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Lind out 6-8 weeks; Tanaka to DL

Charlie Riedel/AP It’s a battle of attrition in the American League East. For the Toronto Blue Jays, it’s an ominous turn on what was once a dream season. For the New York Yankees, it might be the last straw. Blue Jays’ DH Adam Lind is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured right foot. Yankees’ ace Masahiro Tanaka has been placed on the DL with elbow inflammation. The Yankees signed...
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Colorado Rockies owner to disgruntled fan: ‘Don’t come’

The Colorado Rockies went from a suprising hot start, to a fiery crash that now has them at 53 losses before the All-Star break and seemingly little hope for any playoff run.  The team has won ten games since May.  And Rockies fan Michael Ferguson, after witnessing a 9-0 beating on the usually celebratory Fourth of July, spoke up in frustration (via KREX CBS Grand Junction, Colorado...
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WATCH: Ground ball bites Mike Napoli

In Monday’s game at Fenway Park, right fielder Dayan Viciedo of the Chicago White Sox belted a three-run homer off Boston Red Sox’ starter Clay Buchholz. The White Sox would win 4-0 and the Red Sox would subsequently slip into last place in the American League East. Then against Brandon Workman, with the bases loaded and nobody out in the second inning, Viciedo hit a roller to...
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Ortiz is furious with MLB Network

David Ortiz (Credit: Associated Press) According to Deadspin, David Ortiz is fired up that his name has been brought into the verbal scuffle between his Boston Red Sox teammate John Lackey and Baltimore Orioles’ manager Buck Showaltwer regarding Orioles’ slugger Nelson Cruz. Cruz went 3-3 off Lackey when the Orioles took on the Red Sox this weekend. After the game, Lackey backhandedly...
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WATCH: Yasiel Puig makes ridiculous throw for out, but call overturned

Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig is the epitome of a five-tool player.  Today, it was the “arm” that was on display.  Or gun.  Or more like cannon.  Check out this frozen rope on a hit to the corner by the Detroit Tigers Torii Hunter where Puig spins and “flicks” the ball in time to get Hunter at 2B (via MLB.com) Your browser does not support iframes.Unfortunately...
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Kipnis responds to MLB’s mocking tweet

Derek Jeter fakes out Jason Kipnis (Credit: Twitter/@MLB) Last night, old man Derek Jeter faked out Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis on a play that resulted in a double play. Kipnis doesn’t see it that way as he jokingly tweeted that the play was a “straight steal” after MLB called him out on Twitter for his base running gaffe: Or it was a straight steal The...
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All-Star game ‘Brat Dog’ mixes local culture and unabashed indulgence

Let’s face it, when you attend a baseball game, you don’t necessarily pay attention to calories or fat.  So when it comes to the All-Star game, it’s definitely a night to eat like King Henry VIII.  Surfing the Target Field menu, ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell tweeted a “must have” for any out of town fan (including British royalty), and the locals probably...
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Madison Bumgarner wants in on the HR derby

Madison Bumgarner hits a grand slam on April 12, 2014 (Credit: Associated Press) Madison Bumgarner is a member of the 2014 National League All-Star team and he wants to get the most out of the All-Star experience this year. He told Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News (San Francisco Bay Area newspaper) that he had put in a word with National League Homerun Derby team captain Troy Tulowitzki...
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Ten least deserving MLB All-Stars since the game started to count

2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (Credit: MLB/TV Weekly) Fan voting determines the starting rosters for each league in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. This has caused a bit of controversy as fans don’t necessarily always vote for the most qualified players at each position. It has turned into a big popularity contest. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal if this...
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Ranking the divisions in baseball

    Hanley Ramirez and Charlie Blackmon Credit: Twitter @Dodgers 6. National League West: The Los Angeles Dodgers (51-40, 20-10 in the last 30 games) have the talent to win it all and may take off soon. The San Francisco Giants (49-39, 12-18) have won two World Series in four years. It wouldn’t be shocking to see either one in the Fall Classic, but they seem streaky, which can...
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2014 MLB All-Star Game rosters revealed

Credit: MLB/TV Weekly The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, home of the Minnesota Twins.  This year’s All-Star Game managers are Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals) and John Farrell (Boston Red Sox), who earned the honor by being the pennant winning manager in their respective leagues in 2013....
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A's P welcomes Shark to Oakland with funny joke

Jeff Samardzija playing football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2006 (Credit: US Air Force) Former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was traded to the Oakland A’s last night along with Jason Hammel. Current Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle welcomed Samardzija to Oakland with excitement and a good joke via Twitter today: Excited to see Samardzija back on a football field —...
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WATCH: Yankees Zelous Wheeler makes amazing catch later overturned

