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  1. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  2. Garrett Wittels extends hitting streak to 55 games

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    When last we checked in on Garrett Wittels the Florida International shortstop was riding a 50-game hitting streak, leaving him eight short of Robin Ventura’s all-time record streak of 58 games for Oklahoma State in 1987. Since then Wittels has hit safely in five more games, including swinging away on a 3-0 pitch in a…

  3. Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are…

  4. Giants calling up Pat Burrell from Triple-A

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    As rumored earlier this week, the Giants have called up Pat Burrell from Triple-A just days after signing him to a minor-league contract. Burrell went 5-for-16 (.313) with one homer and one double in five games at Triple-A, which was apparently enough to convince the Giants that he can at least be a viable bench…

  5. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere; Heath Bell, maybe

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark reports what the Padres’ continued success in the standings is making inevitable: Adrain Gonzalez — once thought to be the plum of this year’s trade deadline pie — isn’t going anywhere, so teams have basically given up even asking the Padres about him. Makes sense. It’s one thing to disappoint your fan base…

  6. Jimmy Rollins still at least 10 days from returning

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins is eligible to return from his second disabled list stint of the season Sunday, but general manager Ruben Amaro admitted that the former MVP is still at least 10 days from rejoining the Phillies. Out since May 22 after aggravating a calf injury, Rollins is “progressing slowly” according to Amaro. “He’s still feeling…

  7. Attention Dumb Tigers fans: leave Jim Joyce alone

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    I’m not saying all Tigers fans upset with the call in the other night’s game are dumb. Just the ones who are CALLING THE WRONG JIM JOYCE: “I was watching it in our family room,” said a different Jim Joyce from Toledo. “We’re Tigers fans, so we were disappointed as well.” But Joyce’s disappointment quickly…

  8. Who should be the next Orioles' manager?

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Juan Samuel has the job now, but you have to assume that he’s truly just the interim guy.  Based on my perusal of Orioles’ blogs and stuff, O’s fans seem to be begging for an experienced major league manager, and one would think that Andy MacPhail is thinking the same thing. But who?  The name…

  9. Daniel Murphy out 4-6 months with knee injury

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Slated to be the Mets’ starting first baseman, Daniel Murphy injured his knee late in spring training and then watched as Ike Davis took over the job for what could be the next decade or so. Once healthy the Mets demoted Murphy to Triple-A, but he lasted just eight games there before re-injuring his knee…

  10. Quote of the Day: The Daily News' Bill Madden hates replay; modernity

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Baseball has become dehumanized enough by sabermetricians and their mind-numbing statistical analyses and it doesn’t need to be made more complicated by having the potential for instant replay on every play. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, seemingly channeling his frustration over never figuring out how to get his VCR to stop flashing…

  11. White House Press Secretary praises Jim Joyce

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    This is nice to see, but am I alone in thinking that we’ve come close to praising Jim Joyce’s demeanor so much that the backlash is inevitable?   Oh well, I suppose it’s better than what Sarah Palin said about the environmentalists screwing up Galarraga’s perfect game . . .

  12. What They're Saying About Dave Trembley getting fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It just became official a little over an hour ago, but its been rumbling for a couple of days now.  Here are some of the early reactions to the Orioles 86ing Dave Trembley: Camden Chat: Dave Trembley wasn’t the greatest manager.  He wasn’t the worst.  He managed some good games and he dogged some bad…

  13. Jose Canseco testifies before grand jury in Roger Clemens case

    Jun 4, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco testified before the grand jury that is deciding whether to indict Roger Clemens on perjury charges yesterday. You could probably do better if you’re looking for someone to vouch for your character, but we take our witnesses where we can find them, and Canseco basically backed Clemens’ side of the story. Canseco also…

  14. King Felix strikes out four in one inning

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    It’s not as exciting as a perfect game — it’s not even as exciting as a near-perfect game — but I almost like quirky stuff like this better: Felix Hernandez struck out four guys in one inning last night.  The wild pitch punchout went to Joe Mauer, but the King then bore down and got…

  15. It's official: Trembley gets the axe

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports what we all knew was coming: Dave Trembley has been fired and Juan Samuel is the new interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Given that Brian Roberts is still not back, Casey Kotchman would represent an upgrade at first base, almost everyone who was supposed to hit the…

  16. Casey Kotchman sets defensive record for first basemen

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but it deserves its own post: last night Casey Kotchman set the record for most consecutive defensive chances at first base without an error.  He’s at 2,008 after last night’s game.  The previous mark was Kevin Youkilis’ 2,002.  Youkilis still has the consecutive games streak at 238.  Kotchman has…

  17. How you know when you're about to be fired

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but someone on Orioles Nation is already ready for Dave Trembley to be gone.  Witness third base coach Juan Samuel’s Wikipedia page from around 11PM last night, which reads: “On June 3, 2010, the Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley and announced Samuel as the new manager.” It has since…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 4, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Astros 6, Nationals 4: A walkoff two-run homer for Carlos Lee. The Nationals helped set it up, however, when Cristan Guzman lost a Lance Berkman liner in the lights and had it bounce in front of him allowing Michael Bourn to score. Braves 4, Dodgers 3: The best kept secret in baseball? Kris Medlen. The…

  19. Video goodness: Home run trot turns violent

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    The folks over at Wezen-Ball have been timing every MLB home run trot this season. It’s a fun and interesting feature, and if you haven’t already you should definitely go here to check it out. So far this season, David Ortiz holds six of the seven slowest trot times, while Adam Rosales has the three fastest…

  20. UPDATE: O's reportedly to fire manager Dave Trembley before tomorrow's game

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Trembley may have been fired this evening.  That wouldn’t be a shock, given that the media has known about his fate for close to eight hours now. 3:41pm:  The move has been rumored for a while now, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are…

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