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  • Phillies looking for homestand split, series win against Braves

    Phillies News, Rumors and Analysis - Philadelphia Baseball Review
    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 --…
  • Core Four Honors Bernie, Watches Yankees Fall Back to .500

    LADY AT THE BAT
    25 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Not even the presence of the Core Four + Bernie Williams could propel the Yankees to a win last night against the Texas Rangers.Derek Jeter, in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his walk off single last September, was joined by the rest of the recent Yankees dynasty in celebrating an all too often overlooked Williams, who had his #51 retired by the Yankees and a plaque dedicated in his honor in Monument Park.It was just about the only thing to celebrate o in an otherwise terrible night as the Yankees were swept by the Texas Rangers in the weekend series and fell back to…
  • Book Review: The Manager’s Daughter

    Baseball Reflections
    Bill Jordan
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    If you are looking for a summer page turner, look no further than The Manager’s Daughter. Author Matthew Kastel combines the topics of baseball and murder mystery flawlessly in this book that keeps the reader guessing right up until the end. The work follows the same mysterious cadence as The Da Vinci Code, as it tells bits of the story from different perspectives without revealing exactly what everyone is aware of.  This constantly leaves cliff hangers in the middle of paragraphs that forces the reader to keep going until that character is featured again to finish their thoughts. The…
  • Hawks announce partnership with former ML baseball player Scott Bullett

    Elite Baseball Program
    admin
    22 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Hawks Elite Baseball Program is proud to announce a partnership with former MLB player Scott Bullett. Scott owns and operates the Bullett Proof Baseball Academy in Welland Ontario. Bullett Proof Baseball Academy is the ONLY indoor baseball training facility in the Niagara area. Operating year round, under the guidance of  former Major League Baseball player Scott Bullett, Bullett Proof Baseball Academy offers group lessons, private lessons, team clinics and private rentals to teams that wish to improve their baseball skills. Bullett Proof baseball also operates four elite Bullett…
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    All PressHarbor weblogs have been upgraded to WordPress 4.2.1, which was released April 27, 2015. For more information about WordPress 4.2, please see the original WordPress 4.2 release announcement. For a visual tour of the new features in this release, please watch the following video: We hope you enjoy blogging with this latest upgrade to WordPress. If you experience any issues that you suspect are related to this upgrade, please submit a support ticket. Thank you for your continued support of our PressHarbor service!
 
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  • Tomas' hot bat not enough to pick up Bradley

    David Cobb and Steve Gilbert
    26 May 2015 | 11:08 pm
    An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season.
  • Bradley seeking answers amid rocky stretch

    Steve Gilbert
    26 May 2015 | 10:35 pm
    There was one word that Archie Bradley kept coming back to time and time again following his poor outing Tuesday night in the D-backs' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium -- frustrated.
  • Burgos placed on DL; lefty Nuno recalled

    Steve Gilbert
    26 May 2015 | 10:09 pm
    The D-backs placed right-handed reliever Enrique Burgos on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis Tuesday, one day after he experienced soreness when warming up to pitch.
  • Collmenter set for series finale in St. Louis

    David Cobb
    26 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Matt Holliday will try for a Cardinals franchise record Wednesday night when St. Louis looks to sweep a three-game series with Arizona at Busch Stadium. If Holliday reaches base, it will be his 43rd consecutive game to reach to start the 2015 season, which would surpass the 42-game mark Albert Pujols set in 2008.
  • Hudson OK after getting hit in jaw during BP

    Steve Gilbert
    26 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson was stuck in the jaw by a ball off the bat of Cardinals infielder Mark Reynolds during batting practice Monday afternoon.
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  • Teheran determined to get out of rut

    Mark Bowman
    27 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    Julio Teheran might never prove to be the legitimate ace he was fashioning himself to become the past two seasons. But right now, the Braves right-hander is simply concerned with proving he is not the pitcher that he has been throughout most of this season's first two months.
  • Braves land Uribe, power arm in Callaspo trade

    Mark Bowman
    26 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Once Alberto Callaspo reversed his decision by agreeing to be traded to the Dodgers, the Braves took advantage of an opportunity to acquire a high-upside reliever in exchange for four players who did not fit into their current or future plans.
  • Teheran gets knocked around by Dodgers

    Mark Bowman and Steve Bourbon
    26 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    The Dodgers used a six-run fourth inning and a 10-strikeout gem from Clayton Kershaw to cruise to an 8-0 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
  • Wood returns for series finale with Dodgers

    Mark Bowman
    26 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Zack Greinke will attempt to extend his run of dominance when the Braves and Dodgers complete their three-game series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has posted a 0.95 ERA and limited opponents to a .180 batting average in the four starts he has made this month. Atlanta will counter with Alex Wood.
  • Wood feels better, eager to face Dodgers

    Mark Bowman
    26 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Alex Wood spent the entirety of this past weekend battling a stomach virus that caused him to miss Friday night's scheduled start against the Brewers. But when he started feeling better on Monday, he began looking forward to Wednesday night's start against the Dodgers.
 
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  • Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

    Phil Rogers
    26 May 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Jon Lester and Max Scherzer were the top two free-agent pitching acquisitions this past offseason, and they will meet on the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the Cubs and Nationals complete a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
  • Russell delivers game-winner to beat Nats

    Carrie Muskat and John Jackson
    26 May 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Addison Russell's walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.
  • Young Addison playing like seasoned veteran

    Greg Garno
    26 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Addison Russell had a feeling that Tuesday was going to be a night for him, and he was right -- delivering the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Nationals.
  • Bryant wows Wrigley with mammoth home run

    Carrie Muskat
    26 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Kris Bryant has hit his share of long home runs, and added another on Tuesday to tie the game in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Nationals.
  • Lester leads Cubs against Scherzer, Nats in finale

    Greg Garno
    26 May 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Chicago manager Joe Maddon has been around the game for a while in both leagues, but that didn't stop him from calling Nationals starter Max Scherzer's pitching "as good as it gets."
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  • Lorenzen provides Reds with long-awaited gem

    Mark Sheldon
    26 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    For the past nine games, during what seemed like an epically long losing streak, the Reds have been longing for more starts like rookie Michael Lorenzen had vs. the Rockies on Tuesday.
  • Reds shed weight of world with walk-off win

    Mark Sheldon
    26 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    It had been nearly two weeks since the Reds' clubhouse was filled with smiles, music and the spinning colors from the dance light that has become a custom following a win. With a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth inning, Skip Schumaker proved to be the guy who brought it all back plus something else -- sweet relief.
  • Schumaker eases Reds' pain with walk-off

    Thomas Harding and Mark Sheldon
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The Reds' season-high nine-game losing streak ended when Skip Schumaker hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.
  • Renewed Reds can claim series behind Leake

    Robert Bondy
    26 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The Reds and Rockies will wrap up their three-game series with a rubber game on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park after Cincinnati walked off in the second game to end a nine-game skid, while Colorado saw its winning streak halted at three games.
  • Phillips out due to second bout with turf toe

    Mark Sheldon
    26 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    For the second time this month, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Rockies because of turf toe.
 
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  • Rox edged in ninth in tight struggle vs. Reds

    Thomas Harding and Mark Sheldon
    26 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The Reds' season-high nine-game losing streak ended when Skip Schumaker hit a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Rockies on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.
  • Rusin steps in for gutsy start in Rockies debut

    Thomas Harding
    26 May 2015 | 8:06 pm
    The Rockies had called up lefty pitcher Chris Rusin once before for a doubleheader, but he never took the mound. The rains that fell all day Tuesday, when he was recalled for an emergency start, seemed especially cruel. But the skies cleared, and Rusin made a strong first impression in purple by yielding one run and four hits in seven innings of the Rockies' 2-1 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
  • Rockies aim to shake off walk-off, claim series

    Robert Bondy
    26 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The Reds and Rockies will wrap up their three-game series with a rubber game on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park after Cincinnati walked off in the second game to end a nine-game skid, while Colorado saw its winning streak halted at three games.
  • Out with cut finger, De La Rosa to start Saturday

    Thomas Harding
    26 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    The Rockies recalled left-hander Chris Rusin from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday night's game against the Reds because a cut on scheduled starter Jorge De La Rosa's left middle finger didn't heal in time.
  • Hall of Famers, legends top list of Draft reps

    Mark Newman
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.
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  • Astros first in AL to 30 wins after beating O's

    Brittany Ghiroli and Brian McTaggart
    26 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Houston, off to the best start in franchise history, used a solid start from Scott Feldman and two RBIs from Luis Valbuena to record a 4-1 series-evening win over the Orioles Tuesday night.
  • Astros turn to McHugh in rubber match in Baltimore

    Connor Smolensky
    26 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    The Orioles and Astros will play their last game at Camden Yards this season on Wednesday before Houston hosts Baltimore for a four-game series next week.
  • Feldman finds success with grounders vs. O's

    Brian McTaggart
    26 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Astros starter Scott Feldman was good enough on Tuesday night to wriggle his way out of almost every jam he found himself in during his six-inning outing in a 4-1 win over the Orioles, but getting three double plays in the first three innings set the tone.
  • Late innings bring out best in Astros' offense

    Brian McTaggart
    26 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    When the game is on the line late, the Astros' offense has a habit for thriving under pressure. It's happened so much this year that there has to be something behind it, something tangible to explain why the late innings bring out the best.
  • Altuve tops 2B in 1st All-Star ballot update

    Brian McTaggart
    26 May 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Jose Altuve of the Astros is the leading the American League second baseman in voting at his position in the first round of balloting totals released on Tuesday. Altuve's 1,301,754 votes are nearly double of Omar Infante of the Royals, who's in second with 715,345 votes.
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  • Kershaw finds form against Braves

    Steve Bourbon
    27 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    or everyone saying there's something wrong with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner proved he can still be dominant in Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.
  • A-Gon eclipses 1,000 RBIs on homer

    Steve Bourbon
    26 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez picked up RBIs Nos. 1,000 and 1,001 on a home run during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves. He is just the 12th active player to reach that milestone.
  • Emotional Uribe headed to Braves

    Ken Gurnick
    26 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    After initially balking at a trade to the Dodgers, Braves utility man Alberto Callaspo was pulled from the lineup for Tuesday night's game at Dodger Stadium with indications that the six-player deal sending third baseman Juan Uribe to Atlanta still might go through.
  • Kershaw fans 10 as Dodgers rout Braves

    Mark Bowman and Steve Bourbon
    26 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    The Dodgers used a six-run fourth inning and a 10-strikeout gem from Clayton Kershaw to cruise to an 8-0 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
  • Greinke eyes Dodgers sweep vs. Braves

    Mark Bowman
    26 May 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Zack Greinke will attempt to extend his run of dominance when the Braves and Dodgers complete their three-game series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has posted a 0.95 ERA and limited opponents to a .180 batting average in the four starts he has made this month. Atlanta will counter with Alex Wood.
 
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  • Brewers can't overcome Giants homers

    Chris Haft and Adam McCalvy
    26 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt homered to back Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who fought through a long sixth inning to preserve his fifth win in six starts, 6-3 over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.
  • Goforth gets pickoff in Major League debut

    Brandon Curry
    26 May 2015 | 10:08 pm
    David Goforth's opportunity to run out of a Major League bullpen for the first time came Tuesday in Milwaukee's 6-3 loss to the Giants when Brewers manager Craig Counsell called him in to pitch in the ninth inning.
  • Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

    Adam McCalvy
    26 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.
  • Garza continues Brewers' starting woes

    Adam McCalvy
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    The Brewers are paying $23.5 million this season for stability from the top two spots of the starting rotation, and Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza are struggling to deliver on that investment.
  • Fiers prepared for quick start vs. Giants

    Brandon Curry
    26 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Mike Fiers will be filling in for the injured Wily Peralta on Wednesday when the Brewers try to prevent a Giants sweep in the series finale at Miller Park. Fiers will be squaring off with Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who has experienced success both recently and against the Brewers.
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  • Opportunities go by the wayside for A's

    Alex Espinoza
    26 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    When you finish 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and leave 10 men on base in a close game, it's tough to win. The A's found that out first-hand on Tuesday night, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.
  • Chavez saddled with another tough-luck loss

    Alex Espinoza
    26 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Statistically speaking, Tuesday night's effort was the finest start of Jesse Chavez's career. Only he was saddled with another tough loss in a 1-0 defeat to the Tigers.
  • Offense can't back Chavez's quality start

    Alex Espinoza and Rick Eymer
    26 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.
  • Kazmir seeking first May victory in series finale

    Rick Eymer
    26 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon left the team suddenly to be with his ailing father and will not make his scheduled start Wednesday.
  • Shoulder better, Doolittle activated off DL

    Alex Espinoza
    26 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The A's added left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle to the active roster for the first time this year Tuesday and optioned right-hander Angel Castro to Triple-A Nashville.
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  • deGrom settles for no-decision after strong start

    Joe Trezza
    26 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Jacob deGrom punched his hand into his glove, face full of frustration. He had spotted Mets manager Terry Collins making his way to the mound. After holding his first 25 batters to just four hits, how had two more come so quickly?
  • Looking slider, Flores delivers heroics for Mets

    Anthony DiComo
    26 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    A brief history against Elvis Araujo had taught Wilmer Flores one thing: look for the slider. Araujo throws it often and in various counts, so when Flores came to the plate in a tie game in the 10th inning Tuesday, he was searching for it.
  • Ebb and Flo: Wilmer wins it for Mets in 10th

    Anthony DiComo and Todd Zolecki
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single Tuesday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings.
  • Mets reportedly have insurance on Wright

    Anthony DiComo
    26 May 2015 | 8:48 pm
    If David Wright winds up missing significant time due to his back injury, the Mets reportedly are in position to recoup a portion of his $138 million contract.
  • Mets go for sweep of Phils behind Syndergaard

    Alden Woods
    26 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Noah Syndergaard will make his fourth Major League start Wednesday, closing a three-game home series against Sean O'Sullivan and the Phillies, who will be trying to salvage the finale at Citi Field.
 
