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The return of Tim Lincecum

There was a time when San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum could have been considered the most dominant pitcher in baseball. When he won the Cy Young Award in both 2008 and 2009, that declaration would have been a simple, and easily defensible, one to make. But there was always something of a cloud looming, representing the day that Lincecum’s violent throwing motion and...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs for the week ending July 27th

Well, there weren’t a lot of walk offs this week, so we’re just going to have to take what we can get. Sorry, gang. July 22nd, Rangers vs Yankees Chase Headley, true Yankee. July 22nd, Reds vs Brewers This laser off the bat of Jonathan Lucroy gave Milwaukee a huge win over the division rival Reds. And hey, Lucroy’s post-homer celebration was absolutely fantastic. July 24th...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros players upset with Mark Appel's promotion

More than most sports, baseball is about “earning your spot.” Players have to work their way through four or five levels of the minors before getting their chance in the big leagues, and some guys wait close to 10 years before they get their shot. So it’s at least understandable when players get upset over a specific player getting the benefit of the doubt, or getting a promotion...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ortiz hits game-winning home run, irritates Rays again

David Ortiz has been a thorn in the Tampa Bay Rays’ collective side and his “get off me” bat flip on Sunday won’t help matters. You can watch his ultimately-game-winning home run at MLB.com, but the bat flip is in GIF form below (via Deadspin): Yeah, I can see why that might piss off some people. Rays pitcher Chris Archer said after the game, ‘‘I don’t know what makes...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Blue Jays aren’t going down easily

Left for dead following an 11-23 stretch going into the All-Star Break, the Toronto Blue Jays have come out of the Break on fire. The Jays are 7-3 in their ten games in the second half, taking two out of three from the Rangers, three out of four from the reeling Red Sox, and two out of three at Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately for them, the Orioles have also played well, going 6-4 since...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Rays have arrived

The Tampa Bay Rays are officially contenders in the American League – well, as much as they could be without being above .500. Tampa Bay beat Boston again on Saturday to win their ninth game in a row and move to just 6.5 games back in the AL East and only 3.5 games back of the AL’s second Wild Card. If Tampa Bay wants to keep their heads above water over the next week and a half...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Adeiny Hechavarria catches pop up off Tom Koehler’s back

With runners on the corners, Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler took a Chris Carter line drive off his back, but rather than hitting him square, it ricocheted up in the air just beyond second base where shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was waiting to catch it. Your typical 1-6 liner-pop-out putout. Koehler stayed in the game.
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Massive fight at Triple-A Reno leads to 10 ejections

It turns out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks don’t even get along at the Triple-A level. A massive brawl broke out early in Saturday night’s game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces. After nearly being hit with a pitch, Erisbel Arruebarrena was eventually called out on strikes. He apparently shoved Reno catcher Blake Lalli after the AB, and the dugouts poured onto the...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor league brawl results in six ejections

During Friday night’s game between the Birmingham Barons and Jacksonville Suns of the AA Southern League, a brawl resulted in six ejections. The chaos erupted in the top of the ninth inning, when Luis Sierra of the Barons hit an RBI single off of Suns pitcher Matt Ramsey. When Birmingham’s Jeremy Farrell crossed home plate, he bumped into Ramsey, who was backing up the plate...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies misspell Tulowitzki's name on giveaway shirts

It’s been that kind of year for the Colorado Rockies. #Rockies Tulo jersey giveaway day today! Notice anything wrong? #uniwatch pic.twitter.com/X09moRg3Hj — Nick Groke (@nickgroke) July 26, 2014 Apparently Troy needs a last name that's easier to spell… pic.twitter.com/kmuFyxNWOc — Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) July 26, 2014 It’s not like he’s the face of the franchise...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox get actual, real-life prospects for Jake Peavy

A week ago, it seemed like the Red Sox were poised to crawl out of the AL East cellar and make a run at a wildcard spot. Now, less than a week from the trade deadline, they’re starting to sell. Jake Peavy is the first piece to go, with Boston sending the struggling right-hander back to the NL West in a deal with the Giants. Peavy has not been good with the Red Sox this year, but...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Jake Peavy is heading to the Giants

The San Francisco Giants have jumped into the trade market, acquiring Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox. peavy goes to giants for minor league pitchers #redsox #SFgiants — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 26, 2014 Peavy has a 4.72 ERA in 124 innings this season with the Red Sox. Since posting a 2.87 ERA in April, Peavy has a 5.34 ERA and hasn’t won a game (if you care about...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig hit three triples on Friday night

During Friday night’s Dodgers-Giants game at AT&T Park, Yasiel Puig went off. He tripled three times during the game, and added a double as well for good measure. Perhaps more impressively, Puig didn’t need to slide into third base on the last two triples. The first one, which did result in a slide into third base, was actually hit to left field rather than the infamous Triples...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – blowing up the champs

