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Gavin Floyd is going to the bullpen. Here's Coop:

"Right now, Gavin is in our bullpen, and he'll probably be available by Friday because the amount of pitches and innings he went [Tuesday]. We want anyone that is going to get us outs. Right now he's going to get that opportunity."
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Ozzie says the Sox aren't going to sell low:

"You're not going to sit there and give players away and say, 'Here, here, because we play bad we're going to give up.' No. If it's something that is not the right thing for the organization Kenny is not going to do it. ... Right now if those guys think in their minds that they're going to get traded -- who do they think they're getting traded to? The guys that should be traded, they have to perform better to be honest. Making a trade is not easy -- a good trade. ... If our players think they're going to be traded, make sure they know how to get to 35th and Shields, because they're going to be there for the next two months or three months. Make sure they know how to get here first."
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The Angels want Paulie? Well, Kenny "is asking for the house in return." And Ozzie predicts how the negotiations will go:

"If the Angels want to trade for somebody, I'll be happy. Kenny will be asking for a lot of people, and they'll say no."
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In other news,

  • Roland Hemond was named assistant to the Arizona Diamondbacks president.
  • Also, according to reports out of Buffalo, where Triple-A Charlotte currently is playing, Erstad was a late scratch from Wednesday's contest after feeling some stiffness in his neck following batting practice. Erstad reportedly had difficulty lifting his head when he was taking fly balls.
  • Steve Stone will replace DJ in the booth for the six-game homestand from August 7-12.
  • The Mariners are pursuing Jon Garland. Phil Rogers says Former White Sox assistant GM Dan Evans, now a top assistant to Mariners GM Bill Bavasi, absolutely loves everything about Garland. Mark Gonzalez says the Yankees are still in the mix as well (and reviews other rumors).