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  • Hill, Diamondbacks Beat Dodgers 4-2 in 12 Innings

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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
  • Hill's two-RBI knock in 12th picks up D-backs

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    Steve Gilbert
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Aaron Hill's two-run single in the 12th inning led the D-backs to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday night. The win snapped Arizona's six-game losing streak, and it was the D-backs' first win against Los Angeles in six tries this season.
  • Santana seeks to make quick work of Mets

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    Joe Morgan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ervin Santana and Bartolo Colon toe the rubber at Citi Field on Saturday with the Braves seeking to secure the series win.
  • Despite breakthrough, Cubs drop fifth straight

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    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Jeff Samardzija notched his fourth quality start in the Reds' 4-1 victory Friday over the Cubs, who lost their fifth straight but finally tallied a run after 24 scoreless innings.
  • Simon has his say as Reds win Wrigley duel

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    Joe Popely
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Alfredo Simon scattered four hits over six-plus relatively stress-free innings, allowing one unearned run with three strikeouts and two walks to outduel Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija and lead the Reds to a 4-1 win.
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  • Hill, Diamondbacks Beat Dodgers 4-2 in 12 Innings

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
  • A's Come Out Swinging to Beat Astros 11-3

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics went deep four times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.
  • Ross, Padres Beat Cain and Giants 2-1

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.
  • Loney Has 4 RBIs, Rays Beat Yankees 11-5

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their four-game slide with a late-inning comeback.
  • Rays 11, Yankees 5: Yankees’ Bullpen Comes Undone Along With Their Lead

    By PETER KERASOTIS
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Hiroki Kuroda helped the Yankees establish a 4-3 lead over five and two-thirds innings, but his relief allowed eight runs in two innings as Tampa Bay rallied.
 
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  • Hill's two-RBI knock in 12th picks up D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Aaron Hill's two-run single in the 12th inning led the D-backs to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday night. The win snapped Arizona's six-game losing streak, and it was the D-backs' first win against Los Angeles in six tries this season.
  • D-backs rookie set to make first big league start

    Steve Gilbert
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    There's a bit of an experience gap between the two starting pitchers in Saturday's D-backs-Dodgers game. Los Angeles veteran Dan Haren will be making the 320th start of his career, while Arizona's Mike Bolsinger will make his first big league start under the bright lights of Dodger Stadium.
  • Gibson: Pitching woes a matter of execution

    Steve Gilbert
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The primary cause of the D-backs' rough start the season can be traced to the starting rotation. The starters entered Friday's action last in the Majors with a 7.63 ERA.
  • Ross returns from DL; Rowland-Smith DFA'd

    Steve Gilbert
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The D-backs activated outfielder Cody Ross from the disabled list Friday and manager Kirk Gibson put him right in the lineup, in left field and batting fifth. To make room on the roster, the club designated left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith for assignment.
  • Pipeline Perspectives: Bradley should be next up

    Jonathan Mayo
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    To say D-backs prospect Archie Bradley is ready for a big league shot is not exactly breaking new ground. He is, after all, MLB.com's top-rated pitching prospect, coming in at No. 5 in the Top 100 rankings. Though he's just 21, one gets the feeling that it's a question of when, not if, Bradley gets the call this season.
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  • Santana seeks to make quick work of Mets

    Joe Morgan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ervin Santana and Bartolo Colon toe the rubber at Citi Field on Saturday with the Braves seeking to secure the series win.
  • Bullpen preserves gem after Harang flirts with history

    Mark Bowman
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Only a high pitch count prevented Aaron Harang from bidding for history on Friday night at Citi Field. But after he'd delivered seven hitless innings, the Braves preserved his gem with a late-inning eruption that allowed them to cruise to a 6-0 win over the Mets.
  • Overlooked McDowell ensures success of Braves' arms

    Terence Moore
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The most underrated coach of any kind in Major League Baseball is Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, and it isn't even close. The nine-year vet of the staff has led Atlanta to a top-five finish in ERA for the past five years.
  • Heyward's night off has nothing to do with Niese

    Mark Bowman
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Instead of attempting to halt his early-season struggles while facing Mets left-hander Jon Niese for the first time since their last encounter left him fractured and bloodied, Jason Heyward was given a chance to rest as the Braves opened a three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field.
  • Tough rotation decisions may be looming

    Mark Bowman
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    When the Braves entered this season with an injury-depleted rotation, they did not have much reason to believe they would near the end of April wondering who they might remove once Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd are declared ready to pitch at the Major League level. Now those decisions may be looming.
 
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  • Despite breakthrough, Cubs drop fifth straight

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Jeff Samardzija notched his fourth quality start in the Reds' 4-1 victory Friday over the Cubs, who lost their fifth straight but finally tallied a run after 24 scoreless innings.
  • Jackson looks to benefit from Bonifacio's spark

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Reds' and Cubs' respective leadoff men, Billy Hamilton and Emilio Bonifacio, will square off again on Saturday in the second game of the series, and it will be interesting to see who creates the most problems as Tony Cingrani and Edwin Jackson take the mound for their teams.
  • Renteria wants Cubs to 'stay relaxed' on offense

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Entering Friday's game against the Reds, the Cubs ranked 14th in the National League in runs scored, and had been held scoreless in their last 18 innings. What's manager Rick Renteria to do?
  • 'Next chapter' begins for McDonald with Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    When Darnell McDonald reported to the Cubs' Spring Training camp in February, he was fighting for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The outfielder never expected he'd finish with a new job as a baseball operations assistant.
  • Arrieta nearing return with rehab start on tap

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Iowa early next week, and he could then be ready to start for the big league team. Arrieta had tightness in his right shoulder when Spring Training began, and he did not pitch in any Cactus League games.
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  • Simon has his say as Reds win Wrigley duel

    Joe Popely
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Alfredo Simon scattered four hits over six-plus relatively stress-free innings, allowing one unearned run with three strikeouts and two walks to outduel Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija and lead the Reds to a 4-1 win.
  • Speed takes the lead as Cingrani draws Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Reds' and Cubs' respective leadoff men, Billy Hamilton and Emilio Bonifacio, will square off again on Saturday in the second game of the series, and it will be interesting to see who creates the most problems as Tony Cingrani and Edwin Jackson take the mound for their teams.
  • Back spasms lead to Phillips' early exit

    Joe Popely
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was removed in the third inning of Friday's 4-1 win over the Cubs for precautionary reasons after suffering back spasms.
  • Chapman cleared for fielding practice, live BP

    Joe Popely
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Aroldis Chapman threw his second bullpen session on Thursday and it had good results, Reds manager Bryan Price said. He has been given the green light to participate in pitcher's fielding practice and pitch in live batting practice.
  • For now, Votto batting second best for Reds

    Joe Popely
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Since Joey Votto moved up a spot from third to second in the lineup, the Reds' offense has taken off. Over the past five games with Votto hitting second, the Reds have scored 30 runs, including seven or more runs three times.
 
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  • Lyles seeks third win, aims to seal series vs. Phillies

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles faces Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Coors Field.
  • Tulo adds veteran savvy to All-Star tools

    Tracy Ringolsby
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been a force since he arrived in Colorado as a rookie in 2007, but the 29-year-old has added a veteran's savvy to his All-Star tools, and the discipline he's added to his approach at the plate could spell trouble for National League pitchers.
  • Tulo has epic night with five RBIs, three-run homer

    Thomas Harding
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Troy Tulowitzki launched a three-run homer to right-center, and didn't stop until he had three hits, including a double, and five RBIs in a 12-1 Rockies victory at Coors Field on Friday night.
  • Morneau emerging as quiet leader

    Thomas Harding
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Justin Morneau is finding his swing and emerging as a key performer and positive example for the Rockies, with whom he signed a two-year, $12.5 million contract during the offseason.
  • Weiss optimistic Cuddyer can avoid DL

    Thomas Harding
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Rockies outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer did not start Friday night against the Phillies, and manager Walt Weiss said he hopes Cuddyer's left hamstring cramp will not require him to go to the 15-day disabled list.
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  • Astros turn to Oberholtzer to end skid

    Brian McTaggart
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    The A's will try to keep their good fortune against the Astros rolling when they send Houston native Scott Kazmir to the mound on Saturday afternoon to face the team he grew up cheering for as a kid. The Astros will counter with Brett Oberholtzer.
  • Astros match season-high in hits, but A's drub Cosart

    Brian McTaggart
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart had trouble throwing strikes in the first inning against the A's on Friday night. He ended up allowing seven runs in the first inning while managing to record only one out as Houston dropped its fifth consecutive game, 11-3, in the series opener at O.co Coliseum.
  • Lowrie, Porter exchange words in Oakland

    Jane Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Jed Lowrie was simply trying to bring in another run. Bo Porter didn't think the A's needed any more. That's why Houston's manager took offense to Lowrie's decision to bunt in his second at-bat of the first inning, with Oakland already leading, 7-0, of an eventual 11-3 A's win on Friday.
  • Prospect DeShields hit in face by pitch at Double-A

    Brian McTaggart
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' seventh-ranked prospect, was taken to a hospital Friday night after he was struck on the right side of the face by a pitch in the seventh inning of Double-A Corpus Christi's game in Frisco, Texas.
  • Astros bat Springer fourth to jumpstart lineup

    Brian McTaggart
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    George Springer found himself in the clean-up spot in manager Bo Porter's lineup Friday in the series opener against the A's in only his third Major League game. Porter admitted it's something he didn't want to do, but he was hoping it could help get the offense rolling.
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  • Dodgers stung late on wild night to open series

    Earl Bloom
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    Zack Greinke struck out eight and pitched six innings of three-hit ball, allowing just a Miguel Montero home run in the sixth, but the right-hander got a no-decision as the Dodgers were snakebitten in the 12th inning of a 4-2 loss to the D-backs.
  • Seager, Anderson shine for Rancho Cucamonga

    Teddy Cahill
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
    Shortstop Corey Seager and right-hander Chris Anderson were both selected by the Dodgers a year apart with the 18th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. On Friday, the pair teamed up for a big night with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
  • Haren to square off with D-backs rookie starter

    Steve Gilbert
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    There's a bit of an experience gap between the two starting pitchers in Saturday's D-backs-Dodgers game. Los Angeles veteran Dan Haren will be making the 320th start of his career, while Arizona's Mike Bolsinger will make his first big league start under the bright lights of Dodger Stadium.
  • Ellis getting up to speed after knee surgery

    Earl Bloom
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, just 10 days removed from left knee surgery, resumed hitting, throwing and catching on the recent road trip. "I can do everything, baseball-wise, except run," Ellis said Friday, "and that's not a big part of my game."
  • Howell offers versatility as lone lefty in bullpen

    Earl Bloom
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    With Paul Maholm in the rotation when the Dodgers need a fifth starter and Paco Rodriguez sent to Triple-A Albuquerque, J.P. Howell is the lone left-hander in the bullpen. That's just fine with manager Don Mattingly.
 
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  • Garza gears up to face Davis, Pirates

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The Pirates acquired Ike Davis in a trade with the Mets on Friday evening, and he's expected at PNC Park by game time on Saturday. With right-hander Matt Garza on the mound for Milwaukee, Davis presumably has a chance to start.
  • Lohse, 'pen come through for Crew on wild night

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Kyle Lohse covered the Brewers' defensive bumbles with 6 1/3 quality innings, and Carlos Gomez hit a long home run, but this will mostly be remembered as the night Martin Maldonado literally knocked the cover off the baseball in a 5-3 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
  • Maldonado knocks cover off ball -- literally

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Someday, Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado will be able to gather his grandchildren and tell them about the night he knocked the cover off the baseball.
  • Brewers have eye on rehabbing Hanrahan

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The Brewers sent pro scout Cory Melvin to monitor right-hander Joel Hanrahan's showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and Melvin was not alone. Various reports indicate that 18-20 teams had officials on hand for a look at the 32-year-old former Pirates closer.
  • Former first-rounder Jeffress returns to Brewers

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Brewers have re-signed former first-round Draft pick Jeremy Jeffress to a Minor League contract, marking a fresh start for a pitcher whose first tenure with the organization included two suspensions and trouble with seizures.
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  • Crisp returns to lineup with rested hamstring

    Jane Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:27 am
    Coco Crisp, who had started just two of the A's last six games and none since Sunday, was back in the lineup for the A's three-game series opener against the visiting Astros on Friday.
  • Kazmir tries for third win vs. hometown Astros

    Brian McTaggart
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    The A's will try to keep their good fortune against the Astros rolling when they send Houston native Scott Kazmir to the mound on Saturday afternoon to face the team he grew up cheering for as a kid. The Astros will counter with Brett Oberholtzer.
  • A's launch four homers in thrashing of Astros

    Jane Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    The A's showed no mercy to their Friday night houseguests, scoring seven times off the Astros in the first inning, more than enough runs for Sonny Gray to play with in an 11-3 victory in the three-game series opener.
  • Lowrie, Porter exchange words in Oakland

    Jane Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Jed Lowrie was simply trying to bring in another run. Bo Porter didn't think the A's needed any more. That's why Houston's manager took offense to Lowrie's decision to bunt in his second at-bat of the first inning, with Oakland already leading, 7-0, of an eventual 11-3 A's win on Friday.
  • A's content to close by committee

    Jane Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Oakland's closer situation is "status quo" until further notice, Bob Melvin said Friday. The A's manager will use a committee to end games, but will mostly stick with either lefty Sean Doolittle or right-hander Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning, depending on the matchup.
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  • Colon looks to put up more zeros against Braves

    Joe Morgan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ervin Santana and Bartolo Colon toe the rubber at Citi Field on Saturday with the Braves seeking to secure the series win.
  • Mets held to one hit by Braves pitchers

    Joe Lemire
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Hours after trading Ike Davis, the Mets scratched out a single base hit, as Aaron Harang no-hit them for seven innings before David Wright singled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning off reliever Luis Avilan. It wasn't nearly enough to rally the Mets to victory, and they lost Friday night's series opener, 6-0.
  • Ike's time as a Met ends with trade to Bucs

    Joe Lemire
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The Mets on Friday announced the club has acquired right-handed relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infielder Ike Davis.
  • C. Young returns to Mets' lineup

    Joe Lemire
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Following his recovery from an injured right quadriceps, Chris Young returned to the lineup on Friday, batting fifth and playing center field against the Braves.
  • Matsuzaka to back up injured starters

    Joe Lemire
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Terry Collins announced plans to use recently promoted Daisuke Matsuzaka as injury insurance in case either of his hurting rotation members, Bartolo Colon and Jenrry Mejia, is unable to take his scheduled turn.
 
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  • Kendrick looks to control Rockies offense

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles faces Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Coors Field.
  • Pettibone's troubles at Coors Field continue

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone allowed nine hits, eight runs, two walks and one home run in four innings in a 12-1 loss to the Rockies.
  • Prospect Biddle shaves ERA with best start of season

    Teddy Cahill
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:05 pm
    After not making it out of the fourth inning in his last start, left-hander Jesse Biddle delivered his best start of the season Friday, leading Double-A Reading to a 6-2 victory against Harrisburg.
  • Hamels likely to face Dodgers on Wednesday

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    When Cole Hamels comes off the DL, he is most likely to start Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium because it would allow the Phillies to split up left-handers Cliff Lee and Hamels with right-hander A.J. Burnett.
  • Howard working on improving walk rate

    Todd Zolecki
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Ryan Howard, who is hitting .231 with three home runs and seven RBIs, is averaging a walk every 6.20 plate appearances this season, which is the second-best rate of his career. He averaged a walk every 6.06 plate appearances since 2007, but had averaged a walk only every 10.29 plate appearances from 2010-13.
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  • A's launch four homers in thrashing of Astros

    Jane Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    The A's showed no mercy to their Friday night houseguests, scoring seven times off the Astros in the first inning, more than enough runs for Sonny Gray to play with in an 11-3 victory in the three-game series opener.
  • Hill's two-RBI knock in 12th picks up D-backs

    Steve Gilbert
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:40 am
    Aaron Hill's two-run single in the 12th inning led the D-backs to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday night. The win snapped Arizona's six-game losing streak, and it was the D-backs' first win against Los Angeles in six tries this season.
  • Ross tosses gem as Padres stifle Giants

    Corey Brock
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Tyson Ross struck out nine and allowed four hits in tossing eight scoreless innings as the Padres edged the Giants on Friday, 2-1, before a crowd of 34,839 at Petco Park.
  • Lowrie, Porter exchange words in Oakland

    Jane Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Jed Lowrie was simply trying to bring in another run. Bo Porter didn't think the A's needed any more. That's why Houston's manager took offense to Lowrie's decision to bunt in his second at-bat of the first inning, with Oakland already leading, 7-0, of an eventual 11-3 A's win on Friday.
  • Prospect DeShields hit in face by pitch at Double-A

    Brian McTaggart
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' seventh-ranked prospect, was taken to a hospital Friday night after he was struck on the right side of the face by a pitch in the seventh inning of Double-A Corpus Christi's game in Frisco, Texas.
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  • Davis-fortified Bucs set to take on Brewers

    Adam McCalvy
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    The Pirates acquired Ike Davis in a trade with the Mets on Friday evening, and he's expected at PNC Park by game time on Saturday. With right-hander Matt Garza on the mound for Milwaukee, Davis presumably has a chance to start.
  • Morton stumbles against Crew, Bucs can't recover

    George Von Benko
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Pirates couldn't hold an early lead and fell to the Brewers, 5-3, on Friday night, as Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse upped his career record against the Pirates to 11-2. Pirates starter Charlie Morton was tagged for five runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He took the loss, falling to 0-2.
  • Mercer gets spiked, nursing bruised ankle

    George Von Benko
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer exited Friday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers after getting spiked in the third inning by Martin Maldonado. "I wasn't cut. It's just a bad bruise. It is very sore. We'll see how it feels tomorrow," Mercer said after the game.
  • Pirates acquire Davis in exchange for Thornton

    George Von Benko
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named on Friday.
  • With hard work, Volquez finding his stride

    George Von Benko
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The reclamation of Edinson Volquez is starting to pay dividends for the Pirates. Volquez was signed in the offseason to a one-year, $5 million contract with the hopes that pitching coach Ray Searage could help him return to the form he flashed in his first year in Cincinnati in 2008.
 
