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Reds infielder lets go of bat, hits home run

A common baseball adage is throw [the barrel of] your bat at the ball. Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier took that to heart on Sunday while facing the soft-tossing, 49-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer. With the bases empty and one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Frazier waited back on a 72 mph changeup and then turned on it for his fifth home run of the season and the...
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May 27, 2012  |  4 Comments

Dugout Digest - the struggling Braves

Just one week ago, the Atlanta Braves were in first place in the NL East, 1.5 games ahead of the Washington Nationals, sitting ten games above .500 with a +40 run differential. Today, they're in fourth place, three games out and four games above .500, and that run differential is down to +25. The key stat? The lack of starting third baseman Chipper Jones, who hasn't started...
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May 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Check out this amazing catch by Lower Columbia College's Derrick Salberg

I'm not one to get caught up in all the internet hyperbole that's thrown around, calling everything that's great 'THE BEST EVAHHH!!!' without a second of thought, but this grab by Lower Columbia College's Derrick Salberg has to be up there as one of the best catches ever made -- certainly one of the best I've ever seen -- especially once you consider...
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May 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - back from the dead

Last year for the White Sox, Adam Dunn was left for dead in the gutter. He only hit 11 homers. His OPS for the year was just .569. His batting average, which normally is low to begin with, was only .159. He was worth -2.9 fWAR, one of the worst totals I have ever seen. This year, it's a whole new season for Dunn. He's already hit 15 homers. His OPS is nearly 400 points...
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May 26, 2012  |  Discuss

D-Backs extend catcher Montero

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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss
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MLBer gets HR Derby campaign video

The Home Run Derby contest has gone much the way of the NBA Slam Dunk contest or the NFL Pro Bowl. It's losing its popularity that it once so gloriously carried in the 1990's. Thankfully for Major League Baseball, once every few years, they get an unforgettable performance from someone like Josh Hamilton that revives the luster of this once great exhibition of herculean...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Series Spotlight: Nationals at Braves (May 25-27)

This will be the first matchup all season between the two top teams in the NL East. The Nationals are currently at the top of the division by a game over the Braves, and are coming off of a series win in Philadelphia, while the Braves went to Cincinnati and got swept by the Reds in a Cincy homer barrage. This series won't decide the division for the season, but it WILL cast the...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

A must-see homerun derby

The Homerun Derby contest has gone much the way of the NBA Slam Dunk contest or the NFL Pro Bowl.  It's losing its popularity that it once so gloriously carried in the 1990's.  Thankfully for Major League Baseball, once every few years, they get an unforgettable performance from someone like Josh Hamilton that revives the luster of this once great exhibition of herculean...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles, Jones finalize extension

The extension that Brian wrote about this morning between the Baltmore Orioles and Adam Jones is apparently just about done. CBS's Jon Heyman is reporting that the deal will be for six years and a whopping $85.5 million. My initial thought about the deal is "wow, that's a lot of money". An average of $14.25 million a year for Adam Jones? That's crazy. While...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

AL Central Quarter Report Card

Chicago White Sox Hitters: C-. It is a minor miracle that this team has scored 193 runs.  For most of this season, they've had two full-time starters, Brent Morel and Alexei Ramirez, who currently have sub.500 OPS.  And then there is Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo who play almost everyday with OBPs well under .300.  Yet, they lead the division in runs scored.  You can...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

NL Central Quarter Report Card

Chicago CubsHitters: C-. OK, I can't completely pan the Cubs offense, despite them having the third fewest runs in the NL. Bryan LaHair has been AWESOME at first base, hitting ten homers and OPSing 1.020 in his first extended stint in the major leagues. There is a little bit to be afraid about with him, notably the 30% strikeout rate and .405 BABIP. Starlin Castro is doing his...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Dan Haren throws the Angels on his back

Last week, I wrote about how Dan Haren couldn't buy a win for the Angels, despite being one of their most effective starters. Last night, Haren only got three runs of support, but he threw the team on his back and earned his second win of the season. Haren threw a complete game shutout against the Mariners, and in typical Haren fashion, was dominant. He allowed four hits, didn...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Adam Jones, O's on verge of long-term extension

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi are reporting on Twitter that the Baltimore Orioles are close to inking outfielder Adam Jones to a long-term deal. While the terms of the deal are not known, Rosenthal believes that they will be "well north" of the free agent deal Miguel Tejada (6 years, $72 million) and Nick Markakis (6 years, $66.1 million) signed.  Jones...
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May 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Low-Level Highlight: Xander Bogaerts

