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Yoenis Cespedes Keeps Slugging and Shining On

Despite a deflating loss to the floundering Miami Marlins Friday night, Yoenis Cespedes‘ performance was the silver lining to an otherwise gut-wrenching night. In the sixth inning, after Marlins’ starter Tom Koehler had kept the Mets at bay for the entirety of the game up until that point, Cespedes stepped into the box and promptly […]
Via Mets Merized Online
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Following a Team Closely, From Very Far Away

There’s been a lot of great Dodger baseball over the last week. Or so I’m told. The 5-4 win over San Francisco to kick off that series sweep lasted 14 innings and ended somewhere around 3 am Eastern time. Every game since Jake Arrieta‘s no-hitter has been a traditional night start on the West coast. It means I haven’t been able to see a lot of the late innings of some of...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Preview: Twins at Astros

After managing little against Ervin Santana last weekend, the Houston Astros didn't have to wait long for another shot at the Minnesota Twins right-hander. Hoping for a better performance this time, the Astros will try to add to Santana's recent road struggles Saturday night. Following a six-start stretch in which he went 0-4 with a 9.20 ERA, Santana (3-4, 5.40 ERA) gave up six hits...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
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Preview: Twins at Astros

After managing little against Ervin Santana last weekend, the Houston Astros didn't have to wait long for another shot at the Minnesota Twins right-hander. Hoping for a better performance this time, the Astros will try to add to Santana's recent road struggles Saturday night. Following a six-start stretch in which he went 0-4 with a 9.20 ERA, Santana (3-4, 5.40 ERA) gave up six hits...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
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A Quick One with Kevin Millar

With all respect to Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band, the 2004 Red Sox are the biggest rock stars to come out of Boston. With their beards, hair and no-*****-given attitude, they somehow managed to shake off one of the franchise’s most crushing defeats in the 2003 ALCS and keep an entire Nation screaming, swearing and bloody-knuckled through two unforgettable weeks the following...
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Juan Lagares Is Still A Big Part Of Mets Future

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that Juan Lagares has gone from top of the world to end of the bench, but is trying to keep a positive outlook. The Mets rewarded their Gold Glove center fielder with a four-year, $23 million contract, and expectations ran very high for Lagares entering the 2015 […]
Via Mets Merized Online
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

'Kelly's Heroes' Hang On For 7-5 Victory Over Phillies

(Getty Images)Joe "70s Adult Film Mustache" Kelly has now won seven straight decisions since donning his facial hair. Last night, he hurled six solid innings in Boston's 7-5 win over the AAAA Philadelphia Phillies. Boston's offense was again paced by the kids—Mookie Betts (2-3, RBI, R); Xander Bogaerts (2-4, 2 RBI, R); Jackie Bradley, Jr. (1-3, HR, RBI, 2R). David Ortiz just missed...
Via FenwayNation
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Joe Kelly Just Keeps On Winning

The Red Sox started a 3 game series with the Phillies on Friday night.  The Sox had Joe Kelly on the mound who had won all 6 of his starts in August and hoped for the same kind of success in September.  Kelly only had one hiccup in the 4th inning and the Sox offense had his back and then some.  The Sox bullpen fell apart a little in the 9th, but they were still able to come away...
Via Fenway West
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NERD Game Scores for Saturday, September 5, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
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Mets Minors: Gee And Nimmo Propel Las Vegas Into First Place

  Las Vegas (76-65) 9, Tacoma 4 After losing three of four to El Paso and moving out of first place the 51′s seemed to be reeling before Brandon Nimmo and Dillon Gee put them on their shoulders carrying them back atop the division by half a game. Nimmo was slid up to the #2 […]
Via Mets Merized Online
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Carlos Moncrief & The Indians 40 Man Roster Inflexibility

Yesterday, the Indians designated long time prospect, Carlos Moncrief, for assignment to make room for Giovanni Soto and Michael Martinez on the 40 man roster (T.J. House was also taken off the 40 man roster by moving him from the 15 to the 60 Day DL). Moncrief was never a top prospect, but he was a nice story and has some solid strengths. Drafted initially in 2007 by the Phillies...
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Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts Establishing Himself As One Of AL’s Best Shortstops

In just his second full MLB season, a strong case could be made for Xander Bogaerts as the best shortstop in the American League. Statistics help fortify the argument. Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored in Boston’s 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. He has 10 hits in his last five games, which has raised his batting average to .321 on the...
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Cuddyer Remains Out, Wearing Splint On Ailing Wrist

