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    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball's active saves leader to simply keep rolling. After a few too many bad outings, they traded for a backup plan in Joakim Soria, widely considered the top reliever on the market.
  • D-backs' offense struggles again in loss to Bucs

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    Barry M. Bloom and Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The Pirates concluded a pounding of the D-backs this weekend at Chase Field with Sunday's 8-0 victory, their first three-game road sweep of an NL West club since 2007.
  • Cahill uneven, Braves fall after fast start

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    Todd Zolecki and Mark Bowman
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The Phillies have been searching for any type of momentum this month, and they hope they found some Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Arrieta, Russell lead way as Cubs top Reds

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    Carrie Muskat and Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Big hits from Miguel Montero and Addison Russell were enough to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago took both games of the rain-shortened series.
  • Miscue proves costly for DeSclafani, Reds vs. Cubs

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    Carrie Muskat and Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Big hits from Miguel Montero and Addison Russell were enough to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago took both games of the rain-shortened series.
 
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  • D-backs' offense struggles again in loss to Bucs

    Barry M. Bloom and Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The Pirates concluded a pounding of the D-backs this weekend at Chase Field with Sunday's 8-0 victory, their first three-game road sweep of an NL West club since 2007.
  • Heart of D-backs' lineup blanked by Bucs

    Barry M. Bloom
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The Pirates swept the D-backs at Chase Field and Arizona was able to score only two runs, but the top five hitters didn't drive in one of them.
  • Anderson, D-backs look to end losing skid vs. Rockies

    Jack Etkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.40) and D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.00) will oppose each other in the series opener at Chase Field.
  • Corbin on track for June return to rotation

    Barry M. Bloom
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    If all goes well, the D-backs will have left-hander Patrick Corbin back from last year's Tommy John surgery in a little bit more than a month.
  • De La Rosa delivers dominant start, but D-backs fall

    Barry M. Bloom and Tom Singer
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker off D-backs closer Addison Reed with two out in the top of the ninth, giving the Pirates a 2-1 win on Saturday night in the second game of the three-game set.
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  • Cahill uneven, Braves fall after fast start

    Todd Zolecki and Mark Bowman
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The Phillies have been searching for any type of momentum this month, and they hope they found some Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Bethancourt up to task of earning everyday role

    Mark Bowman
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    As Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has utilized A.J. Pierzynski as his primary catcher over the past 10 days, he has said he wants to stick with the "hot bat" and also remind Christian Bethancourt that he has to earn the starting role at the Major League level.
  • Cahill shows improvement, settles down after homer

    Mark Bowman
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Given that he was once an All-Star pitcher, Trevor Cahill might not be comfortable with the fact that his completion of six innings is now viewed as progress. But based on the tremendous struggles he has encountered recently, the veteran right-hander has no choice but to accept whatever form of optimism he produces.
  • Freeman's miscues especially costly vs. Phils

    Mark Bowman
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    When the Braves began this nine-game road trip by taking two of three against the Blue Jays, it appeared Freddie Freeman had distanced himself from the offensive misfortune he had experienced during the regular season's first two weeks.
  • Stults eyes first win as Braves open homestand vs. Nats

    Bill Ladson
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The Nationals, who have lost their last five games, travel to Atlanta to face the Braves in a three-game series starting Monday night at Turner Field. Washington righty Doug Fister will oppose Atlanta lefty Eric Stults.
 
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  • Arrieta, Russell lead way as Cubs top Reds

    Carrie Muskat and Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Big hits from Miguel Montero and Addison Russell were enough to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago took both games of the rain-shortened series.
  • Russell's big hit helps propel Cubs to victory

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Addison Russell will finally get to play at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' No. 2 ranked prospect will make his home debut Monday night, and he arrives feeling a little better after hitting a key three-run double in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Reds.
  • Arrieta's in-game adjustments spur strong effort

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    In both of Jake Arrieta's starts against the Reds this season, the Cubs pitcher has gotten off to great starts. On Sunday, he showed what he can do when he gets out of rhythm.
  • Starlin adds to highlight reel with throw from knees

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon has challenged his players to try to win Gold Gloves. Starlin Castro is taking that seriously.
  • Motte sends text of support to injured Wainwright

    Carrie Muskat
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Cubs reliever Jason Motte sent Adam Wainwright a text message Saturday night as soon as he heard that his former teammate was injured. Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an injury to his left Achilles and ankle that may be season-ending.
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  • Miscue proves costly for DeSclafani, Reds vs. Cubs

    Carrie Muskat and Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Big hits from Miguel Montero and Addison Russell were enough to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago took both games of the rain-shortened series.
  • Cingrani provides solid relief work after long layoff

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    For the first time in nearly two weeks, Reds reliever Tony Cingrani emerged from the bullpen and took the mound on Sunday. During a 5-2 loss to the Cubs, Cingrani was effective with two perfect innings and two strikeouts.
  • Reds struggling to capitalize on scoring chances

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    It was only on Tuesday when the Reds' bats erupted for a 16-run game and a win over the Brewers. Now even if they rub two bats together, their lineup is unable to create a spark.
  • Marquis aims to rebound in opener vs. Nelson, Crew

    Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The Brewers' most consistent starter, Jimmy Nelson, gets the start Monday night against Jason Marquis and the Reds.
  • Mesoraco continuing to rehab on active roster

    Mark Sheldon
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Sunday marked two weeks since Devin Mesoraco last caught a game for the Reds. But the club is still resisting placing Mesoraco on the disabled list because of an impingement in his left hip.
 
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  • Matzek takes mound for Rockies against Diamondbacks

    Jack Etkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.40) and D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.00) will oppose each other in the series opener at Chase Field.
  • Rain can't wash away memories of Coors Field's first game

    Tracy Ringolsby
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The temperature was 42 degrees on Sunday afternoon just like it had been 20 years earlier when gates were opened at Coors Field for a regular season game for the first time. It was raining, just like it had been during the day 20 years earlier. And this year there was a celebration, not for an 11-9, 14-inning victory against the Mets like when the Rockies opened Coors Field on April 26, 1995, but rather for the memories still vivid 20 years later.
  • After rainout, Rockies won't alter their rotation

    Jack Etkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies will not alter their rotation after Sunday's game against the Giants that was rained out.
  • Rockies rally in ninth, but fall to Giants in 11

    Jack Etkin and Owen Perkins
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Nori Aoki scored the deciding run on a squeeze bunt by Joe Panik in the 11th inning as the Giants survived a Rockies rally in the ninth for a 5-4 win on Saturday night. Justin Maxwell's replay-reviewed two-run homer helped offset solo shots by Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez for Colorado.
  • De La Rosa pleased with outing; Dickerson's quad sore

    Jack Etkin
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched five solid innings and rebounded from his poor 2015 debut in Colorado's 5-4 loss on Saturday. He allowed four hits and two runs with two walks -- back-to-back with two outs in the fifth -- and seven strikeouts in a 90-pitch effort against San Francisco.
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  • Gattis' ninth-inning double secures Astros' sweep

    Jane Lee and Rick Eymer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Designated hitter Evan Gattis drove in four runs, including two in the ninth against closer Tyler Clippard, to guide the Astros to a series-sweeping 7-6 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
  • Unbeaten McHugh faces Shields, Padres in series opener

    Tim Powers
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    The Padres host their first Interleague series of the season beginning on Monday when James Shields takes the mound against the Astros, who counter with Collin McHugh.
  • Gattis breaks slump, matches career-high four RBIs

    Rick Eymer
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Evan Gattis matched his career high with four RBIs in the Astros' 7-6 victory over the Athletics on Sunday, but that does not guarantee him a spot in Monday night's night lineup at San Diego.
  • Marisnick returns to Astros' lineup

    Rick Eymer
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Outfielder Jake Marisnick returned to the starting lineup after missing the first two games of the Astros' series with the A's. Right-hander Josh Fields made his 2015 debut on Saturday with a scoreless inning and is good to go, and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, projected to be the club's fourth starter, is working his way back to the Majors.
  • Altuve, Springer go deep as Astros secure series

    Jane Lee and Rick Eymer
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Second baseman Jose Altuve hit a three-run home run, and the Astros beat the A's a second straight day, 9-3, on Saturday afternoon to secure a series victory at the Coliseum.
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    LA Homepage News

  • Guerrero earning more playing time with his bat

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Alex Guerrero is going through an excellent run at the plate right now, but also is trying to show that he can also be a good fielder and displayed evidence of that with a home run and a diving stop in the Dodgers' 3-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday.
  • Dodgers fall despite Baker's fine outing

    Ken Gurnick and Tim Powers
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Derek Norris and Alexi Amarista both homered to back seven solid innings by Brandon Morrow, who picked up his first win in more than a year in a Padres' 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday.
  • Baker gives Dodgers boost with strong debut

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:46 pm
    The Dodgers did not get a sweep against the Padres on Sunday, but Scott Baker did provide a quality start in his season debut with seven solid innings in a 3-1 loss.
  • Anderson, Dodgers look to get even with rival Giants

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:23 pm
    After sweeping the Dodgers last week in San Francisco, the Giants head to L.A. to begin a series on Monday night with Tim Lincecum getting the call against Brett Anderson.
  • Left hamstring strain forces Puig to DL

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Prior to Sunday's game against the Padres, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain.
 
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  • Bats break out vs. Lynn as Crew takes finale from Cards

    Jenifer Langosch and Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Featuring a lineup without Ryan Braun or Aramis Ramirez in it, the Brewers broke out of their recent funk to salvage the final game of their homestand with a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals at Miller Park on Sunday.
  • Lind, Parra lead outburst in absence of top sluggers

    Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Gerardo Parra delivered two extra-base hits and scored two runs in his first start in the three-hole in six years, cleanup hitter Adam Lind belted a long two-run home run and the Brewers matched their second-best run total of the season in a 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Miller Park.
  • Fiers does enough in win to hold spot in rotation

    Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Mike Fiers remains the only member of the Brewers' five-man rotation without a quality start. But he made the big pitches in a four-inning outing against the Cardinals on Sunday to avoid another blow-up, and, for now, the Brewers have no plan to alter their pitching rotation.
  • Nelson carries stellar start into series opener vs. Reds

    Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The Brewers' most consistent starter, Jimmy Nelson, gets the start Monday night against Jason Marquis and the Reds.
  • In 'tough times,' Lucroy tries to be positive presence

    Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Rather than leave him home to continue getting treatment for a broken toe, the Brewers are bringing injured catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the road, where he will remain engaged in meetings with the other catchers and pitchers.
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  • Lawrie contributes three RBIs, but A's fall again

    Jane Lee and Rick Eymer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Designated hitter Evan Gattis drove in four runs, including two in the ninth against closer Tyler Clippard, to guide the Astros to a series-sweeping 7-6 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
  • Cook recalled, pitches perfect inning

    Jane Lee
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Reliever Ryan Cook is back in the A's bullpen. The right-hander was recalled Sunday morning to take the roster spot of the demoted Kendall Graveman and made his season debut for the club just hours later, pitching a perfect seventh inning in a 7-6 loss to the Astros.
  • A's not panicking despite frustrating slump

    Jane Lee
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The A's have dropped four straight and five of the last six, and they're four games under .500 for the first time since July 1, 2012. The frustration is mounting, but they're not panicking.
  • Manager Melvin ejected from game vs. Astros

    Jane Lee
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected by home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the fourth inning of Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Astros.
  • Gray aims to continue success vs. Weaver, Angels

    Earl Bloom
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, still looking for his first 2015 victory after four starts, will try again Tuesday night in Oakland against right-hander Sonny Gray and the A's in the first game of a three-game series.
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  • Mets ready to forget mistake-filled 'bad night'

    Joe Trezza
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By a conservative count, the Mets allowed the Yankees at least six extra outs due to physical and mental mistakes on both sides of the field in Sunday's 6-4 loss.
  • Niese wishes he 'could have a couple pitches back'

    Anthony DiComo
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Though his defense did not do much to help him, committing four errors that resulted in a pair of unearned runs, Jon Niese bemoaned his own pitch selection and location in giving up four earned runs as well, resulting in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.
  • Niese, Mets fall short in bid to take series from Yanks

    Anthony DiComo and Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees' attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
  • Gee looking to make strong impression vs. Marlins

    Joe Trezza
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The Mets and Marlins begin a three-game series at Marlins Park on Monday in a rematch of the April 16 matchup between the two teams. That night, Jarred Cosart and Dillon Gee squared off at Citi Field. Neither factored in the decision in the Mets' 7-5 win.
  • Collins hoping to have Wright back on Saturday

    Anthony DiComo
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Rather than watch Sunday night's Subway Series finale from the dugout, where he had spent each of the previous two games, Mets third baseman David Wright caught a flight down to Florida. There, he plans to begin participating in baseball activities Monday for the first time since straining his right hamstring on April 14.
 
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  • Phils win series behind Howard's pop, Williams' start

    Todd Zolecki and Mark Bowman
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The Phillies have been searching for any type of momentum this month, and they hope they found some Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Papelbon, Garcia show grit against Braves

    Todd Zolecki
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Jonathan Papelbon earned the save in a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, and Luis Garcia recorded a key out earlier in the game.
  • Howard taking recent power surge in stride

    Todd Zolecki
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Ryan Howard has taken to the phrase "that's baseball" to describe his happenings this month. Slow start? That's baseball. Signs of improvement recently? That's baseball.
  • Playing every day giving Galvis confidence

    Todd Zolecki
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Freddy Galvis went 3-for-3 in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, scoring a go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the necessary insurance run in the seventh inning.
  • Gonzalez to make Major League debut against Cards

    Todd Zolecki
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Prospect Severino Gonzalez will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his Major League debut Tuesday night in a start against the Cardinals.
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  • With 659 career homers, A-Rod one shy of Mays

    Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Alex Rodriguez hit the 659th home run of his Major League career on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium, moving within one of tying Willie Mays (660) for fourth place on the home run list.
  • A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

    Anthony DiComo and Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees' attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
  • What's Next: Cardinals await news on Wainwright's fate

    Doug Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    The Cardinals will learn the extent of Adam Wainwright's injury, the Giants will meet their archrival Dodgers and the Yankees will meet their archrival Red Sox, as Alex Rodriguez chases career home run No. 660.
  • Gattis leads Astros as they sweep A's

    Jane Lee and Rick Eymer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Designated hitter Evan Gattis drove in four runs, including two in the ninth against closer Tyler Clippard, to guide the Astros to a series-sweeping 7-6 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
  • Power Rankings: Pitching keeps Mets at top as Astros surge

    Alyson Footer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    While we're still fairly certain the Nationals and their absurdly deep The Mets have given us no reason to knock them from the top spot. Also, the Yankees, after a not-so-hot first week, have settled in nicely -- in the middle of the pack in the AL East, and also in our rankings.
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  • Hughes makes quick work ending D-backs' rally

    Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Jared Hughes threw 16 pitches in the visitors bullpen. Then he took six more warmup pitches after arriving atop the Chase Field mound. By Hughes' own admission, he was over-prepared for his day's work.
  • Altoona rotation trumps parent club with sterling start

    Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    The Pirates' starting rotation has gotten off to a terrific start, but that's nothing compared to the starters for the Altoona Curve, the Bucs' Double-A Eastern League affiliate, who are 7-0 with an ERA of 0.65.
  • Liriano notches first win as Pirates pull away

    Barry M. Bloom and Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    The Pirates concluded a pounding of the D-backs this weekend at Chase Field with Sunday's 8-0 victory, their first three-game road sweep of an NL West club since 2007.
  • Quiet Liriano earns first win, extends impressive run

    Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Francisco Liriano, who has quietly become one of the National League's elite pitchers, was at his best Sunday in an 8-0 win over the D-backs.
  • Hurdle, Harrison pulling for Wainwright after injury

    Tom Singer
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Any change to the National League Central dynamic was the farthest thing from the minds of the Pirates when they learned of Adam Wainwright's Achilles injury.
 