We're coming up on the First-Year Draft in a few weeks, meaning that the month of June will see a great change amongst minor league teams with a new influx of talent. Players will be moved up and down, play in their various All-Star Games and get promoted and/or demoted, with certain players being leaned upon to deliver more in the second half of the season than the first....
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

NL West Quarter Report Card

Arizona Diamondbacks Hitters: F. The D'Backs slugged their way to an division title last season, but that hasn't been the case this season. No Arizona player has more than 5 homers. Even Justin Upton has been affected by the team-wide power outage as he currently sits with a puny .373 slugging percentage. Injuries have certainly played a role in their struggles as Stephen...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - here come the Angels

The Angels aren't dominating the AL West like everyone assumed they would, but they're turning up the jets here at the end of May. At 12-10 this month, the team has the best record in the division for the month. After being nine games out of first at the end of April, they've cut the deficit to seven back right now, and they're just a half game behind the Mariners...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

NL East Quarter Report Card

Atlanta BravesHitters: A. The Braves team OPS has risen from .695 last year under old hitting coach Larry Parrish to .737 this year under brand new hitting coach Greg Walker. The major improvements include Michael Bourn, in a career year, posting an .815 OPS with three homers and 13 stolen bases, and Martin Prado, fully healthy this year and OPSing .864 behind Bourn at the top of...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the return of Adam Wainwright

After eight starts that ranged from good to mediocre, and coming into Tuesday night's game with an ERA approaching 6.00, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals put his foot down in his return from Tommy John surgery and made a statement, albeit in Petco Park against the Padres. Wainwright threw a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and one walk, and striking out a season...
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May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

AL West Quarter Report Card

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Hitters: D+. This is a subject area that the Angels were expected to ace, but instead they are bringing up the rear in the class with the second-fewest runs scored in the American League and have been shutout a league-leading eight times. The epic struggles of Albert Pujols are well documented, but several other Halos are having horrible seasons...
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May 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Felipe Paulino? Yes, Felipe Paulino

The Yankees lost last night, and fell to .500 on the season. It wasn't just that they lost, though. It was how they lost. The Yankees lost 6-0 last night...to the Kansas City Royals, owners of a 17-24 record that is better than only the Minnesota Twins in the American League. Futhermore, the Yankees lost to Felipe Paulino, making his fourth start of the year. Now don't...
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May 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton broke the scoreboard at Marlins Park

In tonight's Rockies-Marlins game at Marlins Park, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins hit a titanic grand slam off of Rockies starter Jamie Moyer. The homer smashed into the scoreboard in left field (which is mounted onto a wall of the stadium), and actually knocked out a handful of lights. The homer went an estimated 438 feet. To left field. I mean, good god. What a...
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May 21, 2012  |  1 Comment

Vernon Wells has torn thumb ligament, out 8-10 weeks

Much-maligned Angels outfielder Vernon Wells tweeted out tonight that he has a torn ligament in his thumb. LA Times beat writer Mike DiGiovanna then tweeted that he expected Wells to be out at least eight to ten weeks with the injury. Wells injured the thumb on a stolen base attempt in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Padres. Angels fans (including our own Scotty...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox place Cody Ross on DL

The banged up Boston Red Sox outfield took another hit today, when Cody Ross was placed on the 15-day DL with a fractured bone in his left foot. Ross is the sixth Boston outfielder to be placed on the DL, joining starters Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, as well as Jason Repko, Darnell McDonald, and Ryan Kalish. Of Boston's four outfielders on the Opening Day roster, only Ryan...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Series Spotlight: Blue Jays at Rays (May 21-23)

I was considering four matchups for this series spotlight. Two of them featured the teams included in the last series spotlight. One was a matchup I had already looked at. The fourth matchup features a team I have written about extensively in series spotlights, and a team under .500. After giving it some thought, I decided to go with this Blue Jays-Rays matchup, just because I haven...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Ellis was hours from losing his leg

On Friday, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis was taken out on a slide by the St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler Greene while Ellis attempted to turn a double play. The slide looked clean and Ellis was able to walk away from it to the point he was walking into the clubhouse as if everything was normal the next day. But everything was not normal. He complained to the trainer...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss
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