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Video: Tigers’ Ezequiel Carrera makes ridiculous diving catch

As exciting as it was for the Tigers to get David Price at the trade deadline, there was something of a pause among Detroit fans when Austin Jackson was revealed to be part of the deal. Sure, some of that was fan affection, but the concern was that losing Jackson’s glove in center field could become an issue. One of the replacements for Jackson will be Ezequiel Carrera, freshly...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Javier Baez is getting called up by the Cubs, and their rebuild is in full gear

Highly touted Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez is coming to The Show, and will be with the Cubs in Tuesday for their series in Colorado with the Rockies. Cubs source confirms Javier Baez to join team in Colorado on Tuesday . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) August 4, 2014 The 21-year old Baez is a consensus top ten prospect in baseball, and has hit .260/.323/.510 with 23 homers...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Kirk Gibson and a history of cowardice

The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t the only team to hit batters intentionally. They are, however, the only team whose GM publicly decreed before the season even started that they will retaliate, and any pitchers on the roster not willing to “protect” teammates won’t be on the roster very long. So when something like what happened on Saturday night takes place, it’s going to...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending August 3rd

Unlike last week, we actually had a few walk offs that were actually exciting this past week! We’ve got marathon games that finally ended, walk off homers, and incredible comebacks that left contenders shocked. July 28th, Nationals vs Marlins The Nationals led this game 6-0 after six innings, and Stephen Strasburg was simply cruising right along. The final three innings were simply...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Braves are struggling out west

The Atlanta Braves went into this west coast road trip last week needing to string together some wines to keep pace with the Washington Nationals in the NL East. They got some help from the Marlins and Phillies, who each took two games from the 2012 division champs this past week. But the Braves did absolutely nothing to help their own case, getting swept in both Los Angeles and...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Diamondbacks beat Pirates on controversial call

Controversy was afoot once again in Phoenix on Sunday, and this isn’t a good look for second base umpire Lance Barrett. Andy Marte grounded into what looked like an inning-ending double play, but Jayson Nix’s throw hit Nick Ahmed in the hands as Ahmed slid into second. Barrett ruled the contact incidental instead of intentional, allowing the game-winning run to score. When you...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

McCutchen goes off on D-backs after getting drilled

The most predictable thing in baseball on Saturday was Andrew McCutchen getting hit by a pitch in Arizona, one day after Paul Goldschmidt broke a bone in his hand on a HBP. It took until the 9th inning to happen, though, with the game already a lost cause for the Diamondbacks. And that had McCutchen — one of the calmest, most collected players in the game on the field — visibly...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – inauspicious debuts

A number of players that were dealt at the trade deadline made their debuts with their new clubs on Saturday. The results weren’t exactly dynamic. Yoenis Cespedes went 1/4 with a run scored in his first game with the Red Sox. Jon Lester pitched the A’s to a win over the Royals, but allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out just three. Justin...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The best and worst MLB players of July

It’s that time again, folks – your traditional monthly breakdown of the best and worst players of the past month of action. This month, several new players ended up breaking through, while others…well, you’ve seen them here before. AL Best Hitter of the Month: Jose Abreu. The White Sox rookie continues to just kill the baseball, with no signs of letting up. In July, Abreu...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: McKayla Maroney throws out acrobatic first pitch

Before Friday night’s Twins-White Sox game at US Cellular Field, Olympic gold and silver medalist McKayla Maroney threw out the first pitch, complete with a couple of handsprings. And shockingly…she look impressed with her efforts.
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Oakland’s worst nightmare

I think the absolute worst possible outcome of the regular season for the Oakland Athletics, short of them completely collapsing and missing the playoffs, would be for them to have to play in the Wild Card playoff game. And right now, they’re just one step away from that game following two straight losses and a pair of wins in a row by the Angels. The A’s have the best record...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

For NL Central contenders, less was more at deadline

With three teams within 2.5 games of eachother, the National League Central figures to have one of the closest and exciting division races down the stretch. That’s why it was surprising to see none of the teams involved in the race — Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh — go hard after any significant upgrades at Thursday’s trade deadline. Sure, improvements were made —...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Does Jon Lester make Oakland A’s World Series favorites?

