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 Posted: Wed Apr 27th, 2016 01:48 am
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So much for that slump, huh?

After snapping a career-worst 0-for-26 stretch Sunday with a two-run blast that propelled him into a tie with Reggie Jackson for 13th on the all-time home run leaderboard, Albert Pujols smacked a third-inning solo shot off Ian Kennedy on Monday for the 564th homer of his illustrious career to eclipse Jackson.

He didn't stop there, though. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Los Angeles Angels' venerable slugger took Kennedy deep for a second time, becoming the second player ever to record career home runs No. 564 and 565 in the same game, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The other guy to do it? Babe Ruth.

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Jose Berrios is on his way to the Twin Cities.

One day after demoting Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, the Minnesota Twins will call up their top prospect, reports Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, citing Berrios' Facebook post, which was confirmed by Mike Berardino of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, citing two sources.

Berrios is expected to start Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians and will join a Twins rotation that sits 10th in the American League in team ERA.

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican was selected in the first round of the 2012 draft, 32nd overall, and is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 16th-best prospect in baseball.

He'll become the youngest Twins pitcher to debut as a starter since Pat Mahomes in 1992.

Berrios owned a 2-0 record with a 1.06 ERA and 0.94 WHIP for Triple-A Rochester prior to his call-up.

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Smart Yankee fans everywhere hope for a last-place finish and a sell-off of some guys at the deadline.  Morons are still going "Yank-eez", "Go Rocko!!!!!!!!!!!!", etc....
The following would be helpful to a contender in July:
 Bret Gardner
Carlos Beltran
Arnoldis Chapman
Michael Pineida (hopefully, the guy sucks-he's the Yankees Daniel Cabrera!)

If they can move those guys, it will help immensely for next season when the youth movement really begins.



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The Los Angeles Angels with be without their All-Star closer for the foreseeable future after the team placed right-hander Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left oblique.

Street suffered the injury warming up before Wednesday's contest against the Kansas City Royals.

"It just kind of happened," Street told reporters. "I was like, 'What was that?' I made one more throw and I was like, 'There's definitely something in there.'"

Los Angeles will turn to right-hander Joe Smith, who saved 15 games for the Angels in 2014, to take Street's role.

"When you can't pitch, that's all you really care about - that when your job comes up, they get it done," Street said. "Joe's proven he can do that."

The 32-year-old Street has saved 320 games across his 12-year career, including 62 as a member of the Angels.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping to strike gold with a very unique prospect.

Tyler Olander, a two-time NCAA basketball champion at UConn who stands at 6-foot-10, has traded in the hardwood for the pitcher's mound, and is working out as a left-handed pitcher at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Florida.

The 23-year-old chose to make the switch after suffering a foot injury while playing basketball in Europe. He hasn't played baseball regularly since grade eight, save for a brief turn in the Greater Hartford Twilight League three years ago.

"When I want to do something, I'm extremely dedicated to it," Olander told Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant.

Olander reached out to former UConn baseball coach Andy Baylock, who helped him with the transition over the winter. Baylock then contacted Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker, who also lives in Connecticut, and he watched Olander throw in February.

"What I saw was a very determined young man," Walker said. "He threw about 65 pitches and he was very aggressive. On the foundation Andy had built - he's 6-foot-10, but he's not an awkward 6-10, he didn't pitch like he was 6-10, and I liked that."

The Blue Jays, of course, have traveled down this road before. In 1998, the team signed 6-foot-9 lefty Mark Hendrickson - who briefly played in the NBA - and turned him into a pitcher. He'd go on to pitch in the bigs for 10 seasons.

Olander isn't ready to follow in Hendrickson's footsteps just yet, of course, though he's shown flashes, apparently hitting mid-80s with his fastball at extended spring training. He's realistic about his timeline, though, and understands the road to pitching professionally is a long one - even if you have the natural advantage of being a 6-foot-10 left-hander.

"They want to go very slow, and take it step by step," Olander said. "I don't want to look too far ahead. I'm just very happy with the progress I've been making."

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Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.

Gordon tested positive for testosterone and clostebol, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan tweeted, citing the league. The suspension is effective immediately.

The 28-year-old is the reigning National League batting champion. He hit .333/.359/.418 last year in his first campaign with the Marlins, establishing career highs with four home runs and 46 RBIs. He was an All-Star, stealing an MLB-best 58 bases.

Gordon entered play Thursday hitting .267/.283/.344 in 20 games, with five RBIs, no home runs, and six stolen bases in eight attempts. He signed a five-year, $50-million extension in January. The speedster has hit only eight home runs in his six-year big-league career.

Dee Gordon signed a five-year, $50M extension this offseason. He'll lose about $1.63M to his suspension. If he stays clean, rest guaranteed.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 29, 2016
An 80-game ban means Gordon will be eligible to return to Miami's lineup around mid-to-late July. The Marlins are 10-11 after a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

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lobo316 wrote: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.


I wonder what the Marlins Hitting Coach thinks about this ????



