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Astros’ first base-DH surplus now helps cover George Springer injury

The Houston Astros have been the surprise of the 2015 season, building the best record in the AL and a five-game lead in their division. As we approach the All-Star break, the big question hovering over this team is whether or not they’re “for real,” can maintain this level of performance and get to their first postseason in 10 years. A significant reason for the Astros’...
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A-Rod gets 3,000th hit ball from Zack Hample, charity gets $150K donation

Friday (July 3) was a day for Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees to resolve off-field issues, apparently. Earlier in the day, A-Rod and the team settled their dispute over his $6 million bonus for hitting his 600th home run, agreeing to donate $3.5 million to charity. Later on, Rodriguez and the Yankees also reached an agreement with Zack Hample for the return of the baseball that was...
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Charity wins: A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over $6 million milestone bonus

The dispute between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees over the $6 million bonus for tying Willie Mays on MLB’s all-time home run list has been settled. Following Rodriguez’s PED scandal, the Yankees felt they weren’t obligated to pay the bonus. There was no longer any achievement or milestone to celebrate and promote since A-Rod’s achievements are now disgraced. However...
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Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball? It seems almost impossible that any franchise could ever step to the Marlins and dare displace them atop the dysfunction power rankings. Yet somehow in the last six months and culminating in the resignation of Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno and company have shown the world that when it comes to reprehensible behavior, they go to...
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Braves willing to deal starting pitching for catching

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting the Atlanta Braves are “open to dealing from pitching prospect depth in a trade for a bat. They’ve asked about young catchers.” The report, on the surface, makes sense. The Braves have used 23-year-old defensive prodigy Christian Bethancourt behind the plate as A.J Pierzynski’s backup. While his strong arm has been on display, throwing out...
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Blue Jays need rookies to keep producing for success in 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays (42-39, 1 GB in the AL East) entered this season in a full-blown youth movement. Yes, the team still had important veteran players, but the club opened with six rookies on its 25-man-roster. Three of those rookies didn’t make it very long. Miguel Castro, pegged as the closer early in the season, started off hot, but struggled and was quickly optioned...
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The longest home runs for the week ending July 2nd

Let’s all take a moment of silence to reflect on Giancarlo Stanton’s dominance of THE LIST, which may be coming to an end after he fractured his hamate bone. …… OK, now let’s get on with it. Joc Pederson is once again at the top of this week’s list, and he may be the man to beat going forward. 1. Joc Pederson vs Allen Webster, 461 feet (June 29th) I can’t recall someone...
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Cardinals fire scouting director in hacking scandal fallout

Remember when the narrative surrounding the saga of St. Louis Cardinals staffers hacking a Houston Astros database was “well, it must have been a low level member of the front office”? Well, that narrative has been turned on its head – according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa in relation to the hacking incident. That’s...
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Outta here: the five best moments in home run derby history

The home run derby is getting some much-needed tweaks this year, with the inclusion of a bracket and timed rounds. The hope is these changes will breathe some life into baseball’s showcase event, which has sadly become a boring slog over the last few years. But it wasn’t always a sad, boring slog! No, the home run derby has produced some incredibly exciting moments in its history...
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Jose Fernandez homered in his 2015 debut

Jose Fernandez made his 2015 debut on Thursday following Tommy John surgery last May. But the biggest highlight of the day for Fernandez and the Marlins didn’t come on the mound – it came in the batter’s box. This. Just. Happened. – The Outside Corner | Facebook That’s a pretty ridiculous homer, and it came off of another guy making his 2014 debut, Matt Cain of the Giants...
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Fan who wouldn’t cut hair until Jose Fernandez returned gets haircut from pitcher

Andres Salgado is a seriously devoted Miami Marlins fan. When pitching sensation Jose Fernandez suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, Salgado vowed not to cut his hair until the 22-year-old recovered. So he let it grow for 13 months. But with Fernandez returning to the Marlins’ rotation Thursday, it was time for Salgado (who became known as “The Jose Guy“...
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Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano

Following an 11-17 June, the Twins have fallen five games behind the Royals in the AL Central, just one game ahead of the Tigers for second place in the division. Minnesota is only a half-game away from the league’s second wild-card bid, but is fighting in a mosh pit with five other clubs for that spot. To try and break from the pack, the Twins have to put their best team on...
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The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

