Found June 05, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was the top vote-getter in the first All-Star Game balloting update released Tuesday, and he's one of five Rangers players on pace to start in the July 10 All-Star Game. Hamilton has received 2,587,991 votes from the fans. Hamilton and teammate Nelson Cruz both rank among the top three in the AL outfielders, while Ian Kinsler leads at second base, Adrian Beltre is first at third and Mike Napoli leads at catcher. Rangers manager Ron Washington will be the AL manager. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Curtis Granderson are also in line to be starters at this point. Prince Fielder of the Tigers is leading at first base. Matt Kemp of the Dodgers leads all National League vote-getters with 1,952,910 votes. The closest race is at NL shortstop, where Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies has a 20,458-vote margin over Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals. Joey Votto of the Reds has a big lead at first base in the National League, while C...

Hamilton makes Sports Illustrated cover

OAKLAND, Calif. Just a little more than four years after making his debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Josh Hamilton has found his way back to the cover of the magazine. Hamilton is on the cover this week and the subject of a story entitled "The Fragile Brilliance of Josh Hamilton." The Rangers have had seven players make the cover of SI and Hamilton and Nolan...

Hamilton dominating All-Star voting

Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton is the runaway leader inAll-Star voting, having collected more than 2.5 million votes.If theAll-Star teams were selected today, catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman IanKinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Nelson Cruz would bejoining Hamilton as an All-Star starter.MichaelYoung is second in voting at designated hitter and Elvis Andrus trails...

Rangers Josh Hamilton skipping Home Run Derby

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton said Tuesday he will pass on this year's All-Star Home Run Derby after being offered the chance to captain the American League team. Hamilton likely will still be an All-Star for manager Ron Washington's AL team for the July 10 game, and Rangers teammate Yu Darvish would love to join them in Kansas City - even though the Japanese pitching star...

Johnny Damon robs Prince Fielder of HR

With a sub-mendoza line batting average and a .528 OPS in 100 at bats this season, Johnny Damon has not provided much help to the Cleveland Indians. Although he has struggled producing runs at the plate, he did an excellent job saving a run with his glove by robbing Prince Fielder of a home run in the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Tigers. Fielder hit an opposite...

De-Lucker! or Josh Hamilton is Under-Performing

DATA! Let us delve once again into the numbers. The season is now two months aged and we have more stories unfolding than we have enough digital ink to cover: Will the Red Sox ever find an outfielder? Is Adam Jones the new Matt Kemp? Can the White Sox really make a playoff push in a rebuilding year? And will the 2012 Pirates really go down as one of the worst offenses in modern...

Video: Johnny Damon Robs Prince Fielder of Home Run

In his return from paternity leave, Cleveland Indians outfielder Johnny Damon climbed the latter in Comerca Park to rob the highly-paid Prince Fielder of a home run early in Wednesday night’s win. Providing an interesting juxtaposition, Tribe first baseman Casey Kotchman would later put a ball off of the Belle Tire sign above the bullpen in right field, helping the team take...

Detroit Tigers: A Look at Jake Thompson

With their first pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Jake Thompson out of Rockwell-Heath High School (Texas).  The Tigers didn’t have a first-round pick because they forfeited their first round pick to the Brewers as compensation for Prince Fielder. Thompson is a 6-foot-4 right-hander and weighs in at 234 pounds. [...]

Detroit Tigers 2012 MLB Draft Tracker

The Detroit Tigers do not have a pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft because of the Prince Fielder signing Continue reading →

2012 Amateur Draft: First Round results

Here's a summary of the first round in the 2012 Amateur Draft from yesterday. The first five picks include a little something special just for you. 1.  Houston Astros selected shortstop Carlos Correa from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Correa is 6′3″ with 190 lbs and became the first Puerto Rican ever to be selected with the first pick. The 17-year old shortstop has...

Rangers rebound from rout to beat A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Ian Kinsler hit a two-run double and Josh Hamilton also doubled in a run to back Derek Holland, and the Texas Rangers rebounded from an embarrassing rout a night earlier to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Tuesday. Yorvit Torrealba hit a sacrifice fly, Adrian Beltre singled twice and Holland (5-4) pitched 5 1-3 innings -- looking far stronger than in his...

Wezen-Ball: A Different Lineup Everyday by Larry Granillo

It was mentioned more than once during Wednesday's Cubs/Brewers broadcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin that the Brewers were using a different lineup for the 20th game in a row. With such high preseason expectations this year, even with the loss of Prince Fielder, Milwaukee has been struggling a bit recently. In the last month, the club has lost three of its starters for the season...

Handicapping the AL MVP Race

As we move on through our awards series we come to the third way mark for the MVP awards. We notice a bit more separation with position players than with the pitchers. So, we will limit our scope to ten players instead of the fifteen we had with the pitchers. Naturally, we use the same wins above replacement we used with the pitchers, but we add in the percentage numbers...

Game 2012.55: Indians at Tigers

25-29, 3rd place, 6 games back. Well, here we sit, 1/3 of the way through the season, and in third place. The season has been a great disappointment for just about everyone so far, save maybe Quentin Berry. If you’re projecting stats over the final 2/3 of the season, Cabby would end up with 33 HR and 132 RBIs (sounds about right), Fielder with 27 HR and 105 RBIs (a little low...
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