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  • Red Sox Trade Deadline/Fire Sale

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    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Jon Lester, John Lackey, Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, even Jonny Gomes! The Red Sox have plenty of potential free agents (or retirees) to trade. Who will go where, and what will they get back? The Red Sox have called the Phillies to talk about a potential trade for Cole Hamels according to Jayson Stark spurring the Phillies to focus their scouting efforts on Boston's farm system in recent days. Start delivered the news today in a chat with SportsNation on ESPN.com: Zero [chance for a trade] on Howard and Utley. Slim on Hamels, although as I've been writing and saying on the air, it wouldn't be…
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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    July 30
  • Overturned call leads to Reds' run

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    Manny Randhawa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Reds manager Bryan Price successfully challenged a call in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the D-backs at Great American Ball Park.
  • Heyward eyes Wednesday return from sore back

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    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Jason Heyward hopes to return to the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers. He missed Tuesday night's series opener as he continued to undergo treatment on his lower back.
  • Sore triceps lands Ramirez on disabled list

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    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Neil Ramirez, who was optioned to Iowa on Saturday to give him some rest, was placed on the Major League DL on Tuesday because of soreness in his right triceps.
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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    July 30
  • Worley Tosses 4-Hitter, Pirates Beat Giants 5-0

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vance Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a 5-0 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
  • Rangers 4, Yankees 2: Gardner Puts on Show, but Yanks Lose Again

    By RANDY JENNINGS
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Brett Gardner, who hit two homers, has figured out the Texas ace Yu Darvish, but the rest of the team hasn’t as the Rangers defeated the Yankees on Monday.
  • Ahmed Sends Dbacks Over Reds 2-1 in 15 Innings

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.
  • Roundup: Loney Helps Rays Defeat the Brewers

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Ervin Santana kept the Padres off balance with his slider, and Evan Gattis gave him the support he needed with a homer in the seventh as the Braves won their third in a row.
 
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  • Overturned call leads to Reds' run

    Manny Randhawa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Reds manager Bryan Price successfully challenged a call in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the D-backs at Great American Ball Park.
  • Schultz called up, Marte optioned

    Steve Gilbert
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The D-backs promoted Bo Schultz to help their overworked bullpen while demoting outfielder Alfredo Marte.
  • Ahmed's RBI single wins it for D-backs in 15

    Steve Gilbert
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Nick Ahmed's two-out single to left-center proved to be the game-winner as the D-backs outlasted the Reds, 2-1, in 15 innings Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
  • D-backs lose challenge after fan catches foul ball

    Steve Gilbert
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    The D-backs lost a manager's challenge in the ninth inning during Monday night's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
  • Hill out of starting lineup, but hand on mend

    Steve Gilbert
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Aaron Hill was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Monday, but the D-backs' second baseman said his bruised right hand was feeling better and he anticipated being available to pinch-hit if needed.
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  • Heyward eyes Wednesday return from sore back

    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Jason Heyward hopes to return to the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers. He missed Tuesday night's series opener as he continued to undergo treatment on his lower back.
  • Shoulder strain forces reliever Simmons to DL

    Mark Bowman
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    The Braves placed rookie reliever Shae Simmons on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained shoulder they believe played a large part in his recent struggles. Manager Fredi Gonzalez thinks the righty can be back to his dominant form in a couple of weeks.
  • Full Hall: Inductions a stamp of Braves' greatness

    Tracy Ringolsby
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Braves president John Schuerholz admits a major disappointment in his career -- one World Series championship in the Braves' professional record 14 consecutive first-place finishes. But that can't take away from what was one of the great runs in the history of the game.
  • Santana fans 11 as Braves blank Padres in finale

    Joe Morgan
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Ervin Santana tied a career high with 11 K's over eight shutout frames and Evan Gattis provided the offense as the Braves downed the Padres, 2-0, on Monday at Turner Field.
  • HOF weekend a celebration of special Braves era

    Mark Bowman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    On Sunday, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were inducted into the Hall of Fame, drawing hordes of Atlanta fans to Cooperstown, along with former players and executives who were part of the '90s Braves.
 
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  • Sore triceps lands Ramirez on disabled list

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Neil Ramirez, who was optioned to Iowa on Saturday to give him some rest, was placed on the Major League DL on Tuesday because of soreness in his right triceps.
  • Fujikawa nearing end of rehab stint

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Kyuji Fujikawa, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will make at least one more rehab outing with Triple-A Iowa, general manager Jed Hoyer said.
  • Hoyer: Cubs may be done dealing

    Carrie Muskat
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    General manager Jed Hoyer has had plenty of conversations with other teams in advance of Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline (3 p.m. CT) but said that the Cubs may not make another deal.
  • Russell, Almora spark Tennessee's win

    Carrie Muskat and Teddy Cahill
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Addison Russell and Albert Almora, the Cubs' No. 3 and 5 prospects, respectively, combined for eight hits and four runs on Monday, helping Double-A Tennessee defeat Birmingham, 11-8.
  • Cubs start set on right note, get Wada first win

    Carrie Muskat
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    The Cubs kicked off their extended stretch against left-handed starters on the right note on Monday night. Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to help Tsuyoshi Wada pick up his first Major League win in the Cubs' 4-1 victory over the Rockies.
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  • Bruce placed on bereavement list; Partch recalled

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The Reds announced Tuesday afternoon that right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on the bereavement list. Later in the evening, the club revealed that Bruce's grandfather passed away.
  • Overturned call leads to Reds' run

    Manny Randhawa
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Reds manager Bryan Price successfully challenged a call in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the D-backs at Great American Ball Park.
  • Parra has stiff back; Ondrusek progressing

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Reds lefty reliever Manny Parra is dealing with back stiffness, and righty reliever Logan Ondrusek -- on the disabled list since July 22 -- has resumed a throwing program.
  • Partch gets call for fifth time this season

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Right-handed reliever Curtis Partch is probably familiar with every nuance of the drive up and down Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Louisville by now.
  • Reds held to six hits in 15-inning loss to D-backs

    Mark Sheldon
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    An RBI single in the top of the 15th inning by Nick Ahmed sent the Reds to a 2-1 defeat against the D-backs on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.
 
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  • Adames called up from Colorado Springs

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The Rockies will reach double figures in players making their Major League debut when infielder Cristhian Adames, called up on Tuesday from Triple-A Colorado Springs, enters a game.
  • Logan activated from disabled list

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Diverticulitis -- a digestive ailment -- forced Boone Logan to the 15-day disabled list after the All-Star break. It also robbed him of some fun. But Logan was allowed to have fun on Tuesday, when the Rockies activated him prior to the game against the Cubs.
  • Neck improved, Morneau returns to Rockies

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Justin Morneau's neck might not be better than ever, but it's better than it's been at any point this season, and the Rockies activated him from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he went 2-for-4 in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
  • Tulo begins road to return after medical procedure

    Thomas Harding
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said Monday's medical procedure, which involved needle therapy in his injured left hip flexor, was painful, but he said he'll get back to movement activities on Wednesday after resting Tuesday.
  • Overturned call upholds Rockies' head's-up play

    Thomas Harding
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The Rockies fell to the Cubs, 4-1, on Monday and ended the night with the National League's worst record, but they made several stellar defensive plays -- one of which counted after a call was overturned via replay.
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  • Springer takes BP as rookie nears return from DL

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Rookie outfielder George Springer, who hasn't played since July 19 because of a left quad strain, took batting practice on the field Tuesday for the first time since he was injured.
  • Astros starters bracing for possible trades

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Since the Astros made it known on Monday they were willing to trade one of their starting pitchers, the team has seen an increase in the number of phone calls from teams interested in starters Scott Feldman, Collin McHugh, Dallas Keuchel, Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer. The club is also dangling Brad Peacock, who's pitching in Triple-A.
  • Albers to get back on mound Friday

    Brian McTaggart
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Astros relief pitcher Matt Albers hopes to take a step forward in his long recovery from should tendinitis by throwing off a mound on Friday. Albers has been on the disabled list since April 22.
  • Astros belt four homers to top first-place A's

    Brian McTaggart
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each homered behind a solid start from Brett Oberholtzer as the Astros overpowered the first-place A's at Minute Maid Park on Monday night.
  • Porter loses challenge on Krauss' foul ball

    Brian McTaggart
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Astros manager Bo Porter lost a challenge in the second inning on Monday against the A's when he argued a ball hit down the first-base line by Marc Krauss should have been called fair.
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  • Kemp presents Colletti with tough decision

    Richard Justice
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    No team faces a tougher decision on a player than the Dodgers do on Matt Kemp. There's potentially a huge downside to trading him. There may also be an even greater downside. Nice, huh?
  • Dodgers All-Access brings out stars past and present

    Earl Bloom
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Most of the Dodgers enjoyed a day off Monday after returning home from San Francisco. But the organization stayed busy with the first Dodgers All-Access event in the evening at Dodger Stadium, which brought fans together with some of the team's greatest players and luminaries, past and present.
  • Beckett seeks return to form against Braves

    Will Laws
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    With the Dodgers reportedly considering a trade for a front-line starting pitcher to strengthen their rotation, Josh Beckett will try to prove Tuesday that Los Angeles already has four starters it can count on in the playoffs. He'll get a chance to answer his critics against Aaron Harang and the Braves.
  • Dodgers fortify infield with trade for Barney

    Ken Gurnick
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The Dodgers acquired middle infielder Darwin Barney and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for a player to be named or cash.
  • Dodgers have chips to deal, but won't be forced

    Ken Gurnick
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    The priority area of concern for Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti isn't trading an outfielder but acquiring a starter and reliever, and no deal is imminent.
 
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  • Nelson's focus on upcoming start amid trade rumors

    Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    As his name churns around baseball's rumor mill, Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson insisted he's only thinking about his upcoming start against the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Brewers to begin choosing Fall League players

    Adam McCalvy
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Now that the Brewers know with whom their Arizona Fall League participants will be teamed, they can begin the complicated process of choosing which prospects will actually play in the circuit, which has long proven a springboard to the big leagues.
  • Lohse's strong start undone as Brewers fall to Rays

    Adam McCalvy
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The first two-out walk came back to bite Brewers starter Kyle Lohse on Monday night. Judging by his reaction, the second two-out walk hurt even more. Lohse cringed after he couldn't get a call on the second of those ball fours, and Rays first baseman James Loney cashed in by blooping a bases-loaded single for the Rays' only runs in the Brewers' 2-1 loss to Tropicana Field.
  • Rays lose challenge on potential double play

    David Adler
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The Rays used their challenge on a potential inning-ending double-play ball in the third inning of Monday's series opener against the Brewers.
  • Delmonico suspended 50 games

    Adam McCalvy
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Brewers Minor League third baseman Nick Delmonico was suspended 50 games under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for an amphetamine, the Commissioner's Office announced on Monday.
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  • Crisp remains out of lineup with neck injury

    Richard Dean
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Coco Crisp, recovering from a strained neck, missed his third straight game on Tuesday. But there has been no decision yet about placing Crisp on the disabled list.
  • Injuries to outfielders puts Reddick on center stage

    Richard Dean
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    With Coco Crisp nursing an injury, and Craig Gentry on the disabled list, Josh Reddick made his first start in center field this season on Tuesday against the Astros. Reddick's previous 57 starts came in right field.
  • Burns' memorable day ends with big league debut

    Jane Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Twenty-four-year-old outfielder Billy Burns got the call of a lifetime on Monday, the A's summoned the prospect to fill in for Craig Gentry, who went on the disabled list. A few hours and a few hundred miles later, Burns made his big league debut in Houston.
  • Chavez gets hit hard in loss to Astros

    Jane Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Stephen Vogt homered, but Jesse Chavez gave up three to the Astros, who added a fourth homer off Dan Otero en route to handing the A's their third consecutive series-opening loss on Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
  • Gentry lands on DL with broken hand

    Jane Lee
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    A's outfielder Craig Gentry woke up Monday morning in Houston expecting to be held out of the lineup for just a day with a bruised right hand. Hours later, he was undergoing an MRI exam that revealed a fracture, forcing him to the disabled list.
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  • Mets to help group's effort to restore landmark

    Tim Healey
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Salmaan Khan and Matthew Silva co-founded "People for the Pavilion," an advocacy group looking to preserve and develop the landmark New York State Pavilion, and the Mets thought highly enough of the group's endeavor to reach out and help.
  • Duda out of starting lineup against lefty Hamels

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    If Lucas Duda -- who was out of Tuesday's lineup against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels -- wants to complete his transformation from middling prospect to everyday stalwart, he will need to prove he can hit left-handed pitching.
  • Mets give Flores start at shortstop vs. Phillies

    Anthony DiComo
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Wilmer Flores received another start at shortstop on Tuesday, his third in six games since the Mets recalled him from Triple-A Las Vegas. But that does not mean Flores is about to receive regular playing time over Ruben Tejada, who has played regularly since being hit in the head with a pitch last week.
  • Lessons from military translate well into baseball

    Joey Nowak
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has a lengthy resume filled with experiences that have helped shape his career as a baseball executive. Among them is his time spent in the military.
  • Mets continue surge toward .500, rout Phillies

    Anthony DiComo
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    These days, each win carries with it implications. The Mets are relevant again, or at least relatively relevant, sitting four games under .500 after Monday's 7-1 dismantling of the Phillies at Citi Field. They are demonstrating obvious growth on a daily basis. They are -- dare it be said -- thriving.
 
