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Dugout Digest – the rising Angels

The awesome start that the Oakland Athletics have put together this year hasn’t been overlooked by any means. But the start the Angels has put together *has* been a bit overlooked, and that’s a damn shame. The Angels are just 1.5 games behind the A’s in the AL West, and they have both the second-best record and run differential in baseball. The A’s are, of course, superior...
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Carlos Gomez was very frustrated with this strikeout

Adam Wainwright has a habit of making hitters look silly. He did that to Carlos Gomez on Saturday, striking him out with this vicious curveball in the fifth inning. After whiffing, Gomez angrily tried to break his bat over his knee three times, eventually just giving up and smashing it on the ground, following that outburst up by spiking his helmet. St. Louis rolled to a 10-2 win...
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Which team had the worst week in MLB?

It was a rough week for several teams in MLB. Many big names went down with injuries, and may have taken their respective clubs’ playoff chances with them. Two division races could be significantly affected by these developments. Off the field, at least one team should probably reevaluate how its upper management interacts with fans. The past week was a brutal one for five clubs...
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Dugout Digest – nobody wants the NL

Heading into the All-Star Break, I’m noticing something about the National League – no one wants to win the damn thing. The Braves and Nationals keep trading the NL East lead, and their mediocrity has allowed the Marlins, Mets, and suddenly hot Phillies to stay in the race. The NL Central is a giant mess thanks to Milwaukee’s recent collapse, and fourth-place Pittsburgh is...
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WATCH: Junior Lake breaks bat over his knee

Cubs outfielder Junior Lake isn’t having that great of a year…but he sure has strong knees!
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How to make interleague play even better for natural geographic rivals

The Astros’ move to the American League threw quite the curveball to interleague play. Rather than having designated weeks in the middle of season where all interleague play took place, it’s now spread across the entire season. Having 15 teams teams in each league means that with 14 of the teams coupled up at any point in the season, the leftover 15th team in each league is left...
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David Price is incredibly happy about LeBron James signing with the Cavs

LEBRON BACK TO CLEVELAND!!!!! That makes me love him even more!!!! And I LOVED him a ton already!!!! #hestheman — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) July 11, 2014 Oh happy day…oh happy daaay…oh happy DAAAYYYYY…when lebron went back..when he went back…tooooo clleeeveeelaannddd!!! #goodforyouLBJ — David Price (@DAVIDprice14) July 11, 2014 In case you’re wondering, David Price...
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Can the Cardinals survive without Yadier Molina?

The Cardinals are about to find out just how well The Cardinal Way works without their leader. It was announced yesterday that All-Star catcher Yadier Molina would be out 8-to-12 weeks with a torn thumb ligament, leaving St. Louis to figure out how to replace his offensive production, stellar defense and leadership. In past years, the Cardinals had seemed like a baseball hydra. You...
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The longest homers for the week ending July 10th

Heading into the All-Star Break, the juice disappeared from our countdown this week. I’m all about some massive homers week after week, but this week’s effort is a little bit disappointing. Next week, we’re not going to have a weekly countdown (apologies to players who smash long homers this weekend), but we *will* be recapping the longest homers of the first half. 1. George...
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WATCH: Cardinals record bizarre 5-8 putout at 2nd base

I can’t recall ever seeing something like this happen before. In the sixth inning of Thursday’s Cardinals-Pirates game, Edinson Volquez popped up a bunt. Matt Carpenter let the bunt drop in, attempting to turn one out into two. He threw to second in an attempt to get the force on Jordy Mercer, but no one was there. However, center fielder Jon Jay was playing shallow and backing...
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Dugout Digest – the dregs of Texas

Earlier this week, I touched upon the “Battle of Texas”between the Astros and Rangers. Houston swept the series, and by virtue of that, moved ahead of the Rangers by a mere percentage point in the AL West standings. The Rangers, determined to show that they really are worse than the Astros, then went out and got thrashed 15-6 by the Angels on Thursday night, solidly giving them...
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NL Central injury bug hits Cardinals – Yadier Molina out 8-12 weeks

If there was one player on the St. Louis Cardinals you’d call indispensable, you’d probably say that it’s Yadier Molina. Thus, the news that Molina will miss 8-12 weeks due to a torn ligament in his thumb is very bad news for St. Louis. There are a lot of indispensable players in baseball. Yadier Molina may be at the top of that list. Out 2-3 months with torn thumb ligament...
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Homer Bailey leaves start with apparent knee injury

