Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead, he has set out as the most aggressive […] The post Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones...
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Asdrubal Cabrera Addition Dumber than Yankee Moves

  The Washington Nationals added Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera at the trade deadline yesterday in a move that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on the surface.  This is a sentiment that I share for the pair of moves that the Yankees made yesterday, as well.  It’s not that I disagree with either move, or that I think that this somehow signals either front office...
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Mariners 6, Indians 5: Comeback thwarted by Shaw’s hanger

When you score five runs, you should win the game. The Indians were on their way to doing so last night, but one of their more reliable and consistent pitchers made two quick mistakes and a comeback victory was snatched away as the Seattle Mariners took the rubber match of the three-game series, 6-5, on the same day the Indians traded their starting shortstop and failed to bring...
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Albert Pujols has had his fill of Manny Machado’s slick fielding prowess (vids)

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has had a month’s worth — if not more — of jaw-dropping fielding plays in the span of only two games against the Los Angeles Angels this week … three to be exact. And on each amazing demonstration of unbelievably slick fielding prowess while manning the hot corner, the […] The post Albert Pujols has had his fill of Manny Machado’s...
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Clayton Kershaw throws complete game, earns 10th straight win

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw tied his career-best winning streak of 10 games in a 2-1 victory Thursday night against the Atalanta Braves. Kershaw, 13-2 with a Major League leading 1.71 ERA, also notched his second consecutive complete game for the second time in his career.  It was his fifth complete game of the season. Kershaw, who struck out nine Thursday night, is unbeaten...
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Billy Beane, Dave Dombrowski exchange funny trade deadline texts

Two World Series contenders from the American League got even stronger on Thursday when the Oakland A’s landed Jon Lester and the Detroit Tigers traded for David Price. The A’s and Tigers have arguably the two best starting rotations in baseball now, and both of their general managers are well aware of that. Just before […]
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Thursday, July 31st: Hounds Win with the Help of another Kent Matthes Grand Slam while Deck McGuire Pitches Cats to Victory and Billy Burns Is Sent to Sacramento

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Corpus Christi Hooks      1 Midland RockHounds  6 WP – Long 10-6 / 3.16 HR – Matthes (11) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Kent Matthes (Grand Slam) Midland outfielder Kent Matthes hit his third grand slam in the last three weeks, which was also his sixth home...
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Manny Machado Has An Arm He’d Like To Show Off

On Wednesday night, Manny Machado did this to Albert Pujols: It was an amazing play, and one we’ve come to expect from Manny. But just to prove it was no fluke, he did it again last night. And again, it was against Albert Pujols: Both were incredible, and both throws came from about 10 feet into foul territory: But what really made the second one special was Manny doing this...
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Deep Thoughts by Brian Cashman

"It is a unique set of circumstances," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of making a trade with the Red Sox.  "One of our two teams has to be in the playoff mode, in my opinion, and the other has to be rebuilding to some degree."
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Tigers Trade for David Price

The Tigers pulled off a three-team blockbuster trade that sent Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners, and Drew Smyly  and minor-league shortstop Willy Adames to the Tampa Bay Rays for David Price. Tampa Bay also got Mariners infielder Nick Franklin in the deal. In many ways the trade was classic Dave Dombrowski, who is not afraid to make the big deals, can work deals with multiple...
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Notes on Pineda, Roster Moves and Refsynder

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images) With all the moves made yesterday a few tidbits of news went unnoticed. First off GM Brian Cashman feels optimistic about the return of Michael Pineda. It was announced earlier this week that Pineda will start his final rehab assignment this weekend, but there was some speculation about where he would go. Via Bryan Hoch, Cashman said Pineda...
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Trade Deadline Moves Baffling For Seattle Mariners

Right at the trade deadline on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners completed a three-way trade, sending Cy Young award winner David Price from Tampa Bay to Detroit, outfielder Austin Jackson from Detroit to Seattle, and pitcher Drew Smyly and second baseman Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay from Detroit and Seattle respectively.  The Rays also acquired...
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Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins game preview

The Miami Marlins hadn't been buyers at the trade deadline for a long time before making a deal to improve a rotation that was already performing well of late. A day after obtaining Jarred Cosart, the Marlins look to rebound from a controversial defeat in the second of a four-game home set with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Miami (53-55) has posted a 2.42 ERA -- including...
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Rockies Injury Update: Jordan Lyles makes scoreless rehab start