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  • Phils rally late before falling to Mets in 10 innings

    Anthony DiComo and Todd Zolecki
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single Tuesday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings.
  • Walks come back to bite Phillies' bullpen

    Todd Zolecki
    26 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Walks continue to haunt the Phillies' bullpen. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth inning led to the tying run and a single and a walk to start the 10th allowed the Mets to win Tuesday's game.
  • Franco comes up clutch at plate, in field

    Todd Zolecki
    26 May 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Maikel Franco came up with a two-out, go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Mets in 10 innings at Citi Field. He then kept the game tied when he made a fantastic, barehanded play and throw to first base to end the bottom half of the inning.
  • Phils call on O'Sullivan for finale against Mets

    Alden Woods
    26 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Noah Syndergaard will make his fourth Major League start Wednesday, closing a three-game home series against Sean O'Sullivan and the Phillies, who will be trying to salvage the finale at Citi Field.
  • Amaro apologizes for comments about Phils fans

    Todd Zolecki
    26 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged the firestorm he caused Tuesday in Philadelphia following comments he made about Phillies fans, saying they "don't understand the game" and "then they [gripe] and complain because we don't have a plan."
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  • Kershaw finds form against Braves

    Steve Bourbon
    27 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    or everyone saying there's something wrong with Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner proved he can still be dominant in Tuesday night's 8-0 win over the Braves.
  • Braves land Uribe, power arm in Callaspo trade

    Mark Bowman
    26 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Once Alberto Callaspo reversed his decision by agreeing to be traded to the Dodgers, the Braves took advantage of an opportunity to acquire a high-upside reliever in exchange for four players who did not fit into their current or future plans.
  • Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

    Alex Espinoza and Rick Eymer
    26 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.
  • Donaldson leads a wild run on walk-offs

    Paul Casella
    26 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Josh Donaldson's game-ending homer capped a monster evening for the Blue Jays and highlighted a wild Tuesday night of walk-offs in baseball, with the Cubs' Addison Russell, the Mets' Wilmer Flores and the Reds' Skip Schumaker making it a season-high four walk offs on one day.
  • Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

    Phil Rogers
    26 May 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Jon Lester and Max Scherzer were the top two free-agent pitching acquisitions this past offseason, and they will meet on the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the Cubs and Nationals complete a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
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  • Not trying to do too much, Bucs hitters thriving

    Adam Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    With a full count and two outs in the fifth inning Tuesday night, Marlins starter Jose Urena fired a 93-mph fastball to the outer half of the plate. Pedro Alvarez reached out and grounded it through the left side of the infield, and Starling Marte wheeled around third base to score.
  • Locke caps memorable Bucs rotation turn

    Adam Berry
    26 May 2015 | 8:31 pm
    It's impossible to quantify the effect one night's starting pitcher might have on the next's. But for the Pirates' staff, momentum is a real thing. The last turn through their rotation, it's been a very good thing, too. Left-hander Jeff Locke completed a dominant one-through-five performance for the Bucs' rotation on Tuesday night.
  • Bucs hit Marlins rookie hard, win 5th straight

    Adam Berry and John McGonigal
    26 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    The Pirates rode left-hander Jeff Locke's solid start and a two-out barrage to a 5-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at PNC Park, the Bucs' fifth straight win.
  • Cole, Pirates go for sweep, season-high win streak

    Adam Berry
    26 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The Pirates have a chance to secure their second straight three-game sweep and a season-high six-game winning streak Wednesday at PNC Park, where they will take on the Marlins in a 12:35 p.m. ET matinee.
  • Cutch earns honor as resurgence continues

    Adam Berry
    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Andrew McCutchen says he prioritizes team success and doesn't get caught up in personal accolades. But McCutchen, who earned the co-National League Player of the Week Award, has broken out of a prolonged early-season slump, and the Bucs' fortunes are turning.
 
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  • Grant Balfour Opts Out Of Deal With Rays

    Jeff Todd
    27 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Former Rays closer Grant Balfour has opted out of his minor league contract with the team and received his release, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter links). It’s not yet clear whether Balfour will look to catch on with another club. The veteran righty had re-signed with Tampa Bay after being released from his major league deal earlier in the season. He was already owed the remainder of a $7MM salary on the year, which will not change with the move. At most, the Rays could receive an offset of a prorated portion of the league minimum salary if Balfour spends time at…
  • Braves, Dodgers To Swap Callaspo, Uribe In Six-Player Deal

    Steve Adams
    26 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner’s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults. As a player that signed as a free agent just this offseason, Callaspo was ineligible to be…
  • NL East Notes: Wright, Amaro, Phillies, Harper

    Steve Adams
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    While the Mets hope it won’t come to this, they’re protected against an extended absence from David Wright, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). The Mets have insurance on Wright’s contract that will cover 75 percent of the money he is owed for time he misses once he is on the shelf for 60 or more days. Given Wright’s $20MM salary this season, that could mean a significant amount of money being put back into the Mets’ pockets in the unfortunate event that their star third baseman is out for two or more months due to the spinal stenosis with which…
  • Cubs To Release Phil Coke

    Steve Adams
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The Cubs have placed Phil Coke on release waivers, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Coke will become a free agent on Thursday afternoon once he clears waivers, and six clubs have reached out to Coke’s camp, according to Cotillo. Coke had been designated for assignment back on May 19. The 32-year-old Coke signed a minor league contract with the Cubs this offseason and earned a guaranteed $2.25MM salary when he made the club’s roster. However, Coke’s tenure with the Cubs didn’t produce fruitful results, as he yielded seven runs on 14 hits and three walks (two…
  • NL Central Notes: Cueto, Gonzales, Schwarber, Baez

    Steve Adams
    26 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    After missing his start on Sunday, Reds ace Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI on the injured joint today (as FOX’s Jon Morosi tweeted he would earlier this morning), but agent Bryce Dixon said after the fact that the test revealed no tears or structural damage (Twitter link via C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The news is a sigh of relief for all parties involved, as a serious arm injury for Cueto would hurt his standing as one of the top free agents on the upcoming open market, whereas an injury would hurt the Reds’ chance of righting the ship and potentially eliminate…
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  • 1985 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner from Illinois talks with WGN Morning News

    WGN Web Desk
    27 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    CHICAGO — Dr. Balu Natarajan is the only person from Illinois who has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the last 30 years. He is now a sports medicine doctor in Chicago. Natarajan joined WGN Morning News to talk about the 1985 spelling bee. The Scripps National Spelling Bee began this morning in Washington D.C. This year, 19 students from Illinois are competing. Many of them were at WGN last week warming up against the morning news anchors.
  • Marcus drives a snowplow

    WGN Web Desk
    27 May 2015 | 5:10 am
       
  • Champaign TV anchor dies after battle with brain cancer

    WGN Web Desk
    27 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois television news anchor who continued to work while he struggled with brain cancer has died. WCIA-TV news director Andy Miller said Dave Benton died Tuesday at home in Champaign. Benton was 52. Benton in December told viewers he had been told he had four to six months to live but planned to work as long as possible. He left the air in April after more than nine years at the Champaign television station. Miller said hundreds of viewers sent Facebook comments mourning Benton to WCIA on Tuesday. Miller called Benton a model for working as a newsman and for…
  • No charges for owner of dog that mauled, killed 5-year-old boy

    WGN Web Desk
    27 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    CHICAGO — Police have issued two citations, but no charges for the owner of a dog that mauled and killed a 5-year-old boy on the South Side. Five-year-old James Nevils was visiting a relative’s house Monday night, when the dog grabbed his throat and would not let go. His mother dragged the dog outside by his legs, calling for help. Neighbors came running and beat the dog with anything they could find sticks, bricks and metal poles until the dog died. James was rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died. The issued citations are for animal rabies and not…
  • Extreme heat wave kills more than 1,100 in India

    WGN Web Desk
    27 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Watch Video HYDERABAD, India — A heat wave continues to take a devastating toll in India. More than 1,100 people have died because of heat in the past few days. Temperatures in Hyderabad hovered around 110 degrees Fahrenheit earlier today. Even during the evening, the temperatures stay in the mid-80s. India experienced its highest temperature ever recorded, on Monday — 117 degrees in the state of Odisha. Monsoon rains are forecast for later this week. But India’s weather agency says another hot spell will likely follow.
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  • Kemp's double may break him out of funk

    Barry M. Bloom
    27 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Matt Kemp has had one of those months so far for the Padres that he's better off forgetting. But sometimes -- as Crosby, Stills and Nash once sang -- the darkest hour is always, always just before the dawn.
  • Kemp breaks through with decisive double in 10th

    Corey Brock
    26 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    A productive April has been followed by a month of offensive struggles for Padres' right fielder Matt Kemp. But even as his batting average plummeted and his swing got long in search of hits while RBI opportunities went unfulfilled, Kemp refused to hang his head.
  • I'm Walking Trout, Too

    Bill Center
    26 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The Padres decided to intentionally walk Mike Trout to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday. Albert Pujols singled to win the game for the Angels, but walking Trout was the correct call.
  • Venable robs Trout's homer with sensational grab

    Corey Brock
    26 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    There was once a time when Will Venable used his 6-foot-3 frame for good use playing basketball at Princeton. On Tuesday, though, the Padres' center fielder used it to make an over-the-fence catch, robbing the Angels' Mike Trout of a two-run home run in the third inning.
  • Tests reveal improvement in Myers' wrist

    Corey Brock
    26 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    There was some measure of good news to be had Tuesday in regards to Wil Myers' left wrist, manager Bud Black told reporters. Myers, on the disabled list with tendinitis in the wrist since May 11, had scans done Tuesday, which revealed improvement.
 
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  • Cards ride early outburst past D-backs

    David Cobb and Steve Gilbert
    26 May 2015 | 11:08 pm
    An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season.
  • Garcia battles for first win in 11 months

    David Cobb
    26 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    After a rocky start to his second outing of the season, left-hander Jaime Garcia battled back Tuesday. He induced an inning-ending double play with his final pitch en route to the Cardinals' 6-4 victory.
  • Adams likely headed for DL with quad strain

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 May 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams exited Tuesday's game against the D-backs with a strained right quad in the fifth inning, after limping into second base while running out a one-out double into the right-field corner. He is expected to need a stint on the disabled list.
  • Holliday ties club record with on-base streak

    Jenifer Langosch
    26 May 2015 | 9:27 pm
    With an RBI single in his first at-bat on Tuesday night, outfielder Matt Holliday matched Albert Pujols' franchise record of reaching base in 42 consecutive games to open a season.
  • Holliday eyes new mark when Lynn faces D-backs

    David Cobb
    26 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Matt Holliday will try for a Cardinals franchise record Wednesday night when St. Louis looks to sweep a three-game series with Arizona at Busch Stadium. If Holliday reaches base, it will be his 43rd consecutive game to reach to start the 2015 season, which would surpass the 42-game mark Albert Pujols set in 2008.
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  • Homers help Bumgarner beat Brewers

    Chris Haft and Adam McCalvy
    26 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt homered to back Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who fought through a long sixth inning to preserve his fifth win in six starts, 6-3 over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.
  • Still learning at third, Duffy provides pop

    Chris Haft
    26 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    New regular third baseman Matt Duffy contributed heavily to the Giants' 6-3 victory Tuesday over the Milwaukee Brewers with a two-run homer that highlighted a three-run fourth inning. It gave the rookie 15 RBIs in his last 16 games and hiked his batting average with runners in scoring position to a team-high .429.
  • Bumgarner truly among game's elite pitchers

    Mike Bauman
    26 May 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Next up in the career progression for Madison Bumgarner would be a regular-season award. His work requires no further validations, but the National League Cy Young Award would seem to be completely appropriate.
  • Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

    Adam McCalvy
    26 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.
  • Rolling Vogelsong set to face Brewers

    Brandon Curry
    26 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Mike Fiers will be filling in for the injured Wily Peralta on Wednesday when the Brewers try to prevent a Giants sweep in the series finale at Miller Park. Fiers will be squaring off with Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who has experienced success both recently and against the Brewers.
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  • Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

    Phil Rogers
    26 May 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Jon Lester and Max Scherzer were the top two free-agent pitching acquisitions this past offseason, and they will meet on the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the Cubs and Nationals complete a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
  • Homers by Harper, Span not enough

    Carrie Muskat and John Jackson
    26 May 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Addison Russell's walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.
  • Nats lament errors in loss to Cubs

    John Jackson
    26 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    The Nationals have been winning a lot in May by playing good, sound baseball, but made some crucial mental errors in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs.
  • Scherzer leads Nats in finale against Lester, Cubs

    Greg Garno
    26 May 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Chicago manager Joe Maddon has been around the game for a while in both leagues, but that didn't stop him from calling Nationals starter Max Scherzer's pitching "as good as it gets."
  • Rendon plays three innings in sim game

    John Jackson
    26 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Anthony Rendon is making progress from a sprained left knee and left oblique injury, playing a three-inning simulated game at extended spring training on Tuesday.
 
