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Houston Astros Fire Manager Bo Porter, Bench Coach Dave Trembley

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn’t based on Houston’s record but because “we need a new direction in our clubhouse.” “Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” Luhnow said in a statement. “This decision was not made...
Via NESN.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Somehow, Someway, That All Worked Out For The Cardinals

That could have been a whole lot better. That could have been a whole lot worse. Both things are true as we dig through the rubble of a 2-2 split against a bottom dwelling foe… that somehow vaulted the Cardinals into a first place tie in the NL Central. First the bad news. + The Justin Masterson trade is officially a bust. His ERA with the Cardinals is 7.90 and he’s surrendered...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians Come Rolling Home

Cleveland Indians fans may be having a flashback as the calendar flips from August to September. That flashback should be taking you to exactly one year ago. After most people counted the 2013 Indians out of the postseason race in July, the Indians reeled off a magical August and September to keep things interesting. It culminated into one of the best finishes in franchise history...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Inquirer: Phillies to Promote Franco

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that two sources have told him Maikel Franco will be promoted to the major leagues, and he could start on Tuesday. This season, Franco has played both third base and first base.  He would be the youngest position player to make the leap to the majors since Jimmy Rollins in 2000. Franco, 22, started extremely slow but has picked up the...
Via Phillies Nation
18 hours ago  |  1 Comment

Los Angeles Dodgers: A laborious weekend

Labor Day weekend should have been kind to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers entered the weekend with a 76-58 record, which was best in the National League. Coming off a two game sweep at Arizona, the Dodgers also had the best road record in baseball at 42-26. They were heading down to San Diego to face off against a team that was 13 games behind them in the West. However, the...
Via isportsweb.com
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper took a liking to Safeco Field

Baseball can be such an odd game. With Bryce Harper struggling all season long, he hit two monster home runs in two at-bats in a pitcher’s park against Hishashi Iwakuma; a guy who doesn’t surrender a lot of long balls. The Nationals still ended up losing the game 5-3 the day before Labor Day. In all, Harper had three home runs in the series and now has ten on the year. He had...
Via Diamond Hoggers
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marlins Injury Update: Henderson Alvarez exits in third inning

Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez left Monday's game against the New York Mets in the third inning after thowing only 40 pitches and showing lowered velocity, according to Juan Martinez of the Sun Sentinal. He was relieved by lefty Brad Hand.Alvarez out of the game. Had back wrapped pregame and his velo way off. Topped out at 93 on his last pitch. Sat 86-89. #Marlins—...
Via MLB Injury News
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, Sep 1

Welcome to September, everyone! I apologize for the light posting schedule these last few days, both with the Daily DraftKings Picks and Daily SP Rankings. I’ve run into some unexpected technical difficulties that have prevented me from picking lineups, updating the necessary files, and generally maintaining the daily operations of the site that have run so smoothly all season...
Via Baseball Professor
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mariners Injury Update: Willie Bloomquist transferred to 60-day DL

The Seattle Mariners enter a series against the Oakland A's today with a record of 73-62, third in the American League West. With 27 games remaining in the season, the Mariners are just a half game behind in the wild card race. Looking to be on all cylinders the final month of the season, the Mariners opened up spots on their 40-man roster by placing veteran Willie Bloomquist...
Via MLB Injury News
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Anthony Rizzo may get MRI on back

With the very nice news of Jorge Soler making his Wrigley Field debut on Labor Day comes the not-so-nice news about another Chicago Cubs fan favorite, first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat of MLB.com tweeted that Rizzo will sit out again Monday, and he will possibly need need an MRI to determine the source and extent of his back problem. Chris Valaika...
Via MLB Injury News
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout sets a career high in home runs

In an odd turn of events, the Anaheim Angels have won six games in a row; including a four-game sweep of the team that was supposed to win the American League West after acquiring the two biggest arms on the trade market. In yesterday’s 8-1 win in Anaheim, Mike Trout drove in three runs and set a new career high for home runs in a season with his 31st of the year off Jesse Chavez...
Via Diamond Hoggers
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Switch pitcher could see action in MLB

29-year-old New York Yankees minor leaguer Pat Venditte normally wouldn’t be a player worth noticing. He’s been in the minors for the past seven seasons after the Yankees selected him in the 45th round of the 2007 amateur draft.  On the surface, Venditte is nothing more than your non-prospect who has bounced around in small towns in an attempt to make it to the Majors. That’s...
Via Sportsnaut
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays notes: DeJesus looks to provide offensive spark in September

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David DeJesus' wait is over, and he's eager to make the most of September in his return. "There's nothing different," DeJesus said of his goals for the upcoming weeks. "It's just trying to be at peace with the lineup that helps the team win." DeJesus, who missed 64 games because of a left hand fracture before he was activated...
Via Fox Sports Florida
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Tuesday, Sep 1

