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  1. Report: Top Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu defects

    Aug 11, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    A pair of agents told El Nuevo Herald that first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu has defected from Cuba and is somewhere in the Caribbean, with separate reports placing him in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. If the news is true, Abreu would rate as biggest Cuban free agent ever. Arguably the country’s best hitter, Abreu…

  2. Yasiel Puig back for Dodgers; Hanley Ramirez set to avoid DL

    Aug 5, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    It seems like good news all around for the Dodgers on Monday. Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s game with a thumb injury, and Hanley Ramirez is hopeful of avoiding the disabled lisI after jamming his shoulder yesterday. Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez’s shoulder “felt a lot better this morning.”…

  3. Yasiel Puig out of Dodgers’ lineup Sunday after suffering thumb contusion on Saturday

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Wrigley Field because of a left thumb contusion. Puig suffered the injury Saturday while making a leaping catch against the brick and padding along the right field line. It’s not a serious…

  4. Why the Giants passed on Brian Wilson

    Aug 2, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday, we learned that the Dodgers and Brian Wilson agreed on a Major League contract. The former Giants closer is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, required after succumbing to injury in his second appearance of the 2012 season. Current Giants closer Sergio Romo, normally solid, had a horrendous July,…

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

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Giants 2, Phillies 1: A few days ago Jonathan Papelbon watched his team lose another game and said “I definitely didn’t come here for this.” Well, they didn’t show up at the ballpark yesterday expecting Papelbon to give up four singles and blow the lead. Again. Cole Hamels‘ eight shutout innings were for naught and…

  6. Would the Yankees sue A-Rod for “damaging the Yankees brand?”

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    The idea of voiding player contracts in retaliation for PED suspensions is a non-starter at present, as the Collective Bargaining Agreement specifies that the Joint Drug Agreement constitutes the sole basis of punishment for PED use.  We talked a lot recently about why changing the CBA/JDA to include contract voiding is undesirable. In just the…

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

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

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    Braves 5, Cardinals 2: That was somewhat unexpected. A less-than-dominant Braves team sweeps the best team in the National League. The key was Kris Medlen allowing two runs on eight hits. The key all series was good starting pitching from the Braves. So of course the big talking point everyone has is how Jason Heyward…

  8. Yasiel Puig ends pitcher’s duel with walk-off homer

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Rumors of Yasiel Puig‘s demise were greatly exaggerated. After lighting the baseball world on fire following his debut on June 3, Puig went into a skid, posting a .579 OPS in 16 games between July 3-23. The thought was that the league had finally caught up to him, but entering this afternoon’s series finale against…

  9. Psst! Baseball is pretty awesome, dudes

    Jul 26, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Ed Lucas

    We cover the PED stuff pretty heavily because it’s news and that’s what we do. But I know a lot of you are sick of it. Maybe so sick of it that your overall view of baseball is soured. If so that’s unfortunate, because as Jonah Keri reminds us, baseball is flippin’ sweet at the…

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

    Jul 26, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Nationals 9, Pirates 7: This could have been an awful, awful defeat, what with the Nats bullpen once again pooping all over itself. At least I’m assuming it would have been a defeat. The game was tied entering the bottom of the ninth. Thanks to Bryce Harper‘s walkoff homer, however, we don’t know how extras…

  11. This hasn’t been one of Robinson Cano’s better days

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano is aiming for one of the biggest contracts in baseball history as a free agent this winter, and it’s safe to say he’ll end up a very, very wealthy man. Still, two pieces of news today haven’t helped his cause at all. Most will point to Dustin Pedroia‘s seemingly under-market seven-year, $100 million…

  12. Matt Kemp exits in ninth with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    On the same day he returned from the disabled list, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp appeared to twist his ankle sliding into Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki at home plate in the ninth inning today with his team up 9-2. Kemp was at third base when Carl Crawford hit a ground ball to first baseman Chad Tracy.…

  13. Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million

    Jul 19, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that Dodgers outfielder and Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million dollars. Miguel Angel Corbacho Daudinot says he received a seven-year jail sentence for false allegations made by Puig. Daudinot filed a complaint in a district court in Florida for “prolonged arbitrary detention and torture”.…

