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  • Two Decades Later, Ripken's Record Remains a Testament to Work Ethic

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    REUTERS
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:48 am
    Twenty years after breaking the record for consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, Jr. insists the reason the feat remains one of baseball's most cherished moments is because it involved a trait the average person can understand: a strong work ethic.
  • Feeling fatigue, Ziegler hits rough patch

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    Steve Gilbert
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Sometimes in the course of the grueling marathon of a 162-game season, a manager asks too much from one of his players due to circumstances. That's how D-backs skipper Chip Hale described things Monday night after he sent closer Brad Ziegler out to try and slam the door in the ninth inning just one day after the right-hander had thrown 30 pitches.
  • Miller solid, but Braves fall to Marlins

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    Mark Bowman and Joe Frisaro
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Cole Gillespie's second-inning homer extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts and propelled the Marlins toward a 4-0 win over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field.
  • 5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

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    Phil Rogers
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    How will bullpen roles shake out for the Cubs? MLB.com's Phil Rogers examines this and four other pressing issues for Chicago as the club looks to put a memorable postseason run together.
  • Chapman scores a run, notches five-out save

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    Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman isn't often asked to get a save requiring more than three outs. Needing him to bat for himself is even more of a rarity. Scoring a run while running the bases? That's a new experience altogether. And it all happened Monday night for Chapman during a wild 13-6 Reds victory over the Cubs.
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  • Two Decades Later, Ripken's Record Remains a Testament to Work Ethic

    REUTERS
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:48 am
    Twenty years after breaking the record for consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, Jr. insists the reason the feat remains one of baseball's most cherished moments is because it involved a trait the average person can understand: a strong work ethic.
  • Dodgers Beat Giants 5-4 in 14 Innings on Gonzalez's Single

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:57 am
    Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West's top two teams.
  • Keuchel Matches Home Win Milestone in Astros Victory

    REUTERS
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday.
  • Mark Canha Hits 3-Run HR as Athletics Beat Angels 11-5

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Mark Canha hit a three-run homer, Jake Smolinski's three-run double highlighted a decisive third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 on Monday in another quirky night at the Coliseum when part of the outfield wall fell down and delayed the game.
  • Royals Acquire Gomes From Braves

    REUTERS
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:18 pm
    The American League-leading Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
 
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  • Feeling fatigue, Ziegler hits rough patch

    Steve Gilbert
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Sometimes in the course of the grueling marathon of a 162-game season, a manager asks too much from one of his players due to circumstances. That's how D-backs skipper Chip Hale described things Monday night after he sent closer Brad Ziegler out to try and slam the door in the ninth inning just one day after the right-hander had thrown 30 pitches.
  • Bullpen unable to hold on in rocky 9th

    Steve Gilbert and Dargan Southard
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Monday night at Coors Field.
  • Corbin gets the call for first game of doubleheader

    Steve Gilbert
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    The D-backs and Rockies square off in a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday at Coors Field as they complete 27 innings in a 24-hour span.
  • D-backs activate Gosselin from disabled list

    Steve Gilbert
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:23 pm
    The D-backs activated infielder Phil Gosselin from the 60-day disabled list to take the place of right-hander Allen Webster, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Sunday's game.
  • D-backs fall in extras after 9th-inning rally

    Jane Lee and Jesse Sanchez
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Marcus Semien's two-run base hit off D-backs closer Brad Ziegler in the 11th inning lifted the A's to a series-winning, 7-4 victory at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon.
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  • Miller solid, but Braves fall to Marlins

    Mark Bowman and Joe Frisaro
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Cole Gillespie's second-inning homer extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts and propelled the Marlins toward a 4-0 win over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field.
  • Miller steps in admirably for Foltynewicz

    Mark Bowman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Shelby Miller arrived at Turner Field around 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday and learned he was just a few hours away from making a start in place of Mike Foltynewicz, who had reported to the stadium with a fever. Unfortunately, this odd turn of events simply led to Miller being reintroduced to yet another frustrating result that has become all too familiar this year.
  • Braves trade Gomes to Royals

    Mark Bowman
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Braves announced that they sent Jonny Gomes and cash considerations to the Royals in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela. The deal was announced shortly after Gomes was pulled from Monday night's game with the Marlins and had a chance to exchange dugout hugs with some of his Atlanta teammates.
  • Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

    Mark Bowman
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was walking up the dugout stairs preparing to complete his normal pregame running exercises before he felt some familiar right ankle discomfort that caused him to miss Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins.
  • Olivera to make MLB debut as Braves face Marlins

    Joe Frisaro
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:32 pm
    The future is about to begin for Cuban sensation Hector Olivera, who is expected to make his Major League debut for the Braves on Tuesday against the Marlins at Turner Field.
 
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  • 5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

    Phil Rogers
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    How will bullpen roles shake out for the Cubs? MLB.com's Phil Rogers examines this and four other pressing issues for Chicago as the club looks to put a memorable postseason run together.
  • Cubs set to call up Baez, three others

    Greg Garno
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Javier Baez will be one of four players to be called up by the Cubs on Tuesday when rosters expand, a team spokesperson said after Monday's 13-6 loss. Outfielder Quintin Berry, as well as pitchers Trevor Cahill and Tsuyoshi Wada will all join Baez on the 40-man roster as the Cubs make their push for the National League's second Wild Card spot. The club has not confirmed the moves.
  • Bullpen, defense fell Cubs vs. Reds

    Greg Garno and Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall each hit two-run homers in the sixth inning as the Reds came back to defeat the Cubs, 13-6, at Wrigley Field on Monday night. Cincinnati relievers combined to toss 4 1/3 innings while allowing only one earned run, including Aroldis Chapman's five-out save -- his first of more than three outs this season.
  • Haren ready to battle DeSclafani, familiar Reds

    Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is not quite a grizzled veteran yet, but he has seen plenty of the Cubs. Chicago starter Dan Haren has been around the block several times and has faced the Reds plenty. Both will pitch against each other on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
  • Arrieta honored by Cubs, revered by 'mates

    Greg Garno
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Jake Arrieta was welcomed back to Chicago with a special ceremony to begin Monday's game against the Reds, receiving a framed jersey and pictures from his outing. Arrieta was there with his wife and two kids, before he tipped his cap to a standing ovation from the crowd.
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  • Chapman scores a run, notches five-out save

    Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman isn't often asked to get a save requiring more than three outs. Needing him to bat for himself is even more of a rarity. Scoring a run while running the bases? That's a new experience altogether. And it all happened Monday night for Chapman during a wild 13-6 Reds victory over the Cubs.
  • Reds bury Cubs with six-run ninth in opener

    Greg Garno and Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall each hit two-run homers in the sixth inning as the Reds came back to defeat the Cubs, 13-6, at Wrigley Field on Monday night. Cincinnati relievers combined to toss 4 1/3 innings while allowing only one earned run, including Aroldis Chapman's five-out save -- his first of more than three outs this season.
  • Duvall makes splash with HR in first Reds AB

    Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Adam Duvall introduced himself to the Reds in dynamic fashion. Duvall hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth inning during his first at-bat with the Reds in Monday's 13-6 win over the Cubs.
  • Reed continues to dominate for Blue Wahoos

    Mike Rosenbaum
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Cody Reed is making a strong impression on his new organization. Acquired from the Royals at the Trade Deadline in the Johnny Cueto deal, the Reds' No. 9 prospect fired eight scoreless innings on Monday as Double-A Pensacola defeated Jackson, 1-0.
  • DeSclafani set to face familiar foe in Cubs

    Mark Sheldon
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is not quite a grizzled veteran yet, but he has seen plenty of the Cubs. Chicago starter Dan Haren has been around the block several times and has faced the Reds plenty. Both will pitch against each other on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
 
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  • Paulsen proves to be clutch asset off the bench

    Dargan Southard
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Just moments after his second career walk-off single lifted the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over Arizona on Monday at Coors Field, Ben Paulsen saw the Gatorade and water shower coming. But Charlie Blackmon and Brandon Barnes still managed to soak the Rockies' hero in a scene of jubilation.
  • Rox rally for four runs, walk off in ninth

    Steve Gilbert and Dargan Southard
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Monday night at Coors Field.
  • Rockies look to Flande for first game of twin bill

    Steve Gilbert
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    The D-backs and Rockies square off in a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday at Coors Field as they complete 27 innings in a 24-hour span.
  • Dickerson feels closer to joining lineup

    Dargan Southard
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    When asked for an update on his various injuries, Corey Dickerson didn't hesitate. "[I] could play today," the Rockies outfielder said.
  • De La Rosa sharp as Rockies blank Bucs

    Thomas Harding and George Von Benko
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The National League Wild Card-leading Pirates never got to left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and dropped a 5-0 decision to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
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  • Keuchel rides Astros' homers to 16th win

    Greg Johns and Brian McTaggart
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    All-Star left-hander Dallas Keuchel remained unbeaten at home and became the American League's first 16-game winner by throwing seven strong innings and benefiting from three home runs to beat the Mariners, 8-3, on Monday night.
  • Springer continues rehab games, goes 1-for-4

    Damen Clow
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Astros outfielder George Springer had his third straight 1-for-4 rehab performance with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in the club's 11-9 loss to the San Antonio Missions on Monday night.
  • Correa returns to Astros' lineup with homer

    Chandler Rome
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    After missing four consecutive games with a sore left hamstring, shortstop Carlos Correa returned to the Astros' starting lineup on Monday, batting in his usual three-hole for the series opener against the Mariners.
  • Astros' roster expansion begins with trio

    Brian McTaggart
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    The Astros made their first of what should be a few waves of roster moves on Monday night in advance of Tuesday's date to expand the rosters by calling up right-handed pitcher Josh Fields, infielder Jonathan Villar and selecting left-hander Joe Thatcher to the Major League roster.
  • Keuchel's glove work key to earning 16th win

    Chandler Rome
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The remains of Franklin Gutierrez's shattered bat flung straight in the air, coming dangerously close to landing on Dallas Keuchel, who was too busy navigating the bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth inning of a tie game to notice where the wood would land.
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  • Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

    Alyson Footer
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:40 am
    Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw are two of the most charitable players in the Major Leagues, and soon, they'll band together to raise funds for their respective foundations through a fan-friendly, interactive event.
  • Rollins, Utley give Dodgers a good feeling

    Lyle Spencer
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:27 am
    The top third of the Dodgers' batting order is a combined 105 years old, with 41 years of combined Major League experience. Youth is wonderful, but age is not necessarily such a bad thing.
  • Adrian's walk-off ends clash with Giants in 14th

    Ken Gurnick and Chris Haft
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:26 am
    Adrian Gonzalez, who homered eight innings earlier, lofted a single to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 5-4 walk-off Dodgers win over the Giants in their showdown series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 4 1/2 games, the largest margin since July 16.
  • Hatcher keeps Dodgers alive vs. Giants

    Steve Bourbon
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:09 am
    Dodgers relievers fired nine innings Monday, allowing just one run, and no one was better than Chris Hatcher, who earned his second career win in the 5-4 victory over the Giants.
  • Dodgers use Kershaw, Hatcher as hitters

    Steve Bourbon
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:34 am
    As Monday's slugfest between the Giants and Dodgers dragged on into extra innings, Los Angeles was forced to turn to unlikely hitters.
 
