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Themed jerseys have made the jump to the zombie apocalypse

Zombie Apocalypse Night Jersey has been announced! Sponsored by LifeStream #soundthehorn @bensbiz pic.twitter.com/eM4YjA3B9T — Inland Empire 66ers (@66ersBaseball) April 24, 2014
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – that awkward moment…

Having to throw a position player on the mound has to be one of the worst feelings for a manager. Having to do it against your rival probably hurts even more. But that’s what John Farrell had to do on Thursday night as the Red Sox were getting smashed by the Yankees – he threw Mike Carp on the hill at Fenway Park. The half inning was almost uneventful after Carp got Brian McCann...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon had a lukewarm take on Michael Pineda’s pine tar controversy

I'm in favor of legalizing pine tar, but it's usage may have to begin with the Rockies and Mariners. — Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 24, 2014
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Pineda suspended ten games for pine tar incident

Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has earned a ten game suspension after his ejection on Wednesday for having pine tar on his neck. There’s no immediate word on whether or not Pineda will appeal the suspension. This is funny to me, because using a foreign substance on the ball is something that seems to be widely accepted throughout the game. However, being as obvious as...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The best defensive plays for the week ending April 23rd

This week’s list of defense lacks some of the usual names we see on here – there’s no Trout, Simmons, or Tulowitzki, but that doesn’t mean that the plays won’t stand up to some of the best that those guys have made. April 17th, Yankees vs Rays – triple your pleasure. The legend of Yangervis Solarte continues to grow – an around the horn triple play? You’ve gotta...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Pacific Coast League April Edition

Early in the season, there’s always an explosion of promotions and roster jockeying among teams, so it’s difficult to generate a list of players who we as a site are excited about following.  The most notable of these promotions was Jon Singleton, who was absolutely murdering baseballs in AAA and thus will not be featured on this list, but rest assured he would’ve been. ...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Yesterday was Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday for the Brewers

In case you forgot what day it is… #wcww Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday! Everybody Wei-Chung tonight! http://t.co/nXXLcGjERc” — Zach Duke (@zach_duke) April 24, 2014
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brooklyn Cyclones will wear Darth Maul themed jerseys this season

Only a true Jedi can hope to defeat a @BKCyclones team wearing these (via http://t.co/XKQbItc7Ny): pic.twitter.com/3myuk898ng — MiLB.com (@MiLB) April 24, 2014
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Things get worse for D’Backs, Mark Trumbo out with stress fracture

The Arizona Diamondbacks have the worst record in the majors and just can’t seem to catch a break. They can, however, catch a fracture. To be precise, they’ve now lost slugger Mark Trumbo for an indefinite period of time to a stress fracture in his left foot: Following the win, Gibby announced that MRI on Trumbo shows an apparent stress fracture in his left foot. Will seek second...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – untouchable

Texas Rangers starter Martin Perez is on one hell of a run lately. Well, maybe run isn’t the right word, because Perez hasn’t allowed any in his last three starts. He’s spun 26 straight scoreless innings, and has fired back to back complete game shutouts – including yesterday against the Athletics. He’s not striking many hitters out (just 13, along with six walks) over...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Pineda ejected from Yankees-Red Sox game for pine tar on neck

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park for having pine tar on his neck. The incident occurred in the second inning after Boston manager John Farrell asked umpires to check Pineda for a foreign substance. Home plate umpire Gerry Davis noticed a smear on the right side of Pineda’s neck, rubbed the substance on his fingers...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Johnson needs a second Tommy John surgery

Signing pitcher Josh Johnson to a one-year, $8 million contract was viewed as a savvy offseason move for the Padres. If the right-hander stayed healthy, San Diego could have an ace-caliber starter for about one-third the price of what a No. 1 starter typically costs on the open market nowadays. Unfortunately, Johnson won’t have thrown a single regular-season pitch for the Padres...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols joins the 500 home run club. Do we care?

