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  1. Dirk Nowitzki to throw out first pitch at Rangers game tonight

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki rangers

    Fresh off winning the NBA title, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will experience the biggest moment of his sports career tonight when he throws out the first pitch at the Rangers-Mets game. As you can see by the attached picture, Nowitzki threw out the first pitch at a Rangers game back in 2003, when he was…

  2. Francisco Rodriguez open to being setup man if traded to “good teams like the Yankees or Rays”

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    One day after saying he needed to get his head out of his butt Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News that he’d be willing to serve as a setup man if traded to “good teams like the Yankees or the Rays.” Here’s more from Rodriguez, who’s 20-for-23 converting…

  3. Jim Riggleman was “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jim riggleman drinking

    Going out drinking sounds like a perfectly reasonable plan after making a very questionable decision to quit an extremely prestigious, highly paid job and Jim Riggleman did just that last night after shockingly resigning as the Nationals’ manager yesterday over a contract dispute. Riggleman went to a local establishment called Caddies on Cordell and knocked…

  4. Blue Jays moving Jose Bautista back to third base

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    jose-bautista-and-edwin-encarnacion-blue-jays

    Jose Bautista has played exclusively right field this season and robbed Jordan Schafer of a home run out there earlier this week, but yesterday the Blue Jays announced that they’re moving him back to third base as soon as Monday. Bautista started 45 games at third base last season and was initially slated to return…

  5. Rays reliever J.P. Howell diagnosed with gout

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    JP Howell

    Rays reliever J.P. Howell left the team and traveled back to Florida to have his left foot examined by team doctors yesterday and the southpaw has been diagnosed with gout. Howell pitched through the pain twice already and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that he’ll likely be back with the Rays tonight and…

  6. Shocker: Unhappy with contract, Jim Riggleman resigns as Nationals manager

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Riggleman

    Just minutes after the Nationals beat the Mariners with a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 1-0 game to move above .500 manager Jim Riggleman announced his resignation. According to general manager Mike Rizzo this morning Riggleman expressed displeasure about his contract, which includes a 2012 option that the Nationals haven’t picked up, and said he…

  7. Dustin Ackley moves to No. 2 spot in Mariners’ lineup as Chone Figgins’ role shrinks

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    Dustin Ackley is batting second in the Mariners’ lineup today, which might end up being his spot for the next decade or so and points to Chone Figgins‘ role continuing to shrink. Figgins has been the No. 2 hitter for most of the past season-and-a-half and still has another two years and $17 million left…

  8. Francisco Rodriguez after blown save: “I definitely have to get my head out of my butt”

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    After blowing a save last night Francisco Rodriguez uttered one of my favorite quotes of the season: You know what, I’m going to speak as a fan, not as a player. I definitely have to get my head out of my butt, pretty much. Simple as that. I have to stop these pathetic outings; they’re…

  9. John Lackey isn’t doing himself any favors with Boston media

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    lackey face

    John Lackey has certainly pitched poorly enough with the Red Sox that fans and media members would be extremely tough on him anyway, but he also didn’t help matters in last night’s postgame dealings with reporters. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe describes the scene, which started with Lackey replying “I don’t know, you guys…

  10. More elbow problems send Jose Contreras back to DL

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Jose Contreras lasted just nine appearances between disabled list stints, as the Phillies have placed the 39-year-old reliever back on the shelf with more elbow problems. Contreras was previously on the DL for five weeks beginning in late April and allowed six runs in six innings since returning, giving him a 3.86 ERA and 13/8…

  11. Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .359 and on pace for 151 RBIs

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Adrian Gonzalez totaled eight hits in three games while facing the Padres for the first time since they traded him to the Red Sox in December and now leads the league in batting average (.359), RBIs (69), hits (109), and doubles (25) while ranking among the top three in slugging percentage (.609), OPS (1.019), and…

  12. Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge returns from mono

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Detroit has activated Brandon Inge from the disabled list after the third baseman missed three weeks with mononucleosis, optioning Danny Worth back to Triple-A to clear roster space. Inge, who inked a two-year, $11.5 million extension this offseason, hit just .211 with one homer and a .565 OPS in 52 games prior to being shut…

