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  • Phils Beat Dodgers 3-2 in 10 on Brown's RBI Double

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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
  • D-backs look to steal show at Wrigley celebration

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    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Jeff Samardzija will make the start as the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. The D-backs will try to spoil the festivities behind Wade Miley.
  • Braves send NL ERA leader Harang after series win

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    Joe Morgan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Aaron Harang, 35, leads the NL with an 0.70 ERA, has twice flirted with a no-hitter and has become the unlikely ace of the best starting rotation in the Majors. On Wednesday, the Braves pitcher will try to keep his momentum going against Marlins righty Nathan Eovaldi, who has recorded three quality starts in four outings this season.
  • Wrigley's centennial celebration on tap today

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    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Today, Wrigley Field -- the second-oldest park in the Majors -- will celebrate its 100th anniversary in style, complete with pageantry and Hall of Fame guests.
  • Prospect Lively turns in another impressive start

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    Mark Sheldon and Teddy Cahill
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Another start, another dominant performance for right-hander Ben Lively. The Reds' No. 13 prospect struck out 10 batters in six scoreless innings Tuesday and Class A Advanced Bakersfield defeated Modesto, 4-0.
 
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  • D-backs look to steal show at Wrigley celebration

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Jeff Samardzija will make the start as the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. The D-backs will try to spoil the festivities behind Wade Miley.
  • D-backs' slide continues as bats, McCarthy fall short

    Steve Gilbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The D-backs' slide continued Tuesday night as they dropped a 9-2 decision to the Cubs at chilly Wrigley Field. The loss was the fourth in a row for the D-backs, who have now dropped 10 of their last 11 games and are 5-18, the worst mark in the Majors.
  • Always itching to play, Hill accepts night off

    Steve Gilbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    About the best you can hope for when Aaron Hill is out of the lineup is that the D-backs second baseman will understand the reasoning behind it, because there is no chance he will like it.
  • Strop denies intent behind pitch near Montero

    Steve Gilbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop said there was no intent in his ninth-inning pitch that wound up behind D-backs catcher Miguel Montero.
  • Arroyo unable to slow down Cubs offense

    Steve Gilbert
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Travis Wood hurt the D-backs with his arm and with his bat Monday night. The Cubs left-hander smacked a three-run homer and pitched seven quality innings as the D-backs lost, 5-1, at Wrigley Field.
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  • Braves send NL ERA leader Harang after series win

    Joe Morgan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Aaron Harang, 35, leads the NL with an 0.70 ERA, has twice flirted with a no-hitter and has become the unlikely ace of the best starting rotation in the Majors. On Wednesday, the Braves pitcher will try to keep his momentum going against Marlins righty Nathan Eovaldi, who has recorded three quality starts in four outings this season.
  • Wood's career night not enough vs. Fernandez, Fish

    Mark Bowman
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Jose Fernandez proved to be simply dominant as he notched 14 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings while helping the Marlins hand Alex Wood and the Braves a hard-luck 1-0 loss.
  • One more rehab start before Minor's return

    Mark Bowman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Mike Minor was looking forward to the chance to make his regular-season debut this weekend against the Reds. But the Braves have decided Minor will instead make one more Minor League start.
  • Heyward expounds on decision to bunt in ninth

    Mark Bowman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When Braves backup outfielder Jordan Schafer doubled off Carlos Marmol to begin the ninth inning of Monday night's 10-inning win against the Marlins, Jason Heyward looked toward the dugout and saw manager Fredi Gonzalez give him the choice to either swing away or attempt to advance Schafer with a sacrifice bunt.
  • Uggla, Fredi offer take on transfer rule

    Mark Bowman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Over the past couple of weeks, the Braves have watched a number of players affected by the transfer rule, which has gained a different interpretation since the expanded instant replay system was put in place at the start of this season.
 
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  • Wrigley's centennial celebration on tap today

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Today, Wrigley Field -- the second-oldest park in the Majors -- will celebrate its 100th anniversary in style, complete with pageantry and Hall of Fame guests.
  • Cubs set to celebrate Wrigley's 100th anniversary

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Jeff Samardzija will make the start as the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. The D-backs will try to spoil the festivities behind Wade Miley.
  • Olt's homer, Hammel's strong start lift Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Mike Olt belted a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in two runs to back Jason Hammel and lift the Cubs to a 9-2 victory Tuesday over the D-backs. It's the first time the Cubs have won two games in a row since Sept. 9-10 last year against the Reds.
  • Strop denies intent behind pitch near Montero

    Steve Gilbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop said there was no intent in his ninth-inning pitch that wound up behind D-backs catcher Miguel Montero.
  • Epstein continues to prepare for upcoming Draft

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spent Tuesday watching Class A Kane County, but also reviewing video of some of the potential top picks in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft, June 5-7.
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  • Prospect Lively turns in another impressive start

    Mark Sheldon and Teddy Cahill
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Another start, another dominant performance for right-hander Ben Lively. The Reds' No. 13 prospect struck out 10 batters in six scoreless innings Tuesday and Class A Advanced Bakersfield defeated Modesto, 4-0.
  • Cueto twirls second straight complete game vs. Bucs

    Mark Sheldon
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Johnny Cueto buried the Pirates for the second time in a week with a complete-game gem and a 4-1 victory. The Reds' ace brought a two-hit shutout into the ninth before Andrew McCutchen's solo homer.
  • Simon aims to continue red-hot pitching against Bucs

    Mark Sheldon
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Alfredo Simon looks to keep up his strong pitching since joining the Reds' rotation, taking on the Pirates' Charlie Morton on Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series in Pittsburgh.
  • Pirates successfully challenge safe call at second

    Tom Singer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Pirates successfully challenged a safe call at second base in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game against the Reds, removing a big potential run from scoring position.
  • Hoover, Ondrusek among scuffling Reds relievers

    Mark Sheldon and Teddy Cahill
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    J.J. Hoover and Logan Ondrusek are among those struggling as the Reds' short-handed bullpen entered Tuesday with a Major League worst 5.77 ERA.
 
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  • Morales in control to win duel over Bumgarner

    Thomas Harding
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Fashioning his second straight stellar start, Franklin Morales held the Giants to one run in seven innings and made solo homers by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado stand, as the Rockies won for the fifth time in six games, 2-1, at Coors Field on Tuesday night
  • McMahon hits eighth home run with Class A

    Teddy Cahill
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Third baseman Ryan McMahon, the Rockies' No. 5 prospect, hit a two-run home run to lead Class A Asheville to a 4-2 victory Tuesday at Greenville. The home run was his eighth of the season, the second most in the Minor Leagues.
  • Blackmon swinging hot bat in leadoff role

    Thomas Harding
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    As last season ended, Rockies manager Walt Weiss told outfielder Charlie Blackmon he wanted him to prepare to be a leadoff hitter. It turns out that with Blackmon making a slight modification to his approach, he has found a home.
  • LeMahieu shines at plate with runners on base

    Thomas Harding
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Regularly batting No. 8 in the Rockies' lineup, DJ LeMahieu carried a respectable batting average into Tuesday night's game against the Giants. But with men on, his average improves significantly.
  • Barnes, Stubbs join lineup against tough lefty

    Thomas Harding
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss saw Tuesday night's game against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner as an opportunity to play right-handed-hitting outfielders Brandon Barnes, who batted leadoff, and Drew Stubbs, who hit seventh.
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  • McHugh carves up 12 in dominant Astros debut

    Brian McTaggart
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Collin McHugh, called up after Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list, dominated the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday for his first career win, striking out a career-high 12 batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to lead the Astros to a 5-2 victory.
  • Porter's advice working wonders for Fields

    Brian McTaggart
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    After Astros relief pitcher Josh Fields gave up two runs in his fourth outing of the season on April 10 in Toronto, manager Bo Porter pulled him aside and gave Fields a tip: to approach warming up in the bullpen during the game and again during his eight warm-up pitches on the mound like he's facing hitters.
  • Harrell outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers

    Brian McTaggart
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Right-hander Lucas Harrell, who began the year in the Astros' rotation, cleared waivers on Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but it's not known whether he will actually report to the RedHawks.
  • Prospect Amador loaned back to Mexican club

    Brian McTaggart
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Astros have decided to loan burly slugger Japhet Amador to Los Diablos Rojos de Mexico for the remainder of the Mexican League season, which runs through August.
  • Crane weighs in on Astros' start, search for spring site

    Brian McTaggart
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Astros owner Jim Crane, whose freight and shipping business has one of its 100 offices in Seattle, was at Safeco Field for Monday's game against the Mariners and spoke on a variety of topics.
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  • Miscue looms large as Dodgers fall in extra innings

    Ken Gurnick
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Dominic Brown doubled home Carlos Ruiz after an error by left fielder Carl Crawford with one out in the 10th inning as the Phillies edged the Dodgers, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
  • Greinke looks to spoil Hamels' 2014 debut

    Todd Zolecki
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cole Hamels makes his 2014 debut against Zack Greinke on Wednesday night. The Phillies' lefty, who started the season on the disabled list because of left biceps tendinitis, has good numbers at Dodger Stadium but has struggled in his first starts of the season during his career.
  • Birthday-boy Dee dinged up during dynamic inning

    Ken Gurnick
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon was removed from Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia with an unspecified injury after all but single-handedly producing a tying run with a hustle double and a stolen base before scoring on Justin Turner's pinch-hit single.
  • Guerrero's Triple-A tear creates buzz

    Ken Gurnick
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly moved to dampen expectations for Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, who has been tearing it up at Triple-A Albuquerque since returning from the disabled list.
  • Kershaw teed up for rehab after 'pen session

    Ken Gurnick
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw an impressive bullpen session on Tuesday that should set him up for a Minor League rehab start with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
 
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  • Brewers' four-game win streak snapped in extras

    Adam McCalvy
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Yovani Gallardo continued his streak of quality starts but the Brewers' offense couldn't deliver in a 12-inning, 2-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday at Miller Park.
  • Pitching prospect Hellweg has torn elbow ligament

    Adam McCalvy
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Right-hander Johnny Hellweg, the Brewers' No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com, was diagnosed Tuesday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
  • Two Brewers, two Bucs suspended for altercation

    Adam McCalvy
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Suspensions were handed down Tuesday to those involved in the altercation that took place between the Pirates and Brewers on Sunday following a Carlos Gomez triple that he watched travel to deep center field. For Milwaukee, catcher Martin Maldonado received a five-game suspension and Gomez was suspended for three. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider was suspended for two games and catcher Russell Martin received a one-game suspension.
  • K-Rod, bullpen fuel win, recent Brewers' run

    Adam McCalvy
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Wily Peralta was solid, giving up two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, and Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and Francisco Rodriguez -- notching his fourth save in as many days -- held on to the Brewers' one-run lead for their Major League-leading 15th win of the season, as the Brewers beat the Padres, 4-3, on Monday at Miller Park.
  • Top prospect Nelson throws seven scoreless

    Adam McCalvy
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Right-hander Jimmy Nelson, the Brewers No. 1 prospect and No. 81 overall, threw seven scoreless innings to lead Triple-A Nashville to a 7-0 victory Monday night at Omaha. It was the Sounds first shutout of the season.
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  • Athletics decline lease offer from Coliseum Authority

    Alex Espinoza
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    The longstanding saga with the A's and their ballpark took another turn on Tuesday night, as the club declined a 10-year lease offer from the Oakland Coliseum Authority.
  • A's can't hold another ninth-inning lead

    Alex Espinoza
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Luke Gregerson needed just one more strike to close out a one-run victory for the A's on Tuesday night but couldn't get the job done. The usually reliable right-handed reliever surrendered a couple of quick runs in the ninth inning, allowing the Rangers to claim a comeback 5-4 victory as they'll go for the series sweep on Wednesday.
  • A's lineup back to full strength with Crisp, Cespedes

    Alex Espinoza
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The A's lineup was back to full strength on Tuesday after the team suffered slight injury scares in recent contests. Coco Crisp led off and started in center field after injuring his right ribs while diving for a fly ball on Monday, while Yoenis Cespedes batted fifth and played left, two days after aggravating his bruised right heel
  • A's catchers struggling to throw out baserunners

    Alex Espinoza
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    John Jaso and Derek Norris were out on the field well before the rest of their teammates Tuesday, but it wasn't a reaction to Jaso's throw into the outfield during the ninth inning the night before. Just standard, scheduled work for Oakland's two catchers along with second-year bullpen coach Darren Bush.
  • O'Flaherty, Elmore on the mend

    Alex Espinoza
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The A's bullpen has been filthy so far this season. Through 19 games, Oakland's relief corps has posted an MLB-best numbers in opposing batting average (.190), on-base percentage (.264) and slugging (.270). Scary for other teams to think that the A's could be adding one of the game's premier southpaw setup men in the not-too-distant future.
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  • Blanked by Cards, Mets still searching for offense

    Anthony DiComo
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Dillon Gee went six strong innings, but the Mets were flummoxed by Adam Wainwright in a 3-0 loss the Cardinals on Tuesday at Citi Field.
  • Mets turn to Niese in matchup with Cardinals

    Anthony DiComo
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The Mets spent most of last season looking forward to every one of Matt Harvey's outings, eager to see what their budding ace could do in his first full big league season. The Cardinals seem to be in the middle of something similar with budding star Michael Wacha, who will start opposite Jon Niese on Wednesday at Citi Field.
  • Photo prompts Harvey to delete Twitter account

    Anthony DiComo
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Backlash over a photo that Mets pitcher Matt Harvey posted Tuesday on Twitter prompted the right-hander to delete his popular social media account.
  • Slumping Granderson remains in two-hole

    Anthony DiComo
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Curtis Granderson started his third consecutive game in the two-hole Tuesday, as he attempted to work his way out of an 0-for-19 rut.
  • Mets to monitor workload of Farnsworth

    Anthony DiComo
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The downside of having a 38-year-old closer is that Mets manager Terry Collins never quite knows when Kyle Farnsworth will be unavailable.
 
