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Report: Bynum has knee surgery

07.28.10 at 9:02 pm ET
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Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that Lakers center Andrew Bynum underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear of the lateral meniscus in his right knee on Wednesday.

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Report: Phillies interested in Fausto Carmona

07.28.10 at 8:50 pm ET
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According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, if the Phillies cannot complete a deal for Roy Oswalt they will attempt to land Indians starter Fausto Carmona.

Carmona, an All-Star in 2010, entered Wednesday’s start vs. the Yankees with a 10-7 record and 3.51 ERA.

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Report: Chargers, Gates agree to extension

07.28.10 at 8:11 pm ET
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Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com tweeted that the Chargers and Antonio Gates have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will pay the All-Pro tight end about $7.2 million per year, with $20.4 million in guarantees. The deal would make Gates the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. Gates caught 79 passes for 1,157 yards and eight TDs in 2009, his fifth season with at least 70 catches.

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Tigers get Peralta

07.28.10 at 7:41 pm ET
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The Tigers announced Wednesday that they completed a trade with the Indians to acquire infielder Jhonny Peralta in exchange for 19-year-old left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto.

Adding Peralta, who was hitting .246 with the Indians, likely further cements that the Tigers will not go after Mike Lowell. With Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen both on the disabled list, it appears Peralta will be the body that softens the blow.

Soto was taken in the 21st round of the 2009 draft. He had a 2.61 earned run average and a 1.21 WHIP at Single-A West Michigan. He’s struck out 76 and walked 25 batters in 82 2/3 minor league innings this season.

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Report: Wizards sign Howard

07.28.10 at 7:18 pm ET
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According to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Wizards have re-signed free agent forward Josh Howard to a one-year deal. The deal is believed to be worth $4 million with bonuses. Howard was rumored to be a target of the Celtics before the club used its full mid-level exception on Jermaine O’Neal.

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Sheets done for season?

07.28.10 at 6:08 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics starter Ben Sheets will indeed require flexor tendon surgery, the second such operation in the last two years, and will miss the remainder of the season. Sheets is on a one-year deal with the Athletics, meaning that for the second consecutive offseason, he will be looking for a new contract after coming off surgery.

Sheets has been considered one of the better pitchers in the league and has the stats to prove it (a .324 ERA and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings from 2004-2008 with the Brewers), but health has hindered him throughout his career. He missed the entire 2009 season and took a one-year pact for $10 million with the Athletics in the offseason in hopes of re-establishing his value. Sheets went 4-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 20 starts for the Athletics.

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Andersen traded to Toronto for draft pick

07.28.10 at 6:01 pm ET
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The Rockets have traded center David Andersen to the Raptors on Wednesday for a future second-round pick, according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle via Twitter.

From Australia, the 30-year-0ld played his first season in the NBA in 2009 after being drafted by the Hawks in 2002. Andersen’s right were acquired by Houston in July last season and he averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in over 14 minutes per game for the Rockets.

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Rays in on Dunn

07.28.10 at 5:34 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Rays are “in [the] mix” for Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. Heyman tweets that Dunn would be a “big boost for [an] already great team.”

The Rays are currently two games behind the Yankees for the AL East lead and are the current Wild Card leaders. They are five games ahead of the Red Sox. Dunn is currently hitting .278 with 23 homers, 63 RBI, and a .366 on-base percentage. He is set to become a free agent following the season.

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Dodgers ‘moving closer’ on Podsednik

07.28.10 at 4:29 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Dodgers are “moving closer” towards a trade for Royals outfielder Scott Podsednik. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle also notes the Dodgers are making a push for the outfielder but also names the Giants as an interested party.

The 34-year-old Podsednik is hitting .311 on the season with five homers, 44 RBI and a .354 on-base percentage. He has stolen 30 bases in 42 attempts.

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Lee to remain in Chicago

07.28.10 at 2:51 pm ET
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Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday that first baseman Derek Lee has conveyed to the organization that he wants to stay in Chiacgo instead of being dealt.

According to a major league source, the Dodgers offered a deal over the past 10 days for Lee, but were turned down when Lee exercised his right as a player in the league for 10 years and five with the same team.

Though the 34-year-old is batting only .249 this season, he is a lifetime .282 hitter with 304 home runs and 983 RBIs. He also has a batting title to his name, hitting .335 with the Cubs in 2005.

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