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  1. 2013 MLB Draft: Round 3 notes – BoSox get steal in Jon Denney

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

    Kent Emanuel

    - With all night to think about it, the Astros made North Carolina left-hander Kent Emanuel the first pick off the board Friday and 74th overall selection. That splits the difference over where MLB.com (69th) and ESPN’s Keith Law (82nd) had him ranked. Emanuel is a 6-foot-4 lefty with a decent three-pitch arsenal, but command…

  2. 2013 MLB Draft: Day one winners and losers

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Mark Appel

    It’s a tradition here at Hardball Talk to pick the winners and losers from the draft, even though we’re years away from having any idea who came out on top. And we’re not ones to mess with tradition, no matter how silly it may make us look in the end. Let’s rock. Winners Mark Appel:…

  3. 2013 MLB Draft: Notes from Round A and Round 2

    Jun 7, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    Michael Lorenzen

    - The Royals kicked off the first of the two “Competitive Balance” rounds with Indiana State left-hander Sean Manaea, suggesting that they did have a plan in place when they shocked everyone by reaching for shortstop Hunter Dozier with the eighth pick. Still, it all makes one wonder why they didn’t just take Manaea first;…

  4. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 21-33 – Yankees make their three first-round picks

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Cal Poly Baseball

    Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo with the 21st pick in the 2013 draft. The second high school catcher to go, Ciuffo has a promising left-handed bat with quite a bit of power potential. He’s still rather raw behind the plate, but he has a good arm and the tools to turn into an adept catcher…

  5. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 11-20 – Mets look to first base, Padres go Renfroe

    Jun 6, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    Hunter Renfroe

    Mets picked high school first baseman Dominic Smith 11th overall. Domonic Brown has been this year’s breakthrough player, so why not Dominic Smith. It can’t be taken as a great vote of confidence for either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda that the Mets took a first baseman here, but many, many things can happen before…

  6. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 6-10 – The Marlins jump on Colin Moran

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    Colin Moran

    Marlins selected third baseman Colin Moran from the University of North Carolina with the sixth overall pick. One rumor last week was that the Astros might take Moran first overall in order to save some money. The Marlins should consider themselves lucky to get him here. Moran, the nephew of former No. 1 overall draft…

  7. 2013 MLB Draft: Picks 2-5 – Cubs take third baseman Kris Bryant 2nd overall

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    Cubs picked University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant with the second overall pick. Bryant, a 6-foot-5 right-handed bat, was considered the best power hitter from the college ranks, smashing 31 homers to go along with a .329/.493/.820 line for San Diego this year. The question with him is defense, as some wonder if…

  8. 2013 MLB Draft: Astros take Mark Appel first overall

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Mark Appel AP

    Last year, the Astros decided they weren’t interested in meeting Mark Appel’s bonus demands and selected Carlos Correa first overall. Given a do over after finishing with the worst record in baseball once again, the Astros selected Appel, a right-hander from Stanford, first overall in Thursday’s draft. Appel ended up going eighth overall to the…

  9. Watch Yasiel Puig crush his first major league homer

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    After going 2-for-4 with a game-ending outfield assist in his debut Monday, Yasiel Puig kept the hype machine going Tuesday. He doubled off Padres left-hander Clayton Richard in his first at-bat and then did this in his third: OK, so Richard did pretty much set it up there on a tee for him. But Puig…

  10. Red Sox thrash Rangers pitchers, then go cold against a hitter

    Jun 4, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley

    The Red Sox racked up 17 runs while scoring in each of the first seven innings against the Rangers at Fenway on Tuesday and only to had to add one more against position player David Murphy in the eighth to become the 14th team in major league history to score in every inning of a…

  11. Looking at the potentially suspended Biogenesis players

    Jun 4, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta, Jim Leyland, Tony Randazzo

    Let’s run down the list of players connected to Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic as MLB is reportedly preparing to issue 50- or 100-game suspensions. Listed below are players whose names are found in the Biogenesis documents. Other major leaguers may well be involved, as some of Bosch’s clients were listed in code. Since Bosch is…

  12. A mass Biogenesis suspension would be a massive fail

    Jun 4, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    MLB will let Tony Bosch off the hook, if he just gives them A-Rod and Braun. That’s the crux of Tuesday’s Outside the Lines article. Tony Bosch, the fake doctor who ran the Biogenesis Clinic exposed by the Miami New Times earlier this year, merely has to tell MLB everything that went on at his…

  13. Report: Likely top-five draft pick Jonathan Gray tests positive for Adderall

    Jun 3, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jonathan Gray

    Sources told ESPN’s Keith Law that University of Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray, who was widely expected to go at the top of the first round in Thursday’s MLB draft, sampled positive for Adderall during a predraft test. One source with MLB that the positive test won’t result in a suspension, but will result in additional…