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  • Yankees Designate Cesar Cabral For Assignment

    Jeff Todd
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The Yankees designated reliever Cesar Cabral for assignment after tonight's game, reports Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes (via Twitter). Cabral, 25, had a rough outing, giving up three earned runs and failing to record an out before he was ejected for hitting his third batter of the inning. Cabral only has 4 2/3 innings of MLB experience over the last two seasons. Across the minors in 2013, he posted a 5.40 ERA in 36 2/3 innings. Prior to that, he had spent his career in the Red Sox organization. In his best season as a reliever, 2011, he worked to a 2.95 ERA in 55 innings at the High-A and…
  • Minor Moves: Brian Omogrosso, Ji-Man Choi, Rafael Perez

    Jeff Todd
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Here are the day's minor moves: Former White Sox pitcher Brian Omogrosso has signed on with the independent league Blueport Bluefish, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. The 29-year-old righty has a 5.54 ERA in 37 1/3 career MLB innings. Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games, the Associated Press reported yesterday (via ESPN.com). Choi, a 22-year-old who was on the club's 40-man, tested positive for methandienone. He received the older first-time-offender penalty because his test was taken before new PED suspension guidelines were put in place. The Rangers have…
  • Jason Bartlett To Retire

    Jeff Todd
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Infielder Jason Bartlett has told the Twins he will retire, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter links). Though the club has asked him to reconsider, says Berardino, the expectation is that he will file his papers. Bartlett had been working on a rehab assignment with Minnesota after making the club's Opening Day roster. Though he only saw four plate appearances this year, he did manage to appear in the outfield for the first time in his career. Over parts of ten MLB seasons, spent almost entirely at shortstop, Bartlett put up a .270/.336/.366 line with 31 home runs…
  • Pirates Acquire Ike Davis From Mets

    Jeff Todd
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    6:22pm: The PTBNL is "fairly significant," tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It is worth bearing in mind, as Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com points out on Twitter, that 2013 draft picks still cannot technically be included in a deal. 5:45pm: A long-awaited deal has finally been struck, as the Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. A deal involving the struggling Davis has long been rumored, with the Pirates long said to be a likely trade partner.  For New York, the departure of Davis…
  • Mets And Pirates Working On Ike Davis Trade

    Jeff Todd
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Mets and Pirates are working on a deal that would send first baseman Ike Davis to Pittsburgh, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. 
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  • Chicago’s Very Own: cellist Lawrence Block

    pmalatesta
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Seventy-eight year-old Lawrence Block plays the cello as if it were a precious child. Feeling each note, touching each string to get the exact sound he wants. The same way he did when he picked it up as a child. Music has always been his true passion. Even when he was eighteen and his cello instructor suggested he pursue a law career instead of music. Block says as a lawyer he made a good living but music has made his living good. Block retired from a successful law career 10 years ago, giving him more time to spend on the Highland Park Strings Orchestra. A community of musicians he started…
  • Medical Watch: Transverse Myelitis

    pmalatesta
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    A competitive break dancer fought back when her body broke down. The debilitating condition that left her in a wheelchair was no match for the champion, who’s now ready for her next challenge. “I was always the feisty girl that you’ll see trying to battle every guy. I’m a break dancer, so I’m known all over the world as Lady Champ.” She was one of the best, battling to make a name for herself in the male dominated culture of break dancing. The determination she showed on the streets would soon serve her well in a different arena. “It was hard because I…
  • North Chicago teen shot & killed

    pmalatesta
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    The victim in this shooting just 15-years-old, an 8th grader. North Chicago Police say they are talking to a few people but so far they have no arrests. If you happened to look down this North Chicago alley at dusk tonight, you’d find a family gathered together saying their goodbyes to 15-year-old Travon Beech. We going to miss you Travon love you. He was shot dead here very early Thursday morning. His family says he was with friends earlier that night. North Chicago police haven’t said if he was by himself when he was shot. Travon’s aunt says, “Somebody was with him, they need to…
  • John Thomas arrested and charged early Friday morning

    pmalatesta
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    John Thomas was in a good mood after receiving house arrest during his arraignment on wire fraud charges in federal court. Promising he would say more about the accusations he stole $370, 000 dollars of taxpayer money, the 51-year old former government mole left the courthouse. Outside, Thomas remained in good spirits, saying he helped the government in the past to avoid arrest. He also denied the accusations. In court, prosecutors pushed for the Chicago real estate developer to remain behind bars. In 2012, Thomas was paid $900, 000 dollars of money from south suburban Riverdale to develop…
  • Surveillance video captures terrifying crash

    pmalatesta
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    A Chicago woman barely escapes after a truck slams into a grocery store Friday afternoon. Surveillance video shows Marilyn McDaniel, 61, standing at the lottery machine inside the Farmers Food Basket at 71st and King Drive. She hears screeching outside and goes to a window to look. A moment later, a pickup truck comes barreling through the store, pinning her leg under an ATM machine. Workers rushed to lift it off. “If she didn’t go to look out the window, she would have been gone,” said store manager, Abed Zayyad. Police say the truck struck two cars before slamming into the…
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  • Ross tosses gem as Padres stifle Giants

    Corey Brock
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Tyson Ross struck out nine and allowed four hits in tossing eight scoreless innings as the Padres edged the Giants on Friday, 2-1, before a crowd of 34,839 at Petco Park.
  • Quentin headed to Arizona to continue rehab

    Corey Brock
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Outfielder Carlos Quentin, who has yet to play in a game because of a bone bruise in his left knee, will head to Arizona on Monday to continue his on-field work as he eyes a return.
  • Kelly set to pitch in extended spring game

    Corey Brock
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Pitcher Casey Kelly, rated the No. 4 prospect in the organization by MLB.com, will appear in an extended Spring Training game Monday in Arizona and if that goes well, he'll head out on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment next week.
  • Rivera impressing on his work with pitchers

    Corey Brock
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Catcher Rene Rivera made his seventh start of the season Friday against the Giants, which ties him for the team lead with Yasmani Grandal.
  • Stults set for another tough matchup vs. Giants' Hudson

    Chris Haft
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The next few days will give the Giants a chance to legitimize their improvement from last year. They're scheduled to face left-handed starters in the next four games: Eric Stults and Robbie Erlin of the Padres in the remainder of the current series, and Jorge De La Rosa and Franklin Morales in the first two games at Colorado on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
 
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  • Lynn looks to get Cards back on track vs. Nats

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Lance Lynn will try to continue his hot start to the season on Saturday afternoon against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats.
  • Shaky defense foils Wacha's strong outing

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    A missed catch by Matt Carpenter and an errant throw by Yadier Molina following a wild pitch compounded a costly seventh inning and helped the Nats to a pair of unearned runs against Michael Wacha. That's all Washington would need to even the series with a 3-1 win in front of 31,237 at Nationals Park on Friday night.
  • Cardinals still adjusting to transfer rules

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    On Thursday night, the Cardinals were the beneficiary of Major League Baseball's now stricter enforcement of its transfer rule, requiring that players keep a ball secured while transferring it from the glove to the bare hand.
  • Matheny talks leadership at U.S. Department of State

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Manager Mike Matheny accepted an invitation to speak to the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State on Friday as part of its speaker series to promote the development and practice of leadership.
  • Edmonds proud to be considered for Cards' Hall

    Chad Thornburg
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    When Jim Edmonds was traded from his hometown team, the Los Angeles Angels, before the 2000 season, he was disappointed. Little did he know that his destination, St. Louis, was where he'd make his home in retirement, where his children would grow up and where he would play some of the best seasons of his Major League career.
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  • Giants' offense sputters in loss to Padres

    Chris Haft
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Giants wasted Matt Cain's superb performance Friday night by mustering four hits in eight innings off right-hander Tyson Ross in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.
  • Posey, Morse get a rest

    Chris Haft
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Buster Posey and Michael Morse, two of the Giants' most prominent offensive threats, received rests Friday night and were not in the starting lineup against the San Diego Padres.
  • Sandoval drops a spot in the lineup

    Chris Haft
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Dropping third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the batting order proved to be easier said than done for manager Bruce Bochy, whose struggling third baseman descended all the way from third in the order to fourth for Friday night's series opener against the Padres.
  • Adrianza gets start at second

    Chris Haft
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Ehire Adrianza, who went 3-for-3 off the bench Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, started only his fourth game of the year, all at second base, in the Giants' series opener Friday night at San Diego.<p/>
  • Hudson gets first of four games against lefty starters

    Chris Haft
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The next few days will give the Giants a chance to legitimize their improvement from last year. They're scheduled to face left-handed starters in the next four games: Eric Stults and Robbie Erlin of the Padres in the remainder of the current series, and Jorge De La Rosa and Franklin Morales in the first two games at Colorado on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
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  • Zimmermann hopes to keep Nats rolling vs. Cards

    Jenifer Langosch
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Lance Lynn will try to continue his hot start to the season on Saturday afternoon against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats.
  • Nats announce their 20 millionth fan

    Bill Ladson
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The Nationals announced their 20 millionth fan at Nationals Park on Friday night. The winner, Wayne Gonsorcik, was given an autographed Ryan Zimmerman jersey and tickets to a Nationals game of his choice.
  • Wild pitch helps lift Gio, Nats over Cards

    Bill Ladson
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The way the Nationals played on Friday night was the antithesis of how they played the previous night. They played much better defense and Gio Gonzalez pitched his best game of the season as the Nationals defeated the Cardinals, 3-1.
  • Recovering Ramos takes five swings with bat

    Bill Ladson
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on the disabled list because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand, began gripping the bat and took five dry swings on Friday.
  • Nats recall lefty Cedeno, send down righty Treinen

    Bill Ladson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    The Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Syracuse on Friday.
 
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  • Facing Red Sox, Norris aims to build on strong start

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The Orioles are in the middle of a 16-game span against all AL East foes, and this weekend's wraparound set with Boston is hardly just another four games on the slate. The Red Sox will have the national spotlight on them in advance of Monday's Patriots' Day, and they'll send lefty Felix Doubront against O's righty Bud Norris on Saturday at Fenway Park.
  • Balanced attack backs Tillman's effective outing

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The Orioles churned out 15 hits, led by a career-high four-hit night from Jonathan Schoop, and used a career-high 2 2/3 relief innings from Brian Matusz to help secure an 8-4 series-opening win over the Red Sox on Friday night. Ace Chris Tillman labored through five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while throwing 122 pitches.
  • O's taking wait-and-see approach on Patton

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Orioles lefty reliever Troy Patton, who is scheduled to come off the suspended list on April 30, is ready to start pitching in games. What happens after that could prove challenging for the Orioles, who will have to clear a roster spot or risk losing Patton -- who is out of options -- on waivers.
  • Meek proving reliable in late-inning spots

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    New Orioles reliever Evan Meek has been used in late-inning situations from the get-go, and manager Buck Showalter said he will continue to use the righty as an alternative to setup man Darren O'Day, depending on the matchups and each pitcher's respective workload.
  • Machado to play first extended spring game today

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will play in his first extended spring game today as he takes a big step forward in his recovery from offseason left knee surgery.
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  • Doubront seeks more success against Orioles

    Brittany Ghiroli
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The Orioles are in the middle of a 16-game span against all AL East foes, and this weekend's wraparound set with Boston is hardly just another four games on the slate. The Red Sox will have the national spotlight on them in advance of Monday's Patriots' Day, and they'll send lefty Felix Doubront against O's righty Bud Norris on Saturday at Fenway Park.
  • Lackey has another rough outing in loss to O's

    Maureen Mullen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    On a frigid Friday night at Fenway Park -- with a first-pitch temperature of 39 degrees -- John Lackey and the Red Sox struggled to find a rhythm in an 8-4 loss to the Orioles. Lackey allowed six runs for the second straight start, giving up 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
  • Farrell appeals to umpires, who overturn call

    Maureen Mullen
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Red Sox manager John Farrell had been 0-for-3 in challenging calls this season, including one on the first pitch of Friday night's game, but he finally got a call to go in his favor.
  • Victorino to begin Triple-A rehab stint Saturday

    Maureen Mullen
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino, on the 15-day disabled list since March 31 (retroactive to March 30), went through a full pregame workout before Friday's game against the Orioles at Fenway Park, and is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.
  • Papi, Gomes expect emotional Patriots' Day

    Maureen Mullen
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    As it has been for most of the week throughout the Greater Boston area, this weekend will be an emotional time for many remembering the anniversary of the tragedies of last year's Boston Marathon and the events that followed. Fenway Park will be no different.
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  • White Sox turn to focused Quintana vs. Rangers

    Scott Merkin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Jose Quintana takes on Colby Lewis as the White Sox and Rangers continue their three-game series on Saturday at Globe Life Park.
  • Ramirez extends season-opening streak to 17

    Scott Merkin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Alexei Ramirez extended his franchise-record, season-opening hitting streak to 17 straight games during Friday's 12-0 loss to the Rangers.
  • Paulino struggles in opener against Rangers

    Scott Merkin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Felipe Paulino allowed 10 runs on 13 hits over 3 2/3 innings during the Rangers' 12-0 rout of the White Sox at Globe Life Park on Friday, putting Paulino's rotation spot in jeopardy.
  • Refreshed Abreu set to make adjustments

    Scott Merkin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    In the throes of a 1-for-25 slump after Friday's series opener against the Rangers, Jose Abreu understands that his success is predicated on making adjustments to counter adjustments already made by opposing pitchers.
  • Beckham closer to return from oblique injury

    Scott Merkin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Gordon Beckham started his sixth straight game for Double-A Birmingham on Friday night, playing second base once again. His injury rehab assignment for a strained left oblique is getting closer to an end, with Beckham not feeling any soreness in the affected area.
 
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  • Kluber faces returning Reyes, Blue Jays

    Gregor Chisholm
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Jose Reyes will make his return to the lineup when the Blue Jays visit the Indians on Saturday afternoon. Left-hander Mark Buehrle takes the mound for Toronto against right-hander Corey Kluber.
  • Masterson's nine K's, Santana's homer not enough

    Jordan Bastian
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Justin Masterson gave the Indians the kind of performance they needed on Friday night, but a late rally by the Blue Jays sent the Tribe to a 3-2 loss in the opener of a three-game series at Progressive Field. With the defeat, Cleveland has dropped six of its past eight games.
  • Rotation issues plaguing Tribe in early going

    Anthony Castrovince
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The good news is that the Indians have better reason to feel comfortable about the state of their starting-pitching depth now than they did going into the season. The bad news is they already have pretty ample reason to consider dipping into it.
  • Francona: Giambi will be activated Monday

    Jordan Bastian
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The Indians have decided to give Jason Giambi a few more days of rest before activating the veteran slugger from the disabled list. Manager Terry Francona said the ballclub will wait until Monday to add the 43-year-old Giambi to the active roster.
  • Gomes remembers time with Toronto fondly

    Jordan Bastian
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Hours before the Indians hosted the Blue Jays on Friday, Indians catcher Yan Gomes headed to the field during an early round of batting practice to chat with a few of his former Toronto teammates. Gomes will always cherish the brief stint he had north of the border.
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  • Smyly struggles, knocked out early by Angels

    Jason Beck
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Left-hander Drew Smyly, making his first start as the No. 5 starter for the Tigers, struggled from the get-go on Friday night in an 11-6 loss to the Angels at Comerica Park. Smyly allowed four runs on six hits over three innings.
  • Tigers promote righty Miller to bolster bullpen

    Jason Beck and Matt Slovin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The Tigers on Friday recalled right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo to supplement a taxed bullpen and optioned rookie outfielder Tyler Collins to Triple-A.
  • Scherzer strategizing to neutralize Angels

    Matt Slovin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Against the Angels' righty-centric lineup Saturday, one can expect a healthy dose of sliders and changeups from Tigers starter Max Scherzer. C.J. Wilson will be on the hill opposite Scherzer as the Angels try to follow up Friday's win at Comerica Park.
  • Miggy's numbers at 31 mirror Aaron's

    Jason Beck and Matt Slovin
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Miguel Cabrera celebrated his 31st birthday on Friday, giving rise to comparisons with Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
  • Chamberlain regaining form on mound

    Jason Beck and Matt Slovin
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Two weeks ago, Joba Chamberlain looked like a pitcher struggling to find his old form, booed off the mound after a rough ninth inning against the Orioles. But, as one American League scout who watched his four outs Thursday said, Chamberlain looks like he could be the Tigers' next setup man.
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  • Vargas delivers as KC earns fourth straight win

    Dick Kaegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Jason Vargas fired seven shutout innings and Mike Moustakas belted a two-run homer to lead the Royals in a 5-0 victory over the Twins on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Royals Minor League report: April 18

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Carlos Peguero's homer in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie as Triple-A Omaha took three of four from Round Rock.
  • Chen, Royals look to keep rolling in rematch

    Dick Kaegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Veteran lefty Bruce Chen and the Royals will try to extend their winning streak to five and secure a series victory against Kevin Correia and the Twins on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Maxwell starts with Royals light in outfield

    Dick Kaegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    With Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson absent, Justin Maxwell, who shared a backup role with Dyson, was thrust into the starting lineup. Manager Ned Yost had to decide whether Maxwell or right fielder Nori Aoki would take Cain's spot in center field.
  • Yost says Butler needs to find timing at plate

    Dick Kaegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Billy Butler's season-launching slump caught everyone by surprise, including Royals manager Ned Yost. Before Friday night's game against the Twins, Yost was asked if he'd seen anything like it from Butler.
 
