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 Posted: Thu May 12th, 2016 08:18 pm
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To borrow a line from the great Rick James: Phil Coke and Lorenzo Cain is one hell of a matchup.
Social media had its collective head in the gutter Wednesday when Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain stepped to the plate against New York Yankees reliever Phil Coke for an R-rated plate appearance.
Coke Cain. pic.twitter.com/y06GCqsBdr
— Taylor Travis (@TaylorTravis15) May 12, 2016
The high-stakes showdown ended with Cain walking on six pitches, but triggered an avalanche of funny Twitter jokes:
makes me miss my old fantasy team name: CokeCain is a Hellickson of a Drug https://t.co/fUtEiwbaIY
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) May 12, 2016
A Coke Cain matchup? The 1986 Mets would have been so excited. pic.twitter.com/0o45xXMysm
— Stacelicious (@The_Stace) May 12, 2016
The Royals had a good night! #KCpic.twitter.com/OvtX4n03Hp
— 96.5 The Buzz (@965TheBuzz) May 12, 2016
is a helluva drug ... pic.twitter.com/roMrHcgNUM
— Incarcerated Bob IBN (@incarceratedbob) May 12, 2016






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Noah Syndergaard is the poster boy for Statcast.

MLB's newest technology, Statcast tracks, analyzes, and dishes out figures such as running speed, pitching velocity, bat exit velocity, arm strength, and more.

The technology itself makes special players the focal point of the game because of their jaw-dropping numbers. Syndergaard is special.


Aside from becoming the first pitcher in nine years to hit two home runs in a game, he achieved an even bigger feat. The right-hander became the first player this season to join the 100/100 club, otherwise known as the "Fireball Club."

What does that mean exactly? Syndergaard hits 100 mph on the mound and at the plate, which comes with an explanation.

Two pitchers own the top 10 fastest pitches thrown in the majors this season, Syndergaard, who topped out at 101.4 mph (a sinker) and New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who hit 102.1 mph. But only one of them has swung the bat north of 100 mph.

On his first home run Wednesday, Syndergaard crushed a Kenta Maeda fastball with an exit velocity of 104.3. Later in the game he was a touch under that, blasting his second homer with a 103.5 exit velocity.

Syndergaard has what it takes to hit, despite the fact he entered the game hitless in eight at-bats with with six strikeouts.

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The Kansas City Royals' rotation suffered a couple majors blows Thursday when the club placed right-handers Kris Medlen and Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list.

Medlen was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation, according to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, after experiencing shoulder discomfort Wednesday - the day after he surrendered four runs in two innings against the New York Yankees. Young, meanwhile, was sent for an MRI on his right forearm after allowing a whopping five home runs in just 2 2/3 innings Monday in the Bronx and was subsequently diagnosed with a muscle strain.

Even before getting hurt, though, neither pitcher had gotten off to an encouraging start in 2016. Among baseball's 141 qualified pitchers, Young ranks dead last with -0.7 WAR through seven starts, and only six pitchers own a higher ERA than Medlen's 7.77 mark.

Though the Royals have recalled Scott Alexander and Peter Moylan to replace their ailing veterans on the 25-man roster, the club will likely give the vacant rotations spots to left-handers Danny Duffy and Brian Flynn, neither of whom have made a start for Kansas City this year.

Relegated to the bullpen to begin the season after making 49 starts for the Royals over the previous two years, Duffy owns a 3.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and 28.4 percent strikeout rate in 16 relief appearances, though his struggles against right-handed hitters have persisted (.810 OPS).

Flynn, who has thrown just 31 innings at the major-league level, owns a 4.50 ERA across two relief outings with Kansas City in 2016, and managed a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings with Triple-A Omaha before being recalled last week.

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Looking to bolster their injury-ravaged rotation, the Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in exchange for minor-league left-hander Adam McCreery, the club announced.

To accommodate Chacin on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated first baseman/left fielder Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

Chacin, 28, earned a spot in Atlanta's rotation this spring after signing a minor-league deal with the club in December and has mostly struggled for a rebuilding Braves team. Through his first five starts, Chacin managed a 5.40 ERA (75 ERA+) with a 1.39 WHIP while allowing four home runs in 26 2/3 innings (1.35 per nine).

A former fixture in the Colorado Rockies' rotation, Chacin tailed off dramatically in recent years - he owns an unimpressive 4.94 ERA (85 ERA+) over just 116 2/3 innings since the start of 2014 - but the Angels need all the help they can get. Garrett Richards, the club's de facto ace, is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, while left-hander Andrew Heaney is also dealing with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. C.J. Wilson won't return from the disabled list until June, either, and Tyler Skaggs isn't even playing catch yet. The result? A patchwork rotation with a 4.67 ERA that ranks fifth-worst in the American League.

