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String of donuts a reminder that Boston Red Sox have issues – Boston Red Sox Blog

BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox got issues. And one of them is how badly they need offense. A day after erupting for 10 runs against the Baltimore Orioles — including a bat-around fifth inning that erased a 6-1 deficit — Boston’s bats went back into hibernation in a 1-0 extra-innings win over Baltimore on Tuesday. Even though they did enough to win, finally putting a run across in the top of the 11th, the string of 10 consecutive bagels that the Sox hung on the Camden Yards jumbotron prior…

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Inside the Cleveland Indians clubhouse during their historic 22 game win streak

The Indians do all these things and more, but what they do not do, except under the duress of direct questioning, is talk about the streak, at least while it’s happening. “The mindset really isn’t on the winning streak,” Greg Allen says. “We’re not wrapped up in it,” Kluber says. “We’re not talking about it as much as you guys are,” Cody Allen says. Everyone else certainly talks about it. Some analysts call it the most dominant stretch of baseball ever played. Led by Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana, Cleveland…

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Welcome to the era of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 30-home-run hitter

If I could put one memento from this home run era into the time capsule, it would be Rougned Odor‘s line from June 30. Odor, the Texas Rangers’ second baseman and No. 5 hitter that day, homered in the fourth inning with a man on base. It was his 13th long ball of the year, which used to be a lot. In 1988, the most formative year of my own baseball fandom, 13 home runs would have led American League second basemen for the entire season. Homers might not be…

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Aroldis Chapman back on top in New York Yankees’ bullpen pecking order – Yankees Blog

NEW YORK — There he was, all 6-foot-4, 250 pounds of Aroldis Chapman, looking like the $86 million man. The fastballs were flying in at warp speed. Whoosh! 100.5 mph! The hot-hitting Joe Mauer looked at Chapman’s first pitch for a strike. Boom! 101 mph! Mauer foul-tipped it. Zoom! 102 mph! Mauer swung and missed. Chapman followed by dialing up 100.8 mph heat to force Byron Buxton to fly out to right. Just like that — with just four pitches — Chapman had cleaned up setup man Dellin Betances’ bases-loaded,…

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Rumor Central: Will the Philadelphia Phillies shop Cesar Hernandez? – MLB Rumor Central

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez will likely be a key figure in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ offseason, either as a building block for 2018 or as a valuable trade chip, suggests Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com. The 27-year-old Hernandez has emerged as a dependable leadoff hitter, compiling a .292/.366/.404 slash line over the past two seasons. The recent promotion of J.P. Crawford has left the Phillies with a crowded infield as Hernandez, Crawford, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco have been splitting September at-bats. Galvis is set to be a free agent, but the…

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Ranking the MLB teams after Week 24 of the season

After 24 weeks, the regular season is winding down, and we’re seeing the rankings approach their final shape. The Indians saw their win streak snapped at 22 just before they clinched an AL Central title, and they were the easy, unanimous choice for No. 1 among our voters. The Dodgers rebounded from their slump to climb back up to the second slot, while the Astros sit perched at the third spot. All three clubs have had long runs at the top, but the Indians seem likely to finish the regular-season…

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Real or not? Justin Verlander brings the swagger back as Astros clinch – SweetSpot

The Houston Astros have their swagger back. Remember, before the Los Angeles Dodgers had the greatest two months in major league history and before the Cleveland Indians reeled off the longest winning streak in 100 years and before the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East and the Chicago Cubs inched closer to the NL Central title, the Astros were the big story in baseball. They were 42-16 through June 5 and seemed invincible, with a high-powered offense, two All-Star starters in Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. and a deep…

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Tigers’ Matthew Boyd loses no-hit bid with 2 outs in 9th inning

DETROIT — Matthew Boyd‘s no-hit bid ended when Tim Anderson doubled with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Detroit left-hander closed out a 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday for the first nine-inning complete game of his professional career. Boyd (6-10) allowed only two runners — a walk to Rob Brantly in the third and Anderson’s double to the gap in right-center field with two outs in the ninth. He threw a career-high 121 pitches and struck out five. The 26-year-old had not thrown a…

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How Stephen Strasburg has remained immune in The Year of the Home Run – Washington Nationals

In case you haven’t heard, home runs are up. Like, way up. But for Stephen Strasburg, homers are down. Truth be told, everything is down for Strasburg this year, in a good way. But the thing that really sticks out is his improved ability to keep the ball in the park, especially in a season that has seen more taters than an Idaho farmers’ convention. To fully grasp just how stingy the Nats’ pitcher has been with the longball, consider his past four starts: 1. Aug. 24 at Houston: Facing…

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Noah Syndergaard of New York Mets may not return from DL until next week

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said right-hander Noah Syndergaard, sidelined since April 30 with a torn lat muscle, might not return until next week. The team had hoped that Syndergaard would be able to pitch this weekend against the Atlanta Braves, but that was scrapped after he was examined Saturday by the team medical staff. Syndergaard threw a bullpen session with no restrictions on Thursday. Biceps and shoulder discomfort led Syndergaard to be scratched from an April 27 start against Atlanta. He pitched again April 30 against Washington but…

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