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  • Padres 7, Mets 3: The Wheels Fall Off for the Mets in a Game and in a Trade

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    SETH BERKMAN
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    The Mets lost to the Padres despite three homers by Lucas Duda and then had to refute reports that a deal had been made to send Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez.
  • D-backs pound Felix, sweep Mariners

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    Doug Miller and Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Patrick Corbin continued his strong comeback from Tommy John surgery, Welington Castillo haunted his former team with two home runs and Felix Hernandez suffered a rare clunker of an outing. In the aftermath, the D-backs completed a three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon with an 8-2 win over the Mariners before a sun-splashed Safeco Field crowd of 32,502.
  • Banuelos' MRI reveals bone spur on left elbow

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    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Braves left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos received some encouraging news on Wednesday, when he learned the inflammation around his left elbow is not a product of structural damage.
  • Lester K's 14 as Cubs take series from Rockies

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    Greg Garno and Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts.
  • Bruce not letting trade rumors affect play

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    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Come 4 p.m. ET on Friday, when the non-waiver Trade Deadline expires, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will either be with a new team, or quite relieved that he's still on the same one he's been with his entire career.
 
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  • D-backs pound Felix, sweep Mariners

    Doug Miller and Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Patrick Corbin continued his strong comeback from Tommy John surgery, Welington Castillo haunted his former team with two home runs and Felix Hernandez suffered a rare clunker of an outing. In the aftermath, the D-backs completed a three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon with an 8-2 win over the Mariners before a sun-splashed Safeco Field crowd of 32,502.
  • Given cushion, Corbin in cruise control

    Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Patrick Corbin pitched on four days' rest for just the second time since returning from Tommy John surgery Wednesday. On normal rest, the left-hander came away looking like his normal self in an 8-2 D-backs win over the Mariners, throwing just 80 pitches -- 52 for strikes -- in a six-inning, one-run outing, earning his second win of the season.
  • Castillo burns former club with 2 HRs off Felix

    Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    D-backs catcher Welington Castillo was told to hold off on swinging Tuesday in order to reduce pain and swelling in a left elbow that had been hit by a pitch for the second time in three nights Monday. He resumed swinging Wednesday and did so with strong results, launching home runs in the first and fourth innings for his second career multihomer game in Arizona's 8-2 win over Seattle.
  • De La Rosa, D-backs continue trip in Houston

    Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa seeks his third straight win when the D-backs and Astros open a three-game Interleague series Friday at Minute Maid Park. Houston counters with righty Scott Feldman, who is winless in his past two starts, but lasted 7 2/3 innings while allowing just one run in a no-decision Saturday against the Royals.
  • Patience leads to production in key spots

    Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Including Tuesday night's 8-4 win over Seattle, Arizona has scored more than five runs in a game just twice since the All-Star break, and struggles with situational hitting have been a large reason why. Tuesday, however, was precisely what manager Chip Hale had been looking for.
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  • Banuelos' MRI reveals bone spur on left elbow

    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Braves left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos received some encouraging news on Wednesday, when he learned the inflammation around his left elbow is not a product of structural damage.
  • Folty solid in return but Braves shut out in finale

    Brittany Ghiroli and Connor Smolensky
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.
  • Foltynewicz shows progress in return to Braves

    Connor Smolensky
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:34 pm
    The Braves optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett on July 12 in order to work on his stuff and focus on becoming a power pitcher. His spot start for Atlanta on Wednesday was a strong step in the right direction.
  • Source: Braves to get Olivera in 9-player, 3-team deal

    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    The Braves have made numerous trades over the course of the past eight months, but none of them have been as significant as the deal they were ironing out with the Dodgers and Marlins on Wednesday night.
  • Miller, Harang face off to open series in Philly

    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    While the Phillies are now preparing to play the rest of this season without their ace (Cole Hamels), the Braves are simply hoping to soon prove to their ace (Shelby Miller) that they are capable of providing him some offensive support.
 
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  • Lester K's 14 as Cubs take series from Rockies

    Greg Garno and Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts.
  • Ramirez to DL in flurry of moves for Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Neil Ramirez sneezed on Sunday and felt a sharp pain on his left side. The right-hander now is on the disabled list because of what's being described as abdominal soreness, which he felt warming up Tuesday night.
  • At home with Cubs, Lester set for stretch run

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Jon Lester doesn't forget July 31. It's his son Hudson's birthday. It's also the day Lester was traded from the Red Sox, which had been the only team he'd played for, to the Athletics a year ago. "Last year made for an interesting birthday," Lester said after a dominant performance in the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.
  • Schwarber adjusting to life in the outfield

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Kyle Schwarber had a different perspective in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Instead of being behind the plate, he was in left field, making his first start in the outfield for the Cubs.
  • Arrieta, Cubs out to even score with rival Brewers

    Greg Garno
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Brewers play host to Chicago for a four-game series beginning Thursday, with Milwaukee already leading the season series, 4-2. Milwaukee took two of three from the Cubs the last time in early May, outscoring its NL Central opponents, 21-13.
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  • Bruce not letting trade rumors affect play

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Come 4 p.m. ET on Friday, when the non-waiver Trade Deadline expires, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will either be with a new team, or quite relieved that he's still on the same one he's been with his entire career.
  • DeSclafani deals Reds series win over Cards

    Jenifer Langosch and Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
    With one Jay Bruce swing providing all the support starter Anthony DeSclafani needed, the Reds snapped a skid of nine consecutive losing series at Busch Stadium with a 1-0, series-clinching victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night.
  • Price: Suarez could play multiple positions

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:33 pm
    As the Reds' front office makes potential moves that look ahead to 2016, Reds fans also are often looking ahead to next season. And one of the big questions they have is what will the team do at shortstop?
  • Reds in trade rumors waiting out Deadline

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    As of Wednesday afternoon, Mike Leake was still with the Reds. Leake was doing his usual activity the day after a start. Another trade candidate, Jay Bruce, was watching video in the visitor's clubhouse at Busch Stadium. Across the way at his locker, Marlon Byrd was getting his bats together for batting practice later.
  • Bucs, Reds to renew acquaintances in Cincinnati

    Tom Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Pirates and the Reds, for a change on opposite ends of the National League Central standings, will begin a four-game series Thursday night at Great American Ball Park, with A.J. Burnett and David Holmberg meeting in the opener.
 
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  • Rockies drop series in Reyes' debut

    Greg Garno and Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts.
  • Reyes debuts, hopes to help Rox find groove

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    "I'm 32 years old, so it's getting late in my career," Jose Reyes said Wednesday morning, before his first game as the Rockies' new shortstop -- a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in which he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a strikeout. "I want to win."
  • Rusin, Rockies to open four-game set in St. Louis

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez will look to continue his ascension into the upper level of National League pitchers when he faces the Rockies on Thursday night at Busch Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
  • Rox bat around in 1st, hold on to top Cubs

    Thomas Harding and Carrie Muskat
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    DJ LeMahieu had three hits, including an RBI double and a triple, and Nolan Arenado smacked a two-run double to power the Rockies to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night and even the series at one win apiece.
  • At long last, Flande lands in the win column

    Thomas Harding
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    On Tuesday night, in his 24th big league appearance, Yohan Flande found himself in the win column after pitching five workmanlike innings in the Rockies' 7-2 victory over the Cubs.
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  • Phillips, Reed among 10 top prospect performers Wednesday

    Alex M. Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Top prospects from the Astros and Padres turned a game between Double-A Corpus Christi and San Antonio into an old-fashioned Texas shootout.
  • Singleton's 2nd-half turnaround a timely one

    Chandler Rome
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Jon Singleton mashed his first home run of the season in the seventh to pad a tenuous 3-1 lead, and he pulled an RBI single up the middle an inning later to up his average to .316 since the All-Star Break.
  • Lowrie set to return to lineup, will play third base

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Without making a trade, the Astros will add an impact bat to their lineup for Thursday night's series finale against the Angels when infielder Jed Lowrie is activated from the disabled list for the first time in more than three months.
  • Altuve makes spectacular off-balance play

    Chandler Rome
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Though much of the Astros' defensive acclaim has shifted to rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, veteran second baseman Jose Altuve -- Correa's mentor -- stole some thunder Wednesday night.
  • McCullers pitches Astros back into first place

    Alden Gonzalez and Brian McTaggart
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.
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  • Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

    Jane Lee and Steve Bourbon
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
  • Dodgers come through with backs against wall

    Steve Bourbon
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    The heart of the Dodgers' order put together a five-run rally in the seventh inning on Wednesday night against the A's that kept them from falling out of first place for the first time since May 29.
  • Kershaw rides scoreless streak into Freeway Series

    Steve Bourbon
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    After being scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw will be back on the mound Friday, looking to extend his 29-inning scoreless streak as the Dodgers host the Angels.
  • Kershaw scratched, set to start Friday

    Steve Bourbon
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start against the A's on Wednesday night because of a sore hip muscle, and the team said he will instead start against the Angels on Friday.
  • Dodgers may get right chips to trade for Price

    Ken Gurnick
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Detroit pitcher David Price remains the Dodgers' top target and the team's pending trade with Atlanta might help make it happen before Friday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
 
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  • Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

    Anthony DiComo and Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    A deal to acquire Carlos Gomez fell through on Wednesday, shortly after a source confirmed that the framework had been agreed upon. Sandy Alderson indicated after the team's 7-3 loss to the Padres that the team will not be trading for Gomez prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
  • Brewers' offense hits rough patch on road

    Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    The Brewers finished their road trip with a whimper Wednesday, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. Milwaukee was shut out three times while going 2-5 in Phoenix and San Francisco, and batted .128 (6-for-47) in the clutch.
  • Brewers end trip with shutout loss to Giants

    Chris Haft and Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.
  • Nelson, Brewers set to host Arrieta, rival Cubs

    Greg Garno
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Brewers play host to Chicago for a four-game series beginning Thursday, with Milwaukee already leading the season series, 4-2. Milwaukee took two of three from the Cubs the last time in early May, outscoring its NL Central opponents, 21-13.
  • Peralta stays calm in stellar first start off DL

    Adam McCalvy
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:19 pm
    After spending the past two months on the disabled list, Brewers starter Wily Peralta would have been forgiven Tuesday if he took the mound wearing some rust. Instead, the right-hander delivered one of his best starts of an abbreviated season.
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  • A's bullpen takes a step back

    Jane Lee
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am
    The A's busted out for four runs in the seventh and were one strike away from exiting the inning with a three-run lead intact when the floodgates burst open and their bullpen reenacted a familiar scene in vintage fashion. A game they once led the Dodgers, 6-3, was lost by a 10-7 margin Wednesday night.
  • Lawrie's career night isn't enough for A's

    Jane Lee and Steve Bourbon
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
  • A's start homestand as Bassitt faces Indians

    August Fagerstrom
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    The Athletics return home to Oakland after a brief five-game road trip, when they take on the Indians to begin a four-game series and an 11-game homestand. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-8, 4.26 ERA) will start the opener for Cleveland, facing off against A's righty Chris Bassitt (0-3, 2.94 ERA).
  • Sonny shines with shutout of Dodgers

    Steve Bourbon and Jane Lee
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Sonny Gray tossed a shutout and Josh Reddick added a solo home run to give the A's a 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.
  • Gray lives up to lofty expectations

    Lyle Spencer
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Sonny Gray's actions spoke volumes on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where the locals have grown accustomed to brilliant pitching.
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  • Colon falters early, Mets can't recover

    Joe Trezza and Alden Woods
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:22 pm
    The Padres got to Mets starter Bartolo Colon early, putting up six runs in the first three innings and chasing him after just 2 1/3 innings. That would prove to be more than enough, as Tyson Ross and the San Diego bullpen cruised the rest of the way for a 7-3 win.
  • Niese gets the call for matinee against Padres

    Joe Trezza
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Thursday's tilt constitutes an important game for both clubs, as the Padres have won four of five and the Mets sit just two games behind the first-place Nationals.
  • d'Arnaud ready to come off disabled list

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Travis d'Arnaud, who has appeared in only 19 games this season due to multiple injuries, is ready to come off the disabled list.
  • Flores endures emotional evening

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Wilmer Flores learned during Wednesday's game that a deal was in place to send him and Zack Wheeler to the Brewers in exchange for Carlos Gomez, only to find out afterward that there was no trade.
  • Mets, Brewers put brakes on Gomez deal

    Anthony DiComo and Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    A deal to acquire Carlos Gomez fell through on Wednesday, shortly after a source confirmed that the framework had been agreed upon. Sandy Alderson indicated after the team's 7-3 loss to the Padres that the team will not be trading for Gomez prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
 
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  • Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

    Jim Callis
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.
  • Sources: Hamels to bring Phils prospect haul

