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"@JimBowdenESPNxm Rumors swirling around Angels stadium of a Richards, Hellweg,Kendrick +package...

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"@JimBowdenESPNxm Rumors swirling around Angels stadium of a Richards, Hellweg,Kendrick +package deal for Shields&Zobrist...conversation only at this point" I'm going to be sick.... Also prepare for a prolonged Matsui as Luke Scott is headed to the 15 day DL with an oblique strain.

But executives of three teams told Rumblings this week that if the Rays decide in a week or so that...

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But executives of three teams told Rumblings this week that if the Rays decide in a week or so that they can't count on Evan Longoria and their postseason scenarios take a U-turn for the worst, they're open to moving Shields (or Jeremy Hellickson) if they can get a hefty enough return -- ideally, some combination of high-end young arms, a young catcher and/or a controllable hitter.

ESPN's Jayson Stark on the latest rumblings

No Dark Knight Spoilers

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No Dark Knight Spoilers

Don't be that guy (or gal) that ruins it for the others

There have been rumors of a B.J. Upton for Michael Morse deal, too. This is a trade that would give...

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There have been rumors of a B.J. Upton for Michael Morse deal, too. This is a trade that would give the Rays an improvement in the middle of their lineup and a player they can control beyond this year. The Nats could put Upton in center and move Bryce Harper to the corner outfield where he belongs. However, that rumor has been denied by a Rays executive. "

Jim Bowden had this to say today in his latest column. Morse is paid through next season and is scheduled to make $6.75M in 2013.

In fact, trading Shields could either bring back a much-needed bat, or give the Rays enough...

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In fact, trading Shields could either bring back a much-needed bat, or give the Rays enough financial flexibility to find a bat elsewhere. Shields has struggled recently, giving up double-digit hits in each of his last four starts. But some scouts who have watched him recently believe that he'll be a better pitcher if he gets away from Tampa Bay. "He'll be fine," one scout said. "To me, he just needs a different environment."

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler on the chances of the Rays trading James Shields.

The only bad news for the Bulls was that [Matt] Joyce left the game early. The 2011 AL All-Star,...

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The only bad news for the Bulls was that [Matt] Joyce left the game early. The 2011 AL All-Star, who has been on the DL since June 20 with lower back tightness, asked out of the game after three at-bats and was replaced by Feliciano.

The Herald Sun greets you with a morning dose of terrible.

An article by Sam Fuld, linked at BTF....

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An article by Sam Fuld, linked at BTF. http://www.hallofverygood.com/2012/07/hovg-heroes-brett-butler.html Butler batted .510 on bunts intended for hits? Wow.

Markakis broke hamate bone. Surgery tomorrow morning. Not season ending. 3-4 weeks is an estimate

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Markakis broke hamate bone. Surgery tomorrow morning. Not season ending. 3-4 weeks is an estimate

per MASN's Roch Kubatko Yet another big injury in the AL East - first it was Mark Reynolds (even though he was performing poorly at time of injury) and now it is Nolan Reimold who had a .960 OPS at the time of his injury.

Rays @d_jennings8 will play in Pt Charlotte Thursday, Durham Friday to start rehab assignment. #MLB

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Rays @d_jennings8 will play in Pt Charlotte Thursday, Durham Friday to start rehab assignment. #MLB

from JB Long So there's a chance he's back by Monday rather than next weekend after all....

ZiPS has BJ Upton at 17 WAR for 2013-2018, with a market value of 6-years, $86 million"

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ZiPS has BJ Upton at 17 WAR for 2013-2018, with a market value of 6-years, $86 million"

Dan Szymborski on how Upton projects over the next 6 seasons. Despite the difference in age with Jones, he could land a similar contract this off-season.
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