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Walk-off home runs by Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Raburn send fans home happy

Any major league baseball fan can attest, witnessing a walk-off win, no matter how attained, is the most exciting way to cap a Friday evening at the ballpark.  Elation as you watch your hometown nine mobs the hero while the visitors walk sadly off into their dugout.  Such occasions are magnified when the walk-off is a result of a home run blast.  Washington Nationals and Cleveland...
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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Laynce Nix snatches a foul ball from Tiger fans

Don’t blame Laynce Nix for snatching the ball from the fans, if you want a souvenir you have to be aggressive about it.  In the fourth inning of the Phillies vs.Tigers game, Prince Fielder hit a towering fly ball that drifted into the stands.  The Phillies right-fielder made an attempt to catch the ball amongst the Tiger fans and watch what happens.  Take a look. courtesy...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss
HOW VERY CLEVER

Hanley Ramirez cons Shin-Soo Choo into out

courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com With all the talk of rookie sensation Yasiel Puig this season the real catalyst for the Dodger success is LA shortstop Hanley Ramirez.  He is the unsung hero for the National League West division leaders.  Dodgers are 17 and 5 in their last 22 ballgames and leading the division by a half game.  It all starts with the team’s best player, Hanley...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Alfonso Soriano is taking the red-eye back to New York

After and hours of negotiating, the New York Yankees will finally bring back one of their own.  Alfonso Soriano is on the red-eye back to where it all started, in Yankee pinstripes.  This is the best news the Yankees have accrued in weeks (dealing with the whole Arod thing).  When Chicago let Soriano know that the Yankees were interested, he quickly waived his no-trade clause...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Lance Berkman weighing immediate retirement

Texas Rangers DH Lance Berkman, who hasn’t played since July 6 because of a balky hip, may not come back this season.  Or ever.  Frustrated by slow recovery, along with a knee injury that’s not healing, the Big Puma (or Fat Elvis) seems to be at the end of his rope with rehab and his body failing him.  According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News: “I’ve definitely...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss
SMOTHERED, COVERED, ETC.

Turner Field adding a Waffle House stand

courtesy of cbssports.com Waffles at a baseball game?  That’s right starting this Friday, Waffle House will invade Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves organization made it public via twitter this morning. @WaffleHouse will make its debut @ Turner Field tomorrow. Serving hashbrowns & waffles with several different toppings. #smothered+covered — Atlanta...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss
NOT SURPRISING

Tim Hudson out for the season

Atlanta Braves veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson is out for the season after fracturing his ankle while covering first base during Wednesday night's game.

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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Freddie Freeman foul fractures fragile frame

You would think after the third broken camera glass, the New York Mets might consider a new protective scheme in front of their home plate camera.  After this Freddie Freeman foul ball that shattered it, now would be the time to revise your approach.  Watch the Freeman swing shatter the glass in front of the home plate camera at Citi Field (courtesy of MLB.com) His next foul ball...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman Alex Rodriguez is in violation of the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement

Things are getting ugly between A-Rod and the Yankees.Photo Credit: AP The New York Yankees have had an injury plagued 2013 season, highlighted by star Derek Jeter, and now nuisance Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod, who is owed a boatload of cash in his deal with the Yanks, has had a subtle power struggle with the front office through the media. It all started when Rodriguez went to the media...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Ink Dustin Pedroia for 7-years $100 Million

It’s official. Dustin Pedroia will be the face of the Red Sox for the impending future. The Boston second baseman has signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with the club, according to multiple reports. (NESN) That comes to about $14.3 million per year, which for the second best second basemen in the game, is a solid value. The Red Sox were able to secure a reasonable...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

5 Baseball Milestones we may Never See Again

When an athlete reaches a certain milestone, they know that they have made the most out of their career. Whether it be an accomplishment like hitting 500 home runs in your career or tossing your 3,000th strikeout, reaching a milestone means you have had such a successful career that you can now join an elite club of men who completed the same task you did. However, there are some...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Soriano back to New York? Cubs, Yankees Talk Deal

Alfonso Soriano celebrates with the team after his walkoff homerun against the Seattle Mariners Kaz Sasaki in Game 4 of the 2001 ALCS. Credit: AP/ESPN On the brink of Alex Rodriguez’ likely imminent suspension for his reported link to the Miami based Biogenesis Anti-Aging clinic that distributed PEDs to professional athletes, the Yankees appear to be very close to acquiring the...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss
GOES ALL OUT

Jason Heyward ends game with great catch

credit Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News The reason why the Atlanta Braves are the leaders in the National League East contributes to timely hitting, good pitching, and excellent defense.  With the game on the line Monday night, the Braves were up by a run against the New York Mets in the ninth inning.  The Mets were batting with two on and two outs, with Justin Turner at...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss
BIG LOSS

Miguel Cabrera injures leg

On his path to a second straight AL Triple Crown, perhaps only an injury can keep him from reaching it. Well, Miguel Cabrera was removed from Monday night's game with a leg injury.