    Todd Zolecki
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Cole Hamels engineered some of the greatest moments in Phillies history, including Saturday's no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It will be his final moment in a Phillies uniform.
  • Harang returns to face Braves in opener

    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    While the Phillies are now preparing to play the rest of this season without their ace (Cole Hamels), the Braves are simply hoping to soon prove to their ace (Shelby Miller) that they are capable of providing him some offensive support.
  • Phillies lack punch as Williams labors vs. Jays

    Jamie Ross and Todd Zolecki
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Troy Tulowitzki made the most of his Blue Jays debut Wednesday, cracking a homer while collecting a pair of doubles in an 8-2 win over the Phillies at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays' newest star collected three hits with three RBIs and three runs scored as Toronto split the two-game set.
  • Phillies Mural to honor club's rich history

    Paul Hagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    The Phillies Mural is located at 24th and Walnut Street. The dedication festivities begin Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.
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  • Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A's

    Jane Lee and Steve Bourbon
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
  • Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

    Jim Callis
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.
  • Phillips, Reed among 10 top prospect performers Wednesday

    Alex M. Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Top prospects from the Astros and Padres turned a game between Double-A Corpus Christi and San Antonio into an old-fashioned Texas shootout.
  • Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

    Bryan Hoch and Cody Stavenhagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
  • Rumor roundup: Hamels headed for Texas

    Andrew Simon and William Boor
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send ace left-hander Cole Hamels to Texas for a group of prospects, including two of the Rangers' top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels' no-trade list, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.
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  • Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

    Adam Berry
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Bucs climb out of early hole to thump Twins

    Rhett Bollinger and Tom Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to back left-hander Francisco Liriano against his former team in a 10-4 win for the Pirates over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.
  • Hughes adept at making baserunners disappear

    Tom Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Matchup relief pitchers are commonplace in baseball. Specialists abound. When a game-changing left-handed hitter comes up, you go get your southpaw. When the bases are loaded, the Pirates go get Jared Hughes.
  • Polanco day to day with left knee discomfort

    Tom Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Hot-hitting Gregory Polanco had to be removed in the middle of Wednesday afternoon's 10-4 win over the Twins, complaining of "discomfort in the left knee."
  • Bucs, Reds to renew acquaintances in Cincinnati

    Tom Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Pirates and the Reds, for a change on opposite ends of the National League Central standings, will begin a four-game series Thursday night at Great American Ball Park, with A.J. Burnett and David Holmberg meeting in the opener.
 
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  • Rangers To Acquire Cole Hamels In Eight-Player Deal

    Steve Adams
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    After months of rumors, Phillies ace Cole Hamels has reportedly been traded to the Rangers in an eight-player deal.  The Rangers acquired Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman, and $9.5MM in cash for veteran lefty Matt Harrison, pitching prospects Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, and Jerad Eickhoff, catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, and outfield prospect Nick Williams. Cole Hamels is headed to the Lone Star State. Tonight’s win left the Rangers four games out in the AL Wild Card, but the Hamels deal was likely completed with future seasons in mind as well.  Hamels is signed through the 2018 season…
  • Dodgers To Acquire Latos, Wood, Jim Johnson In 3-Team Deal; Olivera To Braves

    Jeff Todd
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    The Dodgers, Marlins and Braves have reportedly swung what appears to be one of the most complex three-team trades in recent history, though nothing will become official tonight. The “basic” structure of the deal (though there’s nothing basic about this move) is as follows: the Dodgers will receive right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins. They’ll also add top prospect Jose Peraza and pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves. Atlanta, in turn, will receive Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and…
  • Medical Concerns Derailed Carlos Gomez-Mets Deal; Brewers Still Plan To Trade Him

    Steve Adams
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    11:45pm: Agent Scott Boras adamantly denied that anything is wrong with Gomez from a health standpoint. Via Rosenthal (Twitter links): “Carlos Gomez has never seen a hip doctor and has never had a hip issue in his playing career. Anyone who suggests that is inaccurate and baldly misrepresenting the truth of the player’s condition.” 11:17pm: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that it was actually the Mets who backed out of the deal due to concerns over Gomez’s hip. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News also hears that Wheeler’s elbow was not the issue (Twitter…
  • Pirates Acquire Joe Blanton

    Steve Adams
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:42 pm
    The Pirates announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Joe Blanton from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Blanton had been designated for assignment by the Royals earlier this week despite generally solid numbers, and he’ll join the Pirates’ roster tomorrow. Blanton made a nice comeback to the Majors this season after spending the 2014 season away from the game. He’s pitched quite well overall for the Royals, working to a 3.89 ERA with 8.6 K/9, 1.5 BB/9 and a 48.4 percent ground-ball rate in 41 2/3 innings split between the rotation and the bullpen.
  • Astros Designate Roberto Hernandez

    Tim Dierkes
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The Astros designated righty Roberto Hernandez for assignment to open a roster spot for Jed Lowrie, tweets Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  Lowrie will start tomorrow for the Astros at third base, after recovering from May thumb surgery. The Astros signed Hernandez to a minor league deal in February, and he made the team out of spring training.  His contract was worth $2.65MM.  Hernandez, 35 in August, posted a 4.36 ERA, 4.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.96 HR/9, and 51.9% groundball rate in 84 2/3 innings, including 11 starts.
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  • White Sox win again, win streak at 7

    Joel Liberatore
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:17 pm
    BOSTON (AP) — Adam Eaton opened the game with a home run, Jose Quintana pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win. Eaton and Melky Cabrera both had three hits, including RBI singles. Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer for the White Sox, who built a 6-0 lead and chased Boston starter Rick Porcello in the third inning. Mike Napoli homered and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who have lost 12 of 14. Quintana (6-9) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out three and walking one. He gave up Napoli’s…
  • Sadness, frustrations, nightmares: Complaints about Miss Illinois leadership center around one woman

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    MARION, Ill. – For years, the historic Miss America Organization heard complaints about the way the Miss Illinois program was being run. Nothing was done. Then WGN Investigates started asking questions and heard from many who quit saying she was dictatorial, abusive and downright mean to some aspiring contestants and their families. Last night, WGN reported and Miss America acted and removed the chairman. She countered, saying she was just maintaining high standards and Miss America’s rules and is now fighting back. But there’s more evidence of how she ran a program that caused even the…
  • Dog flu reported at South Loop pet store

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    CHICAGO – An outbreak of canine flu has been confirmed in a pet store in Chicago’s South Loop. In a statement, PetSmart confirms multiple cases of the respiratory illness in dogs at its South Loop pets hotel and one confirmed case of canine flu. “We have seen multiple cases of canine respiratory illness in dogs in our South Loop PetsHotel location. At this point, we have one confirmed case of Canine Influenza.  The health and well-being of pets is our top priority, and we are going to do everything we can to help contain the spread of this virus and ensure the pets in our PetsHotels…
  • Matt Fortuna talks college football on Sports Feed

    Larry Hawley
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:32 pm
    CHICAGO – All of the hoopla this week when it comes to football fans is happening about 60 miles to the south of Chicago. The Bears are getting ready to open up their first camp under new head coach John Fox in Bourbonnais. They moved in on Wednesday and begin three weeks of workouts on Thursday. But while the NFL team gets things going some college teams are waiting to do the same. Matt Fortuna is doing the same. Before the ESPN.com writer starts covering training camps he stopped by the Sports Feed studio to fill us in on what might be in store for a few local teams. Can the Irish…
  • Rich Campbell previews training camp on Sports Feed

    Larry Hawley
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:15 pm
    BOURBONNAIS – The pillows were hanging just a few feet off the ground along with a few blankets that won’t do much good on a day like this. In shorts and T-Shirts players grabbed enough belongings to carry with them into dormitories which they’ll call home for the next few weeks. The temperatures were in the 90’s and the sun was high in the sky. It must be training camp. One of its time-honored traditions played out on a few streets and sidewalks on Wednesday. Move in day commenced for the 14th time for the Bears at Olivet Nazarene University as players arrived to…
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  • Padres take charge early in win over Mets

    Joe Trezza and Alden Woods
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:22 pm
    The Padres got to Mets starter Bartolo Colon early, putting up six runs in the first three innings and chasing him after just 2 1/3 innings. That would prove to be more than enough, as Tyson Ross and the San Diego bullpen cruised the rest of the way for a 7-3 win.
  • Cashner, Padres wrap up series at Citi Field

    Joe Trezza
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Thursday's tilt constitutes an important game for both clubs, as the Padres have won four of five and the Mets sit just two games behind the first-place Nationals.
  • J. Upton blocks out trade noise with loud bat

    Joe Trezza
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Justin Upton was an integral part of San Diego's 7-3 win over New York on Wednesday, driving in three runs amid the types of trade rumors that have followed him his entire career.
  • Decision looms about Federowicz's fate

    Joe Trezza
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Tim Federowicz is set to complete his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso by Friday, by which time San Diego must decide whether or not to activate him. He is out of Minor League options.
  • Shields foresees fruitful tenure in San Diego

    Barry M. Bloom
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Padres general manager A.J. Preller may prove James Shields wrong by Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the big right-hander doesn't believe he's going anywhere.
 
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  • Matheny: Lackey's start 'thing of beauty'

    David Cobb
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    At the end of what he surmised to be his best start of the season, in a game that ended with the Cardinals taking a 1-0 loss to the Reds, John Lackey had plenty left in the tank.
  • Holliday strains quad as Trade Deadline nears

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    With less than two days remaining until baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cardinals' interest in adding to the offense took on added urgency with the now uncertain status of Matt Holliday's season.
  • Cards' bats lacking for Lackey in loss to Reds

    Jenifer Langosch and Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:29 pm
    With one Jay Bruce swing providing all the support starter Anthony DeSclafani needed, the Reds snapped a skid of nine consecutive losing series at Busch Stadium with a 1-0, series-clinching victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night.
  • Cards optimistic about Adams' return schedule

    Jenifer Langosch
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Two months removed from sending Matt Adams to undergo surgery to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle, the Cardinals are bullish that the first baseman's recovery timetable won't be as long as initially expected.
  • Red-hot Martinez, Cards set to welcome Rockies

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez will look to continue his ascension into the upper level of National League pitchers when he faces the Rockies on Thursday night at Busch Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
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  • Giants remain open-minded about trades

    Chris Haft
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Giants general manager Bobby Evans sounded like a man ready to bargain Wednesday, indicating the club will remain active in negotiations with other teams until the non-waiver Trade Deadline passes at 1 p.m. PT Friday.
  • Pence provides jolt in all facets for Giants

    Oliver Macklin
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Hunter Pence's RBI double in the seventh inning proved to be all the offense the Giants would need in their 5-0 win over the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park. But if it weren't for two defensive plays the Giants right fielder made earlier in the game, San Francisco could very well have been playing from behind.
  • Giants break stalemate vs. Brewers with big 7th

    Chris Haft and Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.
  • Rangers welcome Giants for 2010 World Series rematch

    Oliver Macklin
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    For the first time since defeating the Texas Rangers to win the 2010 World Series, the San Francisco Giants travel to Globe Life Park on Friday for a three-game set.
  • Vogelsong bringing heat out of Giants' bullpen

    Chris Haft
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen after the All-Star break, Ryan Vogelsong has gained velocity on his fastball. He reached 93-94 mph during the perfect ninth inning he pitched Tuesday night against Milwaukee, compared with the range of 89-91 mph he consistently maintained as a starter.
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  • Scherzer makes Marlins Park debut in rubber game

    Steve Wilaj
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Veteran righty Dan Haren could make his final start with Miami when he takes on Washington's Max Scherzer in Thursday's series-ending matinee at Marlins Park. Haren's a candidate to be dealt before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
  • Strasburg allows 3 runs in 4 innings in rehab start

    Bill Ladson
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique, pitched in a rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse in an 8-5 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday night.
  • Storen perfect in first outing since losing job

    Bill Ladson
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Nationals reliever Drew Storen lost his closer's job after the team's new acquisition, Jonathan Papelbon, arrived Wednesday afternoon. Later that night, getting demoted had no effect on Storen on the field in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins.
  • Harper homers twice, lifts Nats over Marlins

    Bill Ladson and Steve Wilaj
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Propelled by two towering Bryce Harper home runs for his National League-leading 28th and 29th blasts of the year, the Nationals beat the Marlins, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Marlins Park to even the three-game set.
  • Harper hits upper deck twice to take NL homer lead

    Bill Ladson
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper offered his Babe Ruth impression on Wednesday night, hitting two Ruthian clouts in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Harper went 3-for-4 with the two homers, which were his National League-leading 28th and 29th of the season.
 
