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Red Sox looking to deal Youkilis?

Rumors are swirling that the Red Sox are actively looking to ship their power hitting third baseman out of town. 

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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - wow, that's it?

Last night was the final night of May...and there were three games on the MLB schedule. Really? Three games? I understand the logic of doing it, as all teams need a day off, and with the weather getting warmer across the country, one nearly full-blown day off across the league seems like a good thing. The Brewers got completely screwed though, finishing up a series in LA last night...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander working on his home run swing

Justin Verlander is a no-hit pitcher. But he's also a no-hit hitter. It's like he's pitching to himself almost. In his career during interleague play, Verlander is 0-for-20 with 13 strikeouts and his seven other outs weren't exactly results of bad luck. But Verlander is trying to change that. It's no secret around Detroit that he desperately wants to get his...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Chan Ho Park rapping about crap

Chan Ho Park made a pretty nice Major League career out of pitching. In fact, at the age of 38, he's still pitching over in South Korea, last I checked. He provided 17 years of service for seven different big league teams and, on October 1, 2010, he became the winningest Asian pitcher in MLB history (124). However, I have to believe the legend of Chan Ho Park will forever be...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Umpire Laz Diaz wouldn't allow Russell Martin to throw new baseballs to pitcher

Major League Baseball is 'looking into' a spat that occurred between home plate umpire Laz Diaz and New York Yankees catch Russell Martin on Wednesday night. According to Martin, he and Diaz got into an argument over balls and strikes early in the game and Diaz's bizarre way of holding a grudge was to not allow Martin to throw new balls back to his pitcher:  "He...
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June 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp goes back on DL with hamstring injury

Matt Kemp's ailing hamstring, which he aggravated in last night's Dodgers loss against the Brewers, has once again forced him to the DL. Kemp had an MRI done this morning, and it was revealed that he had a grade 1 strain, which was the same as he had before, as well as the mildest type of strain. Kemp will apparently be missing four weeks at minimum. To replace Kemp on the...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies place Troy Tulowitzki on DL with groin strain

A disastrous season for the Colorado Rockies has gotten even worse, as they've had to place shortstop Troy Tulowitzki onto the 15-day DL with a left groin strain. The Rockies are already nine games under .500 and 11.5 games out of first place, so it's not like this will impact their playoff chances at all....but it's still bad news for the team. Tulowitzki first injured...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Orioles' Markakis breaks hamate bone, will miss 3-4 weeks

Bad news for the Baltimore Orioles, as right fielder Nick Markakis will miss 3-4 weeks after breaking the hamate bone in his hand. Roch Kubatko of MASN is reporting that the injury first occured seven or ten days ago on a slide into second base, but the full break occured on Tuesday while swinging. The Orioles are exploring various internal options to replace Markakis on the roster...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

If they become sellers... Detroit Tigers

It is never too early to start talking about the trade deadline, especially when we can talk about would-be contenders that might unexpectedly end up being sellers rather than buyers at the deadline. Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at many of these such teams, and there is a surprisingly large amount, and what exactly they might be looking...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss
LIKE SNAPPING A TWIG

Matt Kemp breaks bat over knee after re-injury

During yesterday's Brewers-Dodgers game, Andre Ethier doubled to left center, and Matt Kemp scored from first on the play. However, while Kemp was coming into third base, he considerably slowed up, and limped off the field after scoring. While in the dugout, Kemp then proceeded to leap up and down a few times to test his hamstring out, and then pulled a Bo Jackson and broke...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Mariners offensive barrage

Coming into Wednesday's game against the Rangers, the Mariners offense was really, really bad. No power. No patience. But last night, something happened against the Texas Rangers, the best team in the American League. The Mariners put 21 runs on the board, including eight runs in the second AND third innings. I've created a special "Hitting Lines of the Night"...
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May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Braves switch shortstops; demote Pastornicky, promote Simmons

The Atlanta Braves completed a much needed shortstop switch after Wednesday's win over the Cardinals, demoting incumbent Tyler Pastornicky to AAA Gwinnett and promoting Andrelton Simmons from AA Mississippi to the majors.  Pastornicky had struggled both offensively and defensively in the majors after winning the starting job in Spring Training. This year, he had just a .605...
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May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment

Jamie Moyer's amazing comeback for the Rockies appears to be over, as the starter has been DFAed by the Rockies today. The news was first reported by Tracy Ringolsby of ROOT Sports Denver. The 49 year-old Moyer was signed by the Rockies this offseason, recovering from Tommy John surgery a year ago. Shockingly, he made the team's rotation out of Spring Training, but was very...
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May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Tigers place Doug Fister on DL

Remember Doug Fister's pulled side muscle in April? Well, it's back. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Tigers have placed Fister on the 15-day DL, retroactive to yesterday, with a strained muscle in his left side. Fister started for the Tigers on Monday in Boston, and got hammered, allowing six runs on 11 hits in five innings. He didn't have a win in the five starts...
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May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Baseball's top prospects developing on and off the field

It's so very easy to get lost in the numbers and endless online analysis. It's easy to forget that the minor leagues are about more than just production, they're also about development on and off the field. While players don't face nearly as much media scrutiny at the minor league level as they do in the big leagues, they are certainly subjected to the awesome quirkiness...
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May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - so, this is regression...

The story of the first third of the MLB season was the Baltimore Orioles, and their run to the top of the AL East. Well...that story is slowly turning to dust. The Orioles have lost four in a row, ar 3-7 in their last ten, and their run differential is down to +11, worst in the AL East. Baltimore's schedule gets tougher over the next week and a half, as they travel to Tampa Bay...
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May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Angels place Jered Weaver on DL

The Los Angeles Angels have placed starting pitcher Jered Weaver on the 15-day DL, with a strained muscle in his back. The news was initially recanted by the Angels Twitter account, but a second tweet confirmed that Weaver would be heading to the DL, and that Garrett Richards would be replacing Weaver on the roster. Weaver initially injured his back last night in the first inning...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers to sign Roy Oswalt

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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Roy Halladay placed on DL, out 6-8 weeks with strained lat

The Philadelphia Phllies have placed starting pitcher Roy Halladay on the 15-day DL with a strained right lat muscle, and he will be out for six to eight weeks. That would put him out of commission for the Phillies until mid to late July, which is absolutely not what this team needed at this point in time. Halladay left Saturday's start against the Cardinals in the first inning...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Magglio Ordonez to retire on Sunday

Former Tigers and White Sox outfielder Magglio Ordonez will be retiring on Sunday, during "Magglio Ordonez Day" at Comerica Park when the Tigers host the Yankees. Ordonez has dealt with injuries over the last two seasons, playing in fewer than 100 games in each after injuring his ankle. He re-fractured the ankle in the playoffs this past year, and made the decision to...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Handicapping the race for Roy Oswalt

Roy Oswalt's name is coming up more and more among clubs who are short on pitching depth. A number of teams have been linked to Oswalt, from the favorites (Rangers, Phillies, Red Sox) to the more surprising candidates (Dodgers, Orioles, Brewers). Oswalt has thrown for the three favorites as well as the Dodgers in recent weeks, and we seem to be getting close to a decision. Of...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

If they become sellers... Atlanta Braves

It is never too early to start talking about the trade deadline, especially when we can talk about would-be contenders that might unexpectedly end up being sellers rather than buyers at the deadline.  Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at many of these such teams, and there is a surprisingly large amount, and what exactly they might be looking ...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Jim Leyland goes off on the media

During yesterday's Tigers-Red Sox game, Mike Aviles appeared to strike out swinging for the third out in the second inning. But, home plate umpire Jeff Nelson said the ball was a foul tip that catch Gerald Laird didn't hold on to, which numerous replays showed was an incorrect call. The call was upheld by first base umpire Bill Welke. Aviles would later hit an RBI single...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - if only they had an offense...

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, and are currently at the .500 mark with a 24-24 record. It's funny though, because the Pirates pitching staff is actually having a really good year: their team ERA is 3.20, which is led by an outstanding ERA of 2.61 from the bullpen, with nearly a strikeout per inning. Yet, despite being at .500, the Pirates run differential...
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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss
BAGGAGE CLAIM?

Suitcase breaks Lucroy's hand

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after a suitcase fell and landed on his hand as he was attempting to retrieve a lost sock from under a bed.

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May 29, 2012  |  Discuss
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