First off, sorry for the two-day absence of this daily post. We had some technical difficulties as last week wound to a close that prevented us from generating our daily rankings, but those issues have been sorted out and today we’re back in business with Tuesday’s rankings! Derek Holland is back after making six minor league rehab starts. His reward? The first place Royals...
Via Baseball Professor
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Marcell Ozuna uses the dugout as his cutoff man

redraiders.com Even though Miami Marlins are in the hunt for the last playoffs these days I think their center fielder Marcell Ozuna is starting to doubt any chance.  It’s the final month of the regular season and there’s no room for mental errors.  Checkout the ill-advised throw from Marcell Ozuna. (via cbssports.com) Here’s a different view but same result (via Vine) ...
Via Reading Between The Seams
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres promote Spangenberg for MLB debut

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have promoted infielder Cory Spangenberg, their first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft, as part of their September callups. Spangenberg was scheduled to start at third base and bat eighth in Monday's game against Arizona. Spangenberg was hitting .331 with two homers and 22 RBIs with Double-A San Antonio. The Padres also recalled left-hander...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Injured Alvarez out, slams ball to manager's hand

MIAMI (AP) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has exited Monday's game because of a side injury, slamming the ball into his manager's hand as he left the mound. Alvarez retired the first six batters before allowing a home run to Dilson Herrera in the third inning. The Mets scored four times before Alvarez was pulled. Alvarez slammed the ball into Miami manager Mike Redmond...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels Leaves After Six Hitless Innings; No-Hitter in Papelbon's Hands Now

If you have not been watching this Phillies game, it's time you put down the grilling utensils now and get to a television. Cole Hamels left the game after the sixth inning with a high pitch count and has left the game. Jake Diekman and Ken Giles followed with hitless...
Via Philliedelphia
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Phillies use four pitchers to no-hit the Braves

In the days of pitch counts, combined no-hitters are becoming more and more common.  At Turner field today, the Philadelphia Phillies needed four pitchers (and 147 pitches) to completely shut down the Atlanta Braves (second worst run-scoring team in the NL) for no hits in a 7-0 victory. Hamels was wildly effective today in AtlantaCredit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via CBSSports...
Via Reading Between The Seams
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Add Six Players, Headlined By Pederson And Guerrero

The Dodgers announced their initial round of September expanded roster call-ups today, and the five names aren’t really much of a surprise. Every player listed here can be eligible for the postseason roster, should the Dodgers want to include them. Joining the team for tonight’s game against Washington are… OF Joc Pederson, 22, who won both the Rookie of the Year and MVP...
Via Dodgers Digest
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily Farm Round-Up: 8-31-14

Every team but the Emeralds won tonight, including two wins for Fort Wayne as they swept their double header. Joe Wieland enjoyed his best start with the Chihuahuas while Jeremy Baltz powered the Storm with a home run and 4 RBI’s.   Hitting Prospect of the Day: Jeremy Baltz Pitching Prospect of the Day: Joe Wieland/Colin Rea   El Paso Chihuahuas 4, Salt Lake Bees 1 Jace Peterson...
Via Friarhood
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets miss boat not trading Bartolo Colon

Surely you were aware the New York Mets were tied to trade rumors leading up to the waiver-trade deadline, with Bartolo Colon‘s name being front and center. With the Los Angeles Angels losing Garrett Richards for the foreseeable future, and them needing a quality, veteran arm, they needed another good arm for the stretch run. Heck, at this point of the year many playoff-hopeful...
Via Mets360.com
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals’ September call-ups – Reinforcements for the playoff push

Photo Credit: centerfieldgate.com It’s 1 September. For MLB fans, it’s a big deal. For teams out of the pennant race, it’s a chance to see prospects the organizations hold in high regard. Sometimes, a prospect will show enough to give fans hope for next season. For contenders like the Nationals, it’s a chance to call in reinforcements. Maybe a contender needs a fresh arm...
Via DC Sports-Kings
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees Pitching Matchups: 9/2-9/4

Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change Tuesday, September 2 @ 7:05 PM Joe Kelly, RHP (0-1, 3.86) vs Shane Greene, RHP (4-1, 3.09) TV: NESN, MLB Network, MLB.tv Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio Wednesday, September 3 @ 7:05 PM Brandon Workman, RHP (1-8, 4.93) or Anthony Ranaudo, RHP (3-0, 4.50) vs Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (9-8, 3.88) TV: NESN, ESPN, WatchESPN, MLB...
Via Sox and Dawgs
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks reinstate Daniel Hudson, Cody Ross from DL

OFFICIAL: #Dbacks reinstate outfielder Cody Ross from the 15-day DL and pitcher Daniel Hudson from the 60-day DL. — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 1, 2014   Daniel Hudson will finally pitch in a big league game again. If that doesn’t get D-backs fans excited, I don’t know what will. The Diamondbacks have reinstated RHP Daniel Hudson and OF Cody Ross from the DL today...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
15 hours ago  |  Discuss
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