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A’s deal Cespedes to Boston for Lester, Gomes

Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics hits in a run against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25, 2014Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes was sent from the Oakland A's to Boston on Thursday for star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes just ahead of Major League Baseball's trade deadline. The A's, long known for a budget-minded statistical approach that inspired the movie "Moneyball", have won only one playoff series since reaching the 1990 World Series, which they lost to Cincinnati. This season, Oakland owns the best record in the major leagues at 66-41 and are a threat to capture the American League title and World Series crown for the first time since 1989.


Posted on 1 August 2014 | 12:03 am

Tigers, A’s add aces in MLB arms race

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay RaysBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A's dealt for Boston's Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday's trade deadline. The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL Championship Series between West-leading Oakland, who have a Major League Baseball-best record of 66-41, and the Central's Tigers (58-47), who own the biggest division lead in the majors.


Posted on 31 July 2014 | 10:41 pm

Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday’s MLB games

July 30 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League baseball games. – - – Tigers 7, White Sox 2 Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high four runs, and Max Scherzer posted his American League-leading 13th victory as the Detroit Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Chicago White Sox. Scherzer (13-3) was staked to a six-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, capped by Castellanos’ opposite-field blast. …

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 6:41 am

Cardinals take Masterson from Indians ahead of deadline

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics(Reuters) – The St Louis Cardinals beefed up their rotation for the second half of the season by acquiring starting pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. The Cardinals sent a minor league outfielder to the Indians in exchange for the 29-year-old right-hander on the penultimate day for Major League trades this season. Masterson, who was due to become a free agent at the end of the season, arrives in St Louis in the midst of a fairly disappointing campaign, posting a 4-6 record with a 5.51 ERA. The Cardinals (56-49) trail first-place Milwaukee by just two games in the National League Central and are locked in a heated divisional race.


Posted on 31 July 2014 | 4:20 am

Buyers and sellers spar for deadline deals

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay RaysBy Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visions of acquiring a difference-making player for this season or possible future stars stir the imagination of Major League Baseball fans ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Rumors are rampant, with Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester becoming a prime figure in deadline scuttlebutt after last year's World Series winners scratched him from Wednesday night's scheduled start against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the struggling Red Sox (48-59) 12 games off the pace in the AL East and Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA) poised to become a free agent in the offseason, it was widely expected the southpaw would be dealt to a contending team. Another top-flight pitcher, David Price (11-7, 3.08 ERA entering Wednesday's games) of Tampa Bay, has loomed as a prominent candidate for a trade by the small-market Rays after a dismal start that left them 24-42 by June 10.


Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:06 pm

Baseball-Highlights of Tuesday’s MLB games

July 29 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday’s games in Major League Baseball. – - – Twins 2, Royals 1 Right-hander Kyle Gibson pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Gibson (9-8) limited the Royals to two singles and two walks while striking out seven. Gibson, who missed his previous start because of back stiffness, left after 95 pitches. Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier had RBIs for the Twins (48-57), while Eric Hosmer homered in the ninth inning for Kansas City (53-52). …

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:09 am

FCC chairman tells Time Warner to end Dodgers TV dispute

A woman walks past the Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New YorkBy Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission told Time Warner Inc on Tuesday to end its dispute with DirecTV and other cable operators that has left most fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team unable to watch games on local television. In a strongly worded letter, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler expressed "strong concern" over Time Warner Cable's actions to charge fees to other cable networks to air the games. Time Warner Cable, which operates the SportsNet LA channel that carries Dodger games, wants other TV operators to pay SportsNet LA fees of as much as $5 a month per subscriber, which they say they have to pass onto their subscribers. In a letter to Time Warner Cable's CEO Robert D. Marcus, Wheeler wrote: "I am troubled by the negative impact that your apparent actions are having on consumers and the overall video marketplace." "Inaction is no longer acceptable," Wheeler added.


Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:00 pm

Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s MLB games

(Adds later games) July 27 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League baseball games. – - – - Cardinals 1, Cubs 0 St Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright tossed seven shutout innings to win a pitcher’s duel against Chicago Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks. Wainwright (13-5) allowed just five hits and Matt Holliday homered in the first inning to give the Cardinals (56-48) the only run they needed. Hendricks was solid in his third Major League outing, and allowed the one run in 6 1/3 innings. Closer Trevor Rosenthal earned his 32nd save in 36 opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. …

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 3:55 am

Hall of Fame induction a Braves reunion

MLB: Baseball Hall of Fame-Induction Ceremony(Reuters) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony had the feel of an Atlanta Braves reunion as pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were inducted on Sunday along with former manager Bobby Cox. Maddux and Glavine, mainstays on the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series while Cox was at the helm, went into the Hall in Cooperstown, New York with former slugger Frank Thomas and managers Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. Maddux started his major league career with the Chicago Cubs, but moved to the Braves in 1993 because, as he said half-jokingly, he wanted to win a World Series.


Posted on 28 July 2014 | 12:30 am

Braves trio lead stellar class into Hall of Fame

Inductee Bobby Cox (L) poses for a photograph with his plaque with Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New YorkBobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who helped the Atlanta Braves win 14 straight division titles, led a stellar 2014 class into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. "I can honestly say, I would not be standing here today if it weren't for you guys," former Braves manager Cox said of Cy Young award-winning pitchers Maddux and Glavine. "Together, these guys earned six Cy Young Awards wearing Braves uniforms."