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  • Sandberg opts to give Byrd a rest against Mets

    Todd Zolecki
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    It raised a few eyebrows Tuesday afternoon when the Phillies posted a lineup without Marlon Byrd against the Mets at Citi Field. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it had nothing to do with an impending trade and that Byrd was a little sore after fouling a ball off his left foot Monday.
  • Amaro: Talks picking up as Deadline nears

    Todd Zolecki
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The Phillies have a host of players available to trade, but many of those players are owed big-time money. The money has been an issue for teams. But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday morning on Sportsradio 94WIP that things have picked up before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
  • Phils hold private workout for Cuban outfielder Castillo

    Todd Zolecki
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The Phillies held a private workout Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he had watched some older video of the prospect and liked what he saw.
  • Cooperstown special to Carlton prior to Hall call

    Larry Shenk
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Before he was paving a path to Cooperstown in the Majors, Steve Carlton played there as a Minor Leaguer in the Cardinals' organization.
  • Franco homers, collects four hits at Triple-A

    Teddy Cahill
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect, homered and collected four hits Monday, but it wasn't enough to lead Triple-A Lehigh Valley to victory. Buffalo defeated the visitors, 4-2.
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  • Orioles in position for moves before Deadline

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said nothing is imminent, although the organization continues to have "meaningful discussions" and is equipped to make a move in advance of Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Bruce placed on bereavement list; Partch recalled

    Mark Sheldon
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The Reds announced Tuesday afternoon that right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on the bereavement list. Later in the evening, the club revealed that Bruce's grandfather passed away.
  • Home run by Zunino confirmed by review

    Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Mariners tallied another run and chased Tribe starter Trevor Bauer on Tuesday thanks to Mike Zunino's home run being confirmed by crew chief review.
  • Lester, not Price, becomes most desired lefty

    Phil Rogers
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    In this game of musical left-handers, Jon Lester becomes the biggest trading chip on the market, followed -- albeit not that closely -- by the Phillies' Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.
  • Kratz welcomes new opportunity with Royals

    Dick Kaegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    It took eight-plus seasons in the Minor Leagues before catcher Erik Kratz finally made his Major League debut at age 30. That's a long wait.
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  • Worley tosses shutout after Pirates' early outburst

    Tom Singer
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    After two errors and some other loose defense helped the Pirates to a four-run first inning at AT&T Park on Monday, Vance Worley protected the instant lead with a masterful complete-game four-hitter to upend the Giants, 5-0.
  • Liriano looking to go deep in start vs. Giants

    Adam Lichtenstein
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Pirates starter Francisco Liriano is aiming to build off his best start of the season and keep the Pirates' momentum going against the Giants on Tuesday. Liriano will face Giants starter Tim Hudson, who is also riding a recent hot streak.
  • Pirates perplexed by Alvarez's throwing woes

    Tom Singer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    The subject has become an uncomfortable one for Clint Hurdle. Whenever he is again asked about Pedro Alvarez's throwing issues, the Pirates manager answers listlessly -- as if he didn't really have an answer.
  • Cole hurls five scoreless innings in rehab start

    Tom Singer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Gerrit Cole's first rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis won't make Pirates fans any more patient waiting for his return. Taking the mound for the Indians on Monday night in Rochester, Cole blanked the Red Wings for five innings on five hits.
  • Snider adapting well to pinch-hitting role

    Tom Singer
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Travis Snider's game-tying, two-run home run for the Pirates in the sixth inning Sunday in Denver was yet another example of how Snider, a onetime No. 1 Draft choice, has taken to a supporting role at the still-young age of 26.
 
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  • Dodgers Designate Scott Elbert For Assignment

    Jeff Todd
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The Dodgers have designated lefty Scott Elbert for assignment, according to the MLB transactions page. Elbert, 28, had been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery (and subsequent toe injury) on the 60-day DL. Elbert was a major contributor for the Dodgers over 2011-12, throwing 66 innings of 2.32 ERA ball (with 8.6 K/9 against 3.7 BB/9) over that span. But he has thrown only 20 frames over the last two years, all in the minors. He owns a 4.26 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this year, striking out 9.2 and walking 5.0 runners per nine.
  • Minor Moves: Joe Saunders, George Kottaras, Matt Guerrier

    Jeff Todd
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Here are the day’s minor moves: Lefty Joe Saunders has been released, the Royals announced on Twitter. Saunders opted out of his minor league deal, reports Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (Twitter link). The 33-year-old lefty will presumably now look for his fourth organization of the year. The Cardinals have released catcher George Kottaras after designating him for assignment to create room for the addition of A.J. Pierzynski, reports Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com (via Twitter). Kottaras, 31, saw just six plate appearances for the Cardinals but owns a .269/.375/.615 slash on the…
  • Jon Lester Rumors: Tuesday

    Steve Adams
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Yesterday, reports indicated that the Orioles and Mariners have both inquired on Red Sox ace Jon Lester, but the Sox are likely to take any decision down to the wire. Earlier this morning, we noted that Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com heard there was less than a 50 percent chance Lester is dealt based on current talks, but offers are expected to increase in the coming days. We’ll keep track of the rest of Tuesday’s Lester-related rumors in this post… If the Pirates make a deal for Lester, it will have to occur before his start tomorrow so he can take his next turn for…
  • Rays "Talking And Willing" To Trade David Price

    Jeff Todd
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The Rays are “talking and willing” to trade ace David Price in spite of the club’s recent success, a team source tells Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. It remains to be seen whether “any teams have the desire” to make a deal, the source adds. His peers believe that GM Andrew Friedman would be willing to make the bold move with his team playing itself onto the fringe of contention. It is worth noting also that Friedman now possesses ample leverage to demand a deal that he finds sufficient before pulling the trigger. Of course, the apparent availability of Jon Lester…
  • Astros Open To Trading Keuchel, McHugh, Cosart

    Steve Adams
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    WEDNESDAY: Houston is reluctant to deal Keuchel, a GM tells Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, who discusses the club’s decisions on whether to deal arms that come with future control. The Orioles could be a fit for the emergent southpaw if the Astros are willing to part with him, sources tell Drellich. TUESDAY: The Astros are getting increased calls about their pitchers after yesterday’s comments from Luhnow, reports MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart (on Twitter). The goal remains the same, says McTaggart: MLB-ready offense. MONDAY, 6:21pm: When asked about prospective deals…
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  • Week warming up

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Updates at Chicago Weather Center
  • WATCH: Women ran over by train narrowly escape death

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Two Indiana women narrowly escaped death after facing down a train earlier this month. On July 10, the women were walking on the railroad tracks on the Shuffle Creek Trestle, a bridge over Lake Lemon about ten miles northeast of Bloomington, when they noticed a train was coming toward them. The engineer of the lead locomotive spotted them as the train came around a curve at 30 mph. The bridge is about 500 feet long and 80 feet high, and the women had nowhere to go. Video from the locomotive shows them trying to run away when they see the train. It’s clear that they won’t be able…
  • Lollpalooza 2014: Helpful links

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Headed to Lolla in Grant Park?  Here are some helpful links to make sure your weekend is full of fun!   The 2014 Lollapalooza Lineup & Schedule (pdf) Listing of Lolla After Shows in Chicago Map of the festival grounds Lollapalooza FAQs & tips  
  • Bears Camp: Marquess Wilson fighting for 3rd WR spot

    Steve Lippo
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
  • Boy reunited with Coast Guard team who rescued him

    WGN Web Desk
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A boy saved from Lake Michigan earlier this month was reunited with his rescuers today in an emotional meeting. The boy, along with other members of his family, were plucked from the water a few weeks ago when a kayaking trip got out of control during a vacation in Wisconsin. 9-year-old Tommy Alder his cousin and aunt were swept 10 miles from the shore and were lost for 17 hours near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The kayak rental company called for help when they didn’t come back. A crew from the Coast Guard was able to find them and rescue them. Today, in Wheeling, the Highland Park boy and…
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  • Padres activate Everth from DL; Lane designated

    Will Laws
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Shortstop Everth Cabrera was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, marking the return of a third regular starting infielder for the Padres in four days.
  • Lane's memorable starting debut goes unrewarded

    Corey Brock
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Jason Lane allowed just one run over six-plus innings of his starting debut, but the Padres were silenced in a 2-0 loss to the Braves on Monday at Turner Field.
  • Ross hopes to tally his third straight victory

    Alex Halsted
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lance Lynn will try to keep the Cardinals on track as he squares off against Tyson Ross and the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego.
  • Lane, 37, etches name in Padres history

    Corey Brock
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    When Padres pitcher Jason Lane got Jordan Schafer on a first-pitch lineout to right field in the first inning Monday, he officially became the oldest pitcher to make his debut start in franchise history.
  • Rejuvenated Gyorko activated from disabled list

    Corey Brock
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Jedd Gyorko didn't just return to the Padres' clubhouse on Monday with a healed left foot, he did so with a renewed sense of optimism that his offensive struggles in the first two months of the season are behind him.
 
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  • Lynn looks to pick up Cards' third straight win

    Alex Halsted
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Lance Lynn will try to keep the Cardinals on track as he squares off against Tyson Ross and the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego.
  • Taveras, Piscotty headline Cards' updated Top 20 list

    Jim Callis
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.
  • Torre's Hall speech: Game 'part of the American soul'

    Barry M. Bloom
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them.
  • Tight race has Cards weighing Trade Deadline deals

    Jenifer Langosch
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    General manager John Mozeliak has evaluated the options and considered the cost. Now, with less than four days remaining until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, he'll have to decide soon whether to change the complexion of his Major League club.
  • Holliday's homer all Wainwright, Cards need

    Daniel Kramer
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Adam Wainwright bounced back from a shaky outing and led the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
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  • Cain to see Andrews about right elbow

    Chris Haft
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Concerned about his ailing throwing elbow, right-hander Matt Cain has scheduled a visit with famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews to receive a second opinion.
  • Ishikawa returns to Giants; Perez also recalled

    Ryan Hood
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Looking to boost their sputtering offense, the Giants made a handful of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, including purchasing the contract of utility man Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Fresno.
  • Giants' home woes continue in loss to Pirates

    Chris Haft
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Pirates squashed most of Monday's intrigue with a four-run first inning off Madison Bumgarner as the Giants were handed their fifth consecutive loss, a 5-0 defeat.
  • Hudson aiming to extend hot streak, snap Giants' skid

    Adam Lichtenstein
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Pirates starter Francisco Liriano is aiming to build off his best start of the season and keep the Pirates' momentum going against the Giants on Tuesday. Liriano will face Giants starter Tim Hudson, who is also riding a recent hot streak.
  • Belt feeling good, cleared to start exercising

    Ryan Hood
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Belt is feeling better and is expected to resume exercising Tuesday. Bochy said the first baseman, who passed a concussion test Monday, should resume baseball activities soon after and possibly return early in the team's upcoming 10-game road trip.
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  • Out of lineup, Werth says ankle injury not serious

    Bill Ladson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was not in Tuesday night's starting lineup against the Marlins because of a sprained right ankle that he injured the previous night.
  • Detwiler earns bigger role; Blevins a lefty specialist

    Bill Ladson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Tuesday that Ross Detwiler will have a bigger role out of the bullpen, while fellow left-hander Jerry Blevins will be more of a specialist.
  • Bullpen erupts after Zimmermann's strong start

    Bill Ladson
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    The Nationals had arguably their worst loss of the season Monday night. A day after saving his 200th game, Rafael Soriano blew his fourth of the season as the Marlins edged the Nationals, 7-6, at Marlins Park.
  • Werth day to day with sprained right ankle

    Bill Ladson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Right fielder Jayson Werth sprained his right ankle in the seventh inning of the Nationals' heartbreaking 7-6 loss to the Marlins on Monday night. He is listed as day to day and hopes to play in Tuesday's game against Miami.
  • With Rendon at 3B, trio to share time at 2B

    Bill Ladson
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Nationals manager Matt Williams has decided that three players -- Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen -- will split time at second base. The job had belonged to Anthony Rendon, but he is now the everyday third baseman.
 
