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Qualifying Offers Roulette: Perfect Offseason Approach for Yankees

The New York Yankees are one of just two teams who extended three qualifying offers this off season. Hiroki Kuroda, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano are all in QO limbo right now and all three, most recently, are unlikely to accept. The Yankees are trying to make an honest effort to reset tax calculations in 2014 but also convince its fans they are competing, but also yet have an eye towards consistent contention in the future, a concept which can only be built with better drafts. To the last point, New York took a new philosophy towards the... 
 

A-Rod Tested Positive in 2006: Here’s Why We Still Care

Alex Rodriguez allegedly failed a drug test for a banned stimulant in 2006, a good three years after he previously claimed he had stopped taking PEDs. Granted, the details behind the stimulant are unclear and it’s yet another piece of evidence against A-Rod’s character mysteriously leaked to the media. Does it ultimately matter? Not really. We know A-Rod cheated and it’s pretty clear he did it for a long-time regardless of the actual time frame. We also know he is taking on MLB head to head with his 2014 pay check on the line.... 
 

Brian McCann Likely Headed to a Big Market

Brian McCann is going to have his share of suitors as the top catcher in Free Agency and the baseball purist certainly chose a great off season to capitalize. Big market teams such as: Toronto, Boston, New York and Texas would seem to be favored destinations. The case for New York: Catcher was a black hole last season on offense and McCann offers a powerful lefty swing with an inviting short porch in right field. New York has three players with pending qualifying offers out there right now, so losing the draft pick may not be a huge concern since... 
 

Cano, Ellsbury, Lead List of Players With Qualifying Offers

Thirteen players were extended qualifying offers on Monday and will have one week to accept or decline a one year salary of about $14.1 million dollars. If a player denies their qualifying offer, any team who signs that player and has a pick from 12-30 in the first round, will forfeit its pick. Picks 1-11 are protected this season since the Blue Jays failed to sign a top ten pick last season. Any top 11 team who signs one of the qualifying offer players will lose its second round pick. The team who makes the qualifying offer but loses the player... 
 

Yankees Joe Girardi Would be Welcomed Back, But May Not Return

In the most important off season of the past two decades, the Yankees will have to start by evaluating leadership in the decision making process. Manager Joe Girardi‘s contract is up and one year remains on Brian Cashman’s current deal as GM. Not only might the titles change, but the entire philosophy and the direction of the franchise can be altered in the next year. Not to mention the players on the field. And that’s only one side of the equation For now, the Yankees are going to have to gauge Girardi’s preferences as the... 
 

Mariano Rivera’s Emotional Farewell From Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to collect Mariano Rivera from the Yankees’ Stadium mound on Sunday and an entire generation of Yankees’ fans watched their childhood walk off the field. Suffice it to say, based on Rivera’s farewell tour, all of Major League Baseball has  an extraordinary appreciation for a player who generally appears in one inning per game every few days. It’s also safe to say Rivera’s farewell to the Yankees’ faithful was an even more intimate moment for the home team than even the fans... 
 

MLB Suspends Alex Rodriguez Through 2014 Season

In the final blow from the Biogenesis scandal, Major League Baseball has suspended Yankees’ third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, through the end of the 2014 season. The punishment extends 211 regular season games and would also include any postseason opportunities this year or next year for the former All-Star. A-Rod’s punishment came last on a busy Monday full of 12 other suspensions, including Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz, two players on teams currently in stiff competition for playoff spots. Detroit proactively traded for Red Sox prospect,... 
 

Five Players Likely to be Traded by the Waiver Deadline

The trade deadline has come and gone, ending relatively quiet. While the Orioles were the overwhelming winners, most of Major League Baseball was hesitant in making any major moves. The Orioles obtained: Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris, reshaping its rotation and adding a key late-inning reliever. Most teams ended up holding onto its key trade chips, particularly the Phillies, who failed to move: Cliff Lee, Michael Young, or Carlos Ruiz. Numerous other GMs reportedly had serious talks but failed to ultimately pull the trigger. Of... 
 