As such, even with their farm system in complete disarray, the Angels were willing to part with McCreery, a 6-foot-8 reliever, to acquire Chacin. Selected by Los Angeles in the 22nd round of the 2014 draft, McCreery managed a 2.41 ERA with a 35.4 percent strikeout rate over 16 appearances in the rookie-level Arizona League last summer, but has yet to pitch this season.

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Jacoby Ellsbury is looking to be neck and neck with Jason Heyward as the worst signing in MLB history right now.



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Major League Baseball has suspended Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes without pay through May 31 for violating the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, retroactive to Feb. 23, 2016.

Reyes, who's been on paid administrative leave since the beginning of spring training, will not appeal the suspension. He'll miss a total of 52 games and lose $7.06-million in salary, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, and will donate an additional $100,000 to domestic violence-related charities.

"Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31," commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a statement announcing the ruling. "I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes' commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future."

Reyes released a statement apologizing for the incident later on Friday.

Reyes statement pic.twitter.com/xB9fs3CJNK

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 13, 2016
The four-time All-Star was arrested in Hawaii on Oct. 31 after an alleged domestic incident at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort involving his wife, Katherine. Prosecutors dropped the charges in April when Katherine refused to cooperate with authorities.

Reyes will be allowed to participate in extended spring training during his suspension, and can begin a minor-league rehab assignment when the ban expires on June 1.

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Matt Bush will finally make his big-league debut.

The Texas Rangers officially called up Bush, the first overall pick in the 2004 draft, on Friday.

The 30-year-old comes with a sensational backstory. Drafted as a shortstop by the San Diego Padres, he was converted to the mound in 2007 after he couldn't swing the bat, yet continued to throw 95 mph.

He was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009, released a month later, and then scooped up by the Tampa Bay Rays nine months after that.

But an inability to stay in pro ball was the least of his problems.

"I was so depressed. I was going to kill myself or die or do something," Bush said in an interview with ESPN's Eli Saslow. "When I was the first pick and I wasn't performing the way a first pick should have, I couldn't handle it. I felt like a failure.

"I hated myself at practice or during the game until the end of the day, when I could grab my keys and hop into my nice expensive car and feel like somebody. Those were my devils: money, fame, and expectations. I was hollow inside."

Bush struggled with alcohol abuse and served more than three years in prison for his third DUI conviction after running over a 72-year-old motorcyclist with a teammate's Dodge Durango. The motorcyclist was seriously injured.

Bush stayed away from baseball during his first two years in jail, but couldn't stop thinking about the man he nearly killed. Bush eventually wrote the man a letter of apology, and although he said he forgave Bush, they never spoke face to face.

"I forced myself to think about it every day in prison because I deserved to suffer," Bush said.

As he began work at a Golden Corral with a government-issued tracking device around his ankle, only one team in professional baseball acknowledged his existence - the Rangers. Bush's routine was simple: go to work in the morning, eat at the buffet, and play catch with his former minor-league coach Roy Silver on his breaks.

Silver, a player advisor for the club, helped another former No. 1 pick sober up and regain his form - Josh Hamilton. Following Bush's release from prison, the Rangers took a chance, signing him to a minor-league deal in December in what appears to be his last shot at baseball.

In 12 games with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders this season, he's done his part. Bush has five saves, 18 strikeouts, and four walks in 17 innings pitched, and he sits consistently at 100 mph.

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Cincinnati Reds right-hander Ross Ohlendorf received a three-game suspension Friday for hitting David Freese with a pitch in the ninth inning of Wednesday's heated affair with the Pittsburgh Pirates, while manager Bryan Price landed a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine for his role in the hostilities.

Ohlendorf, responsible for the sixth hit-by-pitch in Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Great American Ball Park (and fourth by a Reds pitcher), is appealing his suspension, but Price will serve his punishment and sit out Friday's series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Both were ejected after the 33-year-old reliever hit Freese with a 94-mph fastball with one out in the ninth after warnings had been issued.

"I didn't really have a beef with the ejection, because after all the hit-by-pitches, at some point in time he's got to run somebody out of there," Price told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

According to Ohlendorf, though, hitting Freese was unintentional.

"(The home plate umpire) warned me when I came in. He just made sure I knew," Ohlendorf said. "Then it went completely out of my mind until after I hit him. I was not trying to hit him. It was an accident. It was unfortunate that it happened, and JC (Ramirez) had to come in, but he did a great job."

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The New York Yankees have called up top catching prospect Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez will be the designated hitter for the club Friday against the Chicago White Sox, while batting sixth in the order.

In 27 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Sanchez is batting .288/.336/.541 with five home runs and 11 doubles while only striking out 19 times.

As a counter-move, the club optioned left-hander Tyler Olson.

