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John Sterling quits on Yankees with Bombers down two runs with …

John Sterling quits on Yankees with Bombers down two runs with two innings to play

nydailynews.com Updated Jun 24, 2013
You don’t need a room full of Sabermetricians, those binders Joe (Joey Looseleafs) Girardi relies on, or even the most astute baseball minds in town to know exactly where the Yankees are at.
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  • Arias exits after straining left hamstring

    Arias exits after straining left hamstring

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Giants shortstop Joaquin Arias left Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning with a strained left hamstring.
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  • Zack Wheeler, along with Matt Harvey, has ability to pump life …

    Zack Wheeler, along with Matt Harvey, has ability to pump life into dreary Mets team

    nydailynews.com Jun 24, 2013
    It is very possibly only a happy coincidence the Mets happen to be playing some of their best baseball of the season since Zack Wheeler’s impressive debut in Atlanta a week ago.
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  • Brantley's 4 RBIs help Indians top O's, stay hot

    Brantley's 4 RBIs help Indians top O's, stay hot

    ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    Michael Brantley homered and had four RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games.
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  • Brantley, Swisher spark turnaround in Tribe's win

    Brantley, Swisher spark turnaround in Tribe's win

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Michael Brantley matched a career high with four RBIs, starter Ubaldo Jimenez put on a clinic in damage control and and the Indians claimed their ninth victory in the past 12 games with a 5-2 win over the Orioles.
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  • Rays use 3 straight HRs to end Jays' streak

    Rays use 3 straight HRs to end Jays' streak

    ESPN.com MLB.com yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and rookie Wil Myers homered in his home debut, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-1 on Monday night to end Toronto's 11-game winning streak.
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  • Giants' Pagan needs surgery to fix hamstring

    Giants' Pagan needs surgery to fix hamstring

    ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will have surgery on his hamstring Tuesday, and could be out for up to 12 weeks, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.
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  • Hellickson, three straight blasts end Jays' win streak

    Hellickson, three straight blasts end Jays' win streak

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Jeremy Hellickson fired seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball, and James Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld hit consecutive homers in the second as the Rays beat the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Monday night at Tropicana Field, ending Toronto's 11-game winning strea…
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  • Pirates looking like championship contender

    Pirates looking like championship contender

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    The 2013 Pirates are a tribute to general manager Neal Huntington's relentless roster building, to Clint Hurdle's managerial genius and to center fielder Andrew McCutchen, whose six-year commitment to the organization last season started it all.
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  • Mariners Care swings against cystic fibrosis

    Mariners Care swings against cystic fibrosis

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Seattle fan Jonathan Flessner joins some of his favorite players each year to take part in the Mariners Care Golf Tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 2013 iteration of the 28-year old annual tournament was held on Tuesday at TPC Sn…
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  • The ‘Star Wars’ chicken dance and other far-out stuff from the …

    The ‘Star Wars’ chicken dance and other far-out stuff from the Diamondbacks ‘Star Wars’ day

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Arizona Diamondbacks added to the "Star Wars" fun we've seen in baseball this year, having a "Star Wars"-themed game on Sunday during against the Cincinnati Reds. Already we've seen a few different minor league teams doing "…
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  • Price to pitch for Class A Charlotte on Wednesday

    Price to pitch for Class A Charlotte on Wednesday

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    After allowing just two hits in his first rehab start on Friday, Rays ace David Price will make another appearance for Class A Charlotte on Wednesday.
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  • Astros send Gonzalez to minors, cut LeBlanc

    Astros send Gonzalez to minors, cut LeBlanc

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Astros optioned infielder Marwin Gonzalez to Triple-A Oklahoma City and cut left-hander Wade LeBlanc on Monday.
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  • Rays tie club mark with three straight homers

    Rays tie club mark with three straight homers

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    It seemed fitting, somehow, that Wil Myers found himself squarely in the middle of some Rays history during his Tropicana Field debut Monday night, crushing the second of three consecutive homers in Tampa Bay's 4-1 win over Toronto. James Loney, Myers a…
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  • Cobb returns to Trop for first time since scary injury

