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Dugout Digest - for real

The Pittsburgh Pirates have the second-best record in all of baseball. They have a 19-8 record thusfar in May with one game left tonight. They just took three out of four from the defending AL champion Tigers. They haven't lost consecutive games in over three weeks. They haven't lost a series since the first weekend of the month. They are...for real. PIC OF THE DAY ...
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May 31, 2013  |  Discuss
OW MY BALLS!

Umpire gets drilled in the groin by foul ball

During Thursday night's Tigers-Pirates game at PNC Park, Detroit center fielder Andy Dirks fouled off a pitch from Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Locke...and the ball bounced up and knocked home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez right in the groin. Thankfully for Gonzalez, it wasn't a direct impact and the ball was bouncing off of the ground, otherwise he could have had a lot more pain...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals' hitting coach doesn't want his players to try to hit homers

(EDITOR'S NOTE: It was announced after the writing of this post that Jack Maloof was relieved of his hitting coach duties and replaced on an interim basis by George Brett) The Kansas City Royals are once again a disappointment. After an off-season of aggressive trades and signings, they had hoped to compete in the AL Central. That plan hasn't worked out at all as the...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Who have been MLB's breakout surprises in 2013?

On Tuesday, I looked at the young MLB players who have been major disappointments for their clubs so far this year. Demotion to the minors could be imminent for the six names I listed.  It only seemed fair to follow that column up by highlighting those players who have been breakout surprises two months into the 2013 MLB season. These are the guys who likely won't have to...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Recapping the worst week of Jose Canseco's career

Jose Canseco has been in the news a lot lately, mostly due to the allegations of rape against him and the resulting fallout. But while the past couple of weeks may have driven Canseco up the wall, he had one of the worst weeks of his career 20 years ago. Wednesday, May 26, 1993. Canseco's Rangers were taking on the Cleveland Indians. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Kenny...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - homers for days

It was an eventful night in MLB last night. We saw a pair of three homer game, and a trio of two homer games as well. The worst offender? That would be Camden Yards, where the Nationals and Orioles combined for eight homers in Baltimore's 9-6 win. A close second would be Philadelphia, where five of the night's seven runs came on solo homers. PIC OF THE DAY David...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Hicks' defense continues to be ridiculous

I don't even know what to say about Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks' defense anymore. The 23-year old rookie made another amazing catch on Wednesday night on a sinking liner hit by Rickie Weeks of the Brewers. Look at him just lay out and snag a single away from Weeks with the greatest of ease. To top things off, Hicks came up in the top of the fifth inning...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Sale indefinitely suspended by Rays

Just as a quick update to a story we posted yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays have suspended minor leaguer Josh Sale indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the organization, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Sale posted a Facebook status claiming that he threw change at a stripper, and was scheduled to join the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League this week...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Once again, you shouldn't go crazy for closers

Most savvy baseball people know that you don't throw handfuls of cash at closers (or any relief pitchers, for that matter). That doesn't stop teams from paying the big money though, because of the myth of the capital C closer. Let's quickly recap last season's top five closers in terms of saves, shall we? 1) Jim Johnson, Orioles LAST YEAR: 51 saves, three blown...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Vernon Wells is terrible again

Whatever deal Vernon Wells struck with the devil to revive his career upon his arrival in New York this season looks like it had a pretty early expiration date. One of the most surprising developments of the early 2013 was that Wells, fresh off of being banished from Anaheim, landed in the Bronx and suddenly began playing like he was back in his prime. With a .300/.366/.544 slash...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Kyuji Fujikawa needs Tommy John surgery

Kyuji Fujikawa was signed to be Carlos Marmol's eventual replacement as Cubs closer. Now, just 12 innings into his stateside career, the right-hander needs Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa left his May 26 outing against the Reds with what the Cubs were hoping was a forearm strain -- the same injury that cost him a month on the DL earlier this season. Fujikawa told reporters...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariano Rivera throws out first pitch, blows save

Before Tuesday's Yankees-Mets game, the ceremonial first pitch before the game was thrown out by retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Former Mets closer John Franco was the catcher for Rivera's pitch, and both men got a rousing ovation from the New York crowd. A little less than three hours later, Rivera came in to close out the game for the Yankees. His outing was...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - long doesn't mean "good"

