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Dugout Digest – untouchable

Texas Rangers starter Martin Perez is on one hell of a run lately. Well, maybe run isn’t the right word, because Perez hasn’t allowed any in his last three starts. He’s spun 26 straight scoreless innings, and has fired back to back complete game shutouts – including yesterday against the Athletics. He’s not striking many hitters out (just 13, along with six walks) over...
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Michael Pineda ejected from Yankees-Red Sox game for pine tar on neck

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park for having pine tar on his neck. The incident occurred in the second inning after Boston manager John Farrell asked umpires to check Pineda for a foreign substance. Home plate umpire Gerry Davis noticed a smear on the right side of Pineda’s neck, rubbed the substance on his fingers...
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Josh Johnson needs a second Tommy John surgery

Signing pitcher Josh Johnson to a one-year, $8 million contract was viewed as a savvy offseason move for the Padres. If the right-hander stayed healthy, San Diego could have an ace-caliber starter for about one-third the price of what a No. 1 starter typically costs on the open market nowadays. Unfortunately, Johnson won’t have thrown a single regular-season pitch for the Padres...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols joins the 500 home run club. Do we care?

Albert Pujols got a fastball right down Broadway on Tuesday night and did to it what he and most major leaguers do to those, he hit it a long way.  It was his second home run of the game and the 500th of his illustrious career.  Pujols is the 26th player in baseball history to join the 500 home run club, and is the current major league leader in the long ball.  So why hasn’t...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

The best moments in the history of Wrigley Field

In honor of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday on Wednesday, MLB Tonight put together this video discussing the best moments in the stadium’s history, featuring players like Ron Santo, Babe Ruth, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa, and Kerry Wood. It’s a pretty cool look at an important part of baseball history, and I think the most illuminating part of the video was the fact stated by...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – history

The Angels beat the Nationals 7-2 on Tuesday night. But really, that final score was secondary to what happened on the field – Albert Pujols hit home runs 499 and 500, becoming the third youngest player in MLB history to reach the benchmark and the first since Gary Sheffield back in 2009 with the Mets. What’s next for Pujols? Well, he can slide into the top 20 all-time if he...
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Albert Pujols joins the 500 home run club

April 22, 2014. Taylor Jordan. Nationals Park. Those are the three major factors that will go down in history in relation to Albert Pujols becoming the 26th member of the 500 home run club. The fifth inning, two-run homer off of Jordan was given a standing ovation and a curtain call by the Nationals fanbase at Nationals Park. He’s the third-youngest player to reach that plateau...
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Suspensions handed out for Brewers-Pirates brawl

Suspensions for Sunday’s Steel City skirmish are in, and as expected, Milwaukee’s Martin Maldonado and Carlos Gomez were dealt the stiffest penalties. Maldonado will be suspended five games after blind-siding Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider with a jab to the left eye, a punch that left Snider with a nasty bruise because he was wearing sunglasses during the melee. Gomez gets three...
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The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 22nd edition)

There were some wild walk off this week, from closer collapses to grand slams to awful defense. A little bit of everything, I guess. April 16th, Mariners vs Rangers – Rodney goes down. Texas was down 2-0 going into the bottom of the eighth after not being able to do anything against Felix Hernandez all game. They broke through for one (charged to a gassed Hernandez) in that inning...
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Has D-Backs owner put GM Kevin Towers on notice?

For the most part, it’s still too early in the 2014 MLB season to make any grand declarations. But after three weeks, we can safely say that the Diamondbacks have been the biggest disappointment in baseball. After Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Cubs, the D-Backs are now 5-17. They’ve lost nine of their past 10 games. Arizona has MLB’s worst record, allowing 134 runs — 23 more...
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Chris Sale lands on DL after throwing 127 pitches

Five days after throwing 127 pitches in 7 innings against Boston, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is on the disabled list. The White Sox announced Monday night that Sale would be scratched from his scheduled start today. Shortly after, they placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his left forearm. The news that Sale was experiencing discomfort...
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Dugout Digest – the battle of the dregs

  Diamondbacks vs Cubs games are something that were drawn up by a very cruel individual, since both teams stink. The game was pretty typical of Arizona’s season – Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, which actually *lowered* his ERA to 9.50. The one Diamondbacks run came on a Mark Trumbo solo homer with the team trailing 5-0. Paul Goldschmidt had three singles...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Picking a battle over Bryce Harper’s lack of hustle

