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The Mets have fired Willie Randolph and replaced him on an interim basis with bench coach Jerry Manuel.

Hank Steinbrenner is probably upset that he didn't get the chance to fire him.

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If I'm Joe Girardi, I'm a little nervous right now.

So you're at Camden Yards tonight and Miguel Tejada's name is announced over the PA system. Of course, you strain to hear it because the sound system is so weak, but that's definitely Tejada strolling to the plate. You'd recognize him anywhere. And he doesn't look like he's gotten any older, though you hear he's tacked on a few years.

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My question for today: How do you react to Tejada's return to Baltimore? Are you booing him, cheering him or feeling indifferent? Are you standing to applaud, standing to jeer and standing to adjust your shorts?

He didn't leave as a free agent. He was traded. You shouldn't feel jilted. But he also wanted out and his overall play deteriorated. The losing didn't stop once he arrived, so he broke a promise. But he wasn't exactly surrounded by the '27 Yankees, either.

The losing broke his spirit. Nobody in that clubhouse wanted to win more than Miguel Tejada. But can a player be excused for allowing his performance and effort to be influenced by his team's placement in the standings?

What do you think? And yes, I'm aware that I've laid out more than one question. And this early in the morning, too. Sorry about that.

Down on the farm, Mike Costanzo hit a two-run homer and catcher Omir Santos extended his hitting streak to 19 games in Triple-A Norfolk's 10-0 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Former reliever Ryan Bukvich went a career-high 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and striking out five. He's 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA since becoming a starter on May 26.

The Tides face Kei Igawa (6-4, 3.73 ERA) today.

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