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  1. Jose Dariel Abreu cleared to sign with MLB team

    Sep 28, 2013, 1:09 PM EST

    Jose Abreu

    Let the bidding begin. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has been declared a free agent by MLB and is now free to sign with any team. Abreu defected from Cuba earlier this year and we learned last week that he had established residency in Haiti. The 26-year-old needed…

  2. Brandon Phillips names his All-Swag Team

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

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    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, mostly about swag. Phillips says that baseball needs more of it, saying, “That’s exactly why African-Americans don’t play baseball. [There’s] no passion in the game. You’ve got to be like a robot. Look at basketball. Look at football. When you make an exciting…

  3. Cuba to allow athletes to sign foreign contracts

    Sep 27, 2013, 9:17 AM EST

    Cuba

    Are the days of ballplayers risking their lives to defect a thing of the past? Cuba says athletes can sign professional contracts in foreign leagues, reversing long ban: http://t.co/dS6PQKkBQr -RD — The Associated Press (@AP) September 27, 2013 The Cuban Government’s anouncemnt thru GRANMA (the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party) says that athletes will…

  4. Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:34 AM EST

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    Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

  5. Dodgers may be without Andre Ethier in the playoffs

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

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    Andre Ethier has become the forgotten man in the Dodgers’ outfield thanks to an ankle injury and after a setback yesterday Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles writes that “his availability for the postseason is in question.” Ethier tested his ankle with some pregame running, but had to cut things short and afterward called it…

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

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  7. With seven shutout frames against the Padres, Clayton Kershaw lowers ERA to 1.88

    Sep 21, 2013, 11:55 PM EST

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    Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was nearly unhittable as usual tonight against the Padres, blanking them over seven innings of work. The lefty allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out ten, improving to 15-9 and lowering his ERA to 1.88. Not that Kershaw needed to do anything else to ensure that the NL…

  8. Appreciating the free-swinging excellence of Vlad Guerrero

    Sep 17, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

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    Not too long ago, I was working on a project that (sadly) never quite got off the ground — it was a project to explore why we still love sports. Here we are surrounded by the horror of concussions and NCAA hypocrisy and PED use and countless other unsavory things … but we still love…

  9. Report: Giants GM Brian Sabean scouting Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:39 PM EST

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    After watching the Dodgers strike gold with Yasiel Puig, the NL West rival Giants are trying to land the next impact bat out of Cuba. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Giants general manager Brian Sabean and special assistant Felipe Alou are currently in the Dominican Republic scouting first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu. The 26-year-old…

  10. Yasiel Puig has slowed down, but he’s still damn good

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Yankees - Game Two

    Much of The Legend Of Yasiel Puig was built during his incredible first month in the majors, as the 22-year-old outfielder debuted on June 3 and hit a ridiculous .443 with eight homers and a 1.218 OPS for the Dodgers through July 2. He’s come back down to earth in a big way since then,…

  11. Jose Fernandez one-hits the Nationals over seven innings

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:05 PM EST

    Jose Fernandez

    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez padded his NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young cases with seven outstanding innings against the Nationals tonight, bringing a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Nationals stood no chance, recording just one hit — a squibber down the third base line by pinch-hitter Zach Walters with one out in…

  12. Yasiel Puig sitting for second straight game Wednesday due to a minor right knee strain

    Sep 4, 2013, 6:58 PM EST

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    Yasiel Puig suffered a mild right knee strain on Monday night and will sit out a second consecutive game on Wednesday evening as the Dodgers wrap up a series at Coors Field against the Rockies. Puig is not seriously injured and the expectation is that he’ll be able to return for Friday night’s series opener…

  13. Yasiel Puig to sit out today but he’s probably OK

    Sep 3, 2013, 8:53 AM EST

    Yasiel Puig AP

    Yasiel Puig left yesterday’s game with a mild right knee strain. The latest on his status: Puig has stiffness behind knee. Mattingly plans to sit him tomorrow. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 3, 2013   That said, the Dodgers don’t seem to be too worried about their young superstar. And, frankly, given that they have…

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

    Sep 3, 2013, 6:25 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Houston Astros

