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6:45 PM ET, July 29, 2009

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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.
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Jayson Stark / ESPN.com:
MLB trade: Cliff Lee traded to Philadelphia Phillies by Cleveland Indians … The Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians agreed to a trade that would bring Cliff Lee to the NL East leaders along with outfielder Ben Francisco for four minor leaguers, according to major league sources.
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 …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Phillies Agree To Trade For Lee, Francisco  —  1:18pm: MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince says Lee and Francisco haven't been told anything official yet, but they've read the reports.  —  12:59pm: Rosenthal reports that the deal would not include any cash.  He calls the trade, which isn't yet official, a “coup” for both sides.
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Why the Halladay deal will get done, plus more trade discussions … Despite the self-imposed Blue Jays deadline of Tuesday, plus semi-regular predictions from Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi that Roy Halladay will remain a Blue Jay, Toronto is still in discussions with multiple teams …
Chad Finn / Boston Globe:
With Phillies landing Lee, are Sox frontrunner for Halladay?  —  With the Phillies on the verge of finalizing a deal with the Cleveland Indians for lefthander Cliff Lee that would take them out of the running for Toronto ace Roy Halladay, do the Red Sox become the favorite to land the 32-year-old former Cy Young Award winner?
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Trade Roundup: Clubs shift focus to Lee
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Fox Sports
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels remain in trade talks, but no deal yet
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and MLB Rumors
Buster Olney / MLB:
Sources: Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians exploring Cliff Lee trade
MLB:
Jack Wilson, Ian Snell of Pittsburgh Pirates traded to Seattle Mariners for five players  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have dealt shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Ian Snell to the Seattle Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, first baseman Jeff Clement, and right-handed pitching …
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Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Pirates And Mariners Make Seven Player Deal  —  1:24pm: Kovacevic reports that the Pirates will pay nearly all of the money owed to Wilson and Snell this year.  The Mariners will pay each player $400k.  Kovacevic breaks out the calculator and finds that the Pirates will send a total …
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 …
Bob Sherwin / MLB.com:
Mariners land Snell, Wilson from Pirates
Discussion: Bombers Beat
Yahoo! Sports:
Pirates unload Wilson, Snell to Mariners
Discussion: Phillies Nation
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
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
SEE IT: Mets Players Unveil Clothing Designs  —  Tuesday, during a Citi Field press conference, Mets players Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell, J.J. Putz, Omir Santos and Gary Sheffield unveiled The Players Choice Signature Series featuring jerseys, T-shirts and caps they designed exclusively for their fans …
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Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
Francoeur comes to grips, settles in with Mets
Discussion: The 'Ropolitans
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 …
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Jon Weisman / Dodger Thoughts:
Vin Scully announces tentative '10 retirement plan
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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USA Today:
Wells' arm, Soriano's bat lead Cubs over Astros  —  CHICAGO (USATODAY.com) — Randy Wells (FSY) pitched eight shutout innings and Alfonso Soriano (FSY) hit a three-run homer during a six-run first inning Wednesday, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 12-0 victory over the Houston Astros.
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.
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 and ESPN
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