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The Tommy John fairy will next visit Brandon McCarthy

A torn UCL claims another prominent pitcher – Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy will miss the rest of this season because of the injury, which will require Tommy John surgery. Brandon McCarthy is out for the year with a UCL tear, according to Don Mattingly. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 27, 2015 Los Angeles signed the 31-year old McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million...
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The Nationals’ poor start needs to turn around in a hurry

While President Obama’s approval rating is increasing, the Washington Nationals have yet to impress the baseball constituents. Nineteen games into the season and the preseason favorite to make it to the World Series is sharing the cellar with the hapless Phillies in the National League East. Unfortunately for the Nationals, there are not any valid excuses for their underachievement...
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Josh Hamilton is officially a Ranger once again

The deal is done – the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have dealt outfielder Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers. Today the #Angels have traded OF Josh Hamilton to Texas for a player to be named later or cash consideration. — Angels (@Angels) April 27, 2015 Hamilton signed a massive five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels prior to the 2013 season, but never seemed...
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The Marlins are cutting bait on Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The Jarrod Saltalamacchia era in Miami is already over. The Marlins designated the veteran catcher for assignment today, less than halfway through a three-year, $21 million contract signed last offseason. #Marlins C Jarrod Saltalamacchia reinstated from paternity list and designated for assignment. — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) April 27, 2015 The 29-year old Saltalamacchia...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 3

Welcome to week three of our ongoing catalog of the best hitters and pitchers of the week. Last week Nelson Cruz cruised to the top offensive spot. Get it? Cruz, cruised. I’m so sorry. Please don’t leave. On the pitching side, Andrew Cashner logged 14 strikeouts in 12 innings to get his nod. Today we’ll be highlighting two new players who provided us with the most impressive...
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Cinderella is late for the ball: slow starts for the AL’s sexiest picks

A heavy early divisional schedule can only tell you so much about the strength of that division against the rest of the league, but it does have a way of quickly separating out the teams within the division. While the largely overlooked East appears to be well balanced (all teams  are within two games of first), there have been some surprising teams in both the Central and Western...
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Chris Carter is whiffing at a lot of strikes

A lot has been made of Evan Gattis’ ineptness at the plate, but what about Chris Carter’s? Carter has always been labeled as a “hacker.” He’s notoriously known for being an all-or-nothing type player, meaning he either hits the ball a mile or doesn’t hit it at all. The Astros’ slugger had a breakout year in 2014, posting a career high 1.8 WAR, which would have been...
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WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is one hell of an outfielder. His defense is simply incredible. On Sunday, Gordon demonstrated his defensive prowess by leaping into the crowd to make this catch and retire Micah Johnson of the White Sox. Alex Gordon – You’ve got to be kidding. pic.twitter.com/4Lw73uAdqc — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 26, 2015   Unreal....
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Report: Adam Wainwright likely done for the season

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season following a leg injury suffered during Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Brewers. Sources: Expectation is that #STLCards’ Wainwright is done for season with Achilles injury. Has not yet undergone MRI. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal...
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Six players suspended for White Sox-Royals brawl

The punishments have been doled out for the brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, and a total of seven players have been disciplined, with six of those players earning suspensions. Here’s the full damage report. #WhiteSox: Chris Sale & Jeff Samardzija have received 5-game suspensions (& undisclosed fines) & Tyler Flowers received an undisclosed...
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Angels reportedly trading Josh Hamilton to Rangers, best outcome for all involved

The drama between the Los Angeles Angels and Josh Hamilton is about to reach its end. As first reported by MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers are close to a deal that would bring back their former outfielder, who left for Anaheim via free agency after the 2012 season. Rangers are close to trading for Josh Hamilton…. still a lot of legal work to be done… likely announced...
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Ventura, Royals need to simmer down before someone gets hurt

Can we now safely say that throwing at batters and instigating fights with opponents appears to be a pattern with Yordano Ventura? For the third consecutive start, the Royals pitcher taunted an opposing batter which resulted in both dugouts emptying onto the field. On Thursday night against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, a brawl broke out. Tensions were already high...
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The longest home runs for the week ending April 23rd

Talk about a dramatic week at the top of the charts – we’ve got a brand new top three for the season, and a new leader on THE LIST for the season. 1. Alex Rodriguez vs Nathan Karns, 477 feet (April 17th) I love this homer. I’ve never seen anyone smash a ball up to the Captain Morgan bar at the Trop. A-Rod absolutely killed this baseball. 2. Josh Donaldson vs Chris Tillman,...
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Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia

