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  1. Orioles have changed pitching coaches 13 times in 17 years

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    revolving door

    In the wake of Mark Connor resigning yesterday for personal reasons Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun note that by replacing him with Rick Adair the Orioles have now changed pitching coaches 13 times in 17 years. A couple guys have held the job twice during that span, but Connolly raises a…

  2. Carl Crawford heckled in return to Tampa Bay, says Rays partied more than Red Sox

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Craig already wrote about Carl Crawford‘s return to Tampa Bay being like seeing an ex-girlfriend at a party, but it’s also worth noting that many of his ex-boyfriends didn’t treat Crawford all that well. There was a solid amount of booing as he stepped to the plate for the first time, although eventually the rest…

  3. Brian Roberts “is starting to do some more physical things”

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts has been out since mid-May with a concussion, but manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that “he’s starting to do some more physical things” in extended spring training. Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that Roberts “has been progressing through an upper-body exercise plan” without any problems, but “the team isn’t taking any chances with”…

  4. Josh Johnson’s return pushed back again as move to 60-day DL rules him out until second half

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    At this rate the Marlins will announce next week that Josh Johnson won’t be returning until 2015. Johnson was initially expected to miss just a couple weeks with shoulder inflammation when Florida placed him on the disabled list in mid-May, but manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted Monday that they were no longer expecting Johnson back before…

  5. Benched again, Jason Bay says “that’s just the reality of it” and “I just work here”

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Benched last night for the third time in six games Jason Bay offered up a very reasonable response when questioned afterward by reporters, noting that it’s tough to complain much about not being in the lineup when you’re hitting .207. I’m a realist. I’m not playing that well. That’s just the reality of it. Had…

  6. Indians prospect Jason Knapp undergoes shoulder surgery

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    jason knapp indians

    Indians pitching prospect Jason Knapp will miss the remainder of the season and possibly part of 2012 after undergoing surgery to “stabilize and tighten” his right shoulder, according to director of player development Ross Atkins. Knapp, who was arguably the centerpiece of the four-player package the Indians received from the Phillies for Cliff Lee in…

  7. Orioles’ first-year pitching coach Mark Connor resigns

    Jun 14, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    mark-connor-orioles

    Orioles pitching coach Mark Connor has resigned for personal reasons just hours after the Astros cited “philosophical differences” in firing their pitching coach, Brad Arnsberg. Bullpen coach Rick Adair will take over for Connor, who was hired to replace Rick Krantz this offseason and had coached the Orioles’ staff to a 4.24 ERA that ranked…

  8. Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from disabled list

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    As expected, the Nationals have activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list for tonight’s game after the third baseman missed nearly two months with a abdominal injury that required surgery. Zimmerman slides back into the lineup as the No. 3 hitter, with Jayson Werth remaining in the leadoff spot and Mike Morse hitting cleanup against…

  9. Blue Jays demote Kyle Drabek and his 5.70 ERA to Triple-A

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Kyle Drabek pitching

    Kyle Drabek secured a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation coming out of the spring training, one-hit the Twins for seven innings in his first start, and had a 3.30 ERA through five outings. And then everything fell apart for the 23-year-old prospect acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade, as Drabek posted…

  10. Mariners reliever Chris Ray is brewing beer for charity

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    SAMSUNG

    Mariners reliever Chris Ray was at the Fremont Brewing Company yesterday, helping brew a beer called Homefront IPA that will be sold at Safeco Field and around Seattle to raise money for the Operation Homefront organization that provides emergency financial assistance to the families of military personnel. Kendall Jones of Washington Beer Blog wrote a…

  11. Marlins no longer expecting Josh Johnson back before July

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    When the Marlins placed Josh Johnson on the disabled list in mid-May their hope was that he’d rejoin the rotation on June 1, but his timetable has repeatedly been pushed back since then and yesterday manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted that “the most optimistic hope” for Johnson’s return is now July. Rodriguez told Tom D’Angelo of…

  12. Mariners on the verge of calling up prospect Dustin Ackley

    Jun 14, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Dustin Ackley

    Speculation last month that the Mariners were close to calling up top prospect Dustin Ackley proved wrong, but now Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes that the former No. 2 overall pick may make his much-anticipated debut Monday. Projecting call-ups is tricky at this point in the season because the service time ramifications aren’t…

