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  1. Rangers wrong to gamble on Manny Ramirez

    Jul 3, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    It’s been three years since Manny Ramirez was last a worthy major leaguer, hitting .311/.405/.510 in 66 games for the Dodgers in 2010. They then shipped him to the White Sox, where he was a disappointment in 24 games, hitting .261/.420/.319. In 2011, Ramirez signed a cheap deal with the Rays, played five games and…

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

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Reds 3, Giants 0: Homer Bailey does it again. You can read about all of the important details of his no-hitter here and here. Less mentioned in the aftermath? (a) Homer dropped an F-bomb in a postgame interview when talking about the walk he gave up to blow the perfect game; and (b) the Giants loss…

  3. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL & NL Cy Young

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Yesterday, we took a look at what WAR had to say as far as midseason awards winners. Now, I’m making my own choices, starting with the Cy Young Awards. First, let’s get the charts out of the way, here are the top 10 in the AL by ERA and both versions of WAR. ERA 1.…

  4. 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…

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

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Padres 2: An improbable walkoff grand slam from Jeff Mathis caps an improbable winning month from the Miami Marlins. 15-10 in June for the worst team in baseball. Not bad. Oh, and Mathis’ homer was the 3,000th in team history. Pirates 2, Brewers 1: A 14th inning walkoff win for the hottest and…

  6. Ryan Sweeney diagnosed with fracture in left rib cage

    Jun 30, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    ryan sweeney sliding getty

    From MLB.com beat reporter Carrie Muskat: Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney has a fractured left rib, suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall at Safeco Field on Saturday, and will not be able to do any baseball activities for four to six weeks. Sweeney was injured after catching Kendrys Morales’ fly ball for the second…

  7. Orioles acquire outfielder Eric Thames from Mariners

    Jun 30, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    eric thames getty

    From FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi comes word that the Orioles have acquired outfielder Eric Thames from the Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder Ty Kelly. Thames has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will function as organizational outfield depth for Baltimore. Thames was designated for assignment by Seattle on May 22 to…

  8. Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee on pace for historically-great seasons

    Jun 29, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    In a piece posted last night, ESPN’s Christina Kahrl notes that lefties Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Cliff Lee of the Phillies are on pace for historically-great seasons, using Wins Above Replacement from Baseball Reference: 3. Just one pitcher in 10 years has produced a season worth 9.0 WAR or better And that would be…

  9. Mariners call up shortstop prospect Brad Miller

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Miller

    A month after calling up Nick Franklin from Triple-A to take over as their starting second baseman the Mariners are calling up Brad Miller to take over as their starting shortstop. Miller was crushing the ball for Tacoma, hitting .356 with six homers and a 1.022 OPS in 26 games following a promotion from Double-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. John Lackey ties career high with 12 strikeouts in win

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Turning in yet another impressive performance, John Lackey matched his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching seven innings of two-run ball in the Red Sox’s 5-3 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. It was the third straight start in which Lackey has pitched seven innings and given up two runs. He’s turned in quality…

  12. Raul Ibanez hits 18th homer, on pace for major league record

    Jun 26, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Raul Ibanez hit his ninth homer of June and 18th of the season Wednesday against the Pirates, putting him on record pace for a 41-year-old. No player has ever hit 30 homers at age 41 or beyond. Ted Williams tops the list with 29 at age 41 in his last season prior to retirement. Barry…

  13. Mariners recall Dustin Ackley from AAA Tacoma and place Franklin Gutierrez on disabled list

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    dustin ackley getty

    A new outfielder arrived Tuesday at Safeco Field. MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports that the Mariners have recalled Dustin Ackley from Triple-A Tacoma and will give him regular starts for the first time at a position other than second base. Ackley was moved to center field during his time in the minors while managing to hit…

  14. Jason Vargas needs surgery to remove blood clot

    Jun 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    On the disabled list with a blood clot in his left armpit, Angels left-hander Jason Vargas will undergo surgery to remove the clot and is expected to miss at least three weeks. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Vargas will be completely shut down from throwing for two weeks, but the Angels…

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

    Jun 24, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: Matt Harvey blanks the Phillies on two hits for six innings and David Wright went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. I know the Mets have problems, but man, when it goes right for them it’s really pretty. Something about the purity of an ace and…

  16. Quietly, Jeremy Bonderman has been solid in his return

    Jun 23, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman

    Jeremy Bonderman‘s return to the big leagues was met with either indifference or snark. The right-hander hadn’t faced Major League competition during the regular season since October 1, 2010 and hadn’t had an extended run of success since 2006. Not much was expected of the 30-year-old when the Mariners promoted him to make his season…

  17. Royals claim righty Maikel Cleto off waivers from Cardinals, DFA outfielder Quintin Berry

    Jun 23, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    cleto getty

    As first reported by Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have claimed hard-throwing right-handed reliever Maikel Cleto off waivers from the Cardinals and designated outfielder Quintin Berry for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Cleto, a 24-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, was traded from the Mariners to the…

  18. Max Scherzer becomes first starter to go 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997

    Jun 22, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Max Scherzer tossed seven solid innings of baseball as the Tigers routed the Red Sox 10-3. Scherzer held the Sox to two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six, improving his record to 11-0. Per ESPN Stats & Info, he became the first starter to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens in…

  19. Mariners activate Franklin Gutierrez from 60-day DL

    Jun 22, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    franklin gutierrez getty

    At long last, the Mariners have activated outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the 60-day disabled list, reports Ryan Divish. Gutierrez had been sidelined since April 22 with a strained right hamstring, just the latest in a series of injuries that has cut into a majority of the 30-year-old’s playing time over the last three years. Since…

  20. Angels place Jason Vargas on DL with blood clot

    Jun 21, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Jason Vargas

    Per the team’s official Twitter account, the Angels have placed left-handed starter Jason Vargas on the disabled list due to a blood clot found near his left armpit. To fill the empty spot on the roster, the Angels promoted Billy Buckner from Triple-A Salt Lake. Buckner carries a 4.50 ERA in 72 innings spanning 12…

  21. Mariners release Kelly Shoppach

    Jun 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach

    Seattle released Kelly Shoppach after designating the veteran catcher for assignment last week. Shoppach was let go when the Mariners called up last year’s No. 3 overall pick, Mike Zunino, from Triple-A to take over as the starting catcher. Shoppach hit just .196 in 35 games for the Mariners, but he’s always been stretched when…

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

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Mets 4, Braves 3: Good news: two solo homers for David Wright and five scoreless innings from the bullpen. Bad news: The reason the pen was needed for five innings is that Jon Neise had to leave the game with shoulder problems. Braves news: ugh, you guys have looked positively crappy of late. Tigers 4,…

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

    Jun 19, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much…

  24. Dodgers making progress on extension with Clayton Kershaw

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are making progress with starter Clayton Kershaw on a seven-year contract extension worth in excess of $180 million. The 25-year-old left-hander enters his third and final year of arbitration going into 2014 after which he would be eligible for free agency. That the Dodgers would eventually sign Kershaw to…

  25. Oliver Perez has been reborn as a reliever

    Jun 15, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    When the Mets acquired left-hander Oliver Perez in a trade with the Pirates at the 2006 trade deadline, they thought they were getting a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. Five tumultuous seasons later, Perez’s tenure as a Met was meekly ended during spring training prior to the 2011 season having compiled a 4.71 ERA over 520 innings in…

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