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Date Added: 2011-11-02 20:45:08
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Do not discount them New York Yankees quite yet
When was it? I don’t remember the exact date, but do fondly recollect Christoper Russo, who host the controversial hour-long MLB Network show High Heat, boldly proclaim the New York Yankees season was finished. This drivel was spewed some time in the midst of or immediately following the series against the lowly Houston Astros, where […] Do not discount them New York Yankees ...

Jay Bruce is well aware of his 2014 performance
Per his blog, Mark My Word,’s Mark Sheldon provides some insightful quotes from Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. Not a single Reds fan, including myself, can begin to deny that Bruce is suffering a substantially subpar season. His struggles at the plate (.218/.294/.372 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI) are common fodder […] Jay Bruce is well aware of his 2014 pe...

Rusney Castillo set for minor league debut
In what has been a rather depressing season in Boston, the Red Sox will soon be unveiling their new shiny toy: Rusney Castillo. A decision was made to push back Castillo’s minor league debut by a day. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tells us a bit about the delay. The Sox discussed having Castillo […] Rusney Castillo set for minor league debut -

Pirates’ Josh Harrison is Pirates most valuable player
The other day, CttP’s Timmy Kennedy took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates and their outlook for making the postseason. Within his piece, he noted some of the contributions of super-utilityman Josh Harrison. Sometimes we see “MVP” and we get caught up in strictly the numbers. Some might even consider how a player’s tam fared […] Pirates’ J...

Los Angeles Dodgers use extreme shift against San Diego Padres with bases loaded
Defensive shifts are now a regular thing in baseball. Seeing the second baseman playing in the right field grass and the shortstop on the right side of the infield is nothing new. However, last night the Los Angeles Dodgers deployed the king of all shifts. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the twelfth […] Los Angeles Dodgers use extreme shift ag...

Tanaka suffers setback, still eyes 2014 return
Masahiro Tanaka suffered a setback in his attempt to avoid Tommy John surgery on Friday. Tanaka used a platelet rich plasma injection and is currently on a planned pitching schedule in order to try and rehab his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Despite glowing reports from New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi and teammate Brendan […] Tanaka suffers setback...

Athletics decide to drop protest of game vs Angels (video)
As reported here on Call to the Pen early Friday morning, last night the Oakland Athletics finished their game under protest because of a play in the ninth inning involving Athletics’ first baseman Brandon Moss, pitcher Dan Otero and the Los Angeles Angels’ shortstop  Erick Aybar. They have now decided not to pursue the protest. A’s beat […] Athletics decide to drop protest...

The Cleveland Indians are pursuing the final wildcard spot in the American League
The Cleveland Indians are five and a half games behind the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central, and only four games out of the American League wildcard spots. As of today, the Indians have a mere seven percent chance of actually reaching the playoffs, but, things could quickly change because of one imperatively […] The Cleveland Indians are ...

Jesus Montero attempts to attack scout with bat over an ice-cream sandwich
Jesus Montero attempted to attack his own teams scout with a bat last night, all because of an ice-cream sandwich. Yes, you read that correctly. No, it will not get any more normal the more you read it. Psychotic catchers have been a regular feature in baseball news this year — we had the ear-biting […] Jesus Montero attempts to attack scout with bat ov...

Cubs call ups offer a glimpse into the future, a very bright future
It’s been 115 seasons since the Cubs won the World Series. Some say it’s a curse. It doesn’t really matter though anymore. It appears that what they are doing now is working fine. Actually make that better than fine. Jorge Soler, who joined the Cubs on Wednesday and hit a three run homer in his […] Cubs call ups offer a glimpse into the future, a very...

Braves’ Jonny Venters facing third Tommy John surgery
Braves pitcher Jonny Venters has torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for the third time. He was rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery when the injury occurred. If Venters ever wants to pitch in the Majors again, he will have to have his third Tommy John surgery. The chances of Venters […] Braves’ Jonny Venters facing third Tommy John s...

A’s finish game under protest, lose to Angels (video)
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Oakland Athletics are fighting for the best record in baseball, the A.L. West Division title and, both teams hope, ultimately the A.L. Pennant. They began a four-game series in Anaheim Thursday night. The Angels won 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning putting them two games […] A’s finish game under protest, lose to Angels (video)

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