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  • Hamels set for '14 debut against Dodgers' Greinke

    Todd Zolecki
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Cole Hamels makes his 2014 debut against Zack Greinke on Wednesday night. The Phillies' lefty, who started the season on the disabled list because of left biceps tendinitis, has good numbers at Dodger Stadium but has struggled in his first starts of the season during his career.
  • Utley gets a break despite solid numbers in LA

    Todd Zolecki
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Despite good career numbers against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and at Dodger Stadium in general, Chase Utley was given Tuesday night off, while Freddy Galvis started for the Phillies at second base.
  • Hamels' return gives Phils rare healthy status

    Todd Zolecki
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    When left-hander Cole Hamels is activated off the disabled list on Wednesday, it will be just the sixth day over the past two-plus seasons that the Phillies haven't had a starting position player or member of the rotation on the disabled list.
  • Lee retires 20 straight Dodgers in four-hit gem

    Todd Zolecki
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Cliff Lee pitched brilliantly in a 7-0 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, allowing four hits and striking out 10 in eight scoreless innings in the first game of a four-game set.
  • Phillies give struggling Asche a breather

    Todd Zolecki
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The first 18 games of the season have been a struggle for Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, so it was no surprise that the left-handed hitter was not in Monday's lineup against Dodgers left-hander Paul Maholm at Dodger Stadium.
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  • Morales in control to win duel over Bumgarner

    Thomas Harding
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Fashioning his second straight stellar start, Franklin Morales held the Giants to one run in seven innings and made solo homers by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado stand, as the Rockies won for the fifth time in six games, 2-1, at Coors Field on Tuesday night
  • Headley hits 12th-inning homer off weary bullpen

    Corey Brock
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Chase Headley hit a home run to start the 12th inning Tuesday to lead the Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.
  • Rangers stun A's with ninth-inning rally

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Rangers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night at the O.Co Coliseum.
  • McHugh carves up 12 in dominant Astros debut

    Brian McTaggart
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Collin McHugh, called up after Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list, dominated the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday for his first career win, striking out a career-high 12 batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to lead the Astros to a 5-2 victory.
  • Birthday-boy Dee dinged up during dynamic inning

    Ken Gurnick
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon was removed from Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia with an unspecified injury after all but single-handedly producing a tying run with a hustle double and a stolen base before scoring on Justin Turner's pinch-hit single.
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  • Prospect Polanco keeps up strong start at plate

    Tom Singer and Teddy Cahill
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Outfielder Gregory Polanco, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect and No. 13 overall, continued his torrid start to the season Tuesday by going 3-for-5 as Triple-A Indianapolis defeated Toledo, 11-6.
  • Morton, Pirates gear up to square off against Reds' Simon

    Mark Sheldon
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Alfredo Simon looks to keep up his strong pitching since joining the Reds' rotation, taking on the Pirates' Charlie Morton on Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series in Pittsburgh.
  • Volquez impresses in pitchers' duel, but Bucs fall short

    Tom Singer
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    The Pirates were stifled by the Reds' Johnny Cueto, who painted a three-hitter to lead the Reds to a 4-1 win on Tuesday night, with Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the ninth saving Pittsburgh from a shutout.
  • Pirates successfully challenge safe call at second

    Tom Singer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Pirates successfully challenged a safe call at second base in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game against the Reds, removing a big potential run from scoring position.
  • Liriano's April woes keep up amid frigid weather

    Tom Singer and Teddy Cahill
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Francisco Liriano's open secret, hidden a year ago behind a broken right arm, is out: The guy and the month of April just don't get along. Liriano has so far contributed five winless starts to his lifetime April resume: a 5-17 record with a 5.84 ERA.
 
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  • NL Notes: Hellweg, Cuddyer, Cubs, Espinosa

    Jeff Todd
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Fireballing Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg, 25, has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and is headed to visit Dr. James Andrews, reports MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. Hellweg, the club’s 7th overall prospect in the eyes of MLB.com, has been working at Triple-A after briefly reaching the bigs last year with Milwaukee. He put up a 6.75 ERA in 30 2/3 big league frames in 2013, but had a 3.14 mark in 131 2/3 minor league innings (albeit with 6.4 K/9 against 5.7 BB/9). Here’s more from the National League: Michael Cuddyer and the Rockies are in no rush to consider a new deal, writes…
  • Padres In Active Trade Talks Involving Nick Hundley

    Jeff Todd
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    The Padres are engaged in active trade discussions regarding catcher Nick Hundley, reports Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Hundley, 30, has seen only limited action this year. Hundley is in the final year of his three-year, $9MM extension, which comes with a $5MM club option for 2015 (no buyout). He has lost playing time to both 25-year-old Yasmani Grandal and journeyman Rene Rivera. With the club facing a looming active roster crunch, it appears that it is testing the market for a player who once was the team’s primary backstop. Hundley’s best year came in 2011,…
  • Rangers Designate Hector Noesi For Assignment

    Jeff Todd
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The Rangers have designated pitcher Hector Noesi for assignment, the club announced via press release. The righty made only three appearances with the club after being acquired ten days ago from the Mariners. Noesi, 27, has had a forgettable start to the 2014 season. His ERA stands at 14.21 through 6 1/3 frames. Over parts of four seasons in the bigs, Noesi has allowed 5.81 earned runs per nine in just under 200 total frames. He has struggled roughly equally against batters from both sides of the plate: over his career, lefties have touched him for a .866 OPS while righties have managed a…
  • AL Notes: Amador, Lester, Gonzalez

    Jeff Todd
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The Astros have loaned massive first baseman Japhet Amador to the Diablos Rojos of the Mexican League, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Amador was signed away from his new club this past August, and appeared at both Triple-A (where he has struggled mightily) and the Arizona Fall League (where he slashed .284/.286/.507). As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle explains (Twitter links), Amador’s contract had a clause that required the team to decide by May 3 whether to purchase his contract, and the team was not going to do so. Nevertheless, Amador’s agent, Oscar Suarez,…
  • Astros Outright Lucas Harrell

    Jeff Todd
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Righty Lucas Harrell has been outrighted by the Astros after clearing waivers, reports MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart (via Twitter). Harrell had been designated for assignment a week ago. Once viewed as a useful piece with valuable control, Harrell has seen his stock plummet since the start of the 2013 season. He notched a solid in 2012 — 193 2/3 innings of 3.76 ERA ball with a 57.2% ground ball rate and 6.5 K/9 against 3.6 BB/9 — but has been ineffective since. Last year, Harrell’s control faded (5.2 BB/9) even as he missed less bats (5.2 K/9, career-low 5.1% swinging…
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  • Game 2: Bulls fall to Wizards 101-99

    WGN Web Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The jazz hands came out shortly after Kirk Hinrich shoved Bradley Beal, pushing the United Center sellout crowd into further frenzy. When Joakim Noah is engaged and emotional, good things usually follow. This time, they didn’t as the Wizards capped a stunning comeback from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to win 101-99 in overtime.   D.J. Augustin is fouled by the Wizards’ Andre Miller during the second quarter. — John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2014   MORE AT CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  • Tigers Beat Sox 8-6, Tough Start for Leesman

    Joel Liberatore
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    By Colleen Kane, Tribune reporter 10:28 p.m. CDTApril 22, 2014 DETROIT — White Sox left-hander Charlie Leesman didn’t occupy Chris Sale’s spot for very long Tuesday night in an 8-6 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park. After being called up to replace the injured Sale on Tuesday, Leesman lasted just 22/3 innings and left with a 6-1 deficit. He allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out none before right-hander Zach Putnam replaced him. The Sox rallied for three runs in the ninth, but the deficit was too big. “It was short,” manager Robin Ventura said of…
  • Cubs Make it Two in a Row over D’Backs

    Joel Liberatore
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    By Mark Gonzales Tribune reporter 10:15 p.m. CDTApril 22, 2014 The gametime temperature at Wrigley Field was 41 degrees, and it’s taken three innings for the Chicago Cubs’ bats to warm. Fortunately for starter Jason Hammel, he finally got some run support as the Cubs rolled to a 9-2 win over Brandon McCarthy and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mike Olt broke the game open with a three-run, opposite-field home run to right center to cap a four-run fifth inning off McCarthy as the Cubs (7-12) won consecutive games for the first time this season. Luis Valbuena hit a double with one out in…
  • Skilling: Chilly weekend possible

    WGN Web Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Cool weather’s back in town the next 2 days. Tuesday’s chilly 50-degree northerly winds are to veer northeast Tuesday night and Wednesday, a development with all sorts of temperature implications here—the most evident among them the likelihood that easterly winds off Lake Michigan Wednesday may limit beach temperatures to the 40s. Beyond the current cool down, temps are to rebound with afternoon highs reaching the mid to upper 60s before a wind shift to the northeast Friday night sends temps tumbling over the coming weekend. More at Chicago Weather Center  
  • 6 people struck by vehicle on Far South Side

    WGN Web Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Six people were struck by a vehicle on Chicago’s South Side Tuesday night. According to the Chicago Fire Dept, the incident happened at 103rd and Michigan Ave in the Rosemoor neighborhood. Five victims were taken to the hospital; a 50-year-old woman, two 25-year-old women, a 58-year-old man, a 21-year-old man. A 64-year-old man refused treatment at the scene. Police apprehended the driver of the vehicle shortly after the incident. Check back for details.
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  • Headley hits 12th-inning homer off weary bullpen

    Corey Brock
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Chase Headley hit a home run to start the 12th inning Tuesday to lead the Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.
  • Vincent getting noticed as he expands repertoire

    Corey Brock
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Reliever Nick Vincent entered Tuesday's game against the Brewers having retired the last 19 hitters he's faced. He hasn't allowed a hit or a run in his last 6 2/3 innings going back to April 4.
  • Infielder Green acquired from Braves

    Corey Brock
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Tyler Greene, 30, was acquired from the Braves to give the team organizational depth now that infielder Ryan Jackson has landed on the disabled list with a right wrist strain. Greene will report to Triple-A El Paso.
  • Kelly nears rehab assignment after 41-pitch outing

    Corey Brock
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Casey Kelly has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery on April 2, 2013. If Kelly's next outing goes smoothly, he'll likely head out on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A San Antonio.
  • Petco's Green Initiative aims to reduce waste

    Corey Brock
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The Padres' Green Initiative is a comprehensive, proactive and aggressive plan to save energy and reduce waste. Every area of Petco Park, which opened in 2004, plays a role in waste reduction through programs such as recycle sorting, food waste composting, plastic wrap and foam diversion and cooking oil recycling.
 
