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  1. Miguel Cabrera homers twice to reach 40 for the first time

    Sep 18, 2012, 10:17 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of homers, including the Tigers’ first grand slam of the year, in Tuesday’s win over the A’s to get to 40 for the first time in his career. Cabrera also collected his 38th double. He was removed after his slam off Jesse Chavez made it a 12-2 game in the…

  2. Men predict free agent destinations, God says “hah!”

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    Today Buster Olney speculates about where Josh Hamilton may wind up.  He runs through any number of teams, notes that there are either fit or payroll problems, and ultimately lands on the Tigers, noting that (a) they have a spot in left field for Hamilton: and (b) they have recently been something of a free…

  3. Edwin Encarnacion joins the 40-homer club

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    For the third straight season the Blue Jays have a 40-homer hitter, as Edwin Encarnacion went deep last night for the 40th time after Jose Bautista reached that mark in both 2010 and 2011. Encarnacion has always had a ton of offensive upside, especially in terms of power potential, so much so that the Reds…

  4. It’s officially “so and so should be considered” season

    Sep 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    I had a go at this concept last year. The concept that, when it comes to postseason awards, it’s somehow a legitimate argument to say “so and so should be considered” when the person advocating such a position doesn’t actually think they should win it. That he should be “in the conversation.” Person 1: I…

  5. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

  6. Yunel Escobar has career game in leading Jays past Yanks

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:18 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    Yunel Escobar had a homer, three doubles and five RBI Wednesday in the Blue Jays’ 8-5 defeat of the Yankees. The final double, which scored two runs in the ninth, came on a ball that Andruw Jones should have caught. He had it in his glove as he attempted the sliding catch, but he lost…

  7. Scott Diamond drops appeal, starts serving suspension

    Aug 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Scott Diamond Getty

    As expected, Twins left-hander Scott Diamond has dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing at Josh Hamilton and will begin serving his punishment tonight. Diamond was just waiting until making his scheduled start last night, at which point he could serve the six-game suspension and basically just push his next start back a…

  8. Red Sox could seek out big-name targets this winter

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    The Red Sox have had an average payroll in excess of $170 million the last three years. With Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett departing and David Ortiz, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Cody Ross all set to become free agents, they’re currently looking at something less than half of that for 2013. It figures to give…

  9. Now that it’s final, what should we make of the Red Sox-Dodgers mega deal?

    Aug 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    I’m still shaking my head at the Dodgers-Red Sox deal, which is now finalized. Among the things that wouldn’t have made sense to me if you told me about them this time yesterday: I’m surprised that the Dodgers — whose owners just paid $2 billion for that team — took on $271 million in financial…

  10. Updated: Where would the Red Sox go minus Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett?

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

    Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez

    The deal isn’t yet official, but it looks like Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto are all Los Angeles bound in exchange for four minimum-salaried players and  free-agent-to-be James Loney. That would cut $58.25 million in 2013 salaries from Boston’s payroll and leave the Red Sox committed to only four players for…

  11. Scott Diamond suspended six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton, will appeal

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

    Scott Diamond Getty

    Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that MLB has suspended Twins right-hander Scott Diamond six games for throwing at Josh Hamilton last night. He was also fined an undisclosed amount. Diamond intends to appeal, but the worst-case scenario is that his next start will be pushed back one or two days. No…

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

    Aug 24, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    Eight Men Out

    It was a light schedule and my Braves played a late game, so I watched “Eight Men Out” last night. For, like, the 5th or 6th time. And that just made me want to watch “Matewan” again for, um, the 20th time or thereabouts. Maybe tomorrow night. Anyway, damn you John Sayles, damn you. As…

  13. Adrian Beltre homers three times in rout of Orioles

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:01 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre went yard three times, including twice in a nine-run fourth inning, in the Rangers’ 12-3 defeat of the Orioles on Wednesday. Beltre and Mitch Moreland both knocked in five runs in the game. Moreland had a grand slam as part of the huge fourth inning. It was the first career three-homer game for…

  14. Adam Dunn launches 400th career home run

    Aug 18, 2012, 11:40 PM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn took Royals reliever Tim Collins deep in the eighth inning Saturday for his 400th career home run. He also reclaimed the major league lead with his 35th homer of the year after Josh Hamilton caught him at 34 Wednesday. Dunn became just the eighth player to hit 400 homers in his first 12…

  15. Miguel Cabrera is first this year to reach 100 RBI

    Aug 15, 2012, 12:20 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead at 99 before tonight’s action, Miguel Cabrera struck first Tuesday, knocking in two runs in the Tigers’ 8-4 defeat of the Twins. Hamilton was held without an RBI as the Rangers were shutout by the Yankees. Still just 29 years old, Cabrera now has nine 100-RBI…

  16. Josh Hamilton is heating up

    Aug 13, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    Josh Hamilton‘s yo-yo season is continuing. After a hotter than hell April and May and a colder than cold June and July, Hamilton is now 15-for-48 in August with three homers and 15 runs batted in. This, combined with the fading Angels has made for a nice couple of weeks for the Rangers.

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Rajai Davis

    Blue Jays 10, Yankees 7: Holy frijole, did you see Rajai Davis’ catch, robbing Casey McGehee of a home run in the seventh? The guy is like 5”9″ and the wall is like ten feet and he went Spud Webb on that bad boy. Or Spiderman. Or something. Just wow. Otherwise, the Jays beat the tar out…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 9, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Jose Reyes

    Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games. Giants 15, Cardinals 0:…

  19. Josh Hamilton reveals “mystery issue” is chewing tobacco

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton has yet to reveal the nature of the mystery issue he’s repeatedly made cryptic comments about for the past week, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the former MVP’s inability to quit chewing tobacco is the source. Hamilton unsuccessfully tried to quit last year and then went public with a follow-up effort…

  20. Josh Hamilton breaks out of slump, but stays quiet about mystery issues and “disobedience”

    Aug 3, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    josh hamilton ap

    Josh Hamilton showed some life at the plate last night, going 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs after batting just .167 from July 1 through August 1, but once again declined to address the details surrounding his cryptic comments about something troubling the former MVP. People are not going to understand, I’ll share more…

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

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  22. Ryan Dempster gets bombed, Rangers win anyway

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    Making his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster surrendered eight runs Thursday against the Angels, yet opposing starter C.J. Wilson was just as bad and Texas won a shootout 15-9. Dempster gave up his eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Wilson, an ex-Ranger who left for Anaheim in free agency last winter,yielded eight runs in 5…

  23. There’s something troubling going on with Josh Hamilton

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

    hamilton tall getty

    Josh Hamilton batted just .177/.253/.354 in July, which would be reason enough to think that something’s not quite right with the MVP outfielder. Now add these cryptic comments, uttered by Hamilton late last week following a 1-for-14 homestand: “When the time is right, I’ll be honest with you, you’ll be right in the loop. I’ve been…

  24. Josh Hamilton is hearing the boo birds

    Jul 28, 2012, 10:12 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    After being criticized by Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan earlier this week, Josh Hamilton is now hearing it from some of his home fans. Hamilton went 0-for-4 in last night’s 9-5 loss to the White Sox. While he at least contributed with a sacrifice fly and an RBI ground out, a smattering of boos…

  25. Nolan Ryan says Josh Hamilton is giving at bats away

    Jul 24, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Early this season it looked like it’d be impossible for the Rangers to let Josh Hamilton walk when he hits free agency this fall. Then Hamilton started to skid and he hasn’t stopped. In June he hit .223/.318/.436. In July he’s hitting .172/.242/.345. He has a grand total of seven homers in those two months.…

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