  14. Hapless Marlins sweep Haplesser Mets

    Jun 2, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    David Wright

    The Mets had Matt Harvey on the mound today and they got three homers for the offense. That should be a sure recipe to snap a little two-game losing streak, right? No, not even close. The Mets blew a 6-4 lead as the bullpen gave up seven runs in three innings Sunday in an 11-6…

  15. Mitchell Boggs blows save, gets sent back down

    May 31, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur, Mitchell Boggs

    Surely, the homer Mitchell Boggs gave up to Jeff Francoeur wasn’t the only reason he was demoted to Triple-A Memphis by the Cardinals on Friday. It was mostly that, though. Boggs, who opened the season as the Cardinals’ closer, was optioned to the minors for the second time this year after taking a blown save…

  16. The rise of the 12-strikeout game

    May 31, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee follows through on a pitch to the New York Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

    Last night, it was Dillon Gee and Doug Fister. On Wednesday, it was Eric Stults, of all people. All told, there have been 23 12-strikeout games from pitchers one-third of the way through the 2013 season. Not only is it a record pace, but it’s already more than the entire league achieved in 2005 or 2008. It…

  17. Brewers’ Jean Segura is first in four years to collect six hits

    May 29, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    Jean Segura

    Jean Segura tied a Brewers record Tuesday by going 6-for-7 in a 14-inning loss to the Twins.  All of Segura’s hits were singles. The last was a liner to right that would have been caught by a better defender than Ryan Doumit, but it was still hit pretty sharply. It made him the first player…

  18. Mets get to Mariano Rivera in 9th, beat Yankees 2-1

    May 28, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    After 626 saves in 19 seasons, Mariano Rivera doesn’t have many firsts left. The Mets, however, tagged him with an unfortunate one Tuesday, collecting three straight hits off him in the ninth to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat the Yankees 2-1. It was the first time Rivera had ever taken a blown save or…

  19. Angel Hernandez blows game-winner, Hawk Harrelson displeased

    May 25, 2013, 2:33 AM EDT

    Alex Rios

    It wasn’t a very good night for first-base umpires Friday. Angel Hernandez cost the White Sox a win over the Marlins in the 10th, though they did come back and prevail in the 11th anyway. MLB.com has the video and, more importantly, also has the audio as Hawk Harrelson reacts to the call. Alex Rios was…

  20. Rangers put one over on Jeff Nelson, get free out against Mariners

    May 25, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Sucre 3

    Two on, none out for the Mariners in the bottom of the second inning Friday against the Rangers. Jesus Sucre, making his first major league start, his a grounder to first that appeared to be turned into a 3-6-3 double play. Except…

  21. The best and worst from MLB lineups in 2013

    May 24, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    This is a quick look at the very best and worst each major league lineup spot has to offer this year. Posted along with each line is the player most responsible. We’ll start out with the good before moving on to the bad. 1. Reds: .292/.442/.517, 9 HR, 37 R, 20 RBI, 5 SB (Shin-Soo…

  22. Astros vendor brings snow cones into bathroom stall, gets fired

    May 23, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    astros logo new

    This is on the short list of the most horrifying stories ever posted at HardballTalk. An Aramark vendor at Monday’s Royals-Astros game at Minute Maid was caught bringing his tray of snow cones into a bathroom stall with him. Click2Houston.com has the video taken by a concerned onlooker. Remarkably, this happened in the first game…

  23. The NL All-Star starting lineup will outshine the AL’s

    May 22, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    OK, so there hasn’t been any actual All-Star ballot results released yet. That doesn’t mean I can’t do my fun little exercise here. What follows is my best guess at the All-Star Game starting lineups. National League CF Andrew McCutchen 2B Brandon Phillips 1B Joey Votto LF Justin Upton RF Bryce Harper 3B David Wright…

  24. Mike Trout hits for cycle in Angels’ rout of Mariners

    May 22, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Saving the home run for last, Mike Trout recorded his first career cycle Tuesday as the Angels crushed the Mariners 12-0. Trout struck out in his first at-bat of the night before singling in the third, tripling in the fourth, doubling in the sixth and homering in the eighth. He ended the game with five…

  25. Anthony Rendon, Miguel Sano rate as 2013′s top minor league performers

    May 21, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    The top of the minor league OPS leaderboard is typically littered with Triple-A veterans and A-ball players too old for their leagues. That’s still the case this year, but numbers two, three and four on the list are all top prospects. Minor league OPS leaders (minimum 100 at-bats) Scott Van Slyke (26 Dodgers): 1.236 OPS…

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