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  • Loria: No Serious Discussion Of Managerial Change

    Steve Adams
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    A 3-10 start for the Marlins led to speculation that manager Mike Redmond might be on the hot seat, and after initially declining to comment one way or another on that speculation, team owner Jeffrey Loria endorsed Redmond when speaking to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports after last night’s victory. “He’s the manager. Period,” said Loria after watching his team improve to 8-11. “All team go through bad moments. Ours came early. … He did a very nice job last year, and he works hard.” Heyman goes on to write that Loria insisted that the team isn’t…
  • AL Notes: Fields, Holt, Hamilton

    Charlie Wilmoth
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Center fielder Roemon Fields went undrafted out of college and spent the summer of 2013 working in a mall and delivering mail, but a former coach’s invitation to play in the World Baseball Challenge led to him being signed by the Blue Jays, Shi Davidi writes for Baseball America (subscription-only). Roemon’s brother Anthony urged him to play. “He kept telling me, ‘Just go,’ and I kept telling him, ‘I think I’m done with baseball. I gave it a try in college,'” says Fields. “I hadn’t hit in months, hadn’t thrown, went out there and I guess…
  • Hamilton Trade Expected To Be Finalized Soon

    Brad Johnson
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    SUNDAY 10:24pm: The deal is likely to be completed Monday, Gonzalez tweets. 7:19pm: The Angels indicate that they do not expect to have any announcements today, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez tweets. That suggests that the trade won’t become official until Monday or later. 1:25pm: The trade is expected to be finalized today, tweets Sullivan. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan adds (via Twitter) the trade is now in the “I-dotting, T-crossing stage.” SATURDAY: The Rangers are still awaiting approval on the rumored Josh Hamilton deal, writes T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
  • Minor Moves: Snyder, Dykstra, Redmond, Roberts

    Zach Links
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Orioles will sign corner intfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor-league deal, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. Snyder, 28, had agreed to a deal with the independent Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in March. He hit .206/.284/.444 in 141 plate appearances with the Red Sox’ Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate in 2014. He last appeared in the big leagues with the Red Sox in 2013 and had previously had cups of coffee with the Orioles and Rangers. The Orioles made him the 13th overall pick in the draft ten years ago. The Rays have outrighted…
  • Cardinals Likely To Replace Wainwright From Within

    Charlie Wilmoth
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    News of Adam Wainwright‘s potentially season-ending Achilles injury has already led to speculation about the Cardinals trading for an ace like Cole Hamels. But GM John Mozeliak says the team’s first move will be to try to replace Wainwright from within, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “If you get into May and early June and you don’t feel like the internal options are the solution you were hoping for then you might have to look outside,” says Mozeliak. Triple-A pitchers Tyler Lyons, Tim Cooney and Zach Petrick could all be short-term…
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  • Graphic FAIL, Where was Paul during Race to Wrigley?

    WGN Web Desk
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
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    27 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
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  • Chipotle has completely transitioned to non-GMO ingredients

    WGN Web Desk
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but said in late 2013 it was working on transitioning to a tortilla that did not use them. Most of the country’s corn and soybean crop is genetically modified to have certain traits like resistance to plant diseases. The head of the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety center has said the agency found no basis that GMOs pose any different safety concerns than foods developed by traditional plant…
  • Chicagoans raising money for native Nepal

    WGN WEB DESK
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    At least 3,800 people have died since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. Strong aftershocks have been hitting the decimated region ever since. 7,000 people are injured, but they’re struggling to get the medical care they need. Chicagoans, originally from Nepal, are now seeing the devastation of the area they used to know. Some community organizations already started fundraising. The Nepali American Center in Mount Prospect is collecting money online at “NepaliAmericanCenter.org.” The King Sweets Bakery, on the city’s north side, features desserts from Nepal, India…
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    27 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
 
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    STL Homepage News

  • Lynn can't contain Crew as lineup strands 14 in loss

    Jenifer Langosch and Adam McCalvy
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Featuring a lineup without Ryan Braun or Aramis Ramirez in it, the Brewers broke out of their recent funk to salvage the final game of their homestand with a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals at Miller Park on Sunday.
  • With Waino out, Danks a trade fit for Cardinals

    Phil Rogers
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    With Adam Wainwright likely to miss the rest of the season, the Cardinals have major issues with their pitching depth. They can fix that by making an offer to the White Sox for John Danks, who is healthy again after the shoulder surgery that shortened his seasons in 2012 and '13.
  • Lineup's myriad of missed chances stand out in loss

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The Cardinals matched their season high with 13 hits against the Brewers on Sunday, yet, just as they did the last time they reached that mark were unable to parlay the parade of baserunners into a win.
  • Cards hope to leave injury bug behind after painful series

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:28 pm
    With a 6-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday, the Cardinals completed a series in which three players hobbled off the field midgame.
  • Cards call up Stanley, who gets first big league hit

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    With Yadier Molina still nursing a tight right knee -- the result of being hit on the knee by a foul tip in Friday's game -- the Cardinals added Cody Stanley to the 25-man roster before their series finale against the Brewers.
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  • Giants begin series with rival Dodgers behind Lincecum

    Ken Gurnick
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:23 pm
    After sweeping the Dodgers last week in San Francisco, the Giants head to L.A. to begin a series on Monday night with Tim Lincecum getting the call against Brett Anderson.
  • Giants to keep rotation intact after rainout

    Owen Perkins
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Giants series finale in Colorado was postponed due to rain Sunday. It was the first postponed game of the season for each team. No make-up date has been set yet, and with no off days on either end of the Giants remaining two trips to Colorado, a double header is the most likely solution
  • Giants squeeze by Rockies for 11-inning victory

    Jack Etkin and Owen Perkins
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Nori Aoki scored the deciding run on a squeeze bunt by Joe Panik in the 11th inning as the Giants survived a Rockies rally in the ninth for a 5-4 win on Saturday night. Justin Maxwell's replay-reviewed two-run homer helped offset solo shots by Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez for Colorado.
  • Coors win eludes Hudson despite solid outing vs. Rox

    Owen Perkins
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Tim Hudson has had his share of adventuresome outings at Coors Field. He made his ninth start at the 20-year-old ballpark Saturday night, and he climbed the hill with a 7.29 ERA in Colorado and nary a win to his name.
  • Aoki, Maxwell team up to lead Giants before getting KC rings

    Owen Perkins
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Saturday's first win in five tries against the Rockies was especially sweet for Nori Aoki and Justin Maxwell. Both contributed significantly to the Giants' 5-4 win, and to top off the evening, the two ex-Royals were presented with their American League championship rings by the Giants in the clubhouse moments after the victory.
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  • Scherzer could miss start with thumb injury

    Bill Ladson
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Max Scherzer played catch on Sunday at Marlins Park, and the Nationals right-hander said his right thumb is still sore. After Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Marlins, manager Matt Williams indicated that Scherzer would not take his next turn in the rotation Tuesday.
  • Harper homers as Nats tripped up in Miami

    Joe Frisaro and Bill Ladson
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The Nationals created an opening in the fourth inning, botching a rundown play, and the Marlins made them pay. Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a three-run triple, Giancarlo Stanton added an RBI triple, and Miami rolled to a 6-2 victory on Sunday at Marlins Park.
  • Gio's homecoming start derailed in 4th inning

    Bill Ladson
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez showed Sunday afternoon that it's not wise to come home all the time. The Miami-area native didn't pitch well in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins.
  • Williams preaches patience on losing streak

    Bill Ladson
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    After getting swept by the Marlins this weekend, the Nationals find themselves on a five-game slide, their longest such streak since July 2013. The Nationals continue to have problems offensively and defensively. The pitching staff hasn't exactly dominated opposing hitters, either.
  • Nationals call on Fister to halt five-game slide

    Bill Ladson
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The Nationals, who have lost their last five games, travel to Atlanta to face the Braves in a three-game series starting Monday night at Turner Field. Washington righty Doug Fister will oppose Atlanta lefty Eric Stults.
 
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  • Everybody chips in as O's never let up, rout Red Sox

    Brittany Ghiroli and Todd Karpovich
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards. Delmon Young drove in five for the O's, and Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez homered for the Red Sox.
  • Norris bounces back for O's in best start of season

    Brittany Ghiroli
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Bud Norris, who entered Sunday with a 17.42 ERA, took a shutout into the seventh inning and picked up his first victory in four starts in an encouraging outing against the Red Sox, which the Orioles won, 18-7.
  • Outstanding offensive output unmatched in Buck's tenure

    Brittany Ghiroli
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    The O's offense scored the most runs in manager Buck Showalter's tenure on Sunday afternoon, unloading on Boston in an 18-7 win that marked the club's biggest single-game offensive output since 2006.
  • Ubaldo leads O's out of division to take on White Sox

    Brittany Ghiroli
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    The Orioles will finally play outside of the American League East, hosting the White Sox for a three-game set at Camden Yards. Monday's opener will feature O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez against Hector Noesi.
  • Lough delivers game-winning HR in 10th

    Brittany Ghiroli and Jeff Seidel
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    David Lough's home run in the bottom of the 10th helped the Orioles rally past the Red Sox for a 5-4 win and end a five-game losing streak.
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  • Red Sox's staff overmatched in loss to Orioles

    Brittany Ghiroli and Todd Karpovich
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards. Delmon Young drove in five for the O's, and Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez homered for the Red Sox.
  • Miley's ERA rises after getting chased early by O's

    Todd Karpovich
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Wade Miley struggled against Baltimore's powerful lineup on Sunday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits with two walks over just 2 1/3 innings. It was the second time in four starts this season he didn't last past the third inning.
  • Hembree called up as Red Sox option Barnes to Triple-A

    Todd Karpovich
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    The Red Sox optioned right-hander Matt Barnes one day after he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and they promoted another right-hander, Heath Hembree, from the PawSox.
  • Red Sox send Kelly to take on fourth AL East team

    Gregor Chisholm
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    The Red Sox and Blue Jays will renew their division rivalry when Joe Kelly and Aaron Sanchez take the mound on Monday night at Fenway Park.
  • Red Sox fall in 10 despite Bogaerts' heroics

    Brittany Ghiroli and Jeff Seidel
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    David Lough's home run in the bottom of the 10th helped the Orioles rally past the Red Sox for a 5-4 win and end a five-game losing streak.
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  • Sox grab lead with five-run sixth, then hold off Royals

    Scott Merkin and John Jackson
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.
  • Melky's leaping grab at wall helps Sox edge Royals

    Scott Merkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Zach Duke raised his hands in the air in celebration. The excited White Sox crowd followed with a standing ovation. And with one leaping outstretched grab to end the top of the eighth inning, Melky Cabrera saved at least a run for the White Sox. In reality, Cabrera might have saved the White Sox 5-3 victory and their Sunday sweep of the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Robertson earns win, save in odd day for reliever

    Scott Merkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    After taking the mound to begin the completion of Friday's suspended game against the Royals and eventually getting the win in a 3-2 victory, David Robertson pitched around two singles in the regularly scheduled game to pick up career save No. 50 in the 5-3 White Sox win.
  • With two wins in one day, Sox feel they're turning corner

    Scott Merkin
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    A quiet confidence permeated the White Sox clubhouse Sunday evening, the kind of low-key bravado that comes from claiming two wins in one day from the reigning American League champions.
  • White Sox turn to Noesi to open series in Baltimore

    Brittany Ghiroli
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    The Orioles will finally play outside of the American League East, hosting the White Sox for a three-game set at Camden Yards. Monday's opener will feature O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez against Hector Noesi.
 
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  • Moss stays hot but late rally falls short in finale

    Jordan Bastian and Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Left-hander Kyle Lobstein logged seven solid innings, stymieing the Indians' lineup and leading the Tigers to an 8-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit took the series and improved to 5-1 against Cleveland this season.
  • Indians feel sense of urgency after difficult trip

    Jordan Bastian
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    An abbreviated outing from Carlos Carrasco and a too-little-too-late offensive effort sent Cleveland to an 8-6 defeat at the hands of the rival Tigers, dropping the Tribe's record to 1-5 this season against a team that has held the keys to the AL Central for the past four years.
  • Bauer, Indians remain hopeful for Tuesday start vs. Royals

    Jordan Bastian
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The Indians are currently hoping to have right-hander Trevor Bauer start on Tuesday against the Royals, but that plan is very much subject to change.
  • Kluber looking to rebound at home vs. Royals

    John Jackson
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Jason Vargas will be looking for a more complete effort Monday night when the Royals open a three-game series against the Indians. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will be looking to rebound from his last start when he battles Vargas.
  • Gomes joins team in Detroit, remains on schedule

    Jordan Bastian
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Yan Gomes had enough of watching the Indians from home, so the catcher, sidelined with a sprained right knee, made the drive to Detroit and has spent the past two days with his teammates at Comerica Park.
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  • Lobstein, Miggy lead Tigers to series win vs. Indians

    Jordan Bastian and Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Left-hander Kyle Lobstein logged seven solid innings, stymieing the Indians' lineup and leading the Tigers to an 8-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Detroit took the series and improved to 5-1 against Cleveland this season.
  • Soria brings stability to closer's role for Tigers

    Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Joakim Soria is 7-for-7 in save opportunities since Joe Nathan's save on Opening Day. Beyond the bottom line, the pure pitching numbers have been dominant, even without a traditional power fastball.
  • Cabrera continues to haunt Cleveland

    Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Miguel Cabrera ended up with a pair of singles and a two-run homer in a three-RBI game on Sunday that added to his reputation as a Cleveland nemesis.
  • Practice pays off on Iglesias' over-the-shoulder catch

    Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Jose Iglesias practices over-the-shoulder catches, so that he's ready for plays like the one he made on Sunday, even if no one else is. "I've seen him practice that play," his double-play partner, Ian Kinsler, maintained after Iglesias' ninth-inning grab in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Indians.
  • Davis day to day with right groin tightness

    Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The sight of Rajai Davis pulling up out of the batter's box in the eighth inning Sunday brought back bad memories for Tigers fans, but Davis said his right groin tightness isn't nearly as severe as last season and shouldn't keep him out long, if at all.
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  • Royals Minor League report: April 26

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Omaha dropped a second straight to the PCL's top team. Joe Blanton produced 6.0 shutout innings for Omaha, striking out four with two hits and two walks. Jose Martinez drove home Casey Kotchman to give Omaha a 1-0 lead in the fifth.
  • Error costly as Volquez, Royals fall to White Sox

    Scott Merkin and John Jackson
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.
  • After strong start, one rough inning sinks Volquez, KC

    John Jackson
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Edinson Volquez headed out to the mound to start the sixth inning Sunday afternoon working on a one-hit shutout. By the time he headed back to the dugout -- after recording just two outs -- the Royals suddenly were trailing and the right-hander's streak of quality starts was history.
  • Gordon catapults into crowd for amazing grab

    John Jackson
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Royals left fielder Alex Gordon stunned the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field with an acrobatic catch in the sixth inning of Sunday's series finale against the White Sox. Gordon, who won the fourth American League Gold Glove Award of his career in 2014, dove into the stands while holding onto a Micah Johnson pop for the first out of the inning.
  • Vargas looking for complete effort in opener vs. Indians

    John Jackson
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Jason Vargas will be looking for a more complete effort Monday night when the Royals open a three-game series against the Indians. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will be looking to rebound from his last start when he battles Vargas.
 
