Quote of the Day: White Sox never pursued Oswalt

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General manager Kenny Williams, on reports that Roy Oswalt would veto a trade to the White Sox:

You want me to respond to something we haven’t made an overture
towards? He probably hasn’t been asked the question, and someone has
written or talked about it as though it were something that was
imminent or a reality. And it’s not.

I really prefer not to get into confirming or denying something
because you tip your hand, and if you tip your hand, you don’t get
anything done. But I’ll make the exception so everyone can relax a
little bit. I haven’t talked to the Houston Astros about any pitching
whatsoever.

Of course, if the last-place Astros think of themselves as buyers at the trading deadline all of the Oswalt-to-Chicago speculation is a moot point anyway.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.