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No need for Cardinals to panic if Jason Motte is out for the season

For some MLB teams, losing a closer to injury could be a significant development. The Milwaukee Brewers booted John Axford from that role quickly, before his struggles could seriously damage their chances to contend. The Detroit Tigers didn't name a closer out of spring training, and have spent the first two weeks of the season looking for someone to seize the job.  ...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the streaking Braves

The Atlanta Braves are doing what they need to do to start the 2013 campaign: feast on the weak. The Braves improved to 8-1 on the season after pounding the Marlins 8-0, outscoring the Fish 13-2 in the three game sweep. Atlanta is coming off of a three game sweep of the Cubs last weekend, and took two out of three from the Phillies to start their season. The Braves' schedule...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves third baseman Juan Francisco hits monstrous homer, admires the hell out of it

During Atlanta's 8-0 win in Miami last night, the Atlanta offense struggled for the first four innings before exploding in the fifth. Andrelton Simmons started the scoring with an RBI single, and Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis extended the lead to four runs with a three-run homer. But the real cherry on top during the inning was this monstrous home run by Braves third baseman...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Jorge Soler goes nuts, charges dugout with bat

Highly-touted Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was ejected from a Florida State League game on Tuesday night after he charged the opposing dugout with a bat. You read that correcty: he charged the other team's dugout while brandishing a bat. I'll let the report from Jonathan Raymond of MiLB.com explain the exact details. According to Daytona's broadcast team...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRAFFIC

Umpires in traffic delay game

The White Sox-Nationals game was delayed because umpires were stuck in traffic. Or at least that's what they told everyone.

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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Goat head mailed to Cubs owner

There are disgruntled fans and then there are complete and total whacked out sickos. The sadsack Cubs have plenty of the former and now, apparently, at least one of the latter. Earlier today, the Cubs informed the media that a package containing the head of a goat was delivered to Wrigley Field and addressed to Cubs owner Tom Rickets. Here is the story via the Chicago Tribune: ...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers place Matt Harrison on DL with back injury

The Texas Rangers have placed starter Matt Harrison on the 15-day DL with an inflammed nerve in his back, and have called up Justin Grimm from AAA Oklahoma City to replace him in the rotation. Grimm will start on Thursday for the Rangers in Seattle. Harrison, who signed a five-year, $55 million extension with the Rangers this offseason, has struggled this year. He's allowed...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Will there ever be a "greatest"?

It’s a legitimate question with a dozen different correct answers.  A close friend of mine noted that at the Giants home opener, after Willie Mays was introduced, a Cardinals fan who was sitting close by announced respectfully that Mays was the greatest player to ever play the game.  He wasn’t necessarily wrong either.  Willie Mays was a Rookie of the Year Award winner, was...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Are the Angels in trouble?

Undoubtedly by now, you’ve heard that Jered Weaver has been diagnosed with a broken non-throwing elbow.  Weaver is the Angels ace and has placed Top Three in the Cy Young race for the past two seasons and Top Five for the past three seasons.  Any team would be hurt by the loss of such a pitcher.  Arguably, many teams could be expected to fall apart.  Seeing as the Angels are...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - they're back

The New York Yankees were left for dead in a gutter to start last week after a 1-4 start. New York's offense looked listless in losing two out of three to the Red Sox to start the year, and the first two to Detroit. But in the three games since, the Yankees have scored 32 runs in roughing up the Tigers and Indians, with last night's 14-1 beatdown of the Tribe coming as a...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco ejected for throwing at Kevin Youkilis' head

During Tuesday's Yankees-Indians game, Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco was ejected in his first start since August 3, 2011 for throwing at the head of Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Carrasco was ejected in the fourth inning, and threw at Youkilis the pitch after Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead. The ironic part is that Carrasco served...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Twins try to charge fans to watch batting practice, immediately change their mind

The Minnesota Twins have had an up and down start to the season on the field this year and it now seems that their struggles have seeped into the team's business decisions as well. On Tuesday morning, the Twins put out a press release that they were going to begin charging fans to watch batting practice. Yep, that's right. Don't believe me? I don't blame you. Here...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss
EVERYBODY HURTS

Jered Weaver out 4-6 weeks

The Angels placed Jered Weaver on the disabled list on Tuesday due to a non-pitching elbow injury which he suffered during Sundays game. 