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  • Trout's homer rallies Angels, but bullpen can't hold late lead

    Earl Bloom and T.R. Sullivan
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Leonys Martin hit a leadoff home run in the top of the 11th to put the Rangers ahead and they held on for a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday. Martin's home run came off of Angels left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez.
  • With Street taking day off, Smith can't get final out

    Earl Bloom
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The Angels are 7-0 when closer Huston Street pitches this season. But Sunday was his day off, after Street saved three games on three consecutive nights, and needed 66 pitches to do it. The Angels turned to eighth-inning specialist Joe Smith in the ninth inning with a one-run lead on the Rangers.
  • Angels waiting on Hamilton-trade-to-Texas announcement

    Alden Gonzalez and T.R. Sullivan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    No announcements were expected as of late Sunday afternoon, more than 48 hours after news first broke that the Angels and Rangers had a deal in place to send Josh Hamilton back to Texas. But neither side expects any hiccups. The trade could be finalized by Monday, an off-day for the Angels.
  • Weaver seeks first win in rematch vs. A's Gray

    Earl Bloom
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, still looking for his first 2015 victory after four starts, will try again Tuesday night in Oakland against right-hander Sonny Gray and the A's in the first game of a three-game series.
  • Scioscia recalls Rangers' Beltre as 15-year-old phenom

    Earl Bloom
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Sunday recalled seeing Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre when he was 15.
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  • Twins optimistic on injury front with Nolasco, May

    Doug Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, made a rehab start for Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday, and reports were positive, while Trevor May (bruised elbow) is expected to play catch on Monday.
  • Hey Joe: Mauer's triple sinks Mariners in 11th

    Doug Miller and Josh Liebeskind
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Joe Mauer's two-run triple in the 11th inning provided the winning runs as the Twins earned a 4-2 win over the Mariners in the rubber game on Sunday at Safeco Field. Seth Smith went deep for Seattle.
  • Gibson rewards Twins' faith in quality outing

    Doug Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Right-hander Kyle Gibson needed a boost in confidence. So did the Twins, for that matter. The right-hander and his teammates were able to accomplish both at the same time, although it took 11 innings for a 4-2 win over the Mariners on Sunday.
  • Mauer barrels up for three hits to spark Twins

    Doug Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Former American League MVP and batting champion Joe Mauer showed he can still anchor an offense when he's healthy and swinging the bat well, going 3-for-5, including a go-ahead two-run triple in the Twins' 4-2 win in 11 innings on Sunday.
  • Milone, Twins welcome rival Tigers

    Jason Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Detroit swept a season-opening three-game set by a combined 22-1 margin, and the Tigers will look for similar success as David Price opens a series against Tommy Milone and the Twins in Minnesota.
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  • With 659 career homers, A-Rod one shy of Mays

    Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Alex Rodriguez hit the 659th home run of his Major League career on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium, moving within one of tying Willie Mays (660) for fourth place on the home run list.
  • A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

    Anthony DiComo and Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees' attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
  • Yanks likely to use Whitley to give Tanaka extra day

    Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Chase Whitley is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to start on Tuesday, as the Yankees will incorporate a sixth starter to their rotation, part of a strategy in navigating a stretch that sees them play 30 games in 31 days.
  • Ellsbury sits out Subway Series finale with tight right hip

    Bryan Hoch
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Jacoby Ellsbury spent Sunday afternoon receiving treatment on his tight right hip and will watch the final game of the Subway Series from the bench, but manager Joe Girardi hopes to have the center fielder's services Monday against the Rays.
  • Yankees hope Warren can stop rolling Rays

    Bill Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Nathan Karns will take the mound for the Rays when they open their three-game series against the Yankees and right-hander Adam Warren on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
 
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  • Smith belts first homer as Mariners fall in extras

    Doug Miller and Josh Liebeskind
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Joe Mauer's two-run triple in the 11th inning provided the winning runs as the Twins earned a 4-2 win over the Mariners in the rubber game on Sunday at Safeco Field. Seth Smith went deep for Seattle.
  • Elias fans six, finds groove in solid spot start

    Josh Liebeskind
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias showed an ability to develop a rhythm and hit his spots on Sunday, logging 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts in a 4-2 loss in 11 innings against the Twins.
  • Walker, Mariners set for rematch with Rangers

    Josh Liebeskind
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Seattle will get its second matchup against Texas right-hander Yovani Gallardo as righty Taijuan Walker counters in the series opener on Monday at Globe Life Park.
  • McClendon: Pitching, defense keys to success

    Josh Liebeskind
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Manager Lloyd McClendon has been steadfast in his belief that the Mariners are built to win. Despite a losing record almost a month into the season, the skipper hasn't wavered.
  • Mariners' shaky defense, pitching do them in vs. Twins

    Adam Lewis and Doug Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Twins took advantage of shaky defense by the Mariners and made the most of their run-scoring opportunities to beat Seattle, 8-5, on Saturday night before 33,566 at Safeco Field. Minnesota knocked Mariners starter James Paxton out of the game in the fifth inning and strung together four consecutive frames with at least one run for the victory.
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  • Rays aim to win sixth straight game in series opener

    Bill Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Nathan Karns will take the mound for the Rays when they open their three-game series against the Yankees and right-hander Adam Warren on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
  • Archer dominant despite feeling under the weather

    Bill Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Chris Archer continued his dominance on Sunday with seven scoreless innings against the Blue Jays to earn his third win of the season.
  • Behind Archer and Guyer, Rays extend streak

    Bill Chastain and Gregor Chisholm
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The Rays completed a three-game weekend sweep of the Blue Jays with a 5-1 win Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
  • Rays' offense continues to click during streak

    Bill Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Rays cranked their bats into high gear over the weekend, scoring 21 runs on 35 hits in three games against the visiting Blue Jays. Hitting is supposed to be contagious and given the Rays' weekend, that sentiment is hard to argue against.
  • Savvy Silverman helps Rays overcome injuries

    Bill Chastain
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Matt Silverman, president of baseball operations, has had an indoctrination by fire since taking over from Andrew Friedman in October. First there were the many offseason moves and a search for a new manager. Once the season started he's had to deal with keeping 25 able bodies on the roster.
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  • Martin's homer, Feliz's two innings lift Rangers in 11 innings

    Earl Bloom and T.R. Sullivan
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Leonys Martin hit a leadoff home run in the top of the 11th to put the Rangers ahead and they held on for a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday. Martin's home run came off of Angels left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez.
  • Martinez, Feliz make their mark in Rangers' comeback win

    T.R. Sullivan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings on Sunday and set a new club record for lowest ERA for the month of April. After four starts, Martinez has a 0.35 and his next start won't be until be until May. He just didn't come away with a victory. Martinez was done when the Rangers finally put this one away with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings.
  • Banister ejected after disputing reversal on fan interference

    T.R. Sullivan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Jeff Banister was ejected for the first time this season for arguing a call that had been reversed by instant replay.
  • Rangers expect to announce deal, plan for Hamilton on Monday

    T.R. Sullivan
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    The deal to send Josh Hamilton from the Angels to the Rangers is expected to be announced Monday, when the Angels are off and the Rangers are back home to play the Mariners at 7:05 p.m. CT on Monday. By that time, Hamilton's situation will have resolution and the Rangers will have a plan for him.
  • Gallardo eyeing continued success vs. Mariners

    Josh Liebeskind
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Seattle will get its second matchup against Texas right-hander Yovani Gallardo as righty Taijuan Walker counters in the series opener on Monday at Globe Life Park.
 
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  • Red Sox 7, Orioles 18: No more pretending; Red Sox look bad

    Ben Buchanan
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    With an 18-7 drubbing the exclamation mark on their 4-7 slump, there's no denying that the Red Sox just don't look like a very good baseball team right now. Bud Norris entered Sunday afternoon's game with an ERA over 17.00. Granted, that's a figure taken from just three games, but even then it should be enough to inspire some confidence in a Red Sox win. It's hard to produce an ERA that high as a starter in one game, let alone over three. And if Wade Miley had suffered his disaster outing against the Nationals, he was coming off a scoreless start against Tampa Bay. There are few guarantees in…
  • Red Sox minor lines: Eduardo Rodriguez, prospective savior

    Ben Buchanan
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Red Sox could use some pitching help. Rodriguez probably won't provide it immediately, but in a month or two...who knows? The Red Sox may be losing 12-4 18-4 as I type this, so please forgive me if this comes through more gray-tinted glasses than usual. Pawtucket Game 1 W 4-1 (In 7) Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-3, KBlake Swihart: 0-2, BB, KTravis Shaw: 0-3, KBryce Brentz: 0-3, KDeven Marrero: 2-3, 2B Eduardo Rodriguez: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K Pawtucket Game 2 L 4-7 (In 7) Jackie Bradley Jr.: 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, CS, EBlake Swihart: 0-3, BB, KTravis Shaw: 1-2, BBGarin Cecchini: 0-3, 2…
  • Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: David Ortiz sits, Brock Holt starts in left

    Ben Buchanan
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    David Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Orioles, with Brock Holt getting the start in his place. David Ortiz is out of the starting lineup Sunday afternoon against the Orioles, with Hanley Ramirez taking over at DH and Brock Holt playing in left field. Boston Red Sox (10-8) Mookie Betts, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Pablo Sandoval, 3B Hanley Ramirez, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Brock Holt, LF Allen Craig, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS Sandy Leon, C Starting Pitcher -- Wade Miley Baltimore Orioles (8-10) Everth Cabrera, SS Manny Machado, 3B Adam Jones, CF Delmon Young, RF Chris Davis, 1B Steve…
  • Red Sox 4, Orioles 5: Koji blows it in the tenth

    Ben Buchanan
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Koji Uehara needed three outs to win the game. He produced one. The Red Sox were three outs away from a series win in Baltimore, but an ineffective Koji Uehara not only gave up the lead in the tenth inning, but the game as well, surrendering two runs and the 5-4 win to the Orioles. That the game even lasted that long is honestly something of a miracle. Justin Masterson came out in the first and just had nothing. The Orioles jumped on him with a pair of doubles to leadoff the game, leading in turn to a pair of runs. They would continue producing hard-hit balls off Masterson in the second and…
  • Red Sox place Shane Victorino on 15-day disabled list, recall Matt Barnes

    Ben Buchanan
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Shane Victorino is headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury, leading to a (likely temporary) return for Matt Barnes. The Red Sox have placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, recalling pitcher Matt Barnes from Pawtucket in his place. Victorino has had an extraordinarily rough start to the season, producing just a .474 OPS in 43 plate appearances. Coming off a season ruined by injury, there was some hope that Victorino could return to his 2013 levels of production, when he was one of the best players on a team that won the World Series.
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  • A Collection of Two-Sport Athletes

    Ben Henry
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Bo Jackson. Deion Sanders. Gene Conley. Danny Ainge. Eric Lindros. Charlie Ward. And did I forget to mention Michael Jordan? The list goes on and on. Jim Brown, Jim Thorpe, Dave DeBusschere, Brian Jordan, Chuck Connors. Heisman Trophy winners. Hall-of-Fame, immortal athletes. What I'm getting at here is that gifted ballplayers, no matter their sport, think that they can compete with equal success in another sport. And it turns out they're usually right—if you can be creative with your definition of "success"—which begs the question: Who chose the wrong sport?I can think of two immediate…
  • Snowbound and Stir Crazy

    Ben Henry
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    In case you missed it, Boston has received so much snow in the last few weeks that everything and everyone—including me—is at a breaking point. The MBTA doesn't work, the government is encouraging people to stay indoors and off the roads, and there are no signs that the cold and the snow will let up anytime soon. Which has given me plenty of time to stew in my thoughts...I would really like to see colleges offer an intercollegiate stock car racing circuit, if only to see cars and fire suits covered in logos and emblems of universities and names of individual departments. Maybe the Dale…
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner

    mkenny59
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    John Barfield, 1991 Score Cool mechanics, John Barfield."Your mom liked 'em, Internet weirdo." - John BarfieldTouché, John Barfield. Let's move on.John was brought up from Triple-A Oklahoma City in late May ’90 as a temporary replacement for Gary MielkeThat is the SEXIEST story about opportunity knocking I have ever heard. It’s also, coincidentally, exactly how I started blogging.But, like the man who came to dinner, John pitched so well in middle and long relief, he just stayed and stayed and stayed.WhatTexas Rangers equipment manager Dizzy Flapperton: STILL HERE, EH BARFIELD? YOU’RE…
  • Junk Wax Battle 2.0 - Players Needed!

    Ben Henry
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know that I'm all about innovation in this wonderful hobby of ours. Not so much innovating the cards themselves, but how we as collectors approach and make sense of them, and their meaning and use within our lives.Back in October, my friend Matt and I hosted a game—we called it Junk Wax Battle—at our local board game cafe in Brookline, Mass. The goal was to put together a complete set of 1988 Donruss by ripping packs, trading with other players, and winning in-game auctions. We had five players and one judge.And while it was fun, it was too…
  • The Equation: Joe Oliver Edition

    Ben Henry
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Here's today's equation. Back in the early 1970s, Jim Henson and the Muppets adapted a few fairy tales, including The Frog Prince. In the Henson retelling, there is a character called Taminella Grinderfall. I think you can still find these TV specials on VHS, if not DVD.Taminella Grinderfall  Terry Gilliam in this cast photo of Monty Python's Flying Circus (far right)  Crazy Joe Oliver, circa 1992"You want home plate? Come and take it!"
 
