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  1. Frank McCourt: Shameless

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Last night, Bob Sacks, a lawyer who represents Frank McCourt, spoke with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The subject: Frank McCourt’s response to Major League Baseball’s rejection of the television deal McCourt sought with Fox and the impending standoff between McCourt and Bud Selig. Everyone knows this is a difficult time for McCourt…

  2. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EST

    Jack McKeon

    Marlins 5, Angels 2: The Feesh win! How they did it while allowing 13 hits is something you’d have to ask the Angels, who went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Stanton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit game himself. Brewers 5, Rays 1: Zack…

  3. Yankees’ Gardner not sure how to earn more playing time

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:06 AM EST

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    Follow @bharks   Brett Gardner has been one of the Yankees’ hottest hitters for the last two months, hitting .357 with a .440 on-base percentage since April 28. He’s reached base nine times in 15 plate appearances in the three games since replacing the injured Derek Jeter at the lead-off spot. And in his last…

  4. Mother Nature wreaks havoc at U.S. Cellular Field (video)

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:42 AM EST

    Follow @bharks Mother Nature wreaked havoc on U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night, as a wild thunderstorm hit the contest between the White Sox and the Cubs, causing a 1 hour, 44-minute delay. Heavy winds made it difficult to get the tarp on the field, leaving the infield a muddy mess for crews to battle after…

  5. Athletics option Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:02 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said last October that he felt Daric Barton was the “best first baseman in the league” last season. My how things can change in a hurry. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Barton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following tonight’s victory over the Mets. He was presumably…

  6. Pirates to skip struggling Charlie Morton in starting rotation

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:11 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Turns out Charlie Morton can’t succeed on imitation alone. Morton enjoyed some early season success after overhauling his delivery to mimic Roy Halladay, but has seen his ERA jump from 2.52 to 3.77 over his last three starts by allowing 17 runs (15 earned) in just 11 innings. Some regression was probably in store for…

  7. Hunter Pence likely out until Friday with sprained left elbow

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The Astros hoped to have Hunter Pence back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers, but a setback has likely put him on the shelf until Friday. Pence hasn’t played since last Friday due to a sprained left elbow. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he showed up to the ballpark today unable…

  8. Joe Maddon apologizes for Monday’s shenanigans with Sam Fuld

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Milwaukee Brewers

    You knew this was coming. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays manager Joe Maddon apologized to the umpiring crew earlier today for the confusion during last night’s game against the Brewers. For those unfamiliar, Sam Fuld — who pinch-hit for J.P. Howell in the top of the eighth inning — came out…

  9. Bryce Harper limited in SAL All-Star Game due to sore left thumb

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is still expected to start in tonight’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but the fans at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland aren’t going to get the show they were hoping for. Harper is currently nursing a sore left thumb that he jammed back on June 12. He missed four games with…

  10. Mark Cuban says he’s interested in buying Dodgers

    Jun 21, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Mark Cuban

    A week after his Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Finals, Mark Cuban told TMZ that he’d have interest in the Dodgers, in theory anyway. “If the deal’s right and they’re fixable, then, yeah, I’m very interested,” he said. As for whether the deal is right, Cuban doesn’t seem optimistic, noting just how much of a…

  11. Logan Morrison ripped Hanley Ramirez in front of teammates

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:51 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison

    That according to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer. When Hanley Ramirez was late to appear for new manager Jack McKeon’s pregame meeting Monday, Logan Morrison blasted him in front of teammates, telling the shortstop that his tardiness is one reason he’s struggled all season. Morrison declined to discuss the confrontation Tuesday, saying “”I’d rather have…

  12. Josh Beckett scratched with stomach illness

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:28 PM EST

    Josh Beckett vs. Yankees

    The Red Sox scratched Josh Beckett from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres with what manager Terry Francona called “intestinal turmoil.” Alfredo Aceves will start in his place tonight. “He actually looks just OK,” Francona said. “l’m glad we [pushed him back]. I think it was neccessary what we did. He didn’t look that…

  13. Royals manager Ned Yost is friends with Jeff Foxworthy

    Jun 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    There are worse people to be friends with, of course, but for some reason this tweet from Royals beat reporter Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star made me chuckle: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy and other friends of manager Royals manager Ned Yost are in uniform and taking part in early workouts. You know you’re a…

  14. Baseball divisions are probably not going anywhere

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    Jeff Passan — who, unless I’m wrong, coined the phrase “unalignment” to describe the elimination of divisions several years ago — reports that while the concept of unalignment has been discussed, it’s not terribly likely. His sources tell him that the reason is simple: too crazy!  Well, they didn’t say “crazy,” — the phrase “drastic…

  15. Padres place Brad Hawpe on disabled list with finger injury

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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    Brad Hawpe moved from first base to right field to make room for Anthony Rizzo‘s arrival two weeks ago and now he’s out of the lineup altogether, as the Padres placed him on the disabled list with a stained left middle finger. Hawpe got off to a brutal start, turned things around for a while,…

  16. Jose Reyes does not want to negotiate with the Mets during the season

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Jose Reyes

    This morning we saw the shocking — shocking! — news that a player approaching free agency wants $X, and his team wants to pay him something less than $X.  That’s Jose Reyes and the Mets, in case you didn’t know. Perhaps because he’s felt this all along and perhaps he realized that stories like this…

  17. Hanley Ramirez hits cleanup in return from benching, reporter thinks Marlins should trade him

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Day 1 of the (latest) Jack McKeon era in Florida involved benching Hanley Ramirez, but the Marlins’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Angels. And not only that: Ramirez is hitting cleanup for the first time in his career. Also of note is that Marlins beat reporter Joe Capozzi of…

  18. The Braves call up Julio Lugo. Yeah, that Julio Lugo.

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    So I’m minding my own business a few minutes ago when Gleeman IM’s me, asking me if the Braves actually called up Julio Lugo.  His comment: Swear to god i assumed it was a different Lugo. no way they’d call up the same guy … I figured they had some 21-year-old at AA or something. So…

  19. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-61

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jorge Posada

    Honorable mentions Nos. 111-81 Part two of the top 111 free agents covers Nos. 80-61. I see most of the following players getting one- or two-year deals and making around $2.5 million-$4 million next year. (All ages as of April 1, 2012) * denotes players with contract options 80. Laynce Nix (31 – Nationals): Poor…

  20. Brian Roberts won’t return from his concussion before the All-Star break

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts was examined today by a concussion specialist who told him he needed more rest, so Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles have ruled him out through the All-Star break. Roberts initially suffered the concussion while sliding head-first into first base on May 16 and the All-Star break is hardly an established…

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