    Twins 10, Astros 6: Rookie and independent league veteran Chris Colabello homered twice including a grand slam to break a 6-6 tie in the ninth. Entering Sunday he was on an 0 for 23 skid and now here he is having the best day of his life. Probably the best day he’ll ever have at a ballpark.…

  15. Yasiel Puig exits game with mild right knee strain

    Sep 2, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Yasiel Puig AP

    UPDATE: Gurnick reports that Puig left the game with a mild right knee strain. 7:00 p.m. ET: According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had to exit today’s game against the Rockies in the sixth inning with an apparent injury. The early speculation is that Puig might have hurt his right knee…

  16. Zack Greinke becomes first pitcher with two stolen bases in a season since 2007

    Sep 1, 2013, 7:55 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Zack Greinke is having a great year on the mound, but what has been more impressive is what he has accomplished offensively. He entered this afternoon’s start against the Padres with an .809 OPS, easily the best mark among pitchers at the dish this season. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has a .717 OPS, the second-best…

  17. Yasiel Puig made another outstanding throw

    Sep 1, 2013, 10:17 AM EST

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    Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner slapped a one-hopper into deep right field on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium and it looked like Rene Rivera — who was moving on contact with two outs — would score easily from second base. But rocket-armed Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig was having none of it. Watch the gifted 22-year-old right…

  18. The Marlins will allow Jose Fernandez to make two more starts before shutdown

    Aug 31, 2013, 7:25 PM EST

    Jose Fernandez

    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are planning to shut down rookie phenom Jose Fernandez after he makes his next two starts spanning 12 innings or fewer. The 20-year-old Fernandez was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves, earning a loss despite allowing two runs over six innings of work while striking out…

  19. Matt Kemp goes 0-for-5 in first rehab game

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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    Matt Kemp began a minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A last night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and two double plays to begin his comeback from shoulder and ankle injuries that have basically sidelined him since early July. Not exactly the results he was looking for in his return to game action, but Kemp downplayed any…

  20. The Teflon Torii Hunter

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians

    I was reading Joel Sherman’s column today at the Post and I came across this bit: Torii Hunter has only enhanced his reputation as a clubhouse gem and clutch player this year — his three-run, walk-off homer yesterday carried Detroit over Oakland. Sherman mentions Hunter in furtherance of his months-old argument that the Yankees should have…

  21. Tony La Russa and Yasiel Puig played ping pong

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:54 AM EST

    Tony La Russa

    I imagine there’s context to this and a reason for it and everything, but I feel like this pic of Tony La Russa and Yasiel Puig playing ping pong should sort of stand on its own: Tony La Russa and Yasiel Puig are playing ping pong together right now. The right way, obvs: pic.twitter.com/KcrRPF2u82 —…

  22. HBT Daily: So you’re saying there’s a chance?

    Aug 29, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

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    We’re talking about the Nats’ wild card possibilities here, as well as Marlon Byrd on the Buccos and whether or not Yasiel Puig is “a distraction.”

  23. The lesson to take away from Yasiel Puig’s benching

    Aug 29, 2013, 9:45 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    As Ken Rosenthal notes in his excellent column on the matter this morning, Yasiel Puig‘s mid-game benching yesterday was the result of him not breaking up a double play when most players would, making some showy catches and for loafing it out to the field at the end of an inning.  Rosenthal also notes that…

  24. Yasiel Puig removed from today’s game for disciplinary reasons

    Aug 28, 2013, 4:47 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Yasiel Puig was removed in the fifth inning of today’s Dodgers-Cubs game. He’s sitting on the bench, however, and is not having an injury tended to. It appears, actually, that he’s being disciplined for something: Steiner: Puig removed due to manager’s discretion. No injury. so it’s Obviously disciplinary — Anthony Jackson (@dodgerscribe) August 28, 2013…

  25. Yasiel Puig has done OK since the benching

    Aug 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Remember last week when Bill Plaschke and Scott Miller freaked out about Don Mattingly not benching Yasiel Puig for longer than he did? About how this will lead to his ruination and how his benefits as a player could be outweighed by his attitude and on-field gaffes? Well, since the Puig benching he has hit…

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