Red Sox Acquire Jake Peavy for Jose Iglesias and Others

The Boston Red Sox have obtained the front-line pitcher it’s been searching for, acquiring Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox for a package centered around Jose Iglesias. The Detroit Tigers appear to be the team physically acquiring Iglesias, with Avisail Garcia rumored to be heading to the White Sox. Chicago has been an ultimate seller leading up to the July 31st trade deadline, sitting in dead last and in dire need of a rebuild with an aging core and weak farm system. Detroit will take Iglesias as an insurance policy for Jhonny Peralta,... 
 

Rangers Trade Rumors: Push for Stanton, Will Likely Settle for Pence

Nelson Cruz and Lance Berkman were counted upon to be key bats in helping to compensate the losses of Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton. Add A.J. Pierzynski on a one year deal along with the emergence of Jurickson Profar, and Texas was supposed to be all set. Cruz, has performed admirably, staying healthy and posting 24HR, 71 RBI and a .329 OBP, performing every bit as a suitable middle-of-the-order bat. After Cruz, the contingency plan has widely fallen flat. Pierzynski has regressed back to his career norms, and not the 27 HR bat he was last season,... 
 

Phillies Trade Rumors: Utley, Young, Papelbon, Ruiz and Lee

In the midst of an eight game losing streak and falling into third place in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies are ready to be sellers. Over 100 games into the season, the Phillies are seven games under .500, have fallen behind the Washington Nationals for second in the NL East and the closest route to the playoffs (the wildcard) is a 9.5 game deficit. Only five teams have a worse record in the NL so the Phillies are prepared to try to shed some of its aging core in exchange for rebuilding a mostly desolate farm system. With sunken cost in a... 
 

Texas Rangers Trade Deadline: 5 Hitters Team Should Target

The Texas Rangers have surprised many critics this season. After losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to Free Agency, it was widely assumed, even with the emergence of Jurickson Profar, the lineup would struggle and therefore the team would struggle as well. As we head into the final week before the trade deadline the Rangers are: 9th in runs, 6th in OPS and 7th in OBP in the AL. Those numbers are good, but not great and it has left the Rangers 56-46 and losers of seven of its last 10 games. In second place, three games behind the Oakland Athletics... 
 

Yankees and Braves Should Consider Reopening Trade Talks

The New York Yankees have already made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring the hottest bat in Alfonso Soriano. Soriano’s right-handed bat with pop is something sorely needed in New York, and the Bronx Bombers will need to improve at catcher and third base along with the right-handed side of its lineup even more so if it wants to compete. While New York is not in a desperate position since it’s unlikely to make the playoffs regardless, acquiring another big bat could at least make things interesting, especially if Derek Jeter... 
 

Yankees Acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

In a deal approved Friday morning, the Yankees have officially acquired outfielder, Alfonso Soriano, from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition has been rumored for weeks but hinged on multiple obstacles ranging from Soriano waiving his no-trade clause to how much money would be exchanged to which prospect the Yankees would give up. The former Yankees’ prospect will fit nicely into the current New York lineup and will likely bat cleanup on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay, both lefties, have been the only... 
 

Yankees Cashman Acting Like “Buyer” but “Selling” on 2013

Don’t be fooled by what transpires over the course of the next week in the Bronx. If you look deep down, the following statements about the New York Yankees are true: They have scored the fourth least runs in baseball. They are in fourth place in the AL East. Their offense is so anemic even though they have surrendered the least runs in the AL East, they have still scored five runs less than they have surrendered on the year. The Yankees are now 53-48, just five games over .500, after losing for the fourth time in six games since the All Star... 
 

Astros Trade Rumors: Norris, Pena, Maxwell, Veras, Carter

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist in Houston to figure out the Houston Astros are sellers. Next year? Probably also sellers. On the same level of the Miami Marlins, Houston is admittedly and obviously in a rebuilding period. There is no grey area they do not intend to contend in 2013 and so therefore playing on other team’s desires to do exactly that can benefit them over the next couple of weeks. Houston is forming a core and starting to commit to it as evidenced by the recent long-term deal for its star second baseman, Jose Altuve,... 
 

