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  • Arizona's Corbin Gets Win in Return From Tommy John Surgery

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    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Patrick Corbin threw five solid innings to get the win in his return from Tommy John surgery 15 months ago and the Arizona Diamondbacks made it three straight over the Colorado Rockies with a 7-3 victory Saturday night.
  • Corbin marks comeback with 1st win since '13

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    Steve Gilbert and Thomas Harding
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Patrick Corbin tossed five solid innings to earn the win in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013 as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Field.
  • Braves light up Phillies early with big innings

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    Mark Bowman and Todd Zolecki
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.
  • Hendricks out to build on most recent start

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    Joe Frisaro
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Sunday's 2:20 p.m. ET series finale at Wrigley Field may come down to which starting pitcher recaptures his old form. Of late, the edge goes to Marlins right-hander Mat Latos, who is coming off an impressive June after a sluggish first two months.
  • Smith ties team record by hitting 4 batters

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    Mark Sheldon
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Rookie Josh Smith has only three Major League starts on his resume, but managed to tie a 108-year old Reds record vs. the Brewers on Saturday night.
 
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  • Corbin marks comeback with 1st win since '13

    Steve Gilbert and Thomas Harding
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Patrick Corbin tossed five solid innings to earn the win in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013 as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Field.
  • Corbin completes 'long road' back to Majors

    Steve Gilbert
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:23 am
    When the Chase Field public address announcer read the starting lineups the sellout crowd roared when he got to pitcher Patrick Corbin.
  • De La Rosas duel again in Rox-D-backs finale

    Jake Rill
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The D-backs and Rockies made history last week when they each started a pitcher with the surname De La Rosa, the first time that happened in the Major Leagues. It'll happen again in Sunday's series finale when D-backs right-hander Rubby De La Rosa takes on Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • D-backs activate Corbin, Hernandez from DL

    Steve Gilbert
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The D-backs made a pair of roster moves Saturday activating left-hander Patrick Corbin and Oscar Hernandez from the disabled list and optioning reliever Matt Stites and outfielder Danny Dorn to Triple-A Reno.
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  • Braves light up Phillies early with big innings

    Mark Bowman and Todd Zolecki
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.
  • Maybin 'having a blast' playing in Atlanta

    Mark Bowman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Cameron Maybin's long-awaited breakout season has been influenced by good health and the immediate connection he has drawn with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. But the veteran center fielder has also been rejuvenated by the opportunity to play approximately three hours south of his North Carolina home for the team he grew up watching.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Miller opposes Hamels as Braves seek sweep

    Carlos Collazo
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    The Braves and Phillies wrap up their three-game series at Turner Field on Sunday with a matchup of their two best pitchers, Shelby Miller for Atlanta and Cole Hamels for Philadelphia, as the Braves shoot for a sweep.
  • McKirahan could return to Braves on July 20

    Mark Bowman
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Left-handed reliever Andrew McKirahan was assigned to begin his suspension rehab with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. If McKirahan remains healthy over the next few weeks, he will likely rejoin Atlanta's bullpen July 20.
 
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  • Hendricks out to build on most recent start

    Joe Frisaro
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Sunday's 2:20 p.m. ET series finale at Wrigley Field may come down to which starting pitcher recaptures his old form. Of late, the edge goes to Marlins right-hander Mat Latos, who is coming off an impressive June after a sluggish first two months.
  • Cubs set to activate Soler for finale vs. Marlins

    Carrie Muskat
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Outfielder Jorge Soler, sidelined since June 3 with a sprained left ankle, will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday and rejoin the Cubs. Soler played nine innings on Friday for Triple-A Iowa, participating in his fourth rehab game. Soler was 2-for-13 during his Minor League stint, but manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't that concerned about the statistics.
  • After absence, Richard steps in seamlessly

    Carrie Muskat
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    After two left shoulder surgeries and not pitching in the Major Leagues since 2013, Clayton Richard couldn't help but smile on Saturday night. He was back in the big leagues in front of 37,898 at Wrigley Field and got the win. "It was a lot of fun," Richard said. "I missed it."
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Bryant's 2nd career slam his 2nd homer of night

    Carrie Muskat
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Kris Bryant ignited the fireworks at Wrigley Field a little early in Saturday's 7-2 Cubs win over the Marlins. The rookie belted two home runs, including his second career grand slam, and drove in six runs in the first two innings against the Marlins. The effort was Bryant's second career multihomer game, and he now leads all Major League rookies as well as all Cubs players with 49 RBIs.
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  • Smith ties team record by hitting 4 batters

    Mark Sheldon
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Rookie Josh Smith has only three Major League starts on his resume, but managed to tie a 108-year old Reds record vs. the Brewers on Saturday night.
  • Reds can't rally past Brewers

    Mark Sheldon and Robert Bondy
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    In a top of the fifth inning that seemed to feature a little bit of everything, the Brewers scored six runs on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Reds and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Leake gets the ball as Reds face Brewers

    Robert Bondy
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The Brewers will look to keep the offense rolling in the series finale against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mike Leake will be the man in charge of trying to contain the hot Brewers' bats while Rookie right hander Taylor Jungmann will make his sixth start of the season for Milwaukee.
  • Questions remain if Cueto will pitch in All-Star Game

    Mark Sheldon
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Unlike his dynamic 2014 season, Reds ace Johnny Cueto isn't a lock to make the 2015 National All-Star team this year when reserve rosters and pitchers are revealed on Monday night.
 
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  • Misplays mar Rox rally in 4th straight loss

    Steve Gilbert and Thomas Harding
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Patrick Corbin tossed five solid innings to earn the win in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013 as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Field.
  • Bunts lead to rocky 8th for Rosario, Rox

    Thomas Harding
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    Can't say Rockies manager Walt Weiss didn't give proper warning. Even Wilin Rosario knew that while learning to play first base at the Major League level, he could do something spectacularly awful. It happened at an inopportune time Friday night.
  • De La Rosas duel again in Rox-D-backs finale

    Jake Rill
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The D-backs and Rockies made history last week when they each started a pitcher with the surname De La Rosa, the first time that happened in the Major Leagues. It'll happen again in Sunday's series finale when D-backs right-hander Rubby De La Rosa takes on Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • 'I'd rather just play': Arenado doesn't want day off

    Thomas Harding
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:22 pm
    On game days that end in "y," you just count on third baseman Nolan Arenado being in the Rockies' lineup. It's only when there's a blip, like a two-error game Friday night followed by a hitless one Saturday, that you wonder if even Arenado gets tired.
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  • Santana's own swipe can help fans steal a home

    Austin Laymance
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Aggressive baserunning by the Astros on Friday capped a four-run 10th inning in a 12-8 win over the Red Sox, but it could pay even greater dividends for a lucky fan, thanks to the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Offense struggles against Buchholz

    Ian Browne and Brian McTaggart
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Clay Buchholz continued his mastery of the Houston Astros -- and his recent dominance against everyone -- by firing a gem on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, leading the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory.
  • Marisnick set to return to Astros' roster

    Brian McTaggart
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The ailing Astros took another step towards getting healthier, as manager A.J. Hinch announced after Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Red Sox that outfielder Jake Marisnick would be activated from the 15-day disabled list and be available Sunday.
  • McHugh struggles with mechanics in loss

    Brian McTaggart
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Collin McHugh's fastball command was sporadic, especially early. That forced the Astros right-hander to rely more on his cutter and his curveball, and it turned out to be bad news against an opportunistic Red Sox lineup.
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  • Greinke lifts Dodgers over Harvey, Mets

    Steve Bourbon and Anthony DiComo
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    When the National League's hottest pitcher met the game's coldest offense on Saturday, the result was as advertised. Zack Greinke delivered seven shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak in a 4-3 Dodgers win over Matt Harvey and the Mets.
  • Greinke extends scoreless streak in gem

    Steve Bourbon
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Zack Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 27 2/3 innings on Saturday, the second-longest active streak in the Majors. Greinke hasn't allowed a run since June 13.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Bolsinger aims to shut down Mets in series finale

    Steve Bourbon
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Coming off a spectacular Major League debut, Steven Matz is hoping for similar success in his second start on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium against Mike Bolsinger.
  • Mattingly believes Puig's power will return

    Steve Bourbon
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Yasiel Puig made a return from the disabled list on June 6, but his home run power has yet to return.
 
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  • Brewers use big fifth inning to stay hot

    Robert Bondy
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Thanks to a big six-run fifth inning, the Brewers extended their season-high winning streak to seven games in a 7-3 victory over the Reds on Saturday night from Great American Ball Park.
  • Gomez day to day with left wrist contusion

    Robert Bondy
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was taken out of the game in Saturday's 7-3 Brewers win with a left wrist contusion after being hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the fifth inning -- the fourth Smith plunking victim of the game. X-rays came up negative and he is listed as day-to-day.
  • 6-run 5th helps Brewers win 7th straight game

    Mark Sheldon and Robert Bondy
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:18 pm
    In a top of the fifth inning that seemed to feature a little bit of everything, the Brewers scored six runs on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Reds and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Independence Day always special for Lucroy

    Robert Bondy
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been hot this past week and will look to continue that trend on Independence Day game, which has an extra meaning to him.
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • A's clear big hurdle in besting Felix

    Trevor Hass
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Before the Athletics' 2-0 victory over the Mariners on Saturday, Seattle's Felix Hernandez hadn't lost in Oakland since Sept. 19, 2008. His 13 straight starts at the Coliseum without a loss tied for the longest such streak by an opposing pitcher. But on Saturday, that streak came to an end.
  • Sensational Graveman outduels King Felix

    Trevor Hass
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Kendall Graveman tossed seven shutout innings on Saturday, extending his scoreless streak to 16 and outdueling Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the process.
  • Graveman's arm, Zo's bat carry A's past M's

    Trevor Hass and Greg Johns
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    A's rookie Kendall Graveman outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Saturday as Oakland won a Fourth of July afternoon showdown, 2-0, at the Coliseum.
  • Bassitt steps in for Gray against Seattle

    Trevor Hass
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The Mariners face the A's on Sunday looking to salvage a series split. Mike Montgomery starts for Seattle seeking his third straight shutout; Chris Bassitt makes another start in place of Sonny Gray.
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  • Harvey, bats fall short against Dodgers

    Steve Bourbon and Anthony DiComo
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    When the National League's hottest pitcher met the game's coldest offense on Saturday, the result was as advertised. Zack Greinke delivered seven shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak in a 4-3 Dodgers win over Matt Harvey and the Mets.
  • Harvey shows Tommy John return is a process

    Barry M. Bloom
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Matt Harvey at times has showed signs of struggle through his first year pitching after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. There is such a thing as Tommy John surgery fatigue and Harvey showed the vestiges of it on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.
  • Mets' offense still trying to work through lull

    Anthony DiComo
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Like the faintest blips on a heart rate monitor, the Mets' offense showed rare signs of life in the eighth and ninth innings on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The three runs they scored may not have mattered much in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers, who took advantage of Matt Harvey's wildness while leaning on their own superb starter, Zack Greinke, for seven shutout innings.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Matz looking for more magic in series finale

    Steve Bourbon
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Coming off a spectacular Major League debut, Steven Matz is hoping for similar success in his second start on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium against Mike Bolsinger.
 
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  • Phillies sunk by Braves' early outbursts

    Mark Bowman and Todd Zolecki
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Correia continues troubling trend for starters

    Todd Zolecki
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Phillies right-hander Kevin Correia allowed 10 hits and nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings Saturday night in a 9-5 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. It was the 14th time in the past 18 games a Phillies starter had not pitched six innings.
  • Hamels takes on fellow top pitcher Miller in Atlanta

    Carlos Collazo
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    The Braves and Phillies wrap up their three-game series at Turner Field on Sunday with a matchup of their two best pitchers, Shelby Miller for Atlanta and Cole Hamels for Philadelphia, as the Braves shoot for a sweep.
  • Papelbon is All-Star worthy, says Phils skipper

    Todd Zolecki
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    The Phillies entered Saturday on pace for 109 losses, which means Jonathan Papelbon has not been a particularly busy closer this season. But when he has pitched, he has pitched well.
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  • Corbin marks comeback with 1st win since '13

    Steve Gilbert and Thomas Harding
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Patrick Corbin tossed five solid innings to earn the win in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013 as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Field.
  • Santana's own swipe can help fans steal a home

    Austin Laymance
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Aggressive baserunning by the Astros on Friday capped a four-run 10th inning in a 12-8 win over the Red Sox, but it could pay even greater dividends for a lucky fan, thanks to the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program.
  • Cron's six RBIs, Santiago's gem spark rout

    Cody Stavenhagen and T.R. Sullivan
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Angels left-hander Hector Santiago continued his dominance of the Rangers in their own ballpark with seven scoreless innings in a 13-0 victory before a sellout crowd on Saturday night.
  • Greinke extends scoreless streak in gem

    Steve Bourbon
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Zack Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 27 2/3 innings on Saturday, the second-longest active streak in the Majors. Greinke hasn't allowed a run since June 13.
  • Plouffe, Mauer power Twins over Royals

    Rhett Bollinger and Jeffrey Flanagan
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Joe Mauer ripped a two-run homer and the Twins' bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to bail out starter Mike Pelfrey as Minnesota topped the Royals, 5-3, on Saturday in front 37,917 fans at Kauffman Stadium.
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Bucs even series vs. Tribe with Locke's gem

    Tom Singer and John McGonigal
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Jeff Locke turned off a hot Indians offense for eight innings on Saturday and Neil Walker's sixth-inning single drove in the only run he needed to give the Pirates a 1-0 victory on Independence Day.
  • Locke dazzles with eight scoreless innings

    Tom Singer
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Driven to not be the lemon in the Pirates' rotation garage, Jeff Locke on Saturday instead became their sleek roadster.
  • Bucs turn to untouchable Melancon in 9th

    Adam Berry
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Jeff Locke was nearly finished with the best start of his career Saturday afternoon, and manager Clint Hurdle had a tough decision to make. Should he send out Locke for the ninth with a one-run lead or turn to closer Mark Melancon?
  • Cole looks for 12th win, series victory for Bucs

    John McGonigal
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Gerrit Cole, who leads the National League in wins and boasts a 2.20 ERA, has held firm this season when facing hitters with runners in scoring position -- a trend he'll look to continue against the Indians at 1:35 p.m. ET Sunday at PNC Park. Meanwhile, Cole's counterpart -- Indians starter Danny Salazar -- has fared well when facing those situations, as well.
 