The Colorado Rockies fell to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday by the score of 3-1. The loss dropped the Rockies to 20 games below .500 at 44-64, last in the National League Central. The pitching staff which is near the bottom of the league in ERA, allowed only three earned runs. The offense, though, managed just five hits. On the injury front, there is good news regarding Jordan Lyles...
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Asdrubal Cabrera, Zach Walters, and the Minor League Impact

In need of an infielder, the Washington Nationals agreed to a deadline trade that sent Triple-A Syracuse utility player Zach Walters to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations. Cabrera is essentially a rental player; his contract expires after this year and his acquisition was necessitated by Ryan Zimmerman’s injury and Danny Espinosa’s...
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Austin Jackson And Chris Denorfia – Much Needed Upgrades In The Seattle Mariners Outfield

Just minutes before the July 31s, 4:00 p.m. EST trade deadline, the Seattle Mariners acquired Detroit Tigers’ centerfielder Austin Jackson, sending minor league 2B/SS Nick Franklin to the Tampa Rays in a three way deal in which the Tigers landed ace Rays’ pitcher David Price.  About an hour earlier, the Mariners obtained San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia in exchange for minor...
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MLB-worst Rangers come to Cleveland

Recent struggles combined with trading away a pair of key players appear to make it clear that the Cleveland Indians are looking toward the future. The Texas Rangers may already be doing that. The Indians will try to begin reversing their sluggish stretch Friday night by capitalizing on a three-game series against the team with the worst record in baseball. Cleveland (53-55) is third...
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Reds try to take another in Miami

The Miami Marlins hadn't been buyers at the trade deadline for a long time before making a deal to improve a rotation that was already performing well of late. A day after obtaining Jarred Cosart, the Marlins look to rebound from a controversial defeat in the second of a four-game home set with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Miami (53-55) has posted a 2.42 ERA - including...
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Cubs, Rockies players spell out team names with Gatorade cups in dugout (video)

With the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies occupying the cellars of the National League Central and National League West, respectively, the teams are fully into the dog days of the baseball season. The Cubbies sit at 45-62 and the Rockies are 44-64, and with the trade deadline having passed on Thursday, other than a late […] The post Cubs, Rockies players spell out team names with...
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Manny Machado Making Habit Of Robbing Albert Pujols With Web Gems (Video)

Albert Pujols must hate Manny Machado at this point. Pujols came to the plate on Thursday night in Baltimore in the 11th inning of a scoreless game. The Los Angeles Angels slugger laced a ball down the third-base line that looked destined for the left-field corner. Unfortunately for Pujols and the Angels, however, Machado was at third base, and the Baltimore Orioles phenom made...
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Braves Injury Update: Jason Heyward now aiming for Saturday return

The Atlanta Braves fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday by the score of 2-1. The loss dropped the Braves to 58-51, a game and a half behind the Nationals in the National League East. An offense which has struggled all season, managed nine hits off Clayton Kershaw, but only a run and struck out nine times. The Braves were without Jason Heyward for the third straight game...
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Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

With David Price gone, the Tampa Bay Rays will need the rest of their starting rotation to step up if their recent rejuvenation is to continue. Jeremy Hellickson will try to become a bigger part of it in his third start of the season Friday night when the Rays open a three-game home set with the Los Angeles Angels. Tampa Bay (53-55), which enters August 7 1/2 games back in the AL...
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Tampa News Station Tweets Bad Joke About Detroit After Price Trade

After David Price was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon, a Tampa news team took it upon themselves to tweet an insensitive joke about the city of Detroit. Of course they deleted it shortly after but there’s always screenshot. They posted another, more appropriate picture comparing the two cities and then issued an apology to the city of...
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Lucas Duda is a key part to build around

With the season he is having, Lucas Duda has squarely put many of his detractors in the background. Duda has already posted career bests in home runs, RBI, doubles and runs scored with 56 games left to play and Terry Collins hinting that we might see Duda getting some starts against lefties. This is a huge change from last year at this time, where many doubted whether Duda was...
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Dugout Digest – the day after the blockbusters

Thursday was, in a word, crazy. Yoenis Cespedes swapped for Jon Lester? David Price going to the Tigers? Austin Jackson becoming a Mariner? John Lackey heading to St. Louis? The Yankees picking up Martin Prado *and* Stephen Drew? Several other trades that I’m forgetting off-hand? YOU BETCHA! Trade deadlines like the one that came about yesterday don’t pop up all that often, but...
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