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Could the Braves, not the Nationals, be the NL's best team?

When I originally sat down to write this article, my intention was to write about the Washington Nationals. Should there be some concern in D.C. after the Nats were swept at home in a three-game weekend series versus the Atlanta Braves? That put them four games behind the Braves in the NL East. However, I soon realized that this was the wrong way to look at the situation. ...
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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss
POLICE BLOTTER

Gallardo arrested for drunk driving

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo reportedly was pulled over by police early Tuesday morning and arrested for alleged drunken driving. 

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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds place Johnny Cueto on DL

The Reds enjoyed a full season of healthy starting pitching on their way to an NL Central crown last season. This year is already a different story, though, as they'll have to do without their Opening Day starter for at least the next 15 days. Cincinnati placed right-hander Johnny Cueto on the disabled list Monday with a strained back muscle he suffered over the weekend. ...
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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - tragedy mars triumph

Monday was supposed to be a day celebrating the achievements of one of baseball's most figures, Jackie Robinson. And when the Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on Patriots Day to kick off a day of baseball, it was expected that the rest of the day would follow suit. Then, the nightmarish bombing at the Boston Marathon happened, and everything took on a different meaning. Sports didn...
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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Revere's catch of the year contender

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in part because of his amazing defense. On Monday night against the Reds, Revere made an amazing diving catch *going towards the wall* to rob Todd Frazier of what would have been a run-scoring double or triple and keep the Reds off the board. Revere even was able to fire the ball into the infield and double Jay...
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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Why are the Blue Jays panicking already?

The Toronto Blue Jays are 5-7 after two weeks of baseball. Shortstop Jose Reyes has a severely sprained ankle, and will miss three months of action. Of course, considering all of the hype surrounding the Jays this winter, their lack of success this year has plenty of people wondering what's wrong with them and whether or not they're just this year's version of the 2012...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon thinks bunting is overrated

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, one of the more enlightened minds in the game, has the same opinion about the bunt as most educated fans of the game: that it's an overrated part of baseball that he's not a fan of. "For that group of people out there that want guys to bunt all the time, you don't know the outcome when you choose to do that," Maddon said...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy 200!

You know, even if he's not the same Roy Fargling Halladay anymore (TM Zoo With Roy), Doc is still a decent enough pitcher. On Sunday, the Philadelphia starter allowed one run over eight innings to the Marlins, and despite only getting five whiffs on 87 pitches, it was enough to carry the Phillies to a 2-1 win over Miami. The win was the 200th of Halladay's career, making...
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April 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - reversal of fortunes

After the first week of the regular season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked like a trainwreck. They lost two out of three to the Cubs despite a pair of Carlos Marmol collapses. They got swept by the Dodgers in a series that saw the Buccos score just two runs. But this week, their fortunes have completely shifted. Pittsburgh took two out of three in Arizona, and have now returned to...
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April 14, 2013  |  Discuss
GOING DEEP

Josh Hamilton hits first HR with Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Josh Hamilton finally has hit his first big fly with his new team. After signing a five year, $125 million contract this winter, Hamilton got off to a slow start with the Angels, earning scorn from Anaheim's fans as they scuffled to a 2-8 start. But on Saturday night, Hamilton finally got on the board, homering to right center field in...
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April 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez struggles with his coat

During Saturday night's Phillies-Marlins game, Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez picked up his first major league hit in the fifth inning, bringing in Adeiny Hechevarria to give Miami a 1-0 lead. After Fernandez got the hit, a member of the Marlins ran a jacket out to Fernandez, and the 20-year old had some issues putting the jacket on, perhaps due to a jammed zipper. He...
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April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels Promote LHP Michael Roth

On Saturday morning the Angels promoted LHP Michael Roth from AA Arkansas.  Who, you might ask is Michael Roth and why should we care?  A few reasons.  It isn't as if Roth is a special prospect, in fact in terms of projectibility he may be as "run of the mill" as they come.  Roth is an interesting prospect because of the circumstances surrounding the promotion and...
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April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs place closer Fujikawa on DL with strained forearm

The Chicago Cubs season has taken another step towards disappointment as the team has placed closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. Instead of returning Carlos Marmol to the closer's role, manager Dale Sveum is going to focus on matchups, focusing on using Shawn Camp and James Russell in the ninth. Marmol lost the closer's job...
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April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - more Anaheim blues