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  • Brewers biding time with September callups

    Adam McCalvy
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The Brewers are not expected to call many names when teams make their initial September callups on Tuesday, content to let players finish the Minor League seasons at Triple-A Colorado Springs and Double-A Biloxi before raiding those rosters for reinforcements.
  • Peralta regains form, leads Brewers over Reds

    Andrew Gruman and Mark Sheldon
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Wily Peralta edged out John Lamb during a low-scoring duel on Sunday afternoon that the Brewers won, 4-1, over the Reds. Milwaukee (55-75) took two of three games in the series from last-place Cincinnati (53-76) to stay 1 1/2 games ahead from the bottom of the National League Central.
  • Lucroy delivers clutch single, extends streak

    Andrew Gruman
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Jonathan Lucroy can't erase what has been a difficult year, but he certainly intends on finishing strong in order to take a positive feeling into the offseason.
  • Nelson looks to cool Pirates in series opener

    George Von Benko
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    After an off-day on Monday, the Pirates open a crucial series of 17 straight games against National League Central foes, starting in Milwaukee with a three-game set against the Brewers.
  • Brewers to stick with Garza in rotation

    Andrew Gruman
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Despite his continued struggles, Matt Garza appears to be staying in the Brewers' starting rotation. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said a conversation would be had about Garza's spot in the rotation after the right-hander allowed seven runs over 3 2/3 innings Saturday in Milwaukee's 12-9 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
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  • A's score 9 unanswered to top Halos

    Alden Gonzalez and Jane Lee
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:02 am
    Danny Valencia and Jake Smolinski contributed to a five-run third inning and Mark Canha provided the dagger in the sixth, launching a three-run homer to help the A's beat the American League West-rival Angels, 11-5, at the Coliseum on Monday night.
  • Canha wraps up phenomenal August

    Jane Lee
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:48 am
    Mark Canha closed the book on an August to remember with a homer and four RBIs in the A's series-opening 11-5 clobbering of the Angels at the Coliseum on Monday night.
  • A's-Angels tilt pauses for 'broken fence delay'

    Trevor Hass
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:12 am
    There was a 10-minute "broken fence delay" in the bottom of the fifth inning at the Coliseum during Monday night's A's-Angels matchup as the grounds crew fixed part of the left-field wall that fell down after Shane Victorino collided with it trying to reel in Danny Valencia's one-out double.
  • Scribner awaits MRI on tight shoulder area

    Trevor Hass
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Evan Scribner left in the ninth inning of the A's 11-5 win over the Angels on Monday night due to tightness in the back of his shoulder. Scribner will have an MRI exam on Tuesday.
  • A's give Martin first test vs. Angels' Shoemaker

    Trevor Hass
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    The A's will call on newcomer Cody Martin when they face Matt Shoemaker and the Angels in the second of a three-game set at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.
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  • Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

    Anthony DiComo and Todd Zolecki
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.
  • Rookie Conforto playing like a wily veteran

    Joe Trezza
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    In the Mets' 3-1 win over the Phillies on Monday, Michael Conforto showed all the offensive tools that made him New York's No. 1 Draft pick in 2014.
  • On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

    Anthony DiComo
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    With eight shutout innings in Monday's win over the Phillies, Bartolo Colon ran his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and has at least wedged his foot in the door of playoff consideration.
  • Matz wraps up rehab with scoreless outing

    Anthony DiComo
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Steven Matz threw 5 1/3 more shutout innings on Monday in his final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. The Mets plan to recall Matz once rosters expand on Tuesday, with an eye toward inserting him into a six-man rotation as soon as this weekend.
  • Niese takes hill for Mets to open September

    Joe Trezza
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:54 pm
    The Mets set a franchise record with 45 home runs last month and begin September by continuing this three-game series against Philadelphia, with Jon Niese opposing Aaron Harang.
 
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  • One shaky inning hurts Eickhoff, Phillies

    Anthony DiComo and Todd Zolecki
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.
  • Eickhoff making case for 2016 rotation

    Todd Zolecki
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Jerad Eickhoff could be an early favorite for the 2016 rotation. Eickhoff made his third big league start on Monday in a loss to the Mets and pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing four hits, three runs, two walks and striking out four.
  • Harang takes hill for Phils to open September

    Joe Trezza
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:54 pm
    The Mets set a franchise record with 45 home runs last month and begin September by continuing this three-game series against Philadelphia, with Jon Niese opposing Aaron Harang.
  • Phils expected to add 3 at expansion time

    Todd Zolecki
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:54 pm
    The Phillies are expected to add three players when rosters expand on Tuesday. The smart bets are Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Erik Kratz and right-handers Dalier Hinojosa and Colton Murray, although that remains to be seen.
  • Franco could be back by season's end

    Todd Zolecki
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:07 pm
    It sounds more and more as though Maikel Franco could be back in the Phillies' lineup before the end of the season.
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  • 5 intriguing storylines for September

    Richard Justice
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Can the new kids on the block hang in there and join the postseason party this season? MLB.com's Richard Justice examines this question and offers additional scenarios to keep an eye on down the stretch.
  • 5 key questions for Cubs down the stretch

    Phil Rogers
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    How will bullpen roles shake out for the Cubs? MLB.com's Phil Rogers examines this and four other pressing issues for Chicago as the club looks to put a memorable postseason run together.
  • Stats of the Day: For LA, better late than never

    Roger Schlueter
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:34 am
    Adrian Gonzalez's single in the bottom of the 14th gave the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Giants at Dodger Stadium. Since this rivalry moved to the West Coast for the start of the 1958 season, this is the latest a walk-off hit has been produced by a Dodgers player against the Giants.
  • Three keys to rebuilt Rangers' playoff push

    Mike Petriello
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:24 am
    After 95 losses in 2014 and a brutal run of injuries to start 2015, it was easy enough to count the Rangers out. But they've surged back into a playoff position, and it hasn't been just due to Prince Fielder and Cole Hamels.
  • Clubs #GoGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Mark Newman
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so Major League Baseball clubs will #GoGold in their own unique ways over coming days.
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  • Hurdle's vote of confidence helped Polanco rebound

    Adam Berry
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Gregory Polanco wasn't worried, but he was wondering. It was early July, and he wasn't hitting. He hadn't really hit in about a year, truth be told -- at least not the way he wanted to.
  • Bucs likely to load up on players with Majors experience

    Tom Singer
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    It has already been a 2015 season to savor, and the Pirates are about to add a lot more seasoning to the recipe.
  • Burnett upbeat after 5-inning sim game

    George Von Benko
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett, an established veteran who hasn't pitched since July 30 due to a right elbow injury, has said he expects to make at least three Major League starts before the end of the regular season.
  • Bucs' bats stifled by Rockies, De La Rosa

    Thomas Harding and George Von Benko
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The National League Wild Card-leading Pirates never got to left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and dropped a 5-0 decision to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
  • Bastardo stays sharp with 2 strong innings

    George Von Benko
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    One of the bright spots for the Pirates in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Rockies was left-hander Antonio Bastardo, who tossed two scoreless innings and recorded five strikeouts.
 
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  • Blue Jays Designate Colt Hynes

    Jeff Todd
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Blue Jays have designated lefty Colt Hynes for assignment, the club announced. He loses his 40-man spot to help clear space for the team’s September call-ups, which include the previously non-rostered Jeff Francis. Hynes, 30, earned a brief call-up with Toronto for his second taste of big league action, but threw only three innings. He has enjoyed a solid season at Triple-A, though, throwing 44 2/3 innings of 3.22 ERA ball with 7.3 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9.
  • Yankees Designate Tyler Austin And Cole Figueroa, Call Up Andrew Bailey

    Jeff Todd
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    The Yankees have designated outfielder Tyler Austin and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment, the club announced. Those moves were made as part of a flurry of roster activity to clear 40-man space for September call-ups, including former All-Star closer Andrew Bailey. Austin, 23, was once considered a top-100 prospect league-wide, but he’s fallen back with marginal results in the upper minors. Though he hit well at Double-A this year, earning a promotion, Austin slashed just .235/.309/.311 in 299 plate appearances in his first attempt at Triple-A. Meanwhile, Figueroa is a 28-year-old…
  • Dodgers Acquire Chris Heisey

    Jeff Todd
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:33 am
    The Dodgers have acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from the Blue Jays, Toronto has announced (via Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, on Twitter). A player to be named later or cash will make up the return in the deal. While we’re just hearing about the deal today, Heisey was actually acquired last night and will be post-season eligible, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). With rosters now expanded, he’ll join the just-acquired Justin Ruggiano in expanding the team’s right-handed outfield options while the organization waits out some injuries. Heisey, of…
  • Minor MLB Transactions: 9/1/15

    Jeff Todd
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:34 am
    Here are the day’s minor moves: The Mets have outrighted infielder Danny Muno, the club announced (via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, on Twitter). His 40-man spot was needed for the activation of outfielder Eric Young Jr., which is expected today. Muno, 26, managed just four base hits and four walks in his first 32 big league plate appearances this season. He has played exclusively at Triple-A otherwise over the past two seasons, slashing a cumulative .274/.374/.408 in 723 turns at bat. Outfielder Jose Constanza, meanwhile, has signed a minor league deal with the Rays, as Marc Topkin…
  • Royals Acquire Jonny Gomes

    Jeff Todd
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 am
    TODAY: Atlanta will pay half of Gomes’ salary the rest of the way, or about $380K, per Heyman (via Twitter). YESTERDAY, 8:42pm: The Royals have officially acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Braves, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported on Twitter. Atlanta will send cash along with the veteran and will receive minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela in return, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported (Twitter links). Gomes, 34, is a highly-regarded clubhouse presence and noted lefty killer at the plate. Though he’s seen his power numbers drop off this year, and owns…
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  • Ross sharp as Padres blank Rangers

    T.R. Sullivan and Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Tyson Ross held the Rangers scoreless through seven innings and helped pitch the Padres to a 7-0 victory on Monday night at Petco Park. The loss snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak and dropped them to four games behind the Astros in the American League West.
  • Jankowski halts slump with pair of firsts

    Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    After going 0-for-15 on the road trip, rookie outfielder Travis Jankowski recorded his first stolen base in the third inning and later scored to give the Padres their first run in a 7-0 victory over the on Monday night at Petco Park.
  • Rangers' Venable happy to return to SD

    Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Will Venable said it was not as weird as he thought it would be to stand on the field at Petco Park before his new club, the Rangers, opened a three-game series with the Padres on Monday night.
  • Cashner seeks return to win column vs. Rangers

    Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Andrew Cashner and Yovani Gallardo will face off as the Padres and Rangers play their second game of a three-game series at Petco Park on Tuesday night.
  • El Paso's playoff chase may stagger callups

    Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    With Triple-A El Paso in the race for postseason play in the Pacific Coast League, September callups might come staggered for the Padres.
 
