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  1. In first day on the job Jack McKeon benches Hanley Ramirez

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Jack McKeon wasted no time making his presence felt as Edwin Rodriguez’s replacement, as the 80-year-old’s first lineup since returning as Marlins manager doesn’t include Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has dealt with back problems for much of the season, but told reporters that he’s healthy and confused by not starting tonight. McKeon explained to Clark Spencer…

  2. Rockies activate Dexter Fowler from DL, send him to Triple-A

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    As expected, the Rockies have activated Dexter Fowler from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A instead of bringing the center fielder back to the big-league roster. Fowler’s abdominal injury actually kept him from being demoted to Triple-A last month and since then the Rockies have repeatedly talked about the switch-hitter needing to improve…

  3. Marlon Byrd hoping to return from facial fractures on July 4

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Out since a May 21 beaning left him with facial fractures, Marlon Byrd said yesterday that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as next week. Byrd, who did some running yesterday, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he hopes to join the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Des…

  4. Knee injury voids Chris Coghlan’s demotion to Triple-A, sends him to DL instead

    Jun 20, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Before hiring an 80-year-old as their new manager the Marlins made a different surprising move last week by demoting former Rookie of the Year and Opening Day center fielder Chris Coghlan to Triple-A, but the transaction has been voided because Coghlan informed the team of a knee injury and has instead been placed on the…

  5. Twins follow MLB-worst 17-36 start with 14-3 run this month

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Minnesota Twins

    I’ll save most of the dorky details and nerdy numbers for my Twins-focused blog, but Minnesota has started to dig out of its huge early hole by recovering from an MLB-worst 17-36 start through May 31 to go 14-3 so far in June. Run prevention has been the biggest key, as none of the six…

  6. Albert Pujols out 4-6 weeks with fractured forearm/wrist

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    At the time it looked much worse than the initial diagnosis of a sprain and sure enough the Cardinals have announced that Albert Pujols will be out for 4-6 weeks after further examination revealed a “non-displaced fracture” in his left forearm, near his wrist. Losing him for at least a month is obviously a huge…

  7. American League dominating interleague play … again

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    After the first set of interleague series it looked like the American League’s dominance over the National League might finally be coming to an end, but the AL went 29-13 over the weekend and is now 47-34 overall against the NL the season. That works out to a .580 winning percentage, which is a 94-68…

  8. Michael Bourn on ejection: “I just didn’t understand and then he threw me out of the game”

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Michael Bourn was ejected from yesterday’s game after being called out on strikes by umpire Jeff Nelson, but afterward the Astros center fielder told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle that he didn’t understand why he got the boot: I don’t argue too many calls. I was just asking, “Where was it?” I didn’t cuss…

  9. Blue Jays GM is “livid” about reports of pre-draft deal with first-round pick Tyler Beede

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is furious about reports and speculation claiming the Blue Jays made a pre-draft deal with first-round pick Tyler Beede, calling them “ridiculous” and “a joke.” Last week Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus noted “lots of industry rumors that the Blue Jays had a pre-draft deal done with first-round pick…

  10. David Wright “felt good” after taking grounders on his knees

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright hasn’t been cleared for full baseball activities as he recovers from a lower back stress fracture, but he fielded ground balls from his knees yesterday and made about 20 throws, telling Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York afterward that he “felt good.” Mazzeo reports that Wright will spend today riding an exercise bike…

  11. Jason Kendall to begin rehab assignment in rookie ball

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall‘s comeback from September shoulder surgery will progress to a rehab assignment in rookie-ball today, according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com. Kendall, who has been sidelined for 10 months and turns 37 years old next week, will see his first game action since August 30 of last season against teenagers in the Arizona League.…

  12. Alex Avila playing third base tonight for first time since college

    Jun 17, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Without the designated hitter spot at his disposal Tigers manager Jim Leyland is getting creative for interleague play tonight by starting catcher Alex Avila at third base, where he hasn’t played a single inning since college. Detroit’s regular third baseman, Brandon Inge, is on the disabled list, and playing Avila out of position allows Victor…

