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Tigers Banking on Pitching Talent from 2013 MLB Draft Going Forward

The Detroit Tigers have made their fair share of deals to address pitching this winter. After trading starter Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, inking closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, adding former Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers also made sure other teams knew that 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer was available for the right deal, in one of this winters biggest head scratchers. All those moves notwithstanding we need only to look the 2013 MLB Draft to see that the Tigers may have had a plan all along. The Tigers... 
 

Boston Red Sox are 2013 World Series Champions

The Boston Red Sox faithful can breath easy. The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions for the eighth time in franchise history. For the third time in the past 10 seasons. And for the first time since 1918, the Red Sox clinched the championship at Fenway Park. After turning in their first losing season since 1997 and worst overall season since 1965 just one year ago, Boston turned in a phenomenal season in 2013, grabbing the AL East Division title and posting the best record (97-65) in the American League. Perhaps more impressive was the fact... 
 

Boston Red Sox Slam Cardinals for 8-1 in Game 1

For the fourth time in history, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals will square off in baseball’s fall classic. For the third time in those matchups, the Red Sox would grab a victory in Game 1, as Boston took an easy 8-1 victory on Wednesday evening at Fenway Park. Out of the gates the Red Sox would take control of the game and would set sail on the Cardinals, besting them in all departments. The Boston offense tested Wainwright early. Each of the first six batters took the first two pitches of their respective at-bats, all of which... 
 

2013 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Hall of Famer and philosophical laureate Yogi Berra may have said it best, “in baseball, you don’t know nothing.” Contradictions aside, it may be plausible to assert that baseball is a game founded on the principle of unpredictability. Nothing is envisaged or definitive in nature, except perhaps for the ever-popular element of surprise. As we approached the postseason this year, that element of surprise was found to be alive and well, taking a strong embodiment in the form of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Perennial struggles have defined baseball... 
 

Boston Red Sox Down Rays 3-1 and Advance to ALCS

Get out the champagne goggles everyone. The Boston Red Sox will advance to their first ALCS since 2008 when they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Rays, who would go onto lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. After a dramatic walk-off loss to the Rays on Monday evening, the Red Sox would look to put away the Rays for a second and final time on Tuesday evening in Tampa. This time, Boston would be able to close it out easily. The contest would get off to a quiet start, featuring five innings of scoreless baseball before the Rays... 
 

Detroit Tigers Rally to Force Game 5 Against Athletics with 8-6 Win

After jumping out to an early 1-0 series lead on Friday behind a strong effort by Max Scherzer, the Detroit Tigers would falter heading into the weekend, dropping both Games 2 and 3 to the Oakland Athletics. Facing elimination at the start of Tuesday’s match-up in Detroit, the Tigers mustered up the firepower to even the series and force a Game 5, outlasting the Athletics by a score of 8-6 in a back-and-forth contest. Oakland got out to an early lead in the first inning, scoring a run on a Jed Lowrie RBI single to left field. Lowrie would... 
 

2013 ALDS: Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics Pitching Analysis and Preview

For the second straight year, the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will meet in the American League Division Series. It will be just the third time in postseason history that both teams will face one another, the first occurring in the 2006 American League Championship Series where the Tigers swept the Athletics in four games. However, the Athletics will look to reverse the losing trend that has plagued their last two postseason meetings with the Tigers. This time around, the Athletics have a healthier Yoenis Cespedes, a more seasoned rotation... 
 

BNS Top 50 MLB Prospects: End-Of-Season Report and Analysis

Now that the minor league season has concluded and the major league postseason pursuit is in full gear, it is now an appropriate time to look back at the prospects who have made a name for themselves as some of the premier up-and-coming talents in the game over the course of the 2013 season. Much like the top prospect rankings that were published at midseason, this list will include any and all prospects that have not exhausted their rookie eligibility. However, our previous list held an exception, wherein it excluded any prospects that were at... 
 

Miguel Sano or Maikel Franco: Who Will Be the Better MLB Third Baseman?