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  • The Daily Grind: Milone, Montero, Reddick

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Agenda Words About the Weather Factor Daily DFS – Milone Tomorrow’s Targets – Montero, Detwiler, Reddick, Eaton Factor Grid 1. Words About the Weather Factor The most frequent question I receive is about how to interpret the weather factor in the Factor Grid. It’s a zero to 10 grade of atmospheric conditions for home runs. Zero is bad. 10 is good. My source, the SI Weather Home Run App, is a black box. In other words, I have no insight into the specific math. It would be nice to use the factors to say “home runs are up 10 percent at Chase Field today due to the…
  • RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 4/27/2015

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Episode 16 – Now Certified The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live! In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss Matt’s SEO habits, second hobbies, Matt turning his back on Vance Worley in a big way, the Josh Hamilton trade, another rant about how bad Hector Noesi is, Dylan adjusting his opinion on the Yankees offense, a closer look at the Texas Rangers lineup, and Dylan making an ill-advised streaming decision. Contest picks for Monday, April 27: Jimmy Nelson @ CIN (Dylan) and Chase Anderson vs. COL (Matt). Contest pick for Tuesday, April 28:…
  • Loria: No Serious Discussion Of Managerial Change

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    A 3-10 start for the Marlins led to speculation that manager Mike Redmond might be on the hot seat, and after initially declining to comment one way or another on that speculation, team owner Jeffrey Loria endorsed Redmond when speaking to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports after last night’s victory. “He’s the manager. Period,” said Loria after watching his team improve to 8-11. “All team go through bad moments. Ours came early. … He did a very nice job last year, and he works hard.” Heyman goes on to write that Loria insisted that the team isn’t…
  • Fantasy Training Room: Should Owners Sell Yelich Given Back Injury, Puig’s Outlook & More

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    by Jeremy Tiermini “Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is, is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.” Willy Mays Fantasy baseball owners know that Willie Mays spoke the truth, as the injuries to big name players continue to mount. For a quick summary of these injuries you can refer to my article that was posted at FantasyPros: Yasiel Puig, LAD OF Puig left Friday’s game after aggravating his left hamstring strain when he landed awkwardly on the first base bag and after missing Saturday’s…
  • Fantasy Baseball - Buy or Sell

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Mark Teixeira is off to a hot start, which is something new.  He crushed two home runs off of Jacob deGrom in the Subway Series, and then one off of Matt Harvey the following night.  With 8 home runs and 18 RBI, it's hard to ignore Tex anymore.  But that .242 average is here to stay.  In 7 seasons (including 2015) with the Yankees, Texeira is a .253 hitter.  He hit better than .300 in the two seasons leading up to his free agency.  That short porch will do that to a man!  As far as 1B goes in fantasy baseball, there are many options, making owning Teixeira…
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  • The art of platooning: Molitor vs. Gardenhire and Arcia vs. lefties

    aarongleeman
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Paul Molitor barely has his feet wet as Twins manager, but one noticeable change from Ron Gardenhire is the willingness to platoon. In his 13 seasons as manager Gardenhire essentially never platooned based on handedness, instead treating left-handed bats like Jacque Jones and Jason Kubel as everyday players despite their inability to handle left-handers and ignoring the potential value mediocre right-handed bats like Danny Valencia had as lefty mashers. Molitor platooned more in his first couple weeks than Gardenhire did in some seasons, regularly benching Oswaldo Arcia and Jordan Schafer…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #190: Shane Robinson’s Priest Collar

    aarongleeman
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included returning to the radio on KFAN, Trevor May's promising start, Joe Mauer's changed approach, Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe playing at extremes, Byron Buxton's timetable, Danny Santana turning back into a pumpkin, small crowds at Target Field, what to hope for with Ricky Nolasco, bumper music choices, and mailbag questions from listeners. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 190 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…
  • Link-O-Rama

    aarongleeman
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    • "Gleeman and The Geek" is officially back on the radio, starting our fourth season on KFAN this Sunday at 4:00 pm. As always you can listen live on 100.3-FM and KFAN.com streaming audio or you can continue to listen to the show as a podcast via however you've been doing that already. We broadcast an hour live on the radio and then record another hour afterward in a side studio without any commercials, gluing the two pieces together for the final podcast product. • Rob Neyer of FOXSports.com wrote about my NBCSports.com blog-mate Craig Calcaterra and the criticism that comes with…
  • Don’t act surprised: Twins build bad bullpen, get bad relief pitching

    aarongleeman
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    As part of the frustrating decision-making process that led to choosing the older, lower-upside option to fill nearly every up-for-grabs roster spot coming out of spring training the Twins now have a bullpen stocked with marginal big leaguers. To make matters worse their best setup man, Casey Fien, has been hurt and their lone standout reliever, Glen Perkins, continues to be in a role reserved for "save" situations that severely limit his overall usage. All of which has added up to new manager Paul Molitor turning to an assortment of replacement level-caliber arms and repeatedly watching them…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #189: The Opening Week Blues

    aarongleeman
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' rough opening week, Torii Hunter struggling in the cleanup spot, Trevor May joining the rotation after all, Blaine Boyer going as badly as expected, Harry's Razors giving listeners a nice discount, John Bonnes' trip to Las Vegas, Paul Molitor's willingness to platoon, where the Twins' top 40 prospects can be found in the minors, and hanging out at Mason's Barre. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 189 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content is…
 
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    RotoRob

  • The Wire Troll: Luis Valbuena is Bueno

    Michael Seff
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Luis Valbuena is a great source of power. (Entornointeligente.com) Fantasy baseball is picking up steam. As April nears its conclusion, we are getting a better look at some players that could be true steals for your lineup. As injuries and ineffective start to affect teams, other players are starting to quietly ascend. Without further ado, here are this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations. Luis Valbuena, 3B, Houston Astros (ESPN: 31.7 per cent; CBS: 40 per cent): Valbuena can provide some power for you (see video below) with five home runs under his belt already.
  • 2014-15 NHL Wire Troll All-Star Team

    Dakota Case
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Mikko Koivu is one of the league’s best faceoff men. (Wild.nhl.com) The 2014-15 NHL regular season is over and with it, we’ve also reached the end of the Fantasy hockey season. It’s now time to take a look back at the season’s best waiver wire recommendations with the 2014-15 RotoRob Wire Troll All-Star Team. FIRST TEAM Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild (Final Ownership – ESPN: 32.3 per cent; CBS: 55 per cent): Koivu is always one of the league’s best face-off specialists (see video below), and he finished the season with 14 goals, 48 points and a plus-2…
  • 2015 RotoRob Third Base Rankings

    RotoRob
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    Josh Donaldson gives the Jays another big bat. (Tommy Gilligan-USA Today Sports) By Michael Seff and RotoRob Welcome back to our series of 2015 Fantasy baseball cheat sheets. So while you Joe Nathan owners agonize over the loss of your closer, let’s turn our attention to the hot corner. Third base is a tough position to rank this year because there aren’t necessarily distinct tiers. Having said that, there are quite a few productive options here — even with Miguel Cabrera no longer eligible at the position (and Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Zimmerman to join those ranks in 2016).
  • Podcast: Carlos Carrasco Bounces Back

    RotoRob
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Is this the end of the line for Joe Nathan? (USATSI) RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast — heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio — was back in action as RotoRob was again joined by Tim McLeod of Pattonandco.com. The good news was we enjoyed a technical glitch-free show for once, so it was nothing but pure Fantasy baseball talk without the griping about BTR! Among the topics we passed judgment on: Carlos Carrasco was pulled from his last start because of stiffness, but it’s not a issue of concern. Tim will soon be asking for weather forecasts from us. A word…
  • Top 70 Prospects, Part II

    RotoRob
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    It won’t be long until Maikel Franco will accelerate the Phillies’ rebuilding program. (Bleedphilly.com) Today, we wrap up our Top 70 Prospects list with Part II, focusing on the top 30 prospects in the game. So while David Ortiz and Jim Palmer wage war on social media, let’s look at some future stars! For Prospects 70 through 31, click here. 30. Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies, 3B (46): One our pre-season deep sleepers, Franco gets a nice bump up the list after moving up to Triple-A and then making his MLB debut last season. The Phillies No. 2 prospect (we know,…
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  • Reading

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    Joon Lee, SB Nation: The Rise Of Mookie BettsNeil Weinberg, The Hardball Times: The Case for Confronting Sabermetric SkepticsGrantland: 30 for 30 Shorts: Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball&Brian Curtis, Grantland: Could There Ever Be a Sidd Finch 2.0?Baseball Prospectus has a Red Sox-specific site: BP Boston
  • G19: Orioles 18, Red Sox 7

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Red Sox - 000 000 403 - 7 9 1Orioles - 016 212 60x - 18 20 1While Wade Miley (2.1-5-7-2-0, 57) and five relievers were being battered, the Red Sox offense was shut down for most of the afternoon by a guy who began the day with a 17.42 ERA (and an AL-worst 20 earned runs allowed).Boston scored its runs via the long ball. In the seventh, Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer and Hanley Ramirez followed with a solo shot. Ramirez cranked a three-run shot in the ninth.Also: Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4. ... Brock Holt had two singles and two walks.Wade Miley / Bud NorrisBetts, CFPedroia, 2BSandoval,…
  • G18: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4 (10)

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Red Sox - 020 000 001 1 - 4 8 0Orioles - 200 010 000 2 - 5 11 1After right fielder Allen Craig had played Adam Jones's leadoff single in the 10th inning into a triple - and Jones had scored on a sac fly - David Lough homered to right-center off Koji Uehara to beat the Red Sox, who had taken a one-run lead in the top half of the inning on a home run by Xander Bogaerts.After Baltimore scored twice in the first inning off Justin Masterson (7-7-3-1-3, 90), Mike Napoli (3-for-4) hit a high fly off the right field foul pole for a two-run dong in the second. Jimmy Paredes gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead…
  • Linescore Of The Day: April 24, 2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    Astros - 000 000 000 23 - 5 11 0Athletics - 000 000 000 22 - 4 8 1Could this game feature the most extra-inning runs scored by both teams after no runs were scored in the first nine innings?Update, from Oakland's Game Notes: "According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first game in Major League history in which teams scored at least two runs in the top of the 10th, bottom of the 10th, top of the 11th and bottom of the 11th."
  • Pointless: A Pitcher's Career Stats Against A Team

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    It's a part of every baseball broadcast you have ever heard - and will ever hear.Before the game begins, or perhaps in the first inning, the announcer will recite each of the starting pitcher's career statistics against the team he is facing. He will tell you these numbers as though they mean something, as though they could shed light on what might occur during the game.Those numbers can influence how we think during the game. If our pitcher has an 8.50 ERA against Team X, some small part of us might not feel strongly about his chances for success. Likewise, if our pitcher has a 1.15 ERA, we…
 
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  • Bryce Harper visits an old friend in South Beach

    TheNaturalMevs
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    [Box Score] Seasons ago, Danny Haren and Bryce Harper were teammates. It was back in the 2013 season when Davey Johnson treated Haren like he was Gomer Pyle in the team barracks. Haren has been in a few different clubhouses since that season, and the unlikely paths of Harper and Haren crossed for the first time. The ball landed in the bullpen for a 1-0 Washington lead, and the 60th home run of Harper’s career. Haren somehow smoke and mirrored the Nationals for another couple innings and the Nationals dropped the game 6-2. The Nationals were swept out of town in Miami this weekend and…
  • A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Podcast: Hamilton, Trout, Mets, Statcast, the Yips, and more

    TheNaturalMevs
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Tonight on A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Podcast, I was joined by Mike Hllywa and M.J. Lloyd. I thought we had a great little show here tonight, one of our better efforts; but then again I am the same guy who thought it was a good idea to bet my hard earned, real-life wages against Matt Harvey today when he faced off with C.C. Sabathia. That said, we talked about a lot of great topics tonight: Josh Hamilton traded to the Texas Rangers The debt of MLB Statcast Surprises in baseball: the New York Mets, the Kansas City Royals, Nelson Cruz, and others. Our usual Mike Trout mention The Royals…
  • From now on, we shall call him ‘Jimmy Paradise’

    TheNaturalMevs
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    If you aren’t paying close attention (or playing Daily Fantasy Baseball and enjoying his $2000 price tag on DraftKings while it lasts), you might be missing what Jimmy Paredes is doing right now in Baltimore. There’s a little magic going for this guy in Baltimore right now – and a little magic happened tonight when I was texting my buddy Corey about Mr. Paredes and his phone auto-corrected to ‘Jimmy Paradise’. Every now and again; when you’ve been playing fantasy baseball long enough and watching baseball long enough, you can tell when something magical is…
  • Giancarlo Stanton visits the Clevelander on a Saturday with a monster home run

    TheNaturalMevs
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:06 pm
    While we dozed off, Giancarlo baptized one into the ‘you can only hit a ball here in a video game’ area off some poor schlup just trying to mop up in an 8-0 Marlins win over the Nationals. And just as we thought the Nationals were starting to get rolling, it appears we actually had the wrong team that was about to get hot. The Marlins have suddenly won four in a row. The home run was Stanton’s fifth of the season, and it follows up that rapier laser he hit into the seats in Philly the other day. It brings up a good point – in terms of watching a guy in the big leagues…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    Welcome to Saturday – the best day of the week if you’re a baseball fan. A time when we lower the flag to half mass and salute the greatest game on earth. It’s a damp, solemn little final Saturday in April. It’s hard to believe the first month of the regular season has almost concluded. If you had the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals as our best teams – raise your hand (liar). So you best have your fantasy lineups set with everyone in them. We’ve got a full slate with everyone in action, another best part about baseball on a Saturday. Unless…
 
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  • The Best Pitcher In Baseball History

    jposnanski
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    We can argue about the logic of it all, but it’s pretty obvious that different sorts of cheating in sports inspires different levels of rage. For instance, as alluded to in yesterday’s post, the Los Angeles Dodgers pretty openly cheated during the 1960s when they built up the pitching mound at Dodger Stadium higher than the 15-inch height allowed at the time (the limit was lowered to 10 inches in 1969). Nobody seems to care too much about this kind of cheating, though it might have been a difference-maker in two Hall of Fame careers: Sandy Koufax At Dodger Stadium: 57-15 (.791), 1.37…
  • Koufax

    jposnanski
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    When I was in my young 20s, I sold off my entire baseball card collection. I needed the money.* But, in addition, I had this powerful impulse that it was time to grow up. True, this impulse came to me later than it does to most people, but still the day arrived when I looked at my baseball cards — legends, commons, minor stars, polypropylene page after polypropylene page of Cory Snyder and Mark McGwire and Don Mattingly and Jose Deleon rookie cards — and I was sickened by them. I wasn’t this nerdy kid anymore. I didn’t even want to associate with that kid. *Of course,…
  • The Museum of Nice Players

    jposnanski
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    OK, it has been a little while since I’ve done kind of a weird baseball post, so let’s try one here. I woke up the other morning with the number 19 on my mind, no idea why. Maybe it was an homage to Bernie Kosar or Bob Feller or the Paul Hardcastle song or magic hexagons. Whatever, I started thinking: “I wonder who the 19th best player at every position.” I do realize, yes, that every time I write what I’m thinking I reveal myself as more of a loon. But that was my thought: Who is the 19th best third baseman? The 19th best right fielder? And so on. Bill James in his New…
  • A few links

    jposnanski
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    We’ll get back going again here next week with the next baseball player on the 100 and a few other things I’m kicking round. In the meantime, a bunch of links here: — Really enjoyed this one … caught up with Jackie Stiles, the all-time leaders scorer in women’s Division I basketball. I’ve been writing about Jackie since she was a kid. It’s is good to see her find her happily ever after. Lots of golf: — Jordan Spieth, designed by Apple in California. — Tiger Woods has shown himself to be over the weird yips he had a couple of months ago.
  • How do you solve a problem like Dalkowski?

