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Dodgers call up top prospect Corey Seager

The Los Angeles Dodgers are already in first place in the National League West and they’re about to get even better. On Thursday they decided to call up super-prospect Corey Seager. The 21-year-old Seager is listed as a shortstop, but at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, most evaluators feel he’s going to outgrow the position and move to third base. Seager was almost universally hailed...
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Fred Jackson cut could already be biting Bills in butt

There was much fan uproar in Buffalo when the Bills unexpectedly cut popular 10-year veteran running back Fred Jackson earlier this week. This is not an unusual occurrence — cuts happen all the time in the NFL, particularly with aging veterans. Every fan of every team has experienced the same emotion at some point in time, which is why fans are not put in charge of football decisions...
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Nick Kyrgios takes nap during match with Andy Murray

Say what you want about Nick Kyrgios, but the man is entertaining. The 20-year-old Aussie lost in four sets to No. 3 seed Andy Murray in the first round of the U.S. Open Tuesday night, but he certainly had people talking. The immensely talented Kyrgios is a controversial figure in tennis thanks to his on and off-court antics and Tuesday night was no exception. He yelled, talked...
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Do the Washington Nationals need to fire Matt Williams?

Matt Williams did it again Monday night, and in no way is that a good thing. The 49-year-old former All-Star cost the Washington Nationals another game with idiotic managing. The Nationals are fading fast in the National League playoff picture and Williams is actually hastening their shocking fall. Washington entered Monday night’s matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals 5.5 games...
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No-no latest example of Jake Arrieta's breakthrough

No-hitters are random by nature (and not cause they hate ya). Hacky hurlers like Edwin Jackson, Bud Smith, Philip Humber and Bobo Holloman(!) have channeled that magic for a night while Hall of Famers like Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez have not. The Cubs, long associated with ineptitude, managed to make it 50 years between being no-hit until Cole Hamels finally got them this season...
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Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

Melvin Upton Jr. (or the artist formerly-known as B.J. Upton) is trying to rehab his image around baseball this season and lately he has been doing just that for the San Diego Padres. On Thursday night against the Washington Nationals, Upton threw out two runners, tripled and made one of the catches of the season. In the bottom of the first with two on and two out, Ryan Zimmerman...
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Video: Jonathan Schoop blasts 484-foot home run

You could be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Jonathan Schoop. But after what he did Wednesday night, you might want to get familiar with the Baltimore Orioles’ second baseman. During an 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals, Schoop took Johnny Cueto deep, and when we say deep, we mean deep. In the top of the fourth, the 23-year-old Curocaoan turned around a 1-2 fastball and deposited...
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Manfred should consider Wild Card Game tweak

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has not made many waves in his first year of replacing Bud Selig, but he should consider a significant tweak to the Wild Card system this offseason. As things currently stand, due to geographical circumstance the top three teams in the National League all reside in the same division — the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs. And the current playoff format...
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Packers will survive loss of Jordy Nelson, but should consider Wayne

The likely loss of Pro Bowl receiver Jordy Nelson for the season is a big blow for Green Bay, but it isn’t a tragedy unless you’re one of many in the Packers’ female fanbase who list Nelson as their favorite player for purposes of ogling. Yes, it will be difficult to replicate the production of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target, who had 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns...
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ESPN moves Bears to Fort Wayne, Indiana

For the first time in the history of the rivalry, the most egregious error in a Bills-Browns game did not take place on the field. As you can see, the above ESPN graphic displays the many career stops of Browns starting quarterback Josh “Don’t Call Me Luke” McCown, which included a three-year stint as Jay Cutler’s backup in Chicago. Unfortunately, whatever employee and/or...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Cubs should not start Jon Lester in a wild card game

Here is a modest proposal for Cubs manager Joe Maddon: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER CAN YOU START JON LESTER OVER JAKE ARRIETA IN A WILD CARD PLAYOFF GAME. That’s as modestly as I can get the point across, at any rate, though some non-caps lock talking points would probably allow my plea to be taken more seriously, particularly given the odds that this post is seen as an...
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Sunday a banner day for hitting pitchers

For one day, pitchers with bats told the designated hitter rule to suck it. Two aces, the Dodgers’ Zach Greinke and the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, helped their own cause with home runs on Sunday. Bumgarner blasted his fourth home run of the season and also added a double in a 5-0 win over the reeling Nationals. Oh, and he struck out 14 Washington batters along the way, making...
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Matt Kemp hits for first cycle in Padres history