The late Buck O’Neil, star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs and ambassador for the sport of baseball, recalled in his autobiography that he once heard a unique crack from the bat of Bo Jackson, a crack he had only ever heard off of the bats of Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson. “But I was at Royals Stadium, scouting the American League for the Cubs, and I came out of the press room and was going down to field level when I heard that ball sound as if the Babe or Josh were still down there. Pow! Pow! Pow! It was Bo Jackson—the Royals had just... 
 

Cardinals Oscar Taveras Set to be Next Best Thing in Baseball

While much of the recent attention has been centered around the Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton, who has propelled himself to status as the premier batting prospect in the game after a remarkable 2013 campaign, he will most likely not see much (if any) action at the big league level next season as the Twins appear patient in developing their star outfielder of the future. Despite the production showcased by Buxton this season, the honor of best pure hitting prospect in the game belongs to St. Louis’ Oscar Taveras. Although missing substantial... 
 

Ranking the Best Pitches From the Top MLB Pitching Prospects

The regular season has ended and playoffs are in full bloom at varying levels in the minor leagues. As the baseball season draws to a close, the time has come to reflect back on the prospects and their respective performances that characterized the 2013 season. Some of the more dazzling performances belong to the game’s brightest pitching prospects. Although pitchers can be both difficult and risky in terms of development, evaluation, and projection, the end result (if a pitcher successfully develops into a big league player) is an enormous dividend... 
 

Chicago Cubs Prospect Javier Baez Analysis and Scouting Report

While Byron Buxton, the top ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization (and arguably in all of professional baseball), was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America on Wednesday, the question looms as to which prospects could have been considered viable selections (in lieu of Buxton) for the honor. By no means am I discrediting the performance that Buxton has displayed throughout the minors in 2013, as he has clearly exhibited the skills and tools worthy of player of the year recognition. Rather, I would like to... 
 

2013 MLB Awards: Top 5 NL MVP Contenders

While the field is certainly competitive in the National League, the battle for the National League Most Valuable Player Award has realistically come down to two men, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. While McCutchen has helped lead the Pirates to their first winning season since 1992 and Molina has helped successfully guide an injury-riddled pitching staff, the field behind them has slowly drifted into the distance. The following is a list of the Top 5 players who should be considered for the distinction of being named... 
 

Top 5 2013 AL Cy Young Contenders and Predictions

While Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw has essentially pitched his way to becoming the clear front-runner for the Cy Young Award in the National League, it appears that Detroit’s Max Scherzer is slowly, but surely becoming an almost virtual lock for the American League honors. The following is a list of the Top 5 pitchers who should be considered for the distinction of being named the American League’s best pitcher for the 2013 season. Rankings are based on the individual performance of the pitcher in relation to his competition and team performance... 
 

2013 MLB Awards: Top 5 NL Cy Young Award Contenders

While Detroit’s Max Scherzer is slowly becoming the premier front-runner for the American League Cy Young Award, the field behind him is certainly competitive and holds substantial depth. Such can be considered the opposite case in the senior circuit, as Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw has put on a pitching clinic this season and has effortlessly distanced himself from the rest of the field. The following is a list of the Top 5 pitchers who should be considered for the distinction of being named the National League’s best pitcher for the 2013... 
 

2013 MLB September Call-Ups: New York Yankees Projections

As the month of September approaches in the coming days, teams will be allowed to expand their active roster from the typical 25-man to a 40-man roster setup. While contenders are able to garner further talent to bolster their respective lineups and pitching staffs down the stretch, non-contending teams have the prime opportunity to evaluate some of their top prospects. September will primarily serve as a critical final month for the New York Yankees as they strive to keep a potential postseason run alive, as they currently sit 8 ½ games behind... 
 

2013 MLB September Call-Ups: Boston Red Sox Projections

After a west coast road trip that saw the Red Sox take back-to-back three-game sets against the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston will settle into a nine-game home stretch, commencing with a series against AL East rivals, the Baltimore Orioles. Coming into Tuesday night’s contest against the Orioles, Boston held onto the second-best record in the American League (77-55) and the outright lead in the AL East, but a competitive Tampa Bay Rays club has loomed close behind for much of the second half of the season, sitting just... 
 