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  • NL Notes: Strasburg, Mozeliak, Boras, Fernandez

    Mark Polishuk
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Stephen Strasburg left the mound during the fourth inning of today’s Giants/Nationals game with an injury in his left side.  The Nats ace wanted to keep pitching but “given his season, so far, I don’t want to take a chance there,” manager Matt Williams told reporters, including MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.  Strasburg has already had one extended DL stint to recover from a strained left trapezius and he’s been dealing with neck and back soreness all year, which has undoubtedly contributed to his 5.16 ERA over 61 innings (though an ungainly .365 BABIP also…
  • AL West Notes: Wilhelmsen, Crane, Angels

    Mark Polishuk
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    The Mariners officially demoted Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A prior to today’s game in the wake of the right-hander’s recent struggles.  Wilhelmsen has been a fixture in Seattle’s bullpen for the last five seasons and served as closer prior to Fernando Rodney‘s acquisition, yet he had allowed nine runs over his last 6 2/3 innings of work (over seven games).  Wilhelmsen has a 4.68 ERA, 10.1 K/9 and 2.55 K/BB over 25 IP this season, though a .413 BABIP may explain why is ERA is so much higher than his indicators (2.68 FIP, 3.50 xFIP, 3.32 SIERA).  Here’s some more…
  • Cafardo's Latest: Revere, Kennedy, Hamels, Jays

    Mark Polishuk
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The Angels were first linked to Ben Revere in trade rumors in May but the rumors almost became a reality.  Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies and Angels came close a few weeks ago on a trade that would’ve sent Revere to Anaheim for right-hander Trevor Gott.  The Phils thought the deal was done but the Halos “pulled out of the deal at the last minute and tried to redirect the Phillies toward a starting pitching prospect.”  Talks fell through after that.  Here’s some more from Cafardo’s weekly notes column, with a particular focus on…
  • Minor MLB Transactions: 7/4/15

    Charlie Wilmoth
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Here are today’s minor moves from around the game. Righty Ben Rowen has opted out of his contract with the Orioles and is now a free agent, MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski reports (via Twitter).  Rowen’s contract gave him the option of opting out if he wasn’t on the team’s MLB roster by July 1.  Rowen has a 2.41 ERA, 24 strikeouts and six walks over 37 1/3 Triple-A relief innings this season, and he appeared eight big league games with Texas in 2014. Earlier this week, the Twins signed veteran righty Scott Atchison to a minor league contract, according to…
  • Rosenthal On Angels, Black, Parra, Samardzija

    Mark Polishuk
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shares several hot stove items in his weekly “Full Count” video… Ex-Padres skipper Bud Black is well-liked by Angels owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and interim GM Bill Stoneman, and there has been “rampant” industry speculation that the Halos want Black as their next full-time general manager.  Several of Black’s friends, however, think he wants to manage again rather than run a front office. Prior to Jerry Dipoto’s resignation, the Angels and Brewers were discussing Gerardo Parra and Adam Lind in trade…
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  • Hazy, warm day as temps near mid-80s

    Adrienne Balow
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    Plenty of sun is on tap for Sunday, but it will be hazy for most of the day, due to smoke in the air and fog. High temps will top 80.
  • Deck collapse injures at least 14 people

    calliecounsellor
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — At least 14 people are injured after a deck collapsed in North Carolina on Saturday night. Police say a family was posing for a photo at a beach house in Emerald Isle, North Carolina when the one-story deck caved in. A nurse at Carteret General Hospital indicated the injury total was higher than police originally announced. She said the facility received 20 patients from the accident, including three in critical condition. Six are being transferred to other hospitals. At least one young child was among the 20. One person in critical condition was airlifted from the…
  • Serial Stowaway arrested two more times

    Samantha Sartori
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    CHICAGO – The woman nicknamed the “serial stowaway” was arrested two times in two days.  Police arrested Marilyn Hartman at O’Hare on Saturday for trying to board a flight without a ticket.  She was also arrested on Friday for causing a disturbance on a plane headed to New York, but she did have a ticket for that flight.  These arrests come days after Hartman was released from Cook County Jail.  She has a history of trying to sneak onto flights, and spent two months in jail for trying to get past security at both O’Hare and Midway this past spring.
  • Three injured after taxi collides with cars

    Samantha Sartori
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    CHICAGO – Three people were trapped in a taxi after a three car collision downtown. Police say around 11 p.m. on Saturday, a car ran a red light on Wacker and Madison and then plowed into a taxi.  A pick-up truck hit the taxi, causing it to roll over and trap the driver and two passengers.  Bystanders helped the passengers out of the rolled over vehicle.  The victims were taken to Stroger Hospital and Northwestern with serious injuries.
  • Grateful Dead set new ticket record at Soldier Field

    calliecounsellor
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    CHICAGO — The Grateful Dead are going out on a high note, setting a new ticket sales record at Soldier Field. The legendary rockers are in the middle of their three-night “Fare Thee Well” concert series. Friday night’s concert sold more than 70,000 tickets, beating U2’s record of nearly 67,000 in 2009. Last night’s performance was also sold out, though it hasn’t been announced whether that also set a ticket record. Tonight’s show promises to be epic as it will be the Dead’s last performance ever.
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Norris playing with shoulder sprain after collision

    Corey Brock
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Padres catcher Derek Norris suffered an AC sprain of his left shoulder during Friday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals, though he was back in the lineup on Saturday. "He was adamant about being in there," said Padres interim manager Pat Murphy.
  • Despaigne makes himself at home in St. Louis

    Corey Brock
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    For someone with such a dramatic disparity in his home-road splits, Odrisamer Despaigne found success Saturday seldom seen away from his home ballpark in San Diego.
  • Late miscue opens door for loss to Cardinals

    Corey Brock and Jenifer Langosch
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.
  • Padres go for series win in St. Louis behind Kennedy

    David Cobb
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The Padres will try to put the finishing touches on a successful start to their 10-game road trip, while the Major League-best Cardinals aim to forge a series split when the two teams close out a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
 
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Martinez takes baton in Cards' reliable rotation

    David Cobb
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    No run support, no problem. That has been the mantra this week for the Cardinals' starting pitchers, who have improved on their already gaudy numbers during a stretch of offensive weakness that continued in a 2-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Saturday.
  • Matheny's shakeup pays off with Pham at top

    Jenifer Langosch
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Outfielder Tommy Pham, summoned from Triple-A on Friday as part of the Cardinals' quest for offense, slid into the top spot of the order, where he doubled and scored the tying run in the sixth and then came home as the winning run in the Cardinals' 2-1 final-at-bat win over the Padres on Saturday.
  • Pham fuels Cards' skid-busting win vs. Padres

    Corey Brock and Jenifer Langosch
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.
  • Lynn, Cardinals seek series split before hitting road

    David Cobb
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The Padres will try to put the finishing touches on a successful start to their 10-game road trip, while the Major League-best Cardinals aim to forge a series split when the two teams close out a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Bumgarner victimized by Nationals' fireworks

    Bill Ladson and Chris Haft
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    The Nationals displayed their own set of fireworks in the batter's box and defeated the Giants, 9-3, in Saturday's Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park. Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper homered and Tyler Moore had four RBIs for Washington. Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed six runs over five-plus innings.
  • Mental errors plague Giants in July 4 loss

    Chris Haft
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Examples of the recent futility of Bruce Bochy's Giants were as omnipresent as American flags during San Francisco's 9-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday at Nationals Park.
  • Vogelsong aiming to grab finale against Nats

    Jacob Emert
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The Giants and Nationals close out their three-game set on Sunday night at Nationals Park. Ryan Vogelsong will start for San Francisco, while Jordan Zimmermann will take the ball for Washington.
  • Homer the only blemish as Peavy loses return

    Chris Haft and Bill Ladson
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Left-hander Gio Gonzalez and right-hander Jake Peavy found themselves in a pitchers' duel Friday night at Nationals Park. When it was over, Gonzalez won the battle as the Nationals edged the Giants, 2-1.
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Nats' bats provide Fourth of July fireworks

    Bill Ladson and Chris Haft
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    The Nationals displayed their own set of fireworks in the batter's box and defeated the Giants, 9-3, in Saturday's Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park. Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper homered and Tyler Moore had four RBIs for Washington. Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed six runs over five-plus innings.
  • Roark is there to pick up the Nationals again

    Bill Ladson
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Once he saw manager Matt Williams and assistant athletic trainer Steve Gober go to the mound to check on Stephen Strasburg during Saturday's 9-3 victory over the Giants, Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark had a feeling he would enter the game.
  • Strasburg exits early with left-side tightness

    Bill Ladson
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants in the fourth inning because of tightness in his left side and was replaced by right-hander Tanner Roark.
  • Harper, Moore pace July 4 offensive onslaught

    Jacob Emert
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Fourth of July fireworks are usually reserved for after the sky gets dark and the grills go cold. But on Saturday in the nation's capital on its 239th birthday, the Nationals shot a few off early. Bryce Harper and Tyler Moore both went 3-for-4 in Washington's 9-3 win at Nationals Park.
 
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Gausman to stay in rotation, Norris in bullpen

    Brittany Ghiroli
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Bud Norris was informed prior to Friday's game that he will be in the Orioles' bullpen for the foreseeable future, with right-hander Kevin Gausman taking his rotation spot and starting Tuesday.
  • Machado homers, but O's fall in Chicago

    Scott Merkin and Brittany Ghiroli
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:09 pm
    PInch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled off reliever Darren O'Day to bring home Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Orioles' lumber awakens, offers signs of life

    Brittany Ghiroli
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    The Orioles were silent for most of the afternoon on Saturday, letting their scoreless streak reach 26 innings before taking a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. But Baltimore -- robbed of Chris Davis' game-tying homer by Avisail Garcia's fantastic catch -- is hoping its late at-bats translate into some momentum.
  • Schoop activated from DL, to start Sunday

    Brittany Ghiroli
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was officially activated from the disabled list, with Ryan Flaherty optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, following Baltimore's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Buchholz stifles AL-leading Astros

    Ian Browne and Brian McTaggart
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Clay Buchholz continued his mastery of the Houston Astros -- and his recent dominance against everyone -- by firing a gem on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, leading the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory.
  • Victorino gets 2 hits in return to lineup

    Quinn Roberts
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    As Shane Victorino trotted out to right field before the start of Saturday's game against the Astros, he felt a rush of adrenaline. It marked the first time he was in the Red Sox's starting lineup since May 23.
  • Buchholz continues to deal like an ace

    Ian Browne
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    For Clay Buchholz, things couldn't be any better right now. He is firing gem after gem and doing it with a catcher in Sandy Leon that he works in perfect harmony with. His body, which has betrayed him in years past, has never felt stronger.
  • Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic

    Alec Shirkey
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. In Saturday's 6-1 win vs. the Astros, he added another quality play to the list at Fenway Park.
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Eaton brothers share special July 4th moment

    Scott Merkin
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton had no idea his brother, who also is a captain in the United States Air Force, would be one of the honored military men to take the field prior to the first pitch as part of the organization's Fourth of July celebration.
  • Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

    Scott Merkin
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    David Robertson didn't keep the baseball used to strike out Matt Wieters and close out a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Yes, it was Robertson's 18th save as White Sox closer, and he keeps a baseball from each one. But on this afternoon, the ball went to right fielder Avisail Garcia.
  • White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

    Scott Merkin and Brittany Ghiroli
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:09 pm
    PInch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled off reliever Darren O'Day to bring home Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Rodon closes series, eyes sweep of Orioles

    Brittany Ghiroli
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Carlos Rodon and Miguel Gonzalez will square off in Sunday's White Sox-Orioles finale at U.S. Cellular Field, with Rodon taking the place of Chris Sale and Gonzalez tabbed instead of Bud Norris, who was moved to the bullpen.
 
