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3:00 AM ET, July 30, 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 …
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Halladay, Martinez, or Gonzalez?  —  Roy Halladay, Victor Martinez, or Adrian Gonzalez?  The Red Sox have a need for all of them and are still pursuing them.  —  With Cliff Lee gone to the Philadelphia Phillies in a package the Red Sox did not want to match, they have continued talks …
Discussion: SOX & Dawgs and Gaslamp Ball
Dan Novick / Hardball Times:
Was the Cliff Lee trade really a win-win?
Eddie Schmid / MLB Rumors:
Olney's Latest: Bell, Washburn, Martinez
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Buster Olney / MLB:
MLB Trade: Cleveland Indians expected to deal catcher Victor Martinez …
Discussion: ESPN and Plain Dealer
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Roy Halladay Rumors: Wednesday
Associated Press:
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza plunked Mark Teixeira on purpose  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay's Matt Garza hit New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira with a fifth-inning pitch Wednesday night, then said he did it because he's tired of opposing pitchers throwing at Rays All-Star Evan Longoria.
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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).
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Joba's gem puts exclamation point on win
Associated Press:
Chamberlain throws eight scoreless innings as Yanks down Rays
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Joba blows away Rays in Yankee win
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
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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Chris Haft / MLB.com:
Giants acquire Sanchez from Pirates  —  Second baseman won NL batting title in 2006  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants announce they have acquired second baseman Freddy Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Minor League pitcher Tim Alderson.  —  For Sanchez, joining the Giants was a matter of walking from one clubhouse to the other.
Dejan Kovacevic / PBC Blog:
Pirates trade Sanchez to Giants
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Bob Sherwin / MLB.com:   Mariners land Snell, Wilson from Pirates
Yahoo! Sports:
Pirates unload Wilson, Snell to Mariners
Discussion: Phillies Nation
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
Steve Kornacki / MLive.com:
DETROIT TIGERS BASEBALL  —  Yankees interested in Josh Anderson trade with Tigers  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed today that the New York Yankees have interest in outfielder Josh Anderson, whom Detroit has 10 days since Friday to assign to another team via trade …
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.
Daniel Paulling / MLB.com:
Rangers prospect diagnosed with infection  —  Pitcher Main taken in 2007 First-Year Player Draft  —  ARLINGTON — The mysterious illness that knocked Rangers prospect Michael Main off the mound has been officially diagnosed.  —  Kind of.  —  “The last time I went to a doctor was about two or three weeks ago,” Main said by phone.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:
Twins 3, White Sox 2  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Light-hitting Alexi Casilla had two RBIs, Minnesota's bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series.  —  Casilla, who entered the game hitting .161 …
Discussion: Twinkie Town and Yahoo! Sports
Marty Noble / MLB.com:
Beltran eyes return within 2 1/2 weeks  —  Center fielder says injured right knee responding well  —  NEW YORK — Imagine the Mets about to confront the Braves at Citi Field next month and beginning an extended sequence of games against opponents with legitimate postseason aspirations …
 
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