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  1. Report: Nats to Ax Manny Acta

    Jun 13, 2009, 6:10 PM EDT

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, citing baseball sources, the Nationals are set to fire manager Manny Acta. The ax could come as soon as an off-day on Monday, with the team preparing to start a series against the Yankees. According to the report, Acta would be replaced by bench coach Jim Riggleman. The 40-year-old…

  2. Can Castillo overcome blunder?

    Jun 13, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    To understand the severity of Friday night’s costly drop by Luis Castillo, one must first remember that he entered 2009 as one of the more unpopular players on the roster. With his patient, sometimes passive approach at the plate, Castillo became the perfect whipping-boy for frustrated Mets fans, as he batted just .245/.355/.305 in the…

  3. Potent quotables: Castillo and Bradley face the music

    Jun 13, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

    “I have to catch that ball. The ball was moving a little bit. I didn’t get it. I feel bad. It was a routine fly ball. … I need to get it. … I feel so bad. I don’t want to make any errors, so I feel bad about myself. I made a mistake —…

  4. The Show: Pace Car Edition

    Jun 13, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    On this week’s The Show, we took a look at a few guys having spectacularly good (or bad) seasons and projected their numbers for the entire year. Despite a slump, is Ian Kinsler on pace to have one of the greatest seasons ever by a second baseman? Can anything stop Chris Davis from obliterating the…

  5. Heck, I'm not even mad, that's amazing

    Jun 13, 2009, 11:16 AM EDT

    In case you missed Friday night’s wildly entertaining, exciting and ultimately infamous Mets-Yankees game, here are a few things you should know: … Robinson Cano hit one over the ridiculously short porch in right center to open the scoring, but to be fair, it was a legit homer. More on this later … … Joba…

  6. Let's just take the player's word for it

    Jun 12, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT

    Wellemeyer loses about 5 mph on fastball is the headline to article penned by Joe Strauss in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The headline is culled entirely from the following quote by Wellemeyer: “Last year I was throwing 94-96 (mph), this year I’m topping out at 90-91,” he said. “I don’t know what it is but…

  7. Blundering Bradley brings out the boo birds

    Jun 12, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    As if things weren’t already going badly enough, Milton Bradley misplaced his brain on the way to the ballpark Friday. – In the sixth inning, with Bradley on second and Mike Fontenot on third, Derrek Lee hit a routine grounder to third. The Twins were conceding the run, but Bradley took off for third on…

  8. What we're watching – June 12

    Jun 12, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    - Tommy Hanson’s second big-league outing will come against the Orioles in Baltimore. He started off in fine fashion against the Brewers five days ago, only to end up allowing three homers and seven runs in six innings. This could be a tougher assignment, as the Orioles lead baseball with a .294 average at home…

  9. Tigers place Bonderman right back on DL

    Jun 12, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman struggled Monday in his return from the disabled list, allowing six runs over four innings in his first start in more than a year, and the Tigers sent him right back to the DL this afternoon. Bonderman’s stuff was noticeably lacking following shoulder surgery, as he averaged just 89.6 miles per hour with…

  10. Another day, another awful outfield D for Twins

    Jun 12, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT

    Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Denard Span will not join the Twins during their three-game series at Wrigley Field that begins this afternoon because the team has been unable to uncover the source of his dizziness: Team doctors have him on medication for an inner ear infection and don’t want…

  11. Link-O-Rama: A.J. Burnett likes to read, swear

    Jun 12, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT

    * From the “hey, it’s Friday and this amused me for some reason” department, the Boston Herald reports that A.J. Burnett was thrown out of a Boston-area Barnes & Noble the morning after his poor start against the Red Sox “for swearing on his cell phone.” A source told the newspaper that “he was swearing…

  12. With Smoltz looming, will Red Sox cash in Penny?

    Jun 12, 2009, 11:54 AM EDT

    John Smoltz’s final minor-league rehab start was rained out last night, so instead he’ll take the mound at Triple-A today and also push back his Red Sox debut slightly. Here’s what manager Terry Francona had to say about his impending arrival: After he pitches, we’ll sit down with Smoltzy and just make sure we’re all…

  13. There's nothing better than pitchers batting

    Jun 12, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    I tend not to enjoy arguments about religion, but once in a while you have to go there: It’s a real shame that so many American League pitchers have been denied a chance to hit. As much as A’s fans enjoyed the pure athletic ability of Vida Blue, Mike Norris, Rick Langford and Dave Stewart…

  14. Pablo Ozuna media circus about to begin

    Jun 12, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Pablo Ozuna has been suspended for violating the PED policy: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies Minor League infielder Pablo Ozuna has received a 50-game suspension after showing an elevated Testosterone/Epitestosterone ratio, a performance-enhancing substance violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Oh great. Now we’re…

  15. The Astros aren't always cheap

    Jun 12, 2009, 9:09 AM EDT

    Earlier this week I bashed the Astros for not letting people bring in outside food. That’s cheap in my mind, but this other thing they’re doing is the opposite of cheap. It’s actually pretty cool: If the Astros have their way, the upper decks at Minute Maid Park will be filled with kids for the…

  16. The "curse of MT"

    Jun 12, 2009, 8:32 AM EDT

    Someone please kill Twitter. Kill it with fire: Following the Red Sox’ 4-3 win over the Yankees, Thursday night at Fenway Park — their eighth victory in as many meetings with New York this season — Sox majority owner John Henry posted on his Twitter account: “the MT Curse?” The ‘MT’ was assumed to be…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday's scores and recaps

    Jun 12, 2009, 5:28 AM EDT

    Cardinals 6, Marlins 5: Cody Ross let one get through the wickets in the eighth and it rolled all the way back to the 434′ sign in center, allowing the tying runs to score and putting the eventual winning run, in the person of Ryan Ludwick, on third. It happens. Trever Miller on the home…

  18. And the Royals' hopes ran, they ran so far away

    Jun 12, 2009, 1:56 AM EDT

    All the talk of the Kansas City Royals being the Tampa Bay Rays of 2009 had already subsided long before Thursday night’s game. Losing eight of 10 and plummeting to the bottom of the AL Central took care of that. But now the whole idea is officially dead. The Royals have some nice pitching, including…

  19. Daily Dose: Big Papi heating up

    Jun 12, 2009, 1:06 AM EDT

    David Ortiz has finally broken free of his season-long slump, taking CC Sabathia deep Thursday for his third homer in five games. It’s certainly not time to say that Big Papi is back to his usual self yet, but he’s now 9-for-29 (.310) with three long balls already this month after batting .185 with one…

  20. Pedro Martinez beginning to draw some interest

    Jun 11, 2009, 9:31 PM EDT

    Where’s Pedro? Perhaps back in the big leagues at some point soon. Pedro Martinez, the biggest-name free agent pitcher still on the table – with apologies to Tom Glavine – is finally starting to draw some interest. On Thursday, reports out of Tampa Bay and the Dominican Republic said that a representative of the Tampa…

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