The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox agreed to an Earth-shattering deal early on trade deadline day, as the A’s sent slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the BoSox in exchange for the coveted Jon Lester, in addition to outfield bat Jonny Gomes. In doing so, the A’s picked up two of the three most sought-after arms on the market this entire season, going back to early July when...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The longest homers for the week ending July 31st

A player making appearances on the list in multiple weeks is something that should be praised. But one player showing up on the list multiple times in the same week? Well, that just doesn’t happen too often. Don’t tell that to Billy Butler, of course. 1.Billy Butler vs Nick Hagadone, 453 feet (July 26th) The homer you’ll see next actually looked more impressive than this homer...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Winners and losers of the 2014 MLB trade deadline

How did you like this year’s MLB trade deadline? Any worries about little happening leading up to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday were blown up right away as the A’s and Red Sox made a blockbuster deal. The action didn’t slow down from there, resulting in one of the busiest — maybe the busiest — July 31 deadlines in recent memory and big names being exchanged between playoff hopefuls...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the day after the blockbusters

Thursday was, in a word, crazy. Yoenis Cespedes swapped for Jon Lester? David Price going to the Tigers? Austin Jackson becoming a Mariner? John Lackey heading to St. Louis? The Yankees picking up Martin Prado *and* Stephen Drew? Several other trades that I’m forgetting off-hand? YOU BETCHA! Trade deadlines like the one that came about yesterday don’t pop up all that often, but...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves upgrade bench, bullpen with Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell

The Atlanta Braves didn’t make a blockbuster deal leading up to the trade deadline, but did upgrade both their bench and bullpen by acquiring Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. In exchange for Bonifacio and Russell, the Braves will send Minor League catcher Victor Caratini to the Cubs. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 31, 2014 Bonfiacio is hitting .279/.318/.373...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Astros have moved Jarred Cosart to the Marlins

The Miami Marlins have bought (!!!!!) at the trade deadline, acquiring Jarred Cosart, **** Hernandez, Austin Wates from the Astros in exchange for Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes, Colin Moran, and a comp balance pick. #Astros officially complete a 6-player trade with Miami. Houston receives OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Frances Martes, IF Colin Moran & Comp Pick — Houston Astros (...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees have acquired Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks

Keep on selling, Diamondbacks – Martin Prado and the two and a half years remaining on his contract are heading to the Diamondbacks. #Dbacks getting power-hitting catching prospect Peter O'Brien from #Yankees for Martin Prado. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 31, 2014 Prado is hitting .270/.317/.370 this year with Arizona, playing mainly at third base. Due to their recent...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers acquire David Price from Rays in three team blockbuster

I didn’t think it would happen, but it did – David Price is on the move. The Rays have dealt their ace to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal also involving the Seattle Mariners. mariners got austin jackson and send franklin to tampa. thats all of seattle's involvement. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2014 Hear Rays getting Smyly. Price to Tigers. — Bob Dutton...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox make another trade, deal Stephen Drew to Yankees

The Boston Red Sox have continued making moves, dealing Stephen Drew to the Yankees for Kelly Johnson. Done deal: Stephen Drew to the Yankees, as @GordonEdes mentioned. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2014 Confirmed: Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson — Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 31, 2014 Drew has been terrible since the Red Sox re-signed him earlier this summer. In...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Red Sox sellathon continues as Andrew Miller heads to Baltimore

The Red Sox have made their fifth trade in the last week, moving reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles in exchange for minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez. Hearing Andrew Miller to #orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez. — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 31, 2014 Miller is having his best year as a major leaguer in 2014, pitching to a 2.34 ERA in 42 1/3 innings, punching out 69 and walking...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Asdrubal Cabrera is heading to the Nationals

Washington is clearly concerned about the health of Ryan Zimmerman, as they’ve acquired shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians in exchange for Zach Walters. He’ll likely get most of the reps at second base, deposing Danny Espinosa from the position. #Indians acquire SS Zach Walters of the #Nationals in exchange for SS Asdrubal Cabrera. — Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) July...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres trade Chris Denorfia to Mariners

The Seattle Mariners needed offense, and they get some offense – though I’m not sure if they really needed a platoon outfielder like Chris Denorfia. The #Mariners have acquired Chris Denorfia from the #Padres for Abraham Almonte & Stephen Kohlscheen (via @Ken_Rosenthal & @JonHeymanCBS) — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 31, 2014 Denorfia is hitting just .242/.293/...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox trade Lester, Lackey to overhaul future lineup with Cespedes, Craig

The steep decline of the Boston Red Sox following their 2013 World Series championship has been shocking. But general manager Ben Cherington isn’t sitting around, scratching his head, wondering where it all went wrong. Instead, he’s doing what he can to make sure next year’s edition of the Red Sox rebounds quickly. Making what could be the biggest deal of the MLB trade deadline...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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