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  • Orioles' bats come up short against Astros

    Brittany Ghiroli and Brian McTaggart
    26 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Houston, off to the best start in franchise history, used a solid start from Scott Feldman and two RBIs from Luis Valbuena to record a 4-1 series-evening win over the Orioles Tuesday night.
  • Jimenez set to square off vs. McHugh in rubber match

    Connor Smolensky
    26 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    The Orioles and Astros will play their last game at Camden Yards this season on Wednesday before Houston hosts Baltimore for a four-game series next week.
  • Orioles' offense still looking for answers

    Brittany Ghiroli
    26 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    The Orioles had hoped scoring four runs in Monday's Memorial Day win would be enough to push the struggling offense over the hump. But Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros saw the bats go right back into hiding.
  • Wieters picks up 2 hits in rehab debut

    Connor Smolensky
    26 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Matt Wieters played in his first rehab assignment since March 17 on Tuesday in Double-A Bowie after participating in extended spring games since April. Wieters, who went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, is set to tentatively return to the Orioles on June 4 or 5.
  • O's lend helping hand at Maryland Food Bank

    Connor Smolensky
    26 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    On Tuesday, the Orioles who were giving back when they paired with the Maryland Food Bank to host a food distribution event at William Pinderhughes Elementary in West Baltimore.
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  • Bats can't back solid Buchholz in tough loss

    Ian Browne and Betsy Helfand
    26 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Strong starting pitching and early offensive bursts have defined the Twins in May as they've shot up in the standings. Tuesday was no different for Minnesota, which used that formula to secure a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox at Target Field.
  • Rusney makes pair of dazzling diving grabs

    Ian Browne
    26 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Rusney Castillo's re-entry to the Red Sox had been pretty uneventful until the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday night, when the right fielder made a highlight-reel grab.
  • Without best stuff, Buchholz keeps Sox in it

    Ian Browne
    26 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    This should have been a night Clay Buchholz could take pride in. Despite having far from his best stuff, the righty limited the Twins to seven hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings. Instead, Buchholz shared the frustration of his teammates, who once again lacked firepower in a 2-1 loss to the Twins.
  • Sox turn to Porcello after dropping first two to Twins

    Betsy Helfand
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    For the past eight years, the Red Sox have won the season series against the Twins. The last time the teams met, the Twins were swept, scoring just two runs in a three-game series at Fenway Park. But that was last June and with a surging Twins team and a struggling Red Sox roster, that could change this year.
  • Slumping Papi hits fifth as Sox juggle lineup

    Ian Browne
    26 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    In an effort to get more consistent production from his lineup, Red Sox manager John Farrell continues to try different combinations. The latest was Tuesday's move of David Ortiz to the fifth spot in the batting order, marking the first time the slugger batted anywhere but third or fourth since 2012.
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  • White Sox fall late on walk-off home run

    Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Josh Donaldson hit a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a 10-9 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
  • Robertson bemoans pitch that led to blown save

    Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 9:57 pm
    David Robertson was called upon to pitch a four-out save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but he only ended up retiring one. The White Sox closer made the final out of the eighth before coming back out in an attempt to shut the door in the ninth, only to allow a single and double before surrendering a walk-off homer to Josh Donaldson in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Chicago has now dropped four in a row.
  • Abreu has big night at plate against Toronto

    Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Jose Abreu made his presence felt in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. The heavy-hitting Cuban went yard against R.A. Dickey to drive home three runs, and even beat out a double play at a pivotal moment in the game.
  • Samardzija takes mound in matinee vs. Toronto

    Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Jeff Samardzija takes his four-game unbeaten streak to the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the White Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
  • Bautista turns balk into two-run double

    Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    John Danks was called for a balk in the third inning on a Jose Bautista ground rule double that bounced over the center-field wall that resulted in two Blue Jays runs.
 
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  • Brantley headlines night of missed chances

    Jordan Bastian
    26 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It was an ideal situation for the Indians. With two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, a pair of mistakes by the Rangers -- a fielding miscue by shortstop Elvis Andrus and closer Shawn Tolleson hitting Carlos Santana with a pitch -- set the stage for a Tribe comeback. But it wasn't to be, and the Indians lost, 4-3.
  • Kipnis, Raburn go deep but Tribe tripped up

    Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom
    26 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers.
  • Indians turn to Carrasco in finale vs. Texas

    August Fagerstrom
    26 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The Indians and Rangers wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland, marking the last time the two teams will face each other in 2015.
  • Brantley, Kipnis seek support after All-Star update

    Jordan Bastian
    26 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Jason Kipnis was not among the top five at his position when the first round of American League All-Star balloting results were released on Tuesday afternoon. Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley -- ranked ninth among AL outfielders -- was the team's lone representative in the first look at the ongoing fan voting.
  • McAllister works on fielding after costly error

    Jordan Bastian
    26 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Zach McAllister was on the mound at Progressive Field several hours before Tuesday's games, working on fielding drills with Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway one day after making a costly error. This was not punishment for the right-handed pitcher.
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  • Double plays becoming Tigers' nemesis

    Rick Eymer
    27 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    The Tigers have scored once in 18 innings against the Athletics and have split the first two games of their series following a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.
  • Price bears down, notches fourth win

    Rick Eymer
    26 May 2015 | 11:54 pm
    When David Price starts for the Tigers, it seems to guarantee a win. At least that's what it seems like.
  • Price stopper: Lefty stymies A's, snaps Tigers' skid

    Alex Espinoza and Rick Eymer
    26 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.
  • Tigers scratch Simon, turn to Ryan in finale

    Rick Eymer
    26 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon left the team suddenly to be with his ailing father and will not make his scheduled start Wednesday.
  • Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

    Jason Beck
    26 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Much like on the field, Miguel Cabrera is off to a strong start at the ballot box in his quest for a third consecutive All-Star Game start. The reigning American League All-Star starter at first base is leading at the position again, outpacing Royals counterpart Eric Hosmer.
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  • Royals Minor League report: May 26

    26 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Raul Mondesi homered for the third time in his last five games in Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 4-1 loss to Corpus Christi on Tuesday.
  • Sweeney dedicates Irish Baseball Hall induction to ailing father

    Paul Casella
    26 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Former Royals great Mike Sweeney, former big league manager Jack McKeon, Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, broadcaster Dave O'Brien, Mets executive Shannon Forde and legendary comedian/actor -- and part owner of five Minor League teams -- Bill Murray were the inductees in the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York.
  • Royals bitten by Yankees' early power surge

    Jeffrey Flanagan and Danny Knobler
    26 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night. Jason Vargas struck out six in his return from the disabled list for Kansas City.
  • Orlando's first home run is a Major highlight

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    26 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    About the only good thing to come out of the Royals' 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was the first career Major League homer by rookie Paulo Orlando.
  • Vargas sharp despite one poor pitch in return

    Jeffrey Flanagan
    26 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    All in all, manager Ned Yost and lefty Jason Vargas got what they wanted from his first start off the disabled list. After recovering from a left flexor strain, Vargas gave up four hits and two runs in six innings while striking out six in the Royals' 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
 
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  • Shoemaker 'much better' in bounceback effort

    David Adler
    27 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    Somewhat lost in the shuffle after another poor display by the Angels' offense and a rough outing for normally reliable Joe Smith, was the bounceback performance by the man who started the game -- Matt Shoemaker.
  • Close calls taking their toll on Halos

    Alden Gonzalez
    26 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    They Angels have played an excessive amount of close games so far and have been prone to their fair share of lamenting.
  • Green gets callup, as Cron heads to Triple-A

    David Adler
    26 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    The Angels recalled utility man Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake Tuesday afternoon, after optioning struggling designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A following Monday's 4-3 win against the Padres.
  • Pujols still searching for his swing

    Alden Gonzalez
    26 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Albert Pujols is struggling early with a .228/.280/.420 slash line and eight home runs. He prefers to focus on his strikeouts and the amount of times he's "rolling over," which constitutes being out in front on outside-corner pitches and hitting weak ground balls to the left side.
  • Shoemaker shines, but Angels fall in extras

    Corey Brock and Alden Gonzalez
    26 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Matt Kemp, struggling through a nightmarish month of May, came up big Tuesday night, lining a two-out, bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to lead the Padres to a 4-0 win at Angel Stadium.
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  • Early runs, 'pen support Pelfrey's strong start

    Ian Browne and Betsy Helfand
    26 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Strong starting pitching and early offensive bursts have defined the Twins in May as they've shot up in the standings. Tuesday was no different for Minnesota, which used that formula to secure a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox at Target Field.
  • Pelfrey's sinker-splitter combo stifles Red Sox

    Rhett Bollinger
    26 May 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Considering he wasn't even added to the rotation until Ervin Santana's 80-game suspension right before the start of the season, Mike Pelfrey's impressive start is one of the biggest surprises for the Twins this season.
  • Hughes, Twins aiming for home sweep of Red Sox

    Betsy Helfand
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    For the past eight years, the Red Sox have won the season series against the Twins. The last time the teams met, the Twins were swept, scoring just two runs in a three-game series at Fenway Park. But that was last June and with a surging Twins team and a struggling Red Sox roster, that could change this year.
  • Twins could use push in All-Star balloting

    Rhett Bollinger
    26 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Despite entering Tuesday eight games above .500 at 26-18, the Twins didn't have any players among the leading vote-getters for the 2015 All-Star Game, according to the first American League ballot update.
  • Statcast: Hicks motors to 21.4 mph on catch

    Joey Nowak
    26 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    With two outs in the second inning on Monday at Target Field, Daniel Nava popped Ricky Nolasco's full-count pitch to short center field, where Aaron Hicks came charging. According to Statcast, Hicks topped out at 21.4 mph to snag the ball on a dive and save a run.
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  • Teixeira's HR helps Yankees power past Royals

    Jeffrey Flanagan and Danny Knobler
    26 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night. Jason Vargas struck out six in his return from the disabled list for Kansas City.
  • Teixeira healthy, enjoying offensive resurgence

    Jamal Collier
    26 May 2015 | 8:40 pm
    With right wrist issues now a thing of the past, first baseman Mark Teixeira is enjoying the game again as he totaled four RBIs to propel the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.
  • Warren becoming force in Yankees' rotation

    Danny Knobler
    26 May 2015 | 8:10 pm
    Right-hander Adam Warren keeps making a case to stay in the rotation. The righty allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings to help the Yankees earn a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.
  • Albero ends Wounded Warrior walk at Stadium

    Danny Knobler
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Richard started his walk on March 2 on home plate at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., and ended it on Tuesday, when he touched home plate at Yankee Stadium to complete his 86-day, 1,150-mile journey for the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Pineda, Yanks seeking sweep against Royals

    Jamal Collier
    26 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The Royals and Yankees will meet for the final time during the regular season on Wednesday afternoon. The finale of a three-game set will feature a rematch of the starters from May 15, when Royals right-hander Chris Young bested righty Michael Pineda.
 
