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  1. Rangers fire play-by-play announcer John Rhadigan after two months on the job

    May 26, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    john rhadigan rangers

    Josh Lewin was so good and so popular as the Rangers’ play-by-play announcer that replacing him was a very tall task, but John Rhadigan probably thought he had at least a little job security. Less than two months after stepping into Lewin’s big shoes Rhadigan has been fired, according to Richie Witt of the Dallas…

  2. A’s owner Lew Wolff on manager Bob Geren: “I love the guy, I love everything about him”

    May 26, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Bob Geren

    Bob Geren has had a tough week, as demoted closer Brian Fuentes ripped the A’s manager for a lack of communication and then former Oakland closer Huston Street chimed in all the way from Colorado to basically agree with everything Fuentes said. Geren’s job is probably pretty safe considering he’s best buddies with general manager…

  3. Phillies activate Jose Contreras from disabled list

    May 26, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    As expected, the Phillies activated Jose Contreras from the disabled list prior to today’s game. Also expected, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Contreras “will work in a setup role while Ryan Madson continues to be used as closer.” Madson had his first rough outing of the season earlier this week, but he’s 9-for-9…

  4. Royals sticking with struggling closer Joakim Soria

    May 26, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    I wrote yesterday about how Joakim Soria hasn’t pitched like his usual dominant self this season with a 5.18 ERA, similarly ugly strikeout and walk numbers, and decreased velocity. While his performance so far should definitely have the Royals worried, it’s no surprise that manager Ned Yost made it very clear Soria is in no…

  5. Mets’ new owner David Einhorn won $660,000 in World Series of Poker and donated it to charity

    May 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    david einhorn poker

    Most people probably responded to this morning’s news of the Mets adding a minority owner by thinking of, say, the financial ramifications and impact on the team, but my first thoughts were “the name David Einhorn sounds familiar” and then “I think I’ve seen this guy on television playing poker.” Sure enough, before investing $200…

  6. Grady Sizemore looks likely to return from DL tomorrow

    May 26, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    sizemore runs

    Grady Sizemore tested his injured right knee by running the bases yesterday and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as tomorrow. “He went out there and ran the bases and felt good,” manager Manny Acta told Bastian. “We’re going to make a decision. I’m expecting…

  7. Josh Johnson unlikely to return on June 1 as Marlins play it safe with his recovery

    May 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Placed on the disabled list over the weekend with right shoulder inflammation, Marlins ace Josh Johnson played catch from 60 feet yesterday and reported no problems afterward. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post there’s still a chance Johnson could be ready to return on June 1, but the Marlins are “leaning toward…

  8. Mariano Rivera becomes 15th pitcher in MLB history to make 1,000 appearances

    May 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hadn’t pitched in a week, so manager Joe Girardi used him in a non-save situation this afternoon to close out a 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays, and the appearance was the 1,000th of Rivera’s amazing career. He becomes the 15th pitcher in baseball history with at least 1,000 appearances (the first to…

  9. Red Sox crush Indians, improve to 25-12 since 2-10 start

    May 25, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox 's Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates in Cleveland

    Cleveland came into today’s game against Boston with the majors’ best run differential at plus-65, but that number took a beating at Progressive Field as the Red Sox scored 14 runs in the first six innings and coasted to a 14-2 victory. Mitch Talbot took the brunt of the damage in his first start since…

  10. Dodgers’ patience with prospect Jerry Sands paying off

    May 25, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    jerry-sands-dodgers-grand-slam

    Jerry Sands got off to a rough start after the Dodgers called him up from Triple-A in mid-April, going 8-for-47 (.190) with 13 strikeouts through 11 games. They stuck with the 23-year-old top prospect, trusting that he’d eventually get on track and live up to the promise he showed while destroying minor-league pitching, and Sands…

  11. Joakim Soria’s struggles should have Royals worried

    May 25, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    For a long time Joakim Soria was a rare bright spot on terrible Royals teams, closing out their few late-inning leads with dominance, but now that the Royals are playing a little better and the influx of young talent has started migrating to Kansas City he’s struggling. Soria blew a save and took a loss…

  12. Barry Zito throws 50 pitches in simulated game

    May 25, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    zito scoul

    Barry Zito faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a sprained foot in mid-April, throwing 50 pitches against teammates Emmanuel Burriss and Eli Whiteside in a simulated game. Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Whiteside hit a homer, which is never a good sign…

