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  1. The Philly sex-for-World-Series-Tickets lady has a blog now

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I feel icky even linking to it, but if I don’t you’ll never have a chance to read about a convicted attempted prostitute’s sexual fantasies about former Phillies pitcher Larry Christenson.  And really, I couldn’t bear for you not to know that as, admittedly, Larry Christenson was not without his charms. And actually, that link…

  2. Bobby Valentine withdraws himself from consideration for the Orioles' job

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I’m sure that the sudden job opening with the Florida Marlins has absolutely nothing to do with this.

  3. The Reds are going to turn Aroldis Chapman into a reliever

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Reds are the latest team that plans on turning a would-be ace into a middle reliever.

  4. Strasburg to face the Royals today and no one is talking smack

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Royals are up today for the surprisingly un-nicknamed Stephen Strasburg’s latest start. It’s a 4:30 start, which is kind of weird, but whatever.  The thing I’ve been looking forward to the most in Stephen Strasburg’s games has not been his actual performance (hint: he’s going to throw hard) but the article that shows up…

  5. The Marlins have been looking to fire Fredi for some time

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The Florida Marlins turned heads this morning when they fired Fredi Gonzalez, but upon closer inspection, maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise after all. Buster Olney tweets that the Marlins had been planning to fire Gonzalez for a while, actually, but that the whole Hanley Ramirez thing put a kink in it.  I…

  6. The Mets sign Ramon Ortiz

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have spent the last few weeks bending over backwards to get rid of their dead wood arms in Oliver Perez and John Maine, so it’s rather funny that they’d go out and sign a guy who’s been about as effective as Oliver Perez and John Maine this year.  That’s what they did, though:…

  7. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on firing Fredi Gonzalez

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Jeff Loria’s commitment to winning: who ya gonna believe, his words or your own lyin’ eyes?

  8. The Pirates re-hire the pierogi

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Pirates haven’t had a great week, public relations-wise.  First there was that whole mess with whether or not John Russell was going to be fired or whether he got an extension or whatever. Then they went and fired their racing pierogi for insubordination and caught all kinds of hell for it. It’s always hard…

  9. Fired now, but Fredi Gonzalez could be the Braves manager next year

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The first thing I thought when I read that the Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez is that he has to be the front runner to become the Braves’ manager after Bobby Cox retires at the end of the year. Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Last winter, when it…

  10. The Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Whoa — this came out of the blue. Our own Matthew Pouliot said just a few weeks ago that Marlins’ manager Fredi Gonzalez should get canned, but I didn’t think it would actually happen. Now Joe Capozzi is reporting that the Florida Marlins have fired Gonzalez and two coaches. Edwin Rodriguez has been named interim…

  11. The Braves' organist is the coolest guy in the world

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    I mean, playing the organ is already a ticket to Coolville, but Matt Kaminski takes it to a whole new level.

  12. Ken Macha says Trevor Hoffman may close again. Which is crazy.

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    What is it with mediocre managers putting individual player stats above all else these days?  First we had Jerry Manuel killing Jon Niese’s arm in order to try and get him a win, now we have Ken Macha saying yesterday that he may slide Trevor Hoffman back into the closer’s role. Why? “I’d certainly like…

  13. Reports of the White Sox' death were greatly exaggerated

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Two weeks ago Ozzie and Kenny were at each other’s throats and everyone was trying to figure out exactly when Mark Buehrle and A.J.Pierzynski would reach 10-5 status and be able to block the fire sale trades that seemed inevitable. It’s amazing what a little winning can do to put the kibosh on all of…

  14. Jerry Manuel mishandled Jon Niese last night

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Because of (a) a rain delay; and (b) the fact that the Tigers couldn’t get the Mets out last night, Jon Niese ended up going an hour and a half between his last pitch of the third inning and his first pitch in the fourth. The delay was consequential: The Tigers couldn’t touch Niese for…

  15. The Rangers bankruptcy decision: maybe not as bad as it seemed yesterday

    Jun 23, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    I’ve had a day to reflect and — gasp! — read the judge’s decision in the Rangers bankruptcy case. It’s still not great news for the team, but it’s not as bad as it seemed at first blush yesterday.

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Any ham-and-egger can give up some long balls. You have to be a pretty good pitcher to give up 505 of ‘em, however.

  17. Correction of the Day: The Washington Post

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    When bloggers screw something up we try our best to fix it in the main article so that the best information is out there where the most people can see it. Newspapers can’t just reprint, however, so they have to do hilarious little corrections like this one: The Tracee Hamilton column in the June 19…

  18. Great Moments in Fandom: Mark Teixeira once tried to change his name to "Kurt"

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Odd story over at Walkoff Walk today: when Mark Teixeira was a kid he was a huge Nirvana fan. So big that, when Kurt Cobain offed himself, Teixeira took to calling himself “Kurt.”  Turned in schoolwork and filled out forms with his name as “Kurt Teixeira” and everything. Rob at Walkoff Walk calls it “an…

  19. Carlos Beltran to begin his rehab assignment on Thursday

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya said today that Carlos Beltran will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday. The location kind of stinks for him. He’s been in Port St. Lucie for months on end now. He probably wants new restaurants, ya know? Anyway, Beltran and the Mets have to be pleased that…

  20. Frank Robinson in charge of umps, game-pace is not gonna change anything

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    There’s a new sheriff in town. Sounds, though, like he doesn’t have any bullets.

  21. Judge's ruling means creditors could block Rangers sale

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Rangers: the creditors win a victory that could derail the sale of the team and put the kibosh on their trade deadline plans.

  22. Quote of the Day: David Letterman on Lady Gaga

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    It’s OK to keep talking about her as long as we’re mocking her, right?

  23. The Cubs attendance is down, but let's not blow this out of proportion

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    One thing you hear a lot from frustrated Cubs fans is that management often refuses to do the smart thing because “hey, they know Wrigley will sell out no matter what happens, man.”  I’m not sure that was ever really true, but it’s certainly not true now: Does it seem like the Cubs are promoting…

  24. Yorvit Torrealba wimps out

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Remember last week how Yorvit Torrealba was all fired up about just how badly he was hosed in getting a three-game suspension for bumping into umpire Larry Vanover? About how he said that when he got done speaking his mind about it that his suspension might be 5 days instead of just three? Yeah, that…

  25. The Rays want out of St. Petersburg

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    They’ll stay in the region, but they want to be wooed. This makes no sense.

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