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Adrian Beltre completes cycle, gets mad when assaulted

Adrian Beltre became just the fourth player in baseball history to hit three cycles in his career on Monday night – and he completed his cycle in the fifth inning with a home run off of new Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. After homering, his teammates (and *especially* Elvis Andrus, as usual) removed his helmet and mauled poor Beltre’s head. Beltre’s reaction here is amazing...
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The race for the top overall pick

There has been a lot of talk lately about the Mets, Blue Jays, and Royals as they compete with other top teams around the league for one of the 12 available playoff spots, but that is ignoring the other half. While there are six AL teams that still believe they are in contention for a Wild Card and between five and seven NL teams, only two in each league will make it and the rest...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 16

Welcome to Week 16 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers from the previous week. This week features an interesting mix. We have one hitter and one pitcher that each belong to different clubs that made some of the biggest acquisitions at the traded deadline helping their clubs to the postseason. We also have a hitter and pitcher that belong to teams heading...
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July's best and worst players in Major League Baseball

The month of July is now in our rear-view mirror, and we begin the look ahead to August. Which players reigned supreme in July? Without any further ado… AL Best Hitter of the Month: Mike Trout. Oh, it’s *this* guy again. In July, Trout took his game to a ridiculous level, hitting .367/.462/.861 with 12 homers in just 21 games. For the season, Trout is just four homers shy...
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WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

It’s a day that ends in -Y. The Kansas City Royals are pissing teams off by throwing at players once again. Sunday’s situation in Toronto started in the first inning when Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson with the first pitch of his at bat. (video here because MLBAM is stupid) Note that home plate umpire Jim Wolf warns both benches after the plunking, which would seemingly...
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Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Well, that was a fun week. While the final day before the 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline may not have been quite as exciting as last year’s (though the Mets hit a nice buzzer-beater), there were plenty of exciting rumors flying around. Besides, the week leading up to July 31 was as busy as in recent years, resulting in nearly anything seeming possible. So which teams made the...
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The longest home runs for the week ending July 30th

Trade deadline, schmade deadline. LET’S WATCH SOME DINGERS! 1. Lucas Duda vs James Shields, 462 feet (July 28th) This thing was just TANKED by Duda. This is what happens when James Shields hangs a fastball on a warm night in New York. 2. Troy Tulowitzki vs Jerome Williams, 460 feet (July 29th) I don’t think there was a better thing that could have happened to Troy Tulowitzki...
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Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

The New York Mets couldn’t get a trade done for Carlos Gomez. They didn’t get one done for Jay Bruce. But they DID end up picking up a legitimate power bat in the outfield – Yoenis Cespedes. Source says Cespedes has been dealt to the Mets . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) July 31, 2015   New York did NOT deal Zack Wheeler to the Tigers in the Cespedes deal. They...
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Cubs get Dan Haren from Marlins, still chasing bigger-name starters

Three years ago, the Cubs thought they had a deal for Dan Haren. But a trade with the Angels involving Carlos Marmol cratered at the last minute and the veteran starter’s option was declined, leaving him free to sign with the Nationals as a free agent. Now, under a new administration at Wrigley Field, Haren is again getting an opportunity to pitch for the Cubs and has a chance...
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Ben Revere is being shipped to the Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies have moved another player following the trade of Cole Hamels to the Rangers earlier this week. Outfielder Ben Revere is getting dealt to another busy team this week – the Toronto Blue Jays. Ben Revere will be traded to Blue Jays. @JSalisburyCSN first had Totonto's interest in Revere. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) July 31, 2015 The 27-year old Revere...
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Brewers deal Jonathan Broxton to Cardinals

The Milwaukee Brewers have made their third trade of the last….oh, 16 hours or so, sending reliever Jonathan Broxton to the St. Louis Cardinals. RHP Jonathan Broxton has been traded to St. Louis for minor league OF Malik Collymore, who will be assigned to Rookie @helenabrewers. — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 31, 2015 Broxton has an ugly 5.89 ERA this season, but his...
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Orioles nearing deal to acquire Gerardo Parra from Brewers

A year after being dealt from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Milwaukee Brewers, it looks like Gerardo Parra will be on the move again. The Baltimore Orioles are closing in on a deal for the outfielder, who has played all three positions this season for the Brewers. Source: #Orioles closing in on #Brewers’ Parra. Deal expected to be Parra for RHP Zack Davies, straight up. —...
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Jay Bruce and the Mets appear to be a likely match