    jposnanski
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    Opening day, and I go back to 1962 — the story of Steve Dalkowski and Earl Weaver. Did Dalkowski throw a baseball harder than any person who ever lived? We’ll never know for sure, of course, and it’s hard to pinpiont exactly what “throwing the hardest pitch” even means. Later this month, Jontahan Hock will unveil a wonderful new documentary called “Fastball” — I was lucky enough to consult and help out —  where he tries to get to the bottom of the fastest pitch ever thrown. Dalkowski plays a role in the story, of course. But is the…
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  • Yankees Win First Round of 2015 Subway Series

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    Sometimes you have to brag on your team, pump them up to make sure people notice. Other times, a famous New York City landmark does it for you.After the New York Yankees Sunday night 6-4 victory over the cross-town rival Mets, the Empire State Building was lit up in Yankees blue & white, a testament to the team that won round one of the 2015 Subway Series. It is one of the many perks of winning the series and, in a year when the series was one of the most hyped, and the Yankees were largely pegged as the underdogs, it was a very nice win.As a result, every Yankees fan out there…
  • Pitching, Clutch Hitting Help Yankees Finish Successfull Road Trip

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    What a difference a week makes.  The Yanks took 3 of 4 in Detroit, making it a 7-3 road trip. The Tigers, the AL's best team before the Yankees hit town, have been drawn back to the pack in the AL Central somewhat. Meanwhile, the Yankees are back in the thick of it in the AL East with their performance over the last seven games. Still, they are not yet clicking on all cylinders. They won Thursday getting only three hits. So what is the main difference? Pitching. It's been said "you're only as good as your last start" and even though that may be a bit inaccurate and perhaps a…
  • Yankees Coming Crisis: Available Uniform Numbers Are Vanishing

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Much of the discussion concerning the 2015 Yankees has been centered on the team's slow start and the return of Alex Rodriguez. But there is another issue lurking just beneath the surface: if they keep retiring numbers, the Yankees will eventually run out of uniform numbers to issue. Slated to be shelved permanently this season are the numbers of Bernie Williams (Number 51 on May 24), Jorge Posada (Number 20 on August 22) and Andy Pettitte (Number 46 on August 23). It appears there is a major crisis looming.   I have pondered this issue for quite some time and have arrived at a solution:…
  • David Price's Continuing Struggles Against The Yankees

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    When David Price was with the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees managed, despite his pedigree, to have some good at-bats against him, even beating him on more than one occasion.  The pinnacle of that success, it could be argued, was the day Derek Jeter got his 3,000th career hit, a home run over the left-centerfield wall.  Everyone remembers how Price went down on one knee, almost as soon as the ball left Jeter's bat. Fast forward to August 27, 2014: Price faced the Yankees as a Detroit Tiger and, in two innings, his line was 2IP, 12H, 8ER, 1BB, 3K on 68 pitches. …
  • Chris Young Perfect As Yankees Even Series With Detroit

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    How about that Chris Young? The Yankees fourth outfielder went 3-for-3 with a HR and two walks on Tuesday evening, and played solid defense in RF in place of Carlos Beltran. With the home run, Young entered a three way tie on the team, even though he is only 10th in ABs. He was instrumental in the Yankees evening the series with Detroit at one game apiece, and was a solid backup to Nathan Eovaldi’s great start. When Young re-signed with the Yankees early in the offseason, it definitely caused me to raise an eyebrow. He’d done well in his short stint with the Yankees at the end…
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  • Fan Confidence Poll: April 27th, 2015

    Mike Axisa
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Record Last Week: 5-2 (35 RS, 26 RA) Season Record: 11-8 (99 RS, 82 RA, 11-8 pythag. record) Opponents This Week: vs. Rays (three games, Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, @ Red Sox (three games, Fri. to Sun.) Top stories from last week: The week began with a four-game series in Detroit. The Yankees blew a late lead in the series opening 2-1 loss, but they rebounded with a 5-2 win the next day and destroyed David Price in Wednesday’s 13-4 win. Thursday’s 2-1 win was a nail-biter to wrap-up the series. The Subway Series started Friday night and the Yankees pounded Jacob deGrom for a 6-1…
  • A-Rod homers, Yanks take Subway Series rubber game 6-4

    Mike Axisa
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Source: FanGraphs We play today, we win today, das it. The Yankees won their third straight series Sunday night with a 6-4 win over the Mets in the rubber game of the Subway Series. They’ve won eight of their last ten games after dropping six of their first nine. Things are going pretty, pretty well right now. It’s Sunday night, so I’m going with bullet points: Not Good Nate: Nathan Eovaldi pitched so poorly Sunday he could have been confused for a Red Sox starter. Four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings doesn’t really tell the story. Eovaldi threw 87 pitches but first…
  • Game 19: Rubber Game

    Mike Axisa
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Nate Shron/Getty) The Yankees and Mets split the first two games of the Subway Series and the games were pretty similar — one team beat up on the other team’s starter and put the game out of reach early. My guess is we’ll see a much closer game tonight. Just a guess. Here is the Mets’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup: LF Brett Gardner CF Chris Young DH Alex Rodriguez 1B Mark Teixeira RF Carlos Beltran 3B Chase Headley C John Ryan Murphy SS Stephen Drew 2B Gregorio Petit RHP Nathan Eovaldi It was really nice out in New York earlier today but it got pretty…
  • Chase Whitley to be called up to make spot start Tuesday

    Mike Axisa
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:12 pm
    (Jim McIsaac/Getty) Right-hander Chase Whitley will be called up to make a spot start this coming Tuesday, Joe Girardi told reporters this afternoon. The Yankees have been talking about using an occasional sixth starter to give the rotation extra rest whenever possible for weeks now, and this will be the first time they actually do it. Nathan Eovaldi is starting tonight and Adam Warren will start tomorrow, in the series opener against the Rays. With Whitley going Tuesday, it means Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Wednesday and Michael Pineda will start the series opener at Fenway Park on Friday.
  • DotF: Pirela begins rehab assignment, Judge and Bird hit back-to-back homers in Trenton’s win

    Mike Axisa
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    UTIL Jose Pirela has been added to the High-A Tampa roster, the team announced. This officially kicks off his 20-day minor league rehab window. Also, RHP Andrew Bailey was assigned to Extended Spring Training. Not sure what’s going on there. Triple-A Scranton (8-3 win over Pawtucket) CF Slade Heathcott: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB — on base 14 times in his last six games with zero strikeouts 2B Rob Refsnyder: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — 5-for-8 (.625) after an 0-for-15 slump 1B Kyle Roller: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 BB — in a 4-for-32 (.125) slump C Austin Romine:…
 
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  • Wladimir Balentien back on DL in NPB for 4-6 more Weeks

    philipp
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Slugger Wladimir Balentien has suffered a setback and therefore will miss a fresh four to six weeks. Just making his comeback with the Yakult Swallows in Nippon Professional Baseball the former outfielder of the Cincinnati Reds got injured again and will be sidelined until June. The 30-year-old broke the single-season home run record in Japan in 2013. He has been playing in Japan since 2011.
  • Results Belgian First Division April 25 & 26, 2015

    philipp
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    In the Belgian First Division the third game day was played this past weekend. The Brasschaat Braves prevailed barely in a twin bill on the road against the Namur Angels. The Gent Knights celebrated their first win of the season with a split against LLN Phoenix. The Royal Greys against the Mortsel Stars and the Deurne Spartans against the Borgerhout Squirrels also shared wins. Results Week 3: Saturday 25/04/2015 B1021 12:30 @Namur Namur Angels – Brasschaat Braves 06-07 B1023 12:30 @Berendrecht Gent Knights – LLN Phoenix 11-03 B1017 15:30 @Borgerhout K. Borgerhout Squirrels –…
  • Kalian Sams from Neptunus to Kinheim to Quebec Capitales

    philipp
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    Kalian Sams has found not one, but two new clubs. The outfielder of the Dutch National Teams has left Curacao Neptunus shortly after the start of the new season to join Corendon Kinheim. However in May, he will go to Canada to play for the Quebec Capitales in the independent CanAm League. So far the transfer hasn’t been processed and he hasn’t yet made his debut for Kinheim. He is expected to play against L&D Amsterdam and HCAW before leaving for North America.
  • Results Austrian Baseball League April 25 & 26, 2015

    philipp
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    In the Austrian Baseball League six games were played this weekend. On Saturday the Vienna Metrostars splits a doubleheader against the Athletics Attnang-Puchheim and the Dornbirn Indians swept the Stock City Cubs. On Sunday the Vienna Wanderers celebrated two wins over the Diving Ducks. Results Week 3: Saturday, 25. April Dornbirn Indians Stock City Cubs Ballpark Hard 13h 20- 4 Dornbirn Indians Stock City Cubs Ballpark Hard 15h15 14- 4 Vienna Metrostars Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Sportzentrum Spenadlwiese, Wien 13h 6 – 4 Vienna Metrostars Athletics Attnang-Puchheim Sportzentrum…
  • Owen Ozanich throws Perfect Game in French Division I

    philipp
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    French National Team right-hander Owen Ozanich threw a perfect game in the French Division I on Sunday. In game two of the doubleheader between his Rouen Huskies and the French Cubs from Chartres he retired all 27 batters he faced in a 1-0 win over Rainer Oliveros. For Rouen it was its tenth victory in as many games. Ozanich, a 25-year-old graduate of the University of Vermont (NCAA Division I), struck out 15 in the nine innings going the distance with only 108 pitches total.
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  • MLB this Week: A lucky 13

    Matt Smith
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    We’ve got pre-midnight games every day this working week, although that’s largely due to a slight anomaly. The games in the series between the Royals and Indians, and the Blue Jays and Red Sox, are all starting one hour earlier than usual. This means that they dip in under the pre-midnight cut-off by one hour, rather than starting just after midnight as you would tend to expect from east coast night games. It’s worth picking out from those games that reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber is seeking his first win of the season on Monday night for Cleveland, whilst…
  • New York, New York

    Matt Smith
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    Frank Sinatra famously sang about “New York, New York”. There haven’t been too many times that both of the city’s baseball teams have been a dominant force since the high-water mark of the Yankees-Mets World Series in 2000. Their rivalry is probably most similar to the Man Utd-Man City football rivalry in the pre-Abu Dhabi Sheikh days for the Blues. The Yankees were the Utd of the baseball equivalent, racking up titles, becoming the team everyone else loved to hate and being more interested in their rivalry with another city (Boston Red Sox in the Yankees’ case,…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015 – Week Two

    Mark George
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Week two of the BaseballGB Fantasy League is complete. Have the early pace-setters managed to continue their good starts? Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score  Bits & Bytes 26 5 22 3 .305 .834 2 1 30 0 5.90 1.52 2  Mighty Slugs 31 10 38 3 .233 .769 4 4 47 2 5.01 1.33 9 The Slugs are in first after their 9-2 win against Bits & Bytes. The offense struggled to hit for average but Zimmerman knocked in nine runs and Hanley Ramirez and Bautista each slugged a pair of homers. The pitching staff completed a sweep as Hahn picked up a win without allowing an earned run and the…
  • MLB this Week: Kluber, Tanaka, Greinke and Scherzer

    Matt Smith
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    There are pre-midnight MLB games on three days out of five this working week. We start the working week with a very early game from Fenway Park on Monday as the Orioles and Red Sox complete their four-game series. Wednesday’s sole early game takes us into the AL Central and a pitching match-up between Jeff Sarmdzija and the reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. Thursday is the key evening this work for catching some live baseball without sacrificing sleep. Highlights include a Masahiro Tanaka start for the Yankees against the Detroit Tigers, Zack Greinke facing the Giants in a game…
  • WHGB: Bryant creates a buzz

    Matt Smith
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    There was a buzz around Major League Baseball on Friday as the Chicago Cubs called up top prospect Kris Bryant for his debut. After his booming home runs in the Minor Leagues and during the recent Spring Training, Bryant’s 0-for-4 performance at the plate (including three strikeouts) may have seemed an anti-climax, but that didn’t deter any of the MLB news outlets. From MLB.com onwards, Bryant’s debut was the headline story and a couple of decent bits of fielding at third base – good, but nothing particularly special at the Major League level – were latched onto…
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  • College: Texas A&M Reaching Top of Baseball America Top 25

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    We have a new No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll after former holder Vanderbilt went 1-3 this past week. Moving up from the second spot to take over the top of the poll is Texas A&M. Vandy dropped down to No. 5 after dropping 2-of-3 to Old Miss over the weekend and losing a mid week game to Lipscomb. Texas A&M has been hot all year. They sit at 33-3 after going 3-1 this past week after taking 2-of-3 from Mississippi State in College Station. While A&M avoids Vanderbilt during the regular season, they still have a tough road ahead. After Arkansas visits Blue Bell Park this coming…
  • Daily Fantasy Games at Fan Duel – Let’s Play

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    Do you play fantasy baseball? Ever try a one day league? I have gotten hooked on Fan Duel over the past baseball season. I play mostly with a friend or two and then enter a few other games as well. I am not a high roller and play for $1-2 or if I am feeling lucky I play for $5. There are so many different types of games that it keeps it fun. I like to play head-to-head or in a 50/50 league. In a 50/50 league half the players win. So all you have to do is beat out half the pool to cash. There are also different league with a bit higher payout depending on where you finish, and the great thing…
  • Austria: ABL Kicks Off Season with Series Between Athletics and Wanderers

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Austrian Baseball League kicked off its season this past weekend with a two game set between the Vienna Wanderers and the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics. The two teams split a pair of games in Vienna on Saturday. In Game 1, Vienna got a strong outing from starter Christian Tomsich. The Athletics came back strong in Game 2 to pick up a split getting a great outing from starter James Jense who tossed a complete game one-hitter. He struck out five in the win. He also tripled and scored the only run of the game. David Burns (1-for-3) drove in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly to…
  • Germany: Solingen Starts Strong in Title Defense

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    The German Bundesliga is off and running now two weeks into the season. So far there are three teams that remain undefeated with the perennial powers still going strong. North Division: In the North, defending champion Solingen is at it again starting off with a 4-0 record. After an opening weekend sweep of Dortmund, the Alligators came back this past weekend to sweep Paderborn. They lead the league along with the Bonn Capitals who also sit at 4-0. Solingen will host Hannover this coming weekend. Hannover sits at 2-2 tied for third early on with Dortmund. Solingen is winning at the plate so…
  • Spain: Week 2 Scores and Highlights from Spanish Division de Honor

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    We are two weeks into the early part of the season in the Spanish Division de Honor, and we have a couple teams already showing a strong push for the front of the pack. A week after splitting with defending champion Tenerife, Sant Boi ran off two more wins to stay in the hunt for first place. They sit just a game behind two teams who are off to a perfect 4-0 record. Those two teams are the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra. Valencia took care of Barcelona in their weekend set, while Navarra took down CD Pamplona. Spanish Division de Honor Scores: Baseball Navarra 7, CD Pamplona 3 Baseball…
 
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    East Windup Chronicle

  • What Makes a Good Youth Baseball Coach?

