Red Sox, Starting Pitchers Look To Get Back On Track Against Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing six-game road trip when they play host to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night as -129 moneyline favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Boston opens a nine-game homestand with Monday’s Blue Jays vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park, following a six-game road trip to Baltimore and Tampa Bay...
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Hurdle: 'I'm not a fan of the DH'

When the St. Louis Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the Disabled List, social media took off. Wainwright, the Cardinals ace, was hurt while batting so almost instantly everyone started campaigning for the National League to join the American League and adopt the Designated Hitter. Well, almost everyone. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn't quite see things the same way as everyone...
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Preview: Twins vs. Tigers

David Price kicked off Detroit's season in splendid style by helping blank Minnesota and the Tigers nearly kept the Twins off the scoreboard during the entire series. After struggling mightily in his latest outing, Price will try for another superb performance against Minnesota on Monday night while getting Detroit started on another successful road trip. Price (1-1, 3.28 ERA) came...
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Cinderella is late for the ball: slow starts for the AL’s sexiest picks

A heavy early divisional schedule can only tell you so much about the strength of that division against the rest of the league, but it does have a way of quickly separating out the teams within the division. While the largely overlooked East appears to be well balanced (all teams  are within two games of first), there have been some surprising teams in both the Central and Western...
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Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: April 27, 2015

This is the cure for your case of ‘The Mondays’. It’s TheFantasyFix DFS breakdown. It’s a look at the starting pitching situation as well as the best teams to use for stacks for Monday’s 12-game evening slate on DraftKings. The Athletics and Angels have the day off, and we have two games that start at 6:05pm EST (Kansas City @ Cleveland and Toronto @ Boston), taking them...
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Reds turn to Marquis to stop slide

The Cincinnati Reds leaned on their ace to keep pace with Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson in their last meeting with the right-hander. The 25-year-old figures to have better luck this time around against the back end of Cincinnati's rotation. Looking for their first back-to-back victories, the Brewers will turn to their youngest starting pitcher Monday night against Reds right-hander Jason...
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Washington Nationals: Best rotation gets no help

The Washington Nationals have arguably the best pitching rotation in baseball to start the 2015 season. But as the first month of the season unfolds the Nationals find themselves in the basement of the NL East Division with a record of 7-12 (.368). Coming into Monday they have lost five straight, the bats have not come to life, their defense has been dreadful, and the starting pitching...
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Tigers shortstop wows Indians broadcaster with stellar over-the-shoulder catch

Jose Iglesias is putting on a Gold Glove campaign so far this season. The Tigers' shortstop pulled off another stellar play on Sunday against the Indians, leaving just about everyone who saw his brilliant play on a pop-fly in amazement. Including the Indians radio broadcaster, Tom Hamilton. compiled a video of the play with calls from TV and both radio stations. Listen to...
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Is it time to call up Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor?

The Indians are in need of a spark. And it's looking more and more like Francisco Lindor could be the guy to light it. Cleveland's No. 1 prospect got off to a slow start at Triple-A Columbus, but the young shortstop is finally heating up -- collecting 10 hits and raising his average to .302 over the weekend. Lindor went 2-for-3 in each game of a doubleheader with Louisville on Sunday...
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Minor League Options for Fixing the Offense

Could a Jett Bandy promotion help improve the Angels stagnant offense? The Angels offense has been the worst in the American League. Only a third of the lineup is hitting as expected this year, and the other six batters range from somewhere below what’s expected to absolutely dismal. But the good news for the Angels is that their AA and AAA affiliates actually bring about some...
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Padres host hot McHugh, Astros Monday night

Collin McHugh has already put together the best stretch by a Houston Astros' pitcher in 13 years, but he's now aiming to tie the franchise record for the most consecutive winning starts. McHugh's bid to enter the record books comes in his first meeting with the San Diego Padres on Monday night, with the Astros looking for their eighth victory in nine tries. McHugh (3-0, 2.41 ERA...
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The Mets and Yankees had a weird Twitter kerfuffle

The Subway Series took place over the weekend with the Mets and Yankees squaring off for an early-season battle of New York.  The Mets have been riding high so far this year, surprisingly off to the best start in Major League Baseball at 14-5.  The Yankees took 2 of 3 in the series to move into a first place tie at 11-8 in the AL East. It’s been a while since things were really...
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Viewership Wars: Mets Are Gaining On The Yankees

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that since SNY went on the air in 2006, Mets viewership has nearly always lagged behind the Yankees on YES. “This is hardly a revelation: In nearly all of those seasons, the Mets performed poorly while the Yankees, with one World Series championship in 2009, were always at least pretty good.” In 2013, Yankees viewership was double...
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The coming conundrum: Travis d’Arnaud or Kevin Plawecki?

