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Umpire Jerry Meals hands the Orioles a win via a horrific call

This is why the Orioles just aren't going to go away.  With one out and one-run lead in the ninth inning, Baltimore's vaunted bullpen looked perfectly ready to blow the save against the Yankees.  Mark Teixeira hit a groundball to short, which J.J. Hardy fielded and threw to second to put out Nick Swisher only to have the relay to first base arrive too late, thus allowing...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg shut down immediately by Nationals

Breaking news out of Washington: Nationals manager Davey Johnson has announced that Stephen Strasburg has been shut down, effective immediately. The news was first reported by Byron Kerr of MASN. This shut down comes one start early, as we reported last week that Strasburg's last start was initially slated for September 12th. Johnson apparently believes that the media distractions...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - no longer untouchable

Aroldis Chapman has been the best reliever in baseball this year. But that moniker took a solid bump after his outing last night. Chapman blew the save and took the loss when he allowed three runs to the Astros in the ninth inning in the Reds' 5-3 loss to the NL Central's worst team. The blown save was Chapman's first since June 24th, and it was the first time...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

The White Sox wore hideous uniforms tonight

We can talk about ugly uniforms all we want, but one tradition that seems to stand in baseball is teams mixing green into their wardrobe on St Patrick's Day during Spring Training. Well, the Chicago White Sox mixed green into their uniforms on Friday for a promotion that the team was billing as "halfway to St Patrick's Day". A photo posted on the team's Twitter...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - smashing!

77-60. It's a pretty solid record. It's the record held by both the Orioles and Yankees after Thursday's games, too. Baltimore smashed New York 10-6, coming back in the eighth inning after blowing a 6-1 lead. Nine of Baltimore's ten runs came via the home run, including a pair by the white hot Mark Reynolds. Awesome Yankees set-up man David Robertson faced...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss
SIMMER DOWN NOW

Benches clear twice during Nats-Cubs game

In Thursday's Cubs-Nationals game, benches cleared in the sixth inning after Cubs reliever Lendy Castillo threw inside at Bryce Harper. Both benches cleared and the bullpens emptied onto the field. There was an incident at first base between Cubs reliever Manuel Corpas and Nationals reliever Mike Gonzalez led to both of their ejections, and Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger was...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy had surgery on his skull after getting hit on Wednesday

After A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy was hit in the side of the head yesterday by a line drive, I thought out loud that it didn't seem to be that bad. I was completely and utterly wrong. From an A's press release... After the incident occurred in the fourth inning yesterday, the A’s pitcher was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where a CT Scan revealed...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss
BITE HAND THAT FEEDS?

Indians closer rips ownership, GM

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez blasted the team's ownership and general manager for what he perceives as their unwillingness to do everything possible to win.

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September 06, 2012  |  1 Comment

Dugout Digest - an unsung hero

All the talk around Atlanta's pitching staff has been around Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel, but last night showed that Mike Minor is just as crucial a part of the Braves staff. Minor threw seven one hit innings last night against the Rockies in the Braves 1-0 win, and he's sheared his ERA down by two runs since the beginning of June. Since the All-Star Break, Minor...
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September 06, 2012  |  Discuss
SCARY MOMENT

Brandon McCarthy hit in head with line drive

During Wednesday's Angels-A's game, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar hit a liner off of A's starter Brandon McCarthy's head in the fourth inning. McCarthy immediately went down on the play, but sat up shortly thereafter. There was no blood, and McCarthy looked more rattled than anything else as he sat there with trainers attending to him. McCarthy then stood up and...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss
MY BLOODY VALENTINE

Bobby V. goes off on radio host

The frustrations of the 2012 Red Sox season have taken its toll on Bobby Valentine, as witnessed by a tense interview he gave on Wednesday to WEEI in Boston. 

