On Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly followed up on his story from earlier this week that suggested that the Philadelphia Phillies were considering the possibility of releasing Ryan Howard by saying general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had "emphatically shot down" the idea.

Two teams in mix for Suzuki 

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The Minnesota Twins reportedly remain interested in potentially coming up with a contract extension for catcher Kurt Suzuki, but according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, "sources indicate that the sides are nowhere close to a deal that would keep the backstop in Minnesota past this season."

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Will Rockies sell off some bats? 

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The Colorado Rockies are getting hit with a lot of trade requests as the July 31 deadline draws closer and closer by the day. While there have some rumors that have involved Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, it seems highly unlikely that either of those stars will be moved at this time.

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Who goes: Price or Lester? 

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox are the bottom two teams in the American League East as they prepare to start a three-game series on Friday. When Sunday's game is done, there's a good chance the loser of the series may well decide to stick a fork in 2014 and begin to rebuild for next season.

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Will Masterson stay in Cleveland? 

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On Friday night, Justin Masterson is scheduled to throw a rehab start for Triple-A Columbus as he attempts to work his way back from a sore right knee. If he performs well, and proves he's ready to return to a major league rotation, will the rotation in question be the one in Cleveland?

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When will Mauer be back? 

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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.

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Yankees and Padres at it again? 

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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 

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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 

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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? 

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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 

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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? 

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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? 

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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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