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  • Pujols' milestone homer brings smiles to Cardinals

    Danny Knobler
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The Cardinals saw the first 445 of Albert Pujols' home runs live. They were thrilled to hear about No. 500.
  • Stellar Wainwright leads Cardinals over Mets

    Danny Knobler
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Adam Wainwright went seven innings, Jon Jay had a big hit and Matt Holliday made a spectacular home run-robbing catch as the Cardinals downed the Mets, 3-0, on Tuesday at Citi Field.
  • Holliday's homer-robbing snag looms large

    Danny Knobler
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Matt Holliday is known for hitting home runs, not for robbing them. But when Holliday made the play of the day in the Cardinals' 3-0 over the Mets on Tuesday, it was with a glove rather than a bat.
  • Dominant Wacha leads Cardinals against Mets

    Anthony DiComo
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The Mets spent most of last season looking forward to every one of Matt Harvey's outings, eager to see what their budding ace could do in his first full big league season. The Cardinals seem to be in the middle of something similar with budding star Michael Wacha, who will start opposite Jon Niese on Wednesday at Citi Field.
  • Scuffling Bourjos out of lineup in favor of Jay

    Danny Knobler
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Peter Bourjos, who entered play Tuesday hitless in his last eight at-bats, was out of the Cardinals' lineup vs. the Mets, with Jon Jay getting the start in center field.
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  • Bumgarner's complete effort goes unrewarded

    Owen Perkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    In a pitchers' duel that featured all the runs courtesy of home runs, the Giants fell, 2-1, losing their second straight game in Colorado as the Rockies clinched the three-game series. Madison Bumgarner pitched about as well as one can and still lose. He threw an eight-inning gem, yielding two runs in a hitter's paradise.
  • Giants leading way in Earth-friendly efforts

    Owen Perkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    As baseball celebrates Earth Day in 15 Major League parks, the Giants take pride in their role as an environmental model.
  • Perez kept ready with playing time at Triple-A

    Owen Perkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    When Juan Perez was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on April 16 after making the Opening Day lineup, manager Bruce Bochy told him to be ready. In the interim, the outfielder made five starts with Fresno, hitting .421 with two doubles, three RBIs and a stolen base.
  • Quad strain sends Huff to DL; Perez recalled

    Owen Perkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Lefty reliever David Huff's strong season was put on hold when the Giants placed him on the disabled list Tuesday with a left quad strain. Outfielder Juan Perez was activated and is with the team in Colorado.
  • Vogelsong stung by long ball in short outing

    Owen Perkins
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Colorado got all the damage it needed in the first inning, sending nine men to the plate and scoring four runs on four hits and two walks against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in a lopsided 8-2 loss to open a three-game series at Coors Field.
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  • Williams issues unsuccessful challenge vs. Angels

    Bill Ladson
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Nationals manager Matt Williams tried to take advantage of replay in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Angels but was unable to get the call reversed.
  • Jordan on wrong end of history in Nats' loss to Halos

    Bill Ladson
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Taylor Jordan was a part of history on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, as Albert Pujols collected his 500th career home run and helped the Angels roll past the Nationals, 7-2.
  • Nats going with Gio as they look to notch win vs. Halos

    Alden Gonzalez
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Bryce Harper and Mike Trout got their first regular-season meeting out of the way on Monday, and Albert Pujols joined the 500-home run club on Tuesday. Wednesday's series finale between the Angels and Nationals is all about pitching.
  • Nats team up with EPA, Coca-Cola for Earth Day

    Andrew Simon
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Nationals teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coca-Cola to celebrate Earth Day at Nationals Park on Tuesday, when they hosted the Angels.
  • Fister on track for rehab start on Sunday

    Andrew Simon
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Doug Fister took another step in his recovery from a right lat strain on Tuesday, throwing his second simulated game in extended spring training in Viera, Fla. The three-inning, 44-pitch outing went well, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams, and the right-hander is expected to return to Washington on Thursday before making a Minor League rehab start on Sunday.
 
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  • Tillman gets another crack at Blue Jays

    Jamie Ross
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Blue Jays will try to put a little more distance between themselves and the Orioles when the teams clash again Wednesday at Rogers Centre. With its 9-3 victory Tuesday, Toronto has taken three of four games from Baltimore so far this season. Orioles ace Chris Tillman matches up against Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan.
  • Called upon early again, O's bullpen falters

    Brittany Ghiroli
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    It was a familiar scene for the Orioles Tuesday in Toronto as another abbreviated outing brought on the bullpen early, and a trio of pivotal three-run homers saddled Baltimore with a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.
  • Initiatives keep Camden Yards eco-friendly

    Brittany Ghiroli
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The Orioles were in Toronto for Earth Day Tuesday, but Baltimore has a slew of green initiatives that help keep Camden Yards eco-friendly.
  • Machado set to begin rehab assignment

    Brittany Ghiroli
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Manny Machado will begin his highly-anticipated rehab assignment on Friday for Class A Advanced Frederick as the Orioles third baseman works toward a return early next month.
  • Wieters dealing with right forearm soreness

    Brittany Ghiroli
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was not in Tuesday's starting lineup as he's dealing with right forearm soreness. Wieters, who said he has never dealt with a similar injury, last played on Sunday night and said he felt the area tighten up during a throw to second base in Boston.
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  • With starters struggling, bullpen help might be needed

    Ian Browne and Quinn Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:28 pm
    The Red Sox are likely to make a roster move prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees, but the activation of right fielder Shane Victorino might have to wait until Thursday.
  • Not bad for openers: Ellsbury takes center stage

    Richard Justice
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    For Jacoby Ellsbury, there were no mixed emotions about returning to Fenway Park as a member of the Yankees on Tuesday. "I was looking forward to it," he said.
  • Lester unable to cool off Ellsbury, Yankees

    Ian Browne
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It was a night that came with great anticipation, considering it was the return to Fenway Park for Jacoby Ellsbury and the rivalry debut of Masahiro Tanaka. Even with such electric subplots, the Red Sox continued their tough start to the season by not looking particularly strong in any phase of the game in a 9-3 thumping at the hands of the Yankees on Tuesday.
  • Lackey aims to bounce back following two rough starts

    Quinn Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Michael Pineda was involved in a minor controversy during his first start vs. the Red Sox this season, but the right-hander is out to prove his outing wasn't a fluke as he starts opposite John Lackey in Wednesday night's game at Fenway Park.
  • Red Sox do their part on Earth Day

    Ian Browne and Quinn Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    In celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, the Red Sox, in partnership with National Grid, did their part to help the environment.
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  • Rienzo tasked with slowing Detroit's powerful lineup

    Matt Slovin
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Drew Smyly will look for better results and more offensive support from Miguel Cabrera and the rest of the Tigers lineup in his second start of the season Wednesday, when he squares off against Andre Rienzo and the White Sox at Comerica Park.
  • Leesman endures short outing in first start

    Scott Merkin
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Charlie Leesman's 2014 debut lasted all of 2 2/3 innings after allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk to the Tigers in an 8-6 loss at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. Jose Abreu homered against Justin Verlander in the first inning, and Dayan Viciedo had a career-high four hits.
  • Ventura not basing decisions solely on pitch count

    Scott Merkin
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura won't shy away from using Chris Sale or his other starters in a slightly elevated pitch count again, depending on the situation and how the given pitcher is feeling.
  • Gillaspie sits out with sore left hand

    Scott Merkin
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Third baseman Conor Gillaspie was out of Tuesday's White Sox lineup against Justin Verlander and the Tigers and most likely will miss Wednesday's contest because of a sore left hand.
  • Relief corps showing signs of working into shape

    Scott Merkin
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    The White Sox bullpen is slowly but surely coming together after several relievers missed time during Spring Training.
 
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  • Salazar unable to shake early-season issues

    Jordan Bastian
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    On Tuesday night, Danny Salazar's early-season struggles continued in another abbreviated outing -- this one coming against the rival Royals. The righty teased with three no-hit innings out of the gates, but then fell apart in the fourth and was gone in the fifth, sending the Indians on their way to an 8-2 loss at Progressive Field.
  • Masterson out to give Tribe upper hand vs. KC

    Dick Kaegel
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Left-hander Jason Vargas, in his four starts for the Royals, has been the model of efficiency. He's thrown at least seven innings in each outing and his 1.24 ERA was third in the American League. His mound opponent on Wednesday night, Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, has been pretty efficient himself lately with 16 strikeouts in his last 11 innings.
  • Rzepczynski versatile, reliable lefty option in 'pen

    Jordan Bastian
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Marc Rzepczynski is the resident squirrel expert in the Indians' bullpen. More importantly for Cleveland, he has turned into a reliable left-handed option since being acquired in a trade with St. Louis last summer.
  • Defensive shifting paying dividends

    Jordan Bastian
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    The Indians have embraced advanced metrics and have a front office and coaching staff that craves as much information as possible. Data can provide a competitive advantage, and that is made no clearer than through defensive shifts
  • Indians continue green initiatives

    Jordan Bastian
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    The Indians have been going green for years, but Earth Day on Tuesday gave the club another chance to do its part in helping the environment.
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  • Tigers break out the bats in support of Verlander

    Jason Beck
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Miguel Cabrera homered during a five-run third inning and had three RBIs, Alex Avila had a three-hit night and the Tigers collected seven doubles to back Justin Verlander's seven strong innings as the Tigers evened their series against the White Sox with an 8-6 victory at Comerica Park on Tuesday night.
  • Tigers look to continue breakout behind Smyly

    Matt Slovin
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Drew Smyly will look for better results and more offensive support from Miguel Cabrera and the rest of the Tigers lineup in his second start of the season Wednesday, when he squares off against Andre Rienzo and the White Sox at Comerica Park.
  • Tigers continue eco-friendly initiatives

    Jason Beck
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The Detroit Tigers continue their environmental efforts. One of the more common sights in the clubhouse at Spring Training was the reusable plastic coffee cup from Starbucks, something several players used for their morning beverage on their way into Joker Marchant Stadium.
  • Scherzer, Miggy work on defensive communication

    Jason Beck
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer and first baseman Miguel Cabrera got in some infield work on Tuesday, developing some familiarity working together defensively.
  • Jackson gets first day off of regular season

    Jason Beck
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    After 16 games and 144 1/3 innings, Austin Jackson had a game off. It's not exactly a Prince Fielder-like streak, but it's part of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' plan to rest his center fielder some early so that he can play him every day late.
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  • Missouri wins College HOF Classic in Kansas City

    Robert Falkoff
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Missouri defeated Wichita State, 5-4, on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in "The National College Baseball Hall of Fame Classic at The K." Dillon Everett hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
  • Shields continues road success in Cleveland

    Dick Kaegel
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Since joining the Royals, James Shields has become quite the happy traveling troubadour with a dozen victories away from Kansas City. His latest win came over the Indians, 8-2, with Mike Moustakas pounding a three-run homer on a chilly Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
  • Facing Indians, Vargas has been stingy of late

    Dick Kaegel
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Left-hander Jason Vargas, in his four starts for the Royals, has been the model of efficiency. He's thrown at least seven innings in each outing and his 1.24 ERA was third in the American League. His mound opponent on Wednesday night, Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, has been pretty efficient himself lately with 16 strikeouts in his last 11 innings.
  • Collins takes another step toward return to 'pen

    Dick Kaegel
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Left-hander Tim Collins is getting closer to returning to the Royals' bullpen. Collins threw 20 to 25 pitches Tuesday under mock game conditions.
  • Home run shortage not a concern for Yost

    Dick Kaegel
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been a slow go for the Royals in the home run department. Through Monday's games, they ranked last among the 30 Major League teams in homers with six. The Angels led the Majors with 29.
 
