Mike Napoli’s Miscue Opens Floodgates; Other Notes From Red Sox’s Loss

BOSTON — The Red Sox seemingly have taken two steps backward for every one step forward this season. The Red Sox appeared to be finding a rhythm after winning four of five against the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles. But the Sox now have dropped two straight, including a 9-3 decision to the New York Yankees in Jacoby Ellsbury’s return to Fenway Park on Tuesday. Boston...
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Gameday Scorecard: Angels at Nationals, April 22, 2014

Angels 7 - Nationals 2The night belonged to Albert Pujols. In the first, Pujols launched a three-run home run to give the Angels the early lead. In the fifth, he took a 1-2 pitch from Nationals starter Taylor Jordan and blasted it over the center field wall for his 500th career home run. Tyler Skaggs allowed just two runs on three hits over seven innings in a dominant performance...
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Albert Pujols Joins The 500 Home Run Club In Style

Los Angeles Angels big man Albert Pujols joined some elite company smashing his 500th career home run off Washington Nationals hurler Taylor Jordan. Pujols crushed the no-doubter sending him to the record books as only the 26th man to ever achieve the historic milestone. Even the slugger’s former team sent out a congratulatory tweet to recognize the achievement. The St. Louis...
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Royals look for more of the same from Vargas

When they signed Jason Vargas in the offseason, the Kansas City Royals hoped he at least could eat innings while helping the club replace the departed Ervin Santana. Instead, the left-hander has been dominant early on to give the Royals a tough pairing along with ace James Shields. After Shields helped them even their four-game road series with the Cleveland Indians, Vargas will...
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Detroit Tigers Want It Called “The Kinsler Trade”

“The Ian Kinsler Trade” sounds a lot better than “The Prince Fielder Trade” if things work out best for the Detroit Tigers over the long haul. Ian Kinsler has moved to Detroit in 2014 and is off to an excellent start in the Motor City. With a well-timed hot start, Kinsler is quickly becoming a fan favorite. He has taken up residence in either of the top two spots of the...
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Oakland A’s: Could this be Jesse Chavez’s breakout season?

Jesse Chavez Oakland A’s newest starter, right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez, is finally making a name for himself in the major leagues. Chavez joined the Athletics organization in 2012 and immediately became their designated long-reliever. He had yet to start a game in the Coliseum until 2014 when he squeaked his way into the starting rotation after numerous pitchers incurred...
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Masahiro Tanaka Could Create World Of Problems For Red Sox With Yankees

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have a big problem on their hands. His name is Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka allowed just two earned runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings Tuesday as the New York Yankees rolled to a 9-3 win in the right-hander’s first ever start against the Red Sox. The solid outing was the latest in an impressive beginning to Tanaka’s Major League Baseball career, and...
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Albert Pujols hits his 500th homer

Albert Pujols came into the 2014 season only eight home-runs shy of 500.Pujols hit eight home-runs in his first 20 games this season, and became the 26th player in baseball history to pile up 500 homers.Meaning, Albert Pujols is now one of 26 players, among the 17,992 who have ever played this game, to perform baseball’s most amazing act that many times. That’s 0.014 percent...
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Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Michael Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night. Josh Wilson doubled to drive in the tying run just ahead of Choice, who began his career with the A's. Alexi Ogando (1-1) recorded one out in the eighth to pick up the win. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his...
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Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-22-14

The whole farm lost tonight, but there were some bright spots. Hunter Renfroe hit another home run tonight for the Storm while Brooks Conrad had a 2 home run night for the Chihuahuas.   Hitting Prospect of the Day: Brooks Conrad/Hunter Renfroe Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jeff Francoeur   El Paso Chihuahuas 9, Albuquerque Isotopes 21 Rico Noel – RF: 2-6, 4K, Run scored Daniel...
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Headley's HR lifts Padres past Brewers 2-1 in 12

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chase Headley gave the best bullpen in baseball a lift. There was no doubt about the solo shot he hit over the wall in right-center to break a deadlock in the 12th inning. The struggling San Diego third baseman hit a 447-foot homer to back six shutout innings by relievers, and the Padres beat the Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night to snap Milwaukee's four-game winning...
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Jacoby Ellsbury Already Becoming Thorn In Red Sox’s Side With Yankees

BOSTON — The Red Sox are feeling the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury — in more ways than one. Ellsbury already has become a serious thorn in Boston’s side, making an impact in each of the Red Sox’s five games against the New York Yankees this season. The Yankees outfielder marked his return to Fenway Park on Tuesday with another big effort that shed light on both his dynamism and...
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Jeff Francoeur doing it all for Triple-A team

