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Dugout Digest - sell it all

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro stubbornly has clung to the notion that his team will be buyers heading into the trade deadline. Since the All-Star Break, the Phillies are 1-5. Since scoring 13 runs in their first game back from the break against the Mets, the Phillies have scored a total of nine runs in five games, all losses. Furthermore, they'll be heading to Detroit this weekend...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees trade with Cubs for Alfonso Soriano close to done

Rumors of the Chicago Cubs trading outfielder Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees have been rumbling for days. Now, the deal is oh-so-close to being official. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters before Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks that the trade was "99 percent" done. Soriano was scratched from the Cubs lineup in anticipation of the deal...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Ervin Santana wants All-Star pitchers to play dodgeball

During the MLB Home Run Derby, the pitchers really don't have much to do. I mean, they stand there and gawk at monstrous home runs, and...that's about all. Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana, who was an All-Star just once in 2008, has a suggestion for All-Star weekend that would get the pitchers involved: dodge ball. Next year at #MLB #allstargame we should...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

A-Rod vs. the Yankees is now the best comedy of the summer

For most of June and July, I've been trying to find a TV series to enjoy. I know — I should just watch more baseball. It's always the best TV of the summer. But a 30-minute-to-one-hour breather here and there helps clear the mind. It's a palate cleanser. At least for me.  Dexter and Under the Dome haven't really done it for me; I gave up on those shows after...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - is it over?

The NL East race, which hasn't been much fo a question all year, is getting out of hand. The Braves increased their lead to eight games over the Phillies and nine games over the Nationals. Philadelphia has lost four straight, while Washington has dropped six in a row. BP's playoff odds have the Braves with a 94.5% chance to win the division. The last major chance for either...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves pitcher Tim Hudson fractures ankle

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson fractured his left ankle in Atlanta's 8-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday night. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Eric Young Jr of the Mets hit a grounder to Freddie Freeman at first base. Freeman flipped to Hudson at first base, and Young came down awkwardly on Hudson's ankle.before going down in an immense amount of pain. You...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss
AWKWARD

David Wright hit in head by broken bat

During Wednesday night's Braves-Mets game, David Wright grounded into a double play in the fourth inning. OK, no big deal. But it was what happened on the swing that was interesting, as Wright's bat smacked into the back of his helmet on the follow thru of his swing and broke in half across his helmet. After being shaken up on the play, Wright would stay in the game. Go...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Why are the Seattle Mariners not selling?

One of the most shocking, short-sighted developments to pop up this week (a week full of shocking, short-sighted developments) is that the Seattle Mariners won't be looking to sell leading up to next Wednesday's trade deadline. Now, I can wholly understand the team not wanting to trade young players like Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Nick Franklin, and Mike Zunino...but what...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - turn out the lights

I think the best phrase to describe last night's 10-3, 10 inning Angels loss to the Twins would be "back-breaking". Anaheim scored a run in the ninth, courtesy of a bases loaded walk by Glen Perkins, to tie the game at three. Closer Ernesto Frieri came in for the tenth, and totally melted down, giving up hits to the first three batters of the inning. After getting a...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Orioles bolster bullpen with Francisco Rodriguez

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez has ten saves for Milwaukee this season along with a 1.09 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Baltimore has seen their bullpen's ERA jump by more than half a run this season up to 3.68 after an unreal 2012 that...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox agree on 7-year, $100 million deal

When it comes to the second base market, the impending free agency of Robinson Cano has received the most attention. It’s Boston’s Dustin Pedroia, though, that is making a splash first, agreeing to a 7-year, $100 million extension with the Red Sox. The deal will include a full no-trade clause, which is notable considering how Boston hit the reset button on their past two...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

What's next for Ryan Braun and the Brewers?

When Doug Melvin faced the media following the announcement of Ryan Braun's suspension, he didn't talk about disappointment or shock. He talked about relief. "As the general manager of the ballclub, we’re happy that decision has come to an end and we support the Commissioner’s drug program. The Commissioner’s Office, Ryan, the Union have all got together and...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Are these the last days of Alex Rodriguez?