2013 All-Star Game: AL Wins 3-0, Mariano Rivera named MVP

In a game full of streaks and legends, the American League said goodbye to both on Tuesday night. A 3-0 victory will show up in the box score because American League pitching was dominant, allowing just three hits all night to the entire National League. One of 10 pitchers, Yankees’ closer, Mariano Rivera, had the eighth inning all to himself and delivered a predictable 1-2-3 inning to hand the lead over to Joe Nathan in the ninth and win MVP honors in what will be his last All-Star game. Rivera was honored and respected all night, announcing... 
 

Padres Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

A couple of weeks ago the San Diego Padres were on a hot streak. Not too many games ago, San Diego was right around first place and now, at the All Star Break, they find themselves 8.5 games back and in last place. In other words, it’s time to sell. The chances of the Padres making a playoff run were slim going into the regular season, and they held their own longer than expected, but even in a wide open division, climbing four teams, including the defending champs, the highest payroll in the NL and the current division leaders, is simply,... 
 

Freeman Injured, Puig Will Not Replace Him for All Star Game

Freddie Freeman helped prevent one of the more controversial All-Star Game selections by winning the fan’s final vote for the NL All Star team. Freeman is worthy enough of a selection this season, slugging nine home runs and driving in 61 RBI for the first place Braves, and a .308/.386 BA and OBP has made his first 312 at bats elite. However, the first baseman joined four different Braves’ outfielders in suffering recent injuries and will need the break to recover in time to play again next week. So the simple and logical solution to... 
 

Marlins Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

In the wake of the Miami Marlins gutting its MLB roster back to “start”, Miami is obviously non-competitive leading to the trade deadline. Though the “Fish” are not in danger of being historically bad, they’re still a good bet for 100 losses and remain a few years away from any serious contention. Left with Giancarlo Stanton and a bunch of league minimum paychecks, the Marlins are undoubtedly going to continue its “selling” ways at this year’s deadline in the hopes of competing in the next few years. To... 
 

Mets Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

The New York Mets are in the most envious of positions for the sellers of Major League Baseball; they have a plan. New York is sticking to its rebuilding plan and with the emergence of starters like Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey and the long-term signing of franchise player, David Wright, the Mets have light at the end of a dismal tunnel. In the next couple of years the Mets could have a young, dominant and cost-controlled pitching staff with a couple of hitters to shape a lineup and a steadily improving farm system. All of this without mention of... 
 

Mariners Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

The Seattle Mariners enter the final few weeks before the trade deadline hopelessly out of playoff contention but in perhaps the best position to maximize value as sellers. Make no mistake, this Mariners team is not going to make any noise in 2013 and its deep farm system of pitching prospects are still adjusting its way into major league uniforms, but Seattle could be the most relevant team come late July. At 30-40, Seattle faces no pressure to convince its fans it’s playing to win with a 10.5 game hole from any wildcard spot and sitting... 
 

Cubs Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors for Five Players at Trade Deadline

The month of July continues to shape the upcoming trade deadline and the first week has been heavily favoring the Chicago Cubs. Chicago is in the midst of a four game winning streak but remain eight games under .500 and out of the playoff race in a super competitive NL Central. This combination implies the Cubs are still steadfast deadline sellers but its players are maximizing potential and value. Theo Epstein regimes have never been shy about making deadline deals and this one won’t be any different as the stars finally seem to be aligning... 
 

White Sox Trade Rumors: Potential Suitors For 5 Players at the Deadline

The Chicago White Sox should be in a full rebuilding mode in a couple of weeks. Currently sitting 34-51, Chicago is 13 games back of both the division and nearest wildcard. A team with a weak farm system, it would be wisest for the White Sox to trade off any assets under contract with value for the next couple of years. While players like Adam Dunn may have too much owed or pitchers like, ace, Chris Sale, and young stud Jose Quintana may be worthy of building around, outside of Addison Reed and some supporting role hitters, Chicago has plenty of... 
 

National League West: Up for Grabs Heading Into Trade Deadline

The National League West hosts a bevy of notable teams. The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken Baseball’s payroll critics by storm, signing every player it possibly can, including extended relatives and distinguished international and domestic ticket venders. By the time the deadline comes, they may sign whoever reads this for 10 times more than they’re worth. And yet, even with: Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke, Carl Crawford, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon League, Josh Beckett and of course, Nick Punto, Los Angeles finds itself 38-43... 
 

