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Is Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli the best free-agent bargain in baseball this season?
Napoli originally was to sign with Boston for $39 million over three years, but that deal was scuttled when the team learned of Napoli’s avascular necrosis, a serious hip condition, during a physical. Instead, Napoli got a one-year, incentive-laden $5 million deal.
Should Napoli continue hitting as he has been, he will be in line for another big contract this winter. He leads the team with seven home runs, 33 RBIs and 80 total bases entering this week, while also hitting .268. In the most recent updated Bovada American League MVP award odds, Napoli was Boston’s top contender at 20-1. Of course, the Sox’ last MVP winner was Dustin Pedroia five years ago.
Detroit star Miguel Cabrera is the 2-1 runaway favorite to win his second straight MVP — no AL player has repeated as the league MVP since the White Sox’ Frank Thomas in 1993-94 (Mo Vaughn ended the Big Hurt’s three-peat bid in 1995). Last seaso...
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Sean Riley, Contributing writer
Mike Napoli went from having a big multi-year contract with the Red Sox to quickly not knowing if or what team he would end up on. A pre-hire physical if you will, lead Napoli to be diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips. That big multi-million dollar deal quickly vanished and Napoli signed a one year 5 million dollar deal with Boston. For...
Justin Upton had a huge night in his return to Arizona with the Atlanta Braves.
Making his first trip to Chase Field as a visiting player, Upton homered and had four hits in Atlanta's 10-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Before the first pitch, he said his goal was to treat it like any other game. Turned out, it wasn't.
This three-game series against Arizona...
Justin Upton felt a little strange entering the visitors' clubhouse at Chase Field.
That didn't dampen his excitement about returning to the place where he spent the first six seasons of his big league career.
Upton returned to Arizona with Atlanta on Monday night for the first time since the Diamondbacks traded him to the Braves.
A two-time All-Star, Upton was one of...
ATLANTA There have been and will be signs in the Chase Field bleachers this week professing the Diamondbacks fans miss Justin Upton in their own team's uniform, but it's hard to imagine they wanted to see the 25-year-old slugger play quite so well in his homecoming.
Upton, who went 4-for-5 with one home run in Game 1 of his return series, has immediately become the star...
Justin Upton snapped a 14-game homerless drought and had four hits to help the Atlanta Braves rout the Diamondbacks 10-1 on Monday night in his return to Arizona.
Upton, the first overall pick by Arizona in the 2005 amateur draft, was playing his first game at Chase Field since the offseason trade that sent him and third baseman Chris Johnson to Atlanta in a seven-player deal.
Video: Hit my bro and i'll hit a HR
Justin Upton played his first game at Chase Field last night as a visitor. His new team (the Braves) smashed his old team (the Diamondbacks) 10-1. More telling was Upton's stat line: 4/5 with two runs, two RBI, a double, and a homer. Chris Johnson, who came to Atlanta with Upton in this winter's trade, went 3/4 with three RBI,, a double, and a homer. But it's not all...
Sean Riley, Contributing Writer
Through 38 games this season the Boston Red Sox have struck out 317 times as a team. To really put that into perspective they could potentially break the American League strikeout record of 1,387 for a season. Fortunately the Houston Astros will likely hit that mark before Boston does with there league leading 381 strikeouts already.
Atlanta has gone through a terrible stretch of baseball having lost 4 of their last 6 games on the road. With just 3 more games on the road before a travel day and a return to Turner Field for a 6-game home stand, the Braves need to salvage as many of the the remaining 3 road games as possible. Taking 2 of the 3 games in Arizona would give the Braves a winning percentage for the...
Justin Upton won the NL Player of the Month in April
With the Braves playing the Diamondbacks in a three game series starting tonight, there are inevitable discussions and assessments about the trade that brought Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to Atlanta, and sent Martin Prado and prospects, to Arizona.
Braves manager, Fredi Gonzalez, isn’t in the business of publicly assessing...
PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson and Justin Upton used to run into each other before every Diamondbacks game. Literally run into each other. Bolo each other was what Gibson called it. Those who said the two did not get along did not see that.
Their meeting was less physical Monday, when Upton returned to Chase Field for the first time since the January seven-player trade that remade both...
After calling Chase Field home for his first six major league seasons, Justin Upton is set to play his first game there as a visitor Monday night.
Upton will try to help the Atlanta Braves break out against the Arizona Diamondbacks - his former team - in a matchup of two slumping offenses.
The No. 1 overall pick by the Diamondbacks in 2005, Upton drove in 67 runs in 150 games in...
Justin Upton put on quite a show in his return to Phoenix.
Upton snapped a 14-game homerless drought and had four hits to help the Braves snap a three-game losing streak.
''It was the Justin show,'' Braves third baseman Chris Johnson said with a smile.
Upton, the first overall pick by Arizona in the 2005 amateur draft, was playing his first game at Chase Field...
A pretty great day for home runs, all things told. Let's get right down to the trots.
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Home Run of the Day: Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves - 19.6 seconds [video]
I for one am shocked to learn that Justin Upton hit the ball a really, really long way while playing a game in Chase Field. Shocked.
If it weren't for Justin Upton...
The Braves look to break their 3-game losing streak tonight
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez puts another interesting line-up out there tonight against the Diamondbacks. Most notable is that the .153 hitting B.J. Upton will bat second and the .307 hitting Chris Johnson will bat eighth.
This will be the fifth time this season that B.J. Upton has batted second.
At first glance it...