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  • Mariners take wild one from Rays in extras

    Bill Chastain and Greg Johns
    26 May 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Kyle Seager did in the Rays with two home runs on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, leading the Mariners to a 7-6 win in 10 innings.
  • Marquee matchup on tap as Felix faces Archer

    Troy Provost-Heron
    26 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    In one of Wednesday's marquee matchups, the Rays' Chris Archer and the Mariners' Felix Hernandez will face off in the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
  • Seager's bat speaks volumes for Seattle

    Greg Johns
    26 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Kyle Seager is as understated as they come, even in the wake of a two-homer, six-RBI night that carried the Mariners to a 7-6 victory over the Rays on Tuesday. But his bat spoke loudly, helping the Mariners pull out a roller-coaster victory that clinched a winning road trip and inched them closer to .500.
  • Happy to return, Jackson has quick impact

    Greg Johns
    26 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Austin Jackson came off the disabled list on Tuesday and immediately played a role in helping the Mariners beat the Rays, 7-6, in 10 innings.
  • Cruz takes early lead in vote for ASG DH

    Greg Johns
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Nelson Cruz led all DHs in the initial All-Star voting results, released on Tuesday by Major League Baseball, with 1,225,255 votes, well ahead of Kendrys Morales of the Royals at 918,049.
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  • Rays rally to tie but fall in extra innings

    Bill Chastain and Greg Johns
    26 May 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Kyle Seager did in the Rays with two home runs on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, leading the Mariners to a 7-6 win in 10 innings.
  • Elmore picks up Rays in losing effort

    Troy Provost-Heron
    26 May 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Jake Elmore was one of the biggest contributors in the Rays' lineup on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 and recording a career-high four RBIs.
  • Marquee matchup on tap as Archer faces Felix

    Troy Provost-Heron
    26 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    In one of Wednesday's marquee matchups, the Rays' Chris Archer and the Mariners' Felix Hernandez will face off in the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
  • Boxberger, McGee have rare off night

    Bill Chastain
    26 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    With the Rays holding a one-run lead heading into the eighth inning, Tuesday night's game seemed scripted for a Tampa Bay win. But the normally dependable duo of Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger did not deliver in a 7-6 loss to the Mariners.
  • Rays need All-Star voting push from fans

    Bill Chastain
    26 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Tampa Bay might be riding high in the American League East, but that has not translated to All-Star votes for the team's players. At this juncture, the Rays need the support of their fans if they want to earn starting spots on the squad that will represent the American League at this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14, as none ranks among the voting leaders.
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  • Back at .500, streaking Rangers not satisfied

    August Fagerstrom
    26 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    For the second time in as many nights, the Rangers erased a late-inning deficit to secure a victory, 4-3 on Tuesday night in Cleveland. For the seventh game in a row, the Rangers have found themselves in the win column. And for the first time since the sixth game of the season, the Rangers are a .500 ballclub.
  • Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

    Jordan Bastian and August Fagerstrom
    26 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers.
  • Rangers go for 8th in a row, sweep of Tribe

    August Fagerstrom
    26 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The Indians and Rangers wrap up their three-game set on Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland, marking the last time the two teams will face each other in 2015.
  • Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

    August Fagerstrom
    26 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    The first update to the fan voting for the 86th annual All-Star Game has been announced, and the third-place Rangers have just one representative: third baseman Adrian Beltre.
  • Gallo among top Minors' performers Monday

    Alex M. Smith
    26 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Rangers No. 1 prospect Joey Gallo has been crushing the ball for the RoughRiders recently. He has eight homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games this season.
 
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  • Donaldson's historic game helps rally Blue Jays

    Gregor Chisholm and Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Josh Donaldson hit a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a 10-9 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
  • Injured shoulder or not, Bautista can still rake

    Gregor Chisholm
    26 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    The Blue Jays continue to play the waiting game on Jose Bautista's injured right shoulder, but even though the 34-year-old hasn't been able to play the field in more than a month, he's still providing plenty of value with his bat.
  • Donaldson has perfect finish to epic night

    Gregor Chisholm
    26 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Josh Donaldson had a game for the ages on Tuesday night, and a walk-off homer off of David Robertson was just one of the many reasons this performance won't be forgotten any time soon.
  • DYK: 10 facts from Donaldson's big night

    Paul Casella
    26 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Here's a look at 10 intriguing facts related to Josh Donaldson's big 4-for-4, two-homer night in the Blue Jays' 10-9 walk-off win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
  • Estrada looks to give Blue Jays sweep of White Sox

    Jamie Ross
    26 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Jeff Samardzija takes his four-game unbeaten streak to the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the White Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
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  • Red Sox vs. Twins lineups: David Ortiz drops to fifth

    Ben Buchanan
    26 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    It's been a rough month for David Ortiz, leaving John Farrell with little choice but to move him down in the lineup. David Ortiz will bat fifth Tuesday night, moving down in the lineup in favor of Pablo Sandoval after a dismal month of May. BOSTON RED SOX MINNESOTA TWINS Dustin Pedroia - 2B Brian Dozier - 2B Mookie Betts - CF Torii Hunter - DH Pablo Sandoval - 3B Joe Mauer - 1B Hanley Ramirez - LF Trevor Plouffe - 3B David Ortiz - DH Kurt Suzuki - C Mike Napoli - 1B Eduardo Escobar - LF Xander Bogaerts - SS Eddie Rosario - RF Rusney Castillo - RF Aaron Hicks - CF Sandy Leon - C Danny Santana…
  • Keith Law ranks Yoan Moncada, 2 other Red Sox prospects in top-25

    Marc Normandin
    26 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    The Red Sox future is bright on the farm, whether you look at who is coming soon or who is going to take some time. The Red Sox have a high-quality farm system, one that has graduated a number of compelling, relevant prospects such as Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts over the past couple of years, with another, Blake Swihart, a little bit ahead of schedule thanks to injuries to Boston's catchers. All of that hasn't diluted the top-end of their talent pool, though, thanks to three major acquisitions made since the summer of 2013: Keith Law has recognized all three of these prospects as three…
  • Red Sox prospects daily: Don't forget about Teddy Stankiewicz

    Marc Normandin
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    The oft-forgotten pitching prospect had his top outing as a pro on Monday night, and it's time you remember who he is. High-A Salem: Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP Teddy Stankiewicz doesn't get a whole lot of attention when discussing Red Sox pitching prospects. Part of it is because he doesn't strike many hitters out, but even more of it just has to do with the fact that he's something of a project arm, overshadowed by pitchers closer to the majors and others, like Trey Ball and Michael Kopech, who are further behind but with loftier ceilings. Starts like his eight-inning gem from Monday night are a…
  • Red Sox might demote Joe Kelly and promote Eduardo Rodriguez

    Marc Normandin
    26 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Joe Kelly keeps giving up big innings, and Boston has had just about enough of them. Joe Kelly's time in the Red Sox rotation might be up soon, as it appears Boston is tired of fastball command being his undoing. The plan, as Sean McAdam of CSNNE reports, is for Kelly to get one more chance to show he is making progress, and if he fails to do that, then he could be demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket with top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez taking over for him in the Red Sox rotation. Kelly seemed to be doing better under the tutelage of new pitching coach Carl Willis -- whether that is a…
  • Red Sox minor lines: From peanut hitting to relief pitching

    Ben Buchanan
    26 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Williams Jerez has seen his career take an unexpected turn, but he seems to be making the most of things in his new role on the mound. Pawtucket L 0-2 Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-3, BB, KDeven Marrero: 1-4, KAllen Craig: 1-4Bryce Brentz: 0-4, 2 KTravis Shaw: 1-4, KGarin Cecchini: 0-1, 2 BB Henry Owens: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K At this point, it will only be noteworthy when Henry Owens doesn't walk everyone. When he does, it's just the status quo. So far he's had only two games this season with fewer than three despite only once recording an out as late as the seventh. He was never the…
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  • Grant Balfour Opts Out Of Deal With Rays

    27 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Former Rays closer Grant Balfour has opted out of his minor league contract with the team and received his release, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (via Twitter). The veteran righty had re-signed with Tampa Bay after being released from his major league deal earlier in the season.
  • Max Muncy & Marc Krauss: Deep League Waiver Wire

    27 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Craving some serious deep league action? Look no further as I have another one of those popular 0% ownership names! Max Muncy | 1B/3B OAK | CBS 3% Owned Muncy was promoted to Oakland upon Ike Davis‘ quad injury and subsequent placement on the disabled list a week and a half ago. The 24-year-old isn’t exactly a prospect, but merely one of the “others of note” in the organization according to Kyley McDaniel. He possesses middling power for a corner infielder, having posted a .222 ISO at High-A back in 2013, but nothing above his Triple-A mark of .172 at any other stop…
  • Bullpen Notes: May 26, 2015: Could Rodney Be Out, Questions In Cleveland & More

    27 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing): After brief “bounce back” Rodney gets blown up again (3 R/3 H/1 BB). Finally Carson Smith time? It can’t be long #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor)…
  • Todd Zola Wins #toutchallenge Week 2 Outright!

    27 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Rotoman was in first place when his final player finished his night, and all the #toutchallenge players on the leaderboard were similarly done, having pitched Jacob DeGrom and rostered Josh Donaldson at third base. But a scroll down the standings found a group of teams in the middle of the pack, for whom Clayton Kershaw was just getting going. Leading among them was Todd Zola. Rotoman knew that if Kershaw put up 18 points he would be passed. Kershaw finished the night with a glittery 21 points. So did Josh Donaldson. Kershaw and Donaldson were on the week’s top three finishers,…
  • The Quinton: What Buyers Sell in Keeper Leagues by Jeff Quinton

    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Examining buyers' trade decision-making through a behavioral economics lens.
 
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  • Wait, the Twins are winning? How did that happen?

    aarongleeman
    26 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Coming off four straight 90-loss seasons the Twins were projected to finish in last place by nearly everyone, myself included, but instead they have the third-best record in the American League at 27-18. Since a brutal opening week of the season in which they went 1-6 and were outscored by 33 runs the Twins are 26-12 with a run differential of plus-52 and they've won 22 of their last 31 games. They're winning and they're winning a lot. But how? Here are three big reasons: Scoring In Bunches There's nothing impressive about the Twins' overall hitting numbers. They've batted .257 with 35 homers…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #194: Too Much Pitching? (What?)

    aarongleeman
    24 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins actually getting competent starting pitching, what they'll do when Ervin Santana's suspension ends, Alex Meyer's move to the bullpen at Triple-A, Kennys Vargas crushing Triple-A, Tim Stauffer getting way more trust than he deserves, running away from the regression monster, Brian Dozier picking up where he left off in 2014, and whether or not to demote Danny Santana. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 194 In addition to the direct download link above you can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. This week's blog content…
  • Tommy Milone is dominating at Triple-A, but does it matter?

    aarongleeman
    21 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    For the second season in a row Tommy Milone got demoted to Triple-A despite being at an age, experience, and performance level where players rarely get sent to the minors. Last season he had a 3.55 ERA through 16 starts in early July when the A's demoted him to Triple-A and later traded Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld. This season the demotion to Triple-A came after four starts, as the Twins bumped him from the rotation for Trevor May despite a $2.8 million salary. Milone is 28 years old with a 4.02 ERA in 513 innings as a major leaguer. His raw numbers have been helped by calling Oakland's…
  • Twins demote Kennys Vargas to Triple-A

    aarongleeman
    19 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Last season when the Twins dumped Kendrys Morales and his remaining salary on the Mariners in late July they called up Kennys Vargas to replace him as the starting designated hitter. It was an unexpected move because Vargas was a good but not great prospect putting up good but not great numbers at Double-A as a 23-year-old. Vargas arrived with a hot bat, hitting .330 with four homers, seven doubles, and an .875 OPS in his first 25 games despite an ugly 29/4 K/BB ratio. Vargas then cooled off considerably by hitting .223/.276/.402 with 34 strikeouts in his final 28 games, but he finished the…
  • Gleeman and The Geek #193: Hicks up, Vargas down

    aarongleeman
    17 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins calling up Aaron Hicks (again) and demoting Kennys Vargas, how they've figured out how to beat every team except the Tigers, Jordan Schafer's place on the team whenever he's healthy, reviewing Comerica Park and Mad Max, Tommy Milone thriving at Triple-A, wanting someone who can actually hit in the DH spot, and answering mailbag questions from listeners. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 193 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…
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    RotoRob

  • Video Game Review: Life is Strange, Episode 3

    Mike Chen
    25 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Chaos Theory brings lateral thinking to solving lockpicking puzzles. Please note that since each episode of Life is Strange features the same graphics engine and control setup, those elements will not be repeated in our reviews for the final four episodes. To read our thoughts on that, refer to our review of Chrysalis. Life is Strange’s second episode ended with a literal life-and-death situation. Based on Dontnod’s percentages, it looks like most players wound up with the positive outcome. However it played out for you, the result echoes through much of the third episode, Chaos Theory.
  • The Wire Troll: Brad Ziegler Back to Closing

    RotoRob
    24 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Could Didi Gregorius’s bat catch up to his glove? (m.mlb.com) We’re getting down to the nitty gritty of the season when the contenders separate themselves from the contenders, so it’s time to focus. Hey, we love playing games at www.onlinepokercalifornia.org as much as the next person. Just make sure to take a few minutes out of your day to get your waiver wire claims in and keep moving the ball forward towards that Fantasy baseball championship. Now let’s get to this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire picks. Brad Ziegler, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks (ESPN: 16.7…
  • Podcast: Jacoby Ellsbury Joins the DL

    RotoRob
    22 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Drew Smyly may make it back this season. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports) RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast — heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio — was back in action as RotoRob was joined by RotoRob.com Football Writer Vaney Hariri. Among the topics we manipulated into sense: Jacoby Ellsbury has landed on the DL for the first time since he joined the Yankees. Almost nobody lives up to Yankee contracts. Arizona scored the go-ahead run against the Marlins without a ball hit out of the infield — a perfect microcosm of the recent shit show in Miami.
  • The Wire Troll: Eduardo Escobar is Heating Up

    Michael Seff
    17 May 2015 | 8:23 pm
    James McCann is flashing some offense with Alex Avila out. (Gene J. Puskar/AP) Josh Hamilton should return to the Rangers next week; Carlos Gomez got beaned, but avoided a concussion; and Ike Davis has landed on the DL. Welcome to another week of Fantasy baseball. Without further ado, here are this week’s Fantasy baseball waiver wire recommendations. Eduardo Escobar, SS/3B, Minnesota Twins (ESPN: 10.4 per cent owned; CBS: 9 per cent): Escobar has been a fairly hot commodity on the wire lately as he’s been getting a chance to play more with Oswaldo Arcia out. Last month, we slotted…
  • Podcast: Alex Avila Beat Up Again

