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Twins’ future is now, 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 the...
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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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The Home Run Derby rules are changing again

In an effort to get people to care about the Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball has once again changed the rules of the All-Star Week staple. This year, the eight competitors will be seeded based on their season to date home runs and inserted into a knockout-style bracket. Instead of a set amount of swings, players will be timed during each round. Players also have the opportunity...
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Jeff Francoeur throws ball about one foot

Jeff Francoeur had a rough day in the field on Sunday in Philadelphia. First, he bobbled a ball hit to the wall by Denard Span of the Nationals. Then, when attempting to throw the ball into the infield…well, he barely got it past his own feet. Well Jeff, at least it didn’t go backwards… The post Jeff Francoeur throws ball about one foot appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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WATCH: Carlos Correa scores after hitting routine fly ball

Carlos Correa hit what looked like a routine fly ball in the fourth inning of Sunday’s Yankees-Astros game. But this is baseball, and crazy things happen from time to time. Today, Correa’s ball wasn’t caught, and all hell broke loose. It went down in the books as a double and a two base error on center fielder Brett Gardner, who fumbled the ball after it fell between...
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Bad break: Giancarlo Stanton suffers broken bone in hand, out indefinitely

Bad news for the Miami Marlins, and bad news for baseball fans in general. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton has a broken bone in his hand, an injury that is expected to knock him out for four to six weeks. Stanton suffered the injury in Friday’s 7-1 loss to the Dodgers. During his final at-bat, Stanton struck out versus Pedro Baez and was in noticeable pain after swinging and missing...
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He’s outta there! Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager

Even Ryne Sandberg has had enough of the Phillies. Friday afternoon, the team announced that Sandberg has resigned as manager, 74 games into his third season in Philadelphia. The Phillies were slogging through an expectedly terrible season, compiling the worst record in MLB at 26-48. No team is out of first place than a larger deficit than Philadelphia’s 14.5-game margin. Their...
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Mets’ slide may get Terry Collins fired, but team isn’t good

Well, at least the Mets didn’t have a winless road trip. That’s probably the best takeaway from Thursday’s 2-0 victory over the Brewers, which mercifully ended a seven-game losing streak and avoided the indignity of losing all eight games of a road spin through Toronto, Atlanta and Milwaukee. However, salvaging one victory puts just a speck of shine on what has been a...
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The longest home runs for the week ending June 25th

This week, Giancarlo Stanton got angry. You wouldn’t like Giancarlo Stanton when he’s angry. The Marlins slugger showed up not once, but twice this week, including tying his record-long blast this season. 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Carlos Martinez, 484 feet (June 23rd) The word you’re looking for here is “majestic”. What a titanic, laser beam home run from Giancarlo. 2. Salvador...
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Franklin Gutierrez returns, but Mariners need much more

If you were watching Wednesday’s Mariners-Royals game, caught some highlights or checked the boxscore, you may have done a double take when you saw Franklin Gutierrez’s name. And that would have been completely understandable. The 32-year-old outfielder hasn’t played in the major leagues since Sept. 27, 2013, and it seemed as if we might never see him play another MLB...
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Figuring out baseball’s contenders and pretenders

The Pretenders aren’t just a great ’80s band. The name also applies to teams that may look like contenders but lack the chops to stick around through the fall; they’re no Chrissy Hynde, so to speak. The 2015 season is nearly halfway done, and that’s plenty of time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Let’s take a look at each league and see which teams will...
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The Rays are winning and they’re not going to stop

Last year and this past winter saw the Tampa Bay Rays trade away David Price, Ben Zobrist, and Wil Myers. These moves were not widely lauded and most thought there wasn’t a chance the Rays could compete this year. As of the morning of June 24th, the Rays are first in the AL East with a 41-32 record (3rd best in AL, 7th best in MLB). This has prompted me to ask two questions...
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Josh Donaldson tried his damnedest to save Marco Estrada’s perfect game

On Wednesday, Toronto Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada set down the first 21 Tampa Bay Rays hitters he faced. The 22nd batter was David DeJesus, who hit a foul pop down the third base line. Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson really wanted Estrada to keep his perfect game going, and flew into the crowd to record the 22nd out of the game. The 23rd batter was Logan Forysthe, who hit...
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