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8:40 PM ET, July 30, 2009

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Ortiz and Ramirez Said to Be on '03 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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Chad Finn / Boston Globe:
Ortiz confirms he tested positive in 2003; Ramirez also on the list  —  One of the worst fears of Red Sox fans has apparently become a reality.  —  David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, the charismatic and remarkably productive sluggers who helped lead the franchise to a pair of World Series titles this decade …
Newsday:
Very quick hits: David Ortiz, Omar Minaya and some trade rumblings
Discussion: Boston Globe, iYankees and NESN.com
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
NYT report: Manny and Big Papi named on 2003 steroid list
Discussion: Boston Globe, Walkoff Walk and NESN.com
Associated Press:
Ortiz knocks go-ahead homer, carries Red Sox past A's
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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.
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 …
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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Jon Weisman / Dodger Thoughts:
Dodgers said to have acquired reliever George Sherrill
Discussion: Native Intelligence and PE.com
Ed Price / MLB FanHouse:
Dodgers Add to Bullpen, Trade for Orioles Closer George Sherrill
Discussion: PE.com
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Dodgers add Sherrill to bullpen mix
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts and 6-4-2
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.
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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
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.
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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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Matthew Cerrone / MetsBlog.com:
Buzz: What are the Mets doing?  —  From what I can gather out of Cleveland, the Mets and Indians have been in contact.  —  The Mets are interested in Martinez, but I do not believe any hard offer was ever on the table - though this, again, may just be a matter of semantics.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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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.
Pedro Gomez / ESPN:
Canseco says MLB facing bigger issue  —  Jose Canseco, whose 2005 book arguably started the cascade of revelations and an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, barely raised an eyebrow when he was told David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are reportedly on the list of 104 players who tested positive in 2003.
Associated Press:
Atlanta Braves' Jeff Bennett cut after requesting release from team  —  MIAMI — The Atlanta Braves have released right-hander Jeff Bennett.  —  A team spokesman said Bennett asked for and was granted his released from the team Thursday, making him a free agent.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
 
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