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Baseball Insider: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Peavy Finally Goes to Chicago

After months of talk, San Diego ace Jake Peavy is finally headed to the Midwest. Peavy has agreed to be dealt to the Chicago White Sox as they join in on the AL Central arms race.

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Padres , Tigers , White Sox  | Tags: chicago white sox, detroit tigers, jake peavy, san diego padres, trade  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

Twins second baseman Alexei Casilla isn't trained as a professional gymnast, but he might able to double as one after he leapt over White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye's take-out slide, undeterred from his goal of a double-play. Next up? The vault!

By Cameron Smith  |  July 31, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Alexi Casilla, Jermaine Dye, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Twins, White Sox  
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Red Sox Land Martinez for Less Than Imagined

At the trade deadline the Red Sox were able to land Cleveland Indians catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez and it only took two prospects and a young reliever.

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Braves , Indians , Red Sox  | Tags: atlanta braves, boston red sox, cleveland indians, trade, victor martinez  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Royals and Red Sox

After dealing closer George Sherrill, putting their best pitcher on the 15-day disabled list and salvaging a four-game series split with Kansas City, the Orioles prepare to host the Boston Red Sox.

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Red Sox , Royals  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, kansas city royals  
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Twins Respond to Detroit Move, Land Cabrera

According to Yahoo!'s Tim Brown in this live chat, the Twins have officially acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the A's, sending shortstop prospect Tyler Ladendorf to Oakland in a shortstop-for-shortstop swap.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 31, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Athletics , Twins  | Tags: Athletics, Orlando Cabrera, Twins, trade  
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Tigers Make Their Move

Already gifted with one of the better young, one-two punches in their rotation, the Detroit Tigers made a trade with Seattle to land starter Jarrod Washburn and make themselves the favorite to emerge from the AL Central.

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mariners , Tigers  | Tags: Seattle Mariners, al central, american league central, detroit tigers, jarrod washburn  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "The pain was bad. I wanted to throw up, but I took the x-ray and there was no break on there and hopefully there isn't." -- Orioles starting pitcher Brad Bergesen who was hit in the shin by a ball off the bat of Billy...

By CJ Holley  |  July 31, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "It's a little weird, a little different." -- Cubs starter Kevin Hart on being traded to the Pirates, a fate he learned of immediately after earning a third and final victory for Chicago. Brewers 7, Nationals 3 OK, all you Nats fans begging for more...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 31, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

All of these celebratory scenes with Big Papi and Manny Ramirez following moon shots over the Green Monster? They feel a little hollow at the moment, don't they? Actually, they're anything but hollow, come to think of it. Positively puffed up, we'd imagine. Wonder how that's going over in Boston, which we understand is planning a Sagrada Familia style chapel to the 2004 World Series winners.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 30, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Red Sox  | Tags: David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Red Sox, steroids  
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Reports: O's Closer Sherrill to Dodgers

Baltimore has dealt closer George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects Josh Bell (3B, Class AA) and Steve Johnson (P, Class AA).

By CJ Holley  |  July 30, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Dodgers , Orioles  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, george sherrill, josh bell, los angeles dodgers, steve johnson  
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What to Make of the Pirates' Purge

It's becoming a annual rite of summer: The Pirates deal off their most marketable and lucrative assets, stripping the team of its highest salaries and those who are in line to earn them soon. There's just one problem: The trades tend to strip Pittsburgh of all its talent, too.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 30, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pirates  | Tags: Freddy Sanchez, Giants, Ian Snell, Jack Wilson, Mariners, Pirates, Ronny Cedeno, minor league baseball, prospects, trade  
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Report: Ortiz, Ramirez Tested Positive in 2003

According to a report in the New York Times, former Red Sox teammates Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are both on the 2003 list of Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 30, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Red Sox  | Tags: David Ortiz, Dodgers, Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, manny ramirez, media, steroids  
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Chatter Up x2

Just wanted to drop out a quick line about two different baseball chats we have going on today at the site.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 30, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nationals  | Tags: Dave Sheinin, Nationals, chats, trade  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say we're tired of it. You go after our best guy. Well, we'll make some noise, too, and that's what happened." -- Rays pitcher Matt Garza admitting to intentionally throwing at...

By CJ Holley  |  July 30, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I don't know if anything's different. I'm just trying to take that little step of improvement of being more focused, and I think that's what has helped me a ton." -- San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who hasn't lost since June 26th and pitched nine...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 30, 2009; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

By and large, this statement is true of handfuls of baseball players when compared with every day civilians. Yet, when you compare Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia, who happens to be the highest paid pitcher of all-time, to Tuskeegee airmen Joseph Spooner and Dabney Montgomery, who might be among the country's most magnanimous historical figures, the contrast becomes particularly skewed. If that doesn't underscore the country's wealth disparity, I don't know what will.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 29, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Yankees  | Tags: C.C. Sabathia, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Tuskegee Airmen, Yankees  
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For Phillies' Sake, K. Drabek Had Better Be Good

And so, the Phillies turned away from Roy Halladay and traded for Cliff Lee instead. The price was steep: four prospects, all of them rated among the Phillies' Top 10 by Baseball America before the season. Yet none of them was Kyle Drabek, which means the young pitcher was the difference between a trade for Halladay and Cliff Lee. For that, he better be good.