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  • Pujols' milestone night paces Halos in win over Nats

    Alden Gonzalez
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Powered by the two gargantuan homers that put Albert Pujols in exclusive company, the Angels won their second straight game against the Nats and returned to .500 while cruising to a 7-2 victory at Nationals Park on Tuesday night.
  • Pujols joins 500-homer club with second blast

    Alden Gonzalez
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Albert Pujols joined the rarest of clubs on Tuesday, and accomplished some unprecedented history in the process. The Angels' first baseman homered twice at Nationals Park to become the 26th member of the exclusive 500-home run club. Among those 26, he's the first to hit Nos. 499 and 500 in the same game.
  • Air Force serviceman returns 500th HR ball to Pujols

    Andrew Simon
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Tom Sherrill brought no scouting reports or spray charts with him to Nationals Park for Tuesday night's Nationals-Angels game. All he had was his intuition, but that turned out to be enough to put the longtime Angels fan in position to grab Albert Pujols' milestone 500th home run.
  • Pujols' greatness once again on display for all to see

    Mike Bauman
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Albert Pujols left an unmistakable impression on baseball history. It was not the impression of a man in the twilight of his career.
  • Pujols' milestone homer brings smiles to Cardinals

    Danny Knobler
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The Cardinals saw the first 445 of Albert Pujols' home runs live. They were thrilled to hear about No. 500.
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  • Gibson struggles in loss against Rays

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Right-hander Kyle Gibson saw his streak of three straight strong starts to open the year come to an end, as he struggled through just three-plus innings in a 7-3 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
  • Umpires review count, but pitches don't add up

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The umpiring crew initiated a replay challenge to check the count in the fifth inning of the Rays' 7-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday, but still got the call incorrect.
  • Pelfrey looks to rebound against Rays

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi and Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey have both struggled in the early going this season, but are looking to turn it around when they start opposite each other on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
  • Fuld joins Twins in familiar setting

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Outfielder Sam Fuld admitted it was weird walking into the visitors' clubhouse for the first time at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, as he officially joined the Twins in time for their series against his former club.
  • Mastroianni claimed off waivers by Blue Jays

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
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  • Tanaka turns in yet another efficient outing

    Quinn Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Masahiro Tanaka may be just four starts into his Major League career, but the Yankees right-hander has shown just how impressive he can be.
  • Happy homecoming: Ellsbury powers Yanks

    Bryan Hoch
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    It was an evening of mixed reactions, to be sure, but Jacoby Ellsbury did not need the high-definition video screen to show off his dynamic talents. Ellsbury did plenty of that in real time, keeping busy on the bases and in the field to help the Yankees to a 9-3 victory on Tuesday.
  • Not bad for openers: Ellsbury takes center stage

    Richard Justice
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    For Jacoby Ellsbury, there were no mixed emotions about returning to Fenway Park as a member of the Yankees on Tuesday. "I was looking forward to it," he said.
  • Pineda looks to dominate Red Sox once again

    Quinn Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Michael Pineda was involved in a minor controversy during his first start vs. the Red Sox this season, but the right-hander is out to prove his outing wasn't a fluke as he starts opposite John Lackey in Wednesday night's game at Fenway Park.
  • Robertson returns from disabled list

    Bryan Hoch
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The Yankees activated closer David Robertson from the disabled list on Tuesday, completing the right-hander's two-week recovery from a strained left groin.
 
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  • Offense remains quiet as skid reaches eight games

    Greg Johns
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Erasmo Ramirez suffered his third straight loss and the Mariners offense continued its early funk as the Astros tagged Seattle with a 5-2 defeat Tuesday at Safeco Field.
  • McClendon preaching patience with scuffling bats

    Greg Johns
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Lloyd McClendon has watched his Mariners struggle offensively after getting off a hot start on their season-opening road trip. But the skipper says he's taking a longer-term view of his club's offensive abilities and believes it's far too early to think about shaking things up.
  • Mariners take pride in 'green' efforts

    Greg Johns
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Tuesday was Earth Day around the country, but the Mariners didn't line up any special events to promote the day for one simple reason. "Every day is Earth Day at Safeco Field," said public information director Rebecca Hale.
  • Iwakuma 'nasty' in sim game, could return on road trip

    Greg Johns
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw 58 pitches in a four-inning simulated game against Mariners teammates on Tuesday afternoon, moving a step closer to rejoining Seattle's rotation.
  • Miscues send King Felix to first loss of season

    Greg Johns
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Felix Hernandez suffered his first defeat of the season Monday as the Mariners saw their losing streak reach seven with a 7-2 setback to the Astros at Safeco Field.
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  • Price throws complete game for third victory

    Jim Hawkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    David Price was dominant on Tuesday for the Rays, striking out 12 in a complete-game, 7-3 victory over the Twins at Tropicana Field.
  • Umpires review count, but pitches don't add up

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The umpiring crew initiated a replay challenge to check the count in the fifth inning of the Rays' 7-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday, but still got the call incorrect.
  • Odorizzi faces Twins in search of second victory

    Rhett Bollinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi and Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey have both struggled in the early going this season, but are looking to turn it around when they start opposite each other on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
  • Moore has successful Tommy John surgery

    Jim Hawkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Matt Moore underwent successful Tommy John surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow Tuesday and will rejoin the team later this week, the team announced.
  • Oviedo back in Majors for first time since '11

    Jim Hawkins
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    One by one, Juan Carlos Oviedo's teammates, as well as Rays' pitching coach Jim Hickey, stopped by his corner locker on Tuesday to say hello and welcome him back.
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  • Kouzmanoff, Figueroa exit Tuesday's game with injuries

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Both third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and pitcher Pedro Figueroa had to come out of the Rangers' victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night.
  • Rangers stun A's with ninth-inning rally

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Rangers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night at the O.Co Coliseum.
  • Choice bats leadoff against former team

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With outfield Shin-Soo Choo sidelined with a sprained left ankle, Michael Choice moved into the leadoff spot for the Rangers on Tuesday night with left-hander Tommy Milone on the mound for the Athletics.
  • Choo not headed to DL yet

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is dealing with a sprained left ankle but is not going on the disabled list just yet. The Rangers, relieved that Choo is not dealing with a more serious high ankle sprain, are going to give him three days off and re-evaluate on Friday.
  • Harrison ready to return on Friday

    T.R. Sullivan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Matt Harrison made it through Tuesday's bullpen session without any issues and now awaits his next assignment.
 
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  • McGowan matches up with Orioles ace Tillman

    Jamie Ross
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Blue Jays will try to put a little more distance between themselves and the Orioles when the teams clash again Wednesday at Rogers Centre. With its 9-3 victory Tuesday, Toronto has taken three of four games from Baltimore so far this season. Orioles ace Chris Tillman matches up against Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan.
  • Blue Jays' bats come alive late to down Orioles

    Gregor Chisholm
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    The Blue Jays offense broke out in a big way with a trio of three-run homers from Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera in a 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
  • Blue Jays starters not providing length

    Jamie Ross
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Toronto starters ranked 27th in the Major Leagues in innings pitched with 103 2/3 heading into Tuesday's home game against the Orioles. Only the rotations from Minnesota, Baltimore and Detroit have thrown fewer innings, and each of those teams has played at least one fewer game.
  • Navarro gets another day off

    Jamie Ross
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro got a third straight day off Tuesday against the Orioles.
  • Injured Janssen with team in Toronto

    Jamie Ross
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen was back with the team Tuesday after having his rehab assignment shut down over the weekend.
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  • Red Sox 3, Yankees 9: Boston's rock crumbles

    Ben Buchanan
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Three weeks into the season, Jon Lester was the one man the Red Sox could depend on. Tuesday he fell to pieces. Two days ago, the Red Sox finally seemed to have found a spark. Winners of four-of-five, they were back to their old selves, putting together good at bats and scoring runs. Even a close loss to the Orioles on Monday held promise, with the Sox coming up just short despite a number of bad bounces. One 9-3 drubbing at the hands of the Yankees later, and the spark is gone. The Red Sox are lifeless once more, the atmosphere firmly back into the territory of the depressing. This game was…
  • Red Sox vs. Yankees: Jon Lester vs. Masahiro Tanaka

    Ben Buchanan
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    All eyes will be on the mound as Jon Lester and Masahiro Tanaka face off in Fenway Park. The pitchers take top billing Tuesday night as the Red Sox send Jon Lester to the mound to take on Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees. Today's Lineups NEW YORK YANKEES BOSTON RED SOX Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Grady Sizemore - RF Derek Jeter - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Carlos Beltran - DH David Ortiz - DH Alfonso Soriano - LF Mike Napoli - 1B Mark Teixeira - 1B Jonny Gomes - LF Brian McCann - C A.J. Pierzynski - C Yangervis Solarte - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS Ichiro Suzuki - RF Brock Holt - 3B Brian Roberts -…
  • The Red Sox' familiar, frustrating dance around .500

    Ben Buchanan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Red Sox just can't seem to get over that final hump to reach .500. It's a familiar struggle for this franchise. There are few baseball fans who view .500 as an acceptable record. The 2005 San Diego Padres were the worst team to make the playoffs in a 162-game season, at least by record, and they finished the season at 82-80. Even in the worst of divisions, there can be little hope to play into October when you lose as many games as you win. In the opening months of the season, however, .500 holds a good deal of psychological significance. It is the baseline. When a team at or over .500…
  • Greenville Drive update: Manuel Margot, Jamie Callahan, Myles Smith

    Marc Normandin
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Margot impresses given his age, Callahan scuffles maybe thanks to his, and Smith has some things to work on. Manuel Margot, CF Year Age Tm Lg Lev PA 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 2014 19 Greenville SALL A 56 1 0 3 6 2 5 8 .255 .321 .451 .772 3 Seasons 581 19 9 8 57 19 63 73 .276 .363 .399 .762 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original TableGenerated 4/22/2014. Margot's .255/.321/.451 line looks good, not great, until you realize he was born a few weeks after Bud Selig officially cancelled the remaining 1994 MLB schedule. The 19-year-old has some leeway when it comes to his…
  • Red Sox minor lines: Is Wendell Rijo the next big thing?

    Ben Buchanan
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Once again Greenville may have produced the surprise of the season. Pawtucket W 4-3 Shane Victorino: 1-4Will Middlebrooks: 0-3, 2 KRyan Lavarnway: 1-4, KBryce Brentz: 2-3, 2B, BBGarin Cecchini: 2-4, KChristian Vazquez: 1-3, BB, CS Brandon Workman: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2 HRAlex Wilson: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K This is the transformative moment in Christian Vazquez' career. The one where he realizes how it feels to be thrown out trying to steal a base. The shame. The embarrassment. This is where he realizes what he's been doing to his opponents, and vows never to throw out…
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  • Imagination Reclamation

    Ben Henry
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    We take our custom cards seriously around here. At one point we had a whole separate page of this blog dedicated to custom cards from around the Web. And while that page went the way of much on the Internet, our love of customs remains. Here are a few of our favorites we've created over the years, and don't forget to check out our new page presenting the 1978 Topps "Traded" set all in one place...
  • Score one for America

    mkenny59
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    When two things as American as baseball and America combine forces to honor our armed forces, the result is something so glorious it exceeds the combined sum of their American parts. This is the American flag. But it is also a baseball card. You can tell it’s a baseball card because of all the America on it, not because of the baseball, which is invisible.Score, the company that created this American flag card—this Ameriflard—was not going to stand idly by and let the flag speak for itself. Nor would it utilize the back of this card to list the statistics of the most American baseball…
  • Notes on 2014 Topps Heritage

    Ben Henry
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    I opened three boxes of Heritage yesterday, and here are my thoughts:• The card stock is so much better this year than last year. A major improvement. They feel like real baseball cards, not like promotional post cards you get in the mail (see Heritage, 2013).• A (probably) uncorrected error: There are two cards numbered 137, World Series Game 6 and Anthony Gose. From what I've found, there is no card numbered 138, though it should be Gose.• Many packs I opened didn't have an insert or a high number or variation, but nine base cards. I like that. It puts emphasis on building the base…
  • Possible "Errors" in 2014 Topps Heritage

    Ben Henry
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    So it's been reported that 2014 Topps Heritage will pay tribute to the various errors and uncorrected errors found in the 1965 Topps set. Perhaps the most well known uncorrected error is the misspelling of Jim Kaat's name on the front of his card (Jim Katt). Here are a few players I'd like to see as candidates:Jake PeevyMatt HolidayAnthony GooseJustin SmokeJarrod SaltalamacchiadoRyan DumpsterZach MozartAdam LalooshYu DervishJacoby SmellsburyEva Longoria Robinson Camo and, of course, Shin-Soo Choo Choo ColemanSome lesser-known uncorrected errors that probably won't be in…
  • Ben's First 5 Thoughts on the 2014 Topps Heritage Checklist

    Ben Henry
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:40 pm
    In anticipation of the release of 2014 Topps Heritage (now since delayed to March 14th), Topps made the set's checklist available on their website. Because I enjoy deconstructing checklists in my free time, here are my first five thoughts:1. It's weird to me that Topps didn't follow their own checklist from the original 1965 set. In the original, the reigning NL MVP (Ken Boyer of the Cardinals) was put on card #100, and the reigning AL MVP (Brooks Robinson of the Orioles) was put on #150. Instead, the Heritage checklister went the straight team-to-team route, assigning #100 to Cardinal…
 
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  • More trouble in Oakland; Robertson back in the Bronx

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:46 pm
    April 23, 2014 Oakland A’s – Luke Gregerson was one strike away from his fourth save of the year; instead, he blew his second in less than a week, and took the loss. Meanwhile, Fernando Abad continued his scoreless streak by picking up two outs in the eighth, and Jim Johnson was warming up as the winning run scored. Bob Melvin was incensed in his postgame press conference; it’s anyone’s guess where he’ll turn next, but Abad, Johnson, and Sean Doolittle are all options. No hierarchy change. Closer Set-Up 2nd in line 2015 Closer Updated OAK Luke Gregerson Sean…
  • Bullpen Report: April 22, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    • The Yankees activated David Robertson from the DL today but he didn’t enter tonight’s game against the Red Sox. Shawn Kelley did an admirable job filling in but the ninth inning definitely belongs to David Robertson in the Bronx. If Robertson’s healthy, his above average control and elite strikeout ability could easily make him a top ten closer. Of course we all know that, it’s why we drafted him as such just a few months ago. Of more interest might be Dellin Betances, who’s 0.93/1.59/2.15 ERA/FIP/xFIP and 14.90 K/9 could make him a more major player in…
  • This Won't Take Long...