  13. John Lackey slated for June 5 return from elbow injury

    May 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    John Lackey threw a 40-pitch bullpen session yesterday and said afterward that his injured elbow “felt pretty good” and “definitely a lot better than I’ve been feeling.” According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal he’ll throw another bullpen session Friday and then head out on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, which barring a setback…

  14. Mike Rizzo has odd ideas about why the Nationals are losing

    May 25, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nationals Rizzo Baseball

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote a column yesterday about how the Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo are “not looking for scapegoats” following a 21-27 start. Much of the article is about how they’ve dealt with lots of injuries to key players and about how Rizzo is “satisfied” with the performance of manager Jim Riggleman…

  15. Injury puts Kevin Slowey’s demotion to Triple-A on hold

    May 25, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Kevin Slowey seems unlikely to pitch for the Twins again, as basically the entire organization has been criticizing him publicly all week and both sides seem to agree that a trade is best for everyone involved. Minnesota had planned to send him to Triple-A, where Slowey could resume starting while showcasing himself for a trade,…

  16. Phil Hughes throws from 100 feet, but “trying not to get caught up in the scheduling of everything”

    May 25, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes threw from 100 feet for about 10 minutes yesterday in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild and reported no problems afterward. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that there’s still no timetable for Hughes’ return from the “dead arm” that sent him to the disabled list in mid-April and he hasn’t even been cleared…

  17. Jeff Keppinger aiming for Friday return to Astros

    May 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Jeff Keppinger has yet to play this season after undergoing foot surgery in January, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the veteran infielder is slated to come off the disabled list Friday. Keppinger has spent the past couple weeks rehabbing in the minors, going 14-for-44 (.318) with one homer and just one strikeout in…

  18. Cubs place Matt Garza on DL with bone bruise in elbow

    May 24, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Garza missed his scheduled Sunday start with a bone bruise in his elbow and today the Cubs placed him on the disabled list. However, because the DL stint is backdated to May 18 the Cubs are hoping that Garza may only have to miss one more start, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago…

  19. Josh Hamilton was disliked by “pretty much everyone” while playing for the Reds

    May 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    josh hamilton reds

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is one of the best beat reporters to follow on Twitter because he frequently answers questions from followers and provides information and context that otherwise might not appear in his articles. Today is no exception, as he responded to a question about Josh Hamilton‘s one-season stay in Cincinnati by…

  20. UPDATE: Rafael Soriano to see Dr. James Andrews after MRI on elbow

    May 24, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    rafael-soriano-yankees

    UPDATE: According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rafael Soriano is now scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. 4:52 PM: The decision to sign Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million contract keeps looking worse and worse for the Yankees. First he struggled out of the gates, then he was sidelined by elbow soreness, and…

  21. Hideki Okajima clears waivers, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima began the season at Triple-A, got called up to rejoin the Red Sox’s bullpen in mid-April, was designated for assignment last week, and now has accepted an assignment back to Triple-A after passing through waivers unclaimed. And all that has happened after he re-signed with the Red Sox this offseason for $1.75 million.…

  22. That was quick: Reds send Todd Frazier back to Triple-A

    May 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    todd-frazier-reds

    Yesterday the Reds called up prospect Todd Frazier from the Triple-A and there was speculation about how much playing time he’d get and who he’d replace in the lineup. So much for all that. Frazier appeared in last night’s game, striking out as a pinch-hitter, and was sent back to Triple-A this afternoon. Mark Sheldon…

  23. Bobby Jenks could be activated from DL this weekend

    May 24, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jenks_Bobby

    Out since May 5 with a strained triceps, Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw a problem-free bullpen session yesterday and Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that he could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend. After throwing a 25-pitch session Jenks said: Everything felt great today. Biceps is back to where…

  24. Terry Francona on Daisuke Matsuzaka: “He’s not going to have surgery”

    May 24, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka injured

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, which is often a precursor to Tommy John elbow surgery, but manager Terry Francona made it very clear that he doesn’t think Matsuzaka will need to go under the knife: He’s not going to have surgery. He’s not going…

  25. Injured fielding a bunt, Tigers starter Phil Coke placed on DL

    May 24, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Coke_Phil

    Phil Coke left yesterday’s start after injuring his foot fielding a Ben Zobrist bunt and today the Tigers left-hander was placed on the disabled list. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Detroit will call up prospect Andy Oliver to take Coke’s turn in the rotation Saturday, but in the meantime they’ve added left-hander Adam Wilk…

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