National League Central: Buyers and Sellers Ahead of MLB Trade Deadline

The St. Louis Cardinals were given a taste of their own medicine when the San Francisco Giants steamrolled them in last year’s NLCS. The same team who had come back from a 3-2 deficit to win the World Series in 2011, then went into Atlanta and won a do or die play-in game before avenging a 2-0 deficit to the Washington Nationals, coming back in the deciding fifth game from a six run deficit, had the rug pulled out from under them in seven games. Suffice it to say, the Cardinals had a resilient run, cut short when the Giants came back from... 
 

National League East: Five Distinct Directions at the Trade Deadline

The immediate futures of each team in the National League East are all different and distinct. Had the Washington Nationals played to potential in the first half of the season and the  Philadelphia Phillies recovered from an awful first half of 2012, things might have been different. The East had a chance to have three super competitive teams and potentially the top two teams in the NL, but instead the Braves appear to be a runaway candidate, 6.5 games ahead of the barely .500 Washington Nationals. Of course, even Atlanta started 12-1 only to play... 
 

American League West: Two Team Race Heading into the Trade Deadline

An argument can be made the American League West is upside down if you make your judgments based on winter activity. The defending West champion Oakland Athletics, as per usual, did very little in the offseason. Based on a team nearly completely full of rookies, it was unexpected for them to threaten the division again in 2013, yet there they are, 13 games over .500 and half a game out of the division lead. The only team ahead of the A’s are the Texas Rangers, who lost both Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton and weren’t anticipated to be... 
 

American League Central: Time to Concede to Detroit at Trade Deadline

Entering the 2013 season, the defending American League champion Tigers were on the short list of World Series contenders again. While the Angels added the big piece (Josh Hamilton) and the Blue Jays made the most noise, it’s the Detroit Tigers who entered the winter closest to World Championship caliber. Basically halfway through the season Detroit is doing exactly what it has the last couple of years; off to a slow start but staying at the top of an easily winnable division. The Tigers sit at 42-34, having a roster mastered for eight innings... 
 

Yankees Injury News: Teixeira Surgery, Nunez to Begin Rehab

The little lingering chance of season ending surgery appears to be a painful reality for New York Yankees first baseman and slugger Mark Teixeira. With the trade deadline just over a month away, it is now apparent the Yankees will be on the hunt for a first baseman as Lyle Overbay struggles against lefties and David Adams has not been able to cut it in the majors offensively so far. For Tex, it has been recommended he seek surgery as the final option for repairing his right wrist, the same wrist he initially injured the first day of spring training... 
 

R.A. Dickey and A.J. Griffin Throw Shutouts, Implications Different

Before the 7PM Eastern games even started Major League Baseball saw two complete game shutouts completed on Wednesday. R.A. Dickey, entering the game with an ERA north of 5.00 had an afternoon tilt with the division rival Tampa Bay Rays. On the other end of the country, A.J. Griffin faced off against the Cincinnati Reds in a battle of World Series contenders. Both pitchers carried their respective teams to statement victories. Both pitchers may have left the mound with dramatic personal and team implications to follow. R.A. Dickey and A.J. Griffin Dickey... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Dylan Bundy to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

The Baltimore Orioles will not see an expected callup of its top pitching prospect in 2013. Dylan Bundy, the phenom expected to help boost a struggling rotation or average bullpen at some point this year, will now miss the remainder of it when he undergoes Tommy John Surgery. Bundy entered 2013 as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, and a tear in his elbow will delay his MLB appearance by at least one season. Due to the poor timing of the necessary surgery, this knocks Bundy out for at least the first half of 2014, likely sidelining him... 
 

American League East: Division of Buyers at Trade Deadline

Top to bottom the American League East is easily the most competitive in all of Major League Baseball. Currently, all five teams have at least won as many as they have lost and Boston, New York and Baltimore have three of the top six records in the league. With the division separated by just 6.5 games from first through last, every team is in contention for the division and wildcard spots. Every team is also in win now mode with the Red Sox retooling this past offseason, the Blue Jays going on a spending spree and the Rays, Yankees and Orioles all... 
 

