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End of season post-mortem: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers were supposed to be a World Series contender after trading Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder and signing top free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Add those two into an established core that included Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Alex Rios, and Elvis Andrus, and you’re looking at one of the best teams in baseball, right? Well…nope. And that’s why you’re seeing...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Brewers have fallen apart

The Milwaukee Brewers…man, what a mess. They lost again to the Cardinals on Thursday night, and are now tied with the Braves for the NL’s second Wild Card spot. Milwaukee has lost an incomprehensible nine in a row, and have dropped an unreal 5.5 games in the standings to the Cardinals over that time period. They’re now barely hanging on to a playoff spot, and have six more...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Casey Janssen grabs foul ball with cap

During the sixth inning of Thursday’s Blue Jays-Rays game at Tropicana Field, Toronto closer Casey Janssen snagged a foul line drive off the bat of Wil Myers. Then, he gave the ball to a fan in the crowd – aw, how sweet. Janssen would save the game in the tenth after Colby Rasmus gave the Jays a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning.
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

With Amaro and Sandberg returning, next year looks like this year for Phillies

The past couple weeks have seemed relatively encouraging for the Philadelphia Phillies. This past Sunday, four Phillies pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against the Braves. On Tuesday, the team’s top prospect, Maikel Franco, made his major league debut. That was followed on Wednesday by Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitching in his first big league game. August was...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Minor league manager Joe Mikulik blows up ... again

It won’t go down as one of manager Joe Mikulik’s best tantrums, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager had another memorable blow-up with umpires during his team’s Carolina League playoff game with the Salem Red Sox Wednesday night. During the 10th inning of a 1-1 ballgame, Mikulik took issue with the umpires ruling a drive down the left field line by Salem’s Jake Romanski...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the brink of elimination

Today, we’re likely to have our first team completely eliminated from the 2014 playoff race – the Texas Rangers. Their elimination number is down to one after their loss in Kansas City, and all it will take to end their season is one more loss or one more win by the Tigers. With both teams in action on Thursday, one of those results seems inevitable. And once that shoe drops...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees ran themselves into a terrible double play

Check out this mess from the first inning of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game. New York put two men on with one out, looking to jump all over Anthony Ranaudo early on. It didn’t exactly go that way. That double play goes down as 2-6-3-4-5-3…or something like that. Not very captain-like for Derek Jeter to stray that far off third base, huh? New York ended up putting two on...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Melky Cabrera freaks over sound of thunder

During Wednesday night’s Blue Jays-Rays game at Tropicana Field, we saw something we don’t see too often at a domed stadium – a rain delay. Prior to the delay, a clap of thunder scared the bejeezus out of Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera. Yeah, I think I could watch that a time or two. As for the delay itself, it wasn’t technically a rain delay – it was caused by a block...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vin Scully narrates 100-year old woman’s first pitch

Before Wednesday’s Nationals-Dodgers game, a 100-year old woman threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. Vin Scully, in typical Vin fashion, had plenty to say about her pitch. Isn’t he just the best? Hopefully, a 100-year old Scully will be throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium in 14 years.
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Kluber extension could be tricky for Cleveland Indians

Corey Kluber has been one of the better overall stories in all of baseball this year. The Cleveland Indians currently sit five games back of the second Wild Card spot in the American League, and their emerging ace is a tremendous reason as to why (despite his stinker of a start on Monday). Kluber made 24 starts for the Tribe last year, his first full season as a starter in the...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – no one wants the NL’s last playoff spot

Four of the five teams set for the National League playoffs look entrenched in their roles. The Nationals have a seven game lead on the Braves in the NL East. The Dodgers and Cardinals both have two game leads in the NL West and Central divisions, respectively. The Giants have a 2.5 game lead on the Brewers for the top Wild Card. And then, there’s the NL’s second Wild Card....
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros make Bo Porter the fall guy for an unwinnable situation

We almost made it through an entire season without a manager being fired, you guys. We had just one month to go! Maybe that’s really the only surprising thing about the Houston Astros firing Bo Porter. At this point on the 2014 schedule, why not just let him finish out the season? But Porter was going to be fired. That became all but official when Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The best and worst MLB players of August