2013 September Call-Ups: Top Prospects and Projections

As we reach the final days of August, all 30 major league clubs are gearing up for the final month of the season and planning for either the postseason stretch ahead or the start of the 2014 season. With the commencement of September, teams are subject to the expansion of their active roster from the typical 25-man to a 40-man setup. All 40 players on the active roster are able to play at the big league level, which is typically a prime opportunity for prospects to receive a promotion from the minors and gain major league experience. Not only is... 
 

2014 MLB Draft Preview: Top 10 Prospects and Projections

While the college baseball season is a distant memory and much of the summer showcases and tournaments are in the rearview mirror, it is an appropriate time to assess the Top 10 prospects for the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. This coming year’s draft class is a solid mixture of premier college and prep level talent, perhaps one of the better classes we have witnessed since the 2011 draft that featured the likes of Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy, and Gerrit Cole. Assessed on performances through either high school or college competition, summer... 
 

2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic: Rosters and Top 5 Players

The 2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic presented by Rawlings will take place on Sunday, August 11 at PETCO Park in San Diego, California, as 51 of the country’s top high school players will showcase their talents in an East-West showdown. In last year’s Classic, 13 first-round draft picks from this year’s MLB Draft were featured, 4 of whom were selected as Top-10 picks. Despite valiant efforts by East representatives Trey Ball, Clint Frazier, and Austin Meadows, Kohl Stewart led the West in its 7-6 victory over the East in San Diego. As... 
 

10 Players That Should Have Been Traded at Deadline

The 2013 trade deadline has come and gone, leaving behind a faint whisper of what has typically been seen at each year’s deadline. The premier deal at the deadline was the seven-player deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday evening. Although the trade involved a former-Cy Young award winner, who should provide Boston with a solid arm down the stretch, the Peavy deal is far from blockbuster status. This year’s lackluster trade deadline can be partially attributed to recent changes in terms of compensation restriction. Prior... 
 

Red Sox Trade Rumors: 5 Players Boston Needs to Consider

After an embarrassing shutout loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the Boston Red Sox relinquished the outright lead in the AL East division for the first time since May 27, as the Tampa Bay Rays have recently surged to grab a 1/2 game lead over Boston. Boston has posted a 3-4 record since the All-Star break and has looked lost at times in those games, particularly throughout their three-game series loss to the Rays earlier in the week. With the trade deadline approaching on Wednesday, Boston appears to be in full recognition of their... 
 

Rays Top Prospect Taylor Guerrieri Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

The top pitching prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Taylor Guerrieri, underwent Tommy John surgery today and will most likely be out until the 2015 season. Guerrieri was slated to pitch in the 2013 Futures Game, but was scratched due to fatigue, which appeared to follow him into his most recent start on July 15, where he was pulled in the third inning with elbow soreness. Guerrieri visited with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday morning and the decision was made to have the surgery that afternoon, which was a reported success. The Rays’... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline: Francisco Rodriguez Trade Analysis

Following the announcement that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remaining 65 games of the 2013 season on Monday, the Brewers went ahead and made a deal for a future big bat on Tuesday. The Brewers traded spot closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for third base prospect Nick Delmonico. For Baltimore, the 2013 season has been a pleasant surprise, as the Orioles boast one of the most potent offenses in either league and have been serious contenders in the American League East for the majority... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline: Trade Analysis of Matt Garza Deal

After completing their third trade in the past month on July 8, which saw the Cubs send Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Ivan Pineyro, Chicago finally completed a deal involving their premier trade chip, Matt Garza. At this time last season, the Texas Rangers were in serious pursuit of Garza. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, two sources close to the Texas organization divulged that the Rangers were supposedly within minutes of closing a deal to nab Garza, however, Texas pulled out of negotiations at the last... 
 