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  • Orioles in position for moves before Deadline

    Brittany Ghiroli
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said nothing is imminent, although the organization continues to have "meaningful discussions" and is equipped to make a move in advance of Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Ubaldo turns in successful first rehab outing

    Brittany Ghiroli and David Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Ubaldo Jimenez made his first rehab start for Class A short-season Aberdeen on Tuesday, going 4 2/3 innings. The Orioles' right-hander could make another start for a higher affiliate next week as he continues to work his way back from a right ankle injury.
  • Davis out of O's lineup with flu-like symptoms

    Brittany Ghiroli and David Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Dealing with flu-like symptoms, Chris Davis is out of the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
  • Harvey a talent beyond his years

    Bernie Pleskoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Hunter Harvey has the repertoire, the mechanics, the mound presence and the command to become a highly qualified Major League starting pitcher. He throws strikes and takes charge on the mound. Harvey has the ability to repeat his simple, uncomplicated delivery and not waste energy with extraneous movement. He uses his size to his advantage, as he comes over the top and gets late life on all his pitches. Even at the young age of 19, Harvey has the ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone.
  • McFarland placed on bereavement list

    Brittany Ghiroli
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The Orioles will place left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Angels. McFarland's grandmother, who was recently transferred to hospice care, passed away Sunday.
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  • If Lester is dealt, Workman would start finale

    Steven Petrella
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Jon Lester is still in line to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays. But if he's traded in the next 24 hours, Brandon Workman will throw in his place.
  • Farrell meets with Doubront, stresses team focus

    Steven Petrella
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Felix Doubront looked lost on the mound during a short-yet-long relief appearance in Boston's 14-1 loss to Toronto, and while manager John Farrell dismissed the idea of Doubront being disinterested or unfocused, Boston's skipper said he's met with the lefty to discuss his appearance.
  • Ace for sale? Six logical destinations for Lester

    Anthony Castrovince
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Jon Lester makes his next -- and possibly last -- start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, though it would surprise exactly no one if he is dealt to a contending team prior to taking the mound.
  • Rough stretch continues with blowout loss to Jays

    Steven Petrella
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz struggled in his five-plus innings, and reliever Felix Doubront didn't fare any better as the hurlers combined to allow 13 runs in Monday night's 14-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
  • Webster tabbed to face Yankees on Saturday

    Steven Petrella
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster won his first start of the season Sunday and will make his second start Saturday against the Yankees, manager John Farrell said Monday.
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  • Stolen base overturned by Tigers' challenge

    Matt Slovin
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus successfully challenged a stolen base by White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game at Comerica Park.
  • Rodon to be promoted to Class A on Wednesday

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Carlos Rodon, the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the club's No. 1 prospect, will be assigned to Class A Winston-Salem before the Dash's Wednesday afternoon game against Frederick, and the left-hander will pitch one inning in relief.
  • Avisail on track to return to action this season

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who underwent shoulder surgery in April, hit in a simulated game for rehabbing pitcher Matt Lindstrom on Tuesday and is gearing up for a Minor League rehab assignment.
  • Lindstrom wants to be White Sox closer

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Matt Lindstrom, who is rehabbing from ankle surgery, is looking to finish the 2014 season strong and be in a position to return to the White Sox next season as their closer.
  • Danks subject of minor speculation ahead of Deadline

    Scott Merkin
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There has been so little buzz around the White Sox as Thursday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches that far-ranging rumors about the Yankees' interest in John Danks have drawn attention.
 
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  • Home run by Zunino confirmed by review

    Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Mariners tallied another run and chased Tribe starter Trevor Bauer on Tuesday thanks to Mike Zunino's home run being confirmed by crew chief review.
  • Tribe not expected to make major additions

    Jordan Bastian and Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Despite entering Tuesday four games back in a tight American League Wild Card race, the Indians have not been expected to be heavy buyers ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Thursday largely due to their financial limitations.
  • Santana credits playing first base for hot hitting

    Jordan Bastian and Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Carlos Santana's recent offensive uptick was influenced by his opportunity to settle down in the field at first base.
  • Masterson set to return from DL day after Deadline

    Jordan Bastian and Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Justin Masterson is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list in order to make his next start for the Indians on Friday. As it happens, that outing falls one day after Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
  • Santana surges to AL Player of the Week nod

    Joey Nowak
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    After a historical power surge last weekend, Cleveland's Carlos Santana has been named the American League Player of the Week.
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  • Kratz welcomes new opportunity with Royals

    Dick Kaegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    It took eight-plus seasons in the Minor Leagues before catcher Erik Kratz finally made his Major League debut at age 30. That's a long wait.
  • Yost excited to see infielder Colon back up

    Dick Kaegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    One of the big reasons that manager Ned Yost liked Monday's trade with Toronto is that it enabled the Royals to bring up infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha.
  • Hosmer returns to lineup

    Dick Kaegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    First baseman Eric Hosmer was back in the Royals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Indians.
  • Vargas could be ready to start Saturday in Oakland

    Dick Kaegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    It now appears that left-hander Jason Vargas might -- repeat, might -- start Saturday's game for the Royals at Oakland. Vargas, out since July 9 because of an appendectomy, threw the equivalent of four innings in a simulated game on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
  • Wilson to manage Arizona Fall League team

    Dick Kaegel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Vance Wilson, manager of the Royals' Double-A Northwest Arkansas club, will manage the Peoria Javelinas in this year's Arizona Fall League.
 
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  • Wilson says hip tightness hurt his mechanics

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Tightness in the left hip area limited veteran Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson's range of motion, slightly altering his delivery and not allowing him to finish pitches effectively.
  • Richards adding velocity to pitching arsenal

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Angels right-hander Garrett Richards didn't necessarily do anything different this offseason. But for some reason, he's throwing harder, in a year that saw Richards transition from part-time reliever to full-time starter.
  • Trout fondly recalls catch to rob O's Hardy

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Every time Angels outfielder Mike Trout comes to Orioles Park at Camden Yards, that June 27, 2012, catch -- when he leaped about three feet above the wall to take one away from J.J. Hardy -- is a major talking point.
  • Scioscia still big believer in divisional play

    Alden Gonzalez
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia has long been a proponent of divisional play, believing division winners should have clear advantages over those that make the playoffs via the Wild Card. And the fact that his club is on the other side of that isn't making him change his stance.
  • Angels not pressing to add starter at Trade Deadline

    Alden Gonzalez
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    It looks like the Angels did their shopping early this year, fortifying the bullpen by adding three key relievers in 22 days. But will the Angels add a starting pitcher?
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  • Arcia misses Tuesday's game for birth of baby boy

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The Twins played with 24 players on their roster on Tuesday, as outfielder Oswaldo Arcia missed the game after his wife, Karla, gave birth to a baby boy, Oswell Daniel, early Tuesday morning in Minneapolis.
  • Injured Mauer set to take batting practice in cages

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    First baseman Joe Mauer has been making progress with his strained right oblique, and will take batting practice in the cages at Target Field on Wednesday.
  • Injured Nolasco throws bullpen with no issues

    Rhett Bollinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Injured right-hander Ricky Nolasco joined the Twins on their road trip through Kansas City and Chicago, and threw a bullpen session without any issues on Tuesday.
  • Setbacks challenging, but Buxton persevering

    Adam Berry
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    When Byron Buxton is on the field, he's the most dynamic player in the Minor Leagues, the top prospect in all of baseball. He proved that a year ago, surpassing even the highest expectations placed upon the second overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. But this year has brought a new set of challenges for Buxton.
  • Buxton, Sano remain atop Twins' Top 20 Prospects list

    Jonathan Mayo
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.
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  • Pineda set to make rehab start this weekend

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The last time Michael Pineda was healthy enough to face a lineup, he was wearing a smudge of pine tar on his neck, an offense that got the right-hander ejected from an April 23 start at Fenway Park.
  • Girardi: Rest hopefully recharges Roberts

    Bryan Hoch
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Brian Roberts has played in 91 games this season, marking his highest total since 2009, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the veteran second baseman may be wearing down as a result.
  • Teixeira hoping he's had final day of rest

    Bryan Hoch
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Mark Teixeira took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time since he sustained what the Yankees called a lower lat strain, and the first baseman hopes to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
  • Gardner has Yu's number, but Yanks fall in Texas

    Bryan Hoch
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Brett Gardner continued to show off his head-scratching dominance of Yu Darvish, but the Rangers batted around against David Phelps in a four-run fifth inning and defeated the Yankees, 4-2, on Monday night at Globe Life Park.
  • Jeter passes Yaz for seventh on career hits list

    Bryan Hoch
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Derek Jeter collected his 3,420th career hit on Monday night at Globe Life Park, passing Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski to move into seventh place on baseball's all-time list.
 
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  • Home run by Zunino confirmed by review

    Alec Shirkey
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Mariners tallied another run and chased Tribe starter Trevor Bauer on Tuesday thanks to Mike Zunino's home run being confirmed by crew chief review.
  • Paxton might return to the mound on Saturday

    Greg Johns
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Mariners are still not listing a starter for Saturday's game at Baltimore, but rookie southpaw James Paxton is on the current road trip with the club and could be in line to slide back into the rotation after spending most of the season on the disabled list.
  • Ackley feeling confident due to strong July

    Greg Johns
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley seems to make a habit of heating up as the weather warms and the 26-year-old has continued that trend with a strong July.
  • Saunders takes BP, nearing rehab assignment

    Greg Johns
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Right fielder Michael Saunders took batting practice with the Mariners on Tuesday for the first time since straining his left oblique muscle on July 10 as he gets closer to going out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
  • Mariners finalize deal with top prospect Hernandez

    Greg Johns
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Brayan Hernandez, one of the top young prospects on this year's international market, has officially signed with the Mariners after taking batting practice with the club last week at Safeco Field, the team announced Monday.
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  • Hanigan still dealing with soreness, return pushed back

    David Adler
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Catcher Ryan Hanigan's timetable to return to the field has been pushed back, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday.
  • In high demand, Price faces the unknown

    Bill Chastain
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The Trade Deadline is fast approaching, but for David Price -- this year's biggest prize -- it was business as usual on Tuesday.
  • Loney, Odorizzi put Rays back on winning path

    Bill Chastain
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Tampa Bay appeared headed for a second consecutive loss Monday night after Boston snapped its nine-game winning streak on Sunday. Things just didn't seem to be going the Rays' way. But the Rays found a way, coming away with a 2-1 win over the Brewers at Tropicana Field.
  • Rays lose challenge on potential double play

    David Adler
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The Rays used their challenge on a potential inning-ending double-play ball in the third inning of Monday's series opener against the Brewers.
  • Romero a viable option for Rays' deep staff

    Bernie Pleskoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Enny Romero has an "electric" arm. His main pitch is a sinking fastball that hits 97 mph without much effort. Romero does a good job of changing speeds, altering his velocity from 92 or 93 mph upwards. If his fastball is working well and if he's throwing strikes, his secondary pitches are all the more meaningful -- they include an 82 mph hard slider (or slurve) and an 86-mph changeup.
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  • Rangers could trade lefty Cotts, or re-sign him

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Rangers continue to field trade calls on relief pitcher Neal Cotts, but there were no indications that something would get done before the 3 p.m. CT Thursday non-waiver Trade Deadline. Another option could be preferable to the Rangers. They are considering the possibility of re-signing Cotts, who could be a free agent after the season.
  • Wash: Martin getting better, but more needed

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin went into Tuesday's game hitless in his last 16 at-bats over the previous five games. He also was hitting .200 in his last 22 games. At a time when the Rangers want to see progress from their young players, they are not seeing as much as they would like from Martin, 26, who is in his second full season in the Major Leagues.
  • Rangers reshuffle rotation with Tepesch sidelined

    T.R. Sullivan
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Rangers starter Nick Tepesch is still not completely over the problem in his left knee, and thre Rangers have pushed him back in the rotation. He was supposed to start on Friday against the Indians, but the Rangers are going to start Jerome Williams instead, followed by Miles Mikolas on Saturday and Yu Darvish on Sunday.
  • Bats back Yu as Rangers take series opener vs. Yanks

    T.R. Sullivan
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish rode a four-run Texas fifth to earn his 10th win of the season in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night in the first of a three-game series.
  • Jeter reflects on battles with Rangers over years

    T.R. Sullivan and Grace Raynor
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter knows, with no hesitation, what he's going to miss the most after he retires from baseball at the conclusion of the season.
 
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  • Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: What have you learned, Rubby De La Rosa?

