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Dugout Digest – Red Sox on the ropes

TOC pop quiz: aside from the pathetic trio (Astros, Diamondbacks, Cubs), which team in baseball has the worst record? What if I told you that it was the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox? The Sox are 20-27, and their .426 winning percentage is worse than every team in the league aside from those three dreadful clubs. They’re tied with the Rays at six games back in the AL...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers’ lost season spirals further down with Prince Fielder injury

Has this become the curse of Nolan Ryan? After the Rangers’ former president left Arlington last October and eventually took a front-office job with the Astros, did the baseball gods cast some sort of hex over Globe Life Park? (Or maybe that corporate ballpark name has something to do with it.) Could there be any rational reason to explain the plague of injuries that have beset...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The longest homers of the week

The usual suspects are all gone this week. But I hope you enjoy a pair of Hunters, because out of all the Weeks we’ve done this, this is a pretty unique one. 1. Hunter Pence vs Jhoulys Chacin, 456 feet (May 21st) This is another one of those Coors Field homers that doesn’t look like it was hit too far…until you realize just where exactly it landed at the park. Left center...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke is an expert in seeing through garbage streaks

#Dodgers Zack Greinke on his "streak" of 22 starts allowing 2 ER or less: "They keep changing the wording of it to keep it as a streak." — Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 23, 2014
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the long-awaited return

  The bad news for the White Sox is that Jose Abreu is still on the DL. The good news for the White Sox is that Chris Sale is back, and Chris Sale is dominating once again. In Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Yankees on Thursday night, Sale was perfect through 5 2/3 innings before he allowed a single to the second-to-last batter he faced. In his return, Sale struck out ten New York...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates have cut bait on Wandy Rodriguez

The @Pirates have reinstated @russellmartin55 from the DL. To make room for Martin, Wandy Rodriguez has been designated for assignment. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 22, 2014
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Moustakas’ struggles mirror Royals’ disappointing start

The Royals made what seemed like an inevitable decision on Thursday, demoting third baseman Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha. With a .152 batting average and .543 OPS in 139 plate appearances, Kansas City had to press the eject button. When Moustakas was in the lineup, he was batting eighth. But manager Ned Yost was also giving more playing time to Danny Valencia in recent weeks...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending May 21st

It looks like that we’ve finally had a week of awesome defense – no more having to call relatively routine sliding catches plays of the week! This week, you’re going to see dives, home run robberies, and much more. May 15th, Rays vs Angels – the return of Mike Trout. Rumors of Mike Trout’s demise have greatly been exaggerated. He was shaded towards right center on this...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – when you’re hot, you’re hot

Last night at Tropicana Field, the Oakland Athletics showed why they’re one of the best teams in baseball. The A’s improved to 30-16 on Wednesday night despite notching just one hit on the evening and allowing two runs. Let me explain – in the second inning, Yoenis Cespedes reached base on an error and Erik Bedard walked both Derek Norris and Brandon Moss to load the bases...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Indians beat the Tigers on walkoff balk

10-10. Bottom of the 13th inning. Bases loaded. Two outs. The Indians won their wild game with the Tigers in this scenario…without a pitch even being thrown. Ryan Raburn didn’t even get a chance to swing the bat after Al Albuquerque balked in the winning run for the Indians. Now that’s certainly something you don’t see every day.
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus both ejected

During Wednesday’s Tigers-Indians game, two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus were both ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons in the sixth inning. The ejections were spurred by Timmons not asking first base umpire Tim Welke for an opinion on a check-swing by Cabrera, causing the Tigers first baseman to get just a little irritated. All Timmons...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in replay reviews (May 21st edition)

Because of the introduction of The Weekly Puig and The Week That Was, we went ahead and pushed our compendium of replay reviews back to Wednesday, where you can expect to find it from now on. I think managers are beginning to get accustomed to the whole replay thing now – we’re seeing fewer and fewer stupid challenges, but some are still oozing their way through the cracks. May...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: The chillest MLB fan of all-time

This is awesome. During Tuesday night’s Blue Jays-Red Sox game, Dioner Navarro hit a ground rule double to left field at Fenway Park. This Red Sox fan caught the ball without even getting up and barey moving his hands, and immediately (and rather smoothly, I might add) handed the ball to his female companion. Man…that’s one way to get brownie points.
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yasiel Puig shows New Yorkers how to flip a bat