Posted on 27 July 2014 | 11:11 pm

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Punt Brothers podcast: It isn’t important to try in baseball – SB Nation


Punt Brothers podcast: It isn't important to try in baseball
SB Nation
One time, SB Nation writers Jon Bois and Ryan Nanni attempted to discuss baseball in a rational and informed manner. They were both immediately hit by a train! To avoid repeating this mistake, on this week's podcast, Jon and Ryan will be talking

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 10:23 pm

DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video – NJ.com


DNC criticizes Christie's economic record with baseball video
NJ.com
TRENTON — As Gov. Chris Christie prepares to cap off his trip to New Hampshire tonight with a fundraiser at a minor-league baseball game, the Democratic National Committee has released a online video taking a swing at the Republican governor's …

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 9:55 pm

6 resign from Chicago youth baseball board after learning coach a cop killer – Fox News


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6 resign from Chicago youth baseball board after learning coach a cop killer
Fox News
The family of a police officer killed in a 'brutal' 1988 beating at the hands of a group of young men expressed outrage last month when they learned that one of the assailants, who served 11 years for the murder, was the head coach in a children's
Slain Cop's Son Discovers Dad's Killer Coaching Youth BaseballNBC Chicago
Convicted cop killer told to stop coaching youth baseballYahoo News
Officer's Son Wants Youth Baseball Board Ousted For Letting Cop Killer CoachCBS Local
Chicago Tribune -SouthtownStar -WLS-TV
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 9:14 pm

Red Sox dealings: Real-life fantasy baseball – ESPN (blog)


USA TODAY

Red Sox dealings: Real-life fantasy baseball
ESPN (blog)
BOSTON — This is fantasy baseball, if the rotisserie version was played with hundreds of millions of dollars, playoff berths, civic prestige and professional reputations at stake. You want Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes? OK, we'll take Yoenis Cespedes and
Pro baseball: St. Louis acquires John Lackey from Red Sox in another major tradeTulsa World (blog)
Defending champion Red Sox trade 5 playersJournal Review
AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to CardsPost-Bulletin

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 6:55 pm

Major League Baseball to Fans: Move Away From Your Favorite Team – Businessweek


Businessweek

Major League Baseball to Fans: Move Away From Your Favorite Team
Businessweek
To compensate the Orioles, Major League Baseball granted the team's regional sports network, MASN, the right to carry Nationals games at a discounted rate until 2012. Now that the discount period has ended, the two sides can't agree on a market rate.
Major League Baseball Embroiled in Explosive Legal War Over TV Deals Hollywood Reporter

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 6:24 pm

Nava reacts to Lester trade at baseball camp – WHDH-TV


Nava reacts to Lester trade at baseball camp
WHDH-TV
MELROSE, Mass. (WHDH) – Outfielder Daniel Nava, while hosting a baseball camp in Melrose, spoke with 7News about the trades of his teammates Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland. He and the rest of the Red Sox knew the rumors were swirling, but …

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:52 pm

A’s Billy Beane Wakes Up Baseball World With Trades – SFGate (blog)


USA TODAY

A's Billy Beane Wakes Up Baseball World With Trades
SFGate (blog)
Here on the West Coast, the first cup of coffee hadn't even been brewed, yet alone ingested, when Billy Beane sent a triple-caffeinated bolt through the baseball world. He traded his young budding-star slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for pitcher
The best team in baseball gets better with trade for Red Sox ace Jon LesterUSA TODAY
The Risks and Rewards of the Baseball RentalThe New Yorker
Lester Sits for Red Sox Ahead of Baseball's Trade DeadlineBloomberg
MiamiHerald.com -New York Daily News (blog) -ESPN (blog)
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 4:23 pm

Analyzing the Lester/Cespedes trade on Fantasy Baseball Today – CBSSports.com


Analyzing the Lester/Cespedes trade on Fantasy Baseball Today
CBSSports.com
Happy deadline day! Not all deals are created equal, but the Fantasy Baseball landscape is bound to change. Whether it's a quake or just a tremor remains to be seen, but we'll be analyzing today's Jon Lester/Yoenis Cespedes swap as well as all the rest
Fantasy Baseball: Buy Yoenis CespedesXN Sports

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 3:47 pm

Opossum’s Adventure Halts Minor League Baseball Game – ABC News


ABC News

Opossum's Adventure Halts Minor League Baseball Game
ABC News
A rundown was in effect at a minor league baseball game in Iowa Wednesday, after an opossum ran onto the field. The marsupial appeared during a game between the Quad Cities River Bandits, an Astros affiliate, and the Clinton LumberKings, an affiliate
Opossum makes for least cute critter to interrupt a baseball gameWashington Post (blog)
He's no team player! Opossum gatecrashes minor league baseball game and Daily Mail

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 1:28 pm

State baseball: Johnston delivers upset of the tournament – DesMoinesRegister.com


State baseball: Johnston delivers upset of the tournament
DesMoinesRegister.com
The summer has been full of ups and downs and inconsistent play for the Johnston baseball team. But with the season winding down, the Dragons may have finally hit their stride. Unranked Johnston delivered the upset of the state baseball tournament, …
State baseball: Johnston, SE Polk pull off upsetsWaterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Defending champ Johnston upsets Waukee in 4A baseball openerRadio Iowa

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 10:28 pm