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Hopefully time will make all the difference for Rubby De La Rosa, who surrendered seven runs to the Blue Jays just five days ago. The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play a game which we can all listen to in the background while obsessing over Jon Lester trade rumors since, let's be honest, that's what we care about right now. Today's Lineups TORONTO BLUE JAYS BOSTON RED SOX Jose Reyes - SS Brock Holt - RF Melky Cabrera - LF Daniel Nava - LF Jose Bautista - RF Dustin Pedroia - 2B Dioner Navarro - C David Ortiz - DH Juan Francisco - 1B Mike Carp - 1B Colby Rasmus - DH Stephen Drew - SS Munenori…
  • Red Sox trade rumors: Pirates emerging as Jon Lester 'dark-horse'

    Marc Normandin
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If Lester is going to be gone, swapping him out for a big bat would make all kinds of sense. It's becoming more clear as the hours until the July 31 trade deadline dwindle that Jon Lester is going to be traded. If he's not, it won't be for lack of effort from the Red Sox, who are openly trying to move him before his scheduled start on Wednesday. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan and Tim Brown are reporting that the Pirates are a "dark-horse" to land Lester before then, in a package centered around Double-A outfielder Josh Bell. Bell is 21 years old and a 2011 second-round pick, but that lateness…
  • The Over The Monster Podcast: Episode 108: Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal on the trade deadline

    Matthew Kory
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal talks Red Sox deadline with Matt Kory The trade deadline is upon us and with the Red Sox hopelessly out of contention, the discussion has turned to dealing assets. Prime among those is Red Sox ace Jon Lester, he of the expiring contract. I (Matt Kory) am joined by the excellent Brian MacPherson, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal. Brian and I discuss the goings on with Lester's contract, whether or not the team should re-sign the pitcher, and what his value might be on the trade market. We also get into what not signing Lester says about…
  • The Red Sox shouldn't trade John Lackey

    Marc Normandin
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Unless an offer the Red Sox absolutely cannot refuse comes in, they should hang on to Lackey for 2015. Trading Jon Lester makes all kinds of sense. He's a free agent at the end of the season, the Red Sox aren't sure they'll commit the dollars necessary to keep him, he's not going to re-sign in Boston's exclusive October negotiating window, and he's far and away the most attractive pitching target on the July market now that David Price has been pulled back. Trading John Lackey, though, which the Sox are also entertaining, doesn't make anywhere near as much sense. In fact, unless someone were…
  • Red Sox Trade Deadline/Fire Sale

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Jon Lester, John Lackey, Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, even Jonny Gomes! The Red Sox have plenty of potential free agents (or retirees) to trade. Who will go where, and what will they get back? The Red Sox have called the Phillies to talk about a potential trade for Cole Hamels according to Jayson Stark spurring the Phillies to focus their scouting efforts on Boston's farm system in recent days. Start delivered the news today in a chat with SportsNation on ESPN.com: Zero [chance for a trade] on Howard and Utley. Slim on Hamels, although as I've been writing and saying on the air, it wouldn't be…
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  • Let's Talk About 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers

    Ben Henry
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    We're a few months away, but I've started thinking about the 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers set. Will it be an online-only factory set, or released in packs? Who will be included? Who will be overlooked? If we use the 2013 installment as a template, it's probable that each team will be represented, with somewhere between one and five cards apiece. Much like the "traded" sets from back in the day, the high-numbers set is mostly a showcase of young players and XRCs—although with so many draft, prospects, and minor league sets these days, there are virtually zero players who could have…
  • The World Needs a Retro Donruss Studio Set

    Ben Henry
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Topps can conjure nostalgia for a wave of collectors just by opening a random file cabinet in its overstuffed HQ and producing a legacy design series like Archives or Heritage. And yet, the 13-year-old in me still thinks that nothing beats 1991's "sophisticated," "artistic," and high-cheese-quotient Studio. So tell us, Donruss: What's stopping you from jumping into the retro deep end with both feet?Here's what I'm looking for:1. Tasteful black and white photography of men with mullets. I understand that standard baseball hair fashion these days consists of goatees, mountain-man beards, and…
  • The Pleasure Principle

    mkenny59
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
     Ricky Wright, 1987 ToppsHere is Ricky Wright. Here he is again:Now, I know what you're thinking: What was the exact date that catcher Wes Westrum caught three fouls in one inning?"Wait," you say, "that wasn't the date I was thinking. I feel like maybe West Westrum had accomplished this feat before, no?"So yes, this baseball card has an EDITOR'S NOTE relative to a tidbit that is not at all relative to the card itself. Maybe we can talk about Ricky Wright, whose likeness and personal information provide the foundation for this Ricky Wright baseball card. Here he is again:Now, I know what…
  • Card Critic: 2014 Topps Archives

    Ben Henry
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Before I get into what I think about the 2014 edition of Topps Archives, a little background on the three shifts in the hobby landscape that were needed to support a weird mishmash of a set like this. In the summer of 1989, political scientist Francis Fukuyama published an essay in The National Interest titled "The End of History?" Fukuyama argued that Western liberal democracy marked the end of humanity's social evolution and that, contrary to Marx, democracy would be the prevailing style of government going forward.If we replace "Western liberal democracy" with "nostalgia,"…
  • A Few Great Things About 2013 Topps Heritage Minor Leagues

    Ben Henry
    25 May 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I recently purchased a box of 2013 Topps Heritage Minor Leagues. While I was not a fan of the Major-League edition, I am a fan of this version. The lightweight, too-smooth card stock and low-resolution photography don't bother me here. I like that I got practically the entire base set, not to mention a smattering of inserts, from my one box. Here are a few other great things about this set:Rio Ruiz needs to change his name to "Rio Bandita." Amiright? 1) The team names are not in a uniform color. Now, I have not heard of many of these teams. And their Major-League affiliations? Forget it.
 
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  • The Shift Episode 11: Special guest Mike Ferrin - July 29, 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Bryan and Stu get to talk baseball, broadcasting, and prospects with SiriusXM's Mike Ferrin! On this episode of The Shift, Bryan and Stu are joined by the host of Power Alley on SiriusXM (among many, many other things), Mike Ferrin! Mike and the guys discuss the use of new and advanced stats in broadcasting, whether the Pirates should deal top prospects for Jon Lester, the Cubs' talented set of position players and much more. It's a great episode, with a great guest ... so don't miss it! You can find Mike on Twitter at @MikeFerrinSXM! Discover Baseball Internet Radio with The Shift BtBS on…
  • Tyson Ross: Now without walks!

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The San Diego has sustained his 2013 breakout, but as of late he's taken things to the next level, behind dramatically better command. In an altogether miserable season for the Padres, one bright spot has shone through: Tyson Ross. A middling Oakland swingman whom San Diego acquired in a low-key offseason deal two years ago, Ross exploded onto the scene in 2013, with a 3.17 ERA in 125.0 innings. Advanced stats gave credibility to his accomplishments — he put up a 3.43 xFIP and a 3.33 SIERA. In 2014, he's kept the magic going, as his ERA, xFIP, and SIERA have decreased even further, to…
  • Bullpen Report 15.0

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    #451712414 / gettyimages.com     The Tampa Bay Rays bullpen has been lights out lately and the 2 biggest standouts have been their flame throwing closer Jake McGee and their  Full Article »
  • Daily Cheatsheet – 7/29

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Recommended plays by position, dong predictions, weather, stack alerts, BvP, pitchers to stream… Our daily cheatsheet for today can be accessed by members by clicking the...
  • DraftKings for a Tuesday 7/29

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    (Editor’s Note: Try our FanDuel Cheat Sheet with picks, sample lineups, and tons of sortable matchup stats) #451934962 / gettyimages.com     PITCHERS: With a wide array of solid options, it will be  Full Article »
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    38Pitches

  • The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day

    38Pitches.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    ‘Most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.’ ~Charlotte Joko Beck By Leo Babauta We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies. We procrastinate because of fantasies. We get frustrated with other people, with ourselves, because of fantasies. We miss out on the wonder of the world because of fantasies. We — all of us — live our lives in delusion most of the time. That might not seem true, but consider: When you wake up and start thinking about what you’re going to do today, your plans aren’t…
  • Living the Simple Life

    38Pitches.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    ‘A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.’ ~Henry David Thoreau By Leo Babauta For almost 9 years now, I’ve been learning to live a simple life. A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for what really matters. A life that isn’t constant busy-ness and rushing, but contemplation and creation, connection with people I love and time for nature and activity. That doesn’t mean I have zero clutter and zero complications: I’m a part of the world, not a secluded monk. I…
  • How to Be Prepared for Anything

    38Pitches.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    ‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ ~Marcus Aurelius By Leo Babauta There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss of a loved one, an argument with your partner, or the zombie apocalypse. One way is to get everything ready for anything that’s likely to come: get all your survival equipment, prepare your skills, plan for your work projects, get your affairs in order, think through…
  • Turn Toward the Problem

    38Pitches.com
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Leo Babauta Much of our lives is spent trying to ignore problems, not wanting to deal with them, procrastinating. Bills are pushed to the side to deal with later. People we have troubles with are avoided. Work we don’t want to do is put off while we browse the Internet. The diet is put off until tomorrow as we eat more junk. Our insecurities are not admitted because we don’t want to think about them. This kind of avoidance, unfortunately, doesn’t work. We put these things off and the problems only fester and grow worse. Bills become late and interest racks up and…
  • The End of the Day Philosophy

    38Pitches.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    ‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I know what the answer will be: at the end of the day, I’d be much happier if I’d chosen writing. If I am faced with chips and pizza, I might be mightily tempted to eat them right now, but I know that later in…
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  • Gleeman and The Geek #155: Ron Gardenhire’s Donut Machine

    aarongleeman
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included how thin the ice is for Ron Gardenhire and maybe even Terry Ryan, trading Kendrys Morales to Seattle, other potential trades before the July 31 deadline, John Bonnes' rap knowledge, Chuck Knoblauch, Kirby Puckett, and the Twins' Hall of Fame, the August 23 pub crawl, broken clocks being right, cutting Matt Guerrier, and the beauty of mini donuts. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 155 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is…
  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    • Last year's "Grand Drunk Railroad" pub crawl was a huge success and incredibly fun, so we've decided to do it again (well, mostly Twins Daily, but I tag along). Tickets to the August 23 event are available for purchase beginning today and we expect it to sell out fairly quickly. Details can be found here. (Last year we recorded a very slurry podcast episode during the pub crawl and then Glen Perkins bought everyone a round of beer from the bullpen.) • More on this later, probably, but here's my quick write-up of the Twins cutting bait on Kendrys Morales and actually getting something…
  • What are the Twins’ trade deadline options?

    aarongleeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    As the Twins stumble toward a fourth consecutive losing season next week's trade deadline is an opportunity to acquire young talent to aid the ongoing rebuilding effort. But will any of the Twins' obvious trade candidates be in enough demand to actually fetch significant long-term help? And does it make sense for the Twins to shop some not-so-obvious veterans in an effort to make a bigger splash? Here's my view of the players they might deal between now and July 31. Kurt Suzuki: Signed for $2.75 million to, in theory, split time behind the plate with Josmil Pinto and mentor the rookie, Suzuki…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #154: Sellers!

    aarongleeman
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the All-Star experience, the Twins making it clear they should be sellers at the trade deadline, what to do with Kurt Suzuki, my illnesses, John Bonnes' dancing, paying to get rid of Ricky Nolasco, details on the August pub crawl, why Danny Santana is rushed but young pitchers aren't, ex-girlfriends in the wild, Josh Willingham falling apart, and dwindling television ratings. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 154 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Here's what it looks like…
  • Reviewing the Twins’ first half: Pitchers

    aarongleeman
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    For all the talk about and money spent on improving their starting pitching the Twins' rotation ranks 28th in ERA among the 30 teams. Last year they ranked 30th. Two years ago they ranked 29th. Three years ago they ranked 26th. And even with some pretty good relief work included the Twins' pitching staff has the fewest strikeouts in baseball for the fourth consecutive season. Before the second half gets underway here's a pitcher-by-pitcher look at the individual performances ... • Phil Hughes: .283/.297/.410 in 501 plate appearances When the Twins signed Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24…
 
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    RotoRob

  • Draftster Recommendations: July 29

    RotoRob
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Brandon McCarthy should fare well against his ex-team on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Today we’ll offer up some tips for play for on Tuesday, July 29 on Draftster.com, with a specific focus on the outfield. Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez ($3,200) comes super cheap on Tuesday in Wrigley Field against the Cubs and starter Edwin Jackson. There’s good reason for CarGo to be so discounted considering all the injuries this year have limited him to 10 homers in his worst season since he was a rookie with the A’s. He missed two games this weekend because of an ankle woe,…
  • 2014 RotoRob NFL Draft Kit: Tight End Rankings

    Josh Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Julius Thomas burst into prominence last season. (Quietroomentertainment.com) The 2014 RotoRob NFL Draft Kit hammers forward with another glorious cheat sheet. So while full contact heats up at NFL training camps, let’s review the top 20 tight ends in Fantasy football for 2014. If you are old enough to remember or you have seen massive amounts of NFL Films footage, you might know of former NFL tight end Mike Dikta as a player. We must give him some credit for showing the football world that a tight end can be an impact player. If you roll back the clock back you will find he was the first…
  • The Wire Troll: Emilio Bonifacio Second to None

    Michael Seff
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Emilio Bonifacio is running wild for the Cubs. (Baseblog94.com) We are more than a week into baseball’s second half, and this is the time for the real contenders to stand up. It is also a time for floundering teams to see what they have for the future. So for those players like Danny Santana, that time is now. For you Fantasy owners, well, that time may also be now. Don’t sleep on Santana or Emilio Bonifacio. Let’s look at this week’s solid waiver wire options: Emilio Bonifacio, OF/2B, Chicago Cubs (ESPN: 13 per cent owned, CBS: 42 per cent): Obviously he cooled after that…
  • 2014 NBA Draft Grades: Southwest Division

    J.R. Anderson
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Clint Capela will be given the time to develop into a NBA player. (Nick Taylor) Our 2014 NBA Draft analysis continues today as we turn to the teams in the Southwest Division to assess each of their draft classes. Previous parts: Eastern Conference Houston Rockets Clint Capela, PF/C, Switzerland (No. 25): When you’re a team on the rise like the Rockets, you are afforded the opportunity to draft a guy and stash him for a minute while he develops into an NBA-ready player. That seems to be the case with Capela. His size alone is his biggest attribute and after some overseas seasoning he…
  • 2014 NHL Draft Grades: Atlantic Division, Part II

    Dakota Case
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Nikita Scherbak should be a dynamic force the Habs. (Avalanche.nhl.com) We continue our 2014 NHL Entry Draft Grades series with Part II of the Atlantic Division. In Part I, we graded the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Detroit Red Wings and the Florida Panthers. Today, this little parent-teacher conference will discuss the draft efforts of the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. Montreal Canadiens The Habs didn’t make their first choice of the draft until the 26th overall selection, but there’s little doubt they hit a home run…
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    the joy of sox