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  • Chemistry fueling Cardinals' big innings

    Joe Harris
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    The Cardinals have been scoring runs in bunches lately, and that was no more apparent than in the seventh inning of Monday night's 8-5 win over the Nationals at Busch Stadium.
  • Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

    Joe Harris and Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Jason Heyward smashed a two-run double off of the left-field wall to highlight a five-run seventh as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 8-5, on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
  • Gonzales makes 2015 debut against Nationals

    Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    The Nationals and Cardinals tangle at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, with Washington right-hander Joe Ross and St. Louis left-hander Marco Gonzales squaring off.
  • Returning leg strength gives Moss confidence

    Joe Harris
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Brandon Moss is finally feeling stronger after hip surgery derailed his offseason preparation, and the results are starting to show.
  • Gonzales to start for Martinez on Tuesday

    Joe Harris
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start for the Cardinals against the Nationals on Tuesday. The team announced that left-hander Marco Gonzales will be called up from Triple-A Memphis and will make his first big league start of the season.
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  • Giants fall in 14th on Gonzalez's walk-off hit

    Ken Gurnick and Chris Haft
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:26 am
    Adrian Gonzalez, who homered eight innings earlier, lofted a single to deep left field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning for a 5-4 walk-off Dodgers win over the Giants in their showdown series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday night. The Dodgers now lead the Giants by 4 1/2 games, the largest margin since July 16.
  • Romo highlights bullpen's stalwart effort

    Chris Haft
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:44 am
    Sergio Romo was a primary reason the Giants' 5-4, 14-inning setback administered by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night lasted as long as it did.
  • Giants add lefty-hitting outfielder De Aza

    Chris Haft
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:17 am
    The Giants gained balance on their bench Monday by acquiring outfielder Alejandro De Aza, a much-needed left-handed batter, along with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Boston Red Sox for Minor League left-hander Luis Ysla.
  • Bumgarner set for clash with fellow ace Greinke

    Steve Bourbon
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:08 am
    In the middle game of three at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers and Giants will have their aces on the mound in a matchup of two of the best pitchers in the Majors: Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner.
  • Blackburn among 10 top prospect performers Monday

    Mike Rosenbaum
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:17 am
    Clayton Blackburn picked a perfect night for his best start of the season. The Giants' No. 21 prospect allowed only two hits and struck out nine while working a season-high 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday as Triple-A Sacramento edged Reno, 1-0.
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  • Bullpen inconsistency stunting Nats' progress

    Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:42 pm
    After losing a heartbreaker to the Cardinals, 8-5, on Monday night at Busch Stadium, the Nationals lost a chance to keep pace with the Mets, who won their game against the Phillies and now lead the Nationals League East by 6 1/2 games.
  • Zimmerman swinging a hot stick

    Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Ryan Zimmerman couldn't deny it. The Nationals lost a heartbreaker Monday night. They blew a three-run lead and lost to the Cardinals, 8-5, at Busch Stadium.
  • Zim's big night overshadowed in setback

    Joe Harris and Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Jason Heyward smashed a two-run double off of the left-field wall to highlight a five-run seventh as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 8-5, on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
  • Ross tries to get Nationals even in St. Louis

    Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    The Nationals and Cardinals tangle at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, with Washington right-hander Joe Ross and St. Louis left-hander Marco Gonzales squaring off.
  • Strasburg to ease back into throwing program

    Bill Ladson
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:26 pm
    A day after hurting his back against the Marlins, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg didn't do any baseball activities before the team faced the Cardinals on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
 
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  • O's 7th-inning rally falls short in opener

    Bill Chastain and Todd Karpovich
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Rays hitters backed Chris Archer's quality start with three home runs to lead a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.
  • Machado steps up in first start at SS

    Todd Karpovich
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:08 pm
    In the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, Manny Machado managed a backhand grab deep in the hole and threw out Rene Rivera on a close play at first base to rob him of a single.
  • Gonzalez gets cortisone shot in shoulder

    Todd Karpovich
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Monday as Baltimore lost, 6-3, to the Rays. He will undergo an MRI Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said.
  • Tillman looks to help O's bounce back

    Todd Karpovich
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    The Orioles are still looking to get back in the thick of the Wild Card playoff race after a tough stretch of losses. To help reinvigorate the lineup, manager Buck Showalter moved Manny Machado to third base and started Matt Wieters at first. It would not be a stretch for him to continue to come up with more creative ideas over the course of the series.
  • Orioles' struggles compounded by shutout

    Brittany Ghiroli and Dave Sessions
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.
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  • Machi thwarts rally as Sox upend Yanks

    Bryan Hoch and Ian Browne
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
    David Ortiz slugged his 495th career home run and Mookie Betts connected for a two-run blast, helping lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Monday at Fenway Park.
  • De Aza sent to Giants for Minor Leaguer

    Alec Shirkey
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Following a few weeks of speculation, the Red Sox were able to find Alejandro De Aza a new home after all.
  • Papi goes deep, five homers from 500

    Alec Shirkey
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    David Ortiz's race to 500 homers keeps churning forward, and the Red Sox slugger is so close that Fenway Park already sports a banner above the Green Monster tracking his career home runs.
  • Bradley's cannon nails Bird at home

    Ian Browne
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Jackie Bradley Jr. not only makes standout plays on a near daily basis for the Red Sox, but his offense has turned into a significant plus.
  • Statcast to track Red Sox, Yanks on Network

    Alec Shirkey
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:03 pm
    The Yankees and the hot-hitting Red Sox will receive some much-needed reinforcements for their Tuesday night tilt at Fenway Park -- one that will feature the revolutionary tracking technology of Statcast in an MLB Network Showcase game.
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  • White Sox callups likely to be familiar faces

    Scott Merkin
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The biggest news concerning the players who are added by the White Sox when rosters expand Tuesday will likely center upon who is not coming, as opposed to those earning a promotion to the Majors.
  • White Sox steal finale win from Mariners

    Scott Merkin and Greg Garno
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Tyler Saladino's single off reliever David Rollins scored Alexei Ramirez with the game-winning run in a 6-5 White Sox victory over the Mariners in 11 innings Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective

    Scott Merkin
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Of the four seasons with Robin Ventura at the White Sox helm, the 2015 campaign has to be considered the most disappointing for the manager and team.
  • White Sox battle back, capitalize on error

    Scott Merkin
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    It can't really be said that the White Sox were down to their last out during Sunday's 6-5 come-from-behind victory in 11 innings over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Rotation adjustment made for road trip

    Scott Merkin
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    The White Sox made a slight adjustment to their starting rotation alignment for the upcoming Twins series, but it was not influenced by the Minor League callups expected to be made on Tuesday when rosters expand.
 
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  • Tribe topples Price for 6th straight win

    Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Ryan Raburn came through with a big double in the seventh inning and Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded situation in the eighth as the Indians survived to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
  • Allen twice thwarts Blue Jays in 4-out save

    Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Twice in the late innings the Blue Jays threatened to overcome a narrow deficit in their series-opening loss to Cleveland on Monday night. And both times they were thwarted by Indians closer Cody Allen, who recorded his seventh save of four-plus outs of the season in the Tribe's 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.
  • Salazar shakes off illness with 10-K win

    Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    After tossing seven strong innings in a victory over the red-hot Blue Jays on Monday night, Indians right-hander Danny Salazar was ready to crawl into bed and hit the hay.
  • Anderson looks to keep Tribe streaking in Toronto

    Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    The Indians will look to extend their six-game winning streak when they face the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. The Tribe topped the American League East's best team in the series opener, 4-2, and have won eight of their last 10 games to stay in the Wild Card hunt.
  • How does Shapiro's move impact Indians, Blue Jays?

    Anthony Castrovince
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The Indians and Blue Jays are playing a three-game series in Toronto this week, because that's just odd and happenstance enough to make total sense in the odd and often happenstance industry of professional sports. This is a strange series because Mark Shapiro is leaving one organization for another.
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  • Holaday, Ryan first of Tigers' September callups

    Jason Beck
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    Al Avila took over as Tigers general manager four weeks ago with a reminder that they're still competing for this year. As the Tigers finish a 10-17 August that ranks as their roughest since September 2008, it's time to start thinking about next season.
  • Simon, Tigers overpowered by long ball in finale

    Jamie Ross and Jason Beck
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    The Blue Jays hit four home runs to help complete the series sweep over the Tigers in a 9-2 victory on Sunday at Rogers Centre. Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin went yard as the Blue Jays won their 21st game of the month, one shy of a franchise record.
  • Simon nicks Encarnacion with eephus pitch

    Jason Beck
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Getting struck by a 47-mph pitch would seem to test the definition of hit-by-pitch. Whether or not the "hit" part was accidental, the pitch to Edwin Encarnacion was something Detroit starter Alfredo Simon meant to throw in the Tigers' 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday at Rogers Centre.
  • Verlander follows one-hit shutout in opener vs. KC

    Jason Beck
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    This is the Justin Verlander everyone has come to expect, pitching in big matchups as the schedule turns to September. But as he prepares for a Tuesday night meeting with Johnny Cueto and the Royals, he's on the other end of the postseason race than usual.
  • Davis playing through left middle finger injury

    Jason Beck
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Rajai Davis started all three games in left field for the Tigers at Rogers Centre this weekend, trying to get his bat going after ceding playing time to Tyler Collins. There might be a health reason to blame in part for Davis' downturn at the plate, as he has a left middle finger injury that he's been dealing with since mid-May.
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  • No rules this time around for Joba

    Tracy Ringolsby
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Joba Chamberlain is never one to back down from a challenge. He is not about to start now. Twenty-three days shy of his 30th birthday, Chamberlain is in the Minor Leagues, working out of the bullpen for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
  • Royals add veteran Gomes in trade with Braves

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    The Royals on Monday night acquired right-handed hitter Jonny Gomes and cash considerations from the Braves in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela.
  • Yost eager for reinforcements, but KC to be selective

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Royals manager Ned Yost admitted recently that he "can't wait" for September to get here. Yost is anxious to have the opportunity to add reinforcements on Tuesday when rosters expand.
  • Royals come up just short in finale vs. Rays

    Michael Kolligian and David Wilson
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Kevin Kiermaier hit his second home run in as many days and the bullpen backed a solid start by Nathan Karns with four innings of scoreless relief to power the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  • Royals disagree with call on pivotal DP

    Michael Kolligian
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    With one out in the eighth inning and runners on the corners during the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Rays on Sunday, Kendrys Morales chopped an Alex Colome changeup near home plate that first baseman James Loney fielded on a hop and fired to catcher Rene Rivera, who tagged out Ben Zobrist to prevent what would have been the game-tying run.
 
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  • Pujols, Kershaw team up for Wiffle ball game

    Alyson Footer
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:40 am
    Albert Pujols and Clayton Kershaw are two of the most charitable players in the Major Leagues, and soon, they'll band together to raise funds for their respective foundations through a fan-friendly, interactive event.
  • Angels' road struggles continue in opener vs. A's

    Alden Gonzalez and Jane Lee
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:02 am
    Danny Valencia and Jake Smolinski contributed to a five-run third inning and Mark Canha provided the dagger in the sixth, launching a three-run homer to help the A's beat the American League West-rival Angels, 11-5, at the Coliseum on Monday night.
  • Santiago's second half remains a mystery

    Alden Gonzalez
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:23 am
    Hector Santiago, like most of his Angels teammates, found it far more advantageous to immediately look ahead late Monday night.
  • A's-Angels tilt pauses for 'broken fence delay'

    Trevor Hass
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:12 am
    There was a 10-minute "broken fence delay" in the bottom of the fifth inning at the Coliseum during Monday night's A's-Angels matchup as the grounds crew fixed part of the left-field wall that fell down after Shane Victorino collided with it trying to reel in Danny Valencia's one-out double.
  • Angels begin GM search

    Alden Gonzalez
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:45 pm
    The Angels have begun their search for a new general manager, a source told MLB.com on Monday night, though it's hard to narrow down their list of candidates at this point.
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  • Twins to focus on relief help with callups

    Rhett Bollinger
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The Twins head into September as contenders for the first time since 2010, and they will be looking for reinforcements with rosters expanding on Tuesday.
  • Duffey opens series against White Sox

    Scott Merkin
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Chris Sale has a chance to win the American League Cy Young for the first time in his career. But with his trip to the mound Tuesday night at Target Field, the southpaw simply hopes to figure out the Twins in the series opener.
  • Determined Santana fuels Twins' Wild Card hunt

    Rhett Bollinger and Betsy Helfand
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    After struggling throughout August, Ervin Santana returned to form to throw seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and the Twins got home runs from Eduardo Nunez and Miguel Sano to earn a 7-5 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.
  • Santana gets back on track with 10-K gem

    Rhett Bollinger
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Ervin Santana's between-starts work paid immediate dividends on Sunday against the Astros, as the right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts to lead the Twins to a series victory with a 7-5 win at Target Field.
  • Hughes' back injury improving steadily

    Rhett Bollinger
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Twins right-hander Phil Hughes continues to progress slowly from lower back inflammation, but he is expected to throw a bullpen session by the middle of the week.
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  • Refsnyder among 8 September additions

    Bryan Hoch
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Yankees added eight players from the Minor Leagues for the stretch drive as part of Tuesday's roster expansion. One of them was infielder Rob Refsnyder, who is ranked as the organization's No. 6 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
  • Despite loss, Yanks keep pace in AL East

    Bryan Hoch and Ian Browne
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
    David Ortiz slugged his 495th career home run and Mookie Betts connected for a two-run blast, helping lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Monday at Fenway Park.
  • Statcast to track Red Sox, Yanks on Network

    Alec Shirkey
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:03 pm
    The Yankees and the hot-hitting Red Sox will receive some much-needed reinforcements for their Tuesday night tilt at Fenway Park -- one that will feature the revolutionary tracking technology of Statcast in an MLB Network Showcase game.
  • Missed opportunities haunt Yankees

    Bryan Hoch
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Play this game in any other ballpark, Didi Gregorius said, and the Yankees would be the ones celebrating. You didn't need a tape measure to figure out that his good wood, ninth-inning drive would have powered a grand slam back in the Bronx.
  • Yanks made bid to reacquire Robertson

    Bryan Hoch
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The Yankees allowed David Robertson to walk as a free agent in the offseason, deciding that they preferred the package of Andrew Miller and the compensatory Draft pick they would obtain as a result of the closer's departure.
 