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September 05, 2012  |  1 Comment

MLB managers who could be on the chopping block

A tweet from ESPN's Keith Law last night got my brain racing. Law wondered if Jim Leyland would take the fall in Detroit if the Tigers don't make the playoffs in response to a reader asking if Joe Girardi would get axed in New York if the Yankees missed the playoffs. I pitched the same thing about Mike Scioscia in Anaheim, and Law agreed that Scioscia could also get the axe...
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September 05, 2012  |  1 Comment

Dugout Digest - first place Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are in first place, and it's September. The O's beat the hell out of the Blue Jays 12-0, and combined with the Yankees 5-2 loss to the Rays, Baltimore moved into a tie with New York. And hell, the Rays are right there too at just a game and a half behind the duo in the division. We could be living in a world where the Rays, Orioles, and A'...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss
YES

Josh Reddick gets WWE Daniel Bryan treatment

WWE star Daniel Bryan's entrance music is a remix of Wagner's classic opera song "Ride of the Valkyries". During Bryan's entrance, the WWE crowd chant YES! at him, his former catchphrase. Oakland A's right fielder Josh Reddick recently came up to bat while Bryan's remixed version of the classical song played. The infamous A's right field gang...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Joey Votto returns from DL for Reds

Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who looked to be a favorite for the NL MVP award this year before meniscus surgery in July, has been activated from the DL by the Reds, and will apparently start tomorrow for the team. The Reds, who had a 50-38 record after Votto's last game on July 15th, haven't missed a beat without their All-Star first baseman. The team has rolled...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Hope for the Hopeless: Houston Astros

This is the first edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at all of the teams in the league that finished under .500, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2012 season. FIrst up: the Houston Astros. It's been a bad year for the Astros. No one will argue that. As I talked about in the post-mortem feature yesterday...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Outside scouting dept.: Some hope for Houston?

The Astros started the 2012 season with almost no hope of playoff contention and, as Joe pointed out, they have taken steps to clean house in hopes of building a team capable of contending years down the road in the AL West. In order for that plan to work, they will need a strong group of prospects to live up to their potential. Here are some notes on a few prospects I have watched...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - tight like a glove

This AL East race is going to be crazy over this final month. The Yankees are still tops in the division with a 76-58 record, but fell to the Rays 4-3 on Monday after an eighth inning RBI single by Chris Gimenez. The Rays are now 74-61, 2.5 games back of the Yankees. Meanwhile, there's the Orioles, who just aren't losing. Baltimore beat the Blue Jays 4-0 in Toronto...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

End of Season Post-Mortem: Houston Astros

Ah yes, here we are...the first edition of the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

10 MLB signings that paid off big-time

We’re about one month away from the post season and the advent of the second wild card has more cities across America intensely rooting on their teams than ever before. While our hearts and minds are focused on the current playoff push, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that the current success of many of the playoff hunting ball-clubs can be charted back to this past...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - knotted

The Detoit Tigers welcomed the Chicago White Sox into the Motor City on Friday with a sole purpose: sweep the series and move into a first place tie with the pale hose. Well, here on Monday...mission accomplished. The Tigers completed the sweep on Sunday night, beating the White Sox 4-2 behind another fantastic performance from Justin Verlander. He allowed a solo homer to...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss
GAME OVER, MAN

Chipper Jones' walk-off HR vs. the Phillies

Back on May 2nd, the Braves beat the Phillies 15-13 in 11 innings on a walkoff homer by Chipper Jones in one of the craziest games of the year. Four months to the day later...Jones did it again, hitting a three-run homer off of Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves an 8-7 win in a game they once trailed 7-1. This win was a necessary one for Atlanta,...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss
A FAREWELL TO ARMS

Strasburg's final start announced

The Nationals have finally come out and stated when their phenom's last start of 2012 will take place, and it might be sooner than you expected. 

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September 02, 2012  |  1 Comment
SMASHING DEBUT

Rangers rookie homers in first career at bat

Texas Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar, just called up to the major league roster this weekend, wasted no time in proving his worth. In his first major league at bat on Sunday against the Indians, Profar took a Zack McAllister pitch deep over the right field wall for the first homer of his career. Pirates prospect Starling Marte also homered in his first career at bat, but...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - one step away

The Tigers are just one game out of the top spot in the AL Central after topping the White Sox 5-1 last night in Detroit. Francisco Liriano turned back into a pumpkin for Chicago, and was no match for a game Max Scherzer. The Tigers offense tripled three teams, giving the team ample opportunity for easy runs, while the White Sox scuffled and labored to push even one run across...
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September 02, 2012  |  Discuss
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