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10:50 AM ET, July 29, 2009


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Yahoo! Sports:
Trade Buzz: Boston adds Buchholz to Halladay offer  —  Buzz up! … The Boston Red Sox have offered at least three players - no-hit pitcher Clay Buchholz  —  , Triple-A pitching prospect Michael Bowden  —  and top outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland - to the Toronto Blue Jays for ace Roy Halladay
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels remain in trade talks, but no deal yet  —  Starters Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee still lead the wish list for GM Tony Reagins.  —  As night fell in the west Tuesday, Roy Halladay remained a Toronto Blue Jay, Cliff Lee remained a Cleveland Indian, and Tony Reagins remained a general manager …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Buster Olney / MLB:
Sources: Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians exploring Cliff Lee trade
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.
Bryan Hoch /
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.
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
Chien-Ming Wang and the Perils of One False Step  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The news that Chien-Ming Wang needs shoulder surgery is not surprising, but the finality of it is discouraging.  Yes, Wang pitched poorly for the Yankees this season.  But shoulder injuries are potentially very serious, and many pitchers never recover.
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.
Chris Hine / New York Times:
Pelfrey Helps Mets to 4th Win in a Row
Discussion: Purple Row
Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Wilpon apologizes to News writer over Minaya mess
Associated Press:
Buehrle retires 45 straight to set MLB record, but Twins prevail  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Perfect again into the sixth inning against Minnesota, Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle wound up with a loss despite a record-setting performance.  —  Coming off the 18th perfect game in major league history …
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 …
Bill Ladson /
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 …
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Red Sox trade for outfielder Brian Anderson  —  The Red Sox today traded for righthanded hitting White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, sending Mark Kotsay to Chicago in return.  Anderson, who is hitting .238 with two homers on the season, was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on July 20.
Ben Collins / Boston Globe:
Pregame: Red Sox vs. A's
Discussion: and Associated Press
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 …
T.R. Sullivan /
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: MLB Rumors
Associated Press:
Rangers' Padilla out, still weak from swine flu
Discussion: Bless You Boys
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.
Royals at Orioles  —  Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  —  KAN: Greinke (10-6) 2.04 ERA, BAL: Tillman (0-0) 0.00 ERA  —  Royals-Orioles Preview … In Zack Greinke, the Kansas City Royals boast not merely one of the top young pitchers in baseball, but one of the top current pitchers of any age.
Discussion: Baseball Analysts
Tim Britton /
Mets show off Players Choice gear  —  Players combine with designers to create fresh look  —  NEW YORK — Prior to Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies, the Major League Baseball Players Association unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series — a set of merchandise designed …
Trade Talk:
As injuries mount, Brewers still shopping  —  I just called Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to see if the news of Jeff Suppan's rib-cage strain — an injury that often sends a pitcher to the disabled list — changes his plan of attack for Friday's nonwaiver trade deadline.  —  The answer was no.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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