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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Alfonso Soriano-to-the-Yankees talk is “very premature”

    Jul 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The New York side of the reporting late last night had Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees as all but a done deal.  The Chicago side, however, has come out today saying that discussions have been had but that it is not imminent. On MLB Network Radio today, Jed Hoyer said such reports are “very premature”…

  6. Jake Peavy sounds like he expects to be traded

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Now that Matt Garza has been traded Jake Peavy is likely viewed by many teams as the most attractive veteran starter available before July 31, and the White Sox right-hander certainly sounds like he expects to be dealt. Peavy looked good in his return from the disabled list Saturday and is scheduled to make his…

  7. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Rays 3, Red Sox 0: Matt Moore throws his first career shutout and it came in the first game of what, so far this year, is the Rays biggest series. Two hits allowed, one walk four strikeouts as the Rays cut a game off the Sox’ division lead, now sitting a half game back. Reds…

  8. Report: Yankees to reunite with Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to bringing Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx, with the Cubs getting a mid-level prospect in return. Cash would facilitate the deal. Soriano is owed about $7 million for the rest of this year and then $18 million in the final year of his eight-year,…

  9. Cubs make out well in trading Matt Garza to Rangers

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The new rules that took effect last year made trading quality free-agents-to-be to be trickier than ever. That’s because the deal itself makes a supplemental first-round pick just disappear into the ether. The acquiring team is forced to offer extra compensation for something it’s not going to get back in return, while the seller knows…

  10. MLB suspends Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season

    Jul 22, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

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    MLB announced that Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the season for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.” Braun has already accepted the suspension and the former MVP issued a statement that said: “I realize now that I have made some mistakes.…

  11. Rangers acquire Matt Garza from Cubs for Mike Olt, C.J. Edwards, and Justin Grimm

    Jul 22, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal now says it’s a done deal, with the Cubs sending Garza to the Rangers for Triple-A third base prospect Mike Olt, Single-A pitching prospect C.J. Edwards, MLB right-hander Justin Grimm, and a player to be named later. Olt was a consensus top-50 prospect coming into the season and Edwards has been unbelievably good…

  12. Dale Sveum guarantees Matt Garza won’t be traded before tonight’s start

    Jul 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Based on various reports last week Matt Garza was supposed to be traded by now, but he remains with the Cubs and manager Dale Sveum guaranteed that the right-hander will make his scheduled start tonight against the Diamondbacks. Well, sort of. “I’d say 100 percent he’s going to be pitching,” Sveum told Patrick Mooney of…

  13. Rangers now “only one of many teams” in on Matt Garza

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has the exclusive: The Rangers and Cubs were set back on the Matt Garza talks to the point where the Rangers are now viewed as only one of many teams now in the mix for the star righthander. The impressions left now is Texas and Chicago made no progress in overcoming the snag that derailed a deal…

  14. The Cubs wanted the Indians to part with Lonnie Chisenhall for Matt Garza

    Jul 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Lonnie Chisenhall

    It is well-known that the Indians are looking for starting pitching as the July 31 trade deadline draws closer, but they weren’t willing to part with third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall for Cubs starter Matt Garza, reports Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer. Chisenhall, still just 24 years old, has had an up-and-down year, spending a…

  15. When 99 percent is not 99 percent

    Jul 20, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    I figure the Matt Garza-to-Texas trade is going to happen. There’s certainly been a lot of talk about it. But really, I don’t know. We’ll hear when we hear. But I can’t help but laugh when, twice a year — during hot stove time and now, just before the trade deadline — I am once again…

  16. Rangers and Cubs close to Matt Garza deal, but won’t be completed tonight

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Earlier tonight, reports indicated that a trade between the Rangers and Cubs involving Matt Garza was imminent, but it hit a “snag”. Although the two sides remain very close on the terms of a trade, it won’t be completed tonight, says Jeff Wilson. Jeff Passan reported that the deal included prospects Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez,…

  17. UPDATE: Rangers “getting closer” to deal for Cubs’ Matt Garza

    Jul 18, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza has been on an impressive roll of late, winning five straight starts while posting a 1.24 ERA and 38/10 K/BB ratio over his last six. While we still have a little under two weeks to go before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Cubs want to strike…

  18. Travis Wood wants a long-term extension with the Cubs

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Travis Wood had a 4.22 ERA through his first three seasons, but this season he’s taken a huge step forward with a 2.79 ERA and his first All-Star appearance. And now the 26-year-old left-hander would like to guarantee himself a nice payday while sticking with the Cubs long term. Wood told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com…

  19. Cubs likely to trade Matt Garza this week

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza shot down yesterday’s report that the Cubs informed him he was going to be traded, but that obviously doesn’t mean he’s staying in Chicago. In fact, David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that Garza is likely to be traded this week. According to Kaplan “several teams have decided they are willing to engage Theo…

  20. All-Star roster fun: McCann, Melancon, Romo, Balfour, Holland, Tillman added

    Jul 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    The weekend preceding the All-Star Game festivities is always fun because the list of actual All-Stars expands by about ten players as injured players step down and would-be snubs finally get their call. Today, American League Sunday starters Bartolo Colon of the Athletics, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, and Justin Verlander of the Tigers were…

  21. Matt Garza receives word he will likely be traded

    Jul 14, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Cubs starter Matt Garza has been informed that he will likely be traded, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The right-hander has emerged as the most sought-after pitcher, posting a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts since making his season debut on May 21. Garza missed the first seven weeks of the season due to…

  22. All-Star Futures Game wrap: U.S. beats World 4-2

    Jul 14, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Xander Bogaerts

    Not that the score really matters, but the U.S. team topped the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game again this year, winning 4-2 and outhitting the competition 9-3. Of course, this game is more fun to watch for the individual performances that any sort of team effort. So, let’s get right to the prospects…

  23. Rangers, Blue Jays are the “front-runners” for Matt Garza

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: Many of the same teams that have had strong interest in Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza were on hand to watch his outing on Saturday night at Wrigley Field. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays remain the front-runners for a trade with Chicago, according to industry sources. The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants have also…

  24. Pirates “studying deals” for Alex Rios, Nate Schierholtz

    Jul 14, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has the scoop: Looking to upgrade in right field, the Pirates are studying deals for Nate Schierholtz and Alex Rios. It is possible that they’ll make a move sooner rather than later, as they are tied for the NL Central lead while last in OPS at the position (slash line…

  25. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 14, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Get used to hearing about Matt Garza a lot around here over the next couple of weeks, as he figures to be the most popular name on the market leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Fortunately for the Cubs, he has been doing his part to bolster his value recently. While Garza…

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