When will Mauer be back? 

July, 25, 2014
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Joe Mauer has been out of action since July 1 due to an oblique injury, and while he is making progress, there's still no timetable for him to get back in the Minnesota Twins lineup.

Yankees and Padres at it again? 

July, 25, 2014
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It's only been a few days since Chase Headley switched uniforms and joined the Bronx Bombers for the first time, but now ESPN.com's Jim Bowden reports that the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres may be soon partnering on another trade.

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Murphy drawing interest 

July, 25, 2014
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Marc Carig of Newsday says that "rival clubs have reached out to the New York Mets about trading for second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is coming off his first appearance in the All-Star Game. But according to a source, the Mets appear more likely to keep Murphy rather than deal him away before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline."

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Astros won't deal Qualls 

July, 24, 2014
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Losing 13-1 on Thursday to the Oakland Athletics, the Houston Astros didn't have a need to use closer Chad Qualls in the contest. However, in the bigger picture, the team intends to keep Qualls around so that they can indeed turn to him in the future when save opportunities do start occurring more regularly.

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Orioles getting healthy? 

July, 24, 2014
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Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Manny Machado is "getting better" and will participate in both batting practice and infield practice on Thursday, with an eye on making it back into the Baltimore Orioles lineup at some point during the four-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

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The Chicago Cubs are probably hoping that Edwin Jackson puts on a good show when he takes the mound Thursday night, because if he continues to underwhelm spectators in attendance -- including any scouts who happen to be watching -- they'll find it hard to deal the pitcher away.

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Mariners continue to ponder deals 

July, 24, 2014
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Earlier on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners completed a deal that brought back Kendrys Morales to the team. As ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports, the Mariners sent relief pitcher Stephen Pryor to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Morales.

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Cards pondering move at catcher? 

July, 24, 2014
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden recently spoke with St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, and at one point the conversation turned to the team's current catching situation.

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He has a record of only 1-9 this season, but the Boston Red Sox may still be able to get something in return for pitcher Jake Peavy before the year is over.

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A's getting rid of Johnson? 

July, 24, 2014
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According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, the Oakland Athletics have designated reliever Jim Johnson for assignment. The move should come as no surprise as the pitcher has struggled mightily during his tenure with the team.

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Howard headed for the door? 

July, 24, 2014
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When Darin Ruf started at first base for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday instead of Ryan Howard, there was no reason to believe it was anything more than a routine day off for a veteran. However, that might not be the case.

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Haren out of Dodgers rotation? 

July, 24, 2014
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After allowing five runs in five innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Dan Haren is now 0-4 with a 9.47 ERA in July. Chances are, he won't get an opportunity to improve upon that record anytime soon.

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Feliz to take over in Texas? 

July, 24, 2014
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The Texas Rangers traded away closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects, both of whom are expected to be assigned to the minors. For now, the move leaves a huge void in the bullpen where Soria used to reside.

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The Detroit Tigers made a deal on Wednesday to acquire reliever Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson.

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Colon outing draws attention? 

July, 23, 2014
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A lot of eyes are expected to be on Bartolo Colon when he takes the mound on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners, as the start may be considered an audition of sorts for scouts in search of some veteran pitching assistance at the trade deadline.

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