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Stewart has been sidelined since June 12, but his wrist has been an issue…

  24. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

    It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.…

  25. Austin Jackson, Bryce Harper lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew it was coming. In truth, I think those in charge did a better job of picking this season’s All-Stars than they have in recent years. Still, I have some disagreements, even if none of them are quite as vehement as last season’s. Austin Jackson (OF Tigers) – Jackson’s DL stint probably cost him…

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