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Trade Deadline: Red Sox reportedly called Rockies on Ubaldo Jimenez 07.27.11 at 9:43 am ET
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Ubaldo Jimenez

The Red Sox reportedly called the Rockies on Tuesday about the availability of starter Ubaldo Jimenez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. The Yankees and Reds also made calls to the Rockies, and Harding reports things “are moving further along” with the Reds.

According to Harding, the Rockies have asked for starting pitchers Travis Wood and Homer Bailey from the Reds as well as a top prospect from the Reds’ farm system. The Rockies will not come down on their asking price no matter what team is making the offer.

Earlier in the week a source told FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi that the chances of Jimenez being traded have improved to “around a 50/50 chance.” He also added that the Tigers and Rangers are also teams that have shown interest in the right-hander.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Royals Matchups: Andrew Miller vs. Danny Duffy 07.26.11 at 3:27 pm ET
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Andrew Miller

The Red Sox will play host to the Royals in the second game of a four-game series Tuesday night at Fenway Park as they try to recover from Monday’s marathon loss in extra innings.

Andrew Miller (4-1, 4.65), who made his 2011 debut June 20, gets the call for the Red Sox, while the Royals will send rookie Danny Duffy (2-4, 4.58) to the hill. Miller is in his sixth season, but he has only appeared in 20 or more games in two of those six seasons.

Miller is coming off of an outing where he struggled with his control, but battled to get out of jams and did not allow a run in the Red Sox 4-0 win over the Orioles July 20. Miller allowed six walks in just 5 2/3 innings, but only allowed two hits and struck out three to earn the win.

The Red Sox have won five of the six games that Miller has started since he joined the rotation. Miller has not made it into the seventh inning in any of his starts with the Red Sox. He has allowed 16 earned runs in 31 innings of work.

Duffy is coming off of one of his better outings of the season. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and earned the win in the Royals 4-2 win over the White Sox on July 19. The outing before that Duffy was the touch luck loser as he gave up only two runs in six innings, but the Royals offense did not help him out any as the Royals fell to the Tigers 3-1 on July 7.

Duffy was optioned to triple-A on July 8 before being recalled on July 19.

Both pitchers have very little experience against the opposition. Duffy has never faced anyone on the Red Sox. Miller has only faced four members of the Royals, all fewer than 10 times. Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur each have nine at-bats against the left-hander. Cabrera has one hit, while Francoeur has two.

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Trade Deadline: Padres ‘definitely’ will make moves this week 07.25.11 at 6:10 pm ET
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Heath Bell

Speaking with MLB Network Radio Monday afternoon, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said the Padres, “definitely will be making moves this week,” according to tweets from ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden.

Hoyer added that many teams have called the Padres about starting pitcher Aaron Harang and closer Heath Bell. He said that they are “not close” with a deal involving Bell. Hoyer also told MLB Network Radio that the Padres are not looking to trade setup man Mike Adams, and that if Bell were to be traded he feels comfortable with Adams as their closer.

Hoyer also said the goal is to get major league-ready players in addition to prospects at this month’s trading deadline. The Padres are in last place in the NL West, 14 1/2 games behind the Giants.

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Trade Deadline: Hiroki Kuroda reportedly would waive no-trade clause to join Red Sox 07.25.11 at 6:03 pm ET
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Hiroki Kuroda

According to ESPN, Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda would waive his no-trade clause to join either the Red Sox or the Yankees. A few other teams have been interested in Kuroda including the Tigers, Indians and Brewers, but a no-trade clause in his contract had been seen as an impediment in any trade talks.

That may be changing, however.

ESPN’s Buster Olney sees the Red Sox as a possible fit for the starting pitcher, considering the uncertainty over Clay Buchholz. Over his last six starts, Kuroda is 1-4 with a 2.89 ERA. The Dodgers haven’t given Kuroda much support all year long as they are averaging less than three runs per game in Kuroda’s starts.

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Trade Deadline: Cardinals and Nationals reportedly discussing relievers 07.25.11 at 5:06 pm ET
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Todd Coffey

The Cardinals and Nationals are talking about a trade involving Nationals relievers according to a FoxSports.com report. The Cardinals have been aggressive in their search to improve their bullpen and are believed to have an interest in a few of the Nationals relievers.

The Nationals have made right-hander Todd Coffey available, according to the report. Coffey has a 3-1 record with a 3.92 ERA in 42 appearances. He has struggled lately and in his last 10 outings he has an ERA of 8.10.

Another member of the Nationals bullpen that has gotten some interest is All-Star setup man Tyler Clippard. Per the report, the Nationals reportedly would like to hold on to him, but it is believed he would be available in the right deal.

Clippard has only allowed 11 earned runs in 57 1/3 innings  this season. He is 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA.

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Trade Deadline: Reds reportedly drawing interest on Edinson Volquez 07.25.11 at 4:42 pm ET
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The Reds are reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams on starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Volquez has struggled this season and has even been spent some time in Triple-A, but the right-hander throws hard and does have some upside. He has a 5-4 record with a 5.93 ERA this season.

This is Volquez’s seventh season in the majors. He played for the Rangers for the first three seasons of his career. His best season came in 2008 in his first season with the Reds, finishing with a 17-6 record and a 3.21 ERA.

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Trade Deadline: Nationals and Twins reportedly have discussed Denard Span 07.25.11 at 4:26 pm ET
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The Nationals and Twins have reportedly discussed a trade involving center fielder Denard Span, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Span, the Twins outfielder has been out since June 7 with a concussion, but is currently on a rehab assignment.

Closer Drew Storen and All-Star setup man Tyler Clippard are players the Twins will most likely seek, but according to Rosenthal’s sources the Nationals are unwilling to deal them. Rosenthal adds that the Twins might seek right-hander’s Todd Coffey or Henry Rodriguez.

Before suffering the concussion Span was hitting .294 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Rosenthal also notes that the Nationals are reportedly interested in outfielders including the Rays’ B.J. Upton, the Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus and the Astros’ Michael Bourn.

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