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Derek Jeter had a stress fracture in his foot, told no one

Before fracturing his ankle in game one of the ALCS against the Tigers last October, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was told he had a stress fracture in his foot. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that the team only knew about a bone bruise, and manager Joe Girardi agreed with that statement. But during a media session on Sunday, Jeter came out with the revelation of the stress fracture...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Miami Marlins

Continuing from our season preview of the Miami Marlins earlier today... What should you expect from a very young Marlins rotation? Aside from Ricky Nolasco, this is a very inexperienced batch of pitchers. You've got Henderson Alvarez (251 career innings), Wade LeBlanc (362 career innings), Nate Eovaldi (154 career innings), and Jacob Turner (67 2/3 career ininngs) getting...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: 2013 Miami Marlins

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. Jeffrey Loria's master plan has worked: the Miami Marlins are World Champions for the third time in 21 seasons despite shedding nearly $60 million from their 2012 payroll. Baseball...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Alfredo Aceves is irritating the Red Sox...again

Boston Red Sox reliever Alfredo Aceves is at it again. This time, Aceves starting lobbing pitches to the plate during batting practice instead of pitching the ball normally. Red Sox manager John Farrell wasn't pleased when talking about the situation afterwards. "The one thing I'll say about that is that he didn't go through the drill as intended and we've...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: Miami Marlins

What do you get when your team goes hog wild in the free agent market, loses 93 games, and then proceeds to sell off all of those awesome free agents they spent a ton of money on the prior offseason? The 2013 Miami Marlins, of course. It's essentially Giancarlo Stanton and a bunch of others in Miami this season, and everyone is expecting things to be a disaster for the Marlins...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Marlins day!

Our first week of previews is in the books, and we're moving on to week number two today. This week's featured division is the NL East, and we're going to kick things off today with the Miami Marlins. We'll be rolling out the usual schedule today with the Marlins, and I hope you all enjoy looking at our previews of one of the most depressing teams in baseball. ...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

2012 rookies with the most crucial roles in 2013

The 2012 rookie class across MLB was perhaps one of the best ever, highlighted by the Rookie of the Year winners in each league: Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. But past Harper and Trout, there were a lot of rookies who had great years. Seven rookies put together three win seasons, and an additional 15 accrued at least two wins on the season. Going into 2013, many members of this rookie...
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February 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun linked to Biogenesis (...again)

This morning, Ryan Braun reported to Spring Training. For the second straight year, he faced a throng of reporters and gave a statement -- a sort of "State of Ryan Braun" speech -- and he went to work. Everybody probably figured that'd be the last Ryan Braun item we'd hear about today. Then Outside the Lines happened. ESPN's T.J. Quinn -- who, as every...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

X-Factor: Oakland Athletics

The 2012 A's were filled with players that were x-factors. Did anyone think that Brandon Moss would stake a claim to the first base job and become one of the best sluggers in the league? Did anyone think that Josh Reddick, a guy who was a part-time player in Boston in 2011, would become one of the more beloved and dangerous players on the A's? Hell, did anyone think that...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: Oakland Athletics

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. After a miraculous 2012 season, lots of fans are expecting the A's to come crashing back to reality in 2013...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Oakland Athletics

Continuing from our season preview of the Athletics earlier today... Will the A's pitching staff be able to replicate their awesome 2012? In 2012, the A's pitching staff had a 3.50 ERA, the sixth best mark in baseball and second best mark in the American League. Four of their five starting pitchers (with Brandon McCarthy being the lone exception) return, and five...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: 2013 Oakland Athletics

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. The knock on Billy Beane and his Oakland Athletics has always been "his crap doesn't work in the playoffs". Since Beane rolled into down, the A's had won just one playoff...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: Oakland Athletics

The A's weren't expected to contend in 2012. After all, they had lost 88 games in 2011, and the team traded both of their 200 inning men (Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill) and their closer (Andrew Bailey), while also seeing 2/3 of their starting outfield depart as free agents (Josh Willingham, David DeJesus). But then, something funny happened: the A's played solid baseball...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Athletics day!

