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  1. Hanley Ramirez to sit out day games after night games

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Fresh off the disabled list, Hanley Ramirez is out of the Marlins’ lineup this afternoon and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he’ll be sitting out day games following night games for at least the next two weeks. “That’s the doctor’s recommendation, so we have to follow it,” manager Edwin Rodriguez told Frisaro. “For two…

  2. Angels voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:32 PM EST

    Angels logo

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted a few minutes ago that according to an ESPN poll (which he didn’t link but which I don’t think we’re missing), the Anaheim Angels have been voted the best franchise in Major League Baseball and the fourth best in all of professional sports. Lots of unknowns here,…

  3. Baseball has apparently done some stuff to combat the dangerous shattering bats thing

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Colvin getting impaled

    This article has a lot in it about woodworking and “slope of grain” and stress resistance and stuff and I really stop being sharp at around this time of the afternoon so I can’t really parse it too well.  But this seems like the upshot to me: MLB employs TECO, a certification and testing agency for wood…

  4. Orioles have changed pitching coaches 13 times in 17 years

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    revolving door

    In the wake of Mark Connor resigning yesterday for personal reasons Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun note that by replacing him with Rick Adair the Orioles have now changed pitching coaches 13 times in 17 years. A couple guys have held the job twice during that span, but Connolly raises a…

  5. Deep Thoughts: Prince Fielder free agency edition

    Jun 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Over at ESPN Chicago there’s a big story up titled “Report: Prince Fielder Open to Cubs?” Setting aside the notion that a question — “Prince Fielder Open to the Cubs?” — is not a “report,” is it not the case that Prince Fielder not ruling out a potential team in his upcoming free agency is…

  6. Carl Crawford heckled in return to Tampa Bay, says Rays partied more than Red Sox

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Carl Crawford

    Craig already wrote about Carl Crawford‘s return to Tampa Bay being like seeing an ex-girlfriend at a party, but it’s also worth noting that many of his ex-boyfriends didn’t treat Crawford all that well. There was a solid amount of booing as he stepped to the plate for the first time, although eventually the rest…

  7. Trevor Cahill is on a serious skid

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Trevor Cahill

    The White Rabbit — fabbo nickname by the way, if it is indeed his nickname and not just his warm up music — is struggling. Big time. As Paul Gutierrez reports at CSN Bay Area, Cahill has gone 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA in his last seven starts. Last night’s game was one of his worst.…

  8. Brian Roberts “is starting to do some more physical things”

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts has been out since mid-May with a concussion, but manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that “he’s starting to do some more physical things” in extended spring training. Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that Roberts “has been progressing through an upper-body exercise plan” without any problems, but “the team isn’t taking any chances with”…

  9. Holy crap, Adam Lind killed a baseball

    Jun 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    lind_adam

    I mentioned Adam Lind‘s walkoff, 11th inning homer from last night’s Jays-Orioles game in the recaps. But I just now saw the highlight. Mercy me, did he destroy that ball. He and Koji Uehara just seemed to silently tell one another. “Yep.” Matt Wieters hit one a mile too, but I think Lind’s went farther.…

  10. Josh Johnson’s return pushed back again as move to 60-day DL rules him out until second half

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Josh Johnson

    At this rate the Marlins will announce next week that Josh Johnson won’t be returning until 2015. Johnson was initially expected to miss just a couple weeks with shoulder inflammation when Florida placed him on the disabled list in mid-May, but manager Edwin Rodriguez admitted Monday that they were no longer expecting Johnson back before…

  11. Must-click link: Explaining Jose Bautista

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jose Bautista

    We’ve seen several lazy passes at explaining the phenomenon that is the late-blooming Jose Bautista. Most of them — empty “gee-whiz” musings at best, veiled PED accusations at worst — start from the proposition that Bautista came from out of nowhere and started hitting home runs like some kind of freak. But Jose Bautista is…

  12. Benched again, Jason Bay says “that’s just the reality of it” and “I just work here”

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Jason Bay

    Benched last night for the third time in six games Jason Bay offered up a very reasonable response when questioned afterward by reporters, noting that it’s tough to complain much about not being in the lineup when you’re hitting .207. I’m a realist. I’m not playing that well. That’s just the reality of it. Had…

  13. The Cubs are having a street fair outside Wrigley Field. Sort of.

    Jun 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs had intended to shut down Sheffield Avenue outside the ballpark for nine days — nine days! — to have a big street fair with bands and food and all kinds of hubub, beginning this weekend to coincide with the Yankees coming to town.  Due to local displeasure at the disruption of traffic and…

  14. Scott Kazmir got rocked by minor leaguers. Again.

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Kazmir_Scott

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Or the time before that. Or the time before that.  But yeah, it happened again: Scott Kazmir gave up six runs on five hits in an inning and two-thirds, while walking three and hitting a batter. The competition: a Sacramento team which can’t have much of an…

  15. Ned Colletti: players use disabled list as “a couple weeks’ vacation”

    Jun 15, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti stands on the field before the MLB national league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles

    Ned Colletti was on KABC radio in Los Angeles yesterday, and seemed to question the legitimacy of some Dodgers’ players recent trips to the disabled list: “Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a…

  16. Cole Hamels left last night’s game due to back tightness

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    Things you don’t really see when you just read the box score (and when you’re not following Twitter because you’re planning your weekend getaway): Cole Hamels may have pitched brilliantly last night, but he also was taken out of the game in the eighth inning due to back tightness. A big deal? Probably not. Hamels…

  17. The Braves slicked down the infield to mess with Jose Reyes

    Jun 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Well, we don’t know for sure that they did that, but it seemed kind of obvious that the infield dirt was overly moist and muddy last night as the Mets-Braves game got underway. The reasonable inference: that they did it to slow down Jose Reyes, who said that he had never seen infield dirt that…

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

    Jun 15, 2011, 5:21 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers

    Look, you can get your game recaps lots of places, but if you want them with both (a) juvenile sexual innuendo; and (b) F. Scott Fitzgerald references, you got no choice but to stick with your Uncle Craigy, see?

  19. Adam LaRoche to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday

    Jun 14, 2011, 11:39 PM EST

    Adam LaRoche

    The verdict is in. According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Adam LaRoche will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Thursday. The decision to go ahead with surgery was made during a meeting with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Jim Riggleman, trainer Lee Kuntz and team doctor Wiemi Douoguih prior to tonight’s game against the Cardinals. He…

  20. James Shields halts Boston’s nine-game winning streak

    Jun 14, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    James Shields

    After three straight series sweeps and 30 runs in their last two games, the Red Sox were shut down by the Rays’ James Shields on Tuesday, getting blanked for the sixth time this year in a 4-0 loss. For Shields, it was his third shutout already this season.  The Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia entered the day as the only…

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