Chicago Cubs Should Be Major Players Up to Trade Deadline

Theo Epstein has never been shy about making a deal. The former Boston Red Sox GM helped built two World Series versions in Boston and now is in full rebuilding mode in Chicago. With the team openly not focusing on this season and trying to revamp its farm system, it’s very likely a bunch of attractive pieces can be on the move and out of Wrigley. Scott Feldman and Matt Garza could be this year’s versions of Ryan Dempster and both can attract suitors by the deadline. Carlos Marmol, recently DFA’d by the Cubs may be selected by... 
 

Marlins Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn, Not Steve Cishek, Likely to be Dealt

While most teams wonder what happens with hot-pitching Marlins’ pitcher, Ricky Nolasco, the Marlins are just as likely to deal some relievers at the trade deadline as they often do around this time. The popular rumor was they would trade closer, Steve Cishek, since Miami does not have any interest in competing this season and can take advantage of numerous teams with reliever needs. However, recent struggles from Cishek, particularly against lefties, has decreased his value and bloated his ERA to 3.45 in a pitcher’s park. Though Cishek... 
 

Yankees GM Cashman: “Alex Should Just Shut the …….. Up”

Not everyone is happy that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez  is on Twitter.  Yankees General Manager  Brian Cashman angry over A-Rod’s decision  his rehab process step-by-step had  a not so measured response. “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.” A-Rod has been twee the progress of his rehab and on Tuesday tweeted that he had been cleared to play... 
 

Aramis Ramirez to the Blue Jays? It Could Happen

Aramis Ramirez is 35-years-old and brings with him a career impact bat. Of course, his Milwaukee Brewers are 12 games under .500, in the toughest division for clinching a playoff spot in baseball and Ramirez has two potential years left on a manageable contract if he can demonstrate he is healthy. With the trade deadline looming a month from now, Ramirez and his 3.9 WAR could find itself in a new setting, one which would have to be able to afford a $16 million dollar tab in 2014 and a $15 million dollar option (or $4 million buyout) in 2015. Ramirez... 
 

Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Offer Trade Chips for Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are struggling, but it’s not because of their free agent signings. While players like Jesus Montero, Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak have all struggled to create a strong core for Seattle, guys like Jason Bay, Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez have offered excellent value to Seattle offensively. The Mariners are 34-43, good for third place in the AL West and 9.5 games out of a playoff spot. By this time next month, Seattle would be wise to be sellers. Morales is a switch-hitting first baseman, currently hitting... 
 

Giants Angel Pagan Could Miss Season With Hamstring Injury

San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan will undergo surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks recovering from an injured right hamstring tendon. Pagan has been the starting center fielder for the defending champion, San Francisco Giants and was having a solid year until his injury. While the loss of production is a big blow for a Giants’ team already struggling, they do have internal options to plug in for the injury. Pagan was hitting .262/.314 with three home runs and 24 RBI to go with six stolen bases. While not the... 
 

Breaking Down the New York Yankees Trade Possibilities

For the first time in years the New York Yankees are at a crossroads within both the 2013 season and the franchise. Presently, at 41-34, New York is just 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead. If the season ended today, the Yankees would be half a game out of a playoff spot. They are very much in contention. Of course, they also play  in the wide open American League and the even wider open American League East. First place may be 2.5 games out of reach, but last place is the same distance. Only six teams have won 40 or more... 
 

Tyler Austin Heating up for Trenton Thunder

There has not been a larger focus on the Yankees’ minor league system in recent memory as there is throughout this 2013 campaign and especially into next year’s season. New York is riddled with player’s in their walk year, including: Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson and Mariano Rivera. Players like Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells have an additional year on their deals, but are by no means guaranteed starting roles next season. Enter: Tyler Austin. The Yankees’ number... 
 