Originally, this post was going to be kind of an open letter to MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig. It would have been something like, "Dear MLB, please quit dragging this process out and just suspend Alex Rodriguez. Enough with the leaks to the press about suspensions to come. Enough with A-Rod coming up with more injuries to extend his stay on the disabled list. Put us all...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - within a whisker

The Rays are close in the AL East...ohh, they are close. By virtue of a 3-0 win in Boston last night, the Rays are now just a half game behind the Red Sox for first place in the division. All Tampa Bay needs to do is take two out of their next three in Boston, and they'll be in first place heading into the weekend. Anything less, and they'll be heading to the Bronx still...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss
COMING CLEAN

Braun suspended for rest of season

After having a drug suspension overturned in 2011, Ryan Braun will be suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season after admitting to "making mistakes."

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July 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

Cubs send Matt Garza to Texas Rangers for Mike Olt, prospects

The trade that we all assumed would happen at some point is finally going down on this Monday afternoon, with the Chicago Cubs officially set to send Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. The two sides had nearly agreed to a deal towards the end of last week, before medicals on one of the prospects going to the Cubs in the deal caused things to fall apart. The deal will send only...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets take subtle shot at Yankees on Twitter

@Mets: Don't forget to stretch those quads before coming out to CitiField! Game starts at 7:10... See you there! pic.twitter.com/YpZCdWan8A — New York Mets (@Mets) July 22, 2013 Of course, the Yankees lost Derek Jeter to a strained quad in his first game of the season after breaking his ankle last October, and they lost Alex Rodriguez to a strained quad this weekend...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Does the blockbuster midseason trade ever work out that year?

Every summer, we start hearing about how (insert superstar here) is going to get traded and boost his new team into favorites to win the World Series. I started thinking about that, and wondered how often it's actually happened that way. We've been through so many of these midseason blockbusters, and off the top of my head, I can't think of that many heavily hyped deals...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - freefalling

The Texas Rangers are scuffling, and I'm not even talking about their failure to complete a trade for Matt Garza. Texas has lost four straight games, and has fallen to three games back of Oakland in the AL West, the second-largest deficit between a first and second place team in baseball. The Rangers aren't even in the playoff picture right now, sitting a game and a half...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - underappreciated

I really hate leading with the same team to start off the DD in back to back days, but something...interesting happened in Houston last night. The Astros struck out 15 Mariners hitters, allowed just one hit...and lost the game 4-2. Erik Bedard threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings before being pulled, and got saddled with the loss thanks to five walks and a pair of passed balls by catcher Jason...
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July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the quietest cycle ever

Brandon Barnes of the Astros hit for the cycle last night, and you probably didn't even know that he did. But of course you didn't know: the Astros lost to the Mariners 10-7. Barnes, Houston's seven hitter, drove in just a pair of runs in his excellent performance. And not only did the Mariners end up losing the game, but they were trailing 9-3 in the eighth inning, so...
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July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Five MLB prospects who will an impact in the second half

Last season, we saw the Baltimore Orioles call up Manny Machado in August. The top prospect, despite not playing his natural position at shortstop, helped key their playoff run and has joined right up with the rest of the league's top young talent. This season, we're all wondering who could be this year's Machado. That top prospect that will be called up in the second...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Buyers or sellers: Kansas City Royals

Oh, the Royals. There has been a lot said about this team this season by people much more passionate and knowledgeable than myself after Kansas City GM Dayton Moore said he's not going to be selling at the deadline. The article I linked above pretty much outlines exactly what the Royals need to do at the trade deadline. No one is advocating that they trade Eric Hosmer, or...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - light at the end of the tunnel

BASEBALL IS BACK! YES! *kicks through door* ...anyway. Here's what you might have missed yesterday... -The Diamondbacks have a luchador mascot. -Our buyers or sellers series continued on with the New York Yankees. -Ian looked at the top five stories of the second half. -Amanda reminisced about Mariano's magic moment at Citi Field. Today, we're going...
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July 19, 2013  |  Discuss
HAY CARAMBA!

Diamondbacks have new Luchador mascot

The Arizona Diamondbacks have introduced a second mascot to their fanbase: the Diamondbacks Luchador, pictured above. In case you're unaware, a luchador is a masked Mexican pro wrestler. like Rey Mysterio Jr in the WWE. The D-Backs Luchador has apparently been doing some work with the team on more of an unofficial basis as judging from his Twitter account. The Luchador also...
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July 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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