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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. The only way to create sympathy for Frank McCourt

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Author Frank McCourt

    Oh, how I wish I had seen this awesome, awesome post from Larry over at Wezen-Ball before I put up that last Frank McCourt post.  But better late than never. I won’t give away what ’tis about, but just know that anyone who has ever tried to Google Frank McCourt with the intent of finding…

  6. So, what happens next with the Dodgers?

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has a great step-by-step primer of where Frank McCourt and the Dodgers — who are six days away from failing to meet payroll — go from here.  Short version: don’t plan on the Dodgers being players for Albert Pujols this winter. For Dodgers fans, you can break it…

  7. Derek Jeter may be out longer than we thought

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    When Derek Jeter went on the disabled list with his bum calf, there was a sense that he’d do his 15 days and then be ready to go when he was eligible to come off on June 29th.  That target date is in doubt, however, reports George King of the New York Post, inasmuch as…

  8. History is not on Jim Riggleman’s side

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    As I mused yesterday, two competing explanations for Jim Riggleman’s departure from the Nationals are (1) a fit of pique or genuine disgust which forced his sudden resignation; or (2) a calculation that, if he wasn’t going to be the Nats’ manager in 2012, he’d have a much better shot at landing a new job…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:44 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 2, Twins 1: Welcome back to the land of the living, Tim Lincecum.  Timmy fans 12 and allows only three hits in seven shutout innings, notching his best start in over a month. No managers resigned after this game. Nationals 1, Mariners 0: Hit this one up yesterday, but the game itself got lost…

  10. Back injury puts Roy Oswalt’s career in jeopardy

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:35 AM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt left the Phillies’ 12-2 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night after allowing four runs in two innings and feeling tightness in his lower back. Later, we discovered that the pain in Oswalt’s back would cause him to miss his next start. Now, the news has become grim, as the veteran right-hander is…

  11. Twins activate right-hander Joe Nathan from disabled list

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    nathan points getty

    As reported Thursday by Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 AM, the Twins have activated Joe Nathan from the disabled list and will have him available for Friday’s series-opener against the Brewers. Jim Hoey, who has surrendered 22 hits and 17 runs in 14 innings of relief this season, was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester to…

  12. Roy Oswalt pulled Thursday with back tightness, won’t make next scheduled start

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    oswalt ap

    David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News passes along notice that righty Roy Oswalt had to be pulled from Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals after feeling tightness in his lower back. Oswalt surrendered four earned runs in two ugly innings before exiting. He issued no walks, but he allowed five hits and struck out…

  13. Brett Lawrie having trouble with grip, likely out until August

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    lawrie spring reuters

    Bad news here for prospect lovers. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is still having trouble gripping a bat in his once-fractured left hand and is not expected to resume playing in live minor league games until early August. Lawrie was nearly called to the major leagues at…

  14. Nats name bench coach John McLaren as interim manager

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

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    The Nationals were shocked and upset by manager Jim Riggleman’s sudden resignation after Thursday’s victory over Seattle. But it didn’t take long for the team to find a temporary replacement. According to Ben Goessling of MASN, bench coach John McLaren has been promoted to the post of interim manager and will skipper his first game…

  15. Red Sox push Josh Beckett’s next scheduled start to Tuesday

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    beckett face

    From Rob Bradford of WEEI.com comes word that the Red Sox have again rescheduled Josh Beckett‘s next start, this time to Tuesday against the Phillies. Beckett has been battling flu-like symptoms since the beginning of last week and is just now starting to show signs of improving health. The Red Sox will use Jon Lester…

  16. David Wright cleared to begin baseball-related workouts

    Jun 23, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    According to David Lennon of New York’s Newsday, Mets third baseman David Wright was cleared to resume baseball activities after a promising checkup Thursday with a back specialist. Wright has been on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back since mid-May. If everything goes smoothly in his workouts and subsequent minor…

  17. Tim Lincecum returns to form with 12 strikeouts against Twins

    Jun 23, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum entered Thursday 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four starts this month, but one never would have guessed it from his showing against the Twins.  He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12, before exiting a 1-0 game. Lincecum started this season showing better velocity than he had either…

  18. So what was Jim Riggleman thinking?

    Jun 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    I’m still pretty stunned by the Jim Riggleman resignation.  And to be honest, I still can’t decide if it was a smart move by Riggleman or the dumbest thing ever. On the one hand, Riggleman says that he’s been “disrespected.”  We’ve heard that from wide receivers and power forwards before, but we’re not used to…

  19. Shocker: Unhappy with contract, Jim Riggleman resigns as Nationals manager

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Riggleman

    Just minutes after the Nationals beat the Mariners with a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 1-0 game to move above .500 manager Jim Riggleman announced his resignation. According to general manager Mike Rizzo this morning Riggleman expressed displeasure about his contract, which includes a 2012 option that the Nationals haven’t picked up, and said he…

  20. The Nationals are a juggernaut

    Jun 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Holy schnikes! Jim Riggleman resigned right after the game. Washington just beat Seattle 1-0, with a walkoff sac fly — the most exciting walkoff in all of baseball! — to win it. That’s a sweep of the Mariners. The most mind-boggling thing about it is that the sweep comes even though Mariners’ starters allowed a…

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