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  1. Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella breaks finger, out six weeks

    Jun 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    It’s a tough blow for a 27-year-old who probably isn’t in line for many chances to establish himself in the big leagues. Tommy Manzella, who took over as the Astros’ shortstop when Miguel Tejada was allowed to leave over the winter, will miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured left index finger. The…

  2. Pirates lose left-hander Zach Duke to disabled list

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Still dealing with a sore elbow, Zach Duke was expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Pirates on Wednesday. Duke last pitched a week ago, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox. He has lost four straight starts, leaving him 3-8 with…

  3. Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Speaking publically for the first time since surgery in March to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Ryan Westmoreland on Wednesday said he was making steady progress and that he hoped to return to playing baseball in the Red Sox system. Westmoreland, a 20-year-old outfielder rated as Boston’s top prospect by Baseball America over…

  4. Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery

    Jun 23, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Johan Santana was accused of sexual battery. The charges were dropped. Before things get crazy, let’s grok a little perspective.

  5. Quote of the Day II: Our Navy is on steroids

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Not sure how I feel about comparing an aircraft carrier to Barry Bonds, but here it is anyway.

  6. Edinson Volquez pitches well as rehab stint moves to Triple-A

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    After making his first two rehab starts in the low minors, Edinson Volquez moved up to Triple-A this afternoon for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in August and allowed one run in five innings. Volquez threw 49 of 80 pitches for strikes, giving up three hits while striking out one and…

  7. The Philly sex-for-World-Series-Tickets lady has a blog now

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I feel icky even linking to it, but if I don’t you’ll never have a chance to read about a convicted attempted prostitute’s sexual fantasies about former Phillies pitcher Larry Christenson.  And really, I couldn’t bear for you not to know that as, admittedly, Larry Christenson was not without his charms. And actually, that link…

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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:…

  16. 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…

  17. 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?

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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