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9:05 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 / MLB:
MLB trade: Cliff Lee traded to Philadelphia Phillies by Cleveland Indians … The Cleveland Indians traded Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco to the Philadelphia Phillies for four minor leaguers on Wednesday.  —  Triple-A right-hander Carlos Carrasco, Class A righty Jason Knapp …
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 Acquire Lee, Francisco  —  6:05pm: After a little confusion, the deal is now official, according to a press release.  The Phils add an ace and a right-handed bat, and the Indians receive four top rebuilding pieces.  Ed Price at AOL Fanhouse says that Donald, Marson and Carrasco …
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?
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 …
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Halladay, Martinez, or Gonzalez?
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and SOX & Dawgs
Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
Phillies land Lee from Tribe
Discussion: MLB FanHouse
Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com:
Trade Roundup: Clubs shift focus to Lee
Discussion: Plain Dealer, MLB and Fox Sports
Mike DiGiovanna / Los Angeles Times:
Angels remain in trade talks, but no deal yet
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and MLB Rumors
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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 …
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 …
Bob Sherwin / MLB.com:
Mariners land Snell, Wilson from Pirates
Discussion: Bombers Beat
Yahoo! Sports:
Pirates unload Wilson, Snell to Mariners
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Jerry Crasnick / MLB:
Pirates All-Star Freddy Sanchez traded to the Giants for prospect Tim Alderson  —  The San Francisco Giants, taking another step to upgrade the National League's 15th ranked offense, acquired three-time All-Star Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh on Wednesday for pitching prospect Tim Alderson.
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Dejan Kovacevic / PBC Blog:
Pirates trade Sanchez to Giants
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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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
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Game 101: Yankees at Rays  —  YANKEES (61-39)  —  Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (6-2, 3.86).  —  RAYS (55-46)  —  Upton CF  —  Crawford LF  —  Longoria 3B  —  Zobrist 2B  —  Pena 1B  —  Burrell DH  —  Gross RF  —  Navarro C  —  Bartlett SS  —  Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (7-7, 3.68).
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
Dan Connolly / Baltimore Sun:
Big trade by deadline seems more unlikely  —  But some teams have shown interest in closer Sherrill  —  As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Friday, the Orioles are moving further away from making a noteworthy deal - unless it involves closer George Sherrill.
Discussion: Camden Chat and MASNsports.com
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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.
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.
 
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