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  1. 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…

  2. Peter Gammons and Ozzie Guillen agree: Wrigley is “a dump”

    Jun 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Peter Gammons made some headlines in Chicago over the weekend by saying during a local radio interview that Wrigley Field is “a dump” that needs renovating like “what the Boston owners did with Fenway Park.” Ozzie Guillen, who has been a vocal critic of Wrigley Field in the past, was asked what he thought of…

  3. Astros keeping 20-year-old rookie Jordan Lyles in rotation

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Wandy Rodriguez returning from the disabled list today was initially expected to bump rookie Jordan Lyles from the Astros’ rotation and back to the minors, but now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the 20-year-old right-hander will stick around. Lyles is no longer being viewed as a fill-in starter, as the Astros will…

  4. Hanley Ramirez to return Tuesday as Marlins’ leadoff man

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Hanley Ramirez batted second or third in the Marlins’ lineup for each of his 47 starts prior to landing on the disabled list with back problems, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll return from the DL tomorrow as Florida’s leadoff man. Ramirez has been out since May 30 and the Marlins…

  5. Martin Prado diagnosed with staph infection, placed on DL

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    prado batting

    Martin Prado has been out of the Braves’ lineup since being struck on the left knee by a throw while trying to steal second base Tuesday and today the Braves placed him on the disabled list … with a staph infection … in his other leg. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that…

  6. After 255 straight starts Ichiro Suzuki out of Mariners’ lineup for first time since 2009

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki, Drew Butera

    With his batting average down to .252 thanks to a month-long, 13-for-87 (.149) slump Ichiro Suzuki is out of the Mariners’ lineup today for the first time since 2009. That snaps a streak of 255 consecutive starts for Suzuki, which is the second-longest in baseball behind only Matt Kemp of the Dodgers with 268. Carlos…

  7. Jake Fox unclaimed on waivers, stays with Orioles at Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    jake-fox-orioles

    Apparently the Orioles weren’t the only team unimpressed with Jake Fox leading MLB in homers during spring training. Designated for assignment last week, Fox cleared waivers unclaimed and the Orioles have outrighted him to Triple-A. There was some speculation that the Pirates might claim Fox to help their suddenly extremely thin catching depth, but his…

  8. Kevin Kouzmanoff and his $4.75 million salary cleared waivers on the way to Triple-A

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Earlier this week the A’s optioned Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, demoting the struggling third baseman while calling up the recently acquired Scott Sizemore to replace him. As if that wasn’t depressing enough for a 29-year-old veteran of six seasons and 645 games, today the A’s dropped Kouzmanoff from the 40-man roster altogether and successfully passed…

  9. Padres lose setup man Luke Gregerson to strained oblique

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Lost in the hoopla surrounding Anthony Rizzo’s debut is that the Padres placed setup man Luke Gregerson on the disabled list last night with a strained oblique muscle. Gregerson isn’t a household name, but he has a 3.14 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 181 innings since debuting in 2009, including a 2.63 ERA in 30…

  10. “Just a matter of time before the Angels release” Scott Kazmir

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir turned in another ugly start at Triple-A last night and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that “it now appears to be just a matter of time before the Angels release the struggling left-hander and swallow his $14.5-million contract.” Kazmir coughed up six runs in 3.2 innings last night, walking five…

  11. Cecil Fielder wants to make amends with Prince Fielder, who still wants nothing to do with him

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    cecil fielder and prince fielder

    Alex Espinoza of the Yuma Sun wrote a story about former slugger Cecil Fielder entitled “Fielder hoping to mend relationship with son.” Within the article there are no real details about why Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder are estranged, but the story does include a bunch of quotes from Cecil–including “can’t anybody say I didn’t…

  12. Twins place Denard Span on 7-day concussion disabled list

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Denard Span

    Still “dizzy” and “foggy” following a relatively minor-looking home plate collision Friday night, Denard Span has been placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions by the Twins. Span was diagnosed with a mild concussion after spending four hours being examined by doctors in Minnesota yesterday and the Twins are all too aware of…

