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  1. Cashman says Phil Hughes will probably need “a few more” starts in the minors

    Jun 25, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes made his second minor league rehab start last night with Double-A Trenton. And the results were decidedly mixed. Hughes allowed one run on two hits over 3 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out three. He threw 42 out of 72 pitches for strikes. And while Hughes topped out at 95 mph…

  2. James Shields is ridiculous

    Jun 25, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    “Big Game James” continues to dominate. James Shields held the Astros to one run in a complete game victory last night. He allowed just three hits while striking out nine and walking just one. It was his third consecutive complete game and his MLB-leading sixth complete game of the season. It’s a pretty incredible accomplishment…

  3. Heyman: Davey Johnson’s contract with the Nationals runs through 2013

    Jun 25, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson AP

    We learned last night that Davey Johnson is expected to be named the next manager of the Nationals, but here’s a minor twist on the story. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Johnson’s contract will run through the 2013 season. Many expected Johnson to serve as a bridge to a more long-term option, but if…

  4. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 25, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Chicago White Sox

    The Nationals won their 12th game in their last 13 last night against the White Sox, but it wasn’t easy. Interim manager John McLaren was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning leaving Trent Jewett as the “interim interim” manager. By the way, Jewett just officially joined the staff yesterday. The Nationals blew leads…

  5. Barry Zito to return from disabled list Tuesday

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Barry Zito will probably become an $18.5 million relief pitcher pretty soon, but he’s set to make a spot start for the Giants next week. Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed today that Zito will return from the disabled list to start the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday against the Cubs, according to Andrew Baggarly of…

  6. Report: Davey Johnson to be named Nationals manager

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports. It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000.  The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14…

  7. Rafael Furcal might move to second base

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers like what they’ve seen from their rookie shortstop Dee Gordon. So much, in fact, that they are discussing some changes for their infield. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before tonight’s game that Rafael Furcal could move to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Furcal has…

  8. Jed Lowrie diagnosed with bruised nerve in shoulder

    Jun 24, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Jed Lowrie will not need surgery on his left shoulder, but he did receive a new diagnosis after getting a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum earlier this week. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, it was determined that a bruised nerve has caused the soreness in Lowrie’s left shoulder. There’s still no timetable for…

  9. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is scouting Yu Darvish in Japan

    Jun 24, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels isn’t present for this weekend’s interleague series against the Mets. But for good reason. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Daniels was busy scouting right-hander Yu Darvish in Japan. In fact, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has the photo evidence of Daniels in attendance for his Friday start with the Hokkaido…

  10. A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy has some interesting thoughts about “The Golden Girls”

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    golden girls

    Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison gets all the attention for being worthwhile follow on Twitter–and rightfully so, because he’s great–but A’s starter Brandon McCarthy has flown under the radar a bit as an interesting, funny tweeter. For instance, he just posted these deep thoughts about “The Golden Girls”: The Golden Girls isn’t as enjoyable when you…

  11. Justin Morneau to undergo neck surgery, expected to miss six weeks

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau just can’t catch a break. After sitting out nine months following a concussion last July he returned to the Twins’ lineup to hit just .225 with four homers and a .619 OPS in 55 games before being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury last week. And now Jim Souhan of…

  12. Jose Contreras out 4-6 weeks; Phillies may pursue Heath Bell

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Jose Contreras joined Brad Lidge on the disabled list, with Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia writing that he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained forearm, and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that “the Phillies are asking around about bullpen help.” Olney doesn’t get into specifics about who’re they’re “asking around about” yet, but did…

  13. Nationals name John McLaren interim manager, but will pick new guy (Davey Johnson?) by Monday

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    mclaren getty

    As expected, John McLaren has officially been named the Nationals’ interim manager following Jim Riggleman’s resignation yesterday, but apparently he’s not long for the job either. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that McLaren will manage the team this weekend but “general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.” Most of…

  14. The Rays: a little inconsistent on the no-smoking message

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    It seems fairly simply to me: you either wear throwback jerseys for a team called “the Smokers” and go with all of the tobacco imagery that entails, or else you just avoid it altogether. The Rays, however, want to have it both ways, by wearing replicas of the old Tampa Smokers minor league team jerseys, but…

  15. Phillies place Roy Oswalt on disabled list, release J.C. Romero

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    oswalt ap

    Roy Oswalt is worried about his back problems forcing him into retirement, so it’s no surprise that the Phillies have placed him on the disabled list before even waiting for the results of the MRI exam scheduled for Monday. There seems to be a legitimate fear that he’ll never pitch again and if he does…

  16. Roger Clemens trial is on track for July 6th

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    Most trials never start when they’re supposed to due to all kinds of pretrial wrangling and stuff. But that’s not the case with Roger Clemens.  Today the law firm that could have appealed the order granting Clemens access to the Mitchell Report notes decided not to appeal, thereby clearing the way for baseball’s second biggest…

  17. Reds activate Aroldis Chapman from DL after shaky 30-day rehab assignment

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman‘s minor-league rehab assignment wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but after a maximum 30-day stint recovering from shoulder inflammation (and control problems) the Reds have activated him from the disabled list. Chapman allowed 12 runs in 13 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, but did post a strong 20/8 K/BB ratio and threw a scoreless inning…

  18. Riggleman trashes Tom Boswell of the Washington Post

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Riggleman

    Reasonable people may disagree about the wisdom of Jim Riggleman leaving the Nationals like he did yesterday, but I think everyone can agree that going on the radio the next day and trashing a well-respected baseball columnist by name is going to make you many friends. Certainly not in the media, but likely not with…

  19. Jim Thome not ready to return, “still having some issues”

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but instead the 40-year-old designated hitter will likely remain on the sidelines through at least the weekend with his back and quadriceps injuries. Ron Gardenhire told 1500-ESPN that Thome “is still having some issues” while rehabbing at extended spring training in Florida. He’s been…

  20. Will Mark Cuban’s day ever come?

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is always a popular topic of conversation around here. To feed that jones, go read Jayson Stark’s column today assessing Cuban, baseball’s opinion of him and his chances of one day becoming a baseball owner.  Here’s the highlight of the column, though. It’s a baseball insider quoted by Stark, summing up Bud Selig’s…

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