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Munenori Kawasaki does dance on flight

We've been closely following the rising star of Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki, who might be demoted to the minor leagues once Jose Reyes returns from the DL (though it's looking less and less likely that he gets the axe). After the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 13-5 on Sunday to win their 11th straight game, Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista filmed Kawasaki doing a...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the most disastrous division

I'm sorry to say this, as a fan of an NL East team, but the division this year is...awful. You can point at our usual whipping boy, the AL Central, but let's face facts for a second: the AL Central has two teams above .500 (compared to the NL East's one and one at .500), and has three teams with a positive run differential (compared to the NL East's one). The three...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Toronto loves Munenori Kawasaki

Munenori Kawasaki has taken Toronto by storm while filling in at shortstop for Jose Reyes, and the Blue Jays are going to be faced with a tough decision on who to remove from the roster when Reyes is ready to return from a sprained ankle. During last night's game with the Orioles, Kawasaki hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning, the first of his career. The Rogers Centre...
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June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - don't call it a comeback

Remember the Washington Nationals, chic preseason World Series pick? Well, the Nationals have scuffled thusfar this season, but lately, they're showing signs of putting it all together. Washington has won three in a row, and knocked off the Rockies 2-1 last night in a vintage performance from Stephen Strasburg (and an all too common performance from their offense this season...
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June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Adiós, El Caballo: Carlos Lee retires

Despite saying he had offers from four teams to play this season, 14-year veteran Carlos Lee officially announced his retirement today. One of the more consistent hitters of the 2000s, the three-time All-Star from Panama finishes his career with a .285/.339/.483 line, with 469 doubles, 358 home runs and an OPS+ of 113. Never the best defender, his WAR numbers were never spectacular...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins ballboy makes incredible catch

Ballboys don't get much love. Sure, the ball*girls* get a lot of love, and the older ball*dudes* get a lot of love, but the regular ol' ballboys typically get ignored. This Twins ballboy deserves some love for making an unreal catch during Thursday's White Sox-Twins game. Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox hit a liner foul in the fourth inning, and the ballboy jumped and...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Watchability Rankings - 6/21/13

RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 +3 @ TOR vs CLE I'm sorry, but Chris Davis is the best hitter in baseball, and watching him play is incredible. This is a legitimately good team. 2 -1 vs TEX @ HOU They...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - an underrated return

Roy Oswalt started for the Rockies on Thursday night, his first start in the majors since last August with the Rangers. Oswalt got the loss in Washington's 5-1 win, but he showed that he had more left in the tank than last year's ill-fated return with Texas showed. In five innings, Oswalt allowed four runs on nine hits, including a homer to Ian Desmond in the second inning...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

A Yasiel Puig All-Star nod is inevitable

There has been a lot of rabble going into the All-Star Game next month about Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig potentially getting named to the team after just 15 games. Bruce Bochy of the Giants, manager of this year's NL squad, said he'd be hard-pressed to add Puig to the roster. And honestly, I can see both sides of the argument on this one. Puig has been sensational...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The race for NL Rookie of the Year is getting crowded

The debut of a top young prospect is becoming a weekly occurrence in MLB. On Tuesday, pitcher Zack Wheeler made his first major league start for the New York Mets. The 23-year-old threw six shutout innings, holding the Atlanta Braves to four hits in a 6-1 victory. Wheeler struck out seven batters while walking five.  Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole introduced...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - perfection gone

Pirates closer Jason Grilli's dreams of perfection are over. Grilli allowed a solo homer in the ninth inning to Jay Bruce last night in Cincinnati, tying the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game at one. It was the first save Grilli has blown this year after converting his first 25 attempts of this season. To add insult to injury, the Reds ended up walking off with a win in the 13th inning...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Who could have predicted this June?

