MLB News and Notes July - 2

MLB News and Notes July - 2

Narron fired by Cincinnati; Mackanin to take over Monday
July 1st, 2007

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds have fired manager Jerry Narron and will hold a press conference Monday to name Pete Mackanin interim manager for the remainder of the 2007 season.

The Reds currently hold the worst record (31-51) in the majors this season and are on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1982. They were 157-179 overall under Narron in three seasons.

The announcement comes just hours after the Reds were beaten by St. Louis, 11-7, despite a three-run homer by Ken Griffey Jr.

Mackanin will become the 59th manager in Reds history. He previously served in the organization from 1990-92, when he guided Triple-A Nashville in the American Association. He rejoined the Reds in February 2006 as an advance scout.

The 55-year-old Mackanin was the third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1997-2000, bench coach of the team from 2003-05 and has 21 seasons of managerial experience in the minor leagues and winter leagues.

This will be his second stint as an interim manager. In 2005 he managed the final 26 games for Pittsburgh after the firing of Lloyd McDlendon.

Cincinnati is the second major league team to change managers Sunday. Earlier in the day, Seattle's Mike Hargrove unexpectedly announced his resignation.

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Pirates place Duke on 15-day DL
July 1st, 2007

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed starter Zach Duke on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to discomfort in his pitching elbow.

The 24-year-old has been taking anti-inflammatory medication since his last start, a 9-7 loss to the Florida Marlins on June 28. Duke will undergo an MRA exam on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. The MRA is comparable to the MRI, but uses dye injected into the elbow to find the source of the problem.

He is 3-7 with a 5.79 ERA this season.

In a related move, the team announced Shane Youman was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will start on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Padres place Bradley on DL
July 1st, 2007

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Milton Bradley has a new team but found himself in a familiar spot on Sunday. The San Diego Padres placed their recently acquired outfielder on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.

The move is retroactive to June 21st.

San Diego acquired Bradley and cash considerations from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitcher Andrew Brown June 29th.

The switch-hitting Bradley is batting .292 with two home runs and seven RBI in 19 games this season. He had been designated for assignment by the A's on June 21.

Bradley has struggled with injuries the past few seasons. The veteran had five stints on the disabled list in his two seasons with the A's. Bradley already missed 51 games due to injury this season, along with 59 last year, 85 in 2005 and 61 in 2003.

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Toronto's Burnett back on DL
July 1st, 2007

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The Toronto Blue Jays placed righthanded pitcher A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain on Sunday. The move is retroactive to June 29.

Burnett, who was just activated from the 15-day disabled list on June 28, is 5-6 with a 4.31 ERA in 15 appearances.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays recalled pitcher Jesse Litsch from Triple-A Syracuse and he is scheduled to start on Tuesday against Oakland.

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Baseball Today - July 2
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Monday, July 2

Seattle at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EDT). John McLaren makes his managerial debut for the Mariners after Mike Hargrove's resignation Sunday.

STARS Sunday

-Josh Willingham, Marlins, had a career-best five hits, including a game-ending single in the 10th inning that gave Florida a 6-5 victory over Atlanta.

-Cliff Lee, Indians, worked eight innings and struck out nine to help Cleveland to 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

-Tim Lincecum, Giants, struck out a career-high 12 batters in a 13-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

-Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers, pitched eight shutout innings to lead Detroit to a 1-0 victory over Minnesota.

-Lance Berkman, Astros, went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in Houston's 12-0 victory over Colorado.

-Chad Billingsley, Dodgers, pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated San Diego 5-0.

ALL-STARS

Not only is Barry Bonds going to the All-Star game in his home ballpark, he'll be in the starting lineup. The San Francisco Giants star overcame a 119,000-vote deficit in the final days of balloting and finished 123,000 ahead of the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano on Sunday to claim the third and final starting outfield spot for the National League. The Boston Red Sox and AL champion Detroit Tigers led all teams with five players selected, while the Mets will send three starters (Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Wright). Alex Rodriguez, with 3.89 million votes, led fan voting for the first time.

