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Dugout Digest - down in the dumps

The defending World Champion Giants are in a very odd place after bringing back nearly all of their 2013 roster: they're sellers. San Francisco is 12 games under .500 and is all alone in last place in the NL West. Only the Brewers and Marlins have a worse record among National League teams than the Giants. Brian Sabean's club might actually look to move some players in the...
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July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols' season could be over

Angels first baseman may not play again this year after he was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Pujols has been dealing with the injury for awhile, but aggravated it while running to first base on Friday against the A's. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols would be out for "a significant amount of time...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigns over allegations of abuse

Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned on Sunday, according to a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Martinez was Miami owner Jeffrey Loria's hand-picked choice for the job this offseason, and it was his first professional coaching job. But a controversy soon erupted around Martinez, alleging that he was verbally and physically abusing players. The...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - rise of the rookies

There are some really great rookie pitchers across baseball this year. Two of them were on display on Saturday. In the Bronx, Chris Archer threw a complete game shutout for the Rays. Meanwhile in Atlanta, Julio Teheran limited a potent Cardinals offense to just two hits over seven innings. Throw in Shelby Miller and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and you've got one hell of a crop of rookie starters...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss
PAPI SMASH!

David Ortiz destroys dugout phone with bat

David Ortiz of the Red Sox did not have a great night in Baltimore on Saturday night. Our friends at The Score captured the above gif of Ortiz going insane after being ejected in the top of the seventh inning by home plate umpire Tim Timmons for arguing balls and strikes. Ortiz is likely going to end up getting a nice fine and a call from the commissioner's office as a result...
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July 27, 2013  |  1 Comment
SOS

Nats reliever rips management

Washington relief pitcher Tyler Clippard blasted the Nationals' management for the way they have handled fellow reliever Drew Storen.

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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - scorching

The Rays are on a roll right now that is probably unparalleled this season. By virtue of their 10-6 win in New York last night, and the Red Sox 6-0 loss in Baltimore, Tampa Bay has moved into sole possession of first place in the AL East. They also have the best record in baseball. The Rays are 6-1 since the All-Star Break, 16-2 in their last 18, and 20-3 in their last 23 games....
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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss
MAKING MOVES

Phillies sign Cuban pitcher

The Phillies reportedly have won the bidding for a free agent Cuban pitcher. How much money did they spend to get him?

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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Alfonso Soriano: Was his Cubs contract really such a failure?

With the deal between Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees that will send Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx complete, the marriage between Soriano and the North Siders is over. It was a long time coming, as he was a trade candidate the minute that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over in the Cubs' front office. Soriano spent his days in the Windy City as one of the most polarizing...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Watchability Rankings - 7/26/13

There has been a lot of movement in the rankings this week due to the week off we took...and the watchability rankings may never be the same again.. RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 -- 0 @ ATL @ PIT St Louis doesn't have it easy this week, with eight...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

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
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