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Anderson battles, but Tribe's streak ends at 5

    Tom Singer and John McGonigal
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Jeff Locke turned off a hot Indians offense for eight innings on Saturday and Neil Walker's sixth-inning single drove in the only run he needed to give the Pirates a 1-0 victory on Independence Day.
  • Anderson spins gem, but takes hard-luck loss

    Jordan Bastian
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Cody Anderson has had the chance to sit back and watch one of the American League's hottest rotations since being promoted to the Indians. It has afforded the rookie a crash course in how to attack hitters at baseball's highest level.
  • Facing Bucs for first time, Salazar looks for series win

    John McGonigal
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Gerrit Cole, who leads the National League in wins and boasts a 2.20 ERA, has held firm this season when facing hitters with runners in scoring position -- a trend he'll look to continue against the Indians at 1:35 p.m. ET Sunday at PNC Park. Meanwhile, Cole's counterpart -- Indians starter Danny Salazar -- has fared well when facing those situations, as well.
  • Moss' time in Bucs' Minors sparked power

    John McGonigal
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Indians outfielder Brandon Moss didn't have feelings of vengeance as he trotted around the bases at PNC Park.
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Price shuts down Jays after Tigers' huge first

    Jason Beck and Gregor Chisholm
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Hours after the Tigers put Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, their offense put up a four-run first inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, putting Detroit in command from the outset for an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. David Price struck out seven over seven innings.
  • Tigers pick up slack with Miggy out of lineup

    Jason Beck
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    In the Tigers' first game without Miguel Cabrera in the regular lineup, vets such as J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Yoenis Cespedes came through for a flurry of runs in an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
  • Avila makes terrific grab in 1st start at first

    Alejandro Zúñiga
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Alex Avila didn't expect much from himself at first base in the Tigers' 8-3 win over the Blue Jays. It only took until the fourth inning on Saturday to prove himself wrong, as he made a spectacular catch on Russell Martin's popup.
  • Verlander takes reins to close series with Jays

    Alejandro Zúñiga
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Life without Miguel Cabrera continues as Justin Verlander and Tigers face the Blue Jays for Sunday afternoon's series finale.
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  • Cain stays hot but Royals can't rally vs. Twins

    Rhett Bollinger and Jeffrey Flanagan
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Joe Mauer ripped a two-run homer and the Twins' bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to bail out starter Mike Pelfrey as Minnesota topped the Royals, 5-3, on Saturday in front 37,917 fans at Kauffman Stadium.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Blanton's rotation spot in question after loss

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Royals right-hander Joe Blanton, who had another shaky start in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Twins at home, is listed as the Royals' probable starter on Thursday. And right-hander Yordano Ventura is scheduled for another Triple-A rehab start on Monday. But those plans could be altered.
  • Duffy, Royals to face ex-mate Santana, Twins

    Jordan Wilson
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Former teammates Danny Duffy and Ervin Santana will go head to head in the series finale between the Royals and Twins at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. CT.
  • Santana makes return to KC with Twins

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    As Twins right-hander Ervin Santana takes a big league mound for the first time on Sunday since his 80-game suspension for his use of a performance-enhancing drug, it will at least be in familiar surroundings. Santana returns to Kauffman Stadium, where he pitched well for the Royals in 2013 and where he has pitched well throughout his career (7-6, 3.68 ERA).
 
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  • Cron's career night backs Santiago's gem

    Cody Stavenhagen and T.R. Sullivan
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Angels left-hander Hector Santiago continued his dominance of the Rangers in their own ballpark with seven scoreless innings in a 13-0 victory before a sellout crowd on Saturday night.
  • Cron has career night as offense piles on

    Cody Stavenhagen
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    A day after scoring eight runs -- including six in one inning -- in a win against the Rangers, the Angels gave an offensive encore even better than the first performance on the way to an 13-0 win over Texas on Saturday at Globe Life Park.
  • Santiago brings the heat in Texas again

    Cody Stavenhagen
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Globe Life Park is typically considered a hitter's park, but Angels left-hander Hector Santiago seems to have missed that memo. Santiago threw seven shutout innings in Saturday's 13-0 win against the Rangers, moving him to a career 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA at Globe Life.
  • Wilson goes head-to-head with former teammate

    Cody Stavenhagen
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, a Ranger from 2005-11, will start against Texas righty Colby Lewis. Wilson and Lewis won a combined 57 games for the Rangers in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and their connection goes back even further than that.
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    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
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  • Plouffe, Mauer power Twins over Royals

    Rhett Bollinger and Jeffrey Flanagan
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Joe Mauer ripped a two-run homer and the Twins' bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to bail out starter Mike Pelfrey as Minnesota topped the Royals, 5-3, on Saturday in front 37,917 fans at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Twins getting big midseason boost in Santana

    Mike Bauman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    The Minnesota Twins have surprised some people with their performance this season. That performance figures to become even better now. On Saturday, Ervin Santana returned to the Twins after an 80-game suspension for his use of a performance-enhancing drug. If Santana pitches to his career norms, he'll be a big help.
  • Bullpen bounces back, picks up Pelfrey's slack

    Rhett Bollinger
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:17 pm
    A night after the bullpen couldn't protect a late one-run lead in a loss to the Royals, the Twins bounced back with the help of five shutout innings from a combination of six relievers in Saturday night's 5-3 win at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Pressly to undergo MRI on right lat strain

    Rhett Bollinger
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Twins reliever Ryan Pressly left Saturday's 5-3 win over the Royals in the seventh inning with what was originally announced as a shoulder strain, but manager Paul Molitor said it could be related to his lat instead of his shoulder. Pressly will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday morning to find out the extent of his injury.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

    Bill Chastain and Grace Raynor
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The Yankees and Rays were tied in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third and Chris Young to second. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.
  • Everything working for Pineda in 10-K start

    Grace Raynor
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi and catcher John Ryan Murphy were asked about what had worked for starting pitcher Michael Pineda on Saturday in the Yankees' 3-2 walk-off victory over the Rays.
  • Strong since return, Nova takes on Rays

    Alden Woods
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The Yankees and Rays won't play again until early September. With that in mind, Sunday's series finale provides the last opportunity for these clubs to force a two-game swing in a close American League East race. Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Yankees, opposite the Rays' Erasmo Ramirez. The Yankees are going for the sweep, while the Rays look to snap a seven-game skid.
  • Miller needs rehab appearance before return

    Alden Woods
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    When he finally awakened following Friday's night's extra-innings win, Yankees closer Andrew Miller headed to Yankee Stadium to throw long toss and a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning, the latest step in his rehab from a strained left flexor muscle.
 
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Rollins ready to prove he belongs in bigs

    Greg Johns
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    David Rollins has taken the tough route to the Majors, but the Mariners' Rule 5 Draft pick arrived on Saturday ready to make amends for his mistake and make the most of his new opportunity.
  • Felix takes rare loss in Oakland

    Greg Johns
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Even on a bad day, Felix Hernandez s good enough to keep his team in a game. But even the King needs a little help, and he didn't get any on Saturday as the Mariners fell to the A's, 2-0, to end his string of 13 straight games without a loss at the Coliseum.
  • Mariners' bats silenced in loss to A's

    Trevor Hass and Greg Johns
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    A's rookie Kendall Graveman outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Saturday as Oakland won a Fourth of July afternoon showdown, 2-0, at the Coliseum.
  • Montgomery takes aim at third straight shutout

    Trevor Hass
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The Mariners face the A's on Sunday looking to salvage a series split. Mike Montgomery starts for Seattle seeking his third straight shutout; Chris Bassitt makes another start in place of Sonny Gray.
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Late-game heroics from Souza not enough

    Bill Chastain and Grace Raynor
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The Yankees and Rays were tied in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third and Chris Young to second. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.
  • Karns gets through first, delivers 10-K start

    Bill Chastain
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Nathan Karns is becoming a pitcher.
  • Ramirez opposes Nova in finale vs. Yanks

    Alden Woods
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The Yankees and Rays won't play again until early September. With that in mind, Sunday's series finale provides the last opportunity for these clubs to force a two-game swing in a close American League East race. Ivan Nova will take the mound for the Yankees, opposite the Rays' Erasmo Ramirez. The Yankees are going for the sweep, while the Rays look to snap a seven-game skid.
  • Odorizzi nearing return to Rays' rotation

    Bill Chastain
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Right-hander Jake Odorizzi will make what should be his final rehab start Monday before returning to the Rays.
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  • Wandy, bullpen knocked around by Angels

    Cody Stavenhagen and T.R. Sullivan
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Angels left-hander Hector Santiago continued his dominance of the Rangers in their own ballpark with seven scoreless innings in a 13-0 victory before a sellout crowd on Saturday night.
  • Rodriguez in a mound of trouble at home

    T.R. Sullivan
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:13 pm
    So far Wandy Rodriguez has been a much different pitcher in Arlington than he has been on the road. Pitching at home has been rough for Rodriguez so far this season and that continued on Saturday night in a 13-0 loss to the Angels.
  • Lewis looks to extend hot streak vs. Angels

    Cody Stavenhagen
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, a Ranger from 2005-11, will start against Texas righty Colby Lewis. Wilson and Lewis won a combined 57 games for the Rangers in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and their connection goes back even further than that.
  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Rangers option Chi Chi, recall Ranaudo

    T.R. Sullivan
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The Rangers optioned pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Round Rock and called up right-hander Anthony Ranaudo on Saturday.
 
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  • All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

    Mark Newman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
  • Blue Jays homer twice, but Dickey struggles

    Jason Beck and Gregor Chisholm
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Hours after the Tigers put Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, their offense put up a four-run first inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, putting Detroit in command from the outset for an 8-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. David Price struck out seven over seven innings.
  • Dickey unable to get rotation back on track

    Gregor Chisholm
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The Blue Jays' struggles on the mound went from bad to worse on Saturday afternoon after R.A. Dickey surrendered four runs in the first inning en route to an eventual 8-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday afternoon.
  • Estrada looks to bounce back in series finale

    Alejandro Zúñiga
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Life without Miguel Cabrera continues as Justin Verlander and Tigers face the Blue Jays for Sunday afternoon's series finale.
  • Toronto's late rally falls short vs. Tigers

    Gregor Chisholm and Alejandro Zúñiga
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and a five-run fourth gave the Tigers a necessary cushion as they held on for an 8-6 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Comerica Park.
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  • Red Sox 8, Astros 12: Sox repeat mistakes, expect different results

    Ben Buchanan
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    It was a loss the Red Sox should have seen coming, and avoided. The Red Sox fell to the Astros 12-8 Friday night in extra innings, and it's easy to see why. The first four innings were pitched by Justin Masterson. The eighth by Craig Breslow. The tenth by fresh call-up Noe Ramirez. Well damn, John, at that point you're pretty much asking for it. After three more improbable scoreless innings to start the game, Justin Masterson turned in an entirely more likely five-run fourth inning against the Astros. He almost had it under control, getting a pair of outs after the first two batters reached…
  • Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: To trust in Masterson

    Ben Buchanan
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Or "to ask the impossible" Fresh off an unusually successful road trip, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park, where they will attempt to overcome the hurdle that is Justin Masterson on the mound in order to keep the good times rolling. HOUSTON ASTROS BOSTON RED SOX Jose Altuve - 2B Mookie Betts - CF Preston Tucker - RF Brock Holt - 2B Carlos Correa - SS Xander Bogaerts - SS Luis Valbuena - 3B David Ortiz - DH Evan Gattis - LF Hanley Ramirez - LF Jonathan Singleton - DH Pablo Sandoval - 3B Chris Carter - 1B Mike Napoli - 1B Jason Castro - C Alejandro De Aza - RF Alex Presley - CF Ryan Hanigan - C…
  • Red Sox minor lines: Let's play 16 (and 13)

    Ben Buchanan
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Portland and Greenville both played into extras. Those innings proved more fruitful for the prospects of one team than the other. Pawtucket L 14-2 Daniel Nava: 1-3, 2 KRusney Castillo: 0-4, 2 KAllen Craig: 2-4, KTravis Shaw: 0-4, 2 KGarin Cecchini: 0-3, K, E Edwin Escobar: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR A night to forget in Pawtucket, to be sure. One wonders if Edwin Escobar was really ready to return, given how badly some of his early performances have gone. Then again, it might just be about the pen transition. Portland W 6-5 (In 16) Sam Travis: 4-7, 2BCarlos Asuaje: 2-6, KManuel…
  • Who should play in the Red Sox outfield?

    Matt_Collins
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    The Red Sox have some decisions to make with a couple of injured outfielders coming back soon. Think back to the major story lines heading into the 2015 season. Besides the concern (or lack thereof) regarding the rotation, the biggest talking point was what the team would do with all of their outfielders. There was almost too much talent there, you see. How could they fit Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley and Allen Craig onto one roster, not to mention Brock Holt? Boy, that seems like a long time ago. Fast-forward to today, and we’re looking at a…
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Ben Cherington, Rick Porcello, Rusney Castillo

    Matt_Collins
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today's links look at what the Red Sox will do at the trade deadline, the beneficiary of Ryan Hanigan's return, and the growth of Eduardo Rodriguez. Ben Cherington details the difficulties of the trade deadline for a team like the Red Sox. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) The Red Sox would like your young and controllable pitching, please. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com) As bad as he's been, Rick Porcello will likely get another start before the All Star break. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) Luckily for Porcello, Ryan Hanigan is back with the Red Sox. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) There's some…
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  • Interview with "Kaiju Baseball" artist Chet Phillips

    Ben Henry
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    We here at The Baseball Card Blog appreciate fine art and its place within the hobby. From the bubbly, Topps-approved artwork of David Coulson to the punk aesthetic of Pat Riot (and everyone in between), the baseball card is the perfect pocket-sized canvas. Continuing our occasional interview series, today we're talking to Chet Phillips, who has just completed "Kaiju Baseball," an homage to Japanese Menko cards of the 1960s and the kaiju monster demons from the worlds of Godzilla and UltramanThe Baseball Card Blog: Tell us a little about your background as an artist.Chet…
  • A Collection of Two-Sport Athletes

    Ben Henry
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Bo Jackson. Deion Sanders. Gene Conley. Danny Ainge. Eric Lindros. Charlie Ward. And did I forget to mention Michael Jordan? The list goes on and on. Jim Brown, Jim Thorpe, Dave DeBusschere, Brian Jordan, Chuck Connors. Heisman Trophy winners. Hall-of-Fame, immortal athletes. What I'm getting at here is that gifted ballplayers, no matter their sport, think that they can compete with equal success in another sport. And it turns out they're usually right—if you can be creative with your definition of "success"—which begs the question: Who chose the wrong sport?I can think of two immediate…
  • Snowbound and Stir Crazy

    Ben Henry
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    In case you missed it, Boston has received so much snow in the last few weeks that everything and everyone—including me—is at a breaking point. The MBTA doesn't work, the government is encouraging people to stay indoors and off the roads, and there are no signs that the cold and the snow will let up anytime soon. Which has given me plenty of time to stew in my thoughts...I would really like to see colleges offer an intercollegiate stock car racing circuit, if only to see cars and fire suits covered in logos and emblems of universities and names of individual departments. Maybe the Dale…
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner

    mkenny59
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    John Barfield, 1991 Score Cool mechanics, John Barfield."Your mom liked 'em, Internet weirdo." - John BarfieldTouché, John Barfield. Let's move on.John was brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma City in late May ’90 as a temporary replacement for Gary MielkeThat is the SEXIEST story about opportunity knocking I have ever heard. It’s also, coincidentally, exactly how I started blogging.But, like the man who came to dinner, John pitched so well in middle and long relief, he just stayed and stayed and stayed.WhatTexas Rangers equipment manager Dizzy Flapperton: STILL HERE, EH BARFIELD? YOU’RE…
  • Junk Wax Battle 2.0 - Players Needed!

