- The starting pitching of the Red Sox has been one of the more surprising stories to the beginning of the season. It has been so good, in fact, that the rotation went the first 16 games without allowing more than three runs in any start, according to research by the Boston Herald. That streak ended on Tuesday when Alfredo Aceves served up eight runs (seven earned) through 3.1 innings against the Athletics in a 13-0 loss.
- Red Sox had a pair of players
take the American League Player of the Week honors. Mike Napoli and Andrew Bailey shared the
- Talk about ace C.C. Sabathia's drop
in velocity will continue from the
- The injury bug keeps striking the Yankees, making the fans wonder when it will ever end. Now up is catcher Francisco Cervelli, who will miss the next six weeks with a fractured right hand. Cervelli suffered the break on a foul tip that hit him on the hand. Austin Romine got the call from Triple-A to take Cervelli's place.
- Starter Josh Johnson is no stranger to the disabled list, though the Blue Jays figure the starter won't miss more than one turn after experiencing tightness in his triceps. The Toronto Sun reported that an MRI came back clean on the right-hander.
- Jose Valverde joined the Tigers
bullpen this week, as
- Saturday's 10-4 loss against the
Rays wasn't the only defeat the White Sox suffered that day. Starter Gavin Floyd landed on the
disabled list after leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury. Initially diagnosed as a muscle strain,
- Grady Sizemore. Remember that name? The Indians outfielder is
currently rehabbing in
- Mariners fans have come to
known that defense is all they should expect out of Brendan Ryan, known as one
of the best fielding shortstops in baseball. The Seattle Times reported on Wednesday that
manager Eric Wedge let Ryan know that he was out and Robert Andino was in as the
starting shortstop. Ryan hit .194
in 407 at-bats for
- Adrian Beltre of the Rangers belted his 350th career home run this past week, but don't expect that to get to the third baseman's head. The Star-Telegram quoted the third baseman saying his main focus is on a ring. Read all about it here.
- Outfielder Jason Heyward had an
emergency appendectomy in
- As one outfielder went down for
- For a feel good story, check out
Kevin Kernan's (New York Post)
piece about 31-year old reliever Scott Rice's
14-year journey in the minors to join the Mets. The left-hander has a 2.03 earned-run
average through 14 appearances for
- Runs have been hard to come by for
the Marlins. Home runs have
been even scarcer. Giancarlo Stanton did his best to mask that from Miami fans' minds even for a minute as
his monster blast off Cubs' lefty Travis Wood traveled an estimated 472
feet. According to the Palm Beach Post,
- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was promoted on April 27th of last year. On Saturday, Harper smacked his ninth home run on the one-year anniversary of his promotion. Credit the Washington Post with that tidbit. Harper is on pace to set the National League on fire.
- Cubs starter Matt Garza's
first minor league rehab outing was postponed due to what was classified as a
dead arm. The Cubs are not overly
concerned about what is assumed to be a minor setback, according to the Chicago Tribune. Garza will take a couple of days off and
throw another bullpen session before
- If squeamish, do not go looking for
photos of Kyle Lohse's recent start for the Milwaukee Brewers against
- Carlos Gomez of the Brewers took National League Player of the Week honors, as the center fielder led the league in batting average and slugging percentage. MLB.com reported that this was the third honor in Gomez's career, as the outfielder went 9-for-18 with an on-base percentage of .526.
- As Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran were celebrating their back-to-back home runs to lead off the game against the Pirates Jonathan Sanchez, the left-handed starter hit first baseman Allen Craig with a pitch that sailed up and inside. Sanchez was quickly ejected and served with a six-game suspension soon after. Sanchez is appealing the suspension, as there is plenty of speculation that the pitch was unintentional.
- Cardinals fans are well aware
of the troubles surrounding the bullpen.
Mentioning the bullpen to a fan may give you a nasty glare. Prior to Sunday's game (in which the
bullpen surrendered six runs over 3.1 innings),
- There's a common saying in baseball
- one can never have enough starting pitching. The Dodgers are learning that the
hard way as they lost another starting pitcher to injury. Chad Billingsley will miss the rest of
the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. What once was a position of depth is now
mired in injuries. Los Angeles
called upon starter Stephen Fife from Triple-A, who they hoped to start a couple
games before Chris Capuano is set to come off the disabled list. Instead,
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