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  1. Players kick butt in their free agency walk years and slack off later, right? Um, no.

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s taken as a matter of faith that players go crazy in their free agent walk years, motivated by that big paycheck. And then that, after they get the fat deal, they themselves get fat and lazy and simply cash their checks. And sure, we all can cite examples of players who seem to fit this…

  2. Padres sticking with rookie Anthony Rizzo amid slow start

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Anthony Rizzo has struggled in his first taste of the big leagues, going just 5-for-31 (.161) with one homer and 12 strikeouts since being called up two weeks ago, but the Padres have made it very clear that they won’t be benching or demoting the top prospect. Here’s what manager Bud Black told Rob Terranova…

  3. Baseball and religion do not mix, so let’s stop arguing about the DH

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    I often take jabs at the DH as the most evil thing in the universe. And, yes, in some very, very small corner of my brain, part of my id believes that. But I don’t really endorse that view, and when I say such things I hope people realize that I’m joking around. Yes, I…

  4. Ricky Romero calls out Blue Jays’ offense for lack of support

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Ricky Romero tossed seven innings of two-run ball against the Braves last night, but got stuck with a loss because the Blue Jays were shut out by Tim Hudson and Craig Kimbrel, managing just two singles and one walk while striking out 11 times. Pitching well and getting zero run support has been the story…

  5. Did Joe Maddon lie to the umpires last night?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Milwaukee Brewers

    Weirdness in the Rays-Brewers game, as Sam Fuld — who had pinch hit for reliever J.P. Howell in the top of the eighth — came out to the mound to warm up as the relief pitcher in the bottom of the inning.  He did not face any batters, however, as manager Joe Maddon pulled him…

  6. Jonathan Broxton to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    After sitting out the past six weeks with a bone bruise in his elbow Jonathan Broxton has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A. A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com indicates that Broxton is scheduled to make just two rehab appearances, but given how awful he pitched for the Dodgers prior to being shut…

  7. The Ozzie-to-Florida maneuvering is beginning

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    A year or two ago there was a bunch of talk about how the Marlins were hot for Ozzie Guillen, with rumors shooting here and there about the Marlins giving up a player for him and what have you.  That was mostly shouted down — semi-convincingly — but the resignation of Edwin Rodriguez and the…

  8. Former saves leader Chad Cordero announces retirement

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chad Cordero, who saved a league-leading 47 games as a 23-year-old in 2005 and has recently been pitching for the independent league St. Paul Saints, announced his retirement at age 29. He followed up that 47-save season with 29 saves in 2006 and 37 saves in 2007, but Cordero has pitched a grand total of…

  9. Pujols’ absence likely to be on the longer end of that 4-6 week time frame

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols

    Yesterday when the Cardinals announced Albert Pujols‘ absence they cited a four-to-six week time frame for his absence. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting, however, that one shouldn’t get too optimistic about all of that: Am told Pujols needs 4 weeks in cast but may need longer wait for baseball-related activies. Mid-August…

  10. Phil Hughes to make two more rehab starts

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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    Joe Girardi confirmed yesterday that Phil Hughes will make two more rehab starts, probably one at Double-A Trenton and one at Triple-A Scranton, after which — assuming everything goes well — he could be back with the Yankees before the All-Star break. As we mentioned over the weekend, Hughes struck out seven batters and hit…

  11. Ozzie Guillen’s ejection was pretty hilarious

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Guillen ejection.bmp

    For what it’s worth, I think Ozzie Guillen had a good point when he argued that Alexi Ramirez was wrongfully called out on what looked like a foul ball in last night’s Cubs-White Sox game. But his argument and ejection were awesome, mostly for the reaction of Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto when Guillen kicked his…

  12. Derek Jeter to resume baseball activities this week

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Joe Girardi told the sporting press yesterday that Derek Jeter — who stands six hits shy of 3,000 —  is expected to resume baseball activities this week and is hopeful that he can return from the disabled as soon as he’s eligible on June 29. Jeter’s strained right calf is the kind of thing that can…

  13. McCourt willing to sell a minority stake in the Dodgers? Yeah, good luck with that.

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    After a day in which the Dodgers mess got messier, word seeps out that Frank McCourt is mulling — had mulled? will mull? — selling a minority stake in the team in order to infuse the organization with cash and preserve his place in the ownership chair. Of course this is all too little too…

  14. Braves’ Prado ‘not close to being ready’ to return

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:41 AM EDT

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    Follow @bharks Martin Prado, who underwent surgery on June 10 to remove a staph infection from his lower right leg and left knee, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, that’s not going to happen soon. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Prado is “not…

  15. Chipper Jones “never wanted Yunel to leave” the Braves

    Jun 20, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones Yunel Escobar Getty

    The Braves kicked off an interleague series against the Blue Jays tonight, so a natural topic of conversation before the game was Yunel Escobar‘s return to Atlanta. It wasn’t too long ago that Escobar was considered the Braves’ long-term solution at shortstop, but he was traded to the Blue Jays last July along with left-hander…

  16. Shaun Marcum still uncertain for Wednesday start

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Boston Red Sox

    Shaun Marcum‘s status for his next scheduled start is still up in the air. Marcum, who left Friday’s start against the Red Sox after just one inning with a left hip flexor strain, threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Marcum was cleared to throw…

  17. White Sox GM won’t rock the boat by promoting Dayan Viciedo

    Jun 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Dayan Viciedo

    While acknowledging the fine job the Cuban defector was doing at Triple-A Charlotte, White Sox GM Ken Williams said there isn’t currently any place for him on the major league roster. Manager Ozzie Guillen insisted last week that Juan Pierre was his left fielder and leadoff hitter for as long as he’s on the team,…

  18. Frank McCourt’s attorney calls rejection of FOX deal “potentially destructive” to Dodgers and MLB

    Jun 20, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Frank McCourt’s attorney Steve Susman has released a statement in response to commissioner Bud Selig’s rejection of the proposed television deal between the Dodgers and FOX. And predictably, they aren’t very happy. Here’s part of the statement, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times: “We are extremely disappointed with the Commissioner’s rejection of the proposed FOX…

  19. Rich Harden strikes out side twice in first rehab start

    Jun 20, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    Rich Harden pitched three hitless innings and fanned six while walking just one Monday in his first rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento. Harden, who has been on the DL since the beginning of the season with a shoulder strain, threw 30 of his 42 pitches for strikes. The A’s may well have used Harden as…

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