By the end of the weekend, we’ll known whether or not it’s time to blow up the World Champion Red Sox to some degree. After losing to the Rays on Friday night, Boston fell three games behind Tampa Bay for fourth place in the AL East. They’re 7.5 games back of the Yankees (yes, the Yankees and not the Mariners) for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. They have...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dmitri Young is skinny, and he wears a hat to remind you who he is (or was)

Who's that skinny guy with @CharlieSlowes? It's @DaMeathookYoung pic.twitter.com/KeDW585zUP — Dave Jageler (@DaveJageler) July 25, 2014 Skinny Dmitri Young is skinnier than ever and so skinny that it’s hard to recognize him. He still has that gregarious personality, though — look at the hat he wears to help people realize it’s still Da Meat Hook. When people didn't recognize...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Is this the worst jersey ever?

The Bluefish Military Appreciation jersey design. Pretty original! What do you think? pic.twitter.com/c9iN8Kuxfi — Ken Shepard (@bluefishgm) July 25, 2014 This can’t be real, can it? If so, you are *the worst*, Bridgeport Bluefish. Who would ever want to wear this? I never thought I’d say this, but…BRING BACK CAMO. At least we’re immune to it now.
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez dressed as a Ninja Turtle during a Mark Reynolds interview

During Thursday’s edition of Intentional Talk on MLB Network, Carlos Gomez dressed up as Leonardo of the Ninja Turtles and trolled Mark Reynolds during his interview with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose. For as bombastic as Gomez is on the field, he’s an absolute riot outside of game situations. Now, go ahead and insert your jargon about NOT RESPECTING THE GAME here.
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The longest homers for the week ending July 24th

You guys, we’re back with a vengeance. Old friend Giancarlo is here, as are Hunter Pence, Anthony Rizzo, Matt Holliday…and Lucas Duda!? 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Madison Bumgarner, 466 feet (July 18th) Old buddy Giancarlo was just a few feet from taking out the home run sculpture. DAMMIT GIANCARLO, YOU WERE SO CLOSE. 2. Hunter Pence vs Roberto Hernandez, 455 feet (July 22nd) ...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor league team wears jerseys inspired by 'Thriller'

'Cause this is thriller! Thriller Night! (Oink) pic.twitter.com/7XKx1hsP5V — IronPigs (@IronPigs) July 25, 2014 The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are one of the most innovative teams in baseball when it comes to promotions. On Thursday night, they wore Michael Jackson Thriller-themed jerseys, continuing a tradition of incredible promotions. The jerseys were auctioned off after the game...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – gaining separation

A week ago, all of the races in the National League were tied. Today…well, not so much. The Nationals have opened up a 1.5 game lead on the Braves in the NL East, thanks in large part to Atlanta losing three out of four games to the Marlins this week.The Brewers swept the Reds this week, and are now three games up on both the Cardinals and Pirates. In the West, the Giants have...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Gorzelanny catches Lucas Duda HR with his hat

With no glove nearby, Brewers pitcher Tom Gorzelanny improvised quite nicely. H/T Bullwine85 reddit/baseball 
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel thanks heckler with note on souvenir baseball

A ball @kidkeuchy tossed to a heckler sitting next to me #Astros #Athletics pic.twitter.com/rnZg5jRLwD — Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014 Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel took a (more passive-aggressive) page out of Brandon Phillips’ book. 
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Raburn spiked throw results in 'inside-the-park-HR'

In a 0-0 game in the bottom of the 8th inning, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit a lazy fly ball down the left-field line. Raburn slid for it, but the ball bounced off his glove and rolled over to the wall. Moustakas seemed content jogging into second for a stand-up double until Raburn tried to throw the ball, as if he wasn’t bad enough with his glove. It turned...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Chuck Knoblauch charged with domestic violence, Twins Hall of Fame induction canceled

From ACB KTRK in Houston: According to a police report, Knoblauch assaulted his wife, leaving a large bruise on her arm, a larger scratch on the left side of her face and a knot on her forehead. Knoblauch’s wife, Cheri, told police her husband was upset she slept next to her child in another bedroom rather than next to him. He allegedly grabbed her and smashed her head against...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher tosses keg to help swing on ‘American Muscle’

In his first season with the Indians, Nick Swisher put up some of the worst numbers of his career, batting .246 with 22 home runs, a .423 slugging percentage and .763 OPS. So during the offseason, he worked out with Mike Barwis, former strength and conditioning coach at Michigan and West Virginia, to help out with his swing. As it so happens, Discovery Channel decided Barwis’ gym...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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