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  1. Bobby Valentine withdraws himself from consideration for the Orioles' job

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    I’m sure that the sudden job opening with the Florida Marlins has absolutely nothing to do with this.

  2. Orioles might be close to cutting bait on Garrett Atkins

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli speculates that the Orioles could designate Garrett Atkins for assignment Saturday when they need a roster spot to call up scheduled starter Brad Bergesen. This offseason Atkins signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with an $8.5 million team option or $500,000 buyout for 2011, which struck me as a bad investment for…

  3. The Reds are going to turn Aroldis Chapman into a reliever

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Reds are the latest team that plans on turning a would-be ace into a middle reliever.

  4. Strasburg to face the Royals today and no one is talking smack

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Royals are up today for the surprisingly un-nicknamed Stephen Strasburg’s latest start. It’s a 4:30 start, which is kind of weird, but whatever.  The thing I’ve been looking forward to the most in Stephen Strasburg’s games has not been his actual performance (hint: he’s going to throw hard) but the article that shows up…

  5. A's would need 'a compelling offer' to trade Ben Sheets

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets has been a disappointment for Oakland, going 2-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts after signing a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that “the A’s do not plan to trade Sheets unless they receive a compelling offer.” Obviously the definition of “a compelling offer” is…

  6. The Marlins have been looking to fire Fredi for some time

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The Florida Marlins turned heads this morning when they fired Fredi Gonzalez, but upon closer inspection, maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise after all. Buster Olney tweets that the Marlins had been planning to fire Gonzalez for a while, actually, but that the whole Hanley Ramirez thing put a kink in it.  I…

  7. Matt Holliday on fire since move to second spot in lineup

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday batted .289 with six homers and an .809 OPS through 61 games as the Cardinals’ cleanup (and occasional No. 3) hitter. For him that apparently qualifies as enough of a slump that manager Tony La Russa moved him to the second spot in the lineup last week. Since then Holliday has been on…

  8. The Mets sign Ramon Ortiz

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    The Mets have spent the last few weeks bending over backwards to get rid of their dead wood arms in Oliver Perez and John Maine, so it’s rather funny that they’d go out and sign a guy who’s been about as effective as Oliver Perez and John Maine this year.  That’s what they did, though:…

  9. 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…

  10. 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?

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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