Top 10 MLB Pitching Prospects Who Should Make Debut First

We have witnessed some of the brightest pitching prospects in the game make their much anticipated major league debuts this season, from Kevin Gausman to Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler. Most recently we saw Houston Astros top prospect Jarred Cosart take a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his big league debut on July 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Cosart would go onto pitch eight scoreless innings en route to his first career victory. Currently, a bevy of highly touted and skilled pitching prospects with plus potential continue to dominate the... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Outduels Jordan Zimmermann in 9-2 Win

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in yet another strong outing on Sunday afternoon, outdueling Washington Nationals ace Jordan Zimmermann in a 9-2 rout of the Nationals at Nationals Park. For the 17th time this season, Kershaw pitched at least seven innings, as he surrendered two runs on two hits in seven innings of work on Sunday, striking out nine and walking none. With the victory, Kershaw inproved to a 9-6 record on the season and boasts a National League-best 2.01 ERA. Kershaw also leads the league in WHIP (0.88) and sits second... 
 

Indians Justin Masterson ‘Masterful’ in 7-1 Victory

After a pair of starts that saw the Indians ace surrender eight runs and walk nine, Justin Masterson bounced back on Sunday afternoon by turning in a masterful victory, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-1 rout of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Masterson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a bloop single to Brian Dozier to start off the inning. Dozier would come around to score on an error by Jason Kipnis, who mishandled a grounder by Joe Mauer. The lone single would be the only hit that Masterson would allow, as... 
 

Matt Harvey Outduels Cliff Lee in Dominant Win

In his first outing back since getting the starting nod at the 84th All-Star Game before his home crowd at Citi Field, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey turned in a dominant performance on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, leading the Mets to a 5-0 shutout at home. After surrendering eight runs over his last two starts, Harvey buckled down on Sunday, working seven shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out 10 batters and walking none in the process (it would be the sixth time this season that Harvey registered double-digit strikeout... 
 

MLB: Top 10 Rookie Performers in 2013 (So Far)

The All-Star Game has come and gone, the July trade deadline will pass on by in less than two weeks, and all 30 major league clubs are gearing for the summer stretch ahead and potential postseason runs. On Tuesday, we witnessed a 3-0 shutout of the National League by the American League in the 84th midsummer classic at Citi Field in New York. While the American League All-Stars outperformed the National League on Tuesday, the opposite can be said of this year’s rookie class. The National League has showcased a bevy of impressive rookie performers... 
 

Yoenis Cespedes Slugs His Way to 2013 Home Run Derby Title

Despite not earning a selection on the American League All-Star roster, Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes stole the show in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field, highlighted by an electrifying first round performance that saw the young slugger launch 17 home runs. Robinson Cano and Prince Fielder, the past two derby winners, were unable to slug their way out of the first round on Monday night. Cano brought up the rear of the field with four homers, the longest of which carried 406 feet to right center. Fielder slugged five of... 
 

MLB: 10 Good Offseason Deals Gone Bad

As the 2013 season transitions past the halfway mark, all 30 major league teams must prepare themselves for the summer stretch ahead and eventually the light at the end of the tunnel that is the postseason. Leading up to the start of the season, a number of offseason deals took place as per the usual, a few involving some of the game’s most talented players took place, including the likes of 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton. While some of those deals have proved beneficial for teams at this point in the... 
 

Toronto Blue Jays First Round Pick Phil Bickford Does Not Sign

As the signing deadline for selections in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft passed as of 5:00 PM on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays certainly kept it interesting by making two last minute signings and failing to make one significant signing in the process. The Blue Jays were unable to come to an agreement with their first-round (10th overall) pick, Phil Bickford, on Friday and while they will be awarded the 11th overall pick in the 2014 Draft as compensation for theie un-signed first-round slot, they will lose the nearly $6.4 million originally slotted for... 
 

Top 50 MLB Prospects: Midseason Report, List and Analysis

This year’s All-Star Game in New York will be upon us in a week’s time, which means after three months of baseball, we have finally reached the midpoint of the season. In those three months we have witnessed a slew of surprise contenders, memorable performances, and a number of big league debuts by some of the game’s top prospects. Now that half of the 2013 season is in the books and some of the top prospects heading into the season have already transitioned to the majors, it is now time to rank the Top 50 prospects at the midseason... 
 