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    There are lots of great things your child will learn while they play baseball during their youth, and they will get even more out of the sport when they have a great coach. As a parent, it’s up to you to make sure they have the best possible coach. As impressive as a winning record is, it shouldn’t be the most important aspect of the coach who works with your child. More often than not, the coaches that don’t always win their games are the ones your child will learn the most from. Look for a youth baseball coach who has a solid understanding of the game. They should be able to tell you…
  • 3 Reasons Baseball Will Be Better In 2015

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    As a loyal fan of sporting events I have to admit that I do have my favorites. I am always going to prefer football to the other sports mainly because I like the violence and the physicality of the sport. Maybe that is barbaric but I simply do not care. However I do have another love in the sporting world and that love is baseball. I like the game of the ages because it showcases so many different skills. You have to have amazing hand eye coordination in order to hit the baseball. You have to have amazing speed to field in the outfield. You also need great awareness and range. The coach needs…
  • Keys To Understanding Baseball

    admin
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    When it comes to sports there are a lot of people that are simply in the dark. The games can be hard to follow and things that are not seen by the untrained eye typically determine the outcomes. That is why you need to take the time to learn the sport and then watch it. You cannot learn all you need to know by just watching the game. You need to take the time to research the game. So for me, baseball is the game that I love. It is also a game that many people fail to understand. They think all the game involves is throwing the ball and hitting the ball. But there is so much more to the game…
  • Tips For Preventing Injuries In Youth Baseball

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Elbow and shoulder injuries are on the rise when it comes to youth baseball. These types of injuries are not that easy to get over so we want to avoid them at all costs if possible. In this article I will give you a few tips for preventing injuries in youth baseball. A good warm up will go a long way to helping prevent injuries in your kiddos who like to play baseball. If they take the time to warm up their muscles before the game, they are less likely to get injuries while playing the game. Make sure to discuss with your young one how very important taking time to do theses warm-ups is.
  • Watching Baseball Is Fun For The Entire Family

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:28 pm
    It is starting to get warming outside as Spring is slowly approaching. Of course if you live on the East coast it can be quite confusing what time of year it is especially these days. It is almost Spring however if it feels like it or not. You may be starting to think about fun activities that you and your family can do together now that it is getting warmer outside. Why not take in a baseball game together and get the entire family out for a night of fun. It is my guess that even if you have teenagers in our household they are going to enjoy going out with the family for a fun night at the…
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    The Cub Reporter (TCR) | A Chicago Cubs Blog

  • Monday Not Funnies. Andrew McCutchen is having a slump.

    CubbyBlue
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Lets hope it lasts a little longer...
  • Rockies Belt Malave Offerings Around Salt River Fields & Beeler to I-Cubs

    Arizona Phil
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Cesar Galvez drilled a two-run double and singled, Luis Castro belted a solo home run and singled, Wesley Jones ripped two RBI singles, and Max George hammered an RBI triple, walked twice, and scored a run, as the Rockies cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.  Frandy de la Rosa doubled twice and scored two runs for the Cubs. RHP (ex-C) Mark Malave made his second Cactus League Extended Spring Training game appearance and his first…
  • Cubs @ Reds - Lester vs. Leake; Game 16 Thread

    Rob G.
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
     Jon Lester vs. Mike Leake Tags: Cubs 2015 Game Thread
  • April Showers Bring 9th Inning Luck to Brew Crew

    Arizona Phil
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Carlos Belonis drilled a one-out game-tying RBI double and Milan Post followed with a game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly, as the Brewers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 9th to edge the Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #7 (AKA "Paul Molitor Field") at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, AZ.      Carlos Jimenez belted a two-out RBI double in the top of the 8th to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead, as the game was scoreless through seven innings of play. RHP Joshua Torres got the start for the Brew Crew and tossed four innings…
  • Cubs @ Pirates - Hendricks vs Locke; Game 15 Thread

    Rob G.
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    There was snow, there were home runs, but there was no victory. Cubs try to secure the series win with the roster leftovers this afternoon.  Kyle Hendricks vs. Jeff Locke Denorfia LF Harrison 3B Soler RF Lambo RF *Rizzo 1B *Polanco CF Bryant CF #Walker 2B Castro SS *Alvarez 1B Castillo C Mercer SS Russell SS Rodriguez LF Hendricks P Stewart C #Herrera 3B *Locke P Don't have a lot of time this morning, but a reminder that I'll have the chatbox up in the lower right around game time.  Kris Bryant playing in center field today is the pre-game buzz as Dexter Fowler tweaked his groin on…
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • Yankees Bleacher Creatures Roll Call

    Lenny Neslin
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Just attending last night's Yankees-Red Sox game would have been satisfying enough for me. But with a last-minute invite, I found myself chanting with the Bleacher Creatures in the first inning before the Yankees scored seven in the first and went on to a 14-4 victory.Here's the full roll call video, just a few seats away from Bald Vinny & The Creatures.ELLS-BUR-Y! ELLS-BUR-Y! ELLS-BUR-Y! Also, The Boss.Oh by the way, I've attended two Yankees games this year and they've been their only two victories thus far. Anyone have tickets for tonight?
  • The best time to buy Yankees tickets

    Lenny Neslin
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Looking to get out to Yankee Stadium? Of course you are. Go ahead and plan your trip out to the Bronx, but consider holding off on purchasing the tickets until just before game time.According to Rukkus, a website that helps people find the best ticket deals for events, the best time to buy for Yankees game is an hour or two before it starts. This recommendation is based on over a thousand of the Yankees' most recent games, Rukkus told me. But that's not always the case. When I purchased tickets to Mariano Rivera's and Derek Jeter's last home games over the last two years, it was…
  • 2015 MLB predictions: Yankees & Mets, A-Rod & Severino, World Series,MVPs and more

    Lenny Neslin
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    It's that time again. Baseball is BACK! And so are my annual predictions. See below for the usual standings, World Series picks, awards and Yankees player stats. But the real prediction that everyone seems to be buzzing about this year isn't really covered below. That would be the Battle for New York -- who will be better this year: Yankees or Mets?I say Yankees. Sure, the Mets got Matt Harvey back. He's excellent, but it was really unfortunate for them to lose Zach Wheeler in spring training. Their bullpen hasn't improved much and neither has their hitting. Plus, they play in a pretty…
  • Results for my 2014 MLB predictions

    Lenny Neslin
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    As you'll see below, one glaring thing from last year's predictions is not a single correct call by me in the AL East. Don't expect that to change next year when we look at my 2015 predictions (coming this weekend). Top to bottom, the AL East is one mediocre division.As a Yankees fan, I of course loved the Yankees and Red Sox (mostly the Yankees) being at the top year after year for a decade. But this is pretty fun too, I guess: Not knowing whether last year's division winner, the Orioles, will finish in first or last. Is Betting On Baseball Legal? Don't ask Pete Rose...AL East 1.
  • Radio Show: A-Rod, Yankees & Mets discussion

    Lenny Neslin
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:22 pm
    So after Alex Rodriguez made his surprise appearance in Tampa on Monday, my good friend Jeremy Schilling invited me on his weekly online radio show. Topics covered include:A-Rod's impact on the YankeesWho's better in 2015: Yankees or Mets?How the NL can avoid being so pitching-heavyWho's the new leader of the Yankees clubhouse? Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with JSchil1 on BlogTalkRadio
 
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    TODAY in BASEBALL

  • Why MLB should pick up the pace

    BTGrimes
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A perfect example of why MLB needs to pick up the pace Because you don’t know when the action is going to occur, baseball is a game of anticipation. All too often, however, the "action" does not match the anticipation. Here’s a perfect example; Watching an Angels-A’s game on TV last August 24th (2014) I got out my stopwatch for a 10-pitch at-bat between A’s pitcher Fernando Abad and Angels’ hitter Kole Calhoun. It was the 8th inning. There were no outs and no one on base. The Angels were up 9-3. Here are the times between each pitch. The stopwatch started when the pitcher got…
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    Rays Index

  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Steven Souza had a fantastic reaction to losing rock-paper-scissors. The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 5, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: You can make the argument that Chris Archer is the best pitcher in the American League right now. He is already among the league leaders in several key categories. But if we ignore his first start, which came on short rest, things look even better. In his last 4 starts, Archer has thrown 26.2 innings, allowed 12 hits, 5 walks, struck out 32, and has an ERA of 0.00.
  • ‘No smoking gun found’ in Joe Maddon tampering case against Chicago Cubs

    Cork Gaines
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Even though Major League Baseball’s tampering investigation against the Chicago Cubs and how they hired Joe Maddon is in its sixth month, and even though one report said the Rays had proof of tampering, it sounds like the investigation will be concluded without any discipline being leveled against the Cubs. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the investigation should be over soon and that there may not be any strong evidence to implicate the Cubs. “The expectation is that MLB’s tampering investigation spurred by Tampa Bay’s allegation against the Cubs in the Joe…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 2, Red Sox 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Jake Odorizzi now has 11 starts since the start of the 2014 season in which he worked at least 6 innings and allowed 3 hits, 1 run, or less. That is the best in baseball (via Dave Haller). Felix Hernandez and Madison Bumgarner are next with 8…In the 9th inning, the hero was Rene Rivera who delivered the first walk-off win of the year for the Rays. Your browser does not support iframes. Oh yeah, and there was Kevin Kiermaier doing…
  • The Rays suddenly have a huge bullpen problem and it is going to cost them a player

    Cork Gaines
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    C.J. Riefenhauser was the only left-handed pitcher in the bullpen. The Rays today announced that reliever CJ Riefenhauser has been placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Mikie Mahtook has been called up to take his place on the roster. Once we get over the shock of seeing 12 (12!) players on the DL less than three weeks into the season, it turns out that this injury causes a huge problem in the bullpen. The Rays now have no lefty relievers. Riefenhauser was the only lefty in the ‘pen. To make matters worse, the only healthy pitcher in the minors that is on the…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 7, Red Sox 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Hey, look who showed up last night. It’s Evan Longoria! Remember him? He singled and scored as the 2nd batter of the 4-run 6th inning. And then he singled again the 2-run 7th inning. It was his first multi-hit game of the season. I repeat, it took Longo 15 games before he had more than 1 hit in a game. It was his longest streak without multiple hits since July, 2013 when his drought reached 26 games…Kevin Cash used Brad…
 
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    Rays Colored Glasses

  • The Undercards: Alex Colome Looks Ready for Return

    Robbie Knopf
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    The Tampa Bay Rays have won five straight games–an entire turn through their rotation–but their starting five is about to improve even more. Alex Colome was, at one point, supposed to be ready for his 2015 debut for the Rays before Drew Smyly, but while Smyly will make two MLB starts before Colome makes his […] The Undercards: Alex Colome Looks Ready for Return - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays Game 19: Evan Longoria Refuses To Get Out

    Robbie Knopf
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In a sport where hitters entered Sunday getting on base 31.2% of the time, Evan Longoria has now reached base in eight straight trips to the plate. There’s certainly some luck involved with that, but at least for a moment, let’s appreciate what he has done. Longoria went 3 for 3 with a walk and […] Tampa Bay Rays Game 19: Evan Longoria Refuses To Get Out - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Three Minor Leaguers Make Prospect Hot Sheet

    Robbie Knopf
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    The Tampa Bay Rays’ minor league system still has work to do. It has improved after the Rays restocked it in trades and made a few good selections in the draft, but it is not all the way back to being among the best organizations in baseball. We saw an example of that this spring as […] Tampa Bay Rays: Three Minor Leaguers Make Prospect Hot Sheet - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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    Vinci Baseball and Softball Sports Blog

  • New Vinci Batting Grips

    Vinci
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Vinci, makers of high quality baseball and softball equipment, announces the launch of a new bat grip. The Vinci Bat Grips come in a package that can be slid open to feel the grip. Each package contains bat grip which is 1.8mm thick and approximately 38 inches long. The heavy-duty tape is designed with a nice “tacky” grip feel to help players hold their bats better. “Pro ballplayers have tested these grips for several months,” says Peter J. Vinci, CEO of Vinci. “The players have been giving them rave reviews.” The grips are in a variety of colors, including…
  • Vinci Sports Products Now Featured On Kohls.com

    Vinci
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    We are very excited to have Vinci sports products featured on the Kohl’s website. The Kohls website now carries select Vinci glove models, including youth and adult gloves for both baseball and softball. Batting gloves, sports sunglasses and the new Vinci bat backpack are also featured. “The people from Kohl’s are a pleasure to deal with,” says Peter J Vinci, CEO of Vinci. “From the sports buyer, to the on boarding process department, everyone has been both helpful and professional.” Vinci manufactures a full line of professional grade baseball and softball…
  • Vinci Welcomes Our First Professional Softball Player

    Vinci
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Vinci Co., LLC, is proud to welcome our first ever professional softball player to the company in Natalie Hernandez. From 2011-2014, Hernandez played collegiately for the University of Illinois-Chicago before turning professional in June and is currently a GA at Robert Morris in Chicago. Vinci is a family-owned and operated sports equipment company dedicated to quality. A number of minor and major-league baseball players, and now our first professional softball player use Vinci equipment. Makers of baseball gloves, softball gloves, sunglasses, batting gloves and batpacks. “Speaking with…
  • NEW Vinci Bat Pack

    Vinci
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces the launch of its first bat backpack. The Vinci Bat Backpack is a stylish all-in-one carry system for ball players everywhere – from little league baseball to the softball field to the college diamond. The Vinci Bat Backpack offers a variety of key components, including a waterproof bottom, a large compartment for helmet and gear and an ergonomic design with padded shoulder straps. It includes double heavy-duty fence hooks for hanging with a separated zipper opening and storage pocket. Breathable mesh padded backing…
  • New Vinci Videos

    Vinci
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    We’d like to reveal four new videos featured both on Vincipro.com and Youtube. All of our videos close with our hero, Benjamin Vinci’s signature. This signature is in every glove that we make. One of the videos, the PJV-M will also soon be featured on the Dicks’ Sporting Goods website, with more to come!   Our first video is of the Optimus series baseball and softball gloves. Prepare for greatness. Watch our top of the line Optimus gloves in action. From your local ball park all the way to the Major Leagues! The second video highlights our sports multi lens sunglasses.
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  • College: Texas A&M Reaching Top of Baseball America Top 25

