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VIDEO: Darnell McDonald had a pretty nice catch too

Your browser does not support iframes. All of the talk last night (and this morning) was about Mike Trout's amazing catch against the Orioles. But Darnell McDonald of the Boston Red Sox had a pretty awesome catch of his own in Boston's 10-4 win over the Blue Jays during the day. Kelly Johnson hit a deep fly ball to right center that McDonald tracked down, leaped high...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

You can NEVER have too much starting pitching depth

There is an old saying in baseball that "you can never have too much starting pitching." It is an adage that has been proven over and over and over again throughout history, yet it is still ignored on a regular basis. Just look what happened to the 2011 Boston Red Sox as their already thin rotation was ravaged by injuries, forcing them to use the likes of Andrew Miller...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign Cuban outfielder Puig

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made a huge splash in the international market, signing 21 year-old Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig to a $40 million deal, just days before a $2.9 million international spending cap has kicked in. Puig must sign his contract, have the contract approved, and pass a physical before Monday, when the new CBA guidelines kick into effect. Here's the...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Jason Hammel implodes

Baltimore Orioles starter Jason Hammel has been one of the biggest surprises of the baseball season after the Orioles traded for him this offseason in exchange for veteran Jeremy Guthrie. Going into last night's game against the Angels, Hammel had a sterling 2.61 ERA, and was coming off of a pair of dominant outings in which he had allowed just six hits, one unearned...
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June 28, 2012  |  Discuss
REEL IT IN

Trout brings back home run with amazing leap

Your browser does not support iframes. I'm sure you've all heard the tales of Mike Trout....but this catch he made in the first inning of tonight's Angels-Orioles game was unreal. Hardy hit a bomb to right center, and Trout closed fast, before leaping high into the air and snagging the ball from being a homer...the slow motion replay at the end of the video shows just...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss
SCARY MOMENT

Pirates top prospect takes line drive off head

This is graphic, and scary. Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole, the number one overall pick in last year's amateur draft, was hit in the face with a line drive last night in the Altoona Curve's game against the Harrisburg Senators. Cole has down for a substantial amount of time after he was hit, but eventually returned to his feet, and finished out the inning. He left...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Andre Ethier has an oblique injury

The Dodgers' ailing offense took another hit today, as right fielder Andre Ethier left the team's game against the Giants with an oblique injury. Ethier was hurt while sliding into second base in the first inning, attempting to break up a double play. The extent of the injury is currently unknown, but obliques are generally a bad thing to hurt...even the most minor oblique...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

The fallacy of fan voting

The all-star game is designed to be a game for the fans.  That’s why Major League Baseball allows for fans to vote in the starters of the game.  But are we witnessing a true all-star game in essence or is this just another media hyped example of a popularity contest (see gold-glove awards). Fan Voting WAR ...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss
BONE TO PICK

Pettitte breaks ankle, out six weeks

Bad news for the Bronx Bombers, as on the same day CC Sabathia heads to the DL, they lose their veteran lefty to a broken bone. 

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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Phillies activate Chase Utley from DL

And with this one tweet, what we've known for a few days is official: Chase Utley will return to the Phillies lineup tonight against the Pirates.To make room for Utley on the Phillies roster, utilityman Michael Martinez has been demoted to AAA Lehigh Valley. Utley hasn't played at all this season after offseason knee surgery, and there was a cloud of mystery surrounding...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper won't be in the Home Run Derby...but who cares?

In a brief interview with USA Today, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp said that he wouldn't be choosing Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper to participate in the Home Run Derby in July, saying that there are plenty of other players capable of doing well in the Derby, and that he chose his four member team based on stats. Of course, some fans are getting up in arms about...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees place CC Sabathia on DL with groin strain

The New York Yankees have placed their ace starting pitcher CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL with a groin strain. Sabathia will be out until at least the All-Star Break, Freddy Garcia will replace Sabathia in the Yankees rotation for the foreseeable future, with his first start coming on Friday against the White Sox. This is a huge blow for the Yankees, but at the same time...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Predicting the 2012 NL All-Stars

There are still a few days left in voting for the 2012 All-Star Game, but that doesn't mean it is too early to predict the ENTIRE National League All-Star roster.  That's a good thing, because that is just what I went and did.  I'd hate to think I wasted all that time guessing at the roster selections for an exhibition game.  Phew! THE STARTERS C -...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Anthony Rizzo is here!