    Cobb returns to Trop for first time since scary injury

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    Alex Cobb has made the trip to Tropicana Field several times, but Monday's visit to the stadium was special to the Rays starter. Cobb was back at The Trop for the first time since June 15, when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's …
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  • Young Dodger fan pledges to give money from viral video to inju…

    Young Dodger fan pledges to give money from viral video to injured Giants fan Bryan Stow

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    When the video of Casey Johnstone talking about being the only Los Angeles Dodgers fan at his Bay Area school published to YouTube, the goal wasn't to make the 10-year-old into a viral video star. His dad, Ron, just wanted to share the video with family…
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  • Asdrubal's return to Tribe could be soon

    Asdrubal's return to Tribe could be soon

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Indians were already optimistic about Asdrubal Cabrera's chances of coming off the disabled list at some point during this road trip. And after watching the two-time All-Star shortstop go through a workout on Monday, Terry Francona is not sure the t…
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  • Blue Jays expect Reyes back in next few days

    Blue Jays expect Reyes back in next few days

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Blue Jays continue to take a wait-and-see approach with Jose Reyes, but the veteran shortstop is expected to rejoin the team by Thursday, if not sooner. General manager Alex Anthopoulos made the trip to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday night to watch Reye…
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  • Rangers CEO not worried about losing Cruz

    Rangers CEO not worried about losing Cruz

    ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Monday afternoon that he isn't worried about losing right fielder Nelson Cruz any time soon to a lengthy suspension due to his involvement in Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into a Miami-based Biogenesis clinic.
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  • Despite unpredictable offense, Braves sit atop East

    Despite unpredictable offense, Braves sit atop East

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    When GM Frank Wren reconstructed his lineup with the offseason additions of the Upton brothers, he had visions of Atlanta vaulting to its current spot atop the NL East. But it's safe to say the journey has been much different than he could have envision…
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  • Indians option Carrasco, recall House for debut

    Indians option Carrasco, recall House for debut

    ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Cleveland Indians have optioned right-hander Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus and recalled pitcher T.J. House from the same minor league club.
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  • Boy has violent reaction after missing foul ball

    Boy has violent reaction after missing foul ball

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    Father's Day was last weekend. The following Sunday, apparently, is Beat On Your Dad day. At least that's what happened at Sunday's San Francisco Giants game when a line drive foul ball zipped at what we're presuming is a dad and his son in right field.…
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  • Yasiel Puig Is Now Catching Baseballs Hit Toward His Teammates

    Yasiel Puig Is Now Catching Baseballs Hit Toward His Teammates

    For a week or so, it seemed like we couldn't go more than a day or two without mentioning Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig. He makes great throws! He hits home runs! He even takes fastballs off his face! But then Puig seemed to go quiet, even though…
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  • Chicago rooftop provides an unofficial dividing line for Cubs a…

    Chicago rooftop provides an unofficial dividing line for Cubs and White Sox fans

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    The official dividing line between Chicago's north and south sides is Madison Street as it marks a major spot in the city's street numbering system. As for the unofficial dividing line between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox fanbases? Well, it mi…
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  • O's option Garcia, who may refuse assignment

    O's option Garcia, who may refuse assignment

    ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Baltimore Orioles have optioned veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk, an assignment the right-hander has the right to refuse.
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  • Soria to make next rehab outing in Arizona

    Soria to make next rehab outing in Arizona

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Right-hander Joakim Soria will make his next rehab outing Wednesday with the Arizona Rangers. Soria flew to Surprise on Monday and is scheduled to pitch one inning.
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  • Kendrys Morales has learned his lesson about celebrating a walk…

    Kendrys Morales has learned his lesson about celebrating a walk-off homer

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    Kendrys Morales hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run in the tenth inning Sunday to give his Seattle Mariners a win over the Oakland Athletics. That's the kind of moment deserving of a home-plate stomping celebration. But it didn't happen on Sunday for Mora…
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  • Today's MLB starting lineups: June 24

    Today's MLB starting lineups: June 24

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
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  • Alvarez's tear earns slugger NL Player of Week honors

    Alvarez's tear earns slugger NL Player of Week honors

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Pedro Alvarez's blistering week at the plate earned the Pirates' third baseman his third career National League Player of the Week Award.
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  • A-Rod closing in on start of rehab assignment

