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April 4, 2010
Rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar (above) is the biggest reason the Brewers looked as solid this spring as any team in Arizona. He entered the weekend error-free in 19 games, helping Milwaukee allow only 10 unearned runs, which matched the Twins' total as the majors low. Escobar also was continuing the hitting (.333 spring average) that helped him win a batting title in Venezuela, justifying his standing as a Rookie of the Year candidate. … Jon Rauch is getting the first chance to be the Twins' closer.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
Former Oriole outfielder Felix Pie is officially leaving the organization for another American League club. Pie has agreed to terms on a minor league deal and spring invite with the Cleveland Indians, according to an industry source. The 26-year-old Pie could make $1 million in salary and performance bonuses in the majors. He also would be able to opt out of the contract if he doesn't make the Indians' Opening Day roster. Pie spent three seasons with the Orioles, batting .259 with 14 homers in 268 games.
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November 12, 2009
Two people in baseball familiar with the Nationals' plans told the Associated Press that Jim Riggleman will be the team's manager next season. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. The team is planning a news conference for Thursday. The former Padres and Cubs manager was promoted from bench coach to interim manager in July, replacing fired manager Manny Acta . The Nationals went 33-42 under Riggleman. •Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Shane Victorino of the NL champion Phillies were awarded NL Gold Gloves.
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By Phil Rogers | July 11, 2010
The Angels' confidence about replacing Kendry Morales has faded. They are searching frantically for a bat as they fade record distances behind the Rangers, who until Thursday had never had a division lead of more than 51/2 games. Cory Aldridge and Paul McAnulty were desperation additions from the farm system. Aldridge was last in the big leagues in 2001, which he says was "nine teams and four surgeries ago." … Todd Helton's back is a wreck, forcing Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd to consider an unsentimental move to add a first base reinforcement.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
Former Oriole outfielder Felix Pie is officially leaving the organization for another American League club. Pie has agreed to terms on a minor league deal and spring invite with the Cleveland Indians, according to an industry source. The 26-year-old Pie could make $1 million in salary and performance bonuses in the majors. He also would be able to opt out of the contract if he doesn't make the Indians' Opening Day roster. Pie spent three seasons with the Orioles, batting .259 with 14 homers in 268 games.
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By Phil Rogers | June 27, 2010
The Red Sox aren't expecting Josh Beckett back until late July. He's not expected to face hitters until July 1, and manager Terry Francona says Beckett will need three rehab starts. … Interim Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is the first major league manager from Puerto Rico, a distinction that would have gone to the White Sox's Joey Cora if he had been hired by any of the teams with which he has interviewed. … One of Kerry Wood's problems with the Indians has been a lack of work.
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By Phil Rogers | July 11, 2010
The Angels' confidence about replacing Kendry Morales has faded. They are searching frantically for a bat as they fade record distances behind the Rangers, who until Thursday had never had a division lead of more than 51/2 games. Cory Aldridge and Paul McAnulty were desperation additions from the farm system. Aldridge was last in the big leagues in 2001, which he says was "nine teams and four surgeries ago." … Todd Helton's back is a wreck, forcing Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd to consider an unsentimental move to add a first base reinforcement.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON -- His transformation began in a minor league dugout in Burlington, Vt., with advice from a trusted friend and with a phrase that would seem benign to anyone not within his inner circle. Back in 1991, Manny Acta, now the Washington Nationals' new manager, was in his only season as a player-coach. Previously he had been a light-hitting, hard-charging middle infielder with a lofty baseball IQ and a playing ceiling that hovered at Double-A. Realizing his best tool for reaching the big leagues was his mind, Acta agreed to the player-coach role in Burlington.
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By From Sun staff and news services | October 27, 2009
College basketball Maryland women predicted for 5th in ACC preseason poll The University of Maryland women's basketball team received three first-place votes and was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in voting announced Monday at the ACC Media Day in Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The defending champion Terps have nine underclassmen on this season's roster. North Carolina was predicted to win the conference, receiving 30 of the 45 first-place votes, followed by Duke, Florida State and Virginia.
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By Phil Rogers | March 21, 2010
No longer is Wrigley Field a burial ground for managerial careers. When Dusty Baker was hired to manage the Reds two seasons ago, he became the first former Cubs manager to get a chance elsewhere since Charlie Finley hired Jim Marshall to run the stripped down A's in 1979. Jim Riggleman has followed that seldom traveled path, receiving a contract for two years and an optional third to run the Nationals after replacing Manny Acta on an interim basis in July.
