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Jim Harbaugh is after foul balls when attending baseball games

Would it surprise you at all to hear that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh takes going to baseball games seriously — perhaps too seriously? The man is there to catch some foul balls, and if he doesn’t get one, he’s not happy. The San Jose Mercury News‘ Tim Kawakami got this out of Harbaugh in a story about his developing friendship with A’s manager Bob Melvin. Melvin thought it...
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WATCH: Chris Rock snags ball at Yankees game, gives it to kid

Chris Rock was at Thursday’s Astros-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and was sitting right behind the Houston dugout. Jon Singleton hit a foul pop up in the seven inning that came down feet away from Rock, and after a brief scramble, he ended up with the ball. And showing that he’s a nice guy, Rock then gave the ball to a young fan in the crowd. Good on you, Chris...
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Can the Angels survive without Garrett Richards?

This time yesterday the Angels were on top of the MLB world having surged to the top of the AL West, proud owners of the best record in baseball. Then Garrett Richards collapsed in a heap of agony, blowing out his knee, ending his season and dealing a crushing blow to the World Series hopes of his Angels. The knee injury to Richards is the most devastating non-Trout-related injury...
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Dugout Digest – the Orioles are making the AL East weak

You might be hearing a common theme when talking about the AL East, one that completely sells the Baltimore Orioles short. The narrative surrounding the division is that “it’s just not that good”, which seems to infer that Baltimore is just lucky, or whatever. Quite frankly, that’s a load of crap – the AL East “stinks” because the Orioles are kicking the tar out of...
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MLB upholds Giants protest, Tuesday’s rain-shortened loss to Cubs resumes Thursday

It happens once every 28 years or so in baseball, but officially protesting the outcome of a game can pay off. The Giants filed a protest with MLB following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field. The game was called after 4.5 innings following a 15-minute rainstorm during which the groundskeepers couldn’t probably cover the field with a tarp. The soaked field (with standing water...
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Garrett Richards stretched off field with horrific knee injury

Garrett Richards was just stretchered off the field with a horrific knee injury and may have taken the Angels’ World Series hopes with him. #Angels Garrett Richards goes down while running to first. It appears Richards caught a spike and blew out his knee. He was on the ground for eight minutes, screaming in pain before he was moved to a golf cart via stretcher. One assumes that...
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Everybody hates Bryce (Harper)

I love Bryce Harper. A player like that has the potential to be great for the game. He’s still a very raw talent, but there are plenty of tools to work with and he plays the game like his hair is on fire. There’s a lot to like. And yet, he takes home a very negative reputation. The stigma surrounding Harper almost leaves a bad taste in your mouth. How has he managed to receive...
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Yasiel Puig’s reflexes are absurd

After striking out in the third inning against Ian Kennedy, Yasiel Puig slammed his helmet down in the Dodgers dugout. The helmet bounced back at Puig, who caught it with his other arm and tossed it back down again. Sure, it’s not the most incredible thing ever, but Puig’s reflexes are crazy. I guess as a baseball player, they have to be.
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Dugout Digest – fresh fish

I want to spend a moment talking about a team that isn’t getting nearly enough attention in the NL playoff chase – the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have won three in a row, and have moved to just 2.5 games back of the Giants and Braves for the NL’s second Wild Card spot. Given the collapses in recent days of the Pirates and Reds, the door is open for the Marlins to make a move...
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Bryan Cranston, a.k.a. Walter White, went to the Dodgers game

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) attended the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday and met one of his heroes Vin Scully: Your browser does not support iframes. Cranston also met the one who beards, Brian Wilson, and Cranston signed a baseball for Wilson as any should have expected him to: Walter White’s dead, though… kind of like Brian Wilson’s command.
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Cubs ground crew screws up tarp, leads to called game

With the Cubs beating the Giants in the bottom of the 5th, it started to rain. Then this happened. After quite some time and the rain died down and the job was finished. But the field was quite a mess. A huge mess and with the Cubs winning in the 5th, the Giants hoped the field could be tended to so the game could resume rather than be suspended as a Cubs win. And so it started…...
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Tony La Russa has no plans to bring back Kirk Gibson, yet

The USA Today reported on Tuesday morning that the Arizona Diamondbacks’ current plan was to bring back their skipper Kirk Gibson for at least a sixth season in 2015, which if true, would show Arizona’s content with mediocrity. The Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, through a spokesman, called the USA Today’s report inaccurate, though. It’s certainly possible...
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A’s and Tigers added pitching, but may have underestimated hitting