    RotoRob
    15 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Justin Masterson isn’t happy that he was sent to the DL. (m.mlb.com) After a one-week absence as we were sans guest, RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast — heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio — was back in action as RotoRob was joined by Tim McLeod of Pattonandco.com. Among the topics we lingered on: RotoRob is closing in on 3,500 Twitter followers! Detroit is starting to deal with a lot of injuries. Trevor Rosenthal keeps racking up the saves in a very dominant manner. Jonathan Papelbon is now the all-time saves king for both Philly and Boston —…
 
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  • G47: Red Sox at Twins, 1 PM

    27 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Red Sox - Twins - Rick Porcello / Phil Hughes
  • Rabble.tv: Broadcast The Game Yourself

    26 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    After all my complaints about NESN (and baseball broadcasting teams in general), I'm glad to offer a possible alternative.Rabble TV is a new site where fans can sign up and broadcast the games themselves. According to the Help page, these are the very simple instructions:1. Pick up the remote control to your TV.2. Press the MUTE button.3. Grab a mic.4. Create a broadcast on Rabble.TV.You can also see if the game/event you want to watch is being broadcasting by anyone. It looks like there are at least two broadcast alternatives for Red Sox games.
  • G46: Twins 2, Red Sox 1

    26 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Red Sox - 010 000 000 - 1 7 1Twins - 200 000 00x - 2 7 0Only when the Red Sox were down to their last four outs did they finally get their second runner beyond first base. The first one had come in the second inning when David Ortiz doubled and scored on Mike Napoli's single.Now, facing Blaine Boyer in the eighth, Dustin Pedroia grounded a two-out single to right and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mookie Betts walked. The Twins brought in closer Glen Perkins and Pablo Sandoval, hitting only .071 against lefties this year, reached on an infield single. Brian Dozier ranged far to his right…
  • G45: Twins 7, Red Sox 2

    25 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Red Sox - 002 000 000 - 2 8 0Twins - 160 000 00x - 7 16 0Joe Kelly registered only five outs (1.2-8-7-1-0, 52).Dustin Pedroia, Mookie Betts, and Mike Napoli each had two hits.Joe Kelly / Ricky NolascoPedroia, 2BBetts, CFOrtiz, DHRamirez, LFSandoval, 3BNapoli, 1BBogaerts, SSNava, RFSwihart, C
  • G44: Red Sox 6, Angels 1

    24 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Angels - 000 001 000 - 1 4 0Red Sox - 020 010 03x - 6 12 0Wade Miley pitched eight commanding innings (8-4-1-1-2, 97), Mike Napoli drove in four runs with a home run and a double, and Xander Bogaerts went 4-for-4.Bogaerts was on first base in the second inning when Napoli crushed a pitch roughly a dozen rows up in the bleachers in dead center. ESPN Stats and Info said it travelled 450 feet, the longest home run hit at Fenway this season. It was Napoli's fifth dong in his last six games. Bogaerts collected four hits for the third time in his career: he went 4-for-5 on September 2, 2014, and…
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    30 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
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  • OMNICHATTER 5-27-15

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    26 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    The “OMG, BRYANT AND HARPER BOTH HOMERED LAST NIGHT” OMNICHATTER
  • The first batch of All-Star vote tallies are out and the Royals are dominating

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    26 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Would be fitting if Royals fans stuffed the ballot for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren’t getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times. Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen…
  • Hardball Talk: Phillies Unhappy About Soft Music At Nationals Park

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    26 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Sounds serious:The Phillies have levied some complaints about the division rival Nationals, but they don’t have to do with anything done during a game. Rather, they feel that they are afforded less time for on-field batting practice at Nationals Park compared to other road parks, and they’re unhappy with the music selection as well, which has included Linda Rondstadt, Patrick Swayze, and Starland Vocal Band. Some Roberta Flack might be in order the next time the Phillies visit.
  • ESPN: Crasnick: Harper Taking Baseball By Storm

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    26 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Some notice being taken:Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four years of service time. .  .  . The early numbers are staggering. Barely past the…
  • Careers at Baseball Info Solutions | Baseball Info Solutions

    jimfurtado@baseballthinkfactory.org
    26 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    BIS is looking to hire a full-time Business Development Associate!
 
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    Diamond Hoggers

  • Happy Jay Bruce Day!

    TheNaturalMevs
    26 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    What? You thought we wouldn’t recognize this holiday in the Queen City because a guy is hitting .225? That’s a .225 on the rise, to be exact! On May 27th, the day that Jay Bruce made his splendid debut in 2008; he’s always been pretty close to money in the bank. Last year he went just 1 for 4 and did not leave the yard in Los Angeles against Zack Greinke. But Bruce has homered four times on this date in his career, and has a couple huge performances to his name on the day he made his big league debut. You look at the slate tomorrow and everything is coming up Bruce: Right…
  • Bryce Harper does not need the Wrigley Field Gail Force Wind; but it doesn’t hurt

    TheNaturalMevs
    26 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    [Box Score] Bryce Harper said before yesterday’s Memorial Day afternoon match-up that with power like his, he didn’t need the 20-plus MPH winds that were being forecasted at Wrigley Field. A Cubs reporter asked Bryce Harper if he's checked the flags to see what the wind's doing. "I don't need wind," he replied. — Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) May 25, 2015 Winds were flying out at about 17 MPH on Tuesday night, when Harper came to bat against Kyle Hendricks who held a 1-0 lead. Harper gets a ball in the air with some backspin, it looks like your garden-variety…
  • Memorial Day Weekend is a time to celebrate baseball

    TheNaturalMevs
    23 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I’ve always really loved Memorial Day weekend, I would guess due to it’s strong connection to the game I love most. As a kid this was always the weekend that I would be playing in a big baseball tournament that would kick off my team’s summer season. It was full of new hope and possibility and if you had a solid weekend, your batting average was always started magically high despite what you finished the spring season of school ball at. When I was in college and a young adult, I would go to my wife to be’s roots in New Jersey and run in the Spring Lake Five Race, and…
  • Your Saturday Baseball Post

    TheNaturalMevs
    23 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    It’s a beautiful Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, if you have a normal job you’re definitely not working Monday, and there’s a full-slate of baseball on tap for your viewing pleasure today, tomorrow, and Monday. Summer officially begins with this weekend, it’s okay if you don’t have your tan yet. The kids are out of school and baseball finally begins to take center stage. Your 80’s song of the week that should be played on a ballpark loudspeaker near you deals with Lionel Richie. It’s Dancing on the Ceiling. This plays good at any park in the…
  • The Gentleman’s Cup DFS Game: Swindaman3 begins his takeover

    TheNaturalMevs
    23 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Friday night was a little bit of an intimidating slate, so if you jumped into the action on Draftkings or another Daily Fantasy Baseball site, you definitely deserve some props for your courage. The nightly slate featured a Coors Field game that got wild, aces all over the board, and of course the unpredictability that a full slate brings. One man who was not scared was Swindaman3. He took the Gentleman’s Game by storm for the second week in a row, this time scoring an impressive 168.05 points. He had three hitters cross the 20-point mark (Longoria, Belt, LeMahieu) and his pitching from…
 
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  • Winning and Losing

    jposnanski
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’ve written here before about how unusual a pitcher Nolan Ryan was. He was one of a kind in so many ways. Most strikeouts ever. Most walks ever. Most no-hitters, fewest hits per nine innings, most wild pitches (not counting Tony Mullane, who retired in 1894), most stolen bases against, most errors for any pitcher since Deadball and so on. But in doodling around with some numbers, I came across a category I was SURE Nolan Ryan would lead. I was absolutely sure. But, as it turns out … well, you’ll see. Let’s begin here with this somewhat quirky but (in my mind) significant…
  • I’m No Hero

    jposnanski
    25 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Bob Feller lost four prime baseball years fighting during World War II. Those lost victories hurt — he would sometimes carry around a sheet of paper projecting what his career record would have been had he played — but he always understood that, compared to the real heroes, it was a small price to pay.
  • Royals and Spiders

    jposnanski
    23 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Now, of course, we are dealing with a small sample size — you should always make the small sample size point when you are talking about barely a quarter of a baseball season — but I still want to show you something: The Cleveland rotation has a 3.49 FIP. For those of you who have forgotten or never cared to know, FIP — Fielding Independent Pitching — is essentially an ERA based entirely on the three things that many believe are greatly within a pitcher’s control: Walks, strikeouts and home runs. The Spiders lead the world in strikeouts, and they are right around league average when…
  • The five-tool host

    jposnanski
    20 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    To our generation, David Letterman didn’t just define what was cool and what was funny. He was also a big sports fan. And that made him even more awesome. A Dave remembrance with his longtime head writers Eric and Justin Stangel
  • Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce! (Jenner)

    jposnanski
    19 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    He is now some sort of vague celebrity, famous because he’s famous. But in my time, Bruce Jenner was the greatest athlete in the world.
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  • Yankees' Girardi Plays It Safe with Warren But Takes Risk With Health of Bullpen

    27 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Questioning Joe Girardi is not exactly high on my list of things to do as I tend to give the Yankees manager the benefit of the doubt. After all, 750 wins doesn’t happen without some skill, even if it’s the skill of knowing when you don’t have to meddle.Still, after he pulled Adam Warren in Tuesday night’s game after 6.1 IP and only 88 pitches, I’ll admit I raised an eyebrow. Warren didn’t look gassed, there was no funny ankle turn or elbow grab after his last pitch and the lead was not in jeopardy as there was no one on base. It was one of the best starts of Warren’s career and…
  • Heathcott, Lindgren Part Of Bright Future For Baby Bombers

    26 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    Of all the many Yankees highlights from yesterday's 14-1 drubbing of the Kansas City Royals, the best ones, in my opinion, were the ones involving the rookies: OF Slade Heathcott and LHP Jacob Lindgren. Heathcott, who first appeared in a Major League game last week in Washington, DC, went 2-5 yesterday with two RBIs, hitting his first big league home run. Lindgren made his debut yesterday, pitching two scoreless innings, giving up two walks but also striking out two. Lindgren's appearance was extra special. His debut came just one year after being drafted by the team. Deion Sanders is…
  • Core Four Honors Bernie, Watches Yankees Fall Back to .500

    25 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Not even the presence of the Core Four + Bernie Williams could propel the Yankees to a win last night against the Texas Rangers.Derek Jeter, in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his walk off single last September, was joined by the rest of the recent Yankees dynasty in celebrating an all too often overlooked Williams, who had his #51 retired by the Yankees and a plaque dedicated in his honor in Monument Park.It was just about the only thing to celebrate o in an otherwise terrible night as the Yankees were swept by the Texas Rangers in the weekend series and fell back to…
  • Thurman Munson Bobblehead Night On Tap For Mid-June

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Promotional days are typically a highlight on the MLB schedule. There will be two such notable events coming up at Yankee Stadium when the calendar flips the page into June. One, of course, is the 69th annual Old-Timers’ Day, which is one of the most anticipated and celebrated traditions in all of baseball. Generations of Yankees fans can witness numerous of the franchise’s biggest icons, and even lower-tier players, from many different eras of the organization’s storied history, when they resurface in the Bronx on Saturday, June 20.The other big promotional offering slated for June…
  • What's next for Yankees: Can They Prevent Season From Unraveling?

    22 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    Baseball has just reached the first quarter mark and the Yankees are still in the race at the moment. No one can predict where the Yankees will be at season's end this October. Certainly,  there is work to be done to get the Yankees to the finish line in a manner that would be satisfactory,  meaning a playoff berth. What is on the horizon that may get the Yankees to their hopeful finish?1. Tanaka and NovaThey are the two starting pitchers whose common ground may be the surgical procedure named for former Yankee starter Tommy John. Tanaka is trying,…
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    River Avenue Blues

  • DotF: Severino strikes out nine in five innings for Trenton

    Mike Axisa
    26 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    LHP Jordan Montgomery was named the Low-A South Atlanta League Pitcher of the Week, so congrats to him. Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Pawtucket) CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B RF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 K 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K — he’s actually in a 2-for-25 (.080) slump 1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K DH Tyler Austin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB LF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 10/0 GB/FB — 53 of 86 pitches were strikes (62%) … well, not letting them hit the ball in…
  • Warren, A-Rod, and Teixeira lead Yankees to 5-1 win over Royals

    Mike Axisa
    26 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    So the Yankees lost six in a row and ten of eleven, then the best team in baseball comes to town, and the Yankees … win the first two games? How about that. They followed up Monday’s blowout win over the Royals with a solid, just how they drew it up 5-1 win Tuesday. Good pitching, good hitting, the works. (Presswire) Dreaded Two-Run First Inning Once again, the Yankees scored two runs in the first inning. That’s supposed to be a good thing! But lately though, that’s been bad news for the Yankees, who have developed a habit of scoring two runs in the first then never…
  • Game 46: Build on the Blowout

    Mike Axisa
    26 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    (Jim McIsaac/Getty) The Yankees snapped their ugly six-game losing streak with a 14-1 blowout win over the best team in baseball yesterday afternoon. That was a game everyone needed. That sort of win is an anomaly though, especially against a club like the Royals. It’ll never be the norm. The good news is a win like that can be major confidence booster. Hopefully it’ll springboard the club towards another extended stretch of winning. The 2015 Yankees seem to be pretty streaky — they started terribly, got crazy hot, then went cold in an instant — and it’s time for…
  • 2015 Draft: Cody Ponce