    Ben Henry
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know that I'm all about innovation in this wonderful hobby of ours. Not so much innovating the cards themselves, but how we as collectors approach and make sense of them, and their meaning and use within our lives.Back in October, my friend Matt and I hosted a game—we called it Junk Wax Battle—at our local board game cafe in Brookline, Mass. The goal was to put together a complete set of 1988 Donruss by ripping packs, trading with other players, and winning in-game auctions. We had five players and one judge.And while it was fun, it was too…
 
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  • Three Hitters Not To Push The Panic Button On & Keep In Your Lineup (Gregory Polanco & More)

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Yes, we are getting a bigger sample size and therefore are starting to be able to formulate more “realistic” opinions on players.  Whose struggles are simple poor luck?  Who should we be looking to buy low on?  Who should we be sticking with in our lineup and who should we be moving towards our bench?  Here are three hitters we’re sticking with, despite their recent poor performances (all stats are through Thursday, unless otherwise noted):   Francisco Lindor – Shortstop – Cleveland Indians Lindor has always been known more for his…
  • J.P. Howell records save, Melancon pitching well

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Closer Monkey - Instant email alerts whenever there's a closer change. Closer depth charts to help you stay ahead. July 5, 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers — J.P. Howell recorded his first save since 2011 last night, as Kenley Jansen was given the night off after pitching in three of the last four days.  Pedro Baez got the last out of the 8th and stayed on to get the first two outs of the 9th, before Howell came on to strike out the only batter he faced.  If Baez had been able to pitch a cleaner 9th inning he would have gotten the save, and since Yimi Garcia was used for one out in the…
  • Bullpen Notes: July 4, 2015: Boxberger Takes L, Motte Claims Job? & More

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing): TOR: Delabar bombed (3 R/2 H/1 BB) getting just 1 out. Back-to-back poor outings (6 R/5 H/2 BB) leaves Osuna safe #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 5, 2015 TB:…
  • MLB Pitching Planner Week 14: Sudden Changes in the Air

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:31 am
    Patrick Wallace's Pitching Planner features 5 starting pitchers to start and 5 to sit. The post MLB Pitching Planner Week 14: Sudden Changes in the Air appeared first on So-Called Fantasy Experts.
  • 10 Important Stories From 07/04/15 Box Scores: Bryant Busts Out, Maybin Finally Emerging & More

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    by Will Overton I hope all of you readers had a fantastic fourth of July and that it was full of lots of food, family and of course baseball. If the holiday festivities kept you away from a TV or computer screen and you have some catching up to do on yesterday’s games, well you’re in the right place here. Here are 10 most important stories from the day’s action: 1)      Hitting Leadoff May Help Revitalize Ian Kinsler The Detroit Tigers shook up their batting order over the weekend and the big move that was made was Ian Kinsler being slotted in at leadoff. Kinsler had…
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  • Twins call up Miguel Sano to take over at designated hitter

    aarongleeman
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Miguel Sano is on his way to the majors and the 22-year-old top prospect will make his MLB debut at designated hitter rather than third base, stepping into a position that has been horribly unproductive for the Twins this season. Six players have started at least one game at DH for the Twins--led by Kennys Vargas with 29 and Torii Hunter and Eduardo Nunez with 11 each--and they've combined to hit .250/.305/.357 with five homers to rank second-worst in the league. Vargas was the Opening Day starter following a strong rookie showing, but hit just .245/.277/.365 with five homers and an ugly 48/7…
  • Listen to me on the “No Juice” podcast

    aarongleeman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    I made my annual guest appearance on the "No Juice" podcast with Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson. We discussed Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier, but mostly veered away from the Twins to cover hard-hitting topics like cargo shorts, bachelorette parties and Vince Vaughn. I think you'll like the episode, because we had fun recording it. "No Juice" podcast with Aaron Gleeman And of course you can still listen to this week's episode of my own podcast, on which we spent 90 solid minutes talking about the Twins.
  • Byron Buxton and the curse of the elite Twins prospect

    aarongleeman
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    Byron Buxton is expected to miss six weeks after suffering a sprained thumb in his 10th game for the Twins, knocking out the team's best prospect less than two weeks into his MLB career and right when he'd gotten back on the track to stardom following an injury wrecked 2014. Buxton had a trio of significant health problems last year, missing three months with a wrist injury, suffering a season-ending concussion in August, and skipping the Arizona Fall League with a broken finger. Now he's sidelined by a fourth injury at age 21, which is a shame because it robs Buxton of crucial development…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #201: Sexy Beasts

    aarongleeman
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Byron Buxton's injury and the curse of the elite Twins prospect, Aaron Hicks' re-opened window, Alex Meyer's debut as a reliever, Ervin Santana joining the rotation soon, Danny Santana vs. Eduardo Escobar vs. Eduardo Nunez, Deolis Guerra finally getting to the majors, Ron Gardenhire possibly in Philadelphia, the best Twins leadoff men of all time, and the meaning of being a Sexy Beast. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 201 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog…
  • Twins call up former top starter prospect Alex Meyer as a reliever

    aarongleeman
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Two weeks after calling up No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton the Twins have added another top-100 prospect to the roster, promoting 6-foot-9 flame-thrower Alex Meyer from Triple-A for his MLB debut. Stalled development and ongoing control problems from a 25-year-old starter repeating Triple-A prompted the Twins to shift Meyer from the rotation to the bullpen in late May and now after dominating International League hitters for a month as a reliever he's in Minnesota. Meyer allowed just one earned run in nine appearances as a reliever, posting a 0.53 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 17 innings while…
 
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  • Podcast: Dallas Keuchel Kicking Ass

    RotoRob
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Rookie Mike Montgomery is opening eyes in Em City. (Lenny Ignelzi, AP) RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast — heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio — was back in action as RotoRob was again joined by RotoRob.com MLB Editor Michael Seff. Among the topics we penetrated: Dallas Keuchel seems to lead the league in everything this year. Even before he started having success, Keuchel’s control was always top notch. We determine that there was never a pitcher named Jack Bauer, although a pitcher that shared the name of a character on 24 did etch his name in the…
  • The Wire Troll: Carlos Beltran Looking Like His Old Self

    Michael Seff
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Carlos Beltran is getting a lot more at-bats for the Yankees this season. (Thegreedypinstripes.com) Well, July has nearly crept up on us, but if you are sulking in the sadness of a poor first half for your Fantasy season, fear not, we are here to help. If you listened to our Podcast on Thursday we clued you in on the Diamondbacks’ Rubby De La Rosa, but alas, he does not qualify for this week’s Wire Troll as his ownership has exceeded 50 per cent, and — unlike many sites — we believe in only recommending players that are actually available. Yes, we’re wacky that…
  • Podcast: Giancarlo Stanton’s Power Barrage

    RotoRob
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Nori Aoki’s renaissance season has been put on hold. (Aroundthefoghorn.com) After missing last week because we had no guest, RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast — heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio — was back in action as RotoRob was joined by RotoRob.com MLB Editor Michael Seff. Among the topics we outlined: People have to see the shot Giancarlo Stanton hit on Tuesday. There is new wave of power hitters in the game today, and when we say power, we mean power. Adam Eaton is starting to heat up for the Pale Hose. Has Eduardo Rodriguez’s bubble…
  • The Wire Troll: Brock Holt is a Fantasy Brock Star

    Michael Seff
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Brock Holt is suddenly Mr. Everything for the BoSox. (Jobusrum.com) As we continue to try to aide your Fantasy cause, here are some named that could help you through your rash of ailments and injuries. A look at this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations: Brock Holt, OF/3B, Boston Red Sox (ESPN: 29 per cent owned; CBS: 49 per cent): In late-April we clued you in to the diminutive Holt, who has become something of a cult hero in Boston and affectionately earned the name “Brock Star.” He hit for the cycle (see video below) on Monday against Atlanta and, in…
  • The Wire Troll: Ivan “the Great” De Jesus Propelling the Reds

    Michael Seff
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Ivan De Jesus is back in the Show and even flashing some pop. (David Kohl-USA Today Sports) It’s mid-June, and injuries seem to be mounting by the minute around Major League Baseball. Fortunately, RotoRob.com is here to help what ails your Fantasy world. Below are some players quietly producing that could come through in a pinch for you. Ivan De Jesus, 2B, Cincinnati Reds (ESPN: 2.4 per cent owned; CBS: 2 per cent owned): Prior to this month, journeyman De Jesus had not appeared in a Major League game since 2012 and had not recorded a hit since 2011. But with Zack Cozart now on the…
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    the joy of sox

  • G83: Red Sox 6, Astros 1

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    Astros - 000 000 001 - 1 6 2Red Sox - 110 011 02x - 6 11 0Clay Buchholz (9-6-1-0-8, 110) pitched his first complete game of the season. In his last 10 starts, dating back to May 15, Buchholz has a 1.99 ERA. Those look like Ace numbers to me.Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with two doubles and 3 RBI. ... Xander Bogaerts was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. ... Sandy Leon went 3-for-4 and scored twice. ... Shane Victorino was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.Collin McHugh / Clay BuchholzBetts, CFHolt, 2BBogaerts, SSOrtiz, DHRamirez, LFSanodval, 3BNapoli, 1BVictorino, RFLeon, CShane Victorino returns,…
  • G82: Astros 12, Red Sox 8 (10)

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Astros - 000 500 210 4 - 12 17 2Red Sox - 020 030 210 0 - 8 11 1With the game on the line in the eighth and tenth innings, John Farrell, the team's brilliant in-game tactician, chose to rely on Craig Breslow and Noe Ramirez, respectively. ... For some odd reason, those two decisions did not turn out to be wise ones.Dan Straily / Justin MastersonBetts, CFHolt, 2BBogaerts, SSOrtiz, DHRamirez, LFSandoval, 3BNapoli, 1BDe Aza, RFHanigan, CThe Red Sox return home for a eight-game homestand against the Astros, Marlins, and Yankees. ... After the All-Star Break, they head west to Anaheim and…
  • G81: Red Sox 12, Blue Jays 6

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Red Sox - 800 000 310 - 12 19 1Blue Jays - 040 000 002 - 6 14 1The first eight Red Sox batters reached base and scored - and the game was 21 minutes old before the Blue Jays recorded an out. Toronto starter Matt Boyd (0-6-7-1-0, 28) threw fewer pitches than three of the relievers that followed him to the Skydome mound.The highlight of Boyd's second big league start was getting ahead of Mookie Betts 0-2. Then Betts (3-for-6) lined a single to left. Brock Holt (4-for-6) grounded a single to right. Xander Bogaerts (4-for-6) lined an RBI-single to center. David Ortiz hit an opposite field…
  • G80: Blue Jays 11, Red Sox 2

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Red Sox - 000 000 110 - 2 6 1Blue Jays - 521 001 02x - 11 16 0Rick Porcello / Mark BuehrleHappy Canada Day!Boston is now only 6 GB in the East, after being a season-high 10 games out on June 20. The Red Sox have won five of their last seven games and nine of their last 14.
  • G79: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Red Sox - 211 000 000 - 4 7 0Blue Jays - 000 100 200 - 3 6 1Eduardo Rodriguez / Marco EstradaBetts, CFHolt, 2BBogaerts, SSOrtiz, DHSandoval, 3BNapoli, 1BDe Aza, LFSwihart, CBradley, RFPablo Sandoval is a hacker - he swings at nearly half of all pitches outside the strike zone - so when he admits he's never swung at a higher pitch before, you know you gotta see the video.Hanley Ramirez hopes to be in tonight's lineup.The Red Sox are 7 GB in the East, the closest the team has been to first place since June 13. ... Baseball Prosepctus gives Boston a 3.5% chance at winning the division and a 6.4%…
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  • Corbin completes ‘long road’ back to Majors | dbacks.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    It had been 645 days since the left-hander had last pitched in a regular-season game and in between he had Tommy John surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. His reward for all that work came Saturday night when he picked up the win as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3. “When they announced my name before pregame and the fans gave a pretty nice applause there, that gave me some chills and some butterflies,” Corbin said. “And after that seemed to calm me down. I just wanted to go out there and don’t overthrow and just throw a lot of strikes and I felt like I was able to do that…
  • Sunday Notes: Angels Angst, Astros, Colabello, more | FanGraphs Baseball

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    David Lauria’s latest.
  • OMNICHATTER 7-5-2015

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The End Of The 4th Of July Weekend OMNICHATTER
  • Tigers place Miggy on DL with calf strain | MLB.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Detroit placed the slugging first-baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to the left calf strain he suffered trying to get a running start off first base. The injury occurred when Cabrera took off from first base on a hit-and-run play with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera, who had taken off several times during what ended up being an 11-pitch at-bat, pulled up immediately as Martinez fouled off another pitch.
  • Brian McCann’s Three-Run Homer in 12th Helps Yankees Walk Off With a Victory - The New York Times

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by 5-3 in the 12th inning on Friday night, Teixeira had an opportunity to ignite a rally with runners on first and third and one out. Suddenly, fireworks began going off outside the Stadium, minutes before the Fourth of July officially began, and Teixeira responded with a run-scoring single. Moments later, McCann capped the show with a three-run homer to right field, propelling the Yankees to a 7-5 win, their first walk-off victory of the season. “It’s one of the best feelings that you can possibly have,” McCann said of hitting the winning home run.
 