We’re approaching the midway point of the 2015 season, and before we reflect on the first half, how about we reflect on a wild June? AL Best Hitter of the Month: Albert Pujols Hello my friend, we meet again…June of 2015 was vintage Pujols. He hit .303/.395/.737 for the month with 13 homers, 13 walks, and just eight strikeouts. No player in baseball had more homers than Pujols...
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Matt Duffy is baseball’s biggest surprise

Guys drafted in the 18th round aren’t supposed to amount to much. Every once in a while you get lucky, but for the most part teams are drafting for organizational depth by then: players who might move up a level or two in the minors, but nothing more. It’s where teams draft a light-hitting infielder with a .253/.305/.289 overall college slash line with no career home runs....
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Jerry Dipoto appears to be out in Anaheim

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim may be looking for a new GM. It looks like Jerry Dipoto is out following a chaotic week that saw him (again) clash with manager Mike Scioscia. After the Angels’ win over the 2-1 win over the Yankees on Monday night, Dipoto packed up his office and got out of Dodge. Two sources say that #Angels GM Jerry Dipoto packed up his office and left today...
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Baltimore Orioles keep finding a way to win

Following a 3-1 loss to the Astros on June 3rd, the Orioles’ record stood at 23-29 and they were five games back in the American League East. A team that has been in the top-10 in the league in runs scored for several years now appeared to have forgotten how to score runs.  They scored a paltry 95 runs in the entire month of May which translated into a 13-16 record for the...
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Feud between Scioscia and Dipoto makes Angels fascinating case study

By virtue of their place in the standings, the Angels were already an intriguing team this season. Going into Tuesday’s play, the team was second in the AL West, four games behind the Astros. The Angels are also 1.5 games out in the wild-card race, with four teams ahead of them in the shuffle. Yet thanks to an illuminating report by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Angels...
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Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a tough read this season. Entering the season, things were looking a bit more positive for the club. The team cemented its management structure, bringing in Chip Hale at manager and Dave Stewart at general manager. The D-Backs also scored in free agency, bringing in the most coveted international free agent Yasmany Tomas with a mammoth six...
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Should the White Sox and Indians become sellers?

There is no question that the American League Central is one of the toughest divisions in baseball (it is home to 7 of 9 potential All-Star starters) and that has lead to a difficult climb for those teams at the bottom. While the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox appeared to be ready to contend for a World Series title at the start of the season, the still strong Royals,...
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There’s no obvious AL MVP favorite

As we approach the midway point of the 2015 MLB season, the National League award winners are pretty easy to choose – Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, and Joc Pederson are pretty easy selections for the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year awards. But over in the American League, things are more interesting. The rookie crop is a disaster. The best pitchers in the league either play...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 12

Welcome to the twelfth week of our ongoing series highlighting the previous weeks best hitting and pitching performances. BEST HITTER: Nolan Arenando, 3B, Rockies It’s been a while since home runs dominated this space but that’s a big part of why Nolan Arenado is here. He led baseball with an impressive 7 home runs this past week. But he wasn’t just hitting for power. He slashed...
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Trying to pick the ideal Home Run Derby field

The Home Run Derby is just two weeks from today, and MLB is implementing some new rules to switch things up a little bit. But let’s be honest here – people tune in to the Home Run Derby to see elite home run hitters. This year, those tuning in to see the top power hitters in the game may be disappointed. MLB homer Giancarlo Stanton won’t be participating because of a fractured...
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Five injuries having the biggest effect on MLB playoff race

We’re approaching the midway point of the 2015 season, and the playoff races in the American and National Leagues are still quite tight. And while every team has dealt with injuries in one form or another this year, not all of those injuries are created equal. Yeah, it sucks for the Phillies that Cliff Lee hasn’t thrown a pitch this year…but it’s not as if Philadelphia would...
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Huston Street only wants to pitch in save opportunities

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim closer Huston Street has pitched in the majors for 11 seasons for four different seasons. He’s been a Capital C Closer in all of those seasons for all of those teams. Needless to say, he’s been around the block and is very comfortable in his role as he approaches 300 career saves. During Friday’s Angels-Mariners game, Seattle manager Lloyd...
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Citi Field scoreboard clueless about Reds player’s name

During Sunday’s Reds-Mets game, an odd thing happened when Jason Bourgeois pinch hit for Cincinnati. The scoreboard at Citi Field read “unknown” instead of his name. Well, that’s embarrassing. The scoreboard eventually switched from “unknown” to “Bourgeois”. There was likely some confusion because of the fact that Sunday was the first game of the year for Bourgeois...
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