Sanchez is the third-ranked prospect in the Yankees organization, but this isn't his first shot at the bigs. Last season, he was given two at-bats - both pinch-hit opportunities - against the Baltimore Orioles in early October. He went 0-for-2 with one strikeout.

Although the White Sox plan on throwing two lefties on Friday and Saturday, Sanchez is getting the worst of welcomes. He'll get Chris Sale first, who is the best pitcher in the American League so far in 2016.

On Saturday it doesn't get any easier for Sanchez, as Chicago will throw Jose Quintana, who is 5-1 with a sparkling 1.38 ERA.

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The Texas Rangers reportedly beefed up their rotation depth Friday, agreeing to a minor-league deal with veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Should he earn a spot on Texas' active roster, Lohse will earn a pro-rated $2-million salary, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who notes that the 37-year-old's deal includes another $1.5 million available through incentives and a June 1 opt-out.

Lohse, a 15-year veteran, was unable to find a job this winter following a miserable 2015 campaign in which he managed a 5.85 ERA (68 ERA+) with a 1.46 WHIP over 22 starts and 15 relief appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers, getting bumped to the bullpen shortly after the All-Star break.

Two years ago, however, Lohse authored a 3.54 ERA (107 ERA+) with a 1.15 WHIP over 31 starts for Milwaukee, and the California native ranks 23rd in innings pitched since the start of 2011 despite not having thrown a pitch yet this year.

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Following yet another onslaught Thursday at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros by double digits in their series opener while plating at least 11 runs for a fourth straight game, Boston's lineup is generating offense at video-game levels right now.

Just ask Xander Bogaerts.

"This is kind of like Playstation," Bogaerts told MLB.com's Deesha Thosar after smashing his third homer en route to an 11-1 drubbing. "Only teams on Playstation score this many runs."

The last time Boston was this hot, Playstation didn't exist. In fact, color TV was still just a promising notion back then. Having managed 40 runs in their recent three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, the Red Sox have now scored at least 11 runs in four straight games for the first time since 1950, while also becoming the first team with 11 or more runs and at least 14 hits in four consecutive contests since the 1930 Philadelphia A's.

"It's unbelievable; I don't think I've ever seen anything like this," Bogaerts said.

Still, Jackie Bradley Jr. - hitting .556 with three homers and a double over the last four games - attempted to downplay his club's historic stretch, which has helped Boston keep pace with the Baltimore Orioles atop the AL East.

"It's one of those runs," Bradley said. "I think each team will go through those moments when they get really hot. We definitely want to minimize the cold spells, be able to put together some good at-bats and be some tough outs."

On Thursday, for the second time in as many nights, all nine Boston starters recorded at least one hit, helping the Red Sox record their sixth straight home game with at least eight runs and a dozen hits - marking the first time they've enjoyed such a streak since moving to Fenway from the Huntington Avenue Grounds in 1912.

With more than one-fifth of the 2016 campaign in the books, the Red Sox are on pace for 958 runs, the 23rd-highest single-season total in history and the most since the New York Yankees scored 968 runs in 2007.

"Everybody's hot, and it's just fun to watch," said outfielder Chris Young. "If one guy's not getting it done, the next guy comes up and gets it done. It doesn't matter how we're doing it. ... We're getting it done."

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Rougned Odor just became my favourite player not playing for the Red Sox. :tongue:




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Odor's new Scouting Report:






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I'm not down with the Rangers waiting until the final meeting between the two clubs this season -- and Bautista's final at bat -- to do this. I can only surmise that they're thinking they had to wait a complete off-season so why not the Jays? Still, the timing of it's a bit cowardly.

Still, it's so richly satisfying to see Bautista get drilled like that. If I was a Rangers fan, I'd be dead proud of Odor.



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If he keeps this up, June 25 will be the most historic day of Jackie Bradley Jr.'s career.

On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox outfielder extended his MLB-best hit streak to 21 games - the same date Joe DiMaggio began his record hitting streak of 56 games.

June 25 in Texas would be the day Bradley breaks that record.

What's most impressive about Bradley's streak is that he isn't just punching singles through the infield - he's the primary producer for the league's hottest batting order.

Since April 24, Bradley is leading the majors in OPS, slugging, RBIs, and extra-base hits.

Bradley's emergence follows struggles in the last two seasons. With all the hype surrounding him, the former first-round pick batted .198 in 2014 and a modest .249 last year in 74 games.

He had a phenomenal August, though, and seems to have recovered that form in 2016.

"I never lost confidence. Never," Bradley told ESPN's Scott Lauber early this week. "I wouldn't know how tough it would be to regain. I think it's just a sign that I'm kind of taking what's given to me. If they pitch away, I just want to be able to square it up. I'm not thinking about going the other way.

"I'm just thinking about putting the fat part of the bat on the ball and wherever it goes, it goes."

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