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  • Why You Should Buy Walk in Tubs NYC Online

    admin#$#%
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:43 am
    There are many benefits you will enjoy after you decide to buy Walk in tubs New York online. First, you will have a chance to comparing different dealers available for you to decide on the best. There are some walk in tubs that are made out of great designs, you will be very lucky after you buy those walk in tubs. You will also save money when buying the walk in tubs online. This will be possible in many ways, for example, you will easily carry out price comparison for you to decide on the best store that will offer you the tubs at the best prices. There are some stores that sell the…
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    Dera`s Blog

  • Do You Confused to Choosing Home Insurance?

    23 Jun 2015 | 2:20 am
    Home Insurance is required by each homeowner to protect the residential properties from various kinds of things that are not desirable. Now the weather and the situation can not be prediction because it has many things that make the earth and nature is broken. So it often disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, and many more. So before it hit a house where you live, then home insurance is strongly recommended to take it. Home insurance is to reduce the risk of losses your home. Home insurance itself has a definition as special insurance for homes bear the risks that might occur…
  • Stained Glass : Unique and Beautiful Element in Building

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:14 am
    The interior in every house is almost made from glasses, both for the window or on the door. Their original function was as a hot sun retaining and for the light in daylight. However, now glass quite an important role on decorate the interior and exterior for appearance of the house. Because the house owners often give more attention to this one object, especially by those who are artistic and have more money. Glass is usually integrated with frames offer a variety of fashion and style to give latitude to homeowner to decorate their home.One of glass that mentioned above is stained glass (in…
  • 3 Types of Diabetes Mellitus

    16 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    Type 1 DiabetesIn medical, type 1 diabetes is known as Juvenile Diabetes. When talking about the symptoms, in fact all of the common symptoms that you have encountered in patients with diabetes mellitus can be found in this type 1 diabetes. Patient always feel thirsty and dehydrated, so it can cause you to increase in frequency of urination. Increased appetite but not with body weight. But to distinguish these outset symptoms in type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is it shows the significance of the outset symptoms rapidly in type 1 diabetes but growth of symptoms is slow in type 2 diabetes.
  • Tips To Choosing Mascara Which Fit For You

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:13 pm
    As we know women`s life is complex. Life is full of beauty, feminine, and tenderness. Diverse cosmetics , skin care, and makeup have been widely known in order to generate an attractive polished face and unsightly. Not excluding the choosing mascara, as a medium to beautify her eyes.But do you know, not all  mascara is fit for yo. You need to know in advance the type of your lashes before you decide to choose a mascara. The following tips will be reviewed choose mascara which fit for you. Tips on Choosing Mascara which Fit for You:1. Tips for Choosing Mascara with Thick and Long LashThis…
  • Tips To Choosing Furniture For Your Home

    15 Jun 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Choosing furniture is basically an easy task, it all depends on your tastes and desires, but if you choose just by liking or just want to show an item, but the item that you show it does not correspond with the design of your room, then this would will bring inconvenience or slit design on your room. When you manage a room, you need to know what furniture that match to your room, and here are some Tips to Choosing furniture for your home.Customize Your Home By ThemeFor example, your home has a theme / minimalist design, then select the minimalist furniture, would be very disruptive for…
 
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  • We were REALLY wrong on A.J. Pollock

    TheNaturalMevs
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We’re watching the Diamondbacks game in Arizona tonight, and some time has passed since we once made a post we regret on young A.J. Pollock. Pollock got off to a slow start last season and was on a few of our fantasy teams. We took notice of it, deciding to drop him after he Canseco’d a home run ball in center at Coors Field. Since then, the dude has proven he is a damn good baseball player and he’s getting better. He finished last season hitting .302 with an .851 OPS and a WAR of 3.9 in 75 games. This year he has 10 homers to go along with 16 steals, a .303 average and a…
  • Fourth of July Notes

    TheNaturalMevs
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Kris Bryant hit two Independence Day home runs, including a grand slam. It was really a great day from start to finish for me. I got to spend time with my family, was able to see a few friends, I got to take in several different baseball games, and went to some fireworks with my mom, wife, and sister before she heads back to college. Baseball will announce the All Star starters tomorrow after the games are complete, with the rest of the rosters being filled out on Monday. ESPN experts let us know who they would pick in the American League and the National League. I watched all nine innings of…
  • Bryce Harper Kicks off the 4th of July with Fireworks off Madison Bumgarner

    TheNaturalMevs
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Bryce Harper has taken a piece of Madison Bumgarner before. Today’s blast had it’s own special story to it though. We’ve already covered his usage of the patriotic stars and stripes bat for the game today. Since he hit this home run off a guy we really don’t like very much against a team we loathe for their winning ways (they’re boring), this home run was really for America. The home run was Harper’s 25th of the season. The Nationals continued to do their thing on July 4th like they seemingly do every year, winning 9-3 in a game that everything seemed to…
  • Bryce Harper is feeling patriotic today (Bryce Harper’s stars & stripes bat)

    TheNaturalMevs
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In all my years watching baseball and especially baseball on the 4th of July, I have never seen this! This guy is the most decorated bat-user in the game today. He does not discriminate. HT: twitter, of course.
  • The DFS Community stands on its collective head over the first Gentleman’s Game Tie

    TheNaturalMevs
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    When five greats play their weekly DFS game long enough, sooner or later something has to give. Last night was the seismic crack in our DFS earthly foundation and an executive decision had to be made. This is a historic day in this country, not because it is Independence Day when our founding fathers signed the constitution. Someday, it will be remembered as the day the founding fathers of the Gentleman’s game; DStars45 and Swindaman3, tied for second place. Both gladiators tied at 95.7 points, with completely different lineups. Both contestants were awarded with 3.5 points for the week…
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  • The PosCast Episode 13 — Emotions

    jposnanski
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Big PosCast this week. I try to sneak in a plug for my new book “The Secret of Golf.” Michael talks endlessly about this controversy — you might have heard something about it — in the New England area about footballs and air pressure or something. Someone ought to come up with a clever name for that thing. And then, in honor of Pixar’s wonderful new “Inside Out” we draft emotions. Spoiler: I win. Download on iTunes Listen on Stitcher Main download page Or, listen now:
  • Busted Royal Flush

    jposnanski
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    One of my favorite things in sports (or least favorite things, depending on your appreciation of irony) is when we freak out about stuff that ends up not happening. I guess you could call it the Y2K Syndrome, when people thought a computer quirk would more or less end the world when we entered the 2000s. The world, you might remember, went on, except for Cleveland Browns fans. The Great Panic of 2015 has revolved around the Kansas City Royals potentially sweeping the Major League Baseball All-Star Vote and, in the process, making a mockery of a game that more or less nobody cares about. At…
  • Pinball

    jposnanski
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
      Those sneaky editors at Our State Magazine — which really is a fantastic magazine in North Carolina — have been trying to get me to write for them now and again. This is really flattering but problematic because I don’t really have time for any more work. I can’t even get to the last 30-some players on my Greatest Baseball Player project. But, those editors, they know what they’re doing. They call up and slyly say, “Hey, we want you to go the Pinball Museum in Asheville and spend a whole day playing pinball.” Is it even possible to say no to…
  • The Steph Stuff

    jposnanski
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:27 pm
    This was fun, writing about Steph Curry and what he meant to Charlotte. Gave me a chance to relive the early Hornets days and the cult-hero wonder of his father Dell … CHARLOTTE — Everywhere the 10-year-old goes in this town, she hears stories about Steph Curry. You see, Curry is embedded into her day-to-day life in Charlotte. He is everywhere. Example: Katie plays basketball with enthusiasm, though she is usually the smallest one out there. The director of the community center where she plays sees this and takes her into his office. “Do you like Steph Curry?” he asks. “You…
  • Just About Perfect

    jposnanski
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    One of the great things about baseball is this: It has been around so long that almost everything has precedent. For instance, when Max Scherzer lost his perfect game with two outs in the ninth when he hit Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata, I was SURE that was the first time that had happened. It HAD to be the first time an 8 2/3 inning perfect game was broken up with a hit-by-pitch, right? Actually, no. It wasn’t the first time. The same thing happened in on Independence Day in 1908. That was a morning game involving a left-handed pitcher named Hooks Wiltse. Hooks was, according to the…
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Extra Inning Win Tops Busy Day For A-Rod and The Yankees

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    The night ended with Brian McCann's 3-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the Yankees a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, and putting them in sole possession of 1st place in the AL East. Looking further back, we saw Adam Warren make his first second appearance of the year out of the bullpen.  We learned that CC Sabathia's next start would be pushed back to Wednesday. Also, Carlos Beltran and his sore ribcage were placed on the 15-day DL.And then there was A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees resolved the bonus dispute, making several charities very happy…
  • With Half A Season Gone, What Will It Take For The Yankees To Make The Playoffs?

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Weather permitting, the Yankees will finish the first half of the 2015 season with Saturday's  home game against Tampa Bay. Right now there are 83 games remaining on the season and the Yankees are in the thick of the AL East fight. As we approach the second half of the season, the burning question is what will it take for the Yankees to make the playoffs?  There are a lot of moving parts. The ScheduleThe Yankees will play only one series west of the Mississippi, at Texas. In fact only ten games remain outside the eastern time zone, all ten in the central.
  • Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello: A Tale of Two Pitchers

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    Before this season began, both the Yankees and the Red Sox acquired young right-handers whom they hoped would provide long term help for their starting rotations. Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello both had histories of early-career struggles, but both of them clearly had positive upsides, which was cause for a lot of optimism, for fans and personnel of both teams.Eovaldi, 25, and Porcello, 26, each took the mound yesterday in games whose outcomes were very important in this year's extremely tight AL East. Eovaldi kept the Angels scoreless, giving up five hits in 5.1 innings,…
  • The 2015 vs 2009 Yankees: Looking back at the 2009 ALCS

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    One of the many perks of being a Yankees fan is that, when the team is struggling in a series, it’s usually always possible to look back to a happier series against that same opponent.With the Yankees struggling against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a flashback to 2009, when the Yankees beat the Angels 4-2 in the A.L.C.S, on their march to the their most recent World Series win, is a welcome relief. It feels like yesterday but it has been almost six full years. The Yankees current roster has just four players from that last championship. (the Angels have just two.)The 2015 Yankees,…
  • Loss Of Warren Weakens A Yankees Rotation Already Weakend By Sabathia

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    Before each Yankee series begins, I post the pitching match-ups on the blog's Facebook page. I posted them yesterday evening with the comment, "Definitely not liking the fact that CC Sabathia pitches the opener." Sabathia did nothing to take away my fears, as he pitched poorly again, leading to the Yankees 4-1 loss to the Angels.Then I wake up this morning to even more bad news: According to a report, Adam Warren is headed back to the bullpen. If Sabathia already weakens the rotation, the absence of Warren weakens it even more.Granted, Warren has already pitched more innings than he…
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  • Fourth of July Open Thread

    Mike Axisa
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Your browser does not support iframes.Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Hope you’re spending the holiday with friends and/or family and having a good time. Here’s an open thread to talk about whatever throughout the night. MLB Network and FOX are showing a whole bunch of regional games through the afternoon and evening, so there’s lots of baseball on the tube. Enjoy. Fourth of July Open Thread is a post from: River Avenue Blues The post Fourth of July Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
  • Yankees pick up Betances, walk-off with 3-2 win over Rays

    Mike Axisa
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Source: FanGraphs Dellin Betances and the bullpen have been picking up the rest of the Yankees just about all season, but, on Saturday, it was time for the rest of the roster to pick up Betances. They did that with their second straight walk-off win, this one a 3-2 Independence Day victory over the Rays. That’s the fighting spirit. New York has won three straight. Love this team, you guys. Let’s recap with bullet points, for America: Grande Miguel: Michael Pineda steps it up on holidays, huh? He struck out 16 on Mother’s Day and then chucked seven shutout innings with ten…
  • Game 81: Halfway Point

    Mike Axisa
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today is the halfway point of the season. Game 81. What have we learned about the 2015 Yankees so far? We’ve learned they look damn near unbeatable at their best and a cellar-dweller at their worst. I suppose that’s true of every team, but these Yankees seem to take it to the extreme. If you’d have told me back in Spring Training they’d be in first place in the AL East heading into the 81st game, even by just one game, I’d have taken it. That’s where they are right now. This afternoon the Yankees are looking to build on last night’s thrilling come…
  • Saturday Links: A-Rod, Sierra, High-Def, Benefits, Girardi

    Mike Axisa
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    (Presswire) The Yankees and Rays continue their three-game series with an Independence Day matinee at Yankee Stadium later today. Here are some links to help you pass the time until the game. A-Rod wants to make the All-Star team The All-Star Game rosters will be announced soon — the starters will be announced tomorrow night, the rest of the rosters Monday night — and Alex Rodriguez told Andrew Marchand he hopes to be selected for the Midsummer Classic. “From where I came from just a year ago — I mean it’s every player’s dream to make the All-Star Game, I’m not…
  • Yanks come from behind twice, beat Rays 7-5 on McCann’s three-run walk-off homer

    Mike Axisa
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Your browser does not support iframes.Love this team. Love. This. Team. Best game of the season? Yup. Not even close. The Yankees battled back not once, but twice to beat the Rays 7-5 in 12 innings on Friday night. Brian McCann‘s walk-off three-run homer sent everyone home happy. It’s Friday night and a holiday weekend, so let’s recap with bullet points: Rally II: Let’s recap this one backwards. The Yankees were down 5-3 going into the bottom of the 12th, but they did have the top of the order coming up. Brett Gardner started the rally with a leadoff walk and Alex…
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  • Hello world!

    Mary Thompson
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!  
 