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  • Homers haunt Nuno as Mariners fall to Astros

    Greg Johns and Brian McTaggart
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    All-Star left-hander Dallas Keuchel remained unbeaten at home and became the American League's first 16-game winner by throwing seven strong innings and benefiting from three home runs to beat the Mariners, 8-3, on Monday night.
  • Mariners ship Ruggiano to Dodgers for cash

    Greg Johns
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who opened the season with the Mariners but has been in Triple-A Tacoma the past three months, was traded to the Dodgers on Monday night for cash.
  • Trumbo knows success vs. Astros' Keuchel

    Greg Johns
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Not many Major League hitters have had much success recently against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, but Mariners first baseman Mark Trumbo seems to have found some answers. Trumbo became the first player to homer off Keuchel at Minute Maid Park in his last 17 starts in a two-homer game in Seattle's 8-3 loss on Monday night.
  • Elias set to match up with Feldman in Houston

    Chandler Rome
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Scott Feldman will look to carry over his torrid run through August when he begins the first meaningful September for the Astros since 2008, facing American League West foe Seattle and southpaw Roenis Elias on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
  • Felix to make next start Saturday vs. A's

    Greg Johns
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Felix Hernandez will make his next start Saturday in Oakland after the Mariners' ace was skipped from his normal start on Monday against the Astros as manager Lloyd McClendon looks to freshen Hernandez up for the final month of the season.
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  • Trio of homers powers Rays past Orioles

    Bill Chastain and Todd Karpovich
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Rays hitters backed Chris Archer's quality start with three home runs to lead a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.
  • Kiermaier robs Machado with leaping grab

    Bill Chastain
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Kevin Kiermaier turned a negative into a positive from the leadoff spot for the Rays in Monday night's 6-3 win over the Orioles.
  • Rays announce six September callups

    Bill Chastain
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Following Monday night's 6-3 win over the Orioles, the Rays looked ahead to calling up six players, when rosters expand on Sept. 1.
  • Smyly aims to continue success vs. O's

    Todd Karpovich
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    The Orioles are still looking to get back in the thick of the Wild Card playoff race after a tough stretch of losses. To help reinvigorate the lineup, manager Buck Showalter moved Manny Machado to third base and started Matt Wieters at first. It would not be a stretch for him to continue to come up with more creative ideas over the course of the series.
  • Rays add Constanza from independent ball, send to Triple-A

    Bill Chastain
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:12 pm
    The Rays purchased the contract of Jose Constanza on Monday, and the 31-year-old outfielder was assigned to Triple-A Durham.
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  • Three keys to rebuilt Rangers' playoff push

    Mike Petriello
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:24 am
    After 95 losses in 2014 and a brutal run of injuries to start 2015, it was easy enough to count the Rangers out. But they've surged back into a playoff position, and it hasn't been just due to Prince Fielder and Cole Hamels.
  • Lewis, bats can't get on track in SD

    T.R. Sullivan and Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Tyson Ross held the Rangers scoreless through seven innings and helped pitch the Padres to a 7-0 victory on Monday night at Petco Park. The loss snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak and dropped them to four games behind the Astros in the American League West.
  • Andrus' bid to jump-start Rangers thwarted

    T.R. Sullivan
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Elvis Andrus at least tried to create something offensively for the Rangers. It seemed like the valorous thing to do on a night when nobody else could do much of anything against Padres starter Tyson Ross.
  • Rangers' Venable happy to return to SD

    Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Will Venable said it was not as weird as he thought it would be to stand on the field at Petco Park before his new club, the Rangers, opened a three-game series with the Padres on Monday night.
  • Gallardo out to continue his recent hot stretch

    Beth Maiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Andrew Cashner and Yovani Gallardo will face off as the Padres and Rangers play their second game of a three-game series at Petco Park on Tuesday night.
 
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  • Price drops duel with Tribe in series opener

    Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Ryan Raburn came through with a big double in the seventh inning and Cody Allen escaped a bases-loaded situation in the eighth as the Indians survived to secure a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
  • Allen twice thwarts Blue Jays in 4-out save

    Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Twice in the late innings the Blue Jays threatened to overcome a narrow deficit in their series-opening loss to Cleveland on Monday night. And both times they were thwarted by Indians closer Cody Allen, who recorded his seventh save of four-plus outs of the season in the Tribe's 4-2 victory at Rogers Centre.
  • Blue Jays sizzle in August for club record

    Gregor Chisholm
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    The Blue Jays finished August on a losing note but that did little to take away from the type of historic month that is rarely seen across baseball, let alone north of the border.
  • Prime Minister, LLWS squad drop by Centre

    Gregor Chisholm
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a special visit to Rogers Centre on Monday evening to speak with the team from British Columbia that recently represented Canada at the Little League World Series.
  • Estrada looks to even series against Indians

    Jamie Ross
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    The Indians will look to extend their six-game winning streak when they face the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. The Tribe topped the American League East's best team in the series opener, 4-2, and have won eight of their last 10 games to stay in the Wild Card hunt.
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  • Red Sox 3, Mets 1: Joe Kelly beats Jacob deGrom (actually)

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:02 pm
    What is going on with the Red Sox? Joe Kelly gets the win, Jacob deGrom gets the loss. Just another day in an increasingly confusing Red Sox season. For reference. Also the Owens vs. Harvey win, but Harvey actually won the pitching matchup, just not the game. But I digress! The Red Sox locked up a series win Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Mets, and once again...it was thanks to Joe Kelly being surprisingly successful on the mound. It was not always the most convincing start from Kelly. The fifth pitch he threw was driven to right for a double, but two strikeouts in the inning…
  • Red Sox vs. Mets lineups: Alejandro De Aza starts (for some reason)

    Ben Buchanan
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    Ah, yes, because it was such a chore having Rusney, Bradley, and Betts all at once. Hanley Ramirez is still out with shoulder fatigue, but for some reason that's not going to give us another day of Betts, Bradley, and Castillo in the outfield. Instead, we get Alejandro De Aza. BOSTON RED SOX NEW YORK METS Mookie Betts - CF Curtis Granderson - RF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Yoenis Cespedes - CF Xander Bogaerts - SS Daniel Murphy - 1B Travis Shaw - 1B Travis d'Arnaud - C Brock Holt - 2B Kelly Johnson - 2B Ryan Hanigan - C Juan Uribe - 3B Jackie Bradley - RF Michael Conforto - LF Alejandro De Aza - LF…
  • Red Sox 6, Mets 4: Sox feast on Mets bullpen in extra-innings win

    Ben Buchanan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Matt Harvey shut the Red Sox down, but David Ortiz opened the floodgates against the bullpen and the kids did the rest to secure an extra-innings win in New York. Matt Harvey was night untouchable Friday night, but the Red Sox worked their way past him and into a vulnerable Mets bullpen to secure a 6-4 win in extra innings. Before the bullpens ever got into the mix, this game was a scoreless duel between Harvey and Boston's starter, Henry Owens. Five games into his career, we've seen three different versions of Owens take the mound. The first is the best. In control throughout, effective, the…
  • Red Sox vs. Mets lineups: The waiting game begins

    Ben Buchanan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Hanley is in left, but not forever. Hanley Ramirez is back in left field Friday night, but now, at least, it's just a matter of time. BOSTON RED SOX NEW YORK METS Mookie Betts - CF Juan Lagares - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Curtis Granderson - RF Xander Bogaerts - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF David Ortiz - 1B David Wright - 3B Hanley Ramirez - LF Michael Cuddyer - 1B Brock Holt - 2B Wilmer Flores - 2B Rusney Castillo - RF Travis d'Arnaud - C Blake Swihart - C Ruben Tejada - SS Henry Owens - LHP Matt Harvey - RHP Ramirez'...occupation of left field these past few months has been quite the sore spot for…
  • Red Sox minor lines: The Greenville train keeps rolling

    Ben Buchanan
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    If only all our teams could be Greenville Pawtucket W 1-0 Deven Marrero: 0-4, K, 2 SBAllen Craig: 2-4, 2BMarco Hernandez: 1-4 Welcome to the eighth Allen Craig renaissance! It ends in a week, so catch it while you can. Portland L 2-6 Manuel Margot: 2-3, 2B, BB, POCSSam Travis: 0-3, BB, 2 KCarlos Asuaje: 1-3 Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K It's easy to forget, but this is Manuel Margot's second level of the season, having started in Single-A Salem. If his hot start in Portland may make his recent fade disappointing, at least the story of his season as a whole is fairly typical,…
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  • The $10,000 Question

    Ben Henry
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:20 am
    Here's what I've been thinking about these last few weeks...A reader sent me an e-mail last week looking for advice. He wanted to spend about $10,000 but only purchase four or five cards. Here were the other parameters: At least one of them should be a T206, all should be from earlier than 1970, and all should have solid PSA grades. Which should he buy? I told him he couldn't go wrong with popular hobby stalwarts like Clemente, Koufax, Aaron, and Rose. As for the tobacco card, I have no experience buying or selling T206's, and couldn't give him a recommendation. But this got me thinking: What…
  • Fuzzy for the Wrong Reasons

    Ben Henry
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    Notice that Panini used a piece of Scotch tapeto keep the card in the top loader. Not cool.I'm new to this whole "redemption" game. Actually, that's not true. I've mailed away for cards in the past, it's just that the last time I did it was 1994 and I received the 1993-94 Upper Deck NBA Lottery Picks set in return. Never have I waited for an autographed card from a manufacturer. (Actually, that's not true, either. Back when I was doing TTM autographs, I sent a 1987 Topps checklist to Topps CEO Arthur Shorin to sign at Topps HQ. And he did. And I got it back and then promptly lost it in a…
  • The Numbers Don't Add Up

    Ben Henry
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    After writing last night's post I did a quick calculation and realized I have waaaaay more than my professed 10,000-card ceiling. Here's how it breaks down:1956 Topps set (342)1965 Topps set (598) + Embossed set (72) + other random '65-inspired cards (25)1969 Topps near set (664) + errors/variations + Deckle set (35)1976 Topps set (660) + Traded & Missing Cards (88) + extras (30)1978 Topps set (726) + extras (10)1986 Topps set (792) + Traded (132) + extras (100)1987 Topps set (792) + Traded (132) + extras (100)1988 Topps set (792) + Traded…
  • The Magic Number

    Ben Henry
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Ten thousand is a big number. And 10,000 of something is quite a lot. Unless, of course, we're talking about sports cards. Then it doesn't seem like so many.It's here that I find myself these days, butting up against the 10,000-card ceiling, the amount my non-collector wife and I have decided should be the maximum number of cards in our apartment. For a while it was easy—10,000 cards is a lot of sports cards, after all. I had a few sets, a few small player collections of Ichiro, Kirby Puckett, Eddie Murray, Fred McGriff, Dwight Evans. But then I decided I wanted to collect a vintage set, so…
  • The Butterfly Effect