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    On one of the popular fantasy baseball sites I keep reading a suggestion that has finally irked me back to the keyboard. The suggestion is that if a player has limited skills you should avoid him... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Around the Diamond - Fantasy Baseball Week 4

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    We asked our fantasy pro Mark Deming to jot down a few thoughts for our readers
  • Waiver Wire: Time to start acting quickly

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The waiver wire is providing owners with some interesting options as we roll through Fantasy Week 4. Our Michael Hurcomb shares his take on players you're scouting.
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  • The Reality of This Moment

    Joey Burzynski
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    By Leo Babauta As you sit here reading this, pause and expand your awareness beyond your computer/phone … what is the reality of this moment? You’re reading, and there are a bunch of other tasks you want to do on your computer, yes … but there’s also your body. How does that feel? There’s the area around you, perhaps some people around you. There’s nature nearby. Take a pause to become aware of the actual reality of this particular moment. As we go through our day, we’re often stressed because of all the things we have to do, the things we’re…
  • Confidence in Your Business

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

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

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

    Joey Burzynski
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours running, doing bodyweight exercises, doing Crossfit, playing sports, biking, swimming, and generally doing the craziest kinds of exercises possible. They’re all very good, but for the time that I’ve invested in them, weights are the ones that matter most.
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  • Gleeman and The Geek #142: Moneyballing Offense and Outfield Logjams

    aarongleeman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode featured guest co-host Parker Hageman and topics included the Twins' surprisingly good offense and unsurprisingly bad pitching, claiming Sam Fuld off waivers, Kyle Gibson's upside, Jason Bartlett's retirement, Aaron Hicks running out of time, winning awards from City Pages, what to make of Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco, dating your sister, new podcasts to try, Uber adventures, and blindfolding women on Hennepin Avenue. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 142 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. My…
  • Link-O-Rama

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

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

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

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

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Fashioning his second straight stellar start, Franklin Morales held the Giants to one run in seven innings and made solo homers by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado stand, as the Rockies won for the fifth time in six games, 2-1, at Coors Field on Tuesday night
  • McHugh carves up 12 in dominant Astros debut

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Collin McHugh, called up after Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list, dominated the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday for his first career win, striking out a career-high 12 batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to lead the Astros to a 5-2 victory.
  • Mike D’Antoni no longer considering Marshall job

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Mike D’Antoni no longer considering Marshall job
  • Blue Jays’ bats come alive late to down Orioles

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    The Blue Jays offense broke out in a big way with a trio of three-run homers from Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera in a 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
  • Stellar Wainwright leads Cardinals over Mets

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Adam Wainwright went seven innings, Jon Jay provided the offense and Matt Holliday made a spectacular home run-robbing catch as the Cardinals downed the Mets, 3-0, on Tuesday at Citi Field.
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  • Video Game Review: Trials Fusion

    Herija Green
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Visually, Trials Fusion is a big step up over its predecessors. After releasing a pair of highly regarded Xbox Live Arcade exclusives, RedLynx and Ubisoft are going multi-platform with their latest effort, Trials Fusion. Although added availability is great, the third installment in the Trials series costs more than double the previous ones while maintaining the same core elements. So, is it worth the new price? Let’s take it for a spin and find out. CONTROLS (4.5/5) Simple, tight handling is a staple of past Trials games, and it’s on point once again in Fusion. To be clear, the…
  • 2014 NHL Wire Troll All-Star Team

    Chris Wassel
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Craig Smith (right) had a fine season despite his misuse in Nashville. (Section303.com) By Chris Wassel and RotoRob Wow, is it really over? Yes it is. It’s hard to believe that after over 25 weeks of hard fought Fantasy hockey warfare, the 2013-14 regular season is done. It all seems so final and the reality is, it is. For us, personally, it has been a very successful season as far as most formats. We even had a little luck this season playing Daily Fantasy Sports. This week, we give a final salute to the “All Stars” that truly made your team special. If it were not for…
  • The Wire Troll: George Springer Arrives

    Tim McLeod
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Astros have finally called up George Springer. (Troy Taormina-USA Today Sports) Last week, Houston finally called up George Springer. When you’re coming off a season in which you mashed 37 homers with 108 RBI and 45 stolen bases, you should be plying your trade at the Major League level. Keeping Springer in the minors until June just to avoid his service clock starting is simply not right and this issue is sure to be a hot topic when the new CBA is negotiated in 2016. He’s owned in 93 per cent of CBS leagues, so he won’t be a hot pickup, but if you drafted this young…
  • 2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 65 Prospects, Part III

    RotoRob
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Jake Odorizzi’s opportunity has come at last. (Sportsreelboston.com) The 2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit continues today as we resume our countdown of the Top 65 Prospects. So while Jon Lester continues to turn his season around, let’s review prospects 40 through 31. Prospects 65 through 51 are here. Prospects 50 through 41 are here. Last year’s rankings are in parentheses. 40. Jake Odorizzi, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (27): We liked Odorizzi enough this year to slot him 116th in our Starting Pitcher Rankings. He’ll likely top out as a No. 3 starter once he gets more experience…
  • Video Game Review: 2014 FIFA World Cup

    Mike Chen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The FIFA 14 experience is now dressed up in World Cup duds. Just as EA Sports did in 2010, the video game behemoth is ready to offer a companion piece to the ultra-popular FIFA series with the FIFA World Cup set to take over Brazil in a few weeks. 2014 FIFA World Cup streamlines the series experience, distilling it down to a strict focus on the world’s most popular tournament. But at US$59.99, is it really worth the price of entry? GRAPHICS/SOUND (4.5/5) For the primary FIFA game, resources have to be spread out across teams, leagues, and players. Not so with 2014 FIFA World Cup, as…
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  • G21: Yankees 9, Red Sox 3

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Yankees - 202 040 010 - 9 15 0Red Sox - 000 200 001 - 3 9 2Tanaka (7.1-7-2-0-7, 105) dominated the Red Sox - though David Ortiz and Mike Napoli did hit back-to-back home runs - and Lester (4.2-11-8-4-7, 118) stunk up the joint on a rainy night at Fenway, but this game was also the tale of two strike zones.The unwritten rules of baseball state that rookies with only three games of major league experience have to "prove themselves" before they get the benefit of any doubts from the home plate umpire. Not so tonight. Home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott was more than happy to repeatedly call strikes…
  • G20: Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Orioles - 006 000 010 - 7 10 0Red Sox - 000 030 111 - 6 11 0Boston tried to capture some comeback magic for the second day in a row, but fell just short. Mike Carp grounded out to end the game with the potential tying run at third and the winning run at second.Clay Buchholz (2.1-7-6-1-1, 55) breezed through the first two innings, but allowed five singles to begin the third. After the Red Sox recorded one out on a fielder's choice, a double and another single finished his afternoon.(MLB's game story.)Wei-Yin Chen / Clay BuchholzHolt, 3BPedroia, 2BOrtiz, DHNapoli, 1BGomes, LFBogaerts, SSNava,…
  • G19: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Orioles - 300 011 000 - 5 12 3Red Sox - 000 003 201 - 6 8 0Down 5-0 in the sixth inning, the Red Sox rallied for a dynamic walk-off win thanks to some timely hitting (Jonny Gomes's three-run homer in the sixth) and three Baltimore errors (Boston's final three runs were unearned).Dustin Pedroia scored the winning run with two outs in the ninth when Baltimore left fielder David Lough uncorked a very wild throw to the plate on a shallow line out by Mike Carp. Pedroia wasn't attempting to score on the play, so Lough didn't actually need to throw home, but when the baseball sailed far to the left…
  • Mets Fans Create "Jeter Retirement Barf Bag"

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    The bag states:Directions: Should the sappy and sycophantic musings of Kay, Waldman, Sterling, Francesa, et al regarding the impending retirement of Derek Jeter induce vomiting, open bag rapidly and insert stomach contents. ...WARNING! Repeated exposure to video clips of Jeter's last 2 truly great plays may cause nausea and vomiting ("the flip" vs Oakland in 2001 and "the dive" vs Boston 2004 – note the years)Should vomiting occur for more than 4 hours, please console yourself with the thought that were it not for the Alex Rodriguez stellar/drug enhanced performances in the 2009 postseason,…
  • G18: Red Sox 4, Orioles 2

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Orioles - 100 001 000 - 2 5 1Red Sox - 100 100 20x - 4 6 1Brock Holt's triple scored Mike Carp, snapping a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. Then Holt scored an insurance run on Jonathan Herrera's bunt down the first base line.David Ortiz hit a solo home run down the right field line in the fourth. ... Ortiz and Pedroia each had two hits and a run scored. ... Doubront (6.2-5-2-2-7, 107) was followed by Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara.Felix Doubront / Bud NorrisSizemore, RFPedroia, 2BOrtiz, DHNapoli, 1BCarp, LFRoss, CHolt, 3BHerrera, SSBradley, CFHappy 24th birthday, Jackie Bradley! ... Xander…
 
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  • Early Promise, Early Delivery?: NL Rookies Poised to Make an Impact Right Away

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

    Update: NYM -- Jose Valverde is out and Kyle Farnsworth is in as the Mets closer for now, according to GM Terry Collins. Valverde had been shaky all week, and his blown save against the Braves yesterday was apparently the last straw. Farnsworth is a bit of an upgrade, probably, but he's no lock to keep the job all season, either. (4/20/2014)
  • Prospects on the Rise...

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

    These prospects have moved down in our composite rankings recently: Erik Johnson (#76)... Jeurys Familia (#218)... Donn Roach (#392)... Stefen Romero (#480)... See our detailed prospect rankings for more info. (4/22/2014)
  • Camp-Breaking Rookies Earn MLB Spots: Hey Kid, You're Up!

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

    Callum Hughson
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    In the National Post’s 10 questions about the upcoming seasonI was asked who will have a better year at the plate: Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion?  This was my answer: A difficult question to be sure. All things being equal, I anticipate that the younger Encarnacion will have a better year at the plate — unless Jose Bautista is able to put to rest his ongoing feud with MLB umpires. Since the publication of that article, I’ve been asked a few times what exactly I meant by Jose Bautista’s feud with umpires and how would ending the feud impact Bautista’s offensive…
  • The Premature Post-mortem of the 2014 Blue Jays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    It’s pronounced ‘Gor-Don’ Among the heart of the team’s order, only Alex Gordon is performing up to expectations, with a reasonable .294/.329/.441 slash line and a 114 OPS+. Billy Butler has one extra-base hit, Eric Hosmer has four, and neither has hit a home run. Salvador Perez is batting .095 in his last 10 games. Mike Moustakas has a .492 OPS. The picture is not pretty. The power outage is the reason behind the team’s 9-9 start, general manager Dayton Moore believes. But it also sustains his belief in his team’s talent. We’ll let him explain, as he did in a telephone…
  • Josh Lueke Is A Rapist, You Say? Keep Saying It.