    Mike Axisa
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Cody Ponce | RHP Background The 21-year-old Ponce was not a big pro prospect out of high school and went undrafted in 2012. He wound up at Division II Cal State Pomona, where he spent his freshman year as a reliever (2.23 ERA in 48.1 IP) before moving into the rotation as a sophomore (2.48 ERA in 72.2 IP). Ponce has a 1.44 ERA with a 67/14 K/BB in 52.1 innings this year. He is likely to be the highest drafted player is school history, beating out Mark Wiley (46th overall in 1970). Scouting Report Ponce is a big kid — he’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 235 lbs. — and he has one of…
  • Aaron Judge ranks 16th on Keith Law’s updated top 25 prospects list

    Mike Axisa
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    (Presswire) Earlier today, Keith Law published his updated list of the 25 best prospects in the minors (subs. req’d). With Cubs 3B Kris Bryant now in MLB, Astros SS Carlos Correa takes over as the number one prospect in baseball. Dodgers SS Corey Seager, Twins OF Byron Buxton, Phillies SS J.P. Crawford, and Indians SS Francisco Lindor round out the top five. The Yankees have one player in Law’s updated top 25: OF Aaron Judge ranked 16th, up from 23rd in Law’s preseason top 100. Here’s the blurb on Judge: Judge is prone to strikeouts — he had 11 in a recent…
 
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  • Results Italian Baseball League May 22 & 23, 2015

    philipp
    26 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    In the Italian Baseball League Unipol Bologna moved into sole possession of first place thanks to a convincing sweep of T&A San Marino. In game one Fortitudo dominated 12-1 in seven innings. In the second match Bologna prevailed 5-3 to improve to 13-5 for the season. The teams in second and third in the standings, ASD Rimini and Tommasin Padua, met for a two-game set, picking up one win apiece. Rimini celebrated a 8-0 shutout at home. Padua won 6-2 in their ballpark. Meanwhile Angel Service Nettuno 2 swept ASD Parma. The contest between the Godo Knights and Nettuno got rained out. Most…
  • Results Dutch Hoofdklasse May 21 to 24, 2015

    philipp
    26 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    In the Dutch Hoofdklasse the top four celebrated three-win weekends to separate themselves from the rest of the field. L&D Amsterdam defeated DSS 5-2, 6-0 and 4-3. Curacao Neptunus Rotterdam scored 27 runs and allowed just two in a sweep against UVV. The Vaessen Pioniers downed HCAW Bussum behind a pair of 7-1 wins and a 4-1 victory. Corendon Kinheim dominated Mampaey The Hawks in all three ends of their series. Results: Sunday, May 24 L&D Amsterdam P. 4 – 3 DSS Corendon Kinheim 6 – 4 The Hawks Vaessen Pioniers 7 – 1 HCAW Bussum UVV 0 – 6 Curaçao Neptunus…
  • Results Bulgarian Baeball League May 23 & 24, 2015

    philipp
    26 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    by Alex Gorrin During the past festive weekend in Bulgaria, a number of games were played on the baseball calendar; no softball games observed. Here are the results: Baseball: May 23 Sofia Blues – Akademiks Sofia 13:3 Buffaloes Blagoevgrad – Junak Sofia 14:3 May 24 Wolves AAS – Buffaloes Blagoevgrad 3:18 Akademiks Sofia – Buffaloes Blagoevgrad 3:25 Standings 1. Buffaloes Blagoevgrad 5:0 2. Athletic Sofia 3:0 3. Akademiks Sofia 4:2 4. Devils Dupnitsa 3:2 5. Sofia Blues 2:3 6. Junak Sofia 2:3 7. Athletic Kozloduy 0:4 8. Wolves AAS 0:5
  • Results from Finland Baseball SM-Sarja May 18 to 25, 2015

    philipp
    26 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    In Finland the baseball season continued with four more games. The Malmi Bullets captured two wins in the last five days, defeating Helsinki Puumat 7-5 last week and the Helsinki Mets 10-0 last night. The Mets had prevailed over the Lahti Pirates last week. In the fourth game the Espoo Expos blew out Helsinki Puumat. Results: Mon. May 18: Helsinki Puumat 5 – Espoo Expos 20 Tue. May 19: Lahti Pirates 3 – Helsinki Mets 24 Wed. May 20: Malmi Bullets 7 – Helsinki Puumat 5 Mon. May 25: Malmi Bullets 10 – Helsinki Mets 0
  • CEB announces Changes to Format, Foreigner Rule for 2016 Club Competitions

    philipp
    26 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    by Confederation of European Baseball Following discussions with member Federations and the presentation of the new format of the European club competition at the Forum discussions in Dublin, the Executive Commission of the Confederation of European Baseball has decided to continue with a few changes to our plans on the format for the CEB European Cup tournaments. From the season 2016. there will be 3 European cup competitions: a European Champions cup, a CEB cup and a Federation cup. We have tried to accomplish 2 main objectives. Upon a request from  most of the national Federations, about…
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  • MLB this Week: 22 early games to enjoy

    Matt Smith
    26 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    Apologies for not getting to post the weekly update on Monday as I normally would. That was Memorial Day in the States in any case so 10 of the 15 MLB games were played during the daytime to enjoy. We’ve got a good group of games over the rest of the working week too that start before midnight UK time. Wednesday offers us eleven early games to choose from, whilst the White Sox and Orioles are playing a double-header on Thursday and the Kansas City Royals take on the Cubs at Wrigley on Friday. All times are in BST. Monday 25 May 18.05. Royals at Yankees 18.10. Rockies at Reds 18.10.
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week Seven

    Mark George
    26 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Some upsets were caused in week seven of the BaseballGB Fantasy League. Which teams were picking up wins against the top teams? Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score Norwich No II 27 5 21 4 .230 .660 0 3 41 0 5.22 1.44 2 Jesmond Dennings 30 9 27 6 .283 .884 4 1 26 3 3.45 1.29 10 Jesmond were the biggest winners in week seven, defeating Norwich 10-2. McCutchen (three homers) and Pollock (eight runs, four steals) were the stars of an offensive sweep, while Archer, Samardzija and Carrasco all had good weeks on the mound, helping take wins, ERA and WHIP. Kenley Jansen’s return…
  • BGB Fantasy League 2015: Week Six

    Mark George
    19 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    There were some outstanding pitching performances this week. Which managers saw the benefits of Kluber’s 18 strikeout game and Shelby Miller’s near no-hitter? Team R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K HLD ERA WHIP Score  Richie’s RBI’s 28 9 26 4 .235 .721 2 2 26 1 5.08 1.50 2  Weston-Super-Sox 31 7 29 0 .281 .790 5 5 48 1 3.25 1.28 9 The Sox find themselves in first after defeating the RBIs 9-2. Goldschmidt, Hosmer and Cain helped take runs, RBIs and average, while the pitchers were a hold away from a sweep, as Lynn collected two wins and 16 strikeouts, Burnett on twice and…
  • Anyone can manage an MLB team

    Matt Smith
    18 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Miami Marlins under the ownership of Jeffrey Loria are expected to do things that leave you bewildered, sometimes in a good way for their fans (giving Giancarlo Stanton a $325m/13 year contract extension this off-season) but more often not (take your pick: acquiring a high profile manager and several free agents in a blaze of publicity when opening a brand new ballpark, only to get rid of most of them one year later would be a good place to start). They have added another entry to their list of wonderment today, but as a prelude to discussing this I’m led to a story that dominated…
  • MLB this Week: Potential Kershaw-Bumgarner match up

    Matt Smith
    17 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    We always have to be careful about focusing on potential pitching match-ups for the week ahead as plans can change, either deliberately on behalf of a manager rearranging a rotation or rain leading to a game being postponed. However, looking at the pre-midnight UK time MLB games this working week there is one contest that can’t be ignored. The Dodgers and Giants are playing a three-game series at AT&T Park and the finale on Thursday currently is set to feature Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. ESPN will be broadcasting the game in the UK, although they will be joining it after…
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  • Prank of the Year

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The Prank of the Year comes to us from Franklin, Ohio. We have all been there. A batter pops up the ball and the offensive team or someone in the stands yells out, “tree”. While I never really got it, I’ve heard it a lot, especially at the high school level. Now those in Franklin have reason to yell it. Midway between home plate and the pitcher’s mound a 25-foot tree was planted. Imagine heading to the field to get ready for a game only to find a tree planted right in the middle of it. While the Wildcats from Franklin might not be laughing yet, this prank is pretty genius and I’m…
  • The Mayor Sean Casey Lines a ball off of Lauren Shehadi’s Head

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    On the set of the MLB Network in Studio 42, Lauren Shehadi was tossing some batting practice with whiffle balls to The Mayor, Sean Casey when something went wrong. Casey was preparing for the softball game that will take place during the All-Star Game in Cincinnati later this summer. Casey then does this: Luckily Shehadi was not hurt. Related NewsMLB Network to be Exclusive Broadcast Partner of the World Baseball Classic in the USA World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) […]MLB Network To Air Eddie Gaedel Story UNITED STATES - MLB Network will air […]Minor League Baseball Attendance Thriving…
  • Netherlands: Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Atop Standings

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    L&D Amsterdam had three big wins this weekend over Mampaey the Hawks keeping them in a tie for first place with Curacao Neptunus, who also won all three this weekend. Amsterdam outscored the Hawks 38-4 over the weekend. Rashid Gerard had a huge weekend. He went a combined 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Joining him in a big weekend was Bas Nooij. Nooij went 5-for-11 with a double, a home run, 9 runs scored, and 7 RBI. Dutch Major League Standings: 1. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 10-2 2. Curacao Neptunus 10-2 3. Vaessen Pioniers 8-4 4. Corendon Kinheim 7-4-1 5. UVV…
  • Spain: Valencia Sweeps Sant Boi, Moves into Second Place

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Tenerife and Valencia continue to be the cream of the crop in the Spanish Division de Honor. Both teams swept their weekend series. With the sweep this weekend, Valencia moved in front of CBS Sant Boi by a game. Valencia got a great outing from Trevor Caughey in Game 1 of the series. He tossed eight scoreless innings striking out 13 en route to the victory. Mathew Erickson picked up the save tossing the final inning giving up a run. Valencia would continue their good run with a 5-2 victory in Game 2 to move ahead of CBS Sant Boi by a game. Spanish Division de Honor Scores: CD Pamplona 5, San…
  • Site For Sale

    Eric Bynum
    11 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With so much going on in my life – moving (to a place with limited internet), new job, grad school – I just do not have the time to dedicate to this site that I would like. So, I am selling the site. I am hoping to find another baseball fan to take over and continue the good tradition of the site. There is a lot of opportunity to make money if that is something that is wanted by the new owner. I am also willing to help with the transition. The site has a nice presence on Facebook and Twitter with a few thousand followers. If you are interested, please send me an email at…
 
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  • Chris Denorfia & Pierce Johnson Rehabbin' at Riverview

    Arizona Phil
    26 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Marcos Derkes belted a bases-loaded triple and RHSP Taylor Black tossed three innings of no-hit ball, leading the Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park.  The Cubs Cactus League EXST record dropped to 16-15-5 with today's loss. Jose Paniagua drilled an RBI triple and a single and Ho-Young Son ripped an RBI double, singled, reached base on an HBP, and stole a base for the Cubs in a losing cause. Son is now hitting a robust 417/520/561 (and the .417 batting average leads the…
  • Updated Cubs Post-2015 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Eligibles

    Arizona Phil
    26 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Here is an updated list of Cubs post-2015 MLB Rule 5 Draft & MLB Rule 55 Minor League Free-Agent eligibles. (There are no Cubs minor league players eligible to be a post-2015 Article XX-D minor league free-agent at this time). It is not an oversight that players like LHP Hunter Cervenka, OF Pin-Chieh Chen, C Willson Conteras, RHP Felix Pena, and RHP Starling Peralta (plus a couple of dozen more) are not on the list of Cubs 2015 Rule 5 Draft eligibles. A player who is eligible to be a minor league free-agent post-2015 is eligible for selection in the December 2015 Rule 5…
  • Moreno & Cease Piggy-Back Their Way to Fitch Park

    Arizona Phil
    25 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Trace Loehr singled twice, walked, stole a base, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Jean Carlo Rodriguez drilled a bases-loaded three-run double, Vicmal de la Cruz belted a solo home run, walked, and drove-in another run with a GO, Andy Paz slugged a two-run HR, and RHSP Jon Massad tossed four innings of no run/no hit ball, leading the Athletics to an 11-5 victory over the Cubs in Memorial Day Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. The game was called after 7-1/2 innings of play. Kevin…
  • Anthony Varvaro Waiver Claim Voided

    Arizona Phil
    24 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    The Cubs waiver claim of RHP Anthony Varvaro has been voided by the MLB Commissioner and he has been returned to the Boston Red Sox, where he will be placed on the BoSox MLB 60-day DL. Varvaro will undergo surgery to repair a torn elbow flexor tendon later this week. Varvaro was Designated for Assignment by the Red Sox on April 23rd, and was claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers by the Cubs on May 3rd. The Cubs almost immediately placed Varvaro back onto waivers, and the Cubs sent him outright to AAA Iowa on May 8th after Outright Assignment Waivers were secured. The elbow injury was…
  • Martarano & Loux See Game Action at Riverview Park

