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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 […]

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Why not Alex Gordon for American League MVP?

Even with his second half scuffles, many have already declared that this is the season that Mike Trout finally wins his long deserved American League Most Valuable Player Award. It’s hard to argue against it, as he continues to produce at an incredible rate in now his third full big league season. However, there are […]

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Dugout Digest – a tough time for the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians are in one hell of a predicament. In August, they have a 14-8 record, which is the fifth-best mark in all of baseball. There’s just one problem with that – two of the teams ahead of them are the Royals and Mariners, current playoff teams that Cleveland is trying to chase down […]

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5 teams that should trade for Bartolo Colon or Scott Feldman

With five days remaining until MLB’s waiver trade deadline, conversations are picking up among contenders looking to add one last key piece or patch up a troubling roster hole. Somewhat surprisingly, teams looking to add starting pitching have two options available that just cleared waivers and can now be traded. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon is […]

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Did trading Yoenis Cespedes doom the Oakland A’s?

On July 31st, the Oakland Athletics stood atop the league, at 66-41, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. They carried what was far and away the best offense in the American League, with 535 runs scored to that point and looked primed to carry that into October. Then they traded Yoenis Cespedes. Now, the trade of Cespedes […]

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Dugout Digest – the future is now in Chicago

I’m really starting to wonder if the Chicago Cubs aren’t going to finish in last place in the NL Central this year. Despite splitting a four-game series with the Braves this past weekend, the Reds are just 12-24 since the All-Star Break, falling five games under .500 and pretty much out of the NL playoff […]

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Dugout Digest – so, maybe the AL East hasn’t been won

Last week, I was very complimentary towards the Baltimore Orioles in regards to their domination of the AL East. Of course, the Orioles got swept by the Cubs this weekend, and the Yankees swept the White Sox. Baltimore still has a healthy six game lead, larger than any division leader in baseball aside from the […]

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Dugout Digest – the Royals are making a statement

Kansas City is really taking a step forward in their attempt to win the AL Central and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1985. The Royals are now three games up on the Tigers in the division, and have rolled their way to a 24-10 second half record – including a 17-4 mark in […]

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Dugout Digest – the baseball undead

The Braves just aren’t going to die, are they? Yes, they picked up no ground in the NL East over the last two weeks thanks to Washington’s insane winning streak. But the team has now won seven of eight games, and has moved to just one game back of the Giants (even in the win […]