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  1. Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and great prospect duos

    Jul 9, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Byron Buxton

    Baseball America released its midseason top 50 prospects list yesterday–updating their preseason list based on performances, injuries, and graduations to the majors–and the Twins had 19-year-old center fielder Byron Buxton at No. 1 and 20-year-old third baseman Miguel Sano at No. 3. Preseason lists are the standard for measuring prospect status and things could change…

  2. Ike Davis watch: raking at Triple-A

    Jun 21, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Wally Backman is my spirit animal. Here’s Ike Davis’ line at las Vegas: 10 games, .306/.457/.583, four homers. He went 3 for 5 with two home runs and two RBI last night. On Wednesday he was 2 for 2 with three walks. Yes, it has come in a crazy-friendly hitting environment, but the way Davis has…

  3. NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Yadier Molina and Buster Posey are neck-and-neck tatto. David Wright is getting help from the cougars! Did Domonoic Brown do something awful to the pets of every All-Star voter? Confused? You won’t be, after this week’s episode of … “SOAP!” Er, sorry. After this week’s NL All-Star voting update: FIRST BASE Joey Votto, Reds 2,047,945…

  4. HBT Daily: Should the Marlins trade Giancarlo Stanton?

    Jun 11, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    Sure. To the Braves for B.J. Upton, straight up. WHO SAYS NO?!!!

  5. 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…

  6. The first round of NL All-Star balloting results has been released

    Jun 4, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Yesterday was the AL, today the Senior Circuit. Here are the vote leaders by position: First Base: Joey Votto, 1,044,742 Second Base: Brandon Phillips, 1,019,240 Third Base: Pablo Sandoval, 1,094,475 Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, 1,025,844 Outfield: Justin Upton, 1,184,249, Bryce Harper, 1,182,532, Ryan Braun 945,665 Catcher: Buster Posey, 1,275,956 They don’t do DH balloting in the NL, obviously.  All of the vote totals can…

  7. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 3, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Phillies 7, Brewers 5: Dom Brown homered and tripled and drove in four while Cliff Lee struck out 11 in seven and two-thirds. Philly is only one game behind the Nats right now, you guys. Why? Because … Braves 6, Nationals 3: … the Nats dropped two of three to Atlanta, with B.J. Upton of…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 2, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

    BJ UPTON

    B.J. Upton has been so bad lately that dudes who are bad have been like, “damn, B.J., you’re really bad.” THAT’s how bad he’s been.  But he came through when it mattered last night. A day after yet another benching, Upton had two hits, including a walkoff RBI single in the tenth. Sure, it was…

  9. B.J. Upton benched again

    May 31, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Our Fredi is learning. B.J. Upton, mired in, well, it can’t really be called a “slump” when it’s his whole season, is riding pine against the Nationals tonight. In his place in center field: Jason Heyward. Evan Gattis will be in left and Justin Upton in right. Counting tonight, Upton has been benched five times…

  10. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 31, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Groundhog Day

    Pirates 1, Tigers 0: Jim Leyland was in the Virgin Islands once. He met a girl. they ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, they made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t he get that day over, and over, and over? Or, well, at least two out of three days. It’d…

  11. Braves win resumed game against the Mets

    May 25, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    The Mets had stormed back late last night against the Braves to tie the game 5-5 after eight innings just before crew chief Dale Scott decided to halt the game, to be resumed later. At 6:10 PM ET tonight, the game was unpaused and the Braves quickly retook the lead on a Dan Uggla RBI…

  12. Report: Mets considering demoting Ike Davis

    May 18, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Ike Davis, Marvin Hudson

    UPDATE: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the New York Post this afternoon that there’s no deadline for a decision to be made on Davis’ status. 10:10 AM: Ike Davis finally broke his 0-for-24 hitless streak yesterday with a single to center field in the sixth inning, but he’s still at risk…

  13. MLB will use a pink-stitched baseball on Sunday

    May 9, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen the pink bats in honor of breast cancer awareness the past several Mothers Days, but this year MLB is stepping up its game: New baseballs w/ pink stitching/graphics for Mother’s Day from @rawlingssports twitter.com/MLB_PR/status/… — MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) May 9, 2013   Pretty sweet.  As long as hitters can still pick up…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 6, 2013, 6:58 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Cardinals 10, Brewers 1: The four-game sweep of the Brewers. Four RBI for Allen Craig. That’s six straight wins for the Cards, who are in their customary first place position in rather quiet fashion. The six first place teams right now: Boston, Detroit, Texas, Atlanta, St. Louis, San Francisco. Not many surprises there. I guess…

  15. The Braves are regressing badly

    May 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves were 12-1 after their victory over the Royals on April 16. They had just rattled off ten consecutive wins, due to an incredibly potent offense and unhittable pitching. The Braves hit three or more home runs in three of their first five games with Justin Upton hitting one just about every night. In…

  16. James Shields and Evan Longoria made nice

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Remember earlier this month when Evan Longoria said that James Shields and B.J. Upton couldn’t “shake the Devil Rays mentality” and thus strongly implied that their departure was good for the Rays? Yeah, that was kinda messed up.  As Marc Topkin reports today, however, the hatchet has been buried. Longoria reached out and apologized. In…

  17. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 5, Rangers 4: Howie Kendrick with two homers, including the walkoff in the 11th. Kendrick after the game: “It’s a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field” I hope someone brings the Rangers some food overnight. Maybe go back to their hotel, get guys a change of…

  18. Justin Upton hasn’t proven the naysayers wrong just yet

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton smashed his major league-high 10th homer Tuesday in the Braves’ 4-3 win over the Rockies. He’s hit three more homers than anyone else in the majors, and in just 19 games, he’s already more than halfway to surpassing his total of 17 from 150 games last year. On the other hand, Justin Upton…

  19. Why am I watching this Braves-Rockies game?

    Apr 23, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    It was 23 degrees for the first pitch of the Braves-Rockies game. It’s the coldest game on record at Coors Field. And it’s the first of a day-night doubleheader. Guys are slaughtering tauntauns out there just to keep warm in between pitches. In the fourth inning B.J. Upton struck out on a 64 m.p.h. pitch…

  20. James Shields is puzzled by Evan Longoria’s comments

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    The other day Evan Longoria offered some strange words for former teammates James Shields and B.J. Upton, strongly implying that, now that they were gone, all the bad juju from the Devil Rays era was gone, as those two has some things in their head “that were tough for them to get beyond.” Never mind that…

  21. 2013 Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: will the offseason spending spree prove worth it? Coming off a disastrous season…

  22. The Steak is Served. Was it worth it?

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    kyle lohse getty

    Back in January, Scott Boras said this to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick regarding his then un-signed free agent clients, Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse: “People call me all the time and say, ‘Man, your players aren’t signed yet. Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when you’re the steak.” Now steak is served, and…

  23. 2013 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: is this the year Evan Longoria challenges for the MVP award? Longoria has…

  24. Indians and Michael Bourn agree to a four-year, $48 million contract

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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    After seeing the market for his services dwindle for nearly the entire offseason, Michael Bourn has finally found a home. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Bourn has agreed to a contract with the Indians. The deal is worth $48 million over four years and includes a vesting option for a fifth year which…

  25. Michael Bourn wants a five-year deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Among free agent outfielders, Shane Victorino got three years. Angel Pagan and Nick Swisher got four. Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton got five years. Michael Bourn wants five years too: Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren’t willing to go there. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 28, 2013   Hamilton is…

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