As we’re heading down the stretch, several players rose to the occasion and helped out their teams’ playoff causes. A lot of these names won’t come as a surprise to you, but without further ado, here are the best and worst MLB players for August 2014. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Victor Martinez. Martinez is doing a fantastic job of carrying the Tigers’ offensive load...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Offensive firepower the name of the game for improving Chicago Cubs

The weekend presented a tail of two teams for the Chicago Cubs. On one hand, they looked very good in the early-going of a four-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals. With a chance to take three of four, they got off to a 5-0 lead on Sunday afternoon before melting down with a number of mental miscues. Nonetheless, this weekend, as well as last, have given quite an indication...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – prepping for doomsday

Labor Day wasn’t exactly a time of joy for many teams. The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter after less than two seasons on the job. The Atlanta Braves got no-hit by four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers in the midst of a pennant race, losing a game in the NL East standings to the Washington Nationals in the process. The Texas Rangers saw their elimination number creep down...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending September 1st

The Padres did a great job cramping the style of various contenders this week – they could continue to play spoiler down the stretch for some of these clubs looking to play baseball in October. August 26th, Twins vs Royals Alex Gordon is having himself one hell of a year, and if the Royals end up making the playoffs, he’s going to be a big reason why. This walk off homer against...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – let’s crown the Orioles

I only have one thing to say about the Baltimore Orioles – they’re an incredibly good baseball team. This isn’t the Orioles team of 2012 that won 93 games and won one of the AL’s Wild Card berths with a measly +7 run differential. This is probably the second best team in all of baseball. They didn’t look that way on June 1st – the club was 27-27 with a -11 run differential...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

A's acquire Adam Dunn from White Sox

In August, the Oakland Athletics have seen their once-potent offense fall of a cliff. The team has hit just 22 home runs this month to go along with a line of .224/.304/.351. The trade of Yoenis Cespedes has had much to do with those struggles, but nearly every other regular has struggled as well, most notably Jonny Gomes, Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie, Derek Norris, Alberto Callaspo...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – burn the National League to the ground

The National League is a mess. It’s a complete and utter mess. Tomorrow, we’re going to enter the final month of the 2014 season, and we still don’t know much of anything in the Senior Circuit. Well, I’ll say this with some degree of confidence – the Nationals will win the NL East. But aside from that? It’s a crap shoot. The Brewers only have a one game lead over the...
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August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – playing spoiler

The San Diego Padres aren’t going to make the playoffs. However, they can make the playoff runs of various teams much more difficult down the stretch. The Padres took two out of three from the Brewers earlier this week, and topped the Dodgers in extra innings on Friday night. Since the All-Star Break, they’ve also gone 4-3 against the Braves, 3-4 against the Cardinals, and 2...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Japanese player faces machine-powered 186 mph fastball

I don’t know anyone who watches MLB’s Off the Bat on MTV, but if major leaguers faced a pitching machine that fired 186 mph fastballs at them, that could be a reason to tune in. For now, the market of launching baseball missiles at batters is left to Japanese game shows. And the show found a good sport in former ballplayer Takeshi Yamasaki, who played 25 professional seasons...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

This week’s list has a bit of a Mets vibe to it…of course, New York only benefited from the first homer you’re going to see on this list. 1. Lucas Duda vs Kevin Correia, 457 feet (August 24th) Lucas Duda’s power stroke this season is one of the best things to happen in years for the Mets. He hit this one a long way up the Dodger Stadium bleachers. 2. Mike Napoli vs Sergio...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – a bizarre, incredible, meaningless record

You can say a lot about Yusmeiro Petit’s freshly-set record of 46 consecutive retired batters. It’s a bizarre record, because I don’t think anyone expected a guy like Petit to set the record – a long reliever and spot starter? OK then. Considering that the former record-holder was Mark Buerhle, who threw a perfect game in the midst of his streak to account for 27 of the outs...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners prospect goes after scout over ice cream treat taunt

Remember Jesus Montero, the former Yankees prospect that was dealt for Michael Pineda a couple of offseasons ago? Well, he’s back in the news, and it’s not because he’s playing well. Via MiLB.com… Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers taking one step up, two steps back in race with Royals

With a full month remaining in the 2014 season, two individual games likely won’t have decided the AL Central. But if the Royals end up winning the division and the Tigers either settle for the wild card — or worse, miss the postseason entirely — it’s possible we could look at this last week of August and realize the race may have been determined here. After losing two in...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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