Mediocrity leads atrociousness in the AL East

Last night, or I should say, this morning, the Yankees lost again.If this were Wall Street, we'd call it a "market correction:" The Yankee stock was temporarily over-valued; thus, its price is merely falling back to normalcy - or .500.In sports, .500 is generally the shorthand term for "mediocrity." But in today's finely orchestrated sports "seasons," all franchises are kept basically...
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MLB Game Picks - Saturday: May 30, 2015

Another up and down day that saw my picks finish a pick above .500 with an incorrect Pick of the Day. Blah. Saturday's Picks: The Twins over the Blue Jays: Kyle Gibson has his share of very good outings and not so good outings. I never seem to be on top of when each will occur. So I'll probably be wrong with this one again too. Aaron Sanchez goes for the Jays. The Rockies...
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Taijuan Walker Shines In Picturesque Seattle

It was one of those evenings at Safeco Field where it was so beautiful that you just couldn’t stop taking pictures of the picturesque skyline and sunset that was right in front of your eyes. It’s what makes Safeco Field and Seattle one of the best settings in all of baseball to watch a game, and it sure made for a good setting for Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker who had it going...
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Walker, Smith Lead Seattle to Triumph; Mariners 2, Indians 1

Taijuan Walker showed the Seattle Mariners how good he can be. Walker allowed just two hits over eight innings and Seth Smith hit a two-run homer to lead the Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Walkergot his first win since April 27 with one of the best starts of the 22-year-old’s young career. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, matching...
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Red Sox Notes: Boston’s Bullpen A Potential Issue For Struggling Club?

This embed is invalid" /> So much for that momentum. The Red Sox let a boost of energy slip away, as Boston failed to parlay Eduardo Rodriguez’s series-opening gem into anything more substantial Friday in a 7-4 loss to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Josh Hamilton homered twice as the Rangers handed the Red Sox their fourth loss in five games...
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Gray in Ace Form as A’s Triumph Over Yankees

Lead by Sonny Gray and timely hitting with runners on the base paths, the A’s won back-to-back home games for the first time of the 2015 season. After a horrendous stretch losing 14 out of 16 games, and talks of a fire sale of trading the most valuable players on the roster, the A’s have caught fire winning five of their past seven games, the latest being a 6-2 victory over...
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What We Learned: DFS Lessons From May 25-29

In Lefty Mashers We Trust: On Monday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos tipped the scales with a solo shot. On Tuesday, Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson went absolutely off with a 48-point game on Draft Kings. Indians OF Ryan Raburn homered that day as well. The common trend? All three players absolutely hammer southpaws. I've mentioned this before, but seeing what lefties are taking the hill...
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Brewers call up prospect for Sunday's start

  With Wily Peralta injured the Brewers will need someone to take his turn in the rotation Sunday and it appears those duties will fall to 24-year old Tyler Wagner. “He's the best guy right now,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told Wagner, the Brewers No. 11 prospect, according to, is still in Double-A, but the Brewers have been impressed with him so far...
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Kintzler placed on Disabled List

  The Brewers placed right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendonitis Friday, according to Just a couple days ago the Brewers had designated Kintzler for assignment, but once his injury was discovered, they reversed that decision and put him on the DL. Kintzler has a 6.43 ERA across seven innings this season. (h/t Brewers...
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Brian Johnson Throws Six Perfect Innings In Dominant Effort For PawSox

This embed is invalid" /> One day after Eduardo Rodriguez shined in his major league debut with the Red Sox, another left-hander showed why he, too, might find his way to Boston before long. Brian Johnson tossed six perfect innings Friday as the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Louisville Bats 1-0 at McCoy Stadium. Johnson was removed after six frames...
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Walker: 'We've got to be better on the defensive side'

  The Pirates have certainly picked up the pace recently, but if they want to reach their ultimate goal, Neil Walker knows they need to improve. “We've got to be better on the defensive side,” Walker told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We've played pretty good, especially on the pitching and offensive side of things. We're still working on the other areas.” Through 48 games...
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WATCH: Kang hits a towering home run

  Jung-ho Kang has been getting more and more comfortable at the plate and on Thursday night it certainly showed. Kang not only homered off of the Padres' Ian Kennedy, but he hammered a ball into the second deck. Take a look: Photo Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports  
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Alvarez in middle of learning curve at first base

