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Yankees are not for sale, but don't tell Steven Cohen that

He could have bought the San Diego Padres but apparently is waiting for a chance to own the Yankees, if the Steinbrenners decide to sell, which they say they are not doing.

June 30, 2012|By Phil Rogers
  • Steven Cohen was believed to be interested in buying the San Diego Padres.
Steven Cohen was believed to be interested in buying the San Diego Padres. (Ronda Churchill / Bloomberg…)

The Steinbrenners said the New York Yankees weren't for sale, but it appears that Steven Cohen wasn't listening. The guy who could have bought the San Diego Padres reportedly is keeping his powder dry because he thinks he can wind up owning the Yankees in a few years. …

Shortstop Jed Lowrie has been a huge surprise for the Houston Astros but could be dealt within the National League Central. The Pittsburgh Pirates are a likely trading partner. …

When 20-year-old Angels outfielder Mike Trout makes the All-Star team, he will be the 20th player selected before his 21st birthday. The last three were Jason Heyward, Alex Rodriguez and Ivan Rodriguez. …

Milwaukee Brewers ace Zack Greinke is going somewhere by the trade deadline, possibly to the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees aren't sure whether he could handle the emotional strain that comes with being in New York. …

Who turned out the power at Comerica Park? The mighty Detroit Tigers began the weekend 11th in the American League in home runs, hitting more than only the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. …

You think that's bad? The Seattle Mariners were hitting .202 at Safeco Field, a performance that will take the 1967 Chicago White Sox off the hook if it continues. That team hit .210 at Comiskey Park, eight points lower than any other team has hit at home. …

Is there any way to get Ernesto Frieri on the AL All-Star team? Acquired from the Padres on May 3, he hadn't given up a run in 23 outings for the Angels before Saturday, holding opponents to an .083 average and striking out 40 batters in 231/3 innings. That's pure dominance. …

You have to think Felix Hernandez will be the Mariners' lone All-Star, but there have been very few set-up men better than Seattle left-hander Charlie Furbush. …

Why would the Chicago Cubs deal Matt Garza if building up the pitching staff is the top priority? He has a high-mileage arm and trading him would allow Theo Epstein to do a three- or four-for-one sequence of events, getting prospects for Garza now and salary flexibility to add a free agent starter after 2013 or 2014. …

Three baseball movies are in the pipeline after the success of "Moneyball."A documentary, "Knuckleball," received good reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival, a Jackie Robinson movie starring Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey is scheduled for release in April and Casey Affleck has tackled a project focusing on Josh Hamilton.

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