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  1. And the MVP Awards will go to …

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

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    Awards week concludes tonight when, at 6PM Eastern, the winners of the MVP Awards, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on MLB Network.  Let’s break it down: The Finalists American League:  Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout National League: Ryan Braun, Chase Headley, Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina, Buster Posey The Favorites: Everyone agrees…

  2. The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

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    This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they…

  3. Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

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    This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in… Rookie of the Year American League:…

  4. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  5. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

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    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  6. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

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    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  7. Since when is Miguel Cabrera not getting any press for his Triple Crown?

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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    I realize that the whole Mike Trout-Miguel Cabrera MVP debate has led to a lot of old school-new school tribalism (and a lot of Detroit-non-Detroit tribalism), but it seems that in the past week or so that tribalism has taken a rather silly turn:  people claiming that Miguel Cabrera was/is getting no attention for his…

  8. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:16 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Tigers 6, Royals 3: Before the season began I said something to the effect of “if I had to bet the lives of my children on the outcome of any division, it would be the Tigers winning the AL Central.” I repeated that line on the radio a bunch of times.  I was sweating it…

  9. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  10. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EST

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    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  11. Ryan Braun makes history by joining 40/30 club

    Sep 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

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    The Brewers lost 7-6 to the Astros last night and now sit five games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with five games left to play. While the Brewers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, Ryan Braun is busy making history. Braun doubled in the sixth inning last night before stealing…

  12. Ryan Braun and John Axford thank Brewers fans by giving away 5,000 tickets

    Sep 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    Milwaukee’s season more or less came to an end last night thanks to John Axford blowing a save against the Reds, dropping the Brewers to four games out of the second Wild Card spot. That might make it tough for fans to appreciate a nice gesture from Axford at this point–or at any point this…

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

    Sep 27, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles Machado rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during an MLB game in Baltimore

    Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: Bombs away. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each had two homers and the O’s hit seven in all, keeping pace with the Yankees, who maintain their one and a half game lead. Yankees 8, Twins 2: CC Sabathia looks to be back on his game, and that will be huge for the Yankees in…

  14. Joe Mauer closes batting title gap on Miguel Cabrera with MLB-leading 22nd three-hit game

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    For a while it looked like Miguel Cabrera‘s biggest hurdle in claiming the triple crown would be topping Josh Hamilton in homers, but Joe Mauer has been on fire this month to close the gap in the batting average race. Mauer had his MLB-leading 22nd three-hit game of the season last night and is now…

  15. Aramis Ramirez is first to 50 doubles in three years

    Sep 24, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

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    Aramis Ramirez‘s drive to the wall in left in the eighth inning of an ugly loss to the Nationals today didn’t do much for the Brewers, but it did make him the first player since 2009 to reach 50 doubles in a season. Ramirez, who was robbed of another potential double on a nice catch…

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

    Sep 24, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, White Sox 1: Did you know that if you win the AL Central that you contract a horrible disease? If you answered yes, you must be either the Tigers or the White Sox. That’s five straight losses for Chicago. Jered Weaver wins his 19th, allowing one run over six and a third. Kendrys…

  17. Ryan Braun is playing through “a couple of groin issues”

    Sep 22, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun has essentially duplicated his MVP-winning numbers from last season and is batting .342 with multiple big hits this month, but he’s doing all that damage at less than full strength physically. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spotted Braun “walking gingerly” in the clubhouse and manager Ron Roenicke admitted that he’s playing…

  18. Ryan Braun, y’all

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

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  19. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper is confused

    Sep 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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    Here’s Bryce Harper commenting on Matt Kemp’s heroics last night.  In his defense, Harper was like 12 least year: “Kemp is a great player,” teenage phenom Bryce Harper said. “That’s why he was MVP last year. I think with one swing of the bat he can change the ballgame. There’s really nothing you can do about it.”…

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

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  21. Ryan Braun hits 200th, 201st career homers versus Mets

    Sep 16, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

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    3:40 p.m. EDT update: Braun just added his second solo shot of the game, giving him 201 career homers. /// Ryan Braun became the seventh player in major league history to reach 200 homers within his first six seasons when he took the Mets’ Chris Young deep on Sunday. Here’s the list of players with…

  22. Edwin Encarnacion joins the 40-homer club

    Sep 14, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    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…

  23. Chipper Jones gets his best retirement gift yet

    Sep 13, 2012, 8:52 AM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Teams keep giving Chipper Jones gifts when he makes his last appearance in their ballpark. The gift in Milwaukee last night may have been the best one yet.  As Carroll Rogers points out in the AJC, when asked at the All-Star break, Jones said he wanted bratwurst from the Brewers.  They obliged: Tom Haudricourt relayed…

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

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

  25. Grand slam gives Chase Headley the NL RBI lead

    Sep 9, 2012, 7:18 PM EST

    Chase Headley

    The Padres play in the game’s toughest ballpark for hitters and they entered the day ranked 26th of the 30 major league teams in runs scored, but they now have the NL RBI leader after Chase Headley hit a grand slam Sunday in an 8-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Headley, whose previous career high in…

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