Yasiel Puig hit the streets of New York with the crew of MLB Off the Bat on MTV2, and taught various New Yorkers how to flip bats to celebrate any occasion. This segment showed me that the art of bat flipping is something that takes practice, and isn’t something that can be mastered quite easily. In fact, the only two bat flips featured that I considered acceptable were from the...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – flipping back to the status quo

Last Tuesday morning, the Cardinals were coming off of a 17-5 thrashing at the hands of the Cubs. They were 19-20, 5.5 games behind a Brewers team that was coming off of a series win over the Yankees, and would complete a series win over the Pirates that week. Fast forward to today. The Brewers have lost four in a row and the Cardinals have won five out of six, cutting their deficit...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Miguel Olivo apparently tried to bite Alex Guerrero’s ear off

Here we all were minding our own business on an otherwise uneventful day of baseball news when Jon Morosi casually dropped a bomb on the Twittersphere: Part of Alex Guerrero's ear was "displaced by a bite" during altercation with Miguel Olivo, according to Guerrero's agent, Scott Boras. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 20, 2014 WHAT THE WHAT?!?! One can only assume that “displaced”...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox decide they need shortstop Stephen Drew back

The winner of the Stephen Drew free agent derby is… the Boston Red Sox? As first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Drew agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million. That’s the prorated amount of what the shortstop would have received from Boston had he accepted the $14.1 million qualifying offer the team extended to him last November. Drew declined the offer and became a...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Have injuries made it difficult to believe in pitching phenoms anymore?

Tuesday night, Trevor Bauer makes his second start of the season for the Cleveland Indians. Since the D-Backs drafted him No. 3 overall in 2011, the 23-year-old right-hander has been considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Bauer’s star has diminished somewhat over the past 16 months. The D-Backs even traded him to the Indians before last season. But if he...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Most exciting walkoffs of the week

This was one of those weeks were some teams just seem snakebitten, and they can’t get on the right side of the ledger when it comes to walk offs. Sure, that will happen when you’re on a week-long road trip, but I digress. May 13th, Red Sox vs Twins – snuffing the comeback. This was the first walk off hit of Chris Parmalee’s career, and it came at a pretty opportune time...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – not much going on

There were only five games last night. FIVE games. It’s disappointing for that to happen in the middle of May, but that’s life I guess. At least the five games we did have delivered – two went into extra innings, and one was decided by one run in nine innings. I guess nights like this happen from time to time. Game of the Night: Indians 5, Tigers 4 (ten innings). This was a...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

C.C. Sabathia will be out until at least July for the Yankees

Sabathia is going to be out until at least July, Cashman tells me. Story to follow shortly #Yankees — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) May 19, 2014
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers wearing Zubaz (again); plane wasn’t ready for it

A couple weeks ago, Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain bought his teammates Tigers-themed zubaz in anticipation of the Tigers’ 4th annual Zubazpalooza — yes, a real thing. Photos started to leak of select players wearing the fashionable early 1990s gear around the clubhouse and Miguel Cabrera interviews, but nothing like what happened on Sunday, early Monday, after the Tigers...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Recapping the week ending May 18th in baseball

This is a new feature we’re going to be rolling out at TOC, recapping the past week of events across the league. I figure it might be a nice companion for the players of the month/weekly highlights features we regularly roll out here, and might add some more context to what’s been going on across baseball. Most impressive team of the week: Detroit Tigers. With all due respect...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Marcus Stroman doesn’t seem pleased about how the Blue Jays used him in the majors

On his desire to be a starting pitcher: “That’s the role I thought I was going to be in when I came up here, so yeah, I think in the long run hopefully I can be a starter and show I can start at this level. That’s the plan.” On whether or not he would have preferred to be called up to be a starter as opposed to a reliever: “Obviously whatever opportunity you get to contribute...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Weekly Puig: First Edition

There may not be a more polarizing player in all of baseball than that of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. You’d be hard-pressed to find an athlete anywhere in the sports world that garners the type of love/hate emotions from fans than that of the Cuban product. We here at The Outside Corner fall into the former. That is, we love Yasiel Puig. And each week from now...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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