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  • Kendrick's two HRs, Pujols' 497th lead Angels

    Alden Gonzalez
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Howie Kendrick hit his first two home runs of the season and drove in four runs to pace the visiting Angels to an 11-6 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday night. Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run and right-hander Jered Weaver earned his first win.
  • Freese pulled from lineup with tightness in right quad

    Alden Gonzalez
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Angels third baseman David Freese was scratched from the lineup on Friday, hours before the series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Freese is experiencing tightness in his right quad, an injury manager Mike Scioscia doesn't deem serious.
  • Boesch back in Detroit after getting called up

    Alden Gonzalez
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Angels outfielder Brennan Boesch was a big part of the Tigers from 2010-12, playing in a combined 380 games while posting a .259/.315/.414 slash line.
  • Wilson looks for continued support in Detroit

    Matt Slovin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Against the Angels' righty-centric lineup Saturday, one can expect a healthy dose of sliders and changeups from Tigers starter Max Scherzer. C.J. Wilson will be on the hill opposite Scherzer as the Angels try to follow up Friday's win at Comerica Park.
  • Kendrick awarded home run following official review

    Matt Slovin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Angels designated hitter Howie Kendrick was initially ruled to have hit a double in the fourth inning of Friday night's game against the Tigers, but after Angels manager Mike Scioscia asked for a review, the ball was ruled to have cleared the fence for a two-run homer.
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  • Nolasco, Twins stymied in opener against KC

    Robert Falkoff
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Ricky Nolasco labored in 5 2/3 innings and the offense was held in check by Royals starter Jason Vargas in the Twins' 5-0 loss on Friday night in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Twins looking for Correia to slow Royals' roll

    Dick Kaegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Veteran lefty Bruce Chen and the Royals will try to extend their winning streak to five and secure a series victory against Kevin Correia and the Twins on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Twins say Bartlett leaning toward retirement

    Robert Falkoff
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Veteran shortstop Jason Bartlett has informed the Twins that he is contemplating retirement. Assistant general manager Rob Antony said the club didn't have a hint that Bartlett might be thinking about retirement when he recently reported to Class A Advanced Fort Myers for a rehab assignment.
  • Dozier's power surge sparking offensive attack

    Robert Falkoff
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    A power-hitting second baseman is a precious commodity and the Twins have one in Brian Dozier. With five home runs through the club's first 15 games, Dozier entered Friday's series opener against the Royals tied with Mike Trout for second place in the American League.
  • Gardy gives Kubel break against lefty Vargas

    Robert Falkoff
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Jason Kubel was out of the Twins' lineup on Friday, but only because manager Ron Gardenhire wanted to give him some rest with Royals left-hander Jason Vargas on the mound.
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  • Nova can start Yanks on new winning streak

    Bryan Hoch
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Chris Archer is trying to put a disappointing outing into the rear-view mirror. Ivan Nova wouldn't mind reliving a performance like his last one, which concluded with a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium. Those storylines will come together at Tropicana Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET.
  • Trusted with lead, Yanks 'pen takes its lumps

    Bryan Hoch
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    James Loney delivered the go-ahead hit off Adam Warren as part of a four-RBI performance, highlighting a late charge as the Rays rallied against the Yankees' bullpen to claim an 11-5 victory on Friday at Tropicana Field.
  • Cabral designated after plunking three batters

    Adam Berry
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Left-hander Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Friday night after hitting three batters and getting ejected by home-plate umpire Joe West during New York's 11-5 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. To fill Cabral's spot, the Yankees have called up right-hander Matt Daley.
  • Call at first overturned on Yanks' challenge

    Bryan Hoch
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The Yankees successfully challenged a call at first base involving Ichiro Suzuki in the second inning of Friday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • Tex on target for Sunday; roster ramifications unclear

    Bryan Hoch
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Mark Teixeira singled in five Minor League at-bats on Friday and is moving closer to being activated by the Yankees, who are planning on having him in the lineup on Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
 
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  • Minors homer leader Kivlehan stays hot in Lancaster

    Teddy Cahill
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Patrick Kivlehan may never want to leave Lancaster, Calif. For the second consecutive night, he hit two home runs and Class A Advanced High Desert defeated Lancaster, 9-0. Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 19 prospect, went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. He now leads the Minor Leagues with seven home runs.
  • Elias hopes to stabilize Seattle staff, end skid

    Adam Lewis
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Roenis Elias has been a steady presence since a breakout Cactus League earned him a spot in Seattle's depleted rotation. He'll look to continue his early-season success and help the Mariners snap a four-game losing streak Saturday night in Miami, where Henderson Alvarez can earn his first win of the year and secure a series victory.
  • Mariners rally, but fall on walk-off grand slam

    Christina De Nicola
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Mariners right-hander Yoervis Medina surrendered a walk-off grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton in an 8-4 loss to the Marlins in front of 21,388 on Friday night at Marlins Park.
  • Transfer rule leads to overturned call in Miami

    Joe Frisaro
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Earlier in the day Friday, the Marlins got a memo from the league outlining the umpires' interpretation of the "transfer rule." In the ninth inning later that night, Miami benefited from the rule that has been gaining plenty of attention lately. The rule worked in the Marlins' favor, leading to an overturned call that set up Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off grand slam in an 8-4 win over the Mariners at Marlins Park.
  • Iwakuma pleased after passing another test

    Christina De Nicola
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    An ailing Mariners starting rotation got one step closer to regaining an All-Star on Friday afternoon. Hisashi Iwakuma threw a simulated game of 35 pitches to live batters for the first time, and the right-hander included everything from his repertoire.
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  • Up against Nova, Archer expects fresh start

    Bryan Hoch
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Chris Archer is trying to put a disappointing outing into the rear-view mirror. Ivan Nova wouldn't mind reliving a performance like his last one, which concluded with a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium. Those storylines will come together at Tropicana Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET.
  • Led by Loney, persistent Rays rout Yankees

    Bill Chastain
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The Rays erased a four-run deficit against the Yankees on Friday night to take an 11-5 win at Tropicana Field. With the victory, the Rays snapped a four-game losing streak while moving to 8-9 on the season.
  • Call at first overturned on Yanks' challenge

    Bryan Hoch
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The Yankees successfully challenged a call at first base involving Ichiro Suzuki in the second inning of Friday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
  • Advanced hitting stats on Rays' side

    Bill Chastain
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Before Friday night's 11-5 win over the Yankees, there was no getting around the fact the Rays were in a funk, particularly their hitters. Despite the fact the club had lost four straight, the same mood as always seemed to prevail.
  • Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth

    Bill Chastain
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    By starting for the Rays on Friday night, Erik Bedard became the 21st starting pitcher used by the Rays since 2008, the fewest of any team in baseball. (The Giants are second with 24.)
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  • Lewis faces White Sox in second start since return

    Scott Merkin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Jose Quintana takes on Colby Lewis as the White Sox and Rangers continue their three-game series on Saturday at Globe Life Park.
  • Perez shuts out White Sox in opening rout

    T.R. Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Rangers, behind the pitching of Martin Perez, recorded their fifth shutout of the season, as well their fourth consecutive victory, with a 12-0 pounding of the White Sox on Friday night.
  • Rangers call up Poreda to shore up bullpen

    T.R. Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Rangers called up left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda to help out in their bullpen for the next four days and ease the workload of Neal Cotts and Pedro Figueroa.
  • Harrison set to make third rehab assignment

    T.R. Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Matt Harrison, on the disabled list while recovering from last year's back surgery, will make his third rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Saturday night and will take a simple approach to the outing.
  • Saunders heading to Arizona to continue rehab

    T.R. Sullivan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Rangers are sending pitcher Joe Saunders to Arizona to continue his rehab at their complex in Surprise. Saunders lives in the Phoenix area, his wife just gave birth to their third child and he is still not ready to come off the disabled list.
 
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  • Reyes returns to Blue Jays' lineup in Cleveland

    Gregor Chisholm
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Jose Reyes will make his return to the lineup when the Blue Jays visit the Indians on Saturday afternoon. Left-hander Mark Buehrle takes the mound for Toronto against right-hander Corey Kluber.
  • Blue Jays hang on for tight win in Cleveland

    Gregor Chisholm
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Melky Cabrera tied a career high with four hits while Edwin Encarnacion added the go-ahead RBI in the top of the seventh inning to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 victory over the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.
  • Prospect Norris extends scoreless-innings streak

    Teddy Cahill
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Left-hander Daniel Norris, the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, and right-hander Kramer Champlin combined to throw a one-hit shutout Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin defeated Brevard County, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.
  • Reyes to return today; Kawasaki optioned

    Gregor Chisholm
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Blue Jays finally have their leadoff man back in the fold as Jose Reyes is set to make his return today.
  • Blue Jays place Lind on DL, call up Francisco

    Gregor Chisholm
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Blue Jays placed designated hitter Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list after Friday night's game vs.the Indians because of a sore lower back.
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  • Red Sox vs. Orioles: Brock Holt is back

    Ben Buchanan
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Brock Holt is back in Boston as the Red Sox take on the Orioles in Fenway Park. Brock Holt will make his return to the Boston lineup Friday night, taking the place of Ryan Roberts as the Red Sox take on the Orioles in Fenway Park. Today's Lineups BALTIMORE ORIOLES BOSTON RED SOX Nick Markakis - RF Grady Sizemore - LF Delmon Young - LF Daniel Nava - RF Chris Davis - 1B Dustin Pedroia - 2B Adam Jones - CF Mike Napoli - DH Nelson Cruz - DH Mike Carp - 1B Matt Wieters - C Xander Bogaerts - SS J.J. Hardy - SS A.J. Pierzynski - C Steve Lombardozzi - 2B Jackie Bradley - CF Jonathan Schoop - 3B Brock…
  • Red Sox recall Brock Holt, DFA Ryan Roberts

    Marc Normandin
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The infield gets a makeover with Holt back in Boston and Roberts out of town. Infielder Brock Holt has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, and to make room on the 25-man roster the Red Sox designated Ryan Roberts for assignment according to the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson and WEEI's Alex Speier. It's not unexpected news, thanks to Roberts' struggles, but it is welcome given Boston's needs on the offensive side. Must Reads Ryan Roberts' Red Sox career could be over soon Matt_Collins Ryan Roberts was brought in to provide some infield insurance in the wake of Will…
  • What do the Red Sox do with the outfield when Shane Victorino returns?

    Joon Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Red Sox seemingly have an outfield log jam when Shane Victorino returns from injury. As a self-professed big fan of Zooey Deschanel ("Queen of the Hipsters" as my friend Mike likes to call her), I was on the boat with FOX's sitcom New Girl from the beginning. If you watched the pilot of the show, you probably noticed the impeccable camaraderie between the cast from the beginning. One character who made a lasting impression happened to be "Coach," a personal trainer with anger issues played by Damon Wayans Jr. Critics lauded the character and as someone who always cheers for sitcom pilots…
  • Pawtucket Red Sox update: Rubby De La Rosa, Bryce Brentz, Drake Britton

    Marc Normandin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Rubby's last shot at starting is going well, Brentz is scuffling, and Britton's still in relief. Rubby De La Rosa Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev ERA GS IP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W 2014 25 -2.0 Pawtucket IL AAA 1.08 3 16.2 59 0.660 4.3 0.0 1.6 7.6 4.67 8 Seasons 3.11 62 330.0 1397 1.255 7.1 0.4 4.2 8.9 2.12 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 4/18/2014. De La Rosa's last chance to stick as a starting pitcher was possibly something of an accident: prospect Matt Barnes was limited in spring training and hasn't pitched for the PawSox yet in 2014 at the same time…
  • Jon Lester is as good as he's ever been

    Marc Normandin
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    He's going about it a different way, but he's still the Jon Lester the Red Sox need. Jon Lester has started off the 2014 season about as well as a pitcher realistically can. He's leading the league in innings with 29, which he's compiled over his first four starts of the year. He's struck out a batter per inning, walked just four, owns a 2.17 ERA, and has been so efficient that he's on pace for almost 240 innings. It's just April, so expecting this to continue exactly so for the duration of the season is asking for disappointment, but it's a thrilling start to the season for Boston's ace…
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  • OPS Leagues: Fake Plastic Dee

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Everything comes back to your league’s settings. If steals have a decent amount of weight and you can’t punt them, then you might have to deploy a guy like Dee Gordon. In theory, it’s nice to have a team filled with guys who have power and speed, but those guys are rarely undervalued. You don’t need me to tell you that Gordon won’t continue producing a .373/.421/.510 line. If you can sell high, then by all means do so. Although the reality is that he may have been a waiver wire guy and it’s tough to get anything of value from them in a trade this early in the season. He’ll still…
  • Forecaster | Week Four

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    If you like pitching, you’ll love the fourth week of the fantasy baseball season. Like, more than a fat kid loves cake. More than Joanie...
  • Fantasy First Pitch for Week 4

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    There are almost too many two-start options for owners to sift through in advance of Week 4. Our Al Melchior shares his perspective on your Fantasy rotations.
  • Yankees Designate Cesar Cabral For Assignment

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    The Yankees designated reliever Cesar Cabral for assignment after tonight's game, reports Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes (via Twitter). Cabral, 25, had a rough outing, giving up three earned runs and failing to record an out before he was ejected for hitting his third batter of the inning. Cabral only has 4 2/3 innings of MLB experience over the last two seasons. Across the minors in 2013, he posted a 5.40 ERA in 36 2/3 innings. Prior to that, he had spent his career in the Red Sox organization. In his best season as a reliever, 2011, he worked to a 2.95 ERA in 55 innings at the High-A and…
  • Minor Moves: Brian Omogrosso, Ji-Man Choi, Rafael Perez

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Here are the day's minor moves: Former White Sox pitcher Brian Omogrosso has signed on with the independent league Blueport Bluefish, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. The 29-year-old righty has a 5.54 ERA in 37 1/3 career MLB innings. Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games, the Associated Press reported yesterday (via ESPN.com). Choi, a 22-year-old who was on the club's 40-man, tested positive for methandienone. He received the older first-time-offender penalty because his test was taken before new PED suspension guidelines were put in place. The Rangers have…
 
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  • Confidence in Your Business

    Joey Burzynski
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    By Leo Babauta The urgent desire for a successful business, and the fear of losing business, drives many a good person to do sleazy things. I’m not talking about casino owners or pimps or politicians or corporations. I’m talking about good small business owners who become marketers. Let’s say you have a blog, and you write good stuff, and people like it. Now what? How do you build that into a business? Maybe you see people who’ve made millions online: How did they do it? Internet marketing. They built mailing lists, then manipulated those lists through emotional…
  • 10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

    Joey Burzynski
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Leo Babauta Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day. Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes and difficult conversations would never get done. The best books would never be written. All the achievements of humankind would be imagined, not realized. So what should we do if we’re facing a task we don’t want to do? Well, we can run, and find distraction. That usually works, until it causes problems. Or we can find a way to get crap done. Here’s how to get crap done. Meditate on why you need to do this. Instead of giving in…
  • On Making It Through Tough Journeys

    Joey Burzynski
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me about a very tough journey he and his wife are setting out upon, and asked for some words of advice or motivation though this tough time. Difficult times can be a test of our souls, and as such can be some of the most instructive times possible. It’s easy to be happy and motivated when things are going well. But what happens when they fall apart, or unexpected troubles come your way, or things go exactly as you don’t want them to? What do you do then? I’ll share some things I’ve been learning about personally, and give you a word of…
  • The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

    Joey Burzynski
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours running, doing bodyweight exercises, doing Crossfit, playing sports, biking, swimming, and generally doing the craziest kinds of exercises possible. They’re all very good, but for the time that I’ve invested in them, weights are the ones that matter most.
  • What to Think About During Exercise

    Joey Burzynski
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it? Why not read fun stuff on the Internet instead? Well, other than the fantastic health benefits, exercise is a wonderful time to think, to practice mindfulness, to socialize, to escape distraction. A little background about my qualifications: when I started running in 2005, I could barely run 5 minutes and was…
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  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    • "Gleeman and The Geek" will be live on KFAN this Sunday (and almost every Sunday) at 4:00 p.m. You can tune into 100.3 FM, stream the show online at KFAN.com, or just continue listening to the show not live as a podcast. • An online dating website exclusively for Green Bay Packers fans sounds like an excellent idea and certainly isn't something to be made fun of. • Sure, this looks crazy and all, but let's see him do it in a Honda Fit. • I was a guest on "Fan Graphs Audio" with one of my favorite people, Carson Cistulli, for a show that completely avoided baseball and ended when his…
  • Twins Notes: Dozier, Plouffe, Buxton, Mauer, Burton, Nunez, and Hughes

    aarongleeman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    It doesn't make a lot of sense to attempt any meaningful analysis after just two weeks, but here are some random observations I've had while watching the Twins start 6-7 ... • Last year Brian Dozier set the Twins' record for homers by a second baseman with 18, which came as a surprise after he totaled just 16 homers in 365 games as a minor leaguer. There was evidence that Dozier changed his approach at the plate to pull the ball more, and he's already gone deep four times in 13 games this year. I'm still not convinced he's a top-of-the-order bat, but 15-20 homers along with a solid glove…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #141: Mauer, ACLs, Outfield Injuries, and Babygirls

    aarongleeman
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included being kicked off radio, heading back to Mason's, everyone going Joe Mauer crazy, torn ACLs, Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia getting hurt, trading for Eduardo Nunez, the pros and cons of calling someone "babygirl," Brian Dozier's power, hockey riots, Jason Kubel turning back time, not keeping Byron Buxton safe, Uber vs. taxis, and special guests David Brauer, Renee, Lou, Lucas, and Tanya. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 141 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's…
  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    • Delmon Young hitting a 50-hop ground ball past a diving Derek Jeter is what the 2014 baseball season is all about • Bartolo Colon jiggling his gut is my spirit animal. • If you've ever wanted a customized nickname from Ron Gardenhire, this is your lucky day. • Someone please hire Randball's Stu to write for a living. He suddenly needs a job and is Minnesota's funniest writer. • The lesson here is to not trust anyone who doesn't like Kendrick Lamar. • My analysis of the Twins trading for Eduardo Nunez was mostly underwhelming. • I love how seriously Jay Boller took his analysis…
  • Twins acquire Eduardo Nunez from Yankees for Miguel Sulbaran

    aarongleeman
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Just a few years ago a not-insignificant number of people in New York talked up Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees' heir apparent to Derek Jeter at shortstop, but that was always pretty far-fetched and now that Jeter is actually ready to retire it looks downright delusional. Nunez's stock dropped so much that last week the Yankees designated him for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot and yesterday the Twins acquired him for their No. 28 prospect, Miguel Sulbaran. Nunez proved to be a horrible defensive shortstop when filling in for Jeter, making 30 errors in 1,150 innings (including 124…
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  • Time for something new