Michael Cuddyer finally saw a doctor on Friday night and was diagnosed with tendinitis. He will be in splint for the next two days. “It’s tendinitis that we have to get calmed down,” Cuddyer said. “I’m going to have a little splint for a day or so, to restrict the mobility to get it to […]
Via Mets Merized Online
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Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado’s shift to shortstop

Earlier this week Manny Machado made his first major league career start at shortstop. With regular shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list mending a left groin strain, manager Buck Showalter made the move to put Machado up the middle. Infield utility man Ryan Flaherty started at third. Prior to this week’s shift to short, Machado has made every other start as a Baltimore Oriole...
Via isportsweb.com
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets at Miami Marlins game preview

TV: FOX SPORTS FLORIDA TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE STARTS AT 6:30 P.M. As the New York Mets continue their push toward the postseason, Bartolo Colon seems to be hitting his stride. Riding a 16-inning scoreless stretch, Colon tries to win a third consecutive start against the streaking Miami Marlins on Saturday night. Colon (12-11, 4.42 ERA) went 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in his first seven...
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Not Dead Yet!

Respect the (Michael) A! Michael A. Taylor gets mobbed at the plate after his walkoff. Nationals 5, Braves 2: Matt den Dekker ties it with 2-out, pinch-hit single in the 9th. Michael A. Taylor walk-off HR in the 10th wins it. Marlins beat the Mets. NL East down to 5 games. But David Wright says these Mets won't choke down the stretch like the Mets of old. Here's Jonathan...
Via Nationals Enquirer
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Latest On Matt Harvey: Alderson Consults With Dr. Andrews, Ricco Addresses Reporters

Here is the latest and all you need to know about the growing controversy regarding Matt Harvey and his innings limits. September 5 Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports spoke with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson who told him that he spoke with Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who performed the ligament replacement procedure on Matt […]
Via Mets Merized Online
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New York Mets at Miami Marlins game preview

TV: FOX SPORTS FLORIDA TIME: PREGAME COVERAGE STARTS AT 6:30 P.M. As the New York Mets continue their push toward the postseason, Bartolo Colon seems to be hitting his stride. Riding a 16-inning scoreless stretch, Colon tries to win a third consecutive start against the streaking Miami Marlins on Saturday night. Colon (12-11, 4.42 ERA) went 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in his first seven...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: August 31-September 4, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAYOn the Nature of Writing and Fandom, by Dave CameronCommenter...
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Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees game preview

TV: FOX Sports 1 Time: 1 p.m. Mark Teixeira's absence has done nothing to slow the New York Yankees' offense. In fact, it seems to have provided a spark. Nathan Eovaldi has taken full advantage of the added run support and will look to help the Yankees win for the seventh time in eight games when he faces the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. The Yankees (75-58) have averaged...
Via AP on Fox
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The Angels' fall from grace

The 2014 Los Angeles Angels were the best team in baseball. Led by superhuman Mike Trout, the Angels won an MLB best 98 games and beat the Oakland A’s by 10 games, before getting swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.   Expectations were rightfully high for the Angels this season. Mike Trout was still Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols was able to stay healthy for the...
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This Date In Royals History: 1985 Edition: September 5

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Two days after the Royals, desperate for outfield depth, signed free agent Omar Moreno, that signing […]
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Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees game preview

TV: FOX Sports 1 Time: 1 p.m. Mark Teixeira's absence has done nothing to slow the New York Yankees' offense. In fact, it seems to have provided a spark. Nathan Eovaldi has taken full advantage of the added run support and will look to help the Yankees win for the seventh time in eight games when he faces the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. The Yankees (75-58) have averaged...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon voices displeasure with Nationals fans

View image | gettyimages.com Former Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has always been known to voice his opinion. Over the three-plus seasons while the six-time All-Star and 2007 World Series champion donned red pinstripes, Papelbon had a peculiar relationship with Phillies fans, and the team as a whole as time...
Via Philliedelphia
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Last Night Was On Terry Collins

Let’s face it, the Miami Marlins suck… That is until the New York Mets set their eyes on a playoff spot. Then in a blink of an eye they suddenly transform themselves into a cross between Murderer’s Row and the Gas House Gang… Right? Wrong! You can go ahead and  hang last night’s loss to […]
Via Mets Merized Online
2 hours ago  |  Discuss
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