Rockies fall to D-Backs, Arenado struggles

Baseball has a way of evening things out in the end, as Nolan Arenado saw firsthand Thursday night. The two-time gold glove winner and reigning National League Player of the Week committed two costly errors and was 1-for-4, including a fly out to end the game, an 8-1 loss for the Rockies in Arizona. Colorado wasted a solid effort by Chris Rusin, who went six innings and allowed...
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Trey McNutt Takes Mound in Game for First Time in Two Years

Miguel Mercedes slugged a two-run triple in the top of the 1st inning and Robert Mullen smacked a two-run triple in the 6th, Rangel Ravelo singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, and Brett Siddall drilled a two-run double to cap a five-run 8th, as the AZL Athletics rallied to defeat the AZL Cubs 9-6 in Arizona League action Thursday night at Sloan Park in Mesa...
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Five Links: July 3, 2015

Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy: Tyson Ross on His Walk Rate (FanGraphs) – Eno Sarris chatted with Ross, who notes that “hitters are just a little more patient with me. The slider maybe isn’t as enticing for guys to chase, or maybe they’re just more aware of it, and they’re just trying to lay off it.” Sarris also talked to Justin Upton and Will...
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Curtis Granderson: The lone bright spot

It’s no secret that the Mets offense has been terrible for the better part of the season, and that deficiency has only been magnified over the past few weeks. In the past seven games entering play Thursday, the Mets hit .193/.278/.278 as a team, with a .249 wOBA.  That’s an almost historically bad week at the plate. What’s worse, is that that includes the 3-3 with a double...
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MLB Quick Hits: Astros' Springer to miss at least six weeks

We noted George Springer's injury in this space Thursday, but it's more serious than originally thought. Springer's right wrist is broken, not bruised. According to the Astros' website, "the six-week mark would be the soonest (GM Jeff) Luhnow imagines the club would clear Springer to resume baseball activities." If that's the case, we shouldn't expect to see Springer on the field...
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Watch Atlanta Braves minor league SS Reed Harper make a rarely seen barehand catch

Carolina Mudcats, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, shortstop Reed Harper makes an incredible barehanded catch at Five County Stadium in Zebulon against the Winston-Salem Dash.Bam!Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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Mets manager open to human sacrifice to turn season around

Looks like Terry Collins and the lowly New York Mets have officially run out of options. At .500 midway through the season, Collins is scratching his head for answers, and he’s willing to do whatever’s necessary to right the ship, per Anthony Rieber of NewsDaySports. Terry Collins: “The only thing left is human sacrifice, so we’re going to pick somebody.” — Anthony...
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With Half A Season Gone, What Will It Take For The Yankees To Make The Playoffs?

Weather permitting, the Yankees will finish the first half of the 2015 season with Saturday's  home game against Tampa Bay. Right now there are 83 games remaining on the season and the Yankees are in the thick of the AL East fight. As we approach the second half of the season, the burning question is what will it take for the Yankees to make the playoffs?   There are a lot...
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Justin Upton should be a target for Rays

Only a game back in the American League East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays are a surprise contender this year. After leading the division for much of the first three months of the year, however, the Rays’ season appears to be beginning to come off the rails. Tampa Bay has lost five straight, and eight of 10. In the process, they have nearly been no-hit four times — by mostly...
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While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 81 (SD at STL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (38-43) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (51-27) yesterday, 5-3 in eleven innings at Busch Stadium. Will Venable hit a two-run home run in the eleventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Craig Kimbrel pitched...
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Jacob deGrom punches water cooler after leaving game vs Cubs (Video)

Jacob deGrom punched a water cooler in the New York Mets dugout after being taken out of Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs. DeGrom exited after giving up a 2-run homer in the top of the sixth to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. deGrom knew that there was no chance of the offense taking him off the hook, as the Mets have scored only one run in the last three games. No wonder deGrom...
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Collins Will Ultimately Pay The Price For Alderson’s Mess

The Mets’ Terry Collins isn’t a great manager, but far from a terrible one. The hitting slump continued today as the Mets scored only one run in being swept by the Chicago Cubs, which erased any positive thoughts garnered from sweeping the Reds. April’s 11-game winning streak is forgotten; archived in Mets’ trivia. With the Mets not hitting, there was nothing Jacob deGrom...
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Thursday, July 2nd: Jake Sanchez Earns Win in Hounds Shutout while Richie Martin Makes Debut, Sean Nolin Lands on DL & Nate Freiman is DFA’d

