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Minor league team wears Thriller jerseys

'Cause this is thriller! Thriller Night! (Oink) pic.twitter.com/7XKx1hsP5V — IronPigs (@IronPigs) July 25, 2014 The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are one of the most innovative teams in baseball when it comes to promotions. On Thursday night, they wore Michael Jackson Thriller-themed jerseys, continuing a tradition of incredible promotions. The jerseys were auctioned off after the...
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Dugout Digest – gaining separation

A week ago, all of the races in the National League were tied. Today…well, not so much. The Nationals have opened up a 1.5 game lead on the Braves in the NL East, thanks in large part to Atlanta losing three out of four games to the Marlins this week.The Brewers swept the Reds this week, and are now three games up on both the Cardinals and Pirates. In the West, the Giants have...
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Tom Gorzelanny catches Lucas Duda HR with his hat

With no glove nearby, Brewers pitcher Tom Gorzelanny improvised quite nicely. H/T Bullwine85 reddit/baseball 
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Dallas Keuchel thanks heckler with note on souvenir baseball

A ball @kidkeuchy tossed to a heckler sitting next to me #Astros #Athletics pic.twitter.com/rnZg5jRLwD — Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014 Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel took a (more passive-aggressive) page out of Brandon Phillips’ book. 
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Ryan Raburn spiked throw results in 'inside-the-park-HR'

In a 0-0 game in the bottom of the 8th inning, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit a lazy fly ball down the left-field line. Raburn slid for it, but the ball bounced off his glove and rolled over to the wall. Moustakas seemed content jogging into second for a stand-up double until Raburn tried to throw the ball, as if he wasn’t bad enough with his glove. It turned...
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Chuck Knoblauch charged with domestic violence, Twins Hall of Fame induction canceled

From ACB KTRK in Houston: According to a police report, Knoblauch assaulted his wife, leaving a large bruise on her arm, a larger scratch on the left side of her face and a knot on her forehead. Knoblauch’s wife, Cheri, told police her husband was upset she slept next to her child in another bedroom rather than next to him. He allegedly grabbed her and smashed her head against...
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Nick Swisher tosses keg to help swing on ‘American Muscle’

In his first season with the Indians, Nick Swisher put up some of the worst numbers of his career, batting .246 with 22 home runs, a .423 slugging percentage and .763 OPS. So during the offseason, he worked out with Mike Barwis, former strength and conditioning coach at Michigan and West Virginia, to help out with his swing. As it so happens, Discovery Channel decided Barwis’ gym...
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Does recent surge change trade deadline approach for Tampa Bay Rays?

Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays are at it again. After spending the first couple months of the year buried in the depths of the league standings with the likes of the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rays are in the midst of a second half surge that has them rising up the rankings of a wide open American League East division. While they still reside four games...
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Seattle strangely trades for Kendrys Morales

So, I guess the Mariners have no issue with giving up a player *and* paying the pro-rated part of $14 million for Kendrys Morales… #Mariners announce acquisition of Kendrys Morales for RHP Stephen Pryor. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2014 In 39 games with the Twins, Morales hit .234/.259/.325. The Mariners gave him a qualifying offer this winter, refused to sign...
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Best and worst in-season trades for each franchise over the last 20 years

The big midseason trade can have a vast array of effects on a team, but there are obviously two extreme scenarios – a World Championship on one hand, and a complete disaster on the other. But really, most trades fall somewhere in the middle. We decided it would be a good idea, just a week and a half before the deadline, to revisit each team’s biggest triumph and biggest misstep...
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Tigers pay big price for Joakim Soria, and may not be done yet

The Detroit Tigers were going to add a reliever to their bullpen. There wasn’t a question of whether or not they’d do, but rather who general manager Dave Dombrowski would pick up before the July 31 trade deadline. Dombrowski got his man on Wednesday, acquiring Joakim Soria from the Rangers. The price was a steep one, as the Tigers gave up two of their top prospects — Double...
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Dugout Digest – still creepin’

Hey, look who it is, crawling up the American League standings…it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won their seventh in a row on Wednesday night, shutting out the Cardinals 2-0. Tampa Bay is an MLB-best 13-4 in July, and has allowed only 11 runs during this winning streak. They’re now just 4.5 games behind the Mariners for the second Wild Card and seven games back of the Orioles...
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Joakim Soria is heading to the Tigers

It looks like that a deal has been agreed to in principle that would send Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers. Tigers and Rangers have trade agreement in place: Joakim Soria for Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, source confirms @KyleBogie report. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 24, 2014 In 33 1/3 innings this season, Soria has a 2.70 ERA for the Rangers, striking...
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WATCH: Molina leaves snacks at home plate for his brother

