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12:45 AM ET, July 30, 2013


 Top News: 
NY Daily News:
If Yankees' Alex Rodriguez plans to appeal imminent suspension, Bud Selig prepared to use power of commissioner's office to ban him  —  As clock ticks on announcement of A-Rod's suspension, commissioner prepared to invoke ‘preserving the integrity of the game’ if Bombers slugger plans on appealing to get him back on the field.
Sports Illustrated:
MLB may try to suspend A-Rod through collective bargaining agreement
Discussion: SI Wire
Fox Sports:
Has baseball set bad precedent?
White Sox trade All-Star RHP Crain to Tampa  —  The Chicago White Sox have traded All-Star reliever Jesse Crain and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the White Sox announced.  —  Crain is currently on the disabled list …
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and ESPN
Canadian Press:
Giambi's ninth-inning home run lifts Indians past White Sox  —  CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi homered over the centre field wall leading off the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Chicago White Sox.  —  Giambi, batting for struggling …
Discussion: South Side Sox and ESPN
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 …
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
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Rumors
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.
Fred Mitchell / Chicago Tribune:   Peavy's bags are packed in case he's traded
Jon Heyman /
Giants' price high on Lincecum, Pence with qualifying offers planned  —  The Giants are listening on potential trades for outfielder Hunter Pence, starter Tim Lincecum and reliever Javier Lopez, their three major free agents, but a person connected to the organization Giants pegged the price as “very strong” on Pence and Lincecum.
Family confirms former MLB pitcher, El Paso native Frank Castillo drowned in Ariz. lake  —  Frank Castillo on his Upper Deck baseball card.  —  Frank Castillo, a former standout pitcher for Eastwood High School who played in the major leagues for 13 years, has died.  —  He was 44.
Jon Heyman /
Cliff Lee is on the market, but price is said to be enormous  —  Cliff Lee's name is definitely out there in trade talks, and the free-falling Phillies appear to at least be considering trading one of their aces.  —  However, the price tag on the veteran left-hander is exteremely high …
Fox Sports:
Will Phillies be able to trade Lee?
Discussion: Phillies Nation
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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Andrew Wharton / Metsblog:
Final Score: Mets 6 Marlins 5  —  The Least You Should Know:  —  Marlon Byrd tied the game in the 7th inning with an RBI single, and then scored from first on an Ike Davis RBI double.  —  Bobby Parnell pitched around a single and a walk to earn his 21st save of the season.
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Amazin' Avenue
Associated Press:
Brewers Score 5 in 9th to End Cubs' 3-Game Streak  —  CHICAGO — Carlos Gomez broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning with an RBI single and Jeff Bianchi added a two-run double to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Monday night.  —  The Brewers, sitting in last place …
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Associated Press:
Price Helps Rays Beat Red Sox _ Again _ 2-1  —  BOSTON — David Price allowed just two hits over 7 1-3 innings to beat the Boston Red Sox for the second time in six days, and Tampa Bay won 2-1 on Monday night to retake first place in the AL East.  —  Price (6-5) was dominating the makeup game …
Associated Press:
Liriano, Pirates Crush Cardinals 9-2  —  PITTSBURGH — Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven dominant innings, Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 27th home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 Monday night.  —  Liriano (11-4) struck out eight and walked just two to win his fifth straight start.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout, ESPN and Canadian Press
Scott Miller /
Brian Wilson moves closer to signing  —  Brian Wilson appears close to signing soon, and maybe a club that strikes out in the trade market will find satisfaction in the rare July free-agent market.  —  Maybe that club will be the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants.
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