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Arkansas Travelers        0 Midland RockHounds  4 WP – Sanchez 6-5 / 4.70 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win) RHP Jake Sanchez turned in his third straight quality start for the RockHounds, allowing...
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Of course Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez hit a HR in his return from Tommy John surgery

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez launches a solo home run to center field in his 2015 debut, cutting the lead to one in the bottom of the 5th.His grandma told him to do that.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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Philadelphia Phillies fans are the best

A Philadelphia Phillies fan scoops up a foul ball with his hat and gives it to a younger fan who was, ironically interestingly enough, dressed as a foul ball.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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Phillies Nation TV Episode 14: JP Crawford, Diamonds and Denim

On this week’s edition of Phillies Nation, Pat and Corey talked about the resignation of Ryne Sandberg as the Phils’ manager, movement in the team’s front office, Chase Utley‘s injury and the hot bat of rookie third baseman Maikel Franco. The episode also features a profile on top prospect J.P. Crawford with remarks from Reading coach Mickey Morandini as well as a segment...
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Series Showdown: Philly versus Atlanta

Philadelphia Phillies (27-54) @ Atlanta Braves (38-41) Game Times:Friday - 7:35Saturday - 7:15Sunday - 1:35Batting & Fielding:C - Carlos Ruiz vs. AJ Pierzynski1B - Ryan Howard vs. Kelly Johnson2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Jace PetersonSS - Freddy Galvis vs. Andrelton Simmons3B - Maikel Franco vs. Juan UribeLF - Cody Asche vs. Eury PerezCF - Ben Revere vs. Cameron MaybinRF - Domonic...
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Kevin Gausman clearly stakes claim to spot in Orioles’ rotation

If the demand for Kevin Gausman in the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation was not already at a fever pitch in the city of Baltimore, it certainly is now. Making a spot start Thursday night thanks to a weekend doubleheader, Gausman delivered 6.1 shutout innings while striking out seven. He allowed only four hits and walked two. That the Orioles ultimately went on to lose the game...
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Time for Phillies to Give Up on Dominic Brown?

It’s like a never-ending cycle with Domonic Brown. He shows flashes of  greatness, the fans get excited, and then he goes back to performing below average. Brown was called up on June 16th to play as the club’s right fielder after spending some time in Triple-A. He is now 27 and it seems like years and years since scouts were fawning over Brown. As it has. Brown was drafted...
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Today in Tribe History: July 3, 2002

2002 – Tribe slugger Jim Thome homers for the seventh consecutive game as the Indians fall again to the New York Yankees, 11-8. Thome, in a torrid stretch at the plate, sends a solo blast into the seats at Yankees stadium for the second consecutive night and seventh straight time, doing so twice against the Boston Red Sox and three times against the Arizona Diamondbacks beforehand...
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Blind Resumes: A Fascinating Keuchel Comp

We all have biases about certain players whether we like to admit it or not. One way to combat this is to take a player’s name away from the numbers before you decide just how much fantasy value they have. I sat down and analyzed a pair of hitters and pitchers and summarized my findings. Player BABIP LD% HR/FB Hard% GB/FB Player A .294 25.2 14.7 32.6 0.61 Player B .285 23.1 8.5...
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A Pair Of Florida Aces Make Their Return From Tommy John

After missing over a year recovering from Tommy John, it just so happened that the state of Florida saw the return of two of their top aces on the same day. Matt Moore and Jose Fernandez for the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins respectively, took the hill with one had a decent outing, and the other struggling just a bit. The Marlins, a team dealing with the loss of their best player...
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Recap - Sox put a beatdown on the Blue Jays

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterThe Red Sox scored eight runs on nine hits in the top of the first inning en route to an 12-6 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Toronto starter Matt Boyd didn't even stick around long enough to record an out in that first inning.Photo courtesy of the Boston Red SoxThe win gave Boston a 5-2 record on the road trip as they come home for the...
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Preview: Brewers at Reds

After digging itself an insurmountable hole through 81 games, the second half of last-place Milwaukee's season is going to be one of minor battles. It begins fittingly Friday night in Cincinnati where the streaking Brewers will try to continue closing the gap between themselves and the fourth-place Reds. Milwaukee (33-48) extended its season-best winning streak to five with Thursday...
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Preview: Brewers at Reds

After digging itself an insurmountable hole through 81 games, the second half of last-place Milwaukee's season is going to be one of minor battles. It begins fittingly Friday night in Cincinnati where the streaking Brewers will try to continue closing the gap between themselves and the fourth-place Reds. Milwaukee (33-48) extended its season-best winning streak to five with Thursday...
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