    Alex
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:14 am
    If you've ever wanted to try something new, here's a site I'm creating devoted to fantasy volleyball
  • Fantasy Hockey Data

    Alex
    5 Feb 2012 | 3:01 am
    If you're looking for statistics and data to help you win at fantasy hockey, check out NHL Ice Time. It updates each day to show players with the greatest increases and decreases in playing time in the previous days games compared to their season averages.
  • Football Advice For 2011

    Alex
    21 Jul 2011 | 3:09 am
    If you're looking for fantasy football advice for 2011, look no further than Fanduel Insider, which has plenty of stuff to help you out in preparation for fantasy football 2011
  • Update

    Alex
    30 Aug 2010 | 3:07 am
    Three months isn't long to wait to update a blog, right?Quick update on my teams: The slow draft team is 10th out of 15. Playing part of the season without a second baseman will do that. My bad Online Double Play team just worked it's way up to 5th out 12. That's as high as it's going to make it, as I'm trailing the 4th place team by 17 points. My good Online Double Play team is fighting for first in it's league. Today, I'm in first. But I've been swapping positions on a daily basis with one other team. As recently as two weeks ago, there were six teams shuffling positions daily, but the race…
  • NFBC Leagues Update

    Alex
    17 May 2010 | 2:23 am
    Quick updates on my three NFBC teams...The slow draft team is still struggling, but at the moment it's moved up from last place to 13th out of 15. Surprisingly, the pitching has been adequate, despite my ending up with only 5 starting pitchers in major league rotations so far. However, my hitting has been awful. The main issue wasn't so much that I didn't try to draft depth. It was that I did a lousy job of identifying players who would receive full time at bats, and have ended up with several part time players in my lineup for part of the season. The most damaging situation has been having…
 
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  • Video Game Review: 2014 FIFA World Cup

    Mike Chen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The FIFA 14 experience is now dressed up in World Cup duds. Just as EA Sports did in 2010, the video game behemoth is ready to offer a companion piece to the ultra-popular FIFA series with the FIFA World Cup set to take over Brazil in a few weeks. 2014 FIFA World Cup streamlines the series experience, distilling it down to a strict focus on the world’s most popular tournament. But at US$59.99, is it really worth the price of entry? GRAPHICS/SOUND (4.5/5) For the primary FIFA game, resources have to be spread out across teams, leagues, and players. Not so with 2014 FIFA World Cup, as…
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu Seeks Revenge Against Giants

    RotoRob
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    Hyun-Jin Ryu is hoping for better results against the Giants Thursday. (Nostraballus.wordpress.com) Back in January, when we slotted Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu 20th in our Starting Pitcher Rankings, we wondered what kind of adjustments the league would make against him after his fine “rookie” season (as always, we balk at calling a player that has seven years professional experience a rook). Well, so far, we’d say the rest of the majors is still trying to figure Ryu out as he’s provided value almost exactly as we thought he would (he’s currently 21st…
  • Honouring Jackie Robinson

    RotoRob
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day. (Biography.com) Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day, the annual tribute to the first black player in the majors, 67 years ago to the day. As you all know, Robinson’s No. 42 was retired across the majors several years ago, and on Jackie Robinson Day, every single player wears No. 42. Yes, plenty of people are growing tiresome of this annual event and the invariable confusion it brings when watching games on that day. To those people, we offer the following rebuttal: screw you. Suck it up for a day, and use that time to think about what Robinson had to endure…
  • 2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings

    Josh Johnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Kenley Jansen heads a bullpen filled with ex-closers. (Mikesciosciastragicillness.com) By Josh Johnson, Jake Watroba, RotoRob and Tim McLeod The 2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit rolls on today with the release of our final cheat sheet. So while you Matt Moore owners resign yourselves to losing your man for the year, let’s review the top 105 relievers in Fantasy baseball for 2014. Note that this list is current as of April 15. With closers losing their jobs seemingly daily, this has become the toughest position to rank, just from the standpoint that you are aiming at a constantly moving…
  • Review: MLB.TV Premium App (PS4/XB1)

    Herija Green
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    The differences between the PS4 and XB1 apps are significant. With the launch of the two new consoles, we thought it was a good time to revisit the MLB.TV Premium app that was released just in time for Opening Day on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Priced at US$129.99 for the season, or US$24.99 per month, let’s see how the app performs on these new platforms. PlayStation 4 Menu Upon launching, you’re presented with a full-screen grid showing all the games for the current date. By default, these go top left to bottom right in order of start time, though if you identify a favourite…
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  • G17: Orioles 8, Red Sox 4

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Orioles - 103 020 101 - 8 15 0Red Sox - 000 120 100 - 4 11 0Nick Markakis lined John Lackey's first pitch of the game down the left field line. The ball landed foul, kicking up only dirt to the left of the chalk line.Third base umpire Will Little signaled a fair ball and Markakis pulled in at second with a double.Boston manager John Farrell challenged the call. As two umpires donned headsets to listen as the play was reviewed, Fenway Park's scoreboard showed replays of the ball landing foul. So now everyone in the park knew the ball was not a double. After a delay of roughly three minutes,…
  • G16: Red Sox 3, White Sox 1

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Red Sox - 000 001 002 - 3 5 0White Sox - 000 001 000 - 1 8 0Jon Lester (8-7-1-0-9, 112) retired the first 16 Chicago batters and the Red Sox bats - non-existent again through eight innings - awoke in the ninth, with David Ross's double snapping a 1-1 tie.After Wednesday night's 14-inning game, Boston needed Lester to pitch deep into the game - and the lefty delivered. The White Sox did not hit a ball out of the infield until the fifth inning. After Xander Bogaerts homered to deep left off Chris Sale (7-1-1-3-10, 127) in the top of the sixth (444 feet), Lester surrendered three straight hits…
  • Fun Facts From Last Night's 14-Inning Walkathon

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Gordon Edes shares some facts, including:The Red Sox became the first team since at least 1920 to reach base safely at least 23 times in a game in which they had six or fewer hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Fifteen walks, two hit batsmen, six hits. This was the eighth time in club history the Red Sox have received 15 or more walks in a game. The club record is 18, in a 14-13, 12-inning loss to the Tigers on Sept. 17, 1920. The 275 pitches thrown by eight White Sox pitchers, including utility infielder Leury Garcia, are the most ever thrown by a White Sox team in a game of 14…
  • G15: Red Sox 6, White Sox 4 (14)

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Red Sox - 100 000 011 010 02 - 6 6 2White Sox - 100 002 000 010 00 - 4 10 0Jackie Bradley's double with two outs in the fourteenth inning - a rope down the right field line - scored two runs and gave the Red Sox a much-needed victory in Chicago. Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera - who had both walked with two outs - scored on the play.Until that moment it had been a supremely frustrating night for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia (double), Xander Bogaerts (RBI single), and David Ortiz (single) began the evening with three consecutive hits off John Danks (6-3-1-4-3, 111) - but Boston would not get…
  • G14: White Sox 2, Red Sox 1

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1 3 1White Sox - 010 000 001 - 2 5 0Jake Peavy / Erik JohnsonSizemore, LFBogaerts, SSOrtiz, DHNapoli, 1BNava, RFPierzynski, CRoberts, 3BBradley, CFHerrera, 2BAfter winning two of three in the season-opening series in Baltimore, the Red Sox (5-8) have lost seven of ten games.The wide range of BABIP (batting average on balls in play): Jackie Bradley (.409) and Daniel Nava (.156).John Farrell had some strong words for MLB's new instant replay system - "It's hard to have any faith in the system" - and MLB has fined him for those comments.AL East Note: Tampa Bay starter…
 
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  • Early Promise, Early Delivery?: NL Rookies Poised to Make an Impact Right Away

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    (TOP STORY) On the weekend, we took a look at those lucky rookies who broke Spring Training already a part of their AL club's Opening Day roster. Today we look at the NL's early bloomers, some of whom are already contributing in a big way. [more...]
  • Closer Watch Update: CHC

    Update: CHC -- Jose Veras is out as the Cubs cloer after another blown save, but none of the other options look quite ready to step up, either. If we had to place a bet on which Cub would have the most saves come June, we'd choose Pedro Strop.... or maybe Hector Rondon. On second thought, we'd pass. Gambling is bad for you. (4/12/2014)
  • Prospects on the Rise...

    These prospects have moved up in our composite rankings recently: George Springer (#17)... Albert Almora (#29)... Kolten Wong (#41)... Chris Owings (#58)... Matt Davidson (#62)... Jake Marisnick (#66)... James Paxton (#70)... Mookie Betts (#81)... Taylor Guerrieri (#98)... Eddie Rosario (#102)... Chris Withrow (#106)... Alex Colome (#115)... Alex Guerrero (#116)... Mike Montgomery (#122)... Roenis Elias (#123)... Phillip Ervin (#128)... Dan Vogelbach (#140)... Adalberto Mejia (#143)... Rob Kaminsky (#167)... Christian Vazquez (#184)... Yangervis Solarte (#187)... Gary Brown (#196)... Jake…
  • And Prospects on the Fall...

    These prospects have moved down in our composite rankings recently: Erik Johnson (#76)... Jeurys Familia (#218)... Donn Roach (#392)... Stefen Romero (#480)... See our detailed prospect rankings for more info. (4/19/2014)
  • Camp-Breaking Rookies Earn MLB Spots: Hey Kid, You're Up!

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Lost among all the Opening Day hubbub, a number of promising MLB rookies have been given their first real chances to shine in the Show this week. As the month of April lengthens, these prospects will need to embrace their opportunities, or risk being relegated to the minors in baseball's ultimate walk of shame. [more...]
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    Mop Up Duty

  • The Premature Post-mortem of the 2014 Blue Jays

    Callum Hughson
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Today a piece on the Blue Jays was released by SB Nation, a network of fan-centric sports blogs.  Written by San Francisco Giants blogger Grant Brisbee, “The premature burial of the 2014 Blue Jays” discusses how the Blue Jays decided to “go for it” in the off-season of 2012: the assets the Blue Jays parted with, the assets the Blue Jays acquired, the payroll implications and how the moves worked out for the Blue Jays in 2013 (spoiler alert: not good).  It’s a post-mortem of sorts, and is similar to a view that is not uncommon in the blogosphere and American…
  • FitzFX

    Neil FitzGerald
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    FitzFX scorecards provide a review of each MLB pitcher’s appearance along multiple dimensions with a focus on evaluating performance. View FitzFX Scorecards at: http://scorecards.mopupduty.com Each MopUpDuty.com scorecard is provided for a single day of MLB activity and is broken down by game and pitcher, highlighting important metrics, visualizations and comparisons to facilitate the reader’s rapid review/analysis and change identification. The base data underlying the scorecards is based on the Pitch FX data provided through MLB.com. Some derived metrics are created by Neil…
  • Series Preview: Astros vs Jays

    Matthias Koster
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    The AAAA Houston Astros come to town for a three game set, Tuesday April 8th – Thursday April 10th. I stand by the above quad-A Astros statement— the team is stocked full of players that are AAA or AAAA caliber. Astros Lineup Overview The OF consists of Robbie Grossman, a below average fielding OF that is forced into duty at CF in 2013. Grossman’s main claim to fame is a 104 BB minor league season back in 2011. This walk rate unfortunately hasn’t translated over the MLB, as Robbie walked just 23 times in 257 AB last season. Fortunately for the Astros, they acquired Dexter Fowler…
  • Bob Gibson Quotes, Stories and Anecdotes

    Callum Hughson
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    This past weekend I attended the Toronto Blue Jays’ home opener, eagerly anticipating Dustin McGowan’s first start since 2011.  I’ve always been a fan of McGowan’s wipeout slider. In fact, I’ve always been fascinated with the pitch itself  (perhaps it’s because I could never throw one in my limited playing career  – I think my hands are too small). I’ve fawned over Dave Stieb’s slider and wondered aloud how Dave Stieb’s slider stacks up against Steve Carlton’s. Could McGowan have the next great Blue Jay slider?  Those…
  • The Toronto Blue Jays’ first home opener: as told by the late Doug Ault

    Callum Hughson
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    The first Toronto Blue Jays player to ever hit a home run, the late Doug Ault discusses the fickleness of Toronto fans and the pitfalls of having a loaner car to drive around the city: Doug Ault was the Jays’ rookie first-baseman and his 2 home runs helped to propel the Blue Jays to a 9-5 victoriy in their inaugural home game.   Ault went on to hit 15 more home runs in his Major League career before playing in Japan and finally the Mexican League.  At the conclusion of his playing career, Ault managed the Blue Jays’ AAA affiliate Syracuse Chiefs, winning the International…
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  • After Liposuction Can The Fat Return

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Most aesthetic procedures add something to the body. Liposuction does just the opposite. It is an invasive process that actually sucks the fat from the body. The thing is there are a few seriously inherent risks connected with it. Luckily, we will all shortly have the ability to get the advantages of liposuction without the threats. This is only because laser lipo is not appropriate for everyone. When you are seeing to discard some extra fat you will want to look at what the ideal candidate could be for this treatment. For example, in order to have this procedure done you must be in good…
  • When Cleaning Out Your Cabinet

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    A dryer port that has not been cleaned in the past year or two, wants appropriate cleaning. When your dryer is running longer than the common, you will need to wash it. If short and straight, they may be cleaned easily from the owner. You will need particular tools and equipment in some cases. Most repair firms do the job with special tools. Even in poor economic times, folks want the conveniences of house. They want a clean house. Do not forget too, that they also are working jobs within their areas of expertise so that they simply do not have time to wash and arrange their house. This is…
  • Best Carpet Cleaners Tucson Arizona

    admin
    15 Jan 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Carpet repair work after flood is one of the first points that folks think regarding after their home was ruined by water. Water can influence your carpetings in various other methods. It is essential to ascertain the quantity of destruction that was made for them, so that you could see if carpet repair adhering to a flood is possible or you require to replace the carpeting in your house. Whenever you can, there are individuals that favor to re-establish their carpetings. It is likewise more economical than changing them. Nonetheless, several people think they have to pay somebody to do the…
  • Carpet Cleaning .Com

    admin
    15 Jan 2014 | 6:08 am
    Vacuum Cleaning: To buy rid of routine grime and dust from your rugs, vacuum cleaning is the most effective way to tidy woollen carpets. It can quickly remove all the tiny fragments of dirt and debris caught within the fabric. Initially, get it outside and tremble it intensely so the loosened dirt bits diminish. Job with a great quality vacuum with revolving beater bar affixed to it. Make certain to vacuum tidy both areas of the carpets. Essentially, a wool carpeting requires complete vacuuming a couple of times in a week. You might try using a combination of 1/4 cup of bleach and one 1/4 mug…
  • 24 Hour Crisis Plumber What Advantages Can You Get

    admin
    15 Jan 2014 | 1:25 am
    Lots of moderate diy tasks could be carried out by the normal resident. Residence renovation is a huge scale endeavor that requires an excellent offer of knowledge in addition to experience to be carried out right. Do-It-Yourself service providers could supply you that. They are able to route you within the preparation duration to assist you discover exactly what exactly are the most exceptional alternatives and styles for the room. They can supply their know-how in your work and supply options and advice to enrich your outcomes. They understand individuals within the sector, featuring…
 
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • The Secret Service Threatened to Kill Mr. Met

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    DUCKING MASS?Mr. Met, the mascot for baseball’s saddest franchise, received a stern warning from the Secret Service in 1997, when President Clinton visited Shea Stadium: “Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot.” Former Mr. Met AJ Mass recounted the death threat in his new book, Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots..... “We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?” the agent…
  • Pirates Acquire Ike Davis From Mets

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I had to make sure Zack Thornton wasn’t Zach Stewart, but does it matter?A long-awaited deal has finally been struck, as the Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thornton and a player to be named later… For New York, the departure of Davis means that the club will move ahead with Lucas Duda as its regular first baseman, a role that he had taken on early in 2014. It also marks the end to an ultimately disappointing tenure in New York for the 27-year-old, left-handed hitting slugger. Meanwhile, the Pirates will take on the…
  • A’s, Doolittle agree to 4-year extension

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    OAKLAND—The Athletics have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle on a new five-year contract for the 2014 through 2018 seasons. The agreement also includes club options for both the ‘19 and ‘20 seasons. The A’s have always gone for these long-term contracts for young pitchers, but I think this is the first time they’ve done it with a reliever. Along with Johnson’s $10M signing the A’s seem to be shifting away from “relievers are fungible”. Who knows what the terms are, of course. (This is really a 4-year extension since as stated it includes this year).
  • RB: Carlos Beltran: more of a center fielder than Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb or Duke Snider. So what?