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By Phil Rogers | June 27, 2010
The Red Sox aren't expecting Josh Beckett back until late July. He's not expected to face hitters until July 1, and manager Terry Francona says Beckett will need three rehab starts. … Interim Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is the first major league manager from Puerto Rico, a distinction that would have gone to the White Sox's Joey Cora if he had been hired by any of the teams with which he has interviewed. … One of Kerry Wood's problems with the Indians has been a lack of work.
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April 4, 2010
Rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar (above) is the biggest reason the Brewers looked as solid this spring as any team in Arizona. He entered the weekend error-free in 19 games, helping Milwaukee allow only 10 unearned runs, which matched the Twins' total as the majors low. Escobar also was continuing the hitting (.333 spring average) that helped him win a batting title in Venezuela, justifying his standing as a Rookie of the Year candidate. … Jon Rauch is getting the first chance to be the Twins' closer.
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By Phil Rogers | March 21, 2010
No longer is Wrigley Field a burial ground for managerial careers. When Dusty Baker was hired to manage the Reds two seasons ago, he became the first former Cubs manager to get a chance elsewhere since Charlie Finley hired Jim Marshall to run the stripped down A's in 1979. Jim Riggleman has followed that seldom traveled path, receiving a contract for two years and an optional third to run the Nationals after replacing Manny Acta on an interim basis in July.
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November 12, 2009
Two people in baseball familiar with the Nationals' plans told the Associated Press that Jim Riggleman will be the team's manager next season. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. The team is planning a news conference for Thursday. The former Padres and Cubs manager was promoted from bench coach to interim manager in July, replacing fired manager Manny Acta . The Nationals went 33-42 under Riggleman. •Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Shane Victorino of the NL champion Phillies were awarded NL Gold Gloves.
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By From Sun staff and news services | October 27, 2009
College basketball Maryland women predicted for 5th in ACC preseason poll The University of Maryland women's basketball team received three first-place votes and was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in voting announced Monday at the ACC Media Day in Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The defending champion Terps have nine underclassmen on this season's roster. North Carolina was predicted to win the conference, receiving 30 of the 45 first-place votes, followed by Duke, Florida State and Virginia.
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April 13, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from the week in Major League Baseball. The big happening around here last week was supposed to be Erik Bedard's return to the Camden Yards mound, this time against his old friends and teammates. It didn't occur. Scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Seattle Mariners, he came up with left hip inflammation the day before, and his start was moved to Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Conspiracy theorists say Bedard, never a fan of the spotlight, didn't want to pitch against the Orioles.
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April 13, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from the week in Major League Baseball. The big happening around here last week was supposed to be Erik Bedard's return to the Camden Yards mound, this time against his old friends and teammates. It didn't occur. Scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Seattle Mariners, he came up with left hip inflammation the day before, and his start was moved to Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Conspiracy theorists say Bedard, never a fan of the spotlight, didn't want to pitch against the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | April 1, 2007
Viera, Fla. -- There may be plenty of questions surrounding his new ballclub, but Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta has a pointed one of his own. Why? He asks it not once, not twice, but three times when told that some so-called baseball experts are predicting that the Nationals will lose 100 games in 2007. After all, Acta figures the 2006 Nationals continually made mistakes and lost 91. As futile as life has been for the Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise, it hasn't lost 100 games since 1976.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON -- His transformation began in a minor league dugout in Burlington, Vt., with advice from a trusted friend and with a phrase that would seem benign to anyone not within his inner circle. Back in 1991, Manny Acta, now the Washington Nationals' new manager, was in his only season as a player-coach. Previously he had been a light-hitting, hard-charging middle infielder with a lofty baseball IQ and a playing ceiling that hovered at Double-A. Realizing his best tool for reaching the big leagues was his mind, Acta agreed to the player-coach role in Burlington.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | April 1, 2007
Viera, Fla. -- There may be plenty of questions surrounding his new ballclub, but Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta has a pointed one of his own. Why? He asks it not once, not twice, but three times when told that some so-called baseball experts are predicting that the Nationals will lose 100 games in 2007. After all, Acta figures the 2006 Nationals continually made mistakes and lost 91. As futile as life has been for the Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise, it hasn't lost 100 games since 1976.
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