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4:00 PM ET, July 29, 2013


 Top News: 
Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Source: Jesse Crain trade close  —  The Chicago White Sox are close to trading All-Star reliever Jesse Crain in a “complicated” deal involving two teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.  —  The complicated part could center on the fact …
Fox Sports:
Giant change of fortune for champs  —  They played 15 postseason games in 2010 and 16 in 2012.  They sent nine players to the World Baseball Classic last spring, and six of them later suffered injuries.  No one should be surprised that for the San Francisco Giants, the bill finally is coming due.
Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Jake Peavy trade clock keeps ticking  —  As the deadline approaches, the White Sox appear closer to dealing him  —  Last week, it was the Cubs who were racing feverishly to trade Matt Garza before he headed for the mound to make his next start.  This week, it's the White Sox and Jake Peavy's turn to re-enact that drama.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and ESPN
Fred Mitchell / Chicago Tribune:
Peavy's bags are packed in case he's traded  —  Sox pitcher knows he could be gone by Wednesday  —  White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy talks about trade rumors and his fluid travel plans.  —  Jake Peavy didn't know if he was coming or going Sunday.  —  The veteran right-hander …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Tigers Acquire Jose Veras  —  The first-place Tigers augmented their bullpen, at a time the back end finally seemed to have stabilized.  Detroit acquired reliever Jose Veras today from the Astros for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later, which will be decided on or before September 15th.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Braves Acquire Scott Downs  —  The Braves found their left-handed reliever, acquiring veteran Scott Downs from the Angels for righty reliever Cory Rasmus, according to Halos communications director Eric Kay.  —  Downs, 37, has a 1.84 ERA, 6.8 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 0.31 HR/9, and 63.1% groundball rate in 29 1/3 innings this year.
Jon Paul Morosi / Fox Sports:
MLB trade deadline blog  —  Source: Dodgers, Phillies quiet on a Lee deal  —  The Dodgers and Phillies have not discussed a trade involving pitcher Cliff Lee recently, according to a source.  —  The Braves have acquired left-handed pitcher Scott Downs from the Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Cory Rasmus.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and HardballTalk
Fans eat free for all August games at Miller Park  —  Fans should plan to bring their appetite for baseball, food and drinks to upcoming games at Miller Park because for the month of August, the Brewers are treating.  —  Milwaukee Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio today announced …
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
Darren Rovell / MLB:
Brewers offering August vouchers
Discussion: SI Wire
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Fox Sports:
Has baseball set bad precedent?  —  Whatever happens with Alex Rodriguez, no matter how many players baseball suspends, the debate over the sport's investigation of Biogenesis does not figure to end anytime soon.  —  To some, Ryan Braun's acceptance of a 65-game suspension indicated that for baseball, the end justified the means.
Jim Callis / Baseball America:
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Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Waiting for a surge, underachieving Nats not in selling mode  —  “We are certainly not giving up on this season,” Rizzo said.  —  The Nats were widely viewed not only as the NL East favorite, but the NL favorites and — because of young talents such as Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and MLB Rumors
David Santiago /   Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigns over allegations of abusive behavior
Associated Press:
M's recall OF Morse, designate veteran Bay  —  SEATTLE — Outfielder Michael Morse has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment by the Seattle Mariners and veteran outfielder Jason Bay has been designated for assignment.  —  The Mariners made the moves on Monday before opening a six-game road trip at Boston and Baltimore.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
USA Today:
Nightengale: Baseball braces itself for punishment  —  BIOGENESIS' IMPACT ON MLB  —  As many as 20 Major League players have been linked to MLB's investigation into performance-enhancing drugs and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.  Here's a look at some of the high-profile players that are linked …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Fox Sports:
Will Phillies be able to trade Lee?  —  If it's July, Cliff Lee must be on the trade market.  —  Actually, Lee hasn't been traded during the season since 2010.  Chances are, he will not be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.  But the Phillies are discussing …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Star-Telegram / Foul Territory:
Source: Manny Ramirez not likely to be called up by Rangers  —  The Rangers aren't expected to promote Manny Ramirez from Triple A Round Rock to help cure their offensive woes, said baseball source, and the club will likely decide this week if they will keep the veteran slugger in the system.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:
Twins activate Mauer after birth of daughters  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have reinstated catcher Joe Mauer from the restricted list after a six-game absence for the birth of his twin daughters.  —  The move was made on Monday.  The Twins start a homestand on Tuesday against Kansas City …
Discussion: Twinkie Town
Corey Brock /
Padres looking to parlay chips into arms at Deadline  —  GM Byrnes wants to make improvements to club's starting rotation  —  SAN DIEGO — The Padres' freefall in July saw them drop to last place in the National League West.  But it didn't end their pursuit of roster upgrades.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Rob Schumacher / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks weigh whether to deal or not deal
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Short-term interests on Mets' minds at Deadline
Discussion: Metsblog
Associated Press:
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
With No Living Inductees, Only Echoes Stir the Quiet at the Hall of Fame
Discussion: Hardball Times
Associated Press:
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Discussion: Lookout Landing and Twinkie Town
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Rollins unlikely to waive no-trade clause
Discussion: HardballTalk and Phillies Nation
Associated Press:
Rasmus Has Winning Hit; Blue Jays Beat Astros 2-1
Associated Press:
Nats pitching coach taken to hospital
Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
MLB trade deadline certain to create a frenzy
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
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Associated Press:
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