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  1. Baseball’s hottest hitter? Would you believe Trevor Plouffe?

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Trevor Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe was hitting .133 on May 14 and the 26-year-old former first-round pick had a .212 batting average for his career, which along with the Twins not trusting him to play shortstop had him in danger of potentially being designated for assignment. Instead he’s been the hottest hitter in baseball since then. Seriously. Plouffe…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

  3. AL All-Star voting updates

    Jun 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The league just announced the latest in the All-Star Game voting for the American League. Here’s where it stands. The only particularly close race right now is for the third outfield slot, which is a three-way deal between Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista and Adam Jones. Catcher Mike Napoli: 1,640,160 Joe Mauer: 912,997 First Base Prince…

  4. Nelson Cruz day-to-day with sore right Achilles tendon

    Jun 10, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    nelson cruz ap

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Saturday’s loss to the Giants after experiencing soreness in his right Achilles tendon. It’s not thought to be a serious issue, but the 31-year-old slugger is not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale. According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Cruz believes the discomfort was…

  5. Josh Hamilton won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, which pleases Ron Washington greatly

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

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    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton paces all major leaguers in home runs and even slugged four in one game earlier this season. But he wants merely to be an observer July 9 in Kansas City, when American League captain Robinson Cano leads a group of three mashers against National League captain Matt Kemp and his own…

  6. The Texas Rangers are dominating early All-Star balloting

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The first vote-tallies have been released from the All-Star Game. Gentlemen, start your outrage! Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game … Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive…

  7. Jarrod Parker’s no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    UPDATE: Parker is done after eight shutout innings. He gave up just the one hit while throwing 69 out of 111 pitches for strikes and now owns a 2.40 ERA over his first eight starts with Oakland. If everything pans out the way the A’s hope, he’ll have many more chances at a no-no in…

  8. You’re not gonna believe this, but Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were MLB Rookies of the Month

    Jun 3, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    Get used to this. From a bevy of MLB press releases that just filled my inbox: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for May … Bryce Harper has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for May. Trout hit .324 (35-for-108) with six doubles, two triples,…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  10. Paul Konerko hitting .466 with 6 homers in his last 20 games

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Paul Konerko is on a ridiculous tear right now, hitting .466 with six homers and a 1.303 OPS in his last 20 games dating back to May 4. Even more amazing is that sitting out three days in the middle of that stretch after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face didn’t slow him…

  11. Josh Hamilton gets IV, oxygen after walkoff homer

    May 27, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the  Blue Jays on Saturday and then received IV fluids and oxygen after the game to treat an upper respiratory infection he’s been fighting. “I’ve been seeing stars since the fifth inning,” he said afterwards. “I hit…

  12. Josh Hamilton homers for first time since May 12

    May 25, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton‘s home run drought is finally over. And yes, I write that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. After Aaron mentioned this morning that Hamilton hadn’t homered in nearly two weeks, the Rangers’ slugger went deep in the bottom of the second inning tonight against the Blue Jays. His solo shot off right-hander Carlos…

  13. Josh Hamilton hasn’t homered in two weeks

    May 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton got off to amazing home run pace, going deep 18 times in his first 31 games. However, since homering nine times in a six-game stretch from May 7 to May 12–including his four-homer game on May 8–he’s yet to leave the ballpark. Hamilton is homerless since May 12, which is a span of…

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

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San…

  15. Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy has career day with 7 RBI

    May 20, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Jonathan Lucroy

    Jonathan Lucroy had never hit cleanup before being penciled in there against the Twins and Jason Marquis on Sunday. The Brewers might want to leave him there for a while. Lucroy hit his third and fourth homers of the season and drove in a career-high seven runs as part of a 16-4 rout of Minnesota.…

  16. Nolan Ryan expects Josh Hamilton to hit the free agent market

    May 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, Nolan Ryan AP

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this month that the Rangers had reopened negotiations with hot-hitting outfielder Josh Hamilton on a possible long-term contract extension, but it appears there’s little chance of an agreement coming together during the season. Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com last night that the…

  17. Put away the iPhone: Brandon McCarthy won’t need Siri’s help with Josh Hamilton

    May 17, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Last week after another of Josh Hamilton‘s monster games A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy jokingly tweeted: “Siri, how do you get Josh Hamilton out?” McCarthy is starting against the Rangers today and I’m not sure if his iPhone was much scouting help, but it turns out Hamilton is getting the day off. Oh well. Actually, maybe…

  18. Allen Craig is hitting out of his mind for the Cardinals

    May 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig began the season on the disabled list following November knee surgery and returned to an uncertain role when he came off the shelf on May 1, but other injuries have quickly turned him into an everyday player for the Cardinals and he’s absolutely killing the ball. Craig went 3-for-4 with a double, a…

  19. Josh Hamilton’s triple crown chances: pretty darn good, all things considered

    May 15, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    It’s ESPN Insider, but Dan Szymborski has a column up today assessing Josh Hamilton’s triple crown chances. While normally that’s pie in the sky stuff, as Dan notes, Hamilton winning the triple crown is more like pie on a moderately high shelf territory. He ran 100,000 simulations of the remainder of the season, taking Hamilton’s historic norms…

  20. Rafael Furcal is scorching hot for the Cardinals

    May 14, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    St. Louis got swept by at home by the Braves over the weekend, but it certainly wasn’t the shortstop’s fault. Rafael Furcal went 7-for-11 with two walks against his original team and is a ridiculous 15-for-21 over his last five games. The stretch has him batting .383/.447/.519 for the season. Baseball-reference’s WAR rates him the…

  21. You’ll be shocked to learn that Josh Hamilton was the AL Player of the Week

    May 14, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    They just announced the AL and NL Players of the Week. Shocker: Josh Hamilton won it in the AL. Hamilton could have won it if he only played in Tuesday’s four-homer game. But he laid waste to the AL the rest of the week too, going 14-for-30 (.467) with nine homers, two doubles, 18 RBI and 10…

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

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  23. Joey Votto: solo homer, solo homer, walkoff grand slam

    May 13, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Joey Votto, Jesus Flores

    Let’s see Josh Hamilton match this one. Already with two solo homers on the day, Joey Votto hit a walkoff grand slam off Henry Rodriguez to give the Reds a 9-6 win over the Nationals on Sunday. It was just the second homer to a left-handed batter allowed by Rodriguez in 112 2/3 career innings.…

  24. David Wright has four hits in win over Marlins, now batting .402 on the year

    May 12, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    David Wright‘s resurgence continued this afternoon, as he went 4-for-6 with a home run, three singles and three RBI in a 9-3 win over the Marlins. Wright had an RBI single in the first, an opposite-field solo homer in the third and another RBI single in the ninth. He now has four consecutive multi-hit games,…

  25. Josh Hamilton at it again, slugs home run No. 18

    May 12, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Another day, another home run for Josh Hamilton. After striking out in his first two at-bats against former teammate C.J. Wilson this afternoon, Hamilton just slugged a solo home run to right in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the Angels at 2-2. He is reaching new levels of ridiculousness. Hamilton now has…

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