  13. Bill Hall drawing interest from Nationals and Orioles

    Jun 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Released by the Astros earlier this week, Bill Hall is drawing interest from the Nationals and Orioles, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rosenthal also notes that the Yankees pursued Hall during the offseason and could be interested in the veteran utility man again now. Hall was released by the Astros two months into a…

  14. Pirates’ starting catcher Chris Snyder to have back surgery

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Snyder needs surgery and may be lost for the season. ========== Coming into the season the Pirates had so much catching depth that they were desperately trying to trade Ryan Doumit rather than use him as a part-time outfielder, but now Doumit is on the…

  15. Dodgers option rookie Jerry Sands back to Triple-A

    Jun 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Los Angeles showed patience with Jerry Sands by sticking with the rookie despite a very slow start and he rebounded with a solid May, but after beginning this month in a 1-for-17 slump the Dodgers have demoted him back to Triple-A. Sands’ overall numbers aren’t pretty, as he hit just .200 with two homers and…

  16. Jimmy Rollins avoids disabled list, rejoins Phillies’ lineup

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins was apparently right about not needing a stint on the disabled list for his knee injury, because the Phillies’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs. Rollins was out of the starting lineup for the previous four games after an MRI revealed what the Phillies called a “deep…

  17. Magglio Ordonez asks for more rehab time in minors before rejoining Tigers

    Jun 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Magglio Ordonez was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he asked the Tigers for some additional time in the minors to get “his timing at the plate.” Ordonez is 7-for-26 (.269) with a double through six games at Triple-A, striking out six times versus zero walks…

  18. GM on Phillies’ trade deadline plans: “You will not see a major move this year”

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that he has no plans to pick up a big bat before the July 31 trade deadline, telling Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia: “You will not see a major move this year.” Philadelphia has MLB’s best record at 37-25, putting the Phillies on pace for 97 wins, but…

  19. Mike Stanton has 35 homers after 365 days in the big leagues

    Jun 9, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Florida Marlins

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Marlins calling up Mike Stanton and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that his power numbers after 365 days as a big leaguer are every bit as impressive as the hype suggested. Stanton has struggled to make consistent contact, striking out 184 times compared to 51 non-intentional walks, and…

  20. Giants need catching help, but “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer”

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    General manager Brian Sabean loves veterans and the Giants are in need of catching help with Buster Posey out for the season, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they “don’t consider Ivan Rodriguez the answer.” Rodriguez is old enough that his son was drafted by the Twins earlier this week and he’s hitting…

  21. Josh Hamilton on why Texas fired hitting coach Thad Bosley: “It was communication … not a lot there”

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    thad-bosley-and-josh-hamilton-rangers

    When the Rangers fired hitting coach Thad Bosley yesterday after just two months on the job I wrote that it couldn’t have been based on the lineup’s performance, because they rank fourth among AL teams in runs scored with a similar output to last season. And sure enough, comments from the front office and various…

  22. Mike Scioscia’s frustration boils over after Angels’ fall in extra innings for fifth straight loss

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    SciosciaTimmons

    Mike Scioscia was so frustrated following the Angels’ extra-inning loss to the Rays last night that Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times describes how “his voice filled with ire … the longer the postgame interview went on.” In losing for the fifth straight game and falling to 30-34 overall the Angels struck out 11…

  23. Brandon Lyon returns from DL, but won’t resume closing for Astros right away

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Brandon Lyon is back with the Astros after spending a month on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff, but manager Brad Mills told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle that he won’t immediately resume closing. We’ll kind of ease him into it before we put him absolutely all the way in to…

  24. Brian Roberts still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks later

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was in Baltimore yesterday to meet with manager Buck Showalter and talk to reporters, and the Orioles second baseman revealed that he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks after suffering a concussion sliding head-first into first base on May 16. Roberts was told during a recent doctor visit that he’s showing some improvement,…

  25. Rangers fire new hitting coach Thad Bosley despite scoring fourth-most runs in AL

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    thad-bosley-and-josh-hamilton-rangers

    Hired in November to replace Clint Hurdle as Texas’ hitting coach, Thad Bosley was fired today two months into the season despite the Rangers ranking fourth among AL teams in runs per game. Scott Coolbaugh will replace him, becoming the Rangers’ fourth hitting coach in less than three full seasons. After scoring 787 runs on…

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