    A-Rod closing in on start of rehab assignment

    MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    Alex Rodriguez's power stroke is improving, and the Yankees third baseman is moving closer to playing in Minor League rehabilitation games, though the club has not yet definitively set a target date for his debut.
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  • Little improvement in Teixeira's injured wrist

    Little improvement in Teixeira's injured wrist

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Yankees are not receiving encouraging reports on first baseman Mark Teixeira, who continues to feel discomfort in his right wrist and may be inching closer to season-ending surgery.
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  • Do Sleepy Hitters Really Lose Plate Discipline During The MLB S…

    Do Sleepy Hitters Really Lose Plate Discipline During The MLB Season?

    deadspin.com Jun 24, 2013
    Originally published in Baseball Prospectus.Read more...
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  • Rangers return to Top 3 in latest Rankings

    Rangers return to Top 3 in latest Rankings

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jun 24, 2013
    It's appears that rumors of the Rangers' demise have been greatly exaggerated. In June, Texas has a 10-12 record -- a stretch that includes a six-game losing streak, but the club is back on top of the American League West and has the best record in the …
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  • There can be only 1: ‘Panda’ Sandoval leaves DL, Rusty the Red …

    There can be only 1: ‘Panda’ Sandoval leaves DL, Rusty the Red Panda at National Zoo goes missing

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, one of the finest reporters of Major League Baseball in the world, made a note of this on Twitter: At the moment Pablo Sandoval comes off DL, Rusty the panda goes missing at National Zoo. OK then. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) J…
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  • Tony Sanchez Is Really, Really Excited To Be A Pittsburgh Pirat…

    Tony Sanchez Is Really, Really Excited To Be A Pittsburgh Pirate

    deadspin.com Jun 24, 2013
    Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, made his big-league debut yesterday as a DH against the Angels. His first plate appearance came with two outs in the second inning, and it was especially memorable. Neil Walker…
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  • Without an established role, Smyly thriving in 'pen

    Without an established role, Smyly thriving in 'pen

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Drew Smyly went to Spring Training as the guy who was supposed to fill out the Tigers' rotation. He was never expected to be the one holding the defending American League champions' bullpen together and saving a Max Scherzer victory.
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  • Mississippi State, UCLA seeking first baseball titles in Colleg…

    Mississippi State, UCLA seeking first baseball titles in College World Series, but who wins?

    CNNSI.com Jun 24, 2013
    Neither Mississippi State nor UCLA has ever won a college baseball championship. Both will meet for the title in 2013. Who wins? Kirk Kenney offers analysis -- and makes his pick.
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  • Rockies edge Nats as Cuddyer extends hit streak to 21

    Rockies edge Nats as Cuddyer extends hit streak to 21

    CNNSI.com Jun 24, 2013
    Rockies edge Nats as Cuddyer extends hit streak to 21
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  • Ryan Doumit slides into home in two parts: Not safe, then safe

    Ryan Doumit slides into home in two parts: Not safe, then safe

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    A funny thing happened on the way to Oswaldo Arcia of the Minnesota Twins driving in Ryan Doumit with an RBI double on Sunday. Doumit missed touching home plate on his first pass and needed to sneak back and beat catcher Yan Gomes to the dish for a seco…
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  • Nearly two decades later, Grilli's hard work pays off

    Nearly two decades later, Grilli's hard work pays off

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Jason Grilli has waited nearly two decades for this chance. The extra interviews and autograph signings, the heightened pressure -- it validates the struggles through which he has persisted. The transience, the pain, the constant uncertainty and anxiety…
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  • CarGo's rise to the elite goes beyond just Rocky Mountain highs

    CarGo's rise to the elite goes beyond just Rocky Mountain highs

    CNNSI.com Jun 24, 2013
    The knock on Carlos Gonzalez has always been his drastic home/road splits. But in '13, CarGo's numbers are nearly identical. Joe Lemire examines what's so different this season.
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  • Angels Fans Are Not Paying Attention

    Angels Fans Are Not Paying Attention

    deadspin.com Jun 24, 2013
    OK, what the hell has gotten into baseball fans this year? Nationals fans are treating their stadium like a public library, Phillies fans are going to games with an entire arsenal of Apple products, and now we've got a handful of Angels fans doing what …
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  • Morrison getting back to form, back to basics