Demonstrations of authority like the one Nationals manager Matt Williams exerted on Saturday by benching Bryce Harper for not running out a groundball are why the team hired him. Williams was brought in to be a stricter disciplinarian — a hard-ass contrast to Davey Johnson, who was more of a players manager, content to let his veterans police the clubhouse. That’s not to say...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ivan Nova appears headed for Tommy John surgery

If there’s good news about Ivan Nova’s pitching injury, it’s that the Yankees now know why he pitched so badly on Saturday. But the bad news is significant. Nova has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which very likely means his 2014 season is over and the Yankees have a major hole in their starting rotation. Nova pitched four innings of an eventual...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

This week in MLB replay reviews

Another week of replay, another week of endless controversy and discussion about the potentially broken replay system…ho hum. April 14th, Nationals vs Marlins – where’s the line? Something my father endlessly harps on is the lack of the yellow line at the top of the outfield wall in several newer stadiums. There’s not one at Marlins Park, and that’s why this double by...
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Miller Park is installing a doghouse for Hank

Are you tired of Hank the Dog stories yet? No? Lucky you! The Brewers enter Monday with the best record in baseball, but who cares about their best start since 1987 when Hank is getting his own adorable little doghouse installed at Miller Park? His new digs while he’s in residence at the stadium will be a roomy, one-bedroom Cape Cod-style dwelling. No word on whether it will be...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the cycle that wasn’t

Ryan Howard nearly hit for the cycle on Sunday. Hell, he should have had it – needing just a double, he hit a ball that fell in front of Rockies right fielder Brandon Barnes and skipped past him, allowing Howard to reach second base. He had it! But the official scorekeeper called it a single and an error on Barnes, leaving Howard with “just” a four hit game, and still needing...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers and Pirates continue to go at it in post-game comments

Carlos Gomez: “I’m not apologizing for nothing I did today. I do the stuff I’ve been doing for eight years. Why do people get mad and pissed off for something I do every time? And when they do it nobody get mad, nobody get pissed off? I don’t understand.” “(Jose) Tabata hit a double, pimped it, we don’t do nothing. (Andrew) McCutchen do it yesterday. Russell Martin...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers, Pirates trade blows in Easter brawl

The Brewers and Pirates don’t like eachother. This is nothing new — the two sides have had their fair share of fights in the past. The latest incident came this afternoon, when Carlos Gomez stared at what he thought was a home run and flipped his bat for what ended up being a triple off the wall. Gerrit Cole took exception, and Gomez — who has a history of not taking pitcher...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets make another closer change

We’re only through three weeks of the season, and the New York Mets are already on their third closer of the year. After yet another meltdown from Jose Valverde Saturday night, the Mets announced this morning that Kyle Farnsworth will take over the 9th inning — at least for now. Valverde’s last stand as a closer was a doozy. With the Mets trailing by one in the top of the 9th...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Surprise! Trading for a 37-year-old shortstop who can’t field or hit didn’t end well

The trade for Alex Gonzalez had "desperation" written all over it from Day 1. #Tigers — Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) April 20, 2014
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Dugout Digest – same ol’ Astros

You know, Jeff Luhnow and company in Houston can talk all about “the plan” and their path towards success in the future…but let’s be honest here: the Houston Astros still aren’t a good baseball team. Houston had a 3-1 lead going into the ninth inning in Oakland on Saturday afternoon, and Chad Qualls had an epic meltdown, allowing three runs on four hits in the ninth to...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams benches Bryce Harper for not hustling

“We made an agreement. He and I made an agreement. This team made an agreement that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times, that we play the game with intensity and the willingness to win. As it turned out, his spot came up. Kevin Frandsen put on a nice at-bat against [Trevor] Rosenthal. But his spot came up with the ability to win the game. That’s a shame for...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland gives Sean Doolittle five-year extension

Most teams don’t sign relievers to five-year extensions. The Oakland A’s are not most teams. While their closer situation is still in flux, the A’s are locking up one of the relievers looking to replace Jim Johnson in the 9th inning. Oakland inked lefty Sean Doolittle to an extension through the 2018 season Friday that includes team options for 2019 and 2020. Since the deal...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Delino DeShields Jr. got smashed in the face with a fastball

Whoa. Astros' prospect @LinoDeShields got hit in the face w/ a 90mph fastball (Via @ctcase10) pic.twitter.com/wfUrWzxSG5 — Jack Moore (@JackPMoore) April 19, 2014
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4 days ago  |  Discuss
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