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  1. Mike Quade on Starlin Castro’s lack of hustle: “It better not happen again”

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

    I’m sure Jack McKeon would have benched Starlin Castro for the rest of the decade by now, but Cubs manager Mike Quade has taken a less extreme approach to handling the 21-year-old shortstop’s lack of hustle. In the first inning of yesterday’s game Castro failed to run after a ground ball that went past him…

  2. Twins’ momentum vanishes as they fall back into last place

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Digging out of their massive early season hole seemed possible and then some when the Twins chased Giants starter Madison Bumgarner from last Tuesday’s game with an eight-run first inning. They’d won eight in a row as part of a 15-2 stretch that improved the Twins from an MLB-worst 17-37 to 32-39, miraculously bringing .500…

  3. Mariners won’t limit rookie Michael Pineda’s workload

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Back in April the Mariners indicated that they planned to limit Michael Pineda‘s workload, but never got into specifics as pitching coach Carl Willis said: “We’ll come up with a number, maybe another month in.” We’re now another two months in and apparently they’ve changed their minds, at least somewhat, as Willis told Greg Johns…

  4. Aaron Harang (foot) unlikely to return before All-Star break

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday as he recovers from a foot injury, but manager Bud Black told Dan Hayes of the North County Times that the right-hander is unlikely to rejoin the Padres’ rotation before the All-Star break. Harang provided a nice return on the Padres’ modest $4 million offseason investment by throwing…

  5. A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy has some interesting thoughts about “The Golden Girls”

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    golden girls

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison gets all the attention for being worthwhile follow on Twitter–and rightfully so, because he’s great–but A’s starter Brandon McCarthy has flown under the radar a bit as an interesting, funny tweeter. For instance, he just posted these deep thoughts about “The Golden Girls”: The Golden Girls isn’t as enjoyable when you…

  6. Justin Morneau to undergo neck surgery, expected to miss six weeks

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau just can’t catch a break. After sitting out nine months following a concussion last July he returned to the Twins’ lineup to hit just .225 with four homers and a .619 OPS in 55 games before being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury last week. And now Jim Souhan of…

  7. Jose Contreras out 4-6 weeks; Phillies may pursue Heath Bell

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list, with Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia writing that he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained forearm, and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that “the Phillies are asking around about bullpen help.” Olney doesn’t get into specifics about who’re they’re “asking around about” yet, but did…

  8. Nationals name John McLaren interim manager, but will pick new guy (Davey Johnson?) by Monday

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    mclaren getty

    As expected, John McLaren has officially been named the Nationals’ interim manager following Jim Riggleman’s resignation yesterday, but apparently he’s not long for the job either. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that McLaren will manage the team this weekend but “general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.” Most of…

  9. Phillies place Roy Oswalt on disabled list, release J.C. Romero

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    oswalt ap

    Roy Oswalt is worried about his back problems forcing him into retirement, so it’s no surprise that the Phillies have placed him on the disabled list before even waiting for the results of the MRI exam scheduled for Monday. There seems to be a legitimate fear that he’ll never pitch again and if he does…

  10. Reds activate Aroldis Chapman from DL after shaky 30-day rehab assignment

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman‘s minor-league rehab assignment wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but after a maximum 30-day stint recovering from shoulder inflammation (and control problems) the Reds have activated him from the disabled list. Chapman allowed 12 runs in 13 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but did post a strong 20/8 K/BB ratio and threw a scoreless inning…

  11. Jim Thome not ready to return, “still having some issues”

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but instead the 40-year-old designated hitter will likely remain on the sidelines through at least the weekend with his back and quadriceps injuries. Ron Gardenhire told 1500-ESPN that Thome “is still having some issues” while rehabbing at extended spring training in Florida. He’s been…

  12. Guessing the preferred drinks of big league managers

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    bartenders manual

    It’s tough to say for sure from just looking at a cellphone picture, but I’m going to guess that Jim Riggleman was downing Jack and Cokes while “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night. He seems like a Jack and Coke kind of guy, although probably Diet Coke because he has…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge returns from mono

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    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…

  25. 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…

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