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  1. Nationals name John McLaren interim manager, but will pick new guy (Davey Johnson?) by Monday

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    As expected, John McLaren has officially been named the Nationals’ interim manager following Jim Riggleman’s resignation yesterday, but apparently he’s not long for the job either. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that McLaren will manage the team this weekend but “general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.” Most of…

  2. The Rays: a little inconsistent on the no-smoking message

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    It seems fairly simply to me: you either wear throwback jerseys for a team called “the Smokers” and go with all of the tobacco imagery that entails, or else you just avoid it altogether. The Rays, however, want to have it both ways, by wearing replicas of the old Tampa Smokers minor league team jerseys, but…

  3. Phillies place Roy Oswalt on disabled list, release J.C. Romero

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt is worried about his back problems forcing him into retirement, so it’s no surprise that the Phillies have placed him on the disabled list before even waiting for the results of the MRI exam scheduled for Monday. There seems to be a legitimate fear that he’ll never pitch again and if he does…

  4. Roger Clemens trial is on track for July 6th

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Most trials never start when they’re supposed to due to all kinds of pretrial wrangling and stuff. But that’s not the case with Roger Clemens.  Today the law firm that could have appealed the order granting Clemens access to the Mitchell Report notes decided not to appeal, thereby clearing the way for baseball’s second biggest…

  5. Reds activate Aroldis Chapman from DL after shaky 30-day rehab assignment

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman‘s minor-league rehab assignment wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but after a maximum 30-day stint recovering from shoulder inflammation (and control problems) the Reds have activated him from the disabled list. Chapman allowed 12 runs in 13 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but did post a strong 20/8 K/BB ratio and threw a scoreless inning…

  6. Riggleman trashes Tom Boswell of the Washington Post

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Riggleman

    Reasonable people may disagree about the wisdom of Jim Riggleman leaving the Nationals like he did yesterday, but I think everyone can agree that going on the radio the next day and trashing a well-respected baseball columnist by name is going to make you many friends. Certainly not in the media, but likely not with…

  7. Jim Thome not ready to return, “still having some issues”

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but instead the 40-year-old designated hitter will likely remain on the sidelines through at least the weekend with his back and quadriceps injuries. Ron Gardenhire told 1500-ESPN that Thome “is still having some issues” while rehabbing at extended spring training in Florida. He’s been…

  8. Will Mark Cuban’s day ever come?

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is always a popular topic of conversation around here. To feed that jones, go read Jayson Stark’s column today assessing Cuban, baseball’s opinion of him and his chances of one day becoming a baseball owner.  Here’s the highlight of the column, though. It’s a baseball insider quoted by Stark, summing up Bud Selig’s…

  9. Guessing the preferred drinks of big league managers

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    bartenders manual

    It’s tough to say for sure from just looking at a cellphone picture, but I’m going to guess that Jim Riggleman was downing Jack and Cokes while “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night. He seems like a Jack and Coke kind of guy, although probably Diet Coke because he has…

  10. Are imbalanced interleague schedules really so bad?

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Yesterday I linked a Ron Roenicke complaint — with which I agreed — about how having teams from the same division playing interleague schedules of differing strengths was unfair.  And it is unfair in the plainest sense of the term in that, without questions, teams have to face challenges of varying strength while vying for…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki to throw out first pitch at Rangers game tonight

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki rangers

    Fresh off winning the NBA title, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will experience the biggest moment of his sports career tonight when he throws out the first pitch at the Rangers-Mets game. As you can see by the attached picture, Nowitzki threw out the first pitch at a Rangers game back in 2003, when he was…

  12. Quote of the Day: Shin-Soo Choo

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    choo blue wide

    I’m not sure if Shin-Soo Choo has a nickname or not, but he should have one. And it should be frog-related.

  13. Francisco Rodriguez open to being setup man if traded to “good teams like the Yankees or Rays”

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    One day after saying he needed to get his head out of his butt Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News that he’d be willing to serve as a setup man if traded to “good teams like the Yankees or the Rays.” Here’s more from Rodriguez, who’s 20-for-23 converting…

  14. Thanks to a U2 concert, the Marlins will be the home team in Seattle this weekend

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Bono

    Because of U2 — who, if you try hard enough, can be blamed for most of what has happened for the past 25 years or so — the Marlins/Mariners series, originally scheduled for Sun Life Stadium in Miami this weekend is being played in Seattle.  But, as was the case when the Blue Jays/Phillies got…

  15. Jim Riggleman was “solving the world’s problems” with “some beautiful young ladies” last night

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jim riggleman drinking

    Going out drinking sounds like a perfectly reasonable plan after making a very questionable decision to quit an extremely prestigious, highly paid job and Jim Riggleman did just that last night after shockingly resigning as the Nationals’ manager yesterday over a contract dispute. Riggleman went to a local establishment called Caddies on Cordell and knocked…

  16. Tigers to retire Sparky Anderson’s number on Sunday

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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    While it would have been nice to do it while he was alive, the Tigers are nonetheless doing the right thing and are retiring Sparky Anderson’s number before Sunday’s game. The best part of it — and I’m sure it’s no accident — is that they’re doing it with the Diamondbacks in town. The Diamondbacks…

  17. Blue Jays moving Jose Bautista back to third base

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jose Bautista has played exclusively right field this season and robbed Jordan Schafer of a home run out there earlier this week, but yesterday the Blue Jays announced that they’re moving him back to third base as soon as Monday. Bautista started 45 games at third base last season and was initially slated to return…

  18. Before we pile too much dirt on Jim Riggleman …

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    I’m not going to change my view of Jim Riggleman’s move — I think it was the wrong move to make and a bad one for his future for him to resign like that — but I’m also hesitant to bury the guy too deeply.  The reason? We don’t know what brought the situation to…

  19. Rays reliever J.P. Howell diagnosed with gout

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    JP Howell

    Rays reliever J.P. Howell left the team and traveled back to Florida to have his left foot examined by team doctors yesterday and the southpaw has been diagnosed with gout. Howell pitched through the pain twice already and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that he’ll likely be back with the Rays tonight and…

  20. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 20-1

    Jun 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols

    Here are the top 20 members of this winter’s free agent class. Remember, I’m not including either Robinson Cano or Yadier Molina based on the assumption both will have their options picked up. Also, I’m ranking players based more on what kind of contracts I think they’ll receive than how much I personally believe they’re worth.

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