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

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    At 1 pm EDT, we will begin to chronicle September call-ups and their potential contributions in a running post organized by David Wiers. Stay tuned. NL OF Tiers: August NL OF Tiers: July NL OF Tiers: June NL OF Tiers: May NL OF Tiers: Preseason What’s most interesting about September, from a purely statistical standpoint, is small-sample volatility. Just like the unpredictability of April, anyone can go off — or fall flat — in the home stretch. If I’m contending, I’m trying to maximize playing time, although I will stream or start certain specialized players if…
  • Blue Jays Designate Colt Hynes

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Blue Jays have designated lefty Colt Hynes for assignment, the club announced. He loses his 40-man spot to help clear space for the team’s September call-ups, which include the previously non-rostered Jeff Francis. Hynes, 30, earned a brief call-up with Toronto for his second taste of big league action, but threw only three innings. He has enjoyed a solid season at Triple-A, though, throwing 44 2/3 innings of 3.22 ERA ball with 7.3 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9.
  • Yankees Designate Tyler Austin And Cole Figueroa, Call Up Andrew Bailey

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    The Yankees have designated outfielder Tyler Austin and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment, the club announced. Those moves were made as part of a flurry of roster activity to clear 40-man space for September call-ups, including former All-Star closer Andrew Bailey. Austin, 23, was once considered a top-100 prospect league-wide, but he’s fallen back with marginal results in the upper minors. Though he hit well at Double-A this year, earning a promotion, Austin slashed just .235/.309/.311 in 299 plate appearances in his first attempt at Triple-A. Meanwhile, Figueroa is a 28-year-old…
  • September 1 Callups: Why Javier Baez Is Not A Must Own Option

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Not only does it appear that the recall of Javier Baez is imminent, with the potential for it to come as soon as today, but he could return to regular playing time.  With Addison Russell shifting to shortstop, the Cubs are currently using a combination of Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella to man second base.  With neither impressing, there’s every reason to believe that Baez is going to be given an opportunity. Does that mean we should care, though?  Yes he brings power potential and is producing at Triple-A (.315, 13 HR, 60 RBI, 47 R, 17 SB over…
  • Brad Ziegler getting knocked around lately

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:39 am
    Closer Monkey - Instant email alerts whenever there's a closer change. Closer depth charts to help you stay ahead. September 1, 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks – For the second straight day Brad Ziegler failed to get the job done for the Diamondbacks. In his last two appearances, Ziegler has given up 7 runs on 10 hits in 2 innings pitched. The recent drubbings have taken some of the sheen off of Ziegler’s excellent season, sending his his ERA a whole run higher to 2.48. But an ERA of 2.48 is still pretty great, so don’t expect Zig to lose his job any time soon. Andrew Chafin,…
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  • Gleeman and The Geek #210: Back To The Future

    aarongleeman
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Phil Hughes getting hurt, Jose Berrios not being called up, Tyler Duffey's bounceback, being delayed by golf, sending your kids off to college, Torii Hunter getting old, Miguel vs. Miguel Sano, gambling problems, changing from a marathon to a sprint, strong-armed outfields, and celebrating the four-year anniversary of "Gleeman and The Geek." Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 210 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #209: Buxton Gets Arcia’d

    aarongleeman
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this special midweek, podcast-only "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Byron Buxton disappearing from the Twins' immediate plans, the possibility of trading Trevor Plouffe, Max Kepler's breakout season, Kurt Suzuki being skeptical of numbers, buying a mattress from Casper, clearing the 2016 outfield logjam, Terry Ryan's job security, and getting the meat sweats at Iron Door Pub. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 209 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. Here's what it looked like as we recorded the show at Iron Door Pub:…
  • Breakout season puts prospect Max Kepler in Twins’ long-term plans

    aarongleeman
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Max Kepler was signed out of Germany as a 16-year-old in 2009, receiving $800,000 the same year the Twins handed a record $3.15 million bonus to 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Miguel Sano. Six years later Sano is establishing himself as the Twins' best hitter while making the idea of his massive frame ever playing shortstop seem impossible and Kepler is on the verge of joining him in Minnesota thanks to a breakout season at Double-A. From the moment Kepler signed with the Twins he was billed as a good athlete with raw tools and lots of upside. He was a lanky center fielder then, but Kepler…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #208: Free Fallin’

    aarongleeman
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' collapse, rotation ugliness and Trevor May staying in the bullpen, Jose Berrios' timetable, Byron Buxton's rehab, Aaron Hicks' extreme splits, Tyler Duffey's rough debut, Chris Herrmann vs. Eric Fryer, Carlos Correa being a superstar already, the Tigers firing Dave Dombrowski, and reviewing Lollapalooza as a 70-year-old. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 208 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is sponsored by Uber, which is offering a free…
  • Twins Notes: Duffey, May, O’Rourke, Hicks, Sano, Mauer, and Hendriks

    aarongleeman
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    • Tyler Duffey allowed a grand total of one homer in 540 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A this season and then served up two homers in his Twins debut, including one to the second MLB hitter he faced. Based on the "game score" statistic Duffey had the seventh-worst debut start in Twins history. Who had the worst? LaTroy Hawkins in 1995. And then 21 years later Hawkins closed out the Blue Jays' win against the Twins in Duffey's debut. • Trevor May never deserved to be demoted from the rotation to the bullpen in the first place and hopefully the Twins remain committed to him…
 
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  • The Wire Troll: Didi Gregorius Flashing Some Power

    Michael Seff
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    The Mariners’ closer carousel has landed on Tom Wilhlemsen. (Rick Osentoski-USA Today Sports) It’s getting late in the season, but in the Fantasy world, it’s never too late. Here are some names that might help you during your September stretch run: Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees (ESPN: 5 per cent owned; CBS: 14 per cent owned): Gregorius got off to a slow start and is supposed to be all about his defense, but his bat has started to come around big time. His six-RBI game in Atlanta Friday was his second straight game with a homer (check out his first blast in the video…
  • 2015 RotoRob NFL Draft Kit: Running Back Rankings

    RotoRob
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    LeSean McCoy will try to bounce back in Buffalo. (Kevin Hoffman, USA Today Sports) By McCade Pearson, RotoRob and Michael Seff Welcome back to the 2015 Ro toRob NFL Draft Kit. While you wonder how the Steelers will fare without Martavis Bryant (suspension), let’s turn our attention to the running game as we identify the top 50 running backs in Fantasy football. While there is a ton of value to be found among running backs — especially given a very talented rookie class — the position is actually thinned out given the multitude of RBBC scenarios. Another big difference in…
  • Video Game Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist

    Jeff Cater
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    One would do well to fear… the SHARKRAKEN!!! It has been a long time since Yu-Gi-Oh! first burst onto the scene, but everyone’s favorite spikey-haired duelist is still channeling his gambling spirit and going strong. His latest outing comes from Konami with Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, available on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Now it’s time to find out if it’s any good. CONTROLS (2/5) In Legacy of the Duelist, you’ll want to scream after picking up your controller. Things are “explained” very quickly with few examples provided on what to do. Thus,…
  • Video Game Review: Gears of War Ultimate Edition

    Herija Green
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Lock and load, Delta. As I’ve noted before, Gears of War was the game that convinced me it was time to purchase an Xbox 360. It looked the part of a next-gen title, and it was one I played through multiple times. Time often isn’t kind to shooters, however, so the move to bring the original to Xbox One as Gears of War Ultimate Edition carried some risk. Is Delta up to the challenge? Gear up and let’s find out. CONTROLS (4.5/5) There isn’t a lot of subtlety to Gears, where ammo storage for the lancers tops out in the mid 600s and crates are plentiful. That’s not to…
  • The Wire Troll: Gregor Blanco Getting on Base

    RotoRob
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Can moving to a winner help revitalize Chase Utley? (Richard Carson, AP) And we are back, with another week of Fantasy baseball waiver wire selections. CC Sabathia’s tough season just hit another snag as he got hurt on Saturday; Joc Pederson’s slump has landed him on the bench in L.A.; and Mike Fiers says he did not have any foreign substances on his glove when he tossed his no-no. And now let’s get to this week’s picks… Gregor Blanco, OF, San Francisco Giants (ESPN: 18.8 per cent: CBS: 19 per cent): Blanco has been hitting very well, but he’s now been…
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  • G130: Red Sox at Mets, 1 PM

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    Red Sox - Mets - Wade Miley / Noah SyndergaardBetts, CFSandoval, 3BBogaerts, SSOrtiz, 1BHolt, 2BCastillo, RFSwihart, CDe Aza, LFMiley, P
  • G129: Red Sox 3, Mets 1

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Red Sox - 000 002 100 - 3 7 0Mets - 000 000 100 - 1 5 1Joe Kelly (7.1-5-1-2-2, 102) outdueled Jacob deGrom (6-4-2-2-10, 109) and Mookie Betts singled, homered, and scored two runs.deGrom blinked in the sixth inning when Betts singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Pablo Sandoval's double. After Xander Bogaerts's fly out moved the Panda to third and Travis Shaw walked, Brock Holt's fielder's choice grounder scored Sandoval with Boston's second run. Betts homered with two outs in the seventh.Gordon Edes notes that Red Sox starters have allowed two or fewer runs in 11 of their…
  • G128: Red Sox 6, Mets 4 (10)

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    Red Sox - 000 000 300 3 - 6 9 1Mets - 000 110 100 1 - 4 8 0Henry Owens / Matt HarveyBetts, CFSandoval, 3BBogaerts, SSOrtiz, 1BRamirez, LFHolt, 2BCastillo, RFSwihart, COwens, P
  • Thoughts On Orsillo Leaving NESN

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    I feel like I should write something about the news that Don Orsillo will not be returning to NESN as the Red Sox's television play-by-play announcer in 2016. But I find that I am indifferent to the news, which is perhaps tied to my diminished connection to the team the last two years.My issues and complaints with NESN's Red Sox broadcasts - both the actual production and direction, as well as the announcers - have been well-chronicled. Nothing much has changed in the three years since that post. When I watch the Red Sox now, I use the "ballpark sound" option that is available with the home…
  • G127: Red Sox 3, White Sox 0

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Red Sox - 000 000 021 - 3 7 0White Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 6 0Travis Shaw broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer and Rick Porcello (7-5-0-0-5, 94) was magnificent in his first start since coming off the disabled list.In the top of the eighth, Xander Bogaerts (2 singles and a walk) singled with one out. Shaw belted a line drive dong (#7) to right field with two outs. Robbie Ross pitched a perfect eighth. Boston added an insurance run in the ninth, as Josh Rutledge's sacrifice fly scored Blake Swihart. In the bottom of the ninth, Junichi Tazawa allowed a leadoff infield single to Melky…
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    BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog

  • Schoenfield: Williams’ time running short with Nationals after loss - SweetSpot - ESPN

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:57 am
    Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals. Somebody wake up Matt Williams and tell him.
  • Don’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    ARod, team player.“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.” Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea. “Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a trial-by-error kind of thing. It’s kind of a different story now.” “My gut [feeling] in the end is I don’t…
  • Babe Ruth’s Former New York Apartment Can Be Bought For Just $1.6M (Photos) | MLB | NESN.com

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Time to crack open that piggy bank.
  • Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-1-2015

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:GIANTS FAIL TO GET HIT OFF LAVENDER James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle. It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in 1915 than it does today. Also, this no-hitter appears to have been treated by the national…
  • OTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It’s Like Major League Baseball In August

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:56 am
    For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season.  No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen.  Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer.  As in baseball, that’s really about developing momentum and finding the money to remain in the race as long as possible.
 
