The White Sox are out of the mix on Adam Dunn

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That’s what Buster Olney says, passing along what he says the White Sox are “saying internally.”  Which begs the question as to how he heard it, but hey, that’s how things work this time of the season.

Olney says that the teams most likely to do a deal for Dunn could be the Yankees or Rays, each of whom may like him in their lineup, but each of whom may also have just as much of an interest in keeping him out of the other’s lineup (that made sense, right? I’m a little punchy).

There have been whispers that the Rays are worried about a DH-type given their struggles with Pat Burrell. There have also been whispers that the Yankees want to keep the DH slot open to give their veterans a rest.

Is that all legit, or are the Rays and the Yankees playing a game of chicken with one another?

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.