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fell 5-0 to the Houston Astros on Friday night, and are now sitting at a sterling 2-8 on the season. Only the pathetic Miami Marlins at 1-9 have a worse record this year. Now, the Angels season isn't over - not by a long shot. But it has to be more than a little disappointing for the team and their fans. It's not as if their schedule has...
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April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Reyes suffers leg injury against Royals

In the top of the sixth inning in Kansas City, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes suffered a potentially-nasty looking leg injury. While stealing second base, Reyes awkwardly slid into the bag, and immediately grabbed his ankle area in pain.  As trainers came onto the field and began to examine Reyes' left ankle, he began to wince in pain. Upon viewing replays of the...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees turn triple play in win over Orioles

On Friday night, the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2, and while Adam Jones' three-run error is going to get all of the headlines, the Yankees had a pretty unique play of their own on the defensive side of the field: they turned a triple play in the top of the eighth when the Orioles had a prime opportunity to rally back. With men on first and second, Manny...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Quentin gets eight games following brawl

Following his role in inciting a brawl after getting hit by a pitch by Dodgers ace Zack Greinke on Thursday night, San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has been suspended for eight games. Greinke suffered a broken collarbone during the brawl, and will is expected to miss eight weeks. There was a lot of talk about just how long of a suspension Quentin would get following...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Who was in the wrong? Zack Greinke vs. Carlos Quentin

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a baseball and it hit San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on the left arm. Quentin, after a moment's hesitation, decided to charge Greinke, inciting a bench-clearing brawl.  The incident ultimately resulted in Greinke breaking his collarbone, four players getting ejected, and an actual "meet you in the parking lot...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco earns eight game suspension

Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco earned an eight game suspension from the league after throwing at Kevin Youkilis' head on Tuesday. Ironically, that start on Tuesday was Carrasco's first of the season after serving a six game suspension to start the year after throwing at Billy Butler in a 2011 game. Carrasco probably won't end up serving the suspension right...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Which MLB team is the most watchable?

Welcome to the first installment of The Outside Corner's Watchability Rankings! We've all seen power ranking in countless other places, but these rankings, while similar, are a bit different. Here, how good a team is matters, but it isn't the end all be all. What we are ranking on here is style and quality of play, interesting storylines, exciting talent, intriguing match...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

'42' review: A storybook tale of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier

A movie like 42 can be a tricky proposition for a filmmaker. Should the movie tell Jackie Robinson's life story or focus on a particular period of his life, presumably the one that most defines him?  Writer-director Brian Helgeland wisely opted for the latter in his film, recounting the events surrounding Robinson becoming the first black man to play in the major leagues...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - BASEBRAWL!

The first fight of the year between millionaires upset about how each other is playing the game...isn't it a wonderful time? Our first fight of the year came last night in San Diego, when Zack Greinke threw at Carlos Quentin, who rushed the mount. Both players, along with Jerry Hairston Jr and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, were ejected. The potentially bigger story is an possible...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Greinke, Kemp, Quentin ejected after brawl in San Diego

In the bottom of the sixth inning in Thursday's Dodgers-Padres game, Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke hit San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin in the left arm. Quentin rushed the mound to tussle with Greinke, and both benches cleared in our first brawl of the young 2013 season. Both bullpens also  emptied and poured onto the field to join the fray. Greinke appeared to hurt...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Harang traded again, acquired by Mariners

That didn't take long, did it? The Colorado Rockies acquired Aaron Harang and, most importantly, $4.5 million in cash from the Dodgers. Today, the Rockies flipped Harang again, this time the 35-year old hurler has landed with the Seattle Mariners in exchange for prospect Steve Hensley. Colorado also sent over about $2 million in cash to offset the buyout for Harang's 2014...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Expansion is not the answer to the interleague DH problem

With MLB choosing to realign to two 15-team leagues this season and introducing year-round interleague play, it has created the sentiment that a holy war is coming over interleague play and the adoption of the designated hitter. To some, the realignment is seen as the move that set in motion the inevitable adoption of the DH by the National League. However, those who inexplicably...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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