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Giancarlo Stanton posts photo of his injury recovery

The immediate aftermath of Giancarlo Stanton being hit in the face by a pitch from Mike Fiers on Sept. 11 was gruesome. Yet as terrible as the injury was, it could have been so much worse. Stanton has even entertained thoughts of returning to play this season, though that seems extremely unlikely. In the five days since the incident, Stanton is apparently happy enough with his...
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So close and so far: One night at the Governor’s Cup Final

Late on Thursday night, something caught my eye as it came across Twitter: the Durham Bulls had beaten the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Governor’s Cup Final (aka the International League final or the Triple-A semifinal). I remembered seeing an e-mail from earlier in the day that the Bulls would be hosting the final three games of the series, so I checked into...
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End of season post-mortem: Chicago White Sox

For a team fighting to avoid finishing last in their division and on their way to their third losing season in the last four years, things are actually looking up for the White Sox. Armed with an MVP-level slugger and one of the best pitchers alive, the White Sox are very quietly shaping up as a team that could soon join the rest of the crowd vying for AL Central supremacy. Preseason...
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Dugout Digest – the Angels are in, nine to go

One down, nine to go – the Los Angeles Angels became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season on Monday night. At 94-56, the Angels’ magic number to clinch the AL West is down to three games, meaning that they can clinch as early as Wednesday. The Angels are also getting pretty damn close to clinching the top seed in the American League, leading the Orioles by four...
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The Day The Series Stopped 30 for 30 coming in October

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series will once again delve into the baseball world, and focus on the Loma Prieta earthquake that occurred during the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. The Day The Series Stopped will air on Tuesday, October 14th at 10 PM Eastern. Directed by Ryan Fleck (born in Berkeley, raised in Oakland), The Day The Series Stopped will...
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End of season post-mortem: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs certainly weren’t expected to contend in a loaded NL Central with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. The Brewers emerging as a contender through most of the season (before their September collapse) didn’t make matters easier. But at least the Cubs weren’t going to be dead-last, thanks to the D-Backs and Rockies. But thanks to the young talent team president Theo Epstein...
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The most exciting walk offs for the week ending September 14th

Only two more weeks of walk offs remaining following this one…how depressing. The White Sox did their damnedest to stave off elimination with their late inning antics this week, and the Yankees were on both the giving and receiving end of some walk off magic. September 8th, Rockies vs Mets The anti-climactic, bases loaded, walk off sac fly. Hey, the Mets will take whatever wins...
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Jesus Montero’s ice cream buying scout has been fired

One of the most bizarre stories of the year has a conclusion. The Mariners scout who bought ice cream for Jesus Montero and sent it to the dugout, leading to an explosive confrontation, has been let go by the club according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Butch Baccala, who was promoted to the position of national cross-checker last year, was angry about Montero moving slowly on the...
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End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they have been. Whenever a team increases their...
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Dugout Digest – the clinching Orioles, Nationals, and Angels

It won’t happen today, but it will happen this week – the Orioles, Nationals, and Angels will clinch their division in the coming days. Furthermore, all three teams can clinch their divisions by beating teams chasing them. The Orioles face off with the Blue Jays in Baltimore. The Nationals battle the Braves in Atlanta. The Angels host the Mariners (who have fallen 2.5 back of...
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WATCH: Pirates go around the horn to turn triple play

During the Cubs-Pirates game on Sunday at PNC Park, Josh Harrison started an around the horn, 5-4-3 triple play for the Pirates in the fourth inning. This was the first triple play the Pirates have turned since April 12, 2009, which was a 6-4-3 triple play initiated by Jack Wilson on a sinking line drive. But today, the play went around the horn from Harrison to Neil Walker to Andrew...
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Dugout Digest – the Los Angeles Angels are dominant

You know all that hogwash people throw around about baseball not having a dominant team? Well, the Los Angeles Angels are pretty clearly the best team in baseball, and they have no contenders to that throne. The funny thing is, the Angels actually got off to a bad start this year. After losing two out of three at home to the Yankees at the beginning of May, they were 16-17, and the...
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Pete Rose stars in Sketchers “hall” commercial

Pete Rose is starring in a new Sketchers commercial, with plenty of tongue in cheek references about “the hall”. From the moment the commercial begins, you know exactly what’s going on, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. Sure…the hall in Rose’s home. That’s exactly what we’re talking about here. Clever commercial, but it’s a little too on the nose for...
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Dugout Digest – the collapse is real

