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

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Top prospect Anthony Rizzo to be in Padres’ lineup Thursday

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Dan Hayes of the North County Times has confirmed the speculation about Anthony Rizzo’s impending arrival, citing a team source who says the stud first base prospect will be in the Padres’ lineup for tomorrow’s game against the Nationals. Rizzo was already in San Diego to have his injured thumb examined, but the Padres have…

  3. Padres activate catcher Nick Hundley from disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    Out for the past month with a strained oblique muscle, Nick Hundley has been activated from the disabled list and will resume starting behind the plate for the Padres. Hundley hit .263 with three homers and a .758 OPS in 27 games prior to the injury, which is downright Ruthian compared to how Rob Johnson…

  4. Cleveland’s big early lead in the AL Central is slipping away

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    choo getty

    Cleveland shocked everyone by going 18-8 in April and kept rolling through the first three weeks of May, giving the Indians an MLB-best 30-15 record as of May 23. That put them seven games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central and double-digit games ahead of every other team in the division, but the…

  5. Jerry Hairston Jr. drops suspension appeal because he’s injured anyway

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jerry Hairston Jr. was set to appeal his one-game suspension at a hearing today, but that’s no longer necessary because he’s injured anyway. Instead he’ll serve the suspension this afternoon while sidelined by back spasms, but Hairston told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he still disagrees with MLB’s ruling that he made contact…

  6. Brewers draft Trent Boras, son of super agent Scott Boras

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Among the interesting picks on Day 2 of the draft was the Brewers selecting the son of agent Scott Boras, high school third baseman Trent Boras, in the 30th round. In addition to having the sport’s most famous agent as his father Boras is also said to be leaning toward bypassing pro ball to attend…

  7. Mike Carp called up to Mariners after hitting .358 at Triple-A

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    In an effort to boost their terrible offense the Mariners have called up first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp from Triple-A, where he hit .348 with 19 homers and a 1.069 OPS in 57 games. That type of production obviously screams out for an opportunity, but it’s worth noting that Carp is also 25 years old…

  8. Giants ready to admit mistake by releasing Miguel Tejada?

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    San Francisco signing Miguel Tejada to a one-year, $6.5 million deal and handing him the starting shortstop job at age 37 was a bad idea at the time, as they focused on his veteran-ness rather than his declining offense and lack of range. By the middle of spring training the beat reporters covering the team…

  9. Nationals draft Bryce Harper’s older brother, Bryan Harper

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Lost in Bryce Harper’s latest foray into villainy is that the Nationals drafted his older brother yesterday, using their 30th-round pick on South Carolina left-hander Bryan Harper (not to be confused with the Brian Harper who spelled his name without a Y and was a really good player). This is actually the second time the…

  10. Rockies release Jose Lopez, eat $3.6 million salary

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Colorado gave up a mid-level prospect to get Jose Lopez from Seattle this offseason, avoided arbitration by signing him to a one-year, $3.6 million contract, and released him yesterday after the veteran infielder hit .208 with a .521 OPS in 129 plate appearances. Lopez was designated for assignment last week and it’s no surprise that…

  11. Rafael Furcal at least 25-30 days from returning to Dodgers

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Rafael Furcal got a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained oblique muscle suffered during a rundown and manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the shortstop is not expected back for 25-30 days. Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A…

  12. Jimmy Rollins diagnosed with deep bone bruise, may be headed for DL

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    As recently as yesterday Jimmy Rollins indicated that his injured right knee was feeling better, but an MRI exam revealed a deep bone bruise and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Phillies shortstop may be bound for the disabled list if things don’t improve within the next 48 hours. According to Gelb “the…

  13. Collision with catcher leaves Denard Span dizzy, out of the lineup, and “definitely scared”

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Denard Span‘s collision at the plate with Royals catcher Brayan Pena didn’t look like much Friday night and he was able to play yesterday, but the Twins’ center fielder is now out of the lineup and will head back to Minnesota to have his dizziness examined. Span chose to slide hard into Pena rather than…

