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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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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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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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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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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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Dugout Digest – poundings

A tweet by ESPN’s Keith Law summed up Friday night thusly: “If you enjoy watching one baseball team beat the absolute crap out of another team, this is your night.” It wasn’t a pretty evening for those who love pitching duels – seven of the 15 games on the slate were decided by five or more runs. Five teams put double digit runs on the board. Of course, that doesn’t mean...
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WATCH: Brewers C literally hits cover off the ball

Announcers like to say that guys “hit the cover off the ball” all the time, but how often is that literally what happened? Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado did just that against Charlie Morton and the Pirates. While he didn’t exactly hit it hard — he pounded it into the ground — the ball fell apart as it reached poor Pedro Alvarez, who had to try to throw a ball...
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New York Mets trade Ike Davis to Pittsburgh Pirates

This one was only a matter of time, though it’s surprising to see a notable name dealt this early. The Pittsburgh Pirates, in need of some help at first base, have acquired Ike Davis from the New York Mets in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. Davis finally ends up dealt after having his name floating around on the rumor circuit for...
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WATCH: The longest homers of the week

Who wants to see more dingers? Well, I hope you all like Giancarlo Stanton, because he’s once again the man this week. Going forward with this series, the only question is “will there be a week where Stanton isn’t featured?” 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Jonathan Pettibone, 469 feet (April 12th) The bad news – this isn’t Stanton’s longest homer of the year, nor his longest...
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MLB is digitally inserting Bryce Harper into vintage footage

I like Bryce Harper. I think players like him are the future of the game. Tying him in to baseball history by inserting him into vintage MLB footage is a pretty innovative ad campaign by MLB, even if Harper is a player that already gets a lot of scorn thrown his way by MLB fans. The ad campaign will continue throughout the season, featuring star players like Andrew McCutchen, Mike...
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Dugout Digest – ace-level performances

There was a lot of good pitching yesterday – like, too much to even cover in the “pitching lines of the day” segment later on. There were no fewer than 13 starters who notched quality starts on Thursday – more than half of the 24 who started games. 11 pitchers threw at least seven innings on Thursday as well. If you were a reliever, it was a pretty nice day for you. Oddly...
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Yankees turn triple play on Tampa Bay

Yangervis Solarte helped bail CC Sabathia out of trouble in the 2nd inning of New York’s game against the Rays tonight, starting off a classic around-the-horn triple play. As it turns out, Sabathia is no stranger to triple plays while he’s on the mound: The Yankees have turned 3 triple plays since 2010. All 3 with CC Sabathia on the mound. Last one before that was 1969. — Sweeny...
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Mike Trout is promoting Marlon Wayans movies, for some reason

When it comes to baseball, Mike Trout is great at just about everything. Sure, you can quibble about his arm strength, but that’s about it. Off the field, however, Trout has a lot of work to do. By all accounts he is a genial, upstanding fellow, but it turns out that he isn’t exactly a cinephile. Go see my boy @marlonwayans hilarious movie #ahauntedhouse2 in theaters TONIGHT...
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The best defensive plays for the week ending April 16th

It was one of those weeks where the defense doesn’t exactly light the world on fire, but there were still some highlights over the past seven days. April 10th, Athletics vs Twins – Super Dozier! I don’t know where Brian Dozier came from on this play, and I have no idea how he made this catch. But he did, and that’s all that matters. I don’t think you can stretch any more...
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The promise of George Springer

It’s not a secret that baseball fans of all stripes loves prospects; between the lengthy minor league process and the degree of mystery that surrounds even the best young minor league baseball players, baseball’s prospects are different than college football or basketball players or junior hockey players. This phenomenon is not limited to bad small market teams, either — Puigmania...
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Dugout Digest – the dumpster fire

  The biggest question I have about the 2014 season so far is this – when do you pull the plug on the dumpster fire in Arizona? Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said that it’s too early to make any decisions about the futures of Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson, but something’s gotta give – the club is 4-14 on the season with a -48 run differential. You can’t blame it on...
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Bryce Harper stars in new Gatorade commercial, but…

…yes, that is a Marlins pitcher throwing to him while Braves closer Craig Kimbrel’s entrance song of “Welcome to the Jungle” plays. I’m sure no one is going to have any issue with this, right?
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Astros call up top prospect George Springer

The Houston Astros still don’t figure to be very good this year, but this should at least make them more interesting — top prospect George Springer is being called up and figures to make his major league debut tonight against Kansas City. Springer, who came into the season ranked 18th on Baseball America’s list of Top 100 prospects, likely could have made the team out of spring...
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Dugout Digest – rain smashes the northeast

Tuesday night was *not* a good night for MLB teams in the northeast. Rain wiped out four games on the evening, from Detroit to New York. One of those games will be made up today, as the Yankees and Cubs will be playing a day/night doubleheader. We’ll see about the rest, but if there’s one positive about the postponements, it’s this – the other three games that were rained...
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Minor league team holding Seinfeld night with Keith Hernandez bobblehead

One of the greatest collisions of baseball and pop culture occurred when Keith Hernandez appeared on Seinfeld in 1992. The former Mets first baseman was a guest-star on a one-hour episode titled “The Boyfriend,” in which Jerry meets Hernandez and the two strike up a friendship (fueled by Seinfeld’s man-crush). To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Seinfeld‘s TV debut, the...
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Transfer rule shows instant replay isn’t quite so simple

Making certain plays more complicated or telling fans that what they think is an out — and has always been an out for as long as we’ve watched the game — probably isn’t what MLB had in mind when implementing a wider version of instant replay this year. Yet two weeks into the 2014 season, the “transfer rule” is becoming increasingly problematic for players and managers...
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The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 15th edition)

This was a great week for exciting games, but not really a great week for walk off wins. At any rate, here’s your list of this week’s most exciting walk offs. April 8th, Tigers vs Dodgers – taking it back a few years. Carl Crawford wins the game for the Dodgers by doubling in Chone Figgins. After the past couple of years those guys have had, I don’t think I would have ever...
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Matt Moore chooses Tommy John surgery

Add another young arm to the list of those claimed by Tommy John surgery — Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore confirmed Monday night that he’ll be going under the knife to repair his partially torn UCL. Moore tried to throw Monday afternoon, and while the ligament isn’t completely torn, it was pretty clear he couldn’t continue pitching: “Being stuck in the position I am right now...
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Dugout Digest – suspended slugfest

While it’s not your Game of the Night from yesterday, last night’s Pirates-Reds game was crazy. The game was suspended due to rain after just six innings, tied at seven. The teams combined for ten homers, and slugged an ungodly .943 – the record is .952. Perhaps the crazier thing is that five offensive starters somehow didn’t collect a hit on the evening. The Pirates also...
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