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

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth. Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing…

  2. Play of the Day: Manny Machado shows off his strong arm

    Jul 7, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    You often hear of the times when scouts and stats are in disagreement, such as last year’s AL MVP debate between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. One area in which the two happily agree is the defense of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), found at FanGraphs, rates him as the best…

  3. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  4. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL MVP

    Jul 3, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The reigning MVP has some heavy-hitting competition this year. Let’s see if he can hold them off. AL OPS leaders: 1.136 – Miguel Cabrera: .368/.458/.678, 26 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB in 323 AB 1.126 – Chris Davis: .329/.405/.721, 31 HR, 80 RBI, 0 SB in 301 AB 1.102 – David Ortiz: .320/.406/.607, 16 HR,…

  5. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  6. Your midseason awards winners, according to WAR

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Here’s how WAR, both the Baseball-reference and Fangraphs versions, rates the top players as of the midway point of the season. AL MVP (Baseball-Reference) 1. Manny Machado – 4.9 2. Miguel Cabrera – 4.9 3. Chris Sale – 4.4 4. Dustin Pedroia – 4.3 5. Chris Davis – 4.2 AL MVP (Fangraphs) 1. Miguel Cabrera…

  7. Peter Bourjos has a fractured right wrist

    Jun 30, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    bourjos getty

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that outfielder Peter Bourjos has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist and is going to be sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks. Bourjos suffered the injury Saturday when he was hit on the wrist by a Jordan Lyles fastball. He’ll be placed on the disabled…

  8. The best-hitting outfielder in baseball right now? Would you believe Michael Cuddyer?

    Jun 28, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    cuddyer ap

    Pardon me for the incredibly nerdy way of making this point, but the ratio between Michael Cuddyer‘s on-field production and the amount of press he’s received is way out of whack. Hardly anyone has talked about the guy, yet he rates as baseball’s fifth-best hitter overall, going by weighted on-base average (.424 wOBA). In fact,…

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

    Jun 28, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 4: Six straight wins for the Dodgers as Yasiel Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. Puig also smacked into the scoreboard in right field, so he’s basically Bryce Harper in multiple respects. That seventh inning rally was occasioned by the bases being loaded on a walk, a…

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

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Blue Jays 3, Rays 0: R.A. Dickey throws a Maddux (i.e. a shutout in under 100 pitches), with his knuckler back up to the velocity he featured so often during his Cy Young season. Game was over in two hours, ten minutes. Athletics 5, Reds 0: A.J. Griffin needed 108 pitches for his two-hit shutout…

  11. HBT Daily: Which young outfielder would you keep?

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    That sounds kind of creepy. Like I have Mike Trout in my basement or something. Which I totally don’t. Nope. He’s gonna make the start tonight as expected. If he doesn’t, um, no you can’t come into my basement.

  12. Are we headed towards another Mike Trout/Miguel Cabrera showdown?

    Jun 21, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

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    Depending on who does what tonight, this could change, but at the moment, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout are #1 and #2 in Wins Above Replacement at the moment, according to FanGraphs. Cabrera is at 4.4 and Trout is at 4.3. Cabrera, who achieved baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years, beat out Trout for…

  13. Columnist declares Jurickson Profar overrated after 121 plate appearances

    Jun 21, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Randy Galloway of the Star-Telegram declaring Jurickson Profar not ready for prime time: A year ago, Profar was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball. Number One. So said such national media outlets as Baseball America and ESPN … As late June approaches, and as the 20-year-old Profar surpassed the 100 mark this week in plate appearances for…

  14. Mike Trout is on an absolute tear

    Jun 21, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout started the season slowly. At least slowly compared to what he did in his Rookie of the Year season. But he has been tearin’ up the pea patch since then. Last night Trout reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He has a…

  15. Josh Hamilton had a nightmare game last night

    Jun 19, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    It’s hard to grasp how truly awful Josh Hamilton was on Tuesday night. He came to the plate five times. Here’s what happened: First Inning: No score, Mike Trout on first, nobody out, Hamilton grounds into a double play; Third Inning: Mariners up 2-1, Mike Trout on first, nobody out, Hamilton grounds into a double…

  16. So, someone is going to have to be the AL Rookie of the Year, right?

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jose Iglesias

    The AL fired off all its rounds with a 2012 rookie class that featured Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Jarrod Parker, Hisashi Iwakuma, Matt Moore, Tommy Milone and many others. This year, the strong rookie class is in the other league, with Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Teheran leading the way and Yasiel…

  17. Angels will activate Peter Bourjos tomorrow

    Jun 9, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos will be taken off of the 15-day disabled list tomorrow, reports MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez. Bourjos had been on the disabled list since the end of April due to a strained left hamstring. He had been hitting well, sitting on an .827 OPS prior to his injury. In the absence of Bourjos,…

  18. The first round of AL All-Star balloting results have been released

    Jun 3, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Gallup has predicted that Jeff Francoeur will lead the balloting. Karl Rove says that these results are skewed. But this is what MLB has so far for the first round of All-Star balloting, with leaders by position, with vote totals: First Base: Chris Davis, 1,176,016 Second Base: Robinson Cano 1,235,230 Third Base: Miguel Cabrera, 1,500,165 Shortstop: Elvis Andrus, 727,555…

  19. Bust no more: Carlos Gomez has been one of the best players in baseball

    May 28, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Carlos Gomez continued his breakout season yesterday by smacking two homers against the Twins, who acquired him from the Mets as a prospect in the Johan Santana deal and traded him to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy two disappointing seasons later. Gomez was a bust in Minnesota, hitting .248 with a .645 OPS in 290…

  20. Don’t call it a comeback: Angels win seventh in a row

    May 25, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Behind five shutout innings from starter Billy Buckner and four shutout innings from the bullpen, the Angels blanked the Royals 7-0 this afternoon. Hank Conger and Josh Hamilton each contributed solo home runs to aid in the offensive effort. The win is the Angels’ seventh in a row, bringing their record up to 22-27. They’re…

  21. Joey Votto and the generation gap

    May 24, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Two articles were posted recently in stark contract to one another. The first is a very insightful piece by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, detailing Reds first baseman Joey Votto‘s approach to hitting. The second was a not-so-insightful piece by Paul Daugherty of the Enquire, taking a swipe at Votto because he doesn’t have many runs batted…

  22. Mike Trout follows up his cycle with a 463-foot homer

    May 24, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout hit for the cycle Tuesday, notched two more hits Wednesday, and took Ervin Santana deep last night for the longest homer of his career. Trout watched Santana serve up a league-high 39 homers when they were teammates last season and the Angels homered off him four times last night, including this 463-foot monster…

  23. The Royals broadcast had a pretty big graphics fail tonight

    May 23, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Royals graphic

    If you watch enough baseball games, you’ll see the occasional error with an in-game graphic. You know how it goes, perhaps a player’s name is misspelled or the wrong name is shown with a particular player. However, we hit the jackpot tonight. In the FOX Sports Kansas City broadcast of the Angels-Royals game, there was…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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