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Five MLB teams that should be concerned this April

Every year you’ll hear it, especially if you root for a losing team.  “It’s only April!” echoes through the blogosphere in an effort to reassure fans that a teams fortunes will turn around.  Still, a slow-start in April could cripple a team’s hope for the playoffs, no matter how well they perform in May-September.  These are a list of teams whose fans may need to be...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Brewers turned it around in six months with no prospects

At this point, the formula for building a perennial contender on a small-market budget is well-established: build around a strong core of young players and have a continuous supply of talent coming from the minors. That minor league talent can be used in any of a number of ways; it can supplement the big league core and build on it, it can be used to trade for pieces that help complete...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Griffin latest MLB pitcher set for Tommy John surgery

Add another pitcher to list of Tommy John surgery patients. This seems to be happening at least twice a week. The latest to join the club is Oakland Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin, set to go under the knife on Wednesday. The immediate future didn’t look good for Griffin in mid-March when he developed flexor tendinitis in his right elbow. That seemed to be the explanation for...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cain scratched from start due to sandwich-related injury

Matt Cain didn’t start for the Giants on Tuesday night, and people immediately began freaking out when Yusmeiro Petit took the mound at AT&T Park. Initial word began to trickle in that Cain was scratched because of a cut on his finger as opposed to any arm problems, which is a good thing. Petit also pitched well for the Giants in their 6-0 win over the Padres, which is also...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Did ESPN’s Jayson Stark inadvertently help Pete Rose stay banned for life?

ESPN’s Jayson Stark was on Olbermann last night, and in the light of Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA, Pete Rose’s lifetime suspension from baseball came up. Stark reveals that in 2003, he reported about a meeting between Rose, Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan, and Bud Selig that was centered around Rose being reinstated. The parties involved apparently blamed Stark for...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Frandsen’s slick behind-the-back catch

The Washington Nationals will certainly miss Bryce Harper in left field for the next two months. But in the meantime, one of Harper’s replacements is doing his best to keep us entertained. In the third inning of the Nats’ 4-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday, Kevin Frandsen played a carom off the left-field wall in perhaps the most creative — or lucky — way possible. Drifting...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – rain rain, go away

Rain was a factor all throughout baseball on Tuesday night. A pair of games, Dodgers-Twins and Pirates-Orioles, were never started and postponed. Several other games, including Tigers-White Sox, Mets-Phillies, Cubs-Reds, and Blue Jays-Royals, all featured substantial rain delays. Nights like this suck – the evening just turns into a mess of rain and mud, turning games into sloppy...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankee fans accuse Cano of selling out, break the irony meter

To the surprise of virtually no one, Robinson Cano was greeted by a chorus of boos upon his return to Yankee Stadium for the first time since signing with the Seattle Mariners. That seems like a bit much since Cano didn’t exactly burn bridges on his way out of town, but hey, fans like to boo. However, some fans decided to take things a step further: If you listen closely enough...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper is just fine following his thumb surgery

On the road to recovery..Everything went great and I'll be back soon! Thank you to all the fans for the support! pic.twitter.com/66Wn7sxHQ9 — Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 29, 2014
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Minor will finally return for the Braves

LHP Mike Minor will make his first start of the season on Friday vs. San Francisco. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 29, 2014
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The most exciting walk offs of the week

This past week featured even more exciting walk offs, adding to a season that has been pretty awesome so far. April 23rd, Astros vs Mariners – Seager time again. Seattle’s offense was dormant for most of this game, notching two hits through the first six innings of the game. Then in the seventh, a Kyle Seager two-run homer made it a 3-2 game. The rest of the seventh and eighth...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano surprises booing Yankee fans on Jimmy Fallon

On Monday night’s episode of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Robinson Cano pulled off one hell of a prank on Yankees fans. The fans booed a picture of Cano, and then, surprise! Cano popped out from behind the picture and the fans suddenly stopped booing and looked like embarrassed fools. The best part? The fan who railed on Cano for leaving for the money. He’s probably the...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – somewhat lacking

Monday was a crappy day to watch baseball. There were only seven games on the slate, and one was rained out. In the remaining six games, only two starters had a game score over 60, and a total of nine home runs were hit. You can’t win ‘em all, I guess. Game of the Night: Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 (12 innings). The Cardinals lead this one 3-0 after six, and Mike Matheny stuck with...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper will be out until at least early July

