Here’s your Wednesday baseball news long toss covering stories on and off the field.
- The Brewers have perhaps lost a little of the SWAT Team swagger, have lost five of their last seven games. And while Tony La Russa will make sure the Cardinals won't make up ground in the National League Central standings, the last thing the Milwaukee really need is any clubhouse chemistry problems. Enter recently acquired Francisco Rodriguez, humming a My Chemical Romance classic and trying to get used to being the set-up man, rather than the closer. He told CBS Sports, "I'm not fine. They told me I'd have the opportunity to close some games, and we've had 20-some save opportunities since then and I haven't even had one."
- This must be the September of the relief pitcher's discontent or something, as Angels pitcher Fernando Rodney recently opened up about being disappointed in manager Mike Scioscia's handling of him. "Four games In 162 games, that's not a lot."
- Speaking of unhappy campers, Florida Marlins veteran outfielder Mike Cameron was released by the team for conduct detrimental to the team. It was not immediately specified what exactly Cameron was doing that was all that detrimental, though manager Jack McKeon seemed to suggest it had to do with playing time, "Not easy. But he knew he wasn’t going to play much because we’re going to go with young players." Maybe Cameron got cut for walking around the clubhouse screaming, "GREG DOBBS!? GREG DOBBS?!"
- A round of applause for some milestones reached Tuesday night. Johnny Damon stole his 400th base, Tim Wakefield won his 200th game and Mariano Rivera got his 600th save.
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