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What day was Ned fired again?

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What day was Ned fired again?

Riske Out For Season

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Successful surgery, please. If good Torres and good Riske show up in 2009, I'll enjoy the season much more.

Rumor: Ricketts Will Land Chicago Cubs

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Apparently not Mark will not put the Cub in Cuban. (h/t Baseball Musings)

Your double-header postgame thread is open. Women and children first, please.

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Your double-header postgame thread is open. Women and children first, please.

Summer in the minors proves to be a real eye-opener for Odorizzi

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This is a great article about just how crazy the transition from high school kid to pro baseball player is: "'I gave up my first home run in about three years on an inside fastball that almost nobody could hit in high school,' he said. 'He turned on it and hit it about 400 feet.' ... But while the majority of his friends are still in high school or away at college, Odorizzi has plenty of money --thanks to his $1.06 million signing bonus -- and waiting to continue his baseball job again. 'Now I'm just sitting at home," he said, "and it seems kind of weird.'"

Admit it, you love his bat.

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Admit it, you love his bat.

Kevin Goldstein: Great Leap Forward

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Scouts now have little trouble getting past catcher Angel Salome's downright strange five-foot-seven, 200-pound frame after he put together a .360/.415/.559 line at Double-A Hunstville. Beyond the outstanding offense, he also made defensive improvements behind the plate, showing more mobility, and improved accuracy on his throws. Runner-up: Outfielder Michael Brantley continued to produce at the upper levels of the system, batting .319/.395/.398 at Huntsville while showing a good approach and plus speed out of the leadoff slot. His defense still needs work.