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Well, a-beat the drum and hold the phone call from Jack O’Connell. Brain Kenny led a panel discussion on MLB Network yesterday about whether Carlos Beltran has a shot at the Hall of Fame.  The consensus was yes.  My immediate reaction was that Beltran was benefiting from having his hitting compared to center fielders, that if he were compared to right fielders like Hank Aaron then Beltran would have more difficulty. While Beltran have may a few years to go, right now he is included among players who played at least 75% of their games in center.  Review the two lists…
  • Mitchell: Now Playing First Base for the Yankees

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    With nary an Ex-Ray Barker on the horizon. This all raises the question of why nobody on the Yankees in spring training looked around and saw an injury prone first baseman, three veteran outfielders vying for time in right and DH—center field and left field are occupied by Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, two of the Yankees best players—and thought to give one of the veterans a first baseman’s glove. First base is generally considered the least demanding defensive position to play, but it is not easy to play any position competently at the big league level. Nonetheless, Suzuki,…
 
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  • Martin Maldonado actually hits the cover off the ball

    Jaymes Langrehr
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Announcers like to say that guys “hit the cover off the ball” all the time, but how often is that literally what happened? Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado did just that against Charlie Morton and the Pirates. While he didn’t exactly hit it hard — he pounded it into the ground — the ball fell apart as it reached poor Pedro Alvarez, who had to try to throw a ball that was in pieces. Maldonado reached first safely on what was ruled an infield hit, because you can’t charge an error to Rawlings in the box score. Here's the "Maldy Ball" from…
  • Quenneville fined $25k for grabbing himself

    David Rogers
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues. Quenneville was animated on the bench several times during his team’s defeat, but the fine is likely due to the coach grabbing himself while shouting at the officials. Here’s what he did in GIF form, courtesy of Puck Daddy: Need some context? Here’s video as the whole situation unfolds. Apparently that move costs you $25,000. Pretty steep, especially considering some of the punishments handed down to players causing serious injuries. It turns…
  • Final days of CNN's Flight 370 obsession

    Matt Yoder
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    CNN has become a laughingstock and the butt of many jokes over the last month for their breathless 24/7 coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Although the plane disappeared on March 8th and is still missing — presumably somewhere at the bottom of the Indian Ocean — CNN devoted non-stop coverage to the story, even when no new news was being reported. Although CNN was late night fodder for its discussion of black holes swallowing up the plane, it is in all seriousness a troubling sign for the American news media. CNN’s plane obsession was everything terrible about cable news and…
  • The longest homers for the week ending April 17th

    Joe Lucia
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who wants to see more dingers? Well, I hope you all like Giancarlo Stanton, because he’s once again the man this week. Going forward with this series, the only question is “will there be a week where Stanton isn’t featured?” 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Jonathan Pettibone, 469 feet (April 12th) The bad news – this isn’t Stanton’s longest homer of the year, nor his longest homer at Citizens Bank Park. The good news – it’s not his last appearance on the list. 2. Giancarlo Stanton vs Stephen Strasburg, 457 feet (April 15th) Dead center at Marlins…
  • Houston’s Harden might want to learn defense before the postseason begins

    Jeff Garcia
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Rocket’s James Harden is one prolific scorer in the NBA. He can drive to the rim, nail the outside shot and put up huge numbers any given night. And with the postseason about to begin this weekend, the Rockets will need his offensive firepower and hopefully, he will learn to play defense very quick. Check out James and his not-so-great defensive chops throughout the 2013-14 regular season. Seriously, how does he miss so many defensive assignments, or just lose his man? (h/t Rumors and Rants)
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  • MLB.TV is a broken mess this year

    TheNaturalMevs
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Seriously – nothing sucks as much as MLB.tv in 2014. Oh but no worries, because if you have problems with MLB.tv you can contact MLB Fan Support on twitter for a canned response that they’ve given to 18,146 people so far that has helped zero. Ready? Here it is in case you have an emergency: You see, that’s not a big help. Because once you visit that forum it is a long and winding labyrinth with no real answers. It’s just a bunch of people talking about their experience and how it didn’t work. Or how they missed Giancarlo Stanton’s walk-off grand slam…
  • You must read of Yasiel Puig’s Journey to the United States

    TheNaturalMevs
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Prepare to read a tale that has a little bit of everything: Cubans, smuggling, cigarettes, cocaine, guns, Miami mob-men, smuggling, guns, betrayal, smuggling, and mischief. It’s the story that is all the buzz right now around baseball – Yasiel Puig’s defection to the United States from Cienguegos done by Scott Eden over at ESPN. I already liked Yasiel Puig. I think he’s got a walnut for a brain – but I like Yasiel Puig. I turn on my television at night and I see a guy who; if he can manage to get up and brush his teeth and get through the afternoons like a normal…
  • ScoreBig: The Official Ticket Provider of Diamond Hoggers

    TheNaturalMevs
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    We’re here to tell you about a truly great site to purchase your sporting event or concert tickets from this summer – because we know most of our readers like to attend baseball games in person and you should be afforded the opportunity at this best-kept secret. Score Big has tickets for every event you could possibly think of in every Major League city. We think the greatest thing about Score Big is you always have the opportunity to put in an offer on the tickets that are available. For instance, we offered $50 a piece for some seats on the Cincinnati Reds dugout. These are…
  • Going to sleep on Mike Trout was a bad idea

    TheNaturalMevs
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I had the Angels game somewhat queued up last night when I passed out on the couch with my bulldog – Garrett Richards was doing everything he could to hand the game back to the A’s despite those darling Angels doing everything they could do to get him the win in the face of his own futility. And I fell asleep on Michael Nelson Trout. And wouldn’t you know it that he did something that I very much would have liked to have been awake for. He hit a majestic two-run home run off the A’s closer Du Jour Sean Doolittle. It sent the game into extra innings. And that’s…
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    TheNaturalMevs
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    We’re celebrating Jackie Robinson Day in baseball by sitting on our couch all night and doing nothing but watching the game he loved! Thank you Jackie Robinson for making it possible for wonderful stars of the past and present like Bo Jackson, Dee Gordon, Torii Hunter, and Joc Pederson (he’s not black, we just thought he was)to be part of the greatest game on earth. Thank you Jackie Robinson!
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Last Night Proves Triple Play Is Sabathia's Best Friend

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    It's hard to believe that CC Sabathia has been on the mound during the last three triple plays the New York Yankees have turned.  After the third one last night, my lately failing memory came to life and I remembered that Sabathia was pitching during the odd one that occurred last year. I'm sure you remember it:Yes, it was that one, on April 12, 2013, the one that was scored 4-6-5-6-5-3-4.  What an unbelievable sequence of outs.The best part about that particular triple play was what happened after it was completed: Sabathia and the Yankee infielders celebrated like nine-year-olds,…
  • Yes, The Cubs, But Still, A Great Day For The Yankees

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
    They swept the doubleheader. It was a double shut-out. Masahiro Tanaka looked the way he did last year in Japan.  Michael Pineda looked almost the way he did a few years ago in Seattle.  All around, it was a great day for the New York Yankees. However...They did all of this against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs might be the worst team in Major League Baseball.Because of that should we toss out everything the Yankees did yesterday with this morning's bath water?Of course not.If you believe what the Yankees did was equivalent to used bath water, then why don't the Cubs get…
  • Iconic Cubs & Yankees Set To Square Off At The Stadium Wednesday

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    After a rain-out on Tuesday, two historic Major League franchises--the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs--will play their first ever regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium Wednesday afternoon, as part of a day-night doubleheader . The two teams played an exhibition set when the building opened in 2009, with the Yankees winning both games pretty easily.Will the Yankees have the same success Wednesday?  Examining the histories of both teams, along with their current rosters, can lead many fans to believe that the answer to this question is a resounding…
  • Podcast #37- The First 13: Looking Back, Looking Forward

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    This episode of the podcast is devoted to a recap of the Yankees first 13 games of the season, as well as a preview, of sorts, of what's to come:Leave your comments below or email me at ladybatting@gmail.com with your feedback. You can also hit me up on Twitter at @LadyWriting.Next episode, next month.  Enjoy, and, as always, thanks for listening!
  • On The First Off-Day, A Red Sox Recap & Lessons From The First 13 Games

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    After thirteen straight games to open the season, the New York Yankees finally get an off-day today, after taking 3 out of 4 in their first series against the Boston Red Sox.  The Sunday night game was the type of nail-biting, fist pumping, scream at your TV game that makes every baseball fan fall in love with the sport all over again. There were great moments sprinkled throughout each inning, including spectacular strike-outs by David Phelps and Shawn Kelley, clutch home runs by Carlos Beltran and an out at the plate initiated by Brett Gardner.The play of the game,…
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  • Update: Cabral designated for assignment, Matt Daley called up

    Michael Axisa
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    11:49pm: The Yankees just announced that Cabral has indeed been designated for assignment. Matt Daley was called up from Triple-A Scranton as the corresponding move. The Queens native had 13 strikeouts in five innings for the RailRiders. 11:43pm: Via Marly Rivera: Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment following tonight’s game. He failed to retire any of the six batters he faced tonight, including three hit batsmen. It was ugly. There is no word on the corresponding roster move just yet, but it’s worth noting Danny Burawa threw 45 pitches last night and Mark Montgomery has…
  • Bullpen melts down in 11-5 loss to Rays

    Michael Axisa
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Source: FanGraphs It was bound to happen eventually. The Yankees came into Friday’s game with five straight wins and the bullpen with 17 consecutive scoreless innings. Both streaks came to crashing halt with an ugly come-from-ahead 11-5 loss to the Rays. Let’s recap the carnage: If You’re Going To Blow It, Might As Well Really Blow It: Even without David Robertson, the Yankees’ bullpen had been very strong over the last two weeks or so. They got their collective asses kicked on Friday, with five relievers combining to surrender eight runs on nine hits and one walk in…
  • Update: Phelps okay after being hit by line drive

    Michael Axisa
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    11:14pm: Phelps is fine, Joe Girardi confirmed after the game. I imagine he’s a little sore, but he’s not actually injured. 10:03pm: David Phelps left tonight’s game after being hit by a line drive in the right side, pretty much right in the ribs. Matt Thornton was brought in to replace him and it appears it was to get the left-on-left matchup. Phelps might have been coming out of the game anyway. For what it’s worth, he remained in the dugout after exiting. Seems like he is okay, but it was a pretty good shot. Stay tuned for an update. Post from: River Ave. Blues A…
  • Williams picks up two hits in Trenton win

    Michael Axisa
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Sorry for the lack of a minor league update last night, but thankfully commenter Get Phelps Up picked up the slack. Here is his recap. The highlight of the night was OF Aaron Judge‘s first professional homer, which you can see in the video above. It was a bomb. In other news, RHP Al Aceves was added to the Triple-A Scranton roster according to Chad Jennings. He had been getting stretched out in Extended Spring Training. Also, RHP Rafael DePaula placed tenth on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Lehigh Valley in eleven innings) RF Ramon Flores, DH Corban…
  • Game 17: Go For Six

    Michael Axisa
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    (Brian Blanco/Getty) The Yankees have won five games in a row (six of their last seven!) and they’ve done it with offense, with pitching, and with defense. One phase of the game is not carrying them, it’s all three. Unlike last April, when the team played well but it felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop for certain players (Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner, specifically), this year’s success feels far more sustainable. I can’t be the only who feels like that, right? Anyway, Carlos Beltran is not in tonight’s lineup after tumbling over the right…
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    Mister Baseball

  • Great Britain All-Star Series opens at Farnham Park

    philipp
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    by British Baseball Federation, www.britishbaseball.org. The inaugural Great Britain All-Star Series, one of the most important and highly-anticipated events in the BBF calendar, will be launched on the weekend of 19-20 April at Farnham Park, the new home of British baseball. The four-weekend series will see the GB Lions, GB Juniors, Northern All-Stars and Southern All-Stars, teams full of some of the top talent in British baseball, fight it out for bragging rights. Other GB All-Star Series dates are 3-4 May, 25 May and 5-6 July. The GB All-Star Series, the first competition of its kind, has…
  • WBSC lands Mizuno Sponsorship for Historic 2014 World Congress in Africa

    philipp
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation TOKYO – The world governing body for baseball and softball, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), has announced a partnership with the Osaka, Japan-based Mizuno Corporation, establishing Mizuno as the Official Sponsor of the first-ever World Baseball Softball Congress, which will be staged in the North African city of Hammamet, Tunisia on the 10th of May. “The WBSC is proud and privileged to partner with a globally recognised and leading sports brand like Mizuno, with whom International Baseball and Softball have…
  • Large European presence at the 26th Little League Congress

    philipp
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    by Little League Europe/Africa Region When the 26th Little League International Congress convened in Minneapolis on April 4-7, there was a large European presence – in fact the largest presence ever, with 16 countries attending. In total, 1.000 volunteers attended the Congress, which also was the main starting point for Little League’s 75th anniversary. Of those attending, nearly 450 are volunteer District Administrators, or delegates, who serve as liaisons between the local leagues (clubs in Europe) and Little League International. “For each congress, the number of European District…
  • 2014 Baseball season in Finland starts the first weekend in May

    philipp
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    by Finnish Baseball and Softball Federation After a long winter of indoor training, the summer baseball season in Finland will start with the Finnish Cup (Suomen Cup) the first weekend of May in Turku. On Saturday, Finland Series (Suomi-sarja) teams will play and the winner of the day will continue against the Finnish Championship Series (SM-sarja) teams on Sunday. The SM-sarja season will open with the defending champion Espoo Expos taking on the Malmi Bullets in Leppävaara, Espoo on Friday, May 9th. This year the SM-sarja will have 6 teams competing for the Finnish championship with the…
  • Dutch Opening Day preceded by KNBSB press conference

    philipp
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    by Pim van Nes Today is Opening Day in Dutch Hoofdklasse season 2014 with first games in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem and Bussum. At 19.30 h L&D Pirates meet UVV Utrecht, DOOR Neptunus faces ADO Lakers, Corendon Kinheim welcomes Mampaey Hawks and Mr Cocker HCAW enters its Valley with Vaessen Pioniers. On Saturday afternoon same games and on Sunday afternoon first home games in Utrecht, The Hague, Dordrecht and in the brand new Park 21 stadium in Hoofddorp. After the invitations by Hoofddorp Pioniers and their municipality to attend the grand opening of the newly built stadium, four days…
 
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  • British Baseball Beat: Season openers

    Matt Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    After the National Baseball League openers on 6 April, last Sunday was opening day for many teams across the rest of the British baseball landscape. Around the leagues I was at Coldham’s Common on Sunday to watch the Cambridge Royals start life in the new AAA-Central division with an impressive double-header sweep over the Nottingham Rebels, a two-game set that also saw the debut of the Royals’ ‘Ump Cam’. There was a good atmosphere at the ground; the barbecue wasn’t the only thing creating smoke as Matt Maitland flirted with a no-hitter in the opener. The Rebels…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2014: Week Two

    Mark George
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    It’s time to check in on the BaseballGB Fantasy League. Are last week’s the fast starters still setting the pace or is it all change at the top? Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score NE Riverkings 22 5 33 1 .225 .644 2 4 41 2 5.87 1.41 2 Beck ‘Nams (GB) 28 7 27 2 .268 .792 3 0 68 3 3.41 1.09 10 We begin with the new league leaders… Beck ‘Nams. JJ’s side surged to the top of the standings after an impressive 10-2 win against the Riverkings. Despite an injury to Adrian Beltre, the offense took five categories. Beltran and Dozier each hit three…
  • MLB this Week: 11 Early games

    Matt Smith
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    With all the home openers out of the way, week three in the 2014 MLB season provides a more normal number of ‘early’ games during the working week. We draw a blank on pre-midnight starts on Monday and Tuesday, but there are plenty of games to choose from on the next two days and we then have the first of what will be a regular Friday evening visit to Wrigley Field this season. David Price and Chris Tillman should match up on Wednesday as the Rays and Orioles battle at Camden Yards and there’s equal competition for your eyeballs from the National League with Francisco Liriano…
  • Weekly Hit Ground Ball: Head-first hurts

    Matt Smith
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    Josh Hamilton was one of the major question marks hanging over the Los Angeles Angels coming into the 2014 season. If he could regain his position as a fearsome hitter then the Halos would be one step closer to pushing for playoff contention; if he got lost in a mire of wild swinging again then they’d need to hope someone else could pick up the slack. As always seems to be the case with Hamilton, things haven’t turned out quite that simply. He had shown encouraging signs at the plate that he was being more selective over his first eight games. The trouble is, he’s not going…
  • British Baseball Beat: The season begins

    Matt Smith
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The National Baseball League, the top-tier of British Baseball, got underway last Sunday. The Southampton Mustangs spent the off-season looking back at the 2013 NBL Final when their dreams of a first championship were dashed by the Harlow Nationals in a 12-7 defeat. Opening Day brought the two teams together, Harlow now back to being the Southern Nationals, and the Mustangs exorcised a ghost or two by sweeping a double-header against three-time reigning champions at Farnham Park. Southampton went into the playoffs last year on a 16-game winning streak and, whilst they might be keen to put…
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  • Spain: Defending Champs Tenerife Marlins Leading Division de Honor

    Eric Bynum
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The Division de Honor in Spain has finished Week 5 of the season. Last season’s champions, the Tenerife Marlins, are off to another great start with a current record of 8-0. So far in the season they have only been challenged in a couple of games. They lead the league in most offensive categories including average (.350), runs (74), and hits (99). However, where they have really shined is on the hill. The Marlins lead the league with a 0.67 ERA through the first five weeks allowing just five earned runs in sixty-seven innings. The league leaders will be challenged this coming weekend…
  • Photos of New Baseball Complex in Hooddorp, Netherlands

