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Dugout Digest – playing spoiler

The San Diego Padres aren’t going to make the playoffs. However, they can make the playoff runs of various teams much more difficult down the stretch. The Padres took two out of three from the Brewers earlier this week, and topped the Dodgers in extra innings on Friday night. Since the All-Star Break, they’ve also gone 4-3 against the Braves, 3-4 against the Cardinals, and 2...
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Video: Japanese player faces machine-powered 186 mph fastball

I don’t know anyone who watches MLB’s Off the Bat on MTV, but if major leaguers faced a pitching machine that fired 186 mph fastballs at them, that could be a reason to tune in. For now, the market of launching baseball missiles at batters is left to Japanese game shows. And the show found a good sport in former ballplayer Takeshi Yamasaki, who played 25 professional seasons...
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WATCH: The longest homers of the week

This week’s list has a bit of a Mets vibe to it…of course, New York only benefited from the first homer you’re going to see on this list. 1. Lucas Duda vs Kevin Correia, 457 feet (August 24th) Lucas Duda’s power stroke this season is one of the best things to happen in years for the Mets. He hit this one a long way up the Dodger Stadium bleachers. 2. Mike Napoli vs Sergio...
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Dugout Digest – a bizarre, incredible, meaningless record

You can say a lot about Yusmeiro Petit’s freshly-set record of 46 consecutive retired batters. It’s a bizarre record, because I don’t think anyone expected a guy like Petit to set the record – a long reliever and spot starter? OK then. Considering that the former record-holder was Mark Buerhle, who threw a perfect game in the midst of his streak to account for 27 of the outs...
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Mariners prospect goes after scout over ice cream treat taunt

Remember Jesus Montero, the former Yankees prospect that was dealt for Michael Pineda a couple of offseasons ago? Well, he’s back in the news, and it’s not because he’s playing well. Via MiLB.com… Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford...
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Tigers taking one step up, two steps back in race with Royals

With a full month remaining in the 2014 season, two individual games likely won’t have decided the AL Central. But if the Royals end up winning the division and the Tigers either settle for the wild card — or worse, miss the postseason entirely — it’s possible we could look at this last week of August and realize the race may have been determined here. After losing two in...
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Dugout Digest – a tale of two pitchers and one trade

I’m not one to freak out too much about a sample size of a few starts, but the differences between Drew Smyly and David Price since they were traded for one another is shocking. In five starts with Detroit, Price has a 4.41 ERA, striking out 35 and walking seven in 32 2/3 innings. In five starts with Tampa Bay, Smyly has a 1.50 ERA in 36 innings, striking out 29 and walking seven...
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Jorge Soler homered on his first major league swing

Cubs uber-prospect Jorge Soler made his major league debut for the club on Wednesday evening in Cincinnati. The first pitch from Mat Latos that Soler liked enough to swing at ended up over the fence in center field. Welcome to the bigs, kid.
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Will Adam Wainwright’s ‘dead arm’ drag the Cardinals out of contention?

If the Cardinals intended to put some space between themselves and the Pirates, they failed to do so by losing two out of three to Pittsburgh, capped off by a 3-1 loss at PNC Park on Wednesday. More troubling for St. Louis, however, could be the status of No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright. The Cards’ ace told Though the Cardinals could get a respite by playing the Cubs in their next...
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Adrian Beltre’s fear of head touching immortalized in music video

Everyone knows how much Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hates having his head touched. The MLB Fan Cave put together this music video of Beltre’s head getting touched, set to a parody of “All I Do Is Win”. It’s hilarious. Poor Adrian. At least the Rangers are curb stomping the Mariners in Seattle today.
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Is Alex Gordon a legit contender for AL MVP?

Even with his second half scuffles, many have already declared that this is the season that Mike Trout finally wins his long deserved American League Most Valuable Player Award. It’s hard to argue against it, as he continues to produce at an incredible rate in now his third full big league season. However, there are players not to be overlooked in this matter. One of those, perhaps...
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John Rocker will appear on the new season of ‘Survivor’

If you ever hoped John Rocker would be sent to a desert island, CBS is granting your wish. Sort of. The former Braves reliever is part of the new cast for Survivor — or as fully titled, Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. For those not familiar with previous seasons of Survivor the “Blood vs. Water” premise has pairs competing for the $1 million prize instead...
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Dugout Digest – a tough time for the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians are in one hell of a predicament. In August, they have a 14-8 record, which is the fifth-best mark in all of baseball. There’s just one problem with that – two of the teams ahead of them are the Royals and Mariners, current playoff teams that Cleveland is trying to chase down for a playoff spot. There is still some hope for the Indians, though – they...
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Here’s another completely terrible first pitch