For everything that’s gone wrong in Philadelphia this season, one of the things that has gone *right* is the performance of closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon has thrown 6 1/3 innings, struck out six hitters, hasn’t allowed a run or walked a hitter, and has converted all three of his save opportunities. But because the Phillies are awful, Papelbon hasn’t gotten much action...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Royals involved in another bench-clearing incident

The Kansas City Royals were once again involved in a benches clearing incident on Thursday night, and Yordano Ventura was again at the center of the chaos with the Chicago White Sox. In the bottom the seventh inning, Ventura forced Adam Eaton to hit a comebacker to the mound for the third out. As he was going to toss the ball to Eric Hosmer at first base, Ventura very blatantly...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Redmond, Price among MLB managers feeling early pressure

Three weeks into the 2015 MLB season, a handful of managers may already be feeling the pressure of making sure their teams fulfill expectations. Is it a coincidence that Reds skipper Bryan Price vomited a bucketful of F-bombs at Cincinnati Enquirer beat reporter C. Trent Rosecrans after his team had lost seven of its past eight games, dropping to fourth place in the NL Central...
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Joe Nathan to have Tommy John surgery, miss season

The Detroit Tigers bullpen situation just got a bit more interesting. Closer Joe Nathan, placed on the DL earlier this month, will miss the rest of the season after tearing both his UCL and his flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow. Nathan will soon have season-ending Tommy John surgery. Joe Nathan has UCL tear as well as flexor pronator tear, will have Tommy John surgery...
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Watch: Paul Rudd promises kegger at mom’s house if Royals win World Series

Last October, Royals fan Paul Rudd got understandably excited when his team defeated the Orioles in the ALCS to advance to the World Series. Caught up in the moment, as many of us would — especially when being invited on the field to join in the celebration — the actor invited everyone to keep the party going at his mother’s house. But you know, Rudd’s a funny guy. You might...
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Better late than never: Season starts soon for these stars

Some teams have made young additions like Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Carlos Rodon to their rosters early in the season, but some have more veteran options available to return shortly. While most players have almost a month under their belt already for the 2015 season, there are a few notable names missing from the action. Many of these late starters are recovering from...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista demonstrates the perfect response to getting thrown at

In the seventh inning of Tuesday’s Orioles-Blue Jays game, Baltimore rookie Jason Garcia threw behind Jose Bautista. Instead of making this  big thing, with beanballs fired back and forth, Bautista settled the matter in the perfect way – with a long home run and some jaw jacking. That’s how you do it. Make them pay on the field. Bautista’s pimp job and home run trot were...
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Caleb Joseph hit a liner off of his third base coach

Tuesday night wasn’t a good evening for the Orioles in Toronto. And in one of the most distressing moments of the night for Baltimore, catcher Caleb Joseph his a liner off of the butt of third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Well, that’s unfortunate. At least Dickerson was OK. The game would only get uglier for the Orioles after that play, however – the Blue Jays simply kept pouring...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

How worried should Brewers fans be about Ryan Braun?

We’re only a little over two weeks into the 2015 season but Ryan Braun has been having some pretty might struggles at the plate. He’s only hitting 238/273/310 with a 2.3% walk rate. He only just hit his first home run of the season on Monday. After the suspension and especially the thumb injury people are understandably concerned about him. But how worried should Brewers...
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What do call-ups of Bryant, Russell say about 2015 Cubs?

Prior to Friday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs called up top prospect Kris Bryant, and he debuted to about as much pomp and circumstance as old Wrigley Field had seen in quite some time. While that excitement and fanfare has yet to come anywhere near dissipating, the Cubs are now set to call up another premier prospect, in shortstop Addison Russell...
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Which of these hot hitters can remain above average?

The 2015 season is barely two weeks old, but we’ve already witnessed a mass outpouring of offensive firepower from a few select hitters. Big names like Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt are already atop the WAR leaderboards, but what about the not-so prominent hitters? Let’s take a look at a handful of non-star players who are riding incredible hot streaks to start...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

A-Rod exceeding expectations, eluding karmic justice

Alex Rodriguez can just never get it right. He was supposed to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, but is now a disgraced PED user and cheater whose achievements are all questionable, no matter how impressive they look on a list or spreadsheet. A-Rod could have been the face of baseball, a matinee idol admired by fans of all ages, but his ambition for the biggest...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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