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    We have a new No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll after former holder Vanderbilt went 1-3 this past week. Moving up from the second spot to take over the top of the poll is Texas A&M. Vandy dropped down to No. 5 after dropping 2-of-3 to Old Miss over the weekend and losing a mid week game to Lipscomb. Texas A&M has been hot all year. They sit at 33-3 after going 3-1 this past week after taking 2-of-3 from Mississippi State in College Station. While A&M avoids Vanderbilt during the regular season, they still have a tough road ahead. After Arkansas visits Blue Bell Park this coming…
  • Daily Fantasy Games at Fan Duel – Let’s Play

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    Do you play fantasy baseball? Ever try a one day league? I have gotten hooked on Fan Duel over the past baseball season. I play mostly with a friend or two and then enter a few other games as well. I am not a high roller and play for $1-2 or if I am feeling lucky I play for $5. There are so many different types of games that it keeps it fun. I like to play head-to-head or in a 50/50 league. In a 50/50 league half the players win. So all you have to do is beat out half the pool to cash. There are also different league with a bit higher payout depending on where you finish, and the great thing…
  • Austria: ABL Kicks Off Season with Series Between Athletics and Wanderers

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Austrian Baseball League kicked off its season this past weekend with a two game set between the Vienna Wanderers and the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics. The two teams split a pair of games in Vienna on Saturday. In Game 1, Vienna got a strong outing from starter Christian Tomsich. The Athletics came back strong in Game 2 to pick up a split getting a great outing from starter James Jense who tossed a complete game one-hitter. He struck out five in the win. He also tripled and scored the only run of the game. David Burns (1-for-3) drove in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly to…
  • Germany: Solingen Starts Strong in Title Defense

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    The German Bundesliga is off and running now two weeks into the season. So far there are three teams that remain undefeated with the perennial powers still going strong. North Division: In the North, defending champion Solingen is at it again starting off with a 4-0 record. After an opening weekend sweep of Dortmund, the Alligators came back this past weekend to sweep Paderborn. They lead the league along with the Bonn Capitals who also sit at 4-0. Solingen will host Hannover this coming weekend. Hannover sits at 2-2 tied for third early on with Dortmund. Solingen is winning at the plate so…
  • Spain: Week 2 Scores and Highlights from Spanish Division de Honor

    Eric Bynum
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    We are two weeks into the early part of the season in the Spanish Division de Honor, and we have a couple teams already showing a strong push for the front of the pack. A week after splitting with defending champion Tenerife, Sant Boi ran off two more wins to stay in the hunt for first place. They sit just a game behind two teams who are off to a perfect 4-0 record. Those two teams are the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra. Valencia took care of Barcelona in their weekend set, while Navarra took down CD Pamplona. Spanish Division de Honor Scores: Baseball Navarra 7, CD Pamplona 3 Baseball…
 
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    Number 5 Type Collection

  • "I feel like pigs in a waller," a.k.a, Topps exhibit at the Louisville Slugger Factory!

    11 Apr 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Louisville's hosted baseball since before a bat rolled out of Bud Hillerich's woodshop and into Pete Browning's hands (1884, courtesy their history page), but the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum is my favorite icon in a town synonymous with the pastime. I make it to Louisville about once a year, and this time, I lucked into extra baseball, as a Topps-themed spread occupied the factory's free exhibit room.Here's my @Number5TypeCard twitter rundown of exhibit highlights; click through for bigger photos. Note how the mega-Mantle sits alongside Star Wars, reflecting Topps' open mind…
  • 1979 Cramer Hawaii Islanders Baseball #5, Sam Perlozzo

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Hey there! I'm Sam, and is this a great day for baseball or what? How about a game of pepper and a non-cola soft drink?If "Sam Perlozzo" rings a bell, it's likely from his mid-2000s stint as Orioles manager, during a time of team roster and management turnover. Along with a shuffling of their front office in 2006, vets Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, and B.J. Surhoff all left Baltimore and touted prospect Nick Markakis made his debut. This double-handful of new contracts didn't change the year-end standings, as Baltimore still placed 4th in the AL East. They wouldn't finish higher until 2012…
  • 1914 T222 Fatima Baseball Players #5, Ed Reulbach, Jimmy Archer, Larry McLean, Oscar Vitt

    15 Feb 2015 | 9:42 pm
    2015 vintage card forums continue to bustle with gossip and check-ins, as collectors take the temperature of what their market likes on a regular. Buyers (and thus, sellers) appreciate certain teams or players today more than our forebears and there's a continual hunt for discoveries in dusty estates or cigar boxes. Part of advanced collecting is feeling poised on the edge of new cardboard territory, even when "new" means "compared to Abner Doubleday."I'm ten-plus years into the type collection, but discovered a new-to-me, 101-year-old, Turkish cigarette entry just this week: T222 Fatima…
  • 1948-49 Caramelos "El Indio" Cuban Baseball #5, Orlando "Tango" Suarez

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:53 pm
    With the loosening of Amerca's decades-old Cuban travel and trade embargo on our horizon, I dusted off a dormant entry for one of my type collection's White Whales: the Caramelos El Indio cigarette set. These black-and-white photos celebrate Cuba's 1948-49 Winter League, a warm-weather haven for baseball pros from a time before Castro's revolution. This particular #5 features Orlando "Tango" Suarez, catcher for the Almendares city team and veteran of several Cuban pro seasons.Multiple Latin American and Caribbean countries hosted "winter leagues" between November and February, so…
  • 1976 Indianapolis Indians Baseball #5, Joe Henderson

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
    After 100-plus years of MLB card sets from tobacco and candy companies, one forgets how few releases exist for teams that played in America's minor league zip codes. Prior to the 1970s, those cities rarely turned local interest into collectible cards, thanks to the prohibitive cost of small-scale photo printing.Indianapolis represents a bright spot from this period, as creator of 1970s cards replete with high stirrups and sweet mustachios. I've covered three of their team sets prior to today's post.1976 team set #5, Joe Henderson (today)1977 team set #5, Tom Hume (future)1978 team set…
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    Baseball Reflections

  • Casa Base: Designated Hitter

    Fabio Borselli
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
  • NL West Recap: First Two Weeks Of 2015

    Dan Cromar
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
    We’re officially two weeks into the 2015 MLB season, and while it’s still way too early to award any divisions titles, it’s definitely not too early to break down what we’ve seen so far. The NL West is a division that could easily turn out to be the most competitive in baseball and judging by the first 12 games or so, it’s safe to say that possibility is alive and well. So how exactly has each team fared so far? Note: All stats are as of April 20, 2015. Los Angeles Dodgers The Dodgers currently find themselves in first place in the division and riding a seven-game win streak that…
  • Baseball Equipment Buyer’s Guide: Baseball Gloves

    Guest
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    When it comes to buying baseball equipment, everyone from a newbie to a professional player wants quality gloves. However, people often find it difficult to choose gloves that suit their needs, so we’ll help you understand the different types of baseball gloves, and how to choose between them. Before anything else, you should understand the basic terms used when talking about baseball gloves: Type of Throw – Gloves can be categorized according to RHT (Right Hand Thrower) or LHT (Left Hand Thrower). RHT players throw with the right hand and catch with the left, wearing the glove on the…
  • Casa Base: Be Calm

    Fabio Borselli
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
  • Tips For Team Parents

    Guest
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Being a good parent at the youth baseball level, first and foremost, is all about being supportive — to your child and to all of his teammates. After all, baseball at the youth level is the most innocent stage of the game. Players aren’t playing to earn a professional contract, a college scholarship or even to earn playing time on a travel team — they’re playing because they love playing baseball. As a parent, it’s your role to make the game fun for your child. However, you may also go above and beyond and volunteer to handle other aspects associated with the team to…
 
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  • Team Front Office Executive Who Was Program Manager For Napa Wineries

    independentbaseball
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which independent baseball team front office executive has been a program manager for wineries in the Napa region of California? Answer: Kathy Beistel, of the Vallejo Admirals http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/20140319/kathy-beistel-joins-vallejo-admirals-as-marketing-and-sales-director Please support this site: if you need any … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Home Field For First CBL Champions

    independentbaseball
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question What was the home field for the first Continental Baseball League champions, the 2007 Tarrant County Blue Thunder? Answer: Cross Timbers Park http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Tarrant_County_Blue_Thunder Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Former AAA Pitcher Who Played In First CBL Season

    independentbaseball
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which former Triple-A pitcher was in the first season of the Continental Baseball League, pitching for the Lewisville Lizards in 2007? Answer: Kieran Mattison http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mattis001kie Please support this site: if you need any home repair service … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • 2014 Pacific Association Pitcher Of The Year

    independentbaseball
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who won the 2014 Pacific Association’s Pitcher of the Year award? Answer: Patrick Conroy of the San Rafael Pacifics http://pacificsbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=572:patrick-conroy-wins-pacific-association-pitcher-of-the-year&catid=50&Itemid=640 Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free…
  • Atlantic League Coach Who Hit His First MLB Home Run Against Clemens

    independentbaseball
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:23 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question According to the team’s website, which Atlantic League hitting coach hit his first MLB home run against Roger Clemens? Answer: Pedro Swann who is a coach for the Camden Riversharks http://riversharks.com/team/coaches/ Please support this site: if … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
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    Baseball Tutorials

  • Common Baseball Hitting Faults & Drills To Correct Tracking

    kenny
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Pitch-tracking and visual concentration are essential skills for baseball hitting at all levels of the game. The act of tracking the ball from the release of the pitcher’s hand to the plate is difficult and a skill that needs to be practiced! Of all the terminology that is thrown around baseball, one saying that makes [...] The post Common Baseball Hitting Faults & Drills To Correct Tracking appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Hitting Drill for Power: Stride, Backside & Hands

    kenny
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    No stride soft toss or no stride tee work or batting cage work is a great way to allow hitters to concentrate on the hitting faults of backside or head jumping, by alleviating the stride. If the hitter does not stride, their head has more of a tendency to stay still and they will be [...] The post Baseball Hitting Drill for Power: Stride, Backside & Hands appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Tips for the Perfect Hitting Stance! (PLUS Video Drill!)

    kenny
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Today, we are sharing some tips to achieving the perfect hitting stance, as well as an awesome mirror drill that you can use to ensure you are executing proper hitting stance mechanics. When you’re talking about hitting, your stance is the only part of the swing that the pitcher does not have impact upon. Pitchers [...] The post Tips for the Perfect Hitting Stance! (PLUS Video Drill!) appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Pitching & Disrupting the Timing of the Hitter

    kenny
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    The hardest part about hitting a baseball isn’t mechanics, it’s timing. By altering the speed of the pitch, a baseball pitcher can disrupt a hitter’s timing, leading to more strike outs. In today’s video tutorial, we share some excellent tips for teaching your young pitchers how to successfully alter their pitching speed and throw off [...] The post Baseball Pitching & Disrupting the Timing of the Hitter appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • One Hop Throwing Drill To Help Get The Arm Up

    kenny
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    In this video blog post, we are demonstrating throwing techniques and an awesome throwing drill that focuses on the glove and what to do with the arms during the pitch, and share some great tips on how to get the throwing arm up on top properly during the pitch. Working with the Front Arm & [...] The post One Hop Throwing Drill To Help Get The Arm Up appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
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  • Odubel Herrera for Rookie of the Year

    Kevin McGuire
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    It’s never too early to start hitching a wagon to one of the brightest spots of the 2015 Phillies… .@odubelherrera1 is leading the way in several rookie offensive categories. pic.twitter.com/CJDgbsVxql — Phillies (@Phillies) April 21, 2015
  • Phillies Average Tickets Under $70 All Weekend Against Nationals

    Dan Pizzuta
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Philadelphia Phillies and their fans know they’re in a rebuilding phase. Last year made that clear, as the Phillies were one of the worst teams with just 73 wins. Despite supposedly being one of the worst teams in baseball, the Phillies turned around from a disappointing 8-0 loss on Opening Day to take the Boston Red Sox down, 4-2 on Wednesday. Philadelphia would end up losing their opening series to the Red Sox with a second loss on Thursday, but avoiding the sweep to start the year may have been a step in the right direction. Phillies fans probably won’t love to hear about moral…
  • Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t feel like a Phillie, because he’s never been accepted as a Phillie

    Kevin McGuire
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    As the Phillies were in the process of picking up their first win of the season Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox, the attention shifted to quotes from Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, in which he suggested he has never really felt like a Phillie. “The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” Papelbon said in a story for The Boston Globe. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie.” Papelbon pikced up the save Wednesday night, his first of the season. This is the fourth year Papelbon has bene in Philadelphia, and it is probably safe to say he came at a bad time. The…
  • Francoeur homers, Harang holds down the fort as Phillies beat Red Sox

    Kevin McGuire
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    When the Phillies made offseason moves to acquire Aaron Harang and Jeff Francoeur, not many were expecting the roster moves to turn the Phillies into a division contender. On Wednesday night though, each proved valuable as the Phillies evened the season-opening series against the Boston Red Sox with a 4-2 victory. Francoeur broke out the laser show with a three-run home run over the fence in left center field in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving the Phillies their first runs of the series and season, and their first lead of the early season. It proved to be the game winner as the Red Sox…
  • FINISH HIM!