It has truly been a banner year for awful first pitches. Today, we bring you back to Texas, but a little to the southeast of Arlington. Before Tuesday night’s Athletics-Astros matchup at Minute Maid Park, an Astros fan that threw out the first pitch spiked the ball. And when I say spiked, I mean SPIKED – I don’t even know if her pitch initially hit the grass, or if she spiked...
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5 teams that should trade for Bartolo Colon or Scott Feldman

With five days remaining until MLB’s waiver trade deadline, conversations are picking up among contenders looking to add one last key piece or patch up a troubling roster hole. Somewhat surprisingly, teams looking to add starting pitching have two options available that just cleared waivers and can now be traded. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon is the more prominent of the two names...
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Did trading Yoenis Cespedes doom the Oakland A’s?

On July 31st, the Oakland Athletics stood atop the league, at 66-41, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. They carried what was far and away the best offense in the American League, with 535 runs scored to that point and looked primed to carry that into October. Then they traded Yoenis Cespedes. Now, the trade of Cespedes was completely shocking, but also looked at as something...
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Dugout Digest – the future is now in Chicago

I’m really starting to wonder if the Chicago Cubs aren’t going to finish in last place in the NL Central this year. Despite splitting a four-game series with the Braves this past weekend, the Reds are just 12-24 since the All-Star Break, falling five games under .500 and pretty much out of the NL playoff race. And then, there’s the Cubs, who are a solid 18-18 since the Break...
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Chicago Cubs set to call up Jorge Soler

Earlier this month, it was Javier Baez making his way to the Windy City as the first of a new wave of prospects beginning to appear with the Chicago Cubs. On Wednesday, it appears that another highly touted youngster will be making his debut with the big club, as the long-awaited debut of Jorge Soler will take place against the Cincinnati Reds. He was removed from a game with...
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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 24th

This week was absolutely crazy. The Nationals walked off three times. The Cardinals walked off on the Reds twice. There must be a pennant race going on. August 18th, Diamondbacks vs Nationals (11 innings). The first of many this week for Washington, and perhaps the most exciting of them all after a Tyler Clippard blown save in the ninth. August 18th, Reds vs Cardinals (ten innings...
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Dugout Digest – so, maybe the AL East hasn’t been won

Last week, I was very complimentary towards the Baltimore Orioles in regards to their domination of the AL East. Of course, the Orioles got swept by the Cubs this weekend, and the Yankees swept the White Sox. Baltimore still has a healthy six game lead, larger than any division leader in baseball aside from the Nationals, but New York has clawed their way from the brink of irrelevance...
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WATCH: Mets turn triple play with help of Yasiel Puig

The Mets’ romp of the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon had a defensive highlight in addition to the offensive fireworks put on by New York – a seventh inning triple play that snuffed out a potential Dodgers rally. Matt Kemp hit a grounder to Eric Campbell at third, who threw to second baseman Daniel Murphy to force out Adrian Gonzalez, who fired the ball over to Lucas Duda at first...
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Dugout Digest – the Royals are making a statement

Kansas City is really taking a step forward in their attempt to win the AL Central and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1985. The Royals are now three games up on the Tigers in the division, and have rolled their way to a 24-10 second half record – including a 17-4 mark in August. And it’s not as if they’ve got a murderer’s row schedule the rest of the way ...
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Dugout Digest – the baseball undead

The Braves just aren’t going to die, are they? Yes, they picked up no ground in the NL East over the last two weeks thanks to Washington’s insane winning streak. But the team has now won seven of eight games, and has moved to just one game back of the Giants (even in the win column) for the National League’s second Wild Card spot, though the Pirates have woken up following...
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Brooklyn Cyclones will wear Nickelodeon slimed jerseys

The Brooklyn Cyclones will wear these Nickelodeon themed, slime covered jerseys for '90s night: pic.twitter.com/FNUhrV0JX8 — Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) August 21, 2014 This brings back so many memories of my childhood…way to go, Cyclones.
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Burst pipe floods Angel Stadium

What is it about old AL West stadiums, burst pipes and flooding? Normally, O.co Coliseum is the go-to stadium for such issues, but this time it is Angel Stadium’s turn. Tough way to start day at stadium. Fire pipe break early morning led to flooding & damage on six levels. Clean up continues. #Angels — Angels (@Angels) August 22, 2014 Clean up continues. pic.twitter.com...
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