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Bryce Harper plays some slow pitch softball in DC

On his first off day in the bigs on Monday, after making his debut just on Saturday, Bryce Harper crashed a local softball game taking place on the fields near the Washington Monument. The 19-year-old Harper grabbed an aluminum bat and took a couple hacks on his first day in the city, to the playful heckles of "no batter" and "rookie." You'll be surprised...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Brandon Inge's debut replacing Brandon Inge

Save for a stint in the minors last year and rehab starts every now and then, Brandon Inge has been in the Major Leagues since making his debut in April 2001. Over 11-plus seasons, Inge has always worn a Detroit Tigers uniform in the Majors. When he was released last week, he said his heart would 100-percent always be with the Tigers. That is, until he signed with the Oakland Athletics...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Ryan Braun is awesome

We touched on this last night, but Ryan Braun was dominant last night in Milwaukee's 8-3 win over San Diego. He homered three times, and tripled for the hell of it too. Braun scored three runs and drove in six, and his OPS for the season is now at .994. Last season, when Braun won the NL MVP award and was apparently a dirty steroid abuser, his OPS was ...994. Well, imagine...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Braun hits 3 HR at Petco Park

It's kind of hard to believe that the reigning NL MVP and four-time All Star, Ryan Braun, had never hit three home runs in a single game before Monday night. It might be harder to believe that Braun finally accomplished the feat at the extremely pitcher-friendly PETCO Park (334-401-396-400-322'):  Ryan Braun just became the first player to hit 3 HR in one game at PETCO...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Tigers' Delmon Young suspended for 7 days following arrest

Delmon Young was arrested last Friday for an incident that occurred outside the team's hotel during which Young allegedly shoved a guy and shouted anti-Semitic remarks. Young was charged with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor with a hate crime element and later released on $5,000 bail.  Dave Dombrowski spoke to the media before the Tigers' game on...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria exits Monday's game with left knee injury

Evan Longoria made his second attempt to reach his 2011 steals total (3) on Monday night, but his left knee prevented him from getting there.  Longoria was caught stealing for the third time this year and injured his knee in the process, forcing him to exit early from the Rays' 3-2 win over the Mariners on Monday night. There isn't much to update as to the extent of the...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Justin Morneau exits Twins' 4-3 loss with sore wrist

Justin Morneau was replaced in the top of the 7th inning of the Minnesota Twins' 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night with what the team deemed to be a sore left wrist. If it weren't for the fact that Morneau has a lengthy history of dealing with injuries and he had surgery on this very wrist during the offseason to stabilize a tendon in it, one might not be...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Series Spotlight: Orioles at Yankees (April 30-May 2)

The Baltimore Orioles really weren't, and quite frankly, they're still not, expected to be a contender in the American League this season. But here we are on the final day of April, and the Orioles are in first place in the AL East with a 14-8 record. They've got the same record as the Rays, and only the Rangers have a better record in the AL. Baltimore's 3.06 ERA...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Monday: All Grown Up

(Um...Jurickson? You're playing shortstop, not pitcher.) An Ode To Michael Nelson Trout Oh, Mike. What fun we had in...what, three weeks? You were my #1 guy. My shining star on this list. The anti-Vernon Wells. And now, here you stand. A man of 20, four months away from being able to drink legally in the United States of America, and you get brought up to take your rightful...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the Phillies offense is *bad*

The Philadelphia Phillies lost 5-1 to the Chicago Cubs yesterday in a game that saw the Phililes get just two hits. For the season, they've scored just 70 runs, fourth worst in baseball. Their .635 OPS is 25th in the league, and their .288 OBP is third worst in baseball. Here's the thing about the Phillies, though: they've only played nine games against teams at or...
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April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks move Collmenter to bullpen, promote Corbin

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a long-anticipated move by sending starter Josh Collmenter to the bullpen. However, instead of replacing him with top prospects Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs, they went with the third best starter down in AA Mobile: Pat Corbin. Earlier this week, I talked about the possibility of Arizona shifting Collmenter out of the rotation and replacing him with...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Bryce Harper's first MLB hit

In case you weren't tipped off on it enough, Bryce Harper made his Major League debut Saturday night against the LA Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The game certainly lived up to the marvelous fanfare: Stephen Strasburg threw a gem; Harper played as great as you could ask from a 19-year-old kid in his first big league game; and it all ended with the Dodgers coming from behind to...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the phenoms have arrived