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Betting on Baseball 8/26

    TheNaturalMevs
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    So you want to bet on baseball? We have a pick for you for Wednesday’s action. The New York Mets have been on an absolute year, and most people have them wrapping up the National League East in a few short weeks. The Washington Nationals have seemed to climb out of their funk, but each time they win; the Mets do too. Winners of their last four contests, the Metropolitans send Bartolo Colon to the mound on Wednesday evening against a soft opponent, the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark. We would like you to target the New York Mets and Bartolo Colon here. New York is a -160…
  • Justin Bour’s shirt really says it all

    TheNaturalMevs
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Donuts are a lot easier to accomplish. We’ve kind of noticed Bour because well; he looks like a boar. He’s got a boar body and uses no batting gloves on his hands/hooves and really is built like a Minotaur altogether. He smashes the ball a long ways when he connects. Other than Flash Gordon, he’s probably the most interesting thing going on in Miami right now. That’s both sad and beautiful all in the same.
  • Mike Fiers No-Hits the Dodgers in Houston

    TheNaturalMevs
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:03 pm
    [Box Score] Mike Fiers has shown before that he has pretty nasty stuff, but he had never thrown a no-hitter until last night. Fiers struck out ten Dodgers on an impressive 134 pitchers for the first Astros no-hitter in over 12 years last night. The Astros also equaled the Dodgers in win total (67) with that win, and overtook them with a 3-1 victory tonight. Clearly, one of the best stories in baseball this season. When a guy you traded for around the deadline throws a no-no a few starts into his tenure, you know it’s a magical year in the making. Another hard to believe fact: this was…
  • DStars45 Claims another Gentleman’s Cup Game; Swindaman3 Beats Diamondhoggers by less than a point

    TheNaturalMevs
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Prior to the Friday Gentleman’s Game Cup Series match, Swindaman3 had an interesting bit of words for Diamondhoggers; and although Diamondhoggers felt really confident in Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner as his two pitchers for this DFS game of Goliath’s; King Felix laid yet another egg. He’s a damn mess. However, Swindaman3 edged Diamondhoggers out for second place by a slim margin of .15 on the night. If Swindaman3 is going to taunt me; he better win by more than .15, we would advise….mmmyes. This was ever important to the macro spectrum of the Gentleman’s…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    This post really should have been up a lot earlier today, but I was at the pool all day with my nine month old. However; it’s a Saturday… and on Saturday we honor baseball. The Cubbies just wrapped up a Wrigley Field winner. I am honestly moving closer to ‘Anthony Rizzo is my MVP of the National League crowd’. He hit his 25th home run of the season today. In other matinee action, the Pirates won in the bottom of the ninth in Pittsburgh, the Yankees won at Yankee Stadium; coupled with the Cubbies winning, those are three things that truly are good for baseball.
 
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  • My Favorite Year (Redux)

    jposnanski
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, a brilliant reader asked me to reprint the story I had written about 1986 in honor of the Mets and Astros once again getting back to the top of baseball. I had vaguely remembered writing something about 1986 and planned to look into it.  Then a few days later I got a completely different request to reprint the 1986 story. And I thought, “I ought to look that up.” Holy cow, this thing is more than 10,000 words. This is from 2011. How could I not have remembered writing it? This is the moment when you know you are old and have written a few too many curiously…
  • Beltway Blues

    jposnanski
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Today in The Washington Post, the legendary Thomas Boswell makes the persuasive argument that the Nationals biggest problem this year has not been injuries, Matt Williams or a crumbling bullpen. The biggest problem, he says, is that the starting rotation — which many people (yours truly included) predicted to be historically great — has been utterly ordinary. I think Tom is mostly right, which leads to another point, but first let’s go over what the heck happened to the Nationals this year as they descended from a 96-win team that ran away with the National League East to a…
  • Chemistry

    jposnanski
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    There was a kind of interesting Twitter exchange the other day between my co-worker and friend Craig and injured pitcher and friend Brandon. I say “kind of interesting” because Twitter is, by definition, limiting, and it seemed like both Craig and Brandon were only able to say about half of what they were trying to say. The conversation was about team chemistry. The starting point was this story in USA Today about team chemistry. I think the general point of the story is that team chemistry is undervalued by the numbers guys (per John Lackey) and that the San Francisco Giants…
  • Born to Run

    jposnanski
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Born to Run was the first rock and roll song I ever heard, but it’s important to define our terms, particularly the phrase “rock and roll” and the word “heard.” Rock and roll is a big beautiful mess of a thing, a Chuck Berry guitar, a Janis Joplin screech, a Bono cry, a Ronnettes groove, Buddy Holly’s glasses, Joan Jett’s leather, Abbey Road, Clapton is God, grapevines, stairways, rings of fire, pinball wizards, mosquitos and libidos, rolling stones both upper and lower case, an Elvis swivel, a Beach Boys fog, a Jerry Lee Lewis piano, white albums,…
  • Runs Created and MVPs

    jposnanski
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Many years ago, around the time that Bruce Springsteen was writing and recording Born to Run (spoiler alert), Bill James invented a simple but beautiful little formula to help determine how runs are created in baseball. He intuited from all his baseball reading and research that a run-scoring formula would need three components: A: Getting on base. B: Advancing on the bases. C: Opportunities. Makes sense, right? To score a run, you have to get to the plate. You have to get on base. You have to work around the bases. So, he came up with an equation that I think is sort of baseball’s…
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    LADY AT THE BAT

  • Yankees Down The Stretch: A Look At The Schedule

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:26 am
    Welcome to September, everyone! We are now in the stretch run of the 2015 baseball season. The Yankees are 72-58, 1.5 games behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays, and in the Wild Card race, they hold the first spot by 4 games.  The Texas Rangers hold the second spot, with Minnesota, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Baltimore all in contention.The Yankees have 28 games left this month:As you can see, seven are against the division-leading Blue Jays, and nine are against Wild Card contenders (Tampa Bay and Baltimore).  Of course, as we learned last night, the other teams on…
  • Yankees (and Drew Too!) Take Care of Business vs Braves

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Here’s what you need to know about the Yankees weekend sweep of the Braves. Stephen Drew, the much maligned 2B, closed Sunday's game with his season average over .200 (.201 to be exact) for the first time all season. It was just that kind of weekend for the Yankees who put up 38 runs against the Braves pitching staff, including 15 in Friday’s opener and 20 in Sunday’s finale. Just like that, the Yankees look like playoff bound contenders again. All it took was a visit to the Atlanta Braves, and suddenly the Yankees offense looks like a force to be reckoned with, rather than the one that…
  • 10 Random Thoughts For the Yankees Stretch Run

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:47 am
    Heading to the stretch run can anybody make any sense of this team?Consider:1. The Yankees have stolen eight bases in 12 attempts since the all star break. Rickey Henderson used to do that in one weekend series. Stolen bases are only the tip of the iceberg. When bats get heavy as the season rolls along and Earl Weaver's favorite offense, the three run home run, comes to a screeching halt, then it's time to diversify. That means small ball, which includes base stealing, needs to take over. Six of the Yankees' total of 13 losses in August came by one run. A manufactured run here and there could…
  • Thoughts On The Problems With The Yankees Offense

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    The last seven games for the New York Yankees felt a lot like the last two seasons for the New York Yankees. Especially the 2014 season, when their offense was consistently non-existent. Surely this sounds familiar:A lineup that keeps failing to get hits with RISP.An injured Mark Teixeira taking too long to heal. (I guess that no-fun diet can't do everything.)Alex Rodriguez playing as if he were home, sitting out his 162-game suspension.Stephen Drew being, well, Stephen Drew.Right now, in addition to the points above, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are also beat up. All these issues make…
  • Inconsistent Nova Continues To Frustrate Yankees Fans With Latest Loss

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    Even if Ivan Nova hadn't given up five runs in the first inning, scoring against Houston's Dallas Keuchel would have been next to impossible last night. Nova sealed the deal with his two-out implosion, confirming the appearance of, not Supernova, but Ivan The Terrible:Incidentally, yesterday was the 485th anniversary of the birth of this Ivan The Terrible.  Nova celebrated with gusto last night, pulling out the weapon he has been known for using throughout his career: Inconsistency.While he pitched, many fans on Twitter expressed their frustration over Nova's inconsistency.
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    River Avenue Blues

  • The real impact of losing Mark Teixeira’s bat

    Katie Sharp
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    (AP Photo) The news just keeps getting worse and worse for Mark Teixeira and the Yankees. Joe Girardi announced Monday that Teixeira was sent back to New York for further tests on his badly bruised leg. That means Tuesday night’s matchup with the Red Sox will be the 13th time in 14 games since the injury that the Yankees won’t have their leading home run guy and most explosive power hitter in the starting lineup. Even worse, there is no definitive answer about when, if at all, Teixeira will return. As a wise man once said … Sure, the home runs and extra-base hits provide a ton…
  • Bailey, Refsnyder, Romine among first wave of September call-ups

    Mike Axisa
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Bailey. (MLB.com) 11:45am ET: To clear the three 40-man roster spots, the Yankees transferred Domingo German to the 60-day DL and designated both Tyler Austin and Cole Figueroa for assignment, the team announced. German, who is out following Tommy John surgery, was technically called up to MLB for the first time and placed on the DL. He’ll get big league pay for a month. Good for him. Austin has had a poor year (92 wRC+) and the Yankees have a ton of upper level outfield depth. That made him expendable. 9:30am ET: Following last night’s loss, the Yankees announced their first wave…
  • Blown opportunities send Yankees to 4-3 loss to Red Sox

    Mike Axisa
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    I wouldn’t say that was the worst loss of the season, but it was definitely the most frustrating. The Yankees had a ton of opportunities — they loaded the bases in four different innings! — but never did get the big hit, resulting in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox in Monday night’s series opener. (Darren McCollester/Getty) Right Where The Red Sox Want Them Want to hear a fun stat? The Yankees went 4-for-14 (.286) with runners in scoring position. That’s pretty good, all things considered. The league average is .257 with runners in scoring position. Want to hear a not…
  • DotF: September call-up candidates have big games in Scranton’s win

    Mike Axisa
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Got some notes to pass along: Brian Cashman told Dan Barbarisi that C Gary Sanchez (hamstring) will not be part of the first wave of September call-ups tomorrow. He’s still hurting. That makes C Austin Romine the odds on favorite to be the third catcher down the stretch, at least until Sanchez gets healthy. SS Jorge Mateo was placed on the High-A Tampa DL retroactive to Saturday, reports Nick Flammia. Mateo recently suffered some kind of leg injury running the bases. Tampa’s season ends Sunday and they’re not going to the playoffs, so Mateo’s season may be over. OF…
  • Game 130: Back in Boston

    Mike Axisa
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    (Presswire) These late-season series with the Red Sox used to have a lot more pizzazz, you know? That was back when both teams were in contention. The last few years either the Yankees or Red Sox — or both, in the case of last season — were out of the race, and the games didn’t have the same intensity they once did. Don’t get the wrong, the games are still pretty intense, just not as intense as they were seven or eight years ago. Anyway, this season the Red Sox are out of contention while the Yankees remain atop the wildcard standings and are a good series away from…
 
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  • Using Challenge Coins to Promote the Business

    Lucy Mcveigh
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Challenge coins extend their use from the military to so many other industries. Firemen, policemen, and even business sectors use them as well. Whether small or big businesses, these coins are ideal for them. Custom coins are given as souvenirs on many occasions, including corporate events and conferences. A lot of companies are already taking advantage of them in order to introduce, promote, educate, and establish their brand in different places all over the world. They have created an online presence and got people to know about their service or product with the help of custom coins as a…
  • HCG Drops: The Benefits and Possible Side Effects