Jeff Francoeur is proving to be a regular “Jack of All Trades” for the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate El Paso Chihuahuas. Not only is the outfielder the perfect prank victim, but with a Gold Glove and World Series experience, he’s also got some pretty solid Major League credentials.  Oh, yeah…he’s also proving to be a rally killer on the mound. Sunday night, “Frenchy”...
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Feeling stranded: Brewers offense continues struggles at home in loss to Padres

MILWAUKEE -- For whatever reason, the Milwaukee Brewers haven't been able to hit in their home ballpark this season. The trend continued Tuesday, as the Brewers went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base in a 2-1 loss in 12 innings to the San Diego Padres at Miller Park. The Brewers are scoring just 2.4 runs per game at home this season, as opposed...
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Youth, inexperience taking a toll on Indians rotation -- and their chances of winning

CLEVELAND -- As much as Terry Francona and the Indians coaching staff would like to have patience with Danny Salazar, there is only so much one can take and if Tuesday night might have been a tipping point. At 24, the right-hander has shown potential during some of his 14 major-league starts to be a future number-one starter. But he just hasn't shown it yet this season. Salazar...
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Now pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Mariano Rivera?!?!

Image what it was like for Julian Lennon growing up with his dad John.  Think about what it was like growing up for Lisa Marie Presley when everyone knew her dad was Elvis.  Now think about what it must be like being on a baseball field with the name Mariano Rivera.  Coming this June, the son of the future Hall of Fame Yankees closer could hear his named called in the Major League...
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Ellsbury Returns to Boston

For fans, there’s nothing bigger than the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. But for players? Bad blood may sometimes abound, but it’s usually not half as big of a deal for the ones out on the field. Exhibit A: Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury returned to his old stomping grounds on Tuesday night when the Red Sox hosted the Yankees, and he seemed...
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Ports Notebook: Power on Full Display for Future Oakland Athletics as Stockton Wins

On a crisp and windy Tuesday night at Banner Island Ballpark, the Stockton Ports cruised to a 6-2 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm. the High-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Here are a few quick observations from the contest: Seth Streich,who took the mound for the Ports, has a nasty curve. I attempted to capture it below. #Athletics prospect Seth Streich warming up between...
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Giants Falter with Runners In Scoring Position, Rockies Take Game Two

The Giants hoped for a different result at Coors Field as Madison Bumgarner, their lefty ace, toed the mound. Despite a tremendous effort from Bumgarner, the Giants offense continued to struggle, leading the Rockies to a 2-1 victory. Home runs continued to be a storyline, carrying in from the five dingers the Rockies put in the box score last night. Troy Tulowitzki rocketed a home...
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Game 2014.18: White Sox at Tigers

Andre Rienzo vs. Drew Smyly in the penultimate game of the series. May the real Drew Smyly please stand up. No more talk about “rust,” now.  May the sweet swings of Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila continue, so that we can move to worrying about/picking on someone else for a change. May the bullpen not be plagued with sudden and retroactive elbow inflammations like they were last...
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Top 10 signs you have a terrible fantasy baseball team

Danny Salazar Is Not Happy10) You were betting on the Royals to hit for power9) The "He's Thin!" spring training excitement over C.C. Sabathia convinced you to buy in8) Your closers were Joe Nathan, Jim Johnson and Nate Jones7) Bryce Harper's lack of hustle matches your own6) You regard Homer Bailey's first name as an unheeded warning5) The name "Danny...
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Game 21: Reds 4 Pirates 1

For six innings, Edinson Volquez matched Johnny Cueto out for out. He held the Reds to two base runners (one hit, one HBP), he was throwing all of his pitches where he wanted them, he was getting ahead of hitters and staying ahead. In the seventh, he got into some trouble, gave up a couple of runs, and that was the opening that Cueto needed. Tony Watson and Stolmy Pimentel both let...
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Albert Pujols 500th Home Run

[Box Score] Any time someone joins the 500 home run club, it’s a historic event in baseball. It just has to make the blog. And tonight, Albert Pujols became the 26th member of the club with a tape-measure shot in Washington, off poor Taylor Jordan, soon to be DFA’d pitcher. We were watching live. Well, almost. had it’s usual lag going. But we’ve already covered that...
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Padres outlast Brewers in 12 innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Chase Headley homered in the top of the 12th inning and San Diego relievers tossed six shutout innings in the Padres' 2-1 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Brewers. Huston Street retired the side in order in the bottom of the 12th for his seventh save after Donn Roach (1-0) allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings. Headley's homer to center off...
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Twins at Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. The Minnesota Twins have one of the worst ERAs in baseball, and that dismal mark has plenty to do with the struggles of Mike Pelfrey. He'll look to snap out of his funk Wednesday night as Minnesota seeks to avoid an eighth straight road loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Twins (9-10) have allowed at least seven runs eight...
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