By Dave Sheinin  |  July 29, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Indians , Phillies  | Tags: Blue Jays, Cliff Lee, Indians, Kyle Drabek, Phillies, Roy Halladay, roy halladay, trade  
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A Rough Tuesday for Pitchers

Three past All-Stars -- San Francisco's Randy Johnson, the Yankees' Ching-Ming Wang and Houston's Roy Oswalt -- all had a turn for the worse in injury issues yesterday that could sideline them for a long time, and could affect their teams' chances of slipping into the postseason as a result.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 29, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Astros , Giants , Yankees  | Tags: Astros, Ching-Ming Wang, Giants, Randy Johnson, Roy Oswalt, Yankees, injuries  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "I think you throw that pitch to anybody else in the league and they are going to strike out on it." -- Blue Jays Manager Cito Gaston on the curveball Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners hit to drive in the game winning run. Seattle Mariners...

By CJ Holley  |  July 29, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "Wow! It's been that long. It's definitely nice. We haven't won that many games." -- San Diego closer Heath Bell on earning his first save in 10 days. Nationals 8, Brewers 3 Maybe the Nationals need to give their players the impression that the trade...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 29, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

There have been few more obvious Hall of Fame selections than all-time stolen bases leader Rickey Henderson. That, combined with Rickey's rather colorful and quotable-in-the-third-person past made his induction speech a virtual must-watch. In truth, it was a decent little speech, though it feels largely overshadowed by Rickey's outfit. Just check out the embroidered flowers on that jacket!

By Cameron Smith  |  July 28, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletics  | Tags: A's, Hall of Fame, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Rickey Henderson  
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A Trade Broken Entirely on Twitter

There was something significant about yesterday's Ryan Garko deal that didn't even focus on Giants or Indians fans: News of the deal was broken entirely on Twitter.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 28, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Giants , Indians  | Tags: Giants, Indians, Ryan Garko, trade, twitter  
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The Newest Mets Melodrama

The Mets can't help themselves. Just when it seems that the team may be turning the corner -- within five games of .500, woohoo! -- general manager Omar Minaya goes out and torpedoes his best public relations efforts by claiming a Daily News reporter planted negative stories about recently fired Vice President of Player Development Tony Bernazard because he wanted the job himself.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 28, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mets  | Tags: Mets, Omar Minaya, Tony Bernazard, general managers, media  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "Obviously, I didn't do my job, but they did theirs." -- Indians starting pitcher Carl Pavano, who gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in what still became a Cleveland victory Cleveland Indians 8, Los Angeles Angels 6 A four-run ninth inning propelled Cleveland past Los Angeles...

By CJ Holley  |  July 28, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I can hardly remember the last time we won a game. When you're losing like that, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. You can't sleep, and you don't want to eat. You lose your appetite. I'm eating something tonight." -- Reds Manager Dusty...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 28, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez may have gobbled up the final out of Mark Buehrle's perfect game last Thursday, but that didn't get him out of the team's weekly limbo contest ... or, in this case, out of being thrown at inside by Detroit starter Rick Porcello.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 27, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  White Sox  | Tags: Alexei Ramirez, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, White Sox  
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Orioles Review and Preview: Red Sox and Royals

The Orioles have proven that they don't need to be on a West Coast trip to lose on the road after having gone 2-7 during a nine-game road trip that concluded Sunday in Boston. Baltimore now begins a seven-game homestand by welcoming the Kansas City Royals with all eyes set on which pitcher will be demoted in favor of Chris Tillman.

By CJ Holley  |  July 27, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles , Red Sox , Royals  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, boston red sox, chris tillman, kansas city royals  
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Bill James: PED Takers Were "Pioneers"

Bill James is trying to change the conventional ways that people view steroids in baseball, and just like his statistical views, which James crafted while working a night shift in a Kansas City factory, his feelings about steroids are nothing short of radical. Essentially, James's belief is that steroids will eventually be considered negligible when considering whether players should be elected to the Hall of Fame, and that has readers riled up.

By Cameron Smith  |  July 27, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: Bill James, statistics, steroids  
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Selig Considering Re-instating Rose

According to the New York Daily News' Bill Madden, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is considering lifting Rose's lifetime ban from baseball, a result of serious lobbying by "some of the most influential Hall of Famers."

By Cameron Smith  |  July 27, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Hall of Fame , Reds  | Tags: Bud Selig, Hall of Fame, Pete Rose, Reds, suspension  
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The Wrap: AL

AL Quote of the Night "It's pretty much a blueprint on how to get your team to hate you." -- Athletics starting pitcher Dallas Braden who gave up two leads against the Yankees New York Yankees 7, Oakland Athletics 5 The Yankees extended their AL East lead to 2 ½...

By CJ Holley  |  July 27, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Wrap: NL

NL Quote of the Night: "I was waving him over there, I had the perfect angle of it." -- Braves starter Derek Lowe, on his instructions to outfielder Nate McLouth, whose impressive catch helped save the Braves late in a deceptively one-sided Atlanta win. Nationals 3, Padres 2 Two series...

By Cameron Smith  |  July 27, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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