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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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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
Discussion: Walkoff Walk and NESN.com
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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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.
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 ...
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
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
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’
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.
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
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
Marc Hulet / FanGraphs Baseball:
Freddy Sanchez for... Who?!  Seriously?  —  One of the most enjoyable parts of writing for a site like Fangraphs is “hearing” the banter between writers behind the scenes.  After news broke of the Pittsburgh-San Francisco deal that saw second baseman Freddy Sanchez head from the Pirates to the Giants …
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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
As Deadline Approaches, Riggleman Would Like to Keep Core Intact  —  In the final hours leading to Friday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Washington Nationals can explore several options.  They can deal centerpiece players like Adam Dunn or Josh Willingham (unlikely).
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Chico Harlan / Nationals Journal:
From Scandal, a Politician Emerges
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
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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