  • G107: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7 PM

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Blue Jays - Red Sox - Marcus Stroman / Rubby De La RosaHolt, RFNava, LFPedroia, 2BOrtiz, DHCarp, 1BDrew, SSBogaerts, 3BBradley, CFVazquez, C
  • G106: Blue Jays 14, Red Sox 1

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Blue Jays - 200 209 100 - 14 14 1Red Sox - 000 001 000 - 1 5 0Home or away, it doesn't matter. The Red Sox continue to circle the drain. With this blowout loss, they are a season-worst 11 games out of first place.After Clay Buchholz (5-7-7-4-4, 100) pissed away any shot Boston had in this game, Felix Doubront - who recently complained about being demoted to the bullpen - threw gas on the fire (0.2-6-6-2-0, 36).David Ortiz singled in David Ross for the lone Boston run.R.A. Dickey / Clay BuchholzHolt, CFPedroia, 2BOrtiz, DHNapoli, 1BNava, LFVictorino, RFDrew, SSBogaerts, 3BRoss, C
  • Ortiz Blasts Home Run, Archer and Maddon Start Whining

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    David Ortiz clubbed a three-run moon shot on Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay - and it made the difference in a 3-2 Red Sox win. Ortiz tossed his bat aside like he usually does when he truly gets ahold of one and trotted slowly around the bases. As soon as the game was over, the Rays did what they do best. Pitcher Chris Archer and manager Joe Maddon went whining to the media.Archer:I think it was a perfect example of what Price said [about Ortiz thinking he is bigger than the game]. All of my interactions ... off the field have been good but when it comes to him on the field, I don't know what…
  • G105: Red Sox 3, Rays 2

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Red Sox - 003 000 000 - 3 6 0Rays - 002 000 000 - 2 5 0David Ortiz clubbed a three-run homer and Koji Uehara, after allowing a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth, struck out the next three Rays to clinch the victory.One Nice Thing: The Red Sox are 37-0 when leading after eight innings this season - the only team that has not lost a lead when leading entering the ninth inning.Allen Webster / Chris ArcherHolt, 3BNava, LFPedroia, 2BOrtiz, DHVictorino, RFCarp, 1BDrew, SSVazquez, CBradley, CFWith Jake Peavy moving across the country to San Francisco, Allen Webster gets the call today.Alex…
  • G104: Rays 3, Red Sox 0

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 8 1Rays - 100 100 10x - 3 9 0The Rays are currently on the kind of run we had hoped the Red Sox would pull off. Tampa Bay has won 27 of their last 38 games (since June 10, when they were 18 games under. 500), and is 15-4 in July.The Rays - now at 51-53 - are trying to become the fourth team in history to get to .500 after being 18 games under. The others: 1899 Louisville Colonels, 2004 Devil Rays, 2006 Marlins.John Lackey / Jeremy HellicksonHolt, RFPedroia, 2BOrtiz, DHNapoli, 1BNava, LFDrew, SSBogaerts, 3BBradley, CFVazquez, C
 
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  • Excellent Questions To Inquire Yourself While You Are Going For Cosmetic Surgery Houston

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You happen to be contemplating a breast augmentation and you’re ready to make the obligation to the process. Once you get to this point, the initial step you must take is to set up an opportunity to discuss your demands and want with a cosmetic surgeon who focuses primarily on this area. This consultation isn’t only the time for you to get to understand the doctor, but also to ask as many questions as you can about the process and procedure. All things considered, you’re going through a life-altering encounter. You will want to know as much as you can about what to expect…
  • 5 Ways To Design A Sleeveless Dress

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Taylor Swift played the goddess in a strappy chiffon pleated gown with metallic embroidered straps by J. Mendel with cutouts over the waist at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Did you think that the LBD could work only for formal affairs? Or that it was to be restricted to your dinner date or your workplace kaftans? You could not be more misguided. Team the LBD having a set of sneakers/booties, carry a hardy sling bag, and add a bit of femininity with a low-slung belt. It may be an ideal appearance to get a daytime in a game. maxi dress es are fabulous when accessorized having a fine set of wedges,…
  • Good Info To Deciding A Fantastic Illinois Business Broker

    admin
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Certain The market is slow and many people are afraid to spend some cash but that doesn’t mean you need to close off your business and go away. It just ensures that you just now need to be a little more creative to draw customers to spend their heard bring in dollars on your product or service. Successful business networking isn’t about simply exchanging cards, it’s more so about building relationships. And building relationships is never a simple job. Hence there have to be particular variables brought into action. Let us look through the varied suggestions for business…
  • How To Use A Boat Carpet

    admin
    23 May 2014 | 2:07 am
    Long Beach isn’t well known for the red carpet occasions, but tonight there’ll be a fundraiser which will surely have people walking in their latest crazes. This isn’t a fundraiser for a fashion brand or designer, but nonetheless, it definitely is gonna be a place where you might be able to catch up on how local socialites, humanitarians, philanthropists and trendsetters will soon be wearing to the big event. Of course its not the Oscar’s, however you can expect some Valentino walking in the carpet tonight. Next, work with a paper towels or clean kitchen towel to…
  • Various Types And Uses Of An Extension Ladders

    admin
    22 May 2014 | 2:07 am
    Is your hair flying from area? Can it be hard that you hold your own hair right? Are you looking for the right type of hair products? Well! It is time for you to try out a few of the salon hair products available online. Basically these contain of good quality products which are great for your hair glow and increase and so are employed by salons and professional hair stylists. This can include everything from protective flat iron aerosol to protective styling gaze, sheen texturizing and polishing gel, origin lifter, conserve hair glow wax, anti-curl lotion, hair straightening cream, plus much…
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • Trader Jack? As Seattle’s GM struggles to complete deals, some rival executives wonder | FOX Sports

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Zduriencik sounds like a bad fantasy baseball trading partner. If you’ve ever played in a league, you know just the kind of guy I’m talking about. If you don’t, you are probably that guy.
  • Full Count » Tim Kurkjian on MFB: ‘I’m going to say that Jon Lester is not going to be traded’

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    I don’t agree with Kurkjian. As long as the Red Sox continue to sell their moves as an attempt to get a lot better next year and in the future, they will be fine with most of their paying customers. This is especially true with Lester, who could very well be traded away for two months and end up back here in next season. Winning three World Series, with one coming just last year, buys you more latitude not less. Kurkjian continued: “This is a different situation here in Boston. These are not the Cubs. This team won the World Series last year, they’€™re selling out virtually every…
  • The 30: Center of Attention

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    A lot of good stuff in Jonah Keri’s latest.
  • ABC News: ‘Capital Games’: How Congress Saved the Baseball Hall of Fame

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Andy Katz and Rick Klein weigh in.ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) and ESPN’s Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) report: A two-time MVP outfielder and a United States senator say the congressional hearings on steroids in baseball nearly a decade ago had a direct impact on preventing players tainted by the baseball’s steroids era from being considered for the Hall of Fame. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., told the ESPN’s Perspectives podcast “Capital Games” that while he thought at the time the hearings shouldn’t have been a congressional priority, they doomed the candidacies of high-profile…
  • Melky Cabrera smashed a windshield with a homer

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    MLB Network analyst earlier this year: “Since Melky’s off the stuff…he’s lost all his power.” Your browser does not support iframes. Out of Fenway Park and right into some poor person’s car. Melky Cabrera absolutely crushed a home run out of Fenway Park:
 
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Jay Bruce’s nightmare season continues

    TheNaturalMevs
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Jay Bruce was moved to the bereavement list today for reasons still unknown. As a person who loves Jay Bruce, this is incredibly sad and concerning within a season that has been particularly difficult to sit back and watch him struggle through. Bruce is down to .215 now, with 10 home runs and 42 RBI. This was supposed to be Bruce’s greatest season ever. It’s going to end up his worst. At least in 2009 when he hit a career-low .223, you knew he was on the way up. You knew his day of redemption would come. If you knew the game at all – you knew that it was all still out ahead…
  • Report: MLB Teams have had it up to here with the Mariners trade offers

    TheNaturalMevs
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    We all know the feeling – well, those of us that play fantasy baseball anyways. There’s that one owner who can’t help himself in every league. He just can’t stop offering his shit for your good players. He’s convinced it’s a win for both sides. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is that guy. “He has made offers and then pulled back after we have said, ‘This is something we would do,”‘ one executive said. “He responds (by saying) it wasn’t an offer and that he will need to discuss it with his guys.” Another executive added,…
  • The Perfect Game for a Return to the Ballpark

    Mike Hllywa
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    As a baseball fan(atic), it is difficult being a displaced fan. Sure, there is MLB.tv if you want to fork out $150 for lag and a buffering screen. But it is nothing like being surrounded by the community that fully supports that same team colors that you do. It is nothing like being able to simply turn on the TV at game time, sit back with family members or friends, grab some snack food and enjoy the game on the boob tube. It is nothing like being at the ballpark of your hometown team and basking in it’s surroundings. Last week, I was able to make the pilgrimage back into friendly…
  • Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine enter the Hall of Fame

    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    This year’s baseball Hall of Fame class really had a special meaning to me. I grew up loving to watch Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and especially Frank Thomas. On summer night’s a lot like this one, Thomas would fill the box scores I so often would cut out of the morning paper because he homered and drove in five. I remember being in the car with my uncle as a kid and him mentioning to me that ‘there are some people around baseball who think Frank Thomas could end up an all-time great with the start that he’s on’. I came back in amazement with a ‘really’…
  • Breaking down the American League Standings

    TheNaturalMevs
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    A quick look at the American League standings reveals that we’re about to see some late season drama that makes this sport so tremendous. Lets assume a few things: the Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, and Baltimore Orioles are going to be division champions for 2014. My Top Sportsbooks predicts that the Detroit Tigers are a -600 favorite to win the division. Their oddsmakers are basically telling everyone that the Indians are dead in the water even if they don’t realize it yet. We agree. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are an interesting team because they have the second best…
 
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Jeter Passes Yaz In Yankees Loss, But Will He Pass Mo?

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Aside from Brett Gardner solidifying his dominance over Yu Darvish, there was nothing else to cheer about in last night's 4-2 Yankee loss to the Texas Rangers. Unless, however, you want to focus on Derek Jeter. That's what I want to do.In case you didn't know, Jeter collected three hits last night, upping his career total to 3,420. With the three hits, he tied and passed Hall Of Famer and Boston Red Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski.  Jeter now sits alone in seventh place on the all-time hits list. His next target is Honus Wagner (3,430), considered by many to be the greatest short…
  • Yankees Drop Crucial Series During Otherwise Successful 10 Game Homestand

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    Prior to the All-Star break one of the main goals for the Yankees was to play better at home. From that perspective, going 7-3 in their first homestand after the break would seem to be a big victory.However, considering that two of the three losses were against the Toronto Blue Jays, the trip was definitely less successful than it could have been. It is late July, and the difference between 8-2 and 7-3 starts to matter at this point in the season. Instead of being in second place with a game of breathing room, the Yankees now head off to face the Texas Rangers (who are struggling…
  • Yankees Getting Stronger, Thanks To Brian Cashman's Recent Moves

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    After Monday's loss, the Yankees were faced with having to win their series against the Rangers the "hard way," as YES announcer Ken Singleton refers to winning the remaining games of a series after losing the first.  They did just that. Now they go into the weekend series against the Blue Jays with more work to do, but with a team that is just a little bit stronger than it was at the start of the nominal second half of the season.Reasons for that increase in strength include Brandon McCarthy, who has followed up his debut in Cleveland with two excellent starts against the Reds and…
  • Last Night's Tarp Fail Could Have Been Tarp Gate for Yankees

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    After last night's game quickly deteriorated into Tarp Fail, it was easy to see how it could have been worse: Tarp Gate.Thanks to the worst-record Texas Rangers, we will likely not hear too many complaints about the failure of the Yankee Stadium grounds crew to get the tarp on the field in a reasonable amount of time.  However, imagine if the Yankees had played a team in contention for a playoff spot.Even if that team's manager had witnessed the debacle and had seen that no one was at fault other than Mother Nature, those connected with his team would have somehow found fault with the…
  • Derek Jeter Gift Meter: Cincinnati Reds

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    During their recent visit to the Stadium this past weekend, the Cincinnati Reds surprised more than a few people when they joined the Derek Jeter Gift Parade.  Up until then, it was assumed (by me, at least) that opposing teams would honor Jeter only on the road.  However, the Reds changed all of that.Jeter received signed jerseys of former Reds captain/shortstops Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin, framed with pictures of Jeter playing at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  Smart Yankees fans will remember that Jeter was named team captain during a…
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  • Game 106: Tex Returns

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    (Ronald Martinez/Getty) For the first time in eight days, Mark Teixeira is in the starting lineup. He had to sit with a mild lower lat strain that robbed the team of its best power hitter and, just as importantly, a real live first baseman. Brian McCann gave it a helluva try over there these last few days, but geez. The man isn’t a first baseman. He only played one on television. Anyway, the Yankees have lost three straight games and that’s pretty annoying. They came out of the gate so well in the second half and it really would have been nice to see that success last for more…
  • Surprise! Tanaka sells more tickets than any other starter in MLB