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  • O's eye 6th straight win as Gonzalez faces Tigers

    Connor Smolensky
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The Orioles will play host to the Tigers for a four-game set on Thursday in a series where both teams will be looking to gain some ground in their divisions, but more realistically, in the Wild Card race.
  • Tillman, O's blank Braves for 5th straight win

    Brittany Ghiroli and Connor Smolensky
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.
  • Tillman continues to flash ace stuff in 2nd half

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Chris Tillman is back. The O's righty continued his dominant second-half self Wednesday night as Tillman -in three starts since the All-Star Break-has looked every bit like the top-of-the-rotation, Opening Day arm he was projected to be for Baltimore this spring. Tillman blanked the Braves over 8 2/3 innings in his latest effort, and exited the O's series-sweeping 2-0 win to a rousing -and well deserved- ovation.
  • Showalter marks 5 years since joining Orioles

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Five years ago, the Orioles officially announced that Buck Showalter would be named the 19th manager in club history. Showalter, who has lead the club to a 427-377 since, said it doesn't feel like it's been five years.
  • Pearce at least week away from baseball activity

    Connor Smolensky
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that Steve Pearce would not make his Aug. 3 eligibility to come off the 15-day disabled list.
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  • Porcello struggles vs. streaking White Sox

    Ian Browne and Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack -- this time pushing their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
  • Sandoval exits due to dehydration

    Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Wednesday night proved tough all-around for the Red Sox following a 9-2 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park, but it was especially bumpy for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who had to leave the game after five innings due to dehydration.
  • Farrell: Sox pitchers 'capable of more'

    Ian Browne
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:38 pm
    In his near three seasons as manager of the Red Sox, there haven't been many occasions when John Farrell seemed as perturbed in a postgame news conference as he was following Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the White Sox.
  • Rutledge brings versatility to Red Sox

    Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:49 pm
    The Red Sox may already have All-Star utility man Brock Holt on their roster, but on Wednesday night, the club welcomed another player well-accustomed to moving around the diamond.
  • Wright looks to put Red Sox back in win column

    Quinn Roberts
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The White Sox will try to push their season-high winning streak to eight games with a sweep of the struggling Red Sox in Thursday night's series finale at Fenway Park.
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  • Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

    Ian Browne and Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack -- this time pushing their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
  • Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera stands as a pretty solid representation of the team's 2015 season.
  • Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:14 pm
    White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson knew his team's offensive struggles that lasted through the first three months of the 2015 campaign would not continue all season.
  • White Sox set sights on eight-game winning streak

    Quinn Roberts
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The White Sox will try to push their season-high winning streak to eight games with a sweep of the struggling Red Sox in Thursday night's series finale at Fenway Park.
  • Samardzija appears to be staying put

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Shark Week is about to come to a close, and it has nothing to do with the Discovery Channel or any particular body of water.
 
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  • Kluber, 12-run outburst help Tribe beat Royals

    Jeffrey Flanagan and August Fagerstrom
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The Indians unleashed a week of pent-up offensive frustration upon the Kansas City Royals with a season-high 18 hits and four home runs in Wednesday's 12-1 win at Progressive Field.
  • Indians' offense breaks out in big way

    Jordan Bastian
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Michael Brantley took a moment to admire his shot. The Indians left fielder held his bat firmly in his right hand, watched the baseball disappear into the right-field stands and slowly walked out of the batter's box. This blast served as a bit of payback.
  • Indians call up Holt from Triple-A Columbus

    August Fagerstrom
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The Indians recalled outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus prior to Wednesday afternoon's series finale against Kansas City.
  • Francona ejected after Brantley hit-by-pitch

    Jordan Bastian
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    After watching Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie hit his third batter of the afternoon on Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona had seen enough. In the fifth inning of Cleveland's 12-1 win over Kansas City, Francona emerged from the home dugout and got into a heated exchange with home-plate umpire Tom Woodring, resulting in the manager's third ejection of the season.
  • Carrasco, Indians hit road to take on A's

    August Fagerstrom
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    The Athletics return home to Oakland after a brief five-game road trip, when they take on the Indians to begin a four-game series and an 11-game homestand. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-8, 4.26 ERA) will start the opener for Cleveland, facing off against A's righty Chris Bassitt (0-3, 2.94 ERA).
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  • Simon looks to cool streaking O's in opener

    Connor Smolensky
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The Orioles will play host to the Tigers for a four-game set on Thursday in a series where both teams will be looking to gain some ground in their divisions, but more realistically, in the Wild Card race.
  • Tigers come through for Verlander's first win

    Bill Chastain and Jason Beck
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Chris Archer's bid for a perfect game fell short Wednesday afternoon, and so did the Rays' bid to earn a three-game sweep, as the Tigers won, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.
  • Tigers 'rebooting,' will listen on trades

    Jason Beck
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The weeks-long debate on the fate of the Tigers' postseason chase is over. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that they'll look at trading their pending free agents heading into Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
  • Lobstein nearing rehab assignment

    Jason Beck
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    As baseball awaits the Tigers' direction at Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the team is at least looking to get one boost to its pitching staff either way. Kyle Lobstein is close to beginning a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a sore left shoulder that has sidelined him since late May.
  • Cespedes stays hot but Price struggles, Tigers fall

    Jason Beck and Troy Provost-Heron
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Curt Casali homered twice for the Rays again Tuesday to propel Tampa Bay to a 10-2 victory over the Tigers at Tropicana Field.
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  • Pirates pick up righty Blanton from Royals

    Adam Berry
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    The Pirates picked up veteran right-hander Joe Blanton late Wednesday night, acquiring him from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Guthrie, Royals can't finish sweep

    Jeffrey Flanagan and August Fagerstrom
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The Indians unleashed a week of pent-up offensive frustration upon the Kansas City Royals with a season-high 18 hits and four home runs in Wednesday's 12-1 win at Progressive Field.
  • Decision between Guthrie, Young looms for Royals

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    At some point, Royals manager Ned Yost will have to decide between Jeremy Guthrie or Chris Young for the fifth and final spot in the rotation. Though Yost could skip the No. 5 spot in the rotation next turn because of Monday's off-day, Yost said he still will make the decision by next Tuesday.
  • Duffy, Royals head to Toronto to face Blue Jays

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Left-hander Danny Duffy (4-4, 4.03 ERA) takes the mound for the Royals as they open a four-game series at Toronto and against right-hander Marco Estrada (7-6, 3.55 ERA).
  • Despite Zobrist trade, Yost happy with Infante at 2B

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    When newcomer Ben Zobrist joins the Royals in Toronto on Thursday, he is slated to take over primarily in left field, filling in for the injured Alex Gordon. But if Gordon comes back in early September, there has been an assumption by some fans that Zobrist immediately will take over for Omar Infante at second base. Nope. Not going to happen.
 
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  • Trout 'better' but sits for 2nd straight game

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Mike Trout was out of the Angels' lineup for a second straight day on Wednesday, while continuing to nurse the sore left wrist he injured on a dive attempt three days ago.
  • Richards starts strong, but fades vs. Astros

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Garrett Richards could tell he wasn't right, even as he navigated through the first four innings without giving up a single hit to the Astros' potent lineup on Wednesday night. He threw first-pitch strikes to only three of 13 hitters, his slider was hanging out over the middle of the plate -- and soon, it all came back to haunt him.
  • Reliever Morin to optioned Triple-A

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Mike Morin's ERA is 7.43, to be exact, one year after he posted a 2.90 ERA in 60 appearances. When the Angels sent him down to Triple-A late Wednesday night, he wasn't surprised.
  • Angels back in second place after loss to Astros

    Alden Gonzalez and Brian McTaggart
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since before the All-Star break, beating the Angels, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, behind a terrific outing from rookie Lance McCullers.
  • DeJesus to take the role of former teammate Joyce

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    David DeJesus spent the last year and a half teaming with Matt Joyce on the Rays. Now, his presence on the Angels is a big reason why Joyce no longer has a role.
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  • Early lead fizzles as Twins drop fourth straight

    Rhett Bollinger and Tom Singer
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Andrew McCutchen had three RBIs, including a two-run homer, to back left-hander Francisco Liriano against his former team in a 10-4 win for the Pirates over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.
  • Miscues aplenty sting Twins in finale vs. Bucs

    Betsy Helfand
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    After smacking a hit to right field, Miguel Sano rounded second, overrunning the base by just a couple of steps. He was tagged out, ending a mistake-filled game in a fitting way as the Twins fell to the Pirates, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.
  • Twins recall Polanco with Plouffe on paternity list

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Shortstop Jorge Polanco officially joined the Twins on Wednesday, as third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the paternity list. Plouffe and his wife, Olivia, were expecting their first child on Wednesday.
  • Mariners, Twins to begin four-game set in Minnesota

    Betsy Helfand
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    J.A. Happ and Phil Hughes will square off as the Mariners and Twins begin a four-game series on Thursday at Target Field.
  • Petition started to put Killebrew on US stamp

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    Harmon Killebrew has been honored with numerous accolades after his illustrious playing career -- including being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Minnesota Twins' Hall of Fame in 2000 -- but he could see his likeness on a U.S. postage stamp.
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  • Tanaka toils in 2nd during loss to Rangers

    Bryan Hoch and Cody Stavenhagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
  • Severino notches career-high 10 strikeouts

    Alex M. Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Luis Severino stayed perfect for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in the RailRiders' 9-4 win over Lehigh Valley.
  • Command an issue for Tanaka in latest start

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:34 pm
    The Yankees believe that it is a legitimate option to stand pat as Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, reluctant to part with the best talent in their farm system. Masahiro Tanaka's discouraging effort Wednesday night offered another reminder that their rotation could use a pick me up.
  • Pineda opposes Gallardo during series finale

    Cody Stavenhagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    In five starts this month, Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo is 0-3, and his ERA has jumped from 2.62 to 3.19 after allowing 10 combined runs in eight innings over his past two starts.
  • Capuano designated following rocky spot start

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The Yankees have designated left-hander Chris Capuano for assignment, one day after the 11-year big league veteran was unable to make it out of the first inning in a spot start against the Rangers.
 
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  • Felix roughed up as Mariners drop finale

    Doug Miller and Andrew Erickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Patrick Corbin continued his strong comeback from Tommy John surgery, Welington Castillo haunted his former team with two home runs and Felix Hernandez suffered a rare clunker of an outing. In the aftermath, the D-backs completed a three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon with an 8-2 win over the Mariners before a sun-splashed Safeco Field crowd of 32,502.
  • Command off, Felix has rare rough day

    Doug Miller
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    As hard as it is to believe and as rare as it is to witness, Felix Hernandez has the occasional bad day. But the Mariners' ace never had it Wednesday, and the 8-2 loss to the D-backs had the right-hander and his team in the midst of a three-game losing streak that pushed it further out of the postseason picture.
  • Cano out few games with abdominal strain

    Doug Miller
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Robinson Cano has a Grade 1 abdominal strain and will miss a few games and be relegated to designated hitter duty upon his immediate return, but the Mariners don't expect it to warrant a disabled list stay.
  • Mariners, Twins to begin four-game set in Minnesota

    Betsy Helfand
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    J.A. Happ and Phil Hughes will square off as the Mariners and Twins begin a four-game series on Thursday at Target Field.
  • Zunino shows off power with 452-foot homer

    Greg Johns
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Catcher Mike Zunino went where few have gone in Safeco Field history on Tuesday night, blasting a home run over the out-of-town scoreboard behind the Mariners bullpen in Seattle's 8-4 loss to the D-backs.
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  • Archer flirts with perfecto, but Rays fall

    Bill Chastain and Jason Beck
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Chris Archer's bid for a perfect game fell short Wednesday afternoon, and so did the Rays' bid to earn a three-game sweep, as the Tigers won, 2-1, at Tropicana Field.
  • Kiermaier's highlight-reel grab backs Archer

    Troy Provost-Heron
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Kevin Kiermaier has always been able to cover a lot of ground, but in the sixth inning of the Rays' 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, Tampa Bay's center fielder used his speed in the field in an effort to maintain perfection.
  • Archer dominates in perfect-game bid

    Bill Chastain
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Chris Archer was overpowering Wednesday afternoon in his 22nd start of the season, bringing the kind of stuff one needs to pitch a perfect game.
  • Ramirez looks to pitch deep into game again

    Troy Provost-Heron
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Eduardo Rodriguez and Erasmo Ramirez will do battle on the mound Friday as the Red Sox and Rays open up a three-game series at Fenway Park.
  • Smyly continues progressing toward return

    Bill Chastain
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    Drew Smyly will continue his rehab Friday with a yet-to-be-determined Rays Minor League affiliate.
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  • Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

    Bryan Hoch and Cody Stavenhagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
  • Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources, in a trade that is expected to be announced on Thursday. Neither club confirmed the deal.
  • Gallardo looks to regain form against Yanks

    Cody Stavenhagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    In five starts this month, Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo is 0-3, and his ERA has jumped from 2.62 to 3.19 after allowing 10 combined runs in eight innings over his past two starts.
  • Gallardo says trade rumors not a distraction

    Cody Stavenhagen
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo hasn't made it past the fourth inning in his past two starts despite being red hot through June. But Gallardo, who is 7-9 with a 3.19 ERA, said his name coming up in trade rumors has nothing to do with it.
  • Rangers call up 2 'pen arms, designate Wandy

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    The Rangers replenished their bullpen on Wednesday, recalling left-hander Alex Claudio and right-hander Jon Edwards from Triple-A Round Rock.
 
