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  1. Michael Bourn replaces Ian Desmond in All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Ian Desmond, Adam Jones

    Ian Desmond is 2-for-2 with a home run today, but the league has announced that he’ll sit out the All-Star Game and be replaced by Braves center fielder Michael Bourn. Desmond, who leads all shortstops with 16 home runs this season, has been nursing a strained left oblique for three weeks and decided the rest…

  2. Zack Greinke ejected in first inning for spiking baseball

    Jul 7, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke was ejected in the bottom of the first inning against the Astros this afternoon for spiking a ball in the dirt following a close call at first base. Greinke gave up a leadoff triple to Jordan Schafer before Jose Altuve hit a chipper to Corey Hart at first base. Greinke ran over to…

  3. The Orioles have called the Astros about Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 7, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez AP

    We learned earlier this week that the Orioles are “going hard” after Brewers’ right-hander Zack Greinke, but it appears Dan Duquette has some other targets in mind as he attempts to upgrade the starting rotation. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, the Orioles have called the Astros to inquire about the availability of Wandy Rodriguez.…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 6, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets manager Collins congratulates Wright on hitting a walk off single to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in their MLB National League baseball game at Citi Field in New York

    Mets 6, Phillies 5: The R.A. Dickey vs. Cole Hamels matchup didn’t pan out as some expected, but David Wright took care of things, going 3 for 5 with four RBI including the game winner. Cardinals 6, Rockies 2: Lance Lynn had been skidding but the Rockies cured his ills. The Rockies cure everyone’s ills.…

  5. The Astros are eating all but $250K of Carlos Lee’s deal

    Jul 5, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    One would assume that the Astros had to eat a lot of money in order to trade Carlos Lee. And ate it they did. Almost all of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are only playing the pro-rated minimum salary for Lee for the remainder of the season, leaving Houston on the hook for…

  6. Great Moments in Twitter: Buster Olney blocked Jon Heyman

    Jul 5, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

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    This is kind of funny. Yesterday it was Buster Olney who broke the Carlos Lee trade. Jon Heyman was not aware of it, however. This series of tweets came an hour after Buster broke the news: Hearing #marlins to get carlos lee. Believed to be sending a minor leaguer or 2 to houston — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July…

  7. Marlins demote Gaby Sanchez to Triple-A New Orleans

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Gaby Sanchez not only lost his starting job in Wednesday afternoon’s Carlos Lee deal. He was also stripped of his major league roster spot. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins optioned Sanchez down to Triple-A New Orleans less than 20 minutes after their 7-6 extra-innings victory over the…

  8. 2012 midseason awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    If the NL is going to narrow the talent gap with the AL in the coming years, it doesn’t really show up here. Sure, there’s a likely superstar playing well in Bryce Harper, but the AL can seemingly cancel him out with Mike Trout, who is playing a whole lot better. Beyond Harper, it’s a…

  9. Thoughts on the Carlos Lee-to-Miami deal

    Jul 4, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    - It was obvious the Marlins had to upgrade. Gaby Sanchez looked like a borderline All-Star at this time last year, but he hit just .225/.320/.359 after the break, and even that would be a big improvement on his 2012 line of .194/.240/.283. He posted OPSs of .576 in April, .484 in May and .496…

  10. Astros agree to trade Carlos Lee to Marlins for prospects

    Jul 4, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Olney says the deal is done and Houston is getting minor leaguers Matt Dominguez, a third baseman and one-time top prospect whose stock has dropped, and Rob Rasmussen, a 2010 second-round pick with a chance to be a mid-rotation starter. All in all not a bad haul considering the Astros were just happy to…

  11. Carlos Lee or not, Don Mattingly sounds ready to upgrade over James Loney

    Jul 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    James Loney, Don Mattingly

    By pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful trade for Carlos Lee the Dodgers made is obvious that they’re not happy with James Loney‘s production at first base, so when Loney told Don Mattingly that he feels ready to break out offensively the manager was understandably skeptical: He came into my office and he felt like he’s got…

  12. X-rays negative on Mike Trout’s pinkie finger, should be back Tuesday

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Sure, now that he’s a big star and all, Mike Trout can afford to let a sore pinkie knock him out of the lineup.

  13. Comment of the Day: on Carlos Lee and no-trade clauses

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Carlos Lee Getty

    Carlos Lee’s decision not to accept a trade to L.A. inspired reader sincitybonobo to ponder what it all means: I will preface this by saying he simply exercised an option that was available to him and broke no rules. However, at the tail end of a contract that he never came close to justifying, he…

  14. Dodgers pull out of Carlos Lee trade with Astros

    Jul 1, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Carlos Lee was picking his ranch over Hollywood. With Lee expected to use his partial no-trade clause to reject the deal, the Dodgers pulled out of the trade that would have brought Lee from Houston to Los Angeles, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. The Dodgers were expected to send the Astros right-hander Garrett Gould in…

  15. 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…

  16. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  17. Carlos Lee hasn’t made decision on trade to Dodgers

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers and Astros have agreed to a trade that would send Carlos Lee to Los Angeles in exchange for pitching prospect Garrett Gould. But Lee has a no-trade clause and isn’t quite sure he wants to go. The 36-year-old slugger told reporters after Saturday night’s 3-2 loss that he was planning to announce a decision at…

  18. Jose Altuve expected to return to action Sunday

    Jun 30, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

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    Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hasn’t appeared in a game in six days because of a mild right hamstring strain. But he was available for use as a pinch-hitter on Saturday afternoon against the Cubs and is nearly ready to return for good. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager Brad Mills told reporters after…

  19. Carlos Lee mulling over whether to accept deal to Dodgers

    Jun 30, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee Getty

    UPDATE: Lee told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart that he expects to make a decision Sunday. 1:43 PM: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that as of this early afternoon, Carlos Lee continues to tell the Astros that he will not waive his no-trade clause. Joining a contender should be a no-brainer, right? Not so easy. As Jon Paul Morosi…

  20. The Mets called the Padres about Huston Street

    Jun 30, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Mets will enter play this evening with a major-league worst 5.00 ERA out of their bullpen, but as long as they hang around in the playoff race, we should probably get used to them being connected to every relief pitcher on the market. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the…

  21. Dodgers, Astros discuss Carlos Lee. Jed Lowrie to stay put.

    Jun 29, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    carlos lee ap

    Update 3: Rosenthal indicates that right-hander Garrett Gould could be the primary return if Carlos Lee is dealt to the Dodgers. Again, it’s highly unlikely Zach Lee would be involved in such a trade. Update 2: Olney confirms that it’s Carlos Lee that the Dodgers and Astros are discussing at the moment. Previous talks did involve…

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

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 3, Dodgers 0: The season nadir for the Dodgers who got swept by their arch rivals in three straight shutouts and lost their lead in the division. And, to add insult to injury, Andre Ethier got hurt. Wait, that’s adding injury to insult I suppose. Ah, you know what I mean. Oh, and Timmay…

  23. Pettitte, Sabathia down. Now what do the Yankees do?

    Jun 27, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

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    The Yankees placed CC Sabathia on the disabled list this morning and this afternoon the lost Andy Pettitte for six weeks with a broken ankle. What are the options here, people? Well, certainly Freddy Garcia gets starts until the big man is back. That’s a given. For now the solution for the other vacancy in…

  24. Astros going with a six-man rotation for a while

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros

    Houston manager Brad Mills has decided to go with a six-man rotation through the All-Star break.  The reason? Bud Norris is coming back and the Astros are so happy with the guy who has been replacing him – Dallas Keuchel — that they don’t want to send him back down. Eh, their call, but it’s not…

  25. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

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