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  1. Orlando Cabrera is John Galt

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Orlando Cabrera doesn’t much care for playing third base. But according to Paul Hoynes, Cabrera has a way of dealing with the challenges facing him at the hot corner: The Tribe’s Orlando Cabrera prepared for his second-ever start at third base Wednesday night by reading “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. “This is my bible,” Cabrera…

  2. A’s place Josh Willingham on DL with Achilles’ tendon injury

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Josh Willingham repeatedly said that he planned to avoid the disabled list after aggravating an Achilles’ tendon injury Friday, but he hasn’t played since and now the A’s have put him on the shelf. Willingham hasn’t hit well in his first season with the A’s, batting just .231 with 10 homers and a .718 OPS…

  3. Fox won’t have Frank McCourt’s back if he takes the team into bankruptcy

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    One possible strategy — outside of extreme and acrimonious litigation — Frank McCourt could pursue to thwart Major League Baseball’s seizure of the team when he fails to meet payroll is to put the team into bankruptcy.  I’m not a bankruptcy expert — not by a longshot — but generally speaking a bankruptcy filing puts…

  4. Second opinion confirms Jed Lowrie doesn’t need surgery

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list after feeling his left shoulder pop out of the socket last Thursday, but the Red Sox’s medical staff advised against surgery and a second opinion yesterday from Dr. Lewis Yocum agreed. Lowrie originally injured his shoulder in a collision with Carl Crawford on May 29 and ineffectively…

  5. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 40-21

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Here’s the second twenty, free agents Nos. 40-21. The closer run begins here, and I’m also including the one potential Japanese import I felt comfortable enough ranking. I’ll be wrapping up the series Friday morning.

  6. Phillie Phanatic gets smacked with a foul ball

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Phanatic

    I knew a guy who used to do the mascot thing. It’s not an easy gig. The suits are hotter than blue blazes, it’s not easy to see in them, let alone dance and clown around, and you can bet your life on the fact that at least half of the people you interact with…

  7. Ron Roenicke: Interleague play is unfair

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Brewers look to be in a dogfight with the Cardinals in the NL Central all year. It’s hard enough to compete with the Cardinals, however, without being saddled with a tougher schedule. But a tougher schedule is what Milwaukee has, thanks to an interleague slate that includes trips to Boston and New York, a…

  8. A fan Bartmaned a ball at AT&T Park last night

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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    It ended up not impacting the game, but this is a serious code violation: A Giants fan sitting along the left-field line at AT&T Park last night snagged a foul ball that Giants outfielder Cody Ross could have caught in the sixth inning. Here’s the play. I love how the fan mouths the words “oh shucks!” —…

  9. Frank McCourt has paid back hundreds of thousands in questionable Dodgers charity salary expenditures

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    If Frank McCourt only misses the June 30th payroll by only $122,000, we know why! Jim Peltz and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times report: Dodgers owner Frank McCourt repaid more than $100,000 to a team charity after the state attorney general found the funds had been used primarily for the benefit of the club’s former chief…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cincinnati Reds - Game Two

    Yankees 4, Reds 2; Reds 10, Yankees 2: A twin bill thanks to Tuesday night’s rain. We start with the second one because that has the coolest thing in it: Chris Heisey hitting three homers and driving in five. Like a boss. New York takes the first one with an effective outing from Freddy Garcia…

  11. Charlie Manuel makes plea for a right-handed hitter

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

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    At 47-28, the Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball. They allow an MLB-best 3.2 runs per game, and trail only the Yankees and Red Sox in run differential. But this team could be better, and Charlie Manuel knows it. The Phillies manager is making a rather public plea for help for his lineup,…

  12. Torii Hunter leaves game after banging wall on catch

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Angels outfielder Torii Hunter had to be lifted from Wednesday’s game against the Marlins after crashing into the right field wall while making a dazzling leaping catch on a Gaby Sanchez fly ball. Hunter laid on the ground for several moments before eventually walking off the field under his own power. He was spotted smiling…

  13. Rangers might move Tommy Hunter to bullpen temporarily

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Tommy Hunter posted a quality 3.73 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 128 innings last year and was all set to open the 2011 season as Texas’ No. 3 starter. But he strained his groin at the end of spring training and has been on the disabled list since. Hunter has made a number of rehab…

  14. John Maine leaves Rockies’ AAA team, considering retirement

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

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    As reported by Jack Etikin of Inside the Rockies, right-hander John Maine has grown frustrated by his struggles this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs and is considering retiring from baseball. Maine left Colorado Springs on Tuesday after allowing 10 hits and eight runs in four-plus innings Monday against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. He threw 95…

  15. Brandon Lyon to undergo season-ending surgery next week

    Jun 22, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Astros reliever Brandon Lyon got bad news about the status of his right biceps muscle last week from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Today, it was confirmed that the right-hander is going to need season-ending surgery. According to Alyson Footer, who serves as the Astros’ director of social media, the procedure will be performed next Thursday by…

  16. A lot of people were wrong about Brandon Beachy

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    I was one of them. Rookie right-hander Brandon Beachy came off the disabled list on Wednesday to strike out a career-high 11 batters in six innings against the Blue Jays.  The only run off him came courtesy of Jose Bautista‘s major league-high 22nd homer. Beachy, who missed a month with a strained left oblique, moved…

  17. Cubs owner Joe Ricketts sued for sexual harrassment

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    Patricia Davis and Patricia Duncan filed a federal lawsuit against Joe Ricketts and the Opportunity Education Foundation, claiming Ricketts fired them from his Nebraska-based charity after they complained of sexual harrassment. Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, bought the Cubs in 2009. The lawsuit isn’t team-related, though. It’s related strictly to his Opportunity Education Foundation,…

  18. Midnight Sun game called due to darkness

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Midnight sun

    I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I do: the annual Midnight Sun baseball game played up in Fairbanks, Alaska was called for darkness early this morning. An approaching storm entered into the mix too, but I’m not going to let that take away from the delicious irony. Assuming it is irony.…

  19. Jose Bautista robs Jordan Schafer of a home run

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Braves had a relatively easy time with the Blue Jays this afternoon, but it could have been worse for Toronto: by all rights Jordan Schafer should have had a homer in the bottom of the seventh, but Jose Bautista leaped up and snagged it as it was about to fly over the fence. The…

  20. Ike Davis will need surgery if his ankle injury doesn’t improve

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Colorado Rockies

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave an update on the status of Ike Davis‘ ankle injury and the news isn’t good. Davis has been out since mid-May with an injury that was initially expected to sideline him for just a couple weeks and Alderson told reporters that season-ending surgery is likely if he continues to…

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