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  • Tulo says hello: Newcomer dazzles in debut

    Gregor Chisholm
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Troy Tulowitzki apparently has a thing for making positive first impressions, because he didn't waste any time showing his teammates and the city of Toronto just how good he can be.
  • Blue Jays follow Tulo's lead in rout of Phillies

    Jamie Ross and Todd Zolecki
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Troy Tulowitzki made the most of his Blue Jays debut Wednesday, cracking a homer while collecting a pair of doubles in an 8-2 win over the Phillies at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays' newest star collected three hits with three RBIs and three runs scored as Toronto split the two-game set.
  • Bautista clears air regarding Tulo comments

    Jamie Ross
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Jose Bautista wants to set the record straight. The Blue Jays' star outfielder said on Wednesday that he felt his comments regarding the Troy Tulowitzki trade a day earlier were unfairly characterized by local broadcast networks, which suggested that he was less than enthusiastic about the club acquiring the All-Star shortstop in a trade for Jose Reyes.
  • Blue Jays designate Doubront; rotation spot in flux

    Gregor Chisholm
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    The Blue Jays will go the next few days without a fifth starter, having decided to designate left-hander Felix Doubront for assignment in order to make room on the roster for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
  • Travis out indefinitely with shoulder injury

    Jamie Ross
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Devon Travis could be looking at a disabled list stint after he exited the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday with left shoulder irritation.
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  • Cole Hamels might not waive his no-trade clause for the Red Sox

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    Could this be the end of Hamels to Boston rumors? The longest-running trade saga in recent Red Sox memory might be coming to an end, as it seems the Red Sox are out of the running for Cole Hamels due to the pitcher's no-trade clause. Per Rob Bradford of WEEI: According to one major league source, Hamels' no-trade clause — that prevents the Phillies from dealing the 31-year-old to a list teams, one of them being the Red Sox — continues to be a roadblock when it comes to the Sox acquiring the lefty. It seemingly has been an issue throughout the team's pursuit of Hamels. Typically,…
  • Red Sox minor lines: Let's play fifteen

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fifteen innings in Greenville makes for some unusual lines. Pawtucket W 6-0 Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-2, 2 BBAllen Craig: 1-3, BB, KTravis Shaw: 2-4, 2B, KGarin Cecchini: 1-4, KDeven Marrero: 1-3, BBMarco Hernandez: 0-4 Brian Johnson: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 KNoe Ramirez: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Something to watch for: with Brian Johnson out of the conversation for August 1st now, if Henry Owens makes his start tonight, chances are we're looking at more Joe Kelly, and further proof that this organization hates us all. Portland L 2-3 Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2B, K, SBCarlos Asuaje:…
  • Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts named to MLB's top 25-under-25 list

    Marc Normandin
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    You might think their rankings are low, but oh man is MLB overflowing with youth right now. The 2015 season isn't going well for the Red Sox, but there are signs that suggest the future will be better. In addition to the farm system and the decent graduations of Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart, they also have successful campaigns from second-year players Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. Their efforts have been recognized nationally, too, as MLB released a list of the top-25 players who are 25 or younger, and both Betts and Bogaerts made the cut. Their inclusion is not surprising --…
  • Do the Red Sox have anything in Jean Machi?

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    His numbers look bad, and he's certainly broken. But if the Red Sox can figure out how to fix him, Jean Machi could be a big help in 2016. It's pretty easy to imagine how Red Sox fans greeted the news of the Red Sox acquiring Jean Machi. "Jean who?" Google "Jean Machi ESPN" (Optional) "Oh, right, that guy from last year's giants who sucked in the World Series." See 5.14 ERA Bark cold, humorless laugh before returning to regularly scheduled despair. It's a fair reaction. Jean Machi ain't much to look at this year, and it's not hard to see why. His splitter is gone. It's no more. It has ceased…
  • MLB ranks 7 Red Sox prospects in new top-100

    Marc Normandin
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    The Red Sox still have a whole lot of prospects where Swihart, Rodriguez, Betts, and Bogaerts came from. MLB has released a much larger midseason prospect list than anyone else, going out to a full 100 that includes players selected in the 2015 draft. The Red Sox are especially well-represented, with seven players in this top-100 as well as five in the top-50. The names are the ones you would expect at this point, at least for the most part: Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers come in ranked 10th and 15th, respectively, while Manuel Margot, the last of what are usually considered to be…
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  • The Butterfly Effect

    mkenny59
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    I’ll give you three guesses as to what’s on the back of this Felix Hernandez card that I (and by “I” I mean my 5-year-old daughter from whom I hijacked this card to write about it on a blog) received while at Safeco Field during a Mariners game.Go ahead.Are you good?Do you have three guesses?OK cool. I don’t want to hear about your guesses because they are all wrong.For real this is the back of the card. It’s a baby who is maybe morphing into a butterfly, or vice versa … I’m not certain of the science behind that process. Or maybe it’s a baby who has butterfly wings because…
  • When an All-Star is not an All-Star: NL edition

    Ben Henry
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    If you were like me, you blindly accepted the Topps All-Star team subsets as factual representations of real life. In the Topps universe, Shane Rawley and Dwight Gooden were All Stars in 1987, since they were included in its 1988 All-Star subset. And yet, neither of them was an All Star in 1987.Rawley was an All Star in 1986, and he did have a great 1987 season, posting a career-best 17 wins for the mediocre Phillies. But that's not the point. The point is that Topps unilaterally decided that the voters got it wrong when they put pitchers not named Rawley or Gooden on the team. Or maybe Topps…
  • 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…
 
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  • The Screwball: Even More Fun With Old Photos

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This picture gets funnier when you see it in its entirety. Yet another pop quiz for the discerning baseball fan? Surely you jest! Well, surely we do. To the quiz! This man is: A) hoping to hit an inside-the-parlor home run. B) having trouble with the “interior fastball.” C) ignoring suggestions to get the bat off his shoulder. D) looking forward to Rumspringa Training. This guy is: A) frequently mistaken for a figure skater. B) the league leader in getting laughed at. C) not often referred to as “scrappy.” D) planning to slap his tailor. This player is: A) good at keeping his foot on…
  • Bullpen Notes: July 29, 2015: Cubs Make Change, Who Could Close In Detroit & More

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:55 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) CHC: No surprise Rondon gets SV opp (1 BB/2 K). He’s been their best RP of late & should get extended look #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) July 30, 2015…
  • Cole Meets Oil

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Yesterday, Latos was traded to the Dodgers, then not traded. Then CarGo was traded to the Mets, then not traded. Then Cole Hamels was traded to the Rangers, and really traded, I think. I don't know, I'm dizzy. Ruin Tomorrow Jr. was sad to see Hamels go, but this is the business he chose, after getting fired from Duane Reade for mixing up the garbage with "the important stuff." And after getting fired for explaining to kids there is no Santa, after being dressed as the mall Santa. After being fired as Ruin Tomorrow Sr.'s personal assistant, but he maintains that was a misunderstanding. He…
  • The Fantasy Lookout: Hot In July

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    As the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, a few Fantasy roles will change and a few new closers will emerge. There will be a waiver wire scramble for the newly relevant players. High waiver priority and FAAB dollars will be spent, and rightfully so, on the likes of Ken Giles, Edward Mujica, and a variety of […] The post The Fantasy Lookout: Hot In July appeared first on So-Called Fantasy Experts.
  • Fantasy Baseball Final: July 29, 2015

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Welcome to the TheFantasyFix.com’s nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. No matter the format, we got you covered with everything you need to know to help you win your league. Amongst all the madness that ensued tonight, there was actual baseball! What’s not mentioned below: The Texas Rangers tagged Masahiro Tanaka for four runs in the team’s 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. Josh Hamilton went 2-4 with two RBI in the win. The Pittsburgh Pirates put a 10 spot on the Minnesota Twins, which was more…
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    38Pitches

  • Extreme Couponing Made Easy with CouponMate

    Joey Burzynski
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    One of the best things about online shopping is the ease with which retailers can offer coupon codes tailored to appeal to various customer demographics. Unfortunately, shoppers who rely on using coupons to stretch their budget don’t always have sufficient time or patience to scour the Internet for the latest deals. While sometimes consumers are lucky enough to get valuable coupons via email or through social media with the companies they are already loyal to, they can easily miss out on all the other enticing offers scattered across the Internet. With that in mind, MarketKarma, a new tech…
  • Where Did I Put My Hearing Aids? What Alzheimer’s & Hearing Loss Have in Common

    Joey Burzynski
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    There is one thing that might be worse than being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s: that would be being diagnosed with it incorrectly. Yet that can happen to someone with a hearing impairment because the symptoms, byproducts, of cognitive and hearing loss are similar. In both cases, the afflicted person may experience anxiety, depression, isolation, denial, distrust, impatience, and memory problems. But the cognitive loss of the dementia patient is not the same as someone who simply does not hear well. After all, you are not going to remember something if you didn’t hear it in the first…
  • Top 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die

    Joey Burzynski
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    100. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe – A drama about greed, social class, racism and politics in New York City during the 1980s. The storyline surprisingly presents the foundations that ultimately led to America’s economic collapse during the following twenty years. 99. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – Published in 1903, this is London’s most popular work because of its dark undertones and descriptive scenes of an untamed Yukon frontier. The plot centers on a previously domesticated sled dog that transforms into a pack-dominating feral beast who exhibits the…
  • PacSun Coupon Codes & Cardpool: A Recipe For Retail Bliss

    Joey Burzynski
    9 Sep 2013 | 1:19 pm
    Another departure from our standard, but worth sharing: Who doesn’t love PacSun?  Living in Miami, you’ll find me in shorts’n flip flops 95% of the time, making me a regular shopper of the brand.  I just stumbled upon an exceptionally crafty combination of PacSun coupons & discounted electronic gift cards that I wanted to share with anyone else that dug the brand as much as I do. Right now, MultimediaMuse.org features the following deal: PacSun: Save 20% On Your Order of $100 or More. Plus, Receive Free Shipping. – Use Coupon Code: SAVE20. Expires 9/30/13. When combined with…
  • Favorite Quotes: Take 30 Seconds & Get Inspired

    Joey Burzynski
    23 Aug 2013 | 6:14 pm
        The post Favorite Quotes: Take 30 Seconds & Get Inspired appeared first on 38Pitches.
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  • Gleeman and The Geek #206: Calm Before The Trade Storm?

    aarongleeman
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' ugly series loss to the Yankees, trade deadline targets big and small, Trevor May moving into a setup role, Byron Buxton being out longer than expected, Johnny Cueto coming to the AL Central, why Danny Santana is getting so much leeway, Yankees-loving girlfriends, Ervin Santana missing the playoffs, and being naked and cold. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 206 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #205: Troy Tulowitzki, Mayor of Speculation City

    aarongleeman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Topics for this special midweek, podcast-only "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins lusting after Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the ups and downs of Twins midseason trades since 2000, which Twins prospects have the potential to make everyone sad, misremembering Doug Mientkiewicz, drinking beer and making friends on the rooftop patio at LynLake Brewery, and mailbag questions from listeners. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 205 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is…
  • What should the Twins do at the trade deadline?

    aarongleeman
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    For the past four seasons the only questions surrounding the Twins at the trade deadline were about whether they should trade away veteran players and whether any of the veteran players they might trade away would even interest contending teams, but this season is very different. Not only have they emerged as surprise contenders by starting 50-42, the Twins have done so despite three obvious weaknesses that could potentially be addressed with midseason pickups. Starting catcher Kurt Suzuki has been terrible on both sides of the ball. He's hit .227/.283/.303 for a .586 OPS that ranks 26th out…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #204: Stumbling Out Of The Break

    aarongleeman
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Twins' rough start to the second half, Miguel Sano's ankle injury, Glen Perkins' imperfection, potential big-name trade deadline targets, the appeal of fixing the bullpen from within, where to bat Brian Dozier in the lineup, what to do with a struggling Kurt Suzuki, television ratings, and being confident in not collapsing. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 204 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free ride to…
  • Reviewing the Twins’ first half: Pitchers

    aarongleeman
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    Twins pitching was abysmal from 2011-2014, ranking second-worst in ERA and worst in strikeouts among 30 teams. This year they're 15th in ERA, putting them on pace to allow 145 fewer runs per 162 games. However, they're still dead last in strikeouts and have improved to just 26th in xFIP. Vastly improved defense has played a big part, but luck has been a factor too. Before the second half gets underway here's a pitcher-by-pitcher look at the individual performances ... • Phil Hughes: .287/.303/.495 in 486 plate appearances Last season Phil Hughes logged a career-high 210 innings and posted…
 
