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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Alex Sanabia brings back the spitball in beating the Phillies

    May 21, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

    Alex Sanabia 1

    Move over Clay Buchholz. Marlins starter Alex Sanabia went old school on Monday, bypassing the sunscreen and rosin and simply hocking a big ol’ loogie on the baseball after giving up a home run to the Phillies’ Domonic Brown. The video isn’t embeddable yet, but here’s the link to it at MLB.com, as well as…

  14. By run differential, the Centrals reign supreme

    May 20, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    As of Monday afternoon, the Rangers and Cardinals have baseball’s best records. Not entirely coincidentally  they also have the best run differentials of any team in baseball. The Rangers have scored 212 runs and let in 158, putting them at +54. The Cardinals have scored 201 runs and allowed a major league-low 150, which works out…

  15. Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

    May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jean Segura

    With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency. Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals…

  16. MLB won’t approve pink-label MaxBats on Mother’s Day

    May 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    from @MaxBatBaseball

    It seems Louisville Slugger has a monopoly on the pink labels for Mother’s Day bats permitted by MLB. The Orioles’ Nick Markakis, the Nationals’ Jayson Werth and the Twins’ Trevor Plouffe were among the players informed by the league Friday that they won’t be able to use their custom label MaxBats on Sunday. Of course,…

  17. The Orioles want Alexi Casilla to give up switch-hitting

    May 10, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Alexi Casilla

    Infielder Alexi Casilla is hitting .200/.222/.257 in 35 at-bats for the Orioles this season after coming in at .241/.282/.321 in 299 at-bats for the Twins last year. Hence, the Orioles think it’s time for him to try something new. In this case, they believe the natural right-handed hitter should give up switch-hitting. The interesting thing…

  18. Baseball America thinks the White Sox target only ‘athletic’ outfielders

    May 10, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

    Baseball America

    I have some sympathy for anyone asked to do an MLB mock draft. Football and basketball are difficult enough, but baseball adds layers of extra complexity with the high school-college mix, signability issues, metal bats and so much else fouling in the mix. In a baseball mock draft, one might have a good idea of…

  19. Curt Schilling talks PEDs, CHBs and SPFs

    May 10, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    Curt Schilling tackled a couple of hot topics on WEEI radio Friday: the David Ortiz-Dan Shaughnessy PED controversy and the Clay Buchholz ball-sliming scandal. On the David Ortiz matter, Schilling backs his former teammate and knocks Shaughnessy for once again trying to insert himself into the news. “Because it’s as important for him to be…

  20. Angels protest Astros’ illegal switch, win game anyway

    May 10, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

    Here’s a new one: with the Angels batting with two on and two out in the seventh inning Thursday, the Astros went to bring in left-hander Wesley Wright to face left-hander J.B. Shuck. The Angels promptly countered with right-handed hitting Luis Jimenez. And then the Astros suddenly countered with right-hander Hector Ambriz. If that sounds…

  21. Nick Hundley slams suspended teammate Yasmani Grandal

    May 9, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley

    We tend to praise those veterans who take youngsters under their wings. Especially when that youngster is gunning for the veteran’s own job. Padres catcher Nick Hundley isn’t going that route, though. Maybe he would have under different circumstances. Say if the youngster replacing him wasn’t a big, ol’ cheater. Asked Wednesday about the Padres’…

  22. Heath Bell turns to mom for help after save

    May 9, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    Heath Bell, Wil Nieves

    Arizona’s Heath Bell escaped Skip Schumaker‘s leadoff double to earn a save, his second in two nights, in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Afterwards, he had a little heart to heart with mom: #Dbacks closer Heath Bell talked to his mom postgame and she told him that #Dodgers Schumaker owns him. Schumaker doubled to…

  23. 28-year-old woman chokes on hot dog at Cubs game, dies

    May 9, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Maureen Oleskiewicz - NBCChicago

    Maureen Oleskiewicz died Tuesday morning at Illinois Masonic Hospital after choking on a hot dog at Wrigley Field prior to Sunday’s Reds-Cubs game, NBCChicago.com reports. The 28-year-old junior high school teacher lost consciousness and fell into the row in front of her during the national anthem Sunday. Her brother, who attended the game with her,…

  24. Craig Kimbrel gives up back-to-back homers in loss to Reds

    May 7, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel took his third blown save, matching his total from 2012, and his first loss after giving up back-to-back homers to Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo in the Reds’ 5-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday. They were the second and third homers surrendered by Kimbrel in 14 1/3 innings this year.…

  25. Chipper Jones thinks Troy Tulowitzki belongs at third base

    May 7, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Chipper Jones, who knows a little bit about moving from shortstop to third base, thinks it’s time for Troy Tulowitzki to make the move. At least that’s what he tweeted last night in defense of his selecting former teammate Andrelton Simmons as the NL’s best shortstop. Y’all are watching the best all around shortstop in…

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