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    But during that Saturday night game, DRaysBay.com editor Erik Hahmann suggested that enough was enough. “It gets brought up every game by some ####### on twitter,” he tweeted. What ensued was a discussion, largely made up of male writers and fans, about the etiquette of reminding people that Lueke raped a woman.
  • Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseball’s Best Young Position-Player Duo Ever

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    With all the (deserved) hype surrounding Trout and Harper, I was wondering how the duo compares to other concurrent 22-or-under pairs of position players in the history of baseball. To answer that question, I looked at the most productive two non-pitchers age 22 or below in a given season, based on the combined number of wins above replacement they’d generated in the previous two seasons. ... By that standard, Trout and Harper are the most productive young duo in baseball history. ... If we’re looking to give extra weight to No. 2s, ensuring that both players in a pair have great stats…
  • Twitter / msimonespn: Who is hitting the ball hard ...

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This is a list you don’t want to top. Run Segura, run!
  • The Baseball Equivalent of Hitting on 16 | FanGraphs Baseball

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    With his history in Seattle, it’s tough not to view Tony Blengino’s criticisms of the Mariners as axe grinding.This article is not meant to pick on Lloyd McClendon or the Mariners in general. It could have been any number of managers or clubs – it just happened to be this one that did all of these things repeatedly in a single weekend, and lost more than one game as a direct result. Managers have the hardest job in baseball, in my opinion, and game strategy comprises a very small percentage of it. Managers are hired to be leaders of men, who are in this case often millionaires many…
 
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    Bloguin

  • FX's 'Fargo' Will Surprise You

    Ian Casselberry
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    When I learned that FX was creating a series based on the movie Fargo, my reaction wasn’t enthusiastic. The Coen brothers’ 1996 film is a classic, nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and resulting in Oscar wins for Frances McDormand (Best Actress) and Joel and Ethan Coen (Best Original Screenplay). Most importantly, the story — involving a bungled kidnapping plot and ensuing homicides investigated by a small-town police chief — had a very clear arc. There was nothing open-ended about the ending that might lead one to think “I wouldn’t mind seeing where else…
  • The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 22nd edition)

    Joe Lucia
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    There were some wild walk off this week, from closer collapses to grand slams to awful defense. A little bit of everything, I guess. April 16th, Mariners vs Rangers – Rodney goes down. Texas was down 2-0 going into the bottom of the eighth after not being able to do anything against Felix Hernandez all game. They broke through for one (charged to a gassed Hernandez) in that inning, and walked it off in the ninth against Fernando Rodney thanks to a single, a walk, an error, a wild pitch, and a single – all with two outs. April 16th, Athletics vs Angels – letting it slip away.
  • College Football’s future in a unionized world

    Andrew Coppens
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Later this week the world of college football (and college sports in general) changes in a major way. Not only will the NCAA Board of Governors vote on proposed autonomy for the “Power 5″ conferences on Thursday, but the first ever college players union vote will take place at Northwestern just 24 hours later. It’s a scary time for all, with so much unknown until those two votes take place. However, we luckily have brought back the trusted “Crystal Ball” here at CBR and we have the answers to the biggest question out there — What will college football look like…
  • Darren Rovell Twitter suspension?

    Matt Yoder
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Sunday night, ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell again found himself in the middle of a social media storm after an insensitive tweet about a fan sitting courtside at a Chicago Bulls playoff game.  Although he deleted the tweet, you can see it below as it has been saved for posterity. Rovell later apologized for the tweet… I apologize for using poor judgment in my last tweet. It was insensitive. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 21, 2014 And then a funny thing happened, the one man in sports most synonymous with Twitter stopped tweeting.  Darren Rovell hasn’t…
  • 10 Biggest draft expert misses in NFL history

    Brad Gagnon
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The NFL draft takes place in just two weeks, which means we’re about to get some severely exaggerated scouting reports from so-called experts in the field of draftology. In light of that, we figured we’d take a fond look back at some of the most epic scouting report blunders from the pundits of the draft world. To be clear, we aren’t really intending to rip on these poor souls in charge of prognosticating the unprognosticatable. The draft is a bloody crapshoot, and we all know it. But there’s a market for draft experts simply because fans have an insatiable appetite…
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  • Albert Pujols 500th Home Run

    TheNaturalMevs
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    [Box Score] Any time someone joins the 500 home run club, it’s a historic event in baseball. It just has to make the blog. And tonight, Albert Pujols became the 26th member of the club with a tape-measure shot in Washington, off poor Taylor Jordan, soon to be DFA’d pitcher. We were watching live. Well, almost. MLB.tv had it’s usual lag going. But we’ve already covered that. Pujols has withstood the test of time, and he deserves his place among the all-time greats who have played this game. It just seems like he has been doing what he did tonight for a long, long time…
  • Scouting Yasiel Puig: 4/20/2014

    TheNaturalMevs
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    At bat #1 vs. RHP Collmenter: (Following Gonzalez double) Takes 87 fastball up and in for a ball. Takes 87 fastball catcher set up inside for a strike. Fouls away 87 fastball middle to outside – looked as if he did not get his arms fully extended on this pitch down the middle. Check swing on 87 fastball high. Fouls 88 middle fastball straight back. Swing and a miss (strikes out) on an 88 fastball away off the outside corner. Playing Right Field, LHB Montero hits a ball down the line, Puig fields the ball along the RF wall, short crowhop and short arm throw arrives at second base in time…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Happy MLB Season Saturday to all. This is a celebratory day on this blog and just in life. It’s a perfect day outside so you might want to harness up the dog and take him out for a walk between innings if your team isn’t hitting. Saturday is the greatest day of all and a Saturday in the spring when the sun is shining is the best day to celebrate baseball. Here’s a no-hitter from almost 30 years ago from a guy you’ve never heard of back in April of ’87, thrown by Juan Nieves of the Brewers: Thank you for your continued support of Diamond Hoggers.
  • MLB.TV is a broken mess this year

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

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

  • Dean Anna Has Big At-Bat As Yankees Earn a Series Split

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    When Derek Jeter led off the top of the 11th with a single against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Heath Bell, the wheels started turning. The Yankees pitching had, in contrast to the past two days, done a fantastic job. Save for a Brian Roberts error, they would most likely have had a shut out. On the other side, the Rays pitching had also been terrific. It was time to play for one run.With Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano coming up next, what would Joe Girardi do? Set up a hit and run, hoping to move Jeter from 1st to 3rd? Let Beltran take a few pitches and see if Jeter could get a good read off…
  • Last Night Proves Triple Play Is Sabathia's Best Friend

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

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

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

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    This episode of the podcast is devoted to a recap of the Yankees first 13 games of the season, as well as a preview, of sorts, of what's to come:Leave your comments below or email me at ladybatting@gmail.com with your feedback. You can also hit me up on Twitter at @LadyWriting.Next episode, next month.  Enjoy, and, as always, thanks for listening!
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  • Tanaka leads Yankees to 9-3 win over Red Sox in series opener at Fenway

    Michael Axisa
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    That win was much easier than the last one. The Yankees jumped out to early lead against the Red Sox on Tuesday night before piling on in the middle innings and walking away with a 9-3 win in the series opener. (Jared Wickerham/Getty) Early Runs This game started almost exactly like I hoped it would: with a Jacoby Ellsbury ground-rule triple. Well, kinda. He ripped a two-strike pitch from Jon Lester to dead center field that some idiot reached over the wall and tried the grab. The guy almost fell onto the field. He was reaching out pretty far. Anyway, the ball hit the guy’s hands and…
  • Judge and Bichette continue to rake in losses

    Michael Axisa
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Got some notes to pass along: RHP Ty Hensley threw a bullpen session today, according to his Twitter feed. He missed all of last year after having surgery on both hips, and he’s been slowed by a hernia early this year. Not sure how long he’s been throwing off a mound. RHP Shane Greene will make his first start of the season with Triple-A Scranton on Thursday. He’s been up and down a few times and hasn’t pitched much. Also, IF Zelous Wheeler (back) is close to returning. [Donnie Collins] And finally, here is Keith Law’s write-up on last night’s Low-A…
  • Game 20: Tanaka takes Fenway

    Michael Axisa
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    (Presswire) This game is a Very Big Deal. Or at least that’s what we’ll hear all night (and all series, really) because it is Masahiro Tanaka‘s first career start in Fenway Park. Everything is bigger when it comes to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and acting like mid-April games are more meaningful than they really are is part of it. It’s kind of annoying but whatever. Annoying if the Yankees lose, anyway. David Robertson is back off the 15-day DL and he will be a huge boost to a bullpen that was started to get a little exposed late last week. Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren…
  • Surgery recommended for Ivan Nova following second opinion

    Michael Axisa
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    After being re-evaluated by team doctor Dr. Ahmad on Monday, surgery has been recommended for Ivan Nova‘s partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, the Yankees announced. An MRI arthrogram confirmed the original diagnosis. Nova, 27, left Saturday’s start with a sore elbow and initial tests revealed the partial UCL tear. Rest and rehab never seems to work, and once the ligament starts tearing, Tommy John surgery becomes inevitable. Now that it has been officially recommended by the team doctor, it’s just a matter of setting a date and going under the knife. The procedure will…
  • 4/22-4/24 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Michael Axisa
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    (Presswire) For the second time in a little more than a week, the Yankees and Red Sox meet for what is sure to be a tense, time-consuming, over-hyped, and over-analyzed series. This time the scene shifts to Boston and Fenway Park. The Yankees won three of four from their rivals in the Bronx the weekend before last. This will be Jacoby Ellsbury‘s first trip back to Boston since signing with New York. What Have They Done Lately? Since these two teams last met, the Red Sox took two of three from the White Sox and split a four-game series with the Orioles. They are 9-11 with a -6 run…
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    Mister Baseball

  • Results Italian Baseball League April 18&19, 2014

    philipp
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    In the Italian Baseball League the first half of the inner-division regular season is in the books. In Group A T&A San Marino lost both games against Unipol Bologna to drop to 2-4 for the season. The Godo Knights swept Tommasin Padova. In Group B Rimini defeated Nettuno 2 in both ends of the two-game set. Nettuno split against Parma. Next up is interdivision play between the teams of the two divisions. Results: Friday, April 18, 2014: San Marino – Bologna 0-2 Padova – Godo 2-3 Rimini – Nettuno 2 13-0 (7) Nettuno – Parma 1-8 Saturday, April 19, 2014: Bologna – San Marino 9-7 Godo…
  • Results Dutch Hoofdklasse Baseball April 17 to 20, 2014

    philipp
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Dutch Hoofdklasse opened the 2014 season last weekend with a fresh set of three-game series. Defending champion DOOR Neptunus was led by pitchers Diegomar Markwell, Orlando Yntema and Floris Timmer in three shutouts over the ADO Lakers. Thanks to six one-hit innings of Elton Koeiman and two RBI apiece of Kevin Dirksen and Remco Draijer the Vaessen Pioniers won their debut in their new Park 21 ballpark against Mr. Cocker HCAW on Sunday. The Pioniers scored five runs in the opening frame in their new home. Results: Thursday, April 17, 2014: DOOR Neptunus – ADO Lakers 9-0 Mr. Cocker HCAW…
  • Results German Baseball-Bundesliga April 19 to 21, 2014

    philipp
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    In the German Baseball-Bundesliga the third game day was played through Easter Weekend. The Solingen Alligators remain the lone undefeated team in the league with 10-1 victories over the Dohren Wild Farmers, which saw Dominik Wulf returning to the field. In the south the Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg split against the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe. Andrew Smith capped a comeback 9-7 win with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth for the Heidekoepfe on Monday. The Bonn Capitals saw Maurice Wilhelm collecting ten RBI including a grand slam en route to a sweep over the Dortmund…
  • Results Belgian First Division April 19, 2014

    philipp
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    In the Belgian First Division the Namur Angels entered the competition with a pair of losses to the Mortsel Stars. The Brasschaat Braves and the Borgerhout Squirrels, last year’s powerhouses, cruised to sweeps over the Deurne Spartans and the Merchtem Cats. Results: Saturday, April 19, 2014: Brasschaat Braves – Deurne Spartans 17-2 Brasschaat Braves – Deurne Spartans 14-4 Merchtem Cats – Borgerhout Squirrels 0-6 Merchtem Cats - Borgerhout Squirrels 3-29 Namur Angels – Mortsel Stars 0-7 Namur Angels – Mortsel Stars 4-15
  • Results French Division I April 20, 2014

    philipp
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    In the French Division I two re-scheduled doubleheaders were played on Sunday. The Templiers Senart stunned the Rouen Huskies with a pair of 5-4 victories. The Montpellier Barracudas took two wins from Paris UC, the second in 12 innings. Results: Sunday, April 20, 2014: Senart – Rouen 5-4 Senart – Rouen 5-4 Paris – Montpellier 5-6 Paris – Montpellier 4-5 (12)
 
