Mets assistant general manager John Ricco is no longer being considered for the president of baseball operations job with the Minnesota Twins, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. It was reported earlier this month that Minnesota had interest in Ricco. However, as of last week, the Twins had not yet asked the Mets permission to speak to Ricco, according to La Velle Neal III of the Star Tribune. Minnesota, which Neal says is looking for someone with an analytics background, has also reportedly looked at other candidates, none with GM experience. Ricco joined the Mets organization in 2004 and has been assistant GM since 2006.
Mid-afternoon baseball is weird. It hits right in the middle of whatever you happen to be enjoying on this non-rainy Saturday, and it's that weird in between where you've not given yourself over to day drinking, but your usual bar is probably pretty empty and oddly lit. But hey, baseball is baseball is baseball, and we've only got a few more games left to enjoy. Ariel Miranda is looking to build off a quality start in his last outing, wherein he finally vanquished whatever demons lurked for him in the seventh inning. He's facing off against this ramshackle group in Minnesota, and hopefully we'll be able to see him confident enough again to really start going after guys, as he did last week. Facing
Second baseman Ian Kinsler said he felt good this afternoon and was ready to play again for the Detroit Tigers. Kinsler returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with concussion-like symptoms. He was hit in the head by a fastball from Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday in Cleveland. Kinsler was back batting leadoff and starting at second base tonight for the first of three games against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. • Verlander defends Fulmer, spars with writer on Twitter “We were fortunate to be able to win three games in Minnesota without one of our better players,” said manager Brad Ausmus. “We certainly want him back in there. He was cleared this