It’s official – the Oakland Athletics have free fallen their way into a mess. Oakland is tied with both the Mariners and Royals in the loss column, and the three teams are battling for two playoff spots. And don’t forget about the Tigers, who also have 66 losses and are fighting the Royals tooth and nail for the AL Central title. This is just a complete disaster for the A...
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Buster Posey making his case for NL MVP

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Buster Posey is carrying the San Francisco Giants towards October baseball. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, again: Posey is making a case for himself as National League MVP. If you find yourself reading NL MVP prediction articles, you’re likely reading about these four guys: Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, Jonathan Lucroy, and Andrew...
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End of season post-mortem: Arizona Diamondbacks

Following two consecutive 81-81 seasons, the Diamondbacks looked like a fringe contender in the NL West if everything went right for them this year. However, little worked out as hoped — whether it was pitching injuries, poor performance from past-their-prime veterans or just a general lack of talent on the roster general manager Kevin Towers assembled. The D-Backs fell down early...
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The longest homers for the week ending September 11th

There’s a Marlin at the top of the list this week – but not the one you’re probably expecting. 1. Marcell Ozuna vs Yovani Gallardo, 462 feet (September 8th) Oh my god, he hit the scoreboard. And he didn’t just “hit the scoreboard” – Marcell Ozuna hit the scoreboard about halfway up. 2. Edwin Encarnacion vs Alex Wils, 457 feet (September 5th) Homers over the Green...
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Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamines

Sorry Orioles, it’s never easy. Chris Davis will miss the rest of the regular season and a good chunk of the playoffs after testing positive for amphetamines. Orioles 1B Chris Davis suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine. The suspension includes #postseason games. — MLB (@MLB) September 12, 2014 The AL East-leading Orioles have 17 games left...
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End of season post-mortem: Minnesota Twins

The Twins are probably going to end 2014 with their best record since 2010, but given that they’re coming off three-straight 96-loss seasons, that’s not exactly a consolation. This once proud franchise has fallen onto rough times, and their 2014 season could be their most disappointing year considering the additions the club made in the offseason. Preseason Prediction: The...
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Joakim Noah threw two first pitches on Thursday

Before Thursday’s Athletics-White Sox game at US Cellular Field, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls threw out the first pitch…not once, but twice. While his first attempt sure was rough, I’m calling a foul on this one. You don’t get two tries – it just doesn’t work that way. The post Joakim Noah threw two first pitches on Thursday appeared first on The Outside Corner.
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All hell broke loose after Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face

The good news (if you could call it that) about Giancarlo Stanton’s injuries from last night – they don’t immediately to be as serious as they looked at first. #Marlins Giancarlo Stanton suffered a facial laceration requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage — Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) September 12, 2014 There will be further evaluation of Stanton in...
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Dugout Digest – it’s all wide open

Who will make the playoffs in the American League? Well, the Orioles and Angels seem like locks, but after that…who knows? Oakland’s once firm hold on a playoff spot has dwindled, and they’re only 1.5 games up on the Mariners for either Wild Card, let alone the top spot. The Tigers and Royals are separated by just a half game in the AL Central, and Detroit only have a half...
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Chase Headley hit in jaw by Jake McGee

If thought we wouldn’t see two players get hit in the head tonight, you were wrong. In the ninth inning of the Rays-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, Jake McGee of the Rays hit Chase Headley in the chin with a pitch Hopefully Headley will be OK. He was able to walk off the field with minimal assistance, and the only immediate damage was a bloody chin. In a perfect world, that will...
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Giancarlo Stanton hit in face, carted off field

Awful, awful news from Milwaukee tonight – NL MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers fastball, and was carted off the field in an ambulance. This footage isn’t for the faint of heart. This is terrible. Stanton is one of the best young players in baseball, and is having the finest year of his young career. Hopefully he’s alright, but given the situation...
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End of season post-mortem: Colorado Rockies

For a minute there, the Rockies looked like they were going to be the Cinderella story of the season. After the first week of May, the Rockies were tied for first place in the NL West much to the surprise of everyone. But by the time the All-Star break hit, however, Colorado was tied for last place in the NL West, much to the surprise of no one. Despite an MVP caliber season...
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