  13. Angels place Fernando Rodney on DL with back injury

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Fernando Rodney lost the closer role to rookie Jordan Walden in early April and hasn’t pitched particularly well as a setup man since, but now he won’t be pitching at all for a while after the Angels placed him on the disabled list with a back injury. Rodney is eligible to come off the DL…

  14. Where have Carl Pavano’s strikeouts gone?

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano has put together a strong six-start stretch since beginning the season 2-4 with a 6.64 ERA, logging 43 innings with a 2.49 ERA and just two homers allowed as the Twins have begun to dig out of their huge early hole. However, his lack of missed bats continues to be worrisome from a…

  15. Travis Hafner nearing possible weekend return from DL

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Injuries have played a big part in the Indians losing 14 of 19 games to see their AL Central lead vanish, but it sounds like they’ll have Travis Hafner back in the lineup soon. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Hafner took batting practice yesterday and is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment today…

  16. Cubs manager Mike Quade is already on the hot seat, but so is general manager Jim Hendry

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    With the Cubs tied for the second-worst record in baseball at 26-39 “fans and the media have begun to wonder if Mike Quade’s days as manager may be nearing an end,” according to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago. Quade went 24-13 down the stretch last season after taking over for Lou Piniella, but all the…

  17. Shoulder discomfort slows Johan Santana’s surgery rehab

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Sandy Alderson refused to classify it as a setback, but the Mets general manager did reveal that Johan Santana felt discomfort in his surgically repaired shoulder while throwing off a mound on June 3 and has slowed his rehab timetable. Santana hasn’t thrown off a mound since then, although he also hasn’t been examined by…

  18. Cubs place Kerry Wood on DL with blister on index finger

    Jun 13, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    kerry-wood-cubs

    Kerry Wood took less money to return to the Cubs as a free agent this offseason and has pitched well with a 2.25 ERA and 21/10 K/BB ratio in 24 innings setting up Carlos Marmol, but now a blister on his right index finger has forced him to the disabled list. Wood has been pitching…

  19. Who will White Sox dump to make room for Dayan Viciedo?

    Jun 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    Now that Dayan Viciedo has successfully made the transition from range-impaired third baseman to passable right fielder at Triple-A the 22-year-old prospect told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he’s “ready” for another chance with the White Sox. And general manager Ken Williams apparently agrees, telling Merkin that “it would be awfully interesting to have him…

  20. Orioles hoping to sign J.J. Hardy to contract extension before the All-Star break

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    J.J. Hardy wore out his welcome in Minnesota after one season, in part because Ron Gardenhire wanted more speed in the lineup, in part because Hardy missed one-third of the season with injuries, and in part because the Twins didn’t seem to grasp that excellent defense and a decent bat made him one of the…

  21. Nationals to activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL tomorrow

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Last night Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that Ryan Zimmerman could return from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday and today he confirmed it via team source, writing: “Now it’s definite.” Zimmerman, who’s been out since mid-April with an abdominal injury that required surgery, went 8-for-21 (.381) with four extra-base hits and…

  22. Jason Marquis wants a multi-year extension from Nationals

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis post-ejection

    Jason Marquis was injured and terrible last season, going 2-9 with a 6.60 ERA in 13 starts, but now that he’s healthy and pitching well the 32-year-old impending free agent told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he wants to remain with the Nationals beyond this season. Oh, and he’d like a multi-year contract: Anybody would…

  23. Dodgers must pay Manny Ramirez $8.33 million by June 30

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mannywood sign

    Dodgers owner Frank McCourt already had to draw cash advances just to cover the June 1 payroll and now Molly Knight of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the team must pay Manny Ramirez $8.33 million in deferred money by June 30. Ramirez’s two-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers included three deferred $8.33 million payments…

  24. Joe Maddon on Orioles starter Brian Matusz: “I’m certain he’s not feeling 100 percent”

    Jun 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    matusz throws

    Brian Matusz was being counted on to anchor a young Orioles rotation after throwing 176 innings with a 4.30 ERA as a rookie last year, but instead he missed the first two months of the season with a strained intercostal muscle and hasn’t looked very impressive since coming off the disabled list. Matusz failed to…

  25. Not taking Twins’ “pitch to contact” advice has worked well for Francisco Liriano

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Minnesota Twins

    Francisco Liriano had a panic-inducing April, posting a 9.13 ERA with as many walks (18) as strikeouts (18) as the Twins tried to convince him to “pitch to contact” with terrible results. His first May start was a no-hitter versus the White Sox and Liriano flirted with a second no-hitter yesterday against the Rangers, giving…

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