The Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran, K-Rod

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It’s only about a month or so until the trade deadline — at least the one that doesn’t require waivers — so I suppose we should crank up the Rumor-a-tron 3000. Here’s Heyman:

rangers interested in beltran as well as k-rod … Could be big trade partner for mets

I have this feeling a big bidding war is going to erupt for Beltran. So many teams are having trouble scoring runs. So few teams are shopping useful bats.  The Mets could clean up here — compared to other deadline deals for big money bats who are poised to hit free agency anyway — if they play their cards right.

As for Francisco Rodriguez: I suppose he’d be certain not to reach his games finished incentive if he goes to the Rangers, what with Neftali Feliz closing, so crazier things have happened.  Still, he’s expensive for a setup man, so I’d be more surprised to see him moved, at least absent the Mets kicking in serious dough.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.