    Arizona Phil
    23 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    It wasn't a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game, but the Cubs did play an intrasquad game this morning on Field #6 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park. Some of you may notice that when there is an EXST intrasquad game or a Cactus League EXST split squad doubleheader, that (with the exception of the pitchers and catchers, who move back & forth between the squads) one squad (Squad "A") is essentially the proto-Euguene Emeralds, and the other one (Squad "B") is essentially the proto-AZL Cubs. The squad rosters change slightly every now & then, but what you see now is probably…
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    lenNY's Yankees - A Bronx Bombers Blog

  • Babe Ruth's insane home run milestones [Infographic]

    Lenny Neslin
    6 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    With Alex Rodriguez sitting on 660 homers, tied with Willie Mays for fourth most all-time, I felt this Babe Ruth infographic by ESPN was worth sharing.The crazy thing is this infographic only tells half of Ruth's story. Check out his five fairly dominant years of pitching with the Red Sox before joining the Yankees.
  • Coincidence? Bullpen ERA leaders also lead their divisions

    Lenny Neslin
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Yankees didn't even get five innings out of their starter last night but still won. How? It's no secret: their bullpen has been untouchable.No Mariano? No problem. David Robertson put an end to that discussion quickly, but then left for the White Sox and more money.This year's dynamic duo is Dellin Betances & Andrew Miller, who've combined for 18.2 scoreless innings in 17 appearances. Betances had a "slow" start but has really looked sharp in his last few outings, and Miller has been as filthy as advertised. Esmil Rogers also deserves a shoutout as the go-to long reliever with a 2.84…
  • 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…
 
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  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    27 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Mariners 7, RAYS 6, 10 innings (boxscore) THE GOOD: Jake Elmore was called back up and made the most of his first game back with a pair of 2-out singles, one driving in a pair, and the other driving in one, in the first 3 innings. He then added an RBI-ground out in the 9th inning that tied the game…Alex Colome was brutal in the first inning, needing 38 pitches to get through the inning. But he settled down and kept the Rays in the game, giving up just 2 hits in the…
  • Rays get screwed when MLB’s replay review blows another easy call

    Cork Gaines
    26 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    The Rays got screwed again by MLB’s replay review system when an obvious out at home was missed both by the umpire on the field and by the replay review crew in New York when the call was challenged. The play came in the first inning when a short ground ball was fielded by Alex Colome who threw home trying to get Seth Smith coming from third. The play was not a force out so Rene Rivera needed to apply a tag and it appeared that Smith clearly slid into the shoe of Rivera who applied the tag. In fact, it looks like Smith never touched the plate, even after the tag. Here is another view…
  • Tim Beckham hit one of the longest home runs of the season and it was actually a really big deal

    Cork Gaines
    23 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Tim Beckham continues his surprising power surge and the latest is evidence that all these home runs are no fluke. With the Rays up 4-1 in the 8th inning against the A’s on Friday, Beckham launched a ball that didn’t land until it hit the Captain Morgan Party Deck in left-center. According to the ESPN home run tracker, the ball had a “true distance” of 464 feet, the sixth-longest home run hit in MLB this season. Your browser does not support iframes. That is a long home run. Beckham now has 5 home runs in just 85 at bats. Over the course of a full season, that would…
  • Steven Souza Jr. is on pace to set a dubious Major League record

    Cork Gaines
    22 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Steven Souza tied a franchise record (again) on Thursday when struck out 4 times against the Oakland A’s and now leads Major League Baseball with 62 strikeouts. It was Souza’s third 4-strikeout game of the season and his fifth game with at least three Ks. What is more disturbing is that Souza is on pace to do something never before seen in Major League Baseball. The MLB record for strikeouts in a season is 223. Only 4 players in MLB history have struck out 200 times in a season. Souza is on pace to strikeout *clears throat* 239 TIMES! Up until 2004, the MLB record for strikeouts…
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    Cork Gaines
    22 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 3, A’s 0 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Alex Colome lasted just 5 innings but he held the A’s scoreless on 4 hits and a walk. It wasn’t easy. Twice he had runners in scoring position, including a leadoff triple in the 1st inning and bases loaded in the 4th inning. But each time he was able to get out of it…Another solid performance from the bullpen as 4 pitchers combined to throw 4 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk, anchored by not-a-closer Brad…
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  • Tampa Bay Rays Game 47: Kyle Seager Makes Mistakes Hurt

    Robbie Knopf
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Maybe the positives from Tuesday night’s game for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Seattle Mariners will outweigh the negatives in the long-term. Alex Colome had a great outing, Evan Longoria delivered a huge game, and fill-ins like Jake Elmore and Joey Butler stepped up. At the end of the day, though, the Rays lost […] Tampa Bay Rays Game 47: Kyle Seager Makes Mistakes Hurt - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Should Travis Ishikawa Be a Trade Target?

    Robbie Knopf
    26 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    What a year it has been for the Tampa Bay Rays on the injury front. James Loney, who entered this season having stayed off the disabled list for his entire nine-year major league career, has now hit the DL twice in one season. First it was an oblique strain in April, and now it is […] Tampa Bay Rays: Should Travis Ishikawa Be a Trade Target? - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Kyle Winkler Deserved Another Chance

    Robbie Knopf
    26 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    After signing former Detroit Tigers top pitching prospect Andy Oliver just before the start of the season, the Tampa Bay Rays have inked another interesting potential bullpen arm. Right-hander Kyle Winkler was mentioned as a possible first round pick back in 2011 before he pitched while injured for Texas Christian University and needed surgery to […] Tampa Bay Rays: Kyle Winkler Deserved Another Chance - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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  • Prank of the Year

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The Prank of the Year comes to us from Franklin, Ohio. We have all been there. A batter pops up the ball and the offensive team or someone in the stands yells out, “tree”. While I never really got it, I’ve heard it a lot, especially at the high school level. Now those in Franklin have reason to yell it. Midway between home plate and the pitcher’s mound a 25-foot tree was planted. Imagine heading to the field to get ready for a game only to find a tree planted right in the middle of it. While the Wildcats from Franklin might not be laughing yet, this prank is pretty genius and I’m…
  • The Mayor Sean Casey Lines a ball off of Lauren Shehadi’s Head

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    On the set of the MLB Network in Studio 42, Lauren Shehadi was tossing some batting practice with whiffle balls to The Mayor, Sean Casey when something went wrong. Casey was preparing for the softball game that will take place during the All-Star Game in Cincinnati later this summer. Casey then does this: Luckily Shehadi was not hurt. Related NewsMLB Network to be Exclusive Broadcast Partner of the World Baseball Classic in the USA World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) […]MLB Network To Air Eddie Gaedel Story UNITED STATES - MLB Network will air […]Minor League Baseball Attendance Thriving…
  • Netherlands: Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Atop Standings

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    L&D Amsterdam had three big wins this weekend over Mampaey the Hawks keeping them in a tie for first place with Curacao Neptunus, who also won all three this weekend. Amsterdam outscored the Hawks 38-4 over the weekend. Rashid Gerard had a huge weekend. He went a combined 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Joining him in a big weekend was Bas Nooij. Nooij went 5-for-11 with a double, a home run, 9 runs scored, and 7 RBI. Dutch Major League Standings: 1. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 10-2 2. Curacao Neptunus 10-2 3. Vaessen Pioniers 8-4 4. Corendon Kinheim 7-4-1 5. UVV…
  • Spain: Valencia Sweeps Sant Boi, Moves into Second Place

    Eric Bynum
    12 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Tenerife and Valencia continue to be the cream of the crop in the Spanish Division de Honor. Both teams swept their weekend series. With the sweep this weekend, Valencia moved in front of CBS Sant Boi by a game. Valencia got a great outing from Trevor Caughey in Game 1 of the series. He tossed eight scoreless innings striking out 13 en route to the victory. Mathew Erickson picked up the save tossing the final inning giving up a run. Valencia would continue their good run with a 5-2 victory in Game 2 to move ahead of CBS Sant Boi by a game. Spanish Division de Honor Scores: CD Pamplona 5, San…
  • Site For Sale

    Eric Bynum
    11 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With so much going on in my life – moving (to a place with limited internet), new job, grad school – I just do not have the time to dedicate to this site that I would like. So, I am selling the site. I am hoping to find another baseball fan to take over and continue the good tradition of the site. There is a lot of opportunity to make money if that is something that is wanted by the new owner. I am also willing to help with the transition. The site has a nice presence on Facebook and Twitter with a few thousand followers. If you are interested, please send me an email at…
 
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  • 1976 Caruso Sacramento Solons Baseball #5, Bob Jones

    12 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    Bob Jones the ball player or Bob Jones, your dad's bowling friend? Bob Jones could be anyone at first glance, so it's worth reading more about Bob's backstory on 1986 Topps #142 post. He was drafted by Washington twice, first by the Senators in 1967 and then by the military brass for Vietnam service in 1969. The combat left him deaf in one ear, but not dissuaded from his baseball career. Even a surfeit of sea foam green in Caruso's PCL team set couldn't hold him back.This bicentennial-themed Sacramento Solons #5 came after Bob's 1974 MLB debut, but before his 1977 Topps #16 rookie…
  • Happy Pinky May Day!

    6 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Welcome a new baseball holiday for 2015: I christened May 5 as Pinky May Day, given its nice confluence of fives.Pinky played third base, scoring position 5.Pinky played for five years, 1939-43.Pinky is the fifth finger and May is the fifth month.Pinky May Day!On this year's Pinky May Day, his Phillies welcomed Chad Billingsley back to the majors after a two-year rehab from multiple arm surgeries; that they lost to Atlanta is relatively small potatoes (more details on Chad).TRIVIA: Pinky appeared in the 1940 All-Star Game and logged a rare hit-by-pitch, taking a Bob Feller bullet for the…
  • 1977 Caruso PCL Hawaii Islanders Baseball #5, Luis Melendez (and more Dave Roberts)

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    For all the bicentennial bunting used on its 1976 cards (#5 Dave Roberts profile), Caruso returned to a more familiar black and white in 1977 for Hawaii's PCL set. These days, a good designer with a computer can match Topps stroke for stroke in visual presentation, but I suspect 1970s tech meant a real price difference for any kind of color, so most teams opted for bare-bones photos.That font is interesting.WhatTheFont identifies Aurora Bold Condensed as a close match, which looks like this.Close, but no lei, as there's a lot more curve happening in Aurora. The card font might be…
  • 1976 Caruso Hawaii Islanders Baseball #5, Dave Roberts

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I like it when cards get a little ostentatious, going the extra mile to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, as the saying goes. Let's say you can only print in one color on white. Any other year, you might seem cheap, but that's no problem in 1976! America!The bicentennial was all over the place for 1976, hence the stars and stripes and bunting borders for Caruso's PCL team sets. Barack Obama would've been 15 and living in Honolulu at the time, so it's not beyond the pale to think president #44 saw this set for sale at an Islanders game himself.The Islanders played AAA for San Diego, who…
  • "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…
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    Baseball Reflections

  • Book Review: You Can’t Make this Up

    Bill Jordan
    13 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    “Do you believe in miracles?” If sports fans were asked to bring up the first thing they remember about Al Michaels, his quote from the 1980 Olympic Hockey game which pitted the United States against Russia is probably the best AND the first thing that comes to mind. While hockey isn’t what this site is about, Michael’s new book, “You Can’t Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television” delves into many other topics, including spending a significant amount of time on his coverage of baseball throughout the years. In essence, baseball seems…
  • Casa Base: Rules

    Fabio Borselli
    12 May 2015 | 6:16 pm
  • Casa Base: Fungo

    Fabio Borselli
    7 May 2015 | 3:16 am
  • Book Review: The Manager’s Daughter

    Bill Jordan
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    If you are looking for a summer page turner, look no further than The Manager’s Daughter. Author Matthew Kastel combines the topics of baseball and murder mystery flawlessly in this book that keeps the reader guessing right up until the end. The work follows the same mysterious cadence as The Da Vinci Code, as it tells bits of the story from different perspectives without revealing exactly what everyone is aware of.  This constantly leaves cliff hangers in the middle of paragraphs that forces the reader to keep going until that character is featured again to finish their thoughts. The…
  • MLB surprise money starters

    Guest
    1 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    The MLB season is nearly a month old and already baseball bettors have been treated to some very profitable surprise starting pitchers. Here’s a look at a sportsbook review of three of these money-making arms and whether they’ll continue to cash in as the baseball season goes on: Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers: The Rangers’ right hander has jumped to the top of the money standings with a 2-0 record and slim 0.35 ERA through four starts this season – all of which ended in wins for Texas as a plus-money underdog. But buyer beware of Martinez’s stellar start to the year. He’s…
 
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    Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History »