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    BaseballGB

  • BGB Fantasy League 2014: Week Three

    Mark George
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    JJ’s Beck ‘Nams took top spot in the Baseball GB fantasy league last week. Are they still leading the way after Week Three?   Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Northfleet Knights 32 6 24 1 .266 .799 4 3 47 0 2.66 1.24 10 Angels of Ash Vale 29 2 13 5 .248 .612 2 2 42 1 3.86 1.33 2 We begin with the biggest winners of the week, as the Knights thumped the Angels 10-2. The hitters and pitchers each took five categories, with Myers hitting two homers, Goldschmidt, Pedroia and Bautista each scoring six runs. Shields and Alex Wood both pitched well, but Aaron Harang…
  • MLB this Week: TEX-OAK, Scherzer and Colon

    Matt Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    There are 12 games this working week that are scheduled to start before midnight, U.K. time. The week starts with the traditional early game at Fenway Park on Patriots Day, which will be an emotional occasion on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy. After a break on Tuesday we have a batch of games on Wednesday highlighted by a clash between the top two teams in the AL West, the Rangers and A’s. With Martin Perez and Sonny Gray being the probable starting pitchers, it should be an exciting game. ‘Get-away’ Thursday offers six day-games including a Max…
  • Weekly Hit Ground Ball: Precious Porter

    Matt Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    Those fabled old ‘unwritten rules’ of baseball frequently come along and cause confusion. Houston Astros manager Bo Porter’s reaction this week to what he perceived to be a breach of the code by the Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie was one of the more bizarre of recent years. The A’s had jumped on Astros starter Jarred Cosart for seven runs in the first inning on Friday night and Porter decided to try to stop the bleeding by putting a defensive shift on with Lowrie stepping into the batter’s box. The A’s infielder saw the shift and attempted to beat it by laying down a bunt. Lowrie was…
  • British Baseball Beat: Season openers

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

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

  • Spain: Defending Champs Tenerife Marlins Leading Division de Honor

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

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

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

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

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

  • A's Pummel Pineiro at Papago Park

    Arizona Phil
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Gabriel Santana drove-in four runs with two RBI doubles and an RBI single and Scott Masik doubled twice, walked, scored three runs, and knocked in two more, helping the Athletics thrash Joel Pineiro and the Cubs 10-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #2 (AKA "Connie Mack Field") at the Papago Park Baseball Facility in Phoenix, AZ. Tags: Cubs Extended Spring Training. Joel Pineiro
  • Baby Jordan Goes Yard at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Rashad Crawford walloped a game-tying solo home run over the RF fence in the bottom of the 6th and Luis Hernandez threw three innings of shutout relief, as the Cubs and Diamondbacks played to a 1-1 tie on Field #5, and Carlos Hernandez tossed four innings of one-hit shutout ball and combined with four D'back relievers to blank the Cubs 2-0 on Field #6, in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training split-squad doubleheader played this morning at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingRashad CrawfordTrevor…
  • Easter Funnies: Edwin Jackson Won!

    CubbyBlue
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Happy Easter.I mean, I guess Edwin Jackson won.I gotta check my sources...hang on...
  • Shamil Ubiera Alles

    Arizona Phil
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Shamil Ubiera hammered three doubles and a single, scored two runs, and collected four RBI, Varonex Cuevas drilled an RBI single, doubled, drew two walks, and scored a run, and Bryant Flete reached base four times on three singles and a walk and scored a run, as the Cubs thumped the Rockies 9-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Ubiera had three hits (a single, a double, and a triple) against the Giants yesterday, so in two games over a period of two…
  • 2014 Cubs Extended Spring Training Roster (updated 4/19)

    Arizona Phil
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING (73 players are at EXST - 61 players are ACTIVE) Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingCubs Minor League Rosters
 
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    About.com Baseball

  • Albert Pujols is returning to form

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    If you took Albert Pujols in the fourth or fifth round of your fantasy baseball draft, you're feeling pretty good this morning. OK, it's Easter and there is chocolate all over the house, so of course you're pretty pumped. But The Machine is feeling pretty festive, too....Read Full Post
  • Can Jose Reyes stay healthy?

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    In 2012, the first year of Jose Reyes' six-year, $106 million contract with the newly named Miami Marlins, the shortstop played in 160 games. That season, he stole 40 bases, hit 11 homers and drove in 57 runs. He wasn't vintage Jose Reyes -- the player who was so sensational from 2006-08 -- but he was pretty darn good....Read Full Post
  • Are the Brewers for real?

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

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

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Jim Johnson led Major League Baseball with 50 saves in 2012. A year later, he tied Craig Kimbrel -- the best stopper in the game -- for the MLB lead with 51 saves....Read Full Post
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • 2014 MLB Predictions: Tanaka, Jeter, Trout & Harper

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

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

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

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

    Lenny Neslin
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:22 am
    Of course, we won't know for sure if the Mariners overpaid for Robinson Cano until 2023, but ESPN's Tim Kurkjian reminds us that big contracts for older players don't usually pan out.Seeing Cano wearing an M's cap so soon was tough to take, but this video should help fans deal with the pain.
 
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  • April 22nd in baseball history: National League begins play

    BTGrimes
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Start of something good PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA | APRIL 22, 1876  - The National League played its first game on this date in 1876. The Boston Red Stockings (current Atlanta Braves) beat the Philadelphia Athletics (long since defunct) 6 to 5. The NL became known as the Senior Circuit because it existed for 25 years before the American League entered the picture. The National League was started by several teams from the National Association, which basically went belly-up with the birth of the NL. The new league went through many changes in its first few seasons. Some teams…
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  • Yankees Fans: Do you want to WIN $100 in ticket credit?

    Kate Conroy
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Calling all New York Yankees Fans!! Tiq IQ  wants you to WIN $100 in Ticket Credit towards purchasing your next Yankees game tickets.   (more…) © Kate for Lady Loves Pinstripes, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: The post Yankees Fans: Do you want to WIN $100 in ticket credit? appeared first on Lady Loves Pinstripes.
  • Yankees: Robbie Cano don’cha remember

    Kate Conroy
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Robinson Cano (Photo credit: Keith Allison) With the New York Yankees getting some well-deserved rest after splitting a long, and sometimes painful four game set against the Rays, it seemed like the perfect moment to check in on one of their ex-teammates who now plays in Seattle. Yes, I am talking about Robinson Cano, don’cha know? You remember the Yankees homegrown, All-Star, second baseman that decided a decade of losing as a Mariners was better for him than more seven years and being a Yankee his entire career. No doubt, at first I was pretty angry when the Yankees presented a…
  • Yankees: Team players do not pitch hurt

    Kate Conroy
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Ivan Nova (Photo credit: Keith Allison) As you already know, baseball is a team sport. The greatest teams are made up of players who keep their egos in check by setting aside personal desires, and living by the motto, whatever it takes to make the team better. This means putting the team first by simply asking one question every time you have to make a decision. What is in the best interest of the team? For example if something doesn’t feel right it is a player’s obligation to speak up so he doesn’t jeopardize his team’s chances of winning. No doubt nobody is perfect, but if something…
  • Yankees: Tropicana Field beat down starts tonight

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

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

    Cork Gaines
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    David Price had the closest of close calls tonight when he took a Joe Mauer line drive off the groin. Luckily for Price, he was wearing a cup. Here is the hit, which came one pitch after Price gave up a home run. Here is another angle. If there was any doubt where the ball hit, all you had to do was ask Price. Or ask Mauer. Or listen to the sound. Price was clearly relieved. And everybody had a good laugh. © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Tailgating Game 20: Rays (9-10) Vs Twins (9-9)

    Cork Gaines
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Playing A Little Pepper… Juan Carlos Oviedo was activated from the DL after he arrived late to camp because of visa issues. Oviedo has not pitched in a regular season game since 2011…Hak-Ju Lee was activated from the triple-A disabled list…Kyle Gibson is on the mound tonight for the Twins. He has faced the Rays just once, giving up 4 runs in 6 innings with 3 Ks and 4 walks…David Price faced the Twins just once in 2013, giving up 2 runs in 6.1 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 3. Price owns the Twins’ Joe Mauer, who is just 1-13 in the last 5 years against the…
  • [THE HANGOVER] Discussing An Extra-Inning Loss, A Series Split, Joe Maddon Throwing Shade

    Cork Gaines
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Yankees 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Bullpen. Yes, there was an implosion in the 12th inning. But let’s take a moment to praise what came before that. Specifically, the top 3 in the ‘pen (Grant Balfour, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta) combined to throw 4.2 perfect innings, striking out 5. There is no 12th inning without those guys…Wil Myers Glove. Yes, there was the odd play in which Myers caught a ball off the wall. But the better play was his running grab…
  • Evan Longoria Murdered A Baseball To Set Rays Home Run Record

    Cork Gaines
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    The Rays are all over Ivan Nova tonight hitting three home runs in the first three innings. The third came off the bat of Evan Longoria, his 164th career home run, breaking Carlos Pena’s franchise record. And oh boy, did he absolutely kill the baseball (if GFY is not working, there is a GIF below)… Here’s the GIF. Wil Myers also hit his first home run of the season, which also means it’s our first bat flip of the season. We missed you, Wil Myers Bat Flip. © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | 8 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
  • Tailgating Game 18: Rays (8-9) Vs Yankees (10-7)

    Cork Gaines
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Playing A Little Pepper… After last night’s game, Brad Boxberger was sent back to Durham and lefty CJ Riefenhauser was called up. Boxberger pitched 2 huge innings last night and may have been the biggest factor in the Rays’ comeback. The demotion was probably more about him pitching 3 innings in 3 days and needing a couple of days off. With 2 more games against the Yankees, a team that makes opposing pitchers throw a lot of pitches, Joe Maddon probably wanted the extra depth. Riefenhauser, who is from a suburb just north of New York City, will make his big league debut…
 
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  • Game 20: David Price Goes The Distance As Rays Beat Twins 7-3

    Thomas Swan
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Coming into the game against the Minnesota Twins, David DeJesus had just one hit in his last twenty-six at-bats. One can hope tonight was a slump buster for DeJesus. He went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and seemed to have the weight of the world lifted off of his shoulders. The Rays, as a team, […]Game 20: David Price Goes The Distance As Rays Beat Twins 7-3 - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Richie Shaffer Hitting His Way Back Into the Rays’ Future

    Robbie Knopf
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    All it took was one year for Richie Shaffer to go from the Tampa Bay Rays’ first baseman of the future to a serious question mark. Touted as an advanced prospect after the Rays selected him in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Shaffer’s first season at full-season ball was a disaster as […]Richie Shaffer Hitting His Way Back Into the Rays’ Future - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Looking at the Early-Season Results From 2013 Rays Playing Elsewhere

    Robbie Knopf
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Tampa Bay Rays had a momentous 2013 offseason. They had several impending free agents, and they were able to retain one major one, James Loney. They did not trade David Price, they signed David DeJesus to an extension, and they also brought back Grant Balfour as a free agent. Then there were the trades. […]Looking at the Early-Season Results From 2013 Rays Playing Elsewhere - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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  • Vinci Products Available on Dick’s Sporting Goods’ website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric Bynum
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    The schedule for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week has been announced. The tournament kicks off with the USA facing off with Japan. Day 2 has a full schedule of games with all four teams playing kicking off with the USA taking on Chinese Taipei. The last game of Day 2 features the host Netherlands taking on Japan. The four team tournament has each team facing each other twice before the each team is reseeded and a single elimination tournament begins on Day 9. The ten day tournament ends with the championship game on July 20th. Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result: 11-07-2014…
 
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  • 1949 Bowman Baseball Wantlist (Updated April 19, 2014)

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    This post tracks progress on my low-grade 1949 Bowman baseball set. Some collectors call it the ugly duckling of post-WWII issues, given its stark (and probably cheap) hand-tinted colors over black-and-white photos, but it also broke ground in set size (240 players) and featured plenty of stars, most notably New York's Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants.1949 Bowman #50, Jackie Robinson (his first Bowman card)Ron Hobbs noted Bowman printing sheets had space for 252 cards, but "reprinted" a dozen players from earlier series, so numbering stops at #240. Stock and design variations push the master set…
  • 1922 T85 Strollers Tobacco Actors & Actresses #5, Barbara La Marr