Albert Pujols got a fastball right down Broadway on Tuesday night and did to it what he and most major leaguers do to those, he hit it a long way.  It was his second home run of the game and the 500th of his illustrious career.  Pujols is the 26th player in baseball history to join the 500 home run club, and is the current major league leader in the long ball.  So why hasn’t...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The best moments in the history of Wrigley Field

In honor of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday on Wednesday, MLB Tonight put together this video discussing the best moments in the stadium’s history, featuring players like Ron Santo, Babe Ruth, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa, and Kerry Wood. It’s a pretty cool look at an important part of baseball history, and I think the most illuminating part of the video was the fact stated by...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – history

The Angels beat the Nationals 7-2 on Tuesday night. But really, that final score was secondary to what happened on the field – Albert Pujols hit home runs 499 and 500, becoming the third youngest player in MLB history to reach the benchmark and the first since Gary Sheffield back in 2009 with the Mets. What’s next for Pujols? Well, he can slide into the top 20 all-time if he...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols joins the 500 home run club

April 22, 2014. Taylor Jordan. Nationals Park. Those are the three major factors that will go down in history in relation to Albert Pujols becoming the 26th member of the 500 home run club. The fifth inning, two-run homer off of Jordan was given a standing ovation and a curtain call by the Nationals fanbase at Nationals Park. He’s the third-youngest player to reach that plateau...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Suspensions handed out for Brewers-Pirates brawl

Suspensions for Sunday’s Steel City skirmish are in, and as expected, Milwaukee’s Martin Maldonado and Carlos Gomez were dealt the stiffest penalties. Maldonado will be suspended five games after blind-siding Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider with a jab to the left eye, a punch that left Snider with a nasty bruise because he was wearing sunglasses during the melee. Gomez gets three...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The most exciting walk offs of the week (April 22nd edition)

There were some wild walk off this week, from closer collapses to grand slams to awful defense. A little bit of everything, I guess. April 16th, Mariners vs Rangers – Rodney goes down. Texas was down 2-0 going into the bottom of the eighth after not being able to do anything against Felix Hernandez all game. They broke through for one (charged to a gassed Hernandez) in that inning...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Has D-Backs owner put GM Kevin Towers on notice?

For the most part, it’s still too early in the 2014 MLB season to make any grand declarations. But after three weeks, we can safely say that the Diamondbacks have been the biggest disappointment in baseball. After Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Cubs, the D-Backs are now 5-17. They’ve lost nine of their past 10 games. Arizona has MLB’s worst record, allowing 134 runs — 23 more...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Sale lands on DL after throwing 127 pitches

Five days after throwing 127 pitches in 7 innings against Boston, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is on the disabled list. The White Sox announced Monday night that Sale would be scratched from his scheduled start today. Shortly after, they placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his left forearm. The news that Sale was experiencing discomfort...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the battle of the dregs

  Diamondbacks vs Cubs games are something that were drawn up by a very cruel individual, since both teams stink. The game was pretty typical of Arizona’s season – Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings, which actually *lowered* his ERA to 9.50. The one Diamondbacks run came on a Mark Trumbo solo homer with the team trailing 5-0. Paul Goldschmidt had three singles...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Picking a battle over Bryce Harper’s lack of hustle

Demonstrations of authority like the one Nationals manager Matt Williams exerted on Saturday by benching Bryce Harper for not running out a groundball are why the team hired him. Williams was brought in to be a stricter disciplinarian — a hard-ass contrast to Davey Johnson, who was more of a players manager, content to let his veterans police the clubhouse. That’s not to say...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Ivan Nova appears headed for Tommy John surgery

If there’s good news about Ivan Nova’s pitching injury, it’s that the Yankees now know why he pitched so badly on Saturday. But the bad news is significant. Nova has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which very likely means his 2014 season is over and the Yankees have a major hole in their starting rotation. Nova pitched four innings of an eventual...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

This week in MLB replay reviews

Another week of replay, another week of endless controversy and discussion about the potentially broken replay system…ho hum. April 14th, Nationals vs Marlins – where’s the line? Something my father endlessly harps on is the lack of the yellow line at the top of the outfield wall in several newer stadiums. There’s not one at Marlins Park, and that’s why this double by...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Miller Park is installing a doghouse for Hank

Are you tired of Hank the Dog stories yet? No? Lucky you! The Brewers enter Monday with the best record in baseball, but who cares about their best start since 1987 when Hank is getting his own adorable little doghouse installed at Miller Park? His new digs while he’s in residence at the stadium will be a roomy, one-bedroom Cape Cod-style dwelling. No word on whether it will be...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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