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5:45 PM ET, July 30, 2009

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on 2003 Doping List  —  Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players …
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Newsday:
Very quick hits: David Ortiz, Omar Minaya and some trade rumblings
Discussion: iYankees
Chad Finn / Boston Globe:
Report: Ortiz, Ramirez said to be on 2003 doping list
Discussion: SOX & Dawgs, NESN.com and NY Super Blog
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
NYT report: Manny and Big Papi named on 2003 steroid list
Fox Sports:
MLB trade deadline buzz: Thursday'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.  —  Rockies prepping for another move?
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Bob Elliott / Toronto Sun:
Looking less likely Jays will trade Doc  —  So if Roy Halladay isn't going to the Philadelphia Phillies, where is he headed?  —  “How about the Boston Red Sox?” said a disgruntled ex-Blue Jays scout yesterday afternoon.  “Toronto could get Clay Buchholz, some prospects and ...
Projo Sox Blog:
Updated: Dodgers now front runners for Halladay  —  BOSTON _ Late Wednesday night there were two teams in the mix for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay — the Sox and the Rangers.  —  Now it appears the Dodgers are in the lead for the right-handed ace.  Talks with the Red Sox have calmed down — for now.
Sean McAdam / Boston Herald:
Red Sox talks go quiet
St. Petersburg Times:   With Indians' trade of Cliff Lee to Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays unlikely …
Ken Davidoff / Newsday:
Yankees cool, but Red Sox desperate for trade
Tony Massarotti / Boston Globe:
Analysis: How Halladay, Gonzalez, and Martinez would help the Red Sox
Trade Talk:
Dodgers Acquire Sherrill  —  The Dodgers shored up their bullpen Thursday by acquiring Baltimore closer George Sherrill in exchange for two prospects, slugging third baseman Josh Bell and riht-handed pitcher Steve Johnson, according to baseball sources.  —  The left-handed Sherrill can serve …
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Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Dodgers add Sherrill to bullpen mix  —  Reliever comes in deal with Orioles for two prospects  —  ST. LOUIS — The Dodgers shored up their bullpen Thursday by acquiring Baltimore closer George Sherrill in exchange for two prospects, slugging third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson, according to baseball sources.
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts and 6-4-2
Gordon Edes / Yahoo! Sports:
Dodgers on verge of acquiring Sherrill  —  Buzz up!  —  The Baltimore Orioles are on the verge of trading George Sherrill  —  to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for Double-A third baseman Josh Bell and a minor league pitcher, two baseball sources said.
Ed Price / MLB FanHouse:
Dodgers Add to Bullpen, Trade for Orioles Closer George Sherrill
Discussion: PE.com
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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Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Garza admits hitting Teixeira on purpose  —  ST. PETERSBURG - There were no warnings, no bench-clearing incidents and relatively little chatter between the Yankees and Rays Wednesday night, but Rays pitcher Matt Garza made it clear after the game that his fifth-inning pitch that hit Mark Teixeira was not an accident.
Discussion: My Pinstripes
Marc Topkin / The Heater:
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Garza stands up for teammate Evan Longoria
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Joba's gem puts exclamation point on win
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
Chamberlain: ‘Growing Up Before Our Eyes’
Associated Press:
Santana, Mets jolt Rockies, notch fifth straight win  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Johan Santana (FSY) threw seven sharp innings Thursday and the streaking New York Mets won their fifth straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 7-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Mets blank Rockies in first game of doubleheader
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies step up pursuit of Hendrickson
Jon Greenberg / ESPN:
MLB trade: Chicago Cubs finalizing trade for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher John Grabow  —  The Chicago Cubs are in the process of finalizing a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed reliever John Grabow, a source close to the situation told ESPNChicago.com.  —  The Cubs have been in the market …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout, MLB Daily Dish and MLB
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Dejan Kovacevic / PBC Blog:
Grabow/Gorzelanny to Cubs ‘just about done’  —  The Pirates are discussing a trade that would send pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs, according to a team source.  —  No deal is in place, and other teams are interested in Grabow, so this might not happen at all.
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 …
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Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:   Royals Acquire Josh Anderson
Joel Sherman / Hardball:
3 UP: WANG, JOBA AND PATTERSON  —  Yes, I am on Twitter.  —  1. There were a lot of things that Chien-Ming Wang was not such as effective in the postseason or the kind of strikeout artist who engenders awe or healthy for the past year.  Because of that his loss for the rest of the year has not caused much of a stir.
Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Carlos Beltran's return to mets still 2-to-3 weeks away  —  Carlos Beltran suddenly is optimistic he can return to the Mets within 2-to-3 weeks after taking another round of batting practice Wednesday.  But the star center fielder admitted he won't know for sure until he is able …
Discussion: 24 Hours From Suicide
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Marty Noble / MLB.com:
Beltran eyes return within 2 1/2 weeks
Joel Sherman / Hardball:
THE YANKS AND WASHBURN  —  Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik sounds like an executive stuck in the middle.  His brain tells him that his club is just not good enough to make the playoffs this year while his heart keeps creating scenarios in which somehow they sneak in.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and iYankees
 
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