The New York Mets still want an outfielder after their deal for Carlos Gomez fell apart (for whatever reason), and the name they’ve been tied to today is Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds. Via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports… The Mets and Reds continue to talk about star outfielder Jay Bruce, who seems like the Mets’ likeliest outfield option now. The teams have discussed recovering...
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Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel could be on the move for the second time in four months. The Padres haven’t made any trades this July, yet are reportedly in discussions with multiple teams about multiple players, including Kimbrel. The teams hottest on Kimbrel? The AL East leading Yankees and AL West leading Astros. The Padres spoke overnight with both the New York Yankees...
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Giants strengthen rotation, add Mike Leake

The Giants addressed a major need last night, acquiring starting pitcher Mike Leake from the Reds for two minor leaguers. Leake, a free agent at the end of the season, has been on a roll lately and greatly increased his trade value in the process. He’s posted a 1.24 ERA over 36 innings this month, compiling a 4-1 record in the process. He was probably the top prize left in the...
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Astros swoop in on Carlos Gomez, add Mike Fiers for four prospects

Looks like Carlos Gomez will be traded after all, as the Houston Astros opened up their very deep well of top-flight prospects to complete a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for Gomez and starter Mike Fiers. Going to Milwaukee in the deal are outfielders Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana along with pitchers Josh Hader and Adrian Houser. Jon Heyman first reported the trade with Ken...
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Tigers’ reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

One day after the Detroit Tigers accepted reality regarding their non-existent postseason chances and made the decision to “reboot” their roster, general manager Dave Dombrowski hasn’t wasted any time in moving two of his pending free agents. Hours after David Price was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit traded another top trade piece to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Closer...
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Yankees get Dustin Ackley from Mariners for two minor leaguers

The Seattle Mariners didn’t figure to make too much noise before Friday’s trade deadline. But the team did finally cut loose a top draft pick that just never developed into the star he was projected to be. Dustin Ackley was traded to the New York Yankees on Thursday in exchange for two minor leaguers. The 27-year-old was Seattle’s No. 1 draft pick (selected second overall)...
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Pat Murphy says he pulled Justin Upton, Tyson Ross to mess with us

Padres interim manager Pat Murphy doesn’t appear to be worried over whether or not he could be promoted to the permanent gig in the San Diego dugout. If he was, would he pull the stunt he claims to have perpetrated on baseball media and fandom Wednesday night? #Padres int manager Pat Murphy said he pulled Upton and Kemp late to get them off their feet “and give you guys something...
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Will the San Francisco Giants end up standing pat?

Madison Bumgarner is one of the best postseason pitchers of all time, but he can’t pitch in every playoff game. To their credit, the Giants seem acutely aware of this fact and have tried to improve the starting pitchers who follow him. They were involved in the bidding for Jon Lester last winter and reportedly offered him more money than the Cubs. They checked in on Max Scherzer...
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Blue Jays get their ace, agree to acquire David Price from Tigers

It’s all happening for the Toronto Blue Jays. Mere days after acquiring Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies, the Jays have made their big splash for a starting pitcher, acquiring David Price from the Detroit Tigers. david price is going to toronto. norris is going back in deal. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 30, 2015 The 29-year old Price is a free agent at the end...
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The Cardinals acquire Brandon Moss; Still need another bat

Earlier today is was reported the St. Louis Cardinals acquired first baseman and outfielder Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league left handed pitcher Rob Kaminsky. The move helps shore up one position of need. But with the unfortunate injury to  Matt Holliday another bat may still be required. Rob Kaminsky is a ranked 4th on FanGraphs’ preseason...
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Braves nearing trade to send Alex Wood, Jim Johnson to Dodgers

The Atlanta Braves have interjected themselves into the previously reported three-way trade between the Dodgers and Marlins, and are arguably giving up more value than either the Marlins or Dodgers. Atlanta will be sending starting pitcher Alex Wood, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, and prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers, picking up the competitive balance draft pick the...
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Cardinals’ Matt Holliday re-injures quad, return to DL likely

Heading toward Friday’s trade deadline, getting a starting pitcher seemed to be the focus for the St. Louis Cardinals. But now, acquiring an outfielder might become more of a priority. Matt Holliday, who just returned from the disabled list, suffered a strained quad muscle running to first base during Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to the Reds. He grabbed his leg in pain before reaching...
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Mets, Brewers trade for Carlos Gomez falls apart

Earlier tonight, news began to break about a trade between the Mets and Brewers that would send Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee to New York. Hell, we even wrote about it, and we generally don’t do that until something is official. Naturally…this trade fell apart over concerns about some of the medicals involved. Sandy Alderson says that the trade for Carlos Gomez "will not transpire...
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