It’s often been said that it’s a good kind of problem to have when as a baseball team you have a surplus of high end talent at one position. I tend to agree with that statement in most cases because usually there are workable ways to trade your surplus to fill an area of need or create a platoon (when one position player bats right and the other one left) or move one player to...
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Dusty Baker’s Next Managing Job? Here Are Five Possibilities

On Friday, CBS Sports’ MLB Insider Jon Heyman reported former manager Dusty Baker is hopeful to manage in MLB again. He had a shot at taking the Diamondbacks vacant managerial position but was never interviewed, possibly due to bad blood between him and Diamondbacks president Tony La Russa. Now, the question is: Where could Dusty Baker go? He has a good track record in rebuild...
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On this day in Yankees history – 1947

Front page story, New York Times, April 28th, 1947April 27, 1990 I came into this world, but 43 years earlier was a slightly more historic day. April 27, 1947, the Yankees host Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium to honor the ailing Sultan of Swat, who was nearing the end of his life because of throat cancer. The New York Times reported around 58,339 fans showed up to honor Ruth. The...
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Vol 3: AL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

As week three of the early MLB season comes to an end, the Detroit Tigers sit a half game up on the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals. Still early in the season the division lead is 6.0 games up from the last placed Cleveland Indians.  While no team in the division ran away with the week while most struggled to hit the .500 mark.  Regardless of the performance...
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Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 Two-Start Pitchers

Probable 2-start pitchers: Brett Anderson (vs. SF, vs. ARI) Chase Anderson (vs. COL, @ LAD) Trevor Bauer (vs. KC, vs. TOR) Madison Bumgarner (@ LAD, vs. LAA) Jarred Cosart (vs. NYM, vs. PHI) Johnny Cueto (vs. MIL, @ ATL) Doug Fister (@ ATL, @ NYM) Yovani Gallardo (vs. SEA, vs. OAK) Dillon Gee (@ MIA, vs. WAS) Sonny Gray (vs. LAA, @ TEX) Jeremy Guthrie (@ CLE, vs. DET) Cole Hamels...
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Boston Red Sox Launch Spanish-Language Website

The Boston Red Sox are the latest Major League Baseball team to launch a Spanish version of their website. The club debuted on April 21, and the site features game recaps, Spanish translations of stories from beat reporters and segments of “El Reporte De Los Red Sox,” Boston’s official weekly Spanish-language show. Losredsox...
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Adrian Beltre Sends Angels’ Garrett Richards Invoice For Three Broken Bats

Adrian Beltre needs some new baseball bats, and he thinks the man responsible for breaking them should reimburse him. The Texas Rangers third baseman had a rough game Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. Beltre was hitless in his three at-bats against Angels starter Garrett Richards, and to make matters worse, Beltre broke his bat in all three of those at-bats. Techincally, it...
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Chris Perez outs out of minor league deal with Brewers

Chris Perez will look for another place to pitch after opting out of his minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Perez, 29, was released and then resigned with the Brewers at the end of spring training. He had hoped to work his way to the big league level but allowed eight runs and 14 hits in just 7 2/3 innings at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Now he takes his act elsewhere...
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Adam Wainwright injury leaves innings void for Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals took two of the three games from the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, but the wins cannot wash over the losses the team suffered. Over three games, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, and Jason Heyward all left games early due to injury. Molina did not play on Saturday or Sunday, but has […]
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Indians Series Summary No. 6: Are we there yet? No, dear, be patient

Friday night’s 13-1 blowout win over the Detroit Tigers by the Cleveland Indians had some of us wondering if it was, finally, the great awakening of the offense. But, alas, no—we’re not there yet. On Saturday, the Indians returned to moribund run production and lost 4-1. Then on Sunday, Detroit’s 8-6 victory featured more of the Tigers’ relentless scoring machine, outlasting...
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Boston Red Sox: State of the Nation

Boston Red Sox right fielder Allen Craig dives for but misses a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones in the 10th inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Jones earned a triple on the play and the Orioles went on to win 5-4. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/AP Photo/Gail Burton) When the Red Sox front office beefed up their roster and retooled their pitching...
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Hanley Ramirez off to Hot Start for Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez is adjusting well to Fenway park as the free agent signee has ripped eight home runs in his first 18 games in a Boston Red Sox uniform. Only Nelson Cruz has more home runs in the season’s early going. The 31 year-old owns a .300/.359/.643 slash line for a Red Sox team that has a collective batting line of just .234/.325/.366. Ramirez, who started his career in...
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