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    Mister Baseball

  • Collegiate Baseball League Europe gets underway on Monday

    philipp
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    The Collegiate Baseball League Europe gets underway on Monday. Athletes are currently arriving in Oosterhout, Netherlands. On Monday they will depart by bus to travel to Prague, Czech Republic for the first stop of the three-week Cape Cod style summer league. Next sites will be Barcelona, La Rochelle, Amsterdam and Oosterhout for the playoffs. For more information visit www.cble.org
  • Information on 4th Co-ed Slowpitch World Cup in November

    philipp
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    By European Softball Federation, www.esfsoftball.org Fourth Co-ed Slowpitch World Cup will take place this November The International Softball Federation (now known as the WBSC Softball Division) has announced that the 4th Co-ed Slowpitch World Cup will be played in Plant City, Florida, from 19-22 November 2015. The tournament is open to both national and club co-ed slowpitch teams, and there are no nationality requirements, though the aim of the WBSC Softball Division is to move eventually towards a World Championship for slowpitch national teams. The tournament will be played under ISF…
  • Video of MLBPA Clinic in Mainz

    philipp
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) ran a couple of youth clinics in Europe the past couple of weeks. They also stopped at the Mainz Athletics facilities. The Army Forces Network Wiesbaden produced a short video clip about the clinic.
  • U12 European Championship in Miesjka Gorka starts on Monday

    philipp
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    From Monday, July 6 to Saturday, July 11, the U12 European Championship will be played in Miejska Gorka, Poland. Nine teams are competing for the title, which was won by Russia over France last year in Slovenia. Both teams are back as participants, as are the Czech Republic, Austria, Belarus, Romania, Lithuania, host Poland and Slovenia. Live play by play will be available via www.baseballstats.eu
  • Domingo Ayala at London Mets – Essex Arrows Doubleheader on Sunday

    philipp
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Domingo Ayala continues his tour through Europe in London, England this weekend. After throwing the first pitch and holding a clinic last week in Cologne, Germany he will be at this weekend’s British National Baseball League matchup between the London Mets and Essex Arrows at Finsbury Park in the English capital. Schedule: Essex Arrows (0-0) London Mets (0-0) Finsbury Park 12:00 PM BST Herts Falcons (2-0) Southampton Mustangs (1-1) Mustangs Field 12:00 PM BST Essex Arrows (2-2) London Mets (2-0) Finsbury Park 2:30 PM BST Herts Falcons (0-0) Southampton Mustangs (0-0) Mustangs Field 2:30 PM…
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  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week Twelve

    Mark George
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    A monster week of offense saw a handful of players have double-digit RBI weeks. And the standings have really tightened up , with just eight games separating the top seven teams. Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score   Bits & Bytes 14 5 21 1 .212 .685 4 0 37 1 2.68 0.95 2  The Cheddar Chasers 30 8 31 0 .266 .734 5 4 53 2 2.37 1.07 10 We begin with the week’s big winners as the Chasers hit double digits with a 10-2 win against Bits & Bytes. Posey was the offensive star, knocking in 12 runs to go with his six runs and .375 average, while Headley and the now injured…
  • MLB this Week: Returning pitchers

    Matt Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    I’ve mentioned many times in the past the dangers of looking too far ahead when it comes to potential pitching match-ups. Rain-outs or other factors can lead to a late change in plan and take away an opportunity to catch a pitcher at a convenient time for us in the UK. However, it’s worth throwing caution to the wind this week and looking forward to Thursday and the return of several pitchers from extended periods on the sidelines. Baseball fans of all allegiances were devastated when the Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez succumbed to elbow surgery over a year ago. His starts…
  • MLB All-Star 2015 selections

    Matt Smith
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    The MLB All-Star 2015 ballot closes in the early hours of Friday 3rd July UK time (just before 5 a.m.). The ballot is now completely online, rather than including written votes submitted at ballparks, and the result has been an impressive, if to some quite annoying, campaign by Kansas City Royals fans to fill every American League starting position with one of their players. Quite a few of the leading Royals players do have a fair case to start, so it’s not quite the travesty some are making it out to be; however the All-Star ballot is the same as any other voting process. If you have a…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week Eleven

    Mark George
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Week 11 of the BaseballGB Fantasy League saw some teams reap the rewards of some blowouts, while other managers saw their ERAs go up in smoke. Read on to find out what happened. Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score  Orpington Isotopes 16 4 21 0 .243 .668 4 4 47 3 3.99 1.26 1  Iron Men 28 7 29 6 .299 .776 6 1 57 5 3.84 1.25 11 We begin with the biggest winners of the week, as Iron Men gave my Isotopes a damn good thrashing 11-1. JD Martinez belted four homers (including three on Sunday) and drove in nine, while Ramos homered twice (both off Tampa Bay position players in a…
  • MLB this Week: Division rivals

    Matt Smith
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    After some unusual split interleague series games last week, this week’s schedule doesn’t just bring us back to normal league play, but often sees division rivals battling it out. We’ll get to see plenty of those games this working week from the pre-midnight UK time starts. After two days without early starts, Wednesday provides us with games from the AL East and Central as well as a 2009 World Series re-match between the Phillies and Yankees. Cole Hamels continues to feature in trade rumours and a good performance against an AL team may well help the Phillies’ cause…
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    East Windup Chronicle

  • Baseball In The Post Steroid Era

    admin
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Growing up in the 1980’s meant that I was a baseball junkie. I loved the sport. I grew up knowing who some of the all time greats were and I was able to collect their baseball cards as well. I also was able to look through the collection of my brother and I was smitten by some of the cars he had. I just knew that I would have them one day and I was right. He ended up giving them to me right before he moved away. During that time the game was starting to evolve a little. Players were getting bigger and they were getting stronger. They were running faster and hitting the ball farther than…
  • What Makes a Good Youth Baseball Coach?

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    There are lots of great things your child will learn while they play baseball during their youth, and they will get even more out of the sport when they have a great coach. As a parent, it’s up to you to make sure they have the best possible coach. As impressive as a winning record is, it shouldn’t be the most important aspect of the coach who works with your child. More often than not, the coaches that don’t always win their games are the ones your child will learn the most from. Look for a youth baseball coach who has a solid understanding of the game. They should be able to tell you…
  • 3 Reasons Baseball Will Be Better In 2015

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    As a loyal fan of sporting events I have to admit that I do have my favorites. I am always going to prefer football to the other sports mainly because I like the violence and the physicality of the sport. Maybe that is barbaric but I simply do not care. However I do have another love in the sporting world and that love is baseball. I like the game of the ages because it showcases so many different skills. You have to have amazing hand eye coordination in order to hit the baseball. You have to have amazing speed to field in the outfield. You also need great awareness and range. The coach needs…
  • Keys To Understanding Baseball

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    When it comes to sports there are a lot of people that are simply in the dark. The games can be hard to follow and things that are not seen by the untrained eye typically determine the outcomes. That is why you need to take the time to learn the sport and then watch it. You cannot learn all you need to know by just watching the game. You need to take the time to research the game. So for me, baseball is the game that I love. It is also a game that many people fail to understand. They think all the game involves is throwing the ball and hitting the ball. But there is so much more to the game…
  • Tips For Preventing Injuries In Youth Baseball

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Elbow and shoulder injuries are on the rise when it comes to youth baseball. These types of injuries are not that easy to get over so we want to avoid them at all costs if possible. In this article I will give you a few tips for preventing injuries in youth baseball. A good warm up will go a long way to helping prevent injuries in your kiddos who like to play baseball. If they take the time to warm up their muscles before the game, they are less likely to get injuries while playing the game. Make sure to discuss with your young one how very important taking time to do theses warm-ups is.
 
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    The Cub Reporter (TCR) | A Chicago Cubs Blog

  • Rondon Makes Cub Debut & Cease Fires No Hit Stuff for AZL Cubs

    Arizona Phil
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:33 pm
    RHP Luis Jimenez hurled five innings of shutout ball with nine strikeouts and combined with two relievers to toss a two-hit shutout, as the AZL Indians whitewashed the AZL Cubs 5-0 in Arizona League game action Saturday (5:30 PM local start time) at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.   Tags: AZL CubsDylan CeaseManny RondonAngelo Amendolare
  • Marlins @ Cubs: Cosart vs. Richard (Game 79 Thread)

    CTSteve
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    MIA (35-46): RHP Jarred Cosart (1-3, 4.12) CHC (42-36): LHP Clayton Richard (4-2, 2.09 for AAA-Indianapolis) First pitch: 6:15pmCT Gordon* 2b Yelich* lf Hechavarria ss Baker 1b Realmuto c Rojas 3b Ozuna cf Gillespie rf Cosart p   Fowler cf Rizzo* 1b Bryant 3b Montero* c Castro ss Coghlan* lf Denorfia rf Richard* p Russell 2b Drafted by the White Sox in 2005, Richard (31y/o) was sent to SD as part of the Jake Peavy deal in 2009. He signed minor league deals with AZ and PIT before being acquired for cash by the Cubs yesterday. The trade was prompted by the upward mobility clause in…
  • AZL Cubs Relentless Attack too Much for A's

    Arizona Phil
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Robert Garcia (two singles, a double, and a home run) reached base four times, scored three runs, and drove-in three more, Wladimir Galindo and Joey Martarano collected three hits a piece and drove-in three runs between them (Martarano with a sharply-hit opposite-field RBI ground single to right through the 3.5 hole in the top of the 1st inning to get things started, and Galindo with a line-drive two-run single drilled to center to cap a five-run 3rd), and 13 of the first 15 Cubs batters reached base (although two were thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double and another was…
  • Marlins @ Cubs: Koehler vs. Hammel (Game 78 Thread)

    CTSteve
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    MIA (34-46): RHP Tom Koehler (6-4, 3.77) CHC (42-35): RHP Jason Hammel (5-3, 2.92) First pitch: 1:20pmCT Gordon* 2b Yelich* lf Hechavarria ss Bour* 1b Realmuto c Rojas 3b Gillespie cf Suzuki* rf Koehler p   Fowler cf Rizzo* 1b Bryant 3b Montero* c Denorfia rf Coghlan* lf Herrera 2b Hammel p Russell ss Hammel, who moves ahead of Roach in the rotation, took the loss in rainy St. Louis on Sunday, giving up 4 ER in 4 innings but striking out 7. He was strong in his win in Miami this year (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks). The Marlins are 35-113 (.310) against him. The ball hawks on Sheffield and…
  • Trey McNutt Takes Mound in Game for First Time in Two Years

    Arizona Phil
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Miguel Mercedes slugged a two-run triple in the top of the 1st inning and Robert Mullen smacked a two-run triple in the 6th, Rangel Ravelo singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, and Brett Siddall drilled a two-run double to cap a five-run 8th, as the AZL Athletics rallied to defeat the AZL Cubs 9-6 in Arizona League action Thursday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.   Tags: AZL CubsWladimir GalindoSutton WhitingTrey McNuttPedro SilverioTrey Masek
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • What I would've done with A-Rod's 3,000th hit ball

    Lenny Neslin
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    Quite simply, I would have done what Christian Lopez did with Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit: given the ball back to Alex Rodriguez and accepted any gifts he or the Yankees offered. I'm pretty sure most people would do the same.But, in case you've missed what's actually transpired, this is not what's happened at all. Instead, a ballhawk named Zack Hample managed to catch the ball and has milked this situation for as much press as possible. Here's one of his latest tweets:Hey, @AROD, I'm the guy who snagged your 3,000th hit. Any chance for a follow back? It would mean a lot to me.— Zack…
  • With Tanaka back, the Yankees have a chance

    Lenny Neslin
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Masahiro Tanaka returned from the disabled list yesterday, and he was flat-out filthy. Here's what pitching dominance looks like:  Your browser does not support iframes.Tanaka was held to a hard 80-pitch maximum in his return, but he made the most of them with seven pretty innings in 78 pitches (3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K).The only knock on Tanaka's return was it was against one of the weaker offenses in baseball. Still, his stuff looked good enough to get most hitters out: he painted corners with a two-seam fastball, embarrassed hitters with his splitter, and surprised hitters with his…
  • Babe Ruth's insane home run milestones [Infographic]

    Lenny Neslin
    6 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    With Alex Rodriguez sitting on 660 homers, tied with Willie Mays for fourth most all-time, I felt this Babe Ruth infographic by ESPN was worth sharing.The crazy thing is this infographic only tells half of Ruth's story. Check out his five fairly dominant years of pitching with the Red Sox before joining the Yankees.
  • Coincidence? Bullpen ERA leaders also lead their divisions

    Lenny Neslin
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Yankees didn't even get five innings out of their starter last night but still won. How? It's no secret: their bullpen has been untouchable.No Mariano? No problem. David Robertson put an end to that discussion quickly, but then left for the White Sox and more money.This year's dynamic duo is Dellin Betances & Andrew Miller, who've combined for 18.2 scoreless innings in 17 appearances. Betances had a "slow" start but has really looked sharp in his last few outings, and Miller has been as filthy as advertised. Esmil Rogers also deserves a shoutout as the go-to long reliever with a 2.84…
  • Yankees Bleacher Creatures Roll Call

    Lenny Neslin
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Just attending last night's Yankees-Red Sox game would have been satisfying enough for me. But with a last-minute invite, I found myself chanting with the Bleacher Creatures in the first inning before the Yankees scored seven in the first and went on to a 14-4 victory.Here's the full roll call video, just a few seats away from Bald Vinny & The Creatures.ELLS-BUR-Y! ELLS-BUR-Y! ELLS-BUR-Y! Also, The Boss.Oh by the way, I've attended two Yankees games this year and they've been their only two victories thus far. Anyone have tickets for tonight?
 