A funny thing happened on the way to the inevitable ALCS showdown between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers – both teams stopped playing well. Entering play on August 19, neither team holds first place in its respective division. The Tigers are two games behind the Royals in the AL Central, while the A’s are a half-game back from the Angels in the AL West. Both clubs...
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Kirk Gibson’s rumored return shows Arizona is fine with mediocrity

The fate of Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has been uncertain this year, with his team struggling out of the gate and getting enveloped by a cloud of controversy in the face of their “unintentional” methods of retribution against teams who dare plunk their players. Naturally, it looks like Gibson will be back for the Diamondbacks in 2015. The #Dbacks currently plan to bring...
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Minor league outfielder makes catch, crashes through bullpen door

Check out this catch from Sunday’s game between the Birmingham Barons and Chattanooga Lookouts. Barons outfielder Michael Early makes a fantastic leaping catch on a deep fly ball hit by Angel Sanchez of the Lookouts…and then can’t stop his momentum, leading to him smashing through the bullpen door in left field.
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Neil Walker dumped a homer into the Allegheny River

Yes, this ball bounced into the river and didn’t get there on the fly. Yes, Neil Walker’s home run “only” went 396 feet, a far cry from the 456 feet from home plate directly down the right field line to the river. Regardless, you don’t see many home runs get wet at PNC Park. It’s a pretty nice achievement for Walker, even if it wasn’t a direct blast.
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Dugout Digest – the new kings

The Oakland Athletics have been baseball’s best team since…oh, about day one of this season. But the A’s have been pulled off of their throne – the Angels now have sole possession of first place in the AL West, and no other team in baseball has a better record than their 73-50 mark. The A’s are still obviously a great team, but let’s be honest – no one expected them...
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WATCH: Nick Markakis robs Conor Gillaspie of go-ahead HR

With the White Sox trailing the Orioles 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nick Markakis robbed Conor Gillaspie of what would have been a go-ahead two run homer. Not content with taking away Chicago’s chance at tying the game, Markakis capped off a five-run eighth inning for Baltimore with a two-run homer of his own to right field with a little more lift than Gillaspie’s fly out had.
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Corey Kluber wants to be on #TrueDetectiveSeason2

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, but no one knows too much about him. Kluber attempted to show off some of his personality by reciting a Rust Cohle monologue from season one of True Detective, all while wearing a wig and playing with a can of Pepsi (as opposed to Lone Star). Not bad, Corey. not bad. Also – this is...
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Joe Mikulik provides another memorable on-field tantrum

Joe Mikulik is a minor league treasure. He’s given us some of the best on-field meltdowns in the sport’s history. He’s thrown bases and covered home plate in dirt, tossed bats out of the dugout, and given bases to fans in the stands. The longtime manager for the Asheville Tourists (2000-2012) is now the skipper of the Texas Rangers’ Advanced Class A affiliate in Myrtle...
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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 17th

Two walk offs this week for each of the Nationals, Indians, and Rangers. Hey, when it rains, it pours, I guess. August 12th, Rays vs Rangers Walk off walk to score a pitcher. That’s gotta suck. August 13th, Diamondbacks vs Indians 4 So…Asdrubal who? Zach Walters is already endearing himself to Indains fans. August 14th, Diamondbacks vs Marlins Yeah, I’m going with the Spanish...
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WATCH: Pirates fan rides tidal wave of emotions during loss

During Sunday night’s Pirates-Nationals game at Nationals Park, the Root Sports cameras kept cutting to a young Pirates fan in the front row that experienced a vast array of emotions during the evening. He went from anger, to sadness, to elation, and back to utter depression when Scott Hairston’s walk off sac fly ended the game. Poor guy. We’ve all been there before. It’s alright, buddy.
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Michael Cuddyer hits for cycle for second time in career

Michael Cuddyer hit for the second cycle in his career on Sunday night, capping off the Rockies doubleheader sweep of the Reds with a little bit of history. It’s been a lost year for Cuddyer, as the 35-year old has played in just 33 games in 2014 while dealing with both a strained hamstring and a fractured shoulder. He’s the first Rockie to hit for the cycle since Carlos Gonzalez...
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Dugout Digest – clashing contenders

This weekend, several contenders squared off across baseball. And at the end of action on Sunday, we learned…well, nothing. Baltimore lost two out of three in Cleveland. Seattle won two out of three in Detroit, with the Tigers scoring just seven runs over the three game series. The Blue Jays lost two out of three to the White Sox, allowing 21 runs over the three game set. The Yankees...
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Matthew McConaughey fancies fanny packs at Fenway Park

Your browser does not support iframes. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought ‘fanny pack’ is how Bostonians say ‘Fenway Park.’ Nope, it’s Matthew McConaughey discussing the fanny packs. Alright, alright, alright.
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