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WATCH: Cubs' Baez swings so hard he falls down

Javier Baez was one of the prospects called up by the Chicago Cubs this week when rosters expanded to 40. Baez has a pretty simple rep as a player – he strikes out a lot, and he’s got ridiculous power. So when he came up in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s Reds-Cubs game against Aroldis Chapman, with Chicago down 7-4 and two men on base, it seemed pretty obvious that he...
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WATCH: Mets get inside-the-park HR after OF flips over wall

It’s all coming up Mets. During Wednesday night’s game with the Phillies, Ruben Tejada hit a sinking liner down the right field line. Domonic Brown charged the ball, misplayed it, and ended up flipping over a wall up the right field line, allowing Tejada to coast his way around the bases. Brown would stay in the game at the time for the Phillies, but was pulled two innings...
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Teams stepping up for the second AL Wild Card spot

As mentioned earlier this week and fairly consistently throughout the season, the American League Wild Card race remains the most competitive in all of baseball. Since August 17th, the Yankees, Rangers, Blue Jays, Twins, Orioles, and Angels have all held one spot or the other and while Toronto and New York have played well enough to separate themselves from the pack, all the other...
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Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon before the trade deadline in July, it was expected that Matt Williams could be creative with another solid reliever in his bullpen. Of course, that hasn’t happened at all. Washington has played in 33 games since acquiring Papelbon on July 28th. He’s pitched in just 11 of them, including seven of the team’s 14 wins...
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Both NL, AL Cy Young Awards still up for grabs

As we enter September, most of the races across baseball have been decided, or at least narrowed down. Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout are poised to battle for the AL MVP award. Bryce Harper seems destined to win the NL MVP, barring a massive collapse and a huge surge from Andrew McCutchen or Anthony Rizzo. Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant appear to be the clear favorites for each...
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Two Royals players sidelined due to chickenpox outbreak

As we enter the last month of the regular season, many teams are worn down from injuries which happen throughout the grind of a long schedule. These traumas often have a big impacts on playoff bound teams whether its quad strains, shoulder soreness, or other common injuries. The Kansas City Royals are going to be without outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera for something...
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How Seattle's new GM can start cleaning up Zduriencik’s mess

The next general manager of the Seattle Mariners has a considerable job ahead of him. Jack Zduriencik created quite a mess to clean up, constructing a roster of parts that didn’t fit together cohesively, nor provide the necessary offense for the Mariners to compete in the AL West. That exacerbated the problem of top prospects who never developed into stars, such as Justin...
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Blue Jays' historic August made baseball fun again in Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays ended July in a situation that fans were all too familiar with. The club was two games over .500, six games back of the AL East and undefined as whether they were true contenders or would fade away in the season’s final two months, which the team had a habit of doing in the past. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos decided it was time to go all-in at the trade...
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Best and worst MLB players in August

As we move along into September, it’s time to look back at a wild August that saw the Blue Jays take hold of the AL East, the Mets take hold of the NL East, and the Angels and Nationals begin to completely fall apart. Let’s reflect on the best and worst players of August. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion and teammate Josh Donaldson were 1 and 1A...
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O.co Coliseum began literally falling apart on Monday night

During Monday night’s Angels-Athletics game at O.co Coliseum, the much-maligned home of the A’s (and Raiders, for that matter) began to fall apart when Shane Victorino bumped into the left field wall. As soon as Victorino lightly hit the wall, one of the pads became dislodged and eventually completely fell off, requiring a short delay while the Coliseum’s staff attempted...
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WATCH: Kevin Kiermaier robs Manny Machado home run shot

Last week, Kevin Kiermaier became a meme when he hilariously posed on the center field wall at Tropicana Field as a Kendrys Morales homer hit a catwalk. On Monday night, the opposite happened – Kiermaier didn’t pose, but showed off some incredible hops to rob Manny Machado of a surefire home run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This catch is just absurd. Check out how far...
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Chicago Cubs acquire Austin Jackson from Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners recently fired GM Jack Zduriencik and it hasn’t taken long for interim general manager Jeff Kingston to go to work. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN is reporting the club has traded outfielder Austin Jackson to the Chicago Cubs. Greg Johns of MLB.com is reporting the deal is for a player to be named and a possible international slot bonus. Hearing Jackson has been...
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Madison Bumgarner has once again put Giants on his back

