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DeJesus hurt in New York

07.22.10 at 9:39 pm ET
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It appears when a player is even rumored to be coming to Boston, they get injured – even a star player who might have a chance to leave a struggling club for a contending team.

It’s been that kind of season for the Red Sox, and now for David DeJesus.

The Kansas City outfielder, rumored to have the interest of several contending teams including the Red Sox, had to leave Thursday’s game at Yankee Stadium when he crashed into the right-center field wall attempting to catch Derek Jeter‘s fly ball. He caught the ball but it dropped out of his glove on his right hand as he fell to the ground.

DeJesus appeared to bend his right hand backward underneath his glove as he crashed into the wall. Several innings later, the Royals announced the official diagnosis as a sprained right thumb.

The Royals added that DeJesus would be out for the remainder of the four-game Yankees series, which opened Thursday in the Bronx.

As Jeter raced around the bases the bases for his second career inside-the-park home run, and first since 1996, DeJesus lay on the warning track holding his right hand and wrist. He had to leave the game, with the assistance of a Royals team trainer.

The Royals are mired in fourth place in the American League Central while the Red Sox are battling to remain in playoff contention, entering Thursday 4 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild card chase.

The Red Sox could be interested in DeJesus as a veteran leadoff hitter and someone who could play left and center should Jacoby Ellsbury not be ready to play everyday as he returns from his rib injury.

Read More: David DeJesus, Derek Jeter, red sox, Royals

Red Sox, Yankees after Breslow?

07.22.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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The Red Sox and Yankees are among the teams interested in acquiring Athletics pitcher Craig Breslow, according to a tweet from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The left-handed reliever is also attracting interest from the Detroit Tigers, tweets Passan.

A native of New Haven, Conn., Breslow was signed as a minor league free agent by the Red Sox in 2006 after stops in the Brewers organization, the Northeast league, and the Padres organization. He played 13 games and pitched 12 innings for the Sox, posting a 3.75 earned run average with 6 walks and 12 strikeouts.

Breslow has made major league stops in Cleveland and Minnesota since his time in Boston and this season has a 3.02 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 47 games. In 44 2/3 innings with the Athletics he’s struck out 46 and walked 17.

Read More: Boston Red Sox, Craig Breslow, Trade deadline,

Houston is front-runner to be Knicks GM

07.22.10 at 3:50 pm ET
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Former Knicks shooting guard Allan Houston is leading the search to fill the general manager position of the Knicks, according to league sources.

Team president Donny Walsh didn’t hint on Houston’s status and said that the former player is learning the GM position, whether it be for New York or elsewhere. Currently, Houston is listed for the Knicks as the special assistant to Walsh.

Read More: Allan Houston, New York Knicks, Rumor Mill,

Panthers trade Taffe to Blackhawks for Reasoner

07.22.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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George Richards of the Miami Herald reports via Twitter Thursday afternoon that the Panthers have acquired Marty Reasoner from the Blackhawks for Jeff Taffe.

Taffe was going to be the fourth-line center on Florida next season while Reasoner spent the past two years with the Thrashers. Reasoner recorded 18 goals and 29 assists for a total of 47 points in his time with Atlanta.

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Barnes possibly joining Lakers

07.22.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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The NBA champions are trying to bolster their roster for another run, and Matt Barnes could be joining them soon. The forward is leaning toward the Lakers unless the Cavaliers up their multi-year deal starting at $3.5 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter.

Barnes averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in over 25 minutes per game with the Magic last season as a starter. The 30-year-old has played for seven teams in eight NBA seasons.

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Orioles release Gathright

07.22.10 at 1:47 pm ET
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Former Red Sox outfielder Joey Gathright has been released Thursday morning, according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter. Playing in Triple A, Gathright hit .185 in 244 plate appearances and was 12 for 18 stealing bases.

The 29-year-old has stolen 20 or more bases in the majors three times and has also played with the Royals, Rays, and Cubs in his six-year career.

Read More: Baltimore Orioles, Joey Gathright, Trade deadline,

Report: Mets’ Manuel on hot seat

07.22.10 at 1:11 pm ET
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The New York Post is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel’s job is at risk. The Mets are 1-6 since the All-Star break and begin a four-game series against the Dodgers on Thursday. Manuel called a team meeting earlier this week to try to jumpstart his club, but it hasn’t worked. New York is 49-46 and 6 1/2 games back of the Braves in the NL East.

“Things are desperate,” one player told the paper. “We’re starting to sink back into old habits.”

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Rumor: White Sox interested in Dunn, Fielder

07.22.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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The Chicago Sun Times reported that the White Sox are interested in acquiring Nationals first baseman/outfielder Adam Dunn or Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. The report indicates that White Sox won’t give up Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, whom the Nationals want in return for Dunn, which is why Chicago might focus on Fielder.

Read More: Adam Dunn, prince fielder, Trade deadline,

Agent: Ravens CB Williams suspended by league

07.22.10 at 11:37 am ET
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According to a report at the National Football Post, the agent for Ravens cornerback Cary Williams confirmed that the player has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Over a year ago while Cary was a member of the Tennessee Titans, he was involved in an incident that fell under the NFL conduct policy,” agent Marc Lillibridge told the National Football Post. “Through the appeals process with the NFL and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office, Cary was suspended for two games. Although we’re disappointed we did not win the appeal, we respect the league office’s decision. Cary just wants to focus on the training camp with the Ravens and the remaining games in the regular season.

“Even though Cary was a member of the Titans at the time, he’s disappointed he let the Ravens’ front office, ownership and teammates down. What happened is in the past and now he just wants to focus on helping the Ravens get back to the playoffs and to the Super Bowl. Cary is a father, Cary is the kind of guy any agent is proud to represent. I’m excited for him moving forward as a player and a person as a human being.”

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Ravens’ Reed expects to miss 6 games

07.22.10 at 11:26 am ET
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Ravens safety Ed Reed confirmed in a radio interview that he expects his team to place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would require him to miss the first six games of the upcoming NFL season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Reed missed the end of the 2009 season with various hip, neck and groin injuries. Reed is entering his seventh season in the NFL.

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