Last night, the Twins beat the Brewers 6-5 in 14 innings. Common logic dictates that because tha game went 14 innings, it must have been a thrill to watch. Well...not so much. After five innings, the game was tied at four. So essentially, in the final nine innings of the game, a total of three runs were scored. There were a total of three hits in the five extra frames of the game...
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May 29, 2013  |  Discuss
REAL HEROES

Marathon survivors throw out first pitch

Before Tuesday night's Phillies-Red Sox game, the ceremonial first ptiches were thrown out by two survivors of the Boston Marthon bombings. Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the blast and identified the suspects, and Carlos Arredondo, who helped save Bauman's life, were the honorees at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Arredondo wheeled Bauman out to the mound, and the...
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May 28, 2013  |  3 Comments
FEAR CHANGE

Prospect posts odd Facebook comment

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Josh Sale apparently posted a bizarre comment about mistreating a stripper on his Facebook page.

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May 28, 2013  |  2 Comments

Cardinals to promote Michael Wacha

Exhale, Cardinals fans: the wait is over. St Louis will be promoting starting pitcher Michael Wacha to start on Thursday against the Royals. Wacha was taken 19th overall in last June's Draft, and will be the second first rounder from last year to debut in the majors, following Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. In Wacha's pro debut in 2012, he started the year in the GCL...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes does a flip after missing a catch

During yesterday's Giants-A's game, Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes showed off his athleticism...while not even making a play. In the top of the fifth inning, Brandon Crawford hit a sinking liner to left field. Cespedes came on to make the catch, but whiffed. With Coco Crisp backing him up, Cespedes proceeded to do a front flip and a barrel roll to avoid smashing his face...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Which disappointing players will be sent down next?

With nearly two months of the 2013 MLB season having been played, several teams are beginning to make tough decisions on young players that haven't performed to expectations.  This has been especially apparent in Seattle, where the Mariners recently demoted catcher Jesus Montero (batting .208) and second baseman Dustin Ackley (.205 average) to Triple-A Tacoma. Both players...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - missing opportunities

The Angels had a huge opportunity to stretch their winning streak to nine games on Monday, and it blew up in their faces. Los Angeles jumped out to a 6-2 lead over the Dodgers after the fourth. But CJ Wilson broke down in the fifth, allowing four runs to tie the game at six. AJ Ellis put the Dodgers in front in the sixth with a sac fly off of Michael Kohn, but the Angels tiied it...
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May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners demote Dustin Ackley, promote Nick Franklin

It looks like the Seattle Mariners are starting to feel the heat. After banishing Jesus Montero to AAA Tacoma this weekend, teammate Dustin Ackley will join him there. Taking Ackley's spot on the Mariners' roster is Nick Franklin, a top five prospect coming into the year for the Mariners. FIrst, we'll start with Ackley. He was the second overall pick in the 2009 Draft...
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May 27, 2013  |  Discuss
RIGHT BACK AT YA

Indians, Reds talk smack on Twitter

The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians will square off in a rivalry game on Monday and the teams engaged in some back-and-forth on Twitter in advance of the tilt.

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May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a lump of Cole

Cole Hamels is getting too much blame for Philadelphia's season. Yeah, he's 1-8, but in his 11 starts, the Phillies have given Hamels a total of 20 runs of support. That's less than two runs of offense per game, and while Hamels' 4.43 ERA isn't ideal, no pitcher can rack up the wins with that kind of run support. Remember Cliff Lee last year? Apparently, Hamels...
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May 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Don't touch Adrian Beltre's head

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre really hates people touching his head. Remember this from two weeks ago? Well, Beltre's head-related freakouts came into play again on Saturday night, with near disastrous results for Elvis Andrus. Good lord. Keep in mind, this is on the field during a conference on the mound. Robbie Ross then got Kyle Seager to pop...
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May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - vote for Pedro

Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates is one of the streakiest hitters in baseball. After homering just four times in April, Alvarez already has launched six bombs in May in 35 fewer plate appearances. In May, his OPS is nearly 300 points higher, and he's managed to do that with nearly identical strikeout and walk rates. Alvarez has hit some titanic homers as well, with the average distance...
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May 26, 2013  |  Discuss
ALL THE WAY

Pagan hits walkoff inside the park home run

On Saturday, Angel Pagan of the Giants hit perhaps the greatest walkoff of the season. With San Francisco trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the tenth following a Troy Tulowitzki homer in the top of the inning, Brandon Crawford led off with a walk against Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt. Quillermo Quiroz bunted Crawford over to second to bring up Pagan, who hit a deep fly ball off the...
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May 25, 2013  |  3 Comments
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