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3:00 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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ESPN.com:
Report: Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz tested positive for PEDs in 2003  —  Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, lawyers with knowledge of the results told The New York Times.  —  The two were key members of the Boston Red Sox World Series teams in 2004 and 2007.
Chad Finn / Boston Globe:
Report: Ortiz, Ramirez said to be on 2003 doping list
Discussion: NY Super Blog
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  —  Source: No contact with Jays  —  As the non-waiver trade deadline inches closer, the Red Sox [team stats] options are becoming more clear, but last night they were no closer to pulling off the impact deal they were hoping to make.
Ken Davidoff / Newsday:
Yankees cool, but Red Sox desperate for trade  —  While the Yankees scan the  —  market for potential bargains, their rivals are looking to make a high-impact trade.  —  The Red Sox, who have fallen 31/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East, have tried to revitalize …
St. Petersburg Times:   With Indians' trade of Cliff Lee to Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays unlikely …
Tony Massarotti / Boston Globe:
Analysis: How Halladay, Gonzalez, and Martinez would help the Red Sox
Eddie Schmid / MLB Rumors:
Olney's Latest: Bell, Washburn, Martinez
Discussion: Lookout Landing and sox1fan.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
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Joba's gem puts exclamation point on win
Marc Topkin / The Heater:
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Matt Garza stands up for teammate Evan Longoria
Discussion: Fack Youk and MLB FanHouse
Tyler Kepner / Bats:
Chamberlain: ‘Growing Up Before Our Eyes’
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
Peter Abraham / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Game 101: Yankees at Rays
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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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.
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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Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
Carlos Beltran's return to mets still 2-to-3 weeks away
Discussion: 24 Hours From Suicide
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
Joe Capozzi / Florida Marlins news, analysis …:
Marlins like Heath Bell  —  Leo Nunez continues to rack up saves, Matt Lindstrom could return this weekend, yet the Marlins have been in talks with the San Diego Padres for closer Heath Bell, according to multiple reports.  —  One high-ranking team official told me last night the Marlins …
Discussion: MLB Rumors and MLB Daily Dish
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs in search of lefty bat who can play right  —  The Cubs don't want switch hitter Milton Bradley to give up batting left-handed as an answer to his seasonlong problems from that side of the plate.  But sources said one possibility being discussed is limiting him to a platoon role …
Marksheldon / Mark My Word:
Baker: ‘This is embarrassing’  —  Usually an optimist, Reds manager Dusty Baker fired on his own team in a manner that hadn't previously been heard from him around here.  You couldn't really blame him after a 7-1 loss to the Padres on Wednesday where they were held to all of one hit …
Discussion: Redleg Nation
 
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After Shoulder Surgery, Wang's Future Is Unclear
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