HARGROVE RESIGNS

Mike Hargrove resigned as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, saying his ''passion has begun to fade'' for baseball even though his team is the hottest club in the majors, having won their last seven games. Hargrove, who managed Sunday's 2-1 win over Toronto, will be succeeded by John McLaren, his bench coach. McLaren's first game will be Monday against Kansas City.

FIRED

Manager Jerry Narron was fired Sunday night by the Cincinnati Reds, who raised their payroll and their expectations in the offseason only to find themselves with the worst record in the major leagues. The move came a few hours after an 11-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that left the Reds at 31-51, the worst record in the majors. Advance scout Pete Mackanin was chosen interim manager.

BANNER DAY

Josh Willingham had a career-best five hits, including a game-ending single in the 10th inning that gave the Florida Marlins a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Miguel Cabrera singled to start the 10th and advanced when Rafael Soriano (2-1) threw wildly to second for an error after fielding Jason Wood's bunt. Brett Carroll then ran for Cabrera. Willingham lined Soriano's 1-0 pitch down the left-field line to score Carroll from second.

SNAPPED

The Mets four-game winning streak came to an end after New York fell to Philadelphia 5-3 on Sunday. ... Atlanta's five-game winning streak stopped with a 6-5 loss to Florida. ... Mike Bacisk won for the first time since May 24 in Washington's 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Bacsik had lost five in a row.

STREAKS

Joe Borowski worked a perfect ninth to earn his 12th straight save and send the Devil Rays to their seventh straight loss in Cleveland's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay Sunday. ... Corey Hart extended his hitting streak to 17 games in Milwaukee's 5-1 loss to Chicago. ... Dan Haren (10-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings to win his career-best 10th straight decision in Oakland's 11-5 win over the New York Yankees. ... Chone Figgins extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the Angels 4-3 win against Baltimore.

SPEAKING

''I've daily challenged my players to give me the best that they've got, 100 percent of what they've got that day - physically and mentally. And they've done that. Without fail, they've done that. ... I have never had to work at getting that level myself - ever - until recently. I've found that I've had to work harder in making that same commitment to my bosses, to my players and to my coaches. And that's not right.'' - Mike Hargrove, who resigned as manager of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, saying his ''passion has begun to fade'' for baseball even though his team is the hottest club in the majors, having won their last seven games.

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Eckstein looks ready
By Joe Strauss
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
07/02/2007

The Cardinals are expected to activate shortstop David Eckstein as early as today, after he went through a series of workouts designed to test a lower back that has sidelined him twice in the past month.

Eckstein reported no ill effects and could be ready to face Arizona's daunting duo of incumbent Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb and Johnson tonight and Tuesday.

The club could either option shortstop Brendan Ryan to Memphis or place infielder Scott Spiezio on the disabled list. Spiezio was released from a New York City hospital Saturday after spending several days there to be treated with antibiotics for a severely infected finger

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Nationals place Bowie on DL
July 2nd, 2007

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Washington Nationals placed left- hander Micah Bowie on the 15-day disabled list Monday with mild synovitis in his left hip.

The move is retroactive to June 28th.

Bowie is 4-3 with a 4.39 earned run average in 28 games for the Nationals this season, including eight starts.

Triple-A Columbus pitcher Tim Redding will take Bowie's spot on the roster and start Washington's game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. The Nationals are expected to select his contract from Columbus prior to Tuesday's game.

Redding is 9-5 with a 5.32 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for Columbus this season. The 29-year-old would become the 20th different pitcher and 10th starter for the Nats this year.

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Rangers place Kinsler on DL; McCarthy comes off
July 2nd, 2007

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers placed infielder Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a left foot stress fracture.

The move is retroactive to June 29th.

Kinsler suffered the injury in Thursday's game against Detroit and an MRI taken in Dallas revealed the fracture. He is expected to miss about three weeks.

Kinsler is batting .241 with 14 home runs and 35 RBI this season.

The Rangers also activated pitcher Brandon McCarthy from the DL on Monday in time for his start against the Red Sox.

McCarthy has not pitched since June 9 because of a recurring blister on his right middle finger. The right-hander is 4-4 with a 5.90 ERA in 12 games for the Rangers this season, including 11 starts.

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