Edwin Rodriguez is taking heat in Florida, but if the Marlins fire their manager, they will lose shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the process. Ramirez is a huge backer of Rodriguez's and believes responsibility for their sudden slide belongs with the players, not management. "When we do good, people look at us,'' Ramirez said. "It's like Ozzie (Guillen) says, 'Yeah, when the team is winning, you have to give credit to the players, and when they're losing, they want to fire me.' No, that's not how it (should be).'' … The Giants are worried that Freddy Sanchez's dislocated shoulder will be a season- ending injury. It only adds to the heat on GM Brian Sabean to add a run producer to replace Buster Posey. … The Giants are considering a White Sox-style six-man rotation when Barry Zito comes off the disabled list. They might be better off swallowing a big portion of his contract to make him tradable. … The Chase Utley factor is huge. The Phillies have averaged almost two runs per game more since he returned than when they opened the season without him. They had won 30 of their first 33 games when scoring at least four runs. … Angels manager Mike Scioscia is pushing Jered Weaver and Dan Haren unusually hard to make up for the lack of a good bullpen. Weaver became the first starter to have four 120-pitch starts this season. He had been tied with Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez. … The Angels paid $9.5 million to release Scott Kazmir, which will make it tougher for GM Tony Reagins to add payroll at the deadline.
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