During Thursday’s Cubs-Reds game, Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey left the game with an apparent knee injury. He immediately began to flex his knee, and it was later revealed that he had pain in his patellar tendon. Bailey left game with pain in the patella tendon of his right knee. #reds — John Fay (@johnfayman) July 10, 2014 Well, that’s obviously not a good thing for a...
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The Rockies insist they’re not trading Michael Cuddyer or anyone else

Michael Cuddyer might not be activated from the disabled list by MLB’s July 31 deadline. If he’s fully recovered from his shoulder injury, several playoff contenders could show interest in his right-handed bat. However, that’s apparently irrelevant because the Rockies don’t want to trade him. Owner Dick Monfort made that clear in an interview with the Denver Post‘s Patrick...
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MLB players likely to be traded by July 31st

We’re officially three weeks away from the non-waiver trade deadline and after last week’s Cubs-A’s deal setting one heck of a precedent for the trade market, here’s the players most likely to be dealt by July 31st: David Price, LHP – Tampa Bay Rays Kind of an easy one, but perhaps no other player on the trade market makes as much sense to trade right now as Price. Thanks...
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WATCH: Umpire get drilled in mask by flying bat

This was a pretty scary moment from Wednesday night’s Twins-Mariners game. Eduardo Nunez fouled off a pitch from Brandon Maurer and lost his grip on the bat after the swing. Nunez’s bat then smacked home plate umpire Gabe Morales in the mask. The sound it made was just gross, and I’m thankful that Morales wasn’t seriously injured. I don’t know if anything could have really...
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Dugout Digest – the rising red tide

Just one short week ago, the Milwaukee Brewers were cruising along with the largest division lead in baseball. The Cardinals, Reds, and Pirates were 6.5, 7, and 7 games behind the Brewers in the standings, and it looked like Milwaukee would be able to feast on a weak schedule and go into the All-Star Break with a hefty lead. Of course, that didn’t go according to plan. The Brewers...
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Kyle Lohse’s pine tar laden bat was stuck to his hands

During Wednesday night’s Phillies-Brewers game, Kyle Lohse laid down a sac bunt in the fifth inning. He kept the bat in his hands for nearly his entire trek up the first base line, and when he got back into the dugout, we learned why – there was too much pine tar on the bat, and it was stuck to Lohse’s hands. Somewhere, George Brett is nodding approvingly.
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WATCH: Bigfoot at Coors Field for Rockies game

Someone let all of the Sasquatch hunters know – we found him. He was in the crowd at Coors Field today watching the Padres and Rockies. I wonder if San Diego offered him a contract after the game – he could probably out hit half of their current lineup.
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Masahiro Tanaka getting MRI exam on right arm

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had his worst game of the season Tuesday night. Facing the Indians, the right-hander allowed five runs and 10 hits (two of them home runs) in 6.2 innings. He’s already allowed as many runs in two July starts than he did for five appearances in June. That led plenty of analysts to speculate that opposing teams were getting a read on Tanaka or that...
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The best defensive plays for the week ending July 8th

We’ve got some real winners on defense this week. Let’s kick this off right, shall we? July 2nd, Rockies vs Nationals – a picture perfect double play. What a gorgeous double play, and I’m actually not sure what the best part is – D.J. LeMahieu’s flip, or Troy Tulowitzki’s catch and throw. Call it a draw. July 2nd, Rangers vs Orioles – the most casual robbery ever...
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2014 trade deadline primer: the best players on the market by position

We’re getting into the nitty gritty of trade deadline season, and some teams have already made improvements to their rosters (hello, Athletics and Yankees). But which players that haven’t been moved yet are the best possible upgrades for teams that need to get better? Good question. These are the best players potentially available on the trade market by position. Catcher. Jason...
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Dugout Digest – the battle of Texas

I don’t think anyone would have predicted that the Rangers-Astros series heading into the All-Star Break would be too pivotal, but it is – in a way that none of us really expected. It’s a battle for last place in the AL West, and the mantle of “the worst team in baseball” – seriously. Houston has taken the first two games of the series, and is just a game behind the Rangers...
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WATCH: Line drive goes through webbing of Eric Hosmer’s glove

This isn’t something you see every day…this play looks just like your typical deflected line drive until you watched the slow motion replay. Then you realize that Kevin Kiermaier hit the ball so hard that he went through the webbing of Eric Hosmer’s glove. Wild.
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Trade needs for every MLB contender

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is three weeks away, but trading season already got off to an explosive start with the A’s getting Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. The Yankees soon followed by acquiring Brandon McCarthy from the D-Backs. It’s possible that Oakland wiped out the trade market for starting pitching with its deal, but there could still be some big names...
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