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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

Dugout Digest – a tale of two pitchers and one trade

I’m not one to freak out too much about a sample size of a few starts, but the differences between Drew Smyly and David Price since they were traded for one another is shocking. In five starts with Detroit, Price has a 4.41 ERA, striking out 35 and walking seven in 32 2/3 innings. In five starts with Tampa Bay, Smyly has a 1.50 ERA in 36 innings, striking out 29 and walking seven...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler homered on his first major league swing

Cubs uber-prospect Jorge Soler made his major league debut for the club on Wednesday evening in Cincinnati. The first pitch from Mat Latos that Soler liked enough to swing at ended up over the fence in center field. Welcome to the bigs, kid.
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Adam Wainwright’s ‘dead arm’ drag the Cardinals out of contention?

If the Cardinals intended to put some space between themselves and the Pirates, they failed to do so by losing two out of three to Pittsburgh, capped off by a 3-1 loss at PNC Park on Wednesday. More troubling for St. Louis, however, could be the status of No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright. The Cards’ ace told Though the Cardinals could get a respite by playing the Cubs in their next...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre’s fear of head touching immortalized in music video

Everyone knows how much Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hates having his head touched. The MLB Fan Cave put together this music video of Beltre’s head getting touched, set to a parody of “All I Do Is Win”. It’s hilarious. Poor Adrian. At least the Rangers are curb stomping the Mariners in Seattle today.
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Alex Gordon a legit contender for AL MVP?

Even with his second half scuffles, many have already declared that this is the season that Mike Trout finally wins his long deserved American League Most Valuable Player Award. It’s hard to argue against it, as he continues to produce at an incredible rate in now his third full big league season. However, there are players not to be overlooked in this matter. One of those, perhaps...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

John Rocker will appear on the new season of ‘Survivor’

If you ever hoped John Rocker would be sent to a desert island, CBS is granting your wish. Sort of. The former Braves reliever is part of the new cast for Survivor — or as fully titled, Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. For those not familiar with previous seasons of Survivor the “Blood vs. Water” premise has pairs competing for the $1 million prize instead...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – a tough time for the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians are in one hell of a predicament. In August, they have a 14-8 record, which is the fifth-best mark in all of baseball. There’s just one problem with that – two of the teams ahead of them are the Royals and Mariners, current playoff teams that Cleveland is trying to chase down for a playoff spot. There is still some hope for the Indians, though – they...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s another completely terrible first pitch

It has truly been a banner year for awful first pitches. Today, we bring you back to Texas, but a little to the southeast of Arlington. Before Tuesday night’s Athletics-Astros matchup at Minute Maid Park, an Astros fan that threw out the first pitch spiked the ball. And when I say spiked, I mean SPIKED – I don’t even know if her pitch initially hit the grass, or if she spiked...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

5 teams that should trade for Bartolo Colon or Scott Feldman

With five days remaining until MLB’s waiver trade deadline, conversations are picking up among contenders looking to add one last key piece or patch up a troubling roster hole. Somewhat surprisingly, teams looking to add starting pitching have two options available that just cleared waivers and can now be traded. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon is the more prominent of the two names...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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