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2:05 PM ET, July 29, 2009

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Jayson Stark / ESPN.com:
Philadelphia Phillies signal Cliff Lee trade may be imminent  —  There were more indications Wednesday that the Philadelphia Phillies' pursuit of Indians pitcher Cliff Lee is heating up.  —  Three Cleveland scouts — including the club's director of player personnel, Steve Lubratich …
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Fox Sports:
MLB trade deadline buzz: Wednesday's edition  —  With the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, FOXSports.com baseball reporters Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have all the latest buzz.  All times below are ET.  —  Phils lead Lee race; Dodgers plan a push — 11:41 a.m.
Joel Sherman / Hardball:
YANKS STILL NOT PLAYING ON HALLADAY, LEE  —  Yankees GM Brian Cashman did check in Tuesday with Toronto officials about Roy Halladay and Indians officials about Cliff Lee.  But with roughly 48 hours until the deadline, the Yankees are still showing no inclination to chase either of the top starters …
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Why the Halladay deal will get done, plus more trade discussions
Discussion: MLB Rumors, Boston Herald and NESN.com
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels remain in trade talks, but no deal yet
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Yahoo! Sports:
Trade Buzz: Boston adds Buchholz to Halladay offer
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Trade Roundup: Clubs shift focus to Lee
Discussion: Fox Sports
Associated Press:
Clutch hits by Davis, Ellis propel A's past Red Sox in extras
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Associated Press:
Red Sox put up Rice's No. 14 on the Fenway facade
Discussion: Boston Globe
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Breaking news: Surgery for Wang  —  Chien-Ming Wang needs season-ending shoulder surgery It'll be tomorrow morning  —  More to come.  —  UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Wang needs a tear in his capsule repaired, apparently.  The capsule is the soft-tissue membrane.  Typically, the capsule is tightened in surgery.
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Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Wang to have season-ending surgery  —  Yanks will know more about his recovery time after procedure  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Chien-Ming Wang will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder capsule on Wednesday under the care of Dr. James Andrews and will miss the remainder of the 2009 season.
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Aceves admits to sore shoulder  —  Remember before the game when Joe Girardi said that Alfredo Aceves was being rested because he was tired?  As expected, there is more to it than that.  —  Aceves said his shoulder has been bothering him for several days.  “It's fatigued,” he said.
Dejan Kovacevic / PBC Blog:
Pirates trade Wilson, Snell to Seattle; significant cash to Mariners, too  —  The Pirates have traded shortstop Jack Wilson, their most tenured player, to the Seattle Mariners.  No word yet on the return.  —  Details to come.  —  UPDATE 12:41 p.m.: Ian Snell is in the deal, too …
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Wallace Matthews / Newsday:
Mets haven't fired Minaya?  Blame it on Madoff  —  The Mets have now held three news conferences in 24  —  hours, the first one Monday afternoon to fire a guy, the second Monday night to say they were sorry to another guy and the third yesterday to say they were really, really sorry for the whole thing.
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Chris Hine / New York Times:
Pelfrey Helps Mets to 4th Win in a Row
Discussion: Mets Geek
Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Wilpon apologizes to News writer over Minaya mess
Discussion: NESN.com
Associated Press:
Chicago White Sox's Mark Buehrle retires 45 straight to set MLB record  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle has set a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters.  —  Coming off a perfect game in his last start against Tampa Bay, Buehrle retired the first 17 Minnesota Twins batters …
Discussion: Hardball Times
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Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
Francoeur comes to grips, settles in with Mets  —  Jeff Francoeur truly became a Met about a week after the trade that sent him to Queens.  It took a trip back to Atlanta for the former hometown boy to realize that his life had changed dramatically.  —  “It was a lot more difficult …
Discussion: The 'Ropolitans
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Tim Britton / MLB.com:
Mets show off Players Choice gear
Bill Plaschke / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers' tribute to Vin Scully needs to be a home run  —  The longtime voice for the franchise says he'll probably work one season, giving the Dodgers 15 months to send him off the right way.  —  While the Dodgers' acquisition of a top starting pitcher before the trading deadline remains woefully uncertain …
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Morgan sets tone for Nationals victory  —  Speedster hits leadoff homer, drives in three against Crew  —  MILWAUKEE — Nyjer Morgan's bat and Collin Balester's arm helped the Nationals defeat the Brewers, 8-3, at Miller Park on Tuesday night.  —  Morgan was the catalyst of the offense …
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Associated Press:
Hamels outduels Haren as Phillies clip Diamondbacks  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Shane Victorino homered and drove in two runs, Cole Hamels pitched eight dominant innings and the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night.  —  Hamels (7-5) gave up one run on four hits, walked none and struck out nine.
Craig Calcaterra / Newsvine:
Dice-K's beatdown begins  —  A day after Dice-K declared the Red Sox' training methods as the reason for his injuries (no word on whether he blamed them for his second chin and inability to throw a pitch down the middle), the team is striking back.  And, as is the custom in Boston, they're doing it through the media.
Associated Press:
Angels 7, Indians 6  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Gary Matthews Jr. hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels survived another meltdown by All-Star closer Brian Fuentes for their major league-leading 33rd comeback victory, 7-6 over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
Discussion: 6-4-2 and Let's Go Tribe!
T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Rangers eye the market for a starter  —  Millwood, Padilla's health remain issues for rotation  —  ARLINGTON — The Rangers are scrambling to figure out their rotation this week.  Roy Halladay is not going to be an option.  —  The Rangers have had discussions with the Blue Jays concerning Halladay …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and MLB Rumors
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Associated Press:
Rangers' Padilla out, still weak from swine flu
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Mark Kiszla / Denver Post:
No doubt: Marquis MVP of Rockies  —  Jason Marquis is doing something thought impossible for a baseball player in Colorado, where a pitcher goes to have his earned run average inflated and his ego deflated.  —  When have the words Cy Young Award candidate and Rockies pitcher ever been uttered in the same breath?
Joe Cowley / Inside the White Sox:
Fields now wants out  —  MINNEAPOLIS - To no one's surprise, including his own, Josh Fields was demoted to Class AAA Charlotte after the game, and had no problem admitting that he now wants to be traded.  —  “No,” the once highly-touted prospect responded, when asked if he was upset with the decision.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Mets Merized Online
 
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