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Atlanta Braves will be moving for the 2017 season

According to news reported first by the Marietta Daily Journal this morning, the Atlanta Braves will be moving from Turner Field after the 2016 season. The paper suggests that this news will be made official later this morning by the Braves organization. Atlanta’s 20-year lease at Turner Field will expire after 2016 and the club has secured a 60-acre parcel of land in Cobb County...
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays hang on after 162 games, playoffs in the balance

The Tampa Bay Rays are the club always regarded as the team that does everything on the cheap. The smallest payroll, the smallest following, the smallest margin of error during the regular season. Tampa has once again managed to stretch the 162 game regular season into just another game, and perhaps more. The Rays lost their control over homefield advantage over the wildcard playoff...
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September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Major League Baseball: Will The Cheaters Please Stand Up?

Here we go again, Major League Baseball is about to hand out suspensions to more players that thought they could get away with the cheating. Once again these players assumed they were above the game and now they have to face the consequences and the first to fall is Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who adamantly denied ever using Performance Enhancing Drugs and even...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Is The Captain’s Time At The Helm Slowly Coming To An End?

When you think of a Major League Baseball player that has class, integrity, is a great teammate and an even a better leader, many to come to mind, but when you say the name Derek Jeter, many I am sure will agree that he fits the criteria to the tee and then some.  Derek Jeter, who is better known as Mr. November, in his 19 years of baseball service has been every bit and more to...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Can the Toronto Blue Jays Turn Around Their Lost Season?

When the Toronto Blue Jays made their off season acquisitions, the hope was that the moves would put them into contention to compete for the American League East Crown.  With the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox being picked early to not have successful seasons, the Blue Jays hoped to capitalize and steal the division. In the off-season the Blue Jays signed a bunch of Free Agents...
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

With Another All Star Game Upon Us, A New Era of Baseball Players Have Emerged

Fans are starting to witness a new era in major league baseball.  More and more players are helping to change the way fans see the game.  Baseball has had a black eye for many years when it came to players using performance enhancing drugs, but year after year, more players are putting up big numbers in the stats category and they are doing it clean. You still have a few players...
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July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonathan Paplebon not a fan of Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig is ripping the cover off the baseball at a torrid pace but reliever Jonathan Paplebon is not impressed. Puig joined the Dodgers organization on June 2 and has been nothing less than spectacular in his first month in the majors while batting .422, hitting 8 homers and driving in 17. His performance has some talking about Puig’s possible...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Lincecum loses control as Giants are swept by Dodgers

Tim Lincecum was sharp for the first five innings, but he lost command of his curveball  in the 6th and the Dodgers took advantage scoring 3 runs and took a 4-2 lead that ended up deciding the game. Clayton Kershaw made one mistake in the 4th but pitched 8 strong innings to send the Dodgers to a season best fifth straight win and a home sweep of the rival Giants. Kershaw gave up...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

How Yasiel Puig’s Start Compares To All-Time Los Angeles Dodgers Greats

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is off to an incredibly hot start. Through the first seven games of his major league career, Puig is hitting a remarkable .464/.483/.964 and also showing supreme defensive skills, gunning out runners left and right. Puig has brought energy back to a Dodgers team that desperately needed a jolt, but how does his start compare to some of the...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole To Debut For Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates took Gerrit Cole with the first overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft. Just over two years removed from being picked first overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, Gerrit Cole will make his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night against the San Francisco Giants. Cole entered this season as a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball. Baseball America ranked him...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish rolls over Angels in 11-3 rout

Making an April bid for the AL Cy Young, Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish dominated the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Darvish, now 4-1 on the young season, struck out 11 in six scoreless innings pitched while lowering his ERA to just 1.65. In just his second season in the majors, Darvish has now recorded his 11th double digit strikeout performance of his career in just 34...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Injury News: New York Yankees Curtis Granderson on pace for return

The New York Yankees are on pace to get another key piece of their offense back in the lineup very soon. 32-year old OF Curtis Granderson took 15 pitches in a batting cage at the Yankees facility in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday and barring any setback, appears ready to make his return to the club in early May. Granderson, who is recovering from a fractured forearm, will next take...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays shut out New York Yankees 3-0

Despite not yet recording a win with reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price on the mound yet this season, the Tampa Bay Rays shut out the New York Yankees 3-0, while collecting their 10th win of the season. It has been a frustrating month of April for the Rays, struggling at the plate, but in recent days, the bats have come alive and the pitching performances from the youngsters...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays struggles continue, fall 5-4 to Baltimore