Red Sox Trade Rumors: 5 Players That Should Be on Boston’s Radar

The Boston Red Sox currently hold onto the best record in the American League at 55-37 and as a result have sat atop the AL East standings for over a month and a half. Despite the fact that Boston has been able to establish themselves as the class of the AL, they have had to remain in constant watch of their competition in the AL East and will most likely have to for the duration of the season. All five teams in the division are separated by 10 1/2 games, while the top four clubs are separated by only six games. Due to such, the Red Sox need to... 
 

Trade Rumors: Phillies Interested in Joba Chamberlain

According to Mark Feinsand of New York News Daily, the Philadelphia Phillies are expressing interest in New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. It is no secret that the Phillies are open to trading Michael Young and even Carlos Ruiz, both of whom may be available to get a possible trade finalized with the Yankees. However, Feinsand asserts that New York GM Brian Cashman has lost interest as of late with a potential trade with Philadelphia. Cashman’s interest level combined with the fact that the Phillies are still a ways out of the division... 
 

Jeff Francoeur Set to Sign With Giants

After being released by the Kansas City Royals earlier this month, Jeff Francoeur would experience free agency for just a short period as the San Francisco Giants have reached an agreement with Francoeur, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. After a month of April in which he batted .261 (23-for-88) with an OBP/SLG/OPS line of .293/.375/.668, Francoeur followed up with an even poorer showing throughout the months of May and June. Francoeur batted .162 in May and .148 in June, posting a .208 batting average with three home runs and... 
 

2013 Home Run Derby Participants and Previews

The eight players who will participate in this year’s Home Run Derby were announced Monday afternoon on Baseball Tonight’s Twitter feed and much buzz is already surrounding this year’s field of participants. This year’s Home Run Derby will take place on Tuesday, July 16, the night before the 84th All-Star Game takes place at Citi Field in New York, the second time the Mets will host the midsummer classic and the first since 1964. American League team captain Robinson Cano selected the Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline 2013: Top Suitors for Cubs Matt Garza

As was the case during last year’s trade deadline before an elbow injury derailed the rest of his season, Matt Garza is once again one of the premier names being shopped around and gaining interest across both leagues. Although Garza missed the later half of last season and almost the first two months of this season with injuries and set backs, the Cubs’ starter has been on a tear as of late, and Cubs president Theo Epstein will be looking to get a deal done. In his past four starts, Garza has posted a 3-0 record and 0.90 ERA along... 
 

Top 5 MLB Prospects That Could Make Second-Half Debut

We are rapidly approaching the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field and the midway point has already passed in a season that has witnessed the promotions of some of baseball’s top prospects. Amongst those promotions include the likes of Gerrit Cole, Kevin Gausman, Wil Myers, and Zack Wheeler, all of whom have been impressive in their respective stints with their big leagues clubs. While a decent number of prospects were promoted in the first half of the season, plenty of prospects have been held back by their organizations, but as the past couple... 
 

Tyler Skaggs Dominates in Return for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Tyler Skaggs was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Friday to replace an injured Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a right hip contusion, and turned in a masterful outing against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Skaggs worked eight scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits (all singles) and striking out five while walking one. The outing was arguably the best of the young southpaw’s career, as he lasted a career-long eight innings and held the Rockies scoreless for his third career... 
 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis Plates 5 Runs in Mets 12-5 Rout of Brewers

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was almost the hero in yesterday’s loss to the Diamondbacks in 15 innings, launching a solo home run in the 14th to tie the game. However, Friday was a different story, as Nieuwenhuis turned in a career performance in the Mets’ 12-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 with a double and triple, while driving in a career-high five runs. The Mets’ right fielder was an offensive threat throughout the night, driving in runs in the first, second, fourth, and ninth innings. Nieuwenhuis gave the... 
 

