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Cubs ground crew screws up tarp, leads to called game

With the Cubs beating the Giants in the bottom of the 5th, it started to rain. Then this happened. After quite some time and the rain died down and the job was finished. But the field was quite a mess. A huge mess and with the Cubs winning in the 5th, the Giants hoped the field could be tended to so the game could resume rather than be suspended as a Cubs win. And so it started…...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa has no plans to bring back Kirk Gibson, yet

The USA Today reported on Tuesday morning that the Arizona Diamondbacks’ current plan was to bring back their skipper Kirk Gibson for at least a sixth season in 2015, which if true, would show Arizona’s content with mediocrity. The Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, through a spokesman, called the USA Today’s report inaccurate, though. It’s certainly possible...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s and Tigers added pitching, but may have underestimated hitting

A funny thing happened on the way to the inevitable ALCS showdown between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers – both teams stopped playing well. Entering play on August 19, neither team holds first place in its respective division. The Tigers are two games behind the Royals in the AL Central, while the A’s are a half-game back from the Angels in the AL West. Both clubs...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kirk Gibson’s rumored return shows Arizona is fine with mediocrity

The fate of Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has been uncertain this year, with his team struggling out of the gate and getting enveloped by a cloud of controversy in the face of their “unintentional” methods of retribution against teams who dare plunk their players. Naturally, it looks like Gibson will be back for the Diamondbacks in 2015. The #Dbacks currently plan to bring...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor league outfielder makes catch, crashes through bullpen door

Check out this catch from Sunday’s game between the Birmingham Barons and Chattanooga Lookouts. Barons outfielder Michael Early makes a fantastic leaping catch on a deep fly ball hit by Angel Sanchez of the Lookouts…and then can’t stop his momentum, leading to him smashing through the bullpen door in left field.
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Neil Walker dumped a homer into the Allegheny River

Yes, this ball bounced into the river and didn’t get there on the fly. Yes, Neil Walker’s home run “only” went 396 feet, a far cry from the 456 feet from home plate directly down the right field line to the river. Regardless, you don’t see many home runs get wet at PNC Park. It’s a pretty nice achievement for Walker, even if it wasn’t a direct blast.
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the new kings

The Oakland Athletics have been baseball’s best team since…oh, about day one of this season. But the A’s have been pulled off of their throne – the Angels now have sole possession of first place in the AL West, and no other team in baseball has a better record than their 73-50 mark. The A’s are still obviously a great team, but let’s be honest – no one expected them...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Nick Markakis robs Conor Gillaspie of go-ahead HR

With the White Sox trailing the Orioles 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nick Markakis robbed Conor Gillaspie of what would have been a go-ahead two run homer. Not content with taking away Chicago’s chance at tying the game, Markakis capped off a five-run eighth inning for Baltimore with a two-run homer of his own to right field with a little more lift than Gillaspie’s fly out had.
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Kluber wants to be on #TrueDetectiveSeason2

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, but no one knows too much about him. Kluber attempted to show off some of his personality by reciting a Rust Cohle monologue from season one of True Detective, all while wearing a wig and playing with a can of Pepsi (as opposed to Lone Star). Not bad, Corey. not bad. Also – this is...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Mikulik provides another memorable on-field tantrum

Joe Mikulik is a minor league treasure. He’s given us some of the best on-field meltdowns in the sport’s history. He’s thrown bases and covered home plate in dirt, tossed bats out of the dugout, and given bases to fans in the stands. The longtime manager for the Asheville Tourists (2000-2012) is now the skipper of the Texas Rangers’ Advanced Class A affiliate in Myrtle...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 17th

Two walk offs this week for each of the Nationals, Indians, and Rangers. Hey, when it rains, it pours, I guess. August 12th, Rays vs Rangers Walk off walk to score a pitcher. That’s gotta suck. August 13th, Diamondbacks vs Indians 4 So…Asdrubal who? Zach Walters is already endearing himself to Indains fans. August 14th, Diamondbacks vs Marlins Yeah, I’m going with the Spanish...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates fan rides tidal wave of emotions during loss

During Sunday night’s Pirates-Nationals game at Nationals Park, the Root Sports cameras kept cutting to a young Pirates fan in the front row that experienced a vast array of emotions during the evening. He went from anger, to sadness, to elation, and back to utter depression when Scott Hairston’s walk off sac fly ended the game. Poor guy. We’ve all been there before. It’s alright, buddy.
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Cuddyer hits for cycle for second time in career