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    From the obvious news department: ticket sales receive the highest bump in games started by Masahiro Tanaka than any other pitcher in baseball, according to Brian Costa. Data released by StubHub says sales on the secondary market increase 73% when Tanaka is on the mound. Justin Verlander (69%) is second and Jeff Samardzija (68%) is third. The drop-off to the fourth place pitcher is pretty big — Chris Sale is at 29%. When the Yankees signed Tanaka over the winter, it was obvious his appeal extended beyond his on-field impact. The Yankees know firsthand how marketable and profitable…
  • The incremental upgrade that isn’t a trade

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    (Mike Stobe/Getty) The non-waiver trade deadline is roughly 48 hours away, and based on the way he’s been talking the last few days, it seems likely Brian Cashman will swing another trade or two in an attempt to improve the team. Another starting pitcher feels inevitable, and they’ve been connected to a bunch of right-handed hitting outfielders as well. Those two upgrades are the bare minimum to make a run in the second half, in my opinion. The Chase Headley trade solidified the infield, at least in the sense that they replaced a collection of bad players at the hot corner with…
  • Injury Updates: Tanaka, Pineda, Beltran

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    (Jason O. Watson/Getty) After taking full batting practice on the field before the game, Mark Teixeira came off the bench as a pinch-hitter last night. That’s a pretty good indication he’s over his mild lat strain and will return to the starting lineup tonight. Here are some more injury updates, courtesy of Bryan Hoch, Chad Jennings, and George King. Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is still in New York and continues to receive treatment. Apparently three weeks out from the platelet-rich plasma injection has some sort of importance as far as knowing whether it’s working. Tanaka…
  • 2014 Trade Deadline Open Thread: Tuesday

    Michael Axisa
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    (Bob Levey/Getty) The non-waiver trade deadline is 4pm ET this Thursday, and between now and then there will be a ton of rumors and speculation. Some actual moves too. The Yankees have already swung trades for Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley, but Brian Cashman has said he is still seeking another starter and another bat. I don’t know if they’ll get another deal done, but I fully expect plenty of Yankees-related rumors, hence a full week of recap open threads rather than one or two days. Yesterday we learned the Bombers are “in on everything,” but they do not want to part…
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    Mister Baseball

  • 10th MLB European Elite Camp in Tirrenia with 49 Players from 12 Countries

    philipp
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    For the tenth time Major League Baseball is holding its European Elite Camp from July 30 to August 13. 49 players from 12 different countries have been invited to Tirrenia, Italy, where the training camp is held this year. For the first time a Swiss player is invited with outfielder Sven Leeman. German shortstop Nadir Ljatifi, who is signing with the Cincinnati Reds, is attending as well. German outfielder Vincent Helget got scratched due to an injury. The players got invited by Major League Baseball for the European Elite Camp following the Academies Tournament in spring and a series of…
  • German Play-offs: Heidenheim, Solingen, Regensburg and Stuttgart advance

    philipp
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The quarterfinals in the German Baseball-Bundesliga are in the books. The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe swept the HSV Stealers 3-0 in the best-of-five series, but needed a walk-off RBI double by Charlie Calamia to down Hamburg 5-4 in game three. The Solingen Alligators ousted the Haar Disciples 3-1 in round one of the playoffs. Two runs in the bottom of the ninth, including the decisive on a wild pitch helped them to a 6-5 win in game three. In game four Chris Mezger struck out 13 in a one-hit complete game 3-0 shutout. The other two series went over five games. The Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg…
  • IBL Semis: Bologna in Final, Rimini and San Marino in battle for 2nd

    philipp
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Unipol Bologna clinched a berth in the Italian Baseball Series with a sweep over Parma in the IBL semi-finals last weekend. They won all three games to improve to 12-3 in the standings with one game day to go. Meanwhile the two European Champions Cup finalists Rimini and T&A San Marino met in Rimini and continue to be in a battle for second place through the last game day. San Marino won game one and three of the series to narrow the deficit to one game in the standings. Results: Thursday, July 24, 2014: Bologna – Parma 2-1 Rimini – San Marino 7-13 Friday, July 25, 2014: Parma –…
  • Results Dutch Hoofdklasse July 25 to 27, 2014

    philipp
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    The Dutch Hoofdklasse continued after the two-week break during the Haarlem Baseball Week. L&D Amsterdam won two games over Mr. Cocker HCAW to become the third semi-final participant after DOOR Neptunus and the Vaessen Pioniers. Pioniers’ veteran Dirk van’t Klooster meanwhile broke the all-time hits record in the Hoofdklasse, passing Marcel Joost. The 38-year-old is playing in his 22nd season and is now alone on top with 1168 hits. Results: Thursday, July 24, 2014: ADO Lakers – UVV 12-2 Mampaey The Hawks – Vaessen Pioniers 0-11 Corendon Kinheim – DOOR Neptunus 0-10 L&D…
  • European Champions Cup 2014 to be played from August 7 to 9

    philipp
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    The dates for the European Champions Cup for club teams have been set by the Confederation of European Baseball and the two participating teams T&A San Marino and ASD Rimini. The best-of-three series to determine the best club team in European Baseball will be played from Thursday August 7 to Saturday August 9 in Rimini and San Marino. ASD Rimini won the European Cup in Brno, Czech Republic, while T&A San Marino prevailed in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Schedule European Champions Cup: Thursday, August 7, 2014: 21:00 ASD Rimini – T&A San Marino Friday, August 8, 2014: 21:00 T&A…
 
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  • BGB Fantasy League 2014 Week 16

    Mark George
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Week 16 of the BaseballGB Fantasy League showed that there is still plenty to play for in the competition as we head towards August. Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score NE Riverkings 32 13 36 3 .299 .928 3 2 44 3 2.83 0.99 9 Bits & Bytes 30 6 23 1 .273 .800 1 6 31 0 2.33 0.81 3 The Riverkings are reaping the rewards of their recent trades, finishing the week as the biggest winners. The 9-3 victory against Bit & Bytes included a six-homer, 10 RBI week for Santana, while new boy Cespedes belted three homers in an offensive sweep. Sale’s 12-strikeout scoreless start…
  • MLB this Week: David Price scheduled to start on Wednesday

    Matt Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    The MLB trade deadline on Thursday will dominate the headlines this week and it could have a bearing on at least one of the pitching match-ups in the 10 games scheduled to start before midnight UK time this working week. David Price is the probable pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays’ game at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday and he is at the very top of the list of the most desirable potential trade targets. The Rays’ excellent recent form over the past months has turned them from being certain sellers into possible contenders for a Wild Card and the rumours tend to be…
  • Weekly Hit Ground Ball: Over to the ‘Era Committee’

    Matt Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    You would have thought this was a weekend in which the Baseball Hall of Fame could do no wrong. Cooperstown promises to be the host to one of the most memorable induction ceremonies of recent times, in which the careers of well-respected greats in managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and players Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas will all be honoured. However, Saturday’s announcement regarding changes to the Hall of Fame voting process have needlessly created a distraction from what should be a completely positive celebration of baseball’s history and all the good…
  • BGB Fantasy League Week 15

    Mark George
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    The All-Star break meant an extended week 15 in the BaseballGB Fantasy baseball League. As well as a change at the top, there was another trade involving the eventual Home Run Derby champion.   Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Richie’s RBI’s 37 10 43 6 .310 .820 4 0 63 7 4.03 1.33 8 Weston-Super-Sox 36 12 39 7 .295 .868 3 1 40 0 4.27 1.40 4 The highest scorers of the week were the RBIs, who defeated the Sox 8-4. The pitching staff took five out of six categories, with Roark winning twice and the trio of Belisario, Axford and Joel Peralta combining for seven…
  • MLB this Week: Post All-Star Break

    Matt Smith
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    After the All-Star week lull we’re right back into the MLB regular season action this working week with live games available to watch during the British evening on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Arguably the most intriguing series this week takes place in Milwaukee where the Brewers host NL Central rivals the Cincinnati Reds. The third and final game of the series is a day-game on Wednesday and on the current schedule would see Mike Leake and Kyle Lohse toeing the rubber. The game will be shown in the UK on BT Sport 1. Elsewhere, Trevor Bauer has seemed to settle in well to life with…
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  • C. J. Edwards Faces Diamondbacks at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    The AZL Diamondbacks took advantage of four walks (including three bases-loaded walks that forced-in three runs) to plate seven runs in the 5th inning, and cruised to a 12-6 victory over the AZL Cubs Monday night at Cubs Park at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Gleyber Torres grounded out to end the game, but before that he reached base four consecutive times (single, walk, RBI single, and RBI triple) on the heels of last night's game at Salt River Fields when he reached base all six times he batted (two singles, two doubles, and two walks), for a total of ten…
  • Attack of the Soler Powered Headlines

    Mike Wellman
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
      Well, he passes the eyeball test with flying colors. Entering the ballpark in the top of the first you know something new has been added to the home team as soon as you fix on the leggy right fielder. Clear from the mezzanine behind home plate you can’t help but notice that pair of long, thick Cuban stogies as he lopes under the game’s first out. Tags: Iowa Cubs update
  • Yet Another Win For Darwinism; Barney DFA'd

    Rob G.
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Survival of the fittest and all, and Darwin Barney has just been naturally selected off of the Cubs 40-man roster. So Emilio Bonificaio is activated and Barney gets DFA'd, with Alcantara and Bonifacio both in the starting lineup tonight. Barney will end his Cubs career with over 2000 PA's (holy shit..really?) and a place in the Hall of Cubs Punch Lines. I'm sure a stand-up guy and all and his glove work was spectacular, but he was the hitting equivalent of the sad trombone. But on this day, we celebrate his Cubs career, let's take a fond look back. Tags: Darwin BarneyCubs Roster Movies
  • Christian Villanueva. Poor guy.

    CubbyBlue
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    What a drag for him, stuck back behind all the other talented 3rd base prospects.Years ago, Christian Villanueva coulda been at least a Cubs Convention big wig.But now?Just kinda vanilla.In today's BP Minor League Update, they mention all the home runs hit by Cubs prospects last night: Bryant, Baez, Russel, Soler, and Vogelbach.And left Villanueva off the list, even though he hit one too.I hope something good happens for him some day.
  • Javier Baez and his freaky bat speed.

    CubbyBlue
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    I don't know about you, but the home run derby held little interest for me this year.The amazing thing happened the day before. At the All Star Futures GameI could go on about how cheesy and just overall bad the actual production was (how many lame interviews can one game have while the game is going on?), but when Javier Baez actually went with the pitch - a curve or some kind of breaking ball - and knocked it out to right centerAmazing.That was the first time I'd seen him live, and it was the opposite of Cub Dissappointment.That really was the future.And it…
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • LAST CALL! Spend Game Day with Derek Jeter

    Lenny Neslin
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    You have until midnight to enter for a chance to have one of your dreams come true.All you have to do is support Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation with at least a $10 donation, and there's a chance you'll be selected to spend a day with Jeter on game day. The full deets are below, and then try watching the video below and not donating.It's impossible. #RE2PECT The Turn 2 Foundation wants to invite you and three of your friends to come to New York City and go to a private pre-game lunch for four with Derek Jeter at one of his favorite Manhattan restaurants. You will then travel from lunch…
  • State of the Yankees: Midseason Review

    Lenny Neslin
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The Yankees just finished off a sweep of the Reds to start the second half and sit three games out of first with a 50-47 record. Despite how poorly they've played, the AL East is still, somehow, wide open for the taking.Last time I checked in, Yangervis Solarte was leading the team in just about all offensive categories and CC Sabathia had just hit the DL for his knee, which, at the time, I thought was a cover for his poor performance. Today, Solarte is back on the active roster after a massive cold streak sent him down to the minors, and we just found out CC is getting season-ending knee…
  • State of the Yankees: Quarterly Review

    Lenny Neslin
    12 May 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Yankees (19-17) are 1.5 games behind the Orioles for the division lead and just a half game ahead of the Red Sox. Before the Yankees start this week's Subway Series, there's the good, the bad, and plenty of first quarter surprises to review. Let's get right down to what really matters, shall we?Opening Day Rotation1. CC Sabathia – 15-day DL (knee), 5.28 ERA2. Hiroki Kuroda – 4.43 ERA, had 5.00+ ERA in August, September & April3. Ivan Nova – underwent Tommy John Surgery, out for season4. Masahiro Tanaka – 5-0, 2.57 ERA, 58 K's, what else is there to say?5. Michael Pineda –…
  • 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…
 
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  • 'Out of Nowhere': Twins Add Undrafted 24-Year-Old

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitcher who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs in a California summer league but has never been drafted.
  • This Date In Baseball

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    July 30
  • Worley Tosses 4-Hitter, Pirates Beat Giants 5-0

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vance Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a 5-0 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
  • Rangers 4, Yankees 2: Gardner Puts On Show, but Yanks Lose Again

    By RANDY JENNINGS
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Brett Gardner, who hit two homers, has figured out the Texas ace Yu Darvish, but the rest of the team hasn’t as the Rangers defeated the Yankees on Monday.
  • Ahmed Sends Dbacks Over Reds 2-1 in 15 Innings

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.
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  • July 22nd in baseball history: 6 for 6

    BTGrimes
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    6 for 6 for weak-hitting Sox BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS | JULY 22, 1962 - Floyd Robinson of the Chicago White Sox went 6 for 6, all singles, on this date in 1962, tying an American League record held by 38 others for the most hits in a 9-inning game (Alex Rios, also, of the White Sox, is the most recent. He had 6 hits July 9, 2013). The record in the National League is 7 held by Rennie Stennett of the 1975 Pittsburgh Pirates and Wilbert Robinson of the 1892 Baltimore Orioles (disbanded by the National League in 1899). Floyd Robinson, the White Sox right fielder, had a great year in '62.
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    Lady Loves Pinstripes

  • Yankees: Do you like getting lucky two nights in a row?