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

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

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

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

    philipp
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:50 am
    Interview by RTV Rijmond with Jorian van Acker after the decisive game on Sunday. by Pim van Nes Despite of their long time first place ranking in Hoofdklasse regular season, despite of finishing first and thus a bonus of 3 wins for their 9 play-off games, L&D Amsterdam Pirates lost everything in game 9 last Sunday. On Saturday in Amsterdam they lost first place to visiting Curacao Neptunus and on Sunday in Rotterdam, they lost the last game versus Neptunus and their second place in ranking to Corendon Kinheim. No qualification for upcoming Holland Series, which instead will start with…
  • Czech Playoffs: Draci, Technika tied / Kotlarka one win away

    philipp
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    In the Czech Playoffs the semi-finals started this past weekend. Draci Brno shut out Technika Brno 10-0 in game one thanks to a five-hitter by Petr Minarik. Premek Chroust and Michael Kremlacek hit home runs. However in game two on Sunday Technika prevailed 3-2. Jiri Marek decided the contest with his bases clearing triple in the fifth. John Hussey struck out seven for the win. In the second series Kotlarka Prague is leading Arrows Ostrava 2-0. On Saturday Prague defeated Ostrava 11-3. Adam Matuska drove in three. Petr Sila and Mitchell Nilsson scored three times apiece. On Sunday Kotlarka…
  • Austrian Playoffs: Diving Ducks reach Finals, Wanderers lead Metrostars

    philipp
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    In the Austrian Baseball League the Diving Ducks stunned regular season winner Dornbirn Indians and reached the finals. The club from Wiener Neustadt won the best-of-seven semi-final series 4-1. Dornbirn had been able to win game three in lopsided fashion on Saturday, but lost games four and five of the series 10-12 and 10-17 in a pair of high-scoring affairs. In the second semi-final, the Vienna Wanderers lead the Vienna Metrostars 3-2. The Wanderers also will have home field advantage in the next two games. Results: Fri, 21.08. 19h – Sportzentrum Spenadlwiese, Wien Vienna Wanderers…
  • French Playoffs: Montpellier, Paris join Rouen, Senart in Semis

    philipp
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    The Montpellier Barracudas and Paris UC are joining the Rouen Huskies and the Templiers Senart in the semi-finals of the French Division I. Montpellier easily swept the Beaucaire Chevaliers 8-0 and 10-2 on Saturday and Sunday to win the best-of-three quarterfinal series. PUC edged out Stade Toulousain in the decisive third match of the series 3-2. Toulouse had won game one 7-3, before dropping the second 3-8 to Paris. In the semifinals Paris is facing the Huskies, while Senart takes on Montpellier.  
  • IBL Playoffs: Bologna sweeps Rimini in Italian Series Preview

    philipp
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    Everything was decided prior to the sixth semi-final round robin game day in the Italian Baseball League. However Unipol Bologna made a statement and swept ASD Rimini in a preview of the upcoming Italian Series. Fortitudo won 6-0, 4-0 and 7-3 with two of the three games played in Rimini. In the second series T&A San Marino defeated Tommasin Padua in two of the three games. Results: 20° settimana  27 agosto 2015 – 29 agosto 2015 RIM vs UnipolSai BOL 27/08 (21.00) a Rimini 0-6 28/08 (21.00) a Bologna 0-4 29/08 (21.00) a Rimini 3-7 Tommasin PAD vs T&A RSM 27/08 (21.00) a…
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  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week 20

    Mark George
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    One team has confirmed their place in the 2015 BaseballGB playoffs, while the race for the remaining places is really heating up. And which manager benefited from the latest no-hitter?   Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Norwich No II 33 4 24 5 .299 .817 6 5 49 2 4.13 1.33 10 Jesmond Dennings 18 5 36 4 .292 .780 1 4 44 0 4.36 1.39 2   We start with the week’s biggest winners, as Norwich boosted their playoff hopes with a 10-2 win against Jesmond. A pitching sweep saw six different players collect wins, including Syndergaard, who led the staff with 12…
  • MLB this Week: Heading into September

    Matt Smith
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:13 am
    We’re heading into the final month of the 2015 regular season and whilst this is always a great time, it seems particularly exciting this year. Three of the current division leaders haven’t been to the playoffs for years. The NL East-leading New York Mets last played in the postseason in 2006 in a season that ended in a heartbreaking 4-3 NLCS loss to the St Louis Cardinals, whilst the AL West-leading Houston Astros last got there in 2005 when they had a similarly devastating end through being swept 4-0 in the World Series by the Chicago White Sox. As for the AL East-leading…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015 Week Nineteen

    Mark George
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    With less than a month to go until the fantasy playoffs, two teams are tied at the top and the race for the final playoff place is heating up. Then there’s the matter of finding out which manager benefited from the latest no-hitter…   Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Cheshunt Maltsters 23 6 20 0 .251 .696 1 6 48 3 5.30 1.47 1 Iron Men 35 12 31 4 .279 .846 1 0 56 5 3.41 1.22 10   Iron Men go top of the standings after their 10-1 win against the Maltsters. An offensive sweep saw Sano hit four homers, score eight times and drive in nine, while a pair of…
  • MLB this Week: Playoff contenders in early action

    Matt Smith
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    There are eight pre-midnight MLB games this working week and all but one contains a play-off contender. Sadly for this A’s fan, we’re in the exception and having to face Felix Hernandez as well. We start off with a bit of treat on Monday. The Cubs always feature prominently in the ‘early’ game lists due to the large number of day-games they play at Wrigley Field. Over the past few seasons the home team generally hasn’t had much to play for, but things are very different in 2015. The north-siders are firmly in the Wild Card race and so games at the Friendly…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015 Week Eighteen

    Mark George
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    With just four weeks of the regular fantasy season left, the race for the playoffs is hotting up. Which teams are still in the hunt for a shot at winning it all? And who benefited from Iwakuma’s no-hitter? Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Orpington Isotopes 32 14 43 3 .359 1.054 7 1 54 3 3.26 1.14 9 Batteries Essential 22 4 23 2 .223 .648 4 0 61 2 3.22 1.04 3   We begin with this week’s biggest winners – my Isotopes. I wish I could have typed that more often this season! An offensive sweep paved the way for a 9-3 win over Batteries Essential. Adam…
 
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  • Two Decades Later, Ripken's Record Remains a Testament to Work Ethic

    REUTERS
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:48 am
    Twenty years after breaking the record for consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, Jr. insists the reason the feat remains one of baseball's most cherished moments is because it involved a trait the average person can understand: a strong work ethic.
  • Dodgers Beat Giants 5-4 in 14 Innings on Gonzalez's Single

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:57 am
    Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West's top two teams.
  • Keuchel Matches Home Win Milestone in Astros Victory

    REUTERS
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday.
  • Mark Canha Hits 3-Run HR as Athletics Beat Angels 11-5

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Mark Canha hit a three-run homer, Jake Smolinski's three-run double highlighted a decisive third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 on Monday in another quirky night at the Coliseum when part of the outfield wall fell down and delayed the game.
  • Royals Acquire Gomes From Braves

    REUTERS
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:18 pm
    The American League-leading Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
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  • Aug 29, 2005: White Sox roller coaster

    BTGrimes
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Don't count your chickens... SEATTLE, WASHINGTON • The Chicago White Sox won the World Series in 2005, dominating the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros enroute to an 11-1 post season record. Unless you're a die-hard Sox fan (guilty) however, most people forget the White Sox were almost humiliated by the worst collapse in baseball history. On August 1, 2005 the White Sox had a commanding 15 game lead. The Cleveland Indians began to eat away at the lead. On this date in baseball history in 2005 the Sox lost to the Seattle Mariners, but still had a 7 game…
 
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  • Matt Moore and Richie Shaffer are back with the Rays

    Cork Gaines
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    Matt Moore and Richie Shaffer were among the first six players to be added to the Rays’ roster as teams can add up to 15 additional players starting today. Also joining the roster are outfielder Mikie Mahtook and relievers CJ Riefenhauser and Kirby Yates. In addition, catcher Luke Maile is expected to be promoted, according to Marc Topkin. However that move has not been made yet by the Rays. Maile is not on the 40-man roster and a spot will need to be cleared before he can be promoted. More players could be added next week after the minor league seasons end. Moore will return to the…
  • Kevin Kiermaier made one of the best catches you’ll ever see, robbing the Orioles of a home run

    Cork Gaines
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    The Rays beat the Orioles on Monday night 6-3, thanks in large part to Kevin Kiermaier’s incredible catch, robbing Manny Machado of a home run. There are catches that rob home runs just over the fence. There are catches that “rob home runs” but really just rob a double or a triple as the ball was probably going to hit the wall. Kiermaier’s catch was neither of those, as the ball was going to easily clear the fence by 2-3 feet. Chris Archer’s reaction was fantastic. Here is the full video via MLB. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2015. |…
  • One chart that perfectly sums up the second half of the season for the Rays

    Cork Gaines
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    The Rays are now 64-66 and if it seems like they have been hovering around the .500 mark for a while it is because they have. So far this season, the Rays have been within 3 games of .500 after 103 of their 130 games including all 39 games in the second half. Even in their playoff years, the Rays have always been a very streaky team, often looking unbeatable and unable to win for long stretches at different time. It is a trait that has always been chalked up to being a roster filled with young players who are often less consistent. And yet this year, outside of one hot stretch that was…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 3, Royals 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Nathan Karns now has 19 starts this season in which he has allowed 2 runs or fewer. That is a Rays’ rookie record. Only 4 pitchers in all MLB have more.  Since Dwight Gooden had 20 such starts in 1984, the only other rookie with 20+ starts giving up 2 runs or fewer was Jose Fernandez with 22 in 2013…Kevin Kiermiaer is red hot with the bat. He homered on both Saturday and Sunday. He is now 30-91 (.330) in August and has 11…
  • Desmond Jennings changed his body and now his career may be in jeopardy

    Cork Gaines
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Desmond Jennings is back on the DL. If you had 10 games in the pool for when Jennings would end up back on the DL, you win! If Jennings misses the rest of the season, this now means that over a stretch of 190 games, dating back to last September, Jennings will have missed 162 games and played in 28. Most of us are not medical doctors and maybe it is just a coincidence, but it is hard not to see how fragile Jennings has become and not wonder if it is related to his decision to bulk up and add more muscle. Prior to the 2014 season, Jennings added size to his frame in hopes of adding power to…
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  • Tampa Bay Rays: Profiling the September Call-Ups

    Robbie Knopf
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:14 am
    September 1st is here and the roster dynamic in Major League Baseball will shift quite a bit in the next month. The usual 25-man rosters will be up to a maximum 40 for the remainder of the regular season, giving each team the opportunity to add depth and just maybe a few additional impact players. […] Tampa Bay Rays: Profiling the September Call-Ups - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Biscuits Clinch Playoff Berth

    Robbie Knopf
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:31 am
    We focus so much on individual performances in these minor league recaps, but for once, let’s talk about who will make the playoffs. Another Tampa Bay Rays affiliate punched its ticket to the postseason on Monday, making it a total of three that have done so thus far with a fourth a favorite to make […] Tampa Bay Rays MiLB Recap: Biscuits Clinch Playoff Berth - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays Game 131: Archer Fights Himself and Wins

    Robbie Knopf
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    The Tampa Bay Rays’ offense stepped up on Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles, but the story so often has been that their bats have found themselves right as the arms were falling apart. That easily could have transpired in this game as well. Chris Archer dealt with some bad fortune, particularly when Joey Butler dropped […] Tampa Bay Rays Game 131: Archer Fights Himself and Wins - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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  • 1933 Goudey "World War Gum" (R174, military) #5, Practice At Camp