    Eric Bynum
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association held a press conference at the new stadium in Hooddorp, Netherlands recently. Photographer Rob Jelsma was there and was able to snap a few photos of the new facilities. You can check out the photos here at www.robjelsma.nl Related NewsNetherlands: Dutch Baseball Awards Handed Out THE NETHERLANDS - Corendon Kinheim standout Bry...The Netherlands: Utrecht To Host 2012 All-Star Game DUTCH HEAVYWEIGHTS TO OPEN NEW SEASON Reigning...Jim Stoeckel Named Manager Of Dutch National Team NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Baseball and Softball F...The Netherlands:…
  • USA Baseball Unveils Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

    Press Release
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Press Release USA Baseball DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball released its 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 27 — when the semifinalists for the award are announced — ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17. Twenty-three new players were added to the list since its…
  • Kauffman Stadium to Host Game Benefiting College Baseball Hall of Fame

    Press Release
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Wichita State, Missouri to play April 22 at home of Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals Press Release Kauffman Stadium will soon be the site of a college baseball border clash. The National College Baseball Hall of Fame “Classic at The K” will feature a matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and the Missouri Tigers on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Farmland Foods will be the presenting sponsor of the game, which will benefit the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Lubbock, Texas. “We are so honored that David and Dan Glass and the Royals organization have…
  • Haarlem Baseball Week Announces Schedule for 2014

    Eric Bynum
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    The schedule for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week has been announced. The tournament kicks off with the USA facing off with Japan. Day 2 has a full schedule of games with all four teams playing kicking off with the USA taking on Chinese Taipei. The last game of Day 2 features the host Netherlands taking on Japan. The four team tournament has each team facing each other twice before the each team is reseeded and a single elimination tournament begins on Day 9. The ten day tournament ends with the championship game on July 20th. Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result: 11-07-2014…
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  • Pierce Johnson Wows 'em at Riverview, But A's Rally to Edge Cubs

    Arizona Phil
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Vicmal de la Cruz ripped a two-run double as the Athletics rallied for two runs in the top of the 7th inning and edged the Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingPierce JohnsonJoel PineiroJosh ConwayJorge Soler
  • Burks Bases-Loaded Triple Sparks Cubs to Victory at Diablo Park

    Arizona Phil
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Charcer Burks belted a bases-loaded triple to ignite a four-run 2nd and later reached base on a walk and an HBP and scored two runs, and Adonis Paula went 3-3 with three singles and two runs scored, leading the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Angels in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.      Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingAdonis PaulaShamil UbieraLuis HernandezCharcer BurksAdbert Alzolay
  • Giants Edge Cubs at Indian School Park

    Arizona Phil
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Jeremy Sy belted an RBI triple and a single and Nick Noonan singled, doubled and scored a run, as the Giants edged the Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, AZ. Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingEXST Cubs Extended Spring TrainingJeferson Mejia
  • Cubs & Snakes Split a Pair at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Rony Rodriguez and Eloy Jimenez belted back-to-back RBI doubles, Ricardo Marcano followed with an RBI single, and Tyler Alamo capped the inning with a two-run home run over the LF fence, as the Cubs plated five runs in the 5th en route to a 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Field #5, and Cesar Carrasco doubled twice and reached base on an error and scored three runs, and Dane McFarland and Sergio Alcantara laced two RBI singles a piece to drive-in a combined four runs, as the D'backs defeated the Cubs 5-1 on Field #6, in a Cactus League Extended Spring…
  • Pierce Johnson Racks Up the Punch-Outs at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Gleyber Torres ripped an RBI triple and a single and scored a run, Charcer Burks singled twice, drove-in a run, and stole three bases, Roney Alcala reached base three times on a single, a double, and a walk, and starting pitcher Pierce Johnson (hamstring rehab) struck out eight in five innings of work, leading the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.   Tags: EXST Cubs Extended Spring TrainingJorge SolerJosh ConwayExtended Spring…
 
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    About.com Baseball

  • Are the Brewers for real?

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    At 10-2, the Milwaukee Brewers have baseball's best record. The Brewers are riding a nine-game winning streak and have outscored their first 12 opponents 57-29. Their run differential of plus-28 is easily the best mark in MLB. Oakland, at plus-19, is the only other team with a run differential better than plus-13....Read Full Post
  • Is the old Grady Sizemore back? Almost

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Grady Sizemore hasn't been an All-Star in six years and, prior to this season, he hadn't played in the big leagues since 2011. Sizemore is only nine games into the 2014 season, but the early returns are sensational -- at least if you consider what the outfielder has overcome....Read Full Post
  • Why closer is baseball's most volatile position

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Jim Johnson led Major League Baseball with 50 saves in 2012. A year later, he tied Craig Kimbrel -- the best stopper in the game -- for the MLB lead with 51 saves....Read Full Post
  • Pirates' patience is paying off

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    The Pittsburgh Pirates' run to 94 wins and a finish that was this close to a trip to the 2013 National League Championship Series was captivating. For fans of the Buccos, the good vibes have carried over to 2014....Read Full Post
  • 2014 prospect watch

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    I won't pretend that I've watched Byron Buxton play in person. I won't tell you I've watched DVDs of Oscar Taveras and his immense power. When it comes to ranking baseball's best prospects, I leave it to the real experts -- the talent scouts at Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, MLB.com and Scout....Read Full Post
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  • 2014 MLB Predictions: Tanaka, Jeter, Trout & Harper

    Lenny Neslin
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    The Yankees haven't missed the postseason two years in a row since the Buck Showalter era. This year, they've got stiff competition yet again in the AL East and I've gotta say, it doesn't look too good for the Bronx Bombers.One thing's for sure: the Yankees' farm system isn't going to dazzle this year. That means it will be up to this year's 25-man roster to bring the Yankees back to the postseason. As you'll see below, I believe these 25 can do it. But I've chosen my words carefully, and health – as it always is with the Yankees – will be the X-factor. These 25 can do it.Sure, there are…
  • Results for my 2013 MLB predictions

    Lenny Neslin
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
    There was no way I was going to match the success I had last year, when I hit .327 (16-for-49). Starting from the top, I practically picked the AL East in perfect reverse order. That's not an easy feat.Anyway, this year I was 12-for-50. However, 3-for-8 for the awards section isn't too shabby!AL East 1. Blue Jays INCORRECT (Red Sox)2. Yankees* INCORRECT (Rays)3. Rays INCORRECT (Orioles)4. Orioles INCORRECT (Yankees)5. Red Sox INCORRECT (Blue Jays)AL Central 1. Tigers CORRECT2. Royals INCORRECT (Indians)3. White…
  • A nice primer for Yankees spring training

    Lenny Neslin
    8 Feb 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Yankees beat writer Mark Feinsand for the New York Daily News put together a good preview for spring training. Go give it a read.As Feinsand writes, the Yankees' chances success in 2014 really boils down to five key questions. See my takes below:1. Are the old guys finally healthy?I'm really having trouble wrapping my mind around Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter playing 130+ games at first and short this season. Not with Teixeira's wrist supposedly still hurting. Not with Jeter hobbling back and forth at 40 years old (June 26). The role players who will be spelling them (TBD) need to be ready to…
  • A-Rod suspended for 2014 season

    Lenny Neslin
    11 Jan 2014 | 10:19 am
    Five years ago last night I started this blog.Last night, reports surfaced of an "imminent" ruling from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on the A-Rod case.This morning, the ruling came. All 162 games of 2014, plus the postseason. Alex, your thoughts (with my emphasis):“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and…
  • Numbers Never Lie: Mariners overpaid for Robinson Cano [Video]

    Lenny Neslin
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:22 am
    Of course, we won't know for sure if the Mariners overpaid for Robinson Cano until 2023, but ESPN's Tim Kurkjian reminds us that big contracts for older players don't usually pan out.Seeing Cano wearing an M's cap so soon was tough to take, but this video should help fans deal with the pain.
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  • Hill, Diamondbacks Beat Dodgers 4-2 in 12 Innings

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
  • A's Come Out Swinging to Beat Astros 11-3

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics went deep four times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.
  • Ross, Padres Beat Cain and Giants 2-1

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.
  • Loney Has 4 RBIs, Rays Beat Yankees 11-5

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their four-game slide with a late-inning comeback.
  • Rays 11, Yankees 5: Yankees’ Bullpen Comes Undone Along With Their Lead

    By PETER KERASOTIS
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Hiroki Kuroda helped the Yankees establish a 4-3 lead over five and two-thirds innings, but his relief allowed eight runs in two innings as Tampa Bay rallied.
 
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  • April 18th in baseball history: Tigers ruin christening

    BTGrimes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Inauspicious Start CHICAGO, ILLINOIS | APRIL 18, 1991 -  The Chicago White Sox opened New Comiskey Park (now called U-S Cellular) on this date in 1991 and got clobbered. The Detroit Tigers were not polite guests. Before the Sox came to bat in the third they were down 6-0. That was nothin'. Before Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas and company came to bat in the fourth they were down 16-0, which how the game ended. White Sox ace starter Jack McDowell didn't make it out of the second inning. Thirty-seven year old Tiger starter Frank Tanana pitched a complete game shutout. The Tigers had 19…
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  • Yankees: Tropicana Field beat down starts tonight

    Kate Conroy
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Joe Maddon (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Following winning yesterday’s double header against the Cubs, the New York Yankees land in Tampa on a four game winning streak to face their divisional rival Rays. This series is a big one not only because Tropicana Field, the dome home of the Rays has not been the friendliest place to the Yankees over the last few years. It is the Rays themselves, who have been a problem for the Yankees since 2010. Since winning the 2009 World Series, the Yankees have gone 32-41 vs. the Rays, and 14-22 at the Trop. The last 22 games the Yankees have only won six. Still…
  • Yankees: See what happened to Brian McCann’s fingers

    Kate Conroy
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    WARNING THIS IS KIND OF GROSS!! When: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Where: Yankees Stadium Bronx, NY What: During the Yankees, 3-2 win over the Red Sox, catcher Brian McCann fingers got hit by a tipped ball of AJ Pierzynski‘s bat. This is a close-up video of the ball hitting his fingers. (more…) © Kate for Lady Loves Pinstripes, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: A. J. Pierzynski, Boston Red Sox, Brian McCann, Bronx, Francisco Cervelli, New York Yankees, Red Sox, Yankees The post Yankees: See what happened to Brian McCann’s fingers appeared first on Lady Loves…
  • Yankees: Stephen Drew, Stephen Drew, Stephen Drew

    Kate Conroy
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Stephen Drew, Adam Jones (Photo credit: Keith Allison) The time has come for the New York Yankees to pick-up the phone, and call agent Scott Boras about Stephen Drew. After a weekend that ended with Carlos Beltran playing first base, and almost put Dean Anna behind the dish, there is no room left for denial that the Yankees need infield help now. The Yankees dodged a bullet this weekend against the Red Sox, but this infield is way too nicked up to put the 2014 season at risk after spending like nobody’s business during the off-season. After 13 games the infield injuries to Derek Jeter, Mark…
  • Yankees: Did the shoe just drop?

    Kate Conroy
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Francisco Cervelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 13 games. That is the number of games the 2014 New York Yankees have played. 149 games. That is the number of games the Yankees have left to play. This past weekend the Yankees took three of four from the Boston Red Sox, which leaves them sitting with a 7-6 record, and top of the AL East with the Rays. The calendar might prove it is too early into the 2014 season to be concerned, but speaking as a Yankees fan it doesn’t feel like it. Is 13 games even enough time for the shoe to start to dropping? (more…) © Kate for Lady Loves Pinstripes,…
  • Yankees: What beating Boston tonight means?

    Kate Conroy
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Español: David Ortiz en 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I will get right to the point. Beating Boston tonight could benefit the Yankees in more ways than one. TRUST Last season, the playoff-less Yankees went 6-13 against the now reining World Champion Red Sox; and the embarrassment is still fresh in New York. The 2013 Yankees lost the fan base’s faith, and winning is the only thing that can repair that. Remember, the Big Apple is also home to the Mets, so Yankees fans have saw them collapse firsthand, which only made their leash of loyalty shorter. And when has beating the Champs ever been…
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  • Tailgating Game 17: Rays (7-9) Vs Yankees (10-6)

    Cork Gaines
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Playing A Little Pepper… The Rays have dropped to 9th in the Power Rankings, but still have a 47.2% chance of making the playoffs…Erik Bedard will make his first start of the season for the Rays. He is also the seventh starting pitcher used by the Rays already…Matt Joyce is hitting third tonight and it has a lot to do with Hiroki Kuroda starting tonight for the Yankees. Joyce is 5-14 (.357) with 3 home runs in his career off of Kuroda…If you want a sign that the Rays offense is going to get better, consider that they are hitting just .259 on balls they hit fair…
  • [THE HANGOVER] Discussing A Big Crowd, A Weak Defense, And A Triple-Play

    Cork Gaines
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Yankees 10, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Big Crowd. Attendance was 28,085. That’s a huge number for a weeknight. Last year, the largest crowd for a weeknight game (non-opening day) was 25,095 against the Diamondbacks in July. Ignoring Friday games, we have to go back to a Yankees game in September, 2012 to find a bigger weeknight crowd. THE BAD: Offensive Offense. The first run came on a passed ball, which was nice because they Rays can’t do it themselves right…
  • Rays Ground Into Triple-Play

    Cork Gaines
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    With the Rays offense struggling it is only fitting that Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple-play against the Yankees tonight. Here is the play. Hot Rod was also the last Rays player to hit into a triple-play, coming in 2011 against the Red Sox. © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Tailgating Game 16: Rays (7-8) Vs Yankees (9-6)

    Cork Gaines
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Playing A Little Pepper… The Yankees have won 4 straight and now lead the AL East by a half-game. The Rays are 2 games back. The Yankees are 6-4 versus the East and the Rays are 2-4…The Rays will face CC Sabathia tonight. They are just 1-4 versus left-handed starters this season. Evan Longoria is 21-53 (.396) with 6 home runs against Sabathia…Joe Maddon is going with an interesting outfield tonight with Logan Forsythe, Brandon Guyer, and Wil Myers, left-to-right. That is a bad group, defensively. Guyer is the best glove of the bunch, but he does not have the range of DeJesus…
  • The Rays’ Offense Sucks In Video Games Also

    Cork Gaines
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Earlier this morning we pointed out just how bad the Rays’ offense has been over the last nine games. Their offense is so bad right now that it even sucks in the trailer for MLB 14: The Show, for Playstation 4. In one of the trailers for the latest installment of the baseball game franchise, CC Sabathia strikes out Evan Longoria to end a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. That’s just harsh. Although, to be fair, if you look closer at the scoreboard, it appears that the Yankees didn’t have a hit either, but did win 2-1, which would be the most Rays game ever. © The Professor for…
 
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  • Rays Game 17: Offense Finally Awakens in Comeback Win

    Joe Saunders
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The Rays’ offense has been abysmal over the past two weeks and it finally came alive on Friday night during the 11-5 victory over the New York Yankees. Rays’ starter Erik Bedard only lasted 3.2 innings but the bullpen picked him up and held on to give the Rays’ bats a chance to catch up. […]Rays Game 17: Offense Finally Awakens in Comeback Win - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • It All Comes Down to This for Erik Bedard, Tampa Bay Rays

    Robbie Knopf
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    No one thought about this scenario. In their harshest nightmares, could the Tampa Bay Rays have imagined Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Jeremy Hellickson all going down to injury, with Moore needing to undergo Tommy John Surgery? Whether they could or not, it has happened, and the Rays need to find a way to fill […]It All Comes Down to This for Erik Bedard, Tampa Bay Rays - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Hot Rod of the Day 4/18/14: Johnny Field

    Fletcher Keel
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The Bowling Green Hot Rods continue their slide to open the season, as they dropped to 2-11 on the year by losing their 11th straight game in the first game of a four game weekend series versus the Clinton LumberKings (Low-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners). The Hot Rods kept it  close and it looked […]Hot Rod of the Day 4/18/14: Johnny Field - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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    Vinci Baseball and Softball Sports Blog

  • Vinci Products Available on Dick’s Sporting Goods’ website.