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, placed on the DL on Sunday, will be out until at least early July, according to ESPN’s Keith Law. Harper is having surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left thumb, the same injury that put Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton out of action earlier this year. Without Harper, Washington is going to be in a tough position – Nate McLouth is...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Eugene Emeralds to wear Boba Fett themed Star Wars jerseys

Finally some love for Boba Fett — here's the @EugeneEmeralds special Star Wars jerseys, to be worn July 26: pic.twitter.com/aFHard4PWi — Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) April 28, 2014
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Abreu exceeding expectations by miles for the White Sox

The recent influx of Cuban prospects making the jump over to Major League Baseball has resulted in something of a mixed bag for some teams (See the Chicago Cubs and Jorge Soler), but some have not only risen to the expectations set forth when the signed eight figure deals with big league clubs, they’ve surpassed them. Jose Abreu is living proof of that through the first month of...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez drives young female fan to tears

Carlos Gomez may be the most confusing player to read in all of baseball. Before Sunday’s Cubs-Brewers game, a starstruck fan was so excited to meet Gomez that she was moved to tears before and after receiving a pair of hugs from Milwaukee’s All-Star center fielder. Any time an athlete can make a fan’s day with such a simple gesture, they need to do it. It took what, ten seconds...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The week in MLB replay reviews

Another week of replay in the books, and another week of anger and rage behind us…well, until the next time we have a controversial replay call. On the bright side, the transfer rule is officially dead and buried, so we’re never going to need to hear about that again – hopefully. April 21st, Reds vs Pirates – a legitimate game-changer. This single by Devin Mesoraco plated...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – some things never change

I could probably flesh this out into a longer column, but the Atlanta Braves pitching staff is back to being awesome with a new cast of characters. Atlanta’s 2.04 ERA through the first month of the season is the best in baseball by more than half a run. Of the 13 pitchers who have thrown innings for them this year, five didn’t throw an inning with the team last year – and that...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Davis isn’t happy about hitting the DL with an oblique strain

“It’s kind of crazy, because I don’t feel terrible. I’ve never had anything like this before. I figured it would just be a few days and then we’d forget about it.” “Its definitely disappointing, frustrating. I do a lot to try and take care of my body and prevent injuries. You play this game long enough, eventually you’re going to run into something like this, but...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Garza gives former Cubs teammate Jeff Samardzija some advice

“All I can tell him is keep pitching — pitch your way out of it. Keep your eyes focused, your eyes straight ahead and just pitch. There’s nothing else you can do.” “I told [Samardzija], ‘It doesn’t matter, dude. You play in Chicago. I was there, and I lost 30 wins in three seasons. It’s not your fault. You pitch your way out of there.’” -Milwaukee Brewers pitcher...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper is heading to the disabled list

Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper is being placed on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Bryce Harper goes on DL with left thumb sprain. Steven Souza called up from AAA. — Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 27, 2014 Harper suffered the thumb injury on Friday night while sliding into third base on a triple. Believe it or not, this is only the second...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – fallen from grace

Right now, it’s not a very good time to be Trevor Cahill. The Diamondbacks moved Cahill from the rotation to the bullpen after his disastrous start on April 13th. At the time, his ERA sat at a ghastly 9.17. In the bullpen at first, Cahill rebounded, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings while also striking out eight without a walk. But that streak came crashing down...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jean Segura hit by bat in dugout, leaves game

Braun inadvertently hitting Segura in the face with his bat in the dugout. #Brewers https://t.co/0RzsoSZaUo — Matt Trebby (@trebby) April 26, 2014 Very scary moment at Miller Park, as Ryan Braun inadvertently clipped Brewers shortstop Jean Segura in the head with his bat while warming up in the first inning. Hopefully Segura is alright and will be in the lineup for Milwaukee tomorrow.
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

On Second Thought: Billy Hamilton, leadoff hitter?

There’s no questioning the excitement of Billy Hamilton. I mean, he did this, for crying out loud. In 22 games, he has 9 stolen bases in 12 attempts, and while it doesn’t touch his ridiculous number of 13 steals in 13 games from 2013, he has speed that can’t be touched at the Major League level. It’s something that comes around maybe every 50 years. There’s just one problem...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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