Baseball is a game of streaks and the Tampa Bay Rays are suffering through a losing one right now. Tampa dropped their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night, a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays have started the year a franchise worst 4-9, an incredible record given the horrible teams that have preceded this current group of men. On the bright side for...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves keep rolling, win 10th by defeating the Kansas City Royals

The Atlanta Braves returned home for a quick two-game stand with the Kansas City Royals. Atlanta is the hottest team in baseball right now and the win streak has now hit 10 straight for the Braves with a 6-3 victory. While pitching has been a major reason that the Braves hold the best record in baseball, the offense opened up on Tuesday night as Atlanta belted five solo home runs...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Torrid pace continues for the Atlanta Braves, sweep Nationals

At the start of the season, many pundits proclaimed that the Washington Nationals were not only the team to beat in the NL East, but in the entirety of major league baseball, predicting a World Series Championship. Early on in the season, the Atlanta Braves are having a little something to say about those preseason predictions. Atlanta holds a 11-1 overall record and just completed...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays offense continues to struggle, lose to Red Sox

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays heading into this season was in regards to their offense and where would the run production come from after the losses of CF B.J. Upton and 1B Carlos Pena. At this point, the Rays have to be wondering where the hits are going to come from. On Sunday, the Rays were able to break up a no-hit bid by Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira expects to swing soon

The New York Yankees offense could be getting a big boost soon. First baseman Mark Teixeira expects to be cleared as early as Friday to start swinging the bat as soon as Friday. The Yankees slugger has been out of the lineup after suffering a wrist injury in the World Baseball Classic last month. This news is the latest in a sting of good news for the Yankees offense the team received...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Blues: Zack Greinke suffers fracture

The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2013 regular season with some high expectations of returning to the postseason. Those aspirations were dealt a tough blow on Thursday night when starting pitcher Zack Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone. The injury was a result of a bench clearing brawl which ensued after Greinke hit San Diego Padres Carlos Quentin in the left shoulder...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay continues to struggle for the Philadelphia Phillies

All good things come to an end, and it’s starting to appear that the end is near for Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay. The soon-to-be 36-year old pitcher has struggled throughout spring training and for his two starts of the regular season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is showing signs of Father Time creeping in. Two years removed from a season when he went 19-6 with...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Justin Upton continues torrid streak for Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves made noise this past offseason by reuniting the Upton brothers. B.J., formerly with the Tampa Bay Rays was acquired via free agency and his brother Justin was brought on board after a trade. The duo has already made quite a statement this young season. On Saturday, Justin hit a walkoff home run. Monday night, Upton went 4-4 and had a chance to hit for the cycle...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Umpire acknowledges blown call in Rays Rangers game

Texas Rangers reliever Joe Nathan became the 24th player in MLB history to record his 300th save but the call that gave him the save was errant. Nathan tossed an 82-mph curveball that fell off the side of the plate, clearly a walk which would have sent the tying run to second base with Evan Longoria coming to the plate for the Rays. Instead home plate umpire Marty Foster called Ben...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Injury News: Rays P Jeff Niemann heading for shoulder surgery

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann was believed to be in the running for the fifth and final spot in the team’s starting rotation this spring. Niemann eventually lost out on his bid, joining the bullpen. Throughout the spring, the lanky right hander struggled with velocity issues and a sore shoulder. On Monday it was revealed that Niemann will have to undergo shoulder surgery...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays David Price suffers worst start of his career

Baseball is a funny game. Heading into Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays had shut out the Cleveland Indians in their last two games. On Friday, 23-year old Matt Moore held the Indians to two hits in a 4-0 victory. Saturday, another of the Rays talented young pitchers, Alex Cobb, scattered four hits in 7 1/3 innings while the Rays blanked Cleveland 6-0. With brooms out in full force at Tropicana...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Recap: San Francisco Giants pick up first win of season with 3-0 victory against Los Angeles Dodgers

The San Francisco Giants came into today looking for revenge against the hated rival Los Angeles Dodgers and they got exactly that. After starting off the season being shutout 4-0 by Clayton Kershaw, San Francisco sent 23-year-old Madison Bumgarner to the hill and he delivered in a big way. Bumgarner (1-0) shutout the Dodgers offense for 8 innings while only allowing 2 base runners...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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