    Vinci
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Vinci’s high quality baseball gloves are now officially available for sale on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website.  The renown company hand-picked the models to be offered on their site – they include first base mitts, catcher’s mitts, outfielder’s gloves, infielder’s gloves, and infield/pitcher’s gloves.  Below is pictured one of the gloves newly available on Dick’s Sporting Good’s website, the JV20 Cream and Dark Brown. JV20 Cream and Dark Brown Eight models of Vinci gloves will initially be carried on the website, with plans to expand…
  • Vinci T-shirt Sweepstakes

    Vinci
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:05 am
    Vinci will be giving away five t-shirts in a sweepstakes running from March 27th to April 15, 2014.  The t-shirts sport Vinci’s unique logo, so anyone who plays with their gloves can share their appreciation for Vinci’s quality products with the others around them. To enter, you can find the contest on the Vinci Baseball Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Vincibaseball?sk=app_474477662635277.  Once there, simply fill out the form with your name and email and you’ll be in the drawing to take place on April 17th!  Be sure to let your friends know about this…
  • Joakim Soria and Vinci Featured In Sports Illustrated

    Vinci
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:16 pm
    If you haven’t seen the latest Sports Illustrated issue dated March 10, 2014, you’re missing out. On pages 8 and 9 there’s a two page spread showing Joakim Soria of the Texas Rangers wearing his Vinci baseball glove. Here’s a photo of the magazine. Joakim Soria in Sports Illustrated   This is the first time a Vinci glove has been seen in Sports Illustrated. The article is also an interesting read. Check it out if you can.     Related PostsCongratulations Carlos Torres-New York MetsBrayan Villarreal Wears Vinci Baseball Glove for MLBDetroit Tigers Players…
  • Vinci In Hibbett Sports Stores

    Vinci
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:30 am
    Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces the launch of Vinci equipment distribution in Hibbett Sporting Goods stores. Hibbett will carry select models of Vinci baseball gloves, including the popular JC3300-L Black and White, which will retail for $199. The JC3333-22 Black with Grey Mesh will retail for $149. JC3300 Black And White11.5 Inch JC3333-22 Black With Grey Mesh11.5 Inch Hibbett Sports stocks a large selection of athletic footwear, athletic apparel and team athletic equipment. Vinci gloves will be carried in over twenty-five stores. “It is a thrill to…
  • Vinci In The Movies

    Vinci
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:20 am
    Check out Vinci glove in this movie. https://nuhofilmfest.com/ANeverWasBeen From the NUHO Film festival “A Never-Was-Been was written and directed by Sean Pamphilon an Emmy Award winning producer and Peabody Award winner who has already made some of the most influential sports documentaries in recent years. The most influential of Seans work The United States of Football boasts the 2nd ever largest theatrical release for a sports documentary. ESPN 30 for 30 film Run Ricky Run also received wild acclaim and became one of the highest viewed episodes in the entire series with nearly 1…
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    Baseball de World

  • Spain: Defending Champs Tenerife Marlins Leading Division de Honor

    Eric Bynum
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The Division de Honor in Spain has finished Week 5 of the season. Last season’s champions, the Tenerife Marlins, are off to another great start with a current record of 8-0. So far in the season they have only been challenged in a couple of games. They lead the league in most offensive categories including average (.350), runs (74), and hits (99). However, where they have really shined is on the hill. The Marlins lead the league with a 0.67 ERA through the first five weeks allowing just five earned runs in sixty-seven innings. The league leaders will be challenged this coming weekend…
  • Photos of New Baseball Complex in Hooddorp, Netherlands

    Eric Bynum
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association held a press conference at the new stadium in Hooddorp, Netherlands recently. Photographer Rob Jelsma was there and was able to snap a few photos of the new facilities. You can check out the photos here at www.robjelsma.nl Related NewsNetherlands: Dutch Baseball Awards Handed Out THE NETHERLANDS - Corendon Kinheim standout Bry...The Netherlands: Utrecht To Host 2012 All-Star Game DUTCH HEAVYWEIGHTS TO OPEN NEW SEASON Reigning...Jim Stoeckel Named Manager Of Dutch National Team NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Baseball and Softball F...The Netherlands:…
  • USA Baseball Unveils Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

    Press Release
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Press Release USA Baseball DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball released its 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list on Thursday, bringing the organization one step closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. The watch list will continue to be a “rolling” list until May 27 — when the semifinalists for the award are announced — ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17. Twenty-three new players were added to the list since its…
  • Kauffman Stadium to Host Game Benefiting College Baseball Hall of Fame

    Press Release
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Wichita State, Missouri to play April 22 at home of Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals Press Release Kauffman Stadium will soon be the site of a college baseball border clash. The National College Baseball Hall of Fame “Classic at The K” will feature a matchup between the Wichita State Shockers and the Missouri Tigers on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Farmland Foods will be the presenting sponsor of the game, which will benefit the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Lubbock, Texas. “We are so honored that David and Dan Glass and the Royals organization have…
  • Haarlem Baseball Week Announces Schedule for 2014

    Eric Bynum
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    The schedule for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week has been announced. The tournament kicks off with the USA facing off with Japan. Day 2 has a full schedule of games with all four teams playing kicking off with the USA taking on Chinese Taipei. The last game of Day 2 features the host Netherlands taking on Japan. The four team tournament has each team facing each other twice before the each team is reseeded and a single elimination tournament begins on Day 9. The ten day tournament ends with the championship game on July 20th. Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result: 11-07-2014…
 
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1922 T85 Strollers Tobacco Actors & Actresses #5, Barbara La Marr

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Hollywood writer and actress. Six movie roles per year in the Roaring Twenties. Touted as The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, capital letters. That's one way to find yourself on a trading card.Those winsome eyes belong to Hollywood's silent film star Barbara LaMarr. First employed as a writer and soon encouraged to perform, she burned through silver screen stardom in just six years (1920-25). Her candle-burning schedule included almost no sleep, at least one drug habit, five marriages, and death by tuberculosis at age 29, one of the hardest of hard-lived starlet lives.A decade later,…
  • 1975 TCMA Larry French Baseball #5, Brooklyn Dodgers years (1941-42)

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Collector and dealer Mike Aronstein's publishing company (TCMA) spent the early 1970s making retrospective looks at baseball, temporarily bringing past players and teams to the fore as simple black-and-white designs with a common theme. As with their other "focused" sets, today's biography of pitcher Larry French started with a handful of contemporary photos (six total), found an interesting "baseball-plus-war" story to tell, and sold them via mail order to collectors for a few dollars each.In baseball, Larry French was a classic 1930s innings-eating pitcher, one of those guys who made 30…
  • 1975-76 Calbee All Star Game Baseball #5, Tsutomu Wakamatsu & Katsuya Nomura

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This is my latest "one that got away," a scarce Japanese type card that ended with me as runner-up bidder on eBay.According to collecting expert Rob Fitts and reader Ryan G, this card's from a multi-series set covering Japan's 1975-76 seasons and pictures a 1975 All-Star Game. The batter's future Hall of Famer Tsutomu Wakamatsu, who played, broadcast, and managed for the Yakult Swallows franchise. The catcher's another future Hall of Famer, Katsuya Nomura, who was then player-manager for the Nankai Hawks.Here's a 1977 trading card of the sharp-hitting Wakamatsu, as found in a tribute to…
  • 1971 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Wantlist (Updated Apr 7, 2014)

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    This post tracks progress on my Good-to-VG set of 1971 O-Pee-Chee's low series (#1-523). While the set's complete by number, I'm upgrading several of its Poor-Fair cards to "intact," with no paper loss, trimming, writing. (Creases and other handling wear are fine.) Comment here or email if you've got some hits to trade!NEED # 54 (checklist 1), 100 (Rose), 234, 280, 344, 357, 428, 455 1971 represents O-Pee-Chee's first push for a real Canadian identity. Montreal-based card editors shaped the set to better serve local fans, so several things stand out from past adaptations of Topps' own…
  • 1917 Boston Store (H801-8) Baseball #5, Fred Anderson

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:01 am
    In 1917, New York spitballer Fred Anderson led the National League in ERA (1.44) and WHIP (0.93), great numbers even for the Dead Ball Era. What's more amazing under the circumstances is that those numbers earned him just an 8-8 record, despite the Giants winning 98 times as a team and taking home the pennant.Five other Giant pitchers reached double-digits in 1917 and "ace" Ferdie Schupp won 21, so how did Fred fare so poorly in comparison? First, he was already a 31 year-old journeyman, so not likely to compete for a regular turn in New York's strong rotation. It's also possible…
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  • New York Mets Had No Choice But To Trade Ike Davis

    Tyler Ruby
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Whether you agree with the New York Mets trading Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates or not, it was a move that they had to make for the betterment of the ball club and the players involved. General manager Sandy Alderson spent the majority of the offseason trying to trade Davis, and he couldn’t find any takers, so the Mets started the year with him in their Opening Day lineup. But a few games later, manager Terry Collins announced that they were going to move forward with Lucas Duda as their primary first baseman this year. With Josh Satin, a right-handed…
  • New York Mets: Ike Davis Era Comes to a Close

    Todd Singer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Getty Images The tumultuous relationship between Ike Davis and the New York Mets finally came to an end, as the Mets shipped Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later according to CBS’ John Heyman. Davis hit 32 home runs just two seasons ago, but never got on track in 2013 and was even sent down for a stint at Triple-A Las Vegas. It was assumed the Mets would deal Davis this offseason, but general manager Sandy Alderson claims that he never got a sufficient deal. This deal was likely precipitated by New York’s need to…
  • New York Mets Finally Solve First Base Situation By Trading Ike Davis

    Bryan Zarpentine
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Adam Hunger – USATODAY Sports It took about three weeks longer than it should have, but the New York Mets have finally solved their conundrum at first base by trading Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson tried to trade Davis all winter, and 24 at bats and a .208 batting average later, he’s finally pulled it off, giving the Mets much needed clarity at first base. There’s no doubt that the player who will benefit the most from Davis being traded is Lucas Duda. Mets manager Terry Collins labeled Duda the regular first baseman early in the…
  • New York Mets’ Hitting Philosophy is Common Sense

    Paul Festa
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports It’s no secret that New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has favored an organization-wide hitting philosophy since he took over prior to the 2011 season. The approach advocates selectivity at the plate, not necessarily to draw walks, but to work the at-bat so the batter can get a pitch to drive. This week, the front office revealed they have an internal metric to evaluate their players on this basis called Bases Per Out (BPO). This metric is tied to a monetary incentive system. Each base earns the player $200, and each out costs them $100. The…
  • New York Mets Need to Sign RP Joel Hanrahan

    Tyler Ruby
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Free-agent pitcher Joel Hanrahan worked out for a number of teams Thursday after having Tommy John surgery last May. He is typically a pitcher who can hit high 90s with his fastball, but Hanrahan only hit 93 mph on Thursday. Regardless, with the New York Mets‘ bullpen issues, they need to sign Hanrahan to bolster their relief pitching. Why? The Mets cannot rely on 36-year-old Jose Valverde and 38-year-old Kyle Farnsworth to be their late-inning guys. Valverde can be effective for a few games here and there, but he is always due for some blowups. Just…
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    Diet and Weight Loss Supplement Information

  • How Garcinia Cambogia Works In South Africa

    Wesley
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    South Africa knows its purpose with Garcinia Cambogia extract. When it works well, it really is great. A wonderful organic draw out that motivates fat burning is Garcinia Cambogia. This special fruit increases normally in many parts of the globe. The clinical neighborhood has commended it as a miracle diet plan aid. The great thing about it is that it helps folks burn fat deposits. It alters the means the body processes food and thaws fat off of the stomach of the physical body. The physical body then uses its nutrients in its very own process that clears contaminants and urges the…
  • The Garcinia Cambogia Nightmare in the UK

    Wesley
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:21 pm
    It is true that experts have made weight loss verdicts. These searchings for concerning Garcinia Cambogia declare for weight management. Clients taking the drug know that it burns fat deposits. The all-natural draw out also stimulates metabolism and lowers hunger. The hunger resolves an assortment of mechanisms that influence the heart. The metabolism burns calories after an individual consumes. It is difficult to consume way too many calories in a week. This is since the systems inside the physical body that moderate hormones are progressed. The glands near the heart are superior vessels.
  • Getting Weight Loss Pills To Work For You

    Wesley
    25 Jan 2014 | 11:52 am
    Losing weight with supplements and pills is a very interesting topic that we will delve into a bit here. The main reason why most people fail to succeed in this area is actually quite simply. They do not want it bad enough. Weight loss pills are everywhere and the men who use them know how good they are to use their energy properly. However, for those that simply are not aware of the proper form of usage, they are unable to get results and usally end up doing something else. Dieting while obese is hard enough as it is, we need medicine to make it easier for us so that we can burn fat off of…
  • Getting The Top Diet Pills For Slimming

    Wesley
    15 Jan 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Doing the needed points to burn fat quickly is vital. Utilizing diet regimen supplements that truly stimulate the metabolic rate is great. The weight loss pills that work the most effective are shown here. You should burn fatty tissue if you intend to acquire slim. Being skinny is a great achievement. This is something that every person wishes to get. Go here to see diet pills. The best tablets for severe fat loss are those that really help the body to attain all of its nutritional objectives. This is not something that the majority of individuals would call simple. As a result, you should…
  • Garcinia Cambogia In South Africa For Fanatical Weight Loss

    Wesley
    8 Jan 2014 | 8:26 am
    A natural extract is a famous fat burning tablet that has been utilized for well over a many years in many regions of the nation. The qualities it eats diet regimen functions are a few of the very best on the planet. Women favor this medicine over options. This supplement has the greatest quantity of organic anti-oxidants of any sort of diet regimen medication available forthcoming. Garcinia cambogia in south africa is the best one for this. The very best area to get it is online. The best models are not readily available in local stores. Shedding a large amount of weight while consuming this…
 
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History

  • Former Buffalo Bills Player Working Out With Somerset Patriots

    independentbaseball
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What former Buffalo Bill is working out with the Somerset Patriots less than six months after having a kidney transplant? Answer: Donald Jones http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140417/NJSPORTS0302/304170053/Donald-Jones-Somerset-Patriots-swaps-football-baseball Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Home Stadium For The Chico Outlaws

    independentbaseball
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question In which stadium did the Chico Outlaws (and previously Chico Heat) play their home games? Answer: Nettleton Stadium Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Aiken Foxhounds Pitcher Who Threw 7 Scoreless Innings In MLB Debut

    independentbaseball
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What 2007 Aiken Foxhounds pitcher hurled 7 shutout innings in his MLB debut against the soon-to-be AL Champion Oakland A’s on August 19, 1990? Answer: Anthony Telford http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BAL/BAL199008190.shtml Please support this site: if you need any … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Game Winning Batter And Runner For Winnipeg Goldeyes 1000th Win

    independentbaseball
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who were the batter and runner who scored the game-winning run to give the Winnipeg Goldeyes their 1000th victory in team history? Answer: According to the team’s YouTube channel description:  A soft broken-bat ground ball off … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Lake Erie Crushers Player With 3 Brothers In The NFL

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    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What 2009 Lake Erie Crusher has three brothers play in the NFL, a father who played college football at Syracuse, and a great-grandfather who was a 1924 Olympian? Answer: Gordie Gronkowski Jr. (Brothers are Rob, Chris … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
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  • Isometric Hitting Drills for Hitting Power!

    kenny
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Isometric drills are done without movement. The purpose is to isolate specific muscles in the body and strengthening them to receive a quicker bat. Today, I am sharing 3 Isometric Hitting Drills that you can do anytime. You just need a pole and a bat. They are good strength gainers because you are doing the [...] The post Isometric Hitting Drills for Hitting Power! appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • The “Balance Board” Hitting Drill

    kenny
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating an excellent hitting drill that utilizes a balance board! It works the inner muscles of the thighs, which is critical for balance and power. The “Balance Board” Hitting Drill The Balance Board is also called a “K Board”. It is 28 inches long and 16 inches wide [...] The post The “Balance Board” Hitting Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Catcher Drill: The “Blocking Pitches” Drill

    kenny
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    Catcher Drill: The “Blocking Pitches” Drill Do you have the toughness necessary to play behind the plate? When you start blocking pitches, you are going to find out in a hurry if you have that degree of toughness. In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating a great catcher drill that presents different ways of [...] The post Catcher Drill: The “Blocking Pitches” Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baserunning From Home Plate

    kenny
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Baserunning From Home Plate In today’s video blog post, we demonstrate 3 different ways of baserunning from home plate, and how to handle common hitting situations, such as ground balls, line drives and fly balls. In dealing with base running from home plate, we need to establish a mentality that, to get extra bases, the [...] The post Baserunning From Home Plate appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Hitting Q & A’s

    kenny
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    In today’s blog post, we have put together a great list of Baseball Hitting questions and answers for coaching at the youth level! Baseball Hitting Q & A’s Q: At the youth level, what does it take to become a good hitter? A: At this level, we are simply looking for each player to be [...] The post Baseball Hitting Q & A’s appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • The new RBI Baseball game is more realistic than you think

    Kevin McGuire
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Cole Hamels dominates, Dom Brown homers, but Jonathan Papelbon blows it. First game of @RBIGame didn't go so well. pic.twitter.com/vpf0ExQdPC — Macho Row (@Macho_Row) April 9, 2014
  • Opening week saw familiar Phillies highs and lows

    Kevin McGuire
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Phillies return to Philadelphia today tomorrow to open up Citizens Bank Park for another season of baseball. They will do so with a record of 3-3 after opening up the first week of the season on the road in Texas and Chicago with some mixed results. We saw a little bit of everything that is good and bad with the Phillies, or perhaps everything this team has been expected to be. I cannot help but feel the Phillies should make their home debut owning a winning record. Sunday’s game in Wrigley was nothing pretty but it is the two games in Texas that really bother me early on. Jonathan…
  • Ryan Howard loved the new Captain America movie

    Kevin McGuire
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    If you like the Marvel movies, you'll love the new @CaptainAmerica. Thanks @DisneyPictures for the screening! @ChrisEvans @SamuelLJackson — Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) April 1, 2014
  • Jimmy Rollins hits 200th career home run

    Kevin McGuire
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    That is the 200th career home run for @JimmyRollins11, and it’s a big one! Grand slam gives #Phillies a 6-0 lead in 2nd. — Macho Row (@Macho_Row) March 31, 2014
  • Phillies wearing CB memorial patch

    Kevin McGuire
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    #Phillies wearing a memorial patch with initials CB. pic.twitter.com/aNOBgkXo7N — Macho Row (@Macho_Row) March 31, 2014 The patch is in honor of former owner Claire Betz, who passed away during the offseason. Betz was  anative of the Philadelphia area and a graduated from Villanova. she had inherited her share of the team from her husband, John Betz, when he passed away in 1990. Betz had purchased his share of the franchise in 1981. She was one of the handful of owners nobody ever saw or heard from, but she owned a reported 33 percent stake of the team as recently as 2007. How long…
 
