David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Blue Jays, but the Rays insist the ace lefthander is simply ill and is not being held out because of an impending trade. Jake Odorizzi, who was scheduled to start Sunday, will start Saturday instead, and the Rays are hopeful that Price will be healthy enough to pitch Sunday.

Phillies ready to deal Byrd? 

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Which member of the Philadelphia Phillies will be the first to get moved? Amid rumors that the team may be willing to part ways with closer Jonathan Papelbon, and perhaps one or both of the stating pitcher duo of Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, the more likely first shoe to drop will probably come from the outfield.

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Are Red Sox sellers or not? 

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With the Boston Red Sox sitting ten games under .500 in July, the team appears to be headed to the conclusion that it's better for the organization to be "sellers" as the trade deadline approaches.

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The worst-case scenario seems to have come to pass for Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals, as the catcher is slated to undergo surgery today to repair a ruptured ligament in his right thumb. Molina is expected to miss at least two months, if not the remainder of the season.

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As manager Bryan Price put it, the loss of second baseman Brandon Phillips is a "big blow" to the Cincinnati Reds. The infielder is expected to miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

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Typically, when a young pitcher gets demoted to Triple-A (or perhaps even lower in the organizational ladder) there's a tendency to see it a sign that they may not be in the team's plans for the remainder of the current season. However, that's not always the case for moves made so close to the All-Star break.

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It seems like only yesterday we were writing about the Toronto Blue Jays potentially playing the waiting game in terms of any potential deadline deals due, at least in part, to the hope that perhaps Adam Lind would be able to return to 100 percent health. There goes that idea.

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O's on the market for SP? 

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Based on their recent history, chances are that the Baltimore Orioles are going to be making a deal in the next few weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. As Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun points out, "general manager Dan Duquette traded for Jim Thome and Joe Saunders during the 2012 season. He dealt for Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris last year. He's not going to stand pat."

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How can Yankees fill Tanaka void? 

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The news certainly isn't good regarding New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling "elbow inflammation." Tanaka will be visiting team doctors in the hope that his absence from the team's rotation will not last longer than a few weeks.

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Cards hold breath on Molina 

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The most important member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation may not be Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller or Michael Wacha, but rather the All-Star catcher who sits behind the plate on a daily basis. However, the Cardinals are facing the prospect of being without Yadier Molina for some time.

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After watching their divisional rivals, the Oakland Athletics, make a huge deal to improve their starting rotation, the question on the mind of many observers is if the Los Angeles Angels will follow suit by making a blockbuster deal of their own.

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Will A's make even more moves? 

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After making headlines with a trade for not one, but two starting pitchers, don't think that rules out the possibility of the Oakland Athletics making another July transaction to further improve their chances of making a deep post-season run.

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Will Jays choose to stand pat? 

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The Toronto Blue Jays are just 3-7 in their last ten games, and are coming off a Tuesday outing where, due to multiple injuries, were forced to start a lineup that included the likes of Steve Tolleson, Darin Mastroianni and Nolan Reimold. On the surface, that certainly makes the Blue Jays appear to be a team itching to pull the trigger on a deal to help improve their lot.

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Dodgers ready to deal for SP? 

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After having dealt with pain in his hip on and off for several weeks, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett was finally placed on the 15-day disabled list by the club. The move comes after Beckett felt a "twinge" while running the bases in his Sunday start.

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Is Peavy headed to St. Louis? 

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It looks as though pitcher Jake Peavy will be leaving the Boston Red Sox at some point prior to the July 31 trade deadline, as the last-place club begins the process of rebuilding for the future.

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