Michael Cuddyer hit for the second cycle in his career on Sunday night, capping off the Rockies doubleheader sweep of the Reds with a little bit of history. It’s been a lost year for Cuddyer, as the 35-year old has played in just 33 games in 2014 while dealing with both a strained hamstring and a fractured shoulder. He’s the first Rockie to hit for the cycle since Carlos Gonzalez...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – clashing contenders

This weekend, several contenders squared off across baseball. And at the end of action on Sunday, we learned…well, nothing. Baltimore lost two out of three in Cleveland. Seattle won two out of three in Detroit, with the Tigers scoring just seven runs over the three game series. The Blue Jays lost two out of three to the White Sox, allowing 21 runs over the three game set. The Yankees...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Matthew McConaughey fancies fanny packs at Fenway Park

Your browser does not support iframes. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought ‘fanny pack’ is how Bostonians say ‘Fenway Park.’ Nope, it’s Matthew McConaughey discussing the fanny packs. Alright, alright, alright.
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the pitchers duel that wasn’t

We all expected the first ever matchup between Felix Hernandez and David Price to be an epic clash of two of the game’s best pitchers. It didn’t exactly go according to plans. Price kept his end of the bargain, allowing just one run in eight innings, but he walked three and struck out seven, numbers very unbecoming of himself. As for Hernandez, his night was done after just five...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Miss Texas just broke the scale for awful first pitches

This is incredile. It’s baseball, not bowling. But let’s be honest – based on how many pitchers the Rangers have used this year, she would fit in perfectly. Congratulations, 50 Cent. You’re no longer the worst!
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Angels on the doorstep

We are dangerously close to the worst nightmare for the Oakland Athletics – the Los Angeles Angels surpassing them in the AL West standings. The Angels are just a game behind the A’s, and while Oakland has the benefit of playing a sad looking Braves team this weekend, the Angels will be battling a Rangers team that gave up on playing competitive baseball in May. Could you imagine...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera bobblehead features small error

The Colorado Rockies are no longer the only MLB team that’s messed up on promotional items this season. In the Detroit Tigers’ defense, at least Miguel Cabrera’s name was spelled correctly — unlike Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado — on the bobblehead given out before Friday night’s game against the Mariners. But there was one big problem with the Cabrera bobblehead that...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Hyun-Jin Ryu placed on DL with strained butt muscles

While the way it happened was actually related to baseball, the reason that Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the disabled list on Friday is one that’ll make some fans giggle like children – he was two strained muscles in his right buttock. From ESPN LA: Ryu was injured while pitching Wednesday night in Atlanta. He threw a 3-and-2 ball to B.J. Upton and immediately summoned trainer...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins fan falls over seats trying to grab home run ball

I’m going to be scrutinizing this video like it’s the Zapruder film. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left. At least dude didn’t fall flat on his face. Besides, it’s an Aaron Hill home run ball. Not exactly Giancarlo Stanton, guy.
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

The king has returned. Long live the king. 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Shelby Miller, 470 feet (August 11th) If Giancarlo signs with the Marlins long-term, they need to name that “Budweiser Balcony” in honor of him. 2. Devin Mesoraco vs Brad Hand, 447 feet (August 10th) Devin Mesoraco is having one hell of a year, huh? I can’t wait for next year’s Home Run Derby at Great American...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ruben Amaro isn’t punting on the 2014 Phillies

“Right now, we’re trying to win as many games as possible,” Amaro said. “At the same time, at some point, we’re going to have to start looking to the future. And once we’re ‘eliminated’ … listen, is it a long shot to get back into this Wild Card race? It is. Numerically it’s not impossible, but right now obviously I’d be foolish to say it’s something that’s...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – making some sense of things

We’re getting close to the point where we can begin to feel very confident about playoff teams. The A’s have been a lock for awhile, and even though their lead over the Angels is only two games, they’re still 7.5 games clear of the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot. I’m also feeling confident about those Angels, 5.5 games up on Seattle for the second Wild Card...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Six MLB teams that need to make a deal before Aug. 31

Just over two weeks remain until MLB’s Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, and a few contenders still have some glaring needs that can be addressed before a September playoff drive and October postseason run. For some of those clubs, this is a second chance to make a deal that didn’t get done before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. For others, it’s an opportunity to add further...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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