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    TODAY in BASEBALL

  • June 29, 1905: Moonlight Graham's day

    BTGrimes
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The real story of "Moonlight" Graham BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - It's the stuff of legend, except it's true. In the late innings of a game played today in baseball history (June 29, 1905), Archibald "Moonlight" Graham made his major league debut in right field for the New York Giants. They were playing the Brooklyn Superbas (today's Los Angeles Dodgers). The game ended a couple innings later with the Giants winning 11-1. Graham did not come to bat. He never got another chance. "Moonlight" Graham was sent down to the minors after the game. He decided that at the age of 28 he had spent enough time in…
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    Rays Index

  • Matt Moore made an interesting change in his first start back from Tommy John surgery

    Cork Gaines
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Matt Moore made his return to the mound on Thursday, his first start in 15 months following Tommy John surgery, giving up 4 runs in 4.2 innings and throwing 81 pitches. As we discussed yesterday, we have to temper our expectations from Moore as it will be a while before he is really all the way back even if he is already 100% healthy. So instead of focusing on the results, let take a look at what Moore did and how he did it and there is one change to his approach that really stands out. The first thing we should look at is the pitches he threw. Let’s compare his 81 pitches on Thursday…
  • Matt Moore is back but will be limited for the rest of this season

    Cork Gaines
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Happy Matt Moore Day! It has been 15 months since Matt Moore has taken the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays but the end is near as he will make his first start since Tommy John surgery when he takes the mound on Thursday. It is easy to get overly-excited about the return of one of the best pitchers in baseball. But at the same time, it is probably best to temper the expectations a bit. While it takes a little more than a year to be healthy enough to pitch again, most feel it takes another year to really get back to where a pitcher was before the surgery in terms of stuff, control, and command.
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Cleveland 8, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Thank goodness for Joey Butler. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Butler broke up Hector Carlos Carrasco’s bid for a no-hitter (and shutout)…Not only was Hector Carlos Carrasco awesome on the mound last night, his best moment came after giving up the first hit. He immediately had the biggest aww-shucks smile on his face and applauded the effort of second baseman Jason Kipnis who did everything he could to snag the line…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Garrett Whitley took batting practice prior to the game. The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Cleveland 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Todd Kalas is a pro. While interviewing Garrett Whitley somebody started waiving a vuvuzela in front of Kalas. He managed to snap the instrument in half and never lost a beat asking his question. TK is not going to have his interview interrupted by a damn vuvuzela! pic.twitter.com/mWP79V4N4Y — Rays Index (@RaysIndex) June 30, 2015 THE BAD: And for the third time in the last…
  • Road Hazards And Warnings For Motorcycles

    Cork Gaines
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Road hazards for motorcycles come in many forms. It’s a great bet that some might surprise you. There’s plenty for motorcyclists to learn in this Dolman Law Group blog about dangers on high-traffic and local roads. It’s not just about slick conditions. Click on through and learn. Tell a friend. Likes(0)Dislikes(1) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
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    Rays Colored Glasses

  • Tampa Bay Rays Game 82: Two Bullpen Collapses

    Robbie Knopf
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:49 pm
    The Tampa Bay Rays are finding new ways to lose. What else is there to say? In this game, Kevin Cash let Chris Archer throw 122 pitches as he tossed shutout ball for 6.2 frames. The Rays took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth after receiving an RBI double by Evan Longoria […] Tampa Bay Rays Game 82: Two Bullpen Collapses - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Let the Trading of International Bonus Pool Space Begin

    Robbie Knopf
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Last international free agent signing period, the Tampa Bay Rays made quite a splash, signing No. 1 prospect Adrian Rondon and other notable prospects like lefty Francisco Sanchez and outfielder Jesus Sanchez. Their impressive group of signings came with a cost–they can’t sign any one prospect for more than $300,000 in either of the next […] Tampa Bay Rays: Let the Trading of International Bonus Pool Space Begin - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Taylor Motter Durham’s Hero

    Robbie Knopf
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Having a player deliver a game-changing hit in a huge situation–that is not something that the Tampa Bay Rays have experienced often in the last ten days. Taylor Motter and Riley Unroe delivered hits that fit that description exactly, and hopefully the Rays will be getting such performances of their own in the coming days. […] Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Taylor Motter Durham’s Hero - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
 
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    Site Flipping

  • You Make Money Blogging ? Earn Passive Income

    sitez
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:42 pm
    You Make Money Blogging ? Earn Passive Income Over the past 10 years, blogging has become a popular activity. While many people have blogs simply to express their thoughts and feelings or to update friends with recent family happenings, some people earn a little bit of money off of their blogs. Others earn enough residual income to quit their day jobs. So, how do you make money blogging? What are the things that these successful bloggers do that others have missed? If you are contemplating beginning a blog to earn residual income, use the following tips to get started on the right foot.
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    sitez
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    A few website design products I can recommend: The Graphics Firesale Professional Web Graphic Designer Goes Crazy And Gives Away The Farm For Pennies On The Dollar! Thousands Of Top Quality Original Graphics That You Can Use On Your Website And In Your Products. Beautiful Icons, Banners, And Much More. Must See! The Graphics Firesale Web Zeet Advance Computer Learning Books And Website Development & Designing And Programming , And Basic Operating System Learning Books Also. Web Zeet Wpvicomeditor – Design WordPress Websites Like A Lego Blocks Best WordPress Plugin That Let Customer…
  • Lastest Highest Domain Sales News

    sitez
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes Remaining equipment and supplies are stacked for sale in a hallway at Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Mo. / AP photo … The city now is trying to acquire the old hospital through eminent domain and is seeking $ 6 million in federal loans to re-open it … Read more on CNYcentral.com Web.com Group's (WWWW) CEO David L. Brown on Q3 2014 Results – Earnings … As we have done in the past, we will continue to refine and adjust where we allocate incremental marketing dollars to generate the highest rates of return. So,…
  • John Oliver's five .NYC domain names making fun of Michael Bloomberg

    sitez
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    John Oliver's five .NYC domain names making fun of Michael Bloomberg Comedian pokes fun at Michael Bloomberg's domain names, which Domain Name Wire revealed last week. Last week I wrote a story about Michael Bloomberg's 400 .nyc domain names. The over-the-top defensive registrations included everything from … Read more on Domain Name Wire The BRA Wants to Extend Its Urban Renewal Authority Looking for an extension of its urban renewal authority, the Boston Redevelopment Authority will host the first in a series of public meetings this week, aimed at educating community…
  • Domain Movers: QD.com, Circle.com, HorseRanch.com and More Domains

    sitez
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Domain Movers: QD.com, Circle.com, HorseRanch.com and More Domains Spil Games Intangibles B.V. has sold the domain name 9942.com to the owners of 4.cn Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co.,Ltd on April 7, 2014 and it appears 4.cn has sold it. Spil purchased 9942.com at Sedo for $ 490 in December 2008. NNNN market has … Read more on TheDomains.com
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1963 Sport Hobbyist Famous Baseball Cards #5, Jack Barry

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    In the mid-60s, advanced collector and sometimes-dealer Frank Nagy published one of the first collecting magazines, Sport Hobbyist. It fit the mold of today's Old Cardboard and Net54 Baseball message boards, printing research articles, describing unusual finds, and connecting vintage collectors. Frank also printed several oddball sets and his "Famous Card Series" might be the first to specifically reprint existing baseball cards for collectors.Most Sport Hobbyist cards depict players active before WWII, an era largely out-of-reach to modern set builders. The "Famous…
  • 1968 Venezuelan Baseball #5, NL Home Run Leaders (Hank Aaron, Jim Wynn,Ron Santo, Willie McCovey)

    12 Jun 2015 | 9:18 pm
    A while back, I broke down the 1950-70s Venezuelan sets that started as Topps partnerships and evolved into local knockoffs of American issues (full list of set profiles). After years of hunting, my collection includes all those 1959-77 types except this white whale, a 1968 league leaders card starring 3 HOFers and the Toy Cannon in a black hat.Jim Wynn's airbrushed portrait encapsulates multiple elements of the 1968 zeitgeist. First, Topps ran into union issues with the new MLBPA, denying access to new uniform photos usually taken in spring training. On the other side of the boardroom…
  • 1976 Caruso Sacramento Solons Baseball #5, Bob Jones

    12 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    Bob Jones the ball player or Bob Jones, your dad's bowling friend? Bob Jones could be anyone at first glance, so it's worth reading more about Bob's backstory on 1986 Topps #142 post. He was drafted by Washington twice, first by the Senators in 1967 and then by the military brass for Vietnam service in 1969. The combat left him deaf in one ear, but not dissuaded from his baseball career. Even a surfeit of sea foam green in Caruso's PCL team set couldn't hold him back.This bicentennial-themed Sacramento Solons #5 came after Bob's 1974 MLB debut, but before his 1977 Topps #16 rookie…
  • Happy Pinky May Day!

    6 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Welcome a new baseball holiday for 2015: I christened May 5 as Pinky May Day, given its nice confluence of fives.Pinky played third base, scoring position 5.Pinky played for five years, 1939-43.Pinky is the fifth finger and May is the fifth month.Pinky May Day!On this year's Pinky May Day, his Phillies welcomed Chad Billingsley back to the majors after a two-year rehab from multiple arm surgeries; that they lost to Atlanta is relatively small potatoes (more details on Chad).TRIVIA: Pinky appeared in the 1940 All-Star Game and logged a rare hit-by-pitch, taking a Bob Feller bullet for the…
  • 1977 Caruso PCL Hawaii Islanders Baseball #5, Luis Melendez (and more Dave Roberts)

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    For all the bicentennial bunting used on its 1976 cards (#5 Dave Roberts profile), Caruso returned to a more familiar black and white in 1977 for Hawaii's PCL set. These days, a good designer with a computer can match Topps stroke for stroke in visual presentation, but I suspect 1970s tech meant a real price difference for any kind of color, so most teams opted for bare-bones photos.That font is interesting.WhatTheFont identifies Aurora Bold Condensed as a close match, which looks like this.Close, but no lei, as there's a lot more curve happening in Aurora. The card font might be…
 
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    Baseball Reflections

  • Dodgers and Mets have the excess to make a deal happen

    John Pielli
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    I stay away from the so called “phantom trades” for the simple fact that baseball fans are very shortsighted. The thought behind a trade for most baseball fans is to see their team improved (on paper) at the expense of another team. If this just applied to the mongo fans, I would call it sheer ignorance as well as a lack of baseball intelligence. Truth is, many baseball fans (and analysts) try to keep objectivity in mind when proposing a baseball trade. The problem lies with the bias the person proposing the trade has towards their own team. It is natural for any sports fan to…
  • A Look at the American League East

    Joe Messineo
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    By the start of this month, the race for the American League East title was moving along at a snail’s pace. At one point, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees shared the division lead with each treading water at 26-25. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the worst record by an AL East leader at the start of June in the divisional era (dating back to 1969). But over the past four weeks, this group of five has shown signs of life – which may mean the pennant race could be lively, after all. With no team taking a firm hold on first place and all clubs within nine games of…
  • Red Hot Orioles and Their All-Star Contenders

    Joe Messineo
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:15 pm
    If you glance at the standings in the AL East, you may overlook the Orioles due to their third place position. What you may not know, is that Baltimore has been red hot in the month of June, taking 13 of their last 17 games. Last week they took 3 of 4 from Philadelphia, putting up 19 runs in game 2 of the series. As a follow-up, they beat the Blue Jays 2 of 3 games, and put up an impressive 13 runs in the final game of the series. There’s no doubt the hitting has been most responsible for their success over the past few weeks, but some of it has come from an unlikely source. Chris Parmelee…
  • MLB’s All 25-and-Under Team

    Joe Messineo
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    The infusion of young talent in Major League Baseball has made an impact on rebuilding clubs and contenders.  From Kris Bryant’s debut in Chicago to Joey Gallo emergence with the Rangers to Byron Buxton in Minnesota, a new generation of stars is on the diamond as we speak. Here’s a look at the best of the 25-and-under crowd.   C: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals Perez was forced to grow up early, thrust in the pressure cooker that is postseason play. He came up big in the American League Wild Card game, getting the game-winning hit in the 12th inning against Oakland to complete a…
  • BENCHES CLEAR, BUT NO BRAWL

    Bradley Jordan
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:24 pm
    You’ve got to love baseball when the benches clear and a good old fashioned brawl is brewing.   Even little leaguers know that retaliation is par for the course.   We were a little disappointed during the June 11th game between the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres because well, no punches were thrown.  The verbal confrontation started during the first inning when Braves pitcher, Julio Teheran nailed Matt Kemp, the Padres’ centerfielder, in the shoulder with a high 90+ mph fastball.  Kemp launched his bat toward the first base dugout and began walking down the line.  He had an…
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History »

  • Years That The Johnstown Steal Played

    independentbaseball
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What years did the Johnstown Steal play in the Frontier League? Answer: 1995-1997 http://www.flhistory.0catch.com/Timeline.htm Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2014 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year

    independentbaseball
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who won the 2014 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year? Answer: Chris Schwinden of the Lancaster Barnstormers http://atlanticleague.com/news-league/news-league.aspx?ID=832 Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2013-2014 Pecos League Team Which Moved Most Players To Other Leagues

    independentbaseball
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question According to the Pecos League’s website, which team moved the most players to other independent leagues and affiliated teams during 2013-2014? Answer: The Trinidad Triggers http://www.pecosleague.com/pecosleague.asp?page=28&article_id=1494 Please support this site: if you need any home repair … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Teams In Final Northeast League Championship Series

    independentbaseball
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Northeast League ceased to exist after the 2004 season, with many of the teams becoming founding clubs of the new Can-Am League in 2005.  What were the final two teams in the 2004 Northeast League … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • First Stadiums Built Specifically For Frontier League Teams

    independentbaseball
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:38 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question According to the Frontier League website, which two FL teams had stadiums specifically built for them? Answer: The River City Rascals and the Cook County Cheetahs, both in 1999 http://www.frontierleague.com/league/ Please support this site: if you … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
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  • Baseball Fielding: Catching Technique for Outfielders

    kenny
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    There is a recommended baseball fielding technique for outfielders to use when receiving the ball, in order to achieve maximum success in the field.  In today’s article, we break down the basic mechanics your fielders need to understand and implement in every practice or game. When the outfielder receives the ball, it’s important for the [...] The post Baseball Fielding: Catching Technique for Outfielders appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Protector Screen Pitching Drill

    kenny
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    If you’re coaching a pitcher who sometimes struggles with his control, then this is a pitching drill you should definitely try out. It comes straight from the Essential Pitching Drills collection. Protector Screen Drill A huge number of pitching control problems stem from poor alignment. This drill is designed to eliminate any excessive movement in [...] The post Protector Screen Pitching Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: Outfielder Throwing Technique

    kenny
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    An outfielder throws a little differently than the other positions on the field. Pitchers parallel outfielders, but infielders and catchers throw completely different. At the beginning of any discussion regarding throwing for an outfielder has to begin with the way that you grip the ball. As youngsters, we have been taught to “grip across the [...] The post Baseball Fielding: Outfielder Throwing Technique appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding : Tips for Better Glovework (PLUS Basic Glove Drills!)

