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  1. Mike Rizzo confirms that Davey Johnson will be Nats’ manager through end of 2011

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    AP Davey Johnson USA

    During an interview on FOX earlier this afternoon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that Davey Johnson will be named as the team’s next manager. However, contrary to various reports about a multi-year contract, Rizzo said that Johnson will only be the manager through the end of the 2011 season before the situation is reevaluated.…

  2. After just two months, Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff resigns

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt, Steve Soboroff

    Steve Soboroff sent a letter of resignation to Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on Saturday barely more than two months after accepting a job as the club’s vice chairman. The letter, published by the Los Angeles Times, states: I accepted the position as Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers because I love Los Angeles and…

  3. John McLaren taking a front office role with the Nationals

    Jun 25, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    Depending on what you hear right now, Nationals interim manager John McLaren may or may not be leaving the organization. Major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that McLaren will likely resign when the Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager. McLaren, who was ejected in the eighth inning during his first game as interim…

  4. CC Sabathia becomes first pitcher in majors to reach 10 wins

    Jun 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' CC Sabathia throws pitch to Colorado Rockies in New York

    CC Sabathia tossed eight innings of one-run ball in an 8-3 victory over the Rockies this afternoon. Sabathia scattered seven hits while striking out nine and walking just one. He didn’t allow his first run until a pinch-hit RBI single by Seth Smith in the top of the eighth inning. Sabathia improves to 10-4 on…

  5. Little League coach collapses on field, dies in front of son

    Jun 25, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Brian Jones

    An Illinois-based Little League coach collapsed and died in front of his son and team Wednesday, Chicago’s WBBM-TV reports. While coaching his Beecher Hot Rods, 43-year-old Brian Jones passed away from cardiovascular disease, The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported.  According to his wife, there was no sign of any problem until he suddenly fell…

  6. UPDATE: Jonathan Sanchez placed on disabled list with biceps tendinitis

    Jun 25, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: Well, Jonathan Sanchez was pulled from the Giants’ rotation. Just not for the reason we thought. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Sanchez has been placed on the disabled list with left biceps tendinitis. Zito will be activated from the disabled list to start the second game of a doubleheader…

  7. Derek Jeter swings bat for first time since landing on disabled list

    Jun 25, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

    Derek Jeter likely won’t be ready to return from the disabled list when he’s eligible Wednesday, but he took an encouraging step in his rehab from a calf injury earlier today. According to the Associated Press, Jeter took 27 swings off the tee and 30 swings of soft toss today at the Yankees’ spring training…

  8. UPDATE: Elvis Andrus day-to-day with sprained left wrist

    Jun 25, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: Good news for the Rangers. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers’ doctors have determined that Andrus’ wrist has shown improvement since last night. He’s currently listed as day-to-day, though he is expected to be out until at least Tuesday. 11:29 AM: Scary moment in last night’s game between the Mets…

  9. Florida, South Carolina to face off in College World Series finals

    Jun 25, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    South Carolina's celebration

    South Carolina knocked off No. 1 seed Virginia in a 13-inning game Friday to advance to the finals of the College World Series.  The Gamecocks will play Floida in a best-of-three final beginning Monday. Virginia sent ace Danny Hultzen to the mound in an attempt to stave off elimination last night, but Hultzen, who was selected…

  10. Jeff Mathis made an interesting throw last night

    Jun 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Mathis_Jeff

    Jeff Mathis has inexplicably remained a favorite of Angels manager Mike Scioscia for a few seasons now, despite a .198/.261/.307 lifetime batting line and overstated defensive contributions behind the plate. I really hate to pile on the guy, but he did something that was was just too funny to ignore during last night’s game against…

  11. UPDATE: Shin-Soo Choo out “at least” six weeks with broken thumb

    Jun 25, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Choo will likely need surgery on the thumb and is expected to miss at least six weeks. 10:10 AM: Shin-Soo Choo‘s nightmare season just got a little bit worse. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Choo was diagnosed with a broken left thumb after being…

  12. Ryan Madson sidelined with numbness in his pitching hand

    Jun 25, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless ninth inning in last night’s 1-0 walkoff win over the Athletics. While it wasn’t a save situation, Ryan Madson was curious in his continued absence. According to Ray Perillo of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel admitted after the game that Madson was unavailable due to numbness in his…

  13. Cashman says Phil Hughes will probably need “a few more” starts in the minors

    Jun 25, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes made his second minor league rehab start last night with Double-A Trenton. And the results were decidedly mixed. Hughes allowed one run on two hits over 3 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out three. He threw 42 out of 72 pitches for strikes. And while Hughes topped out at 95 mph…

  14. James Shields is ridiculous

    Jun 25, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    “Big Game James” continues to dominate. James Shields held the Astros to one run in a complete game victory last night. He allowed just three hits while striking out nine and walking just one. It was his third consecutive complete game and his MLB-leading sixth complete game of the season. It’s a pretty incredible accomplishment…

  15. Heyman: Davey Johnson’s contract with the Nationals runs through 2013

    Jun 25, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson AP

    We learned last night that Davey Johnson is expected to be named the next manager of the Nationals, but here’s a minor twist on the story. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Johnson’s contract will run through the 2013 season. Many expected Johnson to serve as a bridge to a more long-term option, but if…

  16. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 25, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    The Nationals won their 12th game in their last 13 last night against the White Sox, but it wasn’t easy. Interim manager John McLaren was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning leaving Trent Jewett as the “interim interim” manager. By the way, Jewett just officially joined the staff yesterday. The Nationals blew leads…

  17. Barry Zito to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito will probably become an $18.5 million relief pitcher pretty soon, but he’s set to make a spot start for the Giants next week. Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed today that Zito will return from the disabled list to start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Cubs, according to Andrew Baggarly of…

  18. Report: Davey Johnson to be named Nationals manager

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports. It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000.  The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14…

  19. Rafael Furcal might move to second base

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers like what they’ve seen from their rookie shortstop Dee Gordon. So much, in fact, that they are discussing some changes for their infield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before tonight’s game that Rafael Furcal could move to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Furcal has…

  20. Jed Lowrie diagnosed with bruised nerve in shoulder

    Jun 24, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie will not need surgery on his left shoulder, but he did receive a new diagnosis after getting a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum earlier this week. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, it was determined that a bruised nerve has caused the soreness in Lowrie’s left shoulder. There’s still no timetable for…

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