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    The GNUru Fantasy Sports News

  • Dodgers score 8 two-out runs to drop A’s

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    The Dodgers responded to the A’s four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
  • Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.
  • Trout ‘better’ but sits for 2nd straight game

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Mike Trout was out of the Angels’ lineup for a second straight day on Wednesday, while continuing to nurse the sore left wrist he injured on a dive attempt three days ago.
  • Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers’ victory

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
  • Rumor roundup: Hamels headed for Texas

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
    According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and Phillies have agreed to a deal that would send ace left-hander Cole Hamels to Texas for a group of prospects, including two of the Rangers’ top six prospects, as ranked by MLBPipeline.com. The Rangers have been one of several teams linked to Hamels and are not on Hamels’ no-trade list, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Neither club has confirmed the deal.
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    RotoRob

  • The Wire Troll: Zack Godley is Golden

    Michael Seff
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Was it just beginner’s luck for Zack Godley? (www.wbir.com) As the trade deadline nears, so too does a time of panic and desperation for Fantasy owners watching their seasons slip away. But fear not, there are reinforcements out there, and we are here to help. A look now at this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks: Zack Godley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 7 per cent): Beginner’s luck? We shall see. But Godley was phenomenal — historic, in fact — in his big-league debut on Thursday against Milwaukee, firing six shutout innings without a…
  • Video Game Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

    Mike Chen
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Ethan Carter’s biggest strength is its creepy atmosphere. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter was a PC hit known for its challenging puzzles and eerie atmosphere. Now available on PlayStation 4, this first-person adventure game has been rebuilt in the Unreal4 engine. While there are improvements to the visuals and other technical specs, the core game is the same — and that’s a good thing. CONTROLS (4/5) There’s not a lot going on with Ethan Carter’s controls other than a few first-person standards. Fortunately, movement is crisp whether you’re crouching, walking or running (which is…
  • Video Game Review: Game of Thrones, Episode 5

    Herija Green
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Valar Morghulis. Please note that since each episode of Game of Thrones features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final five episodes. To read our thoughts on that, refer to our review of Iron from Ice. If you’re a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones series you know to expect the unexpected when the second-to-last episode of a season comes out — in fact, Episode 9 has featured many of the most jaw-dropping moments (The Red Wedding, Blackwater, etc.) in a series that’s known for them. Now it’s time to…
  • Video Game Review: Tembo the Badass Elephant

    Herija Green
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Tembo looks better in action than it does in screen shots. It has been a very quiet year for SEGA. How quiet? Its only North American console release of 2015 was January’s Safe Haven DLC for Alien: Isolation. Until now, that is, as SEGA has teamed up with Game Freak, the folks behind Pokémon, to bring a new 2D side scroller (with no small hint of Sonic DNA) to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Tembo the Badass Elephant. So let’s saddle up and see if this newcomer is worthy of us making a bad “tons of fun” joke. CONTROLS (3.25/5) In theory, the development team…
  • The Wire Troll: Casey Janssen Lobbying for Holds in Washington

    RotoRob
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Randal Grichuk keeps bashing dingers for the Cards. (m.mlb.com) Welcome back to the unofficial second half of the Fantasy baseball season. Now’s the time you want to make your move with your league trade deadline likely looming and the waiver wire drying up somewhat. But still, there is help to found. Before we get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks, congratulations to those of you that laid some cash down at your favourite bet sportsbook wagering that the Diamondbacks would beat the deadline to get No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson under contract. Casey Janssen,…
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  • G102: White Sox 9, Red Sox 2

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    White Sox - 231 000 210 - 9 17 1Red Sox - 000 100 100 - 2 7 2Mike Napoli hit a double and a home run (#12) and drove in both of Boston's runs.Rick Porcello: 2-10-6-1-2, 68.Jose Quintana / Rick PorcelloHolt, 2BBogaerts, SSRamirez, LFOrtiz, DHNapoli, 1BCastillo, RFSandoval, 3BHanigan, CBradley, CFMookie Betts has been placed on the 7-day concussion DL.
  • G101: White Sox 9, Red Sox 4

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    White Sox - 500 002 110 - 9 14 0Red Sox - 020 000 002 - 4 8 1An ESPN headline that sums up tonight's game:Jeff Samardzija / Wade MileyBetts, CFDe Aza, RFBogaerts, SSOrtiz, DHRamirez, LFSandoval, 3BNapoli, 1BSwihart, CWeeks, 2B
  • Watch NESN's Live Stream Of Pedro Martinez Ceremony

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    NESN's website will have a live stream of tonight's ceremony - the retirement of Pedro Martinez's #45 - beginning at 6:30 p.m. (NESN's TV coverage starts at 5:00.)Click HERE.
  • Automated Strike Zone To Be Used In Pacific Association Game Tonight

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Robots!J.J. Cooper, Baseball America:History will be made tonight.There has been a lot of talk about the benefits and drawbacks of automated umpires for calling balls and strikes. Advocates and skeptics. But on Tuesday night in the independent Pacific Association in a game between the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals, everyone will get to see an automated strike zone in action in a professional game.The two-game automated umpire trial is the brainchild of former big league outfielder Eric Byrnes, who will serve as the "Strike Zone Umpire" for the two games as a charity fundraiser for…
  • Pedro's #45 Retired By Red Sox Tonight

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    The Red Sox will retire Pedro Martinez's #45 in a ceremony before tonight's game against the White Sox.The ceremony begins at 6:30.
 
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • For Randy Johnson, Dominance didn’t come easy

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    “On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium. He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field. The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. Then there was a center fielder deemed the best player of all of them, a seeming Hall of Famer in…
  • Mets Continue to Act Like Small-Market Team | FanGraphs Baseball

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Just finished Frank Cashen’s book. There wasn’t a lot of insight and way too much filler. I did not come away with the impression that Cashen liked the Wilpons much.
  • Giants miss out on first place — lose 5-2 - San Francisco Chronicle

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    “There’s a lot of baseball left, and there’s no point in looking at the standings because they don’t mean anything right now,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “The game goes on through September, and there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve been through this.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer on Twitter: “Source: Latos, Morse to Dodgers for prospects. At least one competitive balance pick also to Dodgers. W/ Latos off board Haren still in play”

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Where will Morse play? Is there another trade in the works?
  • PawSox intensify pitch for Providence stadium

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    When do they start passing around stacks of money to Rhode Island’s elected officials? Historically it’s the most effective way to screw over taxpayers, especially in that state.The Pawtucket Red Sox have invited business, government, media and real-estate developers to travel with managing partner Larry Lucchino to Durham, North Carolina, on Aug. 5, to meet elected and business leaders there, including the owner of the Durham Bulls Triple-A baseball team, and to attend a Durham Bulls game. E-mailed invitations from Carol Krushnowski, who was the late principal owner James J.
 
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  • Baker-in-the-making Meets Best Bread Maker

    Frank
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:52 am
    My title is very playful, I know. But, I’m just very pleased to tell you that I’ve met my ultimate partner in baking. I love baking bread. My addiction in this craft started when I was in New York some five years ago. I was with my aunt on Christmas because my mom and dad had to go to Texas for some month-long emergency errand. I wouldn’t consider it bad because I am super close with my aunt. Spending a Christmas with her (without my parents) wouldn’t hurt. My aunt is managing a small bakery and you can guess that bread was overloading in the house. As for a person…
  • Sharing Some Experience On My Rice Cookers

    Frank
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Rice cookers have become a very integral part of the modern day kitchen. In most kitchens, you will most likely find a rice cooker amid all the crockery in that kitchen. Since rice is a basic foodstuff in most households it is best to come up with best Japanese rice cooker reviews and ratings, as Japan is a nation with rice staple. To be able to identify the best rice cookers it is important to consider factors like size of the cooker, power and energy consumption, type of rice to be cooked and time taken to cook the rice. The types of rice cookers include electric, gas, microwave and…
  • I Use These Tips For My Kitchen Knives

    Frank
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    The post I Use These Tips For My Kitchen Knives appeared first on Rotosavants.
  • Microwave Saving Time & Money – Read My Recommendations

    Frank
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Due to their efficiency, microwaves are used in most homes today. They save time and money. Before you make a decision on buying a microwave of any brand, you first need to consider your needs. Write a list of the features you want the microwave to have, its size, power rating and its advancement. After coming up with a list, you can now search for the best microwave reviews 2015. The Panasonic NN-ST479S is among the top microwave brands in the market today. This brand has a sensor cooking, turbo reheating and eighteen different cooking programs. It is spacious and can cook a meal for a…
  • Good Cookware I Have Tried Before

    Frank
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Cooking is important in every household and the kitchen tools used determine quality of food presented to the family. This drives the search for professional and useful cookware in a bid to prepare delicious meals at all times. The good news is that there are myriad brands to choose from but trouble comes when one doesn’t know which ones are best suited to help them achieve desired culinary feats. Though the process of choosing the best cookware can be daunting, reviews are the best place to start. Here are the best cookware reviews and ratings; Cuisinart has made a name in the kitchen…
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  • One More for the Core

    TheNaturalMevs
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    If the Reds are torn apart sometime in the next 48 hours with key members of this core from the playoff run stripped from the roster and fan base, then let it be written that the Redlegs went into the sea of red that is St. Louis and shut out the best team in baseball for the second night in a row, winning 1-0. Jay Bruce hit his 17th home run of the season off a very good John Lackey, and Aroldis Chapman locked down his 21st save of the season. It was so baseball. These guys going out and in the midst of all kinds of rumors that have them shipped all over teh globe; they go out and play a…
  • When it comes to Bryce Harper, Tom Koehler will never learn

    TheNaturalMevs
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    [Box Score] It was that May 6th day before summer really got hot that Bryce Harper’s career took off. A three home run game off Tom Koehler, all three of them more majestic than the one before it. Harper entered tonight’s game in Miami with four career bombs off Koehler, and tonight he would get his fifth off the stubborn right-hander. It would give him sole possession of the National League lead with 28. He would later add another even more Ruthian clout to give him 29. He’s trailing just Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in all of baseball for the home run crown. Home Run #28…
  • Lots of Members of the MLB Fraternity changing Places

    TheNaturalMevs
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    In the past 24 hours, we’ve all seen the equivalent of what you would see on a true deadline day: Troy Tulowitzki (I am a great speller and can never get it on the first try no matter how many damn times I attempt it) was shocked in being traded to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and Miguel Castro along with minor leaguers. Ben Zobrist was sent from the A’s to the Kansas City Royals for minor league arms. Many are saying that this makes the Royals the team to beat in the American League. Now I love Ben Zobrist as much as the next guy; but come on now. That said, Zobrist’s…
  • Alex Rodriguez has a three-homer game at 40 years old

    TheNaturalMevs
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    I’m going back and forth now on whether what Albert Pujols is doing this year in his age 35 season, or Alex Rodriguez is doing in his age 40 season was more unpredictable or more unbelievable. I think at the moment, I’m leaning Rodriguez. In an 8-5 Yankees win in Minnesota – a pretty hard ballpark to hit home runs – Alex Rodriguez hit three on Saturday evening. All three home runs traveled at least 420 feet. It was the 62nd multi-homer game in his career. He’s played in over 90 games this season and has an OPS over .900, and with 23 home runs on the season…
  • Never Doubt Mike Trout