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Placing bans on use of illegal substances isn't working.
Players are still using them.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.


I wonder what the Marlins Hitting Coach thinks about this ????


I think its great. They swept a 4 game series from the Dodgers.



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Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit a bloop single in the ninth inning with one out off Jose Urena to break up the Miami Marlins' no-hitter.

Urena came on in relief of starter Adam Conley, who was pulled with two out in the seventh after reaching 116 pitches. After catching a break when Urena was given an error in the eighth inning, the floodgates opened in the ninth as he gave up three runs on four hits.

Marlins closer A.J. Ramos was brought in with two out and the tying run on deck, but shut the door on a 6-3 win.

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This is becoming a burden, but Trevor Story hit another dinger. #MLB #Rockies pic.twitter.com/fv1GPLeamz

— The Ledge (@TheLedgeSports) April 30, 2016
Trevor Story's magical first month in the big leagues got even more special Friday night at Chase Field, where the Colorado Rockies' precocious shortstop smacked his 10th home run of the season and tied the MLB record for home runs by a rookie in April.

Story, who set the NL rookie record for April homers Wednesday night, crushed a two-run shot off Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray in the fifth inning of Friday's series opener to become the first player with double-digits home runs this year while tying Jose Abreu's rookie record for April homers set back in 2014.

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42-year-old Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is on track to hit a number of milestones this season, most notable of which is his chase for 3,000 hits in an MLB uniform.

On Friday, Ichiro crossed two achievements off his list recording his 2,944th hit and stealing the 500th base of his major-league career.

Congratulations, Ichiro! He records the 500th stolen base of his Major League career. pic.twitter.com/Y1384TFUjz

— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 30, 2016
Ichiro's hit total moved him into 33rd place all-time ahead of Frank Robinson, while his 500 stolen bases is the most among active players and ranks him 38th all-time.

He also became just the eighth player in MLB history to reach 500 stolen bases and 2,900-plus hits in a major-league career.

If you combine his 16 seasons of MLB baseball with his nine seasons in Japan, Ichiro has swiped 698 bags, which would put him 11th on the all-time list for career stolen bases.

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The Baltimore Orioles announced left-hander Zach Britton left Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox with a left ankle sprain.

Britton came on in the ninth inning to shut the door, but after striking out Dioner Navarro and Austin Jackson, he appeared to hurt himself trying to field an Adam Eaton bunt-single.

He was pulled in favor of Vance Worley, who promptly walked Carlos Sanchez and gave up an RBI single to Jose Abreu, tagging Britton with the loss. Manager Buck Showalter said he was uncertain of the severity of the injury, and the club is taking it slowly.

"We’ll see how it is tomorrow," Showalter told reporters following the 8-7 loss, according to John Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. "(Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells) and them were looking at the replay and talking. He had jammed it more than rolled it. I’m sure you all saw the replay, too.

"The proverbial day-to-day. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Zach has always been a pretty quick healer, so we’ll see."

Coming into Saturday's game, Britton had converted on six save opportunities, owning a 1.93 ERA while striking out 11 batters.

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They say you can't win em' all, but in Brett Cecil's case, you don't win any.

The Toronto Blue Jays lost 4-3 in walk-off fashion to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night, and on the mound for the loss was Cecil, who dropped his opening month record to 0-5, the most relief losses by a pitcher at the end of April since 1913.

The left-hander isn't a starter, but his performance in this latest debacle was a microcosm of the short season. Cecil surrendered hits to all three Rays batters he faced in the ninth inning without recording an out.

With that, his ERA ballooned to 5.79, a long way from his career-best 2015 campaign where he finished with a 2.48 ERA and five losses over the course of the entire season.

But despite his shoddy record, Cecil believes his stuff is working.

"That’s the worst part about it," he said. “You feel great, you’re throwing the (crap) out of the ball and you’re still getting these results.

"As long as I’m feeling good, what are you going to do? I’m not going to sit at my locker and pout about it," he added. "Relievers have got to have short memories. For some guys it’s one of the hardest things, and it is hard, but I do have a short memory."

The positive vibes end there though, as manager John Gibbons has had just about enough of blowing late leads.

"Sooner or later you’ve got to win some close games for crying out loud," he said. “No secret about that. Some teams do it."

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Aledmys Diaz joined Albert Pujols as the only rookies in St. Louis Cardinalshistory with 30 hits in April.

The rookie notched a hit in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, upping his average to .423 on the season, while increasing his OPS to 1.185.
Although Pujols had more than 20 at-bats on Diaz as a rookie, their April numbers are fairly similar.

PLAYER   AGE   G     AB    H     AVG/OBP/SLG
Pujols       21   24    92    34  .370/.431/.739

Diaz         25    22   70    30  .423/.453/.732


Despite his success in the majors so far, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has made a point of keeping Diaz in the ninth spot in the batting order, citing he wants to keep the pressure off his rookie.

In 22 games this season, Diaz has a knock in 17 of them.


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