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  1. Marlins owner wants 80-year-old Jack McKeon to serve as interim manager

    Jun 19, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    Yeah, that Jack McKeon. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, it is owner Jeffrey Loria’s desire that the 80-year-old former skipper returns to Major League Baseball as interim manager of the Marlins. Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation on Sunday morning after leading the Marlins to a 32-39 start, and most recently a 1-17…

  2. MRI on Shaun Marcum’s hip shows no structural damage

    Jun 19, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Boston Red Sox

    Brewers starter Shaun Marcum recieved good news Sunday morning about the status of his sore hip. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, an MRI showed no structural damage and there’s a chance that Marcum will be cleared to make his next scheduled start. An official decision won’t be made in that regard until…

  3. The Marlins are no better off without Edwin Rodriguez

    Jun 19, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Edwin Rodriguez

    Edwin Rodriguez’s surprising resignation Sunday brings an end to another pretty forgettable managerial tenure in Florida.  In 163 games after taking over for Fredi Gonzalez, he went 78-85, and he exits with the Marlins in last place in the NL East at 32-39 this year. If Rodriguez hadn’t resigned, he may well have been fired…

  4. Ozzie Guillen passes kidney stone, manages anyway

    Jun 19, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was rushed to a Phoenix-area hospital Sunday morning after complaining of abdominal pain and was released after passing a kidney stone, the Chicago Tribune reports. Following the ordeal, Guillen arrived at Chase Field about two hours before Sunday’s game against the Diamondbacks.  He was advised by a White Sox doctor…

  5. Dodgers activate Hong-Chih Kuo, but lose Rod Barajas

    Jun 19, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kuo pitches during their National League MLB baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego

    The Dodgers made a flurry of moves before Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros. Setup man Hong-Chih Kuo was activated from the disabled list after missing more than a month with anxiety disorder, catcher Rod Barajas was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain, right-hander Ramon Troncoso was optioned to Triple-A,…

  6. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Best of the rest

    Jun 19, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Starting Monday, I’ll be spending the week counting down next winter’s top 111 free agents. First, though, here are some notable names failing to make the cut. (All ages as of April 1, 2012) Vicente Padilla (33 – Dodgers): No. 112 on the list. Pitching out of the pen for the first time since 2001, Padilla…

  7. Clay Buchholz lands on disabled list with strained lower back

    Jun 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    With left-hander Andrew Miller arriving in the majors Monday and two scheduled off days before the end of June, the Red Sox have decided to give right-hander Clay Buchholz some needed rest. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s game due to the lower…

  8. Nats place Rick Ankiel on disabled list with intercostal strain

    Jun 19, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    As reported by CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, the Nationals placed center fielder Rick Ankiel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with a strained left intercostal muscle. Tom Gorzelanny was activated in a corresponding move and will take the mound Sunday afternoon against the Orioles. He missed almost a full month with inflammation in his…

  9. Blue Jays ink Yunel Escobar to two-year, $10M extension

    Jun 19, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports passes along word that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract extension with shortstop Yunel Escobar. The new deal also carries $5 million club options for 2014 and 2015. Escobar was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career this past winter and scored…

  10. Edwin Rodriguez resigns as manager of the Marlins

    Jun 19, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    According to the Marlins’ official Twitter feed, manager Edwin Rodriguez announced his resignation before Sunday’s game. Bench coach Brandon Hyde is taking over the post on an interim basis, but 80-year-old Jack McKeon is also in consideration to finish out the season as skipper. Rodriguez had been on the hot seat since the Marlins let…

  11. Indians fire hitting coach Jon Nunnally, promote Bruce Fields

    Jun 19, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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    As first reported on the Cleveland Indians’ official Twitter feed, major league hitting coach Jon Nunnally was fired before Sunday’s game and Bruce Fields was named as his replacement. Nunnally had been with the Tribe in a coaching capacity since 2006 and was named hitting coach in December of 2009. The Indians entered Sunday’s action…

  12. Joe Nathan fans two in first rehab inning at Triple-A Rochester

    Jun 19, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Twins right-hander Joe Nathan made his first minor league rehab appearance on Saturday at Triple-A Rochester and couldn’t have looked better. According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the All-Star closer struck out two batters in a perfect inning while touching 93 mph with his fastball. He reported no problems with his…

  13. Matt Holliday plays hero while wearing Hall of Famer’s pants

    Jun 19, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v St. Louis Cardinals

    Red Schoendienst played 19 major league seasons, collecting 2,449 career hits and 10 All-Star nods before hanging up his cleats in the summer of 1963. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1989. Schoendienst spent 15 of his 19 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and can still be…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

    It’s June 19. On this date in baseball history, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith announced his retirement (1998), Darryl Strawberry signed a one-year contract with the Yankees despite being given a sixty-day drug-related suspension (1996), and Pete Rose collected his 2000th career hit (1973). Your Saturday box scores: Astros 7, Dodgers 0 Orioles 2, Nationals…

  15. Ubaldo Jimenez pulled from start with right calf cramping

    Jun 18, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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    From Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez had to be removed from Saturday evening’s game against the Tigers with a right calf cramp. Jimenez had surrendered eight hits and three earned runs over five shaky innings to Detroit, watching his ERA jump slightly from 4.62 to 4.68. With…

  16. Henke, Wood, Simpson inducted into Canadian Hall of Fame

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Two former players and one great editor were inducted Saturday into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: Tom Henke, a longtime closer for the Blue Jays, posted a sparkling 2.67 ERA and struck out 861 batters in 789 2/3 career innings. He went out on top, registering a 1.82 ERA across 52 relief appearances in…

  17. Hunter Pence has hyperextended elbow, undergoing MRI

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    According to Alyson Footer, social media director for the Astros, right fielder Hunter Pence has been scratched from Saturday night’s lineup against the Dodgers due to a hyperextended elbow. Pence reported feeling soreness in his arm after taking batting practice and was removed from the batting order an hour or so before first pitch. Jason…

  18. Brandon Phillips wants an extension this year, but it’s probably not going to happen

    Jun 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has hit just .234/.279/.297 in 68 plate appearances this month and has an underwhelming .725 OPS on the season. But he’s a pretty talented defender and does have some power, albeit inconsistent. The Reds seem to like him and are probably going to exercise his $12 million club option for…

  19. Mike Stanton scratched Saturday with right eye infection

    Jun 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com passes along word that the Marlins have scratched Mike Stanton from Saturday’s lineup due to a right eye infection. Stanton was scheduled to serve as Florida’s designated hitter on Saturday night against the Rays but was lifted a few hours before first pitch. Jose Lopez, who inked a minor league contract…

  20. Matt LaPorta lands on disabled list with sprained right ankle

    Jun 18, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cleveland Indians

    One day after getting Travis Hafner back from the disabled list, the Indians will now have to get by without another one of their regulars. The Indians announced this afternoon that Matt LaPorta was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. LaPorta injured the ankle in a rundown between second and…

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