    Kate Conroy
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    New York Yankees (Photo credit: Keith Allison) Amid a season where nothing has seemed to go their way, the New York Yankees finally received some well deserved luck the last two evenings in the Bronx. 1) On Monday morning, news broke that the Yankees had traded Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to the Padres in exchange for their All-Star third baseman Chase Headley. And the trade paid off immediately, as 30-year old Headley delivered the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 14th, putting an end to another painful, offensively anemic game at Yankees Stadium vs. the AL…
  • Yankees: Stop faking us out

    Kate Conroy
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Yankee Stadium (Photo credit: Kwong Yee Cheng) If you headed into the All-Star Break wondering how you stomached watching 92 games of your favorite MLB team underperform, but couldn’t stop starring in disbelief at their 47-47 record playing in a dreadfully weak division…odds are you might be a New York Yankees fan, like myself. True, the Yankees have suffered tremendous injuries, losing 80% of their Opening Day starting rotation. But please tell me how pitching injuries would give comfort when the Yankees so obviously suffered from an anemic offense that at times looked like they…
  • Do you think the Yankees will make the 2014 postseason?

    Kate Conroy
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    New York Yankees World Series 2009 Game 6 049 (Photo credit: Affiliate) The New York Yankees have 68 games, 41 at home and 27 on the road, left in the 2014 regular season. Right now, the Yankees are 47-47, five games back in the AL East compared to 3.5 games in the wild card. This leaves the Yankees in striking distance to get a postseason berth, but things have to improve. The Yankees will have to get better without ace Masahiro Tanaka for at least the next six weeks, but if Shane Greene’s arm continues to impress it could soften that blow a tad. But what seems most vital is that Brain…
  • Yankees: 17 mid-season stats and facts you want to know

    Kate Conroy
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    How are the 2014 New York Yankees looking at the unofficial mark of baseball’s mid-season, the All-Star Break? Tell me after you read these 17 stats and facts about the Bronx Bombers first 94 games of the season. The Yankees have a road record of 29-24, with a run differential of +8. At home in the Bronx, the Yankees have gone 18-23, have a -45 run differential, which is 3rd worst in MLB. In blowout games (5+ runs) they are 9-16 with a RD of -49. Their record against AL East teams is 18-20… 3-7 vs. Rays; 6-3 vs. Blue Jays; 6-4 vs. Red Sox and 3-6 vs. Orioles. The Yankees offensive…
  • Yankees: Unfair loss was logical

    Kate Conroy
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    2014 Yankee Stadium Blueprint If anybody can relate to the saying when it rains, it pours it would be the 2014 New York Yankees literally. Ironically, it seemed almost proper that the Yankees lose, 3-1 to the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles in four and a half innings. It was the last game of the unofficial first half of this season. The rain-out leaves the Yankees at 47-47 heading into this All-Star Break, and puts them five games back from the top spot in the division. Mother Nature took the Yankees chance away to be to three games behind, which in turn means they would not be a mediocre,…
 
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  • Tailgating Game 107: Wil Myers Nearing Return

    Cork Gaines
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Playing A Little Pepper… Wil Myers (remember him?) is nearing his return to the lineup. He will learn his rehab schedule on Friday and on Saturday he is scheduled to take batting practice for the first time since breaking a bone in his wrist. But what will be very interesting is how Joe Maddon then handles the outfield and second base. Brandon Guyer would seem like the player on the way out. But that will still leave Myers, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier, and eventually David DeJesus for the 3 outfield spots and DH. In addition, Logan Forsythe has played better and Maddon…
  • [THE HANGOVER] Discussing Brad Boxberger, A Red-Hot Jake Odorizzi, And A Lucky Break

    Cork Gaines
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 2, Brewers 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: James Loney. Loney’s numbers are down this season, but he is trending up at the most important time. His go-ahead single last night was his 15th hit in the last 11 games to go along with 6 walks and just 5 Ks…Boxbergering. How good has Brad Boxberger been? 3 batters, 3 strikeouts in the 8th inning of a 1-run game against a playoff contender. He now has 66 strikeouts and a 4.7 K-to-walk ratio in 42.2 innings…Jake…
  • Tailgating Game 106: Erik Bedard Cut By The Rays

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Playing A Little Pepper… The Rays announced today that they have designated Erik Bedard for assignment to make room for the return of Joel Peralta, who was on the DL for the first time since 2004. Tests revealed Peralta had the chikungunya virus…There is also word from the Trop that Ryan Hanigan will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday with Charlotte and could be activated on Friday. Game Graph… [Will be up at game time] Source: FanGraphs Lineup… Flash Jennings, CF Ben Zobrist, LF Matt Joyce, DH Evan Longoria, 3B James Loney, 1B Logan Forsythe, 2B Yunel Escobar, SS…
  • Insider Predicts David Price Will Be Traded To The Dodgers By Thursday

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday and despite the Rays’ recent surge there are still rumors swirling around the team in general and David Price and Ben Zobrist specifically. What fans need to remember is that the front office knows that the Rays still only have a 10.9% chance to make the playoffs, also known as an 89.1% chance of missing the playoffs. And while the Rays’ recent play will make it tougher to trade for Price or Zobrist, the Rays are still going to listen to offers and it only takes one team to unload their farm system and make an…
  • [THE HANGOVER] Discussing David Ortiz’ Home Run Trot And Chris Archer’s Misplaced Response

    Cork Gaines
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Red Sox 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Kirby Yates. What a fun at bat in the 7th inning with the Rays down a run. There were 2 outs and the Sox had runners on 2nd and 3rd and Yates battled Shane Victorino for 13 PITCHES(!) before finally getting him to chase a slider out of the zone. It was one of the best at bats you will see in a loss this season…The Bullpen. On Saturday and Sunday, the bullpen did its job: 7.1 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts, and most…
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  • Could the Tampa Bay Rays Pursue Justin Masterson?

    Robbie Knopf
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    In all probability, it seems like the Tampa Bay Rays will hold onto David Price at this point. However, nothing is a sure thing. There are pitchers out there, but none can match Price’s combination of ability on the mound and team control for 2015. There is always a chance that some desperate team will give the […] Could the Tampa Bay Rays Pursue Justin Masterson? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • A Rays Fan’s Tropicana Field Experience During Red Sox Series

    Peter M. Gordon
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    My family and I drove from Orlando to St. Petersburg on Friday, July 25 to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Bostn Red Sox in what we hope was not David Price‘s last game in a Rays uniform. I’m happy to report that Tropicana Field is a great place to watch the Rays play. […] A Rays Fan’s Tropicana Field Experience During Red Sox Series - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Could the Tampa Bay Rays Look To Upgrade Their Bullpen?

    David Egbert
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Things have not worked out well for the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen this year. Andrew Friedman’s usual plan of plucking relievers off the scrapheap and turning them into gems yielded Heath Bell, Juan Carlos Oviedo, and another year of Josh Lueke. All three are no longer with the team. A bold move to bring in […] Could the Tampa Bay Rays Look To Upgrade Their Bullpen? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • 1980 TCMA Wisconsin Rapids Baseball #5, Manuel Lunar

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Hunting for vintage minor league singles is tricky for modern collectors. No man is an island, and as with Manuel Lunar, it's the guys around you that make the difference.The story of Manuel Lunar the Pitcher is straight-forward: he spent 3 years in Rookie League and single-A ball, walking more guys than he struck out and compiling a 8.78 ERA in 82 innings (career stats). In any 1980s major league set, he'd be easy to find for a nickel.The story of Manuel Lunar the #5 Baseball Card is complicated by being teammates with these guys.Almost any Twins fan would love to add the Olivo / Gaetti /…
  • "Well, We're Pitching Here in Allentown"

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    "And it's hard to keep my fastball down...""Out in Lehigh Valley, Rob's Kellin' time...""Warning Track Cards and standing in line..."This #5 card of Rob Kell comes officially from the 2000 Allentown Ambassadors team set by Warning Track Cards. While not a source of notable stars, Allentown's franchise does feature one of my favorite mascots, Uncle Baseball.It must've been tempting to use baseball jargon and go "Uncle Charlie" here, so I admire their restraint and those striped pants.Rob Kell hung up his pro spikes after 2000 and the Ambassadors folded prior to 2004, following years of…
  • 1976 TCMA Shreveport Captains Baseball #5, Luke Wrenn

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    I have complicated emotions surrounding Luke Wrenn, former OF farmhand and longtime scout for the Boston Red Sox.On the upside, Wrenn sent several talented players to MLB success, including Tino Martinez, Mike Hampton, and more. His scouting work "stars" in the article, Can we tell a good scout from a bad one? (via SonOfSamHorn.net).2003 Donruss World Series Champs #5, David EcksteinIf you like those celebrations of scouting, Rob Neyer also included Luke's evaluation of David Eckstein in Eight scouting reports that really nailed it.One of the names on Wrenn's Boston scout resume: Nomar…
  • World Champion of Baseball, Sir Hensley Meulens

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Born on June 23, one of the hottest names of the rookie card explosion and future World Champion, Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens.1989 Upper Deck #746, Hensley MeulensAccording to Beckett.com's checklist, the late 80s presumptive Yankees star appeared on 108 different baseball cards, few more treasured than this Upper Deck RC. New York media loved the prospect of Hensley anchoring their left field spot, which pumped his collector interest to equal that of Ken Griffey, Jr., at least until Bam Bam proved underwhelming in just a half-season of work in 1991.Once pinstripes management decided Hensley…
  • 1925 Holland Creameries World's Champions Baseball #5, Sam Rice

    12 Jun 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I've already written about the 1924 World Series, thanks to the 1951 Packard Sports Library series of car dealership sports magazines. Reportedly a candidate for "best-ever" Series, it's one of a handful to end in game seven's extra innings, as Muddy Ruel scored the winning run on a bad-hop single in the bottom of the 12th. For HOFers Sam Rice and Walter Johnson (and many of their Washington Senators teammates), it'd be their only year as "World's Champions."Beyond the Series and players, what do we know about the card set? First off, "Holland" is Holland Creameries, a Winnipeg-based milk and…
 
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    MLB» New York Mets

  • New York Mets Should Stand Pat at Trade Deadline

    Tyler Ruby
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    With the trade deadline only days away, all eyes are on New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. The Mets are close. They have a stockpile of young, talented arms, and it looks like they are finally learning how to […]
  • New York Mets Should Not Make a Deal as Trade Deadline Approaches

    Robert DeVita
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The trade deadline is looming, and like every year around this time the rumor mill is hot. The New York Mets have recently been linked to guys such as Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. There also has been talk of […]
  • Travis d’Arnaud Making Most Of Second Chance With New York Mets

    Paul Festa
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Catcher Travis d’Arnaud is finally showing the kind of talent that made him trade bait for two Cy Young award winners. The word “finally” seems a little harsh considering he hasn’t even played a full season in the major leagues […]
  • Lucas Duda Proving To Be New York Mets’ Future At First Base

    Robert DeVita
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Coming into the 2014 season there was a big question mark at first base for the New York Mets. That question has finally been answered, as Lucas Duda has taken the position and ran with it ever since the Mets traded underperforming […]
  • New York Mets Won’t Be Willing To Pay Troy Tulowitzki

    Paul Festa
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the rumors surrounding Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are heating up. The New York Mets are one of the teams connected with Tulo, if only because they have the young pitching to […]
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    Baseball Reflections

  • Casa Base: Sniper

    Fabio Borselli
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
  • 2014 Giants At the All-Star Break

    Charles Fracchia
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    When you live and die with your sports team, if your team is on top and playing well, you’re euphoric and happy. However, when they go through a bad stretch, you just want it to over it, or past it. The Giants had a horrible stretch in June, at one point going 4-15. It truly was the epitome of the phrase “June Swoon,” which I had heard of since and witnesses since my childhood. What had been a 9 ½ Giants lead evaporated into a neck-and-neck battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This was not surprising, certainly not welcome by me and other Giants fans, but not surprising. If the…
  • ANGELS – Entering the Break as the Hottest Team

    Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    One would think Angels showed up when wonders never ceased. Angels won its game as the hottest team beating one of baseball’s best pitchers, wearing out two hottest teams of its kind 4-2 again. Although it did not appear hottest, the player of the day wore jersey number 7. Player number 7 was a star again learning out and poking fastball into left field to score. Angels’ players were rubbing again in the wake of claiming victory over another hottest team of the season. Rumors were escalating that Angels were underachievers of the season but the entire sports family knows they are hottest.
  • Casa Base: E & E

