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Wil Myers First Major League Home Run – Grand Slam – Video

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers was called up to be  provide power and be a run producer in the middle of the lineup.  Myers hit his first home run in the major leagues against the CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees today, a grand slam. Sam Fuld  led off the top of the sixth inning with a walk and Desmond Jennings followed with a double.  Sean Rodriguez struck out and Ben Zobrist  popped out to first baseman Lyle Overbay. That would bring Rays slugger Evan Longoria to the plate with first base open.  Longoria had homered earlier in... 
 

Manny Ramirez Breaks Up a Double Play Manny’s Way

Playing in Taiwan Manny Ramirez has a .347 batting average with five home runs, and eight doubles. In a classic “Manny being Manny” moment, Ramirez chose a new and innovative way for baserunner to break up a double play. As the video shows, on a made-to-order double-play ball Ramirez slid 15 to 20 feet short of second base forcing the shortstop to track Manny down and apply the tag and he does successfully break up the double play. Its high-fives all around Manny returns to the dugout. Although it may been a bit unorthodox it worked.... 
 

Rays David Price is Right, MLB Umpire Tom Hallion Is Dead Wrong

When Tampa Bay Rays  left-hander David Price walked off the mound after fielding a come backer in the seventh inning in a game with the Chicago White Sox yesterday clearly he was unhappy. As the video below shows, Price can be seen displaying a measure of emotion. Price was aggravated over the previous pitch which as the video shows as well was clearly a strike. Price can then be seen looking towards home plate umpire Tom Hallion, and that’s where the story gets a little distorted. Whether or not the pitch was a strike is irrelevant. Price... 
 

Not Everyone Thinks Steroids Should Exclude Stars From HOF

Yesterday we said that 2013 may be the year that we see a shift in philosophy towards the steroid era players. New York Times sports columnist Bill Rhoden lashed out at the system and vigilante voters Thursday on “CBS This Morning. The 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot includes first-timers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens,Sammy Sosa, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio and Kenny Lofton. Bonds , Clemens and Sosa are at the crux of the debate, with all three players having been linked to steroids in their careers. ” Rhoden said there... 
 

Home Run Derby Takeaways – Fielder, Brett, Trumbo and Booing Cano

Like most fans who watched the Home Run Derby last night, I had a few takeaways. Prince Fielder is a powerful slugger, George Brett is a good interview, Mark Trumbo‘s swing reminds me of a young Mark McGwire, and Kansas City fans really don’t like Robinson Cano. Fielder was much the best last night, and could win this competition again and again. He seems to actually enjoy it, and his natural swing plane is perfect for launching bombs. George Brett is a baseball storytelling machine and I could listen to him for hours. His best commentary of... 
 

Yankees Dewayne Wise Non-Catch Ruled an Out

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 the New York Yankees to move 17 games over 500. The Yankees are 18 and five in the month of June. When a team is 17 games over 500 in June, it gets a lot of breaks, and makes a lot of breaks. That’s what winning teams do. However, tonight the Yankees got a break in a most unusual fashion. Yankees reserve left fielder Dewayne Wise made what appeared to be a spectacular catch in the seventh inning, as he flipped into the stands. Umpire Mike DiMuro, waited for a few seconds... 
 

He’s Back – Jose Bautista Leads MLB In Home Runs

José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays got off to a very slow start this season. On Monday night Bautista hit his major league-leading 24th home run against the Boston Red Sox to help the Blue Jays to a 9-6 victory. Bautista has been on a tear and is hitting .262 with 21 homers and 47 RBI in his last 50 games. Bautista leaves a very powerful Blue Jays lineup, who lost their fourth starter this season when Henderson Alvarez had to be pulled from Monday night’s game with elbow soreness. The Blue Jays are only behind the New York Yankees... 
 

Straight A’s For Giants? Not Quite – Cain Effort Wasted

Meat Loaf said it best with the song, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” but the San Francisco Giants were just one out away from sweeping the Oakland A’s series this weekend. With a 2-1 lead going into the ninth, Santiago Castilla gave up a three-run, walk-off dinger to A’s catcher Derek Norris as the Giants fell 4-2. Wasted was another fine effort by Matt Cain, who gave up just one run over seven innings. The Giants need to regroup from this tough loss quickly as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to the Bay Area for a three-game... 
 

Youkilis Changes Sox – Traded to Chicago

BOSTON – Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says he spoke with Kevin Youkilis and apparently Youkilis understood about his lack of playing time. . Youkilis said there was no such talk. It doesn’t matter now as Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart.  Stewart is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games with the White Sox this season. Lillibridge, 28, is hitting .175 with two RBIs and seven stolen bases in 48 games. The Red Sox will pick up all but $2 million of what is owed... 
 

Jim Thome Walk-Off Home Run Nets 5K Bonus From Papelbon

PHILADELPHIA – Jonathan Papelbon signed a $50 million dollar deal in the off-season with the Philadelphia Phillies. After blowing his first save of the season in 18 attempts against the Tampa Bay Rays, Papelbon decided to re-invest some of  that money in the team, specifically in veteran slugger Jim Thome.  Papelbon offered to pay teammate Jim Thome $5,000 if he would hit a pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth. Thome connected off Jake McGee (2-2) for home run No. 609. Papelbon said he told Thome in the on-deck... 
 

Defense Costs Rays in 3-2 loss, Chris Archer Sparkling in Debut

While all of the talk leading up to this game was almost exclusively about Joel Peralta, his pine tar laced glove, and two managers childishly firing salvos at one another, it was Chris Archer, practically a child in his own right at the ripe age of 23 and making his major league debut, showing the maturity of a seasoned veteran, firing strikeouts against a potent Nationals lineup. Archer struck out 7 and walked only 1 over 6 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 3 runs (1 unearned), all in the 1st inning. That, in and of itself, tells a large part of... 
 

Joe Maddon vs Davey Johnson – Pine Tar Debate

It’s a shame that the Washington Nationals and the Tampa Bay Rays are only going play each other three times this year. Managers Davey Johnson and Joe Maddon can talk smack with the best of the WWE superstars. Today Johnson said Madden should “read the rule book” “Any time there’s a rule violation, as far as I’m concerned, it’s just a rule violation. My only comment to him is read the rulebook. It’s simple.” Maddon replied, Maddon: “I totally understand that. Davey’s right. I’m... 
 

Phillies Rookie Freddy Galvis Suspended for Postive PEDs Test

Freddy Galvis the Philadelphia Phillies rookie second baseman has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance, a violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Galvis’ suspension began on Tuesday however, Galvis was placed on the disabled list with a fracture in his back that will likely keep him out beyond the 50 games anyway. See Video Galvis maintains his innocence and issued the following statement, “A trace amount of a banned substance —... 
 

Ichiro Gets 2500th Hit as Mariners Beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX – Ichiro Suzuki collected his 2500th career hit and finished the night 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Seattle mariners to a 12-9 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. over his 21 year career in the Japanese Pacific League and Major League Baseball Ichiro now has 3781 hits, third behind Pete Rose and Ty Cobb in all of baseball. Afterwards, Ichiro was a bit philosophical, “If you look at me now and if you look at me when I first got here in 2001, if I said my first day that my goal is to hit 2,500, on that... 
 

Matt Cain: Top Ten List – Just For Laughs

Forced to watch Letterman’s monologue for the first time in 15 years – when he was funny – just to see Matt Cain deliver the Top 10 List. It was funny ONLY because Cain was delivering the lines. He is obviously a better pitcher and more comfortable doing locker room interviews with a “Waffle House” cap on. Who saw it and what did YOU think?  Read More »
 
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