Nelson Cruz is on fire, homers in fifth-straight game

August 5, 2015 – 1:59 am by Ryan Phillips
    Nelson Cruz

In case you’re not plugged in to the world of baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson Cruz is absolutely on fire right now. The Seattle Mariners slugger, hammered a mammoth home run during his team’s 10-4 stomping of the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night, giving him five straight games with a round-tripper.

Cruz isn’t just crushing home runs right now, he is also in the middle of a 15-game hitting streak. During that stretch, he is hitting .433 (29-for-64), with four doubles, 10 home runs and 14 RBI.

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Richie Incognito named Buffalo Bills starting guard

August 3, 2015 – 3:48 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Richie Incognito

The Buffalo Bills took a chance on Richie Incognito this offseason and it appears he was worth the investment. The Bills signed the disgraced offensive lineman to a one-year contract in February, and on Monday head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that the eighth-year pro would be the team’s starting left guard.

Incognito hasn’t played since midway through the 2013 season when he was suspended after the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. A subsequent NFL investigation determined that Incognito and two other Miami Dolphins offensive linemen harassed Martin, who has since retired from football.

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Joey Bats and the Jays the latest to be alienated by Royals

August 3, 2015 – 1:13 am by Hickey

Jays Royals

The Kansas City Royals continue to be a mogwai fed after midnight — previously cute and cuddly, but now a gremlin that voraciously terrorizes everything in its path.

The Royals were involved in their umpteenth bench-clearing incident this season on Sunday in Toronto, although this time the far more interesting action took place after the game.

The escalator on Sunday was when Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez hit Royals shorstop Alcides Escobar with a pitch in the top of the eighth inning. Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had been plunked by Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez earlier in the game, and in the seventh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki had their towers buzzed by Royals reliever Ryan Madson.

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Giants owner doesn’t know how many fingers Pierre-Paul has

July 31, 2015 – 1:33 am by Hickey


“How many fingers am I holding up?” used to be the NFL’s version of a concussion protocol. Now, it is a question one player can legitimately ask to his owner.

As the New York Giants head to training camp, team co-owner John Mara legitimately does not know how many fingers are still attached to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand following his Fourth of July fireworks mishap.

“I don’t know how many fingers he has,” Mara said in a Thursday press conference. “We know what we’ve read and what we’ve been told, but until we actually see him and the extent of the damage, it’s hard to make any sort of prediction as to what kind of condition he’s in.”

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Report: Aroldis Chapman unlikely to be traded

July 29, 2015 – 11:48 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Aroldis Chapman

The Cincinnati Reds are supposed to be in full sell mode after shipping Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, but their other big pitching piece doesn’t look like he will be heading anywhere.

Jayson Stark is reporting that Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is unlikely to be traded despite high interest just a few weeks ago. The flame-throwing lefty had drawn interest from the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals, but it looks like he’s not going anywhere. We have been told that the market for Chapman has dried up over the past week or so as teams concentrated on other options.

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Report: Rangers are front-runners for Cole Hamels

July 29, 2015 – 5:10 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Cole Hamels

As Friday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches, the rumors are coming fast and furious. One report on Tuesday caught our collective eye, as it appears the Texas Rangers will try to land a big fish this week.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Rangers are “now the clear-cut favorite” to land Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

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Report: Dodgers make Yasiel Puig available in trade

July 28, 2015 – 1:12 am by Ryan Phillips
    Yasiel Puig

Remember the Summer of Puig in 2013? When Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig stormed into Major League Baseball as a 22-year-old and posted a WAR of 5.0 in just 104 games while galvanizing the entire Los Angeles Dodgers franchise? Yeah, that seems like a long time ago, as the Dodgers are now reportedly ready to move on from the former All-Star.

Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are making Puig available “in the right deal,” but other teams aren’t really expressing much interest. Puig is in the middle of a disappointing season, hitting .253 with just six home runs, 22 RBI and an OPS of .750. He has played in just 53 games this year and has posted just 49 hits while striking out 47 times.

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Video: Kris Bryant hits first career walk-off home run

July 27, 2015 – 11:23 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs were swept by an awful Philadelphia Phillies team over the weekend and appeared to be heading into the tank. On Monday night things looked bleak again against the Colorado Rockies, but rookie phenom Kris Bryant turned that narrative on its head with one swing.

The Cubs led 7-4 heading into the top of the ninth, but the Rockies scored four runs off of Jason Motte and Rafael Soriano to take an 8-7 lead. Then with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Dexter Fowler on first base, Bryant launched a 1-0 pitch from John Axford into the left-center field bleachers. The Cubs desperately needed that dramatic 9-8 win.

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