Baseball’s Strong Connection Between Father and Son

Baseball is a tradition. It’s a religion. Baseball is history. It’s family. All of these terms get tossed around and when you’re not into the sport it gets treated like a bad love letter full of sappy romantic rhetoric and a lack of foresight. But when you are a fan? It’s life. I started following baseball at the tail end of the 1993 season. Being a Yankees’ fan was a lot different then. My Dad taught me the rules to all four major US sports around the same time, but Baseball is the one I embraced the most. He used... 
 

Yankees Tom Kahnle, Mark Montgomery Could Provide Bullpen Depth

The New York Yankees are in need of a shakeup at the major league level even if it is mainly on offense. The Yankees have an above average pitching staff but an anemic lineup, and with so many players headed to Free Agency, will need to make a lot of decisions as they approach the trade deadline. While players like Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda represent no trade value since they stand very little chance to allow any move, New York does have two main trade pieces in Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. Both players have been inconsistent... 
 

Kyle Roller Hammering AA Pitching Trenton

Kyle Roller plays a position currently blocked by two different players for his Major League parent club, the New York Yankees. He is already 25-years-old and not considered a top 20 prospect in his own minor league system. As an eighth round pick for New York in 2010, he’s not considered an elite talent. Still, for his current franchise with an anemic offense and little production from the DH spot, middle of the lineup or first base since Mark Teixeira‘s return, Roller is a bat New York may watch more closely for the next couple of... 
 

Astros News: Brandon Barnes May Force Justin Maxwell Out of Centerfield

Brandon Barnes has been performing well in centerfield during Justin Maxwell‘s DL stint with a hand injury. The 27-year-old is hitting .271/.326/.729 with three home runs and 15 RBI this season and Houston Astros Manager Bo Porter may want to keep Barnes there even after Maxwell’s return. Porter told reporters, “I’m going to say that he will start. I’m not going to say it will be at center field”. The Astros’ manager expanded on his explanation by adding, “Brandon Barnes has done a great job there.... 
 

Rangers Ian Kinsler Activated, Leury Garcia back to AAA

Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been activated from the Disabled List and bat leadoff for the Rangers in Toronto. Kinsler, no stranger  to injury has missed nearly a month with an intercostal strain and will return to face RA Dickey and the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old second baseman has stayed healthy the past two seasons, playing in 155 and 157 games after playing in 130 or less the previous four out of five seasons. In 2013, Kinsler had 7 HR and 20 RBI, with an above norm .302 BA and .389 OBP in 180 ABs. In response to reactivating... 
 

Pirates Call Up Brandon Cumpton – Will Start Against Dodgers

Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings. The Pirates are off to another solid first half start this season, fueled largely by the performance of their pitching staff. Both the rotation and bullpen have been among the... 
 

Jonathan Broxton Placed on DL, Pedro Villarreal Called Up

The Cincinnati Reds placed setup man, Jonathan Broxton, on the DL with a right elbow flexor strain. Broxton’s stint is retroactive to June 14th  and it is unclear at this time whether he will be back by his eligible return date. With the move, the Reds’ bullpen is a little thinner for the time being but Broxton had struggled of late, likely due to the injury. Cincinnati has World Series aspirations again this season and are currently 2.5 games behind the division leading Cardinals for the top record in the National League. The Reds... 
 

Andy Pettitte: Career Should be Celebrated, Just Not in the Hall of Fame

I’m a die-hard New York Yankees fan. I live and breathe by defending people like Alex Rodriguez (until recently), watching Yankees’ classics and debating whether Yankees players like Don Mattingly (no) and Mike Mussina (yes) belong in the Hall of Fame. So when Andy Pettitte walked off the mound having dominated the Seattle Mariners and officially winning his 250th career game two innings later, inevitably the discussion began. And the answer is easier than whether or not Pettitte deserved the Cy Young in 1996. No. Andy Pettitte is not... 
 

Victor Martinez Provides Spark, Tigers Beat Indians Behind Verlander

Victor Martinez homered to begin a three run second inning and the Tigers would lead 5-0 after four innings, holding on to win 7-5. Justin Verlander threw seven innings and gave up just three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts, but it was Martinez and his three hits which won the game for Detroit. Martinez’s first hit broke the scoreless tie and he would add two more base knocks and score three times, raising his average to .241. Martinez delivered just one of his hits against Indians’ starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, who lasted just three... 
 
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