    kenny
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
    In today’s article, we share 5 tips for better glovework when fielding, as well as some basic glove drills that you can incorporate into your next baseball fielding practice! Tip #1: Use Your Feet Good fielders look like they have soft hands, but it is really their feet that are allowing their hands to work [...] The post Baseball Fielding : Tips for Better Glovework (PLUS Basic Glove Drills!) appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding & How To Field Hops

    kenny
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Today, it’s all about the hops – and baseball fielding drills you can add to your practice plan to best prepare your young players for hop situations. First, what is a “hop”? A short hop is a ball that bounces immediately in front of an infielder. If the batter is a fast runner, an infielder [...] The post Baseball Fielding & How To Field Hops appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
 
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  • Philadelphia Phillies Future With Cole Hamels Closing With Trade Deadline Approaching

    Joe Webb
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    It seems inevitable that the Philadelphia Phillies will be trading longtime ace Cole Hamels before the deadline, as the Phillies have the worst record in baseball at 27-53 and desperately need some young building blocks. There aren’t many storylines to sink your teeth into as a Phillies fan other than their current rebuilding process, but Hamels can help accelerate it by reeling in some really key prospects for the future in exchange for his services. Hamels is 5-6 this season with a 3.22 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 113 strikeouts. In his last 10 starts, he’s only given up more than two earned…
  • Phillie Phanatic, Carlos Ruiz have forgettable moments behind the plate

    Kevin McGuire
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    New Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Jahil Okafor was invited by the Philadelphia Phillies to toss out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night before taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. For a basketball player, it was not a terrible first pitch, although it ended up getting away from the Phillie Phanatic, who was none too pleased with his glove afterward. ICYMI: #Phanatic wasn't happy with his passed ball from @JahlilOkafor's first pitch last night. pic.twitter.com/if4ttLxgBe — Phillies (@Phillies) July 1, 2015 The Phanatic was not the only one in a Phillies uniform with a tough…
  • The future begins now for the Phillies

    Kevin McGuire
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    To be successful in the world of sports a team and franchise needs to be capable of making changes and adjustments before it is too late. Few organizations can demonstrate that better than the Philadelphia Phillies. In this case, the hope is that it is better later than never. On Friday manager Ryne Sandberg resigned from his position amid a torturous season. During the abrupt press conference to announce Sandberg’s decision, Pat Gillick had no comment on who would be responsible for hiring the next manager of the Phillies. With Ruben Amaro sitting directly to his left, Gillick had no…
  • Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

    Kevin McGuire
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Ryne Sandberg resigned Friday afternoon, effective immediately. Ruben Amaro now on the clock. I will say this about Ryne Sandberg. The man loves his baseball, and he can probably fill a role on a baseball staff. Manager of a major league baseball team proved to be too much for him to handle, and the roster he has been given to work with since taking over for Charlie Manuel just a few years ago has done him absolutely no favors. Some of the downfalls of the Phillies fell beyond the control of the manager, but he did not help things on more than one occasion. Sandberg resigned from his post as…
  • THON night at Citizens Bank Park scheduled for July 30

    Kevin McGuire
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    It's official: @THON Night with @coachjfranklin and @Phillies on July 30th! LEARN MORE: http://t.co/ALBMV3h243 #FTK pic.twitter.com/TPehlIjY6W — Four Diamonds (@fourdiamonds) June 18, 2015 For Penn State coverage and commentary on Bloguin, head over to Nittany Lions Den.
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  • Dozer Park - Peoria, IL

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
  • MiLB 2015 Game #1: Midwest League All-Star Game

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
    No, that is not a typo. There is a lowercase "i" in the headline. That stands for Minor League Baseball.<br /><br /> Today, I am headed to my company's office in Peoria, Illinois to help train a new employee. Out of curiosity, a few days ago I decided to see if the Peoria… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #6: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

    30 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    If you know me, or if you've frequented this blog throughout the years, you've noticed that I have two obsessions: baseball and Star Wars. Tonight, those two universes will mix. Let's address the geeky stuff first.<br /><br /> This afternoon's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #5: Indians vs. White Sox

    20 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    At some point this season I will attend a game where the temperature is comfortable. I guess I can say the game in Milwaukee back on May 11 was comfortable, but they closed the roof and sides of Miller Park. But for the record, it was chilly and rainy outside that evening.<br /><br… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #4: White Sox vs. Brewers

    11 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Before the season started, I could not foresee a fall classic between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. There were far too many uncertainties on both teams. With slightly more than one month in the books, it's even more certain than neither team will be waving their respective… read more...
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  • Pulling Strat-o-matic baseball out of the closet for an All-Star project

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 2 2015, 10:00 AM EST.@PGordonPBRAbout a year and a half ago, just prior to the birth of my son, I started playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball. Long a loyalist to the PC-driven Diamond Mind Baseball, I wanted to try something different so the card-and-dice version of Strat made perfect sense.Within hours of sitting on the floor in my man-cave with the directions sprawled out, I was hooked.Unfortunately, after playing for a while (and now as my baby has grown to be a toddler), I found two major drawbacks with the card-and-dice version of the game - the…
  • Phillies hire longtime MLB executive Andy MacPhail as team president

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The Phillies introduced longtime MLB executive Andy MacPhail on Monday as the club's new president to succeed Pat Gillick. by PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJune 29 2015, 3:15 PM EST.@PGordonPBRpgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.comPHILADELPHIA - Andy MacPhail made it clear Monday he's looking to do three things over the next three months."I'll be reading, watching and listening so I can figure out what we as an organization need to do next," he saidThe Phillies introduced the longtime baseball executive on Monday as the club's new team president. He will officially assume the role when Pat…
  • Phillies Series Preview | June 29 - July 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Milwaukee Brewers visit Citizens Bank Park for a four-game set as the only other club in the majors with less than 30 wins.by PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJune 29 2015, 12:15 PM EST.@PGordonPBRpgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.comAbout the BrewersThe Milwaukee Brewers (29-48) are the second worst team in baseball, joined by only the Phillies in baseball's under 30 win club. Like the Phillies, the Brewers are in a position where the organization needs to move veteran talent to become younger and more competitive. In particular, aging veterans in the final years of contracts - like…
  • Francoeur's bat not enough as Nationals take game one of twinbill

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Jeff Francoeur did his best to power the offense, but Stephen Strasburg's dominance of the Phillies continued on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.  by PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJune 28 2015, 4:15 PM EST.@PGordonPBRpgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com PHILADELPHIA - Stephen Strasburg continued his dominance of the Phillies on Sunday en route to a Nationals 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.Strasburg entered the weekend with a 5-2 record and a 2.48 ERA over 13 career starts against the Phillies. He added another…
  • Ryne Sandberg resigns from role as Phillies manager

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Ryne Sandberg resigns from his role as Phillies manager, cites potential front office changes as a motivating factor. by PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJune 26 2015, 5:10 PM EST.pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com@PGordonPBRRyne Sandberg knew big changes were on the way within the Phillies front office, so he made the decision Friday to resign from his role as manager."I do not like to lose, I hate to lose. I think that's the biggest thing that weighed on me," said Sandberg. "I felt it was better now than later, for myself, my family, the organization."Sandberg, 55, was 119-159 during his…
 
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  • Foul Ball Territory: Increasingly Intimate Ballparks Good and Bad for Fans

    FoulBallzAdmin
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    Progressive Field A recent discussion about foul ball injuries got me to thinking about and searching for the size of foul ball territories in each MLB park. The preliminary research does indicate that, sorry guys, size matters. Alas, I couldn’t find a list. What I found was the next best thing. Eno Sarris, in Foul Ground Home Field Advantage, published a wonderful list of percentages of fouls that are outs in each stadium. This information turned out to be quite helpful in stabling the amount of foul territory in each MLB park. From this, I extrapolated a list of which parks have the most…
  • Foul Territory: No Netting Needed…Just Common Sense

    FoulBallzAdmin
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    A while back I posted a blog about the size of foul ball territory in each MLB ballpark. This information prompted another question that was glossed over in that earlier piece: What does the smaller foul territory mean for fans? The bottom line here is that MLB ballparks are becoming more intimate; the data bears that out. This means fans are significantly closer to the action. As a result, we will see more balls and bats going into the seats than in older parks. Smaller territory not only means more foul balls travel into the stands also translates into the potential for more injuries…and…
  • Foul Territory: Does The Deadball Era Equate to Weaker Players? Part II

    FoulBallzAdmin
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    As I touched on in my previous post, the plaintiff’s attorney in the current Atlanta Braves lawsuit was one year off from making an “apples to apples” argument. Clearly, player size and strength had nothing to do with the lower batting averages of that season or of any season. The ball and pitches did. While I understand his reasoning for grasping at the century mark to make his point, he’d have been better off simply saying “50 years ago.” Because 1910 was definitely the wrong year. …that a change in the fabric of the game may necessitate a change in the safety precautions. The…
  • Foul Territory: Does The Deadball Era Equate to Weaker Players? Part I  

    FoulBallzAdmin
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    In the most recent fan injury case against The Atlanta Braves, one of the attorneys for the plaintiff stated something that illustrates and apparent lack of basic historical knowledge this particular attorney has. After reading more about the case, and re-reading several of the articles on the case, I realized that something wasn’t quite right about an assertion. These are the exact words, as reported in this article at forthepeople.com the lawyer for the prosecution states:    …that a change in the fabric of the game may necessitate a change in the safety precautions. The way…
  • Playing in Foul Territory: Does Smartphone History Lead Us to More Fan Injuries from Foul Balls and Bats?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    The technological advances of the current century have profoundly altered our way of living. Growing up in both Detroit and the suburbs of Detroit, I went outside and played with my friends all day. We didn’t have computers or the internet or smartphones. Now, we have all that, and humans are both better and worse off than when I was a kid. In just the last two decades, cell phone technology has shown considerable leaps in what can be done on a phone. Apple even released a “smart watch” not long ago. For those of you who don’t know the basic phone history, here it is according to…
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    From Duke to Joc

  • Why I Voted for Kansas City & Joc Pederson as 2015 MLB All-Stars.

    <a href=http://www.SportsBlog.com/profile/PedroCandiotti>PedroCandiotti</a>
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The first thing you should know about me is I'm not as much of a baseball fan as I am a National League baseball fan. I'm generally apathetic towards what happens in the wacky A.L.. It's sometimes hard to take them seriously with their TVized brand of baseball for shorter attention spans. I've watched a lot of A.L. games throughout my life thanks to the Angels being locally televized. The A.L. game isn't as fun for the deep baseball fan. I do watch and root for the Angels as long as there's no Angels' fan around. It's rare, but every now and then…
  • LA Dodgers Double Down on July 2nd Strategy, Buy Domestic Prospects Too (Toronto Blue Jays Trade 2015)

    <a href=http://www.SportsBlog.com/profile/PedroCandiotti>PedroCandiotti</a>
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Andrew Friedman has reportedly blown past his international free agent spending restrictions after deals with 3 of the top IFAs. It also looks like LA lost out on switch hitting SS Lucius Fox to our only real rival. There's plenty of guys out there who look to be potential difference makers, but it still sucks losing out on two switching hitting SS with 1st round talent (Fox and Yoan Moncada). The Dodgers farm system could use some high upside middle infielders in the lower levels. Every farm system could, save maybe the Rangers.The Dodgers front office continues to think of even…
  • The Cubans Are Coming (Andrew Friedman's $100 Million Plan & Breaking Baseball's Gender Barrier)

    <a href=http://www.SportsBlog.com/profile/PedroCandiotti>PedroCandiotti</a>
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Lindsay Garwood/Lindsay Garwood I'm a Dodgers fan, so of course I want my team working under a sign every Cuban mandate. I can stomach a two year TV contract dispute as long as the owners keep putting that $ back on the field. Getting Kasten, Magic, and Walters was exactly what our fan base needed after the Frank McCourt era. I thank Koufax every night, before bed, that we don't have owners like that anymore or even ones like the Wilpons (The Mets would be the scariest team in baseball if they spent like a winner). You certainly don't have to study rocket appliances to see that recent…
  • Philadelphia Phillies & LA Dodgers Trade Talk (Cole Hamels, Papelbon, & Texas Rangers 2015)

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    24 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports The Phillies are ready to move some of their few valuable assets at the MLB level (all 2 or 3 of them). Phillies GM, RAJ has taken a lot of heat through the years for getting poor returns on his trades and trading the wrong players, at the wrong times. During the last two years, he's held on tight to his trade chips and demanded top prospect value in return. He reportedly wants multiple top prospects for the big prize, Cole Hamels. That's what a GM should ask for in return for a top of the league arm like Hamels (2015: 2.96 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 9.8 K/9, 3.0…
  • LA Dodgers & NY Yankees Trade Partners (Middle Infield 2015)

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    20 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Dodgers have a glut of 2B at the major league level and in the upper levels of the minor league system. There are a few teams who would really like to have some of our bench and minor league production in their everyday line-ups. One of the more interesting teams that has a glaring hole in that spot is the New York Yankees . Let's lay the Dodgers' cards out on the table and see what potential interest and return there may be.First up is Alex Guerrero, someone I didn't think the Dodgers would be interested in moving until recently. The main reason I…
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