We've reached the end of week one of our first week of season previews, and today is Athletics day here on TOC. Yesterday, we celebrated Rangers day, and here's a recap in case you missed it. Rangers on TOC End of Season Postmortem 2013 Season Preview You May Say I’m a Dreamer 2013 Burning Question This Is My Nightmare X-Factor Top Ten Prospects Welcome...
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February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 10 Prospects: Texas Rangers

With two of the top prospects in all of baseball, and a few high-ceiling projects in the works, Texas' system remains strong. My Top 10 1. Jurickson Profar SS 2. Mike Olt 3B/1B 3. Martin Perez SP 4. Lewis Brinson OF 5. Leonys Martin OF 6. Cody Buckel SP 7. Luke Jackson SP 8. Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF 9. Justin Grimm SP 10. Luis Sardinas SS...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

X-Factor: Texas Rangers

The Rangers have their share of star players. Guys like Berkman, Kinsler, Beltre, Andrus, Cruz, and Darvish may not be household names on the level of Pujols and Verlander, but they're pretty close. Obviously, none of these guys can really be an x-factor, since everyone is focusing on them. What an x-factor is for a club like Texas is a player who might not make or break their...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

This is my nightmare: 2013 Texas Rangers

In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. For a team that lost two consecutive World Series, including one where they were one strike away from winning it...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 burning question: Texas Rangers

Continuing from our season preview of the Rangers earlier today... Are the Rangers going to be able to adequately replace the offense that Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli provided to the team in 2012? Hamilton and Napoli provided a ton of offense for the Rangers during their careers in Texas. In just over 1050 plate appearances last season, the duo combined for 67 homers, an...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: 2013 Texas Rangers

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. After falling short in 2010, falling short in 2011, and falling even shorter still in 2012, the Texas Rangers finally reached the pinnacle in 2013: World Champions. It wasn't an...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 season preview: Texas Rangers

While the Rangers led the AL West from nearly wire to wire, they never dominated the division like many expected. On September 1st, their lead over the A's was just three games. On September 27th, with just six games remaining in the regular series, Texas was four up on Oakland. Then...they collapsed. The Rangers went 1-5 in the last two series of the year, including a three...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Rangers day!

Day four of our season preview series continues, featuring the Texas Rangers today. The Rangers are coming off of three straight 90-win playoff appearances, and look to make it four in a row in the always tough AL West. We'll be rolling out our six part Rangers series in the same order and timeframe as we have been all week, with a new piece going live every 75 minutes. Yesterdy...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss
OUT TO LUNCH

Joel Peralta suffers bizarre injury

The prize for most bizarre spring training injury is always hotly contested, but Joel Peralta's latest injury is going to be tough to top.  

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February 13, 2013  |  4 Comments

Which Las Vegas over/under win totals are the best bets?

It's a Spring Training tradition like any other: the release of the first batch of over/under win totals. ESPN's Jonah Keri tweeted out this link to the first batch of this year's over/unders, from Atlantis in Las Vegas. Looking at the totals, there are a lot of interesting looking bets. Here's what I think are the eight best bets coming out of the first totals of...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 10 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels

With uber-porspect Mike Trout graduating to the majors -- and doing so in MVP fashion, whether he won the award or not -- the Angels system lacks a true standout future star and is in dire need of replenishment. My Top 10 1. Kaleb Cowart 3B 2. C.J. Cron 1B 3. Nick Maronde SP 4. Taylor Lindsay 2B 5. Randal Grichuck OF 6. Mike Clevinger SP 7. R.J. Alvarez...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

X-Factor: Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels head into 2013 as a nearly unanimous favorite to capture the AL West this season, if not take home the pennant in the American League. With the addition of Josh Hamilton to a lineup that laready featured a few big names in it, it isn't difficult to see why. Aside from the main guys (Hamilton, Pujols, Trout, etc.), there are a couple of folks who could...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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