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

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

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

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    This post tracks progress on my Good-to-VG set of 1971 O-Pee-Chee's low series (#1-523). While the set's complete by number, I'm upgrading several of its Poor-Fair cards to "intact," with no paper loss, trimming, writing. (Creases and other handling wear are fine.) Comment here or email if you've got some hits to trade!NEED # 54 (checklist 1), 100 (Rose), 234, 280, 344, 357, 428, 455 1971 represents O-Pee-Chee's first push for a real Canadian identity. Montreal-based card editors shaped the set to better serve local fans, so several things stand out from past adaptations of Topps' own…
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  • New York Mets, Curtis Granderson Still Can’t Get It Going Offensively

    Dan Marsiglia
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Getty Images The New York Mets were completely lifeless at the plate Tuesday night, failing to score a run in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of an old enemy, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets’ offense is completely horrendous. There isn’t anywhere they can turn for pop up and down their lineup. David Wright is obviously their best hitter, but he doesn’t exactly knock the ball out of the ballpark every other day. He also isn’t offered any protection. Why? Curtis Granderson hits behind Wright on most nights, and Granderson can’t get out of his own way. The…
  • Matt Harvey Becoming a Distraction for New York Mets

    Paul Festa
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey celebrated the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery by tweeting a picture of himself making a hand gesture on the day of his surgery. And he wasn’t displaying his new curveball grip. The Mets asked Harvey to delete the tweet, according to the team’s public relations director, Jay Horwitz. Harvey ultimately made the decision to delete his entire Twitter account. Thus ends (for now) a tumultuous stint on the social media site for Harvey, which he used at times to argue with his critics in the media. Harvey has…
  • New York Mets’ Matt Harvey Needs To Stop Acting Like A Rebel

    Luis Tirado Jr.
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Getty Images Matt Harvey sure loves to create controversy. Whether he didn’t want to come out of a game due to a bloody nose or proclaim he wants to take over where Derek Jeter left off in New York, Harvey likes to go against the grain. While most appreciate his passion and desire to win, sometimes you just have to stay quiet and let the performance on the field speak for itself. After the Tommy John surgery that effectively sidelined him for the rest of this season, Harvey refused to listen to medical advice given to him by both Dr. James Andrews and the medical staff of the New York…
  • Curtis Granderson’s Offensive Struggles Should Not Surprise New York Mets

    James O'Hare
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Getty Images OF Curtis Granderson should start spelling his name Kurtis so it has a “K” in it. Doing so would greater reflect the type of hitter he’s become. In 2007, Granderson became the seventh member of the 20-20-20 club while batting .308 for the Detroit Tigers. Those days are long gone. After a trade to the New York Yankees before the 2010 season, that short porch in right field was too tempting for him to continue hitting line drives. Instead, he adopted more of an all-or-nothing approach that resulted in a home run or a strikeout. This past offseason, the New York Mets signed…
  • Batting Curtis Granderson Second Makes The New York Mets’ Lineup Worse

    Tyler Ruby
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    William Perlman-USA TODAY Sports A few days ago, I wrote how Curtis Granderson should not be the New York Mets‘ cleanup hitter, and the following day, Terry Collins felt the same way. The problem with that is Collins moved Granderson up to the second spot in the lineup, which arguably makes the batting order even worse. What does a team want from a hitter slotted in the second spot? They want a guy who can get on base, work the count and accompany the leadoff hitter by moving him into scoring position. Granderson doesn’t do that. In fact, there are a handful of guys who should be…
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    Diet and Weight Loss Supplement Information

  • How Garcinia Cambogia Works In South Africa

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

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

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

    Wesley
    15 Jan 2014 | 3:29 pm
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  • Garcinia Cambogia In South Africa For Fanatical Weight Loss

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

  • Atlantic City Surf Pitcher Drafted Pick Before Steve Finley

    independentbaseball
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What 1998 Newark Bears and Atlantic City Surf pitcher was drafted the pick before future All-Star Steve Finley in the 1986 MLB June draft? Answer: John Barfield.  Finley was drafted by the Braves.  He would re-enter … 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 All-Time HR Leader

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    21 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who holds the record for most home runs in Sioux Falls Canaries history? Answer: Felix Pagan http://sfcanaries.com/the-canaries/team-records/ 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.
  • Gary Southshore RailCats Player Bubba Carpenter’s First Name

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    20 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What is the given name for 2002-2003 Gary SouthShore RailCats player Bubba Carpenter? Answer: Charles http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/carpebu01.shtml Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give … 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.
  • 1995 St. Paul Saints Pitcher Who Had MLB Win On July 4 1994

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    19 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What 1995 St. Paul Saints pitcher got his second and last MLB win on July 4, 1994 with two scoreless innings for the Colorado Rockies? Answer: Bruce Walton http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN199407042.shtml Please support this site: if you need … 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.
  • Former Buffalo Bills Player Working Out With Somerset Patriots

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kevin McGuire
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Sara McGuire was a big Phillies fan, and Cliff Lee was probably her favorite Phillies player if I had to guess. Monday night’s game in Los Angeles is one I know my grandmother would have fallen asleep too early in the game, but it was one I know she would have enjoyed immensely if she got the chance to watch it. Lee was given a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as the four-game series against the Dodgers opened up on the west coast. Carlos Ruiz drove in the two runs for his first RBI of the season with a double down the right field line. Lee shook off some rust in the first inning but…
  • The new RBI Baseball game is more realistic than you think

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    JESSE SHERMAN After dropping a tight 1-0 ball game to start the weekend, the Big Red lightened the mood at Hoy Field by bringing players, fans, and families together for the annual Senior Day ceremonies. The Big Red coaching staff stood along the 3rd base line awaiting to shake the hands of the seniors who have put countless hours into turning the Cornell baseball program around over their years on East Hill. Cornell home run king Chris Cruz, Jimmy Sikorski, Ryan Plantier, Connor Kaufmann, and captains Tom D’Alessandro and Ben Swinford were honored for their efforts on the sunny…
  • A Sit-Down with Coach Walk: The State of the Big Red

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Baseball is a sport rich in history and prone to pageantry. Each new season affords teams the opportunity to reflect and embrace their heritage while writing their franchise's next chapter. Oftentimes, this involves recognizing a significant milestone… read more...
 
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  • Czech Republic: Eagles Soar Past Kotlarka Prague

    Featured Writer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Eagles Prague rebounded from Wednesday’s 5-4 setback to Kotlarka Prague with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday to grab sole possession of the top spot in the Czech Extraleague. Eagles Prague southpaw Boris Bokaj (Jan Beneš) Matej Hejma and Petr Zyma both homered to help the Eagles claim a 5-4 victory in the twin bill opening game. Tomas Duffek (3-0) scattered two earned runs over five-plus innings to notch his third win of the season. Zyma paced a 13-hit attack with another long ball and five hits as the Eagles cruised to a 9-3 victory in the second contest. Jan Homolka drove in two…
  • NPB: Yomiuri Giants Sign Cuban Slugger Frederich Cepeda

    Featured Writer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    The Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) have announced the signing of Cuban outfielder Frederich Cepeda to a one-year contract. Cuban outfielder Frederich Cepeda (BaseballdeCuba.com) The Central League powerhouse and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement to allow Cepeda to join the Giants. The 34-year-old slugger will be paid 150 million yen ($1.46 million) with a 50 million yen ($487,000) signing bonus. “It has been my dream to play baseball in Japan,” Cepeda said in a statement released by the Giants. “That dream has become reality, and I am…
  • Junior Baseball Leagues in Japan Implement Pitching Guidelines

    Baseball Avenue
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Five Junior Baseball Leagues of Junior High School Students (15U category) coordinated by Japan Amateur Baseball Association (JABA) decided to jointly introduce new pitching guidelines starting from 2014 season and for full implementation in 2015. The new regulations includes the following: 1. Each pitcher cannot pitch more than seven innings a day and total of 10 innings in two consecutive days. A pitcher who pitched two games or more in a day, and a pitcher who pitched total of more than five innings in two consecutive days cannot pitch or play catcher on the following day. Fraction of an…
  • France: Senart Templiers Edges Rouen Huskies Twice

    Featured Writer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    The Senart Templiers pulled off a pair of upset wins over the Rouen Huskies to get back into the title hunt in the French Division I action on Sunday. Senart plated three runs in the opening frame and survived a late rally by the defending champion to escape with a 5-4 victory in the first game. Senart knocked off Rouen twice on Sunday. (Senart Templiers) Jacques Boucheron drove in two scores and Jonathan Mottay (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits over five-plus innings to notch the win. The Templiers finished off the twin bill with another 5-4 victory in the second clash. Florian Peyrichou…
  • Belgium: Brasschaat Braves and Borgerhout Squirrels Remain Unbeaten

    Featured Writer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    The Brasschaat Braves and the Borgerhout Squirrels stayed perfect in the Belgian First Division this past weekend Brasschaat Braves open title defense with a 4-0 start. (Yves Marien) with a pair of lopsided victories. Both squads, which met in last year’s Belgian championship series, have identical 4-0 cards. The Braves are the reigning titleholder and crushed the winless Deurne Spartans 17-2 and 14-4, while the Squirrels roughed up the Merchtem Cats, 6-0 and 29-3. The Mortsel Stars captured two wins over the Namur Angels, 7-0 and 15-4, to move into sole possession of second-place with…
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  • Baseball Home Plate Covers

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

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

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

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

    Chuck Louer
    6 Jan 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Baseball Mound Cover The pitcher’s mound is one of the most used parts of a baseball playing field. This is one of the areas of a playing field that needs to be protected by a baseball mound cover when it rains during or before a game. The pitcher stands on the mound and pitches the ball towards the catcher hoping the batter does not hit the ball. The pitcher is one of the most important players in the game. If the pitcher is pitching a good game, the other team will score very few runs. The goal of a pitcher is to strike out the batter. The more strike outs he gets, the fewer runs the…
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  • Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 4/21-4/24

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:50 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 21 2014, 1 p.m.@PhilabaseballThe storyline: After dropping two of three in Denver the Phillies open a four-game set at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. Game 1 - Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00) vs. Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97)Game 2 - A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93)Game 3 - Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00) vs. Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42)Game 4 - Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60) vs. Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16)Phillies notes: 8-10, 5th place in NL East ... In four career starts at Dodger Stadium, left-hander Cliff Lee is 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA (5 ER, 30.1 IP)…
  • Phillies bats remain silent; Rockies take series with 3-1 win

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m.@PhilabaseballThe Phillies recent offensive struggles have reached historic proportions.Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field marked the fourth consecutive game the Phillies failed to collect an extra-base hit - a mark that that hadn't been matched since 1968."We are a much better team than this," said outfielder Ben Revere. "We need to take better approaches and be patient at the plate."Revere finished 0-for-4 on Saturday and is hitting .130 (3-for-23) since April 9."We're going to really explode and we're going to go…
  • Pettibone shelled as Rockies pummel Phillies at Coors

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 19, 1:00 a.m.@PhilabaseballJonathan Pettibone will never be a fan of Coors Field.The Phillies right-hander allowed nine hits, eight runs, two walks and one home run in four innings in a 12-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. For his career, Pettibone has allowed 19 hits, 15 runs (14 earned runs) and three walks and has struck out two in seven innings for an 18.00 ERA."I don't know what it is, but this park is tough for me," Pettibone said.The Phillies optioned him to Triple-A after the game, something the organization said they decided to…
  • Weekend College Baseball Conference Preview: April 18-20

    Samuel Botwinick (noreply@blogger.com)
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    By SAMUEL BOTWINICK | Staff WriterApril 17, 2014, 7:05 p.m.@avdbkr20samuelAll of the five Big Five Baseball teams in Philadelphia will play against conference opponents this weekend. The games begin on Thursday and continue through Sunday.  Below is our preview and current status of each series.La Salle (10-22 overall, 5-5 in A-10) at VCU (26-8 overall, 7-3 in A-10)About La Salle:  The Explorers will travel to Virginia to play the scorching hot Rams.  The 10-22 record for the Explorers does not show their true potential this year, as evidenced by the 5-5 mark in conference…
  • Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview: vs. Colorado Rockies 4/18-4/20

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

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

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

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

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

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