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  1. Josh Hamilton on why Texas fired hitting coach Thad Bosley: “It was communication … not a lot there”

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    thad-bosley-and-josh-hamilton-rangers

    When the Rangers fired hitting coach Thad Bosley yesterday after just two months on the job I wrote that it couldn’t have been based on the lineup’s performance, because they rank fourth among AL teams in runs scored with a similar output to last season. And sure enough, comments from the front office and various…

  2. Ozzie wasn’t tweeting mad about where his son was drafted

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Yesterday we wrote about Ozzie Guillen’s grumpy tweets from Tuesday night which I and many others took to be in response to where his son Ozney was taken in the draft. We got that wrong because as Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports, Ozzie was on about something else: In truth, Guillen was writing about…

  3. Mike Scioscia’s frustration boils over after Angels’ fall in extra innings for fifth straight loss

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    SciosciaTimmons

    Mike Scioscia was so frustrated following the Angels’ extra-inning loss to the Rays last night that Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times describes how “his voice filled with ire … the longer the postgame interview went on.” In losing for the fifth straight game and falling to 30-34 overall the Angels struck out 11…

  4. So, who did the best in the draft?

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    I was asked to be on a radio show last night to talk about the baseball draft. This despite telling the host up front that I know next to nothin’ about the draft. When I pressed the guy for an answer on which way he wanted to go with it, he said that he wanted…

  5. Brandon Lyon returns from DL, but won’t resume closing for Astros right away

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    brandon-lyon-astros

    Brandon Lyon is back with the Astros after spending a month on the disabled list with a partially torn rotator cuff, but manager Brad Mills told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle that he won’t immediately resume closing. We’ll kind of ease him into it before we put him absolutely all the way in to…

  6. Brian Roberts still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks later

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was in Baltimore yesterday to meet with manager Buck Showalter and talk to reporters, and the Orioles second baseman revealed that he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms three weeks after suffering a concussion sliding head-first into first base on May 16. Roberts was told during a recent doctor visit that he’s showing some improvement,…

  7. Some notable numbers from Japan: Central League stats

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Matt Murton

    Every so often I like to see how some old friends are doing in Japan.  We’ll start with a scan through the Central League numbers and then move on to the Pacific League tomorrow. Wladimir Balentien: .345/.430/.718, 14 HR, 27 RBI, 2 SB in 142 AB Tony Blanco: .220/.306/.441, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB…

  8. Ernie Harwell’s memorabilia collection is at risk

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Ernie Harwell

    A sad story from the Detroit News: Ernie Harwell’s personal baseball memorabilia collection — which is reputed to be worth millions and contain stuff collectors and fans would love to see — is being mismanaged by the Detroit Public Library, to whom Harwell entrusted it: He entrusted it to the library and dreamed that one…

  9. For this Rays’ road trip: pajamas

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Pajamas

    Joe Maddon and the Rays have continued to do the dress-up thing as they leave for road trips. Last time’s grunge was … poor. This week’s pajamas works much, much better. Especially David Price, laying down in the blue and brown argyle.  Lookin’ good. James Shields in the tie-dye is … a bit much.

  10. Jim Northrup: 1939-2011

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Jim Northrup

    My folks weren’t really baseball fans, but they both grew up in Detroit, and the bandwagony, city-coming-together effect of the World Series champion Tigers of 1968 rubbed off on them enough to where players on that team were well-known names to me even before I really got my brain around baseball as a kid.  As…

  11. David Ortiz, A.J. Burnett eschew cliche following last night’s game

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    ANSWER: “We gotta play ‘em one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ballclub. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.” QUESTION: “What are ‘things A.J. Burnett and David Ortiz could have chosen to say after last night’s…

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

    Jun 9, 2011, 4:57 AM EDT

    Red Sox's Ortiz celebrates his two run home run against the New York Yankees with teammate Youkilis during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Yankee Stadium

    Red Sox 11, Yankees 6: The Bosox once again jump all over the Yankees, this time giving A.J. Burnett his worst night of the year. Notably, no Red Sox players were plunked in this one — And David Ortiz hit another homer — so I’m sure the tabloids that were calling for retribution for the…

  13. Abraham: Dustin Pedroia might need surgery on his right knee

    Jun 9, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will fly back to Boston on Thursday to have his right knee examined by a specialist and could be facing surgery that would put him out for at least a month. Pedroia has been playing with a banged up knee since…

  14. Marlins fire John Mallee, name ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez as new hitting coach

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    mallee pose

    The Marlins must have been inspired by the quick hook that the Rangers gave to rookie hitting coach Thad Bosley on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Marlins’ official Twitter feed, hitting coach John Mallee has been “relieved” of his duties and ESPN baseball analyst Eduardo Perez will take over the gig Thursday. Mallee was promoted…

  15. Red Sox score early and often, rout Yankees 11-6

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:38 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz homered in a second straight game Wednesday as the Red Sox jumped all over Yankees starter A.J. Burnett on their way to an 11-6 win. They improved to 7-1 against the Yankees this season and moved into the AL East lead by one game. Helped out by two Francisco Cervelli throwing errors on…

  16. Hanley Ramirez could return to majors as early as Tuesday

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    getty hanley

    The Marlins placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list just a few days ago with pain in his lower back, but he is already nearing the start of a minor league rehab assignment. According to Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post, Marlins skipper Edwin Rodriguez told reporters on Wednesday that Ramirez could…

  17. Martin Prado day-to-day with left knee contusion

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    prado batting

    Braves outfielder Martin Prado was struck on the side of his left knee with a throw while attempting to steal second base on Tuesday night against the Marlins. He was still feeling it Wednesday. Prado plays hurt often and typically tries to talk his way into the Braves’ batting order no matter what’s ailing him.…

  18. Rangers place second baseman Ian Kinsler on paternity leave

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    ian kinsler red

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has the goods. The Rangers placed Ian Kinsler on baseball’s new paternity leave list Wednesday evening after the second baseman and his wife welcomed their second child on Wednesday afternoon. The baby, given the name Jack Jamisson Kinsler, weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Kinsler is expected to spend…

  19. Derek Lowe loses no-hitter in seventh against Marlins

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe

    8:50 p.m. EDT update: no no-no for Lowe.  Greg Dobbs singled off the glove of a diving Alex Gonzalez with one out in the seventh.  Even if Gonzalez had managed to grab it, he would have had a tough time throwing Dobbs out at on the play. With the no-hitter gone, it will be interesting…

  20. 50 years ago today: Braves become first team to hit four straight homers

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    1961 Topps Hank Aaron

    June 8, 1961 Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers for the Milwaukee Braves in the sixth inning of a game against the Reds.  It’s the first time in major league history that the feat has been pulled off, but the Braves go on to lose the game 10-8 anyway. The Reds were up…

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