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Report: Tigers interested in Lowell

07.24.10 at 11:34 am ET
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Danny Knobler of cbssportsline.com is reporting that the Detroit Tigers, who lost third baseman Brandon Inge to a broken hand last week, have “some interest” in Mike Lowell.

Lowell is currently in a rehab stint (hip) with Triple-A Pawtucket. He has struggled in 2010 with the Red Sox in a limited role, batting .213 with 2 HRs and 12 RBI in 31 games.

Lowell is owed about $5 million for the rest of the 2010 season, but it is believed that the Red Sox would be willing to pay for some of the remaining salary in a deal.

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Report: Palmer pushing for Bengals to sign TO

07.24.10 at 11:23 am ET
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Cincinnati could be the landing spot for free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has been working out on a regular basis with Owens, and has reportedly told Cincinnati management that Owens would be a real asset, according to ESPN. Owens, who met with the Bengals on a free-agent visit in March, also apparently has a strong ally in fellow receiver Chad Ochocinco — the two have promoted each others’ reality shows on VH-1. Earlier this week, Owens’ agent Drew Rosenhaus said he was “very confident” that Owens, who played last season for the Bills, would have a new team “within the next few weeks.”

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Bryant undergoes knee surgery

07.24.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Kobe Bryant recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, the Los Angeles Lakers have revealed. According to the team, Bryant will be fully recovered well before training camp opens in late September.

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Report: Yanks won’t include Joba in a Haren trade

07.24.10 at 9:54 am ET
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Bob Klapisch of The Record tweeted that the Yankees will not include Joba Chamberlain in any potential trade for Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Dan Haren.

Earlier reports suggested the Yankees package for Haren would include Chamberlain along with minor-league pitchers Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister.

Chamberlain has struggled mightily in 2010, posting an ERA of 5.66 in 42 appearances out of the bullpen.

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Report: Paul’s first choice is Orlando

07.24.10 at 9:02 am ET
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According to a report by Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Orlando Magic have emerged as the preferred destination for New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

Paul is expected to meet with New Orleans brass early next week. The Hornets hope they can make a strong pitch to keep the All-Star, but sources told Broussard that Paul is “fully expected” to present a list of teams that he wishes to be traded to.

The Knicks, Mavericks and Trail Blazers –in addition to the Magic — are believed to be the teams on Paul’s list. The Magic have become the front-runner, sources told Broussard, because of the opportunity to play with center Dwight Howard.

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Yanks, D-Backs ‘not close’

07.23.10 at 6:33 pm ET
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On the same night that Dan Haren‘s teammates pranked the pitcher by cleaning out his locker, the Diamondbacks heavily disputed the idea that they were shipping their prized righty to New York.

“We are not close on a deal with the Yankees,” Diamondbacks president/CEO Derrick Hall told Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona on Friday night.

“And there are some other teams involved that have deals of at least equal value out there,” Magruder added. “I would not categorize the Yankees as a front-runner.”

Earlier in the day, a tweet from Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse indicated the Cardinals were out of the running for Haren and Both Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Bob Klapisch of NorthJersey.com believed the Yankees are in the lead for the right-hander.

Haren is 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA this season for Arizona.

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Gammons: DeJesus to Boston is ‘out the window’

07.23.10 at 4:23 pm ET
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Peter Gammons told The Big Show on Friday afternoon that a rumored David DeJesus-to-the-Red Sox deal is “out the window.” According to Gammons, the Kansas City outfielder, who injured his thumb crashing into the wall on a play against the Yankees in New York on Thursday night, will be out 4-to-6 weeks with the injury and will have surgery on Monday. It was believed that DeJesus had been one of the biggest outfield targets on the trade market, garnering interest from several contending teams, including the Red Sox. DeJesus was hitting .318 when he was injured.

To read more from Gammons’ interview, check the Full Count blog.

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Report: Rays ‘kicking the tires’ on Greinke

07.23.10 at 4:11 pm ET
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Multiple outlets are reporting that the Royals are willing to listen to inquiries about righthander Zack Greinke, with Bright House baseball writer Tom Krasniqi indicating that Tampa Bay is “kicking the tires” on the 26-year-old Greinke, who is the defending American League Cy Young Award winner. Greinke is 6-9 with a 3.59 ERA this season with Kansas City.

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Report: Haren must approve trade to Detroit or Minnesota

07.23.10 at 12:39 pm ET
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The Twins and Tigers had been rumored to be potential suitors for the services of Daimondbacks pitcher Dan Haren, but according to a clause in his contract, Haren must approve a trade to either team before a swap can be made, according to a report by FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Haren can list 12 teams on his “no-trade list” and must agree to waive the clause if one of the 12 acquires him. Cincinatti and Tampa Bay are two other destinations on that list. Morosi notes that such clauses tend to be used as bargaining chips, and in the case of Haren, he may use it to get a team to pick up his $15.5 million club option for 2013.

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Reports: DeJesus officially on DL

07.23.10 at 12:24 pm ET
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Multiple reports have emerged that Royals outfielder David DeJesus was put on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his thumb in a collision with the outfield wall in Thursday’s game against the Yankees. DeJesus had been one of the biggest outfield targets on the trade market, garnering interest from several contending teams including the Red Sox. ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney tweeted that he could miss as little as two weeks or as many as six, depending on whether or not the thumb requires surgery. In either scenario, he will be out past the July 31 trading deadline.

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