UPDATE:  Cabrera has reportedly suffered a hip injury.

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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun Accepts Plea Deal, Suspended for the Rest of Season

It is unclear at this time whether Ryan Braun approached Major League Baseball or vice versa, regardless, he has admitted using performance enhancing drugs. The drug test that was thrown out last year, was in fact thrown out on a technicality and he truly did fail. Worse yet, he lied, feigned victimization, and attacked the integrity of the sample collector Dino Laurenzi. The plea...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun Accepts Plea Deal, Suspended for the Rest of Season

It is unclear at this time whether Ryan Braun approached Major League Baseball or vice versa, regardless, he has admitted using performance enhancing drugs. The drug test that was thrown out last year, was in fact thrown out on a technicality and he truly did fail. Worse yet, he lied, feigned victimization, and attacked the integrity of the sample collector Dino Laurenzi. The plea...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss
JUST UNTUCK

Pujols pranks Colon on mound after out

What happened to pitcher vs. batter protocol? That went out the window on Sunday as Albert Pujols untucked Bartolo Colon’s jersey after flying out to deep center field.  Watch, as the Fellow Dominican Republic native Pujols tugs at the unsuspecting Colon’s uniform top (via MLB.com) On a somewhat serious baseball note, I have a few questions: 1) What happened to Albert Pujols...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Matt Garza scratch tonight, traded to Texas Rangers

  credit photo to Evan Tarracciano Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Matt Garza will miss his scheduled start tonight against Arizona Diamondbacks because he has just been traded to the Texas Rangers confirm by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.  The 29-year-old Garza was in his third season with the Cubs, is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 71 innings this season....
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

10 Players Snubbed by Steroids

These three steroid users have stolen many an award from well-deserving players! Any sports fan knows that there are athletes who cheat to get an edge. No sport has more prominent steroid scandals than Major League Baseball. Some of the ‘greatest’ to ever play the game have had their careers tarnished by steroid accusations. Players like Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and Alex Rodriguez...
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July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Skydiver misses his target; lands on a shortstop

credit msn.foxsports.com Where is an air traffic controller when you need one?  What was suppose to be an innocent attempt to deliver the game ball; ended in a crash landing on top of Chicago State shortstop Mattingly Romanin.  It happen Saturday evening right before the Prospect League game that involved Hannibal Cavemen taking on the Terre Haute Rex.  Romanin plays shortstop for...
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July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros pitcher pulls himself from no-hitter, then gets hung with loss

Every pitcher dreams of competing for a no-hitter in the major leagues.  They imagine experiencing the euphoria of being on the mound for the last few innings, home crowd going crazy after you get your 10th strikeout, being carried off the field glove lifted in the air in triumph.  Erik Bedard was experiencing all that (except the final glory) when he told his manager “I’m...
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July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yankees C Chris Stewart makes amazing foul ball catch, and turns into double play

Both ends of this double play are amazing, New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart quickly locates foul ball behind the plate hit by Boston Red Sox All-Star Dustin Pedroia, makes the catch slamming into wall and even over it.  Then has the wherewithal to see that the Red Sox runner on first Daniel Nava thinks he’s going to pull a fast one and tag up and go to second.  A ROPE to...
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July 20, 2013  |  Discuss
MESSAGE SENT

Rios benched for not hustling

White Sox manager Robin Ventura benched Alex Rios after he did not run hard enough to try to prevent a double play.

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July 20, 2013  |  Discuss
SOMETHING TO WATCH

Astros rookie Brandon Barnes hits for cycle

Congratulations to Brandon Barnes for becoming the second player in the majors this season to hit for the cycle.  Mike Trout was the first to do it also against the Seattle Mariners back in May.  The rookie, Barnes, was the eighth player in Astros’ history to accomplish such a feat.  Luke Scott was the last Astros to do it back in 2006. Barnes hit a home run in his first...
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July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Miller Hits First Two Career Home Runs

credit dfw.cbslocal.com Although many scouts said he’d be better served playing second or third base in the majors, Brad Miller, is doing just fine for Seattle. He has only one error at shortstop and has brought not just a dazzling glove and solid bat, but a great energy to the ball club. He was a fan favorite as a student athlete at Clemson, and his gritty style of play is already...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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