    Fabio Borselli
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
  • The Twins Nearing the All Star Break

    Jim Moberg
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    It has been a while since my last write up on the Twins, their play, organization, moves, and outlook. No excuse except that they have not been fun to watch or write about. For the 4th year in a row now the Twins will be rolling into the All Star break effectively out of the running of the postseason. As of my writing of this, they are 8 games under .500, 10 games out of the division lead and 8.5 out of the Wild Card. And the worst part is that while they are hosting the All Star festivities this summer, there is little reason that any Twin should be playing in the game. Now before anyone…
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History

  • Frontier League Hitting Coach Who Was Teammates With Hank Aaron In 1969

    independentbaseball
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which hitting coach in the Frontier League was on the same team as Hank Aaron in 1969? Answer: Bob Didier, the hitting coach for the Washington Wild Things http://www.washingtonwildthings.com/sports/bsb/coaches/Bob_Didier_1 http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ATL/1969.shtml Please support this site: if you … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • First Home Game For Washington Wild Things

    independentbaseball
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What was the date of the first home game for the Washington Wild Things? Answer: May 29, 2002.  At Falconi Field the Wild Things took on the Canton Coyotes. http://www.washingtonwildthings.com/team/team_history Please support this site: if you … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Sioux Falls Canaries Player In 2002 CSM Article

    independentbaseball
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder was featured in a 2002 Christian Science Monitor article called “Mapping The American Spirit”? Answer: Tyrone Pendergrass http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0904/p13s02-lign.html Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your … 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.
  • Most Number Of Hits In One Season In The Can-Am League

    independentbaseball
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which player had the most hits in one season in the Can-Am League? Answer: Melvin Falu http://www.canamleague.com/records/batting-indiv.php Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • First No-Hitter In The Can-Am League

    independentbaseball
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who threw the first no-hitter in the history of the Can-Am League (from 2005 onward)? Answer: Aaron Myers (New Jersey Jackals) August 6, 2006 http://www.canamleague.com/records/pitching-indiv.php Please support this site: if you need any home repair service … 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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  • The Power Pack – 3 Awesome Hitting Drills for Power

    kenny
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The Power Pack – 3 Awesome Hitting Drills for Power In today’s video blog post, I have got an awesome set of hitting drills for bat speed and power!  I call it the Power Pack! The Power Pack In this drill you will use a heavier bat, a lighter bat, and then a regular bat [...] The post The Power Pack – 3 Awesome Hitting Drills for Power appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • “Inside Jam” Hitting Drill for Speed and Power

    kenny
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    “Inside Jam” Hitting Drill for Speed and Power In today’s video blog post, I am sharing an awesome hitting drill that will really increase hitting speed and power.  It’s called the “Inside Jam”, and the concept behind this hitting drill is that the pitcher is trying to “jam” the hitter. What this means is that [...] The post “Inside Jam” Hitting Drill for Speed and Power appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Reaction Drills for Bat Speed & Hitting Power

    kenny
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Reaction Drills for Bat Speed & Hitting Power In today’s video blog post, we are featuring 3 awesome reaction drills for bat speed and hitting power. By incorporating these drills into your practice plan, you will see a definite increase in your hitters bat speed and hitting power in no time! Eyes Closed Reaction Drill [...] The post Reaction Drills for Bat Speed & Hitting Power appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Slow Motion Hitting Progression Drill for Stride & Mechanics

    kenny
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    Slow Motion Hitting Progression Drill for Stride & Mechanics In today’s video blog post, we are sharing an awesome hitting progression drill that breaks down and focuses on stride and mechanics. No Stride Batting If you have hitters who are jumping out over their front foot, this focus drill will allow them to eliminate the [...] The post Slow Motion Hitting Progression Drill for Stride & Mechanics appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Partner Hitting Drills Using The Tee

    kenny
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Partner Hitting Drills Using The Tee Today’s Partner Hitting Drills are a fantastic way to get in some excellent mechanics practice while having a ton of fun! 2 Tee Partner Drill – requires 3 players Set up 2 tees next to each other at about 8-10 feet apart, facing into the batting net. With 2 [...] The post Partner Hitting Drills Using The Tee appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • Phillies should run a yard sale, but yard sales sell junk

    Kevin McGuire
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    The trade deadline is creeping up with time quickly running out. The Phillies, it seems, are running out of options that will show any signs of a brighter future. This is not good for a team that by all accounts should be in a perfect situation to be a seller. ESPN’s Buster Olney was told by a rival executive the Phillies should set-up a yard sale at Citizens Bank Park this week… One rival exec says that if he were operating the Phillies, he’d run it like a yard sale and make it clear: Some stuff is going to be sold. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2014 The only…
  • The realism of MLB 14 The Show is something else

    Kevin McGuire
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    #Lol RT @ZackTN: @emptyseatspics Marlins Park on MLB 14 The Show is ultra-realistic! #PS4share pic.twitter.com/kuKsi3erG7 — Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) July 26, 2014
  • Happy Eagles Training Camp Day

    Kevin McGuire
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    For all intents and purposes, the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies season is over. The team is way out of the division race even if they put together a five-game winning streak and try to fool themselves into thinking there is still a chance things could turn around. I am sick and tired of hearing about the Phillies hoping to turn things around. Every time the team does win we hear that maybe this is what turns things around. It is time to move on from that. @phillies eff you — Mike Meech (@meechone) July 25, 2014 I am not going to turn off the Phillies for the rest of the year, because I cannot…
  • It’s July 1; It’s time to blow the Phillies up

    Kevin McGuire
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    The calendar has flipped over to July, which means the trade deadline is looming and hard decisions must be made about this Philadelphia Phillies team. After a day off following a dismal home stand capped by a four-game sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, it is beyond time to hit the reset button on this franchise and begin rebuilding for the future. Everybody must be made available for trades. This includes Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon. Would I be sad seeing Rollins, Utley or Howard leave town? Sure, because we have had some good…
  • This day in 1935, Phillies send Babe Ruth to retirement

    Kevin McGuire
    30 May 2014 | 4:25 am
    There may be no more famous name in baseball than Babe Ruth. Anyone with any level of knowledge of baseball should be aware of the name Babe Ruth, The Great Bambino… Ruth is one of the biggest legends in the sport of baseball, but it was on this day in 1935 he played his final game of his Hall of Fame career, and it was the Philadelphia Phillies that sent him into retirement. Jim Bivin played just one season in the majors. He went just 2-9 in his lone season with the Phillies in 1935, accumulating a 5.79 ERA while walking 65 batters and striking out just 54 in 161.2 innings of work. But…
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  • MLB Game #8: Mets vs. Brewers

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    As the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Milwaukee Brewers (59-46, .562) continue to lead the National League Central. While the team slumped heading into the All-Star Game break, they have managed to keep the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates at a safe distance.<br… read more...
  • Team Game: 16 Down, 14 to Go

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Sometimes I get bored with my regular commute home. When I do, I will find new side streets to get from the parking lot in downtown Elmhurst to home. Earlier this week I did just that. It wasn't so much due to boredom, but rather traffic. Since it appeared that traffic was backed up at St.… read more...
  • Team Game: 15 Down, 15 to Go

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    In my last blog, I mentioned that while we were on vacation in southern California, I spotted a car parked in the lot at Knott's Berry Farm that provided a one-two punch. I've had months pass without a sign of a new logo. This was the first time I ever noticed a vehicle with two teams on… read more...
  • Team Game: 14 Down, 16 to Go

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Last summer I had a chance to scratch the Los Angeles Dodgers off my Team Game list. We were westbound on the Eisenhower Expressway when I spotted the interlocking LA on the back of another car speeding toward an exit ramp, but I couldn't grab my camera in time. And no, I wasn't driving at the… read more...
  • If the 2014 Postseason Started Today

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:42 pm
    While the annual All-Star Game signifies the ceremonial midway point of the Major League Baseball season, every team has technically played more than half of their regular season games. During the opening months of the season, April and May, standings generally don't mean too much. As teams move… read more...
 
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  • USA Collegiate Team Captures Honkbal Week Title

    Baseball Avenue
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team defeated Japan, 6-3, to win the championship game at the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium on Sunday at Haarlem, Netherlands. The Honkbal Week championship is the fourth in the history of the Collegiate National Team, having previously won the title in 2000, 2002 and 2008. It now holds an all-time record of 29-5 in the tournament. Three U.S. players earned individual awards with Chris Okey (Clemson) claiming the “Carl Angelo Most Popular Player” award, Christin Stewart (Tennessee) taking home “Best…
  • Spain: Tenerife Marlins Clinch 2014 Division De Honor Title

    Baseball Avenue
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Yancarlo Franco homered twice and Leslie Nacar went the distance to help the Tenerife Marlins spank Astros Valencia, 10-2, this past Saturday in the rubber match of a Division de Honor doubleheader. With the win, the Marlins clinch the seventh Spanish League trophy in club history. Marlins wins 2014 Spanish League crown. (Tenerife Marlins) Tenerife (25-3), which dropped the opening game, 12-6, leads second-place Sant Boi by five games with only four games remaining, while Valencia (19-9) occupies the third spot. Spain is one of the few leagues in Europe which does not have a playoff format.
  • Nicaragua Tops USA In Pan American 12U Title Game

    Baseball Avenue
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The USA Baseball 12U National Team fell to Nicaragua, 5-4, in the championship game of the COPABE Pan American Championships Sunday night at the Benito Juarez sports complex at Mazatlan, Mexico. After trailing for the entire game, Team USA took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning when Alek Boychuk (Buford, Ga.) launched a three-run home run to left field. The U.S. was down to its final strike in the inning but Carson Tucker (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Robert Moore (Leawood, Kan.) extended the inning on a single and a hit by pitch, respectively, to get Boychuk to the plate. In the bottom half…
  • 2014 TuneCore Artists Performance Infographic

    Lerma Moore
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
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  • Kentucky’s A.J. Reed Wins 2014 Golden Spikes Award

    Baseball Avenue
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Kentucky’s A.J. Reed was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, USA Baseball announced. In the prestigious award’s 37th year recognizing the top amateur baseball player in the country, it was presented live on ESPN’s SportsCenter by former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and current college baseball analyst, Kyle Peterson. “A.J. Reed, Aaron Nola and Michael Conforto all represent the best of what college baseball is and should be,” said USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. “These outstanding young men…
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  • Burnett, Phillies head to New York for series with Mets

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 28 2014, 4:15PM EDT.@PhilabaseballA.J. Burnett hopes to replicate his most recent start tonight when he and the Phillies open a three-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.Burnett tossed eight scoreless innings last Wednesday, scattering four hits and four walks while striking out six."I felt solid out there," Burnett said. "I had command and felt comfortable, this is what needs to continue."Burnett enters Monday with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He also comes into the series with scouts keeping a watchful eye as the July 31 non-waiver Trade…
  • Phillies take series opener from D-backs; Sizemore shines again

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 25 2014 11:15PM EDT.@PhilabaseballPHILADELPHIA - Sometimes in baseball the least likely players make the biggest contribution and that happened Friday night for the Phillies.Grady Sizemore, Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf finished a combined 6-for-11 with four doubles, a home run and five RBIs to lead the Phillies to a 9-5 victory over the Arizona D-backs at Citizens Bank Park.Sizemore collected his 1,000th career hit in the third inning with a double and scored on a Chase Utley single to push the lead to 3-0. On the night, Sizemore went 3-for-5 and…
  • Ryan Howard out of lineup again as Phillies open set with D-Backs

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 25 2014, 3:00PM EDT.@PhilabaseballPHILADELPHIA - Kyle Kendrick hopes to put his first inning struggles behind him tonight when he toes the rubber for the Phillies in the first game of a three-game set against the D-Backs."It's something I've been trying to work on," Kendrick said. "I just have to make better pitch selections."Kendrick has a 10.80 ERA in the first inning over his previous 20 starts.  He's surrendered 18 runs in 16 2/3 innings over his past three starts, including two that resulted in losses."I was just trying to be too fine," said…
  • Hamels tosses a gem as Phillies avoid sweep from Giants

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 24 2014, 4:15PM EDT.@PhilabaseballPHILADELPHIA - Cole Hamels tossed eight strong innings for the Phillies on Thursday, collecting 10 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory over the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.The win is just the fifth of the season for Hamels, but that's mostly due to poor run support. He's now also pitched at least seven innings in 13 of his last 15 starts while posting a 2.04 ERA over that span."He's pitched like an ace for us today," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "He's at the top of his game." Jimmy Rollins hit a double in the opening…
  • Ryan Howard's days in a Phillies uniform may be numbered

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
     By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorJuly 24 2014, 1:00PM EDT.@PhilabaseballPHILADELPHIA - Ryan Howard was not in the Phillies lineup again on Thursday, marking the first time all season the first baseman has sat for back-to-back games.Manager Ryne Sandberg stopped short of saying it Wednesday, but it appears he plans to platoon Howard with Darin Ruf at first base."The lineup will be a day-to-day thing now," Sandberg said.Howard, 34, has two years remaining on a contract with the Phillies and is owed $25 million over each of the next two seasons. He also has a club option for 2017 with a…
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