    TheNaturalMevs
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    [Box Score] Mike Trout wrecked the Texas Rangers this weekend in Anaheim. He ended the weekend with a four-hit performance, two home runs, and five RBI. His grand slam was merely the exclamation point. There are so many guys around baseball absolutely wrecking things this year. It seems like; to a degree, offense is back in the game. Big time offense. Of all those guys, and all the youngsters who are making a big impression as the future of the game, Mike Trout stands above them all as the one immortal. The Mickey Mantle of the present. At the conclusion of today’s game, Trout has 31…
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  • Ten Most Lopsided Trades Ever

    jposnanski
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    If you look closely, you will see No. 36 on the all-time baseball list. Let’s make a steal
  • A Zack Greinke Story

    jposnanski
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    So, I wrote about Zack Greinke for like the 11 millionth time. Whew, I’ve been writing about Greinke for a dozen years, going back to when he was 19 years old. I relate the first time I ever interviewed him. Fun stuff. There is another Greinke story I wasn’t able to get into the piece, one I think I’ve told before but I’m not sure. It doesn’t really have much to do with anything except, well, it’s just a perfect little Greinke story. In 2007, the Kansas City Royals called up Alex Gordon. At the time, you might remember, Gordon was a serious phenom that…
  • Golf, Stardom and Jordan Spieth

    jposnanski
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    It was pretty amazing being in St. Andrews to watch Jordan Spieth make his bid for the third leg of golf’s Grand Slam. I think of the cab driver’s line after it ended: “The young bloke ’bout did her, dint he?” He did. He really did. Golf, Stardom and Jordan Spieth  
  • 500 Words on Golf and Getting Old

    jposnanski
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Here is a stubborn little fact I just noticed: No golfer my age has ever won a golf major championship. A sportswriter grows older not by the calendar but by horrifying little tidbits like this one. When I began writing, I was the same age as the college baseball and basketball players I interviewed. I would see them in class. Without noticing, one day I became the age of established stars. Curt Schilling pitched Game 1 of the the World Series; he’s my age. I would watch Deion Sanders run; we are the same age. When they were in their prime, I was in my admittedly…
  • Tom Watson’s Final Round

    jposnanski
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Tom Watson played his final round at The Open Championship on Friday. He finished as darkness covered St. Andrews. As he reached the Swilcan Bridge, I noticed that every single person reached for a camera of some kind. I fumbled for my phone, pointed in Watson’s general direction. This is what I got. As you can see, it’s out of focus and blurry and looks more like a painting than a picture. I think that’s why I like it. I think I’m going to get it blown up and framed. First photo I’ve ever felt that way about. Here’s what I wrote about Watson’s final…
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • The 2015 Trade Deadline: Some Rumors Ain't Worth A Damn

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    The Yankees' weakest link reared its ugly head last night, as Masahiro Tanaka failed to protect a 2-run lead, leading to a 5-2 loss to the Rangers. As I write this, there is still no word about whether or not the Yankees will make a deadline deal for a starting pitcher.If you believe the rumors, the Rangers are about to make a HUGE deal for a starting pitcher: Cole Hamels. However, as we saw last night with the Mets' Wilmer Flores at Citi Field, some rumors ain't worth a damn.Your browser does not support iframes.Frankly, I am surprised that, in this social media age, something like this…
  • Yankees Bullpen Day Works Out Well In Short & Long-Term

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    Last night, way back in the bottom of the 1st inning, right around when Chris Capuano was pulled from the game after 0.2 IP, 42 pitches and just 18 strikes, and before the Yankees offense put up some truly impressive offensive numbers, Yankees MLB.com writer Bryan Hoch tweeted the following quote that he attributed to John Sterling: “In baseball, you play so many games, sometimes you have to lose a battle to win the war.” The point of the quote was, yes, the Yankees were taking a risk of losing a game started by Chris Capuano from the outset, but the benefits for the starting rotation…
  • Yankees Offense Continues To Bail Out Inconsistent Starting Pitching

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Another win for the Yankees last night, another step closer to a return to the playoffs.The Yankees now have a 7-game lead in the AL East. Everyday they're looking more and more like one of the best teams in baseball. Assuming they grab the division crown, however, how far will they go once Serious October Baseball begins?They have one of the best offenses in baseball this year. The home runs just keep on coming, A-Rod's birthday blast and Didi's surprising shot the latest to be added to the list, last night. The one-two punch of Ellsbury and Gardner, the power in the middle and, most…
  • Yankees Continue To Win Series, Must Keep Eye On Division Foes

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:13 am
    The New York Yankees are pure fun to watch right now. Whether it’s winning close 1-run games (they played in five straight coming out of the All-Star Break and won four of them) or blowing out the opposition (they won three of their last four games and each win was three runs or higher) the Yankees are finding ways to win series.Excluding the series against the Angels, which concluded on July 1, the Yankees have won every series this month including a sweep of the division rival Baltimore Orioles. They have built a healthy 6.5 game lead in the A.L. East, and are 13 games above .500. Not…
  • Hot Yankees Need To Avoid Letdown on 10 Game Trip

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    It's been the story of the Yankees season so far. Just when they seem to be on a roll, something happens. Thursday the Yankees loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the first and the next two hitters failed to advance the runners. It looked as if something was about to happen.  But Chase Headley, who has struggled all season at the plate and in the field, delivered a bases clearing, two out, clutch double. Didi Gregorius then singled to plate Headley, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead on their way to a three game sweep of division rival Baltimore. Forgotten in all…
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  • Yankees bats not as explosive against Colby Lewis in a 5-2 loss to the Rangers

    Sung-Min Kim
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Source: Getty) The Yankees have been winning a lot lately but tonight, they fell quite short. It seemed like they had some offensive momentum going in the second inning by scoring two, but after that, New York got completely shut out by Colby Lewis and the Rangers pen. Masahiro Tanaka didn’t allow any dingers this start but he looked unimpressive overall. But hey – a lot of us had to like what we saw out of the new RHP Caleb Cotham. Two in second: Yankees drew first blood when Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer to lead off the second inning. He battled Lewis in a nine-pitch at-bat…
  • Hamels off the board: Cole heading to Rangers

    Mike Axisa
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    (Patrick Smith/Getty) The race for Cole Hamels appears to be complete. Multiple reports say the Rangers have either acquired Hamels from the Phillies or are on the verge of doing so. Four prospects are heading to Philadelphia in the deal, it appears. There is also some cash involved and possibly other players going to Texas. According to Baseball America’s 2015 Prospect Handbook, the Rangers are sending their preseason No. 3 (C Jorge Alfaro), No. 5 (OF Nick Williams), and No. 13 (RHP Alec Asher) prospects to the Phillies as well as non-top 30 prospect RHP Jerad Eickhoff. A comparable…
  • DotF: Severino strikes out ten in Scranton’s win

    Mike Axisa
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Triple-A Scranton (9-4 win over Lehigh Valley) CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB — he’s been on fire of late 2B Rob Refsnyder:  2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 E (fielding, throwing) — the Rob Refsnyder experience 1B Greg Bird: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI RF Aaron Judge: 0-5, 3 K C Gary Sanchez: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K — final days with the Yankees? or nah? LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB 3B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing) DH Austin Romine: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB RHP Luis Severino: 6 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 61 of 92 pitches were…
  • Game 100: Tanaka time in Texas

    Mike Axisa
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Tom Pennington/Getty) Today is the 100th game of the season. The Yankees will have at least 57 wins at the century mark this year, hopefully 58, after having 52 wins after 100 games last year and 53 wins the year before. In 2012, the last time the Yankees went to the postseason, they were 60-40 after 100 games. Of course, the AL East is weaker now than it was back in 2012. Anyway, Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound tonight with yet another extra day of rest. He hasn’t started on normal rest since April. April! That was his last start before landing on the DL. Tanaka’s had at least…
  • 2015 Trade Deadline Open Thread: Wednesday

    Mike Axisa
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Samardzija. (Jim Rogash/Getty) Just three days left now. The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline is this Friday at 4pm ET, and while the Yankees have not yet made any moves, I’m sure they will at some point in the next few days. Pitching is a bit of an issue — I’d rather not see Chris Capuano make another spot start — and second base could use an upgrade as well. Maybe another righty bat too. On Monday and Tuesday we learned the Yankees are engaged in the pitching market, both starters and relievers. They had conversations with the Reds about Johnny Cueto before he was…
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  • HCG Drops: The Benefits and Possible Side Effects

    Brett Ramirez
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    HCG drops are probably one of the most popular weight reduction supplements that you can find in the market these days. These products must be used in conjunction with a special type of diet plan that involves very restrictive calorie consumption on a daily basis. The effects that we will likely notice from using these drops is almost surreal, all that we have to do is to use the drops and follow a very restrictive diet. If we choose to follow the restrictive diet, we are directed to consume no more than 500 calories per day. This is something that may seem absurd to some people, most…
  • When your Golf Shoes Become Excessively Wet

    William Hawks
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    There are times when you are so immersed in your game of golf, you encounter situations that may leave your golf shoes soaking wet. Maybe your feet end up soaking wet while playing because you tried to reach for your ball in a pond when you lost your foothold, you failed to avoid a deep puddle in the fairway, or there was a sudden downpour. No matter what situation you got yourself into, your shoes end up dripping wet. The first thing that comes to your mind might be to throw your shoes in the trunk and do not bother about it or don’t do anything because it will dry on its own. You don’t…
  • Things to Consider Before Purchasing Lanyards

    Jane Hutchinson
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    Lanyards are a great way to promote organizations and companies, as well as boost the morale of the members. Individuals who are part of a team can feel better about themselves when they wear something, such as lanyards, that symbolize their membership or affiliation. If you have been assigned to order custom lanyards for your organization or company, you must know about the things that you have to consider. There are different types and styles of lanyards available, which is why it can be quite difficult to choose just one. Before you make an order, you have to consider the preferred type or…
  • Nassau County Property Search – Discovering a Haven

    Ryan David
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Have you ever been to Nassau County or anywhere near this charming place? Strategically located just a few steps away from mainstream New York, Nassau is a bustling suburban county in Long Island, New York. With an estimated population of 1,352 million based on 2013 data, Nassau County property search yields an interesting array of multi-million commercial and residential areas. It is considered densely populated as compared to the Southern county of Long Island, Suffolk despite its vast area of 1,173 km2. Many people prefer to settle in this part of Long Island considering its proximity to…
 
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  • B-Level European Championship Karlovac: Recaps of Day 3, July 29, 2015

    philipp
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    Croatia improved to 3-0 and is well on its way for the final at the B-Level European Championship in Karlovac, Croatia. The host defeated Slovakia on Wednesday. Bulgaria and the Ukraine also prevailed on the third of five first-round game days. The final is scheduled for Saturday. Ukraine – Slovenia 10-2 Box score The Ukraine improved to 2-1 in the tournament with a 10-2 win over the winless Slovenian team in the morning game in Karlovac. Pitchers Yevhenii Tkachenko and Ivan Skrynskyii combined to keep Slovenia to four hits in nine innings. Dmytro Nelipa collected three hits, two doubles,…
  • B-Level European Championship Vienna: Recaps of Day 3, July 29, 2015

    philipp
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:51 am
    Sweden and Israel remain as lone undefeated countries in the B-Level European Championship in Vienna, Austria after day three of the preliminary round. Sweden downed Poland in the morning game. In the evening matchup Israel prevailed over host Austria. In the afternoon Lithuania earned its first win of the tournament. Austria now needs a win against Sweden in Thursday evening affair to keep their final chances alive. Israel and Sweden will meet on Friday. Sweden – Poland 13-4 Box score Sweden scored five runs in the first two frames and five in the fourth to defeat Poland 13-4 in the first…
  • WBSC U12 Baseball World Cup enters decisive Stage

    philipp
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation TAINAN, Taiwan — The Opening Round of the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup came to an exciting finish on Tuesday, as six of the twelve participating nations advanced to the Super Group phase that begins Thursday (30 July) and will set the stage for the world championship grand finale on Sunday, 2 August. The four top-ranked nations in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings — No. 1 Japan, defending U-12 World Champions No. 2 United States, No. 3 Cuba and No. 4 Chinese Taipei — have all advanced to the second round of the 2015…
  • Major League Baseball to Host European Elite Camp in the Netherlands

    philipp
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Press Release Major League Baseball Major League Baseball will host a European Elite Camp for players at ETO Ballpark in Hoofddorp, Netherlands from August 4th-20th, it was announced on Tuesday. The camp, which is part of MLB’s commitment to the development of the game internationally, will provide Major League Clubs with scouting opportunities of currently eligible and July 2, 2016-eligible prospects. Over 80 players from 18 countries will participate in the camp, which will feature daily workouts and games. Among the participants will be Melissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old shortstop from France…
  • Curacao Neptunus defeats L&D Amsterdam in repeated Game

    philipp
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Curacao Neptunus Rotterdam defeated L&D Amsterdam 5-1 in a re-played game in the Dutch Hoofdklasse on Tuesday evening. Only two days after the end of the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, the game continued in the fifth inning. A protest was approved by KNBSB after Nick Urbanus used an illegal bat in the contest on June 30. Curacao Neptunus opened the repeated game with two runs on RBI hits by Raily Legito and Gianison Boekhoudt to take a 3-1 lead. They added insurance runs in the sixth and eighth en route to the win. Kevin Kelly earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief.
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  • BGB Fantasy League 2015 Week Fifteen

