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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benches Ronny Cedeno … again

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    cedeno_ronny

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Padres place Brad Hawpe on disabled list with finger injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Brad Hawpe moved from first base to right field to make room for Anthony Rizzo‘s arrival two weeks ago and now he’s out of the lineup altogether, as the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a stained left middle finger. Hawpe got off to a brutal start, turned things around for a while,…

  20. Hanley Ramirez hits cleanup in return from benching, reporter thinks Marlins should trade him

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Day 1 of the (latest) Jack McKeon era in Florida involved benching Hanley Ramirez, but the Marlins’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels. And not only that: Ramirez is hitting cleanup for the first time in his career. Also of note is that Marlins beat reporter Joe Capozzi of…

  21. Brian Roberts won’t return from his concussion before the All-Star break

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was examined today by a concussion specialist who told him he needed more rest, so Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles have ruled him out through the All-Star break. Roberts initially suffered the concussion while sliding head-first into first base on May 16 and the All-Star break is hardly an established…

  22. Cardinals call up Mark Hamilton to help replace Albert Pujols

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals

    It remains to be seen how manager Tony La Russa will actually choose to replace Albert Pujols in the lineup, but he’ll at least have the option of using Mark Hamilton after the Cardinals called the 26-year-old first baseman up from Triple-A today. Hamilton has struggled previously in a couple brief stints with the Cardinals,…

  23. Ricky Romero tweets: “I did NOT call out my teammates”

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    I wrote this morning about Ricky Romero pointing to a lack of run support after last night’s loss dropped him to 6-7 despite a 2.98 ERA and this afternoon Romero tweeted that he wasn’t calling out the Blue Jays’ lineup: Wanna clear up that I did NOT call out any of my teammates. Never been…

  24. Rafael Furcal nearing rehab assignment for oblique injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Jonathan Broxton is slated to begin his rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A and Rafael Furcal may not be far behind, as Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the injured shortstop could start a rehab stint of his own as soon as Monday. Furcal has been out since June 4 with a strained left…

  25. Brandon Webb’s latest rehab start: 0.2 innings, 4 runs

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    brandon-webb-spring-training

    Brandon Webb finally provided some reason for optimism last week by tossing three shutout innings in a rehab start at Double-A, but that all vanished in his follow-up start Sunday when he failed to make it out of the first inning while allowing four runs. Afterward the rehabbing former Cy Young winner told Louie Horvath…

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