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  • The midday run of Ben Revere

    egrissom
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Ben Revere drove home the game’s only run yesterday, plating Domonic Brown with a two-out single single in the eighth to help the Phils to a 1-0 win over the Braves. It was Revere’s third hit of the game. The Phils only needed one in the game thanks to a fantastic outing by Burnett — Burnett tossed seven scoreless frames in his best start of the young season. The Phillies are 7-8 on the season after beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 yesterday afternoon. The Braves win the series two games to one and the teams combine to score two runs in the last two games of the set (Atlanta…
  • Please?

    egrissom
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The Phils came close to winning their fourth straight last night, but Rosenberg and Diekman combined to surrender seven runs in the eighth and ninth, all seven of which came on the four home runs they allowed. Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils down 2-1, pitching for the third straight day, and allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs to the three right-handed hitters he faced to put the Phils in a 5-1 hole. They rallied for five in the bottom of the eighth, getting a two-run single from Byrd and a three-run homer from Brown, his first long ball of the year. It gave them a 6-5 lead…
  • Would the real bullpen please, please, please stop standing up?

    egrissom
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Phillie bullpen started the year looking miserable against the Rangers before a shockingly fantastic set of games in Chicago. They’re back looking not so hot against the Brewers and have allowed nine runs in eight innings over the first two games of the set. Last night Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4 and allowed three runs in the frame, two of which were unearned due to a big error by Ryan Howard at first. De Fratus followed that up by allowing a two-run homer in the ninth. Overall, the Phillies have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and lost three…
  • Ryan Braun hits like eight home runs, but there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened

    egrissom
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Brutal, ugly game yesterday as the Brewers bombed the Phils 10-4 in the Phillie home opener. Ryan Braun hit three home runs and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee. Kendrick and Lincoln were both awful. So was the defense, especially at third and in center field, as the Phillies made three errors in the game and another big misplay in center that went for a hit. The Phillies are 3-4 on the year after losing 10-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers in their home opener yesterday afternoon. Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks. Only…
  • Third time not quite so charming

    egrissom
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    The Phils fell 8-3 to the Cubs yesterday, dropping a game in which A.J. Burnett walked six in 5 2/3 innings and a huge error by Ben Revere in the sixth inning led to four unearned runs for Chicago. It was far from all bad for the Phils in the series, though, as they took two out of three. Revere, Utley and Brown combined to go 17-for-36 in the set (.472) and the bullpen, which had been miserable against the Rangers in the year’s first series, was fantastic. Phillie relievers combined to throw eight scoreless innings over the three games, allowing a single and four walks while striking…
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  • A Sit-Down with Coach Walk: The State of the Big Red

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    After dropping 3 out of 4 to Lou Gehrig division leading UPenn, Coach Bill Walkenbach’s Big Red have backed themselves into a corner heading into this weekend’s series against the reigning Ivy League champion Columbia Lions. Big Red Sports Network’s Max Fogle sat down with Coach Walk to ask about the team’s mindset going into the critical weekend series. On the morale of the team Under Coach Walkenbach’s tenure, the team has certainly worked on the psychological aspects of the game. Coach noted that “In my experience, baseball is not a game where anger is something you are…
  • Cornell Drops 3 Out of 4 to Penn, Falls 5 Games Back of Division Leading Quakers

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    JON LEVITAN Baseball and Northeastern weather don’t particularly agree with each other, which shortens the Ivy league season to the point where a 4 game series not yet ten games into the season at its start can be a make or break weekend. That was exactly the situation the Cornell Big Red (15-14, 6-6) faced as they traveled south to Philadelphia to take on the Penn Quakers (19-12, 11-1). Cornell realistically needed to take 3 games over the weekend to have a reasonable chance to win the hyper-competitive Lou Gehrig division, but unfortunately did just the opposite of that, dropping 3 to a…
  • Big Red Head To Penn, Lou Gehrig Division Play Underway

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    HUDSON BELINSKY—Lou Gehrig division play begins this weekend. The Cornell Big Red (13-11, 5-3) baseball team will head south to take on the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (15-11, 8-0). UPenn is off to a terrific start, sweeping each of their Ivy League series and building a three-game lead over Cornell and Columbia in the Lou Gehrig division. Another successful weekend could give UPenn a nearly insurmountable lead. The Red, however, will have something to say about that. Cornell will look to build on a strong, three-win weekend and hand the Quakers their first loss(es) of the Ivy…
  • Red Take Three of Four in Second Ivy League Bout

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    MATTHEW PROVENZANO The Ivy League season is a short one. At just 20 games, team records are bound to have a great deal of randomness in them, and the Big Red are not an exception to that. Cornell came into this weekend at 2-2 on the season, and were quickly looking at a short season at that if they didn’t have a decisive victory in the series. And so they did, and how decisive it was. Cornell split the doubleheader with Yale and then swept the doubleheader against Brown to improve their record to 5-3. This was critical, as Lou Gehrig opponent UPenn improved to 8-0 on the season. Had…
  • Sacred Heart Sweeps Four-Game Set

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    MATTHEW PROVENZANO The Big Red came into this series with high hopes. After going on a rampage against James Madison University last weekend where they scored 46 runs in just three games, the team thought that naturally their success would continue into a four-game series against Sacred Heart University, two doubleheaders that were split between Baseball Heaven at Yaphank, NY, and a second doubleheader at the Brooklyn Cyclones’ home, MCU Park at Coney Island. Unfortunately, it did not. Here’s a recap of what happened this weekend as the Red dropped all four games to the Pioneers.
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  • Wrigley Field, 2014 - Chicago, IL

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    At the corner of Clark and Addison before the Pirates / Cubs game on Wednesday, April 9.
  • MLB Schedule 2014 v3.0

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_377.jpg' width="575" height="431"></div><br /><br /> My first game is officially in the books. And the Cubs won, too. With my Wednesday night free… read more...
  • At my first game in 2014. Pirates vs. Cubs....

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    At my first game in 2014. Pirates vs. Cubs.
  • MLB 2014 Game #1: Pirates vs. Cubs

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    Today's my Opening Day. With the painfully cold winter behind us, I've eagerly anticipated doing something outside. Sure, we attended a six-year-old birthday party last weekend, but it was a bit too cold late in the afternoon to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time. Temperatures have… read more...
  • Baseball's Commemorative Patches: 2014

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Baseball is a sport rich in history and prone to pageantry. Each new season affords teams the opportunity to reflect and embrace their heritage while writing their franchise's next chapter. Oftentimes, this involves recognizing a significant milestone… read more...
 
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  • 2014 Great Britain All-Star Series

    Baseball Avenue
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The inaugural Great Britain All-Star Series, one of the most important and highly-anticipated events in the BBF calendar, will be launched on the weekend of April 19-20 at Farnham Park, the new home of British baseball. The four-weekend series will see the GB Lions, GB Juniors, Northern All-Stars and Southern All-Stars, teams full of some of the top talent in British baseball, fight it out for bragging rights. Other GB All-Star Series dates are May 3-4, May 25 and July 5-6. The GB All-Star Series, the first competition of its kind, has been designed to bring regular top-flight baseball to…
  • Pinar Del Rio Tobacco Growers Wins 2014 Cuban League Title

    Featured Writer
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Pinar del Rio celebrate 2014 Cuban title. (Photo: I. Francisco/J. Moreno) Luis Valdes’ grand slam highlighted a pivotal five-run sixth and the Pinar del Rio Tobacco Growers captured the Cuban League championship with a 9-6 victory over the Matanzas Crocodiles in Game 6 of the Grand Finals on Wednesday in front of 21,000 spectators. The Tobacco Growers, which bagged their first title since 2011, took the best-of-seven series in six games. Pinar grabbed a quick lead in the opening frame on an RBI three-bagger from David Castillo. But Matanzas answered back with three scores in the bottom…
  • Lancaster Barnstormers Sign Japanese Hurler Shunsuke Watanabe

    Baseball Avenue
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Shunsuke Watanabe, a submarine specialist who spent 13 seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines, has signed a 2014 contract with the Lancaster Barnstormers, it was announced recently by manager Butch Hobson. Watanabe, 37, has won 87 games for Chiba Lotte of the Japan Pacific League over the past 13 years. His signature season came in 2005, pitching for Bobby Valentine, when the slender right-hander went 15-4 with a 2.17 ERA, finishing fourth in wins and second in ERA. In both departments, he outpitched current American Major League star Daisuke Matsuzaka, who won 14 games with a 2.30 ERA.
  • Jakub Sladek and Joey Dyche Claim Weekly Hitting Awards

    Featured Writer
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Kotlarka Prague Jakub Sladek and Haar Disciples’ slugger Joey Dyche are this week’s B-A European Baseball Hitters of the Week. Candidates will be reviewed each week and the winners will be posted each Friday throughout the season. American Import Joey Dyche Sladek smacked a pair of long balls in 4-1 win over Technika Brno. The 24-year-old former Phillies’ prospect is hitting .444 (12-for-27) with a double, five home runs and 12 RBIs during the early stages of the 2014 Czech Extraleague campaign. Dyche, 31, homered twice in a 5-3 victory over the Mainz Athletics. The California…
  • European Baseball Weekend Preview: Regensburg Visits Heidenheim

    Featured Writer
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    A pair of early season showdowns — plus the Opening Day in the Netherlands — will take place this weekend as the 2014 European baseball campaign heats up. Bologna shortstop Juan Carlos Infante (Lauro Bassani) Three-time reigning Italian Series champion T&A San Marino (2-2) will battle defending European titleholder Unipol Bologna (3-1) in a two-game set in the Italian Baseball League. In the German Baseball-Bundesliga, reigning champion Buchbinder Legionaere will square off against the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe in a South Division clash at Heidenheim. Below are the weekend…
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  • Baseball Home Plate Covers

    Chuck Louer
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Baseball Home Plate Covers Baseball is widely acknowledged as one of the most popular sports  in America. Professional baseball clubs spend exorbitantly on field infrastructure to ensure that their players are provided with the most conducive conditions to showcase their talent, and produce consistent performances. Baseball field maintenance is an ongoing and expensive process, that involves constant cleaning and protection. One particular area that takes significant weathering over the course of a baseball game is that of the home plate. The home plate is an area that is primarily occupied…
  • Why Is the Pitcher’s Mound in Baseball Placed Higher Than the Field?

    Chuck Louer
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Pitcher’s Mound and Other Spot Covers   Although similar in format, the pitcher’s mound in a softball field is different from that in baseball. While most sports have flat pitcher’s mounds, the baseball field has an actual mound that is slightly elevated compared to the rest of the field. The standard height for the pitcher’s plate is 10 inches over the home plate. This difference in height of the pitcher’s mound was decided by extensive trial and error methods to determine the perfect height and distance, creating a fair and undecided match. The height of the mound was…
  • Baseball Batting Cage Netting Provides Protection

    Chuck Louer
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Adding baseball batting cage netting to any baseball batting cage creates a safer practice area.  Many different classes of people go to batting cages to practice their batting skills.  Everyone from professional baseball players to dads and sons go to the batting cages.  The professional players will go to practice even during their off time to help keep their batting skills sharpened.  Fathers and sons will go to the batting cages to spend quality time together and practice batting together. The design of most batting cages is one of an area that is outlined with metal poles.Baseball…
  • Buy New Baseball Netting

    Chuck Louer
    6 Jan 2014 | 4:03 pm
    baseball netting Baseball netting has several different usages.  These usages can range from the batting cages to safety areas on and near the playing fields. The baseball netting helps to provide a safety barrier to keep spectators and players from being hit and injured by a ball. When a ball is either pitched hard by a professional pitcher or a pitching machine it is traveling at a high rate of speed. It would carry quite an impact upon contact with a human which could result in a serious injury. Here at All Court Covers, we realize that these nets are vitally important for the safety of…
  • Baseball Mound Cover

    Chuck Louer
    6 Jan 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Baseball Mound Cover The pitcher’s mound is one of the most used parts of a baseball playing field. This is one of the areas of a playing field that needs to be protected by a baseball mound cover when it rains during or before a game. The pitcher stands on the mound and pitches the ball towards the catcher hoping the batter does not hit the ball. The pitcher is one of the most important players in the game. If the pitcher is pitching a good game, the other team will score very few runs. The goal of a pitcher is to strike out the batter. The more strike outs he gets, the fewer runs the…
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  • Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview: vs. Colorado Rockies 4/18-4/20

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 18, 2014, 1 p.m.@PhilabaseballThe storyline: The Phillies embark on a 10-game trip out west to face the Rockies, Dodgers, and Diamond Backs.Game 1 - Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.80) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00)Game 2 - Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.50) vs. Jordan Lyles (2-0, 4.32)Game 3 - Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.86) vs. Juan Nicasio (2-0, 3.45)Phillies notes: 7-8, 4th place in NL East ... Chase Utley is hitting.462 (24-for-52) with three home runs, seven doubles, and 10 RBI through 13 games ... The bullpen ranks second worst in MLB with a 5.28 ERA ...
  • Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview: vs. Miami Marlins 4/11-4/13

    Samuel Botwinick (noreply@blogger.com)
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    By SAMUEL BOTWINICK | Staff WriterApril 10, 2014, 11:45 p.m.@avdbkr20samuelThe storyline:  The Phillies will stay at Citizens Bank Park, where they have yet to win this season, until April 18, when they face the Rockies at Coors Field.Game 1 - A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86) vs. Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71)Game 2 - Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.00) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46)Game 3 - Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.75) vs. Henderson Alvarez (0-2, 4.15)Phillies Notes:  3-6, last (5th) place in NL East...  The Phillieswill try to avoid losing five games in a row, after being swept by the scorching…
  • Lee and Byrd provide added jolt, but Phillies fall to Brewers 6-2

    Samuel Botwinick (noreply@blogger.com)
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    By SAMUEL BOTWINICK | Staff WriterApril 10, 2014, 10:15 p.m.@avdbkr20samuelOn Thursday night, Cliff Lee had eight strikeouts and Marlon Byrd drove in two, but the rest of the team was able to do little right, resulting in another crushing loss to the Brewers, 6-2, at Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies' problems this season have not been their getting leads early on in games.  They have had early leads the past couple of games.  Rather, the issue is toward the back end of their bullpen, which has cost them those games.  Their defense had done them no favors either. …
  • Phillies falter as Brewers win streak continues

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 9, 2014, 11:15 p.m.@Philabaseball  Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple during a three-run eighth inning rally to lead the Brewers to their fifth straight win, 9-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.Carlos Gomez and Mark Reynolds homered and Jean Segura doubled and drove in a run for Milwaukee, which has won all five games during the streak on the road beginning with a sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway.The Brewers snapped a 4-all tie in the eighth when they scored three runs on one hit off Antonio Bastardo (0-1). Reynolds scored the go-ahead…
  • Braun overpowers Phillies with three blasts; Brewers win 10-4

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.@PhilabaseballWith boos reverberating throughout Citizens Bank Park, Ryan Braun slowed his home run trot just a little as he rounded second base in the eighth inning.The trot was Braun's third of the afternoon as the embroiled slugger led the Brewers past the Phillies on Tuesday afternoon, 10-4.Braun finished the contest with a franchise record 7 RBIs and snapped a career-long streak of 98 plate appearances without a home run.   Kyle Kendrick struggled to get through five innings in the Phillies home opener, surrendering six…
 
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  • Locking Up Xander Bogaerts

    Troy Patterson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It's fairly obvious that once a team in this era finds someone they believe in they strive hard to lock them up to a long term deal.  The team gets cost certainty, usually some free agency years bought and a solid bargaining chip, while the player gets guaranteed money and avoiding distracting arbitration hearings during their last three seasons.  Coming to an agreement can be beneficial to both parties.  It's never to early to look at this as the Rays were very proactive with Evan Longoria and have made out very well.The question is when can you decide as a team that the…
  • Game 9: Day After Thoughts

    Troy Patterson
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Jake Peavy only gave up one run and the eight strikeouts was impressive, but the walks continue to be concerning.  I'll give him a small amount of slack as the strike zone was terrible last night.  Here is the zone against right handed hitters.The Red Sox have a big problem when David Ortiz is done by retirement or age.  They have no one in the system who can match his skills or even 3/4 of it.  This maybe the one place the team has to make plans to sign a big name fee agent some time in the near future to replace a 30 home run hitter with a .300/.400/.500 type line.Uehara…
  • The 2014 Clay Buchholz

    Troy Patterson
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The first start for Clay Buchholz this season was not pretty and a lot of the early numbers don't suggest he's gotten better with rest.  His velocity is down across the board and in his first game he threw a very significant amount of change ups in the game.  Many are righting him off already and I've definitely been discouraged by what we have seen, but there are some positives as well.Although his velocity has dropped from a high of 94 mph and a recent average of 92 mph from 2011 to 2013 to 90 mph this April he's hasn't been a strikeout per inning pitcher since 2008.  Since…
  • The Henry Owens Hype Train

    Troy Patterson
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Photo By Kelly O'Connorsittingstill.smugmug.comIn a rain shortened six inning game last night the Portland Sea Dogs defeated the Reading Phillies by a final of 5-0 to open their 2014 season.  The big news just happens to be prospect Henry Owens looked dominant and completed the game without allowing a single hit.  Now that's not officially a "no-hitter", but certainly a great start to his 2014 season and more reason to get excited about the towering prospect.In the six innings last night Owens had nine strikeouts to go with only two walks.  The strikeout total is what he does…
  • Mike Napoli Age Curves

    Troy Patterson
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Not only did I support the signing of Mike Napoli in 2013, but I was supportive of the new two year deal to keep him through the end of 2015.  He's a very powerful hitter and his defense at first base has shocked everyone.  He's now 32 years old and as we all no doubt know there is an aging curve that is not nice to high K guys in their thirties.According to some work on Fangraphs players are now striking out much more with age than seen just a few years ago.  The graph below is from that work done by Jeff Zimmerman and shows how from 1998 to 2005 players would slowly add 2…
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