    Kevin McGuire
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Finish him! RT @MLBGIFs: Sub-Zero, Scorpion … @freddygalvis10. #OpeningWeek pic.twitter.com/R5318g7GHb — Kevin McGuire (@krmcguire) April 9, 2015
 
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  • Team Game: 18 Down, 12 to Go

    25 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_418.jpg' width="575" height="431"></div><br /><br /> When I agreed to be my nephew's confirmation sponsor, I didn't realize I would need to wait… read more...
  • Wrigley Field, 2015 - Chicago, IL

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
  • Kris Bryant's First MLB Hit

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:54 pm
    On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the newest member of the Chicago Cubs recorded his first career hit. Video from Aisle 413, Row 5, Seat 3.
  • MLB 2015 Game #2: Padres vs. Cubs

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    This afternoon, I'll make my first trip to Wrigley Field during the 2015 season. Due to fortunate timing, I may be on hand as a witness to Cubs franchise history. <br /><br /> Friday marked the debut of the Cubs' highly touted prospect, Kris Bryant. During his major league debut,… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #1: Twins vs. White Sox

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_417.jpg' width="575" height="327"></div><br /><br /> Today is my Opening Day for the 2015 Major… read more...
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    Baseball-Avenue

  • Watch Rugby’s Top Tournaments Live At Rugby Online Stream

    Lerma Moore
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Watch Rugby’s biggest events live on the internet at Rugby Online Stream. This site features live rugby matches and subscribers worldwide can stream live rugby events on their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Rugby Online Stream offers the best rugby matches and tournaments in High Definition quality video. You can even record your favorite teams with a handy free software. And, if you ever have trouble with your live stream, their support team will solve your technical issues quickly or you get your money back. There is no software to install to start this great…
  • WBSC Announce 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup Groups

    Featured Writer
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    SWITZERLAND — The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the groups for the 2015 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup, which will be staged from August 28 – September 6 in Osaka, Japan. The twelve qualified nations (alongside their current world ranking) of the XXVII U18 Baseball World Cup have been placed into two groups by the WBSC International Baseball Tournaments Commission: A group round robin will open action of the 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup. The top three finishers from each group will meet in the Super Round Robin, with the two nations with the best total records…
  • NPB: Former Major Leaguer Matt Murton Sets Hanshin Tigers Record

    Featured Writer
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Former big league slugger Matt Murton broke the Hanshin Tigers’ club record for games played by a foreign-registered player earlier this week. The Florida native took the field for the 704th time to snap the team record set by Willie Kirkland (1968-1973). Murton, previously played five years in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, and Colorado Rockies, also broke Japan’s single-season hits record in 2010. The Japanese record for games played by a foreign-born player is held by Venezuelan outfielder Alex Ramirez, who made a whopping 1,744 appearances in NPB games.
  • 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day

    Featured Writer
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers today announced details for the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day, including special recognitions, participants in the Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion and special performances and ceremonies planned at Dodger Stadium that evening. Visit MLB.com/civilrightsgame and Dodgers.com/civilrightsgame for more details. The 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day will be played between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, April 15th, and will air nationally on ESPN2…
  • KBO: NC Dinos Deal Kia Tigers First Setback

    Featured Writer
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    SOUTH KOREA – The Kia Tigers suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday falling to the NC Dinos, 5-3, at Gwangju. The Tigers (6-1) have a one-game lead over the Lotte Giants (5-2) while the Dinos (4-2) sit 1 1/2 games out of the top spot after posting its fourth consecutive win. The Giants lost 3-1 to the four-time reigning KBO champion Samsung Lions (5-3) at Daegu, while SK Wyverns won for the third game in a row with a 3-2 victory against the winless KT Wiz (0-8) at Incheon. The Nexen Heroes (3-4) coasted to a 17-4 win over the Doosan Bears (3-4) at Seoul, and the Hanwha Eagles…
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    Phillies News, Rumors and Analysis - Philadelphia Baseball Review

  • Williams escapes early jitters; Phillies take down Braves in finale

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 26 2015, 4:15 PM EST.@PGordonPBRPHILADELPHIA - Jerome Williams bounced back from a rough first inning and Freddy Galvis collected three hits to lift the Phillies past the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, 5-4.  The victory secured a series win for the Phillies and ensured a .500 record on the current homestand.   Williams walked a pair of batters in the first inning and then surrendered two hits before Jace Peterson connected for a two-run single to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. The advantage, however, was short lived as the…
  • Phillies looking for homestand split, series win against Braves

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 26 2015, 1:00 PM EST.@PGordonPBRPHILADELPHIA - The Phillies are aiming for a split of their six-game homestand with a contest against the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.David Buchanan lasted 6 2/3 innings last night, but was saddled with the loss after allowing three earned runs on just two hits. The Braves jumped on the Phillies' bullpen en route to a 5-2 win.Jerome Williams will take the mound for the Phillies this afternoon. He improved to 1-1 following Tuesday's victory over the Marlins. He allowed three runs -- two earned --…
  • Rapid Reaction: Phillies silenced by Marlins

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Dustin McGowan failed to get out of the fourth inning on Thursday, surrendering four runs on four walks and three hits in the Phillies' 9-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.Read more »
  • Phillies Series Preview | April 21-23 vs. Miami Marlins

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 21 2015, 2:15 PM EST.@PGordonPBROn Deck: The Phillies (4-9, fourth place/NL East) welcome the Miami Marlins (3-10, fifth place/NL East to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series. Probable PitchersTuesday: RHP Jerome Williams (0-1, 4.09) vs. RHP Dan Haren (1-0, 2.08) 7:05 p.m. ET.Wednesday: TBA vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (0-4, 4.76) 7:05 p.m. ET.Thursday: TBA vs. RHP David Phelps (0-0, 7.94) 1:05 p.m. ETAbout the MarlinsMiami has lost seven of nine and is coming off a four-game sweep by the Mets ... Through the first 13 games of the season the Marlins…
  • Phillies Minor League Notes | April 20 | IronPigs skid continues

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorApril 20 2015, 11:15 PM EDT.@PGordonPBRScranton 4, Lehigh Valley 3 (15 inn): The IronPigs lost on a walk-off for the second straight game as they fell to the RailRiders. Jason Berken made his first start of the season for the Pigs and turned in a solid effort, tossing five innings and allowing two runs on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts.  Domonic Brown went 1-for-5 and drove in a run. Phillippe Aumont walked four and allowed a run over four innings in relief. The IronPigs have lost five straight. [Box]Reading 9, Akron 4:…
 
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    Baseball Essential

  • Twins Go Outside of AL Central Looking for Consistency

    James B. Terry
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The Minnesota Twins had an interesting schedule to start the 2015 season when they opened with 15 straight games against fellow AL Central opponents, allowing them to really gauge where they stand. Despite this, not much was learned as the team has struggled to stay consistent. The Twins have played some bad baseball over the first few weeks of the 2015 season and they’ve also played some exceptional baseball. The bad baseball is easy to see, they opened the season by scoring just one run in a three game series against the Detroit Tigers. But this same Twins team has also handed the…
  • Jarrod Parker Takes Huge Step In Tommy John Recovery

    Tyler Milliken
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    It’s been more than 13 months since Jarrod Parker tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow for a second time, ending his hyped 2014 season before it could even start. At the time the injury had been a huge blow to both Jarrod and the Oakland A’s, who were expecting him to lead their rotation during the upcoming season. But thankfully he’s back now and on a rehab assignment, where he’s looking to build up enough arm strength to join the A’s starting rotation by early June. Last night down at Single-A, the 26-year-old righty threw 3.2 innings without experiencing any kind of…
  • Let’s Just Enjoy Alex Rodriguez

    Marshall Hastings
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    This is what steroids have done to us. This is what a decade of mammoth home runs have made us think. No longer can we sit back and enjoy power hitters. We are forced to question every single moon shot. We are forced to question Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez is far from faultless for his actions: steroid use, throwing people under the bus, and destroying his reputation, to name a few things. But this season, a year in which the Yankees seemed like they wanted him to fail miserably so they could sit him on the bench and deal with his contract, he has consistently forced his way into the lineup.
  • Reports: Rangers close to re-acquiring Josh Hamilton from Angels

    Robert Murray
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The Texas Rangers are closing in on a deal to re-acquire outfielder Josh Hamilton, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Baseball Essential’s Robert Murray. The news was first reported by TR Sullivan of MLB.com. A deal is close, but there is a lot of legal work to get done before a deal is completed. The trade is likely to be announced on Monday, Sullivan adds. It is also unclear who or what is headed to the Angels. The Angels and Hamilton parting ways comes with very little surprise. After suffering a cocaine relapse and other incidents off the field, it was likely the two…
  • Red Sox Series Preview: Boston at Baltimore (April 24-26)

    Michael Husson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Last weekend, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles faced off for the first time this season at Fenway Park. This weekend, the two will battle at Camden Yards in Baltimore. If the Red Sox learned anything in their four game split with the Orioles, it’s that the Orioles will be a legitimate threat this season, although their record does not indicate that just yet. The Orioles are last in the division with a record of 7-9, whereas the Sox are tied for first with a 9-7 record. Probable Pitchers Game 1, April 24: Rick Porcello (1-2, 6.63 ERA) vs Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 2.55 ERA Game 2,…
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    FoulBallz.com

  • Foul Ball Injuries: The Reason to Study Foul Ball Data

    FoulBallzAdmin
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Why study foul balls? It should be obvious after the Pirates v Cubs foul ball incident April 20, 2015. Foul balls are the most underappreciated and understudied aspect of baseball. They are the evil step-children of the game. They are demonized. Yet they are coveted and much sought after by fans of the game. Go to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites and you’ll see thousands of happy fans celebrating their snags. Yet, for all the joy they bring fans, they are maligned by baseball organizations all over the globe. But why? It doesn’t make sense for baseball to not…
  • MLB National League Foul Ball Rates: 1988-1996 Rates Show Similar Patterns to AL

    FoulBallzAdmin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Major League Baseball foul ball rates in the National League between 1988 and 1996 were surprising in many regards. While the National League yearly totals remained fairly level during this time, foul ball rates did jump during the 1994 and 1995 MLB strike shortened seasons, just as they did in the American League.   Legend: Red: Highest total for season; Blue: Lowest total for season; Orange: 1994 and 1995 were shorter seasons due to strikeGreen: Year strike zone was increased. Legend: Red: Highest total for season; Blue: Lowest total for season; Orange: 1994 and 1995 were shorter…
  • MLB American League Foul Ball Rates Jump during Strike Years: Shortened Seasons Equal Higher Averages

    FoulBallzAdmin
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    One thing is certain about a short season: Foul ball rates jump. It appears a larger strike zone does too. The data for the 1988-1996 MLB season range for the American League shows a reasonably even rate of foul balls at each park from between the 1988 and 1993 seasons. The American League averages fluctuated only 2 fouls per game over that timeframe (43.82 in 1990 to 45.73 in 1991). With some incomplete data, this fluctuation could be near zero too.   What the data does show inconclusively is that a shorter season significantly raises foul ball rates. In the strike-shortened 1994 MLB…
  • MLB American League Domes Have No Influence on Foul Ball Rates 1988-1996 Data Indicates

    FoulBallzAdmin
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    It’s been slow going, but I’ve finally gotten through the foul ball count for the American League from 1988-1996. Interestingly, few patterns showing up anywhere. One of those patterns has to do with the Toronto Blue Jays. Notice in the chart below, that the Blue Jays consistently have the highest total of foul balls hit during home games. Consistently. My working theory on this consistently higher average total is that they are one of three teams that played in a domed stadium (Twins, Blue Jays and Mariners) during this nine year period. In a dome, there would be less wind resistance, so…
  • IBWAA Votes and I Disagree: Alan Trammell Deserves MLB Hall of Fame Nod

    FoulBallzAdmin
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    I am a lifetime member of the IBWAA. As part of the membership, I get to cast my vote for the MLB Hall of Fame which is combined with all the other members’ votes into one vote. There are our results: Los Angeles – In its 2015 Hall of Fame election the IBWAA selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%). A 75% threshold is required for election. Curt Schilling finished in sixth place, with 65.64%. Roger Clemens garnered 64.76% (after receiving 56.64% in 2014) and Barry Bonds received 63.44%…
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  • Top 10 Prospects: #3 Henry Owens

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Photo credit Kelly O’Connor Top lefty pitching prospect Henry Owens was drafted by the Red Sox in the 2011 draft in the supplemental first round and it’s looking like it was a steal. Owens is very tall for a pitcher at 6-7 and weighs 200 pounds. He has room to add strength though as his weight is a little low for his height. Owens has a very deceptive delivery that has been very effective in fooling hitters. After a disappointing first season for the Greenville Drive in 2012, he bounced back in a major way in 2013. He started off in Salem and did very well, going 8-5 with a 2.92…
  • Mount Rushmore for the Boston Red Sox

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Boston Red Sox are one of the most historic professional baseball teams in the history of the sport. With over 115 years of history, it can be pretty difficult to name the 4 best players for the team. Here is a look at what a potential Mount Rushmore would look like. Ted Williams This seems to be a pretty unanimous decision, as Williams is often labeled as the most talented player to ever suit up for the Boston Red Sox. He would have been loved by people in daily fantasy baseball because of his ability to be one of the best pure hitters this game has ever seen. He spent his entire career…
  • Red Sox super prospect Yoan Moancada triples in first pro at bat

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    In his first professional at bat at the Red Sox spring training complex in Fort Myers, Cuban prospect Yoan Moancada hit a booming stand up triple. Not a bad start to his pro career to say the least. Moancada was signed in March by the Red Sox for $31.5 million, the largest signing bonus ever. Check out the video here. The post Red Sox super prospect Yoan Moancada triples in first pro at bat appeared first on BloodySox.
  • Xander Bogaerts received MRI for sore knee

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:44 pm
    According to multiple sources, Xander Bogaerts went to Massachusetts General Hospital to receive an MRI for his sore right knee. John Farrell said he injured it running the bases when he rounded 3rd but was held up by the 3rd base coach. “He continued on in the game with no issue, no complaint, no word of anything, even after the game didn’t feel anything. Came in Tuesday with some increased symptoms. He was examined here and we sent him over for an MRI.” Bogaerts has been by far the best hitter for the Red Sox this season, putting up a slash line of .433/.500/.533 with 7 RBI. Red…
  • Top 10 Prospects: #4 Manuel Margot

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Manuel Margot was signed as an international free agent by the Red Sox in 2011 for $800,000 and it’s looking like it was a very good investment to say the least. Margot is an outfielder who is 6-0 170 pounds with room to add strength and fill out more. After all he is only 20 years old. In his first pro season, Margot was impressive, hitting at a .285/.382/.423 slash with 4 home runs, 10 doubles, and 7 triples as a 17 year old for the DSL Red Sox. Unfortunately he struggled his next season for the Lowell Spinners, hitting only .270/.346/.351 with 1 home run, 8 doubles, and a triple. But…
 
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  • The 10 Top Home Runs of all time

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

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

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    10 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    We all knew about all the holes the Toronto Blue Jays had entering this year, we heard about it and witnessed it first hand down the stretch last year. There was a bit of excitement in the off season when the Jays signed All-Star Josh Donaldson  and Canadian All-Star Russell Martin, but still there was questions. Who was going to start? Who would play second? Second base has been an issue since Roberto was no longer a resident of Sky Dome. Who is going to play second base has been a question every off season, here is an article from 2013. But the biggest concern the Jay’s had this off…
  • 5 Greatest Canadian Baseball Moments of All Time

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    2 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    Baseball Canada has had many great moments in its brief history (established in 1964) and Canadian Baseball has had many memorable moments over the last 150 years. Below are my top 5 moments, Im sure everyone would have a slightly if not significantly different list including Winnipeg Sun editor-in-chief, Stephen Ripley, who put together his top 10 list. Stephen was more focused on “Canadian” content or success in the means of awards and struggled to understand that the non Canadians, the Dominicans, and Americans as he refers to them as could and did have a significant…
  • Speed Kills! Improve your footwork and get results

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    8 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    For the past several years I’ve been preaching footwork to the boys I’ve had the privilege of coaching. This past off season I was lucky enough to attend the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy at the Rogers Centre.  Guess what I heard over and over again, your first step has to be explosive, your first step is everything! Lloyd Moseby Candy Maldonado referenced it a few times in their outfield session, and Adam Stern mentioned it more than once during his. But how does one make their feet quicker? When I grew up there wasn’t a lot of these drills to help you with your…
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