The San Diego Padres had played 7,443 games in their history entering Friday night, and the franchise had never had a player hit for the cycle. So when Matt Kemp stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies needing only a triple to complete the feat, I expected to be disappointed once again. I was wrong to feel that way. Kemp blasted a 1-0 pitch...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Melvin Returned Brewers to Relevancy

After months of speculation regarding his future with the Milwaukee Brewers, Doug Melvin brought the rumors to an end Tuesday by announcing that he’s ready to step down as the franchise’s general manager and transition into an advisory role. #Brewers GM Doug Melvin says he is ready to move to advisory role. Club begins search for new GM immediately. Story coming to MLB .com...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Globetrotters drop Generals as opponent

The most prodigious losers in sports history are no more — and no, that does not mean Indiana has dropped its football program. After more than six decades, the Harlem Globetrotters have dropped the Washington Generals as their primary opponent. The Generals’ first — and only — win in the rivalry came in a 1971 game. “I got a call about a month ago, and they just told...
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Madison Bumgarner heating up at the right time

Last October, San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner went on an insane roll to absolutely dominate the postseason. During the playoffs he went 4-1 with a save, a 1.03 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, two shutouts and 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings while leading the Giants to a World Series title. Don’t look now, but it appears he’s heating up again. On Tuesday night Bumgarner was absolutely...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chase Utley put on waivers by Phillies

In a move that has been long suspected, the Philadelphia Phillies have placed second baseman Chase Utley on revocable waivers in an attempt to move the 36-year-old. Utley has spent his entire 13-year career in Philadelphia and would have full no-trade protection if he were to slip through waivers unclaimed. Utley is a 10-and-5 guy, which means he’s a 10-year veteran with at least...
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Video: Squirrel interrupts Royals-Tigers game

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals were in the middle of an intense contest on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park when something crazy happened. The game was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning when a squirrel – yes a squirrel – caused a break in the action and may have changed the game. The black squirrel appeared from somewhere near home plate, then ran in foul...
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Nelson Cruz is on fire, homers in fifth-straight game

In case you’re not plugged in to the world of baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson Cruz is absolutely on fire right now. The Seattle Mariners slugger, hammered a mammoth home run during his team’s 10-4 stomping of the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night, giving him five straight games with a round-tripper. Cruz isn’t just crushing home runs right now, he is also in the middle...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Richie Incognito named starter by Rex Ryan

The Buffalo Bills took a chance on Richie Incognito this offseason and it appears he was worth the investment. The Bills signed the disgraced offensive lineman to a one-year contract in February, and on Monday head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the eighth-year pro would be the team’s starting left guard. Incognito hasn’t played since midway through the 2013 season when he was...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Joey Bats and the Jays the latest to be alienated by Royals

The Kansas City Royals continue to be a mogwai fed after midnight — previously cute and cuddly, but now a gremlin that voraciously terrorizes everything in its path. The Royals were involved in their umpteenth bench-clearing incident this season on Sunday in Toronto, although this time the far more interesting action took place after the game. The escalator on Sunday was when...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants owner doesn’t know how many fingers Pierre-Paul has

“How many fingers am I holding up?” used to be the NFL’s version of a concussion protocol. Now, it is a question one player can legitimately ask to his owner. As the New York Giants head to training camp, team co-owner John Mara legitimately does not know how many fingers are still attached to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand following his Fourth of July fireworks...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Aroldis Chapman unlikely to be traded

The Cincinnati Reds are supposed to be in full sell mode after shipping Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, but their other big pitching piece doesn’t look like he will be heading anywhere. Jayson Stark is reporting that Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is unlikely to be traded despite high interest just a few weeks ago. The flame-throwing lefty had drawn interest...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Rangers are front-runner for Cole Hamels

As Friday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches, the rumors are coming fast and furious. One report on Tuesday caught our collective eye, as it appears the Texas Rangers will try to land a big fish this week. Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Rangers are “now the clear-cut favorite” to land Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels.   The Rangers are currently...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers make Yasiel Puig available in trade

Remember the Summer of Puig in 2013? When Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig stormed into Major League Baseball as a 22-year-old and posted a WAR of 5.0 in just 104 games while galvanizing the entire Los Angeles Dodgers franchise? Yeah, that seems like a long time ago, as the Dodgers are now reportedly ready to move on from the former All-Star. Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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