    Morrison getting back to form, back to basics

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Running hasn't been an issue for Logan Morrison. It's stopping that causes the Marlins' first baseman a bit of apprehension.
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  • ‘Hura, Piwowarzy!’ Milwaukee Brewers wear Polish heritage-theme…

    ‘Hura, Piwowarzy!’ Milwaukee Brewers wear Polish heritage-themed uniforms

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    The Milwaukee Brewers might be the the most culturally inclusive team in Major League Baseball. Based in one of the more diverse towns in the U.S., the Brewers don't forget anybody. Having already recognized the Germans, Italians and Latinos with specia…
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  • Gibson to make big league debut Saturday

    Gibson to make big league debut Saturday

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Minnesota will recall right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson, the club's No. 4 prospect according to MLB.com, on Tuesday, and he will make his Major League debut Saturday at Target Field against the Kansas City Royals.
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  • MLB Notebook: Cuddyer, Blue Jays extend streaks

    MLB Notebook: Cuddyer, Blue Jays extend streaks

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Colorado's Michael Cuddyer pushed his hitting streak to 21 games and the Blue Jays won their 11th straight to highlight Sunday's highlights.
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  • Q&A with 'Mad Men' star, Cardinals fan Hamm

    Q&A with 'Mad Men' star, Cardinals fan Hamm

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    For the past six years, Jon Hamm has become known to the American public as enigmatic advertising executive Don Draper on AMC's hit TV series "Mad Men." During a recent filming session for "Million Dollar Arm" at Georgia Tech's Russ …
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  • For at least five teams, it's time to trade for help

    For at least five teams, it's time to trade for help

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Within the next couple of weeks, clubs will ask themselves some difficult questions, as they decide whether to buy or sell before July 31. After that, the next question for buyers is what is they should pursue. So here's a look at five contending clubs …
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  • The Juice: Tigers, Pirates and Dodgers lead a day of exciting f…

    The Juice: Tigers, Pirates and Dodgers lead a day of exciting finishes

    yahoo.com Jun 24, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. The Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. Sunday's slate of baseball games gave us …
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  • Kemp gets first hit in second rehab game

    Kemp gets first hit in second rehab game

    MLB.com Jun 24, 2013
    Dodgers Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke continued their injury rehab assignments Sunday night with Triple-A Albuquerque. Kemp went 1-for-3 with a Double. Van Slyke was 1-for-5 with a double.
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  • The Improbable Toronto Blue Jays

    The Improbable Toronto Blue Jays

    grantland.com Jun 24, 2013
    One of the dangers of writing about sports is that it's easy to conflate impossible with improbable. It's a necessary risk to take in many cases: ...
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  • Screws, Forks, and the Eephus: A Tribute to MLB's Freak Pitches

    Screws, Forks, and the Eephus: A Tribute to MLB's Freak Pitches

    grantland.com Jun 24, 2013
    Which position in sports produces (attracts?) the most neurotic personalities? Ask that question to 100 knowledgeable sports fans, and you'll probabl...
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  • Video - Brantley, Indians Top Orioles 00:32

    Brantley, Indians Top Orioles

    Jun 24
    Michael Brantley drove in four runs as the Indians handed the Orioles their fourth straight loss with a 5-2 victory.
  • Video - Web Gems 01:06

    Web Gems

    Jun 24
    Does Domonic Brown's diving catch in left top Victor Martinez's reigning Web Gem?
  • Video - Brantley, Indians Top Orioles 02:03

    Brantley, Indians Top Orioles

    Jun 24
    Baseball Tonight Spotlight: Michael Brantley drove in four runs as the Indians handed the Orioles their fourth straight loss with a 5-2 victory.
  • Video - Blanks, Padres Walk Off In The 10th 00:32

    Blanks, Padres Walk Off In The 10th

    Jun 24
    Kyle Blanks' single in the 10th and three RBIs lifted the Padres to a 4-3 win over the Phillies.

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    Jun 24
    Peter King is taking his annual vacation, and he's lined up some special guests to fill in on MMQB in the meantime. This week, Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe takes over.