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Dugout Digest – the Rays have arrived

The Tampa Bay Rays are officially contenders in the American League – well, as much as they could be without being above .500. Tampa Bay beat Boston again on Saturday to win their ninth game in a row and move to just 6.5 games back in the AL East and only 3.5 games back of […]


Red Sox get actual, real-life prospects for Jake Peavy

A week ago, it seemed like the Red Sox were poised to crawl out of the AL East cellar and make a run at a wildcard spot. Now, less than a week from the trade deadline, they’re starting to sell. Jake Peavy is the first piece to go, with Boston sending the struggling right-hander back […]

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Dugout Digest – blowing up the champs

By the end of the weekend, we’ll known whether or not it’s time to blow up the World Champion Red Sox to some degree. After losing to the Rays on Friday night, Boston fell three games behind Tampa Bay for fourth place in the AL East. They’re 7.5 games back of the Yankees (yes, the […]

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Dugout Digest – gaining separation

A week ago, all of the races in the National League were tied. Today…well, not so much. The Nationals have opened up a 1.5 game lead on the Braves in the NL East, thanks in large part to Atlanta losing three out of four games to the Marlins this week.The Brewers swept the Reds this […]

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Does recent surge change trade deadline approach for Tampa Bay Rays?

Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays are at it again. After spending the first couple months of the year buried in the depths of the league standings with the likes of the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rays are in the midst of a second half surge that has them rising up the rankings of a wide […]

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Tigers pay big price for Joakim Soria, and may not be done yet

The Detroit Tigers were going to add a reliever to their bullpen. There wasn’t a question of whether or not they’d do, but rather who general manager Dave Dombrowski would pick up before the July 31 trade deadline. Dombrowski got his man on Wednesday, acquiring Joakim Soria from the Rangers. The price was a steep […]

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Dugout Digest – still creepin’

Hey, look who it is, crawling up the American League standings…it’s the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays won their seventh in a row on Wednesday night, shutting out the Cardinals 2-0. Tampa Bay is an MLB-best 13-4 in July, and has allowed only 11 runs during this winning streak. They’re now just 4.5 games behind […]

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Nats and Rockies engage in standoff after national anthem

Everyone reading this (and surely the guy writing this) did something today that was probably a waste of time, perhaps causing you to wonder if there was a better way you could have spent that particular chunk of your workday. But whatever you did — or didn’t — do, it couldn’t have been any more […]

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Dugout Digest – the AL meat grinder

The race for the second Wild Card slot in the American League remains insane. After the events of Tuesday night, the Mariners lead is down to just 1.5 games on the Yankees and Blue Jays, with the Indians surprisingly running close behind at two games out. Three weeks ago, only the Orioles, Royals, Yankees, and […]

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About all of this “David Price to the Cubs” business…

With the Chicago Cubs boasting a completely stacked farm system, especially in terms of positional prospects, and a stated desire to spend on pitching this offseason, it was only a matter of time before the rumors of them going after David Price started to spiral out of control, especially now that they lack a true ace with Jeff Samardzija having been […]

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Dugout Digest – the sinking Royals

So….how about those Royals? Kansas City was on top of the world a month ago, at 39-32 and sitting in first in the AL Central after taking the first three games of a four game series with the Tigers. Since then, Kansas City has fallen into a downward spiral. They’re 9-18 since, and have moved […]