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Astros make Bo Porter the fall guy for an unwinnable situation

We almost made it through an entire season without a manager being fired, you guys. We had just one month to go! Maybe that’s really the only surprising thing about the Houston Astros firing Bo Porter. At this point on the 2014 schedule, why not just let him finish out the season? But Porter was […]

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The best and worst MLB players of August 2014

As we’re heading down the stretch, several players rose to the occasion and helped out their teams’ playoff causes. A lot of these names won’t come as a surprise to you, but without further ado, here are the best and worst MLB players for August 2014.

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Offensive firepower the name of the game for improving Chicago Cubs

The weekend presented a tail of two teams for the Chicago Cubs. On one hand, they looked very good in the early-going of a four-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals. With a chance to take three of four, they got off to a 5-0 lead on Sunday afternoon before melting down with a number of mental […]

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Dugout Digest – prepping for doomsday

Labor Day wasn’t exactly a time of joy for many teams. The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter after less than two seasons on the job. The Atlanta Braves got no-hit by four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers in the midst of a pennant race, losing a game in the NL East standings to the Washington Nationals […]

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Dugout Digest – let’s crown the Orioles

I only have one thing to say about the Baltimore Orioles – they’re an incredibly good baseball team. This isn’t the Orioles team of 2012 that won 93 games and won one of the AL’s Wild Card berths with a measly +7 run differential. This is probably the second best team in all of baseball. […]

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The A’s have acquired Adam Dunn to cure their offensive woes

In August, the Oakland Athletics have seen their once-potent offense fall of a cliff. The team has hit just 22 home runs this month to go along with a line of .224/.304/.351. The trade of Yoenis Cespedes has had much to do with those struggles, but nearly every other regular has struggled as well, most […]

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Dugout Digest – burn the National League to the ground

The National League is a mess. It’s a complete and utter mess. Tomorrow, we’re going to enter the final month of the 2014 season, and we still don’t know much of anything in the Senior Circuit. Well, I’ll say this with some degree of confidence – the Nationals will win the NL East. But aside […]

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Dugout Digest – playing spoiler

The San Diego Padres aren’t going to make the playoffs. However, they can make the playoff runs of various teams much more difficult down the stretch. The Padres took two out of three from the Brewers earlier this week, and topped the Dodgers in extra innings on Friday night. Since the All-Star Break, they’ve also […]

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Dugout Digest – a bizarre, incredible, meaningless record

You can say a lot about Yusmeiro Petit’s freshly-set record of 46 consecutive retired batters. It’s a bizarre record, because I don’t think anyone expected a guy like Petit to set the record – a long reliever and spot starter? OK then. Considering that the former record-holder was Mark Buerhle, who threw a perfect game […]

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Jesus Montero lost his mind over an ice cream sandwich

Remember Jesus Montero, the former Yankees prospect that was dealt for Michael Pineda a couple of offseasons ago? Well, he’s back in the news, and it’s not because he’s playing well. Via… Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker yelled at him to hustle off the […]

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Tigers taking one step up, two steps back in race with Royals

With a full month remaining in the 2014 season, two individual games likely won’t have decided the AL Central. But if the Royals end up winning the division and the Tigers either settle for the wild card — or worse, miss the postseason entirely — it’s possible we could look at this last week of […]

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Dugout Digest – a tale of two pitchers and one trade

I’m not one to freak out too much about a sample size of a few starts, but the differences between Drew Smyly and David Price since they were traded for one another is shocking. In five starts with Detroit, Price has a 4.41 ERA, striking out 35 and walking seven in 32 2/3 innings. In […]