Nelson Cruz Grand Slam Leads Rangers in 10-5 Victory

It was his only hit of the evening, but Nelson Cruz‘s grand slam in the bottom of the second inning proved to be the deciding dagger that would help propel the Texas Rangers to an eventual 10-5 rout of the Houston Astros on Friday. After an Elvis Andrus single and a pair of walks drawn by Ian Kinsler and David Murphy, Cruz stepped to the plate with two out and took a 1-2 pitch from Lucas Harrell to deep center. The slam was his record sixth at Arlington and second of the season, a season in which he has tallied 20 home runs and driven in 65... 
 

Scouting Report: Detroit Tigers Nick Castellanos

The Detroit Tigers selected Nick Castellanos with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 first-year player draft and nearly three years later is considered one of the best pure hitting prospects in the minor leagues. Castellanos has improved in terms of plate discipline, hitting variability, and adding pop to his bat with Triple-A Toledo, as his strikeout rates are slightly down and power numbers are up from split time between both High-A Lakeland and Double-A Eerie last season. In 76 games this year for the Toledo Mud Hens, Castellanos is hitting... 
 

Pirates Gerrit Cole Handed First Loss in Phillies 6-4 Victory

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie starter Gerrit Cole, after registering wins in each of his first four career starts, was handed his first career loss on Thursday as the Pirates fell to the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 6-4. Coming into Thursday’s contest, Cole boasted a 4-0 record and 3.70 ERA over 24 1/3 innings in four starts. Despite the loss, Cole was solid in his effort, working 5 1/3 innings and surrendering three runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking one. “I thought he pitched well,” Pittsburgh manager Clint... 
 

Tigers Justin Verlander Dominates Toronto in 11-1 Rout

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander appears to have worked out the kinks that have overshadowed much of his season, as he helped lead the Tigers in an 11-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Independence Day. Coming into Thursday’s game, Verlander held onto an 8-5 record and 3.77 ERA in 112.0 innings of work across 17 starts this season. Although stout numbers for a starting pitcher, the results have been regarded as mediocre for the former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner. Verlander attributes much of his struggles to the inability to repeat... 
 

Allen Webster Earns First Win in Red Sox 8-2 Victory

After a difficult start to his big league career, Boston Red Sox rookie starter Allen Webster turned in a solid outing on Thursday to capture his first major league victory, an 8-2 rout of the San Diego Padres that capped a three-game sweep. Coming into Thursday’s start, Webster boasted an 0-2 record and 9.50 ERA in four starts this season, a mediocre start to a career that was negatively highlighted by a loss on May 8 that saw the young hurler surrender eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings of work. Webster would be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket... 
 

Diamondbacks Edge Mets in 15-inning Marathon

The Arizona Diamondbacks came out on top against the New York Mets on Thursday, coming away with a 5-4 victory after 15 innings of back-and-forth play. New York struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Marlon Byrd groundout that scored David Wright and gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Arizona would quickly respond in the top of the fifth, as Wil Nieves ripped a two-run single to center, scoring both Cody Ross and Gerardo Parra to put the Diamondbacks on top by a score of 2-1. The Mets would have none of it, scoring in the bottom... 
 

Yunel Escobar Comes Up Big for Rays in 7-5 Victory

Yunel Escobar came up big on multiple occasions for the Tampa Bay Rays, leading his team to a 7-5 victory in extra innings over the Houston Astros on Independence Day. Tampa Bay started off the game with an early 1-0 lead in the first, coming on a groundout by Evan Longoria that would allow Desmond Jennings to score from third. Houston would respond with back-to-back runs in the fourth and fifth, due in part to a Brett Wallace solo shot in the fourth and a Jake Elmore sac fly in the fifth that would score Brandon Barnes and give the Astros a 2-0... 
 

2013 Triple-A All-Star Game Rosters, Schedule and Preview

The rosters for the 2013 Triple-A All Star Game have been announced and some of professional baseball’s finest prospects in the International League (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL) will face off on July 17 at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada (home of the Reno Aces, affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in the PCL). This year’s game features a solid set of the game’s top prospects, as both of the top prospect performers for the past two weeks as determined by BNS, Chris Owings and Grant Green, were selected to represent the PCL. As... 
 
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