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Today (August 23) in 1914, over 35,000 British troops encountered Germany's 1st army in Belgium, following similar engagements by France earlier that week. It was Britain's first continental battle of WWI, and while at numerical disadvantage, their forces withstood extended artillery bombardment before choosing retreat over potential envelopment and capture. The German army proceeded into Belgium, pushing Allied forces back to the Marne, where...(Wikipedia can take it from here).I looked up this engagement (the Battle of Mons) thanks to another of Goudey's 1933 sets, World War Gum. It's…
  • 1960 Topps #389, World Series Game 5 (and the baseball peccadilloes of LA's Memorial Coliseum)

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    This card's always intrigued me, as it could show Maury Wills making a play at second long before he worked out his unusual contract kerfuffles with Topps (who'd passed on signing him for $5 at a minor league tryout) and first appeared "officially" as a Pirate in their 1967 set. So is this really an unnamed Wills covering second? Yes.While this is Maury Wills taking a throw as Aparicio steals, it's from game 4 instead. Fellow card blog Horizontal Heroes even found the original press photo that Topps repurposed in its post about 1960 Topps #389; Topps just repurposed it incorrectly…
  • 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention Recap

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    "It's somewhere in this room. Somewhere. I just need to use my good spyglass and find it."You can hit three limits at a National Sports Collectors Convention: time, energy, money. If you're there for 3 days, you say: I can't see all these hundreds of tables! If you're there for 4: my feet are dead! If you're there for 5: where'd all my money go!"Unopened packs. So hot right now."I lasted 4 days at the 2015 National, arriving for Wednesday's sneak preview, but departing prior to Sunday's unofficial discount day. There's plenty of vintage on display, but personal expectations are always…
  • National Sports Collectors Show 2015, day two (Thursday) highlights

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    As time and tide wait for no man, neither do your feet adjust to hours of pounding around the robust concrete floors of Rosemont's convention center. Oy vey. But onto the cards!I spent two hours sifting through variety boxes at one of my favorite National dealers, Kurt Tourdot. Thanks to John and Len, I also spent awhile thinking about a new haircut. Unitas has a classic gridiron look, but Dawson's closer to what will actually happen on my head.Speaking of haircuts, here's another guy with a buzz.Despite finishing my own 1976 SSPC baseball set a few years ago, I'd completely forgotten about…
  • National Sports Collectors Show 2015 : Day one highlights

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

    Guest
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:25 am
    The MLB season is a long, sometimes-slow journey. Often by the time we’re approaching the postseason, it’s almost strange to recall the beginning of the season. Similarly, preseason predictions and projections can often be almost comical by the time teams are 100-plus games in and trades, call-ups, and injuries have impacted the picture. Heading into the 2015 season, ESPN’s panel of experts made predictions as usual regarding how the divisions would play out and ultimately who would win the World Series. The combined votes from the analysts and writers at hand ultimately…
  • BASEBALL HOF VOTING – SOME WRITERS DON’T DESERVE THE PRIVILEGE

    Guest
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    As it happens every summer, for one weekend in July, the eyes of the baseball world will turn to Cooperstown, New York, for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. After the ceremonies, thoughts will turn to next year’s candidates and Ken Griffey, Jr., who was elected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century team in 1999, will be up for Hall-of-Fame induction in 2016. Griffey, before Barry Bonds started rubbing flaxseed oil all over himself (which made Bonds’ head grow, who knew?), was the greatest player of his generation, and certainly the greatest…
  • Can Anyone Stop the Surprising Houston Astros?

    Joe Messineo
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:27 pm
    It’s been a strange season in baseball. The aging Yankees are actually pretty good. The Nationals are, for some reason, pretty mediocre. The Mets are good. The stacked Padres roster can’t get it done on the field. The Tigers are lousy. And, most unbelievably of all, the Houston Astros are finally good.   Yes, those Houston Astros. The ones that have been all but irrelevant for a decade. The ones that were supposed to be on a long rebuilding project. They suddenly seem like the favorites to win a tough AL West, and they’re starting to look like a serious postseason threat, too. The…
  • Handicapping the AL East Race: Playoff Percentages and Keys for the rest of the Season

    Joe Messineo
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Now that the All-Star break and the trade deadline are both in the rear view mirror, the baseball season finally is getting serious. And as the division races heat up, there’s no better place to find the action than in the storied American League East.   Even with the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry all but out of the picture for the time being thanks to a dismal Red Sox season, the AL East is becoming baseball’s most hotly contested division. The Toronto Blue Jays have surged into first place after trading for star SS Troy Tulowitzki, but the Yankees remain close behind. There’s…
  • LA Dodgers: Win or Bust

    Joe Messineo
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    It is not a fair assessment to say the Los Angeles Dodgers have all the money in the world, just about a third of it. In all seriousness though, if recent baseball history is any indication, the Dodgers’ flush wallets alone may not be enough to buy a championship in the MLB, and that leaves Los Angeles in a tricky situation going forward.   Similar to the New York Yankees in the early aughts, the Dodgers are in a position of ‘championship or bust.’ The team is paying out $300 million in payroll, and at those prices, a failure to take home the tile could make them a punchline.
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  • Four Frontier League Alumni Who Have Been In MLB In 2015

    independentbaseball
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:33 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which former Frontier League alumni have been on a MLB roster at one point in 2015?   Answer: Dylan Axelrod – Windy City 2009 – Cincinnati Reds (American League) Vidal Nuno -Washington 2011- Seattle Mariners (American League) … Continue reading →
  • Only Atlantic League Champions To Win Title 1 Time In Team History

    independentbaseball
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question The Atlantic League season champion has been crowned every year since 1998.  Since then, most of the teams have won the title at least twice in franchise history.  Which teams have won the league championship only … Continue reading →
  • Bill Buckner’s Independent Managerial Record

    independentbaseball
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What was Bill Buckner’s managerial record in the independent leagues?   Answer: He had a 51-42 record in his only season managing (Brockton Rox, Can-Am League 2011) http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=buckne002wil http://www.canamleague.com/pdf/2011_standings.pdf … Continue reading →
  • First Base Coach For Vallejo Admirals

    independentbaseball
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who is the first base coach and player development director for the Vallejo Admirals?   Answer: Michael Samuels http://vallejoadmirals.com/front-office/ … Continue reading →
  • First Pecos League Position Player To Be Signed By Affiliated Team

    independentbaseball
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the first position player to be signed by an affiliated MLB organization out of the Pecos League?   Answer: Chris Costantino was signed by the Atlanta Braves after he played for the Roswell Invaders … Continue reading →
 
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  • Baseball Fielding: 3 Receiving Positions for Shortstops

    kenny
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    You don’t always need to practice fielding with a live ball. In this video blog post, we are discussing baseball fieding and how you can work on the 3 receiving positions for shortstops and work on receiving technique in your practice without the use of a ball. – Players begin at their position on the [...] The post Baseball Fielding: 3 Receiving Positions for Shortstops appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: 3 Lead Throws for the Shortstop

    kenny
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    In this video blog post, we are talking about double plays for the short stop and the 3 throws that a shortstop can make to the second baseman to lead on the double play. Swivel / The 6 Ball Technique The Swivel / 6 Ball technique is when the ball is coming straight at the [...] The post Baseball Fielding: 3 Lead Throws for the Shortstop appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Barehand & Backhand Fielding for the 3rd Baseman

    kenny
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    The backhand and barehand catch is an invaluable skill for all third basemen to master. In today’s video blog post, I am sharing some tips on how to properly implement these techniques into your fielding plays. Barehand One important techniques for 3rd base fielding involves using the barehand. The barehand can be used when dealing [...] The post Barehand & Backhand Fielding for the 3rd Baseman appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: 3rd Base & Fielding The Slow Roller

    kenny
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    In this video blog post, we are talking about some of the things that the third baseman needs to be proficient at in order to successfully field the slow roller and make an out play to first base.  If your player can perform these 6 techniques, he has a great chance of being a great [...] The post Baseball Fielding: 3rd Base & Fielding The Slow Roller appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Pitcher Fielding: The Comebacker Technique

    kenny
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    In this pitcher fielding drill, we focus on “comebackers” to the pitcher, both to the left and right. This drill will helps your pitchers determine who is going to cover the bag when returning a double play.  It also focuses on developing the proper footwork for turning a double play. If the ball goes directly/straight [...] The post Pitcher Fielding: The Comebacker Technique appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • MLB 2015 Game #12: Reds vs. Cubs

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Last night the Chicago Cubs (74-55, .574) broke their four-game losing streak in grand fashion with a no-hitter against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Jake Arrieta pitched the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history, and the team's first since Carlos Zambrano achieved the feat against the… read more...
  • The Beatles at Comiskey Park

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_429.jpg' width="575" height="388"></div><br /><br /> Kids don't want to admit that their parents did… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #11: Phillies vs. Brewers

    15 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Neither the Philadelphia Phillies (46-70, .397) nor the Milwaukee Brewers (49-68, .419) are playing for a spot in the 2015 postseason. Both teams are buried at the bottom of their respective divisions. The Phillies trail the New York Mets by 17 games in the National League East and 21 games out… read more...
  • BP’s Baseball Vault

    12 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_427.jpg' width="575" height="379"></div><br /> Before I launched this blog, I started entertaining thoughts… read more...
  • Active MLB No No-Hitter Streaks

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Last Saturday, Cole Hamels made his final start for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. All of the experts seemed certain that Hamels would be traded before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but his whereabouts were up for debate. In the process of… read more...
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  • Coaches Announced

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    31 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    On behalf of the Southern Hawks please congratulate coach Brad Barlow, and coach David Millen for being selected as the head and assistant coach of the 13u Southern Hawks in the 2015/16 season. Head coach and assistant announced! Congrats to Coach Brad Barlow, and coach David Millen. Check out our coaches page for additional details. Raul Bojas, and Mike Kemp also agree to be on field to help during practices. The post Coaches Announced appeared first on Elite Baseball Program.
  • Hawks Update, MLB Workout invite, and coaching announcements

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    31 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    It has been a busy, and exciting few weeks for us. The Hawks have signed two practice coaches this past week, Michael Kemp, and Raul Borjas. Coaching decisions have been made and they will be posted later today on our website. We are having one final FREE workout session with former Major Leaguer Scott Bullett, this session will take place outdoors in St. Catherine’s on September 9th. If you are interested please email us ASAP, we will permit up to 25 kids on the diamond. There is zero obligation with us for attending this session, it would be a great opportunity for both you and your…
  • Try it before you buy it night update

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    25 Aug 2015 | 7:15 pm
    For those of you who are interested we are having a “open” house at the Bullett Proof Baseball Academy tomorrow night from 6-8 PM. Come train with former major leaguer Scott Bullett and meet some of the Southern Hawks coaching staff. This session is 100% Free of charge and there are zero obligations associated to it. IF you are interested simply email us at info@southernhawks.com and we will put you down on the sign in sheet. Thanks again for the interest Hawks Baseball   The post Try it before you buy it night update appeared first on Elite Baseball Program.
  • Technology in Baseball is here to stay

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    13 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    It took some time but technology is here, and its here to stay. Baseball has always been a game of numbers, but now more than ever before those numbers are getting used. Baseball is one of the oldest games in the world but it has really started to leverage and rely on technology. Technology in Baseball is everywhere, new equipment: balls, bats, gloves, catchers gear, clothing, facilities: turf, stadiums, clubhouses, video review, video analysis, technology surrounds the game of Baseball. Technology has changed everyone’s experience with the game of Baseball, the owners, and GM’s…
  • Try it, before you buy it night

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    7 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Come out for a world class workout on us! Come see what our program is all about, meet some of the coaches and players who will represent the Southern Hawks in 2016. Many have asked me who will be playing on this team? And that’s a valid question since we’re a new baseball brand. We have decided to put together a “try it before you buy it” night. This will give you the opportunity to see what kids are interested in playing with us next year, and see the caliber of baseball being offered. This will also give you the opportunity to meet a few of the coaches, personal…
 
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