  13. Braves place Tommy Hanson on DL with shoulder injury

    Jun 17, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson pitches

    Tommy Hanson was already scratched from his scheduled start today because of a shoulder injury and now the Braves have placed him on the disabled list. The good news, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, is that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage and Hanson’s diagnosis is merely inflammation. The bad news is that…

  14. Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    They haven’t fired their manager (yet), but the Marlins made a surprising move today by demoting Opening Day center fielder and former Rookie of the Year winner Chris Coghlan to Triple-A. Coghlan was asked to switch to center field this season after previously never playing the position as a pro and has fared relatively well…

  15. Travis swap: Indians activate Hafner from DL, option Buck to Triple-A

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner

    Travis Hafner is back from the disabled list after sitting out the past four weeks with an oblique injury and the Indians created a roster spot for his return by optioning Travis Buck to Triple-A. Hafner is in the lineup tonight as the designated hitter and cleanup man, but starting next Friday his playing time…

  16. Read the McCourt’s divorce settlement agreement

    Jun 17, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Based on various reports from this morning it sounds like the McCourt’s divorce settlement agreement being contingent on MLB approving the Dodgers’ new television contract with FOX makes it somewhere between “unlikely” and “moot point.” With that said, the Los Angeles Times has an official copy of the agreement–all six pages of it, for those…

  17. White Sox GM turns down Jake Peavy’s offer to work in relief

    Jun 17, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Earlier this week Jake Peavy offered to move to the bullpen once he comes off the disabled list, but today White Sox general manager Ken Williams shot down that idea. Williams told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that Peavy will return as a starter, saying taking him up on the bullpen offer “never crossed…

  18. HBT Daily: Previewing the weekend’s interleague matchups

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Craig is gone, but he lives on in video form (he’s actually just taking a long weekend) …

  19. Joe Morgan is getting his own radio show

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Fired by ESPN in November, longtime Sunday Night Baseball announcer and Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan will soon launch his own syndicated weekday afternoon radio show, according to Media Bistro. The Joe Morgan Show will begin August 22 with a pre-promoted guest list that includes Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson,…

  20. Paul Konerko doesn’t regret turning down Diamondbacks to re-sign with White Sox

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    This offseason Paul Konerko seriously considered signing with the Diamondbacks, in large part to be closer to his family, but ultimately decided to re-sign with the White Sox for $37.5 million over three years. With the White Sox heading to Arizona for an interleague series that begins tonight Konerko told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  21. Dodgers divorce: McCourts reach settlement after 20 months

    Jun 17, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt have finally reached a divorce settlement and an official announcement will come this afternoon. They filed for divorce 20 months ago, turning ownership of the Dodgers into a huge question mark amid various ugliness and cash flow problems. Of late reaching payroll…

  22. Shoulder injury sends Cardinals rookie Eduardo Sanchez and his 1.88 ERA to DL

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Eduardo Sanchez has been fantastic for the Cardinals, quickly ascending to a prominent bullpen role by throwing 29 innings with a 1.88 ERA and 33 strikeouts, but now the 22-year-old’s rookie campaign is on hold thanks to a shoulder injury. Sanchez left the team and traveled back to St. Louis for an MRI exam yesterday…

  23. “If the Yankees are stealing signs, they suck at it”

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba made headlines by yelling at Andruw Jones during Wednesday’s game for what he believed was stealing signs and relaying them to other Yankees hitters while at second base. Mark Teixeira revealed that Torrealba also complained to him about the same thing during Tuesday’s game, Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters that…

  24. Marlins president says firing manager Edwin Rodriguez “is not something I’ve pondered”

    Jun 17, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Marlins lost for the 14th time in 15 games to slide into sole possession of last place in the NL East and judging from Hanley Ramirez‘s comments about having Edwin Rodriguez’s “back till death” the players clearly think their manager is on the hot seat. Team president David Samson told Joe Capozzi of…

  25. Twins get healthier: Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins come off DL

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Tsuyoshi Nishioka was back in Minnesota’s lineup today for the first time since breaking his leg on April 7 and after finishing off a two-game sweep of the White Sox the Twins activated Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins from the disabled list as well. Mauer has been out since mid-April, but because of the ongoing…

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