  13. A’s place Josh Willingham on DL with Achilles’ tendon injury

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Willingham_Josh

    Josh Willingham repeatedly said that he planned to avoid the disabled list after aggravating an Achilles’ tendon injury Friday, but he hasn’t played since and now the A’s have put him on the shelf. Willingham hasn’t hit well in his first season with the A’s, batting just .231 with 10 homers and a .718 OPS…

  14. Second opinion confirms Jed Lowrie doesn’t need surgery

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list after feeling his left shoulder pop out of the socket last Thursday, but the Red Sox’s medical staff advised against surgery and a second opinion yesterday from Dr. Lewis Yocum agreed. Lowrie originally injured his shoulder in a collision with Carl Crawford on May 29 and ineffectively…

  15. Ike Davis will need surgery if his ankle injury doesn’t improve

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave an update on the status of Ike Davis‘ ankle injury and the news isn’t good. Davis has been out since mid-May with an injury that was initially expected to sideline him for just a couple weeks and Alderson told reporters that season-ending surgery is likely if he continues to…

  16. Len Kasper signs five-year extension to stay Cubs’ announcer

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    len kasper cubs

    Len Kasper will be the Cubs’ television play-by-play announcer through at least 2016 after signing a five-year contract extension, according to Barry Rozner of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Kasper has been paired with Bob Brenly on Cubs games since 2005 and they’re among my favorite duos. They have a very friendly, natural on-air rapport…

  17. Joe Nathan nearly ready to rejoin Twins’ bullpen

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    Joe Nathan wanted to return from the disabled list along with Joe Mauer last week, but the Twins asked him to make a few rehab appearances at Triple-A first. He threw a scoreless inning Saturday and another scoreless inning last night, with a third outing scheduled for tonight. Barring a setback it sounds like Nathan…

  18. Matt Kemp is halfway to the 40-40 club after just 75 games

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Matt Kemp stole his 20th base of the season last night, which along with 20 homers puts him halfway to joining the 40-homer, 40-steal club after just 75 games. Jose Canseco was the first 40-40 player in 1988 and since then Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano have joined him in the club. Kemp…

  19. Josh Beckett “is really sick” and unlikely to pitch Saturday

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett vs. Rays

    Josh Beckett was scratched from last night’s scheduled start because of the flu–or as manager Terry Francona put it, “intestinal turmoil”–and Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that he’s now unlikely to make his pushed-back start Saturday. Francona told McDonald that Beckett “is really sick” and “doctors are trying to figure it out.” Andrew Miller…

  20. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benches Ronny Cedeno … again

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Ronny Cedeno has been benched by manager Clint Hurdle for the second time this season after the Pirates shortstop attempted to bunt with the bases loaded last night before eventually grounding into a double play. Hurdle declined to specifically attach the benching to that plate appearance, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes…

  21. Monday was the 20th anniversary of Ivan Rodriguez’s debut

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    ivan rodriguez rangers

    Ivan Rodriguez celebrated the 20th anniversary of his big-league debut Monday, but the Nationals had the day off and then last night he sat on the bench as the man who’s replaced him as the starting catcher, 23-year-old Wilson Ramos, delivered a game-winning homer. Despite that lack of drama, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post…

  22. Jonathan Broxton’s first rehab inning: 1 run, 2 strikeouts

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jonathan-broxton-dodgers

    Jonathan Broxton started his rehab assignment last night by allowing one run in one inning at Triple-A. He gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters, throwing 12 of 23 pitches for strikes. Broxton hasn’t pitched since May 3 and was terrible before being shut down, so presumably the Dodgers will…

  23. Cardinals GM says Albert Pujols’ return timetable is “fluid”

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable for his fractured wrist, but as you’d expect from someone who’s never played fewer than 143 games in a season he’s already talking about getting back in the lineup. News that Pujols would likely be in a soft cast for four weeks seemingly ruled out…

  24. Jon Garland worried shoulder injury may end career

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland was cleared to play catch yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, but there’s no timetable for his return and the 31-year-old right-hander told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he’s worried about his career: That’s the natural tendency. It’s my livelihood. I’ve depended on my…

  25. Royals manager Ned Yost is friends with Jeff Foxworthy

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    jeff foxworthy

    There are worse people to be friends with, of course, but for some reason this tweet from Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star made me chuckle: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and other friends of manager Royals manager Ned Yost are in uniform and taking part in early workouts. You know you’re a…

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