First off, my apologies for the lack of a DD over the last two days. I had some very interesting computer problems. Technology just hates me this month. Anyway, last night in the Cubs-Mets game, highly touted Cubs first base prospect Anthony Rizzo made his Chicago debut. Hitting in the three hole in the Cubs lineup, Rizzo lived up to the lofty expectations (at least for one...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Aroldis Chapman does a pair of somersaults

Your browser does not support iframes. After tonight's 4-3 Reds win over the Brewers, Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman did something you don't see every day in baseball: a pair of somersaults off the mound, popping up in front of astonished Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan. Hanigan and Chapman exchanged a handshake and a brief hug before going about the rest of their team...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The single-rep All-Stars

I'm sure we all know (and adore!) the lovely rule of the MLB All-Star game that stipuates that every team must have a representative in the game. In some years, this leads to some absolutely silly scenarios, like Kevin Correia representing the Pirates last year (while all-world center fielder Andrew McCutchen was relegated to the Final Vote ballot, which he won in a landslide...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Should the Padres consider a Chase Headley trade?

Jon Heyman of CBS is reporting that there is apparently a decent bit of interest in San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley. Headley currently has a .780 OPS for the last place Padres, and is just 28 years-old. He's only being paid $3.475 million this year, and is under team control for the next two seasons. Since he became a regular in 2009 for San Diego, Headley...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Monday: Vegas, Baby! Vegas!

Catching prospect and last name winner Travis d'Arnaud, pictured above, is killing it for the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. I got back from Las Vegas last Wednesday night with much less money than d'Arnaud has. Then again, I also arrived with much less money than d'Arnaud has. Although he is not a part of our Minor League Top...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Predicting the 2012 AL All-Stars

There are still a few days left in voting for the 2012 All-Star Game, but that doesn't mean it is too early to predict the ENTIRE American League All-Star roster.  That's a good thing, because that is just what I went and did.  I'd hate to think I wasted all that time guessing at the roster selections for an exhibition game.  Phew! THE STARTERS C - Mike...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Inside the Youkilis Trade to the White Sox

There may well be no stranger feeling than when you're with a group of people who are quite experienced at their craft in a place where something very important is allegedly happening and the rest of the world seems to know more about said happening than everyone in that room combined. That was the case Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Right around the...
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June 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer freed, will make debut on Thursday

A rallying cry this offseason among people watching the Arizona Diamondbacks has been "FREE TREVOR BAUER", referring to the fifth overall pick in last year's amateur draft who is running roughshod over the minor leagues. After 93 innings and 16 starts in the minors this year, the call has been made, and Bauer will make his major league debut for the Diamondbacks on...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Is Kevin Youkilis a good fit for the White Sox?

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been a hot target of trade rumors all week, with a number of teams linked to him. The three apparent front runners for his services were the Dodgers, Indians, and White Sox, and this afternoon, rumors are swirling furiously that he's heading to Chicago. Youkilis's name plate has been removed from his locker at Fenway Park, and he was...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the walkoff champion

Jim Thome hit a walkoff homer yesterday as the Phillies beat the Rays 7-6. It was his 13th career walkoff homer, which is the most all-time, breaking a tie that Thome was in with Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson. The game-ending homer was also the 609th of Thome's career, tying him with Sammy Sosa for the seventh most all-time. Thome...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez and the un-American values of dreadlocks...according to a 69-year-old lady

"Hi, I'm a viewer of television..." That's how it stared. An innocent sounding 69-year-old lady who cares enough to take time out of her day to leave a voicemail for a front office staffer of the Sacramento Rivercats. Specifically, to talk about one of their new players at the time, former Major League superstar Manny Ramirez. And then, out came this gem...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Jason Hammel, the lawnmower

Jason Hammel is having one of the more unheralded seasons in baseball this year for the Orioles, being acquired from the Rockies (along with reliever Matt Lindstrom) for starter Jeremy Guthrie (who isn't even in Colorado's rotation anymore!). In Hammel's last two starts, against the Nationals and Braves (the two top teams in the NL East), he's allowed just...
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June 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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