  • First Starting Pitcher In Sussex County Miners History

    independentbaseball
    26 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the first regular season starting pitcher in the history of the new Sussex County Miners team? Answer: Tyler Wilson http://canam.bbstats.pointstreak.com/player.html?playerid=444763&seasonid=29051 http://canam.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=281308 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.
  • First Starting Pitcher In Ottawa Champions History

    independentbaseball
    25 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the first starting pitcher of a regular season game in the history of the Ottawa Champions? Answer: Andrew Werner on May 22, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario http://canam.bbstats.pointstreak.com/player.html?playerid=787068&seasonid=29051 http://canam.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=281308 Please support this site: if you … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Starting Pitcher For First Joplin Blasters Game

    independentbaseball
    24 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the first starting pitcher of a regular season game for the Joplin Blasters? Answer: Jorge Martinez, on May 21 2015 http://aa_joplin.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=281823 http://aa_joplin.bbstats.pointstreak.com/player.html?playerid=761994&seasonid=29050 Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Last Manager Of The Lancaster Scouts

    independentbaseball
    23 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Who was the last manager of the Lancaster Scouts in the Frontier League (1994)? Answer: George Spencer http://flhistory.0catch.com/LancasterScouts.htm Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete … Continue reading →Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let local contractors compete to give you a great price. Call toll-free 877-854-3526 today.
  • Frontier League Pitching Coach Who Was Coaching On 2003 Florida Marlins Team

    independentbaseball
    22 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Independent Baseball Trivia Question Which 1996 Springfield Capitals (Frontier League) pitching coach was on the 2003 Marlins World Series team? Answer: Wayne Rosenthal http://flhistory.0catch.com/SpringfieldCapitals.htm   Please support this site: if you need any home repair service in your area, let … 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

  • Throwing and the “Isolated Feet” Baseball Fielding Drill

    kenny
    21 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    If your team is struggling to make accurate throws during a game, you need to add some fielding and throwing drills to your practice plan. Your players need to understand proper grip, and that they need to throw to a target utilizing the proper throwing mechanics.  They need to know how to use our body [...] The post Throwing and the “Isolated Feet” Baseball Fielding Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Fielding: Cross Step & Drop Step Agility Drill

    kenny
    14 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    As a baseball player, you need to continually develop your baseball fielding skills.  Good baseball fielding requires a combination of mobility, speed, agility and ball-handling skills. Agility is critical to having good footwork, and young players need to learn the proper footwork for playing in the outfield.  If they have the ability to move in [...] The post Baseball Fielding: Cross Step & Drop Step Agility Drill appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Catch and Throw Footwork Drill for Baseball Fielding

    kenny
    7 May 2015 | 10:41 pm
    In this baseball fielding footwork drill, players are going to try to catch and throw the ball, taking only 3 steps during the process. The coach will hit or throw a ball nice and easy up into the air, and the fielder is going to come in to catch the ball, landing on the foot [...] The post Catch and Throw Footwork Drill for Baseball Fielding appeared first on Baseball Tutorials.
  • Baseball Hitting: Drills for Strength and Swing Speed

    kenny
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    In today’s video blog post, we are demonstrating some awesome baseball hitting drills for gaining strength and speed in your hitting swing. From taking the ball to the opposite side of the field to slow bat speed, we’ve got you covered! Hit Or Get Hit Drill Another common fault of some hitters is not being [...] The post Baseball Hitting: Drills for Strength and Swing Speed appeared first on 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.
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  • Ruben Amaro says Phillies fans “don’t understand the game”

    Kevin McGuire
    26 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    “They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they bitch and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan. We can’t do what’s best for the fan. We have to do what’s best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That’s the truth.” Per Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.
  • Saturday’s Matchup Most Expensive Of Phillies Three-Game Set vs. Diamondbacks

    Dan Pizzuta
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Although it’s been a struggle early on for the Philadelphia Phillies, who are 13-23 in their first 36 games and in last place of the National League east division, they are 4-6 in their last 10 games and are riding a two game winning streak heading into a weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. In a four game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates that started on Monday, Philadelphia dropped the first two before rebounding with two straight wins on Wednesday and Thursday. Cole Hamels threw seven innings of two-run baseball, striking out nine, followed by an eight-inning,…
  • 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…
 
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  • MLB 2015 Game #5: Indians vs. White Sox

    20 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    At some point this season I will attend a game where the temperature is comfortable. I guess I can say the game in Milwaukee back on May 11 was comfortable, but they closed the roof and sides of Miller Park. But for the record, it was chilly and rainy outside that evening.<br /><br… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #4: White Sox vs. Brewers

    11 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    Before the season started, I could not foresee a fall classic between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. There were far too many uncertainties on both teams. With slightly more than one month in the books, it's even more certain than neither team will be waving their respective… read more...
  • Team Game: 19 Down, 11 to Go

    6 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    <div class='embedded_photo'><img name='abc' src='http://img.humzoo.com/billpearch/view/billpearch_0_419.jpg' width="431" height="575"></div><br /><br /> This evening I caught a somewhat later train home from work. So it departs only six minutes… read more...
  • MLB 2015 Game #3: Pirates vs. Cubs

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    This evening I am making a somewhat impromptu trip to the see the NL Central Division foes the Chicago Cubs (11-7, .611) and Pittsburgh Pirates (11-9, .550) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are in second place trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by just a lone game. The Pirates are third only two games… read more...
  • MLB Schedule 2015 v4.0

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Last night I decided it was time to sneak out one after work one night during the week to catch a Cubs game. Tuesday night will be the night.<br /><br /> Here is my updated schedule for 2015:<br /><br /> April 10: Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox<br /> April… read more...
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    Baseball-Avenue

  • WBSC Announce Groups For Premier12 Tourney

    Featured Writer
    26 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Photo courtesy of BaseballdeCuba. SOUTH KOREA – Opening-round groups for the first-ever Premier12 global baseball tournament, which unites the twelve highest-ranked countries from the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, were among a series of major announcements at a press conference Wednesday led by WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari in the South Korean capital. In the day’s most anticipated news surrounding the new Premier12 – which will be staged in Japan and Taiwan from November 18–21 the two groups for the event’s Opening Round were revealed: Premier12 Group A World Ranking…
  • Italy: UnipolSai Bologna Spanks T&A San Marino

    Featured Writer
    26 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    UnipolSai Bologna catcher Guillermo Rodriguez – Lauro Bassani/FIBS ITALY – UnipolSai Bologna remained atop the Italian Baseball League (IBL) with an impressive doubleheader sweep over the T&A San Marino Titans on Sunday. The second-place Rimini Pirates split a twinbill against third-ranked Tommasin Padova, while seventh-place Angel Service Nettuno 2 swept a two-game set against last-place Parma. ITALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE BOLOGNA 12-5, SAN MARINO 1-3: Marquis Fleming (6-3) scattered one hit and a lone run over six frames and Bologna erupted for 18 hits en route to a 12-1 rout in…
  • Spain: Astros Valencia Sweep CD Pamplona

    Featured Writer
    26 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    SPAIN – Astros Valencia rolled to a pair of wins over CD Pamplona this past weekend to move into a tie with the Tenerife Marlins PC for the top spot in the Spanish Division de Honor. The Marlins (13-3) split a pair of games with third-place CBS Sant Boi (11-5) to lose sole possession of first-place. Navarra (7-8) resides in fourth after splitting two games with last-place Viladecans (3-13), while fifth-ranked CB Barcelona split a doubleheader with sixth-place San Inazio Bilbao SPANISH DIVISION DE HONOR SANT BOI 3-0, TENERIFE 0-2: Zael Honora (5-2) tossed a two-hit shutout and Sant Boi…
  • Finding The Best Sportsbook Bonuses

    Featured Writer
    24 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Did you know that baseball betting is a great money making opportunity since it is one of the easiest sports to handicap? Heck, most sportsbooks will even tell you that during baseball season they are satisfied with just breaking even. Unlike football and basketball, which both utilizes point spreads, baseball betting uses odds that are represented as a Money Line. The odds are expressed in terms of a dollar so betting on a Favorite will cost more than a dollar to win a dollar, and betting a dollar on a winning underdog will earn you more than a dollar. If you have experience competing in…
  • New Release: Little League To MLB eBook

    Featured Writer
    22 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    With summer fast approaching, little league baseball fields all across America are jam-packed with young boys dreaming of playing in the big leagues one day. Now, there is a new ebook that could help make some of these improbable dreams a reality. “Little League to MLB” is a guide on how a father was able to get both his boys from Little League to Major League Baseball. To live their dream and, in a sense, he was able to live his dream through them. He guided his sons to their dream and he is hoping to do the same for you. Learn how Clyde “Pointdexter” Phillips was…
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    Phillies News, Rumors and Analysis - Philadelphia Baseball Review

  • Phillies Series Preview | May 1-3 vs. Miami Marlins

    Patrick Gordon (noreply@blogger.com)
    1 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    By PATRICK GORDON | Managing EditorMay 1 2015, 3:00 PM EST.@PGordonPBRPHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (8-15, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (10-12, third place/NL East)Friday: RHP Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.80) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-2, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET.Saturday: LHP Cole Hamels (1-2, 3.19) vs. RHP Dan Haran (2-1, 3.38), 4:10 p.m. ET.Sunday: RHP Severino Gonzalez (0-1, 23.62) vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.49), 1:10 p.m. ET.Marlins Notes- This series will be the second meeting of the season between the National League East rivals, both of whom are battling to get to .500. The Marlins took two of…
  • 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…
 
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    FoulBallz.com

  • Why Study Foul Balls?: Let the Lessons Begin

    FoulBallzAdmin
    25 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Copyright (c) FoulBallz Why study foul balls? Foul balls are the most under-appreciated and under-studied 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 as much joy they bring to fans, they are maligned by baseball organizations all over the globe. But why?     It doesn’t make sense for baseball to not study foul balls. By rough estimate, there…
  • Who Has the Foul Ball Advantage?: Today’s Select Game Match-Ups

    FoulBallzAdmin
    22 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    This series covers one day and one night game pitching match-up for each day (when available), and predicts which starter has the FoulBallz Foul Ball advantage: Which pitcher will leave the game first based on the 2014 foul ball numbers. How can the opposing line-up drive the starter out early? We’ll see. The foul ball match-ups for today, May 22, 2015, are: Night Game 1: Mariners vs. Blue Jays Tonight’s first night game is between King Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and the Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada. While we tend to think of Hernandez as some great pitcher, when it comes to batters…
  • Foul Territory: More Fouls, but More Injuries?

    FoulBallzAdmin
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    A while back I posted a blog about the size of foul ball territory in each MLB ballpark. This information prompted another question that was glossed over in that earlier piece: What does the smaller foul territory mean for fans? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps a great deal. The bottom line here is that MLB ballparks are becoming more intimate; the data bears that out. This means fans are significantly closer to the action. As a result, we will see more balls and bats going into the seats than in older parks. Smaller territory not only means more foul balls travel into the stands (presumably) it…
  • Who Has the Foul Ball Advantage?: Today’s Select Game Match-Ups

    FoulBallzAdmin
    21 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    This series covers one day and one night game pitching match-up for each day (when available), and predicts which starter has the FoulBallz Foul Ball advantage: Which pitcher will leave the game first based on the 2014 foul ball numbers. How can the opposing line-up drive the starter out early? We’ll see. The foul ball match-ups for today, May 21, 2015, are: Day Game: Cardinals vs. Mets Today’s day game showdown is between St. Louis Cardinal starter Jaime Garcia and Mets hurler Jacob de Grom. In order to get some almost decent data on Garcia, I had to reach into the day and night stats.
  • Who Has the Foul Ball Advantage?: Today’s Select Game Match-Ups

    FoulBallzAdmin
    20 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    This series covers one day and one night game pitching match-up for each day (when available), and predicts which starter has the FoulBallz Foul Ball advantage: Which pitcher will leave the game first based on the 2014 foul ball numbers. How can the opposing line-up drive the starter out early? We’ll see. The foul ball match-ups for today, May 20, 2015, are: Day Game: Athletics vs. Astros The featured day game for today is between the Athletics’ Jesse Hahn and the Astros’ Dallas Keuchal. I had to go back to 2013 and 2014 to get a decent amount of data for Hahn in day games. Apparently…
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    Elite Baseball Program

  • Hawks announce partnership with former ML baseball player Scott Bullett

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Hawks Elite Baseball Program is proud to announce a partnership with former MLB player Scott Bullett. Scott owns and operates the Bullett Proof Baseball Academy in Welland Ontario. Bullett Proof Baseball Academy is the ONLY indoor baseball training facility in the Niagara area. Operating year round, under the guidance of  former Major League Baseball player Scott Bullett, Bullett Proof Baseball Academy offers group lessons, private lessons, team clinics and private rentals to teams that wish to improve their baseball skills. Bullett Proof baseball also operates four elite Bullett…
  • Breaking down the Quality At-Bat – GameChanger Blog

    admin
    7 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    Didn’t your mom or dad ever tell you, life is more about “quality over quantity?” Mine did, every day it seemed.  But for a long time, this basic tenet of life was lost on me.  Perhaps I was dense or dropped on my head as a child.  I mean, who can tell me that that eating a dozen glazed donuts isn’t as healthy as munching on a salad or that the ‘Rocky’ franchise would have been better off without Rocky V and Tommy Gunn? However, over the years, you begin to realize certain things, like: don’t stick a fork in an electrical socket, your parents DO know every trick in the book,…
  • 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

    admin
    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…
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