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Mike Florio

  1. Ian Kinsler reportedly headed to disabled list with leg injury

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Wilson of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler will be placed on the disabled list today “with an injury to his left leg that isn’t considered serious but needs to be rested and treated for the stretch run.” Kinsler missed nearly all of April with an ankle injury, but…

  2. Marlins prospect Dan Jennings says an "over-the-counter stimulant" led to 50-game suspension

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Marlins pitching prospect Dan Jennings has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Methylhexaneamine, but the 23-year-old reliever said “it was an over-the-counter stimulant.” At the time I had no idea what I was taking had something that was banned in it, but the substance in it was just added…

  3. Miss Iowa didn't like being compared to Miguel Batista

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Predictably, after Miguel Batista joked that his subbing for an injured Stephen Strasburg was like fans showing up to see Miss Universe only to get Miss Iowa instead, the actual Miss Iowa has responded. Her name is Katherine Connors, she looks just a tad better in a two-piece than Batista, and she issued the following…

  4. Gordon Beckham returns from brief benching with hot bat

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    When the White Sox benched Gordon Beckham in favor of light-hitting utility man Brent Lillibridge earlier this month I wrote: “It’ll be a surprise if it lasts until the end of the week.” Sure enough the benching lasted for all of three games, but manager Ozzie Guillen apparently pulled the right string because Beckham has…

  5. Jeremy Bonderman backtracks a bit from retirement talk

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    One day after telling Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s seriously considering retiring after the season, Jeremy Bonderman backtracked a bit and said calling it quits would be more of a worst-case scenario if he finds a lack of interest as a free agent this offseason. I love pitching. I feel my…

  6. Brian Wilson fined $1,000 for wearing "flashy" orange shoes

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Remember the orange shoes Brian Wilson wore while pitching in the All-Star game? Well, he wore them again last night and Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez complained to MLB, who have fined the Giants’ closer $1,000 for “non-conforming shoes.” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wilson “was told that half of each shoe…

  7. After giving up 11 runs last night, Ryan Rowland-Smith placed on DL rather than waiver wire

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Last night Ryan Rowland-Smith became the eighth pitcher to allow double-digit earned runs in a game this season, coughing up 11 runs in a blowout loss to the White Sox. Rowland-Smith was down 4-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two innings, and 8-0 after three innings, yet the Mariners left him out there to complete…

  8. Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of reported that Derrek Lee would block any potential move by exercising the no-trade clause in his contract and now has further details that he actually did reject a trade to the Angels. Asked to comment on the report, Lee said: “There may be a time when I’m…

  9. Joel Pineiro scratched from today's start with strained oblique

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Scheduled to start against the Red Sox this afternoon, Joel Pineiro was scratched at the last minute with a “mild oblique strain” suffered in his pregame bullpen session. Scot Shields got the nod as the emergency fill in and is starting for the first time since 2003. Oblique strains can be very tricky injuries, because…

  10. A's sign No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice for $2 million

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice just became the second of this year’s top-10 draft picks to sign, agreeing to a $2 million bonus from the A’s. Cal-State Fullerton shortstop and No. 4 overall pick Christian Colon was the first top-10 selection to sign when he accepted a $2.75 million bonus from the Royals shortly…

  11. Hideki Okajima talks about homesickness, loneliness, and his poor relationship with Boston media

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima is taking a lot of heat from the Boston media after refusing to speak to reporters following a recent poor outing, to the point that some beat writers are openly calling for his release. Gordon Edes of got Okajima to talk to him, not about the bad outing but…

  12. No more World Series games in November, as MLB openers scheduled for April 1 next year

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Bud Selig has said that he wants to avoid having the playoffs stretch into November and because of that Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that MLB plans to start next season on Friday, April 1 rather the traditional Monday Opening Day. Here’s more from Nightengale: It would be the first time a majority of…

  13. Derrek Lee reportedly will not accept a trade

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We can put any Derrek Lee rumors to rest, as Bruce Levine of reports that the Cubs first baseman has said he won’t accept a trade. Previous reports had the Angels and Rangers potentially in the mix to acquire Lee, but the impending free agent has a no-trade clause in his five-year, $65 million…