The Rays and Cardinals are in the midst of a series in St. Louis, and just because Yadier Molina is out of action with a wrist injury, that doesn’t mean he won’t be having some fun. Yadier’s brother Jose is a catcher for the Rays, and got the start behind the dish on Wednesday night for Tampa Bay. As St. Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo ran out to the coach’s box in the...
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Nats and Rockies engage in standoff after national anthem

Everyone reading this (and surely the guy writing this) did something today that was probably a waste of time, perhaps causing you to wonder if there was a better way you could have spent that particular chunk of your workday. But whatever you did — or didn’t — do, it couldn’t have been any more nonsensical than what the Nationals’ Aaron Barrett and Rockies’ Brandon Barnes...
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Cameron Maybin suspended for amphetamines

The Padres’ ugly season just got a little uglier. Cameron Maybin of the #Padres suspended 25 games for amphetamines. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 23, 2014 Maybin blamed the failed test on confusion resulting from a change in medications, one of which he had a TUE for. He’s hit .247/.286/.368 in 62 games this season. He’s signed through the 2016 season.
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WATCH: Jeff Francoeur again victimized by brilliant prank

Back in April, the El Paso Chihuahuas pranked teammate Jeff Francoeur, convincing him that a teammate was deaf. In honor of Francoeur’s promotion to the major league today, Cody Decker of the Chihuahuas released another prank video, in which the team locks Francoeur in the bathroom. I won’t spoil the conclusion, but it’s pretty fantastic. Poor Jeff. Hopefully the Padres let...
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The best defensive plays for the week ending July 22nd

Short week? That’s OK. There was still plenty of great defense to hold us over. July 19th, Rockies vs Pirates – Jared Hughes’ quick double play. This line drive off the bat of Charlie Blackmon was just mere inches away from tying the game. Instead, Jared Hughes snared the liner and fired it over to third to finish the inning ending double play. Talk about bad luck for the...
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Jack White didn’t seem to enjoy Tuesday’s Cubs game

Jack White took in Tuesday’s Cubs-Padres game, looking to have some fun at the ballpark. At least that’s presumably why the musician was in the Wrigley Field stands. But it doesn’t look like he was having much fun. Is that Jack White pic.twitter.com/m94sBgqmxT — Torque Penderloin (@AndrewCieslak) July 23, 2014 Maybe White just doesn’t like night baseball at Wrigley. (Although...
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Dugout Digest – the AL meat grinder

The race for the second Wild Card slot in the American League remains insane. After the events of Tuesday night, the Mariners lead is down to just 1.5 games on the Yankees and Blue Jays, with the Indians surprisingly running close behind at two games out. Three weeks ago, only the Orioles, Royals, Yankees, and Indians were within six games of Seattle. Today, every team in the American...
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Padres finally trade Chase Headley, get almost nothing in return from Yankees

After the 2012 season, the Padres were faced a with a tough decision: trade burgeoning star Chase Headley at the peak of his value or try and keep him and re-sign him. It would seem that the Padres chose secret option C. Today, San Diego finally pulled the trigger on that Headley trade, sending him to the Yankees, who have coveted Headley for years. So what’s the big haul of future...
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The Yankees are acquiring Chase Headley for pennies on the dollar

The Padres are dealing third baseman Chase Headley to the Yankees for…well, next to nothing. Yankees acquire Chase Headley from the Padres for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael DePaula. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 22, 2014 Headley is hitting .229/.296/.355 with the Padres this year, just two seasons removed from an MVP-caliber 2012. Yangervis Solarte is a 27-year old career...
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About all of this “David Price to the Cubs” business…

With the Chicago Cubs boasting a completely stacked farm system, especially in terms of positional prospects, and a stated desire to spend on pitching this offseason, it was only a matter of time before the rumors of them going after David Price started to spiral out of control, especially now that they lack a true ace with Jeff Samardzija having been shipped out. The piece...
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Cliff Lee ends post-game interview with a fart

Cliff Lee’s return from the disabled list was a real stinker, so he ended his post-game interview rather fartingly fittingly. Did y’all get that on tape?  Yes, yes they did, and it sounded really wet, Cliff. if Cliff Lee wants to start a war of flatulence with the Philadelphia sporting press, he's lost his damn mind. — John Finger (@jrfingerCSN) July 22, 2014
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Dugout Digest – the sinking Royals

So….how about those Royals? Kansas City was on top of the world a month ago, at 39-32 and sitting in first in the AL Central after taking the first three games of a four game series with the Tigers. Since then, Kansas City has fallen into a downward spiral. They’re 9-18 since, and have moved from a game and a half up in the AL Central to a shocking eight games behind the Tigers...
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