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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Frank Robinson in charge of umps, game-pace is not gonna change anything

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    There’s a new sheriff in town. Sounds, though, like he doesn’t have any bullets.

  14. Jimmy Rollins returns, but Carlos Ruiz replaces him on DL

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins’ second month-long disabled list stint of the season is over, with the All-Star shortstop returning after being out since May 21 with the same calf injury that knocked him out for nearly five weeks earlier this year. In the 12 games he’s been healthy enough to play this season Rollins hit .341 with…

  15. Judge's ruling means creditors could block Rangers sale

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Rangers: the creditors win a victory that could derail the sale of the team and put the kibosh on their trade deadline plans.

  16. Quote of the Day: David Letterman on Lady Gaga

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    It’s OK to keep talking about her as long as we’re mocking her, right?

  17. Josh Beckett throws bullpen session, but not close to return

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with lower back soreness for the past five weeks, Josh Beckett threw a bullpen session yesterday at Fenway Park. According to general manager Theo Epstein he’ll likely need at least one more throwing session before potentially beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe speculates that “the earliest…

  18. The Cubs attendance is down, but let's not blow this out of proportion

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    One thing you hear a lot from frustrated Cubs fans is that management often refuses to do the smart thing because “hey, they know Wrigley will sell out no matter what happens, man.”  I’m not sure that was ever really true, but it’s certainly not true now: Does it seem like the Cubs are promoting…

  19. Yorvit Torrealba wimps out

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Remember last week how Yorvit Torrealba was all fired up about just how badly he was hosed in getting a three-game suspension for bumping into umpire Larry Vanover? About how he said that when he got done speaking his mind about it that his suspension might be 5 days instead of just three? Yeah, that…

  20. Erik Bedard faces 12 batters in first minor-league rehab start

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Out since August shoulder surgery, Erik Bedard made his first minor-league rehab start last night and allowed one run in 2.2 innings against rookie-ball hitters. Bedard faced 12 batters and threw 52 pitches, striking out three, walking none, and giving up four hits. He’s scheduled to make his next rehab start Saturday, also against rookie-ball…

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