New York Yankees rookie IF Zelous Wheeler has had an usually eventful first two games in the bigs.  He made his presence known on Thursday by hitting a home run in his debut.  Then on Friday July 4, he made what might have been a candidate for catch of the year, had it not been (rightfully) overturned.  Check out the fearless Zelous track a foul ball all the way to the dugout...
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Cubs Trade Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to A’s

The Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs have come to an agreement to send starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland, according to CBSSports.com. The Cubs in return received the A’s top-gun prospect Addison Russell in the deal. Along with Russell, the Cubs will receive starting pitcher Dan Straily and outfield prospect Billy McKinny in addition to a player...
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Johnny Damon, 40, ready for comeback: ‘I could outhit half the league’

The league may have thought it was done with Johnny Damon, but Johnny Damon is not ready to be done with the league.  The former Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees outfielder expressed regret that he has not been approached by a contender as a free agent.  Via a phone interview with the Associated Press, he promised he could still hit: “When you feel you...
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Ten players who should make their first MLB All-Star game in 2014

The All-Star Game is July 15Credit: MLB Sometimes lost in the pomp and circumstance of the Midsummer classic are the new faces that take the field for the first time in Major League Baseball’s All-Star game.  Veterans usually get the nod on the fan vote, leaving stat-worthy players relying upon players votes and manager selections.  You’ve “made it” in baseball when you...
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Welcome to the Show DomingOOOOOO

Astros’ Fans may recall the Hunter Pence Trade in 2011, where the beloved Ed Wade, originally GM of the Phillies, turned the Astros into the Phillies South. Wade made multiple trades with the Phillies and took pride in his preparation of the farm system that he helped carve out. According to CBS Sports, Domingo Santana was added to the trade by mistake, because the Pence Trade...
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Diamond Kings: Sports-Kings Talk Show – 03July2014

The weekly YouTube panel of Reading Between the Seams experts, as part of the Sports-Kings Media Network,  talk about team’s postseason prospects given that we’re half way through the season.  The panel also breaks down trade deadline buyers and sellers, then gazes toward the All-Star game balloting with lots of suggestions to right the wrongs.  Panelists David Whitlock,...
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New goal for the Oakland A’s: avoid the Detroit Tigers

Credit: Detroit Tigers Facebook Sometimes a team just has your number. That’s clearly the case between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers. The recent three-game series is the latest example and probably reaffirmed, if not ensured the A’s of a new goal alongside winning the World Series: avoid the Tigers at all costs. The first game of the series; the last day of June...
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PHOTO: Houston sports fan gets groom’s cake of Astrodome with ‘rainbow guts’

You can’t talk about Houston sports without mentioning the Astrodome.  The so called “Eighth Wonder of the World” was the centerpiece for both the MLB Houston Astros (1965-1999) and NFL Houston Oilers (1968-1997) through thick and thin (mostly thin).  The first professional domed stadium of its sort sits idle after these 15 years.  The relic was remembered by Houston Chronicle...
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WATCH: Foul ball line drive caught by beer vendor in bucket

We’ve seen fans catch balls with popcorn buckets and batting practice hits go back into machines, here we have another “million-to-one” shot.  Check out this line drive by Detroit Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler that disappears into the beer man’s receptacle (via MLB.com) Your browser does not support iframes.The replay shows he seemed to know what he was doing!  You wonder what...
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Ump shows Yasiel Puig how to pimp HR (MLB: The Show 14)

We all know that Yasiel Puig is fond of the bat flip and HR pimping. We’ve seen him do it several times over the last two seasons. The developers of Playstation exclusive MLB: The Show 14 have had some fun with Puig’s antics as they’ve added a cutscene to the game in which an umpire shows Puig how it’s done. Check it out: This is hilarious! Could you imagine an ump doing...
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A-Rod was given permission to use PED’s, according to new book

(Credit: Fox Sports) The following is an excerpt from Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era, by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts. The story will appear in the July 7th issue of Sports Illustrated. From his junior year of high school there had been suspicions — and, in the case of his 2003 MVP season, proof by way of a failed...
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Padres’ GM Search

Here’s the latest news and notes on the search for a new GM to replace Josh Byrnes. - San Diego as received permission to interview New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. - Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen confirms that he will indeed interview for the position, according to Steve Buckley of the Boston Globe. - The Padres will interview Rangers...
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David Ortiz has theory for Cubs' World Series drought

Three-time World Champion David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox has a simple solution for the Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series in 105 years and counting.  Get rid of day games.  And he has anecdotal evidence to prove it.  The recent member of the 450 home run club offered his wisdom as the Sox host the lovable Cubbies in a battle of teams with really old stadia (via Jesse...
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