  14. Eric Cooper couldn’t believe Yasiel Puig’s throw, either

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Watch this whale of a throw from Yasiel Puig in right field that led to a blown call at third in the second inning of Friday’s Dodgers-Nationals game: After catching the missile, Juan Uribe clearly tagged Bryce Harper on the ankle before Harper reached the bag, but third-base umpire Eric Cooper called him safe. Harper…

  15. Cuban pitcher Misael Siverio defects to United States

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Amid reports that Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is close to signing a big long-term contract another Cuban pitcher, Misael Siverio, has apparently defected with an eye toward free agency. Siverio left the Cuban national team while it was playing exhibition games in Iowa and gave a statement to El Nuevo Herald saying: Leaving behind…

  16. Ben Revere suffers broken right foot

    Jul 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ben Revere, Tim Federowicz

    Phillies outfielder Ben Revere suffered a broken right foot during the first game of today’s double-header against the White Sox. In the bottom of the eleventh, Revere came to the plate with a runner on first base and one out with his team trailing 5-4. He fouled an Addison Reed pitch off of his ankle…

  17. Yasiel Puig held out of Saturday’s lineup due to lingering hip injury

    Jul 13, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    After Yasiel Puig was forced to make an early exit from the past two games due to a lingering injury to his left hip, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Cuban sensation is not in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Rockies. Puig originally injured his hip when he…

  18. Yasiel Puig exits early with hip injury

    Jul 12, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Yankees - Game Two

    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was pulled from tonight’s game against the Rockies in the fifth inning due to the sore left hip that has been bothering him lately. He was taken out after seven innings yesterday and could only make it five tonight. Scott Van Slyke replaced him in right field. Puig recently lost the…

  19. Yasiel Puig leaves game with a bum left hip

    Jul 12, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Bad day for Yasiel Puig. First he loses the Final Vote to Freddie Freeman then he has Pedro Gomez dump all over him and, finally, he gets hurt: Yasiel Puig left tonight’s game with an aggravated left hip. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 12, 2013   Don Mattingly said after the game that he’s not…

  20. Yasiel Puig’s interpreter reprimanded for trying to get a woman’s phone number for Puig

    Jul 12, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    It feels like open season on Yasiel Puig these days. Miguel Montero dumped on him, he was accused of being disrespectful to Luis Gonzalez, he lost the Final Vote to Freddie Freeman and now he’s accused — or rather, his interpreter is accused — of going up into the stands to get a woman’s phone…

  21. Freddie Freeman, Steve Delabar win the All-Star Game Final Vote

    Jul 11, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

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    “You love me! You really love me!” Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and Steve Delabar of the Toronto Blue Jays were chosen by fans as the winners of the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote. I gotta say, I’m rather shocked at the NL result. I woulda thought that Yasiel PuigMania would have carried the…

  22. Miguel Montero calls out Yasiel Puig for “immaturity”

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

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    Miguel Montero is not shy to call out other players in the media. He accused the Brewers of stealing signs in the 2011 playoffs. He railed against former teammate Trevor Bauer after Bauer was traded to Cleveland. He called Zack Greinke “chickensh**” following the brawl between the Dbacks and the Dodgers. Now he has Yasiel…

  23. Jay-Z “is wooing” young Dodgers star Yasiel Puig

    Jul 10, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports brings us this exclusive report: Burgeoning agent Jay-Z is wooing Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig, hoping to add the 22-year-old to the growing stable of athletes he represents, two sources told Yahoo! Sports. During a mid-June trip to New York, Puig was invited to a party at a club Jay-Z owns after a Dodgers…

  24. Matt Kemp headed back to disabled list due to ailing left shoulder

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Well, we won’t have to worry about that logjam in the Dodgers’ outfield anytime soon. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Matt Kemp is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The 28-year-old outfielder was given a cortisone shot after he aggravated his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Friday’s game, but he still felt…

  25. Posnanski: baseball is trapped by its own history

    Jul 8, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Joe Posnanski argues for Yasiel Puig in the All-Star Game. You may agree with that or you may disagree, but it’s hard to disagree with Joe’s diagnosis of a problem baseball has which leads to “arguments” like Puig or no Puig: . . . this is the history that still traps baseball. Should the season…

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