  14. A’s place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Mark Ellis is headed to disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered last night, so the A’s have called up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A to take over as the starting second baseman. Weeks will be in the lineup tonight as Oakland’s leadoff hitter, which has primarily been Coco Crisp‘s spot in the batting order. Weeks…

  15. Agent says Aramis Ramirez won’t waive no-trade clause to leave Cubs

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Aramis Ramirez‘s agent, Paul Kinzer, told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the third baseman likely would not waive his no-trade clause to facilitate leaving the Cubs. Of course, it might be a moot point anyway, as Ramirez is making $14.6 million this season with a $16 million option or $2 million buyout for…

  16. Rays’ Double-A pitching coach shot in apparent mugging

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    A. Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Bill Moloney, the Double-A pitching coach for the Rays, was shot in the thigh last night in an apparent mugging. According to Long the incident occurred at Moloney’s apartment complex around 11:30 pm, after he’d coached in the Montgomery Biscuits’ game. Here are a few more…

  17. Rockies move Carlos Gonzalez to center field, leadoff spot

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Dexter Fowler‘s abdominal injury has the Rockies shaking up their outfield and batting order by moving Carlos Gonzalez from left field to center field and from No. 3 hitter to leadoff man. Gonzalez had played exclusively left field this season, but he started 55 times in center field last year and has 1,300 career innings…

  18. Ryan Zimmerman “unlikely” to come off disabled list this week

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 and played seven innings defensively last night at Single-A, but manager Jim Riggleman said the third baseman is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list before the Nationals end their 11-game road trip Sunday. “We don’t want to push it,” Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “I really want…

  19. Yankees draft Dante Bichette’s son, Dante Bichette Jr.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Dante Bichette Jr.

    They didn’t have a first-round pick last night, but the Yankees did have a supplemental first rounder at No. 51 thanks to losing Javier Vazquez as a free agent (seriously) and they used it on high school slugger Dante Bichette Jr. In addition to being the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette he’s also…

  20. Jason Kendall takes “a huge step” in post-surgery comeback

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall took what he called “a huge step” in his recovery from shoulder surgery, participating in live batting practice yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in September. Kendall’s throwing program has progressed to 100 feet and Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he could be cleared for…

  21. Andy Pettitte: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again”

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    While appearing on Michael Kay’s radio show yesterday Andy Pettitte made it very clear that he has no plans to come out of retirement, saying: “I don’t think I will ever pitch again.” Pettitte added that he’s “not dying to be playing baseball right now” and is “absolutely loving being home.” He left the door…

  22. Joakim Soria reclaims closer duties after one-week demotion

    Jun 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Demoted from closer to middle reliever last week after blowing three saves in four appearances, Joakim Soria threw five hitless innings in three outings and now the Royals are ready to hand him ninth-inning duties back. Aaron Crow was tabbed as the fill-in closer, but never actually got a save opportunity. Ned Yost told Dick…

  23. A’s send Kevin Kouzmanoff to Triple-A, call up Scott Sizemore

    Jun 6, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Last week, when the A’s acquired Scott Sizemore from the Tigers and optioned him to the minors, Matthew Pouliot speculated in this space that they’d turn to him at third base if Kevin Kouzmanoff continued to struggle. Matthew guessed it would take another couple weeks for Kouzmanoff to lose the job, but the A’s just…

  24. Rockies to put Dexter Fowler on DL, call up Charlie Blackmon

    Jun 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    No official move yet, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will place center fielder Dexter Fowler on the disabled list with a sore abdomen and call up Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A. Blackmon may get a chance to replace Fowler in center field, but he’s played primarily right field this season…

  25. Lower back pain forces Hanley Ramirez to the disabled list

    Jun 6, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    As expected, the Marlins have placed Hanley Ramirez on the disabled list with ongoing lower back problems. Ramirez hasn’t played since May 29 and revealed that the back soreness is so bad that it kept him from being able to put on his shoes, calling it “the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life.”…

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