This June has been absolutely crazy across the world of baseball, and quite frankly, I don't think anyone could have predicted the way this month has gone so far. You can place sports bets at a number of sites online, and if you placed a bet on everything that has happened thusfar in June, you'd be a rich person. Take a look at just exactly what has happened this month...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the dynamic duo

The Mets stink this year. But on Tuesday, a glimmer of hope poked through the sky. The Mets swept the Braves in a doubleheader, winning by scores of 4-3 and 6-1. Each of the two games was started by a young phenom: game one by Matt Harvey, and game two by Zack Wheeler in his major league debut. Both men performed extremely well, with Harvey striking out 13 and no-hitting the Braves...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees continue to ail with Youkilis surgery, Teixeira back to DL

The New York Yankees have a 7-8 record in June, with six of those wins coming against the Mariners and Indians, and their schedule is about to get even more brutal. To make matters worse, the Yankees will have to tough it out without Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira as they try to keep their heads above water in the AL East. Youkilis will need surgery for a herniated disk in his...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers fan supports his team at fifth grade graduation

This is Casey. He just graduated fifth grade. At his graduation, Casey gave a speech talking about a memory from this past year of school. The memory he chose to discuss was when the Giants won the World Series this past season. When Casey said it was his "least favorite memory", there were a couple of gasps in the crowd followed by some laughter and applause. Casey then...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Who are these San Diego Padres?

The San Diego Padres? Most of us predicted them to finish last in the NL West this year, right? That division was expected to be a two-team race between the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants and megabucks Los Angeles Dodgers. Early in the season, however, the surprise emergence of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies made the NL West a three-team battle...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - flipping the cards

The San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 in 13 innings last night. With the win, the Padres moved to third place in the NL West, just one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the division. The Padres have won seven in a row and are 11-5 in June, a nice bounceback considering that they started the season with a 10-16 April. Another team that's...
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June 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Brawl erupts during minor league game

Your browser does not support iframes. During Saturday night's Memphis-Albuquerque game, a brawl erupted in the fourth inning. Memphis (AAA affiliate of the Cardinals) reliever Jorge Rondon threw at the head of Albuquerque (AAA affiliate of the Dodgers) shortstop Justin Sellers after a home run by Jeremy Moore. Then, all hell broke loose. Rondon was immediately ejected, and...
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June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - life support

This really bears repeating from earlier this week: the Texas Rangers are not playing good baseball right now. At all. The Rangers have lost six of seven games on their current 11 game homestand, with the only win coming last Monday against the Indians. Texas' typically high-powered offense has had issues putting runs on the board during this losing streak, totaling just eight...
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June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

The O.co stadium is full of crap... literally

So, Bud Selig, about that whole Oakland A's moving to Santa Clara thing. Any chance we might be able to speed up the process? No rush or anything, but you might want to know that the O.co Coliseum, where the A's currently play, is flooded with raw sewage. That seems kind of relevant, no? Yes, it is apparently an ugly sight at O.co right now as both the A's and the...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays call up Wil Myers

Rays fans have been impatiently awaiting the arrival of Wil Myers. Since he hadn't been called up yet, it was safe to assume that Tampa Bay was playing service-time games with last year's USA Today minor league Player of the Year. At issue was the "super-two" date, which determines when players become eligible for arbitration. Being on the wrong side of that date...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the catastrophic NL West

Earlier this week, I mentioned that the Padres were "likely" sellers. On Friday, I mentioned that San Diego could probably use their three game sweep of Atlanta as a springboard to better things this year. Fast forward to today, and the Padres are 34-34, three games out of first in the NL West after a 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. The Padres have reached...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays starter Alex Cobb hit in head with line drive

Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb was hit in the head during today's Rays-Royals game. In the top of the fifth inning, Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a line drive back to the mound that hit off of Cobb's right ear, sending the righthander down to the Tropicana Field turf. Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher, but did not lose consciousness during the...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - winds of change

There might be something special happening with the Blue Jays right now. Toronto smashed the Rangers 8-0 last night, and are just six games under .500. The Jays have won three in a row, and in June, their ERA is 2.50, fourth best in baseball and nearly two runs lower than their season ERA. The pitching was the key for Toronto, and now that's coming along and the Jays might be...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss
JUDGMENT DAY

Suspensions doled out for MLB brawl

Tuesday's Diamondbacks-Dodgers brawl has resulted in eight player suspensions, with ten games for D-Backs starter Ian Kennedy being the most severe.

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June 14, 2013  |  1 Comment
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