    Mark George
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
    After an extended break for the All-Star Game, it’s time to see who has started the second half of the season with a bang, and which manager had the benefit of the third no-hitter of the season. Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Richie’s RBI’s 45 15 42 7 .278 .814 4 9 47 3 3.21 1.23 11 Cheshunt Maltsters 37 12 37 6 .271 .758 3 7 87 1 4.79 1.46 1 The RBIs are the biggest winners of the week, defeating the Maltsters 11-1. A-Rod belted five homers, Puig drove in eight and Votto scored 11 runs to go with his three homers and .528 average in an offensive sweep.
  • MLB this Week: Trade deadline approaches

    Matt Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    We’ve reached the point in the season when games are played under the shadow of trade rumours as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Nowhere was that more evident than at Wrigley Field on Saturday where the Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Cole Hamels took to the mound amid an avalanche of rumours that it could be his last start for the team. The no-hitter he pitched will be remembered for a long time – not least as the trade deadline approaches every year – as it was one of those stories that sport has a habit of creating. There are games starting before midnight…
  • MLB this Week: Post-All Star break

    Matt Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    After last week’s All-Star break, we’re back into the daily diet of MLB games. There’s a good selection of games this working week starting before midnight UK time. We were not due to have an early game on Monday, but Sunday’s game between the Angels and Red Sox was postponed due to rain – the first such postponement in Anaheim for 20 years – and consequently the two teams are playing a double-header. There’s another double-header on Wednesday as the Reds host the Cubs on a bumper day of early games.  On Thursday, Japanese pitchers Masahiro Tanaka…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week Fourteen

    Mark George
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    We have reached the All-Star Break, so our managers can relax for a few days and enjoy a game without worrying about their stats. Here’s what happened in week 14. Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score   Orpington Isotopes 23 8 25 4 .250 .730 6 2 69 3 3.56 1.19 9  Becknam Lollygaggers 20 7 17 0 .244 .668 7 2 64 1 2.67 1.22 2 After a disappointing and injury-hit first half, my Isotopes at least managed to finish on a high, defeating the Lollygaggers 9-2. Adam Jones was the star man with four homers and joined Molina in knocking in five while Moreland went deep twice and…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week Thirteen

    Mark George
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    We have a new leader at the top of the BaseballGB Fantasy League standings. But which team is it? Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score   NE Riverkings 27 8 27 1 .239 .737 0 3 21 2 2.30 1.35 1  Iron Men 32 11 33 6 .313 .896 2 1 47 2 1.99 0.90 10 Iron Men are the new league leaders after defeating the Riverkings 10-1. J.D. Martinez belted four homers, scored six times and knocked in 10 to go with his .458 average while Span batted .500 and Tulo .409. Kendrick and Harrison stole two bases each in an offensive sweep. On the mound, Kluber struck out 14 and Buchholz, Keuchel and…
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  • Rockies @ Cubs: Butler vs. Lester (Game 100 Thread)

    CTSteve
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    COL (43-55): RHP Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77 CHC (52-47): LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32 First pitch: 1:20pmCT Blackmon* cf Reyes ss Arenado 3b Gonzalez* rf Lemahieu 2b Stubbs lf Paulson* 1b Hundley c Butler p   Fowler cf Schwarber* lf Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Coghlan* rf Russell ss Ross c Lester* p Herrera 2b Lester gave up 2 ER in 7 innings against the Phillies for a no-decision last Friday. He pitched in Colorado in June 2010, giving up 1 ER and 6 hits and taking the loss in the 2-1 game. The Rockies are 11-59 against him (.186). Morneau is 7-22 (.318) with a HR.Butler had a no decision (6 IP, 3…
  • Cubs Take Two from D'backs at Talking Stick

    Arizona Phil
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:20 am
    P. J. Higgins belted a two-run HR, a double, and a single, Roberto Caro reached base six times (a double, an RBI single, three walks, and an E-6), stole a base, and scored a run, Andruw Monasterio singled twice, walked, and scored three runs, and Enrique de los Rios tossed 4.2 IP of two-hit shutout ball, as the AZL Cubs pounded the AZL Diamondbacks 12-1 in the completion of a game suspended on July 5th, and Angelo Amendolare doubled, singled, and drove-in two runs and Jose Paniagua clubbed a two-run home run to lead the AZL Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the AZL Diamondbacks in the…
  • Rockies @ Cubs: Flande vs. Beeler (Game 99 Thread)

    CTSteve
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    COL (42-55): LHP Yohan Flande (0-1, 4.24 CHC (52-46): RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, 6.43 First pitch: 7:05pmCT Blackmon* cf Lemahieu 2b Gonzalez* rf Arenado 3b Dickerson* lf Paulson* 1b Hundley Descalso* ss Flande p   Fowler cf Schwarber* c Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Soler rf Denorfia lf Castro ss Beeler p Russell 2b Beeler--aka, our 26th man--started the second game of a double dip on the 22nd (2 IP, 3 ER). In one of Joe’s better moves, he was pulled for a pinch-hitting Bryant in the third inning. The Cubs scored 5 that inning and went on to win 6-5. None of the Rockies have faced him.Flande…
  • Rockies @ Cubs: De La Rosa vs. Hendricks (Game 98 Thread)

    CTSteve
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    COL (42-54): LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62 CHC (51-46): RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.66 First pitch: 7:05pmCT Blackmon* cf Lemahieu 2b Tulowitzki ss Gonzalez* rf Arenado 3b Dickerson* lf Paulson* 1b McKenry c De La Rosa* p   Fowler cf Schwarber* c Bryant 3b Rizzo* 1b Soler rf Denorfia lf Castro ss Hendricks p Russell 2b Hendricks lost in Cincinnati (6 IP, 5 ER) on Wednesday. Even with that blemish, he’s 2-1 with a 1.69 in his last 5 starts. He had a no-decision in Colorado this year (4.1 IP, 5 ER) in a game the Cubs won 6-5 on a Fowler 9th inning 2-run homer. The Rockies are 14-43…
  • Brewers Whitewash Cubs at Sloan Park

    Arizona Phil
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Trent Clark (Brewers 2015 1st round draft pick - Richland HS - North Richland Hills, TX) tripled and scored, walked twice, stole two bases, and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, and RHSP Miguel Diaz and three relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout, as the AZL Brewers blanked the AZL Cubs 4-0 in Arizona League action Sunday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.Javy Baez (on AAA Iowa 7-day DL - broken left ring finger) continued his AZL rehab, playing shortstop for seven innings and batting three times:  Tags: AZL CubsJavy BaezD. J. Wilson
 
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  • Kevin Kiermaier keeps Chris Archer’s perfect game hopes alive with amazing catch

    Cork Gaines
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Chris Archer is working on a perfect game in the sixth inning and Kevin Kiermaier did this! Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 10, Tigers 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: CURT CASALI! Casali hit 2 home runs for the second straight  game. In his last 20 at bats, Casali has 8 hits, 6 (!) home runs, and 8 RBI. He is just the 3rd catcher to have more than one 2-HR game and (of course) the first to do it in back-to-back games. In fact, Casali is the first Rays player to have back-to-back multi-HR games since Greg Vaughn in 2002. The last player to do it in his first 50 games was Casali’s college…
  • Rays trade David DeJesus to Angels for pitching prospect

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    The Rays have traded David DeJesus to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near Disneyland for 20-year-old pitching prospect Eduar Lopez. Lopez was originally signed by the Angels in 2012 as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. After two seasons in the Dominican Summer league, the right-hander spent the last two summers at the rookie league level in the United States. This season he has a 4.32 ERA in 8 starts with 33 strikeouts and 16 walks in 33.1 innings. The Rays will save about $3 million on this year’s payroll by moving DeJesus. Lopez was the 22nd-best prospect in the…
  • The Rays’ playoff hopes may have just taken a big hit as the trade deadline nears

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    While they are still alive in the AL East, at this point it is more realistic for the Rays to focus on being one of the two Wild Card teams and another team’s recent decision has just made that a little more difficult. Late last week, it looked like the Detroit Tigers could decide to blow up their roster and trade David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Now, it is starting to sound more and more like that won’t happen. The latest comes from Joel Sherman. AL executive: “As of today I am comfortable saying Price doesn’t get traded, and doubtful on Samdardzija” If neither…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    Curt Casali The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 5, Tigers 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: THE RAYS SCORED MORE THAN 4! THE RAYS SCORED MORE THAN 4!…Curt Casali became just the 4th Rays catcher to hit 2 home runs in a game, joining John Flaherty, Kelly Shoppach, and Ryan Hannigan. Flaherty and Shopp each did it twice. Casali’s second home run was an unusual one. It hit at least one catwalk, and maybe two, before landing in 162 Landing…The Rays have a plan for Nathan Karns and they are sticking…
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  • Tampa Bay Rays: Why Matt Moore Will Be Just Fine

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Matt Moore is back for the Tampa Bay Rays, but instead of being a boon to their chances, he has caused them to slip further back in the race. In his first five starts, he is just 1-2 with a 7.61 ERA and a 15-12 strikeout to walk ratio in 23.2 innings pitched. It’s not […] Tampa Bay Rays: Why Matt Moore Will Be Just Fine - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays Game 103: Defense, Offense Ruin Archer’s Gem

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Chris Archer has been the Tampa Bay Rays’ best pitcher, but it also often feels like he is their unluckiest pitcher as well. Wins and losses tell us nothing other the fact that Chris Archer has 6 more starts than Erasmo Ramirez with better results and longer starts yet has just one more win. This […] Tampa Bay Rays Game 103: Defense, Offense Ruin Archer’s Gem - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Granden Goetzman Homers, Robs Homer

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    A debut and a return didn’t quite go as expected, and we bring out the baseball rulebook in Hudson Valley. Welcome to this Tampa Bay Rays minor league recap. Triple-A International League: Gwinnett Braves 9, Durham Bulls 3 We know that Matt Andriese is big league-ready, but this was a really tough start. He tossed […] Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Granden Goetzman Homers, Robs Homer - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
 
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  • National Sports Collectors Show 2015 : Day one highlights

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    "I just spent all morning flying to Chicago and boy are my jokes tired."Welcome to suburban Chicago (aka, Rosemont), home of the 2015 National Sports Collectors Show! Just about everything that's a sports collectible can be found here, including this sweet Brooklyn Dodgers patch....and this 1923 Independent Baseball League schedule. (P.S. smoke Chesterfield, "they satisfy.")At the National, "sports" isn't even a requirement. I've started collecting a set of 1930s aviators that includes Amelia Earhart. What should I find but the same card's original art for sale at a cool $15K?Not every card…
  • Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Goudey's Knot Hole League membership kit

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    How's baseball going for you this year? As we creep closer to the 2015 All-Star Game, I'm stalking the water cooler for trade deadline rumors and flashing back to that year Cliff Lee was a Seattle Mariner for...three months.*sigh*To escape bad memories, check out this fine piece of prewar collecting history, an original mailing envelope and welcome letter for Goudey's Knot Hole League collectors club, complete with faux Lou Gehrig sig.If you were lucky enough in 1934 to have a candy store that stocked Goudey products and patient enough to save up their wrappers, you'd exchange them for a Knot…
  • 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…
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    Baseball Reflections

  • The 6 Biggest Sellers to Watch at Baseball’s Trade Deadline

    Joe Messineo
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    Ah, the trade deadline! It’s the time of year when dreams are made and crushed. We’re past the All Star break now, and the high hopes so many teams had in Spring Training have turned out to be nothing but pipe dreams. Now it’s time for the General Managers of the failed teams to start selling off the players, trying to recoup as much as they can and build for the future. Here are the six teams that are most likely to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline.   Cincinnati Reds The Reds didn’t want to admit they were sellers until after the All Star break – they hosted the…
  • The Greatest Historical MLB Second-Half Comebacks

    Joe Messineo
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Have no fear, Atlanta Braves. No need to worry, Seattle Mariners. There is plenty of time to come back and make the playoffs. You want proof? As the second half of the baseball season begins, here is just a sampling of some teams that overcame large deficits to get into the postseason. 1951 New York Giants Culminated by the most famous home run in baseball history, Giant fans would have never had the chance to revel in Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” if not for their team’s amazing stretch run. At one time down 13.5 games to the cross-town rival Brooklyn Dodgers, New…
  • The All-Stars of the All-Stars

    Joe Messineo
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    What was originally thought of as a one-shot deal in 1933 has been turned into the annual mid-summer night baseball event. Of course, the All-Star Game pits the best players in each league against each other, but even among these high-profile contests, some shine brighter than others—and make up our All-Star “All Stars.” C: Gary Carter His youthful exuberance earned him the nickname “Kid.” His 11 All-Star appearances helped get him to the Hall of Fame. That combination of joy and dedication towards baseball were quite evident in representing the National League. Carter actually made…
  • Baltimore Orioles – Home Sweet Home