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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Debunking the myth of the proven closer

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the anointed Proven CloserTM for more than a few ballclubs has found himself in hot water, inciting panic in their respective fan bases, dugouts and front offices. In Chicago, Carlos Marmol needed all of four appearances before he lost his job as closer to Kyuji Fujikawa. For John Axford, it only took three before his job security was put...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

How badly did Marty Foster screw the Rays?

At the end of last night's Rays-Rangers game, home plate umpire Marty Foster called Ben Zobrist out on a pitch that was (clearly) a ball, as you can see in the video above. Also in the video above, you can see the reactions from Zobrist and Rays manager Joe Maddon, who were clearly displeased at the awful call. But while the call was clearly a disgrace, and Foster won't even...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

John Lackey's cursed career with the Red Sox continues

John Lackey hasn't gotten much good news during his three years with the Boston Red Sox. After missing the entire 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, the 34-year-old right-hander was slated to be the Red Sox's fifth starting pitcher.  Lackey didn't have the best spring training, but with a healthy, surgically repaired elbow, the hope was that he could give...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - the fade of Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay turned in his second straight disappointing performance on Monday, and unlike his first start of the year in Atlanta, there weren't many good takeaways from this one. Halladay allowed seven runs on six hits in four innings, walking three and striking out three. Halladay did get ten whiffs on his 99 pitches, but threw first pitch strikes to just 11 of the 22 batters...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

The Marlins season will begin without an organist

Some things, you just can't make up. The Miami Marlins home opener is tonight, and in Clark Spencer's notebook for the Miami Herald heading into year two of Marlins Park, he reveals that the team hasn't hired an organist yet this season. Seriously. • There will be no organist, at least initially. The Marlins held tryouts for an organist but couldn’t find one to...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Tis the season for over-reaction

As fans, we are all accustomed to an annual onslaught of over reaction concerning our favorite teams.  Everything from slow-starts to injuries and coaching decisions create this slough of people calling for change.  It’s a product of our environment.  Baseball hasn’t been seen for six months and in the offseason, teams have a tendency to invest tens of millions (if not hundreds...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols, and a beautiful thing

Baseball is an ever-changing game. In a larger sense, the game evolves.  The short inning specialists, the cutter, the designated hitter, pitcher friendly eras, hitter friendly eras.  But what makes this game so interesting is the fact that it not only changes across decades, but from pitch to pitch as well.  We saw a beautiful example of this on Saturday in the Angels and Rangers...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - aces down

It was an odd day across the league on Sunday. Aces got the starts in several games, and many of them just flat-out didn't perform very well. James Shields struggled in Philly, while Cole Hamels got shelled. Jeff Samardzija dazzled early on in Atlanta, but ran out of gas. RA Dickey was just plain terrible. Stephen Strasburg was a horror show. David Price got torched. Yovani Gallardo...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

A Beautiful Thing

  Baseball is an ever-changing game. In a larger sense, the game evolves.  The short inning specialists, the cutter, the designated hitter, pitcher friendly eras, hitter friendly eras.  But what makes this game so interesting is the fact that it not only changes across decades, but from pitch to pitch as well.  We saw a beautiful example of this on Saturday in the Angels...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves place first baseman Freddie Freeman on DL

The Atlanta Braves have placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the disabled list with a strained oblique. He reportedly suffered the injury last Sunday during a workout and opted to play through it, but was visibly in pain during Saturday night's game with the Cubs, necessitating his placement on the DL before the injury gets even worse. Atlanta has called Blake DeWitt up...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Marmol loses job as Cubs closer

Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been pulled from his ninth inning role after his first blown save of the year last night in Atlanta. Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Marmol as the Cubs' fireman, according to reports. Marmol is actually reportedly taking the demotion well, stating "You can't complain about it. They say it's better for me and for the team. I&...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Upton power

After just four and a half games, some fans in Atlanta were getting tired of BJ Upton. He started his Braves career by going 0/16, and some fans were clamoring for the return of Michael Bourn. Of course, every player has gone in a slump before, let alone one as short as 16 at bats, so the concern was a bit ridiculous. But things were much more rosy for BJ's brother Justin, who...
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April 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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