August is just about in the books, and the Giants managed to survive a brutal schedule and keep themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot. And while we’re supposed to believe baseball is a team game, they basically have one person to thank for keeping them in contention: Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had one of the best months any pitcher could have in August. He...
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Best hitters and pitchers: Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers from the previous week. This week features two offensive performances by players that we’re almost certainly going to see in the playoffs. One of them you’d expect to see here. The other is something of a surprise. Our pitchers are also playoff bound and neither is surprising to see featured here...
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Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
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Weighing the scales of parity in the American, National Leagues

The current standings in baseball are weird. The second Wild Card was added to increase interest in the final month of the season by keeping more teams in the running and it is doing that, but only in the American League. Without it, the Yankees would be running away with the sole Wild Card, four games ahead of Texas and 9 in front of the still barely believing Indians and Orioles...
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Cubs ace Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit for the second time in ten days on Sunday night. The culprit this time around? NL Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. In Chicago’s 2-0 victory, Arrieta struck out 12, walked one, and allowed one runner to reach on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Arrieta’s no-hitter is the sixth of the 2015 season, with all six...
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Indians president Mark Shapiro jumps to same role in Toronto

The rumors first started about August 21st that Indians president Mark Shapiro could be headed to Toronto and now, it appears that it will in fact be the case. The Blue Jays’ current president Paul Beeston, who has been with the team in some capacity since 1976, was nearly forced out in the previous off-season, ending with the announcement that he would retire at the end of the...
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Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

THE METS. ARE. GOING. FOR IT! On Saturday, the NL East leaders acquired Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical. Source: #Mets acquire Addison Reed from #Dbacks pending physical. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 29, 2015   The 26-year old Reed has a 4.20 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this year, his second in Arozna, to go along with 34 strikeouts...
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Kevin Kiermaier looks like a fool after Kendrys Morales homer hits catwalk

The catwalks at Tropicana Field are awful, and make the lovely game of baseball look kind of stupid at times. On Friday night, Kevin Kiermaier looked really bad after scaling the wall for this Kendrys Morales homer…only for the ball to hit a catwalk and fall safely into middle of the outfield. Whoops. Get the Rays a retractable roof stadium without catwalks, OK MLB? The post Kevin...
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Finding signs of life for the Boston Red Sox

Are the Boston Red Sox contenders this year? (waiting for you to stop laughing) Okay, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system: have you noticed that the Red Sox haven’t been terrible lately? And that as things stand currently, they’re only 7.5 games out of a Wild Card spot? Could they actually make a run in September and get back to the postseason? In a word: no...
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Here’s every Blue Jays homer this year set to Johnny Cash

This video is making the rounds around the interwebs today, and it’s awesome. Check out every Blue Jays homer this year (through Wednesday) set to Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”. Well, that was amazing, though I never really expected to think about the Blue Jays and Johnny Cash at the same time. The post Here’s every Blue Jays homer this year set to Johnny...
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Seattle Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik

The Seattle Mariners announced today the firing of general manager Jack Zduriencik. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will assume the role as GM for the rest of the season. #Mariners relieve Jack Zduriencik of GM duties. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle GM responsibilities for remainder of the 2015 season. — MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 28, 2015   The...
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The longest home runs for the week ending August 27th

For the first time since June, we have a change in the list of the longest homers of the year. Yes, even though Giancarlo still isn’t back, he’s been bumped from one of his spots on the list…thanks to Paul Goldschmidt. 1. Paul Goldschmidt vs John Lackey, 482 feet (August 26th) Insane Chase Field homers are the best. Paul Goldschmidt hit this damn ball on a line, and everyone...
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Denard Span heading to DL again, season appears finished

Denard Span’s 2015 appears to be ending with a whimper. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, Span is heading to the DL for the third time this season, and this time, it’s because of a sore hip. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his left hip suffered as he attempted to return from a lower back injury that sidelined him the previous seven weeks. The...
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