    Joe Messineo
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    The defending American League East Champion Baltimore Orioles certainly didn’t get off to the start they wanted in 2015, but thanks to a May to June surge, the team finds themselves right in the thick of the playoff race.   As of July 6, the Orioles currently sit second in the division, just one game behind the first-place New York Yankees. Naturally, Baltimore also find themselves tied for the second American League Wild Card slot with the Minnesota Twins, and just a game back of the leading Los Angeles Angels.   While the ability to finally hit in clutch situations and close out…
  • Early Trade Deadline Predictions

    Becky Wilcox
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:53 pm
    As teams continue to grind through the Major League season, it will become apparent which clubs have a shot at the playoffs, and which clubs are out of it entirely. This evaluation process really picks up near baseball’s trade deadline, which is July 31st. The introduction of the second wild-card team in 2012 has allowed for more teams to be aggressive in acquiring players at the trade deadline. Teams that are on the fringe of being in the playoffs are now making trades to improve instead of clearing dead-weight contracts and many are trying to acquire draft picks and prospects. With the…
 
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  • Book About The 1995-1996 Dakota Rattlers

    independentbaseball
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What book was written about the 1995 and 1996 Dakota Rattlers (Prairie League)?   Answer: “Baseball In The Badlands:  Stale Beers And Stale Careers” by Dave Gilbertson http://theprairieblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/baseball-in.html … Continue reading →
  • Single Season HR Leader For White Sands Pupfish

    independentbaseball
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Of all of the players who have been in uniform for the White Sands Pupfish, who has the most home runs in a single season?   Answer: Henry Gonzalez, Jr. http://www.whitesandspupfish.com/pupfish.asp?page=3&year=2012&team=WHI&sort=hr … Continue reading →
  • First Manager Of Watertown Bucks

    independentbaseball
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Watertown Bucks play in the newly-formed North Country Baseball League.  Who is the team’s first manager?   Answer: Kelly Stinnett http://watertownbucks.com/roster.html … Continue reading →
  • First Uniform Retired By The San Rafael Pacifics

    independentbaseball
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Whose uniform was the first to be retired by the San Rafael Pacifics?   Answer: Steve Detwiler had his uniform number retired before the last regular season game of the 2013 season. http://www.pacificsbaseball.com/index.php/team-info/pacifics-history-and-archive … Continue reading →
  • Maximum Time Allowed By Atlantic League Between Pitches With No Runners

    independentbaseball
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question With the Atlantic League’s “Pace Of Play” initiatives, one of the rules adopted was a maximum amount of time that a pitcher has between pitches when there are no runners on base.  How many seconds does … Continue reading →
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    Baseball Tutorials

  • Fielding for Pitchers: The Glove Only Flip

    kenny
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    This baseball fielding drill is known as the Glove Shuffle, or the bare hand scoop. It is used when you need to charge the ball and throw to home plate for a force out, and sometimes for a tag. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s a great skill for all pitchers to learn for those [...] The post Fielding for Pitchers: The Glove Only Flip appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: Fielding Down 1st and 3rd Base Lines

    kenny
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    In this baseball fielding drill, we’re going to work on fielding the ball down the third base and first base lines. The ball is going to be considered “non-moving”, and we’re going to work on using the bare hand. It’s very important to practice fielding in this method from both the first and third base [...] The post Baseball Fielding: Fielding Down 1st and 3rd Base Lines appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Pitcher Fielding: Two Handed Fielding for Ground Balls

    kenny
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    In this pitcher fielding drill, you practice simulating a throw off the mound, setting up the body in the proper position to be able to come off and field the ground ball with two hands, and then being able to properly set the feet up.  The emphasis is on catching the ball and getting the [...] The post Pitcher Fielding: Two Handed Fielding for Ground Balls appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • 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.
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  • Phillies trade Papelbon to Nats, begin Ken Giles era with win

    Kevin McGuire
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Phillies trade Papelbon to Washington in exchange for double-A pitcher as Giles takes over closer role THE DEAL: The Phillies send Jonathan Papelbon and $4.5 million to the Washington Nationals. The extra money to the Nationals accounts for the remainder of Papelbon’s salary for 2015. Papelbon reportedly agreed to waive his vesting option for 2016 valued at $13 million in exchange for a guaranteed 2016 at $11 million. In return, the Nationals send minor league prospect Nick Pivetta to the Phillies. Pivetta was promoted up to  double-A this season after starting in Class A Advanced. The…
  • Let’s get in a sentimental mood as Rollins suits up to play AGAINST the Phillies

    Kevin McGuire
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Tonight in Los Angeles, for the first time in his lengthy career, Jimmy Rollins will play in a Phillies game for the other team. For the first 2,090 games of his professional baseball career, Jimmy Rollins played in a Phillies game wearing a red cap and a pinstripe or gray uniform (and at times a powder blue alternate or cream home jersey). But not tonight. With the Phillies opening up a west coast swing in Los Angeles, it will be the first time the Phillies take the field and Rollins will be in the other dugout. It’s about to get weird, and sentimental all at the same time. No joke.
  • 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…
 
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  • MLB 2015 Game #9: Rockies vs. Cubs

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    Last night's game demonstrated exactly where the Cubs are in their team's development. They were trailing 4-0 to the Rockies entering the fourth inning only to rally for six runs in the bottom of the frame. After adding an additional run, they attempted to close out the game leading 7-4 in the… read more...
  • No No-hitter Streak Ends

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_424.jpg' width="575" height="324"></div><br /><br /> Whenever I step inside the 101-year-old ballpark… read more...
  • Team Game: 20 Down, 10 to Go

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    When we purchased our tickets to attend the multitude of All-Star Game festivities, it almost felt like cheating. With just 11 team logos remaining on my list, I sensed that I would triumphantly march through the parking lot and scratch off teams left and right. Like hurling a grenade in the… read more...
  • If the 2015 Postseason Started Today

    16 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    While the annual All-Star Game signifies the ceremonial midway point of the Major League Baseball season, every team has technically played more than half of their regular season games. During the opening months of the season, April and May, standings generally mean little. As teams move into… read more...
  • Great American Ballpark, 2015 - Cincinnati, OH

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
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    FoulBallz.com

  • Royals Pains: My Visit to Royals’ Kauffman Ends in Mixed Feelings

    FoulBallzAdmin
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I arrived in Kansas City on June 10, 2015. I was about to enter a week of scoring Advanced Placement essays, something that is surprisingly cool to do to. My plans for after work were simple: Explore as much of the city as possible, particularly baseball related things. Forgetting that KC is in the Central Time Zone, an hour behind me, I got to KC early enough to walk through the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (see upcoming post on that wonderful experience). I had tickets to the Royals/Brewers game on June 17, 2015. I’d gone so far as to buy an Early Bird ticket, hoping that we’d get out…
  • Foul Ball Injuries Take Center Stage: Family Safety Must be Priority

    FoulBallzAdmin
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    This is Part 2 of my discussion regarding the best options facing MLB, MiLB and other baseball leagues as it relates to foul ball and broken bat injuries to fans in the stands. As noted in the earlier post, there is evidence—anecdotal, statistical and common sense—that tells us the first few rows in each park are the most dangerous, with the third base side, according to Gil Fried’s “Don’t Sit There…or There…or There”, being the most potentially dangerous side of the diamond. These facts aren’t in dispute by anyone as far as I can tell. What is being disputed is a baseball…
  • Foul Ball Injuries Take Center Stage: Lessons from Hockey

    FoulBallzAdmin
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    I’ve been asked this question a great deal of late: “Should MLB put up extra netting?” My answer is rather terse yet resounding: “No!” Emphasis generally included. My reasoning is a great deal more sophisticated than that though. Should MLB add netting to protect fans? No. I reiterate. Doing so would damage the very essence, the rare intimacy, of the game. Let’s start with a few facts to help put my reasoning into some perspective: Baseball is a fan-oriented sport. In no other American sport are fans allowed to keep memorabilia. In no other American sport do fans sit so close to…
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum: More than just the History of Baseball

    FoulBallzAdmin
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    DISCLAIMER:My concern in this post is that I do not relate the sheer incredible-ness of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, doing some unintentional injustice to not only some of the greatest baseball players of all times, but also to President Bob Kendrick, who has done an amazing job at gathering historical artifacts of this time in American history and in American baseball. Note that I said history and baseball. The museum is about so much more than just baseball. It’s a look into the history of America too. Even for those who aren’t baseball fans, this museum is…
  • 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…
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  • Elite Baseball Ontario tryouts update

    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    There has been a lot of questions, and interest in our first tryouts which are now less than 2 months away! The first weekend of the tryouts were originally scheduled for 5th and 6th of September, we have now moved them to the 12th, and 13th to accommodate those who want to hit the cottage one last time. I truly appreciate all of the interest, we’re all excited about the opportunity and cant wait to put those Hawks uniforms on our back for the first time in Oct. We are very close to landing, and signing a deal with a very significant title sponsor! Check our twitter account, and website…
  • Hawks announce partnership with former ML baseball player Scott Bullett

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Hawks Elite Baseball Program is proud to announce a partnership with former MLB player Scott Bullett. Scott owns and operates the Bullett Proof Baseball Academy in Welland Ontario. Bullett Proof Baseball Academy is the ONLY indoor baseball training facility in the Niagara area. Operating year round, under the guidance of  former Major League Baseball player Scott Bullett, Bullett Proof Baseball Academy offers group lessons, private lessons, team clinics and private rentals to teams that wish to improve their baseball skills. Bullett Proof baseball also operates four elite Bullett…
  • Breaking down the Quality At-Bat – GameChanger Blog

    admin
    7 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    Didn’t your mom or dad ever tell you, life is more about “quality over quantity?” Mine did, every day it seemed.  But for a long time, this basic tenet of life was lost on me.  Perhaps I was dense or dropped on my head as a child.  I mean, who can tell me that that eating a dozen glazed donuts isn’t as healthy as munching on a salad or that the ‘Rocky’ franchise would have been better off without Rocky V and Tommy Gunn? However, over the years, you begin to realize certain things, like: don’t stick a fork in an electrical socket, your parents DO know every trick in the book,…
  • The 10 Top Home Runs of all time

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    There have been hundreds if not thousands of dramatic moments in baseball over the years. So rather than trying to pick the top 10 plays of all time we’re going to focus on the home run. Without a doubt the most dramatic play in baseball is the home run, and when the drama is at the highest, sometimes the unthinkable happens. Weighing in factors such as the setting, and whats was at stake, here’s a look at the 10 most famous home runs in baseball history, according to us. How many on this list make your top 10? 1.  Kirk Gibson’s Game 1 Game-Winner When: Oct. 15, 1988…
  • Canada’s All Time Baseball Dream Team

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Recently I wrote an article on the 5 greatest Canadian baseball moments of all time and many asked about an all “Canadian All-Star” team. At first I thought, man this will be easy! We’ve had so many talented Baseball players over the years, how hard could this be? So here it is, Canada’s All Time Baseball Dream Team according to me. Below is my attempt at putting together Canada’s all time greatest Baseball team. I’ve put together a starting lineup, plus I’ve included the 4 other members of the starting rotation, a pinch hitter, closer, and a…
 
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    From Duke to Joc

  • Noah Syndergaard & Steven Matz VS Julio Urias & Jose De Leon (New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers Prospect Comp)

    <a href=http://www.SportsBlog.com/profile/PedroCandiotti>PedroCandiotti</a>
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    NY Mets, LA Dodgers Top Prospects 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Comparison, comps, MLB Scouting Reports, MLB Trade Rumors Noah Syndergaard, Julio Urias, Steve Matz, Jose De Leon Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, ESPN, Rankings, Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports The Mets have called up their top 2 preseason prospects to fill their most glaring hole, swinging a bat. Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard have each earned 0.2 oWAR (BaseballReference). That's in 26 PA & 12 games combined. Steven "Bats" and Noah "swing it hard", like most Mets pitchers, don't issue many free passes. The Mets do a great…
  • Bochy Hates Kershaw, Snubs Him Again (2015 MLB All Star Game)

    <a href=http://www.SportsBlog.com/profile/PedroCandiotti>PedroCandiotti</a>
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Bochy enjoying himself while throwing baseballs at Clayton Kershaw's photo on a target (Kershaw target not pictured) Brad Mangin/Getty Images North America Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball, and has been for, at least, the last 5 seasons. I know this, you know this, stat geeks know this, every objective baseball fan knows this, and of course Bruce Bochy knows this. 3 NL Cy Young awards in 4 years, 1st NL MVP by a pitcher since Bob Gibson (1968), 4 time MLB ERA champ, and he's the 2015 strikeout leader. I'll spare you the other league leading stats through his career. I…
  • 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…
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