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  1. Akinori Iwamura unclaimed on waivers, optioned to Triple-A

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    After designating Akinori Iwamura for assignment last week Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said “a small number of teams have expressed mild interest” in trading for him, but Iwamura and the $2.9 million remaining on his contract passed through waivers unclaimed yesterday. Various reports suggest that the Pirates were willing to eat the rest of…

  2. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on firing Fredi Gonzalez

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Jeff Loria’s commitment to winning: who ya gonna believe, his words or your own lyin’ eyes?

  3. The Pirates re-hire the pierogi

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Pirates haven’t had a great week, public relations-wise.  First there was that whole mess with whether or not John Russell was going to be fired or whether he got an extension or whatever. Then they went and fired their racing pierogi for insubordination and caught all kinds of hell for it. It’s always hard…

  4. Fired now, but Fredi Gonzalez could be the Braves manager next year

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The first thing I thought when I read that the Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez is that he has to be the front runner to become the Braves’ manager after Bobby Cox retires at the end of the year. Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Last winter, when it…

  5. The Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Whoa — this came out of the blue. Our own Matthew Pouliot said just a few weeks ago that Marlins’ manager Fredi Gonzalez should get canned, but I didn’t think it would actually happen. Now Joe Capozzi is reporting that the Florida Marlins have fired Gonzalez and two coaches. Edwin Rodriguez has been named interim…

  6. The Braves' organist is the coolest guy in the world

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    I mean, playing the organ is already a ticket to Coolville, but Matt Kaminski takes it to a whole new level.

  7. Ken Macha says Trevor Hoffman may close again. Which is crazy.

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    What is it with mediocre managers putting individual player stats above all else these days?  First we had Jerry Manuel killing Jon Niese’s arm in order to try and get him a win, now we have Ken Macha saying yesterday that he may slide Trevor Hoffman back into the closer’s role. Why? “I’d certainly like…

  8. Reports of the White Sox' death were greatly exaggerated

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    Two weeks ago Ozzie and Kenny were at each other’s throats and everyone was trying to figure out exactly when Mark Buehrle and A.J.Pierzynski would reach 10-5 status and be able to block the fire sale trades that seemed inevitable. It’s amazing what a little winning can do to put the kibosh on all of…

  9. Jerry Manuel mishandled Jon Niese last night

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Because of (a) a rain delay; and (b) the fact that the Tigers couldn’t get the Mets out last night, Jon Niese ended up going an hour and a half between his last pitch of the third inning and his first pitch in the fourth. The delay was consequential: The Tigers couldn’t touch Niese for…

  10. Tommy Hanson gives up career-high nine runs in loss

    Jun 23, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    I may have jinxed Tommy Hanson last week by writing about his outstanding numbers through 35 career starts, because his 36th outing was a disaster last night. He allowed a career-high nine runs on 13 hits against the White Sox and failed to record a strikeout for the first time as his ERA ballooned from…

  11. The Rangers bankruptcy decision: maybe not as bad as it seemed yesterday

    Jun 23, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    I’ve had a day to reflect and — gasp! — read the judge’s decision in the Rangers bankruptcy case. It’s still not great news for the team, but it’s not as bad as it seemed at first blush yesterday.

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Any ham-and-egger can give up some long balls. You have to be a pretty good pitcher to give up 505 of ‘em, however.

  13. Erick Aybar receives cortisone shot in left knee

    Jun 22, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar has been shut down until later this week after receiving a cortisone shot in his left knee on Tuesday, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Aybar hasn’t played since suffering cartilage damage in his left knee on a hard slide by Casey McGehee of the Brewers slide last Monday. The…

  14. Pirates prospect catcher Tony Sanchez hit in cheek by pitch

    Jun 22, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    Pirates prospect catcher Tony Sanchez was just named to represent the organization in next month’s All-Star Futures Game, but his appearance could be in jeopardy after he was hit in the left cheek by a pitch while playing for High-A Bradenton on Tuesday, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kovacevic originally reported that…

  15. Mark DeRosa opts for wrist surgery, out for season

    Jun 22, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Mark DeRosa is slated for season-ending surgery on his troublesome left wrist, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. DeRosa, in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract, hit just .194/.279/.258 with one homer in 93 at-bats before going on the DL on May 9. The Giants signed him to play…

  16. Blue Jays make Jarrett Hoffpauir everyday third baseman

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Blue Jays won’t be going back to Jose Bautista at the hot corner after designating Edwin Encarnacion for assignment on Monday. Manager Cito Gaston said Tuesday that Jarrett Hoffpauir would take over as the everyday third baseman, with Bautista remaining in right field. It’s a huge break for Hoffpauir. Formerly a second baseman in…

  17. Projecting the 2010 NL All-Star team

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With voting close at several positions, there aren’t as many sure bets for the NL All-Star team as the AL squad. That’ll make things a bit more challenging today. Still, I’m going to give projecting the 21 hitters and 13 pitchers a try. Catcher Locks: none Possibilities: Yadier Molina, Brian McCann, Miguel Olivo, Rod Barajas,…

  18. Correction of the Day: The Washington Post

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    When bloggers screw something up we try our best to fix it in the main article so that the best information is out there where the most people can see it. Newspapers can’t just reprint, however, so they have to do hilarious little corrections like this one: The Tracee Hamilton column in the June 19…

  19. Great Moments in Fandom: Mark Teixeira once tried to change his name to "Kurt"

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Odd story over at Walkoff Walk today: when Mark Teixeira was a kid he was a huge Nirvana fan. So big that, when Kurt Cobain offed himself, Teixeira took to calling himself “Kurt.”  Turned in schoolwork and filled out forms with his name as “Kurt Teixeira” and everything. Rob at Walkoff Walk calls it “an…

  20. Carlos Beltran to begin his rehab assignment on Thursday

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya said today that Carlos Beltran will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday. The location kind of stinks for him. He’s been in Port St. Lucie for months on end now. He probably wants new restaurants, ya know? Anyway, Beltran and the Mets have to be pleased that…

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