Going into Saturday's game, eyes around baseball were focued on two players: Bryce Harper of the Nationals, and Mike Trout of the Angels. This was Harper's first action in the show, but Trout had received a brief callup last year for the Angels. Their expectations were not necessarily met. Playing left field and batting seventh, Harper went 1/3 with a double and a sac fly...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the most useless cycle ever

Scott Hairston of the Mets hit for the cycle last night, and he did it by the end of the sixth inning. That's pretty impressive. What else is pretty impressive is that Hairston's Mets lost the game....18-9. The last team to lose when they had a player who hit for the cycle was when Kelly Johnson hit for the cycle in July 2010, and the Diamondbacks lost 7-4 to the Giants...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss
SHAKE IT UP

Angels cut Abreu, promote Trout

The Angels decided to shake things up and release Bobby Abreu. They recalled prospect Mike Trout to take his spot.

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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss
SHOW TIME

Nats calling up Bryce Harper

The best prospect in baseball is going to get his chance in the bigs, as the Nationals are calling up their phenom to take the roster spot of the injured Ryan Zimmerman. 

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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Series Spotlight: Rays at Rangers (April 27-29)

Each of these two teams is at the top of their division (the Rays are tied with Baltimore, which is shocking), while the Rangers one up the Rays by holding the best record in baseball at 15-4, and already have a +55 run differential. The Rangers look like the class of baseball right now, while the Rays....are actually struggling a little bit, but still taking advantage of a division...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston's Crawford to miss three more months

Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford, who hasn't played an inning this season, will be out three more months with a sprained UCL in his left elbow. The UCL is the elbow ligament that is typically repaired in Tommy John surgery, though Crawford is going to attempt to rehab his elbow since the ligament is sprained and not torn. Crawford's rehab will include platelet rich...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Delmon Young charged with assault, possibly a hate crime

Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested this morning and is being charged with assault after shoving a man in front of the Tigers hotel in New York, where the team will play the Yankees this weekend. Young was apparently highly intoxicated during the incident, and was actually taken to a hospital to sober up before being taken to jail to be booked. To complicate the matter even...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - closers having issues

First, it was Sean Marshall allowing a three run homer to Angel Pagan in the ninth to propel the Giants to a 6-5 win over the Reds. Next, it was Brandon Allen of the Rays launching a moonshot two run homer off of Angels closer Jordan Walden to give the Rays a 4-3 victory. Finally, Mets rookie Kirk Nieuwenheuis singled off of Heath Bell of the Marlins to give New York a 3-2 victory...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Insensitive Rangers fans want an apology

You remember that story from Wednesday night about the Rangers fans who didn't give the kid the ball? Well, they spoke to WFAA-TV in the Dallas area on Thursday, and are claiming ignorance. Sean Leonard and Shannon Moore, take it away. "My fiance Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Pelfrey to get Tommy John surgery

Another pitcher has gotten bit by the Tommy John bug: Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who was placed on the DL on Tuesday with a sore elbow. The news was shared by Mets manager Terry Collins today after the Mets' 3-2 win over the Marlins. With Pelfrey due to hit his final year of arbitration after this season, and likely to make at least $6 million, it's safe to assume that his...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Five reasons why the Angels are struggling

Coming into the 2012 season, the Los Angeles Angels were the most hyped team in baseball following the signings of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. After 18 games, the Angels are in the basement of the AL West with a 6-12 record. Only the pathetic Twins and Royals have worse records in the AL. Their -10 run differential is fourth worst in the AL, behind the aforementioned Twins and Royals...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Low-Level Highlights: Dylan Bundy

The line reads out of MLB 12: The Show on Rookie setting while using Justin Verlander against a Double-A team: 40 batters faced over 13 innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, 21 strikeouts at Low-A Delmarva. Go ahead and read that again. Okay, one more time. Impressed yet? Did I mention he's only 19 years old? And that he's doing this in the 4th best run-scoring environment...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The fences at Pecto Park might get moved in

John Moores may be desperately looking to sell the San Diego Padres, but that doesn't mean he is going to sit around and be a lame duck owner until that happens. No, according to a report yesterday, the Padres are seriously considering moving the fences in at the cavernous Petco Park. This is not a new idea though. The Padres have toyed with the idea before, which is why the...
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April 26, 2012  |  1 Comment
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