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Yankees turn triple play in win over Orioles

On Friday night, the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2, and while Adam Jones' three-run error is going to get all of the headlines, the Yankees had a pretty unique play of their own on the defensive side of the field: they turned a triple play in the top of the eighth when the Orioles had a prime opportunity to rally back. With men on first and second, Manny...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Quentin gets eight games following brawl

Following his role in inciting a brawl after getting hit by a pitch by Dodgers ace Zack Greinke on Thursday night, San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has been suspended for eight games. Greinke suffered a broken collarbone during the brawl, and will is expected to miss eight weeks. There was a lot of talk about just how long of a suspension Quentin would get following...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Who was in the wrong? Zack Greinke vs. Carlos Quentin

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a baseball and it hit San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on the left arm. Quentin, after a moment's hesitation, decided to charge Greinke, inciting a bench-clearing brawl.  The incident ultimately resulted in Greinke breaking his collarbone, four players getting ejected, and an actual "meet you in the parking lot...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Carrasco earns eight game suspension

Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco earned an eight game suspension from the league after throwing at Kevin Youkilis' head on Tuesday. Ironically, that start on Tuesday was Carrasco's first of the season after serving a six game suspension to start the year after throwing at Billy Butler in a 2011 game. Carrasco probably won't end up serving the suspension right...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Which MLB team is the most watchable?

Welcome to the first installment of The Outside Corner's Watchability Rankings! We've all seen power ranking in countless other places, but these rankings, while similar, are a bit different. Here, how good a team is matters, but it isn't the end all be all. What we are ranking on here is style and quality of play, interesting storylines, exciting talent, intriguing match...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

'42' review: A storybook tale of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier

A movie like 42 can be a tricky proposition for a filmmaker. Should the movie tell Jackie Robinson's life story or focus on a particular period of his life, presumably the one that most defines him?  Writer-director Brian Helgeland wisely opted for the latter in his film, recounting the events surrounding Robinson becoming the first black man to play in the major leagues...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - BASEBRAWL!

The first fight of the year between millionaires upset about how each other is playing the game...isn't it a wonderful time? Our first fight of the year came last night in San Diego, when Zack Greinke threw at Carlos Quentin, who rushed the mount. Both players, along with Jerry Hairston Jr and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, were ejected. The potentially bigger story is an possible...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Greinke, Kemp, Quentin ejected after brawl in San Diego

In the bottom of the sixth inning in Thursday's Dodgers-Padres game, Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke hit San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin in the left arm. Quentin rushed the mound to tussle with Greinke, and both benches cleared in our first brawl of the young 2013 season. Both bullpens also  emptied and poured onto the field to join the fray. Greinke appeared to hurt...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Harang traded again, acquired by Mariners

That didn't take long, did it? The Colorado Rockies acquired Aaron Harang and, most importantly, $4.5 million in cash from the Dodgers. Today, the Rockies flipped Harang again, this time the 35-year old hurler has landed with the Seattle Mariners in exchange for prospect Steve Hensley. Colorado also sent over about $2 million in cash to offset the buyout for Harang's 2014...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Expansion is not the answer to the interleague DH problem

With MLB choosing to realign to two 15-team leagues this season and introducing year-round interleague play, it has created the sentiment that a holy war is coming over interleague play and the adoption of the designated hitter. To some, the realignment is seen as the move that set in motion the inevitable adoption of the DH by the National League. However, those who inexplicably...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

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
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