7/30/2012 | New Red Machine rises to top of Rankings
Do the Reds deserve to be on top of MLB.com's Power Rankings, or are the Nationals still the best? The Yankees still have the best record in the American League, while what has happened to Josh Hamilton and the Rangers?
7/30/2012 | Bodley: Ideas for expanded use of instant replay
For expanded use of instant replay to work smoothly management, players and umpires have to be on the same page.
7/30/2012 | Questions linger one year after Ubaldo joined Tribe
Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the trade that brought Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, and Indians fans are still wondering if their ace will truly earn that role.
7/30/2012 | Seeing positives, Rox give four-man staff time
In June, the Rockies hatched what GM Dan O'Dowd calls the "paired pitching plan," with a rotation of four starters under a stricter pitch limit, plus three other pitchers who take turns as a "piggy-back" to the starter. It's a work in progress, but the club is willing to be patient.
7/30/2012 | Wathan is Royals blue through and through
When you think about a definitive "company man," you think about John Wathan's long relationship with the Kansas City Royals.
7/30/2012 | Stubbs and Gomez share NL POW honors
Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs and Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez were named the National League's co-Players of the Week on Monday.
7/30/2012 | Phils might break up star rotation by dealing Lee
The Phillies are on pace to lose more than 90 games just one season removed from recording a franchise-record 102 victories, so general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his top lieutenants are incredibly busy in advance of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
7/30/2012 | Cards in position of strength with Deadline close
The National League Central-rival Astros and Brewers have been selling. Pittsburgh's been buying. Cincinnati appears poised to do so, too. But as Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday approaches, the Cardinals have, to this point, stood pat.
7/30/2012 | Achilles still sore, Papi unlikely to return Wed.
David Ortiz is unlikely to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to return from a strained right Achilles tendon.
7/30/2012 | Cashman doesn't expect more Yanks deals
Brian Cashman may have been on what he called "a sanity walk" around Yankee Stadium, enjoying a brief respite from the stresses of his office, but the Yankees' general manager said he doesn't expect his club to be a mover and shaker at Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
7/30/2012 | JJ wants to stay in Miami but knows it's not up to him
Drafted by the Marlins in 2002, Josh Johnson has made it clear that he wants to remain with the only franchise he's ever known, but he knows it's out of his control.
7/30/2012 | Trade season a booming business this month
Some teams are trying to add talent in order to go for broke, and some are trying to divest themselves of players now in order to improve their future prospects. It will take time to sort out which teams succeeded in their disparate efforts, but there will be even more intrigue Tuesday and after the Deadline passes.
7/30/2012 | Less than day before Deadline, Rangers in mix
With less than 24 hours to go before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Rangers had yet to pull the trigger on a deal for a pitcher, meaning that Scott Feldman remains on schedule to pitch on Friday night.
7/30/2012 | Braves mulling options as Trade Deadline nears
Less than 24 hours before the Trade Deadline, the Braves were searching for ways to upgrade their rotation, as well as ways to upgrade the bullpen and bench.
7/30/2012 | Thome headed for MRI Tuesday on ailing neck
Jim Thome is headed back to Baltimore as the designated hitter continues to deal with neck spasms that aren't getting any better, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
7/30/2012 | Votto making 'subtle' strides toward return
Injured Reds first baseman Joey Votto's rehab from knee surgery went to the next level on Monday, when he began doing some baseball activity.
7/30/2012 | Slowed by side stiffness, Haren may miss next start
Dan Haren is slated to start the third game of an important series against the Rangers on Wednesday, but a return of back stiffness may cause him to miss that turn.
7/30/2012 | Braves' Medlen still on tap to start against Marlins
Kris Medlen is still scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Marlins. It will be his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2010.
7/30/2012 | Castellanos uses off-day to visit Tigers at Fenway
Considering all the attention on the Tigers' timetable for top prospect Nick Castellanos, he almost went unnoticed as he ambled his way into the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park along with fellow outfield prospect Avisail Garcia. The fact that they weren't dragging their baseball gear probably made a difference.
7/30/2012 | Rijo charged with money laundering in Dominican
Jose Rijo, the 1990 World Series MVP, is allegedly in trouble with the law in his native Dominican Republic, according to a report by The Associated Press.
7/30/2012 | Padres call up Boxberger, put Thatcher on DL
The Padres placed left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list on Monday and filled his spot in the bullpen by recalling right-hander Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson.
7/30/2012 | Braun out of lineup with blisters on left hand
The Brewers played Monday without All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun, who needed the day off to receive treatment for blisters on his left hand.
7/30/2012 | Leyland not expecting any more deals
By now, manager Jim Leyland's statement that he doesn't expect a trade to happen has become almost a standard line. When he says it with less than 24 hours to go before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, though, he seemingly has a very good chance of being spot-on.
7/30/2012 | Axford: Relievers to blame for coach's dismissal
John Axford can't help but feel at least partly responsible for Brewers bullpen coach Stan Kyles losing his job on Monday.
7/30/2012 | LeBlanc replaces Zambrano in Marlins' rotation
Carlos Zambrano, who is 1-6 with a 7.62 ERA in his last nine starts, has moved to the bullpen. Taking his place in the rotation is lefty Wade LeBlanc, who will get the start on Wednesday night against the Braves.
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