  14. Quote of the Day II: Miguel Batista is Miss Iowa

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista, on Nationals fans booing him last night when he was announced as the last-minute fill-in for an injured Stephen Strasburg: Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it’s okay. … I just tried to give the people…

  15. Mike Lowell homered three times last night at Triple-A

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Last week Mike Lowell was talking about possibly retiring before the end of the season, but last night’s monster game at Triple-A probably has him thinking there’s enough left in the tank to keep playing. Lowell homered three times and drove in five runs for Pawtucket, making him 8-for-18 (.444) with six extra-base hits in…

  16. Mariners broadcast didn't show Figgins-Wakamatsu dugout altercation due to "communication faux pas"

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins and Don Wakamatsu had an altercation in the dugout Friday and Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Sims mentioned the incident on the air moments later, but the local FSN broadcast never showed the video despite the other team’s broadcast (and a short time after that MLB Network) replaying the footage several times. Or as…

  17. Curse of the Nate McLouth trade strikes the Pirates too

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Braves demoted struggling center fielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A after he hit just .168 in 62 games this season and .225/.327/.365 in 146 games since Atlanta acquired him from Pittsburgh last June for prospects Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton. Morton is 6-18 with a 6.03 ERA in 28 starts for Pittsburgh…

  18. Jeremy Bonderman considering retirement at age 27

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s giving serious thought to retiring after this season. Bonderman is just 27 years old and despite struggling this season probably won’t have trouble securing a decent-sized contract as a free agent over the winter, but the right-hander told Ellis that he’s “saved a…

  19. Jeff Passan writes about Joe Mauer "playing through all kinds of pain"

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Yahoo! Sports columnist Jeff Passan is one of my favorite writers and Twins catcher Joe Mauer is one of my favorite players, so his piece today entitled “Mauer playing through all kinds of pain” is a must-read: Joe Mauer is hurt. He smiles through the pain because the unwritten part of a $184 million contract…

  20. Manny Ramirez not close to returning from the disabled list

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a strained right calf and yesterday manager Joe Torre said “it’ll be more than a week” before he returns to the Dodgers. Ken Gurnick of reports that Ramirez is currently rehabbing at the team complex in Arizona and has not yet been…

  21. Rumor: Rockies "are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot"

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post the Rockies “are talking to the Cubs about Ryan Theriot.” Armstrong notes that the Rockies “also are known to be targeting” Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Kevin Gregg of the Blue Jays, but yesterday Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Colorado was “quietly…

  22. Jason Kendall becomes fifth player to catch 2,000 games

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Last night, while the Royals were giving up 19 runs in a blowout loss to the Twins, Jason Kendall became the fifth player in baseball history to appear in 2,000 games at catcher. Ivan Rodriguez is the all-time leader with 2,351 games caught (and counting), followed by Carlton Fisk (2,226), Bob Boone (2,225), Gary Carter…

  23. Adam Dunn "scolded" for visiting Bob Uecker during a game

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn was out of the Nationals’ lineup Saturday, so he decided to pay an in-game visit to the Brewers’ radio booth, where legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker was back in action after returning from heart surgery. Bill Ladson of initially spun the visit as a positive thing, but then described manager Jim Riggleman as…

  24. Rumor: Rockies "are quietly shopping" Aaron Cook

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Rockies “are quietly shopping Aaron Cook and telling teams they would either eat some dollars or take back a contract.” Sherman notes that Colorado is undecided about whether they should be buyers or sellers at this point, but “wants to put Jhoulys Chacin back into…

  25. Jimmy Rollins is sitting out tonight's game with a foot injury

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins is out of the Phillies’ lineup tonight after limping through yesterday’s game and while X-rays came back negative on his bruised foot David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that “someone who saw Jimmy Rollins today said he came in on crutches.” On the other hand, Ryan Lawrence of the Delaware County…

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