  Changing positions is never easy, especially at the Major League level. While every team wants growing pains minimized, they are part of the process and Pedro Alvarez is currently experiencing them as he transitions across the diamond. Alvarez spent the first four seasons of his career at third base, but has been playing first this season. He's handled the adjustment fairly well...
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One Bad Pitch

It’s never a good sign when your day begins with news that your catcher, rehabbing a broken finger, is shut down with an “unrelated bone bruise” in his wrist, and your third baseman got injected with a long needle. And then just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, there was the news that Keith Hernandez had surgery on his arm: SNY couldn’t find a more recent...
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Reds going with an eight-man bullpen

  The Reds bench may be a little thin in the upcoming days, but manager Bryan Price isn't too worried about it. Price and the Reds opted to move Jason Marquis to the bullpen and in doing so, the team now has eight arms out there. “I feel a lot better about having eight guys in the bullpen than I concern myself with having four guys on the bench,” Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer...
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New video board coming to Great American Ball Park

  The fan experience at Great American Ball Park is getting just a bit better as the Cincinnati Reds plan to add a new video board prior to this year's All-Star Game. According to, “the new Daktronics LED screen will measure 90 feet by 30 feet. About 7,500 seats with limited or obstructed views of the existing scoreboard will benefit from the new video display.” The...
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David Ortiz Ready For Red Sox Return After Stint In ‘Ortiz Laboratory’

This embed is invalid" /> David Ortiz has emerged from the drawing board. All signs point toward the slugger returning to the Boston Red Sox’s starting lineup Saturday, manager John Farrell said after Friday’s 7-4 loss. Ortiz sat out the first two games of Boston’s series against the Texas Rangers to work on his swing and catch a mental breather...
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Posey's 3 RBI power Giants past Braves, into first place

  Tim Hudson enjoyed beating his old team, more for bragging rights than anything else. He was happier about bouncing back from a bad outing. Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in three, Hudson pitched seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Friday night. ''It's nice to beat anybody in...
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Bet on Bettis; Colorado Rockies pitcher nearly flawless in win

  There are some things that aren’t said often. One of those things is that a young starting pitcher was dominant, pounding the strike zone and delivering a game for the ages. That is what young starting pitcher Chad Bettis did for the Rockies on Friday night in Philadelphia. It wasn’t long ago that all eyes were on the young prospect. The Texas Tech product was a guy who could...
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Lake impressing Maddon with approach

  Junior Lake has been back and forth between AAA and Chicago numerous times over the past couple seasons, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been impressed with the young outfielder lately. “He's been outstanding,” Maddon told CSN Chicago. “I think he's a good baseball player. What's getting lost here is the fact that he's got a clue out on the field. He does some really smart...
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Norris' walk-off grand slam lifts Padres to win over Pirates

  Derek Norris hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the San Diego Padres to a 6-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night, snapping the Pirates' season-high seven-game winning streak. Norris' homer to center, his fourth, capped a crazy ninth that saw the Pirates get two straight force plays at home while fielding a five-man infield. Jedd Gyorko started...
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Two Cubs vs. Royals Games In Top Three Most Expensive Games In MLB This Weekend

There will be a lot of young talent on display at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the Kansas City Royals this weekend. As the Royals continue to prove last year’s World Series run wasn’t a lucky string of games by leading the AL Central division, the Cubs are also proving themselves, with their highly-touted prospects matching their grand expectations entering the season...
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Wild way to end a streak

Well….if you went to sleep with the Pirates ahead 2-0 and looking good yet again, you certainly got an unpleasant surprise this morning. The offense completely stopped producing, Jared Hughes lost the lead, and then in the ninth, Rob Scahill set himself up for disaster, nearly escaped it, then indeed suffered a disaster: a two out walk off grand slam. Normally you wouldn’t...
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Cardinals committed to Reynolds

The Cardinals brought Mark Reynolds to St. Louis with a role in mind and although that role is now going to be a lot more significant, the club believes in Reynolds and will implement him as its new everyday first baseman. “The message that I want to continue to give is we brought Mark Reynolds here for a reason, and it was just in case something happened and we need somebody...
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Yankees game 49: Error extends inning in loss

New York Yankees 2 – Oakland Athletics 6   Chris Capuano faced Sonny Gray in a tough matchup on the West Coast road trip. After a harmless first inning, Capuano allowed a pair of walks and a single that loaded the bases but a ground out from Mark Canha kept the A’s off the board. Through the first two innings, Capuano implemented the “bend not break” style of pitching. Threading...
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